Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 9th May 2017 – Sue Vincent, Kevin Morris, Texas Wine, J. A. Allen, Michelle Proulx


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There is one event in our lives that is hard to avoid and that is death. But it has provided writers across the board with a wonderful subject to explore.  Poet Kevin Morris is the guest of Sue Vincent and discusses this exploration of death by sharing some poetry including his own on the topic.

It is frequently remarked that “the only things certain in life are death and taxes”. While this old adage contains much truth, one may, perhaps rephrase it to read thus, “the only thing certain in life is that poets will write about death”.

One of the finest poems concerning mortality is, in my opinion Ernest Dowson’s “Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam”:

“They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,

Love and desire and hate:

I think they have no portion in us after

We pass the gate.

Read the poetry and the rest of the post: https://scvincent.com/2017/05/08/guest-author-kevin-morris-death-and-the-poet/

For those who are interested in Amazon Marketing Services author Michelle Proulx shares her recent experiences.. She would welcome your views if you have tried this promotion.

In my continued desperate attempts to get people to read my books, I decided to try out Amazon Marketing Services. For anyone who doesn’t know what that means, it’s basically a marketing service run by Amazon where you create an ad that will show up when people browse related products. You set a CPC bid (i.e. how much you pay when someone clicks the ad), along with a max budget. Then you sit back and hope the people who click your ad are willing to take the next step and purchase your book!

My marketing adventure …

I set up the ad for my first book, Imminent Danger And How to Fly Straight into It, back in January of 2017. The CPC bid I chose was $0.35 — as in, every time someone clicks the ad, I pay Amazon 35 cents. I tried a cheaper CPC bid (25 cents) but it wasn’t getting any views, so I had to up it a bit to make it worth Amazon’s time to actually show my ad.

Find out how Michelle did with the promotion: https://michelleproulx.com/2017/05/09/my-experience-with-amazon-marketing-services/

I don’t recall any vinyards in Texas when we lived there in the mid-80s but perhaps we were too focused on Tequila.. anyway apparently they do indeed produce excellent wine as shared by the Wine Wankers blog.. they make some great recommendations.

If you thought Texas couldn’t make decent wine – you need to read this

The USA is the full of surprises, and that’s not just reserved for politics, it’s also evident in its wines. If you’re an everyday wine lover living outside the US bubble, you’ll be forgiven for thinking American wine is like its fast food; mass produced and overloaded with too much flavour. You see, that’s basically what’s exported, the uninteresting wines that are produced in massive quantities – they are the only wines that can be sold at ‘normal’ prices once heavy export taxes are added. The good stuff treacles in – but trust me when I tell you it’s very rare and freakin expensive!

Find out more about Texas wine: https://winewankers.com/2017/05/10/if-you-thought-texas-couldnt-make-decent-wine-you-need-to-read-this/

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Finally what is a very poignant and reflective posts by J.A. Allen beautifully written and will make us all remember that last time we said goodbye to someone we loved.

Where I Came From

Once when I was young we drove to the farm to show my grandpa our new camper. He jumped from the combine, waving when we turned onto the long driveway. As we came closer my sister, brother, and I noticed something was wrong. He wasn’t waving anymore. He was stooped over, groaning.

Dad’s truck skidded to a stop on the gravel, sending up a swirl of dust. He told us to wait in the camper and ran across the field. Pain sounded in Grandpa’s voice through the screened windows. The men staggered to the truck and Grandpa sat across the table, rocking, clutching a paper towel to soak up the blood. He’d cut a chunk from his hand when climbing down from the tractor.

It was the only time I recall seeing him hurt. And for some reason, it was all I could think of the moment I hung up the phone with my dad, taking the time to allow the word “tumor” solidify in my mind.

Read the rest of this tribute to a wonderful grandfather: https://jaallenauthor.com/2017/05/04/where-i-came-from/

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy today’s selection.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 5th May 2017 – Sue Vincent, Teagan Geneviene, Kevin Morris and Interesting Literature


Smorgasbord Blogger DailyWelcome to the selection of blog posts that I have read and enjoyed today.. only a small slice of blogging heaven… but I still hope you enjoy.

Sue Vincent has been on her travels and she is sharing some of the adventure with us and also paying tribute to a friend who loved working with crystals. A visit to a wood, a dray of squirrels and an ancient stone.. perhaps….

With the car bursting at the seams, I completed the drive north for the workshop. Picking up Stuart on the outskirts of Sheffield, our first port of call would be cross-country to collect a crystal that would be a symbolic presence and reminder of a woman we had loved. She had always worked with crystals and they meant a great deal to her. It was, perhaps, not surprising that the stones were to play a significant part in the workshop.

The next day was given largely to the final packing and preparation for the weekend. There would be scant space for two in my little car by the time we had done…and we would be three after the workshop, as Nick was on his way north too. One of my sons, he said, should see what I was so passionate about ‘before I died’. On that vaguely disquieting note, I had packed his bags and awaited his arrival in Derbyshire.

Enjoy the rest of the adventure and the photos: https://scvincent.com/2017/05/05/squirrels-and-stones/

Teagan Geneviene reminds us that May is Caught Reading Month and she is repeating a series from last year that featured a rather well known Ape… it is very entertaining and although comments are closed you can still share around the blogasphere.  And you also get to see Crystal.. Teagan’s talented cat who can read.. she was caught at it…

Yes, Crystal got caught reading… If there’s ever been something you wanted to get caught doing, it’s reading! Did you know that May is officially Get Caught Reading Month? I didn’t know about it either until Annette Rochelle Aben told me.

Get Caught Reading is a public service campaign launched by the Association of American Publishers to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. So I challenge you to do something, say something, cook something, dig, dance, or draw something that encourages someone to read.

In honor of Get Caught Reading Month, I’m doing a midweek mini-series. A few elite bloggers (and their pets) band together with one quest — catch the Story Reading Ape reading. Now, you may say the Ape is known for reading, but our crafty friend is determined to lead the intrepid band on a merry chase. The adventure is afoot!

Read the first part of the adventure to catch the Story Reading Ape reading: https://teagansbooks.com/2017/05/01/get-caught-reading-part-1/

I mentioned earlier in the week that Poet Kevin Morris was going to be interviewed on Co-op Vancouver Radio.. He has sent the link for you to listen to the recording.

During the programme I read a selection of poems from my forthcoming book,
“My Old Clock I Wind and Other Poems” and discussed my poetry more
generally.

Kevin’s segment begins at around 10minutes for around 7 minutes if you don’t have time to listen to all the show.

Please help spread the word and head over share the link and of course listen: https://newauthoronline.com/2017/05/05/a-podcast-of-poet-kevin-morriss-interview-on-vancouver-co-op-radios-the-world-poetry-reading-series-on-4-may-is-now-available/.

To finish this last Blogger Daily of the week… some literary references to London. Interesting Literature was set up in 2012 by Dr Oliver Tearle, Lecturer in English at Loughborough University and freelance writer.

What’s the most interesting trivia about writers in London?

We’ve recently been enjoying the wonderful book, Literary London, by Eloise Millar and Sam Jordison. It’s that rare thing: a book that includes something interesting on every page. There are many good books available about London’s literary heritage and its connections with famous authors, but Literary London is the best yet: it’s a raft of great trivia about the capital and the writers who have eaten, drunk, lived, and died there. If you enjoy books about London or books of literary trivia, we recommend getting hold of a copy, pronto.

Below we’ve listed some of our favourite literary facts about London which we learned from Millar and Jordison’s wonderful book

Read the rest of this fascinating post: https://interestingliterature.com/2017/05/05/the-best-literary-facts-about-london/

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you enjoy exploring these posts further. Sally

New Series – Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Kevin Morris, D.G.Kaye and Tina Frisco


I know that most of the book promotions are centred around the Cafe and Bookstore but I wanted to do a series that all authors can participate in even if they are not on the shelves. I have been putting book reviews into the Blogger Daily but find that there is more than enough to warrant a separate series.

This promotion is for authors who would like to share their latest review and also for book reviewers who feel that a particular author should get a little more promotion.

This week I was bemoaning the fact that readers have to put their reviews onto Amazon for each individual country since Amazon do not automatically carry over reviews from one account to another, despite monitoring all those separate accounts for ‘illegal’ reviews.

I hope that this new series will offer another opportunity to spotlight great reviews and whilst I shall be on the lookout for them via WordPress and social media it would be useful if authors and reviewers would let me know by emailing me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Where a review is on a blog I will include the links to the original post as well as the buy links for the book. I will also continue to feature reviews in the Cafe and Bookstore update twice weekly.

Here are today’s reviews.

The first review is for poet Kevin Morris whose collection Lost in the Labyrinth of my Mind was reviewed by Lauren Walsburg this week: https://laurenwalsburg.com/2017/03/21/review-lost-in-the-labyrinth-of-my-mind-by-k-morris/

The Review

The subject matter is a vast array of themes, just what you would want from a collection titled Lost in the Labyrinth of my Mind. It is a collection of thoughts that mimics the seemingly illogical tracks of our own minds, yet when you look closely you will discover a method behind Morris’ madness. The poems flow into each other. They draw from the predecessors in theme, style, vocabulary, or rhythm. They are all connected in small, but integral ways.

Morris has a distinct writing style that encompasses free verse with rhyme. Lost in the Labyrinth of my Mind is accessible to readers and as such, is a great introduction to poetry for non-poetry readers.

Read  the reviews and buy the book in print or Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Labyrinth-Mind-Kevin-Morris-x/dp/190559769X

A selection of other books by Kevin Morris

Buy all of Kevin Morris’s books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/K.-Morris/e/B00CEECWHY

The next review is for Have Bags, Will Travel by D.G. Kaye and was posted today by Olga Nunez Miret on her website: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/2017/03/23/bookreview-have-bags-will-travel-trips-and-tales-memoirs-of-an-over-packer-by-d-g-kaye-pokercubster-therapeutic-for-travellers-as-it-shows-you-it-could-be-worse/

The Review

Although I’ve been travelling more than I used to in recent years, mostly for family reasons, I cannot say I’m a seasoned traveller or one who knows all the tricks of the trade. I get annoyed by the queues at the airport, like most of us, and I always discover I’ve left something in my hand luggage that shouldn’t be there, even after checking.

Reading this book I realised that perhaps I shouldn’t complain. I am not obsessed with germs (thankfully), I’m not a big shopper, I don’t wear make-up and although I’ve managed sometimes to pack too many things, I haven’t had to carry three suitcases all by myself. The author of this very short book has all those things against her. She also remembers the good old days when travelling was more glamorous and the airlines weren’t so strict with weight limits and didn’t insist on packing the clients as if they were sardines. That for sure must add to the frustration, as at least quite a few of us have nothing to compare it with and know no better, only degrees of discomfort.

D.G. is a woman with a great sense of humour and writes the book as if she were sharing anecdotes around a table with some friends. She wonders why she always gets picked up for searching at the airport (she tries to go unnoticed but there are limits to her attempts at invisibility) and is happy to confess to her fears, her crazy shopping sprees, and her failed best-laid plans. I was particularly interested in her reflection about how Las Vegas had changed. She describes her first trip there as a fascinating experience, when you landed in the desert and the hotels were the only oases in it and is disappointed by how much it has changed. I’ve only visited once and not being a gambler either, found that although its location was very convenient, it wasn’t the place I had read about. It’s difficult to fight commercialisation and consumerism and nobody can stop “progress” but perhaps there’s more to be lost than to be gained by some of the changes we’re implementing.

This is not a guide to travelling or packing (although there are a few wise words of advice at the end), but, as the subtitle indicates, a memoir of some of the writer’s trips. It could be extremely therapeutic if you’re going travelling as you’ll have the comfort of knowing that things could always get so much more complicated. You’ll end up with a smile on your face and you might also pick up a tip or two.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Have-Bags-Will-Travel-Over-Packer-ebook/dp/B015HP1R6S/

Also by D.G. Kaye

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

Another great review for Vampyrie, the lastest book by Tina Frisco. This was posted to Amazon by Luna Saint Claire this week.

I have always had a fondness for Vampire stories. It began with Dracula. Twilight was mesmerizing. Vampire Diaries captivated me from the start, and The Originals, my favorite, enthralled me. Vampyrie is a complex, contemporary page-turner that I couldn’t put down! Phoebe, the protagonist is a strong, intelligent, compassionate and fearless character and her passion and perseverance make her a compelling character.

What makes this story especially fascinating is the in-depth science, woven in with such elegance that it never detracts from the thrilling suspense. I can totally see this book becoming the next off-the-chart TV series. Well done Tina Frisco

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/VAMPYRIE-Origin-Vampire-Tina-Frisco-ebook/dp/B01N2UYDG6

Also by Tina Frisco

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Tina-Frisco/e/B009NMOFNY

Please let me know if you have a recent review that you would like to share.. Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Kevin Morris, Jane Dougherty and Judy E. Martin


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DallianceWelcome to the Cafe and Bookstore author update and delighted to bring news of author and poet Kevin Morris’s latest project.  He has recorded a CD of thirteen of his poems from his collections which include the following:

 Fire  –   My Old Clock I Wind  –   Leaf  –  Leaves Blown At Night  –   Lost  –  Ethereal –  Waltz – The Poet and the Workman  – There Was A Young Man Called Rory – There Was A Young Lady Called Flair – There Was A Young Lady Called Anna – When  –  Dalliance.

This CD is available currently exclusively from Kevin Morris and he has set aside a number of copies for anyone who feels they can offer an honest review of his work and you can contact him on the following email.

newauthoronline (at) gmail dot com

Two reviews for Kevin’s Poetry

Kevin Morris shares his serious inner life in “Dalliance” in simple but often powerful poems and short, gritty vignettes full of honest feeling and meaning. He shares his acute sense of hearing and touch and his connectedness with Nature and the elements. He feels rain and wind on his face, either warm like a lover, or piercing and chill. His communion with birdsong reminds us that we are trapped in an over-stimulated electronic world out of earshot of the call of the wild. Kevin clearly hears these sounds through and above our babble even in the pub, and may transfer his feelings onto them, sometimes his sense of isolation.
The pearl of this collection is a poem about the “eternal” wind, which has no regard for our petty civilisation: it is the ultimate renewable power. The wind is from everlasting to everlasting. He hears the hoot of the deadly swooping owl intent in its prey. He feels and describes the touch of the acorn, something he has loved since gathering acorns with his grandfather. His short stories are deeply felt and based on newstories told with compassion. In sharing his gift, he opens up our own senses to the music of nature, the wind and birdsong, which is balm to the bruised soul. Highly enjoyable!

I loved the sheer variety of the pieces in this book – and the lyrical nature of the writing. Most beautiful. Two, in particular, stood out for me: ‘Dark Angel’ and ‘The Great Cycle’. Both evoked the connection we have with the world – though in very different ways, one being a physical bond with the natural world, the other a more inanimate ‘friend’!
I thoroughly recommend this exquisite little collection.

To buy the CD recorded by Kevin Morris please contact him direct on newauthoronline (at) gmail dot com, (the address is rendered to avoid spammers)

Also by Kevin Morris

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Read all the reviews for Kevin’s work and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/K.-Morris/e/B00CEECWHY

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Connect to Kevin via his website or email as above: http://newauthoronline.com/

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

The next author today has also a brand new release as of January 30th.. Jane Dougherty with Tales from the Northlands.  A historical collection of fantasy short stories about the legendary Vikings linked to a child from another time.

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A rickety wooden escalator carries a child from his safe, comfortable world of department store Christmas glitter to the midnight zone inhabited by legendary nightmares.
On the windswept east coast of Northumbria, a Saxon thegn avenges his murdered chief by selling his village to the sea wolves, and a ruthless war leader prepares for battle, gloating over the blood dream sent him by the wicce.

In Viking Sverige, Jussi and Solveig plan a future juggling bride price, parental expectations and the knarr they have yet to acquire, but their future falls beneath the shadow of the mountain.

Antar seems like the answer to Inna’s dream of escaping the bleak steading on the fjord, but her father and his chosen son-in-law have other ideas.

What links these tales is the North Sea that beats the coast, brings the cold and the long ships, laps the winter nights in snow, when the wind howls stories of trolls and giants. It brings the herring, the sea mews and the grey seals, and it joins a people with the same vision of the world—harsh, vivid and full of magic.

Buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Northlands-Jane-Dougherty-ebook/dp/B01MRC0GYF

A selection of other books by Jane Dougherty

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A review for Abomination (The Pathfinders Series Book 1) released in 2016.

Carla and Tully are there to witness the beginning of the world’s end. When they are sucked into a wormhole that transports them five years into the future, they are stunned to discover a new and horrible version of the world they once knew. A world where violence is a way of life, where strange and terrifying creatures stalk the surviving humans, and where women are treated as lesser beings. They are forced to join a brutal tribe and shoved into the roles befitting their genders. As the story progresses, we learn more about the last five years and how the world they now inhabit came to be. We also learn the worst is yet to come.

Fast-paced and well-written, Abomination is a very strong start to the Pathfinders series. Jane Dougherty has created a desolate, post-apocalyptic world where the worst of human behavior thrives. We meet characters who are courageous, who love and care for others in spite of starvation, fear, and the daily threat of violence. These characters are beautifully drawn and complex. The story also has its share of twists and surprises.

I would recommend this book to teens age 13 and up. Adults will also enjoy the story. I sure did! Fans of dystopian tales and those who enjoy a thought-provoking adventure will love this book. I’m looking forward to book 2. 

To view and buy all of Jane Dougherty’s books please go to Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Dougherty/e/B00FMR7Y0U

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Connect to Jane via her website: https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/

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Now an update on poet Judy E. Martin who published her very entertaining poetry collection Rhymes of the Times last March.. When her book was promoted here at the time it was a little early for reviews.. Time to rectify that.

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About the collection

Are you one of those people that barge through life, trying to get through it as best as you can, swimming against the everyday worries and stresses of life? Well, I have found a way to make it much more enjoyable.

Don’t you think everything sounds better when it rhymes? I certainly do. In fact, I have found that everything from doing the housework to growing older, can sound more positive and less daunting when made into a little ditty.

This book is about finding the humour, or raising a smile from the everyday things that we can all relate to in life, and looking at them from a different perspective. Nothing escapes versification; there is even a subject on sex! After all, that is one subject where there is plenty of room for laughter, even if it may not be the right moment!

Two of the reviews for Rhymes of the Times

If you love rhyming poetry, and a bloody good laugh, this book is for you. Short at just 61 pages, you could get through it during a cuppa and I promise you will laugh the whole way through. Martin is a master at rhyme, and also with twists, there were a few poems with unexpected endings, one particular line caught my eye for its clever analogy:

“Then autumn comes a-calling
And it starts a slow striptease”

GENIUS!

The book has a variety of themed sections, my favourite being the women’s section which had some outrageous and utterly brilliant poems. My other fave was called Sexting, which made me spit my cuppa everywhere!

Brilliant, a must read for any poetry fan.

Poetically Perfect! By Ritu on 9 Mar. 2016

A fantastic collection of humerous poems, that span many facets of life. Judy Martin is a great poet, with that knack of getting her rhyming just right.

There were many poems that made me giggle out loud, and some that made me say “Aw!” Some I felt may have been written with me in mind!

So go on, treat yourself! Dip into this lovely collection of verse, you won’t regret it!

Find out more about Judy, read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judy-E-Martin/e/B01CPOB0M0

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Connect to Judy via her website: http://www.edwinasepisodes.com/

I hope you have found this author update interesting and if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore please let me know if you have a new release available or a recent terrific review.. sallygcronin@gmail.com

If you are not in the Bookstore yet then please take a look at the promotion that you can enjoy for your work before joining the other 130 authors on the shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves/

As always your feedback is very welcome.

Mention in Dispatches – History, Poetry, Fantasy and Humour from fantastic bloggers


Despite all that is going on in the house with the move there is still time for me to visit and read the great blog posts during the week. Downtime is essential when going through something as stressful as house and country moves (particularly the red-tape hoops you have to jump through!). So I am delighted to share a  very small selection of the posts this week who have kept me stress free and entertained.

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Chris Stoesen, historical author of The Thomas Devareaux series set in the 1880s joined Christoph Fischer for his Saturday Interview series.

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https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2016/03/12/saturday-historical-novelist-interview-with-chris-stoesen/

Erika Kind has just published her new book 101 Kind Quotes – compiled from her daily blog posts of inspiring and motivational quotes.. something to dip into and being kind to yourself is a good start.

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https://erikakind.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/101-kind-quotes/

Judith Barrow ​ meets Marcia Meara and talks about her books which include A Boy Named Rabbit, Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter… head over and find out more..sound fascinating.

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http://judithbarrowblog.com/2016/03/11/meeting-marcia-meara/

Monday Funnies with Christopher Graham The Story Reading Ape and I ended up crying… one in particular set me off.. Wake UP.. the Cat’s got….head over and take your tissues with you!

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http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2016/03/14/monday-funnies-36/

I have always loved fairy stories because they ignite the imagination of children of all ages. Kathy Rollinson shows us why.

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https://marsocialauthorbusinessenhancementdragonpost.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/the-origin-of-fairy-tales-by-k-j-rollinson/

Most of us aren’t on speaking terms with murderers, ghosts, aliens, mini purple spotted giraffes, or any of the other people and creatures that find their ways into our worlds. We writers have to get to know our characters intimately if we want them to come alive in our stories, because readers can tell when we don’t. Jo Robinson with a very helpful and informative post.

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http://litworldinterviews.com/2016/03/10/writing-who-you-know/

Jean Cogdell with some rejuvenation advice for your bio.. I know mine needs some work again and with an upcoming house and country move that should provide a great opportunity. I will have to find some new photos and views as well as a fresh new bio photo.. I am sure that Jean would love to hear some of your thoughts on the subject.

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http://jeanswriting.com/2016/03/14/do-you-know-how-to-avoid-a-stale-bio/

Linda Bethea writes such great and entertaining stories from her childhood and this one tickled me pink..Ralphy.. A very quirky lad.

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https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/happy-as-a-pig-in-slop/

Very exciting news. Teagan Geneviene has begun a new serial and has begun with a prologue to her book The Guitar Mancer. Brilliantly written and as part of her three ingredients series you can participate. Today author, blogger and translator Olga Nunez Miret provided the ingredients. Do head over and enjoy this first in what promises to be a fantastic serial.

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https://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/new-serial-the-guitar-mancer-prologue/

Delighted to share the news that Kevin Morris – New Author Online has released his latest poetry collection in print – http://moyhill.com/lost/. And it is also available for Kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01AF5EPVY/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_S9p7wb0FBTR8W.

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“Lost in the Labyrinth of My Mind” is now available in print

And finally I am with Sue Vincent on this one.. my hair is very light (not prepared as yet to say white) and I have compromised with mid-blonde.. but I need a cut and a new style to accompany my new life… so perhaps purple is the way to go!!

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http://scvincent.com/2016/03/19/hairy-story/

I am off now to pack crockery for a few hours.. Please visit the blogs of these talented writers and spread the love…..Sally

 

 

The Saturday Round Up – Diana Krall, Earthquakes and canine snitches


Welcome to the round up and the posts that you might have missed in the week.

I am just organising my birthday party for a couple of week’s time and gathering all the music together because our friends here do love to dance after dinner. Last year it was a James Bond themed party.. This year ABBA… Lordy I think I may have to make costume optional as those flares of mine are not flattering… Still only young once!

The weather is typically January and changeable but come next month things settle down although I am still managing a couple of afternoons sitting in the wind shade in sunshine. We are looking forward to a couple of months down the line which is typically the house viewing season.. Time to get this house sold and get back out on the road again to our next home.

I hope you have all had a great week and do so again next week. I am so grateful for your continuous support and motivation. Do let me reciprocate by helping to promote your work and you will find the different options at the end of the post.

Of course no week would be complete without the wonderful contribution by William Price King and this week is part three of the Diana Krall story with performances through the early part of the new millennium.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-diana-krall-3/

Book Promotions.

Thanks so much for all the sharing here and on social media for these authors. I know that most of you are writers too and appreciate that it takes a village to get a book noticed. If we all hit a few buttons it is amazing how quickly the word gets around.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/five-star-treatment-here-at-the-gate-by-christine-campbell/

Seasons Vol 1 - Final

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/free-new-short-story-anthology-seasons-a-multi-genre-story-collection-volume-one/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/new-book-in-series-paranormal-detective-series-book-two-mirandas-rights-by-lily-luchesi/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/new-book-fanfare-poetry-lost-in-the-labyrinth-of-my-mind-by-kevin-morris/

Blogging

The Story Reading Ape let me loose again in his enclosure for a guest post on some non-social media ways to promote your blog or work.

http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2016/01/24/modesty-perfection-and-promotions-guest-post-by-sally-g-cronin/comment-page-1/#comment-77123

A new series this Saturday.. A very small selection of the posts that I have enjoyed this week.. Trust me this is a very small selection of the amazing work that is out there.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/a-mention-in-despatches-a-few-posts-i-have-enjoyed-this-week/

smorgasbord health

Each week I am focusing on one specific nutrient and looking at its effect on our health. Coming up this week Vitamin B2… Usually referred to as part of the B-complex but has its own role in our body. This week I looked at Chromium and the huge health issue that is Pre-diabetes which is a silent killer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/mineral-of-the-week-chromium-pre-diabetes-diabetes-blood-pressure-cholesterol/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/350million-diabetics-worldwide-and-millions-more-at-risk-pre-diabetes/

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Annette Rochelle Aben shared her fabulous recipe for pureed root vegetable soup and whilst I have some cook from scratch recipes to re-share; please feel free to send me any of yours that are packed with natural foods.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/a-bowl-full-of-nutrients-pureed-root-vegetable-soup-from-annette-rochelle-aben/

Humour

 Kandy Kay Scarmuzzo and Sheriff Deputies

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/some-of-the-funnies-on-facebook-this-week-diy-bbqs-and-crocs-or-was-that-alligators/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/afternoon-video-traffic-cop-michael-jackson-in-traffic/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/laughter-the-best-medicine-the-most-popular-jokes-of-the-last-year/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/afternoon-video-skier-under-two-years-old-better-than-me/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/afternoon-video-when-your-friends-snitch-on-you/

Personal Stuff

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/images-and-quotes-sir-isaac-newton-walls-and-bridges/

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Let me help you promote your books, music, art… Is your book going to be discounted or free in the next week or so? Do you have a new book being released… Short story published; an Anthology – community or your own?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-promotion-opportunities-2016/

Smorgasbord Open House

The New Sunday show starts tomorrow… Smorgasbord Open House and I have a great list of guests booked through until mid-April so if you would like to be a guest please let me know as soon as possible. If you are in any doubt please pop in tomorrow when my first guest Debby Gies.. Author D.G. Kaye will be kicking off the new series in her usual elegant style.

Sunday Open House – Writers, Artists, Musicians Guest Spot

Thank you once again for dropping in and look forward to seeing you here again next week.

Enjoy the weekend and hugs Sally

The Saturday Round Up – Coffee, Sunday Lunch and Skinheads for Dinner!


Another busy week on the home and work front but at least we now are enjoying cooler weather. David has been busy with our own website for the house. We will work with the agents but they do not have exclusivity. Now that the holidays are over we will do some strategic marketing online and to large corporations locally who might be looking to relocate staff. These days you have to do everything you can especially in this slow Spanish market.

Tales From the Garden short stories has now gone through editing and with some additional pages is ready to be formatted. The plan is to have print and Ebook versions out by Christmas and an audio version by Easter. All your feedback has been taken into account and it was extremely helpful.

My thanks as always to the wonderful guests who have contributed this week including for coffee this morning.

Saturday Morning Coffee

My guests this week have added so much to my blog in the last couple of years and they are in the true sense of the word collaborators. William Price King, Teresa Karlinski and M.C.V (Catalina) Egan

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/saturday-morning-coffee-collaborators-william-price-king-teresa-karlinski-and-m-c-v-egan/

The Sunday Show

 Another look at some of the Sunday Shows of the year and this week Hilary Custance Green talking about her sculpture and writing.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/the-sunday-show-defining-moments-with-hilary-custance-green/

Tomorrow my guests are Sacha Black, Ali Isaac and Geoff Le Pard. Not only are they bringing the food they are also sharing highlights of this year’s Blog Bash Awards and next year’s date in London..

Wednesday Music

The last in the summer repeats with the finale of the Mel Torme story. Join us in the new regular spot on Wednesday when William Price King will be starting a new series. Quincy Jones and his life and music.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-mel-torme-the-finale-3/

The new series where I share music from my play list and this week ZZ Top who have been rockin’ for over 40 years with the same incredible line up.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/wednesday-music-spot-zz-top-gimme-all-your-lovin/

Book Promotion

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/new-book-fanfare-midnight-owl-by-viv-drewa/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/new-book-fanfare-one-green-bottle-by-curtis-bausse/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/five-star-review-dalliance-by-kevin-morris/

Size Matters and The Immune System

Chapter Nine of Size Matters – Willpower.

 https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/size-matters-serialisation-chapter-nine-willpower-time-to-put-away-childish-things/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/lets-hear-it-for-our-bffs-bacterial-friends-and-foes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/the-immune-system-part-two-the-bodys-greatest-asset/

Memories are made of this

1976 was a very hot summer and we arrive in Cowes on the Isle of Wight to take on The Harbour Lights. Quite the year with skinheads, Firework night and Abba. The pub was later called The Waterside Inn and was finally demolished a couple of years ago to make way for a block of flats. All I can say is they must have an amazing view.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/memories-are-made-of-this-1976-skinheads-bay-city-rollers-and-cowes-week/

What’s In A Name – Short Stories

The first of the stories with names beginning with B. Beatrix is an acclaimed, award winning actress. Who is the woman behind the greasepaint?

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/whats-in-a-name-beatrix-short-story/

Humour

parrot and cat

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/laughter-the-best-medicine-parrots-and-other-feathered-friends/

cat and flip flop

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/afternoon-video-cats-vs-flip-flops-shared-by-n-a-granger/

bickers

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/laughter-the-best-medicine-crime-and-punishment/

Well that is all folks.. hope you enjoyed and thank you for dropping in and leaving a note behind.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hope to see you tomorrow for the new Sunday Lunch Invitation.

Sally C

Five Star Review – Dalliance by Kevin Morris


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The featured book today is Dalliance by Kevin Morris and rather than duplicate the about the book I have chosen the review by Olivia Emily on Amazon that describes the book in detail.

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About the book and the review by Olivia Emily of https://bibliomad.wordpress.com/
Beautifully written poetry/prose collection containing raw emotion By Olivia Emily on August 19, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition

Question: How can one line – one simple sentence – provoke such meaning, hold such depth, contain such raw emotion? You’re lost for answers if you’re asking me, for nor do I know or can fathom the talent Morris must have to accomplish such a thing.

Dalliance is a collection of poetry and prose, crafted by the wonderful talent of K. Morris, containing a mixture of short poems, long poems, and flash fiction, concluded with an essay at the end, which will dazzle and define you simultaneously; each poem we can relate to, each short story provokes personal emotion, and even the essay causes one to be contemplative. In a nut shell, with each page turn comes a new story, a new poignant perspective, with a bundle of more emotions, more passion, and more soul.

Personally, I favoured the short stories the most, for – of course – they’re all beautifully written, and in the perspective of a rhythmic voice, yet many of them contain sly humour, which catches you at the end. In particular, I noticed how Morris tends to begin on one topic, and right at the end switches it to another; the topic that had been discussed by the character is not irrelevant, but is instead the cause of the final paragraph, or final line. I really enjoyed this method of storytelling, because it’s very unique, and definitely something I’ve never seen before.

Furthermore, much of the poetry included in this collection is short, but this is not to say it is too short. On the contrary, in fact, the short poems are probably the most thought provoking. They are the ones that offer a quick insight into the mind of another, and are so ambiguous, you can interpret it in whichever fashion you desire.

Likewise, dissimilar to many poetry/prose collections, this collection isn’t structured around one theme or emotion. Quite frankly, reading of the same emotion or theme continuously is terribly boring, and so when reading Dalliance, you’re faced with differing emotions with each page, which I definitely prefer. Happy, funny, and joyous pages are juxtaposed with melancholic, serious, and abhorrent pages, all of which being victim to Morris’ underlying dark humour.

In a nut shell, Morris writes originally, beautifully, and true. The emotions described are raw, and lacking gimmicks, causing this collection to be a beautiful, contemplative read.

(Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from K Morris in exchange for an honest review. I would like to send a big thank you and congratulations to K Morris for this collection, and its brilliance.)

Other books by Kevin Morris

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Buy all of the books.

Kevin’s Amazon US author page
Kevin’s Amazon UK author page

About Kevin Morris

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Kevin comes from Liverpool and attended a number of schools for the sight impaired and following his A-levels went onto study for his BA in History and Politics and then his MA in Political Theory at Swansea University. Since 1994 he has lived and worked in London where he works full-time and since 2012 has found the time to write and publish books and post interesting articles on his blog New Author Online. The added twist to this is that Kevin uses software that most of you reading this will never have to utilise.

Kevin has been blind since a blood clot caused severe damage when he was just 18 months old. Whilst he possesses enough vision to distinguish between light and dark and can see the outlines of objects he requires the assistance of Jaws (Job access with speech) and braille to use his computer.

However, you will find as you enjoy conversations via the web that this does not cramp his style in anyway and he is a prolific author with several published collections of his short stories.

Here are the links to Kevin’s blog, book buying sites and social media.

Connect with Kevin online
Kevin’s blog – http://newauthoronline.com/
Kevin’s Amazon US author page
Kevin’s Amazon UK author page
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6879063.K_Morris/-/e/B00CEECWHY
Twitter – https://twitter.com/drewdog2060_

Book Promotion on Smorgasbord.

There are now two ways to promote your previous and new books on Smorgasbord and here are the links with how to do so very easily.

If you have a new release within the last month or being published shortly then please take a look at the straightforward submission guidelines.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/new-book-fanfare-spread-the-word-about-your-new-book-release/

If you have books that have been for sale for some time and have gathered some good reviews then you can feature them in the Five Star Treatment.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/five-star-treatment-a-place-to-celebrate-your-latest-review-or-award/

Please feel free to comment and share . all contributions gratefully accepted.. thanks Sally

 

 

The Saturday Round Up – Men’s Health, New Books, An Ape and some music to smooch to.


Obviously this week has been focused on men’s health and I have to say that I am delighted with the response.  Firstly this has been the best week for views in the blogs history with over 2,500 views and even more inportantly 1100 visitors.

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This is down to the amazing support by many of you who have shared the posts on WordPress and social media and I know that I would not have been able to achieve that by myself. So a huge thank you.

I appreciate that those of you who follow my blog are already following healthy lifestyles and eating fresh produce, cooked from scratch.  I know from the comments that many men are getting checked regularly for the key indicators for general health such as Blood Pressure, Unhealthy Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels.  However, because of your generosity the chances are that one of those people who saw your reblog, or retweet and visited the posts was given the incentive to take more care of their health and #getchecked.

If just one man’s life is saved because of your efforts this week…. it has been worth it.

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My special thanks to Geoff Le Pard, Kevin Cooper and John Marberry for their personal contributions and please read their important messages in the posts and follow them at all their links.

Links for Men’s Health Week

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/mens-health-week-the-male-reproductive-system-part-one/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/mens-health-week-key-risk-factors-for-major-and-fatal-diseases-number-1-obesity/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/mens-health-week-guest-post-bottling-it-up-by-geoff-le-pard/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/mens-health-week-cancer-statistics-fact-or-fiction-and-a-revised-approach-to-prostate-cancer-diagnosis-and-treatment/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/mens-health-week-why-so-many-men-are-diagnosed-too-late-and-free-or-cost-effective-health-screening/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/mens-health-week-laughter-the-best-medicine-risk-factors-for-men-driving-and-parking/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/mens-health-week-testosterone-and-cholesterol/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/mens-health-week-dont-put-things-off-by-author-kevin-cooper/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/mens-health-week-reduce-blood-pressure-and-ldl-cholesterol-levels-in-six-weeks/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/mens-health-week-one-of-the-most-dangerous-silent-killers-of-men-stress/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/mens-health-week-stress-guest-post-cathy-blackburn-d-hyp-miaph-taking-control-of-stress-in-our-minds/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/mens-health-week-reduce-stress-blood-pressure-and-lower-your-risks-of-disease-just-breathe/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/mens-health-week-life-and-health-on-the-streets-the-big-issue-foundation/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/mens-health-week-the-last-word-psa-tests-yes-or-no-by-john-maberry/

On the lighter side.

9th place

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/mens-health-week-laughter-the-best-medicine-risk-factors-for-men-driving-and-parking/

catalina egan

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/mens-health-week-stress-laughter-the-best-medicine-etiquette/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/acyrologia-and-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-mens-health/

The Sunday Show Review

Good things are worth repeating and that included the interview with Christopher Graham, The Story Reading Ape and the guy to go for Indie Author Support…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/the-sunday-show-chris-the-story-reading-ape-payback-time/

William Price King

William will be back later in the month with the new series about Quincy Jones but in the meantime here is the man himself singing one of the great jazz standards. A tribute to Mel Torme Coming Home Baby

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-mel-torme-part-three-the-50s/

New Book Fanfare

Some wonderful new books on the shelves this week.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/new-book-fanfare-the-experimental-notebook-of-c-s-boyack/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/new-book-fanfare-the-girl-who-wasnt-there-poetry-collection-by-k-morris/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/new-book-fanfare-the-merchant-of-nevra-coil-and-legends-of-windemere-book-bundle-by-charles-e-yallowitz/

The last of the Tales From The Garden

I am afraid that this is the last in the Tales From The Garden series.. however I am so thrilled with the response that we have decided to publish the stories in print, Ebook and also in audio.  I shall leave part one of the current story online for a few days but will take the others off to revisit, update and edit.  This is absolutely one of the benefits of blogging. Thank you for all your help in making this happen.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/tales-from-the-garden-the-last-summer-ball-and-the-winter-fairy-part-two/

That is all folks and the end to another week.. tomorrow another reblog of one of the Sunday Shows from last year.. next week Size Matters continues and a new series of short stories.. What’s in a Name… hope you will join me here again.

Again a massive thank you for being here this week.  All my best wishes Sally

New Book Fanfare – The Girl Who Wasn’t There – Poetry Collection by K. Morris


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Today’s featured book, The Girl Who Wasn’t There, by writer and blogger Kevin Morris, is a collection of poetry about those, who have for one reason or another, have found themselves in the darker places in life.

About the book

the GirlThe great Oscar Wilde remarked, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”.

Many of the poems in this collection portray people struggling in life’s gutter.

“Lonely men of a certain age” hear the voices of young women and yearn for something beyond “sterile sitting rooms”, while to the prostitute, it’s all about “handbags and shoes”, even if her “choice” leads to the woman “drowning in booze”.

Anyone who likes dark poetry will, it is hoped, gain something from this collection.

Buy the Book

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0155KSKOC

Other books by K. Morris

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And the anthology to raise funds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind

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About Kevin Morris

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Kevin comes from Liverpool and attended a number of schools for the sight impaired and following his A-levels went onto study for his BA in History and Politics and then his MA in Political Theory at Swansea University. Since 1994 he has lived and worked in London where he works full-time and since 2012 has found the time to write and publish books and post interesting articles on his blog New Author Online. The added twist to this is that Kevin uses software that most of you reading this will never have to utilise.

Kevin has been blind since a blood clot caused severe damage when he was just 18 months old. Whilst he possesses enough vision to distinguish between light and dark and can see the outlines of objects he requires the assistance of Jaws (Job access with speech) and braille to use his computer.

However, you will find as you enjoy conversations via the web that this does not cramp his style in anyway and he is a prolific author with several published collections of his short stories.

Here are the links to Kevin’s blog, book buying sites and social media.

Connect with Kevin online
Kevin’s blog – http://newauthoronline.com/
Kevin’s Amazon US author page
Kevin’s Amazon UK author page
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6879063.K_Morris/-/e/B00CEECWHY
Twitter – https://twitter.com/drewdog2060_

Book Promotion on Smorgasbord.

There are now two ways to promote your previous and new books on Smorgasbord and here are the links with how to do so very easily.

If you have a new release within the last month or being published shortly then please take a look at the straightforward submission guidelines.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/new-book-fanfare-spread-the-word-about-your-new-book-release/

If you have books that have been for sale for some time and have gathered some good reviews then you can feature them in the Five Star Treatment.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/five-star-treatment-a-place-to-celebrate-your-latest-review-or-award/

Please feel free to comment and share this new collection of poetry by Kevin Morris.. all contributions gratefully accepted.. thanks Sally