Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday May 11th 2021 – #Review D.G. Kaye, #ReadingAloud Jennie Fitzkee, #DogBooks Jacqui Murray

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

The first post is by D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies and is her Sunday Book Review.. this week No Happy Endings by Nora McInery

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Sunday Book Review – No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny – #Grief and Loss

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. As I’ve explained before in other reviews for books I’m currently on a tangent with reading during my time of grief. Before and after losing my own husband, I couldn’t concentrate on reading any books as my mind was preoccupied with my husband’s welfare, then ultimately, his passing. But I have found that I can easily read books on grieving, and stories about life after death, in the literal sense, and as a grieving widow. Such books give me a bit of comfort right now in my life, books that equate with what is currently going on inside me, questions swirling around, the need for a kinship with those who’ve walked in the shoes before me in this journey, and a sense of ‘fitting in’ somewhere new. 

Head over to read Debby’s review of the book: No Happy Endings by Nora McInery review by D.G. Kaye

The next post is from Jennie Fitzkee who shares the benefits of reading aloud to children in concert with the written word.

Reading Aloud & Reading – There’s a Big Difference.

My greatest passion is reading aloud to children. I thought it was time to talk about the difference between reading and reading aloud, as I often post about good children’s books. While reading is the goal, the dream- reading aloud is the pathway to that dream. Jim Trelease, author of the million-copy bestseller “The Read-Aloud Handbook” says it best:

“People would stand in line for days and pay hundreds of dollars if there were a pill that could do everything for a child that reading aloud does. It expands their interest in books, vocabulary and comprehension, grammar, and attention span. Simply put, it’s a free “oral vaccine” for literacy.
~Jim Trelease~ 

Head over to read Jennie’s informative post in full: Reading vs. Reading Aloud There’s a big difference

The final post today is from Jacqui Murray who is a dog lover… and in this post she shares some recommended books featuring our canine companions. Sue Vincent – Notes From a Small Dog is a delight and two new ones to me now on the list – Leave No Trace by Sara Driscoll.. and The Keepers by Jeffrey Burton.

3 More Great Dog Stories

Other than Westerns, one of my favorite genres includes dogs–as intelligent human companions, devoted and loyal to human partners who feel the same. Here are three favorites:

  • Notes from a Small Dog–from the dog’s perspective; delightful vignettes from Small Dog’s life
  • Leave No Trace–no better partner for this FBI agent than her working dog, Hawk
  • The Keepers–the amazing Vira gets her handler in more trouble

–a note about my reviews: I only review books I enjoyed, that inspire me to write. That’s why many of my reviews are 4/5 or 5/5 

Head over to read the reviews in full: 3 More great dog reads reviewed by Jacqui Murray


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 13th January 2020 – #SunshineBlogger Mark Bierman, #Readingaloud Jennie Fitzkee, #Indieshowcase Richard Dee

The first post is from author Mark Bierman and is his response to The Sunshine Blogger Award. I am delighted to be nominated, but that is not why I am sharing.

In the first couple of years of my blogging I was thrilled to be nominated for an award and I still am. It was an amazing way to meet new bloggers by following the others who were nominated and it also gave my blog a huge boost in new readers. It is an honour to be nominated, and it is also an opportunity to nominate other bloggers, some of whom might be just starting their blogging and would appreciate being showcased and a chance to meet other writers. I know that many of you are award free, and appreciate the time it does take to respond, but I hope that you might reconsider the odd one or two in 2020 and use it as a chance to put your favourite bloggers in the spotlight… we all love a bit of recognition from time to time.

I came off a few long days of work to find a wonderful surprise when I checked the comments on my blogsite.

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I was pleasantly surprised and honored!

The award is given out by members of the blogging community in recognition of their inspiring, creative, and motivational blogs.

I would like to thank Chris, whose informative and motivational blog Living Healthier  and Happier   is full of helpful articles that give great advice on diet, mental/physical health, financial issues, and everyday challenges. I highly recommend a visit, just click on the link above.

Chris has asked me to answer eleven personal questions, so here goes:

Head over to find out more about Mark Bierman via his responses and who are the eleven blogs he has nominated: Mark Bierman – The Sunshine Blogger Award

Find out more about Mark’s novel Vanished and read the reviews: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Next is a post from teacher Jennie Fitzkee with more reasons why books and reading is so important.. especially when reading aloud..

A Free ‘Oral Vaccine’ for Literacy

Yes, there really is a free oral vaccine for literacy. It is reading aloud. No, not reading. Reading aloud. Because, in order to become a reader (and a lifelong reader) you have to hear the words – first – over and over again.

When hearing those words becomes a pleasure, like the constant sound of the ocean, the magic has begun. And those words grow more words. And you fall in love with words, the sound of words.

You look at words and pictures in books that are read to you and make a connection with the printed word. By the time you are six, you are eager to read those words on your own. And you do. You do well in school, too. All of those words you have heard for years contributed to your academic success. You love reading books on your own, yet you still enjoy reading aloud.

Head over to read the post in full and share your experiences of the joy of reading aloud: Jennie Fitzkee – Reading Aloud

The next post is the first of the Indie showcases on Richard Dee’s blog and if you have not been a guest yet it is a great place to get noticed. Meet author P.J.MacLayne

At the age of eighteen, thanks to the Irish Rovers, I met the unicorn that inspired my first attempt at writing a book. It was high fantasy, but of course, I didn’t know that back then. I also had no idea about writing in chapters, the number of words expected, head-hopping, all the usual hazards. All I knew was that I wanted to get a story down on paper.

And I did. With paper and pen and pencil. I was in way over my head and knew it. I did it anyway. Justifiably, I was proud of myself, even though I knew the finished product lacked a good opening and was burdened by a few weak plot points. I still have that manuscript, somewhere.

I didn’t try to write another book for—let’s just say lots of years and leave it at that. I had some minor success with poetry and it fed my creative spirit for a long time. At least one of my poems survives in an internet archive of a magazine.

One day I heard about this thing called NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write 50,000 words—a book, basically—in one month. I had a story bumping around in my head that wouldn’t fit into a poem, and the challenge sounded like fun, so I decided to give it a try.

Well, fun may not have been the right word for the experience. And I didn’t “win’ by getting 50,000 words on paper. At least I tried. And it got me hooked.

Three books later and I finally wrote one that I thought was worth publishing. Which led to the inevitable question—how the heck does that work? I knew the basics about agents, publishing houses, and cover letters, but not the nitty-gritty details.

Head over to find out more about P.J. MacLayne and her books: Richard Dee’s Indie Showcase with P.J. MacLayne

Richard Dee, buy: Amazon US And:  Amazon UK   Website: Richard Dee’s ScifiGoodreads: Richard Dee at Goodreads

Please go to Amazon or Richard’s website to view all his books.


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full… thanks Sally.