#BOOK REVIEW ~ Conflicted Hearts by D.G. Kaye

Conflicted Hearts

Debby Gies‘ aka author D.G. Kaye‘s book, Conflicted Hearts, moved me in ways I can barely explain. Below is my review, which I also posted to Amazon. If you aren’t already familiar with Debby and would like to learn more about her, please visit her sites:

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Conflicted Hearts by D.G. Kaye reads like a personal conversation between two best friends. The level of intimacy shared by the author is second to none of any self-help book I’ve read to date; and I’ve read many.

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I refer to Kaye’s memoir as a self-help book because it reflects timeless struggles we all share and reveals the author’s many attempts at dealing with them – some successful, some not.

Kaye draws us into a world of deep and conflicting emotions, where she struggles to find balance and a semblance of inner peace. Her mother – demanding and narcissistic – thought only of herself and disregarded the needs of her family, especially those of her children and husband. This propelled the author, the eldest of her three siblings, to step up to the plate and act the parent. In so doing – coupled with also attempting to meet the needs of her mother and father – she forfeited her childhood. As an adult, it took many years for her to reconcile her own needs with those of her mother.

The candor and intimacy shared by the author often brought me to tears, as I reflected on the similarities in my own life. I had read a few chapters when I had to put the book down due to illness. When I picked it up again a few weeks later, I became so engrossed that I read straight through to the end.

For me, the mark of a good book is one that pulls us out of our rote way of life and immerses us in another world, broadens our imagination, heightens our level of awareness, or deepens our life experience. A book that does two or more of these is exceptional. Conflicted Hearts is one such book. It left me emotionally stirred in a very positive way.

Any book that moves me to reflection is a book I will always carry in my heart. Thank you, D.G. Kaye, for this timeless gift …

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Other books by D.G. Kaye:  

P.S. I Forgive You

Have Bags, Will TravelWords We Carry

Meno-What?

This Is Getting To Be A Habit (Book Reviews)

What a delight to see Andrew Joyce‘s review of my new novel on his blog. Oh my; is he in danger of becoming a frequent blogger? Better get Danny on the case  🙂

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This review is short and to the point. if you want to know more, buy the book. You’ll be glad that you did.

I was hooked from the first paragraph. Phoebe has an indomitable spirit. I was rooting for her throughout her quest and her ordeals. As the tension builds, I found myself riveted to the page . . . and then the next page and the next. I read this book in two days. I could barely put it down when outside forces demanded my attention. There is also an underlying metaphysical angle to the narrative that only enhanced the pleasure I experienced while reading this wonderful, wonderful story.

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The link: Buy on Amazon

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Too Much On the Plate – Guest Post by Charles E Yallowitz…

Author Charles Yallowitz is a guest on The Story Reading Ape, discussing the gazillion things he accomplished last year, short of losing his mind! Perhaps saying the ‘white shower thingy’ because you can’t remember the word ‘soap’ is an indication that you have a bit too much on your plate. But then, Charles has plans for an equally brilliant 2017. Hop over to Chris’ blog to learn more about this amazing author …

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

2016 was a busy year filled. So many holidays that closed school, family events, health issues, bouts of depression, unexpected disasters, and I’m sure I’m missing other categories. Yet, somehow I managed to publish 4 books, write 5 books, write 1 short story, write 1 novella, outlining at least 10 other stories/series, and a couple hundred blog posts. This is on top of getting my son ready for school, running errands, doing laundry, cooking dinner, grocery shopping, helping my son with homework, and everything else that shows up. You might think this is a weird way to start this blog post, but I want to see if I can get you as exhausted as I am.

*Pause because I apparently have to do all the bedtime stuff alone.*

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I’m routinely told that I should take a break, but I’m horrible at listening to this advice. So here I am as…

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Guest Post – Author, Tina Frisco

I want to thank Jan Sikes for featuring me on her lovely blog and giving me the opportunity to introduce my new book to her followers. Please visit and take a peek at Jan’s award-winning books. She is an exceptional author 💖

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Meet my guest today, Author, Tina Frisco. tina-4a

She has a brand new book release and I am happy to share it here.

Thank you for inviting me to be a guest on your blog, Jan. I appreciate this opportunity to talk about my new book, Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire.

Vampyrie is not your typical vampire novel. It’s based in science and brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility. Although the book is not part of a series, two primary characters from my first novel, Plateau, play major roles.

One day during my morning walk, the word Valkyrie came to mind. As you may know, a valkyrie is one of a host of female helping spirits of the god Odin in Norse mythology. Depicted as both loving and bloodthirsty, valkyries decide who lives and who dies in battle. They also assist Odin in transporting…

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Introducing: Sunrise Editing Services…

Author Andrew Joyce spells out the reasons why writers should have their work professionally edited. He introduces his editor, Emily Gmitter, whose rates are very reasonable. Speaking metaphorically and from personal experience with Emily, she will find a needle in a needle stack! Hop over to The Story Reading Ape‘s blog for the details, and check out Sunrise Editing Services. It will be well worth your time …

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I’ve been lucky enough to have three of my books become best-sellers on Amazon, and two of them have won prestigious awards. I only tell you this because I want you to know that I am serious about my writing and will not publish a book until it is free of errors, and that means not until it has been edited many, many times.

I am also associated with another writer that you may have heard of, the famous (or infamous) Danny the Dog. He is also serious about his writing.

One thing both Danny and I agree on is that a writer cannot edit his or her own work.

Let me repeat that: YOU CANNOT EDIT YOUR OWN WORK!

Excuse me for yelling, but it is important that I get that thought through to you.

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Andrew Joyce, #Author

Andrew Joyce is the best-selling author of the Huck Finn series and Yellow Hair. He is currently working on his is next book, tentatively entitled, Mick Reilly. I’m thrilled to have him as my guest today. Welcome, Andrew! 

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Tell us a little about yourself.  Ain’t much to tell. I write books and I like to drink vodka a little too much. Oh, and I live on a boat (have been for forty-two years) with my dog, Danny. I mean I’ve been living on boats that long, not that Danny is forty-two. But to hear him complain, you would think he was that old.

What is the title and genre of your latest book?  Yellow Hair. Yellow HairHistorical Fiction

Tell us a little about Yellow Hair. Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just at the time that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage written about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in this fact-based tale of fiction were real people and I use their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century. This is American history.

What inspired you to write it?  The inspiration for the book came to me when I was reading a short article and it made reference to the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862. It also mentioned that the outcome involved the largest mass execution in the history of the United States. That piqued my interest.

When I started my research into the incident, one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was documenting the entire history of the Sioux, who are also known as the Dakota, vis-à-vis the relationship between them and the United States.

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Book 1: Huck Finn series

What inspires you to write in general? Everything. It could be a song title, a line from a song, something I read, or just an offhand remark by someone I met at a bar. Once it was sunlight rippling on the surface of the water on a cool, crisp November morning.

When and what did you first start writing? One morning, about six years ago, I went crazy. I got out of bed, went downstairs, and threw my TV out the window. Then I sat down at the computer and wrote my first short story. Just for the hell of it, I threw it up on a writing site. A few months later, I was informed that it had been selected for publication in an anthology of the best short stories of 2011. I even got paid for it.

What authors have most influenced you? John Steinbeck, Louis L’Amour, Jack London, and Robert B. Parker just to name a few.

How do you write; outline or free flow? When I have an idea for a novel, I know the first sentence and the last paragraph (more or less). Then I sit down and start to tell the story. But the finished product is always different from what I envisioned. Sometimes I will take my characters to a place and they will rebel and take off on their own. Then I have no choice but to follow where they lead.

What genres do you like to read? Most. No romance for me. I’m
much too macho for that.

In what genres do you write? All genres.

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Book 2: Huck Finn series

Where and what time of day do you like to write? I prefer to write in the early morning hours when things are quiet. I usually get up around 2:00 a.m. and go to work. The commute is not long . . . only a few steps to my computer. I write until I run out of words. When I’m hot, I can knock out 6,000 words in three hours. But then I have to go back and edit them into something people would want to read. That can take up to two days.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? My problem, if you can call it a problem, is that I have too many words in my head. Apart from my novels, I have 150 short stories almost ready for publication and another thirty that I’ve started but don’t have the time to finish—at least not at the present time. But if I was affected by writer’s block on occasion, I’d cure it with vodka.

How do you schedule your time between writing and keeping your physical life together? I have no life other than writing. Unless you count walking my dog a few times a day. It’s the only exercise either one of us gets.

Do you have other publishing credits? Yes. One of my short stories entitled John, Kris, And Me, was included in a book (an anthology) titled: Best of 2011. It’s a compilation of short stories.

E-book or paper – do you have a preference? Paper.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? Reading.

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Book 3: Huck Finn series

What advice would you give a new writer? Read, read . . . and then read some more. Read everything you can get your hands on! Reading to a writer is as medical school is to a doctor, as physical training is to an athlete, as breathing is to life. When one reads stuff like the passage below, one cannot help but become a better writer.

“The afternoon came down as imperceptibly as age comes to a happy man. A little gold entered into the sunlight. The bay became bluer and dimpled with shore-wind ripples. Those lonely fishermen who believe that the fish bite at high tide left their rocks and their places were taken by others, who were convinced that the fish bite at low tide.”—John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat

AND: Never, ever, ever, ever respond to a negative review!!!

What do you wish to say to your readers? Thank you for reading my books.

What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? For Yellow Hair, I hope my readers come away with a new and profound sense of our history. What we have done is so much more egregious and deplorable than I could have ever imagined. Genocide is genocide. Doesn’t matter if you call it Dachau or Wounded Knee.

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I hope you enjoyed learning more about Andrew, his writing process, and his books. Please visit his sites, like and share. Thank you for stopping by  ❤

Learn more about Andrew:  Website   Blog   Amazon   Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn   

Meet Guest Author Adele Marie Park…

Adele Marie Park is a guest on The Story Reading Ape, where she talks about her magical childhood and the incredible adults who fostered her creative spirit. Her debut novel, Wisp, is “a detective, murder, dark fantasy, love story, and set in a world that I built.” Hop over to Chris’ blog and read more about this wonderful author …

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adele-marie-parkHello, Chris thanks for inviting me to talk about myself on your blog.

I came to write this piece and froze. Thoughts of “my mind has gone on holiday” and I’ve forgotten how to string a sentence together”, invade my mind. However, as with every story there is a beginning, middle an end.

I was brought up on an island called Rousay. It forms part of the chain of islands called the Orkneys

My uncle owned a farm and my aunt was the district nurse, but that simple sentence is bare. It doesn’t tell you about them or just what they did for me.

My uncle Tommy was, in my eyes, a magician. He taught me how to bond with animals, how to drive the tractor, the land rover which left us with some hysterical memories. He taught me how to shoot at cans with my Diana air rifle and…

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#Authors – If you’re SERIOUS about Marketing in 2017 – Read this article…

Christopher Graham with some very good advice for authors … Chris is an ace in the blogosphere, and his posts are widely disseminated. If you haven’t taken advantage of his promo opportunities, the beginning of a new year would be a good time to do so. Join Chris and swing through the jungles of promotion with The Story Reading Ape 😊

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My good friend and author Tina Frisco kindly included my contribution in a recent post on her blog.

However, in case anyone didn’t get the hints I gave, let me be clearer.

I created my blog, in April 2013, to be a FREE TO USE Independent Author Promotions Platform and Resources Hub for author’s, writers, poets and readers.

Since it started, the viewing stats have stunned me:

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As you can see, 2016 saw a staggering (to me) number of blog visitors and followers, leading to viewing stats exceeding 500,000 over the year(as of 29th December).

Note: the number of direct WP followers = 4,000+, but because I use WP Publicize to upload also to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, the blog has a total number of followers = 10,500+ (many of who re-share the posts on their blogs and/or other media)

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Spotlight on #Blog Visions for 2017 ~ New Year’s Delight

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I’ve thought for some time now that I’d like to have a theme for my blog. Many of the blogs I follow have themes I find most enjoyable. I’ve asked several of these folks to be my guest, tell us what they envision for their blog in 2017, and include their images and links.

I want to thank all of those who responded and wish them great success in the New Year. They are listed below in alphabetical order by first name. Please visit their sites, like and follow, and perhaps download a book or two. Enjoy! 

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Allan HudsonAllan Hudson ~ South Branch Scribbler

2017 will see the South Branch Scribbler hosting a variety of authors with some artists, photographers, and musicians. I have a lineup of terrific folks for the first three months of the New Year and am adding more weekly. I will be trying some different things in regard to formatting as well as featuring selected authors for back-to-back posts and serials.Dark Side of Promise

I have started a new page called The Detective Jo Naylor serial, where I will adding chapters to an ongoing story I am writing.  My main goal is to showcase some of my writing occasionally, but my favorite posts are of other authors; I get to read a lot of great stories. I know the struggle all too well in trying to find a new audience. I receive tremendous pleasure from showcasing authors, hoping they might at least find one new reader. At present I’m getting over a 1000 page views per week from all over the world, and I’m Wall of Warvery excited. I extend to all of you an invitation, should you like to be a guest. Send me an email if interested: aandghudson@live.ca.

This is the cover for my novel, Wall of War, to be published in Spring of 2017. Thank you, Tina.

Allan’s Links:   Blog    Amazon   Facebook  Twitter   Google+   

The Story Reading ApeChristopher Graham ~ The Story Reading Ape 

Many thanks to Tina for inviting me onto her blog to promote my blog.

As many of you know, I created my blog to be an Independent Author Promotions Platform and Resources Hub (Click and read HERE)

Since it started, the viewing stats have stunned me:

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As you can see, 2016 saw a staggering (to me) number of blog visitors and followers, leading to viewing stats exceeding 500,000 over the year (as of 29th December).

Note: the number of direct WP followers = 4,000+, but because I use WP Publicize to upload also to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, the blog’s a total number of followers = 10,500+ (many of whom re-share the posts on their blogs and/or other media).

Sadly to date, only a few of the 500+ writers in my Authors Hall of Fame have made the effort to use this independent promotions platform beyond their Introductory Guest Author posts; so, because 2017 has the potential of even greater viewing stats, I encourage all writers who are in my Authors Hall of Fame, to reap the benefits of this level of potential promotional exposure. HOW?  CLICK and READ HERE  How do new writers get into the Authors Hall of Fame? CLICK and READ HERE

Chris’ Links:  Blog   Twitter   Google+   LinkedIn   YouTube   

Colleen ChesebroColleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

I have two blogs. Fairy Whisperer is my main author blog. I like to share book reviews from the Indy authors I have read, my poetry, and interesting fairy nymph lore. On January 3, 2017, I will release my The Heart Stone Chroniclesdébut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. Book Two, The Meadow Fairy is well under way, with my intention to publish by Autumn 2017.

I also host a weekly challenge called Tanka Tuesday, a chance for poets to share their love of poetry in the form of a Tanka poem. Join me on my other blog, A Mindful Journey, where I am learning to be kind to myself through yoga and exercise, weight loss, spiritual awareness, and mindfulness.

Colleen’s Links:  Blog   Blog   Amazon   Twitter   Facebook   Google+   Instagram   

Danny the DogDanny ~ Danny the Dog

Hello all you neophytes out there. It is I, Danny the Dog, come to bring you into the New Year with a little class.

First, I must thank my hostess, Tina Frisco, for having the perspicacity to invite me here today. She’s one smart cookie! I mean, who else but the great Danny the Dog could lead you into a new world, a strange world, a world where up is down and down is up? A world known as 2017.

Tina told me that the rules—or the guidelines, if you will—for this post Danny the Dogwere to be what I, as a blogger, will be doing in the coming year. Well, that’s easy. I’m gonna do what I did last year. I’m gonna reblog everyone else’s hard work. Why should I kill myself writing new stuff and searching the internet to find appropriate pictures to go with my posts? You guys do a great job and I thank you for it. Tina also told me my piece was to be one paragraph. Sorry, Tina, but once I open my big yap, I find it hard to shut up.

P.S. I was informed that I could promote my services or beg for treats if I gave up a paragraph for the cause. So, if anyone has need of a good doggie, I’m available.

Danny’s Link:  Blog   Facebook    Andrew’s Links:   Website   Blog   Amazon    

D.G. Kaye AuthorDebby Gies ~ D.G. Kaye Writer

Thanks for inviting me over, Tina. I think it’s important to set goals for ourselves; and although some plans may change sporadically, our goals at least allow us to have some structure.

I’ll continue my Friday Authors with a New Book series, my Sunday Book Reviews, and my author guest posts; but they won’t be every week. My weekly posts will be restructured, because  I’ll be taking a break come February and part of March in order to relax and rejuvenate. 2016 took a lot of wind out of my sails trying to keep up with life, book writing, my husband’s illness, and other interferences. But I still plan on visiting Facebook to post updates, photos, and maybe a few short videos while on vacation, so my readers won’t think I’ve abandoned them.P.S. I Forgive You

In March I’m heading back to my beloved Arizona, and I’m sure I will post at least once weekly. In April I’ll resume scheduling authors with new books, as well as posting book reviews, ‘memoir bytes’ – snippets of life – and articles on tips and gadgets I find useful and interesting. I’ll be working more with video and hopefully doing some podcasting. I’m also aiming to complete my next book by summer 2017. Then Fall will bring re-writes, edits, and publishing. Before I know it, it will be Christmas again!

Debby’s Links:  Blog   Amazon   Twitter   Facebook   Google+   LinkedIn   Goodreads   Pinterest   Instagram   

Hugh W. RobertsHugh Roberts ~ Hugh’s Views & News

So, what do I envisage for my blog in 2017? I’m planning a brand new feature, which will be promoting bloggers over the entire year. I haven’t invited guests as I’ll be making the selections myself during the course of the year. I’m also bringing back ‘Hugh’s Weekly Photography Challenge.’ This proved to be very popular on my blog during 2016; only postponed because of the time I had to dedicate to getting my first book ready for publication. I am also planning lots more posts containing blogging tips. Again, these posts proved very popular during 2016, and I always enjoy sharing blogging tips and advice that work for me.Glimpses

I’ll be participating in writing challenges, which will go on to create new Short Stories. I will also be participating in photography challenges to satisfy my growing interest in photography. Books will also feature on my blog, including my ‘Book Of The Month’ that showcases a book and its author. As a member of the Bloggers Bash committee, I’ll also be promoting the Bloggers Bash to be held in London on June 10th, 2017. I’m sure lots of ‘off the cuff’ posts will also appear as and when events unfold or when something happens that prompts me to immediately write about it. Humour? Yes, there will also be plenty of laughs, as well as the occasional look at posts that dwell inside the archives of Hugh’s Views And News.

Hugh”s Links:  Blog   Amazon   Twitter   Google+   LinkedIn   Goodreads   Pinterest   Instagram   

Janice WaldJanice Wald ~ Mostly Blogging

Tina asked what I envision for my blog in 2017. I have several goals. 

1. I recently published
an eBook. I hope to continue my monetization efforts. Building a Successful Blog
2. I would like to try to increase my Pinterest traffic. I have already
started making changes to my graphics and hope to reap the rewards in 2017.
3. I plan on using a virtual assistant more often since I am getting busier. 

4. I have heard bloggers consider my site a resource, which gives me great joy. I would like to see Mostly Blogging become an even greater resource for bloggers, and I plan on implementing that goal.

Janice’s Links:  Blog   Amazon   Twitter   Facebook   Google+   LnkedIn   Pinterest   Stumbleupon   

Judith BarrowJudith Barrow ~ Judith Barrow

In 2017 I’m looking forward to interviewing other authors who write in the same genre as me: family sagas. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but with my publishers releasing the prequel to my trilogy in August, it seems an apt time to buckle down and concentrate on that. Around July, I’ll be starting my usual interviews with authors who will be attending the annual book fair that I organise alongside my friend and fellow author, Thorne Moore. It’s a lot of work but great fun and will take place on the 23rd September. This year we’ve changed to a bigger venue so will be hosting around forty authors at the Narberth Book Fair.Living in the Shadows

I tutor creative writing, and every now and then, I post something one of my students has written. I’m hoping to do more of that next year; there’s plenty of great material comes from my classes. In between I want to add more blogs about our holiday apartment. I’ve written a few accounts of the visitors we’ve had over the years, mostly humorous, and they have been well-received. Reading back on this, it does all seem slightly ambitious. But as long as I can manage on four hours sleep each night, who knows; I might succeed in doing it all.

Judith’s Links:   Blog   Amazon   Twitter   Facebook   Google+   LinkedIn   Goodreads   Pinterest   

Mira PrabhuMira Prabhu ~ Metaphysical & Mundane Musings Of A Maverick Female Scribe Krishna's Counsel

Well, the description of my blog is “the metaphysical and mundane meanderings of a female maverick writer,” and that’s what the blog will continue to express – both mystical and mundane aspects that appeal to me or that excite my need for self-expression. I write spiritual novels and my passion is for eastern mysticism; but I also enjoy many ordinary aspects of life, and my blog reveals all these facets of my personality.

Mira’s Links:   Blog   Amazon   Twitter   Facebook   Google+   LinkedIn   

Sally CroninSally Cronin ~ Smorgasbord Invitation 

There will be a few changes to my blog in 2017. I will build on my author promotion platform, center it around Sally’s Café and Bookstore, and simplify promotions to only two. The first will be for the 120 authors in the Café who release a new book or enjoy a great review. They will be assured a place to announce and showcase. The second will be for authors who are not yet in the Café and are new to the blog. They will be included in the seasonal reading post and their books will then be posted to the Café. I will continue Café updates and seasonal reading posts throughout each week.

New collaborators will be introduced. Author Paul Andruss will provide an article on a variety of subjects Tales from the Gardenevery fourth Thursday. William Price King will continue to provide jazz and classical music in a weekly post.

I will continue with the Sunday Interview, my own health posts, humour, and videos. I will change to a bloggers review three times a week instead of many reblogs each day. And I will continue writing The R’s of Life on the blog, which has just four chapters to go. That will be followed by another short story collection and three other books for release over the year. The one thing that is very important to me is that Smorgasbord retains its variety… the spice of life.

Sally’s Links:   Blog   Amazon   Twitter   Facebook   Google+   LinkedIn   Goodreads   Moyhill Pub   

Sherri MatthewsSherri Matthews ~ A View From My Summerhouse

Thank you so much Tina for featuring a few words about my blogging/writing plans on your wonderful site! I had to think hard about this, as in almost 4 years of blogging, my plans have gone rather pear-shaped more than once. I never schedule a post, because life with an Aspie brings different, daily challenges and I need to be flexible. (I have posted a few articles about Asperger’s Syndrome).

I used to post three times a week, but my blogging suffered in 2016Slices of Life while I worked on those dreaded revisions of my memoir (Stranger in a White Dress), the first draft of which I began 3 years ago. When my lovely mum suffered a stroke in March (she is recovering, thank God), and my darling dad died in July, blogging came to a standstill. Since I returned in October, I post when I can, about every 2 to 3 weeks, until I get back on my blogging feet.  But I am still chasing the dream: God willin’ and the creek don’t rise, my goal is to hit my revisions hard in the New Year, keeping hope alive that 2017 is the year I publish at last. Whether blogging about my life as a Brit living in California, my English garden, my alcoholic dad and our crazy adventures, history and travel articles, photo challenges, 99 word flash fiction, and featuring Guest Bloggers, I aim to keep the dust from settling on the Summerhouse and the writing flowing, rain or shine.  At least, that’s the plan.

Sherri’s Links:  Blog   Amazon   Twitter   Facebook   Google+   LinkedIn   

Teagan Riordain GenevieneTeagan Ríordáin Geneviene ~ Teagan’s Books

 Hi, Tina.  When you asked me what I saw for my blog in 2017, my inner TV screen went black.  I still don’t know what I intend for Teagan’s Books.  When I started my blog at the end of 2012, I did a few posts.  By 2013, I wanted a theme — something more than just talking about my début novel (Atonement Tennessee) each week. That’s how the first of my serials began — The Three Things Serial Story, a Little 1920s Story.                                                                                  

The narrator of this novella is Pip, a young flapper with a gift forThree Things Serial Story getting in the middle of adventure. The Three Things Serial was followed by two more serials with Pip as protagonist. However, those also became culinary mysteries.  My intention is to put them into book format as well, and release at least one during the first quarter of 2017.

So, while I can’t see what I plan to do at my blog in the new year, I am planning things for my books.  As always, I hope the drain that comes with my “real job” and earning a living will finally subside and allow me to finish one of my many novels in progress, including Atonement in Bloom. 

Teagan’s Links:  Blog   Amazon   Twitter   Facebook   Google+   LinkedIn   YouTube   

Tess Karlinski Teresa (Tess) Karlinski ~ How the Cookie Crumbles

Every New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start. I don’t like resolutions because I suck at them. When asked what I envision for my blog for 2017, I paused. Hmm. Envision? My imagination is ocean-wide but I plan to keep this short. My modus operandi has always been by the seat of my pants and JIT (just-in-time). This year I’ll buckle down—get serious—I must.

My immediate plans are to:Palpable Imaginings

  • Continue re-posts of the best highlights of my China adventure.
  • Share new travel adventure posts coming late May. Yay.
  • Rejoin weekly Blogbattlers.
  • Initiate Newsletter sign-up with a free giveaway. Yes, moi. Blush.
  • Publish 26-story collection (imminent).
  • Prepare cover reveal.
  • My blogging schedule will take a hit as I concentrate on getting this book moving.

An aside: My story, The Woodshed, was published December 21st in Short Fiction Break along with almost 400 others. Read this amazing and outstanding collection.

Tess’ Links:  Blog   Twitter   Google+   LinkedIn   

Terri Webster SchrandtTerri Webster Schrandt ~ Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

I am so happy to be included on Tina’s blog today to share my blog plans for 2017! My blog has evolved slightly in the 2.5 years I’ve been seriously blogging.  Although my niche is writing about leisure and lifestyle, I also share blogging tips and enjoy photography challenges, all while educating readers about leisure, “one blog post at a time.”

I rebranded my blog in 2016 and also delved into the world of self-publishing, gathering various subjects together for potential eBooks.Better Blogging with Photography In July, I launched my first eBook, Better Blogging with Photography, a
compilation of posts and information on how bloggers can utilize their own images to maximize their blog/website. I am also working on my next eBook tentatively titled, How Midlife Women Reclaim Their Leisure Time, for publication next Fall.

I will continue to share exciting photos, follow and read other bloggers who have self-published books, and actively review and share their work. I started a new link-up called Seasonal Sensations that is themed to the season-du-jour. Winter Wonders is still taking your links! I hope you find new inspiration for your own blog as the New Year begins!

Terri’s Links:  Blog   Amazon   Twitter   Facebook   Google+   LinkedIn   

Zoe the Fabulous FelineZoe the Fabulous Feline ~ The Life and Times of Zoe the Fabulous Feline

Greetings! Tina has graciously invited me here today to talk about myself and my blogging plans for 2017. My name is Zoe, and I am a cat author. Just to be clear, I am not a human who writes about cats. I am a cat who writes about humans, or, more precisely, my adventures around them. On occasion, I reblog interesting articles and posts I have found along the way. So, my plan for the coming year is to continue this activity, but I also aim to help my human, whose name is Emily, expand her editing services business.

She’s inclined to look for errors in just about every piece of printedEmily Gmitter material that crosses her path. And she finds them! She does this without even realizing she’s doing it. In fact, she drives me a bit crazy with her love of words because she is always finding something to edit, somewhere, somehow. She has edited three different Amazon best-sellers, one of which has been awarded a couple of prestigious accolades—Book of the Year and Best Historical Fiction of 2016. So, if you find yourself in need of an editor for your work, check out Emily’s website. By the way, I hear her rates are very reasonable. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but I think it’s good.

Thank you, Miss Tina, for your kind invitation!

Zoe’s Links:  Website   Facebook                                                                                Emily’s Links:  Website   Facebook

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the 2017 blog visions these fabulous folks have contributed. Again, please visit their sites, like and follow, and perhaps download a book or two. I wish each of you a peaceful and prosperous New Year. And as my friend, Tess, reminded me: It’s coming soon on a calendar near you.  😊

Until the next time, my friends . . .  Namaste ❤ 

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Before you begin that crash diet in the New Year!

Sally Cronin is a nutritional therapist with years of experience. She developed her own comprehensive approach to weight reduction when it became critical for her personally. This article is the introduction to a series she will be featuring on her blog. Her book, Size Matters, is a superb reference and guide for anyone wishing to reduce their weight.

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Smorgasbord Health 2017

I will be repeating my weight reduction programme again in 2017. The programme is designed around your body’s needs rather than your desire to get into a size or two smaller. From a nutritional perspective it is vital that when you are removing unwanted weight that you still provide your body with the nutrients that are essential for health.

However before you make plans to buy the latest wonder diet products you might like to read this first.  You can reduce weight healthily and safely and a great deal cheaper by cooking from scratch and by taking moderate exercise.

The “diet industry” is worth billions of pounds/dollars a year. The body is 100,000 years old or so – yet it is only really in the last 50 years that we have been told by experts that we have been doing it all wrong for the last 99,950 of them…

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EDITING 101: 18 – Writer’s Block…

Susan Uttendorfsky brings us Part 18 of her Editing 101 series on The Story Reading Ape. The focus is writer’s block, and she lists 14 ways to attempt breaking through. I love it when an editor helps the harried writer hike the hurdles.  🙂

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Writer’s Block

Ok, so maybe you’re not quite done writing. Maybe you’re stuck. Horribly stuck, and you have no idea where to go next in your book. You are so completely, terribly, frantically stuck that you can’t even write a darn thing! (Yes, that’s a lot of “ly” adverbs there, isn’t it?

What now?

Aha! Super Susan to the rescue. I can’t say I’ve ever been there, because I don’t do a lot of writing. But I can imagine how horrible it is, and I’ve read a lot of threads in LinkedIn writing groups talking about writer’s block. So I’ve stored up quite a few hints and ideas to get you over the hump. No, not Hump Day—that’s the Geico® camel*…

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Who Has a New #Book? Featuring author Tina Frisco

Fellow author and dear friend, Debby Gies, interviewed me on her blog and featured my new novel, Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire. I hold Debby in the highest regard as both an author and human being. She is kind, generous, compassionate, and brilliant. I am very grateful to be among her honored guests.  ❤

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I’m thrilled to feature friend and author Tina Frisco as my guest today, and to introduce her newly released book, Vampyrie.

Tina is a beautiful soul whose compassion for humanity shows up in her words in all of her writing. Tina is a spiritual person who advocates for kindness and many causes for animal and human rights and justice. You can visit Tina at her blog TinaFrisco.com where you will find many inspirational posts. Tina has many accolades to her credit. She is a registered nurse, a singer/ songwriter, an activist, a student of Shamanism, author of Plateau, Gabby and the Quads, and now her newest book, Vampyrie.

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About Tina Frisco:

Tina Frisco is an author, singer-songwriter, RN, activist, and student of shamanism. Born in Pennsylvania USA, she attended nursing school in New York and lives in California. She began writing as a young child and received her first guitar at age 14, which launched her passion for music and songwriting. She has performed publicly in many different venues. Her publishing history includes book reviews, essays, articles in the field of medicine, her début novel – Plateau, her children’s book – Gabby and the Quads, and her latest novel – Vampyrie. She enjoys writing, reading, music, dancing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, and frequently getting lost in working crossword puzzles.

Vampyrie by Tina Frisco

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The Blurb:

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility. Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell? Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor? Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, Plateau, join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in Vampyrie.

A Note from Tina about the origins of this book:

“Don’t let the title fool you. This is not your typical vampire book. I’m incapable of writing a book without a spiritual bent. Vampyrie also has a basis in science, specifically medicine. I’ve always been intrigued by the myth of the vampire and often have wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. My background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science, how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as a physical disorder or disease.

Today we’re going to get to learn a little more about Tina and her newest book. I’m excited to find out Tina’s approach to her writing, and certainly more about this already ‘hot selling’ book!

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“THE TRUTH SHE KNEW,” AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, JENNIFER OWENBY

Colleen Chesebro interviews Jennifer Owenby. Her book, The Truth She Knew, is a powerful story about how mental illness and abuse affect a young one’s mind, emotions, and spirit …

Did you ever read a book and wonder what the motivation was behind the author who wrote it? Me too!

So, I decided to contact the author, Jennifer Owenby to find more about why she wrote “The Truth She Knew.” Please click HERE to read my review of this book.

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Here’s what Jennifer Owenby had to say:

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Here’s the back cover blurb:

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“A bittersweet story of young love independence, and soul-crushing manipulation. J.A. Owenby shines a light on the impact that mental illness can have on a family.” —Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff, Ph.D., Professional Life Coach

Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me.

For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.

But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.

Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth.”

The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.

Why did you write The Truth She Knew?

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