Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Special – #Non-Fiction – #Anthology – #Pre-Order May 1st – Deep Down & Dirty Writing Secrets: : A Treasure Trove of Writing Tips

Delighted to share the news of an anthology that will be of interest to all writers who enjoy finding out tips and success stories shared by other authors. This is the case with  Deep Down & Dirty Writing Secrets: A Treasure Trove of Writing Tips on Pre-order for May 1st. You many recognise some of the authors, including John Maberry.

About the collection

Writing advice that gets you started and keeps you going.

Wouldn’t you love to have authors reveal the secrets of their successes to you? You get that in this collection of essays, many by award-winning authors, and all of them fine practitioners of the craft. Their insights provide you with tools, tips, and encouragement for your own writing.

From our editorial reviews: “…splendid line-up of writers” and “from creating to editing, this book is an essential…”


Using Internal and external dialogue
Laying out the heroine’s journey
Learning about editing
Writing a series
Connecting with Deep POV
Getting Started
Building a world Incorporating the spiritual


Writing for the internet
Constructing the memoir
Wielding the mighty question
Using oppression to fuel creativity

This book is special. Other advice books focus on one topic. We cover multiple topics, many with the depth and breadth you normally find in stand-alone works. All incorporate the experience that will help you bridge the gap between theory and actual practice. They include references that widen the scope of the information. Sharpen your pencils, open your computers, or start your voice recorders because within these pages, you’ll find the kind of advice and encouragement you need.

Share the wisdom of our Southwest community without leaving your own writing cocoon. Click now to join our authors:

Catalina Claussen, Alethea Eason, Chris Lemme, Kris Neri, E J Randolph, Kate Rauner, Eve West Bessier, Luanne Brooten, Sharleen Daugherty, John Maberry, Sharon Mijares, and Joni Kay Rose.

Some of the advance reviews for the collection

Joe Neri 5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Writers  Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2020

A lot of useful information is packed into this little book! Writing tips and creative advice from a wide spectrum of authors on a wide spectrum of topics. If you are a writer – published or not, fiction or nonfiction – there is at least one good idea, and probably much more, you will get from this book.

Hayra Nur 5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the trip Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2020

Our little New Mexico town has lots of artists, thus lots of studio and gallery tours. It’s a fine afternoon to walk around town and be welcomed to a close look at how they do it.

This little book is the same for word artists. A dozen writers take us in and open up about their particular interests and experiences and skills. There’s a sense of getting to know the people a bit, as well as what they have to say.

The variety! It’s a book to hop around in, not plow through. (But I never did find the dirty writing part.} I’m supposed to say that I received a free (ARC) copy. I did.

Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional advice for writers of all levels  Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2020

This book is packed with exceptional advice for writers of all levels. It is filled with wisdom, inspiration, and grounded, usable knowledge. I encourage you to look at the table of contents to get a sense of the immense amount of information here.

Buy the book at the pre-order pice for May 1st: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you found this book of interest and will head over to take advantage of the pre-order price.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday September 25th 2019 – John Maberry #Third Age, Patricia Furstenberg #SouthAfrica, Sandra J. Jackson #AuthorInterview

This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post today is from author John Maberry, who shares some of the key elements of enjoying life in the Third Age – and at 66 I am firmly into that bracket. The post covers many areas that we should all be addressing and I do suggest that you head over and enjoy the entire post..

Man looking to his left at question mark balloons

Sounds like some epic fantasy novel—The Third Age.
No, it’s really about what you hope will be golden years.

How do you make them the crowning point, the best years of your life? That’s what this article is about.

We will offer tips interspersed with the author’s own experiences in the Third Age. Also, plenty of links to other resources. Why is it called the Third Age? See this explanation.

Probably, there are things you never had time for while working, raising children or fulfilling other responsibilities. These years from 65 to 80 and beyond—or perhaps 55-90+ can be special.

More than sitting in a rocking chair on a porch. More than grilling in the backyard. More than sitting in a recliner watching movies or favorite shows. Nothing wrong with those choices, but there could be more to these years. That’s what this is about.

Before we get to the main content, there’s two possibilities. We will endeavor to cover both.

One, you’re planning ahead—you have a few years before you are part of it.
Two, you’re already in it—in which case you may need some quick help.

The Nutshell–the topics

  • Finding your dream(s) and actualizing them
  • Staying involved—don’t allow loneliness to creep up on you
  • Maintaining your health—so you can enjoy those years
  • Money—helps to have it but there’s alternatives if you don’t
  • Making the most of what you have—free or low cost activities
  • Financial planning or assistance for those who need it
  • Leaving money for others—family, charities, etc.

Head over to read this comprehensive and informative post in full:

John Maberry is the author of two books and you can find out more detail and the Amazon links from : Eagle Peak Press Books

The next post is from author Patricia Furstenberg who lives in South Africa. I am currently reading her novel Silent Heroes set in war torn Afghanistan and I am enjoying very much. In this post Pat celebrates South Africa’s Heritage Day which was yesterday, through pictures, nature, music, books and culture. It certainly brought back very happy memories of our time living there.

Heritage is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as: (1) property that descends to an heir and this is also the first known use of the word, 13th century; (2) something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor; (3) something possessed as a result of one’s natural situation or birth.

Here, in South Africa, it is the blend of our Rainbow Nation, of our diverse cultures, beliefs and traditions that we celebrate on the 24th of September, on Heritage Day.

In South Africa we love to cook… and eat:

Franschhoek, South Africa, image by @claudiofonte free on Unsplash.jpg

Cooking in Franschhoek, South Africa, image by @claudiofonte free on Unsplash.jpg

Food, image by @adalia free on Unsplash.jpg

Local food, image by @adalia free on Unsplash.jpg

Grilling lobster, Die Strandlooper, West Coast Peninsula, image by Unserekleinemaus, free on pixabay.jpg

Grilling lobster, Die Strandlooper, West Coast Peninsula, image by Unserekleinemaus, free on pixabay.jpg

SA braai by davyart- free pixabay.jpg

SA braai by davyart- free pixabay.jpg

Please head over to enjoy South Africa in wonderful images and music:

Patricia Furstenberg, Buy: Blog: Goodreads:

My final post today is from author Sandra J. Jackson who interviews Fantasy Author, Daryl J. Ball.

Daryl has published three books, two of which are a part of a series. Read on to discover more about Daryl’s journey as an author and learn a little about his personal life.

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

I read a lot as a kid, and I think everything we read impacts us in different ways so this is kind of hard to nail down. I can say though that it was somewhere around Grade 6 that I read “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis and that it ultimately led to my becoming the librarian at my church at the time despite my youth. I’m pretty sure it had some long-term impact on how I view things, but I don’t think I really realized its impact until I was writing my first book, The Tannis Project. The Screwtape Letters was written as a series of ongoing correspondence between a senior demon and his nephew. It’s considered an epistolary novel. It is the only one of that style I can ever recall reading until recently and The Tannis Project which is a series of blog posts written by a vampire can also be considered an epistolary novel.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

Head over and find out more about Daryl J. Ball and his fantasy books:

Sandra J. Jackson, Buy:
Website:  Goodreads:

Thanks for dropping in today and I do hope that you will head over to read this terrific posts in full.. thanks Sally.