End of July #Reads- #BookReview @KateBateman @sgc58 Jennifer Crusie @katherinecenter

Can you believe we're halfway through summer already? It's been six weeks without rain on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and everything is tinder dry. The creeks and rivers are running dry, which means the salmon aren't going to have a way to spawn and resident Orcas won't have a food source. In other words, …

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Update – #Reviews – #Poetry Balroop Singh, #YAFantasy M. J. Mallon, #Romance Jacquie Biggar

Sally Cronin shares a wonderful review for Secrets, Lies & Alibis on Smorgasbord blog today. Stop by for a visit, she’d love to hear from you 🙂

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Delighted to share some recent reviews for authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

Delighted to share a recent review for Balroop Singh… and her new collection…Slivers: Chiseled Poetry

About the collection

When I stumbled upon haiku – a Japanese form of poetry, I scoffed it away, thinking it to be too short and easy to write. My hubris got a setback when I was challenged to write it! My earlier efforts show how I struggled with the syllables that could convey a meaningful message. Slowly I discovered this art form, which I revere now. I’ve taken some liberties with the rules though.

The poetry in this collection is not traditional haiku and tanka but inspired from them.This collection focuses on micro-poetry, inspired from haiku, senryu, tanka and acrostic poems. Brevity and discipline is the hallmark of these poems.

A recent review for the collection


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Geometry in Nature #SundayStills #photography

Terri Webster Schrandt gave us a challenge to find geometric angles in this week's Sunday Stills. You can join in here. There are plenty of interesting shapes in the rocks and seed pods from a dandelion in the picture above. I think the universe is pure geometry - basically, a beautiful shape twisting around and …

#Free Summer #Reading Deal- Perfectly Imperfect #RomCom

Perfectly Imperfect is Free for a limited time! This is a fun rom-com between two stubborn personalities who think they are immune to love- until they meet and the sparks fly! https://youtu.be/s3HqUg-buLk What happens when Miss Perfection clashes with Mr. Casual? Chaos! Georgina's in trouble. The startup money she borrowed from her parents' retirement fund …

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Poetry – Life is Like a Mosaic: Random Fragments in Harmony by Sally Cronin

Celebrating the #newrelease of Life is Like a Mosaic- a lovely book of poetry by the incredible Sally Cronin!

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Delighted to share the news of my latest release which went live yesterday. A little light summer reading…

About the collection

 “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” Arthur Brisbane 1911.

An image offers an opportunity to see endless possibilities depending on the viewer’s perspective. Where some might see beauty and joy, others imagine sadness and loss of hope.

In this collection, images and syllabic poetry are brought together to tell a story based on the author’s perspective. The poetry explores our human experiences such as love, happiness, hope, aging, friendship, new beginnings, dreams and loss.

The world around us is an amazing playground and source of all our essential needs as well as sensory experiences that bring wonder into our lives. What lies beyond the horizon? What surprises will we discover as a garden bursts into bloom? Where do the night creatures live?

At the end of…

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#BookBlast- The Boy Toy by @NicolaMarsh #RomCom #Reading

The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh Genre: Romantic Comedy *** 2021 Romance Writers of America Vivian Award Finalist *** A woman ready to give up on love meets her match in a man she never expected to fall for in this heartwarming and steamy new romantic comedy by USA Today bestselling author Nicola Marsh. For …

#BookReview- Two Rereads and a #Suspense makes for a great #reading week

I'm Vaccinated! Mom and I went for our second vaccination shots on Sunday and came through with flying colors- yay! Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday. It's also the day she goes to see the neurosurgeon. I'm hoping and praying for positive news. The poor kid hasn't had an easy time of it, she could use …

#NewRelease- Laws of Nature by Jacqui Murray #Prehistoric #Reading @WordDreams

A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help. I'm thrilled to have Jacqui Murray visiting today with news of her BIG new release, Laws of Nature! I hadn't read this genre before trying Jacqui's books, now I'm hooked 🙂 Summary In this second of the Dawn of Humanity …

#BookBlast- Betwixt and Between by Darynda Jones #PNR #Reading @Darynda

Betwixt Betwixt & Between Book 1 by Darynda Jones Genre: Paranormal Women's Fiction *** 2021 Romance Writers of America Vivian Award Finalist *** Divorced, desperate, and destitute, former restaurateur Defiance Dayne finds out she has been bequeathed a house by a complete stranger. She is surprised, to say the least, and her curiosity gets the …

#BookReview- Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips #Romance #SummerReading @sepauthor

Description via Amazon.com Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard is the luckiest man in the world: a bona-fide sports superstar and the pride of the NFL with a profitable side career as a buff billboard model for End Zone underwear. But life in the glory lane has started to pale, and Dean has set off on …

#NewRelease- Pause by @KylieScottBooks #Romance #Reading

Pause, an all new emotional friends-to-lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott is available now! An unpauseable new romance from New York Times bestselling, Audie Award winning author Kylie Scott! When Anna wakes up from a coma after a car crash, she discovers life has gone on without her. Her husband …

#BookReview- Four Unique and Entertaining #Reads @Virgilante @BalroopShado @nova_mcbee @Susanjeanricci

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com It's been too hot to do anything much in the garden, leaving me time to enjoy some great books this week from a variety of genres; fantasy, poetry, science fiction, and romance! Click the covers to learn more. I've been a fan of Craig Boyack's for some time now, and …

😍 Love is in the air… win @BookSweeps today #Romance #Reading

The BookSweeps Christmas in July Romance Giveaway is here! I have a fun surprise to share with you... I’ve teamed up with 50+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Sweet Contemporary Romances to 2 lucky winners! Oh, and did I mention the Grand Prize winner gets a BRAND NEW eReader? 😁  You …

For the Love of #Trees- #SundayStills #TreeSquare

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."— Abraham Lincoln This week's Sunday Stills Challenge from Terri Webster Schrandt is one near and dear to my heart- trees. You can join here. Becky B is also running a month-long …

Tuesday Book Reviews @JacqBiggar, @dlfinnauthor, @JanSikes3, @BalroopShado #shortstories #poetry

Mae Clair shares some reviews from her summer reading list, including one for Twilight’s Encore- thank you, Mae!

From the Pen of Mae Clair

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Welcome to my first book review post of July. If you live in the United States, I hope you had an amazing 4th of July holiday weekend. Mine was on the quiet side, but involved a great cookout and time spent sunning (and reading) by the pool. Today, I have several indie book reviews to share that run from a novella to a 15-minute read, children’s fiction, and a collection of poetry.

Because I have so many (these are all short reads) I’m going to skip the blurbs and simply post my reviews. Click the Amazon link for full details. Let’s get started!


Katy and Ty met as teens and were destined for an HEA until circumstance drove them apart. Katy moved with her mom out of state, putting Ty and small-town life in Tidal Falls behind her. Now, years later, she returns…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Romance #Mystery – Secrets, Lies & Alibis (Wounded Hearts Book 8) by Jacquie Biggar

I’m feeling spoiled this week. Sally Cronin has highlighted my new release on her awesome blog today- thank you, Sally!

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Delighted to share the news of the latest release by USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar –  Secrets, Lies & Alibis (Wounded Hearts Book 8) – On pre-order for July 9th for 99c and 77p.

About the book

An elusive danger brings two obstinate lovers together for the sake of their unborn child

SAC Agent Amanda Rhinehold is driven to succeed, so it’s a bitter pill to swallow when she is forced to accept a demotion in order to distance herself from an error in judgment– one that leaves her pregnant.

Adam O’Connor uses his playboy image to keep anyone from getting too close. History has shown the people he cares about tends to get hurt, he’s like the proverbial bad luck charm. When an affair with his supervisor goes sideways and she leaves town, he figures it’s for the best, though his heart isn’t so sure.

When trouble…

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Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Military #Romance The SEAL’s Temptation: Wounded Hearts- Book 7 by Jacquie Biggar

Love this fab review for The SEAL’s Temptation from Sally Cronin​- thank you, Sally!

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Today I am reviewing The SEAL’s Temptation: Wounded Hearts- Book 7 by USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar.

About the book

DEA agent Maggie Holt has been through hell and back.

After eighteen months undercover in a Mexican cartel, Maggie is broken. The kickass agent she once was, is gone, leaving her riddled with guilt and nightmares. Forced to take paid leave, Maggie accepts the offer of a vacation on the ranch of the man who’d rescued her from an almost certain death.

Frank Stein knows the signs of PTSD, he’d suffered the symptoms himself as Chief Petty Officer of SEAL Team Five. Honorably retired from duty, Frank has found peace at the family ranch and hopes it will do the same for Magdalena. Ever since he’d first met her when she was interrogating his buddy, Jared, Frank has been fascinated by the raven-haired beauty and wants the chance to…

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