Cuentos de Smorgasbord – Diana de Sally Cronin – Traducción de Olga Nunez Miret


I have been considering having some of my books translated into Spanish for some time and luckily the supportive Olga Nunez Miret is an excellent person to take on the job in her role as professional translator. This story is from What’s in a Name and if all things go to plan it will be included in a Spanish anthology in aid of victims of Domestic Violence.

Olga will be working on Tales from the Garden in the near future and I look forward to sharing the book to those living in Spanish speaking countries.

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Espero que disfruten la historia de Diana

DIANA de Sally Cronin

Diana Grace era la única hija de unos padres mayores que se vieron sorprendidos muy agradablemente cuando descubrieron que después de quince años de casados un bebé estaba por fin de camino. Su padre era profesor de música y su madre psiquiatra y Diana había crecido en un hogar repleto de amor y risas.

No queriendo que su niña fuera la típica hija única, sus padres se aseguraron de que entendiera que los éxitos y el dinero solo se consiguen gracias al trabajo duro. Diana había empezado repartiendo periódicos de niña y de ahí pasó a trabajar en una panadería del barrio como aprendiz de vendedora mientras estudiaba en el instituto y luego en la universidad. A pesar de que la situación económica de sus padres era acomodada, insistieron en que contribuyera una parte de su paga para su mantenimiento y ella estaba orgullosa de darles esas pocas libras cada semana.

Ser una chica lista y extrovertida le abrió muchas puertas a Diana y, después de licenciarse en Filología inglesa, le ofrecieron un trabajo de asistente del director de una enorme librería en Oxford. Eso la llevó a mudarse de casa de sus padres a una casa compartida con tres chicas jóvenes que, como ella, empezaban sus vidas profesionales lejos de casa.

Los dos años siguientes pasaron rápidamente para Diana, mientras ella disfrutaba de su trabajo y también de una vida social ajetreada con el grupo de amigos íntimos que se había creado a su alrededor. Siguió yendo a visitar a sus padres por lo menos una vez al mes y ellos la vieron convertirse en una vibrante y bella mujer.

Un buen día Diana levantó la mirada del mostrador donde estaba comprobando una partida de libros nuevos y se encontró mirándole a la cara a un hombre muy atractivo. Alto, pelo oscuro que caía con gracia natural sobre su amplia frente, con unos labios gruesos y sonrientes, y un hoyuelo en su firme barbilla.

Se dio cuenta de que se lo había quedado mirando fijamente y recobró la compostura con rapidez.

—Buenos días, ¿puedo ayudarle en algo? —Diana colocó las manos delante de ella en el mostrador, de forma profesional, o al menos eso esperaba.

—Hola. Busco una copia de Grandes esperanzas para el cumpleaños de mi sobrino. ¿Tienen una edición reciente en stock?

Como si se hubiese dado cuenta de su turbación, el hombre inclinó la cabeza hacia un lado y la miró directamente a los ojos.

El romance que siguió podría describirse como un torbellino, ya que Diana se vio arrastrada por una pasión y una certeza que solo había conocido en los libros. En tan solo seis semanas lo llevó a su casa a conocer a sus padres y tres meses después se casaron en una iglesia que estaba a tan solo un corto paseo de la casa de sus padres. Se convirtió en la señora de Simon Forester y se pasó mucho tiempo repitiendo su nuevo nombre varias veces al día para que no se le olvidase su buena suerte.

Simon era banquero de inversiones y trabajaba en Londres. Ya tenía un piso en la zona de los Docklands y, después de la boda, Diana se trasladó allí con sus numerosas cajas de libros, su música y los regalos de boda. En un éxtasis de felicidad, y a pesar de tener que separarse de sus mejores amigos, se puso a buscar trabajo y encontró una librería en Holborn que necesitaba una encargada.

El torbellino no se detuvo ya que la vida social que el trabajo de Simon conllevaba era rápida y adictiva. Adoraba a su guapo marido y en secreto disfrutaba de las miradas que las otras mujeres les dirigían cuando entraban en una habitación. Si alguna queja tenía Diana, muy menor, era que sus padres nunca parecieron tomarle afecto a Simon. Cuando iban a visitarlos, un fin de semana o en alguna ocasión especial, siempre había tensiones que la preocupaban.

Fue justamente después de su tercer aniversario de bodas cuando apareció una grieta en su matrimonio. Diana pensó que su cena de celebración sería el momento más apropiado para contarle a Simon que iban a tener un bebé y que estaba embarazada de dos meses.

Él depositó su copa de vino, muy cuidadosamente, sobre el blanco mantel y posó sus fríos ojos sobre su cara, excitada y radiante.

—¿Cómo dejaste que pasara eso? —le escupió, mientras ella se quedaba boquiabierta ante su reacción.

Tiró la servilleta bruscamente sobre la mesa y llamó al camarero, exigiéndole la cuenta. Agarrándola del brazo con excesiva fuerza, la obligó a salir a marcha ligera del restaurante hacia su coche.

Un silencio gélido descendió sobre su matrimonio, con Simon trabajando muchas horas y negándose rotundamente a hablar del bebé. Al final, desesperada, Diana lo arrinconó en una ocasión en que llegó a altas horas de la mañana, claramente bebido, y le preguntó qué quería que hiciera.

Tras un momento de silencio, él se giró hacia ella y por un instante Diana entrevió el destello de su sonrisa de siempre, pero sin nada de su encanto.
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Diana estaba tumbada sobre la cama y el dolor le irradiaba desde la pierna por todo el cuerpo hasta unirse a su pulsátil dolor de cabeza. Podía oír sollozos y alguien le estaba estrujando la mano que colgaba sin fuerzas a su costado. Cuando sus párpados se abrieron sintió como un aliento caliente subía por su brazo hasta su cuello y se acercaba a su oído.

—Si dices una sola palabra, me aseguraré de terminar el trabajo la próxima vez —. A ella la hizo estremecer la amenaza que se desprendía de su voz—. Te mareaste y te caíste escaleras abajo delante del piso, ¿te enteras, idiota de mierda?

Aterrorizada, Diana forcejeó, intentando liberar su brazo de su agarre y entonces sonó otra voz desde el pie de la cama.

—Es hora de que deje que su esposa descanse, Sr. Forrester y usted también tiene aspecto de necesitar dormir un poco— el tono decidido de la enfermera dejaba claro que eso no era una petición y Simon se levantó y le dio unas palmaditas en el brazo a Diana.

—Muy bien, querida. Nos vemos por la mañana —. Él se giró hacia la enfermera y le dedicó la mejor de sus sonrisas—. Cuide de ellos por mí, enfermera. Lo son todo para mí—. Con eso, pasó rozando junto a la enfermera y salió de la sala.

La enfermera se dirigió a la cabecera de la cama y apoyó una mano amable sobre el hombro de Diana.

—Tienes muchos morados y una conmoción pero por suerte caíste de lado. Tienes la barriga magullada, pero el bebé está bien y es muy fuerte, así que intenta no preocuparte—. Mientras seguía con sus comprobaciones, la enfermera miró a Diana a la cara, llena de moretones —. Sabes que si necesitas ayuda de cualquier tipo hay personas a las que podemos llamar —se quedó callada un segundo —. Has sufrido una caída muy desagradable y no sería bueno para ti o para tu bebé si eso volviese a pasar.

Colocó el botón de llamada en la mano de Diana y, satisfecha al haber hecho todo lo que podía, de momento, se dirigió al otro extremo de la sala para hablar con el médico. El analgésico le estaba empezando a hacer efecto, y aunque algo adormilada, Diana sabía que este era el momento para pensar y actuar con claridad. No era solo ella quien necesitaba protección sino también su niño por nacer. Nunca antes en su vida había sentido ira pero ahora se dio cuenta de que la opresión en su pecho y cabeza no eran tan solo resultado del empujón escaleras abajo que le había dado Simon delante de su piso. Era una necesidad profundamente arraigada e instintiva de proteger a su niño que aún no había nacido.

A la mañana siguiente, después de que los llamara por la noche la enfermera encargada de la sala, los padres de Diana estaban sentados al lado de su cama, cogiéndole las manos y hablando en voz baja. La puerta de la sala se abrió de golpe y Simon marchó dando zancadas por el suelo de mármol con un ramo de rosas rojas y dedicándoles sonrisas a las enfermeras al pasar. Miró hacia adelante y al ver a los padres de Diana la sonrisa se le congeló en los labios.

Al acercarse, notó que un hombre que había estado ligeramente oculto por las cortinas se dirigía al pie de la cama de Diana. Simon miró de refilón a su esposa, que estaba sentada apoyándose en la almohada, y se enfrentó a una frialdad y firmeza que no había visto nunca antes en la cara de su hasta entonces dócil mujer.

Oyó unos pasos que se acercaban resueltamente a su espalda y las rosas cayeron al suelo cuando le agarraron violentamente por los brazos y se los sujetaron por detrás.

Forcejeando con sus aprehensores se giró para confrontar al hombre de gesto serio frente a él.

—Simon Forester. Le arresto…

©SallyCronin 2016

Translated by Olga Nunez Miret

Olga Núñez Miret is a doctor, a psychiatrist, a student (of American Literature, with a Doctorate and all to prove the point, of Criminology, and of books and people in general), she writes, translates (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and although born in Barcelona, Spain, has lived in the UK for many years. She’s always loved books and is thrilled at the prospect of helping good stories reach more readers all around the world. She publishes a bilingual blog (http://www.authortranslatorolga.com ) where she shares book reviews, advice, talks about books (hers and others) and about things she discovers and enjoys.

Olga has translated her own books into Spanish of course and she has also translated some excellent Spanish books into English and you can find out more here. http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/translationstraducciones/

Books in Spanish or English by Olga Nunez Miret

To buy her books and to reach Olga through social media here are her links

Amazon –https://www.amazon.com/author/olganm
Goodreads –http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

Audio bookshttp://authortranslatorolga.com/my-audiobooks/

Social Media

Website –http://www.olganm.com/
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Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/OlgaNunezMiret
Twitter- https://twitter.com/OlgaNM7

Gracias por tu visita. Espero que hayas disfrutado la historia.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Amy M. Reade, Olga Núñez Miret and Gigi Sedlemayer.


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Welcome to Friday’s Cafe and Bookstore update and today three authors who are either celebrating a new release or terrific reviews. Amy M. Reade, Olga Núñez Miret  and Gigi Sedlemayer.

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USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and gothic women’s fiction Amy Reade has just released The House on Candlewick Lane, the first book in the Malice series, which currently consists of three books. Each book has a different main character, but you’ll find some characters that drop in throughout the series (some more than others). The second book in the series is called Highland Peril and will be out in the fall. The third book, with a working title of Death Comes to Thistlecross, will be out next year.

About The House on Candlewick Lane

It is every parent’s worst nightmare. Greer Dobbins’ daughter has been kidnapped—and spirited across the Atlantic to a hiding place in Scotland. Greer will do anything to find her, but the streets of Edinburgh hide a thousand secrets—including some she’d rather not face. Art historian Dr. Greer Dobbins thought her ex-husband, Neill, had his gambling addiction under control. But in fact he was spiraling deeper and deeper into debt.

When a group of shady lenders threatens to harm the divorced couple’s five-year-old daughter if he doesn’t pay up, a desperate Neill abducts the girl and flees to his native Scotland. Though the trail seems cold, Greer refuses to give up and embarks on a frantic search through the medieval alleys of Edinburgh—a city as beguiling as it is dangerous. But as the nightmare thickens with cryptic messages and a mysterious attack, Greer herself will become a target, along with everyone she holds dear.

Two of the early reviews

Incredible book that captures you from the start! By Kathleen Charon on February 7, 2017

I am a huge fan of Ms. Reade’s books! I enjoy her narrative style and her descriptions pull me into the world that her characters inhabit. This book is every parent’s nightmare and chronicles Greer’s search for her missing daughter. I was so caught up in the story that I couldn’t put it down. Although I read an advanced copy, I had to purchase it because I enjoyed it so much. Don’t start until you have the time to read straight through! It will captivate you. I cannot wait for her next book!

A great read! By New York Army Mom on February 7, 2017

The House On Candlewick Lane by Amy M Reade. Set in Scotland, Amy gives her reader a great look at the language and food of Scotland. One of my favorite things about Amy’s writing is the way she describes everything; From the characters, to the setting, to the plot! The reader gets to go along for the ride with the characters, in the streets and even in the kitchen! In addition, every chapter ends with a comment that pushes you on to the next chapter! This is an author you will want to get to know! And you will definitely get to do so in this story! She weaves herself through the pages beautifully.

Don’t stop at the end, there’s a glossary defining the many Scottish terms and teasers for her other books! And if you want to get to know Amy better click the link to the latest news about Amy M. Reade. Very Interesting! I don’t want to give anything away, I will just say that I would like to see this house on Candlewick Lane! And the cover… beautiful!

Read all the reviews and buy the bookhttps://www.amazon.com/House-Candlewick-Lane-Malice-Novel-ebook/dp/B01FBZXR3K

Also by Amy M. Reade

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2

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Connect to Amy via her website:  www.amymreade.com

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Olga Nunez Miret has received a wonderful review from Christoph Fischer for her latest book Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies.

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A woman shot dead. No enemies, no motive, only a story about how she swapped bodies with another woman found on her computer. The other woman in the story, the owner of the swapped body, goes into labour and won’t talk.

When FBI Agent Dave Dean asks psychiatrist/writer Mary Miller for her assistance, she doesn’t know that The Case of the Swapped Bodies is not the only mystery in Port Haven. A hit and run, an armed robbery gone wrong and questions about family traditions, priorities and legacies come into play and complicate matters. The line between fact and fiction is more tenuous than anybody realised and suspense is on the menu.

This is the third book in the Escaping Psychiatry series and it poses new challenges for Mary Miller. And not all the challenges are professional ones. How do you carry on when you’ve survived the unthinkable?

The review from Christoph Fischer for the book

“Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies” by Olga Núñez Miret was a real treat and almost a surprise. I like Olga’s sharp and psychologically charged writing the best and knew this would be good.I was not prepared, however, for the extremely clever plot.

At first there is the confusion of a woman waking up in a different body and in a different life. Then she establishes contact with the woman currently in her own body. That in itself is a great premise and the conversation between the trapped women would have been more than enough for one successful book.

Olga doesn’t stop there but now introduces more complexity as the case is being handled by both, the police, and our series heroine, psychiatrist Mary.Despite a heavy workload I couldn’t resist the book and kept reading at every opportunity to get to the bottom of this psychological thriller. My curiosity got the better of me and all I can say is that the denouement doesn’t let you down.

A clever idea, perfectly executed with sharp writing, excellent characters and a lot going for it.  Maybe the author’s best so far. Highly recommended.

https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/review-escaping-psychiatry-2-the-case-of-the-swapped-bodies-by-olga-nunez-miret/

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Psychiatry-Case-Swapped-Bodies-ebook/dp/B01NBGH9G1

A selection of books by Olga Núñez Miret 

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Discover all the books,read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0

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Connect to Olga via her website: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com

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Gigi Sedlmayer has received a new review for Come Fly with Me the first book in the Talon Series from Akrum Menacker.

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Talon, come fly with me is a delightful middle grade story set in Peru with a family of condors and missionary Australians.

Is it possible for condors to understand humans?

Suspend your beliefs and watch how an under-size girl, Matica, finds friends with a family of condors, after being rejected by the Indians because of her size.

There are beautiful descriptions of the flight of the condors, and more so when Talon is cared for by Matica. The language suits this age group and does not talk down to the reader.

This is a great inspirational story for everyone. It will lift you up and make you believe in adventures, friendships, acceptance in a whole new light.

Come and take the journey that is called Matica’s life. It is filled with rejections, heartbreaks, growth and loneliness, but through it all, it will make you feel stronger.
Talon, Come Fly With Me is the first book in this series and you will be blown away!!!
In a world full of pain this story gives ones hope

Akrum Menacker’s review

Have you ever felt like you would never fit in? Of course you have, we all have at one point or another. But for some this is not simply being awkward socially, but much more. For 10 year old Matica, the problem is a physical one. She is not growing. Despite her age and having a younger brother, Matica has the body of a much younger child which has made her life a real challenge as far as making any friends in the little village in Peru where her parents are missionaries trying to help the local tribe. The tribe finds Matica’s situation strange and tend not to associate with her, making her more lonely than ever.

However, Matica does have knack for making friends. In this case its a pair of condors, which seems to fascinate the local villagers. But they are even more surprised when the bond between the undersized girl and the huge birds becomes so strong that when their egg is threatened by poachers they allow her to watch over and care for it. Soon the egg hatches and Talon is born. The villagers are more impressed than ever by the young girl as she helps raise the young condor, becoming an expert on the birds and soon Matica finds herself no longer the source of curious glances but a bit of a celebrity. But her true love for family and her condors never takes a backseat to this new status. Her dedication to both her families is unwavering and continues to grow just as quickly as Talon who is soon big enough and strong enough to take flight. But is he powerful enough to grant Matica’s most secret wish?

Aimed at preteens, this is a story that can be enjoyed by any age. As I said at the beginning of this review, we’ve all felt out of place and thought we’d never find where we truly belong. Matica’s journey is a tale that everyone can relate to. Sometimes its not finding where YOU fit in, but making a place for yourself in the world and watch it start swarming towards you.

This is such a wonderful tale, I have not problem giving it the 5-Star rating it deserves. I’m even more delighted to know that this is only the first installment. As of the writing of this review, there are four more books in the series. Needless to say, I’ll be adding them to my library and more reviews will come with time.

And now I will take my hat off to the author Gigi Sedlmayer, may she, Talon, Matica and the rest of this fine cast soar high and far for many years to come.
https://akrummenacker.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/my-review-of-talon-come-fly-with-me/

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Come-Fly-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00J2643PG

Also by Gigi Sedlmayer

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Connect to Gigi via her website: http://gigised.com/

If you are in my virtual Cafe and Bookstore you can enjoy regular updates on your new books and reviews.

If you are not yet in the bookstore.. Why not?

Full details and the authors on the shelves is here:

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Thank you for dropping in and it would be great if you could spread the word about these outstanding authors.. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update – Olga Núñez Miret and Mary Smith


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The first book in today’s update is for Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings: Escaping Psychiatry Prequel – by Olga Núñez Miret.  The novella is FREE and the links are after the reviews.

It is timely as Olga’s next book, Escaping Psychiatry II – The Case of the Swapped Bodies is on pre-order for December 29th.

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How far would a writer go for a killer story? This is the question psychiatrist Mary Miller must answer to solve the first mystery/thriller of her career. You can get to know the main characters of this psychological thriller series for FREE and test your own acumen and intuition in this novella about the price of ambition.

Dr Mary Miller is a young psychiatrist suffering a crisis of vocation. Her friend Phil, a criminalist lawyer working in New York, invites her to visit him and consult on the case of a writer accused of a serious assault. His victim had been harassing him and accusing him of stealing his story, which he’d transformed into a best-selling book. The author denies the allegation and claims it was self-defence. When the victim dies, things get complicated. The threshold between truth and fiction becomes blurred and secrets and lies unfold.

Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings is the prequel to Escaping Psychiatry a volume collecting three stories where Mary and her psychiatric expertise are called to help in a variety of cases, from religious and race affairs, to the murder of a policeman, and in the last case she gets closer than ever to a serial killer.

If you enjoy this novella, don’t forget to check Mary’s further adventures. And there are more to come.

One of the latest reviews for the book.

This short story is titled ‘beginnings’ and introduces Mary Miller, a psychiatrist who has been indulging in a little self analysis and having some doubts about her own profession or at least her place in it. She needs a break and Phil, a lawyer friend, comes to the rescue, inviting her to come and stay.

The offer is tempting for Mary, even though Phil is open about her possibly accompanying to his office to meet with a client on a consultancy basis, she is not put off. Indeed, she is rather intrigued by the prospect.

The client turns out to be Oliver Fenton, a famous author who is accused of using unnecessary force when fending off a stalker who has been harassing him for some time. Of course all not what it seems.

If there is such a thing as a cosy, medical mystery maybe this is where this story would lie. Mary is a thoroughly likeable character but also intriguing. There is obviously more to her than meets the eye, as you would expect from someone of her profession. She is clever and discerning and possibly a little unaware of her true talents. Perhaps here we have a Miss Marple of the psychiatric world, though I imagine her a lot younger and quite attractive! (No offence meant, Miss Marple)

As mentioned, this is the ‘beginning’ of cases for Mary Miller. I look forward to reading more, an ideal and enjoyable read between lengthier books.

Read  Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings.  FREE
Amazon:  relinks.me/B01BDG102Q
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/escaping-psychiatry-beginnings-prequel

A selection of books by Olga Núñez Miret.

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Read the reviews and BUY all of Olga’s Books: http://www.amazon.com/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0

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Available on Pre-Order for December 29th 2016: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Escaping-Psychiatry-Case-Swapped-Bodies-ebook/dp/B01NBGH9G1

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Connect to Olga via her blog: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com

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My second update is for Mary Smith whose book No More Mulberries has achieved over 130 reviews.. I first promoted the book earlier in the year and it is time to update with one or two of its most recent reviews.

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About the book

Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves her work at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan and the warmth and humour of her women friends in the village, but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married and she fears he regrets taking on a widow with a young son, who seems determined to remain distant from his stepfather.

When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. Instead, she must focus on helping women desperate for medical care and has little time to think about her failing marriage. When an old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where she and her first husband had been so happy. Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.

Her husband, too, has a past of his own – from being shunned as a child to the loss of his first love.

Two of the many reviews for the book

Mary Smith’s No More Mulberries drew me into the lives of people living in a distant country amidst a totally different culture. This book opened up a world to me that I would never experience in my life time. I came to know and love the main character, Miriam; her life, her past and her hopes for a future. She is a compassionate woman placed in a land that should be alien to her, but is not – mainly because she has made it a part of her own being by giving it a cherished place deep within her heart.

As I read her story, I became invested in the world inhabited by those who would make Afghanistan a better place by their hard work and their caring. I reluctantly finished this beautifully written book with a better understanding of life in this complicated area of our planet.

No More Mulberries on September 8, 2016

What an eye opening look at the lives of the rural Afghan people. Two people, Scottish born Miriam and her husband Iqbal came to his home village to serve as the Doctor and midwife in a small health clinic in Afghanistan. As Miriam struggles to find her place in this life she has chosen, her husband Iqbal is also struggling to make a life for himself in the community that has always looked down on him because of his disfigurement.

Iqbal had leprosy as a child which caused him to lose his eyebrows and he feels that he will always be judged because of it. Bowing to the village customs both find themselves becoming dissatisfied with their lives, but do not know how to reach out to the other. Miriam goes against her husband’s wishes and accepts the training being offered in another town.

While there she is asked to travel to the village she shared with her first husband who had been killed by militants. This story is excellent and worth while reading. Judge not for you shall be judged.

Read all the reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.com/No-More-Mulberries-Mary-Smith-ebook/dp/B005RRDZ12

Also by Mary Smith

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Connect to Mary via her website: http://www.marysmith.co.uk/

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Smorgasbord Women’s Health revisited – The Importance of Friends by author Olga Núñez Miret


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For those just joining this series, we are revisiting posts from last year from the Women’s Health Week. Since then all of our communities have grown and to be honest health messages are well worth repeating regularly. I asked Olga if she would write a piece about the importance of a support system when going through a traumatic experience, particularly when it is health related.. She produced this amazing article that I am sure you will find both interesting and inspiring. Even if we are not going through difficult times, there are those that we are close to who are. Being there for them, in person or virtually can make a huge difference as I have found out in the past myself.

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The Importance of Friends by author Olga Núñez Miret

Thanks so much to Sally for asking me to participate in her series of posts to celebrate national girlfriends’ day with a week of posts on women’s health. It’s a very important topic and one close to my heart.

I’m a doctor, a psychiatrist, a writer and translator, and evidently, I’m a woman. Although I’m not working in psychiatry at the moment, I worked for nearly ten years in male psychiatric units (because I worked in Forensic Psychiatry and secure units, like prisons, are segregated by gender. There was a move to do the same with general psychiatric units and in some places it took place, not everywhere, but that’s another topic) and I got used to talking to men about their specific health topics. But, I was also part of the Mental Health Trust group dealing with Physical Health issues (they tend to be forgotten and much more problematic to treat in patients with chronic mental health problems) and we had some great presentations and discussions looking at topics that affected women’s health.

We talked about staff, we talked about relatives or carers, but we didn’t talk about friends that much, although they are very important.

I was checking some articles about the benefits of having friends for your health, and all seem to conclude pretty much the same, having friends is good for your health, for your heart, and people with a good group of friends live longer. People respond better to treatments, suffer less pain… Of course the point is also made that some friends can be stressful and of course, we’ll worry more about the people we care more about. Older people who are lonely have higher blood pressure and sleep worse. Women’s friendships tend to be more geared towards empathy, sharing and listening, that is what we most need when we’re worried and concerned about our health. (Men’s friendships tend to be about companionship and helping each other with practical things, or that’s at least what the articles suggested).

There was a meta-study in 2010 at Brigham Young University (a study looking at the result of 148 previous studies) with a total of more than 300,000 participants where they concluded that people with high or adequate social relationships were 50% more likely to survive in the next five yearsthan those who didn’t. They summarised the negative effects of low social interaction as follows:

–As bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

–As dangerous as being an alcoholic.

–As harmful as never exercising.

–Twice as dangerous as obesity.

(Check the whole article here: http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/24/health-relationships-longevity-forbes-woman-well-being-social-isolation.html)

You might also find these articles interesting:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/friendships/art-20044860

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/good-friends-are-good-for-you

And this blog post, with Infographic incorporated:

http://www.fix.com/blog/health-benefits-of-friendship/

You might be wondering the reason why having friends is healthy (and I’m sure you have your own theories and you’re likely right). Nobody knows for sure although there are suggestions that the support reduces stress that has a negative impact on many aspects of our health (both physically and mentally). It is also quite likely that if we surround ourselves with friends who look after themselves, have healthy habits, exercise and lead an active life, we will adjust our living style to match theirs. That’s one of the reasons why so many gyms and initiatives encourage people to buddy up and go to the gym with a friend as it’s likely that you’ll spur each other and keep going, motivation becoming less of an issue.

Being a doctor people regularly tell me about their medical concerns even if they are not my patients and that includes relatives, friends, neighbours, and people I work with… But in my heart of hearts I hope that many might ask me not only because I am a doctor but because I am a friend.

I’ve been with female friends at difficult times. I went with a friend to hospital when she was pregnant and worried because she was bleeding (unfortunately she has a miscarriage a few days later), and I spent time with her when that happened, I’ve accompanied friends when they‘ve had tests, I’ve visited sick friends and colleagues post-operation. Sometimes one feels a bit weird about these things, especially if perhaps you’ve only known the person in a certain role (as a work colleague, for example) and you don’t know their personal history that well. But I ask and take advice. I recall when I hadn’t been in the UK very long and was doing my first job as a junior doctor training in psychiatry; the daughter of one of the male nurses who worked in the same ward I was working had a terrible car accident and was left in a coma. I also knew the mother of the girl, who was also a psychiatric nurse and worked in the day hospital. Although things have changed now, at the time we lived in accommodation within the grounds of the hospital (again, another story), so I went to visit the girl most days after work, if I wasn’t on-duty. Luckily the girl recovered (and became a psychiatric nurse like her parents) although it took a few weeks. I wasn’t sure I did much other than be there, but I became very friendly with the family and they were very thankful. As I was saying, it’s difficult to know what might help, but don’t hesitate to offer your support if you can.

Living alone and not having relatives close by, I’ve also relied on friends when I’ve had minor interventions that meant I couldn’t drive or should not be left by myself (not that easy when your friends don’t live nearby and the hospital is elsewhere). And of course I’ve talked about health concerns with friends too. When I had a health scare a few years back, and I had booked to visit my friend Iman, an A&E nurse, in Paris, she insisted I get tests there. It wasn’t much of a holiday, but I’m very grateful to her and her family for their support.

In these modern days, sometimes we might have a lot of connections (the jury is still out with regards to how much virtual connections help. All the studies refer to actual people you know and you can depend upon, and that’s more difficult when somebody might be thousands of miles away) but a non-virtual girlfriend is quite a handy thing to have. And the more, the merrier.

Here I leave you a few links to sites talking about Women’s Health.

The NHS link:

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/Category.aspx?CategoryID=60

http://www.healthywomen.org/ (It includes a part for professionals, blogs, community…)

US government site:

https://www.womenshealth.gov/

http://www.webmd.com/women/

Thanks again and please follow the whole series and don’t forget to check on your friends!

Olga Nuñez Miret-amazon-author-The Writer Next Door

Olga Núñez Miret was born in Barcelona and moved to the UK to study in the 1990’s. She is a doctor and also a Forensic Psychiatrist until recently when she gave this up to pursue her dream of writing full time. Her fiction covers a number of genres including crime thriller, family saga, para-normal and romance. Olga is also a translator and works with other authors to introduce their books to a new and wider audience.

Olga’s books can be found in a number of formats including audio and are available in Spanish.

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Olga has used her experience and insights in three works of fiction that follow Mary, a psychiatrist and writer, and her adventures in the series Escaping Psychiatry: She has recently released the prequel  Escaping Psychiatry – Beginnings.

The first of her books to be published as e-book (October 2012) is The Man Who Never Was also available in Spanish version: El hombre que nunca existió. In February 2013 she published a Young Adult novella in English Twin Evils? and Spanish Gemela Maldad.

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In June 2013 she published her first foray in romantic fiction: Click Me Happy! A novella where readers can choose between three endings, an unhappy, a neutral and a happy one. Now also available in paperback.

In May 2014 she published Family, Lust and Cameras a novella in the psychological thriller style. And in June 2014 her book ‘Escaping Psychiatry’ became available in audiobook, narrated by Emmy Award winner actor and writer Alan Cooke (a.k.a Wild Irish Poet). A light hearted romance for those of us who are addicted cookery shows followed with I Love Your Cupcakes.

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Olga’s latest release is a trilogy – Angelic Business and all three books in the trilogy have been released in English and Spanish.

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To buy her books and to reach Olga through social media here are her links

Amazon –https://www.amazon.com/author/olganm
Goodreads –http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

Audio bookshttp://authortranslatorolga.com/my-audiobooks/

Social Media

Website –http://www.olganm.com/
Blog- http://authortranslatorolga.com/
Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/OlgaNunezMiret
Twitter- https://twitter.com/OlgaNM7

Thanks so much for dropping in and would love your feedback.. If you read last year you might still consider sharing to your new and wider audience to help spread the message.. Sally

 

Smorgasbord Open House – Author and Translator – Olga Nunez Miret


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Today I am delighted to welcome my guest Olga Nunez Miret, a prolific author of a number of books across several genres.

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Olga was born in Barcelona and moved to the UK to study in the 1990’s. She is a doctor and also a Forensic Psychiatrist until recently, when she gave this up to pursue her dream of writing full time. Her fiction covers a number of genres including crime thriller, family saga, para-normal and romance. Olga is also a translator and works with other authors to introduce their books to a new and wider audience.

Olga is not just a supportive friend to all of us here in blog world but also to any Indie author that needs a boost. Her blog posts are informative, entertaining and her reviews are honest and show a great critical eye. If Olga says read this book.. Then you should.

She is a prolific author and here is a brief overview of her books to date most of which are in both English and Spanish.

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This was followed by The Man Who Never Was and Twin Evils?

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Then came Click Me Happy! : Do you believe in love at first sight or first click? Do you think your life should be a romantic novel? Would you like to be able to choose the ending? If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions or feel intrigued by them, this novel offers you a unique opportunity. You can choose what kind of ending you want: unhappy, happy or neutral.

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This was followed by Family, Lust and Cameras which is now available in audio as well as in text formats. Here are the links to audible but it will also be available on Amazon and i-Tunes shortly.

Audible.com: http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Family-Lust-and-Cameras-Audiobook/B01BH6VTTQ/
Audible.co.ukhttp://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Crime-Thrillers/Family-Lust-and-Cameras-Audiobook/B01BH6TE0M/
Sample in soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/olga-nm-1/family-lust-and-cameras-sample

For those who love cookery shows and romance; here is the perfect book –  I Love Your Cupcakes.

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Her latest book is the Novella Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings.

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How far would a writer go for a killer story? This is the question psychiatrist Mary Miller must answer to solve the first mystery/thriller of her career. You can get to know the main characters of this psychological thriller series for FREE and test your own acumen and intuition in this novella about the price of ambition.

Dr Mary Miller is a young psychiatrist suffering a crisis of vocation. Her friend Phil, a criminalist lawyer working in New York, invites her to visit him and consult on the case of a writer accused of a serious assault. His victim had been harassing him and accusing him of stealing his story, which he’d transformed into a best-selling book. The author denies the allegation and claims it was self-defence. When the victim dies, things get complicated. The threshold between truth and fiction becomes blurred and secrets and lies unfold.

Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings is the prequel to Escaping Psychiatry a volume collecting three stories where Mary and her psychiatric expertise are called to help in a variety of cases, from religious and race affairs, to the murder of a policeman, and in the last case she gets closer than ever to a serial killer.

If you enjoy this novella, don’t forget to check Mary’s further adventures. And there are more to come.

One of the reviews for the book

Recommended Psychological Mystery  By Diogenes on 28 Mar. 2016 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Having read, and enjoyed, the author’s trilogy of stories featuring psychiatrist Mary Miller, I was very happy to see this prequel novella pop up on Amazon – and even more enthused to see it as free! (Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?)

Anyway, Olga Nunez Miret is bang on form with this tale of the death of a ‘stalker’, where all is not as it seems. This is a great introduction to an empathetic protagonist. Grab a copy quickly before the author changes her mind about its pricing.

Recommended for those who like a good psychological mystery with some human foibles thrown in to keep things real.

Read for Free Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings.
Amazon:  relinks.me/B01BDG102Q
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/escaping-psychiatry-beginnings-prequel
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1080374488
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/escaping-psychiatry-beginnings-olga-n-ez-miret/1123346318?ean=2940152837902
Page Foundry: http://www.inktera.com/store/title/31c8e420-7a4f-4b36-91b1-fb7f9ee3909c
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/297494413/Escaping-Psychiatry-Beginnings-Prequel

Now it is time to hand over to Olga to find out which of the questions she chose to answer including who she would like to have a conversation with from the past.

Welcome back to the blog Olga and who would you like to meet from the past who you would like to have a conversation with. What would you tell them about their behaviour that you admired or disapproved of?

There are quite a few people from the past I’d like to talk to. Definitely quite a few writers I’d like to ask questions to, or simply hang around with (I’m fascinated by Herman Melville, I love Louisa May Alcott…), but I finally decided I’d love to talk to Michelangelo.

When I was a child I lived with my parents and my grandparents in a street of Barcelona that has his name and I’ve always been a great admirer of his art. I recently visited Florence, and I’ve also been to Rome and it’s even better when you see it close up and personal. I’ve always been curious about the publicised bad relationship he had with Leonardo Da Vinci, but more than anything I’d like to tell him how much I admire his work and to ask him about his art and how he felt when he was creating it.

I understand that at the time he worked under patronage and had to work on the projects commissioned, but which ones were his favourites? Was there something he would have liked to work on but didn’t have time to or the opportunity to? I wonder what he would have done with the means we have today. From reading some of his letters I get the sense he would be an interesting and amusing person to meet.

What is your favourite all time television series?

This is a difficult question as I’ve loved many at different times in my life, and it might depend on what mood you catch me when you ask me, but Brideshead Revisited http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083390/  comes to mind.

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I loved the Granada Television series when I saw it in Spain (I think I was 16 or 17), and I remember talking to all my friends about it. I read the Evelyn Waugh’s novel later on, and it’s a beautiful and compelling story, complex, with characters who struggle with their identities, their feelings and their place in society.

The series has a cast to die for (Jeremy Irons in the first big role I ever saw him in, but also Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Anthony Andrews…), the settings are gorgeous too. Oxford looks so beautiful, they visit Venice early on in the story, and Castle Howard, the Brideshead of the title, is such a wonderful place.

I remember at the time I recorded the episodes in a VHS video and went through the titles to find out where it was (no Google then) and decided I would visit it. And I have done so quite a few times. It’s a great place – http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/ – I’ve since watched a more recent movie version that I thought wasn’t bad, but can’t really compare to the original. I’ve recommended it to a few people who’d never watched it at the time and everybody has enjoyed it. So if anybody hasn’t watched it yet, go for it.

In your lifetime what event or invention has most impacted your own life or work?

I guess I had to say computers. I know they were invented before I was born (yes, I’m old but not quite that old) but the personal computer and its expansion has definitely made a big difference to all of our lives. I remember my mother wanted to buy me an electrical typewriter for one of my birthdays when I was 16 or 17 and I told her to hold on because I had the feeling that it would be better to wait and see what computers could do as typewriters might be on the out.

I remember going to a course on how to use computers in the office many years back and being told about ‘Windows’ that was going to revolutionise everything. Were they right or what? Of course it hasn’t only changed the experience of writing, but I remember the process of typing something, making a mistake and having to go through the whole piece or page again, correcting was a very slow process, checking facts or doubts meant having to find books on the subject, visiting libraries or finding people prepared to talk to you about it. And locations, places…

What is the one big adventure that you would like to experience?

I’ve talked about wanting to visit Alaska, but I guess I’d like to experience living doing something completely different for a while. Recently I found a site – https://www.helpx.net/index.asp – where you offer to help in exchange for food and accommodation, and you work in hostels, farms, help with animals… Some of the stays are short, some can be quite long, and they have offerings for very different parts of the world.

I suspect I might be a bit too old for it, but I think it could be a great experience and offer plenty of new material for quite a few books. I also read a book about a woman who goes to a Buddhist convent in China that made me wonder how that would be like.

With regards to new projects, I’ve just published the prequel to my series Escaping Psychiatry which you will find links to in the introduction. This is available free to offer people a taster of the main characters and see if they’d be interested in reading the rest of the series. I finished writing the draft of the next instalment in the same series (that for the moment is going by the title of Escaping Psychiatry. The case of the swapped bodies) but I’m letting it rest for a while and I suspect the process of editing and translating will take me a while.

I’m also wondering about writing a non-fiction book about my experience as a woman living on my own (I’ve started putting a few ideas together, but it’s only the bud of an idea). I’m refreshing my blog and I’m planning on promoting my translation services by offering a lucky author a major discount (in exchange for signing up to my new translation matters newsletter). If everything goes according to plan that will be next month.

Oh, and I almost forgot a reminder about the audio book Family, Lust and Cameras  which has been released on audio. Only 1:30 hours, so if anybody fancies listening to a pretty dark suspenseful revenge story…

Thanks so much for inviting me to blah, blah, about myself, and thanks to your readers for their patience.

My thanks to Olga for an interesting choice of questions and I think that if she does head off to Alaska we can expect some great posts about the adventure.

Here are links to buy all of Olga’s books and she has a number of selling sites to suit your requirements.. Also the various social media platforms that you can connect on.

Links and contact

Subscribe to my newsletter: English: http://eepurl.com/bAUc0v
Website: http://www.OlgaNM.com
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0
Twitter  https://twitter.com/OlgaNM7
Blog:  http://www.authortranslatorolga.com
Facebook: http://OlgaNM.wordpress.com
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/OlgaNunezMiret
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=212028338&trk=tab_pro
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret
G+   https://plus.google.com/u/0/118443714277719085351
Pinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/
Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/OlgaNM
Tumblr: http://OlgaNMwriter.tumblr.com
Booklikes: http://olganm9.booklikes.com/
Riffle: https://read.rifflebooks.com/profiles/151299
You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeBpRkKciZEhS-6WN_pDfTQ

Thanks for dropping in today and we would both appreciate your sharing the Open House on your own blog and social media. Enjoy the rest of the day.. Sally

 

Christmas Grotto – Audio Book – I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Núñez Miret


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As we all get comfortable with reading books in so many varied formats; there is one in particular that I believe to be extremely important and will become so over the next couple of years. My husband does not read books anymore he listens to them and over the last five years has accumulated a huge library. He has been working on the house preparing it for sale and usually for at least eight hours a day. While he did so he worked his way through the books comfortably; even though I usually had to track him down to tell him lunch was ready.. Shouting at the top of my voice had little effect if he was deep in a trench in the garden and deep into Jack Reacher.

I already have an audio book out there from several years ago but I intend to narrate all of my others in coming months and offer alongside my print and Ebook versions.

Today I am featuring the audio version of I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Núñez Miret which I am sure you will enjoy and is perfect for travelling as an alternative to music or if you are exercising or working in the house or garden.

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Dulce, Adelfa and Storm, the protagonists of I Love Your Cupcakes are business partners, friends and share some “interesting” family connections. All the men Dulce meets only want to talk about her cakes and she’s tired of it. Her friend Adelfa, although she’s a Chemistry Professor, can’t manage to find the recipe for the perfect relationship. And Storm, the third of the partners of their bakery/coffee shop/bookshop/art gallery and ex-fire station, is an artist who is not a master in the art of love.

How could they imagine that at the studio of the contest “Do You Have What it Takes to Be the Next Baking Star?” they’d find sexual harassment, cheats, fights and also love? Recipes included (only for cakes, not love!)

Here is where you can find the book in audio with a sample read by the narrator Gwyn Olson and produced by Red Rose Studio.

https://soundcloud.com/olga-nm-1/i-love-your-cupcakes-retailsample

 

 

Audible:
http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Fiction/I-Love-Your-Cupcakes-Audiobook/B0170I72EQ/
Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/I-Love-Your-Cupcakes/dp/B0170IGWV0/
Amazon.co.uk:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Love-Your-Cupcakes/dp/B0170IAOEQ/
i-Tunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/i-love-your-cupcakes-unabridged/id1052357787

A selection of other books by Olga Núñez Miret in Spanish and English

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Buy all of Olga’s books.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/XLnZTo

About Olga in her own words.

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My name is Olga Núñez Miret and I’m a writer, translator, reader, psychiatrist, I love movies, plays, fitness, owls and recently have taken up meditation (mindfulness). (I thought I might as well summarise and not take too much of your time). I’ll leave you some links at the end just in case you want to find out even more about me (I’m not sure I’d recommend it, but hey…do your worst!).

I’ve been writing since I was quite young and I write in whatever style the story I have in my head wants to be written in. So far literary fiction, romance, YA, thriller…and a few unfinished works.

Around five years ago I discovered and read quite a few interesting Young Adult books and had an idea for what I thought could be a series. At the time I wrote the first of the novels and after trying to find an agent or a traditional publisher without much success, I started self-publishing, but decided to publish some of my other books first. Since then I’ve published 12 books (6 original books and their translations, as I write in English and Spanish).

Link to Olga on her website and social media.

Website: www.OlgaNM.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OlgaNM7
Blog: http://OlgaNM.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OlgaNunezMiret
Amazon: http://amzn.to/XLnZTo
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret
Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118443714277719085351
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/olganm7/
Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/OlgaNM

The grotto is almost full so if you would like to submit your books, art or music to go on the shelves then please check out the format above and contact me.  Here is the Grotto to date.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/christmas-grotto-2015-books-and-gifts/

Please let us have your feedback and a few clicks on the share buttons would be very appreciated.

Saturday Morning Coffee with Olga Nunez Miret, D.G. Kaye and Teagan Riordain Geneviene


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Friendship can sometimes be hard to define as we, as individuals, play different roles in the lives of others. We are daughters, sons, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, bosses and employees, husbands and wives, lovers and friends. I was browsing the web looking at opinions on the subject and found this post by Alex Lickerman MD author of the book The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self. http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Lickerman-MD/e/B008UT77MW

Here is an excerpt from the post and you might like to pop over and read the full article as I felt it summed up what I feel about friendship including those that I have developed online with fellow bloggers.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201312/the-true-meaning-friendship

The Japanese have a term, kenzoku, which translated literally means “family.” The connotation suggests a bond between people who’ve made a similar commitment and who possibly therefore share a similar destiny. It implies the presence of the deepest connection of friendship, of lives lived as comrades from the distant past.

Many of us have people in our lives with whom we feel the bond described by the word kenzoku. They may be family members, a mother, a brother, a daughter, a cousin. Or a friend from grammar school with whom we haven’t talked in decades. Time and distance do nothing to diminish the bond we have with these kinds of friends.

The question then arises: why do we have the kind of chemistry encapsulated by the word kenzoku with only a few people we know and not scores of others? The closer we look for the answer the more elusive it becomes. It may not in fact be possible to know, but the characteristics that define a kenzoku relationship most certainly are.’

WHAT DRAWS PEOPLE TOGETHER AS FRIENDS?

  1. Common interests.
  2. History.
  3. Common values.
  4. Equality.

WHAT MAKES A FRIEND WORTHY OF THE NAME?

  1. A commitment to your happiness.
  2. Not asking you to place the friendship before your principles.
  3. A good influence.

HOW TO ATTRACT TRUE FRIENDS

‘This one is easy, at least on paper: become a true friend yourself. One of my favorite quotations comes from Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Be the friend you want to have.’

Time to pour the coffee….

With that in mind I would like to share this morning’s coffee break with three women who have been connected to me in this amazing online world for the last year or more. You will find the official biographies on their websites and I do hope that if you are not already following these extraordinarily talented and supportive women that you will head over and do so today.

We live on a mountain in Spain and have wonderful friends in neighbouring houses who have been hugely supportive to us in the last fifteen years and we have had some riotous fun on occasion. We all love music, food and dancing and being in Spain, lunchtimes can sometimes extend to midnight and since dinner does not usually begin until 10.00pm, you can end up dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

They certainly epitomize the word ‘friendship’ but whilst we all share a lot of interests and affection we also have our own individual passions and requirements. This is where I feel the Internet comes in and more specifically blogging.

Over the last two years I have noticed that my contacts and my interactions with them has polarized into specific categories that include health, writing, reading, humour, music. Some of these have evolved further into friendships with fellow bloggers who are like-minded and share the same philosophy in life. In essence Kenzoku...family and community.

You met three of those who I consider to be an essential part of my community last week. Judith Barrow, Jo Robinson and Christopher Graham the Story Reading Ape.

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This week my guests for coffee are all talented, strong women who write about life in one form or another in non-fiction, fantasy, para-normal, romance and thrillers. Apart from interacting online we also share our lives offline and you could not find three more supportive and wise friends.

So time to meet my guests and as I mentioned earlier you will find the full bios over on their blogs.

Olga Núñez MiretAmericano with Tostada with Tomato.

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Olga was born in Barcelona and moved to the UK to study in the 1990’s. She is a doctor and also a Forensic Psychiatrist until recently when she gave this up to pursue her dream of writing full time. Her fiction covers a number of genres including crime thriller, family saga, para-normal and romance. Olga is also a translator and works with other authors to introduce their books to a new and wider audience.

Olga is not just a supportive friend to all of us here in blog world but also to any Indie author that needs a boost. Her blog posts are informative, entertaining and her reviews are honest and show a great critical eye. If Olga says read this book.. Then you should.

Friday is one of the days to mark in your calendar as you will meet new and classical authors and always discover the unexpected. Yesterday’s post on Rudyard Kipling, one of my childhood heroes, revealed that he spent some of his childhood years in my hometown of Portsmouth in an area called Southsea, a fact that I did not know… Also that he spent the last years of his life in the next county of Sussex.

https://olganm.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/guest-classic-author-rudyard-kipling-india-british-colonialism-and-childhood-memories/

Olga is a prolific author and here is a brief overview of her books to date most of which are in both English and Spanish. Her first book Escaping Psychiatry is a collection of three stories in the psychological thriller genre with the same protagonist, Mary, a psychiatrist and writer. She is trying to develop her literary career but circumstances and friends conspire to keep dragging her back to psychiatry. This was followed by The Man Who Never Was and Twin Evils?

Then came Click Me Happy! : Do you believe in love at first sight or first click? Do you think your life should be a romantic novel? Would you like to be able to choose the ending? If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions or feel intrigued by them, this novel offers you a unique opportunity. You can choose what kind of ending you want: unhappy, happy or neutral. This was followed by Family, Lust and Cameras and for those who love cookery shows and romance; I Love Your Cupcakes.

Olga’s latest release is a trilogy of Young Adult fiction in both English and Spanish– Angelic Business

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You can find out more about and buy Olga’s books from these links.

Amazon –https://www.amazon.com/author/olganm
Goodreads –http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

Find out more about this talented writer on her blog.

WordPress :https://olganm.wordpress.com/about/

Connect with Olga via Social Media

Website –http://www.olganm.com/
Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/OlgaNunezMiret
Twitter- https://twitter.com/OlgaNM7

D. G. Kaye – Soy Latte and Gluten Free Apple cake.

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D.G. Kaye (Debby) is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

Debby’s life as a child was challenged and like many of us, she found it difficult to be the daughter her mother expected her to be. Narcissism is common. We will excuse it away in those we are meant to love but when between a child and parent it can cause long lasting damage and guilt. Debby’s first book, Conflicted Hearts is a memoir, written about her journey to seek solace from living with that guilt. For many women this book has been a revelation and also an opportunity to rebalance a difficult mother and daughter relationship.

Debby has gone on to write other books that reflect our lives at various stages including a humorous look at something all of us go through.. Menopause… Meno-What? This was followed up by Words We Carry focused on women’s self-esteem issues and finally this week a book all females can relate to: Have Bags, Will Travel – Excess Baggage, adventures and shoes..

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Her insightful view of life and particularly women’s issues is reflected in her blog posts where you can also find out more about this delightful and supportive writer.

http://dgkayewriter.com/about/

All of Debby’s posts are worth reading but this particular one struck a chord with me as I have visited Las Vegas (Lost Wages) a number of times but not for about fifteen years.. If you are thinking of visiting after a long absence you might like to digest this first.

http://dgkayewriter.com/lost-vegas/

Links to buy D.G. Kaye’s books and connect.
Author page on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

Social Media

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/pokercubster
Blog – http://www.dgkayewriter.com
Facebook –   http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye
Google   –   http://www.google.com/+DebbyDGKayeGies

Last but not least; Teagan Riordain Geneviene – Hot Chocolate and Almond Croissant.

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Teagan has a demanding day job working in the US capital and I have no idea how she juggles her time so that she can write a weekly serial as well as respond so positively to those she is connected to. Often it is late at night and I am tidying up my sites ready for bed when a comment will pop up on WP. ‘Just love the story, hope you have had a thriving Thursday, mega hugs.’  It is a great way to end the day.

You will find similar notes on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and this for me shows a wonderfully caring personality that despite being tired from a long day in the office still finds time to spread her bubbly nature across our world.

Apart from being a very talented blogger and a huge support to others Teagan is one of the most creative writers I have come across… Her imagination and use of ‘ingredients’ is inspired.

Teagan, a southerner by birth, was “enchanted” by the desert southwest of the USA when she moved there. She had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since. Her first novel  Atonement, Tennessee has received great reviews and those who read it are eagerly awaiting her next book, Atonement In Bloom.

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‘Esmeralda Lawton is sick of the big city. “Ralda” was betrayed until trust became a theoretical concept. So it’s a dream come true when she buys an old estate, complete with historic cemetery. Okay, she isn’t excited about the cemetery, but she’s strangely drawn to the estate. Atonement, Tennessee, a quaint town, seems like the perfect place for her. However, her new life isn’t quiet.

The house is full of antiques. Some have extraordinary properties — a brass bed causes strange dreams, and a mirror shows the truth of who you are.’

Teagans writing is colored by her experiences in both the southern states and the southwest. Teagan writes many types of fantasy, from what she likes to call “quest type” fantasy, to urban fantasy, to fantasies with a dash of mystery. Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to contributions from viewers.

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Currently we are enthralled by Copper, The Alchemist and The Woman in Trousers and here is the link to the whole series so far to enable you to catch up with this wonderful story.

https://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/copper-the-alchemist-the-woman-in-trousers-serial-home/

Links to buy Atonement and to connect on her blog and social media.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

Blog and social Media

http://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/home/
http://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/three-things-serial-story/
http://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/three-ingredients-serial-homepage/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene

Here is the link to last week’s first post in the new series and I hope you will drop by next week to meet three more guests who have contributed so much to this blog in the last two years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/new-series-saturday-coffee-morning-guests-jo-robinson-judith-barrow-and-chris-the-story-reading-ape/

I hope you have enjoyed coffee at my house and please feel free to comment and share.

See you next time.  Sally

Written Acts of Kindness Award – Olga Núñez Miret


I was recently awarded the Written Acts of Kindness Award by the very charming and generous author Seumas Gallacher, who regularly has the ladies all of a flutter by disporting himself in full regalia.. By this I mean bekilted splendour..Thank you Seumas for your very flattering introduction. If you are not already following Seumas (doubtful) then here is the key to his portal… http://seumasgallacher.com/

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I have so many candidates for this award. In the last 18 months since I resumed my daily blogging activities I have been inundated with kindness. So over the next few weeks I will endeavour to pass on this award to just a small selection of those fellow bloggers and writers.

My first today is a lovely friend who supports others without a second thought and absolutely deserves the Written Acts of Kindness Award. With reviews and interviews both on her own blog and Lit World Interviews and also by her regular visits and positive comments to the blogs that she follows. Her posts are motivating and demonstrates the care that Olga has taken to research the subject of her interview or article thoroughly.

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Olga Núñez Miret was born in Barcelona and moved to the UK to study in the 1990’s. She is a doctor and also a Forensic Psychiatrist until recently when she gave this up to pursue her dream of writing full time. Her fiction covers a number of genres including crime thriller, family saga, para-normal and romance. Olga is also a translator and works with other authors to introduce their books to a new and wider audience.

Olga has used her experience and insights in three works of fiction that follow Mary, a psychiatrist and writer, and her adventures in the series ‘Escaping Psychiatry’: In January 2014 she published the three novellas in a single book with an epilogue that promises more adventures.

The first of her books to be published as e-book (October 2012) is ‘The Man Who Never Was’ also available in Spanish version: ‘El hombre que nunca existió’. In February 2013 she published a Young Adult novella in English ‘Twin Evils?’ and Spanish ‘Gemela Maldad’.

In June 2013 she published her first foray in romantic fiction: ‘Click Me Happy! ‘A novella where readers can choose between three endings, an unhappy, a neutral and a happy one. Now also available in paperback.

In May 2014 she published ‘Family, Lust and Cameras’ a novella in the psychological thriller style. And in June 2014 her book ‘Escaping Psychiatry’ became available in audiobook, narrated by Emmy Award winner actor and writer Alan Cooke (a.k.a Wild Irish Poet).

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Her latest book is in both English and Spanish and titled I Love Your Cupcakes If like me, you are a fan of the various cooking shows on television, you will enjoy a behind the scenes peek at the in-fighting, intrigue with all the ingredients of a great recipe. The icing in the cake is the cast of characters including Dulce, Adelfa and Storm and their interactions in the world of sugar and spice. A light hearted romance in the serious business of bake offs…

To buy her books and to reach Olga through social media here are her links
Website –http://www.olganm.com/
Blog-http://olganm.wordpress.com/
Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/OlgaNunezMiret
Twitter-@OlgaNM7
Amazon –https://www.amazon.com/author/olganm
Goodreads –http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

Olga, the rules for passing this Award on are very simple:

1 You are welcome to give it out as many times as you like, but it is only to be given to a maximum of one person per blog post. If you wish to give multiple rewards, please space the blog posts so the sincerity is maintained.

2 Introduce the person; say how they encourage, help or inspire you; then link to their work and/or social media profiles. There may be a specific post you wish to link to which helped you. It’s up to you.

3 Please publicise your award post to Twitter or Google Plus using the hash tag #writtenkindness so that others can find and follow the award winners.

This award is open to anyone to use. You don’t have to receive it, in order to be able to give it. Once you have received it, it isn’t obligatory that you must pass it on.