Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Thrillers John W. Howell, #FamilySaga Judith Barrow, #ContemporaryIrish Mary Crowley

Check out this post from the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore. It’s time to meet the authors featuring John W. Howell, Judith Barrow and Mary Crowley

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There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.

Meet John W. Howell

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His…

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All Of Your Questions Answered! (Some Of Your Questions Answered)

Check out this great Q&A with fantastic author Lucy Brazier from this post on her blog.

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The good people of social media have been bored enough to ask me things. You can read the full Q&A in all its glory here.

In the meantime, here are a few lockdown snippets just for you…

“Will there be a sequel to Who Shot Tony Blair?”

“Where will PorterGirl go next?”

“Sausages or bacon?”

“What will the next book be?”

“More Finnegans What?”

“What would be your box set of choice if you had to self-isolate?”

“Are there any plans for audio books of your works?”

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Writing Through Your Feelings Helps More Than Just You

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog that tells us: Writing Through Your Feelings Helps More Than Just You

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There are things we do not discuss on this blog. I do my very best to keep it within its intended boundaries. If you are here, it is because you are a writer hoping to make a difference with your words.

Right now, the aching and hunger for change in our world spans far beyond what words can describe. But as I just wrote, you are probably reading this blog because words matter to you, and you want the words you write to matter to other people.

Now is the time to remember that your words have power.

It may start with the words you write only for your eyes. But it can expand further. If you want it to.

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Changing Literary Styles (Part One)

Check out this post from Joan Hall via the Story Empire blog with Changing Literary Styles (Part One)

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today on this first day in June. Reading is still one of my favorite past times. There’s nothing like curling up on the sofa on a rainy day with a good book in hand.

Since becoming an author, I tend to read with a more critical eye, looking for ways I can improve my own work

Writing styles have changed over the years. Our vocabulary and choices of words are different than what they were a hundred or more years ago. People’s attention spans are much shorter, perhaps in part to the introduction of television in the mid-twentieth century. These days texting and instant messaging have become the norm. We like to keep communication short and sweet. Things that were once acceptable in writing are frowned upon these days.

Consider the opening paragraph from Last of The Mohicans, written in 1826 By James…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves – #Childrens – Hair Peace by Dawn Doig

Check out what’s new at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore. It’s a new book on the shelves – Hair Peace by Dawn Doig

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Delighted to share a new book for children by Dawn Doig, illustrated by Savannah Horton – Hair Peace.

About the book

Johanita wants to have beautiful hair like the other girls at school. Johanita’s hair is very short. When her mother takes her to the hair salon, Johanita tries a series of wigs out each day at school, but she can’t decide which one makes her look beautiful.

After a new girl starts at school, Johanita discovers that beauty comes in many forms and it isn’t your hair that makes you beautiful.

One of the early reviews for the book

Tope 5.0 out of 5 stars Embracing the beauty of Hair  Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2020

The story is centered around a girl of African descent who did not appreciate the beauty of her hair texture. Reminds me of growing up and how “chemically…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – #Free #Bookmarketing – New series – Share an Extract from your latest book.

Check out this great opportunity from the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore with a new series – Share an Extract from your latest book.

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Over the last few weeks I have been featuring authors and extracts from one of their previous books.

In this new series you can now share an extract of 500 words from your most recent book and it will be featured in a Saturday or Sunday post starting in the middle of June

The aim of the series

  1. To showcase your latest book and sell some more copies.
  2. Gain more reviews for the book.
  3. Promote a selection of other books that are available.

What will be in the post?

  • I will top and tail in the usual way with your other books and links, bio, photo and social media.
  • I will also select a review from Amazon or Goodreads that I feel has the best selling pitch for the book.
  • If your book is very recent and as yet has not received a review then I will share one from…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Childrens Toni Pike, #Dystopian Teri Polen, #Mystery Judith Penz Sheluk

Check out what’s new from the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore with author updates from Toni Pike, Teri Polen and Judith Penz Sheluk

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Welcome to the first of the author updates this week where I share recent reviews for the authors on the shelves.

The first author is Toni Pike for her children’s book Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space.

About the book

Brody Cody is almost eight years old and definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want a mother. His mother died when he was a baby but life with his dad is just perfect.

Brody is horrified when his father goes away to a publishing conference and returns with a wife, Pandora Smith, who is a children’s author. His life spirals out of control as he is forced to eat healthy food, do his homework and help with some chores.

Even worse, he and his friends suspect that his new stepmother might be an alien from outer space.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

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