Smorgasbord Daily Blogger – Monday 14th August, 2017 – Karen Ingalls, Nicholas Rossis, Charles Yallowitz, The Story Reading Ape with Jemima Pett


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Welcome to a new week of blogging highlights and to start us off is a post by Karen Ingalls.

Fascinating post by Karen Ingalls​ on the subject of tears.. if you think that on closer examination tears of sorrow are the same as tears of joy.. you would be wrong. Our emotions not only colour our judgement they create different patterns in our tears.

The geologic complexity of that secret place is what photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher explores in The Topography of Tears (public library) — a striking series of duotone photographs of tears shed for a kaleidoscope of reasons, dried on glass slides and captured in a hundredfold magnification through a high-resolution optical microscope. What emerges is an enthralling aerial tour of the landscape of human emotion and its the most stirring eruptions — joy, grief, gladness, remorse, hope — reminding us that the terra incognita of our interiority is better trekked with an explorer’s benevolent curiosity about the varied beauty of the landscape than with a conquistador’s forceful intent to control and sublimate. (Artist Maira Kalman affirmed this notion with great simplicity and poignancy in a page from her marvelous philosophical children’s book: “If you need to cry you should cry.”)

Head over and find out what the differences are between tears of joy, sorrow and other  emotional triggers: http://outshineovariancancer.blogspot.ie/2017/08/tears.html?spref=fb

Now something for the more technically minded of you who put pen to paper.. or fingers to the keyboard. The ultimate in writing apps that creates an environment and personal assistance to allow you to focus on getting your next bestseller published. Nicholas Rossis gives us all the details about this app and by the sounds of it, the next generation might just write the book for you… interesting to see the development in this kind of software and useful writers across the board from students to authors of all genres.

There are over 100 different kinds of text editors available on Windows and macOS. There are some alternatives to Microsoft Office for Linux OS, while Linux users do not have such a wide variety of choices when it comes to finding a light minimalist text editor.

Being a professional or an amateur writer, a student, a person who just needs to make some notes, there is always a need to write down some important stuff. For this purpose, there’s a new app you can install on any of your machines and use for writing texts of any kind. Write! App was developed with a distraction-free environment in mind, where users can focus only on what is important at any particular moment.
Introducing Write!

Read the rest of the post on this app: http://nicholasrossis.me/2017/08/11/introducing-write/

Charles Yallowitz with a well researched and fascinating look at shields.. essential reading for anyone who writes fight or battle scenes in historical or fantasy novels.

A while back, I was asked to write about the different types of shields. I’d already set up the posts for July to promote The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks, so here we are in August. This takes a lot more research than normal for me because I typically only used three types: Buckler, Large Round (Targe) , and Tower. So, I’m just going to list all the types and be informative:

Buckler– These are small shields that are about 18 inches in diameter. This doesn’t help much against projectiles, so it’s more useful in close combat. Even then, it won’t protect much against large weapons, so one could see it more as an offensive weapon that you can punch with. Supposedly, the Buckler is partially responsible for the term ‘Swashbuckler’ because it was used to give some defense while depending more on offense.

Targe– Also called a Target, this is a concave shield that is round and are what you probably think of first. They tend to be iron or wood or a combination, but they are big enough to protect the main body and head. Not at the same time though. Not really sure why it’s a rectangle up there since all the pictures I found were circular. Anyway, this is what would be one of the three standard shield types and shapes.
Roundel– Also called a Rondache, the second type is a bigger circle made of boards of light wood and rope. Then it was covered with leather or metal plates.

Check out all the other shields, shapes and uses: https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/08/14/shields-not-just-for-dinner-parties-any-more/

And to finish today.. a guest post on  The Story Reading Ape from Jemima Pett on the subject of naming your characters… we all have preconceived ideas about what someone is going to look like or behave, especially if they have names that remind you of someone you were not too keen on.. or very keen on.. And certainly when it comes to Jack Reacher, I had to put my prejudices aside…. love Tom Cruise but he is not 6ft 6inches tall.

Luke Skywalker

Elizabeth Bennet

Jack Reacher

Stephanie Plum

Indiana Jones

Bridget Jones

Zarko Fanwester

Each name probably leaps into your imagination. If you’ve seen them on film or tv, you may have a distinct image of them, too. How well do their names fit the personalities you treasure them for?

Luke Skywalker. Luke is a solid name; shades of biblical resonance, traditional. Skywalker; surely he isn’t a dirtfarmer or whatever they do in the desert where he lives. He belongs in the air, a pilot, at the very least. Is he a hero? Maybe not intentionally.

Find out more about the names and the images they conjure up: https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/08/13/63248/

I hope you have enjoyed this snapshot of great blog posts… see you again tomorrow.. thanks Sally

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Top to Toe -Female Reproductive System- OUTSHINING OVARIAN CANCER by Karen Ingalls


Smorgasbord Health 2017

This was first published last year but it is a message that is important and should be repeated regularly. My thanks to Karen for sharing her story and also the symptoms all women should be aware of.

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the reproductive system. Karen is an ovarian cancer survivor and therefore supremely qualified to write this article.. The post carries an important message about understanding how our bodies work and how we should be on the alert for anything that seems out of the ordinary.

OUTSHINING OVARIAN CANCER  by Karen Ingalls.

photo-on-2-14-16-at-139-pm-crop-u6133I am a retired registered nurse and had very limited education about gynecological diseases and cancers. From working in hospice I only knew that ovarian cancer is the deadliest one of all gynecologic cancers. My journey and initial diagnosis with ovarian cancer is not an unusual one.

I had gained a few pounds and developed a protruding stomach, both of which were unusual for me since I had always bordered on being underweight. When my weight continued to increase, I began an aggressive exercise and weight-loss program. I never considered these changes to be anything more than normal postmenopausal aging.

I saw my gynecologist for my routine PAP smear, which only determines the presence of cancer cells in the cervix. She could not get the speculum into my vagina and when she palpated my abdomen she felt a mass. I was rushed to get a CT scan, which revealed a very large tumor in my left lower abdomen. Two days later I had an appointment with a gynecologic-oncology surgeon for an evaluation.

A week later I had a hysterectomy by the gynecologic-oncology surgeon from which I learned the tumor was malignant. It is critically important that such a specialist in this field of oncology perform the surgery. They are experts and know what to look for and how to safely remove any tumors.

My surgery involved removing the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, omentum, ten lymph glands for microscopic investigation, and ten inches of my colon where the tumor had grown into. I am blessed that there were no cancer cells in my lymph glands or other organs. Two weeks later I was then started on chemotherapy for six rounds.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are subtle and common to many women so they are often ignored or attributed to something more benign. Most physicians do not consider the possibility of the presenting symptoms to be related to ovarian cancer. Often the woman is sent from one specialist to another, which I call the “Gilda Radner Syndrome.” With each passing day the cancer is growing and putting the woman at greater risk of being at a more terminal stage.

These are the most common symptoms:

*Abdominal bloating
*Pain in abdomen
*Low back pain
*Frequency of urination
*Changes in bowel habits
*Increased indigestion or change in appetite.
*Pain with intercourse
*Fatigue
*Unusual vaginal discharges
*Menstrual irregularities

If a woman experiences any of these symptoms for two weeks, it is recommended that she see her gynecologist and insist on an abdominal ultrasound and a CA125. The only laboratory-screening test currently available is a CA125 blood test, which unfortunately has a high incidence of false positives. We women need to be our own advocates and demand these inexpensive tests.

If the ultrasound and possibly a CT, MRI, or PET scans reveal a tumor, then in my opinion the woman must see a gynecologic oncologist. Typically the woman undergoes a debulking surgery, which is a complete hysterectomy and removal of any lymph nodes or any suspicious surrounding tissue or organs. The only way to accurately determine if cancer is present is through specimen testing of the tissue.

The risk factors are:

*Family or self-history of breast, colon, ovarian, or prostate cancers
*Eastern Jewish heritage (Ashkenazi)
*History of infertility drugs
*Never been pregnant
*BRCA 1 & BRCA 2 positive mutation
*Older than 60

I was staged at IIC and given a 50% chance of surviving 5 years. I had no family history of ovarian cancer and only one relative who had had breast cancer. I did not fit the typical criteria, and the BRCA1 and BRCA2 markers were negative for mutation. So the question, “Why did I get ovarian cancer?” remains unanswered and it is actually not an important one any longer.

The word cancer creates fear in everyone either mildly or extremely. Yet so often the things we fear are never as great as the fear itself. As a young person I had learned from my grandmother and adopted aunt that attitude, acceptance, and determination are the keys to facing a fear and to healing the body, mind, and spirit. Those women were, and still are today, w strong role models for me. They taught me about living a healthy lifestyle, which included a belief in God, exercise, good nutrition, positive thinking, healthy touch and meditation. These lifestyle choices had helped me face childhood abuse, divorce, alcoholic parents, and untimely deaths, and now they have helped me live with cancer.

I prefer to use the word challenge instead of problem, test, or trial. I like the word challenge because I envision positivity, learning, growing, and putting my best efforts forward. I did not think about being cured of the cancer, but more about how I can live my life with dignity, and what I am to learn from this new role as a woman with cancer. A family friend, Dr. LaJune Foster once said, “Look about for each bright ray of sunshine: cherish them, for in the days ahead they will light your path.” I deeply believe in this way of living.

I wrote about my journey with ovarian cancer to educate, support, and inspire women and their families. It is my own unique experience, but there are some common emotions, events, and experiences that all cancer survivors share. Like many others traveling this road, I have experienced valleys and mountaintops, darkness and rays of sunshine. I do not know what the future holds for me, but I have learned a lot about myself and met some incredibly courageous women.

The challenge of ovarian cancer was an opportunity for me to become a better person. My life is far richer and has the greater mission, which is to spread the word about this lesser known disease. I truly see each moment as a gift that is not to be taken for granted, but lived to its fullest with love. An important lesson I learned with the challenge of ovarian cancer is that the beauty of the soul, the real me, and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation. It outshines any negative experience.

  51gerumf7fl-_uy250_Buy the book: www.amazon.com/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir

Karen Ingalls is the author of the award-winning book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir; a volunteer with the Women & Girls’ Cancer Alliance of Florida Hospital and Women for Hospice; a public speaker; and an advocate for ovarian cancer awareness. Once a week she posts a blog about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality, and cancer. She resides in Central Florida with her husband. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

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She is the author of two novels: Novy’s Son and the award winning, Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Buy the books

www.amazon.com/Novys-Son

www.amazon.com/Davida-Model-Mistress

Connect with Karen on her websites and social media.

www.outshineovariancancer.com
www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com
www.twitter.com/KarenIngalls1
www.facebook.com/pages/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir
www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Ingalls/1473379352893458?sk=timeline
www.goodreads.com/kareningalls
www.linkedin.com/pub/karen-ingalls/37/509/ba8
www.kareningallsbooks.com
http://www.kareningalls.blogspot.com

My thanks to Karen for her detailed and inspirational post and it would be great if you could share the message on your own networks.. thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Karen Ingalls, Janice Spina and Fiona Tarr


Welcome to the update and we begin with an offer from Karen Ingalls whose book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is FREE from 4th – 8th June. You can also obtain signed copies direct from Karen for only $2.99 on  kareningalls1941@gmail.com. Karen is celebrating nine years clear of cancer and all proceeds go to research into this life threatening and certainly life changing disease.

About the book

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized how little she knew about what is called “the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, she redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.

In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that “the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radian. It is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Feb 22, 2017 Harmony Kent rated it it was amazing

Outshine is an Oavarian Cancer survivor’s memoir full of inspiration and hope. The author shares her journey from diagnosis to cure and the part her strong faith played in that process. This book would prove useful for those suffering from cancer as well as their caregivers and significant others. One line I love is, ‘… attitude, acceptance, and determination are important factors in healing the body, mind, and spirit.’ The writer learnt many life lessons along the way and shares these unashamedly for the reader’s benefit. At the end of the book, the author includes helpful questions, signs and symptoms, and a list of resources. Well written and honest, this is a book that can find a place on any shelf.

Read all the reviews and download the book FREE from 4th June:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

Also by Karen Ingalls

Read all the reviews, find out more about Karen Ingalls and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

Connect to Karen Ingalls: www.kareningallsbooks.com

Our next author to update is Janice Spina with her latest children’s book. Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe released a few days ago and illustrated by John Spina.

About the book

Jeffrey is a nervous giraffe due to a terrible storm on the day of his birth. He remembers that day and is frightened of any kind of noise or unexpected things happening to him. His mother tells him that he is stronger than he thinks. One day Jeffrey meets another giraffe who needs his help. Read this story in rhyme and find out what important lesson Jeffrey learns when he thinks of others before himself.

An early review

Jeffrey is a nervous young giraffe because he constantly remembers the day when he was born. There was a loud, scary thunderstorm that day so any noise at all made Jeffrey afraid. His mama taught him a little rhyme to repeat whenever he was scared, but it didn’t seem to help. One day something happens that changes everything for him and Jeffrey learns an important lesson. This is another delightful book by Janice Spina and children will love it. They’ll enjoy learning about Jeffrey’s problem, and especially about the valuable solution. I highly recommend this entertaining story. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Jeffrey-Jittery-Giraffe-Janice-Spina/dp/0998240435

A selection of books also by Janice Spina.

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy:https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Connect to Janice via her website: https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com

Our next author Fiona Tarr has just released the fourth book in the Covenant of Grace series. First let’s set the scene by looking at Destiny of Kings the first in the series.

The beginning of the series – Destiny of Kings – FREE on Kindle currently.

The King is going slowly mad, bewitched by the dark magic and seductive powers of the Egyptian Princess. As war breaks out, his trusted General seeks to raise an army and will find a young shepherd boy, bound for greatness.

General Martinez grows tired of the fighting and craves retirement until he meets the Priestess and the strange little Holy man who share a prophecy that cannot be ignored.

The General must now choose between the life of a young boy and his life long friend and King. Death is inevitable and when it comes, pain will follow…..

Behind the scenes:
A controversial twist on the Old Testament story of King David. Where dark magic, prophecy and religious turmoil reign.  A different kind of fantasy

One of the recent reviews for Destiny of Kings on Amazon

This is the first book in the Covenant of Kings trilogy. A fast paced Biblical tale of King David, his battle with Goliath and his affair with a married woman, Bathsheba.. Lots of suspense, emotion, witchcraft, revenge and drama. I received this book during a free promotion and voluntarily chose to review it. I really enjoyed this book and think you will also.

Download the Kindle version of the book FREE: https://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Kings-Heroic-Fantasy-Covenant-ebook/dp/B00KNQ6EYC

The other books in the series

The series so far is also available as a Kindle boxed set for only $3.99: https://www.amazon.com/Covenant-Grace-Boxed-Set-1-3-ebook/dp/B01MYSABI9

The latest book in the series – Heir of Vengeance

Egypt is rising, as the House of David is beginning to crumble.

A promised betrothal threatens to drive a wedge between David and those closest to him, but that isn’t the real issue. Jezebel can feel her powers returning and when she disappears, General Martinez fears the worst.

The Palace is rife with politics and when the plotting is revealed, death will follow….

‘Wow, absolutely amazing.’ Claire Simpson
‘I was absolutely enthralled. I believe it is the best one yet.’ Debra Foster

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Vengeance-Heroic-Fantasy-Covenant-ebook/dp/B071W4F3S5

Find out more about Fiona Tarr and connect via her Website/blog: http://atime2write.com.au

Thank you very much for dropping by today and please let me know your thoughts and sharing would be much appreciated. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Karen Ingalls and Paul Cude


Welcome to the spot where you can showcase your latest review on Amazon, Goodreads or on a review blog. Karen Ingalls has received a five star review by Angela Kay on Lit World Interviews for her book Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir.

The memoir won first place at the 2012 Indie Excellence Book Awards in the the category of women’s health. It was a top three finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award of 2012 in the two categories of health and self-help.

The purpose of the book is to provide information about this too often deadly disease, and offer hope and inspiration to women and their families.

All proceeds go to ovarian cancer research.

About the book

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized ho little she knew about what is called “the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, she redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.

In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that “the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radian. It is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

Review by Angela Kay for Lit World Interviews: https://litworldinterviews.com/2017/05/23/outshine-an-ovarian-cancer-memoir-bookreview-kingallsauthor/

I found this story incredibly informative and inspiring. There is little greater fear than hearing you have cancer—no matter whether you have a long family history of those that battled the disease or if it’s completely taking you by surprise. Most, if not all, of us, knows someone that has or had cancer. We usually watch from the outside looking in at how the person fighting for their life chooses to deal. Karen Ingalls gives us her firsthand, raw experience with one of the leading causes of death: ovarian cancer.

It’s a short book and I finished it in one sitting, finding myself wishing there was more. I couldn’t set it down and I’m amazed at how uplifting people can be when dealing with cancer. For me, this book isn’t just about fighting cancer or even teaching others about the seriousness of the issue. It’s about how she not only relied on her family and friends for comfort, but she relied on Jesus Christ’s unconditional love and grace. As I read through Karen’s story, I could see how her faith in the Holy Spirit grew stronger. Sure, she had her ups and downs, but she’s human. Still, she leaned on her faith, rather than crying out “Why me, Lord?”

At the end of the book, she listed signs to look for in ovarian cancer (formerly known as “the silent killer.”) and question suggestions for the patient and their families. I highly recommend reading Outlook: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. It’s a quick, easy read, tightly and well written. Although I found myself fighting back tears, there were places where I giggled at the humor.

Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

Read some of the over 50 reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

Also by Karen Ingalls

Read all the reviews, find out more about Karen Ingalls and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

Connect to Karen Ingalls: www.kareningallsbooks.com

My next review is for Paul Cude whose first book Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past. If you love dragons and FREE books then you are in luck as you can download the Kindle version for Amazon and Epub from Smashwords
About the book

Ever been addicted? Most people have at some point, but it was different for these three. They’d become addicted to their respective sports: hockey, lacrosse and rugby. What’s wrong with that? Nothing, apart from the fact they’re DRAGONS, living in the present day, in a world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them.

Three young dragons, a master mantra maker, and a complete dragon stranger with more than a little history attached to him, become caught up in an evil plot by a sinister newcomer to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past?

Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound? Or how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes?
In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon team sports, you’ll learn the true story of George and the Dragon, get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile!  You’d be flamin’ mad to miss it.

The latest review for the book. 

Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is such a book.

The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.

The book synopsis says it all; “Ever been addicted? Most people have at some point, but it was different for these three. They’d become addicted to their respective sports: hockey, lacrosse and rugby. What’s wrong with that? Nothing, apart from the fact they’re DRAGONS, living in the present day, in a world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them.

Three young dragons, a master mantra maker, and a complete dragon stranger with more than a little history attached to him, become caught up in an evil plot by a sinister newcomer to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past?

Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound? Or how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes?

In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon team sports, you’ll learn the true story of George and the Dragon, get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile!…”

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens next, you’ll just have to turn the pages yourself to find out!

This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a spellbinding journey!

It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!

I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Paul Cude in the future. I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars from me.

Read all the reviews and download the book for FREE: https://www.amazon.com/Bentwhistle-Dragon-Threat-Past-Paul-ebook/dp/B00PDZ2R2G

Download for FREE in Epub on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/286035

Also by Paul Cude

Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Cude/e/B007339206

Read more reviews and follow Paul on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5368048.Paul_Cude

Connect to Paul Cude via his website: http://www.bentwhistlethedragon.co.uk/

Thank you for dropping by and if you have a recent review for your book that you would like to share drop me a line to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author update – Gigi Sedlmayer, Karen Ingalls and Kristina Stanley


Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

The first of today’s author updates is for Gigi Sedlmayer who not only has a recent review for Encounter, Book Four of The Talon Series, but is also moving to her new site in early February.. It will be still on WordPress but self-hosted.. If you already follow Gigi you will be migrated over but if you click on follow on the new site you can sign up for her notifications.. Full details are here. https://gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com/

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The poachers are back – and they are looking for Talon! They are doing everything in their power to capture him, and if they can’t get him alive, will kill him. Determined to get him at all costs the poachers run up against the might and will of Tamo, Tima and Talon.It is war. The poachers against the condors, Matica and the Indians – with the poachers even taking hostages to win the war.With the help of Tamo and Tima, Talon and Matica do the impossible knowing they have to capture and stop the poachers or they will be back.Between the poachers shooting at the condors, the crows playing their part, and Tamo being shot and injured, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved condors.Action-packed from beginning to end, Talon Encounter will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The most recent review of Encounter.

The saga of “little” Matica is an inspirational and heartwarming story for all ages. “Talon Encounter,” expresses the courage, intelligence, wisdom and cunning of not only of a small in stature girl, but of her beloved condors as well! Unscrupulous poachers are back, threatening the villagers, family, and friends…intent on killing animals for profit. Can they be thwarted by Matica and her winged friend Talon before their horrendous plans are carried through?

Come and join in the adventure and excitement in this continuing story set in the beautiful forest of Peru. Bravo to author Gigi Sedlmayer for another heartfelt tale of inspiration and bravery in the face of adversity! Highly recommended!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Encounter-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B018FNCA6K/

Also by Gigi Sedlmayer

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

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Connect to Gigi via her website: https://gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com/

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

The next author update is for Karen Ingalls whose book Davida – Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens has been receiving wonderful reviews.

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the premier American sculptor from 1880-1920. Though he was married and had a son, he fell in love with his model, Davida Johnson Clark. Their love affair lasted over twenty-five years and from which one son was born.

This fictionalized version of a true event is written by their great-granddaughter. It is her intent to bring honor and respect to Davida as a woman who was unconditionally in love with Augustus. Their son, Louis suffered all his life with the label bastard given to him during his childhood and she intends to remove that label.

She also wants to bring recognition to the wonderful talent and artistic contributions made by Saint-Gaudens.

In the book the reader will be introduced to some of the great works of art by Saint-Gaudens, the moral values during this Victorian era, and some historical facts.

One of the most recent reviews.

Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is a fictional memoir and is my first read in a fictional memoir genre. Ingalls’ infused bits and pieces into this memoir based on a true story, true characters, and true family history. I felt like I was truly in the time period that this memoir recreates, and it shows how Ingalls’ did her research in this well-written book.

Ingalls’ writing made the characters come to life in such a manner that I was compelled to look up Augustus Saint-Gaudens and see his works. I now know that one piece of his sculptures, William Tecumseh Sherman, which is located on a corner of New York’s Central Park has been a piece I’ve studied and photographed on every trip I have made to New York City.

Ingalls writing is perfectly edited and extremely well written. This is intimate and sad love story is filled with all the emotions one would expect from a story of this type, as well as the additional emotional parts since Saint-Gaudens was married at the time. I place this book in the adult category of memoir due to some mature scenes and the fact that this is a love triangle. I was sad for Davida as I felt she deserved more in her life than what she had, or lack of thereof. I felt the hurt of all three in this love triangle, and I don’t favor one character over another. Davida was Saint-Gaudens’ model mistress and she bore a child out of wedlock, and this child suffered the most – for all of his life actually, as illegitimate, and not belonging to a society simply due to his birth status. He fought his whole life to tamper down his birth, and all that happened to him, working on living a life separate from his true birth, and living a life of bitterness and hate. Ingalls’ weaved historical truth and fictionalized parts so well that this is truly a perfect read. I highly recommend this memoir!

Read all the excellent reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Davida-Model-Mistress-Augustus-Saint-Gaudens/dp/1530397871

Also by Karen Ingalls

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Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

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Connect to Karen through her website: http://www.kareningallsbooks.com

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The third author in the update is Kristina Stanley and a new review for her book Avalanche the third book in The Stone Mountain series.

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On a cold winter morning, the safe at Stone Mountain Resort is robbed, and Kalin Thompson’s brother, Roy, suspiciously disappears. As Director of Security, Kalin would normally lead the investigation, but when her brother becomes the prime suspect, she is ordered to stay clear.

The police and the president of the resort turn their sights on Kalin, who risks everything to covertly attempt to clear Roy’s name. As threats against her escalate, she moves closer to uncovering the guilty party. Is Kalin’s faith in her brother justified? Or will the truth destroy her?

In her third installment of The Stone Mountain Mystery Series, Kristina Stanley begins the novel with her signature nail-biting tension. She immediately plunges the reader into the middle of an avalanche and we find out very quickly that “…Roy’s headlamp burst to life, eerily illuminating his surrounding snow coffin.” Lovely sentence.

Kristina Stanley maintains tension and suspense throughout the novel, whether it has to do with the protagonist’s decision to take an appealing job offer that might tear apart her newly married relationship with Ben, or, this being a mystery, on solving a murder.
I’ve had Avalanche on my Kindle since last June. When the weather started to turn cold and snow covered the ground I pulled up the novel. Avalanche is perfect to take on a ski holiday or to sit by a fireplace, sipping hot cocoa or tea and getting lost in the tangles of relationships.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Avalanche-Stone-Mountain-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B01F6232M4

Also by Kristina Stanley

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Discover more about the books and buy: http://www.amazon.com/Kristina-Stanley/e/B0106J097I

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Connect to Kristina via her Website/Blog: http://kristinastanley.com/blog/

There are two author promotions on the blog at the moment..

If you are in the bookstore already then please let me know of any new book releases or recent reviews so that I can share that in a Cafe and Bookstore update.

If you are not already in the bookstore then please take a look at the details in the post and then contact me with your information.

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Thanks very much for dropping by and as always welcome your feedback.. Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, Karen Ingalls, Janice Spina and Cynthia Reyes


Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

Throughout the year over 120 authors have been promoted weekly on the blog and their books now reside in the virtual bookstore along with their buy links and websites. In the run up to Christmas I will be visiting all the authors in the store and checking for updates and new reviews on their most recent books. If you are in the bookstore and have recently published a new book, received a rave review then please let me know.. Sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

My first update today is for author Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene who has delighted us over recent years with her vibrant and enchanting weekly series. Many of us have contributed ‘three things’ in the hopes that Teagan would weave her magic around them and we have all said… that needs to be a book .. and  a film.  Thankfully Teagan has published what we hope is just the first of the books based on her stories. Three Things Serial is also part of a promotion at the moment for a free signed copy and two digital copies. Full details can be found here:  https://teagansbooks.com/2016/12/02/book-launch-the-three-things-serial-story/

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About the Three Things Novella

Everything about this story was determined by the random “things” readers sent. Absolutely nothing was pre-planned. First came the narrator, Pip, aka Paisley Idelle Peabody. I imagined the voice of Lucille Ball as Pip, telling a story of her youth. Then came the 1920s setting, inspired by oscillating fan. Next the “things” brought characters, particularly Andy who came back for another serial. Eventually a thing gave me the Florida setting. I think you get the idea of how this worked.

Pip, a modern woman — a flapper, begins the first of several adventures. In this story a mysterious white-haired woman is kidnapped. Pip finds a bent key, a scrap from a special quilt, strange tattoos and other “things.” Later, Pip and her friends find themselves on a luxurious yacht where they encounter figures from history and celebrities of the era. The mystery comes to the forefront when they reach the destination, the gilded mansion, Ca d’Zan.

Also by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

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One of the latest reviews for Atonement Tennessee

Engaging Urban Fantasy By tpolen on November 14, 2016

This book had me at old estate and cemetery – how can you resist a description like that? I settled in with it on a Friday evening and finished it Saturday afternoon.

Upon meeting the mostly charming characters (you’ve always got to throw some loathesome/questionable characters in the mix) in Atonement, you just know they all have a story to tell or a secret they’re hiding and you won’t want to put the book down until learning all there it to know about them. Small town settings seem to have the best eccentric residents and make for fascinating, entertaining reads and Atonement is no exception. The book is primarily told from Ralda’s POV, but being a cat fan, I especially enjoyed the sections with Lilith the cat’s POV and think she’s deserving of her own book.

With a mystery, paranormal elements, and a touch of romance, the author has crafted a fun, engaging read that I’d recommend to urban fantasy fans. I look forward to reading the sequel – or perhaps Lilith’s book (maybe?) in the future.

And some previous comments about the book.

I enjoyed reading Atonement Tennessee and like the writing of Teagan Geneviene. The story is told effectively with a changing point of view. We enjoy a third person narrative in describing Lilith’s activities when alone.

Who do I recommend it to? If you like spooky tales, old houses, mystery, cats, legends, magic and stories about women I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Ah, let’s not forget

Read all the wonderful reviews and BUY the books: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

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Connect to Teagan via her blog: https://teagansbooks.com/

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My next update is for Karen Ingalls and her book published earlier in the year, Davida Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The book continues to receive excellent reviews since its promotion on the blog.

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the premier American sculptor from 1880-1920. Though married he fell in love with his model, Davida Johnson Clark and their love affair lasted more than twenty-five years. This fictionalized account will introduce the reader to some of the great art, historical facts, and the moral values of that era.

The author is the great-granddaughter from this union and her purpose in writing the book is to bring recognition to Davida and remove any negative stigma to her. Her grandfather suffered his whole life from being labeled a bastard while growing up and this story is intended to remove that label.

How can a love affair last for such a long period of time? What affect did it have on his career? How did his wife and son cope with their being a second family?

This is a compelling and beautiful love story that has needed to be told.

The most recent reviews.

Based on a true story, the author attempts to re-create the relationship between her great grandfather and his mistress (her great grandmother). The book is well-researched and includes chapter notes that explain sources and limitations. I found these notes very helpful, and I admire the author’s faithfulness in reporting the facts.

The book is also well-edited, so reading the book is a pleasure. The photos at the end of the book (of her grandfather’s sculptures and of Davida herself) are fascinating. In the end, one has to wonder, who are we to judge. Love can’t be imprisoned by tradition or the practices of the day. It erupts unexpectedly and creates its own reality.

Ingalls had my attention in her first paragraph as she introduced her main character (Albertina/Davida) on her steamship passage from Sweden to the United States in 1876. While the main theme is the love story between her famous sculptor great-grandfather and his model mistress great-grandmother, the nuances of immigration to a new land, the art world, having a child out of wedlock, and raising a fatherless child all lend themselves to a gripping saga of love, grief, misery, joy and challenge. I believe the book is well written and does a marvelous job of weaving the known facts about the characters with imaginative details of what might have been. It is a fascinating story that will leave you wondering and wishing it would go on.

Read the many excellent reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Davida-Model-Mistress-Augustus-Saint-Gaudens/dp/1530397871

Also by Karen Ingalls

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Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

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Connect to Karen through her website: http://www.kareningallsbooks.com

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Award winning children’s author Janice Spina is celebrating four years of blogging and has enjoyed an exceptional year with the release of both children’s books and another book for those of us who are young at heart. https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/blogging-anniversary-special-promotions/

She is offering both of her novels, Hunting Mariah and How Far Is Heaven (Kindle copies) at the discounted price of .99 cents each – that is a discount of 81%. Now you must take advantage of this wonderful offer before you lose out. The promotion will run from 12/4/16 – 12/11/16 in time for Christmas shopping. Remember the price goes back up to $4.99 on 12/12/16.

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An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.

Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp. Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended?

One of the five star reviews for the book

This book held me on the edge of my seat from page one. The serial killer is introduced in a blood-curdling prologue rife with suspense, leaving the reader most eager to turn the page. When Mariah makes her appearance, she finds herself in a strange place, terrified and suffering from amnesia. This spawns the question: Is she already in the clutches of the “school girl killer”?

The author impregnates her story with intrigue by shrouding her main characters in mystery. Unknown to Mariah, their lives are intertwined and bear on each other significantly. Suspense builds as the veil is slowly lifted on each one’s secret, closely guarded for the sake of Mariah’s safety. Deeply rooted in the past, these secrets now threaten to explode into the present.

With a shocking introduction and seeding her story with crumbs of revelation, J. E. Spina captures and holds the reader’s interest throughout this action-packed tale of mystery and suspense. She gives nothing away until the very end, and then adds an epilogue that will delight horror fans.

I closed this book feeling that I’d just seen a very entertaining movie ~ and wearing a smile of utter satisfaction.

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About How Far is Heaven published this year.

Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla.

One of the recent reviews for the book

How Far is Heaven” is a spectacular story of a young family, Parker, his wife, Priscilla and their children, Robbie and Deanna. Parker and Priscilla were deeply in love and enjoying a wonderful life together until Parker mysteriously disappears without a trace. The story is captivating. I didn’t ant to put it down. You can feel the emotions of the story so deeply that it brought me to tears. You’ll be astounded by the connection between Parker and Priscilla that even death can’t sever.

There’s no doubt you’ll love the story as much as I did. It’ magical. Award-winning author, Janice Spina, should be extremely proud of her abundant talents. She wove the story perfectly. I highly recommend it.

A small selection of Janice’s children’s books

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Discover all of Janice’s books, read the reviews and BUY: https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

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Connect to Janice via her website: https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com/

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My last update today is for An Honest House by Cynthia Reyes and is the sequel to her memoir A Good Home.

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About the book

Picking up from the early days of her recovery from a car accident, as told in her first book, “A Good Home,” she shares in this new book intensely lyrical stories of life with her husband in her historic farmhouse north of Toronto.

You will hear the birds sing, smell the flowers in their beautiful gardens, and taste the red currant jelly and other dishes from plants grown on their property.

You will be challenged as the author immerses you in the reality of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and the courage it takes to live with chronic pain.

And you will say a wrenching farewell to the farmhouse as she opens a new chapter in a life still devoted to creating beauty out of the materials that life serves up to her, be they dark and haunting or light and joyful.

The most recent reviews for An Honest House.

This book is masterfully written. It is a continuation of her first book “A Good Home”, but you don’t have to read that to enjoy this one. She hooked me with the first page when she talked about the house as if it had its own personality and character. The house and yard were one of the constants through her struggle to recover from an accident. Sometimes the house helped, sometimes not. Her husband was another part of the constant in her life and this book is part love story.

Cynthia doesn’t clean things up for the readers, but gives an honest look into the struggles and difficulties she has had to deal with. She doesn’t give a three step path for overcoming, but rather a day to day encouragement to keep going in spite of where you find yourself. Her ability to involve herself in the lives of others, even while facing such struggles herself, was inspiring. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to understand the day to day struggle of someone with PTSD. I would also highly recommend it as an excellent memoir that sweeps you away into her life.

Her first book I read in a weekend. This one I took longer, just because I wanted it to last. Not everything is resolved, so I hope to see another book down the road.

An honest account of the author’s transformation, through pain and through faith, from a young woman of high energy and ambition to an older, wiser, more compassionate person. Irresistible. Worth reading “A Good Home” first.

A must read!! on July 24, 2016

This is a beautifully written continuation of Cynthia Reyes’ first book, “A Good Home”. “An Honest House” takes you deeper into the struggles of a wonderful life quickly changed in the blink of an eye. Cynthia shares her personal challenges of every day life after a car accident and the PTSD that followed. With the love of her family and friends she finds a way to cope with her chronic pain and does not let it define her. She inspires with her words, strength and courage!!

As with her first book, I found myself lost in her writing feeling many emotions through the pages and not wanting it to end. As soon as I finished it, I quickly read it again!!

Also by Cynthia Reyes

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Read the reviews for both books and BUY: https://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

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Connect to Cynthia Reyes via her blog: https://cynthiasreyes.com/

Thank you for dropping in to the post this morning and as always very grateful if you could share to spread the news about these authors and their news. Sally

Smorgasbord Open House – Award Winning author Karen Ingalls.


smorgasbord open house twoMy guest today is Karen Ingalls, the author of two novels and an award winning non-fiction book. Her journey as a writer began as a child, writing poems and short stories which were Karen’s way of dealing with various life changing events. She is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and supports other authors in the club in posts on her blogs.

Karen’s non-fiction book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, won first place at the 2012 Indie Excellence Book Awards in the the category of women’s health. It was a top three finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award of 2012 in the two categories of health and self-help.

The purpose of the book is to provide information about this too often deadly disease, and offer hope and inspiration to women and their families. Karen is a retired RN and has a master’s degree in human development. She faced the challenge of ovarian cancer with the same tools when she dealt with abuse, alcoholic parents, divorce, and untimely deaths. All proceeds from the book go to ovarian cancer research

Her first novel, Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius, is about Murray Clark, who sought love and acceptance from his father, who had been raised as the bastard child of the famous sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. After reading Iron John by Robert Bly, Karen recognized what was missing in her father’s life.

Davida is Karen’s second novel. It is about the love affair between her great-grandfather Augustus Saint-Gaudens and her great-grandmother Davida Johnson Clark. Very little is known about Davida except her role as a model for many of the sculptor’s famous works.

Karen Ingalls is a Californian by birth, a Minnesotan in her heart, and a contented Florida retiree. She loves gardening, golfing, and reading, but her real passion is writing.

Let’s take a more detailed look at Karen’s books and reviews.

About Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir

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When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage II Ovarian Cancer, she realized how little she knew about what was once called ”the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, Ingalls redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.

In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that ”the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation.”
Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is a story of survival, and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

Some of the many positive reviews for the book.

More Than a Story, This Is a Journey By Bethany Turner on September 14, 2015

From the very beginning, it is clear that Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir will do more than tell a story. It will take us on a journey.

We seem to shy away from talking about Ovarian Cancer. As a two-time Ovarian Cancer survivor myself, I know just how true that can be. It’s called the silent killer, but it’s as if somewhere along the line that came to mean we should stay silent. Thankfully, Karen Ingalls did not stay silent. In this beautiful, touching memoir, she shares with us her reality. And as she does, we realize that we stay silent because silence is easy. What the author has done is not easy, but it makes a difference, and I for one am extremely grateful that she shared her journey with us.

Very positive By Future Boy on November 6, 2014

Very positive story. I like the author’s frame of mind and her very useful tips for avoiding, confronting, and surviving cancer, whatever form it might take.

She also writes in an easy-to-follow, conversational style that never makes for dull reading. The inclusion of uplifting quotes and the frequent, but not overwhelming, mentions of her spiritual faith are touching.

Thank you for your service to the millions of us who do not have cancer, and for those of us who may get cancer someday.

The novels by Karen Ingalls.

Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius – a biographical novel

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From his early childhood, Murray Clark sought love and acceptance from his father, who was raised as the bastard child of a famous artist. Murray struggled with jealousy toward his younger brothers, and he questioned the morals and values of people around him.

As an adult, Matthew lived life his way, with years of lying, womanizing, and heavy drinking. Though married four times, did he ever find unconditional love?

Would Murray’s high intelligence, his love for his two daughters, and his unique philosophy of life help him rise above his demons?

One of the reviews for the book

An unflinching look inside the head of a flawed man By James B on February 8, 2016

The thing that struck me the most about this biographical novel was the way the author, Karen Ingalls, was able to reflect social changes surrounding the main character, Murray.

Ingalls does a great job of putting us into the life of a boy growing up in 1920s California. And from the morals and parenting styles of that era, she adds a new light to universal coming-of-age dramas. Puberty, the opposite sex, and sibling rivalry. This first part of the book reminded me of the brothers’ story in East of Eden, right down to one brother going off to war and even some shockers involving paternity.

As Murray reaches adulthood, we see that he is a very capricious (and somewhat frustrating) protagonist. He can’t seem to stay focused on anything for very long, and that includes wives, mistresses, jobs, entrepreneurial ventures—even his own children are neglected. He’s always envisioning slights or plots against him, and his default reaction to these perceived injustices is to storm away from the problem and ignore it. Still, if you like flawed characters who represent the tumultuous and indulgent decades of the 60s and 70s, you may be very intrigued by Murray. Think Mad Men’s Don Draper.

And it’s interesting to see Murray’s lifestyle come full circle as he reaches his nineties and find himself more and more dependent on healthcare workers and his semi-estranged family.

About Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens

51UoH+3YtiL._UY250_Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the premier American sculptor from 1880-1920. Though married he fell in love with his model, Davida Johnson Clark and their love affair lasted more than twenty-five years. This fictionalized account will introduce the reader to some of the great art, historical facts, and the moral values of that era.

The author is the great-granddaughter from this union and her purpose in writing the book is to bring recognition to Davida and remove any negative stigma to her. Her grandfather suffered his whole life from being labeled a bastard while growing up and this story is intended to remove that label.

How can a love affair last for such a long period of time? What affect did it have on his career? How did his wife and son cope with their being a second family?

This is a compelling and beautiful love story that has needed to be told.

One of the reviews for the book.

Read and Heed By Book Maven on June 21, 2016

Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is a fictional memoir (not my usual genre) based on conjecture of true history. The characters are believable and well-defined, making poor decisions that result in both joy and grief, as is the case too often in real life. The main character maintains a good attitude, but her lot in life saddened me.

The history is well-researched making it easy to feel the way life moved and changed from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. I had to go look up Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ actual works which are amazing. The writing is well-edited; the pace is relaxed, and it is written in third person (which I prefer). It is geared for adult readers due to a couple of explicit scenes.

BUY KAREN INGALLS BOOKS: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

The blogger
Karen has a weekly blog on relationships, health, facing life’s challenges, and spirituality. A second weekly blog for authors and avid readers.

There is no doubt that excessive sugar is not healthy for humans as there is an increased risk of obesity and related diseases such as diabetes and certain cancers. However, sugar has also been associated with the accelerated growth of cancer cells. Karen provides a details and informed post on sugars in general and the my ths surrounding it and cancer.

http://outshineovariancancer.blogspot.ie/2016/06/to-have-sugar-or-not.html

Karen’s second blog is a showcase for authors and you will find some excellent interviews including this with Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko.

http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/2016/06/spotlight-author-joy-nwosu-lo-bamijoko.html

Now I have great pleasure in welcoming Karen this morning and handing over to her to answer the questions she has chosen about her family history, favourite leisure pastimes, choice of actor to play her lead character and which guests she would like to entertain for dinner.

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Where were you born and can you tell us something about the history of your place of birth or any interesting historical fact?

I was born in San Diego, California in the hospital that my great aunt Helen started. She was a nurse who had a vision for good and fair nursing care in a hospital. She started her dream in a boarding house on Park Blvd; then expanded to another building on Date Street; and finally completing her dream with her own hospital named Quintard Hospital.

It was a 50 bed hospital with an emergency room, small surgical suite, and a penthouse on the top floor where she and her husband lived. My dad, grandfather and uncle with the aid of some other workers built the hospital brick by brick. My sister and I were both born there, which is a wonderful thing to claim in our heritage. Unfortunately the hospital was torn down around 1962 unable to compete with the new health care programs and hospitals being built in surrounding areas.

Which is your favorite leisure pastime?

I love to play golf. I wish I were better but I love the challenge to my athleticism, sense of reading greens, and understanding the mechanics of the swing and stance. I would love to get a hole-in-one which I know is just plain lucky, but it would be a great accomplishment for someone like me who has been playing golf for 40 years. One of the best things about playing golf is being with friends and nature. Whether it is cold, windy, and cloudy I would rather be outside with nature. On courses I have seen deer in Minnesota, hawks in Arizona, and eagles, hawks, and many alligators in Florida. One time my ball landed about ten feet from a very large alligator who was enjoying the warm afternoon sun. I left my ball where is was and dropped another one further away. I was not interested in being his lunch!

If you are an author and one of your books was selected to be made into a film; who would you like to play your main character and why?

My most recent book titled Davida is based on the true story of the love affair between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his model, Davida. He was America’s premier sculptor from 1880 to 1925.

I am not as familiar with today’s young actresses. I think Emily Blunt might be a possibility with her simple beauty. If Ingrid Bergman were alive, she would be the perfect actress. Davida was considered by Saint-Gaudens as the epitome of beauty…the ethereal woman. It was not just her physical beauty, but her mental and spiritual beauty. She was kind, gentle, sweet, and naturally beautiful. It would take a very gifted actress to capture her essence.

Which four famous guests would you ask to a dinner party and why?

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The first person who came to mind was Mahatma Gandhi. I admire his strength of faith, his ability to lead, and his the principals by which he lived. What a better place each of our lives would be in if we adopted at least one of his gifts.

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Mother Teresa would also be at my dinner party for the same reasons as Gandhi.

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James Michener’s gift of retelling history in a biographically fictionalized way was most interesting and I read every one of his books. I do not know but I do believe he was a spiritual man which Gandhi and Mother Teresa were.

51Jeir2TMeL._SX392_BO1,204,203,200_My final guest would be Augustus Saint-Gaudens who had the beautiful gift to express his spirituality through sculpture. In his personal life I believe he sought that peace and contentment which I believe the other guests had.

The round table sitting would be in clock-wise: Gandhi, Saint-Gaudens, Mother Teresa, James Michener, and then me. The round table would be simply set with delicious vegetarian dishes. I would start the conversation by asking them each to describe their vision of God and how He did or did not influence their lives. They each made incredible contributions to the world and I believe we all have some great lessons to learn from them just as they do from each other.

All the above books are available from https://www.amazon.com

My projects for this year:
My number one project is to promote my newest novel, Davida which was just published in March 2016. I just started a new blog site (www.kareningalls.blogspot.com) for writers and avid readers. My purpose is to help other authors and to bring awareness about old and new books to the reading audience. I like doing interviews because a personality comes forth. He or she is not “just an author,” but a human being with hopes, dreams, and frailties like all of us.

My goal is to get a minimum of 100 followers for the new blog site, and increase the followers of my first blog site (www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com). At this site I blog about health/wellness, relationships, and spirituality. Here again I invite guest bloggers including authors and writers.

My goal for 2016 is to do at least one presentation each month about one or all of my books. Aside from those my goal is to do a gynecologic cancer presentation at least once a month and write monthly articles for blogs, websites, and journals.

Sally, thank you again for the opportunity to share a little about myself with you. If you need any clarification or more information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Connect with Karen on her blogs and social media.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY
Goodreads: http://goodreads.comKareningalls
Website onehttp://www.outshineovariancancer.com (one website)
Website Two:  http://www.kareningallsbooks.com (second website)
Blog:  http://outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com
Blog:  http://kareningalls.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KIngallsAuthor
Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/kcingalls
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Ingalls/1473379352893458
LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/karen-ingalls

My thanks to Karen for sharing her work, family history and passions with us. As always would be delighted to receive your comments and if you could share on your own networks that would be great.