Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 15th August 2017 – #Ireland, Bit of Irish Sparkle, Ali Isaac, Brigid Gallagher and Sheila Kiely

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Time to shared a few of the outstanding posts that I have read today. If you would like to highlight one of your own posts then please send me a link to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

I thought today I would share some Irish themed blogs with you since there are some amazing ones around. Ireland is known for its wonderful scenery (suspiciously green) its coastline and wildlife, music and food and drink.. I hope I have managed to get a little of everything in today.

And to begin with a bit of music and a new blog to me.. which offers a Bit of Irish Sparkle.. count me in. Meet Dawn who is showcasing some recent Irish Country releases.

There have been a few new releases on the Irish Country music scene in the past couple of weeks so I though I would share some of my favourites with you.

Firstly…

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African Art Part 6 – South Africa

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Today I am featuring South Africa in my final post in this African Art series. South Africa is our home country and we have toured it extensively and visited many of its uniquely beautiful attractions. Our recent trip to Mpumalanga resulted in a new appreciation of some of the local artwork which is available at all of the tourist attractions.

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I bought this beaded doll when we stopped at God’s Window. It is different from the Zimbabwean beaded artwork in that the underlying structure is made from wood and not wire and the beads are much smaller.

You can read about our recent holiday to Mpumalanga here:

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/a-holiday-to-mpumalanga-south-africa/

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/a-holiday-to-mpumalanga-south-africa-2/; and

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/a-holiday-to-mpumalanga-blyde-river-canyon-the-three-rondavels-and-macmac-falls/

A favourite December holiday destination of ours is Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg Mountains. There are numerous scenic mountain trails that you can hike along and reveal in the clean mountain air and breath-taking scenery.

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I bought this porcupine…

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Anatomy of a Bad Review

A very interesting post by Don Massenzio.

Author Don Massenzio

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I’ve been blessed. I’ve written a number of books. I’ve been very fortunate. Readers that I don’t know have given my work reviews that have, in the vast majority, earned four or five stars.

That’s why, when I receive a bad review, I like to study it and figure out if there is something I can learn to improve my work.

Let Me Be Frank - CoverWhen I signed onto the Amazon author’s site, I saw this review for my second book, Let Me Be Frank:

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I’ve redacted the name in this review. I didn’t want to make this post about the person who submitted the review, I wanted to make it a teaching moment.

First, I looked at the review. It’s titled ‘Boring’ and starts out with the words ‘too slow’. This is valid criticism for a book and sometimes, in a detective novel, the pacing can be…

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – FREE book, Invitation to a Party and brilliant writers.

Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life
Blog with a view – on books, music, humour and health

Something for everyone.

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Welcome to the weekly round up and a reminder that What’s in a Name Volume one is FREE until midnight tonight. I am not part of the Kindle family although all my books are formated to be read on Kindles, Nooks and any other devices. So I don’t do the Kindle select promotions. However, most of you know we well enough to email me and that your information is safe.

About the stories

There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.

There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions…

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Food in the news – Acidity in mineral water and tooth enamel erosion.

Another interesting and helpful post from Sally Cronin.

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I was at the dentist recently for a check up and some restoration work on one of my teeth that had broken. The dentist noted that my teeth were exhibiting some acid erosion and that I needed to reduce the amount of fizzy and fruit drinks I was consuming.

I rarely have any fizzy drinks and I am pretty careful about fruit juices too and I decided to explore my acid erosion a little further. I tend to drink bottled water and filtered tap water in tea and coffee, and since the majority of the fluid I drink is water, I decided to check out the pH value which determines if a substance is acidic or alkaline.

WHAT IS pH BALANCE?

Health and energy and long life all begin with a correct pH balance. The pH balance refers to the acidity or alkalinity of every living organism. The scale for…

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Smorgasbord Invitation to an end of Summer House Party – Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August

I could use a good party, see you all there. ☺☺

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In a few weeks we shall be coming to the end of the summer holidays and I thought that as I am also approaching my fourth blogging anniversary, it was time to have a party.

I have already begun to prepare my guest list with those wonderful writers who have supported me throughout those four years. They will be appearing automatically with their details and links over the three days.

However, as with any good party there is also an opportunity to mingle and share contact details with others to promote your blog, books and social media connections.

There will be some music, personal recollections of my special guests and something to eat and drink…virtually of course.

This is a celebration of a community that never fails to warm my heart with its kindness and generosity of spirit. I hope that you will be a part of it..

I will…

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Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Carmen Stefanescu and Patricia K. Salamone

A 5-star line up from Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord-Variety Is the spice of life.

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Welcome to the first of the book review posts for the week and our first author celebrating is Carmen Stefanescu with Dracula’s Prodigy.

About Dracula’s Prodigy

Running from the hands of an abusive husband, on the verge of committing suicide, a series of strange events/apparitions make Linda reassess her life. She embarks on a thorough research regarding her unusual ancestor—Vlad, the Impaler, aka Dracula.

Can Linda discover the truth regarding Vlad among the countless malicious stories, exaggerated legends and whispered slander dating back to 15th century? Is he a hero, a brave protector of his hard tried people and country? Or a cruel monster feeding on the blood of those impaled at his order?

And is good-looking Jody really helping Linda regain her trust in men and love, or is he another evil envoy of a past that haunts her and threatens her life?

The most recent review for…

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#bookreview – The Italian Thing by Patricia Salamone

Thank you, Robbie. I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed reading “The Italian Thing” I am humbled by your kindness and honored that Michael is using it as his book term review.

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What Amazon says

Join me in my hilarious recount of how I explored my heritage during a more-than-memorable trip to Sicily. I detail our adventures and misadventures as my husband and I visited our relatives in Naro. I share how we got to know the locals, their customs and lifestyle, and how everyone seemed to think that “everything will be fine” no matter what troubles they were in. During those weeks, we went through culture shock despite the fact that we are both Italian. In the end, it was “the Italian thing” in all of us that made ours an unforgettable trip!

My review

“Everything will be fine”, they all said, and of course it was. A light hearted and most amusing account of an Italian America couple’s holiday to Naro, Italy. Patricia and Mike travel from Florida in the USA to experience life with Mike’s relatives. They are Italian…

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Our Review: The Italian Thing by Patricia Salamone @Pattisalamone #memoir

Thank you, Anita and Jaye. ☺☺☺

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51w58jGWq2L._UY250_.jpgJoin me in my hilarious recount of how I explored my heritage during a more-than-memorable trip to Sicily. I detail our adventures and misadventures as my husband and I visited our relatives in Naro. I share how we got to know the locals, their customs and lifestyle, and how everyone seemed to think that “everything will be fine” no matter what troubles they were in. During those weeks, we went through culture shock despite the fact that we are both Italian. In the end, it was “the Italian thing” in all of us that made ours an unforgettable trip!

Amazon Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/Italian-Thing-Patricia-Salamone-ebook/.dp/B00EL0AGIG

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Patricia Salamone was born in New York. Raised in the borough of Queens. She had five siblings including one brother that passed away in August of 2003.
The Italian Thing is her first published book although she has been writing since the age of 8 years…

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THE HAYES SISTERS—PART 21

“She was attacked as she was passing the alley of the Tea Room. She was stabbed and she has a slightly fractured skull. Apparently, she had the sense to fight back and scream. The Porter Henry that was finishing the cleaning at the Tea Room heard her screams ran out the back door and saw Gloria and the man that was attacking her. He started running and yelling at the assailant and apparently scared him off. Gloria was laying on the ground and Henry called 911 on his cell phone. Thankfully the responders were there within minutes and the police arrived shortly after that”. Clara saw a police officer sitting outside Gloria’s room.

“Is Gloria going to be alright”? Lena asked.

“Right now she’s unconscious, but, the doctors think she will pull through”.

“Did they catch her attacker”? Clara asked.

“The police can’t question her yet, but, the First Responders said she kept saying the word chef”.

“Chef? The chef from the Tea Room”?

“I don’t know, but, I think they went to question him”.

“You said she was stabbed, where”?

“She was lucky, apparently he tried to stab her in the stomach area but she put her purse which was quite large in front of her and the wound is not that deep. We are more worried about her head injury”.

“Did anyone call the police chief Marcus Kent”?

“I don’t know Ms. Hayes”.

“Can we see her”?

“I let you in for a few minutes but be prepared her face is pretty bruised up”. Nurse Dunn took the sisters into Gloria’s room. Her face was badly bruised and swollen, she was on oxygen and had several I V’S hooked up to her arm. Lena and Gloria were shocked. Lena started to cry. Clara put her arm around her sister and said; “Let’s let her rest, she’s going to be fine”. Nurse Dunn said there was some paperwork that had to be filled out and was hoping they could help. Clara told her not to worry she and Lena would take care of the hospital bill if Gloria didn’t have any insurance. The nurse asked for the nearest relative and Clara told her that it was an aunt but she didn’t know her name or where she lived, and, her mother had passed about two years ago, her father had also passed. Lena started to say something but Clara shot her a look and she stopped. Clara gave their address as Gloria’s home address. Nurse Dunn said she would call them if there was any change in her condition. The sisters left. In the car Lena asked Clara; “Who would want to harm that poor girl? Do you think Jeffery did it”?

“I don’t know Lena, but, I am going to call Marcus”. The sisters arrived home at five am., but neither one could go back to sleep. Lena put the kettle on and made tea. Clara called Marcus, but, was told he was not there. She left a message for him to call her. The ladies showered and dressed. The phone rang about eight am. It was Nurse Dunn letting them know that Gloria had come around and was going to be fine, but the doctors wanted her to rest and they could come and see her later in the day. Jack called right after Lena hung up with the nurse. He asked her if he could meet her about three pm., at her home, there was something important he had to do. She asked if he heard about Gloria, he said he had, and, would discuss it when he saw her.

Jack finally arrived, Lena let him in, they went into the kitchen where Clara was. “Sit down ladies I have something to tell you”.

“What is it Jack, you look ashen”.

“The reason I had to cancel earlier is that I called the state police to take over this case”.

“Why”? Lena asked.

“Because Marcus Kent is under arrest for the murder of Clem and attempted murder of Gloria, it’s a long story. I saw Kate Kent a couple of days ago and while we were chatting she mentioned that she was worried because there was a bottle of Potassium Chloride missing from the medicine cart. She was in charge that night and they can’t find it. I asked her what night it went missing and she told me it was the night Clem passed away. She remembered that Marcus had visited her that night and she had unlocked the cabinet and only stepped away for a few minutes to help one of the nurses with an emergency, but she wasn’t worried because Marcus was right there, however they didn’t discover the missing bottle until the change of shift. All of the narcotics were accounted for and she was thankful for that. She asked her husband when she got home if anyone came by the cabinet because it was open. Marcus told her he didn’t notice anyone, but, he was on his telephone and had his back to the cabinet while he was speaking. They made everyone check their pockets and looked everywhere but the Potassium Chloride was never found.

I knew Marcus wanted to buy Clem’s house. He’d been saving his money for years and figured when Clem was ready to retire he would sell it. Marcus knew Jeffery didn’t have any interest in it. Then Clem told Marcus about Gloria being his daughter but told him not to say anything to anyone especially Jeffery because he hadn’t told him yet. That’s when I really suspected Marcus. He visited his wife at the hospital which was not unusual, only this time he got his hands on a bottle of Potassium Chloride. He knew that injecting an overdose of it could cause a heart-attack because his wife was in the medical profession for years. The night he took Clem home he had the Potassium on him. He also had taken a syringe. He thought with Clem gone Jeffery would be more than eager to sell the house to him. He knew Clem would be at the Driftwood that night and when Clem got too drunk to drive he offered to drive him home, when Clem passed out on the sofa he injected the Potassium Chloride into his jugular vein, And, that, dear ladies is premeditated murder. That’s when I called the State Police. I gave them the information and they came over to talk with Marcus.

“How do you know he attacked Gloria”? Lena asked.

“Because when the state police questioned him he broke down and confessed everything.

I also met with Jeffery and told him about Marcus, and, about Gloria”.

“When”?

“About an hour ago”.

“How did he take it”?

“He was shocked, to say the least. I told him I was coming over here and I would see him as soon as I told you and Lena. If it wasn’t for you ladies Marcus would have gotten away with the perfect murder”.

“I knew Clem was too healthy to just have a sudden heart attack. Marcus’s family must be devastated. Poor Katie and the children”.

“You probably saved Gloria’s life as well”.

“I must confess I did consider her a suspect for a short time”.

“A short time”? Lena replied.

“Oh, hush Lena, you had your suspicions too”.

“Well, I guess that’s it for now. I am going over to see Jeffery, would you like to tag along? I think Jeffery would like to speak to both of you”.

“Yes, and we would like to visit Gloria if she’s up to it”.

“Jack, can I ask you a question”?

“What, Clara”?

“Nurse Dunn told us that first night at the hospital that the First Responders said Gloria said the word chef several times before she went unconscious”.

“What she was trying to say was chief, nurse Dunn, relayed that to the officer that was guarding her room and he called me. Between what I found after you insisted I re-examine Clem’s body, and then with nurse Dunn’s information. I started to put two and two together, so I called in the State Police. It’s the proper procedure in a case like this. And, I didn’t want him to bolt before he was questioned”.

Jack and the Hayes sisters left their house and walked to see Jeffery.

 

Post Script:

Jeffery and Gloria had a long talk. Another DNA test confirmed they were related. Jeffery was happy to know he had an older sister and Gloria was happy that she was part of a family. Jeffery and Gloria now run their Bed and Breakfast. Clara and Lena helped get them get started and brother and sister are doing fine.

Marcus Kent waved a jury trial, his family was devastated, and, his wife moved back to New York.

There is a new Police Chief in Cape May and the Hayes sisters are getting to know him, much to his dismay.