For some of you it is the last bank holiday of the summer and this is the last post in this three day festival. Yesterday my guests included D.G. Kaye, Tina Frisco, Janice Spina, Marjorie Mallon, Teagan Geneviene, The Story Reading Ape, Ali Isaac,Tess Karlinski and Brigid Gallagher.
Here is the link to the previous two days of posts
And I filmed the proceedings yesterday and lovely to see so many up there on the dance floor.. thanks Nerd Fest UK for their speedy editing services
To start off us today is a request from Judith Barrow for a track from The Travelling Wilbury’s from their official Youtube channel… Judith has been a wonderful friend and motivator for both my blog and books and as the organiser of the Narbeth Book Festival she is taking that support to a new level. https://judithbarrowblog.com/category/narberth-book-fair-2017/
Head off and check out all of Judith’s fantastic books and reviews here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6
Time to get up and tap your feet to this catchy number from the Traveling Wilburys
Buy The Travelling Wilbury’s Music: https://www.amazon.com/Traveling-Wilburys-Collection-DVD-Combo/dp/B01E7FLJ44
I have more headliners for you today, but first a reminder of the FREE book offer and how you can mingle in the comments section with other guests.
My novel Just an Odd Job Girl is available in eBook – Mobi for Kindle and epub for all other devices. You just have to email and tell me which version – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would love you to participate and if you have not already taken this short quiz and left your answers and links in the comments then now is your chance.
My experience with most of you reading this, is that you are very modest, and have trouble blowing your own trumpet. So to help you with that, here is a short quiz with one word answers to put in the comments alongside your links. The answers I receive may be used against you in the posts on Monday
- Which is your favourite recording artist or band
- Pizza or Pasta
- Favourite Film
- Person you would most like to meet Dead or Alive.
Then please leave your blog or website, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter Links.
Here is the link to yesterday’s party post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-music-dancing-headliners-and-you-and-free-books/
Recently I have been delighted to welcome two new lifestyle guest writers.
Carol Taylor is my co-conspirator on this project. Most of you are familiar with my Medicine Woman’s larder and Carol and I have teamed up to provide you with recipes to make the most of these amazing foods. I am providing the ingredients and sharing their nutritional and medicinal properties and Carol is taking them to a whole new level with her delicious recipes.
Carol began this party wearing her dancing shoes and wanted to share them with us.
Carol lives in Thailand and enjoys sharing authentic Thai recipes made with the wonderfully fresh local ingredients she sources in the markets. You can find these and so much more on her blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/ and you can connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
You can find our posts in the new series – Cook From Scratch with Sally and Carol.
Carol has requested something by Sir Rod Stewart and I have selected something from my misspent youth when we pranced around to this thinking we were the bees knees. Buy Sir Rod’s music:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rod-Stewart/e/B000AP7XKA
I expect after dancing around to Sir Rod that you might be a little peckish so it is just as well that Carol has sent over some of her delicious party food.
And after dancing since yesterday, Carol has now changed into some more comfortable shoes and is hitting the margeritas….
Before we meet Julie Lawford it is time for some more music and this was requested by Jennie Fitzkee who loves The Beatles.
Jenny has a wonderful blog where she shares stories of her 30 years as a preschool teacher. I do recommend that you head over and read her posts because you too will come away with a renewed love of books and readings. Something that she has instilled in these young pupils who adore her. Here is the link to her latest post: https://jenniefitzkee.com/2017/08/25/rekindling-american-pride/
I have chosen this Beatles track for Jennie today which happens to be one of my favourites.
Now it is time to meet Julie Lawford who has been contributing some great posts on weight loss and lifestyle for the summer.
Julie and I met at the Blogger’s Bash in June and we discovered a connection through our weight loss journeys and our love of a healthier lifestyle.. I asked for access to your archives and have been sharing her very informative and helpful posts for the last few weeks.
Always engaged with the written word, Julie Lawford came to fiction late in the day. Following a career in technology marketing she has been freelance since 2002 and has written copy for just about every kind of business collateral you can imagine. By 2010, she was on the hunt for a new writing challenge and Singled Out – her debut psychological suspense novel – is the result.
Julie is based in London in the UK. Whilst penning her second novel, she still writes – and blogs – for marketing clients.
Read the reviews and buy the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Singled-Out-Julie-Lawford-ebook/dp/B00RO1GH28/
You can find all of Julie’s posts here on Smorgasbord in this file: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/guest-writer-julie-lawford-health-and-weightloss/
There has been some amazing food contributed to the party and I have to share this dish in particular that Noelle Granger has provided. It is one of those dishes that is always one of the most expensive on the menus in the UK and Ireland but it is the most delicious. Just look at this Lobster Thermidor.. Noelle has been most generous with the portions so forks at the ready.
Noelle is another author of the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series and she has been a treasured participant in the last four years of blogging. I was delighted to meet her in person for a huge hug (several actually) at the Blogger’s Bash along with her delightful husband.
You can read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Granger/e/B00DN6I8GQ
Time for some music and some dancing to work off the Lobster before dessert.
Mary Smith have been connected here since the beginning but we only met face to face a the Blogger’s Bash in June.. and she was everything that I expected and it was lovely to meet her face to face.
Here are her books and the link to check them out and buy of course: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Smith/e/B001KCD4P0
Mary has requested something by Queen and I hope she likes the track I have selected. Should be an Indie author’s anthem…Buy Queen’s music: https://www.amazon.com/Queen/e/B000AQ0748
Most of you will know Susan Toy and how must time and effort she puts into her promotion of authors and I am very lucky to have featured several times in her Reading Recommendations. https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/reading-recommendations/
Susan has written some wonderful books that I have read and reviewed and she has brought a very special dessert to the party and an offer for three lucky readers to win a copy of one of her books.
You can check the Bequia books out on Amazon; https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Toy/e/B008WXIJ46
A Bequia Lime Pie, and I hope it helps you to further celebrate this great Smorgasbord End of Summer Party you’ve been hosting all weekend, Sally!
I have felt so privileged to have been promoted many times on this blog, and have in turn hosted Sally Cronin and her books on my own blog, Reading Recommendations, where she is one of my All-Star Authors!
Aside from providing the pie (Keep your fork, Prince! – an old Western Canadian joke …), I am also offering a giveaway of all three of my publications (in mobi, ePub or PDF editions).
To enter, all you need do is head over to my blog https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/ where I will have reblogged this very post of Sally’s, and comment there, telling me which book you would like to read.
And here is Susan’s music choice which is appropriate for most of us here today. Paperback Writer.
Buy The Beatles Music: https://www.amazon.com/The-Beatles/e/B000APTK6K
I will select three lucky winners from those comments – one for each title on September 1st.
I will never in this world be able to feature all those that kept me motivated those first few months of blogging but here are one or two more that I would like to say a special thank you to.
Olga Núñez Miret Author/Translator Autora/Traductora began following me in May 2014 and has been a source of wonderful information, book reviews and is now working with me as she translates my book Tales from the Garden into Spanish.
Olga trained in Medicine in Barcelona, Spain, and came to the UK in 1992 (shortly after the Olympics) with the plan of training in psychiatry. She spent quite a few years working in psychiatry (most recently forensic psychiatry), but on the way she studied a few other things (American Literature, Criminology). Early in 2014 she left psychiatry as a full time occupation to explore other avenues, carry on writing and also translate other authors’ books.
In her blog she post about things that interest jer, random thoughts, advice, book reviews, with guests, both alive and classics…http://www.authortranslatorolga.com
Olga is a prolific author with most of her books available in both English and Spanish and with several in audio.
Here is a selection and you can find all the books, read the reviews and buy t: http://amzn.to/XLnZTo
Olga has two of her books as FREE downloads and you will find the links to download: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/free-book/
And another that I would like to mention is the lovely Kim Gosselin who has been absent from blogging for a couple of months but who was hugely supportive from the early days onwards.
Kim Gosselin is the oldest of five children, born and raised in the small town of Bay City, Michigan, near the murky blue waters of a bay. She fell in love with reading as a young girl, spending hours in a historic three story library painted in cream.
A multi-award winning author, Kim has written 17 children’s books including Babies of Two, the first in a series for children, mothers and families to share. She is a member of The Author’s Guild and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Find out more at Kim’s Blog: http://kimgosselin.com/
Here is a small selection of Kim’s books which you can find at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Kim-Gosselin/e/B001K7ZJXA
Someone who sends Angel messages and inspiring Haikus our way on a daily basis is Annette Rochelle Aben who has the most infectious smile I have ever seen. Annette pays daily visits to many of us and generously shares on her social media and also by interviewing authors on her radio podcast The Magic Happens.
Most of my life, like since I have been old enough to hold a writing implement, I have loved writing. Other than school assignments, I chose poetry as my favorite way of expressing myself.
A selection of Annette’s books that you can find at: http://www.amazon.com/author/annetterochelleaben
Fast forward to and through my adulthood, I have done a lot of writing for work in radio, television and newspapers. In addition to writing, I am completely in love with Angels, cooking, making jewelry, photography, cats, listening to music and laughing! Perhaps we have something in common, if so, leave me a comment and let’s connect.
With Love & Gratitude : https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/muse/
I could go on and on featuring the wonderful bloggers who have extended the hand of friendship over the last four years but there is simply not enough time.. And you can bet that I would have missed out one or two of your names in this world…
And time for some music – Annette and Steve Costello both mentioned that they enjoyed Dire Straits so I have selected this track that I hope they and you will enjoy..Details of Steve’s book after the music.
Sultans of Swing: https://www.amazon.com/Sultans-Swing-Very-Best-Straits/dp/B00000DGU
Steve Costello is the author of the recently published Beyond the Pyre:
About the book
When Catharine and Ben go to their French home in Carcassonne, they meet a woman who looks just like Catharine, with whom she shares an instant affinity. Catharine’s spirit guide, Michael, connects her to ancient Carcassonne and the spirit of Elionor, whose thirteenth-century life entwines with Catharine’s modern one.
Ben is concerned, but a journey of his own leads him to realise that not only Elionor’s and Catharine’s lives are interlinked, but his own and those of a whole group of people they know in the present world.
A terrifying encounter with two false friends from the past – centuries past – and meetings with their age-old selves pull Ben and Catharine into the ancient crusades against the Cathar faith, to unearth a long-hidden secret. Can they defeat the evil twins, Les Deux, rewrite history and save their present, or will history repeat itself, 800 years in the future?
Find out more about Steve and his books and buy : https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Costello/e/B009NA6PIY
I am afraid that there is simply not enough time or space to mention everyone who has been with me for the last four years. However, you all mean the world to me and I would not be so inspired to keep on writing without you. Thank you a million times over and I hope I have not left anyone out.
Thank you so much to everyone who has dropping in over the last three days. There have been so many music requests that I will be putting a couple of posts together later in the week to feature as many as possible along with your links.
To finish off the show today another one of my favourites and sums up how I feel after three days of partying with you.. I think it says it all. Join the rest of these guys by getting up and clapping along..