#BookReview- In Time for Christmas @CasiMcLean #Romance #TimeTravel

Photo by Snapwire on Pexels.com Time travel fascinates me. Imagine popping into another time period with its technology or lack thereof. Could you fit in, or would people look at you with suspicion? Maybe even lock you away so they can perform tests or hang you as a witch. And what about returning? How would …

POUR IT ON #newrelease #romance #novella

Love Staci Troilo’s talented writing? Check out her #NewRelease, Pour it On!

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Ciao, amici! I’m a day early for this post, but I’m not going to be able to be online tomorrow, so I have to post this today.

Pour It On goes live on January 28. It’s already available for preorder, if you want to be a day early.

Bold, complex, vibrant. The wine is, too.

Despite Romy Chandler hosting a romantic meet-and-greet at her restaurant, she’s all business. When her sommelier quits without any notice—to work for the competition, no less—she goes into mega-mogul-mode. The last thing on her mind is finding a man. She’s looking for someone who knows his way around a Bordeaux, not the boudoir.

Rick Santucci grew up in his family’s vineyard. After years of hard work, he’s turned his grandfather’s humble produce farm into a profitable winery. Once he gets their bottles into the right establishments, he’ll be able to acquire more land and move…

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Heart-wrenching #Reads I won’t soon forget #BookReviews

Photo by Anni Roenkae on Pexels.com I've been in an introspective mood for the last while and my reading choices reflect that frame of mind. Heart-wrenching, soul-searching stories sure to haunt your thoughts. The first two are Amazon Prime reads- think library. You can 'borrow' books from their store and return them when you're done. …

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Christmas #Romance – Love Me by Jacquie Biggar

I stumbled upon this lovely review from Sally Cronin on my holiday story, Love, Me. Thank you, Sally, this book is based on a sweet, brave little girl on Instagram who is fighting Cancer after being diagnosed last year.
She’s an inspiration with her joy of life and unwavering spirit ❤

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I caught up over Christmas with some reading and selected books that were likely to be heartwarming and in the festive spirit.. and Love Me by Jacquie Biggarticked all the boxes.

About the book

Will a Christmas wish bring two lonely hearts together and give a little girl the family she’s always wanted?

Single parent, Grace Donovan arrives in the small town of Emerson with the hope a trial program at the local cancer clinic will be the answer to prolonging her young daughter’s life. She doesn’t expect to fall for her handsome boss.

As principal of Emerson Elementary, Kyle Roberts is aware of the students’ medical issues and his heart goes out to little Cassie Donovan and her mother. When he learns Grace needs a job, he fabricates a childcare program, and is pleasantly surprised by its success. Now, if only he could help Cassie’s recovery and get…

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Resolution or Word- Whatever it takes to Inspire Your Life #Writinglife #inspiration

Did you choose a New Year’s Resolution or Word for 2022? Resolution: From Merriam-Webster Dictionary 1: the act or process of resolving: such as a: the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones b: the act of answering : SOLVING c: the act of determining Word of the Year From Elizabeth Rider INSTEAD OF A RIGID RESOLUTION, A WORD OF THE YEAR …

The Invasion, a poem

Love this smart, funny poem by Robbie Cheadle- a must read!

Robbie's inspiration

Diana from Myths of the Mirror blog has a writing challenge underway. You can find it here: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2022/01/09/writing-challenge-the-teetering-tbr-pile/.

Poets and writers are challenged to write a poem or story about their TBR. I have used poetic license and written a poem about how my TBR came into existence.

The Invasion by Robbie Cheadle

A loud aggressive ring

brought me fast to the door

I opened it innocently

not knowing the score


A long line of books

stood like soldiers of yore

each flashing it’s title

like a banner of war


“We’re looking for sanctuary”

declared Orwell, leader of all

“You’re a lover of books

so we’re paying you a call.”


“But I’ve simply no room”

I replied with a gasp

“We’ll make a plan, dear”

And they quickly marched past.


Up the corridor they tramped

Into my library, so full

“Wake up and make room”

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#BookReview- Love for Beginners by Bestselling #Author Jill Shalvis #Romance

Photo by rovenimages.com on Pexels.com Jill Shalvis is one of my go-to authors. She writes about sexy, caring heroes and the independent, sassy women they can't live without. https://read.amazon.ca/kp/embed?asin=B08HJ13Z4D&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_QK7CQXTHJQRXXANTN7D3&tag=jacqbiggar-20 What would you change if you had to start your life—and love life—over again? When Emma Harris wakes up from a coma she learns that her …

Smorgasbord Weekly Blogger January 9th 2022 – Funnies, Story Reading Ape, Moon Blessings Colleen Chesebro, #Mercury D.G. Kaye, #Bookreviews Jacquie Biggar, #Shrimp New Vintage Kitchen, #Customerservice John Howell.

Sally Cronin lists a busy recap of blogger post from last week. Check out these interesting posts!

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A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last week or so and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from The Story Reading Ape and are funnies posted on New Year’s Day.. a great way to start the year.. and you can find more laughter each Monday on Chris’s blog.

Head over to enjoy all the funnies: The Story Reading Ape New Year’s Day Funnies

The next post is from Colleen Chesebrowith some magic to begin the year with. The moon is a powerful force on the earth and the ebb and flow of water and life….

New Moon Blessings – Spell for Abundance 1/2/2022 

The January 2022 New Moon is today, January 2nd!

There are so many versions of the New Moon Blessings Abundance spell that no one knows who came up with the idea…

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#BookReview- Heartwarming #Reads from @JillWeatherHolt @KristinHannah, and Heather Marshall

Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com Three heartwarming reads to start out the New Year! There's nothing like a good book and a hot cup of tea on a chilly winter's evening. We've had a bit of a cold snap (for us) here on the west coast and I've been holed up inside with hubby and …

My Holiday #Reading List- #Books to Warm Your Heart on a Cold Winter’s Night #BookReviews @dlfinnauthor @Marsharwest @sgc58 @Sandra_Cox

Photo by Yaroslav Shuraev on Pexels.com How was your holiday? We got snow for Christmas! Best gift ever; my daughter graduated from university with a Masters in Marine Science! Her dad and I are so very proud of all the hard work and perseverance she put in to achieve her dreams. On a more serious …

My 2021 #Writing and #Reading Wrap-up

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com That's my inner wild child above. In reality, we were tucked away between the covers by 9pm, lol I've seen a few wrap-up posts around the blogging sphere and thought it would be a good idea to do the same- maybe it will motivate me for 2022! Writing Wrap-up It …

December #BookReviews @JacqBiggar @Virgilante @vickyburkholder @YvetteMCalleiro @teagangeneviene @DanDwayneSpenc1

I came home from a snow adventure to find this wonderful review for Love, Me! Thank you, Jan Sikes, for making my New Years brighter!

Writing and Music

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I have had a wonderful month of reading and discovered two new authors. To me, that is part of the joy of reading, to explore. All reviews are strictly my own opinion. I only post 4 and 5 Star reviews.



A wonderful holiday story that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy. Grace Donovan has moved with her six-year-old daughter, Cassie, to a new town. She is hopeful her daughter, who has Leukemia, can participate in a trial treatment program. What she hasn’t bargained for is the kindhearted school principal that sets her heart racing. Widowed, Grace has not considered falling in love again.
But Cassie wants to see her mother happy and her Christmas wish is for someone to make her mother smile again. Well, and she also wants a puppy.
I loved all the characters from Avery, who quickly befriends Cassie, to…

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#NewRelease- A Gambling Hearts short story #WholesomeReads

A Magical Christmas When a little girl goes missing, it takes faith, love, and the help of a Christmas angel to guide her to safety. Excerpt Madeline hugged the stallion’s thick neck and kept her eyes closed against the wind-whipped mane stinging her face like sharp little needles. The horse, sensing her urgency, flew over …

#BookReview- Rounding out the year with some topnotch #reading from Preston & Child, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Inge-Lise Goss, and @debbiemacomber @cryanhyde @IngeGoss

Photo by Tetyana Kovyrina on Pexels.com I'm rounding out December with some unputdownable reads! Just like the busy little squirrel above, I've been hoarding books to my chest, saving them for the long winter nights we have in the northern hemisphere. Winter solstice is almost here (Dec 21) and the sun will set at 4:21 …

Happy Holidays to everyone! Need an easy pie recipe?

Pumpkin pie and Santa Claus- it must be Christmas!

Word by Word

I was thinking about our family this Christmas season. We zoomed last year, but this year we are all vaccinated. So, we will have a very small group at home with the windows open and indoor masks when not eating.

Baking is a joy for me. I used to do a lot, but since spending more time at the computer, I don’t do it much until the Christmas season. I plan to make cookies with the seven-year-old in the family, sugar cookies of Santa, angels and Christmas trees. Pumpkin pie is a favorite too, but in our family, baking can be a challenge as some are allergic to milk and others cannot have added sugar. Still whenever possible, I use quick and easy recipes.

When holiday baking, I usually listen to traditional Christmas songs like Silent Night and Silver Bells. Recently, I heard an old song that was more country…

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What’s For Dinner- Hearty Multi-Use Potato Soup #recipe #cooking

Photo by Live on Shot on Pexels.com No, that's not me. My kitchen never looks so neat and tidy! lol It's been windy and rainy 🌧 here on Vancouver Island, which makes me crave warm, comforting foods like homemade soup. There's really no comparison between do-it-yourself cooking and processed meals. While I do like to …

Smorgasbord Christmas Celebrations Rewind – The First Day of Christmas with guests Mary Smith, Jacquie Biggar #Food Carol Taylor – Mince Pies and Egg Nog

I love the sheer joy these children show in celebration of the birth of Christ. Thanks to Sally Cronin​ for sharing this video on her blog highlighting best Christmas gifts (including mine!)

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Welcome to the rewind of the series from 2018 which features not only the food and traditions of Christmas but also some special guests who it would be lovely to share Christmas dinner with in person. In the series my guests shared their best Christmas gift ever…and there will be food including from our resident foodie Carol Taylor,  my favourite drinks for the holidays, and of course music to get you into the spirit of the season..

Here are some choristers with particular appeal…

I tried to remember the first Christmas that I was aware of as a child. I must have got the general idea of the concept of presents quite young as at age seven when we moved to Malta I began the practice of putting a pillowcase on the end of my bed from around mid-October…. I think this ticked my mother off somewhat because…

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Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – Books by Sally Cronin – Free Book Give Away

In the spirit of the holidays, the talented Sally Cronin is offering FREE copies of any book from her backlist!

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I know that your TBR piles are in danger of collapsing with all the books that you have bought over the year but, if you would like to add a few more to the list waiting to be read then I would like to offer you one from the selection of my eBooks for FREE.

There are no strings attached with these books, no reviews are necessary, if you can drop me a line to let me know you have enjoyed at some point then I am more than happy.

There are twelve Kindle (mobi) and Epub for other devices books included in the offer … all you have to do is email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com and let me know which book and which version you need and I will email you a copy back ASAP. (I won’t disclose your email to any other party)

You can check the…

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#BookBlitz- It’s a Wonderful Lie by Wren Michaels #HolidayRomance @AuthorWren

It’s a Wonderful LieWren Michaels(Heaven on Earth, #1)Publication date: December 9th 2021Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Holiday, RomanceHe was sent to save her life, but ended up losing his heart, memories, and clothes. Eden Credere should be in Barbados with her new husband. Instead, it was like she married Murphy and his law was ruining her life. …

Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – Recent Reviews for New Books on the Shelves – #Romance Staci Troilo, Jacquie Biggar, Jan Sikes, #Shortstories Mae Clair, #Family #LGBTQ Stevie Turner

The super kind and wonderful Sally Cronin uses her social media influence to promote authors on her incredible blog- check it out today!

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Today some recent reviews for new books added to the Cafe and Bookstore in the last few weeks.

The first author with a recent review is Staci Troilo – No Such Luck (Keystone Couples)

About the Book

Seeds of luck usually wither. The rare one grows and blooms.

Piper Seidel has one thing going for her—a red carnation given to her by Tommy Burnett in the tenth grade. It might have dried over the years, but it’s still her good luck charm. Losing it sets her life in a downward spiral, forcing her to return to her hometown where she comes face to face with her high school crush.

The years have been kind to Tommy, who looks better than ever. Unfortunately, Piper is at her worst, continually embarrassing herself whenever he’s around. The only plus? Her long-time friend, Jack Rhodes, still lives in town. Since she last saw him…

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