Guest Author Feature – Sally Cronin – What’s In a Name? Volume 2

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I’m thrilled to have Sally Cronin back to my blog today and feature her new book, What’s in a Name? – Volume 2.

 

For those of you who may not yet be familiar with Sally’s first book in the series, both books are written as short stories using names to tell a story about a person who was named after something or someone significant to their family legacy.

 

Sally’s stories touch so many in all of her books, no matter if they’re her heartfelt short stories or her informative, nutritional and healthy living books. Sal gets to the heart of the matters in all of her writing. Sally is a dynamo in both the virtual and her real world. She’s lived a most exciting and entrepeneurial life and shares her experiences in her books and on her blog – SmorgasbordInvitation .

 

Sally’s blog is informative and entertaining, almost like a magazine you can visit and flip scroll through daily. The blog is aptly titled Smorgasbord because of the variety of posts she offers – everything from short stories, interviews, laughter, health advice, and of course, the many promotions she offers writers to feature their posts, books and book reviews.

 

I’d like to mention two things I most enjoy about Sally’s blog (besides the fact that she’s one of the best promoters of other’s works), her daily posts offer a variety of posts which come in handy for those bloggers who may have missed them elsewhere, plus we get an opportunity to read some great articles she hand picks to feature for the day where we can be entertained or learn something new and make new connections with those bloggers. Second, I can attest to the many new friendships I’ve made along the way from connecting with many of these bloggers I’ve met through Sally’s blog.  These friendships we make along the way enrich our lives and tend to expand our own blog following when we engage, which expands readership on our own blogs and within the blogging community. As writers, it’s important to forge these connections which often lead to great friendships beyond the virtual world. As a writer who is often confined to my four writing walls, I can certainly attest to the fact that nobody understands a writer’s life quite like another writer.

 

 

Sally Cronin

 

About Sally:  

My name is Sally Georgina Cronin but you will find that I have had a number of variations online and for my books including Georgina Cronin and Sally Cronin.

 

After working in a number of industries for over 25 years, I decided that I wanted to pursue a completely different career, one that I had always been fascinated with. I began studying Nutrition and the human body twenty years ago and I opened my first diet advisory centre in Ireland in 1998. Over the last 18 years I have practiced in Ireland and the UK as well as written columns, articles and radio programmes on health and nutrition. I published my first book with a Canadian self-publisher in the late 90s and since then have republished that book and released nine others as part of our own self-publishing company. Apart from health I also enjoy writing fiction in the form of novels and short stories.

 

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.

 

*There is also a bonus story introducing a new collection The Village Square to be published in 2018.

 

Now, without any further ado, Sally has generously offered to share one of her short stories for this post and she has cleverly picked out a story about shoes because she knew shoes are a subject close to my heart. Sheesh, my shoe-lovin’ reputation has certainly been made known, even in the virtual world. In one of Sally’s other books, Just an Odd Job Girl, Sally tells the story about a girl named Imogen, which includes many odd jobs she worked along the way, rising above many sticky issues. The book is written in the fiction genre, but it didn’t take me long to figure out that Imogen was indeed Sally! Today, Sally is sharing a story about one of those jobs she had from the real life version.

 

Odd Jobs and Characters – The Shoe Department by Sally Cronin

 

My thanks so much to the wonderful Debby Gies.. .D.G. Kaye for her continued and much appreciated support for my blog and books.

 

I loved working in the dental surgery, but I felt that I would like to take the medical side of my training further. I decided to follow in my father’s footsteps and join the Royal Navy as a nurse in the Queen Alexandra’s Nursing Service. I applied and was accepted for an interview which I attended at Haslar Naval Hospital. It was a bit of an ordeal as it involved a written exam, physical exam and an interview with senior nursing and naval officers. I returned home and waited for the outcome. A letter arrived a week later, to say that I had been accepted, but not for another eighteen months.

 

This left me in a quandary, and being the age I was, I felt that before I joined up I should see a little more of life. I handed in my notice at the dental surgery, applying to the local department store for a temporary job whilst I decided on my strategy for the next year or so.

 

I have to point out that I am one of three sisters, with a mother who loved shoes and handbags, and it appeared that she had passed those particular genes onto us. I can remember at a very early age spending many happy hours in the bottom of my mother’s wardrobe, rummaging through her high heeled dancing shoes and trying them out for size. Not very elegant at five years old, but habit forming.

 

When I was offered a temporary post over Christmas, in the shoe department of Handley’s Department store in Southsea, I was obviously more than excited. Little did I know that I would experience petty theft, a rather revealing encounter and potentially dangerous equipment!

 

The shoe department was staffed by a manager and a number of assistants, one of which had been there for donkey’s years. She was a spinster lady, who seemed ancient to me at the time, but was probably only in her fifties. She was designated to show me the ropes and duly took me under her wing. One of the bonuses of working in the shoe department was that you received commission on every pair of shoes you sold. You would cut out the front of the shoe box and write your name on it, saving these up until the Thursday and handing them to the manager to be sent up to the accounts department.  It didn’t add a fortune to your weekly pay, but a few extra shillings a week was not to be sniffed at.

 

My mentor told me not to worry the first week, as she would make sure that the box ends were collected and handed to the manager. I kept a record of my sales and was surprised to find that I was missing half my commission on the Friday. I was new and didn’t want to rock the boat, but I obviously looked after my own box ends after that. I later found out that one of the other girls had encountered the same problem when she started. We had a couple more assistants arrive to help over the Christmas rush and we made sure took them under our wings!

 

Come the sales in January and we were rushed off our feet with high end shoes reduced considerably. I also got staff discount and was in seventh heaven, spending my lunch hours in the stock room trying on everything in my size. One day a very smart middle-aged customer arrived and pointed out several pairs of shoes that she wished to try on. Delighted by my luck in finding a big spender, I set about gathering my wares.

 

We had short-legged stools with a sloping rubber covered surface on which a foot was guided into shoes with a shoe horn, and if needed a gentle shove. As I helped madam into her first shoe, I looked up to see if she approved, to find her skirt had slid upward to above the knee. She was wearing no knickers, and I have to say that for a moment I had no idea where to look. The customer was completely unconcerned and not wishing to cause embarrassment, I tried to keep my focus on the number of box ends I would be submitting at the end of the week.

 

This brings me to the piece of equipment that was in my opinion highly unsuitable for use in a department store. Particularly as it was primarily used to identify if a child had sufficient room in their new shoes for their feet to grow.  You placed the customer’s feet on a platform underneath the housing of the machine, looking through a viewfinder to see the x-ray. Having worked in a dental surgery with stringent precautions when using an x-ray machine, I was astonished to find one in use in public. I am afraid that after my introduction to this equipment I relied on the safer, tried and tested method of determining fit, by pressing my thumb all around the child’s foot in the new shoe to check for the necessary growing room. These shoe-fitting fluoroscopes were subsequently banned in the mid-1970s in the USA and Europe, and thankfully I only had minimal exposure. There were however grave concerns over the long-term effects on sales personnel who had used the machines over many years.

 

However, I did enjoy my time in the shoe department and also being in a sales environment. I had made friends amongst the staff (except for one) and asked if I could stay on. They no longer needed me in the shoe department, but I was asked if I would like to be a powder blender and roving consultant in the cosmetic department. My favourite items after shoes… More adventures on the horizon.

 

 

Thanks for that story Sal. It was no wonder I enjoyed that book so much because I was captivated by Imogen’s dynamic personality and her ability to adapt to all of her surroundings and her ability to excel at whatever situation was presented to her. She instantly reminded me of you, and your empowering personality. And no doubt, just some of those qualities about you were common ground between us that drew us together as friends.

 

A few weeks ago Sally shared one of her heartfelt stories in her new book, What’s in a Name? Volume 2, it’s titled Xenia. And I want to share that story here to give you a sampling of what you can expect  to find in her book of heartfelt stories.

 

Xenia

 

Your name is Xenia, after your Greek grandmother, whose wrinkled complexion smelt of roses and almond oil. I remember the hot summers of our visits as we played on the rocks beneath her stone house; working up an appetite for the platters of goat’s cheese, olives and warm bread. The loaves were taken straight from the wood stove; handled carefully with well worn hessian rags, and served up on the rough wooden table in her wild garden. I remember being fascinated by her hands as they sliced thick warm chunks with an ancient serrated bread knife. They were blackened from nearly 80 years in the sun, with dark-rimmed nails from digging into the soil for home grown vegetables.

 

She was still a beautiful woman, who loved to have her long black and grey hair gently brushed in the twilight; sipping delicately from her glass of rose pink wine. Happy sighs filled the scented air; encouraging continued effort. We dreaded her tears as we left to catch the ferry at the end of summer, with her whispered goodbyes and pleas for us to return again the next year, remaining in our minds for weeks afterwards.

 

But one summer only my father made the journey, to stay just a week to bury his beloved mother, with her silver backed hair brush and a small bottle of almond oil resting in her hands.

 

That was ten years ago and I have been saving up her name to give to you, my first child. From the moment I knew that I was carrying you in my womb, I felt certain that you would be a girl and worthy of this much loved name. As the months passed, and I felt that first movement beneath my hand, I began to talk to you of your name and the woman who owned it with such grace. Sometimes when I listened to music playing softly in the background, I would feel a flutter, as if you were dancing in time to the tune. I would imagine Xenia, swaying and clapping her hands in delight, lost in the gentle songs that my father played on his guitar after our evening meal. I knew she would be so happy that I had named you after her.

 

My time with my grandmother was too short, but I had saved up the stories to tell you, as well as photographs we took during those summers. I would tell you those tales as we rocked, still joined together, in the chair in the newly painted nursery. I promised to show you the embarrassing snaps of your mother when a girl, dressed in her bathing suit with face filled with sticky baklava. I imagined taking you back to Greece to see where you came from, and to visit Xenia’s grave to lay some blossom, and to show her how beautiful you are. I was certain that your hair would be raven black and that you would love almonds.

 

Your father laughed at me as I waddled around the house in search of more feta cheese and pickled onions. He said that there must be two of you, or that you were really a big bouncing boy; destined to be a rugby player. He would lay his head on my stomach and listen to your heartbeat; loving it when you kicked against his hand. We had chosen not to know the gender of our baby. I already knew it was a girl to be called Xenia, and your father just wanted a baby who was healthy that we would love.

 

I knew the moment you had gone. All was still where you had been so active. I thought you must be sleeping, and lay in the hospital bed resting, waiting for that kick and ripple, telling me you wanted my attention. But the cold gel, and pressure of the machine in a doctor’s hand, broke the spell. Your father and I held each other as we cried at our loss.

 

The love I feel for you will not diminish or change throughout my life. It comforts me to imagine you holding the hand of your great-grandmother, as you twirl to the music of a guitar. I see you eating baklava with sticky fingers, and her washing your hands and face lovingly, with rose scented water. I know that you are safe now, and that one day, we will meet face to face, and I will recognise you as the child of my heart. One day the three of us will sit in that wild garden, and laugh in the sunshine.

 

My two beloved Xenias…..

 

©sallycronin2017

 

You can buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Whats-Name-Stories-Life-Romance-ebook/dp/B0748MLZ1W

 

Thank you so much for being here today Sally, and for sharing your wonderful stories with us. I am very much looking forward to reading your newest book! And before I let you go, I must ask you if you can please just give us a little hint about your next book you mentioned about The Village Square?

 

The Village Square is a collection of short stories about the inhabitants of a small village through the second world war. It is based on the village that my mother was brought up in and where I was born. The stories will be linked by a small number of central characters who will feature across the stories from time to time. I will be using my mother and father’s recollections of those years and basing characters on the people I knew growing up.

 

Connect with Sally on her social sites:

 

Read about Sally’s books and reviews:

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books/

 

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/sallycroninbooks

 

Blog:  http://www.smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com

 

http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1

https://twitter.com/sgc58

https://www.facebook.com/sally.cronin

https://www.facebook.com/sallygeorginacronin

https://plus.google.com/+SallyCronin/about

 

Visit Sally’s blog to check out the many promotions she offers for writers to have their works and books shared on her blog and check out the extensive list of authors and their books that are already there!

Books by Sally Cronin

 

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  1. Debby you have outdone yourself with this amazing showcase thank you so much for all the loving hard work you have put into it. I feel like a queen today and will be glowing as I trundle around the supermarket.. they will think I am on another planet. You are a wonderful support and friend..love and hugs Sal. xxx

    1. Aw, Sal, I’m blushing here! You know I adore having you over, so I may have done some extra vacuuming, it’s my absolute pleasure. And you should feel like a queen every day! You are the great supporter of so many and it’s a thrill to have you here. <3
      Hope you bought us some goodies at the supermarket! LOL. Huge hugs my friend! <3 xo

        1. Oh yes. <3 xo

  2. Congratulations, Sally. I’m currently reading Book 1 and loving it, so can’t wait to read Book 2. I also found “Turning Back the Clock,” to be a fascinating read, and thoroughly recommend it.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Toni. I also loved that book and looking forward to digging into book 2. <3

    2. Thank you Toni and so pleased you are enjoying the stories.. and glad you found Turning Back the Clock useful.. hugs XX

  3. I love Sally’s stories and hearing about her real life experiences too. xxx

    1. Sally is a born storyteller. <3

    2. Thanks Adele… so pleased you enjoy them.. hugs xxx

      1. Hugs back to you too, Sally xxx

  4. What a lovely intro, Debby, and so nice to see Sally making the rounds. I can’t wait until she shows up on my site (soon!). I loved her books Just an Odd Job Girl and What’s in a Name Vol. 1. I’m looking forward to the new one as well. 🙂

    1. Oh, glad we’re on the same train Diana. And I shall look forward to Sal’s visit to your blog too. <3

    2. Thank you Diana and looking forward to being with you next week too.. I am so grateful for all the wonderful hospitality and friendship.. life is grand ♥

  5. What a powerful group of stories for the theme. And Xena–What a heartbreaking story with a positive ending. If all the stories are like this, Sally, your book is a hit.

    1. Exactly my point Jacqui. Oh, and don’t forget the Kleenex. I usually have to have them handy for Sal’s heartwarming stories. 🙂

    2. Thank you Jacqui… with all the help I am getting from friends in this community it is getting the very best send off. x

  6. Such fun to see all of Sally’s lovely posts as she tours Blogland, Debby. A super post and I also love shoes, especially boots.

    1. Thanks Robbie. I love boots too! Welcome to the shoe-lover’s group! 🙂 x

    2. Thank you Robbie.. and I have shoes I will never wear again in the country but will also never part with… xxx

  7. I liked the stories you have shared Deb, Sally in undoubtedly a wonderful author and friend. I have her book and your post is inspiring me to pull it out of the pile and read it first. 🙂 Thanks for a lovely post. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much B. So glad I’ve inspired you to move Sal’s book up the hefty TBR. 🙂 x

    2. Thank you very much Balroop and I hope you enjoy when you get to read.. hugs… xx

  8. Sally’s book just “flew” into my Kindle/Macbook just now. Need a little extra romance these days! Thanks, Debby, for promoting this fine writer.

    1. Thank you Marian, for your lovely comment and for your interest in Sally’s book. I know you will enjoy it! :)x

    2. Thank you so much Marian and I hope that you enjoy… so appreciated. x

  9. How nice to see Sally getting some kudos for her wonderful book! I loved both book 1 & 2 and Odd Jobs too! I guess I’ve read almost all of her books! Sal is quite a talented, creative and fabulous lady who gives and never stops helping others. God bless her! Thank you for the fantastic post, Deb! You are a lovely and talented lady yourself! Hugs to you and Sally! ?❤️

    1. Thank you so much Janice for the kind words for both me and Sal. It seems that you and I are on the ‘same page’ about Sally’s books. It was such a pleasure to have Sally over here, especially when she’s the one doing all the hosting. <3 :) xx

    2. Thank you Janice and you have been a huge support with all your wonderful reviews.. keeps me motivated.. Delighted to have been given the DG. treatment. hugs ♥

  10. Gotta love that shoe department story. I don’t know why but it made me think of ‘Are You Being Served?’ Great showcase here, Debby. You’ve done Sally very proud, and thanks for the mention about Sally’s new book. I must have been under a rock as I had no idea about it.
    Hugs to both of you.

    1. Lol Hugh, I love your humor. And thanks for the lovely comment. No, you haven’t been under a rock, a lot goes one when we take a little time off, but catching up is the fun part. 🙂 <3

    2. Thank you Hugh and you are right there was an element of Are you Being Served… more so when I got to the cosmetic department which is next week’s episode. I have very fond memories. hugs xx

      1. Lol, I remember that cosmetic counter story from Just an Odd Job Girl. Looking forward Sal! <3

        1. Yes Debby when we meet in person I will give you the unedited version.. xxxx

          1. Oooh, juicy my friend! 🙂 <3

  11. It’s great to see Sally and her new book here. Thanks, Debby and best of luck,Sally!

    1. Thanks so much Olga. :)x

    2. Thank you Olga.. and for your support.. you have been there for most of this blogging journey.. xxx

  12. Pos-i-lutely delightful.

    1. Thanks Teagan. 🙂

    2. Thank you Teagan.. I have had a lovely time over with Debby… xx

  13. Debby, it’s so nice to see Sally over here for a chat and I’m going to serve up some cups of tea now 🙂 Do you take cream and sugar? I have never worked in a shoe department so I got a bit of an inside scoop with that story 😉 I like runners, have more than a few, and rarely wear heels. Have a great day, ladies!

    1. Thanks for chiming in here Christy. I too have numerous pairs of runners, despite my high heel collection, lol. And thanks for the tea, yum! Do you have Earl Grey? I’ll take mine with a tspn. of Stevia and a bit of Soy Milk if you have it. 🙂 <3

    2. Thanks Christy.. I have slip on sneakers without laces in various colours and even a sparkly pair for the evening … always ready for dancing.. Darjeeling for me please with a dash of milk…xxx

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this post on your blog Sal. <3 xo

  14. Thank you Debby for sharing Sally’s second volume on What’s in A Name.. Sally recently was kind enough to share her first volume with me, of which I have started to read.. Each story so well written, each one takes you on a journey of a character whose personalities. When I have finished I will be telling Sally my thoughts..
    I am loving the fact that each is a story in its own right, so I can dip in and out of it, as Time for me at the moment is busy.. So finding time to read has been low on my list recently..

    I hope your own book is coming along well also Debby.. And I so thank you for your continued support.. I really appreciate it.. As I always seem so behind with my visits..

    Have a prosperous week and wonderful Luna Eclipse and Hang on to our hat.. 🙂 for I feel like you,, We are on the cusp of something that is going to kick start us into embracing Unity .. <3

    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment for Sally’s book, and for the fair warning on the eclipse, lol. I’m already feeling it! And yes, there is progress with my newest book. There will be more on that later when I decide what I want to say about it. Stay tuned! 🙂 xoxo

      1. I will most definitely be staying tuned dear Deb 🙂 Thank you

        1. Thank you my friend. <3

    2. Glad you are enjoying volume one Sue and look forward to hearing your thoughts.. I feel the same way at the moment with various projects but feel compelled to write.. the novel will have to wait so short stories satisfy my craving.. hugs xx

      1. And while you are writing short stories I am writing short stories in poetic form.. lol… Such are the cravings each of us are drawn lol.. And I will be sure to tell you my thoughts Sally
        In love and Gratitude..
        Sue 🙂

  15. I guessed I clicked something that deleted part of my text.. Sigh.. But you get the drift I am enjoying reading.. xxx

    1. Lol Sue, I did get your beautiful comment. Thanks again so much. <3 xoxo

  16. I recently finished reading ‘Just An Odd-Job Girl, and I loved it! Sally knows how to get you involved with her characters, and of course, interlacing her stories with humour gives them an added extra. In fact, Sally’s stories often take you through a range of emotions, and I have shed a tear to some of them too. She is such a versatile writer and I look forward to reading her next book. 🙂

    1. Thank you Judy, what a most beautiful comment for Sally. Agreed on all counts. <3

      1. As you mentioned Debby, she is also such a wonderful support to authors and bloggers, as are you too. 🙂 ?

        1. Aw, thanks bunches Judy. 🙂 <3

    2. Thank you Judy again for your lovely review of Just an Odd Job Girl.. to know that my writing stirs emotions is wonderful.. as I have shares in Kleenex…. hugs xx

      1. HAHA! Good job too, Sally! xxx

  17. Such a moving story.

    1. Thanks Mary. <3

  18. A wonderful guest post and stories too. What a treat! A laugh too, the shoe one surprised me. Some folk just don’t care who sees they’re wearing no knickers!

    1. Lol, so true Marje. And yes, Sally’s stories always have a lovely twist near the end. Thanks for dropping by. <3

    2. Thank you Marje.. and it certainly took me by surprise.. I told my mother and I won’t repeat what she said but that shocked me too… When I see you next time remind me to tell you.. xxx

      1. Oh, now that will be a conversation we must have Sally! Xx

  19. Such a wonderful post Debby. The friendship between the two of you is tangible. I thought your review of What’s in a Name Vol 2 a great teaser for the book. I enjoyed the lovely Xenia story as well as Sally’s youthful exploits. I will give the game away by saying that if your readers enjoyed the Shoe Department story then they are in for a Massive treat when they read the Odd Job girl…. between the laffs, the tears and the sheer joie de vie. that book has got the works.

    1. Hi Paul. Thanks so much for dropping by and for leaving your beautiful words for Sal. I thoroughly enjoyed Just an Odd Job Girl immensely, one of my favs of Sal’s books actually. I didn’t hesitate to question Sal if Imogen was indeed her! 🙂 xx

    2. Thank you Paul… as always you boost a girl’s morale.. not sure you could handle a dinner with the two of us! I would not be surprised if we did not finish each other’s sentences.. hugsxx

      1. Lol, I wouldn’t bet against it. 🙂 xx

        1. I could wait table!!!!!

  20. Debby! This is one of the richest and most heartfelt posts I have read. Two cups of coffee later, and I was left with a lump in my throat, many smiles and chuckles, and a wave of happiness. Thank you for the insights into Sally, and for shouting out to readers all that she does in her amazing blog. And, you added so much, like frosting the cake. I loved this!

    1. Thank you so much Jennie for your lovely and warm compliments. I’m so glad I’ve now got you addicted to Sally’s writing. 🙂

      1. Been her fan and follower for a while. You just made it sooo much better. Thanks! ?

        1. Aw thanks Jennie. So lovely to connect with you. 🙂 x

    2. Thank you so much Jennie and when somebody says they had two cups of coffee and a lump in their throat when reading my stories… I feel very happy.. hugs

      1. I did, Sally. Thank YOU. I’m glad I made you happy today. ?

  21. OMG I would have died laughing looking up to see nothing!! Too funny – never sold shoes…maybe that was a good thing 🙂

    1. Lol, thanks for commenting. 🙂

    2. I will let you into a secret Elizabeth.. I have a foot phobia and I saw things that nobody should have to witness.. I don’t even like my own feet…. never again…x

      1. Lol Sal, once again, I’m with you! <3

        1. When I was a teenager and a boy asked me out I would make him take me to the swimming pool for a first date.. If I didn’t like his feet that was it! He could have looked like George Clooney but the feet……..xxx♥

          1. OMGGGGGGGG I’m cracking up!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 :) :)

          2. They didn’t.. they couldn’t understand how they could be swimming one minute and dumped the next! xxx♥

          3. Oh Sal, you do make me laugh. 🙂 🙂 xoxo

      2. Ha…you and my sister both!!! I think over the years she has convinced me that I possess the ugliest feet on the planet…she really may be telling the truth that they are pretty ugly but … to look up and see nothing…my nerves would have made me bust out laughing!!! I once worked late and all of us ladies were eating dinner in the office together while working when an indecent exposure person knocked on the window glass, opened his jacket and showed his stuff. I spit out my water and started laughing so hard that he ran off!

        1. We don’t worry about little things like that Elizabeth.. I have to say I don’t even like going for a pedicure and being surrounded by everyone with their feet out.. horrid things… xxx

          1. Ha ha ha!? now I DO love me a good pedicure ?

  22. This is great, Debby. I’ve read so much about Sally and her books around the blogsphere the last few days. I really must get her books off the TBR pile and into the Have Read pile. Like some more of yours!

    1. Aw, thanks for that Norah. I assure you Sally’s books are treats, 🙂

    2. Thank you Norah.. our TBRs are such a source of pleasure but they do instil guilt… xx

  23. I just love this post, Debby! I recently finished Book 1 and enjoyed it so much I couldn’t put it down. Sally, is such a gifted writer and her support for fellow authors is incredible and truly inspiring. This post is a lovely tribute to her talent and most gracious heart.
    It’s so true what you say about friendships made. Miles are irrelevant in this community. Thanks so much for sharing. XO

    1. So glad you enjoyed Sally’s first book Natalie. No doubts you’ll love Book 2. Sally is indeed a gifted writer. And absolutely, friendships are so important to us online where of course, many of us spend most of our waking hours. <3

  24. Thanks for sharing all those sneak peeks, Debby. They call for more! Sally is, indeed, a gifted and amazing writer – so much knowledge and so much creativity – and a wonderful, fascinating and multi-faceted person! Like you, I enjoy all the virtual friendships I have made through my and other blogs.

    1. Thank you so much Liesbet. It’s a wonderful community. 🙂 xx

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