Layers Upon Layers- #SundayStills #Photography

This Week's Sunday Stills Challenge is all about Texture Terri Webster Shrandt hosts a fun weekly photography challenge that you can join in on here It's autumn in Canada, a time for color and texture, warm coats and frosty breaths. I love the warmth of these berries against the cool shade of rock. The robins … Continue reading Layers Upon Layers- #SundayStills #Photography

Sunday Lines: Sunday, November 29

The Word by Word​ group share lines of encouragement every Sunday. Stop by and share your favorites, we’d love to hear from you ❤

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Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme WHEN YOU VEER OFF THE PATH

Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author.

“Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.” ~ Unknown

Jacquie Biggar

Explore your new reality before you wish it away.

Kathryn Jane

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill

S. A. Taylor

“Choice, not chance determines our destiny.” ~Anonymous

Marsha West

“It’s our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~J.K. Rowling

Sharon Wray

Sometimes the best things in life happen because we took a detour.

Pat Amsden

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Pumpkin Pie and a Thanksgiving Poem

Sharon Wray shares an incredible pie #recipe and a whimsical poem on the Word by Word #blog for the #holidaySeason. Do you have a favorite recipe? We’d love to hear about it 🙂

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Lydia Maria Child, born in Medford, Massachusetts on February 11, 1802, was an abolitionist and novelist famous for her books on early 19th century female domestic life and racial equality. She was also a journalist, cookbook author, and even wrote a tome on world religions. While her bestselling book “The American Frugal Housewife” made her famous, she’s still best known for the poem that starts off with … “Over the river and through the woods…” and ends with “Hurrah for the pumpkin pie”.

Bestselling author Sharon Wray discusses pumpkin pie and the famous Thanksgiving poem that begins with "over the river and through the woods..."

I’ve always wondered if Lydia Maria Child was obsessed with pumpkin pies because, besides adding a pie to her poem, three different versions appear in her cookbook. She offers the pumpkin pie baker different thoughts about whether or not to scald the milk or add maple syrup instead of sugar. Of all of her recipes, the pumpkin pie recipe is the most confusing because in the middle…

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#BookReview- Lords of Chaos #Fantasy #Suspense @DWallacePeach

An explosive finale!

#NewRelease- Head Over Heels for the Holidays by @Jen_Bernard #HolidayRomance #RomanceReading

Is he the cure for her holiday heartbreak?

Count Your Blessings- Be #Thankful #SundayPhotoStills #Challenge

During this holiday season it's more important than ever to consider the things you are most thankful for in your lives This week's Sunday Stills Photo Challenge by Terri Webster Shrandt is focused on giving thanks. Check out her photos here and join in if you can! One of the biggest rewards in our lives … Continue reading Count Your Blessings- Be #Thankful #SundayPhotoStills #Challenge

Dig a Little Deeper- Advice from my sardonic/wise muse #amwriting #writingcommunity #writingchallenge

Diana Peach from Myths of the Mirror has kindly opened her blog to guests with a challenge to write a short story about your muse. Here's mine:

#FridayDealofTheDay- The Player by @jacqbiggar #RomanticSuspense #SportsRomance

The Men of WarHawks are here to score some love!

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2019 -#Romance – Skating on Thin Ice (The Men of Warhawks #1) by Jacquie Biggar

Sally Cronin gave me a wonderful review for Skating on Thin Ice- thank you, Sally!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the series where I will be sharing a selection of book reviews I have posted in the last few years. I would like to take the opportunity to showcase books that I have enjoyed and their authors and if you have not read the books, I hope it will encourage you to check them out.

Today I am delighted to share my review from November 2019 for Skating on Thin Ice (The Men of Warhawks #1) by USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar.

About Skating on Thin Ice

Sam Walters has made a deal with the devil.

In order to win a much-needed contract as physical therapist to one of the NHL’s leading hockey teams, Sam must delay the recovery of their sniper, Mac Wanowski. The trouble is, the more she gets to know the taciturn hockey player, the more she aches to help him.

Mac ‘The Hammer’…

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#BookReview- Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips #Romance #WomensFic

Blurb from At long last, the legendary New York Times bestselling author returns with a heartfelt novel of womanhood, a wild heart, and the healing power of love.Run, run, as fast as you can! When life throws her one setback too many, midwife and young widow Tess Hartsong takes off for Runaway Mountain. In this small … Continue reading #BookReview- Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips #Romance #WomensFic

#NewRelease- When the Wind Chimes by @MaryTing #Romance #Reading


Transformation- #FictioninaFlash Challenge #WritingCommunity #amwriting

Week #25 for Suzanne Burke's Fiction in a Flash Challenge Read the entries and join in here. Each week she features an image and invites you to write a Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction piece inspired by that image in any format and genre of your choosing.  Maximum word count: 750 words. Transformation Jenny pouted in the backseat of her mom's … Continue reading Transformation- #FictioninaFlash Challenge #WritingCommunity #amwriting

Sunday Lines: Sunday, November 15

Join the Word by Word authors sharing lines of encouragement every Sunday.

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Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme WHEN YOU VEER OFF THE PATH

Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. ~ Hellen Keller

Jacquie Biggar

Before you fight to get back on your path, be certain it is truly where you want to be.

Kathryn Jane

When you’re going through hell, keep on going. Never, never, never give up. ~ Winston Churchill

S. A. Taylor

You may not have been responsible for your heritage, but you are responsible for your future. ~Anonymous

Marsha West

“Be strong, yea, be strong.” ~ Daniel 10:9

Sharon Wray

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#BookReview- What’s Worth Keeping #WomensFic #BookLove

Beautiful. A moving tribute to inner strength.

#NewRelease- Let it Snow by Cassie Cross #HolidayRomance @CrossWrites

Today we have the release day blitz for Cassie Cross’ Let It Snow! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today! Title: Let It Snow Author: Cassie Cross Genre: Holiday Romance About Let It Snow: Amy Winstead is a twenty something video producer who loves Christmas more than anyone she’s ever known. … Continue reading #NewRelease- Let it Snow by Cassie Cross #HolidayRomance @CrossWrites

#BookReview- When You Come Back to Me by @EmmaS_Writes #MMRomance #amreading

Gut-wrenchingly perfect!

Guiding Hands- #FictioninaFlash #Challenge #WritersCommunity

Love this image from Suzanne Burke for the #24 Fiction in a Flash Challenge! Check out all the entries and join along here Guiding Hands One of my fondest memories is of Dad holding my daughter's hand while she clambered up his legs to sit in his lap. When we were growing up, my brother … Continue reading Guiding Hands- #FictioninaFlash #Challenge #WritersCommunity

Snowbound with Mr. Wrong #HolidayRomance #Reading @BarbaraWDaille

Snowbound With Mr. Wrong Jacquie – thanks for sharing this book with your readers! To celebrate the upcoming holidays, my publisher has priced Snowbound with Mr. Wrong at 99 cents from November 9 through November 16. From the cover: Worst. Day. Ever. After Lyssa Barnett’s sister tricks her into reprising her role at Snowflake Valley's … Continue reading Snowbound with Mr. Wrong #HolidayRomance #Reading @BarbaraWDaille

Sunday Lines: Sunday, November 8

Sharing encouraging lines on the Word by Word blog. Stop by and add your favorites to the conversation- we’d love to hear from you!

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Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme WHEN YOU VEER OFF THE PATH

Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author.

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. ~ Nicholas M. Butler

Jacquie Biggar 

“Be kind, be calm, be safe.” ~ Dr. Bonnie Henry on getting through the pandemic.

Kathryn Jane

“If you can find a path with no obstacles it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~ Frank A. Clark

Sharon Wray

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving. ~Ow Holmes

Marsha West

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‘Fiction in A Flash Challenge’ Week #24 Entry Part 1) By John Howell @HowellWave and Suzanne Burke @pursoot #IARTG #WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts #FlashFiction

Suzanne Burke has written a heart-wrenching story for this week’s #fictioninaFlash challenge, and John Howell gently teases with his trademark humor.

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to Part 1)  of the entries for my weekly: “Fiction in A Flash Challenge” Week #24
Today I’m featuring contributions from entry 1)By John Howell and Entry 2) My own contribution.
Last week I set the following Challenge:
Hello everyone and welcome to my new “Fiction in A Flash Challenge!” Each week I’ll be featuring an image and inviting you to write a Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction piece inspired by that image in any format and genre of your choosing.  Maximum word count: 750 words.

Here is the image prompt.


This one line contribution by John Howell.

“Put er there, Goliath. I still think I can take ya.”

John Howell can be reached here …

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Author Blog Fiction Favorites:

My Contribution.


The Greatest Gift

Marcus Etheridge looked down at the tiny hand of his son resting so…

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