Welcome to the second of the end of summer party meals today. Afternoon Tea is a time for sandwiches, cakes and scones… and I hope my guests today have brought their appetites with them. Later on this evening.. a dinner party to round the day off. And tomorrow Sunday Lunch.
I asked my guests if there was one particular food that they could not live without and hopefully I have catered for all of their tastes if not I hope they will enjoy the menu I have selected. I have also asked for their music requests and I have drawn four of the choices out of a hat to play in each post.
Those tracks that there is not time for will be shared during next week in special editions of the Blogger Daily.
With that out of the way I hope you will enjoy this opportunity to meet blogger friends in a slightly different setting, and also new contacts that will increase your blogging pleasure.
This is a party and if you are popping in then please do not leave without leaving you name, a little bit about yourself and the link to your blog and to Amazon if you are an author.
My first guest this afternoon, is an author and poet, who not only challenges the community to share their skill at the art of Hailu and Tanka, but is also a respected book reviewer.
Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist who loves writing about paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet.
Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar and Spice. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can find Colleen’s poetry challenges, book reviews on her own blog Colleen Chesebro and more magic at Sisters of the Fey
You can find Colleen’s books at Amazon
One of the recent reviews for Fairies, Myths & Magic
Aug 18, 2018 Jacquie rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of poetry and short stories, perfect for those warm days in the garden! The cover tempted me to give a new-to-me genre a try and I’m so glad I did! The poetry flows easily and takes the reader on a magical journey that compliments dreamy, entertaining stories of pixies, fairies, and a mystical world I was more than happy to escape to on these hot and hazy days of summer. I give Fairies, Myths, & Magic 5 lovely kisses- A wonderful celebration of fantasy!
Colleen has requested Hotel California by The Eagles and she explains her choice. This was a coming of age song for me when I was in the Air Force. The words exemplified our way of life… The military – “you can never leave…”
You cannot have afternoon tea without tea.. and I have chosen Darjeeling tea which is great with either milk or lemon
My next guest is author Sue Hampton who writes long and short fiction for all ages including adults. Born in Essex in 1956, she had a simple, happy and imaginative childhood, creating her own worlds indoors and out. Like her father Paul, she was always reading and writing. From the age of seven she wanted to be a teacher like her mum, Mary, and an author (and, rather less realistically, a ballet dancer). Having gained a First Class Honours degree (B.Ed, London) with English as her main subject, she began her teaching career in London. Read more About Sue Hampton
Sue is rather partial to peanut butter.. so here is some homemade butter served with gluten free crackers and strawberries.
Here is a selection of Sue’s books available at Amazon
One of the reviews for Traces
A lovely, engaging book, beautifully written. The heroine is at that stage of life when she doesn’t have much control over what happens – especially over the ghosts which appear unpredictably, giving hints about her family’s secrets. These subtle traces of past lives help her to understand who she is and the sort of person she wants to be.
I enjoyed this even though I’m well past my teenage years. I would have loved it at the age of 14, particularly the donkey sanctuary and wise, eccentric Lanky.
Sue requested Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two violins, second movement as it was played at the wedding to Leslie Tate.. I will be playing it during the week in the Blogger Daily.
Afternoon tea is not complete without a selection of sandwiches so I have made salmon, cucumber, egg and cheese and tomato which I hope you will enjoy.
One of my guests specifically requested cheese I hope will be happy if they are accompanied by tomatoes in the sandwiches…
Meet Janet Gogerty who was a guest of mine recently on Getting to Know You and Janet share a little more about herself.
I have been writing frantically for 10 years and still enjoy being part of two writing groups. I am inspired by anything and everything and enjoy writing about ordinary people; but usually they find themselves experiencing strange events! When I was encouraged to tackle a novel my daughter suggested I use my short story ‘Brief Encounters of the Third Kind’ as she wanted to know what happened to Emma, whose fate had been left in the air at the end of the story.
The novel became a trilogy, Three Ages of Man and finally Lives of Anna Alsop, published in March 2015. Find out more on Janet’s blog Tidal Scribe
Here is a selection of books by Janet and you can discover more on Amazon
One of the reviews for Dark and Milk on Goodreads
Wow what a delectable delight. A hole box of assorted stories some dark and delicious with hard coatings to sink your teeth into. Whilst others are light and dreamy.
Janet has requested Lark Ascending by Vaughn Williams and I will be playing that later in the week on the Blogger Daily
Here are some mini cupcakes to enjoy fresh cream topping and assorted fruit.
My next guest is Norah Colvin and I will let her introduce herself to everyone and I do recommend that if you are an educator or a parent that you check out her amazing career About Norah Colvin
I am an experienced and passionate educator. I teach. I write. I create. I have spent almost all my life thinking and learning about thinking and learning. I have been involved in many educational roles, both in and out of formal schooling situations, always combining my love of teaching and writing by creating original materials to support children’s learning.
Now as I step away from the classroom again, I embark upon my latest iteration: sharing my thoughts about education by challenging what exists while asking what could be; and inviting early childhood educators to support children’s learning through use of my original teaching materials which are now available on my website http://www.readilearn.com.au
Norah has also contributed fiction to Congress Rough Writers Fiction Anthology
Norah does enjoy her tea clearly and has mentioned plum pudding, cucumber sandwiches, fruit cake, chocolate brownies and lavender scones…I hope that the sandwiches above will be acceptable and the scones (minus the lavender I am afraid, that are coming up).
Norah requested Moondance by Van Morrison and explains the reason behind her choice. It makes me feel joyful and urges me to get up and dance (though I don’t). Back in the days of long ago before I met Hub, I used to go dancing once or twice or more a week. This song was always one of my favourites. I have asked for it to be played at my funeral when that far-away day comes.
Quite a few people mentioned scones and cream and I hope you enjoy these that are still warm from the oven
My next guest is author Jane Risdon who shares a little bit about herself on her Blog.
Following a career in the International Music Business I’ve turned my attention to a life-long ambition – writing full-time. Now I fill my days writing and concentrating on developing my own career instead of those recording artists, song-writers, and record producers whose careers filled my every waking moment for decades. I write Crime and Thrillers mostly and have been published in numerous Anthologies, Online Magazines and Newsletters.
In addition to my short stories and crime novels, (I’ve broken away from a life of crime – only temporarily) I’ve co-written a novel ONLY ONE WOMAN with best-selling and award-winning author CHRISTINA JONES
You can find Only One Woman and anthologies on Amazon
One of the recent reviews for Only One Woman
Took this book away on holiday with me after “saving it up” to read. I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed! I have loved every second of reading the book and will now be passing it to my sister to read, as she was a 60s babe. I’m so sad to have finished the book – I want more!!
Jane requested Never My Love by The Association – and I will be playing it during the week in the Blogger Daily.
Time for some cake which is the requested food of my next guest who mentioned milk chocolate as well.
Wendy Janes is a freelance proofreader and has some wonderful testimonials about her work including this one: http://wendyproof.co.uk/testimonials/
Wendy was an excellent proofreader. She was highly professional and was extremely thorough, which is essential in a proofreader. Her dedication to detail flagged up a number of errors in consistency which had been missed during previous reviews that both I and my beta readers had undertaken. As a result my published book is more polished. – Sam Audley, author of The Dawnlands Catch
She is also an author and her books are available at Amazon
One of the reviews for What Jennifer Knows
I loved this novel from the start because I could relate to the characters whose collective dilemmas made me really contemplate what I’d do in any of their given ‘delicate’ circumstances. I really empathized with Jennifer, the central storyteller, who we see wrestle with her conscience in an all too familiar ‘should I or shouldn’t I intervene’ situation where certain friends of hers are concerned. She’s such a lovely caring Mum, wife & grandmother, and you can see how being party to such a web of deceit and potential heartache takes its toll on her, causing her to also reflect on painful memories from her own past. This novel explores the intricacies of relationships, is really well crafted, and kept me hooked throughout.
Wendy has requested George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and she explains why A piece of music that means a lot to me is George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”. My husband and I played it in on a tape cassette in the car when we brought our first-born son home from the hospital. I remember wishing that somehow the aspiration and yearning in those soaring clarinet notes, the power of the brass and percussion, the light and playful passages, and the exquisite romance of the piano would imbue our child with strength, goodness and love in his heart. It seemed a perfect piece of music for his first journey in the outside world.
I have found an original 1945 recording which was the debut of this lovely piece of music courtesy of Warner Archive Instant
Some Macaron’s now made from raspberries and vanilla filling..
Time for award winning children’s author Gigi Sedlmayer, whose Talon series delights readers of all ages. Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born in 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. After studying in Munich Gigi and her husband married in 1967 and moved to New Zealand in 1975. After running a handicraft business for many years, creating colourful parrots for children, Gigi began to write short stories, which led to the first of the Talon Series, Talon Come Fly with Me, featuring Matica and the magnificent Condors. Find out more at Gigi’s website Gigi Sedlmayer
You can find Gigi’s books at Amazon
One of the recent reviews for Come Fly With Me
She is living in the Andes with her parents and little brother. The Indians there think she has something wrong with her because she’s very small for her age. They don’t want to be friends with her. So she makes friends with the condors in the wild. They understand her.
When she sees poachers trying to steal the condor’s egg again, she asks her dad for help. The male condor stops them from taking it and she and her father retrieve it and take it home to keep it safe. Can you imagine raising a baby condor? They grow fast, eat a lot, and trying to teach him to fly is a challenge. You learn about accepting a handicap, condors, and Indian culture in this story. You find yourself rooting for Talon. And you know his story isn’t done yet…
The food that Gigi could not live without is Kartoffelpuffer which are potato fritters.. I could not get my hands on any for tea, but there was some yoghurt left over from Brunch which was another food that she loves.
Gigi requested Faith of the Heart by Rod Stewart and I will be playing that later in the week in the Blogger Daily.
I know that this is Afternoon Tea, but the sun is over the yardarm somewhere.. and we do need something to take away the sweetness of all the cakes. Our next guest definitely would enjoy a glass as she says it is something she could never give up.
Time to meet another wonderful author who has written a series of books that demonstrate that there is life after retirement. And I hope she will enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir.
Jena C. Henry in her own words – I am a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant and encourager. I have lived my entire life in Tropical Ohio. My goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. I wrote a fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, that presents the problems and praises, and the love and laughter of family life and retirement. My passions are blogging, reading and reviewing, and writing. My life is a WIP. You can enjoy some of those passions over on Jena’s Blog August is Romance Awareness Month
You can find Jena’s books in the Charli series on Amazon
One of the reviews for The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP
While reading The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP, I moved from wanting Charli to be my aunt, to wanting Charli to be my best friend, and finally to wanting to BE Charli when I retire someday. I found the main character to be delightful, warm, honest and fun; and I appreciated her life’s motto – “press on” – and admired her determination to deepen her relationships with her husband (the newly-retired and golf-loving Pud) and with her many nieces and nephews. I also found myself drooling over the author’s abundant descriptions of food, wine, and cocktails – an unexpected and delicious part of this book! One month from now, my youngest will be heading off to college, so I ended up relating more than I expected I would to Charli’s empty-nest pursuits. Although my husband and I are far from retirement, I still felt a kinship with Charli, and I look forward to reading the next books in Jena Henry’s charming series!
Jena requested Tonight’s the Night by Rod Stewart and I will be playing that later in the week in the Blogger Daily.
Some Choc Chip Cookies… my next guest is rather fond of Chocolate.
To end Afternoon tea, another children and YA author who combines her love of travel with research for her Amanda series. She has also been a guest in the Getting to Know You Series but here is a brief background to this successful writer.
Darlene Foster is a writer, an employment counsellor, an ESL tutor for children, a wife, mother and grandmother. She loves travel, shoes, cooking, reading, sewing, chocolate, music, the beach and making new friends. Her 13-year-old grandson called her “super-mega-woman-supreme”.
She was brought up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, where she dreamt of traveling the world and meeting interesting people. She currently divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca in Spain, with her husband Paul. You will find some great posts, including wonderful travel adventures with great photographs Darlene Foster
Here is a selection of Darlene’s books and you can discover them all on Amazon
One of the reviews for Amanda in New Mexico
New Mexico is indeed an enchanting place, and Darlene Foster brings it to lovely, haunting life in this installment of Amanda’s adventures. Sixth-grader Amanda is a brave traveler, up for anything, and definitely doesn’t believe in ghosts…but even she starts getting spooked and wondering if she needs to change her mind when she goes on a class trip to Taos and vicinity, with all its Old West locales with turbulent pasts. Delightful armchair travel, as ever from Darlene’s books, as well as enticingly spooky ghost stories–what’s not to like?
Darlene requested When Will I See You Again by The Three Degrees and shares the reason why: I met Paul, a British soldier, when he was stationed near my hometown in Canada. When he went back to England I didn’t know if or when I would see him again. This song was popular at the time and I thought of him every time I heard it.
And that is a very good question.. When will I see you again.. possibly if you have room for another meal…. in a few hours for dinner.
As with any of these parties, it is an opportunity to introduce yourself and leave your link to your blog and your Amazon author page. It would also be great if you would share the post as far as possible through the web…
My thanks to https://pixabay.com for providing the food that I could not make myself.