Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Sue Coletta, Robbie and Michael Cheadle and Deanie Humphrys- Dunne

Wonderful line up from the Smorgasbord Variety is the Spice of Life. Sally Cronin offers many wonderful books by excellent writers.

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Welcome to the first of the Cafe Updates this week and the first author with a recent review is Sue Coletta for her thriller novella – Hacked.

About the book

Shawnee Daniels wrongly assumes she’s being punished for innocently hacking the Police Chief’s photos. Okay, maybe not-so-innocently, but someone had to expose him for the dog that he is. When she arrives at the mandatory computer seminar, the FBI enlists her help in stopping a serial killer who’s remotely hacking vehicles while the owners are behind the wheel.

Why he’s targeted these people remains a mystery. None of the victims frequent the same places, some don’t even live in the same state. The only commonality is they all drive Fords.

When Detective Levaughn Samuels is taken hostage—his life teetering on the edge of a high-speed chase—there’s nothing Shawnee won’t do to save him, no line she won’t cross. And when…

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Smorgasbord Short Story – Halloween Sunset, Let the Party Begin by Sally Cronin

A delightful, Bootiful story, ☺☺☺

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Halloween Sunset, Let the Party Begin by Sally Cronin

Bethany looked around her cosy cottage and smiled with satisfaction. The lanterns around the walls glowed eerily;candlelight flickering through fangs and gaping wounds in the flesh of the pumpkins. The table was laid with fresh baked treats; the result of many hours toiling over her wood stove. A large pot now bubbled away on top of the said appliance. A wonderful aroma of rosemary and thyme filled the air with an enticing promise of tender meat and dumplings.

Of course you could not have a Halloween party without lots of sweet pastries and candies, and these too added atmospheric colour to the festive table. Blood red velvet cupcakes competed with the dark chocolate of the Devil cake, and green whipped cream  glistened in a skull shaped bowl.

Her friends would be arriving shortly; making their way carefully along the path in…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Dionne Warwick, Posts from Your Archives and Elephants

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William Price King

William takes us through the dramatic events of the 1970s when Dionne Warwick parts ways with long-term music collaborators Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Writer in Residence

Paul Andruss with a companion piece to his post last Friday on the Glastonbury Zodiac.

Cook From Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor

Carol took simple olive oil and evolved it into some delicious dishes that should keep the whole family happy. Cannot thank her enough for all her hard work.

New Series – Sally’s Book Reviews

I will be reviewing a book each week on a Saturday (possibly more days if I can).I am sorry that I cannot except books to review as I have a TBR stretching out the door.. but I hope you will enjoy. This week it is my review for Judith Barrow and A Hundred Tiny Threads

The Ultimate Bucket List

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The Desolate Garden…..FREE

Patricia K Salamone .5 out of 5 stars Riveting Spy Thriller
ByPatricia Salamone October 22, 2015
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is filled with intrigue, mystery, tradition, love and more. It is a spy thriller steeped in mystery. Danny Kemp will take you on a journey you will never forget. His characters are interesting but riveting. When H. digs into his family history and discovers secrets, spying, lust, murder, and romance, yes romance. I recommend this book to everyone, and it will not disappoint, The ending will knock your socks off.

I have already started another book of Danny Kemp’s “What Happened In Vienna Jack” and can not put it down.

Well done Mr. Kemp, you have gained a loyal reader.

The words of Danny Kemp.

The Desolate Garden (the book that was under a five-year option to become a $30 million film, is being offered by my publishers free of any charge until 2nd November. It is the Kindle version.


I have a couple of requests to make.

If you have read this book PLEASE take the Kindle. That way you become a Verified Amazon Purchaser and (here comes my second request…. You will be able to…PLEASE leave a review.

Amazon is far from stupid, they know that Kindle Readers (the machine, not those blessed people who read the written word) number less than those who read Kindles. That’s why they advertise this…


Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle…

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Smorgasbord – Posts from Your Archives – Cherry Street and Mr. Miller by Penny Wilson

An excellent story.

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Delighted to welcome Penny Wilson with her post today about a special street where happiness and coloured wallpaper were to be found.

Cherry Street and Mr. Miller by Penny Wilson

The best thing about living on Cherry Street was Mr. Miller. Mr. Miller owned 8 or maybe it was only 6 run down little houses. The upper row faced Cherry Street and the bottom row faced Beverly Drive. I can remember us living in 3 different of his houses at one time or another.

Mom waitressed most of the time, raising 4 of us kids. It was hard on her, I’m sure. Mr. Miller’s houses weren’t fancy, but they were there when we needed them. I’m sure my mother and Mr. Miller developed a relationship of sorts after a while, since we had rented from him on numerous occasions.

I don’t remember a lot about how Mr. Miller looked, except…

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Smorgasbord – Posts from your Archives – The King’s Wish by Robert Wertzler

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Welcome to the series where you can share four of your links from your archives here on my blog to a new audience. Perhaps posts that you wrote at the beginning of your blogging experience that deserve another showcase. If you have book promotion posts then please contact me separately for other options. Details of how to get in touch with me at the end of the post.

Today a story from Robert Wertzler with a moral clause.. If you had one wish and one wish only what would you wish for… and how could you use it to your best advantage against another?

The King’s Wish by Robert Wertzler

Once upon a time there lived a king. He was old and said to be very wise. He had an enemy, a neighbouring king. They had been at war for a very long time, with no end in sight. There…

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Holiday Book Magazine

A great opportunity for writers.

Cindy's Notebook

Hop on over to my Page “Holiday Magazine” and see the information I need if you wish to have your book(s) listed in the 2017 Holiday Gift Magazine I will be sending to all my newsletter subscribers.

If you participate by having your book(s) in the magazine, I will give you a pdf file of the magazine to share with your newsletter subscribers.

This is a great way to promote your book(s) FREE of charge…well, you will need to spend a little bit of time getting me the information for the magazine then sending it out to your readers.

The more that participate the more circulation your books will have!

And, I will feature a book a day on this blog throughout the Holiday Season!

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Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Cruelty to Others – Veronica’s Experience

I hope all who read this include some Bullies and see how they can destroy the spirit and life of those they bully.

Random Bits of Trial and Error

Some brush it off as, “Bullying is part of life.  We all go through it.”  Unfortunately, that is true, but it’s still no excuse.  Bullying has pushed its way into social media, magnifying the range of devastation to its victims.  It has ruined people’s lives, reputations, and it is pushing kids to the point of suicide.  In my niece’s small Ohio town, seven children, ranging from 13 to 19, have committed suicide in the last few years.  I’m veering from my usual RVing posts to address and share my niece’s experience growing up in this small town.

Here are Veronica’s words:

“Before I start, I want to put a disclaimer down.  I don’t want people to feel bad for me.  I’ve come to live with it.  I am also not looking for attention.  I am here to help.  I want others to see things really do look up when you…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – The Big White Balloon by Patricia Salamone

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Today Patricia Salamone shares one of her posts from her archive that reflects the innocence of childhood. Patricia has also written some wonderful serial stories since she began blogging.

Please head over and enjoy them. More about Patricia and her links later.

The Big White Balloon by Patricia Salamone

The year was 1950. The place was Maspeth, New York. We lived in the house on 73rd. St. There were four of us. Myself, almost 7, my two older sisters, 8 and 10, and my brother, 5. It was summer, and in those days the only recreation we had was summer school. The local elementary school was open to all children. They offered arts and crafts. Knock hockey. Checker Tournaments. Basket Ball, Potsy or if you prefer it was also called Hop Scotch, and every day they would put the showers on and everyone was allowed to cool off running through…

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