Friday Roundup – 20th April

Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

Thanks to all the authors/bloggers below for their very useful information:

1.  Mollie Porein, guest on Nicholas C. Rossis’ blog, on how to market your books through LinkedIn:

2.  Hugh’s Views & News for these harsh blogging facts every new blogger should know:

27 Harsh Facts Every New Blogger Should Know About Blogging

3.  Just Publishing Advice with this blog about being wary of signing contracts with small publishers:

4.  Irevuo with 5 steps to drastically improve your writing:

5 Simple Steps To Drastically Improve Your Writing

5.  Steven Colborne for this heads-up on the new WordPress editor:

Changes are Coming to WordPress

6.  Ann Griffin for these tips for the self-published author:

7.  Kobo Writing Life with 5 traits that all successful authors share:

8.  Yecheilyah for these 6 ideas for busy bloggers:

6 Consistent Blogging Ideas for Busy Bloggers

9.  Kristen Lamb on diagnosing a real writer.  Thanks…

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April 19: Flash Fiction Challenge

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

I’m riding high in the dentist’s chair. This is not where I expected to be after fighting a cold-turned-sinus-infection since January. Two weeks ago, facial nerve pain drove me to find something stronger than my arsenal of herbs. That’s how I met Dr. Bob, local dentist.

Now, I’m sucking down nitrous oxide, preparing for the crack and pull of a tooth the dentist can’t save. If the sequence of age for a woman is maiden, mother, crone, I must be working on my crone’s smile now. Yet, I don’t want to be thinking about what Dr. Bob is setting up to do. As beautiful as the falling snow can be, neither do I want to be thinking about what’s falling outside the office window.

Instead, I turn my thoughts to the characters of Rock Creek. I wonder which one of them I’m going to torture with a toothache. Cobb came…

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A brief pause…

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Today will see  the start of the Silent Eye’s annual workshop in Derbyshire and so I will probably not be online for a few days. The workshop and the friends I will meet there will occupy me fully. Most of the time, I could say the same about the blog.

When I first began blogging, like most people I suspect, the stats were fascinating but they soon paled beside the human adventure of meeting people… touching and being touched by minds and hearts from across the globe. My inboxes are now busy every day, not just with official notifications, but with emails and messages from friends, readers and students. Some I have been lucky enough to meet in person, others are friends yet to be met. Most I will probably never be blessed to meet in person, yet their lives and mine have brushed past each other on these…

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Friday Writing Question: If I couldn’t be a writer, I’d…

Story Empire

Happy Friday, SEers! You’re with Mae today and I’m breaking out a writing question to get some conversation going. This one isn’t about technique or promotion, but rethinking the writing life. We all know it’s a tough gig, not for the faint of heart. We’re in this because we love what we do, regardless of the hurdles. Most of us have dreamed about writing professionally for a long time. For me, those dreams started in childhood.

Little girl in red cape plays superhero, standing on rooftop and looking down on city in distance beneath sunset sjy

Along the path there were other things that attracted me too. At one point I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist, another time it was a paramedic. If you know me, you’d know both of those professions would make horrible choices. I flirted with other interests, but writing was always my driving ambition. For a regular paycheck job, I’ve been in real estate and marketing my entire professional career, but every now…

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The Rites (and Wrongs) of Spring

Audrey Driscoll's Blog

Spring has settled in and I’ve done the usual things associated with the season: edging the perennial beds, distributing enriched compost, cutting the grass, seeding tomatoes (indoors), cutting down old dead stuff, and, of course, pruning. Pruning is always a challenge, often involving ladders, rose thorns, and holly prickles. Then there’s disposal of the trimmed off stuff — more thorns and prickles.

But now all that’s done, and the deadheading and watering phase hasn’t started. The garden is looking pretty good (except for certain spots to a discerning eye). Time to list the good and the less-than-good (i.e. bad) things I’ve noticed so far.

The Bad

  • poppy pagoda to protect blue poppies from winter rainAll except one of the blue poppies (Meconopsis) perished over the winter, despite (or maybe because of) being transplanted to deluxe quarters in half-barrels last autumn. Even the specially built roofs on legs, intended to protect them from winter rain, didn’t do the…

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#ThrowbackThursday: Tales From The Garden by Sally Cronin @sqc58

#Throwback Thursday is a wonderful way to revisit old favourites, especially when the author is about to launch the sequel!  Look out for another magical Tales from the Garden this summer…


Tales From the Garden small- Cover

About the Book
Fairy Stories for children of all ages, from five to ninety-five, that will change the way you look at your garden, forever….
With over 80 photos/illustrations, “Tales from the Garden” by Sally Cronin, reveals the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees.
You will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories.
The guardians who have kept the sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found a home here.

Ebook versions Available at 50% discount only via Moyhill Publisher site:

Amazon UK:

Our Review

Have you ever walked around your garden, enjoying the birds, insects and lovely flowers and wondered if magic could be hiding there? Sally Cronin obviously has, for this enchanting book explores the magical goings on in her own garden.

From the stone guardians and fairy folk, each tale is full of hidden worlds and magical places. Each one a miniature fairy tale of priceless gemlike proportions.

I especially enjoyed the many illustrations that accompany each tale, and reading this book encouraged me to relax and let my imagination take me on a magical journey through this wonderful garden.

It will probably change the way I feel about my own garden forever.

About Sally Cronin.
Sally Cronin spent a number of years in each of the following industries – Retail, Advertising and Telecommunications, Radio & Television; and has taken a great deal of inspiration from each.
She has written short stories and poetry since a very young age and contributed to media in the UK and Spain. In 1996 Sally began studying nutrition to inspire her to lose 150 lbs and her first book, Size Matters published in 2001, told the story of that journey back to health. This was followed by another seven books across a number of genres including health, humour and romance. These include Just Food For Health, Size Matters, Just an Odd Job Girl, Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story, Flights of Fancy anthology, Turning Back the Clock and Media Training.
For the last two years Sally has written a daily blog covering the subjects close to her heart and it is called Smorgasbord Invitation – Variety is the Spice of Life. You can link to it from here:

All books available in print and E-versions
Connect to Sally on social media.

The Creamiest, Cheesiest most comforting Mac ‘n Cheese you’ll ever eat.

Neesi's World


Mac n’ Cheese is an all time fav’ for many, especially kids. I found this recipe really easy to follow and time saving, not to mention, REALLY TASTY .


  • 1 packet of elbow macaroni/the normal straight cut macaroni
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons (53g) all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups (1.2 liters) whole milk
  • 700g sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 250g Gouda cheese, sliced and chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet, then drain; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to combine, then cook for 1 to 2 minutes, whisking constantly, until the mixture is a light golden brown colour and beginning to emit a nutty smell.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and slowly whisk in the milk until smooth. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5…

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