Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday January 15th 2020 – #Guestpost Joan Hall hosts Marcia Meara, #Bookclub Amy Reade, Shameless self-promotion!

The first post today is a guest post by Marcia Meara on the blog of  author Joan Hall and it is an excellent way to find out more about Marcia’s Wake Robin Ridge Series, and in particular Book Four – The Light.

Hey everyone! I’m over the moon excited to welcome Marcia Meara as my guest today. She recently released The Light, the fourth in her Wake Robin Ridge Series. Marcia is a very talented author, and if you haven’t read any of her books, I highly recommend you doing so.

Today she’s going to talk about her new book and a mysterious phenomenon called the Brown Mountain Lights. You may recall some time ago I wrote about the Marfa Lights which are found in far west Texas, so I’m very intrigued.

Take it away, Marcia!

Thank you so much for having me here today, Joan! I’m pretty excited to be sharing the release of my latest book, The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4, with your readers, and I hope they’ll enjoy checking it out, along with the first three books in the series:

 Head over an enjoy finding out more about Marcia and her latest book: Joan Hall Blog – Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara, Buy: Amazon USAnd : Amazon UK – Marcia Meara on: Goodreads – Blog:


And now a job for you.. Amy Reade has joined a book club and they are choosing the next book to be read.. there is a choice of five and I was hard pressed to pick just one to read… I hope you will head over and help Amy out.

I need your advice

Some of you may know that I’ve recently joined a book club. I love being part of this group and I’ve enthusiastically embraced the duties of membership (i.e., I have to be ready to discuss each book we read and I’ve agreed to host the club at my house at least once a year–where we discuss the book of my choosing).

So here’s where I need your help. It’ll be my turn to host the book club in March, and I need to be thinking about which book I’m going to choose. I’ve narrowed it down to five books, and I’d like you to vote on which one you think our book club should read (many thanks to blogger and author James J. Cudney for sharing this idea–click on his name to be redirected to his site, which I think you’ll love).

Whichever book you choose, we’ll read. I won’t tell you which one I hope you pick! Scroll down through the choices to the poll at the bottom of the page.

Here are the choices:

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. Here’s the Amazon blurb:

“In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion.

A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.”

Head over to discover the other four books and make your selection, and I am sure you find it as difficult as I did: Amy Reade – Book Club Choices

Amy Reade, Buy:Amazon US  – And: Amazon UK – Blog: Amy Reade WordPress  Goodreads: Amy Reade Goodreads

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And now for some shameless self promotion…. firstly a lovely review from Michelle Clements James yesterday for Life’s Rich Tapestry.

Here is a snippet from Michelle’s review

Life’s Rich Tapestry: Woven in Words is a beautiful collection of various types of poetry, 99-word flash fiction, and short stories that the author has written in response to various blog challenges within her circle of blogging friends. These are thoughtfully penned poems and stories that reflect upon life experiences and imaginings. That Sally Cronin is a master storyteller is evidenced in this heartwarming collection.

You can read the rest of the review: Michelle Clements James – Book Review Life’s Rich Tapestry

and if you missed my Q & A with Debby last Friday…please head over to find out what my secret career dream was!: D.G. Kaye Q & A with Sally Cronin

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.