Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 24th- 30th October 2021 – Halloween Party, Out and About, 1981 Top Hits, Bloggers and Authors, Reviews, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord

I hope you are all doing well.. Still too many cases of Covid around the world but I am sure like me you are still taking precautions when out and about.

Nothing really to report on the home front as we are waiting on a couple of indoor jobs to be done this week.. chimney swept and the wood burner repairs. After a month of rain in three days, like much of the UK, we are grateful for a dry and sunny day. Just a brief respite but very welcome.

Happy Halloween and wishing you a great many more treats than tricks.. I have shared a party to celebrate the event which was first aired in 2018 with some great guests in costume.. and a guessing game as to who they are.. There is also food, drink and music.

Halloween Fancy Dress Party Rewind with fabulous guests, Music, Food and Flaming Shots

My thanks to Harmony Kent and Balroop Singh for their lovely features this week and was very grateful for their kind reviews..

Harmony Kent Reviews Life is Like a Mosaic

Balroop Singh reviews books by Sally and Mae Clair

Just to let you know that the current series is now closed but I have great posts to share with you up to December 8th.. All things being well I will run a new series early in the New Year. Thanks to all who have participated.

Huge thanks to William Price King, D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) and Daniel Kemp this week for the terrific contributions.. and to your for dropping in and supporting the blog in many ways.

On with the show

Chart Hits 1981 Part One- Luther Vandross, Kenny Rogers, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton

The Music Column 7th Anniversary – A wonderful collaboration with William Price King

Memories, Music and Movies – 1968 – Southsea Seafront – The Funfair – Mary Hopkins and Funny Girl

1969 – Moon Landing – Exams – Peter Sarstedt, Creedance and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

#Children’s #Fairies – The Tree Fairies by D.L. Finn

Rewind 2017 – #Children’s Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees Story and Cookbook – Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Rewind 2017 – #Historical #Family Saga – A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow

#Potluck – #ChineseNewYear by Miriam Hurdle

Know Your Worth – Claire Plaisted with A Conversation about Perceived Value Posted on Facebook by Amanda Zito.

-#Grandchildren – I’m curious – How do you do it? by Jan Sikes

My Favorite Commercials – Abbie Johnson Taylor

#Teaching – My Tibetan Girls by Darlene Foster

Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part Four – #Phosphorus to #Zinc by Sally Cronin

October 26th #Reviews James J. Cudney, Colleen Chesebro, D.G. Kaye, #Story Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Storms John W. Howell

October 28th 2021 – #Environment Carol Taylor, #Review Harmony Kent, #Tribute Pete Springer with Jennie Fitzkee, #Interview Valentina Cirasola with James J. Cudney #selfservice D.G. Kaye

New Book on the Shelves – #Family #LGBTQ – His Ladyship by Stevie Turner

New Book on the Shelves – #Romance #Mystery – The Art of Spirit Capture by Geoff Le Pard

#Anthology – Autumn Paths – Seasonal Collective of Nine Authors

#Reviews – #Canada Margaret Lindsay Holton, #Mystery Fiona Tarr, #Thriller J.P. Mclean

#Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro, #Historical #Witchcraft Nancy Kilgore

#Prehistoric #Adventure Jacqui Murray, #Postwar #Russia Marina Osipova, #Psychological Thriller Vashti Quiroz-Vega

October 26th 2021 -Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Diet Tips and News Flashes..

October 28th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Infringement and Cake Mix

 

Thank you very much for joining me and I hope you have enjoyed the posts.. please drop in again next week… Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Round Up – 17th – 23rd October 2021 – Pink Floyd, Movies, Short Stories, Books, Reviews, Anti-Aging, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Another week flown by and well and truly into autumn.. This week a major job in the garden with the side and back of the house now fully lawned. Not that I can claim any credit except for buying the biscuits to go with cups of tea, but the team who were doing the work barely stopped for a break. Very impressed with the result and they did an amazing job.

That is the last of the major jobs before tackling the internal decoration and waiting for the guy to come and repair the wood stove.. we now have all the spare parts and it will be great to get them off the dining room table…

I have finished my clothes, bags and shoes declutter and next week I shall be starting on the kitchen cupboards…that will be interesting…

The Blog

I am also working on the blog format and plans for 2022.. I shall be entering my 70th year and I have an urge to complete some online and offline projects  to celebrate. I also would like to revamp the blog in some areas, particularly if they are going to drop the classic editor completely so need to get that done before 31st December.

If you do visit the Cafe and Bookstore, you will see that for the rest of the year I won’t be accepting any new authors. My focus will be on the existing authors, their new books and reviews, and I am planning to feature everyone in the annual Christmas Book Fair.

Next year I want to up my own reviews for authors to hopefully help get their books noticed, and I will be doing some new features throughout the year to promote those in the Cafe.

I will do more on my podcast as well and also I plan on turning some of my own books into audio versions.

I began the blog in 2012.. so a ten year anniversary and in whatever the format it might take,  I am looking forward to sharing it with you.

As always my thanks to William Price King, Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for their contributions this week.. and to you for visiting, sharing and commenting.

On with the show

– Chart Hits 1980 Part Two- Pink Floyd, Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright, Irene Cara, The Detroit Spinners

Yves – Be careful what you wish for! by Sally Cronin

Zoe Looking to the Future

#Choka – Dress Rehearsal by Sally Cronin

1967 – Portsmouth – Englebert Humperdinck – the Graduate

Turning Back the Clock – Part Five – The Hormone Factor Part Three – by Sally Cronin

Women’s Health – The Heart and Stress – Foods and nutrients needed to support you

Weekly Grocery Shopping List by #Nutrient – Part Three – #Calcium to #Manganese

Over the counter eye drops and possible side-effects by Sally Cronin

#Branding – Psychology and Business by Claire Plaisted.

Emotional Challenges of Being a Writer by Jan Sikes

#Pot Luck – #Short Story – Just My Luck by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Making Annual Plans 2020- Darlene Foster

#Poetry – Behind Closed Doors: A Collection of Unusual Poems by Robbie Cheadle

Book Reviews – Rewind 2017 – #Thriller – His Revenge (John Cannon Book 2) – John W. Howell

Tuesday 19th October 2021 – #StudentAchievements Robbie Cheadle, #RoundUp Carol Taylor, #Editing Paula Readman, #Vancouver #Art Rebecca Budd

#Shortstories #Fairies D.L. Finn, #NewBooks Norah Colvin

New Book on the Shelves – Pre-Order – #Romance -Love, Me: A Christmas Wish Novel by Jacquie Biggar

– #Fantasy Richard Dee, #Horror #Suspence Audrey Driscoll, #Paranormal Romance Marcia Meara

#Poetry Annette Rochelle Aben, #Memoir #Flash Pamela S. Wight, #Western #Folklore Staci Troilo

#Transylvania #History Patricia Furstenberg, #Thriller #Haiti Mark Bierman, #poetry #Shortstories Sally Cronin

October 19th 2021 -Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Security blankets and Dog Days

October 21st 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Typos and Exposure

 

Thanks very much for dropping in and I hope you will join me again next week… Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th October 2021 – Crows, Robins, Diana Ross, Relationships, Stories, Reviews, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

I hope all is well with you. Quite a bit going on around here with spare parts for the wood burner, tiles to replace cracked ones and other bits and pieces arriving daily. We are still waiting on those who will be installing topsoil, lawn, fixing said wood burner and chimney sweeping but early days yet… no fixed day or week was mentioned in negotiations! When we can ‘fit you in’ seems to be the common phrase you wait patiently.  David will be fixing the tiles himself during the redecoration process so no mystery there.

An earlier photo of Charlie

We believe that Charlie has been back in the garden. We noticed a crow, slightly bigger which is to be expected, but with the same mottled grey markings foraging under the bird feeder, accompanied by a friend. He still has trouble flying but managed to clear the hedge and perch on a telephone line. What made us think it was Charlie was that he wiped his beak from side to side on the line. Because his beak was damaged he did that after eating so we are hoping it was him.

Other than that I am making progress on the writing front and you can read an example in the post that Jane Risdon kindly shared this week…with an excerpt from the next collection.

I was the guest of author Jane Risdon who shared my short story, Miss Lloyd’s Robin, from the new collection due out at the end of the year… I hope you will head over to read.. Thanks to Jane for also showcasing Life is Like a Mosaic…

Guest of author Jane Risdon with a short story

This week William Price King, D.G. Kaye and Daniel Kemp contributed their expertise in the form of music, relationships and humour… they are amazing. Thanks to you for dropping in and the support during the week.. it keeps me motivated.

On with the show

Chart Hits 1980 Part One – Christopher Cross, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Queen

D. G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships – October 2021 – No Contact – The Breaking Point

Walter – Lost and Alone by Sally Cronin

What’s in a Name? – Xenia – Beloved by Sally Cronin

#TankaProse – The Hunter’s Moon by Sally Cronin Posted

New Review #Fantasy #Adventure – The Ferryman and the Sea Witch by D.Wallace Peach

Memories, Music and Movies – 1966 – Manfred Mann, kittens and Georgy Girl

Podcast – Turning Back the Clock – The Hormone Factor Part Two – by Sally Cronin

Women’s Health – The Heart and Stress by Sally Cronin

Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part Two – Vitamin C to K2 by Sally Cronin

#Finance – Absolutely Necessary Expenses by Sharon Marchisello

#FlashFiction The Last Ride of the Night by D.L. Finn

Do You Know What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Gets Reblogged? Hugh W. Roberts

#Offer Marcia Meara, #Teaching Pete Springer, #Writers D.G. Kaye, #RoundUp Carol Taylor, #Halloween John Howell.

Thursday October 14th 2021 – #Humour Joy Lennick, #Interview Terry Tyler, #Booklaunch Mae Clair with Joan Hall.

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – Book Review – Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 6: Dragana Helps a Fairy by Janice Spina

New Author on the Shelves – #Portugal – #Memoir – Another Day in Paradise by Karen Telling

New Book on the Shelves – #Paranormal, #UrbanFantasy, #Shortstories -Things Old and Forgotten by Mae Clair

#Reviews – #Menopause D.G. Kaye, #Mennonite Marian Longenecker Beaman, #Comingofage Bette A. Stevens

#History #NorthernIreland Jane Buckley, #Mystery James J. Cudney, #SouthernCulture Claire Fullerton

#History #JewishFiction Eva Hnizdo, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, #Poetry Balroop Singh

October 12th 2021 -Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Funny Bone and Famous Last Words

October 14th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Recovery Time and Lost in Translation

 

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you have enjoyed the week… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – 29th August – September 4th 2021 – New Book Promotions, Out and About, Fleetwood Mac, Reviews, Health, Shortstories and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Another week has flown by and I am extremely grateful for every drop of rain, little bit of sunshine and even the inevitability of the restrictions still placed upon us in Ireland for at least the next 6 weeks until October 22nd.

How very lucky we are to have such predictability, when so many have been faced with devastation and fear as they try to flee their homes in the face of violence and terror, or in the case of those on the east coast of America the natural malevolence of the weather.

It is good to see many nations reaching out to take in refugees but there are still millions who are left behind to face a very different future than they had wished for.

The Cafe and Bookstore New Book Promotions

If you are already in the Cafe and Bookstore please let me know if you have a new book coming out over the next few weeks either on pre-order or available on Amazon so that I can set up a new book promotion. I have a format for the post so only need a link for either Amazon US or UK and I will take care of the rest.

If you are not already in the cafe, please read the post at the following link to find out more about what I need from you: Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves 2021 – #Free book promotion

Over the next few weeks in addition to the book marketing podcasts, I will be sharing some pre-recorded posts from my time on The Main Ingredient radio show with Kelli Brett in Spain. They are based on my Turning Back the Clock book from 2005 which offers some anti-aging strategies. I thought you might enjoy the format as Kelli Brett is very entertaining and we had a love of fun with the shows.  Not all the series survived but I will record those again.

I hope you will join me in knocking off a few years and getting ready for the winter months. The first post goes out Monday.

I will also be recording the next series of book marketing and public relations for authors to share with you.

I was out and about this week with Annika Perry who did a lovely feature and review for Life is Like a Tapestry – Woven in Words…

Annika Perry – Review – Life’s Rich Tapestry 

I was very honoured to be invited by interior and fashion designer Valentina Cirasola to be her guest in her new series of author interviews. Valentina asked some interesting and thought provoking questions and I look forward to meeting her other guests in coming weeks. Please head over to read and also find out more about Valentina’s work and her books promoting colour in our lives.

Autumn with an Author – Sally Cronin with Valentina Cirasola

As always my thanks to William Price King (back from his summer break) D.G, Kaye and this week Danny Kemp in the Open Mic night slot.. I am also grateful to you  for dropping in and your support which is much appreciated.

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1977 – Part One – Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Carly Simon and Donna Summer

Volume Two – Kenneth – A Love for Life by Sally Cronin

– Lily – The Easter Eggs by Sally Cronin

– The Village Square September 3rd 1939 – by Sally Cronin

New Book Review #Children’s and #Parents – Lulubelle Loves to Bake by Dawn Doig.

Book Reviews Rewind – Word Craft: Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry by Colleen M. Chesebro

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Paranormal – The Emissary Trilogy; A Riverbend Spinoff by Marcia Meara

Paws on the Street Part Nine – 29 Days and Counting By Patty L. Fletcher

This series is about the person you feel has had the most influence on your life and has shaped the person you are today, and what you have achieved. That might be in reaching personal goals or to do with your career. This is of course also a marketing opportunity for your blog and books, and a showcase of your writing skills.

New Series – #Nonfiction – Guest Posts – Who has influenced you the most in your life?

#Mystery – The Coin by Rob Shackleford

#Reviews – #Tractors Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, #Friendship Donald Lloyd Jr

New Book on the Shelves – The Tomato Smuggler: How One Man Stood Up To #Communism by Mark Lee Myers

New Book on the Shelves – #Poetry – Son of Booku: More Halloween Haiku by Annette Rochelle Aben

New Book on the Shelves – #Paranormal #Thriller – Pre-Order Blood Mark by JP Mclean

#Reviews – #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Historical #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #PostApocolyptic Harmony Kent

#Reviews – #Paranormal Marcia Meara, #Sci-fi Thorne Moore, #Gothic #Supernatural Adele Marie Park

Reviews – #Mystery James J. Cudney, #Memoir Liesbet Collaert, #ParanormalThriller John W. Howell and Gwen Plano

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

Family Health – Dehydration – Headaches, skin conditions, fatigue and more

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Women’s Health Month – Introduction and The Reproductive System by Sally Cronin

August 31st 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Sunscreen and Last Respects

September 2nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Eggs and Talking Dogs

September 3rd 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Mistaken Identity and Appropriate Names

Thanks very much for dropping in and I hope you will join me again next week.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – June 27th – July 3rd – #Celebrations, #Music Al Green, PR for Authors, Health, Reviews, New Books and Funnies


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope everyone is well despite the rising cases of Covid…our cases are on the increase here in Ireland too and not sure that is going to impact the lifting of restrictions in coming weeks. Not that we will be sunning ourselves on the beach for the next ten days.. but the grass is staying lovely and green this ‘summer’!

But today I would like to focus on the positive as one of our long term supporter of the blog and resident in the Cafe and Bookstore, Judith Barrow has been shortlisted for The Rhys Davies Fiction Award for The Memory.. a book that I can highly recommend – my review

This prestigious award is part of Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021 and is dependent on public votes. It is very easy.. all you have to do is click on The Memory and your vote is counted.

Here is a screenshot of the listing of Judith’s book… and below is the link to the page where you will find the voting panel for the books… I hope you will head over to support this amazing author and friend to so many. Just wonderful to see Judith receive the recognition she deserves..

Here is the link for the rest of the article…please take just a minute of your time to head over to cast your vote – thanks Sally: Wales Book of The Year 2021 – Article and Voting panel

And I know many of you will be celebrating July 4th this weekend and I hope you have an amazing time and are able to meet up with friends and family

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My thanks to William Price King, Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for their posts this week and to you for your support, likes, shares and comments..

On with the show..

Chart Hits 1972 Part Two – Staple Singers, Al Green, Don McLean, America 

Volume One – David – In Remembrance 

Chapter Eight – The Goose and the Lost Boy by Sally Cronin 

#Military #Romance The SEAL’s Temptation: Wounded Hearts- Book 7 by Jacquie Biggar 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Thriller #Sci-fi- The Hitman and the Thief by Richard Dee 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Fantasy #Adventure – Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack 

#Haiku with a twist 

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2022 (Writers' and Artists') by [Bloomsbury Publishing]

Part Five – Who else might your Public Image impress?  

The patter of tiny paws!  

Home Remedies for Bruises

Bruises and when to check them out 

#Fantasy Lorinda J. Taylor, #Memoir Pete Springer, #Historical J.E. Spina 

#Historical #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #Metaphysical James J. Cudney and Didi Oviatt, #Poetry Natalie Ducey 

#Fairystories D.L. Finn, #Vaudeville Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Historical Andrew Joyce 

#Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Romance Lizzie Chantree 

#Invitation Beetley Pete, #Doglove D.G. Kaye, #FamilyHistory Antoinette Truglio Martin 

Tuesday June 29th 2021 – #Luck Suzanne Craig-Whytock, Book Reviews Vashti Quiroz-Vega, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape 

Wednesday 30th June 2021 – #CoverReveal Sarah Brentyn with Marcia Meara, #Review Jacqui Murray, #Inspiration Rebecca Budd 

#Romance #Mystery – Secrets, Lies & Alibis (Wounded Hearts Book 8) by Jacquie Biggar 

#Comingofage #Crimethriller – Just Before Sunrise by Carol Balawyder 

#Scifi #Crime – Falling and Uprising by Natalie Cammaratta 

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Crime #Thriller Fiona Tarr 

#Chocolate Robbie and Michael Cheadle, #Poetry D.L. Finn 

June 29th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Reading and Trivia 

July 1st 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Fitted Sheets and Oddities 

– July 2nd 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Enunciation and Beavers 

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you have a great weekend, particularly those of you celebrating July 4th… Look forward to seeing you again next week.  Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – April 25th – May 1st 2021 – Chart Hits 1968, Empaths, Irish Tales, Poetry, Reviews, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope that everyone is doing well. From Monday we will have a few restrictions lifted and we can buy clothing again in the supermarkets and other non-essential items which is useful. Not that I buy many clothes these days as I have more than I could possibly wear in a lifetime along with bags and shoes… and some of them even fit!  But, I do like their t-shirts and everyday clothes and it will be pleasant to be able to browse through them again. Of course I will be looking for just the perfect bikini for the summer lol.. I have no ideas what it would do the breeding cycle of the common garden sparrow if I wore that in the back garden!!

On another note.. Tales from the Irish Garden comes to an end next weekend and because I am currently spending weekends knee deep in the sequel for later in the year, I will be sharing another of my books. You can help me out please… Let me know which of these books you would liked shared again.. I know that regulars to the blog over the years might have read them before but hopefully newcomers might enjoy reading.

You can find reviews for the books if you are interested along with my other books:
My books and reviews 2019 – 2021

 Book One – What’s in a Name? Volumes one and two  – 36 short stories

Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these 36 short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.

Book Two – Just an Odd Job Girl

Imogen was fifty! Life is unpredictable and will often throw you a curve ball that knocks you out of the park.

For Imogen this curve ball knocked her out of a twenty five year marriage and a lovingly renovated home into a single life at age 50. She had been a very contented wife and mother of two children, who for every one of those 25 years had thought her husband had been equally as happy. It was a shock to find out that she had been delusional and replaced so easily.

Her confidence was non-existent. She had forgotten any skills she possessed and was totally unprepared to enter the modern job market. Or so she thought.

Book Three – Tales from the Garden

Fairy Stories for children of all ages, from five to ninety-five that will change the way you look at your garden, forever. Set in my garden in the mountains of central Spain, the statues tell their stories and we meet Queen Filigree and her court for the first time before they have to seek sanctuary in the Irish Garden.

With over 80 photos/illustrations, “Tales from the Garden” by Sally Cronin,reveals the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees.

You will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories.

The guardians who have kept the sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found a home here.

All you have to do is write Book One, Two or Three in the comments section.. otherwise I will pick one out of a hat!!  (you will get them all eventually over coming months)

Time to get on with the posts from the week… thanks to William Price King and Debby Gies who are the main contributors this week.. and you will be delighted to know that Debby will be back with us on May 10th with her new relationshiop post that will touch your heart.

Thank you for all your comments of encouragement and interest over the week and have a wonderful weekend.. Sally

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1968 – Part One 

Rewind – Empaths and Spiritual Communication through Energy 

Chapter Seventeen -Autumn: All Hallows Eve 

chapter Eighteen – All Hallow’s Eve Part Two – Freakish Village prepares for the Zombies 

#Photoprompt – #Double Etheree – #The Future? by Sally Cronin 

 Advance review – Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8) by Darlene foster

Smorgasbord #Children’s Reading Room – Book #Review – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam H. Hurdle

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Historical #Mystery #Chicago – A Child Lost by Michelle Cox 

– Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Mystery #Humour – In Search of McDoogal by Mae Clair 

What’s In a Name? And How Do You Choose One? by Marcia Meara 

#Music Monday: So Many Genres by Leon Stevens 

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#Publishing – What about Books in 2030 by Jemima Pett 

New Book on the Shelves – My Twin Sister and Me: A scout always does her best! by Emiliya Ahmadova

New books on the shelves #Paranormal Ghosts in Trouble and #Mystery Felix Finds Out by Elizabeth Merry 

Dead Dry Heart: A psychological thriller by [Toni Pike]

Dead Dry Heart: A #psychological thriller by Toni Pike 

#Medical #Thriller – Type and Cross (Cathedral Lake Book 1) by Staci Troilo 

#BiographicalFiction – Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes Posted on April 28, 2021 by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.  

– New Author on the Shelves – #Psychological – House of Sorrow: Legends of Madeira by Joan Hall 

New Book on the Shelves – #Horror #Occult Delilah Astral Investigator Infinity Series: Episode 2, The Boy Who Would Be King by Deborah A. Bowman 

#Poetry Balroop Singh, #Fantasy Vashti Quiroz Vega, #Poetry Sue Vincent, #Mystery James J. Cudney 

Monday 26th April 2021 – #Writing K.M. Allan, #Animals #Stories D.L. Finn, #Chutney Sowmya’s Spicy Corner 

Tuesday April 27th 2021 – #Family Antoinette Truglio Martin, #Story Beetley Pete and Jim Webster, #LemonCake Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen.

Thursday April 29th 2021 – #Guest Post Robbie Cheadle and Jane Risdon, #Environment Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape. 

Family Health A-Z – Acidity in the digestive system – Acid Reflux – Triggers and Diet by Sally Cronin

April 27th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – #Domestic and #Court Humour 

April 29th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – #Inflight Entertainment and #Life’s Laws

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April 30th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Onions and other Favourite Things 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – April 18th – 24th 2021- Hits 1967, Podcasts, Online presence, reviews, new books, health and humour


Welcome to the round up of posts on Smorgasbord you may have missed this week.

It would be comforting to see the numbers of new Covid infections coming down as the vaccinations are rolled out, but nearly 900,000 people worldwide were reported in just one day on Friday.. taking the total to over 146 million so far and over 3 million deaths. Personally it will be a long time before I am tempted to travel despite many European countries opening up for tourists this summer, some like Spain with no requirement for masks on crammed beaches. Of course those vaccinated are not immune to catching the virus in whatever variant it is hiding in at the time, and whilst Spain and other countries may not see the fallout from these trips abroad, their home countries will.

We have restrictions still in place for non-essential travel in Ireland but public demand is likely to loosen that necessary mandate for the summer months. We personally are more than happy to remain where we are and I am afraid we do not want any visitors however much we love them, staying with us. Vaccinations are definitely part of the solution but continued safety precautions are also going to be essential for far longer than we anticipated. I hope that others will consider staying at home and enjoying what is on the doorstep and leaving more time before leaping into someone else’s backyard.

On a brighter note.. this week the sun has been shining and I have spent time in the garden catching up on my reading which was long overdue.

Podcasts – Marketing and Pleasure.

I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by Rebecca Budd for her Tea, Toast and Trivia Podcast –

The reason I am including this in the round up is to encourage more authors and bloggers to add podcasts to their marketing options and reach a new audience for their writing.. and to enjoy as it is great fun too.

About Rebecca Budd who has a other wonderful blogs including Clanmother –  Lady Budd – And On The Road Book Club

I was given the title, Clanmother, September 2008, when I was travelling the Scottish Highlands with an audacious collection of young people who came from all over the world to join an expedition to the misty Isle of Skye. I was the oldest woman on the tour so the title was appropriate. What was more surprising was that I liked the label – it was catchy, spirited and encompassed the next stage in my life. It was my turn to grow old. I stood at Glencoe, breathing the chilled air, memorizing, for future recall, the rugged terrain covered with proverbial heather. There was certainty in my thoughts. This was going to be my most profound and daring adventure.

I want to share this journey with other, like-minded individuals – young, old, or in-between. It is an exploration that will take many turns as life advances. Many say that wisdom comes from the aging process. I am not ready to accept that premise as I have learned from children. What I do know, is that connection is the greatest gift of all. Clanmother is about a backward look forward!

We talked about book marketing, obesity and life in general and the time flew by.. A wonderful experience and I am looking forward to sharing the interview with you in coming weeks.

I have also been catching up with previous podcasts over the week on Rebecca Soundcloud with more to enjoy, including from some of your favourites from the Cafe and Bookstore: Liz Gauffreau, Paul Andruss, Teagan Geneviene, Robbie Cheadle, Darlene Foster, Shehanne Moore and D. Wallace Peach.

You can sign up to Soundcloud with your email or by linking to Facebook etc, and it means you can share the interview and comment to your own social media.

Because of the care taking with editing the interview before broadcast (thanks to sound engineer and editor, Rebeccas’s husband Don) the resulting broadcast is top notch.

I love radio as a medium and it was wonderful to get back on the air. I know from passed conversations that many of you are reluctant to take the plunge. But you are in safe hands with Rebecca, and it is not live so you don’t have to worry if you fluff your lines. It is very relaxed and enjoyable. I do recommend that if you are an author who would like your books to reach a wider audience that you get in touch at the link above.

Meet the Authors

Over the last few weeks I have been sharing the bios and books of authors who have joined the Cafe and Bookstore over the last six months. In May I will be revisiting all the other authors in both the Cafe and the Children’s Reading Room and updating their bios for promotional posts going forward, social media links, covers and most recent reviews to share in posts throughout the summer.

I am in and out of Amazon UK and US in particular and Goodreads to check on reviews for the authors in the cafe and to check for new books. There are quite a few new books that I have to search for because they are not on the author page. So in preparation for the new series here is a checklist you might find useful in updating your online platforms.

  1. Make sure your up to date bio is on your country of origin and also Amazon US and UK as the main English speaking sites.
  2. Check that you claim any new books you have released in the last few weeks or months through Author central so that potential readers are not chasing all over the place to find them.. and they can see your complete portfolio in one place.
  3. If you have a Goodread Author page please do the same.
  4. If you don’t have a Goodreads Author page then I highly recommend that you do. This is the one place that you can showcase all your reviews from any country and worth offering this link to readers to place their reviews as well as their regional Amazon. This is also the place readers who have borrowed the book, been gifted or have read an advance copy can post their reviews by-passing Amazon’s buy to review policy. (Despite the fact Amazon owns Goodreads!)
  5. If you have changed the cover for a book make sure that it is changed on Amazon and Goodreads.
  6. Just a reminder that you need to update your bios on Facebook pages, Twitter and other social media platforms when you have a new book. Don’t forget to pin a tweet about your new releases.. and thanks to Hugh Roberts  who recently reminded me that you need to change your pinned tweet every week or so and anyone wishing to share it can only do so once.  If someone retweets a post of mine I will reciprocate by tweeting their pinned tweet… it is a marketing tool that is underrated and sometimes I see pinned tweets going back several years.. if it cannot be retweeted by your most supportive followers then it is being wasted.

Probably time to get on with the posts from the week… otherwise you will be needing a packed lunch and a bottle of wine to get through the rest…. okay perhaps you do anyway.. here you go..

As always my thanks to my friends who contribute to the blog each week William Price King and Debby Gies …. also to you for dropping in and so kindly commenting and sharing.. .

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1967 – Part Two 

Forming Healthy Relationships – Rewind – What’s Inside the Box? 

Chapter Chapter Fifteen – Summer – The Piglet Races 

The Kindness of Mice

#Fantasy #Adventure #Humour – H.M.S Lanternfish (The Lanternfish Series Book 2) by C.S. Boyack

Past Book Reviews 2020 -#Fantasy – Liars and Thieves (Unraveling the Veil Book 1) by D. Wallace Peach 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Thriller – Acts Beyond Redemption (Unintended Consequences Book 1) by Suzanne Burke 

Double Reversed #Nonet – Ageism 

Family Health A-Z – Arthritis (osteo and gout) by Sally Cronin 

Monday 19th April 2021 – #Smoking Arthur Rosch, #Romance Linda Lee Greene, #Reviews James J. Cudney, #Award Grammy’s Grid, #offer J.Q. Rose 

Tuesday 20th April 2021 – #Community Jennie Fitzkee, #Wellbeing Toni Pike, #Guestpost offer Beetley Pete

Wednesday April 21st 2021 – #Treasure Mary Smith, #Finance Sharon Marchisello, #Kindness Jane Sturgeon 

Thursday 22nd April 2021 – #Torrevieja #Salt Joy Lennick, #NewBlog Patty Fletcher, #Bookoffer Bette A. Stevens 

New Book on the Shelves – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle 

#Psychic #Thriller – Anasazi Medium (Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries Book 4) by G G Collins 

#Fantasy Savagery (War of Nytefall Book 6) 

Pre-Order – #Romance #Humour Shh… It’s Our Secret by Lizzie Chantree 

#Suspense #Mystery – The Vanished Boy by Harmony Kent

-#Genetics – My Father and Other Liars by Geoff Le Pard 

#Family – An Uncommon Family by Christa Polkinhorn 

#YA #Fantasy A.J. Alexander, #Scifi Richard Dee, #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #119 – My Hideaway by Miriam Hurdle 

A tale of many cities by Joy Lennick 

#Cricket- Don’t Stop the Carnival by Barbara Spencer 

#YAFamily Sian Turner, #Fantasy P.L. Stuart, #Scottish #Historical Ailish Sinclair 

April 20th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Genius and Maths Lesson 

April 22nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Stress Test and Cheap Cow 

Open Mic Night – 23rd April 2021 – Guest Malcolm Allen – Physics and Collies 

 

Thanks very much for dropping in and all your support during the week.. it keeps me motivated.. have a good weekend.. Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 31st May – June 6th 2020 – #Waterford, Elvis, Foxes, Lamaze Classes, poetry, books, reviews and Health


Time continues to pass rapidly despite the turmoil in the world, and suddenly it is Saturday again. Welcome to the posts that you might have missed on Smorgasbord during the week.

Something to think about

I am so tempted to switch off from the news headlines and retreat into my rural sanctuary here in Ireland and ignore the world and its desperation. But, I am part of the world, as we all are, and our words and actions have consequences, especially today with the immediacy of our online contributions. It feels like a powder keg with a lit fuse coiling around the globe, as people take to the streets and their knees, in response to actions that even 10 years ago would have gone unnoticed except for those swept up in the events.

In our modern age of mobile phones with cameras, social media and a growing frustration with what is seen as archaic methods of out of date policing and government, it is unwise for anyone in power to assume that their actions will be swept under the carpet, and that there will not be consequences. Having said that, it also applies to the minority who are taking advantage of the situation by looting and carrying out acts of violence on innocent bystanders and businesses.

Fear and lack of leadership has led to disproportionate reactions from the authorities which has just fueled the situation. Instead of talking and reaching a consensus on a way forward, this reaction is destined to be repeated, unless radical changes are made. It is however, heartwarming, to see that even under such stress, many of those behind the shields have taken to a knee and shared their solidarity with the peaceful protestors.

For those protesting peacefully, I am with you all the way. It is not just the approach to colour in the media, by the authorities, and in the community, it is about developing a whole new approach to education, health care, and employment that currently creates such a divide in our nations. This is not just in the USA but also in countries in Europe where inequality still thrives across the different cultures and sectors of society.

We seem to have forgotten that under our skin colour, beneath our beliefs and beyond our different languages, we all share the same physiology and as human beings, we all have inalienable rights.

One of the most basic rights should be that our fellow man will look out for us when we are being persecuted.

And now time for the posts from the week…and thank you for all the support that I am very grateful for. As I am for the contributors who add such flavour, knowledge and humour to the blog each week.

And to start off another new book marketing series ... a follow on from Share an Extract of a Previous Book... now it is the turn of your most recent book.  Full details in the post and an example of how it will look.

#Free #Bookmarketing – New series – Share an Extract from your latest book.

Tales from the Garden Chapter Four – Pearly Girl and the Dwarves Stone Band

The Colour of Life 1936 – #Waterford -The Station

May 1985 – Lamaze classes, Pink Cadillacs and Funeral Plots

Double Etheree – Silver Lining

Songs from the Movies – Jail House Rock – Elvis Presley.

Flexibility – An Apple a Day – Music Therapy

How much do you get for your 1500 calories and Music Therapy –

olive oil

Olive Oil…keeps your body moving

Meet the Authors – #Thrillers John W. Howell, #FamilySaga Judith Barrow, #ContemporaryIrish Mary Crowley

#Mystery James J. Cudney, #Poetry Natalie Ducey, #Mystery Stevie Turner

#DystopianSciFi Terry Tyler, #Thriller Yigal Zur, #WorldWarII Marina Osipova

Sharon Marchisello, #Memoir Cynthia S. Reyes, #Poetry Annette Rochelle Aben

#Paranormal Don Massenzio, #Crime Jane Risdon, #Fantasy Jan Sikes

#Childrens – Hair Peace by Dawn Doig

#Children’s – Franky the Friendly Flamingo: An Anti-Bullying Book (The Franky the Flamingo Series) Wanda Luthman

#Poetry – Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens

#Childrens Toni Pike, #Dystopian Teri Polen, #Mystery Judy Penz Sheluk

#Fantasy A.J. Alexander, #YARomance Angie Dokos, #Mystery Diana J. Febry

#Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Romance Linda Bradley, #History #Childrens Barbara Ann Mojica

Bubba Tails: From the Puppy Nursery at the Seeing Eye (Tales from King Campbell Book 1) by Patty Fletcher

June 2nd 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Guest Balroop Singh

June 4th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp

Thank you very much for dropping by and I hope you will have a great week, and will join me again.. stay safe.. thanks Sally.