Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – It is not often you get a day like this! #Amazing


On Thursday as I did my usual rounds of social media, I discovered I was tagged in a number of posts from several authors. There was a conspiracy it seemed, and on investigation I discovered I was the target of a campaign by a group of authors intent on plastering my name across the Internet to their followers and beyond.

Unlike many campaigns of this nature…. this one was very different and delightfully so.

The eleven authors that form Story Empire honoured me with individual posts sharing my books, their reviews and some lovely comments that frankly left me blushing (and delighted of course).

I hope by this point I have responded to everyone who kindly left messages of support and  apologies to anyone I have missed.. I will catch up I promise.

I love my job, which is how I regard blogging and author and book promotion. It began ten years ago as a platform to promote my own books, but I soon discovered how much more fun and rewarding it could be if I promoted other authors I met online.

Today the writing community I belong to is global, and I get huge pleasure from chatting to a friend about to end their day in Australia, and then another just getting up in California. It is incredible to think that only 25 years ago the only contact we could have with friends around the world was by snail mail or the telephone.

Certainly during the last two years of the pandemic, this contact has been a lifeline to millions isolated and away from family and friends.

Whatever the media might portray about international relationships, those who populate this online writing community have a different ethos. One of collaboration, support, generosity and friendship.

Anyway. I am hugely grateful for the individual sentiments and support offered by the members of Story Empire, and also their combined efforts to bring the best of fiction and authorship to us all. Always highly interesting and useful articles based on the personal experience of each of the members, which is considerable.

And thank you so much to those of you who visited the posts, shared them on your social media and left wonderful comments, I really appreciated your kind thoughts.

Here are the links to the individual posts and if you have time, I would love it if you could visit and explore the authors and their work which I can highly recommend.

Keep writing, talking, communicating and supporting.. it is what this community of ours does best.

Obviously I am delighted and deeply grateful for this amazing tribute by writers I think of as friends as well as outstanding authors. I could not let the occasion go by without saying thank you to them all, but it is also an opportunity to see the power of collaboration at work.

Not least is that as a result of this incredible blitz across the networks, several books were sold since the posts were aired which is fantastic.

My thanks to them all for giving me an amazing boost of confidence and motivation to keep doing a job I love.

Jan Sikes Celebrating Sally Cronin

John W. Howell – Thursday A little personal honouring Sally Cronin

Harmony Kent – Celebrating Sally Cronin

Joan Hall Celebrating Author Sally Cronin

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Beem Weeks – International day of awesomeness Sally Cronin

D.L. Finn Celebrating Sally Cronin

Staci Troilo International Awesomeness Day Sally Cronin

Mae Clair – International Day of Awesomeness Sally Cronin

D. Wallace Peach – Celebrating Sally Cronin blogger and Writer extraordinaire

C.S. Boyack A surprise for a big supporter

Gwen Plano – Celebrating Sally Cronin

 

Thank you for dropping in today and if you have time it would be great if you could visit some or all of the posts and if you have not yet discovered the books by these authors then there is no time like the present… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Romance #Adventure Staci Troilo, #Jazz Sammy Stein, #Historic #Thriller K. Lewis Adair


Since the last series of meet the authors in June last year many new authors have joined the Cafe and Bookstore. This is an opportunity to get to know them and their books a little better. I will also include their blog social media links and it would be great if you could follow them there too.

Meet Staci Troilo

Staci Troilo grew up in Western Pennsylvania writing stories and poetry in her free time, so it was no surprise that she studied writing in college. After receiving creative and professional writing degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, she went on to get her Master’s Degree in Professional Writing, and she worked in corporate communications until she had her children. When they had grown, she went on to become a writing professor, and now she is a freelance writer and editor.

Staci is a multi-genre author. Her fiction is character-driven, and despite their protests, she loves to put them in all kinds of compromising or dangerous situations.

You can find out more about her on her website. Staci Troilo

Books by Staci Troilo

One of the reviews for the The Medici Protectorate series of four books

D.L. Finn 5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written steamy romantic-adventure!  Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Medici Series. “Tortured Soul” is the finale, and I was sad to see it come to an end. This book’s focus was on the final Brother, Coz, and Notaro sister, Toni, and their connection. The relationship felt very real with their baggage, especially Toni’s self-image issues. Watching the couple navigate from what was expected of them, to what they felt was intriguing. I enjoyed Coz’s development as his unique power revealed itself. The history and Italian culture mixed in with the action and romance made it hard to put down. This is a well-written steamy romantic-adventure that I suggest you read from the beginning, to fully enjoy the outcome. I highly recommend this book and series. I look forward to more from this author.  

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK – Follow Staci TroiloGoodreadsBlog: Staci Troilo WordPress – Website: Staci TroiloTwitter@stacitroilo –

Meet Sammy Stein

If you like well researched and cleverly written narrative, you will love Sammy’s work. A writer who is highly respected in the fields of jazz, women in jazz, gender disparity and music. Jazz critic and columnist, one of UK’ S ‘go-to’ authors. Jazz festival curator, radio shows. The writer of series for radio and playlists, many people have enjoyed Sammy’s entertaining and diverse verbal blogs and guest appearances on shows, as well as her Women In Jazz series or shows and articles. . Music is this author’s passion, especially jazz and bringing lesser-known acts who deserve attention to the public arena. Sammy has had 5 books published and many superb reviews, including 2 Jazz Times awards.
Sammy also collaborates with other authors and musicians. She is International Editor at the Jazz Journalists’ Association.

Her columns include Something Else Reviews, Free Jazz Collective and Jazz Views.
Musicians comment on Sammy’s approachability and honesty in her reviews and writing. Her book include ‘Women In Jazz ( 8th House), In Their Own Words ( 8th House) and All That’s Jazz ( Tomahawk) and her passion for music is clear. One commentator said ‘the jazz jumps off the page’ and another ‘she gives clear facts yet does not try to force the reader’s opinion, the depth of research is incredible’. Researchers like working with Sammy, as do many musicians and she is a highly respected author.

Books by Sammy Stein

One of the recent reviews for Pause, Play, Repeat

Charlotte Cosgrove 5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 April 2021

Everyone has been affected by the pandemic in one way or another, the arts and events have been especially affected and it was so interesting to hear first hand about how Covid-19 has affected the music industry and those involved in it. The book is described as including “candid, honest and in-depth” interviews and I feel the book captures just that, the passion these artists have to continue is inspiring and truly shows their resilience in an unstable economy.  

Meet K. Lewis Adair

K. Lewis Adair now lives in the South West of England. Having studied Archaeology and History she has a pull to Pre-Romano/British and Anglo-Saxon History.

This love of history revolves around studying how our ancestors lived. How they interacted with each other and how they might guide us to this day.

Using detailed investigation into her genealogical past, questions arose within her.

Questions that led her to consider; who we are and where do we ‘spiritually’ come from, why are we pulled to the people we love, and have we actually really been here before?
She has currently published a historically based suspense thriller, called The Windmill, centering around these deep spiritual thoughts.

The second novel in the series is taking shape. Follow her blogs for updates.

 K. Lewis Adair is the author of The Windmill.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Drew  5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner…wants you wanting more  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 February 2021

Well, that was a different read…and for good reasons. Was a real page turner and has left me thinking about what happens to our love when we pass, what might draw us to our partners and how we may sacrifice everything for love. This book has a lot of characters to engage with that at first seem distant from each other. However, the concept of connections pervades and the main character, Ginny, starts a voyage of discovery to link these connections and discover why she might have been left a house. What she finds is so much more…with more to come I suspect. It’s about friends, loves and tragedy. Set in three parts, the changes in time are marked on the chapter titles to help you keep on track with the fast-paced movements. I was interested in the use of historical information to drive the plot and engage with the characters. And I even found out some new things.

All in all, I’d recommend this book to anyone that wants to delve into a story and the subjects of who we meet, befriend and fall in love with during our lives. The Windmill is not a linear read in any sense, this makes it interesting and different for that. Twists and turns and clues, easy to miss if you skim through, help us the reader and the characters discover some of the answers.

A well-constructed book of substance, some moving sections with depth that will make you think and want more after you’ve finished.

Follow K. Lewis Adair: Amazon UK And: Amazon US – Follow K. Lewis Adair: Goodreads – Website/reviews: K. Lewis Adair – Twitter: @KLewisAdair – Facebook: Windmills Soul Journey – Pinterest: K. Lewis Adair

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.