Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 30th August 2021 – #Bookclubs Rebecca Budd, Reviews D. Wallace Peach, #Review D.G. Kaye

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

The first post is from Rebecca Budd and her guest Karen Saunders who shares her experiences of belonging to a Book Club and how it can be both a social and a fulfilling reading experience.

Karen Saunders – St. Peter’s Square, in Vatican City

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

I am delighted and thrilled that my long-time friend, Karen Saunders, has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia to discuss how book clubs build compassionate communities and encourage life-long learning.

Karen called New Brunswick home. That is, until her family decided to settle on the other side of Canada in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Karen is passionate about literature, languages, and books. She attended the University of Victoria and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts, a double major in English Literature and French Language. In 1983, Karen obtained a Master of Library Science from McGill University, Montréal, QC. During all her studies, she married the love her of life, Patrick.  

Head over to enjoy the podcast and post in full: Season 3 Episode 34: Karen Saunders on Books, Book Clubs & Belonging

The next post is from Diana Peach with part two of her August reviews for great authors including Teagan Geneviene, Robbie Cheadle and for children’s author Dawn Doig.. some new to me authors too which is always exciting..head over to read the reviews in full and top up your TBRs.

Part 2 of a busy month of reading!

Thanks for all the kind wishes about my dang back. It’s made giant strides toward wellness, and I intend to keep it that way after spending the entire month of August groaning.

August book reviews (part 2) include my 4 and 5 star reads of poetry and fantasy, a courtroom romance, a book of dark short stories, two sci-fi reads, and three children’s books. 

Head over to enjoy these terrific reviews: Diana Wallace Peach – Myths of the Mirror book reviews

The final post today is a book review by D.G. Kaye – a glimpse into what is beyond this mortal life of ours. It is often said that those who have passed have never returned to tell us of their findings.. but in Testimony of Light: An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death written in 1969 this may not be the case… head over to read more about this book and Debby’s review.

Bitmo Sunday book review

Sunday Book Review – Testimony of Light – An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death
August 29, 2021

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m sharing a recent read – Testimony of Light written by Helen Greaves, but the writing is all telepathically transmitted to Helen from her departed good friend and former nun, Frances Banks. Fascinating read on the spiritual life we encounter after we pass to the other side. 

Testimony Of Light: An extraordinary message of life after death by [Helen Greaves]

Head over to find out more about this book and read Debby’s review: Testimony of Light – An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday July 28th 2021 – #WriterLinks D.G. Kaye, #Poetry Robbie Cheadle, #Reviews D.Wallace Peach, #Finances Jim Borden

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

The first post is from D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies and shares some great links for writers and well worth checking the post and the links out…

Writer's Tips

Writer’s Tips – #Canva Animation, #BookBub, KDP Tools, Famous Writer Advice, Slash Your #Wordcount

Welcome to the July issue of Writer’s Tips. In this edition we have tips on animation text for Canva, Lessons for Authors, How to Slash your Wordcount, Why some writers quit writing, and the new KDP tool for authors, and tips for promoting on BookBub.

Featuring Natalie Ducey, Anne R. Allen, Diana Wallace Peach, Jacqui Murray, Kathy Steinemann and news of a new marketing tool on Amazon: July Writing Tips by D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies.

The next post is from poet and author Robbie Cheadle who share two stunning poems about women by South African poets Tatamkhulu Afrika and Roy Campbell... I am sure you will love them.

Here is a short excerpt from The Woman at the Till by Tatamkhulu Afrika

She had a plain, hard face,
A head thrusted forward like a hawk’s.
Impossible brass triangles,
Improbable steel manacles
Cluttered her thin arms.
Clearly, she had little love for the world:

Head over to read the rest of this poem and The Zulu Girl by Roy Campbell : Robbie Cheadle with South African Poets and their poetry

Time for Diana Wallace Peach’s round up of her July reviews with boosts for some of our Cafe and Bookstore authors Balroop Singh, Mae Clair, Sandra Cox, Teagan Geneviene, Jacqui Murray and Jill Weatherholt, Jeremy L. Jones and Angela Panayotopulos

Another month of Awesome Reads! Thanks so much for stopping by to browse some wonderful books by indie authors!

July book reviews include my 4 and 5 star reads of historical fiction, poetry, a cozy mystery, western romance, family romance, two episodes of a fantasy serial, a sci-fi adventure, and prehistoric fiction. Phew! Something for everyone! I hope you enjoy the reads. 

Head over to enjoy the reviews and add a few more books to your TBR: Myths of the Mirror Book Reviews July 2

And the final post today is from Jim Borden who shares the emerging research regarding money and longevity….

Money May Not Buy You Happiness, But It Does Buy You a Few Extra Years

Researchers at Northwestern University say that every time another $50,000 is accumulated by middle age, an individual’s risk of death drops by five percent. In addition, for those who had stashed $139,000 more than a sibling, their chances of outliving them increased by 13 percent. 

Head over to read more about the research and add your thoughts: Jim Borden – Money May Not Buy You Happiness, But It Does Buy You a Few Extra Years

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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 5th April 2021 – #Reviews D.Wallace Peach, #BlackHumour Jacqui Murray, #Haddock New Vintage Kitchen

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days.

It is always wonderful to receive a review from Diana Wallace Peach and she shares the lucky recipients in her review round up posts for March.

Happy April! Time for some reading!

I’m planning to take some time away from the blog to finish up my WIP and spring clean my house. Yeesh. I need a band of house spirits to help with that second task. One of the challenges with a log house, is wiping down each and every dusty log.

Wish me luck.

March book reviews include my 4 and 5 star reads of fantasy, a medical thriller, two poetry collections, a short story, and a Vietnam War memoir.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I loved The Enchantment of Ravens and looked forward to reading another of Rogerson’s books. Just imagine a fantasy set in a Great Library where books ruffle their pages or grumble or sniff or snap at your clothing as you pass. Some of them are talkative, others love to sing opera, and a few are so wicked they have to be chained and locked in a vault. Imagine a world where demons can be bound as servants and where love tests the limits of evil. Where a haunted sorcerer and librarian’s apprentice join forces to save the world. Oooooh. This book is so magical.

Head over to read the rest of this review, the others and find your next read: Myths of the Mirro March Book Reviews

The next post is from Jacqui Murray who is completing an A-Z challenge over the next few months… and in this post she explores Black Humour… she would love your thoughts on the subject.

#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Black Comedy

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ twice a month. Yes, it’ll take me a year. Sigh.

My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.


This genre: A TO Z –  Black Comedy

Definition: humor that touches on the darker sides of storytelling such as death and fear; also known as black humor, dark humor, dark comedy, morbid humor, and gallows humor

Head over to discover more about Black Humour and how to incorporate into your writing: Word Dreams A-Z Challenge Genres

And last but not least is a delicious fish recipe and a story that goes with it from Dorothy of the New Vintage Kitchen.

Haddock Quenelles in Saffron Fish Broth

Light, fluffy dumplings swimming in a flavorful pool of delight, inspired by a character from the past.

Dec. 31, 1985, was memorable on several counts. First of all, I made a lavish New Year’s Eve feast inspired by the vintage cookbook “Francatelli’s Modern Cook” 1887, a revision of earlier editions. I had picked this up for a buck at a bookstall, and loved browsing its yellowed pages. Francatelli, a British cook of Italian parents, loved the French touch and grand displays. He was chief chef to Queen Victoria for several years, chef to other nobility, famous club houses, and hotels. He was also a noted cookbook author, this particular book being in print for a half century with 29 editions. You may have enjoyed this flamboyant character in the PBS series “Victoria,” a series

Head over to discover more Chef Francatelli (sounds like a Victorian Gordon Ramsay!) and the recipe for this delicious fish dish:New Vintage Kitchen – Haddock Quenelles in Saffron fish broth


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 9th February 2021 – #Reviews D.Wallace Peach, #MeatlessMondays Carol Taylor, #Humour Marcia Meara.

A small selection of posts that I have enjoyed over the last few days that you might like to read in full.

The first post today is Diana Wallace Peach’s book review update part two for January with her recommended books..

Now that I’m writing again, my reading has dropped off. *Sigh*

January book reviews include my 4 and 5 star reads of paranormal fiction, a vampire anthology, Gothic anthology, and YA fantasy! I hope you enjoy the browse.

The Light by Marcia Meara

I could read a book about 11-year-old Rabbit navel-gazing and be entertained. I’m in love with this character and as long as he’s in the story, I’m satisfied. Once again, Rabbit is using his gift of “sight” to solve murders and heal old wounds. In this book, one of the Brown Mountain lights is different from the rest. It’s full of sadness, and Rabbit wants to find out why.

This story has less violence and minimal danger compare to the previous books in the series, and though Rabbit solves the mystery, the more dire consequences unfold on their own. In this read, the focus has shifted somewhat to Rabbit’s expanding “family” as he spreads around his good will and makes connections with other good people. There’s a sweetness to this story and to these characters, and that’s not a bad thing.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Rabbit’s journey and happily recommend Meara’s Wake Robin Ridge series to fans of paranormal fiction, addictive characters, and expert writing. I will miss this little guy. A solid five-star read.

 Read Diana’s reviews for The Vampire Connoisseur (anthology – multiple authors) and her other January reads part two: Diana Wallace Peach – January Book Reviews Part II

The next post is from Carol Taylor from her series Meatless Mondays.. some amazing recipes for all the family and today a delicious soup and salad.

Meatless Monday…Week 5…Spicy lentil soup with crispy shallots and a Thai Pomelo Salad…

Why Meatless Mondays?…

Lots of reasons but healthwise I know we should eat more plant-based meals not only for our health but for the environment…But there is so much information out there that to read, test and digest it takes a while …I have decided to do it in stages as to me it should be a permanent commitment and I wish to find some tasty dishes which are equal in taste to what I normally cook for my family.

Introducing more plant-based meals into your diet can help you maintain a healthy weight if you have some weight to lose then adding more plant-based meals has the benefit of removing foods from your diet which cause weight gain.

Plants are high in fibre…this means by introducing more plant-based recipes to your diet that the health of your gut improves so you are better able to absorb the nutrients from your food… you will be eating foods that support your immune system and reduce inflammation.

Fibre can lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar and it’s great for good bowel management…

For the next few weeks, I will be cooking with lentils…I will admit I don’t use lentils as much as I should…Why? I don’t have a pressure cooker I cook the traditional way and not always successfully…This time I am making a determined effort to use the correct lentils for the recipes

Lentils…like beans, lentils come in all colours red, green, brown, orange they are very versatile and are a little nutrient powerhouse…

Head over to Carol’s to find out more about this lovely recipe: Meatless Monday…Week 5…Spicy lentil soup with crispy shallots and a Thai Pomelo Salad…

The final post today is from Marcia Meara and is her Monday post last week.. something to make you smile.

Funny Similes & Metaphors

  1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
  2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
  3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
  4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef. 

Head over to read the other hilarious similes and metaphors: Monday Blogs Marcia Meara


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