Smorgasbord Blogger Spotlight January 23rd 2023 – #Reviews D.L. Finn, #Reading Robbie Cheadle, #Writinglinks D.G. Kaye, #Diary Yvette Calliero, #Interview Judith Barrow, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Powercut Cheryl Oreglia


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

Denise Finn shares three of her reviews from the first part of January for Harmony Kent, Elizabeth Gauffreau and Alex Craigie. Amazing books and I can highly recommend too.

Head over to read Denise’s reviews for these wonderful books: Denise Finn January Book Reviews

Robbie Cheadle explores the best way to teaching our children about the natural environment and conservation as it is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. She shares some excellent ways of making sharing about nature and conservation with children both educational and fun on Writing to be Read.

Head over to read this interesting post from Robbie: Growing Bookworms – Teaching Children about Nature and Conservation

Debby Gies shares her monthly compilation of helpful writer’s tips including Anne R. Allen Ruth Harris, Diana Peach Diana Urban, Jessica Bell, and Hugh Roberts..

Head over to take advantage of Debby’s foraging for great writer’s tips: January Writing and Blogging Tips from D.G. Kaye

Yvette Calliero has been participating in the RRBC 30-Day #Blogging Challenge #GetToKnowMe with a blog post a day. One of the interesting by products is, having read this post is just how much we cram into our days in one way or another. Another reason for finding ways to relax and unwind from time to time. Lovely way to get to know our fellow bloggers.

Head over to enjoy sharing a day with Yvette: A Day in My Life with Yvette

Judith Barrow shares another her Places in our Memories with guest Kathy Miles… lovely recollections of Liverpool and Wales.

Head over to meet Kathy and enjoy her memories: Places in our Memories with poet Kathy Miles

As always Chris the Story Reading Ape manages to find the funniest characters online including this couple… some of the gags are a little close to home.

Head over for some laughter: The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies

Cheryl Oreglia had a three day powercut so went on a road trip which highlighted the devastation of the storm front on the Californian coast..It was quite the adventure and in typical Cheryl style, was infused with good humour.

Head over to share the adventure with Cheryl: We are still in the Dark

 

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

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Blogger Weekly 27th March 2022 – #Interview Janice Spina and Allan Hudson, #Reviews D.L. Finn, #Interview Colleen Chesebro and Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Timecapsule Jacquie Biggar, #Characters Richard Dee


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

In the first post, Allan Hudson is the guest of Janice Spina talking about his latest release Father which Janice also reviews.. terrific book that I can recommend too.. Head over to discover more about Allan and how he became a writer

Interview an author with Author Allan Hudson!

It is always a sincere pleasure to welcome a fellow author to Interview an Author on Jemsbooks.blog. Today, please help me welcome talented author, Allan Hudson.

Thank you, Allan, for stopping by today to share a little bit about yourself and your books. I am excited to have you here! The floor is yours! 

Head over to discover more about the background to Allan’s latest book: Janice Spina and Allan Hudson

In the next post Denise Finn shares her recent book reviews…for Linnea Tanner, Robbie and Michael Cheadle and Norah Colvin.

March Book Reviews Part 2! @linneatanner @bakeandwrite @NorahColvin #bookreviews #writingcommunity #whattoread #indieauthors

Head over to enjoy the reviews: March Book Reviews Part 2! @linneatanner @bakeandwrite @NorahColvin

Welcome to Meet the Poet, a Word Craft Poetry feature written to introduce you to the poets in our writing community. This is a way to get to know more about the poet and their work. Did you know many of our poets are accomplished fiction and non-fiction authors? Some of our poets are also artists, crafting their magic through watercolors or other artistic means along with the written word. There are even a few musicians in our poetic community!

At least once a month, I’ll be introducing you to the poets in our community! Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and meet the poet! 

Head over to enjoy the interview and find out more about Elizabeth’s poetry: Colleen Chesebro meets the poet Elizabeth Gauffreau

It was Jacquie Biggar’s birthday this week and in her celebratory post she shares a snapshot from 1964 and asks what we were all doing on that year… I was 11 in South Africa and getting up to mischief… what about you? Head over and let Jacquie know.

What Were You Doing in 1964? #TimeCapsule #Spring #birthday 

Today is the first day of spring and it’s my birthday! I thought it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane and visit the year I was born- 1964

But first:

According to Siri, I’m a Friday’s child, though you’d never catch me in bloomers, lol. How about you?

Head over to let Jacquie know what you were up to in 1964 and which day of the week were you born: Jacquie Biggar Birthday post… 1964 time capsule

The next post is from Richard Dee who shares a character that might not have centre stage in the story but who brings very important elements to the story in support of the main character.

The second most important character by Richard Dee

Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.

Don’t forget to click the purple button to see what everyone else has to say on this week’s subject. It’s at the end of my post.

Do you have a favourite secondary character in your books? Or a favourite sub-plot?

My favourite secondary character has to be Cy. He’s Andorra Pett’s trusty sidekick in so many of her adventures. And he’s gay.

I wanted to write a sympathetic and believable gay male character, based on the many fine gay people that it’s been my privilege to know and work with. g that he could rise above it.

Head over to discover more about Cy and his importance to Andorra and the stories they both appear in and share your second most important character:Richard Dee – The Second Most Important Character

 

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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 30th September 2021 – #Reviews D.L Finn, #Statistics Jim Borden, #Facebook Pete Springer, #Spotlight D.G. Kaye with Stevie Turner, #Pavlova Eat Dessert First Greece


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.

The first post is from Denise Finn with some books from September that changed her…including authors Karen Ingalls, John W. Howell, Suzanne Burke and W.J. Scott

for blog summer edition pic

Happy Summer! It’s the season when air conditioners are running, swim holes are appealing, the BBQ is fired-up and the stars beg to be observed. There is the thrill of baseball games or the Fair when it comes to town offering food, rides, and farm animals. Then, there’s the quieter times to stretch out on the freshly cut grass watching a cloud or two float by, or roasting marshmallows around a campfire. The most important thing about summer is to remember that carefree child again.

Books have the same effect on me that seasons do. They can be renewing like spring or like summertime taking a journey to that special place remembered from childhood. That trip can be either in wonder or to that scary place that keeps eyes focused on the darkness instead of sleeping. All I know is I am never the same again after reading a great book.

Here is my second list of the year for the summer of books that have changed me by reading them! 

Head over to read discover Denise’s recommended books and reviews: Books That Changed Me–Summer Edition

The next post is from Jim Borden who explores the some of the statistics online that can lead you down rabbit holes that lead to some interesting discoveries.

This is probably about the fifth post I’ve written that refers to the word serendipity.

It’s no surprise given how much I surf the web, and end up clicking on random links that pop up.

Today’s serendipitous moment started while watching ESPN’s Gameday show, which was set at Penn State (where they are having one of their famous whiteout games, as shown above).

One of the student signs said something along the lines of:

“Lions Eat Tigers”

which refers to the fact that the Penn State Nittany Lions were playing the Auburn Tigers.

One of my first thoughts after seeing the sign was who would win such a fight.

Head over to read Jim’s post and find out apart from humans who is the dumbest creature: Serendipity, Stupidity and the Web

The next post also features social media with a focus on Facebook as Pete Springer shares some of the more comedic aspects of this sometimes frustrating social networking site.

Photo Credit to Brett Jordan on Pexels

Like most things in life that become popular, I’m not in sync. It seems like I’m either late or not invited. My wife and I are Baby Boomers. We got lost somewhere along the way with Generations X, Y, and Z, but I also take pride in not always going with the latest fad or trend. It doesn’t mean I necessarily think less of people who always follow the crowd, but that’s never going to be me, and I’m okay with that.  

Head over to discover Pete’s views on social media and some of the funnier aspects of Facebook: The Humour of Facebook

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies was in the spotlight at Stevie Turner’s and talks about her memoir Twenty Years After “I Do” .

Hi all, today the spotlight is on D.G Kaye, a non-fiction author I feel I know very well even though I’ve never met her.

We’ve gone through a few similiar life experiences, and we have the same opinions on many subjects. Reading Debby’s bio below, I’ve often wished I could have been a reporter too, and it’s quite uncanny how much alike we are in so many ways!

I enjoyed reading Debby’s book ‘Twenty Years: After “I Do”, which contains many tips for a successful marriage based on the author’s own twenty year marriage to the love of her life, Gordon, who sadly passed away earlier this year. 

If you would like your book featured on Friday Spotlight, please email me at stevie@stevie-turner-author.co.uk and put ‘Friday Spotlight’ in the subject box. Thank you. 

Head over to enjoy Stevie and Debby’s chat: Friday Spotlight D.G. Kaye and Stevie Turner
 

The final post today is a sweet treat from the team at Eat Dessert First Greece… and looks amazing. As always there is the background to the dessert and in this case the story of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931)

We learned that the dessert we will study was named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) who was famous when she toured in the 1920s. We read that her dance was so light that they said she did not dance, but flied high with her wings. Anna Pavlova was a superstar of the time. Various dishes were named after her. In France there were frog legs à la Pavlova and in America Pavlova ice cream.

Head over to find out more about the history of the dessert and get the recipe and enjoy the rest of the post: Eat Dessert First Greece Pavlova

 

Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you would head over to the posts to read them in full.. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 10th March 2021 – #Interview Judith Barrow, #Reviews D.L. Finn, #History Pat Furstenberg


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

The first post is from Judith Barrow who  interviews fellow Honno author Carol Lovekin.. a terrific interview which I am sure you will enjoy.

A few Moments With Carol Lovekin

Hello, dear reader, and welcome.

Like you, I am a guest; invited by Judith to appear on her blog and answer some questions. This is an event, frankly. Since lockdown has put paid to physical book launches and fairs, sitting down to write about my author self and my books is a treat. So thank you, Judith!

Judith and I are both published by Honno, the Welsh women’s Press. It’s the longest standing women-only press in the UK and I think I can safely speak for both of us when I say it is an honour and a privilege to be a Honno Girl. That said, we’re not girls anymore! We are both women of a certain age who, although we were already writers, came to publishing later than some. Judith was first published by Honno in 2010; my debut came out in 2016.

Although we write in very different genres, our stories share some similarities. We both write strong women characters and explore family dynamics, not least, the relationships between mothers and daughters, and sisters.

I recall first meeting Judith at a Honno gathering before I was published. Ghostbird, my debut, had been accepted but I was very much the new girl. Judith immediately struck me as down-to-earth, friendly and very funny. I was soon to learn her dry wit and no-nonsense Northern persona sat comfortably alongside her kindness and supportive nature.

Over the years we have become good friends. (I’m still a bit star-struck to be honest. Judith really is a wonderful novelist and her published output is prolific.) It’s an extra special pleasure then to chat with her on her blog.

Head over to enjoy the interview with Carol Lovekin in full: A few Moments With Carol Lovekin and Judith Barrow

The next post is from D.L. Finn and is part one of her recommended reads for March.

March Book Reviews Part 1!  – Colleen Chesebro, Teagan Geneviene, Harmony Kent and P.T.L Perrin

Slices of Soul by Harmony Kent

“Slice of Soul” is a beautiful collection of poetry that tugged on my emotions. There is a story weaved into the poems that had a memoir feel to it. Each section was a narrative of the author progressing through periods of her life. So many feelings arose, but each one felt authentic and direct from the soul. I really connected to the ocean or guitar passages but appreciated each part of the journey. This is a book I will be reading again 

Head over to read the rest of the reviews: Author D.L. Finn March Book Reviews Part 1!

The final post today is from Pat Furstenberg, with the fascinating history of The Black Church in Brasov and an excerpt from Pat’s WIP.

The Golden Gate Portal of Black Church, Brasov, and a Story 

golden gate portal black church brasov

The Golden Gate Portal of Black Church, Brasov dates from 1450, a time when Vlad Tepes was a lad of only 19 years old and already an ex-prince (3 month Voievode of Wallachia at the age of 17), and now a political fugitive, a nomad in Moldavia where he was consolidating his friendship with his maternal cousin, future Stephen the Great.

There are seven points of entrance into the Black Church of Brasov. Starting west, in clock wise motion, they are the West Portal and also the main entrance, the Sacrificial Portal and the Golden Gate Portal (1450) on the North side, and on the South side the door to the vestry and a small access door followed by the South Portal (1467), and the Confessional Door.

Head over to find out more about the Black Church and read the excerpt from Pat’s WIP: The Golden Gate Portal of Black Church, Brasov, and a Story

 

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