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


Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

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/

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

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.

Price Russian photo Cave Wilson

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/

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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/

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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.

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

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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

The Sunday Show – Defining Moments with Kevin Morris


Welcome to Defining moments and my guest this week is not a stranger to us here in blog world. Most of us have a tough time being consistent with our posting and find juggling full-time jobs and other commitments a bit of a stretch at times. However, Kevin manages to work full-time in London, 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.

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Recently, Kevin put out a call to other writers to collaborate in an anthology of dog stories for the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind and in tribute to the other major influence in his life.. The lovely companion and guide dog Trigger. The Anthology is doing very well but perhaps you could give it a boost by sharing the link in the posts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/anthology-in-aid-of-guide-dogs-for-the-blind/

Kevin comes from Liverpool and although we only spent a couple of years in that amazing city in the early 80’s, I can understand why anyone would be proud of being born there. Kevin went to 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 and since 2012 has combined his full-time job with writing.

He was inspired to write his first stories by the articles in the press on how students and graduates in the UK were turning to the sex trade. Often as a means of paying back educational loans and also facing the challenging prospect of finding jobs in a worsening economy after graduation. It is a recurring theme in the four collections of short stories that Kevin has written and his longer work Samantha

This is obviously a dark subject matter. Surprisingly, despite the number of young people who are employed in the sex industry there is relatively little media coverage. It is however been suggested that 6% of adult students are actively engaged in some aspect of the sex trade. With an approximate 3 million students in the UK that means that nearly 200,000 may be involved in this dangerous and unpredictable business.

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In “The First Time”, the first story in this collection, we meet Becky a young graduate who enters the world of prostitution in order to clear her debts. The story looks at the effects of prostitution on Becky and her fellow escort and friend Julie. In “The Pain Behind the Smile” Issie presents her friend, Peter with a birthday cake, however things are not what they seem. In “Lucy” the acquaintances of a crusty old bachelor speculate how he could attract and retain the affections of a beautiful young woman. As with “The Pain Behind the Smile” things are far from what they seem. “Hemlock” explores what happens when machines attain the capacity to appreciate high culture. The story is both humorous and deeply serious.

It is clear that reading the few reports in the media that the involvement of our young in this trade is not being discussed as openly as it should be. Whilst I shall be asking Kevin about students in this context, it is clear that their involvement is the tip of the iceberg. His stories do explore this subject and I thought it would be interesting to explore the reasons behind this increase in young people putting themselves at risk and what he considers we should be doing to prevent it. It is a complex and disturbing subject for an interview but I hope that you will find it interesting. Even if we do not have children of our own of this age their safety and futures should be all our concerns.

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Thanks Kevin for taking the time out to be interviewed and I would really like to start by taking advantage of your research into this topic and your insights into this troubling trend. I would imagine that it would be a concern for parents of students across the board but particularly those moving away to study.

First, clearly in recent years the rise in student fees and the cost of living is going to be a major reason behind the involvement in the trade. But, what do you consider to be the key factors involved?

For many young people going away to study at university will be their first experience of living (and budgeting) independently. The realisation of just how expensive the cost of living is comes as a shock to many young people, particularly those whose parents have paid for everything while their child was living at home. Many students who find themselves financially stretched will seek help from student unions; obtain part time work such as bar tenders or turn to their families for help. However a minority will see sex work, in its various forms as offering a quick and easy means of making money.

Those who turn to prostitution may convince themselves that “its only sex. I’ll switch off my emotions during intercourse avoiding getting emotionally harmed and make a lot of money”. Once engaged in prostitution students may dislike the activity of selling sex to random strangers but come to rely on the money to meet living expenses. Indeed some young people may enjoy the luxuries (for example expensive shoes) which escorting can pay for while, at the same time disliking the work. In effect they become trapped in a vicious circle from which it is hard to break free.

I read a number of articles on the subject and interviews with some students that were typically female. Are male students also entering the trade or are there more part-time jobs that are available to them in other businesses local to major study centres?

From my research it is clear that men are engaging in prostitution but (seemingly) not to the same extent as women. I don’t know why this should be the case. I have heard it postulated that it is easier for women to obtain casual sex than it is for men and that this explains why there are more female sex workers than male ones. (I am somewhat sceptical of this argument as there are many women who find it difficult to find partners, it’s not just men). Perhaps (for whatever reason) men are less inclined to admit their involvement in sex work than are women and this helps to explain why there are (apparently) less men than women in the industry. The truth is, I don’t have a clear answer.

What could the universities and colleges be doing to help students find jobs to subsidise their studies to prevent this and is there enough advice available for students on this and financial issues?

I think the National Union of Students already offers advice to students on debt and other issues. If it isn’t already happening) and I suspect it is, universities should ensure that leaflets providing advice on budgeting, debt management etc are available. Perhaps the student bodies could hold a debate on sex work allowing a free and open discussion on the subject.

Are there enough incentives for parents and young people to save into some form of college fund? If not what would you propose both on a personal and governmental level?

Many parents already sacrifice a lot to pay for their child to attend university. Perhaps accounts specifically designed to enable parents to save for their child’s higher education could be set up, the accounts not being subject to tax so all the money saved would go to pay for their child’s studies.

The sex trade is allegedly the oldest profession and is not going to end overnight. What are your views on legalising prostitution?

Prostitution is legal in the UK, however many of the activities associated with it are illegal. It is legal for a person aged 18-years-of-age or over to sell sex and a person buying sex from such a sex worker is not breaking the law. It is illegal to run a brothel which is defined as a place where 2 or more sex workers are working. So a sex worker working alone from a flat or other premises is not breaking the law as regards brothels. She (or he) may well be breaking other rules and/or regulations, (For example many housing associations and landlords would consider it to be against the terms of a lease for a sex worker to ply their trade in residential or other premises). Under UK law a person is guilty of an offense if he pays to have sex with a person who has been forced into prostitution irrespective of whether he knowingly does so, (I.E. genuine ignorance by the sex buyer that the prostitute was coerced is not a defense in UK law).

The state and society needs to ensure that people are not forced into prostitution. There need to be well funded programmes to assist those who wish to exit the sex trade. However there are adults who make a conscious choice to engage in prostitution and provided this is genuinely a freely entered into decision I don’t think the state should become involved. People (quite understandably) may dislike prostitution but do they really want the authorities involved in the bedrooms of consenting adults? My instincts are liberal and I feel uncomfortable at the thought of the authorities poking into the private lives of citizens.

There are actions which could make the lives of sex workers safer. For example allowing brothels in designated areas. Women working alone are vulnerable and the old adage about there being safety in numbers holds water. A sex worker working alone is more vulnerable to attack than one who works with others.

In short I think resources should be concentrated on tackling forced prostitution. Assistance should be offered to those wishing to exit the industry. There are, however men and women who freely choose sex work and we should recognise this fact and make their lives as safe as is humanly possible.

It is a fascinating subject that must concern millions of parents who have children heading off to college and I am sure that they will be interested in your comments. Perhaps now we could look at your current projects.

Trigger you guide dog is almost, but not quite as well- known as you are Kevin. How long have you been together and what is extra special about the way he takes care of you?

Trigger is indeed well known. He even signs Christmas and other greetings cards along with me! Trigger and I have been together since 4 July 2011. The date sticks in my mind because it is, of course American Independence Day!

Trigger is a wonderful guide dog and has, on several occasions prevented me from walking in front of cars. To me Trigger is far more than a mobility aid. His friendly personality has captured the hearts of all who know him, not just me. It’s very therapeutic having a dog around. If I’m ever feeling stressed a few minutes stroking Trigger has me feeling much better. He really is a wonderful companion.

Kevin is author of several collections of short stories and poetry and here is a small selection.

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Can you tell us more about your longer story ‘Samantha’ set in Liverpool?

Certainly. Samantha tells the story of a young girl forced into prostitution in the city of Liverpool. Can Sam survive or will she end her miserable existence in the murky waters of Liverpool’s Albert Docks?

Samantha takes a no-holes-barred look at forced prostitution. Sam’s pimp, Barry is a nasty piece of work. While few (if any) of my readers will feel any sympathy for Barry, the story does provide an insight into why Barry is as he is. None of the characters in Samantha bare any resemblance to living or dead persons. My story does however hopefully constitute a faithful portrayal of forced prostitution.

I was born and brought up in the city of Liverpool and many of the landmarks featured in the story are known to me. I have, for example, visited the Albert Docks on Numerous occasions. Anyone familiar with this great city will, I feel sure recognise many of the places portrayed in Samantha.

What about your next projects, what can we look forward to in 2015?

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I love poetry. Recently I have been writing a lot of verse. I would like to expand my collection of poetry and prose, “Dalliance” adding some of my more recent poems. I will also be writing more short stories.

I know from reading your other interviews that you have some favourite authors including Emily Bronte but as you write science fiction too, who would be your choice in that genre?

I enjoy H. G Wells and have recently been rereading his “The Time Machine”. Wells is in many ways an optimistic writer. However in “The Time Machine” he portrays a decaying world in which the once privileged class has degenerated and is preyed upon by their former servants, the Morlocks.

I also like Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 which tells of a society in which firemen burn books rather than putting out fires. It is a chilling world in which entertainment has almost completely subsumed serious culture and the authorities brainwash people with pap on television.

Perhaps you could share with us what you consider to be a key defining moment in your life that has inspired you in any way.

I don’t know whether I have experienced any defining moments. I have for a long time though felt a burning desire to express myself. I find writing wonderfully therapeutic. There is so much going on in my head which I need to get down on paper (albeit of the virtual kind)!

My thanks to Kevin for being so forthcoming about the subjects discussed today and please feel free to share with other bloggers or on social media.

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_

Please pop in and meet other guests in the this series.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-sunday-show-defining-moments/

 

 

The Saturday Round Up – Easter eggs, bunnies, dancing dogs and talented writers.


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Nineteen years ago on Good Friday my father died at age 80. And since he loved a good joke and would certainly have fallen in love with Ginger….I thought I might mention him in my Saturday round up.. In honour of his love of Morecombe and Wise here is a classic clip of one of his favourites that would always reduce him to fits of laughter. The way I like to remember him.

The Sunday Show Defining Moments with Hilary Custance Green

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 ‘When I asked my husband about defining moments in my life he said – the invention of the personal computer – and he might be right. I hated writing and when I was struggling with my Art college thesis (Love and Sex in the Early Christian Era – don’t even ask), my husband-to-be suggested I try typing it. Although I couldn’t type very well, I found working with keys, instead of a pen, liberating. When computers arrived, they set me free to write. I could think three dimensionally, move whole paragraphs, rethink tense, in fact I could do anything I wanted with words’

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

There is no Sunday Show this week but next Sunday author and inspiration behind the anthology in aid of Guide Dogs for The Blind, Kevin Morris is my guest.

William Price King

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William is taking a break this week for Easter but will be returning next Saturday with the start of a new series. Roberta Flack was prominent in my teen years especially when it came to break up songs! An amazing performer that could almost whisper a song to you. In case you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms, William performed on Wednesday just for us…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/william-price-king-in-concert-but-not-for-me/

Charity Anthology

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Kevin Morris has been blind since 18 months old and relies very much on his beloved guide dog Trigger. The two of them conspired with a few of us to produce an anthology of dog stories in aid of the wonderful Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity that receives no government funding. In the UK it is responsible for over 8,000 dogs including those in the breeding programme that produce 1300 puppies a year, around 4,000 working guide dogs and those in training. They also support research into blindness and equality across all sectors for those with sight related disabilities. Because Kevin wanted all the proceeds to go to the charity, he set up a donation page with Virgin and a free download for the book, asking those who do so to donate what they wished to the fund. The details are in the post along with my contribution to the anthology ‘Trust’.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/more-than-best-friends-anthology-in-aid-of-guide-dogs-for-the-blind/

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Three more terrific authors this week and their books in the Five Star Treatment. This is an opportunity to promote your own work or the authors of books you have read and would like to recommend. The details of how to submit the information is really straightforward and I have slots for April.. Please look at your books past (for a little more promotion) and present and don’t be shy. Modesty has its place but not all the time and certainly not in a writing community where we all want to share each other’s work.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/five-star-treatment-defined-by-others-by-m-c-v-egan/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/five-star-treatment-words-we-carry-by-d-g-kaye/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/five-star-treatment-order-of-seven-by-beth-teliho/

If you would like to feature your reviews for your books, artwork, photography, design or music here then please check out the submission guidelines in the post. You can also submit a post on behalf of another author or a book that you have read and would like to recommend.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/five-star-treatment-phase-two-readers-picks-and-a-promotion-for-you/

Humour and Afternoon videos including the lovely Ginger again.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/the-afternoon-video-the-most-graceful-dog-dancing-i-have-seen/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/laughter-the-best-medicine-jokes-ginger-celebrates-easter-and-free-draw/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/laughter-the-best-medicine-diaries-of-a-dog-and-cat/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/the-afternoon-video-size-does-not-matter-just-rhythm/

Short Stories

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As there was no William Price King feature today or a Sunday Show I thought that I would share some short stories with you over the holiday weekend. Here are the first two. One of my new stories and one of my father-in-law’s who at 92 is working on a follow up to his first three very successful collections of stories about life in Ireland from the 1920s onwards.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/the-easter-eggs-short-story/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/the-lost-sheep-short-story-by-geoff-cronin/

Health.
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Free book draw.. One more day to go. Men’s Health Book and Humour/Romance

Any comments on this post can be entered into the draw for either the Men’s Health Manual or my romantic comedy, Just An Odd Job Girl here is the information on both books. All you need to do if you wish to be entered into the draw for 3 copies of each book on Easter Sunday is to say which book you prefer and in which format Mobi for Kindle or EPub.

If you are not interested in a book then please feel free to comment anyway..

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/easter-free-book-draw-book-one-mens-health-book/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/easter-free-book-draw-book-two-just-an-odd-job-girl/

Thank you so much for stopping by during the week and I hope that however you are celebrating this holiday weekend that you enjoy it with good weather and exceptional company.