The Fifth Day of Christmas at the Smorgasbord and a Free Book Promo

Sally Cronin is hosting the 12 Days of Christmas at her blog daily, and I was thrilled to be featured with my best Christmas gift along with 2 other authors, Lizzie Chantree and Joy Lennick. Every day of the 12, Sally shares a fun story and lots of food and drinks to celebrate the season.

 

As a bonus feature, I’m sharing Sally’s generous offer on her blog now through Christmas Eve where Sally is offering 5 of her ebooks absolutely FREE! Please check out the second link at the bottom of the post to get to Sally’s book promotion and take advantage, I promise Sally’s books never disappoint!

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Christmas – The Fifth Day of Christmas with guests D.G. Kaye, Lizzie Chantree and Joy Lennick

 

Welcome to the fifth day of Christmas, and today my guests are D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies), Lizzie Chantree and Joy Lennick.  We will find out more about their most favourite Christmas memories later.

 

As I continue to reflect on Christmas Past… I came across some pictures of Saas Fee in Austria the Christmas of 1995, here is a mountain shot that I found on Pixabay which is far better than the ones I took with my old camera. It was to be a memorable festive break for more than one reason… We stayed in a lovely hotel which was family run and the guests were mainly German speaking. There was one other English couple and the management kindly put our two tables close together in the dining-room. We actually got on with them very well and over the course of the 10 days we went on some excursions as a foursome. The other thing that the management did to make our stay more enjoyable was to translate their morning newsletter and guide to the day’s menu from German into English.

These were the days before Google Translate was offering such a useful service and I know that the two pager must have taken considerable time to convert especially as there were only four of us who could not speak German. That is true customer service. However, it unfortunately did lead to some hilarity at the breakfast table despite our best efforts to maintain a stiff British upper lip. There were a number of ‘moments’ including our confusion over the ‘Cancer Butter’ to be served with the salmon at dinner (Crab butter) and the title of the Version Original film to be shown at the local cinema ‘The Hard with a Vengeance’ (Die Hard with a Vengeance).

David was hitting the ski slopes every day whilst I explored the trails around Saas Fee by foot. However, between Christmas and New Year the four of us decided to try out the very long toboggan run from the top of the tree line down into the town. Luckily there was a ski lift up to the top where we collected our individual sleds. I was not very proficient to begin with and the other three were soon on their way as I trailed tentatively behind. The route took two hours normally and by the time I got to the last down hill stretch David and our two companions were gathered enjoying a mulled wine and waiting for my arrival. That last slope was both steep and lengthy and I perched over the lip prepared for a fast ride.

At that moment the three of them turned to face the slope and began waving.. as did most of the other spectators. I was quite chuffed by the attention as they all waved both arms over their heads and shouted encouragement. Taking a deep breath I launched myself off and gathered momentum very quickly…. too quickly and barely keeping the sled under control I hurtled downwards towards the waiting crowd. The end of the run ended in a gradual slope upwards to slow the progress of over eager tobogganers.

It was obvious to those watching that I was not going to be stopping anytime soon and the crowd parted as I rushed through them and I heard what they had been shouting to me on the way down as they waved their arms in the air “Ice, Ice, walk down on the edge – don’t do it. I took off from that ramp like Santa and his sleigh and thankfully landed in a snow drift positioned as a precautionary measure…. As I rose to my feet unharmed I turned to find anxious faces peering over the edge. I was laughing with adrenaline overload and with that everybody began clapping and slapping each other on the back… It was obviously the best entertainment in town….

 

 

Time for my first guest and it is D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies who is not just a wonderful friend and supporter of the blog but also a much valued contributor. In particular the monthly Travel Column which has taken us to warm and exotic locations in the Caribbean and The Lesser Antilles…on cruise ships with all the know-how necessary to get the best value and enjoyment from our holiday. Recently Debby has been keeping an eye open for funnies to enhance the Laughter lines including this recent post

 

Debby shares her very poignant best Christmas Gift ever.. the first year that she was married.

My best Christmas gift was marrying my husband in October 1999. One week after our marriage I became almost fatally ill and spent the first few months of marriage in and out of hospital. The steroids I was put on made me gain a bunch of weight and my face wasn’t spared with the often talked about ‘moonface’ many experience on that drug. I was sick, depressed and couldn’t stand looking in a mirror. My husband caught me secretly crying in the bathroom and asked me what was the matter. I tried to explain how I felt through my fit of tears and here was his response: “I love you to the moon and back. You will always be beautiful to me and that’s all that counts.” If I hadn’t already known I married a prince, I knew in that moment.

Please continue reading at Sally’s blog, for more food, fun,memories and videos.

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas – The last author to be (self-promoted) and Free Giveaway – Sally Cronin!

 

Time for some self-promotion…. but I do come bearing gifts!

 

I am going to share the books and one of their reviews, and offer five of the E-versions to you as a Christmas gift. I have no expectation of a review, but I write books to be read, and it gives me pleasure to know that someone is intrigued enough to want to accept the book.

 

The offer runs from today 18th December until Midnight Christmas Eve 2018 wherever you live – Please visit Sally’s post to take advantage of her generous offer 

 

Promote Your Book Reviews – #ShareAReviewDay #MondayBlogs | The Write Stuff

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The talented and often hilarious Marcia Meara of The Write Stuff has generously started a new weekly series on her blog – Share a Review Day. Marcia kindly invites authors to submit some of their book’s reviews to her and she will feature them on her blog. Wow, another generous author who will help promote our books! Don’t miss this opportunity!

 

NOTE: #ShareAReviewDay #MondayBlogs

Last week, I decided to add a new feature on The Write Stuff: Share A Review Day. (See my post HERE). I had originally planned to do this on Wednesday, but after my Senior Moment passed, I realized I’m already committed to a pretty detailed #NotesFromTheRiver post on Wednesdays. 😯 Therefore, I’m going to run our Share A Review Day on Tuesdays, commencing tomorrow. Please continue reading over at Marcia’s blog.

 

Source: NOTE: #ShareAReviewDay #MondayBlogs | The Write Stuff

#TinaFrisco ~ Free Books for the Holidays | TINA FRISCO

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This is  second posting today, but I felt I must share it today because it’s time-sensitive. Tina Frisco has generously decided to share all 3 of her books FREE for 3 consecutive days ONLY. One book each day starting today is Tina’s gift to readers. I’ve read all 3 of Tina’s books and you have only to check my reviews on all of them as well a the reviews of others to get a feel for Tina’s beautiful writing.

 

Today only Vampyrie is FREE. You can download direct from the post, but do continue over to Tina’s blog to find out and make note of the other free dates for her other books!

 

#TINAFRISCO ~ FREE BOOKS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

I love giving gifts. I enjoy watching the sparkle in someone’s eyes as they unwrap an anticipated treasure.
The Winter holidays embody love, compassion, and sharing. I hold great hope for humankind and envision these virtues imbuing our lives all year round. If each of us did one small thing for someone we did not know, imagine the light that would fill the world!

 

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This Holiday Season I would like to show my appreciation for all of you who regularly visit and share my blog, and who freely offer your love and support.
Thank you so much ♥
On the following dates, each of my books will be free for download on Amazon:

Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire ~  Dec. 11th
Download HERE
VAMPYRIE: Origin of the Vampire by Tina Frisco

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility. 

Continue Reading HERE for the other FREE dates to get Tina’s books!

 

Source: #TinaFrisco ~ Free Books for the Holidays | TINA FRISCO

Words We Carry – Relationships and Self-Esteem #FREE Promotion on Amazon!

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Free Book Promotion – My book, Words We Carry will be available for FREE download starting today! If you haven’t already read this book, please help yourself to a copy and read about my thoughts on where lack of self-esteem begins, how we tend to get involved and stay in toxic relationships and a few other nuggets of wisdom I share from some of my own experience.This book will be free from August 11th through August 15th on Amazon.

Words We Carry by D.G. Kaye

 

Get this book FREE Now Here!

 

Blurb:

 

I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

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.

 

Editorial Review

 

“D.G. Kaye offers hope to those of us imprisoned by the negativewords and scripts engrained in our minds. Words WeCarry, her own true story, tells us how to re-establish our self-esteem andattract the positive relationships we all deserve!”–Deborah A. Bowman, Author, Publisher, and Advanced ClinicalPsychological Hypnotherapist (ACPH)

 

Reviews:

 

Top customer reviews

 

on June 30, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

This is the second book (but certainly not the last) that I have read by Debby Kaye. In “Conflicted Hearts,” the first of her books that I read, I was amazed at the transparency in which she opened her life to readers. That approach proved effective in helping me to connect with her. I took away much from that reading experience, as I did with this one, “Words We Carry.” In WWC, Debby does it again – bares her life. Using excerpts from her childhood, teenage and young adult years, Debby shares some of the hurtful, shaming and neglectful events, words, and situations that led to her early attachment to low self-esteem. She goes a step further in this book by showing how she divorced low self-esteem by pursuing healthy, authentic relationships and by being intentional with her thoughts and actions. This led her to self-worth, self-acceptance and self-love.

 

Although I do not share Debby’s exact life experiences, I could relate to so many of the circumstances and harmful words she described. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that many women will relate as so many of our (female) issues stem from our physical appearance. Or rather, our “lack of” as compared to super models or in Debby’s case, her outrageously gorgeous mother. Later In life, Debby learned to counter the mother’s impossible beauty standards. How? She states, “Determination and an inquisitive mind are necessary to rid oneself of anxieties and faulty self-perceptions.” This is just one of the gems she shares with readers. There are others such as this one dealing with ridicule and rejection: “Love thyself.” Simple as a statement but powerful when applied to one’s life.

 

This is a short read but so full of wisdom, encouragement and self-correction that one read is not enough. Be warned, you may find yourself turning to this book time and time again.

 

I encourage you to take this walk with Debby as she journeys to self-awareness and confidence. I promise you’ll be rewarded as well.

 

on August 18, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Grab your FREE copy now at Amazon!

Introduce Yourself – Promotional Opportunity for New Authors – Pearls Before Swine

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Today’s reblog is a share of Yecheilya Ysrayl of the PBS Blog, posting a call for authors to be interviewed for free promotion. E.C. as I prefer to call Yecheilya is a generous author who posts many helpful articles for writers and always has something exciting to offer for her readers. I also advise that you sign up for her always interesting newsletters, where E.C. keeps us up to date with her projects and promotions and her sharing of helpful tips for writers.

 

 

 

“Introduce yourself, hey hey! Introduce yourself…hey!

My name is___________.”

 

At the end of last year, I told you all that I was looking to implement another promotional opportunity for authors on this blog. It has taken a long time but is finally here!

At the moment, I run two:

 

  • Book Reviews (currently closed for registry but returning soon. Stay tuned.)
  • Book Promo. – Where I promote book covers in my email list FREE. Send me your cover, blurb, and buy links to be featured to my email HERE.

 

Now I am implementing a third opportunity. Something I am hoping will give you a bit more exposure. I am calling it Introduce Yourself, inspired by the children. Here’s how it works:

 

Introduce Yourself – a promotional opportunity for new authors on The PBS Blog. It is an interview conducted by me with questions specifically tailored to helping us to get to know you better.

 

I enjoy thought provoking conversation and so is the tone of this blog so please be as detailed as possible in your answers. People are less likely to support people they don’t know anything about so dig deep and let us get to know the real you!

 

How to Get Involved . . . Continue Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Introduce Yourself – Promotional Opportunity for New Authors – Pearls Before Swine

#FREE Book Promotion – Vampyrie by Tina Frisco

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Author Tina Frisco is running her first FREE book promotion on her intriguing book Vampyrie. I’m currently reading this beautifully written and engrossing book and will be reviewing when I’m finished. But I can say that I’m enjoying every word and every turn this book takes, and look forward to every time I get to pick up the book to read more.

 

Vampyrie is not what one would expect when first looking at this book, as I did. As many of my author friends, especially horror writers, know about me, I’m a big suck and scaredy cat. I do not read in those genres. When I apologized to Tina, telling her I wouldn’t be able to read her book and why, she explained the concept of the book to me, telling me it’s not your typical vampire story with scary blood-sucking, graphic content. I was instantly intrigued to read it. Below is the blurb which will explain the concept of the book.

 

Get yourself a copy of this book while it’s free and after you’ve read it, let me know if you think it’s a dramatic spin on what we instinctively think a vampire story would deliver.

Vampyrie by Tina Frisco

Download this FREE book Here!

FREE book promotion from July 28th – August 1st

Blurb:

 

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility. 

Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell? 

Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor? 

Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, Plateau, join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in Vampyrie.

 

From the Author

 

I always have been fascinated by the myth of the vampire and often have wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. My background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science,how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as a physical disorder or disease.

One day during my morning walk, the word Valkyrie came to mind. As many of you know, a valkyrie is one of a host of female helping spirits of the god Odin in Norse mythology. Depicted as both loving and bloodthirsty, valkyries decide who lives and who dies in battle. They also assist Odin in transporting his favorites among the slain to Valhalla, the hall where he houses the dead whom he deems worthy of dwelling with him. In my novel, Valkyrie becomes Vampyrie and Valhalla becomes the Haven.

5 Star Review

 

on January 18, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
 Books by Tina Frisco

#BookRelease – Plateau: Beyond the Trees | TINA FRISCO

 

Today I’m happy to reblog my dear friend Tina Frisco’s post about the FREE promo she is running.

 

Tina has been through all sorts of hoops trying to regain her first book, Plateau, back from the original publisher. She waited until her contract was up to claim it back and found that they still wanted to charge her an exorbitant amount of money to have her book back, but I helped her come up with a plan to get it back free and it worked. I’m not going into details but suffice it to say. she had a lot of work to do after, reformatting and editing and today her book is back on Amazon as the author and publisher and in honor of that she is offering the book FREE! 

 

If you haven’t read this amazing book, here’s your chance to grab it now! I wrote a review on this book last year that you can read HERE. Please read the heartfelt post Tina has written to share her newly published book below.

 

#BOOKRELEASE – PLATEAU: BEYOND THE TREES

I am pleased to announce the release of the 2nd edition of my first novel, PLATEAU.
Plateau: Beyond the Trees by Tina FriscoAvailable in both eBook and paper.

They will show in the Amazon store within 3-5 business days but are available now through the Kindle and CreateSpace stores. The old version is still showing on Amazon but will be removed.

 

To celebrate, the eBook will be free to download from the 15th through the 19th.

Download it HERE.

I’m so grateful to have this task behind me! It took quite a bit longer than I expected, largely due to how poorly I wrote five years ago compared with now. I decided to give the book a quick overhaul, forgetting it was not a vehicle that merely needed an oil change. And once I started, there was no turning back. I did all the formatting, which can be a nightmare. But I learned a lot when I published my book Vampyrie last December, and fortunately I remembered most of it.

 

I also needed to make a cover. On the front I wanted to use the same image, which was created by a friend of mine and was easy to upload. I used GIMP  to apply the text. Since CreateSpace’s cover design choices are limited, the back cover was more of a challenge. How to get the color I wanted? I was blessed with a light-bulb moment. I scanned a sheet of white paper into my computer, uploaded the image into GIMP, applied color, and added the text. This project was a full day’s work. When I uploaded it to CreateSpace, it looked fine. But CS said the text went too far to the border (even though it was within the border shown), so I had to redo the text, which took another half day. (I need to go to GIMP school.)

 

During all of this, my mum became seriously ill and had to be hospitalized. I thought I might have to hop a train and travel cross country. Thankfully she recovered and is doing well.

 

Now that the dreaded book business is completed (I need to go to formatting school), I can resume writing posts and visiting blogs. I can tackle that collapsing pile of books on my TBR. I can open the stack of mail on my desk.  Maybe I’ll get around to cleaning and doing the laundry. My neglected little car needs a bath, and I really should jump in the shower. Wash my hair? Yes, I need to do that as well. I even hope to go out to dinner or the movies before the end of the year. An author’s work is never done.   Please continue reading . . .

 

 

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Source: #BookRelease – Plateau: Beyond the Trees | TINA FRISCO

#FREE #Christmas Book Promotion – P.S. I Forgive You

BREAKING NEWS book promotion

 

I’m excited to announce just in time for the Christmas holiday season, I am putting my new book, P.S. I Forgive You on FREE promotion starting today, December 19th through December 23rd! If you haven’t got your copy of my book already, here’s a chance to download it for Free! The Universal link to all countries will bring you directly to the book page HERE

 

 

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Blurb:

 

“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.

 

P.S. I Forgive You - You can't fix someone who doesn't believe they're broken.

 

 

 

Reviews:

 

For Everyone Who Has or Is Attempting to be in a Better Place than Where They Came
5 Stars By Di Amazon Customer on November 22, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have always felt that something good can always come from something bad and this book clearly proves it. D.G. Kaye is the good that has for some blessed reason come from a horrific childhood. Her mother trumps the fictional mom in Yaya Sisterhood played by Ashley Judd and Ellen Burstyn about a very selfish and narcissistic woman! Whose line in one of the scenes was “Do I look fat?” The sad thing was this book is not writing about a fictional character but a mother who raised an amazing daughter in-spite of her lack of knowing how to love anyone but herself.
I have sent this book to two friends that I feel can relate and need to know that they are not alone and can rise above where they came from and not feel guilt for being angry at their moms. This book is sad but empowering. Showing that you are not your mothers!
Amazing Heartfelt Memoir – Loved it!
 on October 20, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I purchased “P.S. I Forgive You” this last night on Amazon (Kindle – as I wanted to read it right away). I could not put the book down and after 3 and 1/2 hours I finally had to go to bed (2:30 am). It was well written and surely from the bottom of D.G. Kaye’s heart! A story so sad that a mother was so taken with herself that she had not time to love her children they way a mother should. I am so sorry to hear you had to go through this heartache your whole life. I know family and friends that have endured similar experiences but never had the opportunity to be able write it down in a book. I will finish the book today and I am still reading…it really is mindboggling and sad. The hurt has carried through to all her siblings and in many ways will never go away. But Kaye had finally found peace and could forgive her mother….that in itself is a step to recovery!
Thinking of you D. G. Kaye and all your family to a healthy and long lasting relationship in the future going forward. Thank you so much for sharing your life experience with us all. We do cherish the fact that this was a very hard thing to do, but it needed to be done. Peace be with you always…..Smile and tomorrow is a new day. …submitted by Judy Hagadorn, Fonthill Ontario, Canada

 

STEVIE TURNER’S REVIEW OF ‘P.S. I FORGIVE YOU’, BY D. G KAYE.

I am a fan of biographies and autobiographies, and I must say I really enjoyed D.G Kaye’s P.S I Forgive You.

D.G Kaye and her siblings had the misfortune to be raised by a narcissistic and emotionally neglectful mother, who’d had exactly the same upbringing herself and so possibly considered her behaviour to be normal, knowing no other kind.  This type of upbringing leaves mental scars on the recipients, which Ms Kaye suffered from for years until she was old enough to learn some insight into her mother’s behaviour.

I have a cousin, who is one of 4 children who were all unwanted ‘accidents’.  My aunt not only suffered from post-natal depression, but she was also emotionally neglectful, just like the author’s mother.  One child grew up exactly like her mother, one was cowed and never left home, and the other two went as far away from their mother as they could.  Therefore I understand completely why Ms Kaye distanced herself in her mother’s later years, as it was the only way she could achieve peace of mind.

We grow in wisdom as we age, and with this insight comes forgiveness.  Ms Kaye can obviously never forget her troubled childhood, but I applaud her for finding the inner peace which my cousins were never able to do.  An inspirational memoir, which was shorter than I’d hoped, but still a five star read!

Get this book Here on Amazon 

 

Visit my Author Page on Amazon to check out all my books, including Conflicted Hearts, which was Book One to P.S. I Forgive You.