Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 26th October 2021 – #Reviews James J. Cudney, Colleen Chesebro, D.G. Kaye, #Story Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Storms John W. Howell.

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

The first post is from James Cudney with some great reviews to share for for the week ending October 16th..

Book Reviews: 5 Books – Charles F. French, Lynn Cahoon, SA Krishnan, D. Wallace Peach & Jody Gehrman (Week Ending October 16th)

The week kicked off with some short stories by fellow authors I met through the blogging world. First up was The Phone Call by Charles F. French, a short story about an adult man connecting with his deceased father, who has some advice to share before his son falls down a pit of darkness. I rolled right into SA Krishnan’s short story from her mystery series with A Little Doublecross.

Always good to learn about a different culture’s police practices! I then turned to fantasy for my next full-length novel with D. Wallace Peach’s first story in the Unraveling the Veil series, followed by Jody Gehrman’s latest thriller release, The Summer We Buried — a AMAZING title. I ended my week with a cozy mystery novella in Lynn Cahoon’s Kitchen Witch series. I haven’t read many cozies lately, so it was good to get back to my favorite genre. I have a bunch coming up next week too. On to the reviews! 

Head over to read James’s reviews: five book reviews by James J. Cudney

The next post is about Elizabeth Gauffreau who has had a horror/crime story published in The Chamber Magazine... and you can read the full story by following the link at the end.

“New England Gothic” Dark Fiction by Elizabeth Gauffreau

Image The Chamber Magazine

Do you remember reading “A Rose for Emily,” in high school English class? You know the story: William Faulkner’s tale of a prideful vestige of a bygone era who kills her lover and lives with his corpse in her house until she dies, the townspeople’s discovery of the lover’s skeletal remains at the end of the story all Southern Gothic and delightfully chilling? Well, our town too has its story of a woman who killed a loved one and kept the corpse in her house as she went about her business–although in our case, there was nothing Southern, Gothic, or delightfully chilling about it. You must have heard about the case. It made the national news.

Head over to read Liz’s story in full… keep the lights on: The Chamber Magazine – New England Gothic, Dark Fiction by Elizabeth Gauffreau

The next post is from Colleen Chesebro and shares her reviews for some seasonal Halloween fun…..

Featuring Your Next Weekend Read! 

Just in time for Halloween, (I fought with WordPress all day and you can see the quotes just won’t work) I’m sharing some paranormal novels to help you get into a seasonal mood. I’ve warned you… remember to read with the lights on!

Head over to read Colleen’s reviews in full: Colleen’s reviews M.J. Mallon, Mae Clair, Deborah Harkness

And another review this time by D.G. Kaye for Yvette Calliero and her short story Breathless

Bitmo Sunday book review

Sunday Book Review – Breathless, #Shortstory by Yvette Calleiro

My Sunday Book Review is for Yvette Calleiro’s short, powerful story – Breathless. This is a fun read involving witchery, karma and a twisted surprising end. A lovely sampling of Yvette’s writing, and I know I’ll be reading more from her.


What if the fairy tale kiss that always awakens the damsel in distress takes a sinister turn? What if prince charming’s kiss no longer produces a happily ever after? Silena’s infatuation with William hits a speed bump when he rejects her. After all, she is just a maid, and he is a young, rich aristocrat in the 1920s. Why would he have any desire to waste his time with the help?

On one particularly lonely day, Silena calls upon her magic to transform into a sexy flapper for the night. Her dream to enjoy one night with William is finally in her grasp, but her magic comes with consequences that neither William nor Silena could ever imagine.
BONUS! This short story is followed by a preview of a book written by the author.

Head over to read Debby’s review for the book: D.G. Kaye reviews Breathless by Yvette Calleiro

And to wrap up the post today…with wild weather around John Howell has reshared an earlier post…

Top Ten Things Not to do During a Storm

Photo by Henrieke Fischer on Unsplash

This post originally ran on October 26th, 2015. Since we all have been through some storms this year, I thought it would still provide a chuckle.

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The inspiration for this list is a recent three-day storm here in Texas. Although I had enough sense not to do these things, they did come to mind as I was going through various circumstances.

10  If you are in a storm, do not decide to drive around to check out the damage. If you do, at best, you may find yourself stranded by high water. At worst, you might be trying to explain to the grumpy-looking national guardsman why you didn’t heed the warnings to stay inside. (You have to wonder if that rifle has real bullets) 

Head over to read the other 9 things not to do in a storm: Top Ten Things Not To To In A Storm by John W. Howell.


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