Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – #Offer Marcia Meara, #Teaching Pete Springer, #Writers D.G. Kaye, #RoundUp Carol Taylor, #Halloween John 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 Marcia Meara with a great offer for books 1,2,3 in her Riverbend series.. all at 99c/77p until October 15th so you have a few days to get the books at this terrific price.

#Sale – #Riverbend eBooks 1, 2, and 3 – $.99/77p

Still celebrating my escape from the world of Breakthrough COVID. Thought I’d offer another sale for you guys, only this one is going to last through 10/15, or ten days. So, if you’ve been curious about life in this little Florida town, replete with all the weird folks who live there, now’s your chance to download these books for $.99 each, or under $3.00 for all three!

Swamp Ghosts – Riverbend Book 1

Wildlife photographer Gunnar Wolfe looked like the kind of guy every man wanted to be and every woman just plain wanted, and the St. Johns River of central Florida drew him like a magnet. EcoTour boat owner Maggie Devlin knew all the river’s secrets, including the deadliest ones found in the swamps. But neither Maggie nor Gunn was prepared for the danger that would come after them on two legs.

On a quest to make history photographing the rarest birds of them all, Gunnar hires the fiery, no-nonsense Maggie to canoe him into the most remote wetland areas in the state. He was unprepared for how much he would enjoy both the trips and Maggie’s company. He soon realizes he wants more than she’s able to give, but before he can win her over, they make a grisly discovery that changes everything, and turns the quiet little town of Riverbend upside down. A serial killer is on the prowl among them.

Head over to read the blurb and reviews of all three books that are on offer: Sale Riverbend Books 1,2 and 3 until October 15th.

The next post is from Pete Springer who reflects on his life as a teacher and the changes in the five years since he retired to focus on his own wellbeing.

I’m Still a Teacher

Photo Credit to Sani Anas on Pexels

The other day it dawned on me that it’s already been five years since my wife and I retired. I taught 31 years in grades 2-6, and my wife was a preschool teacher and then became director of the same preschool. I’ve volunteered a few times each year at my old elementary school when my former colleagues needed a little extra help with something, but since Covid began, they haven’t called. I understand that; it’s a new world.

One of the reasons I liked teaching was I loved being around children. In a lot of ways, I’m still a big kid. I was that teacher who enjoyed running around with his class at PE time. When we played a game, more often than not, I was a part of things. It was one of the ways I bonded with my class. Having fun with my students? It was one of the things I looked forward to each day. A classroom is more than a place to learn academics. It’s a place to create a love for learning and teach life lessons.

Head over to read Pete’s story of life after retirement and how he is still a teacher: I’m Still a Teacher by Pete Springer

The next post is from D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) and his her monthly Writer’s Links… as always jammed full of useful articles to make our job easier, more effective and safer…

Writer's Tips

Writer’s Tips October – #Memoir Writing, #Canva, #Scamalert, Createspace, Google, Blogging, and Free Promotion Offer 

Welcome to October edition of Writer’s Tips. In today’s post I’m sharing a new author scam alert, Seven S’s of writing Memoir, problems for authors who didn’t move their books themselves to Amazon, a tutorial on how to add video to Canva, marketing with Google, reusable block making on the Gutenberg editor, and two invitations where you can promote your books.

First one is a brand new author Scam Alert. Anne R. Allen keeps us abreast the latest scams and book steals. Today she shares the danger of Facebook, and advice on choosing an Editor who won’t scam.

Head over to Debby’s recommended writer’s links for October: Memoir Writing, #Canva, #Scamalert, Createspace, Google, Blogging, and Free Promotion Offer

Catch up with Carol Taylor and her week with the round up.. a welcome to October, Pumpkin soup, the culinary alphabet ‘P’, The Green Kitchen and all about shoes on the Saturday Snippets.

My Culinary A-Z, Music from Dido and Elvis…in the US it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month…From Carol’s Green Kitchen…Yeast Free Raisin Bread…

Welcome to the round-up of posts you might have missed this week on CarolCooks2…
Time is marching on we have now nearly two weeks into October…the month for Halloween Festivities… where the last of the summer sun for some of us is on the wane and where for others spring has sprung…Soups and salads are on the tables around the world…for some, the leaves are starting to turn into glorious shades of oranges and reds elsewhere the spring bulbs and beautiful flowers are unfurling their leaves and petals both showing how beautiful this world is in its changes of seasons…

Find out some facts about October and enjoy the other posts from Carol’s week: Music from Dido and Elvis…in the US it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month…From Carol’s Green Kitchen…Yeast Free Raisin Bread…

The final post today is from John Howell, who shares some great images of the preparations in his neighbourhood for Halloween..and breakfast is provided…

Views of the Neighborhood – A Taste of Halloween

Hello. Today we are going to go out and find a taste of Halloween. Some may say it’s too early, but I can tell you, Lakeway goes all out for Halloween, and to see it all, we will have to make a few trips.

We are being catered by Cafe No Se in Austin. Yes, they have catered to us before, but we all liked their simple menu and terrific food. We also have invited Fleetwood Mac to play.


  • avocado toast, soft boiled egg, crème fraîche, arugula, Aleppo carrots
  • smoked salmon bagel, salmon, hard-boiled egg, pickled onion, tomato, caper scallion cream cheese, everything bagel
  • lemon-ricotta hotcakes, apple-thyme chutney, pecan butter, maple syrup
    café scramble, roasted wild mushrooms, Fresno pepper, spinach, fresh ricotta, sourdough toast
  • sweet potato hash, two sunny eggs, crispy pork belly, kimchi, mustard greens, jalapeño, kale
  • cowboy breakfast, two sunny eggs, bacon, confit pork, borracho beans, tomato, roasted jalapeño, cilantro butter

Head over to enjoy the other Halloween preparations in John’s neck of the woods: Views of the Neighbourhood, a taste of Halloween


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 24th August 2021 – #Review Toni Pike for Robbie Cheadle, #Childhood Pete Springer, #Writers D.G. Kaye

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 author Toni Pike with her five star reviews for the historical paranormal novel A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Robbie).

I’m delighted to share with you my five-star review of A Ghost and His Gold, by Roberta Eaton Cheadle. It is a dramatic historical paranormal story set in South Africa, and if you love history then I can’t recommend this highly enough.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle is a South African author with a keen interest in history. She wrote her novel, A Ghost and His Gold, with the intention of sharing some of the history of the Second Anglo Boer War and the impact it had on the various people of South Africa. The historical elements are interwoven with a modern storyline to draw parallels between the past and the present and demonstrate how the same issues and problems that existed in the past continue to blight our modern lives. 

Head over to read Toni’s review for this terrific book: Toni Pike – Book Review – A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

The next post is from retired teacher Pete Springer with a thought provoking post that explores the myth that we more mature adults had a tougher childhood that today’s children.. personally happy to have spent mine in the 50s… but Pete would love your views.

Photo Credit to Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels

I recently read a thought-provoking piece from one of my blogging friends, Jim Borden, over at Borden’s Blather, regarding a recent CBS Sunday Morning piece regarding stress and helping students cope with the pressure to succeed.  I’ve previously written about Jim and his amazing blogging streak. He has blogged every day since Jan. 1, 2015.

The CBS story and Jim’s accompanying article struck a chord as I can think of no other time in my life when the pressures of everyday living have been greater.

Head over to read Pete’s thoughtful exploration of this subject and leave your thoughts in the comments: Pete Springer Do kids today really have it easier

The final post is from D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies and is her monthly Writers links including Facebook woes, building up an ARC review team and other helpful posts.

Writer's Tips

Welcome to my August edition of collaborated links full of Writer’s Tips and great promotional ideas for authors. In this edition – Facebook Woes, Building an Arc review team, Slashing your word count, how to use BookBub effectively, branding your blog, and how to get the most out of your Amazon author pages.

Kathy Steinemann wrote an excellent post on Facebook woes – When Facebook AI Runs Awry. As many of us writers have experienced Facebook woes, Kathy shares her experience and links to contacting the ‘elusive’ Facebook. Check out Kathy’s new author page she created since Facebook would no longer let her into her page.

Head over to check out these very useful links from Debby Gies: Writer’s Tips – #Facebook Woes, Building #ARC Review Teams, #BookBub, Author Branding


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