A delightful suprise, to be featured in Sally.s Smorgasbord blog. Thank you so much Sally. I had to re-blog it of course! I won’t buy A Year in the Life of Lwah Brand as I know that story well, but I am ingtrigued by Staci’s book and will go look it up. 🙂
Over the course of the next three months I will be sharing the authors who feature in the Smorgasbord Bookshelf with the books that I have reviewed and can personally recommend.
In this first part of the summer fair, I am sharing books that are the first in a series in both adult and children’s books along with one of their five star reviews. I hope that this will encourage you to enjoy the series in full. I will feature every author on the shelves by the end of the summer. I hope you will enjoy.
The first book today is A Year in the Life of Leah Brand: A Psychological Thrillerby Lucinda E. Clarke and can certainly recommend its gripping story line.
About the book
Leah’s nightmare began the day the dog died.
A few years earlier a fatal car crash took the lives of Leah’s beloved husband…
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The real problems and challenges of being a woman in the modern world.
I am sure like me, there have been times when you have wondered what difference might have been made to your life, if your younger self had been gifted with the experience and knowledge you have accumulated over the years.
I invited several friends from the writing community to share their thoughts on this subject which I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.
Today author Noelle Grangershares her experiences as a young professor at a time when equality and respect were not freely given within the academic environment.
I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Equality by Noelle Granger
I’m a bit older than most people in the blogosphere, having been born at the end of WWII and growing up in the 50s. Life then was family-oriented, patriarchal, and had no electronic distractions except for the arrival of a TV in the house…
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You couldn’t make this up!
So, science has just worked out that anyone who shows any kind of creativity is suffering from a mental disorder. Where do they get these notions from?Lala land?
In a recent article on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19959565 entitled “Creativity closely entwined with mental illness” it was pointed out that writers have a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, according to a team of researchers at the Swedish Karolinska Institute, led by Dr Simon Kyaga.
It went on to say that anyone who is in the least bit ‘creative’ is almost twice as likely to kill themselves; far more than the general population. According to the researchers, creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers being particularly susceptible.
Thanks a lot folks; that maybe explains why I am so driven to write. It’s a funny thing but I’ve never ever thought of writing…
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A huge thank you to Sally for including me in her amazing blog. I a,m honoured and humbled.
In this first feature for the Smorgasbord Bookshelf I am sharing authors whose books I have read and can personally recommend along with one of my reviews for their books.
The first prolific author Lucinda E. Clarke is also an award winning scriptwriter. I am sharing the review for the first book I read as it is the first in her psychological thriller series. Meet Lucinda E. Clarke
Lucinda E Clarke was born in Dublin but has lived in 8 other countries to date. She wanted to write but was railroaded into teaching. She fell into other careers; radio announcer, riding school owner, sewing giant teddy bears. She began scriptwriting professionally in 1986 winning over 20 awards. She also wrote mayoral speeches, company reports, drama documentaries, educational programmes, adverts, news inserts, court presentations, videos for National Geographic, cookery programmes and street theatre to name but a few!
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Another interesting chat organized by Audrey. Thank you so much, not only do we share information, we also learn too.
So well deserved. Sally is one of the very best, supportive, kind, and always encouraging. A true friend to other writers and her books are a great read.
Today is the International Day of Awesomeness! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate something so spectacular? I can think of plenty of things I consider awesome, and plenty of people. When you hang around in the blogosphere for any length of time, you get to know others.
One of the most generous and thoroughly supportive people I’ve “met” is Sally Cronin.
My Story Empire colleagues and I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to shine a well-deserved spotlight on Sally. She is an amazing individual who gives of her time selflessly, constantly sharing promo pieces which showcase others.
Her blog, Smorgasboard Blog Magazine, is filled with author spotlights, book reviews, weekly roundups, profiles and more—all in support of her fellow authors and bloggers. I seriously don’t know how she does it, but I’m thankful to have been touched by her generous spirit.
For the Story Empire group, today…
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A recent chat with interesting tit bits and some advice for writers.
In January, I wrote a post on WSW asking writers for questions that we could answer in our video chats. We received seven questions in the comments to that post, and in this month’s chat we tackled three of them. In addition, Mark Paxson has added some further thoughts on the question about the rules of marketing, asked by Liz Gauffreau.
You can find the chat HERE
I found Lucinda Clarke’s thoughts about ads, email lists, and newsletters to be especially interesting. They start at about 29:40.
These are the last 4 of my top 12 books for this year.
A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE Barbara Taylor Bradford
One of the top-ten bestselling novels ever written. “An extravagant, absorbing novel of love, courage, ambition, war, death and passion.” —The New York Times
Barbara Taylor Bradford’s The Emma Harte Saga begins with this record-shattering New York Times bestseller that traces Emma Harte’s legacy through multiple generations of indomitable women.
From the servants’ quarters of a manor house on the brooding Yorkshire moors to the helm of a profitable international business, Emma Harte’s life is a sweeping saga of unbreakable spirit and resolve. Rising from abject poverty to glittering wealth at the upper echelons of society, there is only one man the indomitable Emma cannot have—and only one she yearns for. For me, this series has stood the test of time.
THE MUNICH GIRL Phyllis Edgerly Ring
Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun.
Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends.
Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions.
Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. As Anna’s journey leads back through the treacherous years in wartime Germany, it uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.
This is an interesting take on a woman most of us know little about. It certainly provides food for thought. It’s been on my kindle for years and I wished I had read it sooner.
THE CHAINMAKERS’ DAUGHTER Rebecca Bryn
“Some make chains. Some wear them.” Rosie Wallace survives on three slices of bread a day. Scarred by flame and metal, she makes her life as her ancestors have: making chains for the rich chain master, Matthew Joshua. There is no hope for a better future. No hope even for a green vegetable on the table. Her life will be making chains, marrying Jack, the boy she loves, and babies every year. But when an assault by the chain master’s son threatens the very fabric of her tenuous existence, Rosie finds the courage and the reason to fight for her own survival and the lives of her family and neighbours. Set in the first decade of the 20th century The Chainmakers’ Daughter is a haunting portrayal of abject poverty, ever-present death, and modern-day slavery. The Chainmakers’ Daughter is set in England, the Black Country from 1901 – 1910.
I have shown book one, but all three in this amazing family saga were a truly great read and contain shocking historical facts of which /I was totally unaware.
This last book is one that is so well written I lived in the story, I was there, lying helpless, and how terrifying that was. The dishes went unwashed, the bed unmade as nothing was going to tear me away from my kindle.
SOMEONE CLOSE TO HOME Alex Craigie
Talented pianist Megan Youngblood has it all – fame, fortune and Gideon.
But Gideon isn’t good enough for Megan’s ambitious, manipulative mother, whose meddling has devastating repercussions for Megan and for those close to her.
Now, trapped inside her own body, she is unable to communicate her needs or fears as she faces institutional neglect in an inadequate care home.
And she faces Annie. Sadistic Annie who has reason to hate her. Damaged Annie who shouldn’t work with vulnerable people. Just how far will Annie go?
I have found a new author in Alex Craigie and I love her work. As I read this book I could feel and experience what it must be like to lie helpless, dependent on others, not even able to speak. A chilling and emotive a book I will remember for years.
I’ve read over a hundred books this year, not all listed in my Goodreads challenge, but I have listed the top twelve that stood out for me and enriched my life. A huge thank you to all the authors, even if many are not on this list, but so many books have enriched my life.
Lucinda Spain December 2021