Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Meet the Authors 2023 – #Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Mystery #Dementia Sharon Marchisello, #Paranormal Marcia Meara

I was thrilled to have my latest book – Fifteen First Times featured and reviewed at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord – Meet the Authors, alongside authors, Sharon Marchisello and Marcia Meara.



Welcome to the 2023 series of meet the authors. This series offers me the opportunity to not just share my personal recommendation for the author, but to also check for new books I might have missed, changes to biographies and profile photos and check links.

I also I hope will introduce you to previously unknown authors to you and their books. As the curator of a towering TBR like most of you, I hope it will also encourage you to move books waiting in line up the queue.

I appreciate that if you are a member of the writing community and a regular visitor to this blog and her own, Debby Gies, D.G. Kaye requires little introduction. Apart from being a dear friend and contributor to the blog, Debby also rights memoirs that strike at the very heart of the human condition from childhood to devastating loss. I have enjoyed all her books and can highly recommend.


Author, D.G. Kaye


Meet D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies)

D.G. Kaye is a Canadian author living in Toronto, Canada. She writes nonfiction and memoirs about her life experiences, matters of the heart, and self-help about women’s issues. Her positive outlook keeps D.G. on track, allowing her to take on life’s challenges with a dose of humor in her quest to overcome adversity.

D.G. began writing when pen and paper became the tools to express her pent-up emotions during her turbulent childhood. She began journaling about her life at a young age and continued writing about the imprints and lessons she learned through people and events she encountered. D.G. writes books to share her stories and inspiration. She advocates for kindness and for women’s empowerment. Her favorite saying is “For every kindness received, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When she’s not writing, D.G. loves to read (self-help books and stories of triumph), cook (concocting new recipes, never to come out the same way twice), shop (only if it’s a great sale), play poker (when she gets the chance), and, most of all, travel.

Books by D.G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye books


My review for Fifteen First Times

The author has a natural conversational style of writing that draws you in as if she is talking to you personally. Her memories prompt the reader’s own experiences at similar ages, and raises a smile or two at the similarities between girls of a certain age, however many thousands of miles they live apart.

This is particularly true in this collection of stories as Kaye shares episodes from her childhood such as playing in her mother’s stiletto shoes which would fuel a lifetime’s love of footwear, a first kiss, and taking that first puff of a parent’s discarded cigarette.

With the smiles comes the tears, as we identify the moments of loneliness and isolation as a girl becomes a woman without the support needed from a mother, a dysfunctional family life, and the loss of a much loved friend who shared the formative years between teens and late twenties.

At the end of the collection is a wonderful tribute to her late husband, who made her laugh every day and was the first and last love of her life.

D.G. Kaye writes with poignancy but also great humour, which makes these first times all the more delightful and memorable. The experiences are not just relevant to girls growing up, as many are relateable to boys and young men coping with the cultural and social expectations of the day, and finding their way in life and relationships. Take a walk down the memory lane of your own life in very good company. Highly recommended. 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – follow Debby: Goodreads – Blog: D.G. Kaye Writer – About me: D.G. Kaye – Twitter: @pokercubster – Linkedin: D.G. Kaye – Facebook: D.G. Kaye – 


The next author is Sharon Marchisello whose books I have enjoyed very much. Sharon also has an extremely helpful blog where she shares strategies to make your money go further and work for you.

Please continue reading at Sally’s Smorgasbord



33 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Meet the Authors 2023 – #Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Mystery #Dementia Sharon Marchisello, #Paranormal Marcia Meara

  1. Wonderful review of Debby’s new book, Sally. I agree with you that Debby’s writing style makes the readers feel she is right there sitting across the table talking to them. I just downloaded her book. Congratulations to you, Debby! ❤


      1. You’re welcome, Debby. I think you should compile all your reflections on your feelings and thoughts about your husband and how you live without him. It would be a wonderful book. Your writing is so raw and honest. People have those feelings when their dearest passed away. They just don’t verbalize it.

        The coordinator for our poetry class said a few words after her husband passed away. She reached over to the other side of the bed and her husband was not there.

        My little sister lost her husband when he died of cancer at age 51. She was so in control of her emotions. I wish she could have said something. 💖


      2. Miriam, thank you so much for saying that. I do write a lot about my reflections because it helps me digest and get by. I know from attempting to join several groups that many can’t verbalize. I hope to be a voice for those who can’t. And funny you should think that about my sharing as I have written in the past 2 years over 100K words in reflection. This summer I begin working on a very big book about grief. Btw, I have scheduled my book review on my blog for your heartfelt book this Sunday. ❤ xxx

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      3. I can believe you’ve written over 100K words in reflection, Debby! It would be precious for those who don’t know where to start their griefing process. I did volunteer counseling for a few years. Most of the ladies cried for the very first in their lives because they suppressed their feelings or were not allowed to express their whole lives.

        A long time bigger friend will have an interview and feature my book this Sunday. Would you mind sharing your review the following Sunday? I want to have undivided attention for my readers reading your review! 💖💖


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