Sunday Book Review – New Reviews for Twenty Years: After “I Do” and Words We Carry/Conflicted Hearts

Sunday Book Reviews

 

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

 

Today’s Sunday book review, I’m invading this space usually reserved for books of other authors, but I wanted to share a few new reviews I was elated to find on Amazon for 3 of my books. Just to re-iterate: Reviews are like receiving gold for authors. Thank you for taking the time to review books after reading.

 

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Twenty Years by D.G. Kaye

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In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

 

Marian Beaman

January 1, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

As I closed the last chapter in D. G. Kaye’s latest book, I felt as though I had just had a conversation with a friend about aging and marriage. In Twenty Years After I Do, Debby reflects on love and changes through the aging process, as her subtitle suggests.

My own husband is slightly younger than I, but I could relate to the author’s personal experience in dealing with her mate’s hearing loss, illness and the challenges of retirement. The author does not sugar coat problems, but readers can expect down-to-earth solutions in this combination memoir/self-help book. Indeed, she affirms, marriage is a like a plant that needs feeding, nurturing, and caring so it will “thrive and continue to bloom.”

Writer Debby advises from a place of deep affection. It is obvious she has married her best friend, one who dubs her variously as Cubby, Cub, and Deb, depending on the circumstances. And yes, couples will fight, she admits, but the partners must learn to fight fair. Her magnanimous nature comes through in this startling statement: “Just because I’m not talking to him doesn’t mean I won’t cook him dinner.” (81)

The author’s early years with a narcissistic mother have left an imprint on all her relationships, including the supreme one with her beloved husband Gordon, twenty years her senior. Yet, in this 108-page book she has translated life lessons from her potentially crippling childhood into the wisdom of happily married life.

Her secret? This author/marriage partner has made a study of her husband, not as a scientific specimen, but as the man she loves body, soul, and spirit.

 

P. Wight

January 3, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
on October 21, 2017
I really enjoyed reading this “raw” from the heart memoir. The author’s style is easy to read, like having a conversation. She does not hold back when describing how difficult life was being raised by a narcissistic mother and a father who was unable to protect her. Looking forward to reading the next book in the story of her life. So refreshing to read a memoir written with such courage and passion!
Words We Carry by D.G. Kaye

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What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?
D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth.
Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.

 

on January 5, 2018

As a writer, I have immense respect for fellow writers who share their personal journeys and challenges with the sole intent to help ease the burdens of others. In Words We Carry: Essays of Obsession and Self-Esteem, Author D.G. Kaye not only shares her very personal journey to self-worth, she does so with an enlightened, grateful heart. Personally, I loved Kaye’s candid, engaging, and often times humourous writing style. This is an incredibly personal read and one that offers guided hope and encourages self-reflection.

Our lives are shaped by our experiences; every encounter, every moment holds the capacity to build us or break us. Our resiliency to endure and overcome, in large part, correlates with how we see ourselves, how we value our self-worth. Kaye doesn’t profess to be an expert on this topic; the value of this book lies in the authentic approach in which she shares her personal journey. Our self-esteem and personal acceptance are intrinsic to a life of fulfillment, a life of joy. Our ability to celebrate our unique qualities and embrace our imperfections is not a simple endeavour, but it is possible. Amazing things transpire from this inner peace, and this memoir is a testament to that truth. Daye brilliantly shares her journey to self-love, her tenacious spirit shines bright, her words are an offering of hope for those who may be struggling to chart their own course. Her approach is genuine, her encouragement sincere. She is in your corner! A highly recommended high-star read!

 

Thank you for reading and reviewing!

Share Your Short Story – January 2018 | Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

Writing Opportunity!

Newsworthy notes

 

 

Stevie Turner is generously inviting writers to submit your short stories once a month to her blog to be showcased and one winner each month will be announced and featured in her newsletter! And as a bonus, entries will be added to an anthology at the end of the year! Check out this opportunity!

 

Share Your Short Story – January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Authors can share their short stories (less than 2000 words please) or poetry, and it won’t cost you a penny! The stories or poems can be on any subject, but please keep them reasonably family friendly. At the end of every month I will pick my favourite one and share the link in my newsletter and on my Facebook and Twitter pages. I look forward to reading your efforts. Winners will receive the laurel below to add to their story.

There was no winner for December, as there were no contestants!  Fair enough, Christmas came along and you were all busy.  Let’s have another go for January…

SHORT STORY LAUREL JANUARY

 

Please add a link to your story in the comments section of this blog.  Thank you.  You have until 28th January to submit your stories.  When I have enough winning stories, I will promote them in a free anthology (with the consent of every author involved of course!).

Here’s a seasonal poem I’ve worked on recently:

WINTER IN MY GARDEN, BY STEVIE TURNER

Silver tendrils snake along

The shed, the hedge, and over the pond.

Jack Frost’s crept stealthily overnight,

And left on the grass a blanket of white.

. . .Please continue reading

 

Source: Share Your Short Story – January 2018 | Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

Lazy Days Book Tour with Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie – Book Promotion

#LazyDaysTour by Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie @jaydawes2

#Family #Adventure

Lazy Days by Anita Dawes, Jay Marie

Jenanita (Anite Dawes and Jaye Marie)are two wonderful writers and sharers of the works of other authors. They are currently running a promotion and blogtour on their latest collaboration, a memoir called Lazy Days, which I’m happy to help them share.

 

Guest post Bio Anita and Jaye

 

Two years ago, when I first started hearing about Indie publishing, I never thought it would be something I could actually do, as the thought of anything to do with a computer filled me with dread.

I had been writing for years, and submitted my work to most of the mainstream publishers. Very nearly made it too, but as they say, a miss is as good as a mile! Which was a shame, for many people liked what I wrote.

So it didn’t take long for the idea of doing it yourself to become something I was determined to do. I enlisted the help of my sister, Jaye, as she is far more computer literate than I. More stubborn too!

What Jaye had to learn was incredible, and unbelievably hard. I tried to keep up with her, but there were days when even she was pulling her hair out. Some of it was easy, which tended to lull us into a false sense of achievement, but we persevered.

Eventually, we learned how to upload one of my manuscripts to Amazon, and I was finally a published author. (Well, sort of)

We didn’t stop there. We wanted to upload my other books and create paperback copies too, proof positive that I was truly a writer. One little success meant there could very well be others, and that was the best incentive in the world.

Learning how to do all that was a nightmare, but soon, four of my books were on Amazon and we were like a couple of Cheshire cats. We were tempted to stop there; after all, I now had four paperback copies of my books on my shelf, as well as the Kindle editions.

But we soon discovered that this was only half of the battle. Apparently, you need a platform, a reader friendly website to promote my books or they would remain in limbo. Then there was all the socialising and networking. So many writers were publishing their own books; we were a very small pebble in a very large pond!

We managed to create a passable website and established a presence on the internet. Not that this is the end of the story, there is no way you can rest on your laurels (that is if you even have some!)

Even if nothing monumental comes from all our efforts, we know we have tried our hardest. But we won’t stop writing, for that’s the fun part!

 

Lazy Days, Anita Dawes, Jaye Marie

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Blurb:

 

Lazy Days…

This travelogue is the true story of our family’s first proper holiday back in the Seventies. Looking back, I wonder what made us think it was a good idea, but despite all the things that could have gone wrong, we had a fantastic time. I was the Skipper most of the time, and for some reason decided to record our adventures in a small notebook. We were young and without husbands, Anita was a widow, and I was glad to be rid of mine. (and that is another story) Money was precious and scarce back then, but all the saving and sacrifice turned out to be worth every single memory we all cherish.

 

This notebook has been treasured and kept safe, despite numerous house moves and family disasters, as a symbol of our courage and determination. Renting a boat on the Norfolk Broads could so easily have been one of the stupidest things we had ever done, but even after 40 years, we have such good memories of that time.

Over the years, we often thought of making it into a proper book, but along with everything else in our often-complicated family life, it was something we never got around to. Until just recently, when I was looking for some old photographs, found the now fragile notebook and knew it was time.

It wasn’t as easy as we imagined it would be either, for our logbook writing skills left a lot to be desired, but there was just enough information entered on those pages to get us started.

 

Excerpt:

Friday

 

Everyone is awake early. When I stagger into the galley, Anita is busy making packed lunches for our trip into Yarmouth. I could hear some sort of argument going on in the girl’s cabin, but it didn’t sound too serious and no one was crying, so hopefully, it wouldn’t ruin our day.

The boys have finished their breakfast and were having a noisy game of Connect Four.  When the winner, usually Darren, makes his brother’s counters fall from the machine, the clatter is deafening. Then Stephen accuses Darren of cheating which always starts another row, and I wait for it to start. At this rate, nobody will be leaving the boat today.

Anita appears and tells them to put the game away. ‘Go read a book, or do something in your cabin. I have to sort out the girls and their breakfast.’

And good luck with that, I thought, as I go to pump out the bilge. By the time I had finished and walked the dogs, peace had descended. Judging by the dirty looks passing between both girls, the problem would be aired again later.

 

We walk to the main beach and sit in the sun for a while. We find it too hot to sit there, so walk along to the Britannia Pier.  The tanning competition has turned out to be a disaster, as most of us are turning a vivid shade of pink. Heidi’s poor little face looks like it’s been in the oven!

Yarmouth has two piers, but The Britannia was by far the most popular, with amusements, rides, dodgems and a ghost train.  One thing is for sure, our legs will probably end up a lot shorter with all this walking!

There is a lot going on in Yarmouth, with amusement arcades, roller skating, a model village and the Sea Life Centre. The boys have a pony ride and Darren loved it, but from the look on Stephen’s face, he wished he hadn’t  bothered.

Anita Jr. kept winning on the ‘Play Your Cards Right’ machine and her mother beat every score on the ‘Test Your Road Skills’ machine. This is quite remarkable, considering she hadn’t passed her driving test yet.

The rifle range was a riot. Most of us couldn’t hit a barn door, but it was a lot of fun trying.

 

On our walkabout, we come across this huge sports complex, very posh and expensive looking. It has swimming pools, a solarium, sauna, squash courts and bowling. I think they must take their recreational pursuits seriously here in Yarmouth.  The largest pool has this fantastic machine which creates huge waves which run the length of the pool, once every hour.

Everyone is excited about the swimming pool, although I wonder how strong the waves will be. I have swum in the sea as a child when it has been a bit rough, and I know how much a strong wave can hurt or knock you off your feet. Once an hour is a long time to wait when you’re a child, so we explore some of the other surprises this pool had to offer. All along one side, the pool extends into a series of channels all created to look wild and natural. It was only after we had drifted into one of these, we realise there was a strong current pulling us along. It was a strange sensation and not one I liked much at first.

Then a siren sounded, heralding the first wave. I had no idea what would happen. Would there be the one big wave or a series of smaller ones culminating in the big one? We were about to find out.

 

Everyone in the pool falls silent as we wait for the waves to begin. They were hardly noticeable at first but gradually grew stronger. The water seemed alive, the waves slowly rolling towards us. The boys were having trouble keeping to their feet, so I move closer to them, just in case they need help. The next wave promises to be much bigger. It thunders down the pool, sending adults and children flying. When it reached us, Stephen stumbles and goes under the water, his arms flailing in the air. Darren seems okay, at least his head was above the water and he was laughing, so I grab his brother and hold him tight until he got his breath back.

When the waves stop, we leave the pool. Once we are dry and dressed, we treat ourselves to some chips. Everyone agrees the pool is amazing, but more than a little scary, but no one suggests we do it again.

 

Next stop was the Model Village. Beautifully laid out with recognisable buildings, complete with tiny trees, cars and people, including a dolls house sized Buckingham Palace.  I could see the girls were impressed, and this takes some doing!  There is a magnificent fish pond, full of multi-coloured goldfish. They know people mean food, so every time you reach out over the water, a crowd of eager fish gather, practically climbing on each other.

 

The Sea Life Centre looks amazing but seems far too expensive. When I point this out, several howls of disappointment assail me. I look across to Anita and could tell from the expression on her face that she wants to see it too.  I whip out my credit card. We might never have a holiday like this again, we should make the most of it.

Once inside, we find ourselves in a dark blue world, lit only by the light coming from the tanks. It was all very eerie, but magical as if we were part of the underwater world too. They have turtles, baby crocodiles and some of the biggest fish I have ever seen. Judging by the kid’s reactions, it was worth every penny.

Situated among the tanks was a waterfall, cascading down the rocks, and it didn’t take us long to realise we could walk behind the curtain of water. I thought it would be cool behind the water, but it was rather hot and sweaty, like being in a bathroom after someone has had a hot shower. It was noisy too, so not a pleasant experience. Which was a shame, for the idea was amazing.

 

We decide to go back to the boat by bus. What with all the walking and then the swimming; our legs have seriously had it! We want chips for supper again, but they were shut, so we had to make do with sausage and beans on thick buttered toast, which isn’t bad when you’re hungry.

 

Visit the #LazyDays Facebook event group. Tune in daily during the promo to answer a question and win a Free copy of the book!

Lazy Days FB event

 

 

Connect with Anita and Jaye:

 

Website:     http://jenanita01.com

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/jaydawes2/media

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/anita.dawes.37

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8638857.Jaye_Marie

Anita’s Author Page/Amazon Link :     https://Author.to/AnitaLink

Jaye’s Author Page/Amazon Link:       https://Author.to/JayeLink

13 Free Blogging Tips For Every New Blogger – Hugh’s Views & News

Blog sharing

Today’s post is a wonderful reblog I want to share from Hugh Roberts. Hugh has become quite the blogging expert when it comes to sharing helpful tips on everything blogging and WordPress. If you ever need an answer to a conundrum with either, feel free to visit Hugh’s blog and type it in the search bar. I’m certain you will find help there. Today he’s sharing 13 Fantastic Tips for new bloggers, but I’m sure there’s tips here for old bloggers too as many of us are still learning the tricks of the trade and may not be aware of the benefits of all of these tips.

 

13 Free Blogging Tips For Every New Blogger

If you are new to blogging or are even thinking about starting a blog, here my thirteen quick blogging tips to get you on your way.

  • It’s all about me. Ensure you have an ‘about me’ page. Tell visitors a little about yourself and at least give them a name by which they can call you. However, don’t have an ‘about me’ page that starts off by saying ‘This Is An Example Of An About Me Page’. Click here to read about setting up an ‘about me’ page and what it should include.
  • Make a journey outside of your own blog. I’ve always been amazed by just what information is out there in the blogging world. I’ve learned how to self-publishing a book, how to use social media and make it work for me, how to bake gin & tonic cupcakes, take great photos and, of course, picked up lots of blogging tips. Reading other blog posts can also give you ideas for writing your own posts. Even if you can only spare a few minutes a day, make sure you visit, read, and comment on other blogs.
  • Get talking to fellow bloggers. When you leave a comment on another blog, other readers will read and see your comment and may then come and visit your blog. However, ensure that the comment you leave is relevant to the post and at least proves that you have read it. Try and avoid leaving pointless comments such as ‘Great Post.’ Instead, tell the author what it was that made you think it was a great post or why you enjoyed reading it. They will appreciate your comments and may then visit your blog and become your next follower.
#BloggersBash #Bloggers
Some of the Bloggers from The First Annual Bloggers Bash – London, August 1st, 2015
  • Treat others how you’d want them to treat you. Don’t ignore anyone who has taken the time to read and comment on one of your posts. However, most importantly, never ignore anyone who has taken the time to leave a comment on the ‘about me’ page of your blog. Think about it like this. You’ve invited a guest around for coffee and completely ignore them when they arrive. That’s almost like ignoring comments left on your blog. Treat everyone who visits your blog as a guest and ensure they are made to feel welcomed. After all, with millions of other blogs out there, they can always go elsewhere…can’t they?
  • Not all links are seen as friendly. Speaking of comments, never leave a link to your blog in a comment unless it is either relevant to the post you have just read, or you have been invited to leave a link. When I first started to blog, I learned very quickly from other bloggers that this is frowned upon. What would you think if you owned a coffee shop and, without your permission, somebody from a rival coffee shop came in and left a load of leaflets about their coffee shop? It’s not your blog to leave details of your blog on unless it’s relevant to the post or you have been asked to leave a link.
  • Join a challenge. There are lots of writing and photography challenges in the world of blogging. Don’t be shy, have a try. Not only will it help you with your writing and/or photography, but other participants will come over and read or look at your take on the challenge. It’s a great way to make new friends, have fun, and pick up more followers.
  • Join a party. Blog parties are a great way to introduce your blog to many other readers and for you to discover new blogs to follow. This is a place where the host will either invite you to leave a link to your blog, one of your own blog posts or to introduce a blog that you follow. I’ve hosted and joined blog parties and have always found them a great success. However, the rule is usually that if you leave a link to your blog then you must at least visited some of the blogs of the other people at the party. It’s a great way of showing how friendly both you and your blog are.
#blogging #blogingtips #party
I met hundreds of new bloggers and gained lots of new followers at my first ever blog party.
  • Make sure you’re contactable. Can you imagine a TV or movie producer, an editor of a magazine, or another blogger wanting to contact you to invite you to write an article, and they can’t find a way of reaching you? Continue Reading , . .

 

 

 

Source: 13 Free Blogging Tips For Every New Blogger – Hugh’s Views & News

Have You Joined the #Goodreads Challenge? – D.G.’s Year in Books | Goodreads

D.G. Kaye's books reviewed

 

What a fun lowdown from Goodreads. Have you joined the Goodreads Challenge? If so, you should get a notification of your year on Goodreads! I’m not sure how I did it but I committed to read 30 books and managed to read and review 37.

D.G. Kaye

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2017
This is my journey in books for 2017!

TOTALS

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Gabby and the Quads by Tina Frisco

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SHORTEST BOOK
36 pages
Gabby and the Quads
by Tina Frisco
LONGEST BOOK
426 pages
The Sleeping Serpent: A Woman’s …
by Luna Saint Claire
The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire
AVERAGE LENGTH
153 pages

MOST POPULAR
2,343,761

people also read

1984
by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell

MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2017

4.9

Allow Yourself To Be A Better Person by Balroop Singh
HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS
Allow Yourself To Be A Better Person
by Balroop Singh

it was amazing

5.00 average

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Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Núñez Miret
My first review of the year
it was amazing 
When the protagonist, Mary, is asked by her lawyer friend Phil and another friend on the police force to use her skills as a psychiatrist to help solve 3 crimes, Mary takes us on a psychological journey of discovery while delving into the minds of killers. The book is comprised of 3 different stories, one of which, unfortunately has Mary the victim of. Using her psychological skills through interrogation, Mary is determined to discover what makes…more
MY 2017 BOOKS
Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Núñez Miret
it was amazing
Rhymes of the Times by Judy E. Martin
Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts
What's in a Name? by Sally Cronin
The Courage to Be Creative by Doreen Virtue
Book Marketing on a Shoestring by Doris-Maria Heilmann
A Favorite Son by Uvi Poznansky
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
1984 by George Orwell
The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson
it was amazing
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Body In The Snow by Christoph Fischer
Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick
Waiting in the Wings by Stevie Turner
Gabby and the Quads by Tina Frisco
The Heart Stone Chronicles by Colleen M. Chesebro
Chakra Clearing by Doreen Virtue
Allow Yourself To Be A Better Person by Balroop Singh
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
it was amazing
The Fountain by John Maberry
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Hinting at Shadows by Sarah Brentyn
The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire
Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty
Vampyrie by Tina Frisco
How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis by Bryan Cohen
The Right Wrong Man by Pamela S. Wight
The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin
it was amazing
Secrets by Judith Barrow
My GRL by John W. Howell
The Heart's Lullaby by Natalie Ducey
Emerging From Shadows by Balroop Singh
The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey
Donkey Boy and Other Stories by Mary Smith
The Longest Nine Months by Carol Balawyder
On the Edge of a Raindrop by Sarah Brentyn
What's in a Name? Volume 2 by Sally Cronin
it was amazing
What's in a Name? Volume 2 by Sally Cronin
My last review of the year
it was amazing 

Beautiful heartwarming short stories sure to grab at your heartstrings. Each story takes us into the life of a character with a significant name leaving us with a heartfelt message and an unexpected ending.

I’ve read the first volume and very much looked forward to and enjoyed Book 2. Cronin’s writing has a way of taking us into the character’s emotions, evoking an emotion in us in return, be it angst, fear, passion or grief. Kleenex warnings shou …more

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2017 READING
CHALLENGE
You read 37 out of 30 books.
123%
Congratulations! You’re really good at reading, and probably a lot of other things, too!

 

Have you joined the Goodreads Challenge?

Source: D.G.’s Year in Books | Goodreads

Sunday Book Review #ABRSC – What’s In a Name? Volume 2 by Sally Cronin

Sunday Book Review

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Welcome back to the first of my Sunday Book Reviews for the new year. I’m starting the year off with my review for multibook author, promoter and blogger, Sally Cronin’s heartwarming book – What’s in A Name? Volume 2.

 

This review is also a contribution to the Facebook Group #ABRSC (Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club) where I’m one of the host/admins with fellow authors and friends Marjorie Mallon and Colleen Chesebro. The December challenge was to read a book from a fellow author who is part of the group to encourage other readers to purchase and review books. This review and all future reviews I do will be shared to my other newly formed group with my colleague Colleen Cheseboro on Facebook – The Literary Diva’s Library.

 

What's in a Name by Sally Cronin

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Blurb:

 

Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.

Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.

Meet Queenie and Rosemary who have both lost their husbands and must face a very different future. One that will take courage and the use of new technology.

Sonia is an entitled princess whose father has reached the end of his tether and Theresa has to deal with a bully in the checkout. Usher is an arrogant narcissist with a docile wife and is used to getting his own way and Vanessa worries about the future of her relationship with her teenage son.

Walter is a loner and is happy with just his dog for company, Xenia is the long awaited first baby of a young couple. Yves is a dashing romeo who has the tables turned on him unexpectedly and Zoe… Well she can see into the future.

In one way or another all these characters will be remembered by those whose lives they have touched.

 

My 5 Star Review:

 

Beautiful heartwarming short stories sure to grab at your heartstrings. Each story takes us into the life of a character with a significant name leaving us with a heartfelt message and an unexpected ending.

I’ve read the first volume and very much looked forward to and enjoyed Book 2. Cronin’s writing has a way of taking us into the character’s emotions, evoking an emotion in us in return, be it angst, fear, passion or grief. Kleenex warnings should come with this book as each story depicts the human heart and condition,

My favorites: Xenia – A mother’s love, Kenneth – Remembering, and undying love, Walter – Forgotten and found. Each story name in alphabetical order portends a memorable tale. From health and nutrition to short heartfelt stories, Sally Cronin’s books never disappoint.

 

Visit all of Sally’s books on Amazon

Books by Sally Cronin

If you’re a book lover, writer or reader, and enjoy finding out about new books, reviews and promotions or would like share reviews of your own, please join our new group on Facebook – The Literary Diva’s Library

©DGKaye January 2018

Happy New Year and the start of the 2018 series of Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

#Blogshare – Opportunities for Writers

 

Reblog Share

 

Sally Cronin is sharing what’s in store for her Smorgasbord of delights in 2018. Plenty of opportunities for writers and authors to join in and get yourselves, your blogs and book promoted!

 

 

Happy New Year and the start of the 2018 series of Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives

Last year I started a series called Posts from Your Archives. I invited bloggers to share posts from the start of their blogging career that perhaps didn’t receive a lot of views in those early days.

That didn’t mean that the posts were not great, just that there had not been time to build the various platforms across blogging and social media to gain the attention it deserved.

The purpose of this series is to share those posts again but with my audience across my platforms. Importantly, it is a way to introduce your content and writing style to a different set of readers, who will then come across to your blog and follow you going forward.

Since the start of September 2017 over 40 bloggers contributed 160 archive posts across many different topics and I hope that in 2018 many more will share their work with us.

The New Series of Posts from Your Archives.

This series I am looking for posts from your archives that are at least twelvemonths old. If you are a new blogger in the last year then please let me know and in that case the posts will need to be at least six months old.

The theme is LIFE and POSITIVITY in all its glory. Family, travel, short stories, non-fiction, poetry, history, food, recipes, pets, health, relationships, music, photography, art.

I will be posting up to three bloggers per day in addition to regular posts, and unfortunately that does mean that time can be a little compressed!  Posts with more than five photographs will be posted under the Smorgasbord Reblog – Posts from your Archives. This usually applies to travel posts.

All posts and images are copyrighted to the original blogger on the archive posts and if you do not have a credit for the images you use in your posts it would be helpful if you supplied those. If they are your own images I will include that in the copyright statement.

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Source: Happy New Year and the start of the 2018 series of Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Inspirational Share – 12 Life Lessons I Learned in 2017 | The PBS Blog

Inspirational Share

Inspirational Posts shared by DGKaye

 

Today’s inspirational post is written by Yecheilyah Ysrayl from the PBS blog. EC, as I prefer to call her, runs an amazing blog full of great writing information, posts about life and the human condition, and she does lots of promoting of other authors. But this post in particular resonated with me because it mirrors my own thoughts and contains advice that I often give out to others, so I wanted to share it here with you today.

 

12 Life Lessons I Learned in 2017

 

  • Growth is painful, uncomfortable, and frustrating. It reveals the raw and aching part of us and demands our masks to fall so that we may accept who we truly are and what truly is. This is unpleasant and frightening but necessary because, without this kind of mental and physical suffering, we cannot grow.

 

  • Deceit lies, and lack of proper communication can destroy any relationship. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve known a person, how many secrets you’ve shared, how many deep conversations you’ve engaged in or how many tears you’ve shed, deception is a rotten fruit that contaminates weak foundations. No matter how embarrassing or silly, be upfront with the people you say that you love.

 

  • There is, sadly, a thing as being too nice. Energy is precious and we cannot risk being vulnerable to the first smile or positive comment that is thrown in our direction. Not in this world. While we can be positive examples, we must also accept that for some people it’s too late. They have been too far corrupted and will only trample our kindness and gossip about our weaknesses. Like the saying says, “Not everyone deserves a seat at the table of your life.” Discernment is key.

 

  • Let go of people who have let go of you. Do this without feeling ashamed, embarrassed or like you’ve done something wrong. Let go courageously. Without the need to explain yourself or to apologize for being misunderstood. People who have lied and betrayed you and left you out to rot will always make it seem that you are the person who is possessed and that you are the one who has done wrong. These are lies. In the words of Najwa Zebian, “shame lies on the person who takes advantage of a good heart.”

 

  • Laugh often and cry when necessary. Scream if you have to. Do not be ashamed. This is healing. Let the tears cleanse you.

 

 

Source: 12 Life Lessons I Learned in 2017 | The PBS Blog

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