Smorgasbord Reblog Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Tales from the Irish Garden,” by Author, Sally Cronin

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So thrilled to receive this review from Colleen Chesebro for Tales from the Irish Garden. Most of you are writers and whether it is short story, blog post, poem or a novel.. there is that breathless wait to see what readers think about your outpourings..  I hope you will have the time to head over and read if you missed on Wednesday thanks Sally

book review logoTitle: Tales from the Irish Garden

Amazon Author Page: Sally Cronin

Illustrated by: Donata Zawadzka

Publication Date: September 24, 2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Romance, Fantasy



“The queen of Magia and her court have fled their sun-filled Spanish homeland and the palace beneath the magnolia tree.

Arriving on the backs of geese and swans, they seek sanctuary in the magic garden of The Storyteller who welcomes them to the Emerald Island, a place where rain is almost a daily feature.

Grateful for…

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Thursday photo prompt: Glimmer #writephoto


This is my entry for Sue Vincent‘s, of The Daily Echo Thursday Photo Prompt. #writephoto

Last Glimmer.


The one

Last Glimmer

Burned through the dawn

We’d all given up hope

Of reaching the safety

Of civilization

All of our hopes dashed and broken

Fuel on empty the engines cut out

We went down in sight of the city lights.

The aliens had bought the virus here

Unknowingly, they meant us no harm

They taught us how to save our world

To treat Nature with respect

Then came the plague

The cure found too late

For the one last

Glimmer of



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Safe Harbour…



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Safe Harbour

Be who you are.

What if I don’t like

Who I am?

How do I step

Out of my own way

Create a new me?


To find a safe harbour

From myself.

In the end

I am, what I am…

©Anita Dawes

#Writephoto: Glimmer

Thank you to Sue Vincent for another lovely #writephoto prompt!



Image by Sue Vincent




My aunt once told me about an old legend about the woods in Sleepy Hollow, Hampshire. If you go there at midnight, you might be lucky to get a glimpse of your future. I thought it was nonsense, but would try anything once.

It was beautiful there. Fingers of moonlight danced between the trees, lighting the path before me, so far no strange manifestations, no flickering phantoms.

The deathly silence gave me a chill. Aunt and her strange stories, I told myself. Then I noticed a light shimmering to my left.  You could be forgiven for thinking someone had dropped a handful of sequins. Thing is, they hadn’t reached the ground. They danced between the trees, heading for the cliff edge where I didn’t like to go, not being good with heights. I had no choice; I had to follow the faint flickering as best I could. I knew it was leading me.

The trees now behind me, and there she stood, right on the edge of the cliff. Long dark hair, slender, wearing a pink summer dress. From what I could tell, she could be in her mid-twenties. Why was she contemplating her end?

What could I do?

I heard my aunt’s voice in my head,  Don’t shout, think of something. I noticed a large stick lying on the ground. Picking it up, I used it as a crutch. Lifting one leg, I moved closer so she could hear me.

“Miss, please, I am lost and hurt, I need your help.” I heard myself pleading, “Please turn.”

Once more, I called,” Miss, please…”

She turned.

The moment I saw her face, those dark eyes and tears on her cheeks, her soft lips trembling, I knew I would marry this vision, my own woodland nymph.

Slowly she moved towards me and helped me back to the road. I couldn’t let her go and I didn’t. Twenty years later and we are still married.

You see, I believe the light that led me to her was her soul, her spirit, calling for my help…

©Anita Dawes



Book Review: “The Rose Shield” Series by D. Wallace Peach


Diana Wallace Peach has just released her latest series (The Shattered Sea) which made me feel guilty that she’d managed to produce another couple of books while I was still failing to crack on and talk about her previous epic. I’ve been meaning to write a comprehensive review of the Rose Shield tetralogy (one more than a trilogy, in case you were wondering) for ages but things kept getting in the way, not least the amount of time it took to read them in the first place; this is a substantial story (over 1200 pages in total) but I promise you that there’s no padding. I was tempted to frame it in the context of one young girl’s rise from poverty and disfigurement to Power and Influence but it’s much more than that. It’s set in a world on a knife-edge that’s about to undergo a series of…

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When I’m Sixty: A Guest Post by Hannah Lynn, Author of Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin

Linda's Book Bag

Peas Book Cover

Being of a certain age and fast approaching a ‘big’ birthday, I’m delighted to welcome Hannah Lynn to Linda’s Book Bag today. As part of the launch celebrations for Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin, Hannah has written a wonderful guest post for me to share with you today for when she’s approaching the same birthday as me.

There’s also a super giveaway from Hannah that you can enter at the bottom of this blog post.

Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin is available for purchase here.

Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin

Peas Book Cover

When George Sibley dies, his only son, Eric, has no idea that his inheritance will come with conditions. Now, if Eric is to ever get his hands on his father’s treasured Aston Martin, he must somehow juggle his hectic career and family life in the city, with regular visits to the small riverside town of…

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What Turns You Off?

Stevie Turner

I (and I am sure you are too) am bombarded every day by emails informing me about hundreds of blogs waiting to be read out there in Cyberworld.  Some I will read, but there are some where even the content of the email turns me off, let alone the blog.  I’m sure you have your own list,  but in the meantime here’s my list of 10 email notifications, messages and blogs that will turn me off from the start:

1.  Blogs and emails that are written in bad English.

2.  Emails/notifications/blogs where EVERY OTHER WORD IS IN CAPITAL LETTERS.

3.  Many email notifications from the same blogger who has obviously posted multiple blogs on one day.

4.  Blogs/email notifications with bad spelling or grammar.

5.  Facebook notifications telling me somebody has added me to a FB group that I had not asked to join.  I will tend to be very…

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Tree Magic

Being in Nature

While I was in hospital the big old tree that dominates my new garden developed its full cover of greenery in the warm spring weather.  Sitting inside as I let my body heal I am spending hours looking out into this tree.   DSC_0101

While the tree seems to be exuding some gentle yet powerful healing magic it’s hard to photograph from inside the house.   It’s only when I get outside underneath the branches that I can fully appreciate it’s majesty.

I have no idea what species this tree is other than knowing it is not an Australian native because it is deciduous.     I also have no idea how old it is but it could well be over 100 years old.   I live in the old part of a town that was first settled by whites in the 1850s.  The little cottage I live in is nowhere near that old…

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#NewRelease ~ The Emissary 2 : To Love Somebody by @MarciaMeara ~ Book Info & Short #Extract

Between the Lines ~ Books’n’Stuff

I’m delighted to welcome Marcia Meara with the info on her new release and a short extract.

Thank you so much for having me here today, Cathy! I’m so excited to be sharing the release of The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody with you and your followers. The great review you gave the first book of this trilogy definitely inspired me to continue the story of Jake, Dodger, and Azrael, and I hope you’ll enjoy this middle book just as much. I tried to provide all the laughs–and tears–the first book had, along with a few sneaky surprises here and there.

I also hope the blurb and short excerpt below will tempt some of your followers to check out this little series. Both Book 1 and Book 2 of the trilogy are quick, easy reads, which are definitely not meant to be taken as serious religious dogma. Rather, they are…

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Someone told me to just let go. If it comes back to you, it was always yours. So I picked myself up from the bathroom floor, and held onto him.

Locked the front door.

Never was a fan of unnecessary steps… Just skip the complex and get to what’s next.

Stuffed my fingers in between the jealousy. Plugged my ears when he’d disagree.


refused to believe

that if my hand suddenly released,

I’d just have to….wait and see?

Relinquish control of my own destiny?

No…. That didn’t seem productive to me.

Way more inclined to watch my knuckles bleed, then dig my nails in his chest, and force his head against my breast. Said he needed a break, so I’d break every bone he tried to rest with a grip resembling death. Fist compressed. Muffled, squashed, and squeezed him into faithfulness, and I guess…

Trying not to let go…

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