RRBC Spotlight Author for July – Joyce Shaughnessy

This is a book you don’t want to miss.


Welcome to SPOTLIGHT Author’s Blog Tour, its first stop, here on my blog. Congratulations Joyce Shaughnessy! I’m happy and excited to be the first to host Joyce Shaughnessy, our Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT Author for July. I’m sure that many of you would love to get to know Joyce and her work better. You’ll enjoy the experience very much!

Joyce Shaughnessy

Over to you Joyce:

When I Decided to Write a Book

I was watching a history channel production of “The American Dust Bowl.” It particularly interested me because I live in West Texas which is definitely a barren and dusty place. I remembered my parents telling stories about the time in the Twenties and Thirties when they lived on a family farm. Their stories were exactly what TV shows had portrayed. I was a literature major and had constantly read, so I was familiar with historical fiction literature. It was…

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday June 27th 2018 – Robbie Cheadle, Terri Webster Schrandt and Paddy Cummins

Great selection of posts!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to today’s look at some of the interesting, informative and entertaining posts that I have read. Sorry not enough room to include everyone but rest assured you all provide a huge amount of distraction!!

The first post I would like to share is from Robbie Cheadle who is hosting Geoff Le Pard.  Talking about cooking with his mother and also his new release – Apprenticed to my Mother.. Here is a snippet… enjoy and then please head over to read the entire post.

Guestpost – Geoff Le Pard and cooking with Mother

Geoff Le Pard writes some of the most wickedly humerous flash fiction stories I have ever read. If you have not visited Geoff’s blog you are really missing out. You can read one of Geoff’s pieces here and see for yourself: https://geofflepard.com/2018/06/26/lost-found-who-knows-where-next-carrotranch/.

Michael and I are delighted to have Geoff over for a visit to tell us…

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 26th June 2018 – Ritu Bhathal, Janice Spina and Jennie Fitzkee

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the blogger daily with some of the outstanding posts I have read over the last couple of days.. not enough room for all of them but there is some amazing writing going on in our community.

An important message from Ritu Bhathal​ about safety for children and teenagers, when media and social networks are filled with horrifying stories of violence to innocent bystanders. Ritu has found this has come close to home in the park where her son plays with his friends… she has some suggestions to combat this and I am sure you do too.. please head over and read.

Park Wars #LostChildhoodby Ritu Bhathal

I didn’t grow up in this area, but I grew up in an era when we ran out of our houses as soon as we were allowed, played until we were hungry, and came back home.

Our parents didn’t have to…

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5 Weak Words to Avoid & What to use instead – Infographic…

This is something to refer to when editing.

American Writers Exposed

Source: http://www.grammarcheck.net   http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

Thank you, Chris! Click photo for his great blog!

5 Weak Words to Avoid & What to Use Instead (Infographic)

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How Long it Takes to Create a Novel Isn’t Important, Writing it is. Inspiration From Author Ritu Bhathal #IWSG

Excellent article n writing life.

Fiction is Food

Do you ever feel it’s taking too long to write your novel? What if I told you there is no prescribed timescale. Avoid internal pressure by learning from Ritu.

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Smorgasbord Short Stories – You are never too old to be loved by Sally Cronin

Delightful story with a twist

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Hopefully by the time that you read this we will be able to get out of our driveway!  However, we have also had intermittent power cuts for the last couple of days, so I am leaving you some short stories over the weekend, as well as the usual Open House Interview tomorrow.

This first story is not from one of my books but first appeared on Sue Vincent’s blog at Christmas. I hope you enjoy if reading for the first time…Photographs from our snow bound garden.

You are never too old to be loved by Sally Cronin

He was getting on a bit in years, his eyesight was very dodgy, and his hip was definitely causing him jip. His teeth were just about okay; he still enjoyed his meat slightly chewy, instead of that pap that they gave the real oldies in this residence. And if truth be told, despite…

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Smorgasbord Reblog – Memoir Bytes: – The 10 Red Flags I Didn’t Pay Attention To – Domestic Abuse by D.G. Kaye

Great memoirs by a talented writer.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

D.G. Kaye writes memoirs, which in some cases, takes nerves of steel. It is very hard to live through an abusive relationship and even harder when you relive it by sharing. But by sharing others who feel helpless can become empowered and that in itself is worth the pain of writing the story. Debby shares a story from her life today that resonates with many of us and I do hope that you will head over and read.

Vision perception - Memoirs

Oh c’mon Deb, you never give a guy a chance,” my bestie Bri lectured on. “You have too many stipulations about dating before you let anyone into your life.”

I was managing an office for a PR firm when I met ‘him’. He’d drop by once a week to pick up work as a freelance editor, After five or six visits and a couple of flirty chats with ‘him’ he’d…

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