Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – #Summer Sale – D.G. Kaye, Stevie Turner, D.Wallace Peach and Colleen Chesebro | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life



Thrilled to be part of Sally Cronin’s promotional books post along with some other talented authors and friends with books on sale as well. Please have a look at some fine reads here and finish reading over at Sally’s.  – Note* some of these books are time sensitive on promotion so don’t delay! My book, P.S. I Forgive You is on last day free today!


Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – #Summer Sale – D.G. Kaye, Stevie Turner, D.Wallace Peach and Colleen Chesebro


Welcome to the last in the Summer Sale posts with books in the Cafe and Bookstore that have been reduced on Amazon or Smashwords.


Now time to showcase the last of the books in the summer sale beginning with D.G. Kaye who has reduced her latest memoir – Twenty Years: After “I Do” : Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging. 99c/99p until July 31st

About Twenty Years: After “I Do”.

May/December memoirs.

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.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Twenty Years: After “I Do” by D.G. Kaye highlights the fact that love can conquer all…only if you understand what is real love. Love is not just passion for each other, laughing or going out together. It is also listening intently, it is being emotionally present in those conversations, it is cleaning the mess of your partner who may get sick just after you marry her. Kaye has shared her personal story of marrying Gordon, who is twenty years older than her but age didn’t deter her from her decision of marrying a man whom she loved. Despite the challenges, love strengthened their relationship in the face of storms of life, taking care of each other in all situations.

This book may be based on the personal experiences of Kaye but it makes an in-depth analysis of marriage, which is not just a commitment that brings blissful joy in the lives of a couple while they are healthy and energetic but also demands care, unconditional love, respect and trust that the partner has to give spontaneously.
In a successful marriage, romantic love morphs into a loving and eternal relationship if we understand that forbearance and patience are as essential as passion and sex. A spouse who can’t pick up your luggage from the carousel or who needs a wheel chair at the airport to board a flight just after 20 years of marriage just needs your smile and support.

Conflicts are natural in a marriage but Kaye illustrates with real situations how she copes with them, giving a message that one has to devise one’s own ways to resolve them. Any married person can feel the connect with the thoughts of D.G. but if you are at the threshold of this new phase of life, you could collect some pearls of wisdom from the experiences that she shares in this book. The last two chapters of the book are heart-wrenching and left me wondering how could mortality be discussed in so many words. Kudos to Kaye for her bravery!

Read the reviews and buy the book at 99c until July 31st:

And on Amazon UK at 99p:


Please continue reading over at Sally’s where you find find quite a few more books on sale now for a limited time. . .


Source: Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – #Summer Sale – D.G. Kaye, Stevie Turner, D.Wallace Peach and Colleen Chesebro | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life



Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Summer #Sale – #FREE books by D.G. Kaye and Steve Boseley

Welcome to the second of the Summer Sale posts where authors in the bookstore are offering their books FREE.

There are two authors today with books that are FREE to download and the first is P.S. I Forgive you by D.G. KayeFREE until July 23rd

About the book

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.

One of the great reviews for the book

Parenthood does not come with a user manual. Children learn parenting skills from the adults in their lives. They generally emulate what they see and experience. If their lifelong experience is a negative one, they might be inclined to perpetuate it. But this does not have to be so.

In her compelling memoir, P.S. I Forgive You, D.G. Kaye reveals the habitual neglect and abuse she and her siblings suffered at the hands of an envious, threatening, narcissistic, and deceitful mother.

It takes courage, strength, and determination to prevail over hardship, especially when it is a constant in childhood; especially when a parent perpetrates neglect and abuse. But it is not impossible to overcome adversity when one focuses their intention.

Kaye shows us how to take the energy consumed by feeling mistreated, hurt, fearful, and guilty, and instead make it work for us by directing that energy toward building self-esteem, fortitude, and positive intention. She tells us how she reacted as a child, and then shows us how, as an adult, she turned a negative into a positive. Acceptance, compassion, and forgiveness are major players in this scenario, a dynamic that tested the author’s resilience, challenged her conscience, and ultimately allowed her to triumph over the all-consuming adverse conditioning perpetrated by her demanding narcissistic mother.

I highly recommend this book to anyone whose childhood was hijacked by a neglectful and abusive parent, and who would like to learn how to break free and live a happy healthy life.

Read the reviews and download the book for FREE until July 23rd:

Please continue reading at Sally’s blog to find more free books for limited time on sale



Smorgasbord Christmas Party – Guest author D. G. Kaye with Childhood Christmas Wishes and My First Biggest Tree | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life


Blog sharing

I was thrilled to be invited to Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Invitation blog and share a Christmas story of my own. Sally is running a Smorgasbord of Christmas reading, music, books and authors, and various entertainment. I hope you enjoy my story and when you continue reading at Sally’s blog, have a look around and see all the goodies she has going on, something for everyone.


“Today’s guest is no stranger to many of you as Debby Gies, author D.G. Kaye speeds through the Internet like a express train, promoting all of us with elegance and sincere friendship. She is a terrific supporter of Indie authors and you will find interviews, reviews and posts on life at


Childhood Christmas Wishes and My First Biggest Tree by D.G. Kaye


As each December approached, I’d take in the views of the glorious glow of Christmas lights and decorations sprouted everywhere, from the street light posts to the homes we’d pass while driving by them, sparkling in all their glory. I was a child and wanted so badly to be part of Christmas.

Coming from a family that didn’t practice much of religion, and having Orthodox Jewish grandparents on my paternal side, didn’t afford me the luxury of having a Christmas tree. This didn’t mean that I didn’t love Christmas and all special festivities I’d witnessed on TV and from visiting friend’s homes who celebrated. I envied the kids who spent fun times with their families, doing traditional holiday things such as wrapping presents, singing carols and most especially, decorating the tree. Oh how I longed to have a bright and sparkly Christmas tree in my home.

When I was very young I didn’t understand why I couldn’t be a part of the festive season, and nobody explained religion to me, other than being told by CONTINUE READING . . .


Source: Smorgasbord Christmas Party – Guest author D. G. Kaye with Childhood Christmas Wishes and My First Biggest Tree | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

D.G. Kaye, Author | TINA FRISCO – Meet the #Author

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I’ve been interviewed over at author/blogger and great sharer of everything writing, Tina Frisco’s blog. Please come over and visit us there.


Welcome, Debby!


“Hi Tina. I’m excited to be here guest appearing on your wonderful blog and mingling with some of your readers. Thank you so much for having me here today.”


“Debby, it’s my great pleasure to have you here. We’re looking forward to learning more about you, your writing process, and your outstanding and informative books.”


Tell us a little about yourself. 


I’m a nonfiction/memoir writer and blogger. All of my books are written from my point of view, taken from experiences I’ve encountered. While my memoirs, P.S. I Forgive You and Conflicted Hearts are of serious subject matter, I do like to inject some humor in some of my other writings. . . Continue Reading Here


Source: D.G. Kaye, Author | TINA FRISCO 

We Are Not #Broken – You Are Not Broken |Dorothy Sander


Reblog and featuring

Today’s reblog is from Dorothy Sander and her wise words about healing ourselves. We are not broken, we are on a journey of discover, learning, growing, exploring.

We Are Not Broken

Feeling and believing that we are broken or don’t measure up in some way…that we are flawed…inadequate…and in need of fixing…is an illusion. You are not broken. Perfection is a fantasy.  As human beings we have the ability to see, to conceptualize, a more perfect something. It’s an ability that drives us to create and learn and explore. 

Perfection is a fantasy.  As human beings we have the ability to see, to conceptualize, a more perfect something. It’s an ability that drives us to create and learn and explore. We’ve begun to use this ability to destroy ourselves.

I don’t believe we were born to exploit ourselves or each other, and yet, that is exactly the nature of the life in which we believe ourselves to be trapped. It’s no different from living in a cult. Our culture is a cult. Think of it. Think about how hard it is to go against the norm. We believe in many ways that we are powerless. We are powerless only insofar as we believe we have no choice. . . Continue Reading


Source: We Are Not Broken – You Are Not Broken |

What Makes Bad #Writing? | BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

Festisite Reblog

I came across this interesting article On Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog. The article speaks of writing a compelling story, not just what we as writers feel would be a great story, but what it takes to make it a good story.


We’ve all read a bad book. Most of us have read a bad published book; many of us have read a bad manuscript, perhaps a friend-of-a-friend’s, that we were obligated to read to the bitter end. And then tell the author something noncommittal and encouraging. . . Continue Reading


Source: What Makes Bad Writing? | BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

Are You Using #Universal #Links for your Books?

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Authors, are you using universal links for your books? If you’re not using universal links with your books, you’re most likely missing out on having many more potential readers.


What is a universal link?


When selling your books on, and posting the link for that book when promoting, it will take the reader directly to Now that’s great that you have an interested reader to view your book, but what if they want to purchase it and they don’t live in the U.S.? They’d have to manually go to the Amazon site which corresponds to their own country to purchase that book, and this added step may have already lost their interest. Here are a few good reasons:

  • The reader may not be tech-savvy and may not know the correct URL for their country’s Amazon page.

  • They may not be too familiar with the ‘Googling’ process either, causing them to go no further to bother finding out how to get the book.

  • There are also readers who have short attention spans and may not be willing to go through hoops just to find the book page, or waiting for pages to load.

Enter, the universal book link. There are a few sites widely used by self-published authors where you can create a dedicated URL to each of your books, By linking your book to these newly created, specific to the book URL’s, it enables the reader to land directly on the Amazon page of their own country. Once there, they can have a further look at the book and click to purchase without having to search for the intended page.


Two popular sites (there are a few more less commonly used) for creating a universal book link are and


I use for my books. Each time I promote my books, I use the links I’ve created, whether it’s for a promotional ad, here on my blog, or on social media. That way I don’t have to worry about whether or not a potential buyer is getting confused where they’ve landed.

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All you have to do is enter the default URL of your book for example, my book: then below, in country destinations, add the other countries Amazon has their site on, eg: .ca, plus your book name, dp, and asin after  each country, eg: (for Canada) and the book linking site will make one universal link for all of those available pages with one common URL. The new link for that book now begins with ‘’ and you choose the end of the URL. The book listed above is my book, Conflicted Hearts, my new link I use for it is   . If you clicked the first link I shared, it will take you to my book on the .com page. If you now click the last link above, you will land on your country’s page.




To obtain all 15 country URL’s Amazon sells on, I’m linking HERE to a most interesting post I recently read from the Not only will you find the 15 Amazon countries, but this post explains the importance of creating new links to use for promotion. One very good reason in particular is, by using a different link, your reviews are less likely to be deleted; a common problem authors are finding lately when they choose to review a book of an acquaintance, and Amazon deems the review as biased.


I’m also linking to an older post I came across at ebooksuccess4free   Although it’s an older post, the info is still current, (other than the 3 newest countries added by Amazon since then), and if you read it, you will note why that blogger also prefers  using


For more information on how to set up your links, you can read instructions on how to set up your permanent links at or 


I hope you find this post helpful.


NOTE: My friend and author, Dan Alatorre brought up an important point that I overlooked including here. I’m including his comment  below. Dan adds another bonus of making your own links is that you can check on your links to see where the clicks came from:


“This is huge, and I don’t do it enough. Another reason to use global links is TRACKING. Say you run two promotions at the same time and sell a lot of books. Which promo worked? Wouldn’t you like to know that one sold 99% of your books and the other sold none? Using a global link can do that because it shows which clicks came from where. Then you can have a second promo where the benefit was received and NOT waste money. That’s huge.”



The Pink Basket


Lately, I have been reading many books on writing, in particular, writing in memoir. A great book I just read and has now become a great reference book for writing prompts is Old Friend From Far Away, by Natalie Goldberg. Her writing is intense with descriptive words and the lessons she uses to promote ten-minute writing prompts to awaken the creative juices in a flash are so motivating.

One of Goldberg’s first prompts is, “I am looking at …”. She writes, “You have ten minutes to write, go!” I have been using this exercise a lot lately. Since reading her book, sometimes while I’m not writing, I find myself doing something around the house and my attention may be drawn to a mundane object and I begin creating stories in my head about them.

This little story came to me  while I was doing a load of laundry. When I took a load out of the dryer, I placed it into my old faithful, pink laundry basket. Many times when I look at that basket, I chuckle when I think about how old that basket is and where it came from. I began with “I am looking at this pink laundry basket” and my memory took over.

The basket has been around my homes for well over half a century! When I moved away from home as a  teen, I took it with me as my mother prepared to toss it out while we packed up our family home. Everyone was moving. My parents were finally divorcing and my dad sold our beautiful home with the circular driveway.

My father had already moved out. My mother was taking my younger siblings to a smaller home and I was eager to find peace and start life on my own at eighteen. I was young and starting from scratch so I inherited some furniture from our home and I knew I would be needing a laundry basket, and whatever I didn’t have to buy was good enough for me.

I never really gave much thought to the basket other than its usefulness. Through the years I have moved a lot and that basket came everywhere with me. But as the decades passed, it had become very symbolic. With its once bright pink color, it had become faded to a lightened shade of peach. The years had left many marks on it but it is still in perfect condition and sturdier than the flimsy baskets made today.

When I was four years old, I loved to play with that basket. This is certainly quite an odd object for a child to want to play with, but for me it became a kind of safe-haven. I grew up living in much discord and I feared my mother’s temper. When I was very young, I used to imagine I was a princess who would one day be famous and free. Quite a combination for a young child to think about, and the famous part especially was interesting because I didn’t know what I wanted to be famous for. I would jump in my bed and I would put that basket over my head—like a cage, as though I were in solitude. Nobody could find me (I thought) and I was safe from the noise of my mother’s rants.

Once inside my own private world, my imagination took over and I would go into my princess land and I felt safe and content.

Goldberg’s book opens up the imagination. You begin with being prompted such as: “I am looking at,” which starts the writing and your thoughts will drive you to the story from what you are looking at. You don’t stop to think or revise. You follow your thoughts from the initial object you began writing about, and the writing begins to take on a new life about the subject as you continue to write. There are many writing prompts in Old Friend From Far Away which awaken our memories and can be used over and over using different subject matters.


Rising Like A Vampire – Writing Life

Today's thought

Being a writer and working full time at it is a luxury for me. Many writers have to fulfill a daytime job and steal the hours in between for their writing. I have spent the better part of this year committed to my writing and learning about the self publishing industry, marketing and promoting with still, a long way to go. There is always something more to learn, so staying on top of the curve is crucial.

Before I seriously began writing my book, I was a social butterfly; always doing something and out almost everyday, dressed up in my many outfits from my many purchases, from my many shopping excursions. As I look back on the calendar, I gasp about how it was only February when I began working ‘gungho’ on my book and when summer approached I asked, “Where did the spring go?” The other day I said to my husband, “Holy crap, it’s October next week, what happened to July?” When I looked back through the months, I was proud of my accomplishments and the way I had made my writing a priority in life. Gone were the days of social lunches, and shopping for “just because” and all the other frivolity. I’d often go visit my closet with all my clothes and treasures and look forward to where I would wear what and to where next. I realized that I had spent much of the year in my over-sized sleepshirts and sweatpants; no make-up required. My husband would come home from work and always compliment the way I looked in the past and now he comes home to the same few writing attired looks of me and yet will still find a way to compliment me. Some days, I am home for days on end, some days it becomes a major inconvenience to stop what I am doing just to make him dinner, yet he never complains.

I have found a way to orchestrate my weeks so that I work four weekdays and make one day for all appointments and errands and groceries. Many Saturdays I also work when there are no social obligations. I have given up Sundays long ago because when my husband is home, he seems to always need my assistance for something or other or just wanting a slice of my time. My social life has been drastically downgraded and for those who are close to me, they understand. We also find out who really cares in these stages; who is interested in what we do and who disappears when they aren’t getting your full attention. I have no children of my own, so I get to be selfish about my time.

The other day I had my one day out. It was a beautiful sunny autumn day, still a bit unseasonably warm, although you could feel the hint of crispness in the air. As I opened the garage to go into my car, the brightness of the sun hit me like a bolt. I stood out in the fresh air for a few minutes and grabbed my sunglasses, laughing to myself as the sun hurt my eyes. I wondered how long it had been since I felt the sun on me. I felt like a darn vampire as I counted back the days since I was last outside; five to be exact. Wearing civilian clothes with my hair and make-up done, it felt good.