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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Smorgasbord Health 2017

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. ☺☺☺

anita dawes and jaye marie

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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