Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 23rd September 2021 – D.Wallace Peach, Valentina Cirasola and Robbie Cheadle, Olga Nunez Miret, Colleen Chesebro, Jennie Fitzkee


A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full. Thanks Sally.

A few weeks ago Diana Wallace Peach shared her trial period using Vella to publish a serial once a month with Amazon… this is here update on the experiment.

Why I deleted my Kindle Vella story


I tried, I really did try.

Kindle Vella is an Amazon beta program in the US which allows authors to post serial stories in episodes. The mechanics of setting up a Vella story, posting episodes, and editing them is easy. There aren’t any deadlines, and there isn’t much of a risk since stories can be deleted and republished later as a book.

I was undecided about whether Vella and I were a good fit, but committed myself to giving it a try…

Until yesterday.

I sent Amazon an email, and they deleted the story for me.

Why did I give up?

 

Head over to read the post in full and find out why Diana gave up, especially if you are considering using Vella to publish: Why I deleted my Kindle Vella Story by D.Wallace Peach

Valentina Cirasola interviews Robbie Cheadle as part of her series Autumn With An Author.. Robbie shares the background to reading and writing from a young age, her books so far and her WIPs which are all very interesting..

Autumn With An Author : Robbie Cheadle 

I would like to introduce a multi-talented Author Robbie Cheadle from South Africa. She often writes with her son and participates to anthologies. Her talents show up in various expressions of life, I will let her telling the rest.

Books by Roberta Cheadle

Words have power. When did you realize you could use the power of words in your own book to tell people your opinion, feelings, ideas or fantasy?

Head over to discover the answer to that question and the rest this lovely interview with Robbie Cheadle by Valentina Cirasola: Autumn with an Author – Robbie Cheadle.

The next post is from Olga Nunez Miret who hosted a leg of the book launch for The Sound of Violet by Allen Wolf.. Now a major motion picture..

Hi all, as you can see, I’m participating in a Virtual Blog Tour today. This one is a bit special, as you’ll soon realise:
Desperate to find a soulmate, Shawn goes on one awkward date after another until he encounters the alluring Violet. He starts dating her, but his autism keeps him from realizing that she’s actually a prostitute. Shawn thinks he’s found a potential wife while Violet thinks she’s found her ticket to a brand new life. This hilarious and dramatic award-winning story has been adapted into a major motion picture.

Head over to find out more about the book and read Olga’s review: Olga Nunez Miret – Review The Sound of Violet

This week Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge is a photoprompt.. courtesy of Merril D. Smith and it is an intriguing lithograph..head over to find out more about the Ekphrastic nature of this prompt.

Details of how to participate, cheat sheet, poetic forms and the larger image of the photoprompt are here: Colleen Chesebro Challenge 244 – Ekphrastic Photoprompt

This post by Jennie Fitzkee shares some wise words by Robert Fulghum about what real life lessons children should learn in kindergarten.. and with over 30 years experience of teaching children of this age group, Jennie concurs 100%… the life lessons could well be applied to adults with a little tweaking.

The Most Important Things in Life

Bottom line = times have changed, but children have not. What they need and want is the same as it has always been. Academics are one thing, but in order to get there, children have to be grounded in the most important things in life.

I have taught preschool for over thirty years, and I know children and what they need. It’s all the little things that mean the most, as they become the big things in life.

A few years after I got my feet wet teaching, I read Robert Fulghum’s book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten. That had a profound influence on my career. His opening essay seemed to take all the stars in the sky and bring them to earth in a simple package; for me it validated what I was learning, and how I was teaching children. 

Head over to discover these important life lessons and enjoy the post: The Most Important Things in Life with Jennie Fitzkee

 

Thanks for droppin in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday November 12th 2019 – Pete Springer, Olga Nunez Miret and Anne Stormont


The first post today is by Pete Springer former teacher and author who writes about a recent  incredible project undertaken by the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival Committee, bringing in 25 authors to talk to children in the district’s school.  Apart from very careful planning to bring the author festival together, planned outages due to recent wildfires threatened to disrupt the planned events… I hope you will head over to find out how it turned out.. well worth it.

Promoting Literacy

What a wild couple of weeks! I hardly know where to begin. Eighteen months ago, I decided to join the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival Committee. https://www.authorfest.org/. My limited knowledge of this group was based on my past experiences when I was teaching. Every two years, I got to enjoy a beautiful day with my class when a children’s writer would visit our school. Before the author’s visit, the teachers would read many of the author’s books so that the kids could become more familiar with his/her books.

The magical day would arrive, and I so enjoyed watching my students’ faces as they became fully engaged. The authors would share some of their books, how they became an author/illustrator, and convince many children that they too could follow their dreams and become whatever they wanted to be. As I watched my students’ receptive faces, I saw future writers and illustrators born that day.

There were two main reasons I joined this committee: (1) I want to support anything that promotes literacy and education. (2) While I was teaching (I taught thirty-one years in grades 2-6), I dreamed of becoming a children’s author.

Head over to read the rest of this very interesting post: Pete Springer Promoting Literacy

Pete Springer’s book is now in Ebook on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/They-Call-Mom-Difference-Elementary-ebook/dp/B07YBL8DPY

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Pete-Springer/e/B07ZYDPJ3RBlog: https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/peter.springer.5876

The next post is from Olga Nunez Miret and is one of her in depth book reviews. This week the fascinating subject of The Mother of the Brontës

The Mother of the Brontës: When Maria Met Patrick by Sharon Wright

Hi all:

Those of you who follow me will know that I have shared my interest in the Brontës and my love for Haworth on many occasions already. And when I saw this book about their mother, I had to read it. And I am very happy I did.

At long last, the untold story of the mysterious Mrs Brontë.

They were from different lands, different classes, different worlds almost.

The chances of Cornish gentlewoman Maria Branwell even meeting the poor Irish curate Patrick Brontë in Regency England, let alone falling passionately in love, were remote.

Yet Maria and Patrick did meet, making a life together as devoted lovers and doting parents in the heartland of the industrial revolution. An unlikely romance and novel wedding were soon followed by the birth of six children. They included Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, the most gifted literary siblings the world has ever known.

Her children inherited her intelligence and wit and wrote masterpieces such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Yet Maria has remained an enigma while the fame of her family spread across the world. It is time to bring her out of the shadows, along with her overlooked contribution to the Brontë genius.

Untimely death stalked Maria as it was to stalk all her children. But first there was her fascinating life’s story, told here for the first time by Sharon Wright.

Head over to read Olga’s review in full: The Mother of the Brontes – When Maria Met Patrick – Book Review

Olga Nunez Miret – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B009UC58G0
Blog: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com Goodreads: Olga on Goodreads

Please visit Amazon or Olga’s blog to view all her books.

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The final post today is from author Anne Stormont who also writes for children as Anne McAlpine.  Anne was invited to give a talk a the primary school on the Isle of Skye… here is a short excerpt from her post, but I recommend you head over to enjoy the rest.

Author Talk on the Isle of Skye – a bit of writing life away from the desk

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Writing can be a lonely profession – all that sitting at the desk – alone with your own thoughts. So it’s good to get away from time to time – and it’s even better to be able to combine that with talking about your work and getting to meet readers and prospective readers.

So I was delighted recently to get an invitation to do just that.

I was invited to do an author talk to the Primary 5, 6 and 7 children on the 5th November at Broadford Primary School on the Scottish Isle of Skye. And not only that I was also invited to deliver a writing workshop to the Primary 7 children later on the same day. And of course I would be appearing as my children’s author alter-ego, Anne McAlpine – author of The Silver Locket (for 9 to 12 year-olds), rather than Anne Stormont writer of adult fiction.

I lived and worked as a teacher on the island for many years and the invitation came from a friend who is also a former colleague.

And it was lovely to have a reason to go back. I miss Skye so much that I hadn’t felt able to return during the (almost) three years since I left. But this offer to talk about my work as a writer and to share The Silver Locket with some of its intended readership, was the perfect opportunity to get over myself and return to the place where I left a big part of my heart.

Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post: Author Talk by Anne Stormont

Buy Anne’s books for adults: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Stormont/e/B004IU0P8KAs Anne McAlpine: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-McAlpine/e/B013BZZQW2Blog/Website: https://anne-stormont.comGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5156419.Anne_Stormont

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and enjoy the post in full. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 26th September 2019 – Jane Risdon #Interview – Olga Nunez Miret and Amy M. Reade #Reviewing Books


The first post is an excerpt from an interview with Jane Risdon about her books including her short story collection Undercover Crime Shorts, and an introduction to one of her characters from the book, Lavinia Birdsong.

Chatting to Sahara Foley about writing and getting inside a character’s head…

So, let’s get started. What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always wanted to write. Even as a child I used to make up stories – in my head at first – and when I could write properly I scribbled them down. I kept them secret for fear of ridicule.
Because my career in the international music business kept me busy 24/7 I had little time to write and so I had to wait until I retired to seriously begin to write full-time.

What’s your favorite book you’ve written and why?
All my books are my favourites: Only One Woman and Undercover: Crime Shorts – I love them all of course I do!

I have 5 more waiting to be published and I have to say that of all my books it would have to be Ms Birdsong Investigates Murder in Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka, which is the first in the series of novel about a former MI5 Intelligence Officer, Lavinia Birdsong, who is drummed out of the Intelligence Services after a joint operation with MI6 goes belly-up.

What are the best and worst aspects of writing? To find out,head over to read the rest of the interview: https://janerisdon.com/2019/09/24/chatting-to-sahara-foley-about-writing-and-getting-inside-a-characters-head

Jane Risdon, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/dp/B075D88JBP Blog:https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831801.Jane_Risdon

The next post is from Olga Nunez Miret and the snippet is from her regular Tuesday book review this week for Picasso’s Revenge by Ray and Caroline Foulk

I bring you another review on behalf of Rosie’s group. This is a labour of love, and I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

In the early 1920 s, immaculate gentleman, Jacques Doucet descends into the world of anarchist art, the occult and the dark turmoil of his past involving the death of his beloved Madame R. A disastrous journey leads the couturier and patron of the arts to confront the celebrated bohemians of the city, including Max Jacob, André Breton and Picasso. When troubled Doucet acquires the world’s most dangerous painting, it causes him to hack at the root of Picasso s darkest secrets, unveiling modern art’s incredible genesis.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Picassos-Revenge-Ray-Foulk-Caroline/dp/1911487345/

https://www.amazon.com/Picassos-Revenge-Ray-Foulk-Caroline/dp/1911487345/

https://www.amazon.es/Picassos-Revenge-Ray-Foulk-Caroline/dp/1911487345/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43975881-picasso-s-revenge

Head over to read Olga’s review of this fascinating book: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/2019/09/24/tuesdaybookblog-picassos-revenge-by-ray-and-caroline-foulk-picassonovel-for-lovers-of-cubism-eager-to-experience-the-1920s-and-30s-paris-art-scene/

Olga Nunez Miret – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B009UC58G0
Blog: http://www.authortranslatorolga.comGoodreads: Olga on Goodreads

A selection of books by Olga Nunez Miret

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And finally today, author Amy Reade with her recommended reads for September… looks like a great collection of five books.

It’s the last Tuesday of September already, but there’s still almost a week left in the month! I intend to keep reading and adding to my Goodreads tally, but for this post I’ll summarize what I’ve finished reading since my last round-up. I’ve read a couple things outside my normal genres, and I was glad I did.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

This book, set in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1920s, was the author’s retelling of a fable about a man and a woman who want a child so badly that they make one out of snow. To their surprise, the snow child comes to life and…well, you’ll have to read it if you want to find out what happens. Spoiler alert: it’s not a happy ending.

Here’s the review I posted on Amazon and Goodreads:

“Sometimes I read a book and I don’t quite know what to make of it, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Snow Child is one of those books. It’s beautifully written and I could feel the raw emotions and the deathly cold of the Alaska winters as I read it.

I think I’m still processing my feelings about this enchanting book. It teaches poignant lessons about learning to love what we have while we have it, because nothing is certain in this life. It teaches us that love doesn’t mean ownership. It teaches us that hardships are easier when they’re shared.

I’m not sure I would recommend this to someone who normally reads genre fiction, but I would recommend it to someone looking for a book of literary fiction that evokes deep feelings and haunting questions.”

Head over and check out the other four books that Amy has read this month: https://amreade.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/reading-round-up-september-edition/

Amy Reade, Buyhttp://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over and enjoy reading the posts in full.. thanks Sally