Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Reblog – D.G. Kaye with the Sunday Book Review for Life’s Rich Tapestry by Sally Cronin

In an act of blatent self- promotion, I am sharing the link to D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies review of my latest book Life’s Rich Tapestry: Woven in Words

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Sally Cronin’s newest release – Life’s Rich Tapestry – Woven in words. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Sally’s writing, you’re in for a treat. For those of you who are familiar – you’re in for a treat. Sally’s versatile writing shows up in this smorgasbord of tales. Whether short stories, flash fiction or poetry, Sally can sweep us up with her words, no matter the genre, her stories always include a sentiment that will tug at your heartstrings.


Life’s Rich Tapestry is a collection of verse, microfiction and short stories that explore many aspects of our human nature and the wonders of the natural world. Reflections on our earliest beginnings and what is yet to come, with characters as diverse as a French speaking elephant and a cyborg warrior.

Finding the right number of syllables for a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree or Cinquain focuses the mind; as does 99 word microfiction, bringing a different level of intensity to storytelling. You will find stories about the past, the present and the future told in 17 syllables to 2,000 words, all celebrating life.

This book is also recognition of the value to a writer, of being part of a generous and inspiring blogging community, where writing challenges encourage us to explore new styles and genres.

To read Debby’s 5 Star Review please head over to her blog, thank you: D.G. Kaye review for Life’s Rich Tapestry

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon US – Blog: D.G. Kaye Writes Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Catch up with Debby’s Travel Column here every month:

My thanks to Debby for her lovely review and while you are over there, check out her other reviews for recommended books…thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday December 10th 2019 -#Review by D.G. Kaye, #Contest Kaye Lynne Booth, #Christmascake Robbie Cheadle

One of my weekend stops when browsing blogs is always D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies for her Sunday Book Review. Sunday Book Review – When Breath Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi

My Sunday Book Review is for When Breath Becomes Air – A story of courage about the life of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon in his prime, just finishing his medical residency when he’s faced with the fatal blow of an almost certain death sentence when diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Nonfiction.


At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

Head over to read Debby’s in-depth review for the book: Book Review D.G. Kaye – When Breath Becomes Air

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Catch up with Debby’s Travel Column here every month: The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye

Now something for all of you who enjoy entering short story competitions with an announcement from Kaye Lynne Booth

Whispers of the Past Promo

The 2019 WordCrafter Paranormal Short Fiction Contest was a success. We had several entries and most are now featured in “Whispers of the Past”, the first anthology to be published by WordCrafter, along with the winning story, “A Peaceful Life I’ve Never Known” by Jeff Bowles. I anticipate seeing entries from some of these same authors for the 2020 WordCrafter Short Fiction Contest and I hope you all will enter as well.

You can buy Whispers of the Past here:

With that in mind, I’m excited to tell you about next year’s contest. The theme for The 2020 WordCrafter Short Fiction Contest is paranormal western. That’s right. WordCrafter Press is looking for western ghost stories! This is going to be a fun contest, so get writing. Each entry must contain elements of the western genre and elements of the paranormal genre, but beyond that, your imaginations are the only limits. All submissions must be original works which cannot be found online for free. (Amazon is quite a stickler on this one.) Like last year, there will be a $5 entry fee. In addition to publication the 2020 anthology, the winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Head over to find out the guidelines for next year’s contest: Announcing the 2020 Wordcrafter Short Fiction Contest

Kaye Lynne Booth

Kaye Lynne Booth, buy all her books: Amazon US – About Kaye Lynne: About Me

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If you were going to make a Christmas Cake you might want to have started a bit earlier, however, here is Robbie Cheadle with her recipe for her cakes (seven), and I just wish I lived a bit closer…also a link to a lovely post by John Rieber last week on The Sir Chocolate Series and cookbooks.

My Christmas cake recipe and a lovely post about my Sir Chocolate books

I have been busy since late October preparing my Christmas cakes. I bake them in late October and pour a small amount of brandy onto them each week until I marzipan them in late November. I did that last weekend. I iced two of my seven Christmas cakes this weekend. I have a Christmas fairy theme this year.


Snowflake fairy Christmas cake

Head over to get the recipe for this lovely looking cake: Robbie Cheadle’s Christmas Cakes

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy :Amazon US – Robbie on : Goodreads – blog: Robbie’s Inspiration

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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 3rd December 2019 #Review by D.G. Kaye, #Review by Olga Nunez Miret, #Interview Jane Risdon with Jennifer Ash

The first post is from D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) and is her Sunday Book Review… judging by her comments, Debby rates this as one of her favourite reads of the year.

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Sunday Book Review – The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

My Sunday Book Review is for Alice Hoffman’s soul-grabbing book – The World That We Knew. I was drawn to this book while surfing on my Canadian bookstore site- Chapters-Indigo. While searching for another book, I couldn’t overlook the ‘recommended by Heather’ books, who is the CEO of the book chain and has yet to steer me wrong with one of her picks. This is a book I struggled to put down every time I had to, and it played on my mind until I could get back to reading. A haunting yet beautiful page-turning story of magical/realism, and of love and death, power and evil, persecution and freedom, and all the heart-tugging components in between. I can safely say that it’s my most favorite book of the year!

Head over to read Debby’s lovely review for the book: D.G. Kaye’s Review The World That We Knew

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Catch up with Debby’s Travel Column here every month: The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye

And another book review for you, this time by Olga Nunez Miret by renowned author Isabel Allende

Cover of A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

I bring you a book by a favourite author of mine that I had not read for a very long time. It’s a fabulous book, although the English version won’t be available until January. It has been out in Spanish for several months, but my review is of the English version, and it’s available for preorder. Pete, I think you’d enjoy this one.

About the book

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.

In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires.

 Discover more about the book and read Olga’s review: A Long Petal of the Sea Isabel Allende review by Olga Nunez Miret

Olga Nunez Miret – Buy: Amazon UK
Blog: Olga Nunez Miret Author TranslatorGoodreads: Olga on Goodreads

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


And the next post is from Jane Risdon who interviewed author Jennifer Ash about her books and obsession with a certain forest dwelling folk hero who dressed in green…..(no spoilers there!)

I’m excited to welcome Jennifer Ash (Kane) back to my blog again.

Many thanks for inviting me over Jane. Today I’m wearing my Jennifer Ash hat- and I’m about to deliver a history lesson- ish…

If you have encountered any of my work before, then you can’t have failed to notice I have something of a passion for the outlaw Robin Hood. This obsession, which struck at the age of 14, came from a deep and all consuming love for the television series, Robin of Sherwood. Thirty three years later, and my fascination with this legendary hero remains, as does my interest in the real fourteenth century family that guided my historical research when I was a PhD student back in the 1990’s. The Folvilles of Ashby Folville in Leicestershire – who have since gone on to provide the focus for my medieval crime series, The Folville Chronicles.

Head over to read this interesting and entertaining interview… and I am sure you have your own favourite version of Robin Hood… and I am sure Jane and Jennifer would love to hear about them: Jane Risdon wih Jennifer Ash and Robin Hood

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