Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday July 28th 2021 – #WriterLinks D.G. Kaye, #Poetry Robbie Cheadle, #Reviews D.Wallace Peach, #Finances Jim Borden

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

The first post is from D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies and shares some great links for writers and well worth checking the post and the links out…

Writer's Tips

Writer’s Tips – #Canva Animation, #BookBub, KDP Tools, Famous Writer Advice, Slash Your #Wordcount

Welcome to the July issue of Writer’s Tips. In this edition we have tips on animation text for Canva, Lessons for Authors, How to Slash your Wordcount, Why some writers quit writing, and the new KDP tool for authors, and tips for promoting on BookBub.

Featuring Natalie Ducey, Anne R. Allen, Diana Wallace Peach, Jacqui Murray, Kathy Steinemann and news of a new marketing tool on Amazon: July Writing Tips by D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies.

The next post is from poet and author Robbie Cheadle who share two stunning poems about women by South African poets Tatamkhulu Afrika and Roy Campbell... I am sure you will love them.

Here is a short excerpt from The Woman at the Till by Tatamkhulu Afrika

She had a plain, hard face,
A head thrusted forward like a hawk’s.
Impossible brass triangles,
Improbable steel manacles
Cluttered her thin arms.
Clearly, she had little love for the world:

Head over to read the rest of this poem and The Zulu Girl by Roy Campbell : Robbie Cheadle with South African Poets and their poetry

Time for Diana Wallace Peach’s round up of her July reviews with boosts for some of our Cafe and Bookstore authors Balroop Singh, Mae Clair, Sandra Cox, Teagan Geneviene, Jacqui Murray and Jill Weatherholt, Jeremy L. Jones and Angela Panayotopulos

Another month of Awesome Reads! Thanks so much for stopping by to browse some wonderful books by indie authors!

July book reviews include my 4 and 5 star reads of historical fiction, poetry, a cozy mystery, western romance, family romance, two episodes of a fantasy serial, a sci-fi adventure, and prehistoric fiction. Phew! Something for everyone! I hope you enjoy the reads. 

Head over to enjoy the reviews and add a few more books to your TBR: Myths of the Mirror Book Reviews July 2

And the final post today is from Jim Borden who shares the emerging research regarding money and longevity….

Money May Not Buy You Happiness, But It Does Buy You a Few Extra Years

Researchers at Northwestern University say that every time another $50,000 is accumulated by middle age, an individual’s risk of death drops by five percent. In addition, for those who had stashed $139,000 more than a sibling, their chances of outliving them increased by 13 percent. 

Head over to read more about the research and add your thoughts: Jim Borden – Money May Not Buy You Happiness, But It Does Buy You a Few Extra Years

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the reviews in full.

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – June 10th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – #Twins and more Groaners

Welcome to laughter lines with some gems from Debby Gies who has been keeping an eye open for funnies online and some jokes from Sally.


If you have not discovered the non-fiction books by D.G. Kaye: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK Blog: D.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster

Check out Debby’s column here on Smorgasbord D.G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships 2020

Now something from Sally

David (my husband) has a secret stash… thankfully only one-liners and here is part Two of some new groaners…

You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said Parking Fine. So that was nice.

I can give you the cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell.

The universe implodes. No matter.

Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels.

Why is the winner of the Miss Universe contest always from Earth?

If you’re being chased by a police dog try not to go through a tunnel, then on to a little seesaw, then jump through a hoop of fire. They’re trained for that.

Apparently 82.6 per cent of statistics are made up on the spot.

I took part in the sun-tanning Olympics – I just got bronze.

I got an odd-job man in. He was useless. Gave him a list of eight things to do and he only did numbers one, three, five and seven. Had to get an even-job man in to finish it off.

They laughed when I said I was going to be a comedian. They’re not laughing now.

I met a Dutch girl with inflatable shoes last week, phoned her up to arrange a date but unfortunately she’d popped her clogs.

I told my wife she looks sexy with black fingernails. Now she thinks I slammed the car door on her hand on purpose.

Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.

So I was getting into my car and this bloke says to me: “Can you give me a lift?” I said: “Sure, you look great, the world’s your oyster, go for it.”

Thanks for dropping in and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face… Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday January 27th 2020 – #Writerlinks D.G. Kaye, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Photography Cindy Knoke

The first post today is from D.G. Kaye and is her regular share of Writer’s Links.. this week a bumper crop on a number of important topics.

Writer’s Tips January Edition – Writer Beware, KDP, Twitter, Passive Income

Welcome back to the first edition of my compiled Writers Tips for 2020. This edition is chock-full of informative articles for bloggers and authors on what we can expect from the publishing industry for 2020 and avenues to explore to add side income with our writing skills into our writerly lives.

Schemes, scams and issues encountered by writers, where to avoid putting your cash into. Writer Beware is an excellent site for checking out the latest caveats in the business.

Source: Writer Beware®: The Blog: Writer Beware: 2019 in Review

Head over and take advantage of the other links to post that help writers naviagate the murky waters of publishing...D.G. Kaye Writer’s Tips.. Scams, KDP, Twitter, Passive Income

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon USAndAmazon UK    BlogD.G. Writes Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Check out Debby’s new series here on SmorgasbordD.G. Kaye Explores the Realm of Relationships

If you are feeling a bit blue then head over to The Story Reading Ape and be returned to your normal colour by perusing his Monday Funnies…Here is a snippet to whet your appetite..

Head over and be entertained: The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies 27th January

The Story Reading Ape buy: Amazon US –  And:  Amazon UK    Blog: The Story Reading Ape Twitter: @StoryReadingApe

And even more to brighten your day and renew your faith in the good in life, including the beauty of wildlife. Through the lens in Cindy Knoke’s camera and with her words we can enjoy the stunning sea birds… and the post is aptly named.


is the thing with feathers,

(seagulls fishing Washington state)

that perches in the soul,

(puffin in the open ocean off Washington state)

Head over to enjoy the rest of these wonderful images and words: Hope by Cindy Knoke

About Cindy Knoke

I retired early after 27 years as a psychotherapist/mental health director and moved to the outer limits of no-wheres-ville to a home I call “The Holler.”

My closest neighbors are coyotes (packs and packs of them and they are HUNGRY), rattlers (lots and lots of them and they are MEAN), and free range cows/bulls (the bulls aren’t too friendly either).Forget cell phones. They don’t work out here. Forget GPS, it misdirects.
It’s best not to wander too much out here, the people (and their dogs) are kinda twitchy.

To reach The Holler turn right at the reeking chicken farm, proceed down a bunch of pot-holed semi-streets/dirt roads, past the abandoned refrigerators and occupied old RV’s and then things get kinda dicey. My friends usual reaction to the trip to The Holler is, “You’ve got to be kidding!” Or, “Next time let’s meet half way.”

This is our little bit of heavenly Appalachia right here in rural California.
I like to write and if something strikes my fancy, usually something odd or unusual, you will learn about it here. And thankfully, at The Holler, almost everyday is odd and unusual. So “Holler Happenings” including photos of flowers, birds, and wild animal interactions, are included.

I travel three-four months a year so you will find my photos of locales from all over the world. The good, bad, and the better. So put your feet up and let’s devote our attention to the best things in life, the things we want to do.

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