Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 30th July 2018 – Margot Kinberg, Hugh Roberts and #Reviewer Linda Hill Book Bag

Great selections.

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Welcome to the first of this week’s blogger daily and a small selection of posts that I have enjoyed.

The first post is from crime and mystery writer Margot Kinberg on the subject of Happy Endings and how those who read crime (murder stories) still have an expectation of sorts, despite the circumstances. Certainly I know I like to feel that there has been some form of resolution with justice served, but Margot would love to hear your views. An interesting post for all writers since the ending of our stories can be where we let our readers and ourselves down. Margot shares some excellent examples from some of our favourite mystery and crime writers.

The thing about crime stories is that they involve, well, crime. Often (not always) that crime is murder. So, crime fiction fans don’t expect things to go smoothly and happily in the books they read…

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If the Truth Be Told

Another great book by, Daniel Kemp.

Gabriel Constans

The Story That Had No Beginning by Daniel Kemp.
Reviewed by Gabriel Constans.

51eGvdQIgBLTom Collins, and his sister Alice (Alicia), are twins who were separated into foster homes when they were 8 years of age. As adults, they’ve taken different paths. Tom becomes a thug, in and out of prison, and Alicia is a famous photographer, care of the graces of her mentor and mother figure (Mary O’Donnell). The Story That Had No Beginning, takes a close look at these siblings as adults, and explores their lives together with friends, co-workers, and acquaintances, and the inter-connections that take place. What appears to be straight-forward, and obvious, may or may not be so.

Mr. Kemp has written a superb crime story, with the actions, thoughts, feelings, and consequences of the main characters being told by way of deceased Tom Collins, who can see into the past. Tom says, “All…

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His Memory Corner For Milly

“You should never lose your childish innocence”. Beautiful, Jenni.

A Teacher's Reflections

A “Memory Corner”

made for Milly

from a child who adored her.

A favorite birthday photo of them together,

laughing and wearing a silly hat.

Tiny treasures carefully and lovingly arranged,

and a note that reads:

“Dear Milly, I hope you are having a good time
in heaven.”

Jennie

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Images to make you #Smile and #Memory Games

Time for some laughs from Sally. Enjoy!! I did. ☺☺☺

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Memory Games

What was its name?

Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, “Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?”

“Outstanding,” Fred replied. “They taught us all the latest psychological techiniques-visulization, association-it made a huge difference for me.”

“That’s great! What was the name of the clinic?” Fred went blank He thought and thought, but couldn’t remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, “What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?”

“You mean a rose?”

“Yes, that’s it!” He turned to his wife. . .”Rose, what was the name of that clinic?”

Passion.

Two police officers saw this old woman staggering down the street, stopping her they can tell she has had far too much to drink and instead of taking her to jail they decide to just drive her…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Summer #Sale – #Children’s Books, #Thrillers #Fantasy – Charles E. Yallowitz, John W. Howell, Jemima Pett, M. J. Mallon and Diana J. Febry

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Welcome to the third of the Summer Sale posts with discounted books by authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore. There is one more sale posts scheduled for the 20th of July.

Some of the books from Monday 9th may still be on sale so worth checking:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-brigid-p-gallagher-hugh-w-roberts-jacquie-biggar-and-victoria-zigler/

And from Friday 13th (lucky for some): https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-99p-99c-children-ya-poetry-african-adventure-lucinda-e-clarke-darlene-foster-natalie-ducey-and-annette-rochelle-aben/

All the spaces have now been filled but if you have any of your books that are FREE in July there is still some room on those posts.

Wednesday July 18th and Saturday July 21st – Spaces filling up quickly

Just let me have the link to the book on Amazon or Smashwords and the dates the book is free … I will have all your other details on file.. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

The first author today with a discounted offer on his latest book is Charles Yallowitz – Quest of the Brokenhearted…

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A Trip to Remember – Part 1 of 8

I am off to Italy…again. Thank you for sharing, Don. Looking forward to the series. It brings back some wonderful memories. ☺☺☺

Author Don Massenzio

My wife, daughter and I just experienced the trip of a lifetime to Italy. It was memorable on several levels.

First, as Catholics, we were able to journey to the ‘home office’ and experience the rich history and tradition of the religion we’ve belonged to since birth.

Second, as an Italian, I was able to get a glimpse into the history of my ancestors and understand my background just a bit better.

Third, as a musician, I was able to sing with a top-notch choir in some of the most historic churches in Europe.

Last, but certainly not least, I was able to experience the trip through the eyes of my 10-year-old daughter.

I’m going to break the trip down by each day with pictures and anecdotes. As I lost my phone on the third day of the trip, I’m relying on photos taken by many of my co-travelers.

I…

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These Are My Wishes For You

A beautiful wish that was shared with me and I would like to share with all of you.

Penny Wilson Writes

*This is a quote that my BFF gave to me years ago.  I’ve always treasured it and I keep it on my fridge with a magnet.  Once in a while I will remember to stop and read it.  I did that yesterday.  Every time I do this, it stops me in my tracks.  A wonderful and beautiful sentiment.  I want to share this beautiful wish with you.  May your life always be as blessed.

These Are My Wishes For You–  

“May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.

May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

May you find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.

May you find enough inner strength to determine…

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An Italian Journey: Writing And Healing

Join Sherri and her husband on a wonderful trip to beautiful Italy.

A View From My Summerhouse

September arrived and with it, any thoughts of writing vanished.   My birthday; a long-awaited holiday.  Both beckoned.   But somewhere in the space between early spring and autumn’s first flush, everything blurred into one big smudge of I can’t face it.

We heal, eventually, from family illness and loss, but scars do not disappear. And something, at some point, has to give, even if only for a short while.  My long-burn writing dream never died, but in the deep, silent part of me, my ability to focus, to write, lay in tatters.

So I retreated into long walks by the sea and drinking wine in my garden, listening to the birds singing their sweet September song.  I offered up my writing, like a bird held gently in both hands, and I let it go and watched it fly away.

And then, with gentle persuasion, I took Hubby’s hand and I flew…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Scout Pilot of the Free Union #SpaceOpera by Will Macmillan Jones.

Great new choices from Sally’s Cafe and Book Store.

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Very pleased to welcome Will Macmillan Jones to the Cafe and Bookstore, with his latest release, and his other books for children and adults. Scout Pilot of the Free Union is the first in a new collection of Space Opera novels.

About Scout Pilot of the Free Union

Captain Frank Eric Russell is captain/pilot of a Valhalla Class Star Destroyer – until there is an embarrassing incident during a diplomatic mission to the border with the Imperium. Disciplined by being transferred to the Reconnaissance Unit of The Free Union’s Star Fleet, he finds himself assigned to an outdated Speedbird Scoutship. The missions are less prestigious, less rigorously overseen – and a lot less safe.

Threats, terror and mortal danger lurk behind every planet and asteroid as Frank tries to survive the life of a Reconnaissance Unit Scout Pilot patrolling the barely defined border between The Free Union and the Imperium…

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FREEDOM

 

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They go by air and by sea to a foreign land

The heat and the dust burns their skin

They go not to fight but to lend a hand

In their hearts, they carry freedom on their shoulders

They carry weapons in their eyes you can see honor

They leave behind their wives, husbands, children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters,

Aunts, uncles, cousins, girlfriends, boyfriends, the safety of their home, their jobs, home

cooked meals, holidays with their family and friends, seeing the birth of their children.

They follow in the footsteps of their ancestors before them, many will not return, but

they will persevere and in the end, their honor and bravery, and the freedom they carry in

their hearts will rise up. The ones that have gone before them and have not returned are

there beside them shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart reminding them that freedom is not

free. So this holiday season when you are celebrating with family and friends doing the

things you are free to do, in your heart honor the men and women who have

made that possible for you.