Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Getting to Know you, here, there and everywhere – Guest contributors and Social Media update.


It is three years since I shared my main social media sites and also I wanted to update you on the ways that you can become a guest or be promoted here on Smorgasbord.

You will have seen that I refer to the blog as a magazine, and that is because it is now contributed to by some very special and talented writers. I really want the blog to reflect the opinion, work, expertise and talent of others so that readers get a much wider range of subjects to choose from. Since the beginning of the year I have introduced columns on specific topics, written either by myself in the case of health, or by some fantastic contributors who are experts in their field.

If you would like to write a column on a subject close to your heart… then I would love to hear from you. You can choose the interval between them but suggest that monthly would be a good place to start. Please contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com so that we can chat about it.

William Price King is a long term contributor having first posted on jazz in 2014. His music column is weekly on Wednesdays and William is currently sharing the life and music of Madonna.

There are two pages in the directory for music and you will find the current posts here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

And past posts on jazz, contemporary and classical artists here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-contemporary-classical-and-legends/

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

Paul Andruss has been a contributor for over a year now with some wonderful posts on history, poetry, myths and legends across thousands of years right up to the present with pop icons. Since the beginning of the year, Paul has been sharing his expertise in the garden with his second column. Certainly bringing colour into our lives combined with his usual wit and humour.

You can find all of Paul’s Writer in Residence posts in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-writer-paul-andruss/

and the new Gardening Column here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-gardening-column-by-paul-andruss/

Last year the lovely Carol Taylor, who lives in Thailand teamed up with me to write a weekly post on the health properties of some of our most common foods and provide delicious recipes to make it easy to include regularly.

You can find all of the posts here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-recipes/

Since the beginning of the year Carol has been sharing some exotic foods and some we can find where we live, and the recipes that elevate them to tasty meals for family and friends: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-column-2018/

A new contributor this year is Jessica Norrie with the Literary Column. Jessica’s love of books encompasses classical children’s stories right through to modern critically acclaimed novels.

She shares her reviews and thoughts on these monthly: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-literary-column-by-jessica-norrie/

There are several ways that you can be promoted here on Smorgasbord as a writer across books and blogs. As an author I am delighted to share the work, news and reviews of other writers and the main focus for this is Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore.

Here you will find authors, up to 7 of their covers, links to Amazon to buy the books and also their website or blog. I also include a recent review for one of their books and to try to feature the authors every four to six weeks in the twice weekly updates.

The post is shared across my social media and with the participation of the authors in the updates, this has the potential of reaching thousands of potential readers.

You can find out how to join the authors on the bookshelves here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

For the last six months bloggers have been able to promote their work by contributing their posts from their archives. The aim is to showcase early posts from their blogs that are well written and interesting but were only seen by a handful of people at that time. Now they come over to me with links for the bloggers books or other creative work and social media links.Hopefully encouraging the readers to head over and follow the current posts too.

There is a new series beginning in March and here are the details: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/happy-new-year-and-the-start-of-the-2018-series-of-smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives/

Please read through before sending as there are some time restrictions on the post and information I need to do the article justice.

My books including my latest in print and two volumes in eBook.

Book sites.

Books and Reviewshttps://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books/
Publishers websitehttp://www.moyhill.com/jaojg/author.html
Amazon US- https://www.amazon.com/author/sallycroninbooks
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Georgina-Cronin/e/B003B7O0T6
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7979187.Sally_Cronin

And I would love to connect with you on my Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.cronin
LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1

Thank you for dropping by and I hope to hear from you about Posts from Your Archives, A possible regular column, and with news of your books.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves Update for 2018 – Free book promotion


If you are not already in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore you may like to take a look at what you as an author will gain by being there.  Please read the section on what I need to do this effectively both before and after the promotional post.

Apart from being showcased with other promoted author on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore, you will be able to share your new releases, great reviews or offers in one of the Twice weekly updates on Monday and Friday. This post is shared on my network of over 35,000 contacts spread over my social media.. The key is the fact that many of those contacts will share on their own networks giving you access to thousands more potential readers.

I am very happy to feature any author on the shelves every four weeks or so and it means that you will be promoted at least 12 times in the year. To be able to do this effectively I do need you to get in touch with your news so that I can share. I do check authors regularly but it makes my life easier if you can remember to drop me a line to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

For authors who are not yet in the bookstore I will do a full promotional post which will include their latest book but also a brief review of their other work including reviews.  

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

For this I will need the following:-

  1. Link to Amazon for the book (preferably your author page even if you only have one book this is an essential marketing tool and makes it a great deal easier for people like myself who are promoting your work) Also if you have a central booklink site on your blog or website that is useful.
  2. If you do not have an Amazon author page yet, then I will need an author profile photo or image and your official author’s bio.  Please send any images attached to the email not inserted into it.
  3. You main social media links including website, blog, twitter, facebook, linkedin, goodreads and google+. Links in full please not short links, as they do not always work when inserted into WordPress..
  4. Please note that my blog has some young followers so I do not accept 18+ books.

What I will do.

  1. I have 35,000 connections around the various platforms and I will automatically link the post to those sites and also boost again during the day.
  2. The post will be included in the weekly round up on Sundays.
  3. Your books (up to 7 covers of recent books) along with your profile photo, book covers, links to Amazon and your main website will then be put into the bookstore where it will stay permanently.
  4. You can then be included in the Cafe and Bookstore updates which will go out twice  a week with any new releases and with exceptional reviews (for the reviews would suggest leaving six weeks between being included in an update)
  5. There is also a separate twice weekly promotional posts for authors – Air Your Reviews which you can take advantage of.

What I would ask you to do.

I love promoting other authors and I am very happy to do so as a FREE service but it does take considerable time during the week to compile and promote  posts with several authors work. But it takes two to tango.

Book promotions work best if it is a collaboration..

On the day I will send you a link to your post that I suggest you send out to all your email contacts.. I also ask you to share on your own social media sites and I suggest that if you are a blogger too; you reblog a couple of days later.

Twitter and Facebook

I will tag you on Twitter if you have an account and I would ask that you respond to those people who have shared your post. This is a great way to meet like minded writers and readers who are of course potential purchasers of your books.

Responding to comments.

I have found in the last three years that there is a very strong connection to sharing and commenting on promotional posts if the author engages with those who have taken the time to leave their comments. So I will ask you to pop in over the first few days to respond to them.

I belong to a very generous community of writers who have books themselves or blog regularly. If you would like to be part of that community on a regular basis then you are very welcome.

Your books will stay in the Cafe and Bookstore for three months but if you are not finding the listing beneficial or are not interested in regular updates then I will move your listing into a separate directory.

Finally... I will usually find a notification of a new book when I am checking my social media but it is much simpler if you contact me directly once your new book is available to buy on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

 

Look forward to hearing from you…..thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Book Reading and Interview – Join the Guest List


Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

It is hard to believe that we are now four months into the year and the book reading and interview at the cafe has been going very well. I am delighted that so many people are interested in answering their own questions instead of just leaving it to me.

You can find all the previous book readings here from some wonderful authors.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview/

I am now booking a month ahead and getting ready to send out the next phase of interview questions. If you are in the Cafe and Bookstore then please just email me on Sally.cronin@moyhill.com and let me know that you are interested.

If you are not already on the shelves of the bookstore you will find details below on what I need to provide you with the promotion to get you there.

Author Book Reading and Interview.

If this was a real cafe and bookstore I would set up regular book readings and interviews with the authors on the shelves.. But they is no reason why we cannot do that here.. The only thing missing of course is the customers who would be listening to the reading and asking questions of the author.

But I have that covered.

Here is how it works…

The author will answer three of my general questions. They will also select a short extract from their book to share in the post. I will then ask three personalised questions.

I will then do the introduction, the book blurb, about the author and the book links.

Then I will ask those who read the interview to add their questions to the comments section of the post for the author to answer.

This way we do manage to get some interaction, a wide range of questions and a chance to meet the author is a slightly different way.  So far this theme has proved very popular

First and foremost — the authors must be willing and able to be around on the day or next day of the interview to answer the questions. Most authors pop in once or twice during the evening for the next couple of days to respond to questions and comments. B

For those of you who are not already in the bookstore.

new-on-the-shelves-update

If you are not on the shelves then that is easy to fix.. I will do an individual promotion for you first and the details are in this post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves/

Look forward to hearing from you…  sally.cronin@moyhill.com Thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview with Adele Marie Park


Sally's Cafe and BookstoreWelcome to the Book Reading at the Cafe and today my guest author is Adele Marie Park who recently published her debut novel Wisp, the magical fantasy about Elves and the dark side of their world.

First let’s find out a little more about Adele before I put her into the hot seat for her interview.

I was born in the north east of Scotland, at the age of six months I moved with family to live on the Orcadian island of Rousay. My childhood was surrounded with tales and legends of old, these themes and beliefs I have carried all my life. They now emerge and live within the pages of my books.

My most major work, and my lifes passion, is a series of tales regarding humans and selkies. The Suleskerry Saga portrays tales of merging worlds and peoples, delving into the battles and loves theirin.

I love writing, it`s my passion. My genres include fantasy, horror, urban fantasy, and a mixture of all those. I love telling stories;period. I am married to my wonderful wife, Becca who is my rock. Our daughter Tara and our dog, german shepherd collie cross, are also my passions. To experience a moment of pure love is to experience the world.

Creativity is something I couldn`t live without.I am also a Supernatural geek, and love my music. Punk, Goth, Rockabilly and visual Kei music from Japan.

The paranormal is my normal.  Oh, and I also totally believe in faeries.

About Wisp

Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought.When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case.

He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change.

What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.

Here is the most recent review for Wisp

Meet Wisp, a law enforcer in the land of Edra, where magic is encouraged to flourish and is often needed for sheer survival. A mages council rules Edra compared to the neighboring area of Finah, who prefers humans to control their resources. After a bloody civil war, many years ago, the two lands exist beside each other in a fragile peace.

Wisp is a marsh fairy (YES! Can you believe it?) with raven hair and pointy ears pierced with silver earrings. Marsh fairies are rare and possess special powers. Wisp keeps his real identity under wraps, known only to his superiors. Abandoned as a child, the “Senior” Law enforcement officer raised him ensuring his survival.

In a desolate area filled with putrefying rubbish, Wisp comes across the body of a High Elf, a member of the Thorns, who was a high-ranking council member found murdered in the circle. The elf’s throat had been brutally cut. Wisp sets out to solve the murder not realizing he is to play an integral part in solving the mystery.

Wisp meets Finn Redhaven, the lover of the murdered elf, Sammiel Thorn, and feels an immediate attraction to him. Wisp and Finn fall in love and discover a wealth of magical abilities enabled by their relationship. And, they are going to need all the help they can get to battle the evil that has descended on Edra.

As fantasy novels go, Wisp stands out to me in its originality and political intrigue. Ms. Park creates a world where love is considered to be one of the greatest powers of all. I enjoyed that the two main characters were male and embraced their love and desire for each other, which was a refreshing approach to solving a mystery in a magical land. The reader discovers along with Wisp the extent of his abilities which I anticipate will increase over time.

I’ve added Wisp to my list of favorite fantasy novels. I loved the story and the characters. The ending is a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait for the next volume to find out what happens to Wisp and Finn. Hopefully, Ms. Park won’t keep us in suspense for long

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

Adele will be sharing an excerpt from Wisp for her book reading after her interview

Now it is time to ask Adele about her life and the inspirations behind her writing. This is also your opportunity to ask Adele your questions and please leave them in the comments section of the post.

Welcome Adele and perhaps we could start with which book in your opinion is the best you’ve ever read?

I chose this question because Becca and I were discussing it at breakfast the other day. At the moment I choose Dream catcher by Stephen King. When I read Stephen King it is like coming home to a warm welcome. This book in particular gripped me with terror, tenderness for the characters, especially Duddits and awe for the amazing plot and writing. I still use the catchphrase “I duddits.” when I accomplish something difficult. Now that’s taking something great away from a wonderful book.

If one of your books was selected to be made into a film; who would you like to play your main character and why?

I have written a novella about shape shifters. It was for a competition but due to life circumstances I missed the deadline. So it is now a novel waiting for the dreaded edit. It’s called “The Return”. I would love Takeshi Kaneshiro the talented Japanese actor to play the main character. I love his work but also when I was describing the character his face popped into my head and stayed there. He would bring the necessary softness but also the hard edge that the character has.

Do you have a dream that is waiting to be fulfilled?

Yes several. The one that springs to mind though, is to publish the first novel I started to write. It is called “Suleskerry” and deals with subjects dear to my heart. Selkies who can shape shift into human form, my home Rousay, which I miss very much, friendship and how far the characters will go for that friendship. Love and rescuing bright flames of love which have been stomped on, abused yet still shine. It also deals with demons, invasions, battles and a ride across America in an old VW van with a Dineh, Navajo, shaman, his nephew and niece, Daniel my main human character and Kieran, the main selkie character. They travel from Window Rock to Alaska and along the way there are some comical scenes, poignant ones and tear jerking ones. These books have been nearly 30 years in writing and have taken me through some hellish times in my own life to the peace and happiness I now have.

You sound as if you had a childhood rich in myths and legends. Can you tell us more about Selkies?

I most certainly can, Sally. Selkies are grey seals. They can come ashore and take off their seal skins to become human. Male and female. They are said to be so beautiful that no one human can resist them. In legend this has caused much trouble for both human and selkie. Often the human will steal away the skin of the selkie which is a way to trap them. They settle down to become good wives and husbands but as soon as they find their skin, they are off back to their home. There are supposed to be many children born from such unions and perhaps a few still have webbed feet and hands. There was talk of a woman in Nairn, a small village on the east coast of Scotland, who had a flipper instead of a foot on one leg. This was told last century so although, Nairn, is very close to where I now live, I have never met her.

Of all the legends you grew up listening to which was the one that really stays in your mind today?

The selkie that did no forget. This is supposed to be a true story but again it is years old and the teller was an old man when he told me. Some islands would never kill a seal. Rousay was one of these. A fisherman was out in his boat one day when he heard a terrible wailing like a child and a mother in distress. He rowed until he came upon a heart breaking scene. A little selkie pup was stuck on the land while it’s mother was crying to her baby to come to her. The fisherman was a kind hearted man and he wrapped the seal pup up in his coat and took him back out to his mother. He said that the mother looked at him with eyes that saw into his soul and the tears were fresh on her face.

Later that year he was out in his boat again when a fierce storm blew in and he was stranded near Suleskerry, dangerous jagged rocks. He was about to give up hope when a selkie came swimming through the water towards him. The selkie looked at him and he recognised the mother. She bade him put his arms around her neck and she swam with him to the shore and safety.

That legend or true tale, was one which influenced the series of novels called Suleskerry.

Can you tell us more about Visual Kei music from Japan?

This genre of music is influenced by Japanese opera, western rock music and the androgyny culture of Japan. It was pioneered by early bands like X Japan and Buck Tick in the 80s and the movement grew in strength until western girls and boys found it and took it to their hearts. It has a lot to do with fashion as well. From the gothic Lolita look to the steam punk and anime looks. It blossomed with the advent of the internet and you tube. Being a goth, I took to Visual Kei easily. I also loved Japanese culture so it was a wonderful mix for me. I have shared a video of one of my favourite bands so that you can all get a sense of what it is about.

Adele has chosen an excerpt from Wisp for her book reading.

Chapter Five

As Finn talked, the hut became darker and Wisp began to get a clearer picture of Sammiel Thorn, one wildly different from that his mother painted. Finn and Sammiel had met during a riot in the circle. It had been a ruse, so the underground criminal gangs could move something through undetected.

Finn and Sammiel had hidden in the back of a stall. They had found common interests and by the time the coast was clear, they had made plans to help the innocent denizens of the circle and had fallen in love.

“Sammiel`s family hated me. I am a poor mage to them, but it wasn’t just that. You know my family’s rep for getting involved in things that go public?”

Wisp scanned his memories quickly. “Yes. The last one was a child smuggling ring. Your family helped bust it wide open. Well done.”

“Sammiel deified his family, and we continued our relationship and our work. He was passionate about making everyone equal. So passionate. I think, no, I know, Law Enforcer, it got him killed. Look.” Finn had moved off the bed so quickly, Wisp nearly fell off his crate.

He returned just as quickly and held out a blank piece of paper. “The words were written magically, so there’s no trace of writing to give away identity. Here use this.” Finn gave him a device, a glass circle mounted in brass. “It’s a mage`s seeing eye. Use it.”

Wisp put the cold metal device to his eye, and it sent out brass legs to clamp round his head. The initial shock terrified him, but he kept looking at the paper. Letters began to appear slowly and as he read them, another piece of the puzzle jumped out to tantalise and confuse him.

Sammiel Thorn is dead, executed as befits his station. Meddle in my affairs further and you, Finn Redhaven, will also be killed, as befits your status. I will throw you alive to the hounds.

“The parchment came with this.” Finn gave Wisp a simple gold ring. “Sammiel would never have given up this ring if he was alive. That’s how I knew the words were true. I gave him this ring sealed with my blood as a symbol of our love.” He started to cry.

Without thinking, Wisp placed a comforting hand on his knee as he continued to stare at the paper.

“Finn was with his family the day of the murder.” The soft voice came from the shadows. A huge wolf sat at Wisp’s side and stared at him with the same green eyes as Finn. “His sisters, his mother and all of us will confirm it, and as you know, Law Enforcer, a familiar`s word is binding.”

“I received this parchment when I came to meet Sammiel here,” Finn said. “He said he had news for me. We are- were, looking at how the drug Starlight was getting into the circle.”

Starlight? Wisp grimaced. A nasty drug that causes instant addiction, and users need a higher does every time to repeat the euphoria of the first hit. “Dammit. That shit comes from Finah and makes slaves of its users. You say you found out more was coming in?” Finn wiped his eyes dry, again.

“Yep. Our contact was a goblin, a nasty looking bastard, but in his heart he really cares about his people, circle people.”

“Perhaps Sammiel uncovered the source of the drug. What a mess.”

“You think?” Sarcasm laced Finn’s statement, making Wisp laugh like a lunatic. He left the hut with Finn`s address. He had a feeling that he would be in touch, very soon.

Adele is also a contributor to three anthologies which are available through her Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adele-Park/e/B01G9VHA9W

Connect to Adele through her website and social media.

Website: http://www.adelemariepark.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firefly.fly.14
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Binky567

Thank you for dropping in today and please do ask your own questions and put them in the comments section of the post. It is your opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of my guests and over the last few weeks it has proved to be a very interesting addition to the interviews.

If you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore then please get in touch if you would like to do a book reading and interview.  sally.cronin@moyhill.com

If you are not in the bookstore then here are the details of how you can get your books on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/