A fabulous post by D. Wallace Peach sharing some of her brilliant reviews of Sally Cronin’s wonderful books. Unmissable!

Myths of the Mirror

Sally Cronin and her blog Smorgasbord Invitation is a household name around WordPress. She’s one of the most generous bloggers this side of Sunday, and how she manages to keep up her wide range of posts continues to amaze me. I think she has a workshop of elves in the attic.

If you’re not already a fan, check out her blog for book and author promotions, reviews, music, humor, food and health tips, short stories, and poetry. All that, and….

she’s an exquisite writer.

I couldn’t think of a better way to thank Sally for her kindness than to share my reviews of some of her books. You can’t go wrong with any of these.

5-Star reads by author Sally Cronin

(In no particular order)

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Life is like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet

I’m a fan of…

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Hooray! Journey 6 of Dead of Winter is here! Rejoice and join me in congratulating the author, Teagan Geneviene!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

 

Welcome June — and welcome to you too, everyone. Last month the May issue of “Dead of Winter” ended with a ginormous cliffhanger at “Llyn Pistyll Falls.”  Today I’m pleased to announce Journey 6, the Fluting Fell, and get us off that cliff. 

Also, at the beginning, I guesstimated that this series would run for roughly a year.  Even today that is not something I can pin down.  However, I was just looking at the original manuscript, and with Journey 6, I’m figuring that we are about half way through the epic. 

Announcing the June Issue

Dead of Winter: Journey 6, The Fluting Fell

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The e-book is live now.  However, there is a small glitch with the paperback, so it won’t be ready for a couple of days.

The Blurb

Emlyn’s story continues in Journey 6…

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Teagan Geneviene has been catching up on people’s reading this month, and I’m among those she caught reading one of her stories. 😉

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Gratitude

May is Get Caught Reading Month. I meant to do something special for that this year, but things like the kitchen sink blowing up — sending the faucet flying across the room — and a fountain spewing up to the ceiling sort of made me forget.  You wouldn’t have caught me reading very much this month, or writing much either.  However, I’ve caught you reading!  Here are shout-outs to some of the wonderful people I’ve caught reading the Journeys of “Dead of Winter” this month.

 

Got Caught Reading

It was completely unexpected when I caught Teri Polen reading Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure on May 18th!  Lulu is one of my favorite characters, so I’m thankful that Teri gave her new life.

Dead of Winter: Journey 3, The Fever Field

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On May 1st, D. Wallace Peach shared a collection that…

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Hooray! The wait is over! Journey 4 of Teagan Geneviene’s Dead of Winter is here!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 

The April Journey is finally here!

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Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road

I never intended to do much writing when I decided to convert this epic novel into an Amazon serial of monthly novelettes.  It was already plenty long.  However, this Journey gave me the chance to tell part of the backstory of two characters — Boabhan and Hallgeir.  To do so, I added an entire chapter, titled “Dig.”  There was already one segment told from Boabhan’s point of view.  

The Boabhan character also designed the wagons in which the Deae Matres travel, hence the wagon wheel in my image.  I suppose it would be fair to say that this novelette features her. 

Journey 4 is notably longer than 1, 2, 3, or 5 (coming in May).  However, it is still novelette-length.

As most of you know, I call the…

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Thanks to Sally for including my review in her Blogger Daily today, especially because I’m in incredibly good company. Don’t miss it!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

A small selection of posts I have read in the last few days that I hope you will head over to read in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from author/artist Linda Lee Greene and shares the bittersweet significance of the date March 29th.

March 29th – A Bittersweet Date. From Linda Lee Greene, Author/Artist

My mother was born on a March 29th, and ninety-one years later, my father died on a March 29th. My daughter, who is a registered nurse and hospice administrator, and therefore well-versed in the dying patterns of people, predicted my ailing father’s date of death. She was certain he would hold on to life until March 29th of that year. She explained that people nearing the final moment of their life cycle often wait until they reach what to them is a meaningful date to take their last breath. In my father’s case, it…

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Sad news about Sue Vincent’s passing and a beautiful tribute by Jim Webster.

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There are times when a poet must make a stand and say, “This has happened without my cognisance and I will not accept it!” Today has not been the best of days. Today I got a note from a patron. Common enough, especially from her, as she was always quick to praise, swift to encourage. But today the note had a bitter flavour. She was sitting awaiting death. A week? Longer?

And what can a poet do? A poet can protest, a poet can stand tall and say firmly that this will not do. A poet can bang the table with his wine glass obvious of the fact it has shattered and the pieces lie glistening but incoherent, shards of dreams never now to be dreamt.

Others have known Sue for longer than I, others will doubtless feel the grief more keenly, will mourn longer, but my job as a…

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Great news! The Third Journey in Teagan Genevieve’s Death of Winter is available! Check all the information here, and don’t forget to read the fantastic review of Journey 2 by Robbie Cheadle.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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You know what they say about “the best laid plans of mice and (wo)men…”  I wanted to announce “Dead of Winter: Journey 3, The Fever Field” and schedule the post for my usual Wednesday slot at midnight Eastern Time.  Unfortunately, my life has been ruled by Murphy’s Law this week, and Amazon publishing, and slow Internet were Murphy’s allies. 

Happily, the multi-talented author, Roberta Eaton Cheadle has helped me out by adding the cover reveal and the Kindle purchase link for Journey 3 to her amazing review of Journey 2!

Dead of Winter promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene
Dead of Winter promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Journey 2, Penllyn is the second episode in the Dead of Winter serial. You can read my review of review of Journey 1 Forlorn Peak here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1A6T1JDOEV3H3. Now, on to my review of Journey 2, Penllyn! What Amazon says…

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Teagan Geneviene has published Journey 2 of Dead of Winter, and I can’t wait to carry on reading. Remember, it’s being published as a series of novelettes, so it’s ideal if you don’t have a lot of time. And it’s gripping!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 

February is here & so is the 2nd monthly installment

Dead of Winter: Journey 2, Penllyn

January 2021 actually began one good thing — monthly, serialized novelettes of an epic fantasy, “Dead of Winter.”  Journey 1, Forlorn Peak was released a month ago.

I actually wrote Dead of Winterten years ago, as a huge epic fantasy novel.  Late last year when I decided to edit it into a serial/series of novelettes, I did some posts explaining what held me back for a decade. 

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Some readers missed those posts, and asked about my use of “the Game of Thrones tagline.”  …I had been writing Dead of Winter for two years — all the while weaving the prophetic warning Winter is coming! throughout my 800+ page book.  If you want to know my reaction when suddenly a promo aired for Game of…

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Horror and vampire lovers, check this out!

Priscilla Bettis, Author

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It’s a new anthology, The Vampire Connoisseur, and I’M IN IT! OMGosh, I’m a published author! (Squeal!) I’ve read all 16 vampire stories. They’re all good, fun, enjoyable, and not your typical vampire tales. Yes, I have some faves:

“The Red Angel” by Lisa Hario because it’s kinda sweet, but it’s still a horror story.
“Poem of the Riverbank” by Gary Robbe because of the way the author achieved a sense of dread and because the prose felt so refined.
“Parasites: A Tale of Route 66” by B.J. Thrower because the ending was truly horror-filled but not in a fangs sort of way.

My story, “The Sun Sets Nonetheless,” is about a Midwestern man fighting off vampires. It was inspired by a wind gust that blew white petals off a flowering tree in our back yard. The image stuck with me, and I wrote a dark story around…

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Run over for this new Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic, an homage to a beloved writer, blogger, and wonderful person. Don’t miss it! And there’s a prize as well!

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

by H.R.R. Gorman

Here at the Carrot Ranch, we take the business of 99-word literary art seriously. Those who participate in the Ranch prompts or yearly Rodeo saddle up to TUFF (The Ultimate Flash Fiction) it out and train new Rough Riders as we go. Now, the Ranch is hosting a new event to sharpen minds, welcome new hands, and celebrate one of our own the best way we know how: our first ever Rodeo Classic.

In this Rodeo Classic, we’re here to celebrate a stalwart center of many blogging corners, Sue Vincent. Sue has variously contributed to the community here at the Carrot Ranch, through communication with many other bloggers, and run her own famous #writephoto weekly blog prompt. You can (and should!) follow her on her blogs, The Daily Echo and the shared blog France & Vincent. She has inspired us to become better writers and shown…

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