Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – Guest Round Up – Part One – Claire Fullerton, Noelle Granger, Pete Johnson, Sharon Marchisello, Jane Risdon, Balroop Singh, Pete Springer, Carol Taylor D.Wallace Peach, Sue Wickstead


Over the last three months, I have been privileged to share the thoughts and wisdom of friends within the writing community in response to the prompt ‘I Wish I Knew Now What I Knew Then!’.  In case you have missed any of these guest posts I will be sharing their links in this catch up series.

Author Claire Fullerton shares her treasured memories of the home that her mother grew up in and returned to with her own family when Claire was ten years old.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! ‘Home’ by Claire Fullerton

Author Noelle Granger shares the challenges facing the inequality in the academic field as a young professor.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Equality by Noelle Granger

Blogger and storyteller Pete Johnson (Beetley Pete) shares his wisdom obtained with his experience of marriage.

#Marriage – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Pete Johnson (Beetley Pete)

Author Sharon Marchisello looks back to her teens and shares her thoughts on how she might have made different choices.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Sharon Marchisello

Author Jane Risdon shares her nomadic childhood and dreams of becoming a war correspondent and reflects on the message she might have offered to her younger self to reassure her that one day, she would be a writer..

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Writing by Jane Risdon

#Life #Poetry – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Balroop Singh

 

Pete Springer shares his experiences in high school following a move to California in response to the prompt and finding his true self in college, leading to many happy years as a teacher.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Pete Springer

Blogger and food and advocate for sustainability Carol Taylor shares her passion for the environment and ambitions to become a scientist, and how with her blog and writing she has created a platform for both.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Carol Taylor

Author Diana Wallace Peach shares her thoughts on the prompt and how low moments and the high points in our lives are all part of the journey.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Diana Peach

A poignant post from teacher and children’s author Sue Wickstead who shares her thoughts about her dad who she lost at an early age and her pride in her family name.

Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! ‘Dad’ by Sue Wickstead

 

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you have caught up with any of these guest posts you might have missed.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 26th September 2019 – Jane Risdon #Interview – Olga Nunez Miret and Amy M. Reade #Reviewing Books


The first post is an excerpt from an interview with Jane Risdon about her books including her short story collection Undercover Crime Shorts, and an introduction to one of her characters from the book, Lavinia Birdsong.

Chatting to Sahara Foley about writing and getting inside a character’s head…

So, let’s get started. What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always wanted to write. Even as a child I used to make up stories – in my head at first – and when I could write properly I scribbled them down. I kept them secret for fear of ridicule.
Because my career in the international music business kept me busy 24/7 I had little time to write and so I had to wait until I retired to seriously begin to write full-time.

What’s your favorite book you’ve written and why?
All my books are my favourites: Only One Woman and Undercover: Crime Shorts – I love them all of course I do!

I have 5 more waiting to be published and I have to say that of all my books it would have to be Ms Birdsong Investigates Murder in Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka, which is the first in the series of novel about a former MI5 Intelligence Officer, Lavinia Birdsong, who is drummed out of the Intelligence Services after a joint operation with MI6 goes belly-up.

What are the best and worst aspects of writing? To find out,head over to read the rest of the interview: https://janerisdon.com/2019/09/24/chatting-to-sahara-foley-about-writing-and-getting-inside-a-characters-head

Jane Risdon, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/dp/B075D88JBP Blog:https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831801.Jane_Risdon

The next post is from Olga Nunez Miret and the snippet is from her regular Tuesday book review this week for Picasso’s Revenge by Ray and Caroline Foulk

I bring you another review on behalf of Rosie’s group. This is a labour of love, and I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

In the early 1920 s, immaculate gentleman, Jacques Doucet descends into the world of anarchist art, the occult and the dark turmoil of his past involving the death of his beloved Madame R. A disastrous journey leads the couturier and patron of the arts to confront the celebrated bohemians of the city, including Max Jacob, André Breton and Picasso. When troubled Doucet acquires the world’s most dangerous painting, it causes him to hack at the root of Picasso s darkest secrets, unveiling modern art’s incredible genesis.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Picassos-Revenge-Ray-Foulk-Caroline/dp/1911487345/

https://www.amazon.com/Picassos-Revenge-Ray-Foulk-Caroline/dp/1911487345/

https://www.amazon.es/Picassos-Revenge-Ray-Foulk-Caroline/dp/1911487345/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43975881-picasso-s-revenge

Head over to read Olga’s review of this fascinating book: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/2019/09/24/tuesdaybookblog-picassos-revenge-by-ray-and-caroline-foulk-picassonovel-for-lovers-of-cubism-eager-to-experience-the-1920s-and-30s-paris-art-scene/

Olga Nunez Miret – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B009UC58G0
Blog: http://www.authortranslatorolga.comGoodreads: Olga on Goodreads

A selection of books by Olga Nunez Miret

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And finally today, author Amy Reade with her recommended reads for September… looks like a great collection of five books.

It’s the last Tuesday of September already, but there’s still almost a week left in the month! I intend to keep reading and adding to my Goodreads tally, but for this post I’ll summarize what I’ve finished reading since my last round-up. I’ve read a couple things outside my normal genres, and I was glad I did.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

This book, set in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1920s, was the author’s retelling of a fable about a man and a woman who want a child so badly that they make one out of snow. To their surprise, the snow child comes to life and…well, you’ll have to read it if you want to find out what happens. Spoiler alert: it’s not a happy ending.

Here’s the review I posted on Amazon and Goodreads:

“Sometimes I read a book and I don’t quite know what to make of it, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Snow Child is one of those books. It’s beautifully written and I could feel the raw emotions and the deathly cold of the Alaska winters as I read it.

I think I’m still processing my feelings about this enchanting book. It teaches poignant lessons about learning to love what we have while we have it, because nothing is certain in this life. It teaches us that love doesn’t mean ownership. It teaches us that hardships are easier when they’re shared.

I’m not sure I would recommend this to someone who normally reads genre fiction, but I would recommend it to someone looking for a book of literary fiction that evokes deep feelings and haunting questions.”

Head over and check out the other four books that Amy has read this month: https://amreade.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/reading-round-up-september-edition/

Amy Reade, Buyhttp://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over and enjoy reading the posts in full.. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Jane Risdon, D.G. Kaye and Balroop Singh


Welcome to the second of this week’s Cafe and Bookstore updates with recent reviews for some of the authors on the shelves.

The first review is for Jane Risdon.. Undercover: Crime Shorts her short story collection.

About the book

Under one cover for the first time a collection of Crime Shorts from Jane Risdon featuring previously unpublished stories which will have you on the edge of your seat. There is an extract from Jane’s forthcoming novel (series) Ms Birdsong Investigates Murder at Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka – with the title of Undercover – for those who’ve been awaiting this series about a former MI5 Intelligence Office, Lavinia Birdsong. There’s something for everyone who enjoys a good yarn and more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

I received “Undercover Crime Shorts” by Jane Risdon yesterday in my mailbox.
As I waited for some potatoes to boil, while I was cooking dinner, I took a peek into the book to see the first sentence. I kept thinking, “I’ll just finish this page,” but I kept reading at every spare moment. After only putting the book down to do chores or to sleep, I can say it took less than a day to read from beginning to end. It was like I was lassoed in and I couldn’t stop reading until I found out what happened next!
I highly recommend “Undercover Crime Shorts”, by Jane Risdon. You won’t be able to put it down.

Read the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RFRVL4P

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RFRVL4P

Also by Jane RisdonRead the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Risdon/e/B00I3GJ2Y

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Risdon/e/B00I3GJ2Y8/

Read more reviews and follow Jane on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831801.Jane_Risdon

Connect to Jane via her blog: https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/

The next author with a recent review is D.G. Kaye for Twenty Years: After “I Do” : Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging.

About Twenty Years: After “I Do”.

May/December memoirs.

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

A recent review for the book

DG Kaye beautifully chronicles twenty years of her marriage and along the way encapsulates the heart of unconditional love amid life’s challenges. What I loved so much was her honest retelling of those years, both good and challenging. I found myself nodding again and again while I read as she honed into what the fundamental requirements were to maintain a healthy relationship. Respect, laughter, intimacy and patience are the cornerstones of a solid foundation that can withstand the trials of daily living. This is, or should be required reading for anyone in a relationship whether married or in a partnership. The author touched on so many issues that impact all relationships. This novel is a keeper and one I will return to over and over again. I extend a heartfelt thank you to the author for her candor and the gift to all of us for this remarkable book.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077V386TL

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077V386TL

Other books by D.G. Kaye

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

Connect to Debby Gies on her blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com

The final review today is for Balroop Singh and her recently released poetry collection Moments We Love

About the collection

Moments of fragrant love that stand frozen in time, of dreams that dare not unfold, of passion that fleets by, of erratic joy that we meet at the crossroads of life, butterflies of time that add color to our dark moments to scare the demons away – I have gathered all of them in this book. Some of them whisper softly to create a magical aura while spring of life sings with them, trying to wipe silent tears. Mother Nature steps in with all her grandeur to breath quiet messages of tranquility.

Each poem would soothe your emotions with élan and add a dash of color to your life. Life – that doesn’t halt for your sad moments; that just floats by. You just need to dive in to soak in myriads of moments to discover how it could ignite positive tones. All the poems in this collection are imaginary but inspired from people around me, some of whom chose to share their frustrations and tremors with me. Sometimes I could read between the lines to pen my thoughts down.

Memories and moments merge here
Today when I return to share
The glow of rainbows
Embers of emotional entreaties
And smoldering debris.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

I find reading poetry extremely relaxing. It’s not something I read frequently, but when I do, I enjoy the moods verse conjures. Balroop Singh weaves words like a tapestry, In Moments We Loveshe touches on multiple aspects of love, the people we love, and events which shape our lives. Divided into three sections: Moments of Love, Moments of Harmony, and Moments that Make Life, each segment is supported by poems matching the theme.

Each reader will find verses that resonate with them. Plenty stood out for me but my two favorites have to be Do You Remember?and Spring Memories.

From Do You Remember:
Do you remember the days?
When we played with clouds,
Rolled in colors,
Wore them around
Drenched and smiled
When we splayed colors at each other.

The imagery throughout easily transports the reader to the setting or moment in time the author conjures. Some are filled with whimsy and wonder, others with melancholy, but all are beautifully rendered.

Read the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W57M462

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07W57M462

Also by Balroop Singh

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U

Read more reviews and follow Balroop on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340810.Balroop_Singh

Connect to Balroop via her blog: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm – thank you Sally.