Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Bette A. Stevens and Stevie Turner


Our first author update today is for Bette A. Stevens with two recent reviews for her book Dog Bone Soup.

About the book.

Whether or not You Grew Up in the 1950s and 60s, you’ll find DOG BONE SOUP (Historical Fiction) to be soup for the soul. In this coming-of-age novel, Shawn Daniels’s father is the town drunk. Shawn and his brother Willie are in charge of handling everything that needs to be done around the ramshackle place they call home—lugging in water for cooking and cleaning, splitting and stacking firewood…But when chores are done, these resourceful kids strike out on boundless adventures that don’t cost a dime. DOG BONE SOUP is the poignant tale of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in America in the 50s and 60s, when others were living The American Dream.

The latest review for the book on Goodreads by  Brigid Gallagher  who rated it  5 stars on April 3rd 2017

 The poignant story of Shawn and his family opens as he leaves home to serve in the armed forces. Looking back over his childhood, he recounts his father’s struggle with alcohol addiction, and the poverty his family endured.

Shawn and his brother have daring adventures on their bicycles, collecting bottles along the roadside, exchanging them for cash, and buying pop, ice cream and other sweet delicacies.

As money becomes tighter, Shawn uses his ingenuity to put FREE food on the table, by milking their neighbours cows in early morning and taking windfall apples from a lady who refuses to give them these fruits, preferring them to rot…

The families money struggles force their mother to make soup out of bones that would otherwise have been given to dogs.

However, Bette’s book is never depressing. It is filled with the innocence of a childhood spent amongst the New England countryside, and a love of Nature.
I absolutely loved her writing style, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to others.

And on Amazon.co.uk

An enjoyable read By Annabelle on 13 April 2017

A triumphant tale, skilfully told, of a boy’s battle with – and ultimate escape from – poverty in 50s and 60s America. The story is told in the first person, in authentic conversational style, which made it easy to identify with the main character. I really enjoyed this book – though I was glad the soup turned out not to be made from the actual bones of a dog!

The universal link to read all the reviews and buy the book: http://bit.ly/1HGpCsZ

Also by Bette A. Stevens

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M

Read more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6037707.Bette_A_Stevens

Connect to Bette via her Website/blog: http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Time to revisit one of Stevie Turner’s previous books Repent at Leisure with a recent review on Goodreads.

About the book

Gripping psychological thriller from Stevie Turner, author of The Donor.

Paul wakes up to find a mysterious woman in his bed. With no memory of how she got there, Cat Taylor worms her way into his life and eventually moves into his flat. This arrangement suits Paul well — until he meets Anita Fairfax.

Soon after, they find Cat dead in Paul’s apartment. Despite little evidence, the police suspect him of murder. Anita stands by her new husband… but doubt soon creeps in as his behavior becomes increasingly erratic.
Reviewed By: Arlena DeanApr 01, 2017 Arlena rated it  four stars.

This read I must say left me on the edge of my seat with this psychological thriller read. There were so many of twist and turns the reader simply may not be able figure it out until the very end. I am simply not sure who I felt more sorrier for…Paul or Anita….definitely there was some help needed. What happens as someone comes up dead? What happens after Paul and Anita are married? Will she start regretting rushing into this marriage due to Paul’s strange behavior shifts? Will he seek help? What will happen after Paul gets in touch with his brother Terry who lived in Australia? What secrets will come out from that visit to Australia? After they return back home what will happen next between this couple.

This is where I will stop and say you will have to pick up “Repent at Leisure” to get all of these questions answered and so much more. I will say I was left shaking my head and saying I didn’t see that one coming. However, this author is noted for giving the reader surprises and that was one surprised ending for me.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Repent-at-Leisure-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01DFTXW2A

A selection of books by Stevie Turner

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

Follow Stevie Turner on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172051.Stevie_Turner

Connect to Stevie via her website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/

Thanks for dropping by today and if you have any news about your books such as a review, new release or an offer please drop me a line. The Cafe updates go out Monday and Friday and it helps me out if you let me know. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – D.Wallace Peach, Alyssa Drake and Stevie Turner


Welcome to the Cafe update and the first author today is in fact my guest tomorrow for the Book Reading and Interview, D. Wallace Peach. Diana is releasing three books almost back to back and following close on the heels of Catling’s Bane (The Rose Shield Book 1) is Oathbreaker’s Guild – Book 2, released on March 31st.  I am sure that you will enjoy asking your own questions tomorrow and over the weekend about this new series and Diana’s other work.

About Oathbreaker’s Guild – The Rose Shield Book II

Catling, an aspirant of the Influencers’ Guild, learns to wield the power of the garden carved into her skin. Friends are fewer than enemies, and those who wished her dead now plot her failure. Sworn to the young queen, she enters the world of Elan-Sia where the powerful maneuver for control of the throne.

Amidst rising unrest in the south and increasing pressure from the seafaring Cull Tarr, the high wards of the tiers plot rebellion. Gannon stirs the warrens, and Whitt marches with the warriors of Guardian. Propelled by revenge, Catling journeys to Mur-Vallis. Her mission—to assassinate the man who stole her past, a task that will define her future.

Buy Oathbreaker’s Guild: https://www.amazon.com/Oathbreakers-Guild-Rose-Shield-Book-ebook/dp/B06XNK5HMH

One of the early reviews for Catling’s Bane – The Rose Shield Book 1

D. Wallace Peach creates an utterly original, lush and cohesive world inhabited by well-developed and multi-dimensional characters we instantly care about (even the minor ones), all the more so as the plot unfolds. And what a plot it is — no copycat fiction or cliche devices here. The concept of “influence” as an accepted part of life is not only entertaining but thought provoking; and the author’s attention to detail on how influence works grabs hold and will thrill true high fantasy readers who value intelligent rationale for magic. All I can say is … prepare to lose some sleep over this one. And the final chapter leads to a cliffhanger that will leave readers desperate for Book II.

I am a lifelong reader of fantasy, and out of what I’d guess to be nearly 1,000 books read to date, this book series is in my top five. Catling’s Bane is easily on par with the likes of Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle series), Karen Miller (the “Mage” series) and Glenda Larke (Stormlord series). I’m confident that many readers will, like me, add this one to their top shelf.

A selection of books by D. Wallace Peach.

 Read more about D. Wallace Peach, read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Connect to Diana via her website: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com

Drop in and meet Diana in person over the weekend and she will be looking forward to your questions in the comments section of the interview.

The next featured author is Alyssa Drake whose debut novel A Perfect Plan –(Wiltshire Chronicles Book 1) was published last year and has already received over 50 reviews.

About the book

Samantha Hastings lived a quiet, peaceful life on her family’s country estate. With no man to order her around and no stifling society rules to follow, she considered herself blessed. However, when her brother’s ship sinks during a short trip to France, Samantha receives a request from her sister-in-law to return to town and manage the late Earl’s finances. Suddenly thrust into society, Samantha faces an unfamiliar world and a pair of very familiar green eyes.

Lord Benjamin Westwood never intended on following through with his rash promise to his best friend. Now, with Edward’s death, Benjamin becomes the unwilling guardian to Edward’s bratty little sister, who has grown up considerably since the last time they met. His intention to marry her off to the first available suitor is thwarted when he finds himself falling for Samantha’s unique demeanor. He lights upon the perfect plan; a marriage of convenience, giving him the opportunity to romance Samantha without distraction.

However, when they discover Edward’s disappearance was due to foul play, Benjamin’s perfect plan begins to quickly unravel. Now, Samantha is in more danger than either of them realized and Benjamin is running out of time.

One of the most recent reviews for the book.

on March 20, 2017

I’m usually not one for the Historical Romance genre. Mostly due to my own misconceptions regarding the flowery language, which makes me laugh uncontrollably, and book covers slathered with Fabio, who is NOT my idea of a handsome man.

This book on the other hand was amazing! No “touching bosoms” or Fabio to be found here, just a saucy romance between Benjamin and Samantha with a classic who-dun-it thrown in. I always love a good mystery and this one did not disappoint.

After the death of her brother Samantha is called back from the family estate to assist her sister-in-law with handling her brother’s finances. Samantha is a no nonsense woman who doesn’t need a man or high society to feel complete. Little does she know that both are going to come beckoning quicker than she thinks.

Benjamin is a notorious rake who has finally decided to settle down. There’s just one thing he has to do before he can pursue his own happy ending. As Samantha’s new guardian Benjamin is responsible for choosing her husband. One look at her though and all thoughts of anyone else but him filling her marriage bed leave him with a sour taste in his mouth.

I absolutely loved this book. As a debut novel goes, Ms. Drake has smashed it out of the park. As a matter of fact I didn’t even know this was a debut novel until I went on Amazon and read it in another review. The writing is excellent and witty with engaging characters and great dialog.

As with any genre there are hits and misses, this book is definitely a hit. I would gladly recommend this to all my bookish friends. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment.

Contains graphic sex and language. Not for young readers***    ***Cassandra Delorie #NerdGirlLola’s Review***

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Plan-Wiltshire-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01CMK5ZPU

Connect to Alyssa via her websitehttp://www.alyssadrakenovels.com

 And now for Stevie Turner and her latest book, the memoir Waiting in the Wings that was released at the end of last year.

About the memoir.

At the grand old age of 92, my mother Dot suddenly starts telling me that she loves me. I am quite dumbstruck at these outbursts of emotion, as she has never mentioned the fact before in all of my 58 years. Over the entire course of my lifetime we have often argued bitterly, and have never really seen eye-to-eye over anything. I squirm with the inner knowledge that she wants me to reply in a similar vein, but try as I might, I cannot.

The guilt I feel at being unable to grant Dot her wish is overwhelming. As Dot’s health deteriorates more towards the final chapters of her life, I take on the role of carer. I find the only way to bring her out of her perpetual misery is to reminisce on past events by showing her old family photographs, and by helping her to remember holidays and happier times. We look back without anger and sometimes with a lot of laughter, getting to know each other better, raking over the past, and talking more than we have ever done. The process helps me, a middle-aged woman, understand the perils of ageing that I might one day face, and also the struggles that elderly people suffer on a day-to-day basis while stoically attempting to maintain their independence.

This is a true story, told in flashbacks and in modern-day often humorous conversations with my mother.

Turner’s memoir is an insightful story about a mother and daughter relationship that has moved to a new dimension. Throughout the author’s life she struggled with her relationship with her mother. Dot was set in her ways and always seemed to be trying to conform Stevie to what she wanted her to be. The angst Stevie felt growing up with Dot is documented through this touching and heartfelt memoir as Dot is now old and being an only child, Stevie has taken on the roll to care for her aging invalid mother.

Dot struggles to maintain her independence, making Stevie’s job somewhat more difficult to tend to Dot with her whims and antics, but it seems that the two find a common bond while exchanging stories from the past where Dot can be happy reliving her younger days, and where Turner establishes a common ground with memories they can bond over.

Many stories are shared from Turner’s childhood, about living under the eagle eye of Dot. We learn to understand that as much as Dot loved her daughter, she didn’t know how to show her love, which became a difficult burden for Turner to give her mother love in return.

As a child, Turner was tired of Dot’s OCD ways of life, and as a result, rebelled as many a child will do, with vowing not to be like her mother. Through this story, Dot’s anal ways could drive a sane person mad at times. Dot didn’t know how to show love and emotion and her methods of thinking she was doing so as a good mother were to nag at and not encourage her daughter for the attributes she possessed, but rather harped on how she thought her daughter should dress, and live her life, driving Turner batty, resulting in her wanting to keep in her own comfort zone, much as a loner.

As a memoirist myself, I know the angst of feeling sorry for an aging mother who never fulfilled me emotionally, and similar to Turner’s life, I understand the position she was in, finding it difficult to be able to tell her own mother that she loved her when the words were foreign to her all of her life. It brings a heart-crushing feeling when you can’t bring yourself to respond with those words, ‘I love you’, as I sensed the pathetic non-verbal pleading in my own mother too, wanting to hear me say those difficult words.

I highly recommend this book, not only for the manner in which it was written with entertainment value, but for anyone who has or is struggling with an aging parent, finding it difficult to forgive the past and to learn that there is always a way to make amends.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Wings-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01M3MOEPV

A selection of books by Stevie Turner

Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

Connect to Stevie via her website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/

Thank you for dropping in today and if you have a new release, review or offer you would like to share then please let me know. If you are not in the bookstore you can join the oher 160 authors and here is how:

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There is also an opportunity for any author to share their reviews even if they are not in the bookstore. Air your Reviews features the most recent reviews or perhaps a favourite review that sums up your book.

This is the most recent post that shows you the format.  All I need from you is the link to your most recent or best review from either Amazon or Goodreads.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Hugh W. Roberts, Charles E. Yallowitz and Stevie Turner


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Welcome to today’s author update and to get us off to a flying start another terrific view for Hugh W. Robert’s short story collection Glimpses.. This time by Robbie Cheadle of Robbies Inspiration and author with her son Michael of the Sir Chocolate Books.

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About Glimpses

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book. Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh. Here’s what one reader has already said about the book. “If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future.

Robbies review: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/glimpses-by-hugh-w-roberts-my-book-review/

I found Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts to be quite a unique book. It is a collection of short stories, mainly written along a supernatural theme. I am a great lover of supernatural and horror books and have been avidly reading Stephen King since I was ten years old, so this was right up my street. I had two absolute favourite stories/groupings of stories in this lovely book.

My outright favourite was The Truth App which I read twice. It is a collection of a few short stories all in the same theme and it really “creeped” me out. Maybe I identified with it so much because it is all about blogging and bloggers which is a world in which I have recently become very immersed. I must say that I had to stop reading this tale in the evenings because it was giving me bad dreams. My advice to bloggers and other readers of this book, be careful what apps you choose to download!

My other outright winner was a short story about a woman who goes to India to have eye and dental treatment. This one stayed firmly in my mind because it made me reflect on the fact that, even if you read the completely incomprehensible list of ingredients on cosmetic and facial and other products, one rarely has any idea of what really goes into that cream that you are liberally apply all over your face. It also summoned up horrible thoughts of articles that I have read recently about testing medications and products on animals. A story that can make you think like that has got to be superb.

I found rating this book a huge conundrum because five star rating doesn’t allow for much scope with rating. I actually don’t really like this limited system. I finally settled on four out of five because I really enjoyed this book but I have rated my favourite Stephen King books five out of five, namely, The Stand, The Shining and The Dead Zone. These are lengthily novels which gives the writer a lot more scope to flesh out the characters and his ideas and story line. It felt reasonable to give Glimpses four out of five on this comparative basis.

I would recommend this book but, perhaps, don’t read it at night when you are home alone.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

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Connect to Hugh via his blog: http://hughsviewsandnews.com/

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The second author update is for Charles E. Yallowitz who has just released Chasing Bedlam Book Two… the sequel to Crossing Bedlam.

Cover Art by Jon Hunsinger

About the book

Lloyd and Cassidy’s last adventure was to honor a life. This time they are out to end one.It was a normal, violent mission to Texas that should have had nothing more than beer-induced hiccups. That is until an old enemy makes off with Cassidy’s jeep and most of their gear. Needless to say, she’s pissed off and challenging Lloyd for the psychopath of the month award. With the mouthy serial killer by her side, she is going on the warpath from Dallas to Miami even if it means declaring war on the drug cartels.So strap in for another wild ride through the Shattered States and learn why you never mess with Cassidy’s jeep.

 Buy Chasing Bedlam: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X8ZCGG5/

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One of the reviews for Crossing Bedlam.

So. Much. Fun.  By Ionia Froment TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 29, 2016

Crossing Bedlam is chaos between two covers. I liked this book for all of the action and the strange characters. When I say strange, I mean that they remind you of a lot of favourite villains and unlikely heroes all rolled into a couple of badass characters that keep the story interesting. I think this book will appeal to a wide audience (adults) because of the female lead character and her crazy and yet highly entertaining partner in crime–and other things–Lloyd.

The idea behind this story is interesting and the author did a good job of describing his shattered states and coming up with creative ideas for how to show the destruction that has happened in his version of the apocalyptic USA. If you are a fan of fast moving plots with lots of unexpected twists and books that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, this would be a good one to choose. I particularly liked the scenes that dealt with wild animals on the loose.Even the supporting characters are exciting in this one. Recommended.

A selection of books by Charles Yallowitz

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Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

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 Connect to Charles via his blog –  www.legendsofwindemere.com

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My next author update is for Stevie Turner with her memoir Waiting in the Wings which first appeared here as a new release in December. I am delighted to update it with its most recent review.

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At the grand old age of 92, my mother Dot suddenly starts telling me that she loves me. I am quite dumbstruck at these outbursts of emotion, as she has never mentioned the fact before in all of my 58 years. Over the entire course of my lifetime we have often argued bitterly, and have never really seen eye-to-eye over anything. I squirm with the inner knowledge that she wants me to reply in a similar vein, but try as I might, I cannot.

The guilt I feel at being unable to grant Dot her wish is overwhelming. As Dot’s health deteriorates more towards the final chapters of her life, I take on the role of carer. I find the only way to bring her out of her perpetual misery is to reminisce on past events by showing her old family photographs, and by helping her to remember holidays and happier times. We look back without anger and sometimes with a lot of laughter, getting to know each other better, raking over the past, and talking more than we have ever done. The process helps me, a middle-aged woman, understand the perils of ageing that I might one day face, and also the struggles that elderly people suffer on a day-to-day basis while stoically attempting to maintain their independence.

This is a true story, told in flashbacks and in modern-day often humorous conversations with my mother.

The most recent review

I greatly enjoyed this biography as we are invited to have a look into the childhood of Dot Stevie’s mother and soon after also following Stevie’s childhood in a part of Eastern London that now is changing due to a total makeover. Dot doesn’t seem to have much understanding for her only child which causes lots of tension through out Stevie’s childhood and youth. The key to understand this lies in Dot’s early childhood where she was put away in a hospital without being allowed to have visits from her mother. Her father had totally forsaken family and as we get glimpses of Dot’s early life she is more understood by the reader to have had difficulties in relationships.

I enjoyed the way the book is built up so that you change between the childhood of Stevie and background of Dot and the presence describing the frailty of Dot’s health and her stubbornness she shares with many old people. It seems that love and acceptance is growing between mother and daughter as Dot starts to articulate her gratitude to Stevie for her faithful help.

Read the reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waiting-Wings-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01M3MOEPV

A selection of other books by Stevie Turner.

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

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Connect to Stevie via her Website:  http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Thanks for dropping by today and if you are already in the bookstore please remember to keep me up to date with any new releases or terrific reviews. If you are NOT in the bookstore.. here is how you can join the 145 other authors.  Thanks Sally

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday 6th January – Final Festivities and Royal Honey Cake


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The first post this morning is very topical on this official last day of the Christmas celebrations. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie –  ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder has raised the concept of stretching the celebrations a little further… as she points out the Three Wise Men did not arrive to the celebrations until January 6th. Madelyn strengthens her case very persuasively in the rest of the article.

“Are Merry Christmas & Happy New Year behind you now?

If so, I hope your Christmas festivities were everything you wanted them to be, and that all of your gifts were happily received in more than the spirit of that thought-that-counts manner.

I also hope that you are so happy with the gifts you received that you spend not a nano-second in a returns line.

HOWEVER, as many of you are focused on recovering from celebrating the arrival of the New Year, a scant few of us are still anticipating Christmas celebrations ourselves – after a fashion.

We who NEED a Little Christmas . . . TIME!”

Read on...https://addandsomuchmore.com/2017/01/02/five-golden-rings-post-christmas-sale/

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Whilst many of us are contemplating our excesses over Christmas it is important to remember that not all cakes are created equal… Certainly not “tzarskaya kovrizhka” – a royal honey cake the subject of this post by Dolly of Kool Kosher Kitchen. Dolly gives us the legend of Prince Igor.. who by all accounts spurned the enticements of his captors to return home to his wife and Kovrizhki…

Prince Igor says…”Not for any Kovrizhki”

“You are a prince. Not just any old prince among a bunch of other princes, but The Grand Prince of Kiev Rus, the very first one holding this title. Don’t worry, ladies, there is a princess in this story, too, Princess Olga, a formidable ruler and warrior in her own right. But let’s return to the beginning – the beginning of tenth century, when Rus is terrorized by the nomad raids. Prince Igor, like every self-respecting prince, mounts a campaign to protect his lands and his subjects from the savage Polovtsians, the khans.”

Read on.…..https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/prince-igor-saysnot-for-any-kovrizhki/

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Now you get a really big bang for your buck.. Stevie Turner does a Friday blog round up and she has 13 bloggers in this week’s post so 14 for the price of one.. A great variety and all worth following. https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/friday-roundup-6th-january/

510glyvrrdl-_uy250_The 6th of January allegedly heralds the return to the normal pattern of our lives. For the last two weeks we have got away with a lot of things that we would not dream of doing the other 50 weeks or the year.. such as drinking a Buck’s Fizz at breakfast time and polishing off that tin of Quality Street.

In her weekly look at life on and offline and the world of books, author Jessica Norrie reviews her festive fortnight and her vain attempts to remain entirely offline.. However sounds as though it was a lively enough time in the writer groups she visited! That’s when the fight started!

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Sadly, “Prose and Prosecco” isn’t a newly unearthed Jane Austen novel whose intelligent heroine triumphs over a bubbly rival. The juxtaposition describes a more mundane dilemma: how to take up the pen (well, mouse) again after Christmas and New Year?

Rich food has clogged my plot, chocolate stuffed my characters, and I certainly wasn’t inside the head of my Muslim heroine while glugging snazzy cocktails. This year there was an unexpected and beautiful present on Christmas Eve: a jar of hibiscus flowers and a bottle of Crémant de Loire to start us off in style. I thought I deserved it – I’d posted a seasonal article that very day on the BritFic Authors website, and another the day before on this blog.

Read on.https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/prose-and-prosecco/

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To finish off today’s selection of blogs and in line with the theme that has pervaded blogworld today.. the lament at the passing of the festive holiday… here is Diana Wallace Peach who now has the sniffles with A Holidays Limerick...

A cold has me stuffed in the sack
How I sniffle, I sneeze and I hack
The laptop is dusty
Inspiration is fusty
Yet, it feels mighty grand to be back
Read on……https://mythsofthemirror.com/2017/01/06/new-year-limerick/

 

Thanks for dropping by and I am sure you will not regret heading over to these bloggers to read their posts..

Why not add your link to your latest post in the comments and I will be happy to include in the next Blogger Daily. Thanks Sally

 

 

Smorgasbord Christmas Reading -Memoir – Waiting in the Wings – Stevie Turner


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Our relationship with our mother can be complicated and it is only when the roles become reversed that we can sometimes gain an insight into why we may have found it difficult to connect. Today the featured book is a memoir, Waiting in the Wings by Stevie Turner prompted by a loving gesture that led to a better understanding.

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At the grand old age of 92, my mother Dot suddenly starts telling me that she loves me. I am quite dumbstruck at these outbursts of emotion, as she has never mentioned the fact before in all of my 58 years. Over the entire course of my lifetime we have often argued bitterly, and have never really seen eye-to-eye over anything. I squirm with the inner knowledge that she wants me to reply in a similar vein, but try as I might, I cannot.

The guilt I feel at being unable to grant Dot her wish is overwhelming. As Dot’s health deteriorates more towards the final chapters of her life, I take on the role of carer. I find the only way to bring her out of her perpetual misery is to reminisce on past events by showing her old family photographs, and by helping her to remember holidays and happier times. We look back without anger and sometimes with a lot of laughter, getting to know each other better, raking over the past, and talking more than we have ever done. The process helps me, a middle-aged woman, understand the perils of ageing that I might one day face, and also the struggles that elderly people suffer on a day-to-day basis while stoically attempting to maintain their independence.

This is a true story, told in flashbacks and in modern-day often humorous conversations with my mother.

BUY the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waiting-Wings-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01M3MOEPV

A selection of the books by Stevie Turner.

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Read the reviews and buy all of Stevie’s bookshttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

About Stevie Turner

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I began my writing career as far back as 1969, when I won an inter-schools’ writing competition after submitting a well-thumbed and hastily scribbled essay entitled ‘My Pet’. A love of words and writing short stories and poems has carried on all throughout my life, but it is only now in middle age that I’ve started writing novels full-time and taking this author business seriously.

So far I have published 8 novels, 4 novellas, a collection of 18 short stories (Life) relating to significant life events, and more recently my memoir ‘Waiting in the Wings‘. My novels are realistic, but tend to shy away from the mainstream somewhat and focus on the darker side of relationships. However, you’ll find I do like to add in a little bit of humour along the way.

My third novel ‘A House Without Windows‘ was chosen as a medal winner in the New Apple Book Awards 2014 Suspense/Thriller category, and in late 2015 it won a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award. An excerpt from my latest creation ‘Repent at Leisure’ made the shortlist for the Escalator Writing Competition in April 2016, and a short story, ‘Checking Out’, made the top 15 of the Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 competition, and will be published in their December 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’

I have now signed a contract with Creativia Publishers, who apart from republishing some of my books, will also be translating them into many languages.

I have also recently branched out into the world of audio books. ‘The Daughter-in-law Syndrome’, ‘A House Without Windows’, ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’, ‘The Noise Effect’, Lily: A Short Story, and ‘A Rather Unusual Romance’ are available for purchase, and the rest are currently in production.

So here I am in the late summer of my life, and the words are tumbling out of my head. Living for more than a few years has given me plenty of subject matter to write about, and I look forward to sharing quite a lot of it with you.

I hope you enjoy checking out my e-books, paperbacks, and audio book.

Connect to Stevie.

Website:  http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk
Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/
YouTube:   https://goo.gl/E8OHai
Goodreads:  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/StevieTurnerAuthor/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/StevieTurnerAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevieTurner6
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stevieturner988/
WordPress Blog: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/
Audible:  http://goo.gl/sz1cXS
Google+: https://plus.google.com/105747643789021738179

Christmas tree courtesy of John W. Howell.

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John Howell, Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C
Blog: http://www.johnhowell.com

Thank you for dropping by today and as always would be very grateful if you could share on your own networks.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Autumn Reading – Revenge by Stevie Turner – FREE 12th – 16th November


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The beauty of Ebooks is that you can take on board the comments made by your readers and make changes. Stevie Turner has done just that with her family drama Revenge by changing the ending to the book this month following her inital reviews. Many of which were very positive but some readers expressed their views on the final stages of the story.

To relaunch the book with its revisions, Stevie is also making the book FREE from today until November 16th.

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Teacher Alistair Veale is just coasting along in his 20 year marriage to Ann. His two sons Tom and Jake are growing up fast and have their own interests, but he still enjoys a close relationship with 13-year-old daughter Jessie, his ‘Princess’.When Alistair takes 14 children from his tutor group on a week-long school trip to the Isle of Wight, a new Science teacher, Carly Jessop, goes along to keep an eye on the 6 girls.

Alistair notices a growing attraction between himself and Carly, which cannot be ignored. However, when Alistair and Carly begin an affair the consequences are horrific and far-reaching, threatening not only Alistair’s livelihood, but also his peace of mind and the relationship he has with his own three children.

NOW WITH A BRAND NEW ENDING, WRITTEN IN NOVEMBER 2016!

An example of the reviews that the book received and now addressed by Stevie in the new edition.

Good Book, Horrible Ending  By VShortMc on October 15, 2016

I am giving this book three stars, not because it wasn’t well written, but mainly due to the ending of the book. There were so many questions left. This book is about infidelity and the author created a very rich narrative of a marriage and family and how infidelity impacts so many. How decent, good people act in ways that are contrary to who they and others have always believed them to be. It feels as if the author just got tired of writing and ended the book. BAM finished.I would have loved to know what happened to this family and how they continued on; were they able to come to some acceptance and what their new normal would have been.

Daydreams Come True  By Amazon Customer on July 20, 2015

Only great writers can make daily life rich. Ms. Turner accomplishes making the mundane shine. She provides momentary frissons that climb up your back as Alistair gets led by the proverbial ‘short and curlies’ down a surprisingly unpredictable trail in this heartfelt compact novel. The author foreshadows trouble using hints and suggestions that could be taken either way, brilliantly leading readers and characters down the garden path. “Jeez! Black walls?” Most remarkable about the story of Revenge are the unexpected twists and turns that play out in a story of everyday lives shattered and seen through a microscope.Revenge just wouldn’t be complete without the scintillating foreplay and warm sex between Alistair in his tryst with red-headed beauty, Carly and then the caring portrayal of rekindled warmth with his wife of 20 years, Ann.

Through the protagonist, Alistair’s, eyes, the reader notices the things that most men care about in women. Indecision reigns supreme just as it would in real life.The reader runs the gamut of an emotional rollercoaster, once siding with Alistair and curious about the reasons for his daughter’s betrayal and then questioning the main character’s motivations. Stevie Turner catches the magic of the commonplace and lets the reader decide. Is this a moral tale, shaming Alistair to get him to behave or are we reading about the devil in disguise? You’ll have to pick it up to see for yourself. A great read. A normal marriage goes bad. The causes seem transparent, but the way we ride through it makes it visceral. Highly recommended! 5 Stars.

Beware what you wish for By Ngaruawahia Girl on July 22, 2015

I was given an ARC of this novel and it was a real treat. I hadn’t read this author’s work before and tend to be quite careful of reading someone unfamiliar. I’m glad I took the chance on Stevie Turner because I wasn’t disappointed. This novel had all the ingredients of a realistic extra marital scenario, which must happen a million times over in every town in the world. It was frightening how easily Alistair’s good but coasting marriage could pale into insignificance against the youthful allure of a work colleague and the storyline was the horror of wives everywhere.

But there’s a twist and nobody is who you think they really are. I met a pastor once who said, “I knew who I used to be, because when I tipped forward, I heard his words come out of my mouth.” That’s the moral of this book. The nicest people can be, under pressure, the most hideous enemies and Alistair’s harmless affair, begun in a moment of boredom will have devastating consequences for everyone involved in his life. There are more than a few shocks in this book which make the reader take a good, long, hard look in the mirror. The novel is written well and it was easy to keep reading. I liked this author’s work and will read more of it. An easy five stars.

DOWNLOAD the book for FREEhttps://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B00YVKRX14

A selection of books by Stevie Turner

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View and buy all of Stevie Turner’s Books: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

About Stevie Turner

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I began my writing career as far back as 1969, when I won an inter-schools’ writing competition after submitting a well-thumbed and hastily scribbled essay entitled ‘My Pet’. A love of words and writing short stories and poems has carried on all throughout my life, but it is only now in middle age that I’ve started writing novels full-time and taking this author business seriously.

So far I have published 8 novels and 4 novellas, and am currently working on a collection of short stories to be published later in 2016. My novels are realistic, but tend to shy away from the mainstream somewhat and focus on the darker side of relationships. However, you’ll find I do like to add in a little bit of humour along the way.

My third novel ‘A House Without Windows was chosen as a medal winner in the New Apple Book Awards 2014 Suspense/Thriller category, and in late 2015 it won a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award. An excerpt from my latest creation ‘Repent at Leisure’ has made the shortlist for the Escalator Writing Competition (winners are announced on April 20th 2016).

I have also recently branched out into the world of audio books. ‘The Daughter-in-law Syndrome’, ‘A House Without Windows’, ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’, ‘The Noise Effect’, and A Rather Unusual Romance’ are available for purchase, and the rest are currently in production.

For details of how to buy Stevie’s audio books visit her website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/audio-books

So here I am in the late summer of my life, and the words are tumbling out of my head. Living for more than a few years has given me plenty of subject matter to write about, and I look forward to sharing quite a lot of it with you.

I hope you enjoy checking out my books and audio books.

Connect to Stevie via her website and social media.

Website:  http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk
Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/
YouTube:   https://goo.gl/E8OHai
Goodreads:  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/StevieTurnerAuthor/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/StevieTurnerAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevieTurner6
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stevieturner988/
WordPress Blog: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/
Audible:  http://goo.gl/sz1cXS
Google+: https://plus.google.com/105747643789021738179

From tomorrow the new Christmas promotions begin with Charles Yallowitz.. The calendar is filling up so please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to promote your book, blog, photography, poetry, recipes and gifts.

Please note that authors who are in the Cafe and Bookstore will be promoted in a special festive update over the next few weeks.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/christmas-2016-smorgasbord-promotions-blogs-books-gifts-short-stories/

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you will take advantage of Stevie’s offer for Revenge.  Thanks Sally

The Saturday Round Up – Jazz, Gothic Fiction, Peacocks and Swans


They say time flies by when you are enjoying yourself and that has certainly been the case this week.  Who does not like a little shopping.. On Monday we went down to North Wexford to view a property I had found online when searching in our last week in our Madrid House.  On paper it looked interesting and we met the agent at midday for the guided tour.  There is a fair bit of work to be done inside and out but to be honest it is the sort of project we enjoy. The price is good and we love the fact that we are less than a kilometre from the sea.

We had a survey done and have just got that in so once we have digested the contents and established if the work we identified as needing to be done is fairly accurate, then we shall proceed to the next stage.

Naturally in due course I will share some before and after photos of our new home and thankfully enough of a garden to stimulate the imagination for Tales from the Irish Garden!

On Tuesday we headed out to north of the Liffey River to visit a Japanese car importer who had some automatics for sale. I can drive stick shift but prefer automatics for town driving. We started off looking at the Nissan Micras thinking a small car would be practical but I felt a bit cramped.. So we tried out a Nissan Note and after a couple of other visits to garages we paid our deposit yesterday..

So considering we have only been back in Ireland for 9 days not bad going. Some people might think we are rushing into things.. But we met, got engaged on our first date and married five weeks later…. 36 years ago; worked out okay for us!

Anyway here are the posts from the week that you might have missed.  Thank you very much for dropping in to read them and also a huge thank you to my guests and to William Price King for his continued and valued collaboration on the music posts.

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2013 1548My guest this week was USA Today Bestselling author Amy M. Reade. Amy writes women’s contemporary and gothic fiction. Her books have been compared to authors such as Daphne du Maurier, Phyllis Whitney, and Victoria Holt. Amy’s novels feature vivid descriptions of exotic and fascinating locations, such as the Thousand Islands region of New York State, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Big Island of Hawaii. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/smorgasbord-open-house-author-amy-m-reade/

A Man and his Music – William Price King meets Nat King Cole.

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In part four of the series A Man and his Music with William Price King we relive the final years of the short life of Nat King Cole. Although Nat was only 45 when he died he had performed for over 30 years and had been a huge influence on the music of the time.

His influence was not restricted to the world of music as he gained the respect of Presidents and statesmen as he campaigned for racial equality in all walks of life. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-nat-king-cole-the-finale/

Book Promotion

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Challenges

I had time for a couple of challenges this week. The first was to celebrate National Haiku Day and was prompted by the Haiku Goddess herself Annette Rochelle Aben.

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The second was Hugh Roberts with his weekly photo challenge which is a ‘must do’ for so many.. This week the prompt was ‘group’. If you would like to join in this weely challenge head over to the post and follow the links.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/hughs-weekly-photo-challenge-week-22-group-2/

 Just an Odd Job Girl Serialisation

Another three chapters of this serialisation of my first novel from 2001.. With a purpose in mind which you will discover in the first post here.  I would be grateful for your help in choosing a chapter to send off in script format to agents with a view to getting it onto the screen .

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/the-purpose-behind-the-serialisation-of-just-an-odd-job-girl-your-opinion-would-be-valued/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-eight-into-the-heat-of-the-kitchen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-nine-beware-the-tartan-army/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-ten-food-theft-and-cheque-fraud/

Memories are made of this – 1998 and are move to our house in County Louth and our first encounter with the lovely Sam.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/memories-are-made-of-this-1998-dublin-drogheda-and-sam/

On the move… a look at some of the signs that showed us we might be looking for a house in the right place.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/on-the-move-house-hunting-and-signs-from-the-other-side/

Health

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/smorgasbord-health-vitamin-of-the-week-vitamin-c-immune-system-and-3000-biological-reactions/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/smorgasbord-health-the-lungs-the-race-is-on-6-minutes-to-get-oxygen-to-the-brain/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/smorgasbord-health-the-lungs-part-two-acute-and-chronic-diseases/

Humour

Judith Barrow with Funny Fecker

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/some-funnies-from-facebook-in-the-last-few-weeks/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/afternoon-video-a-fun-compilation-of-dogs-being-dogs/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/laughter-the-best-medicine-as-young-as-you-feel-yeah-right/

So that is it for this week.. tomorrow my guest is speculative fiction writer Bokerah Brumley so hope you can find the time to drop in and meet her.

Lovely to see you over here this week and thanks again for all the likes, comments and shares.. Sally

New Book Fanfare – Repent at Leisure by Stevie Turner


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Today’s featured book is Repent at Leisure by Stevie Turner.. What happens when you wake up with a strange girl in your bed?

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About the book

Paul McAdam wakes up with a strange girl in his bed, with no idea who she is or where she came from.

Cat Taylor worms her way into Paul’s life, eventually moving into his flat. The arrangement suits Paul quite well until he meets Anita Fairfax, the love of his life and the girl he wishes to marry. Cat has to go, but Paul finds that she is not interested in moving out.

When Cat is found dead in Paul’s flat, he’s the #1 suspect, even though there’s not a shred of evidence. Anita and Paul are happily married, but she soon begins to wonder whether her new husband could have been Cat’s killer all along…

A selection of other books by Stevie Turner

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Buy Stevie’s books Amazon Author Page

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I began my writing career as far back as 1969, when I won an inter-schools’ writing competition after submitting a well-thumbed and hastily scribbled essay entitled ‘My Pet’. A love of words and writing short stories and poems has carried on all throughout my life, but it is only now in middle age that I’ve started writing novels full-time and taking this author business seriously.

So far I have published 8 novels and 4 novellas, and am currently working on a collection of short stories to be published later in 2016. My novels are realistic, but tend to shy away from the mainstream somewhat and focus on the darker side of relationships. However, you’ll find I do like to add in a little bit of humour along the way.

My third novel ‘A House Without Windows’ was chosen as a medal winner in the New Apple Book Awards 2014 Suspense/Thriller category, and in late 2015 it won a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award. An excerpt from my latest creation ‘Repent at Leisure’ has made the shortlist for the Escalator Writing Competition (winners are announced on April 20th 2016).

I have also recently branched out into the world of audio books. ‘The Daughter-in-law Syndrome’, ‘A House Without Windows’, ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’, ‘The Noise Effect’, and ‘A Rather Unusual Romance’ are available for purchase, and the rest are currently in production.

So here I am in the late summer of my life, and the words are tumbling out of my head. Living for more than a few years has given me plenty of subject matter to write about, and I look forward to sharing quite a lot of it with you.

I hope you enjoy checking out my books and audio books.

Connect to Stevie via her website and social media.

Website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/Stevie-Turner-432183066899400/
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/StevieTurner6
WordPress:   https://steviet3.wordpress.com/
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stevieturner988/

If you have a new book. great review or other reason to celebrate then take a look at the ways you can promote your work and let me know.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/smorgasbord-free-promotions-for-bloggers-and-authors-restarting-18th-april/

Thanks for stopping by and please help spread the word of Stevie’s new book by sharing.. thanks Sally

Mention in Dispatches – Peacocks, Heads of Saints and Play dough!


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My recreation this week has been taking a break with a cup of coffee or green tea and indulging in snacking on WordPress.  Sugar free but sweet just the same. Some have said that I should not bother with blogging during this very rapid and busy move from our house here in Spain and return to Ireland… but nothing de-stresses me more than taking time out to read and write the talented, entertaining and thought provoking posts by you all.

Here is a small selection of posts from the week and my thanks for the calming influences they have provided.

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Bunkaryudo with some thoughts on birthdays… brilliant… I would just add that being 13 years older that with memory lapses each birthday can be treated as the first one and celebrated accordingly. https://bunkaryudo.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/five-reasons-i-dont-care-about-my-birthday/

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Judith Barrow​ with a wonderful look back at the joys of having a holiday let in the stunning countryside of Pembrokeshire… Tales of the Unexpected. http://judithbarrowblog.com/2016/03/28/tales-of-our-holiday-lets-or-is-it-really-worth-it-or-tales-of-the-unexpected-5/

Ali Isaac

Another fantastic post from Ali Isaac on the subject of ancient Ireland and having lived in Drogheda was fascinated to know that I missed viewing Sir Oliver Plunkett’s head in St. Peter’s Church…. http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/2016/03/28/talking-heads-in-irish-mythology/

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Sue Vincent​ with stunning photographs of one of the most beautiful and dramatic birds – A flirtation of peacocks. http://scvincent.com/2016/03/29/a-flirtation-of-peacocks/

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Stevie Turner with news of an exciting author book signing event in Manchester in August and some of our blogging favourite authors will be there too including Olga Nunez Miret and Christoph Fischer… Sounds like a great day. https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/book-signing-event/

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Christine Campbell author of Traces of Red, with a review of a book by Tamie Dearan Get your romance fix!
Do you love that “ahhhh” feeling you get when you read a sweet romance? Especially when you get to that inevitable happy ending? Tamie Dearen’s new Romantic Comedy, A Rose in Bloom can satisfy that craving.”
https://cicampbellblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/a-rose-in-bloom/

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Please help N.A. Granger (Noelle) out with choosing the cover of her latest book. https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/i-have-a-huge-favor-to-ask/

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For those of us who find the workings of the American election process slightly mystifying here is an excellent tutorial Beth from I didn’t have my glasses on. https://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/2016/03/29/caucus/

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As Angie Quantrell says ” Play dough is one of the absolute best toy/manipulative/sensory activities available to kid-dom! This is the best and most versatile recipe I’ve found. I have used it for over 20 years and have only rarely uncelebrated failure.  http://angiequantrell.blogspot.com.es/2016/03/my-favorite-play-dough-recipe.html

 

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Jo Robinson shares an amazing book with us:  ‘The Voynich Manuscript that I’m sure a lot of you will find fascinating too. It’s been carbon dated to the early fourteen hundreds (1404 to 1438) and is named after the man who bought it in 1912. It’s written in an unknown alphabet – one that to this day has yet to be deciphered even though the most talented code-breakers and linguists have tried since its discovery.’

Jo also unveils the new logo for her author services, designed by The Story Reading Ape. Jo is one of my personally recommended author services and you can find out about those on her blog when you follow the link to the post.  https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/whacky-books/

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Sam is guest posting on The Story Reading Ape and again provides us with a thought provoking article on mental health and in particular suicide. It is a topic that tends to be swept under the carpet from the reasons that Sam cites in the post. But depression and mental illness can impact our own lives and the lives of those we love at any time. There is no shame in needing help and if someone is in such a dark place they cannot see that, then as their family or their friend you need to support and encourage them to do so. Please go to Chris’s blog and like and share from there to spread the word.. also there is a link to another post on Sam’s blog that is important. Thank you. http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2016/04/02/how-to-help-someone-who-wants-to-commit-suicide/

As I said just a small selection from the week and I hope that if you missed these posts you will visit and enjoy.

Be back later with the Saturday Round up.  thanks for dropping by.  Sally

 

 

Mention in Dispatches – Crop Circles, Copper Mining Towns and Flowers in Amber


As usual there have been some amazing blog posts this week and I know that I have barely scratched the surface. We have snow today and will not be going far from the warmth of the office. I intend to enjoy a leisurely browse during the day and hope to find more gems for next week.

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Here are just a handful of posts I have enjoyed this week.

Bloggers have archives packed with posts that may be two or three year’s old or even just six months old that would enjoy a new audience as then numbers of followers to your blog increases. I regularly revisit posts from a year ago and give them a new look, re-polish and new images and it really is worth it. In this post Hugh Roberts gives you a video training session and some options for giving your posts a new lease of life.

http://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/02/22/how-to-become-a-successful-blogger-part-4-why-republishing-reblogging-and-rescheduling-your-posts-always-work/

The Story Reading Ape had shared this post from ALK3R and it is amazing. Flowers preserved in Amber for 15 million years… You know what is going to happen next don’t you! A whole new very expensive range skin cream containing amber!! Fascinating post and well worth heading over to read.

https://alk3r.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/a-15-million-years-old-flower/

Wonderful designs by Sarah Vernon that grace a number of different formats including a hip flask, signed prints and binders. The Cows Come Home… Just an example of a very extensive portfolio of unique gifts.

https://firstnightdesign.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/first-night-design-the-cows-came-home-at-last-art/

This was shared by John Coyote where I found it but was originally posted by Voyager of Freedom. The quote by Cory Booker is about religion… Or more precisely how we should practice religion.

https://voyageroffreedom.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/quote-of-the-week-16/

Sue Vincent asks some questions in her post that we may not yet have the answers for. We have certain tests in place to measure human and in some cases animal perception and intelligence but is this just the tip of the iceberg… and what is still hidden?

http://scvincent.com/2016/02/26/an-iceberg-universe/

Crop circles are flattened pieces of field usually pressed into artistic patterns which viewed from the air, look spectacular. They have been around for donkeys but didn’t hit the conspiracy market till the late 60’s after a series of hoax circles were created. These hoax circles were inspired by the ‘real’ crop circle formed in a field in Tully Australia after a guy witnessed a UFO and then found a crop circle. Sacha Black uses their formation to create a fantasy world.

http://sachablack.co.uk/2016/02/26/3-reasons-to-use-crop-circles-to-build-worlds-weekly-wonder-11/

Stevie Turner with a post on a woman who influenced the lives of millions of women. We tend to take our current equality for granted as part of due process and progress. But each of the advancements requires a catalyst. In equality it is women such as Betty Friedan who played that major role.

https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/haddon-musings-feminist-friday-betty-friedan/

Barb Taub is author of the Null City series and also blogs at Writing & Coffee. Especially Coffee. Terrific guest post on Marcia Meara’s blog on Friday – and I must admit to ticking a few boxes at the end… I particularly get Number 6.

http://marciamearawrites.com/2016/02/26/im-a-writer-isnt-everyone-barbtaub-fabulousfriday/

The Story Reading Ape has one of the best author promotion sites here on WordPress and reminds us that books and the access to them is all powerful. Beautiful and thought provoking images.

#Books are Portals to Power…

D.G. Kaye is exploring some of Arizona whilst on an extended stay and spent the day in Jerome. Jerome is now a small tourist town but was once a massive mining community… head over and read the post for yourself and Debby’s verdict on the attractions

http://dgkayewriter.com/jerome-arizona/

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Coming up today Memories are made of this – 1993 and the usual Saturday Round Up.

 Thanks for dropping by… Sally