Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Janice Spina, Gigi Sedlmayer and Sally Cronin

Tis is an outstanding blog and post!!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to another post where you can showcase your latest reviews. I do try to catch your reviews but it does help if you let me know by emailing sally.cronin@moyhill. I am happy to share your news every four to six weeks to keep you in the spotlight.

The first author with a review today is Janice Spina for book five of her Davey and Derek, Junior Detectives series – The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost

About The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost

Twins Davey and Derek Donato are enlisted by two new characters, Abby and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house.

When the boys visit Abby’s house they discover that this old Victorian holds many secrets and shocking revelations.

Davey and Derek soon find that they need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi to handle…

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Red River Tales Radio Blog Giveaway

RRR Tales from the Pages Summer Giveaway Show with Judy Alter and Micki Peluso

  • Broadcast in Books
  • on August 24 at 4:00 pm Reminder
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Red River Radio

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, host Barbara Ehrentreu of Red River Radio Tales from the Pages will be doing her very first giveaway show! Joining here will be authors Judy Alter and Micki Peluso. Judy will be sharing her new book, The Color of Fear. It is part of the Kelly O’Connell Mysteries series. If you are a listener of this show you will remember Judy was a guest last year to discuss her book, The Gilded Cage. A new guest is Micki Peluso author of And the Whippoorwill Sang and her new book, The Cat Who Wanted a Dog, a picture book. Micki will be giving away two free books to the lucky listeners who have placed a comment under the link to the show page. If you do that by one hour before the show on August 24 you will be in the drawing for either her book, And the Whippoorwill Sang or The Cat Who Wanted a Dog. As always, listeners are encouraged to call into the show to either comment or ask questions. Anything can happen on this show and usually does!
Join the fun!! Learn some things not in my book, and post a comment to win either . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang or The Cat Who Wanted a Dog. I will be the second  writer interviewed so listen to Judy Alter and her great book, “The Color of Fear’ while I put my radio blog makeup on and chase away my fear of public speaking. Hope to see all my friends there.

Watch RWISA Write Blog Tour – Beem Weeks #RWISA #RRBC

Beautiful Story!!!

Fiction Favorites

Rave Reviews Book Club. One of the objectives of the club is to recognize outstanding talent in its membership. A literary group has been established within RRBC named Rave Writers – International Society of Authors (RWISA). This month the club is featuring these authors on a tour. I will be hosting them throughout the month and I hope you enjoy being introduced to some excellent writing.


Beem Weeks


“What’s that word say?”

“That’s an easy one, Daddy. Just sound it out.”

Levi Bacchus can’t read. 36 years old, and he’d never learned the meaning of a single sentence.

“I just ain’t cut out for this, Jamie Lynn.”

The girl’s countenance dropped in disagreement—just like her mother, that one.

“So, you’re a quitter now?” she bellowed, sounding too much like the woman who’d walked out of their lives two years earlier.

Levi took offense. “Mind your manners, Missy. I ain’t…

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Meet RWISA Member Author, LAURIE FINKELSTEIN of the
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour!

Bulletproof Vest

By Laurie Finkelstein

The bulk, padding, and steel plates weigh me down. The protection of a bulletproof vest is necessary. No matter the weather, I wear the cloak. The weight is a burden, but I trek on because wrapped is the only way to navigate my journey. The jacket protects my heart from being blown to crimson shards of death.

A direct hit is avoided for days and nights, lulling me into calm and complacency. “All will work out fine,” I tell myself. The truth tells a story I want to change. All my will and might does not make an impact to stop the bombardment.

Experience and time separates me from tragedy. At any moment, the bullets strike. Inside or out. My house cannot provide security, nor can a million people surrounding me. With…

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Writing, Ranting & Love At First Sight

Read this new adorabble blog!!

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

I was very honoured to be the first guest on my chum Dan Alatorre‘s new show, Writer Rants, to talk about PorterGirl books First Lady Of The Keys and The Vanishing Lord. Here are some edited highlights; whilst almost two hours of Daniel talking about how great I am might be good for my ego, no one really wants to listen to that. But what you might want to listen to, however, are insights into how I built up the Old College world and developed the characters, the truth about what really happened at Cambridge University and how I fell in love at first sight at the Royal Opera House…

Portergirl BOOK 1 Purple NEW DRAFT MASTER SAME LETTERING                                                      received_10155599960728455UK Edition                 …

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All About Toby the Cat

Have you ever known a cat who wanted a dog?


 If not, you’ll want to read this aspiring little children’s book, ‘A Cat Who Wanted
a Dog’ 
and perhaps share it with the little ones in your life.


I’d love for you to really get to know Toby, the protagonist of this story,
through the pages of its text. In addition to the wonderfully scripted text, I
hope you’ll enjoy the coloring book illustrations revealing so much about Toby’s
character. My  favorite illustration is the one showing Rocky licking Toby’s coat. I hope
you’ll soon share which illustration is your absolute favorite, too.


Synopsis:Micki Peluso shares a true story of Toby, a cat she and her family loved for years.
Toby wanted his own little dog, and he was in for a big surprise. Go along with Toby now, as Peluso tells his story for what she perceives as her  cat’s point of view. It’s really a cute story.

boys and girls, I’m
Toby, a handsome cat if I say so myself. I do whatever I want, but Grandma and Grandpa thinks they own me! My favorite thing is to take Grandma’s shiny jewelry and hide
it. Grandpa is still looking for his favorite pen. I have one friend, Casey, a wild cat who lives outside, but she tells me through the screen door about the outside world. I was a happy, cool cat until—-well, read what I wrote about the day Grandma invited the ‘Monster’ to visit.


you think Casey will
ever convince Toby to join her outside, or is Toby far too
inside enjoying the joys of life his family joyously gave him all

See what others have to say about Mick’s new book:



5.0 out of
5 stars 

By Bette

A. Stevens on August 31, 2016


Paperback Verified Purchase

reading Micki Peluso’s memoir and several of her short stories, I could hardly
wait for her first children’s book to arrive in my mail box. The day it arrived
I was not disappointed. Peluso’s unique sense of humor shines through in this
delightfully written and illustrated coloring book for kids. I highly
recommend it for children of all ages. Whether a read-aloud or read-along,
the whole family is sure to smile. And lessons on friendship will long be
remembered. My grandson loves The Cat Who Wanted a Dog and so does this
still-laughing-out-loud grandma. ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author of
award-winning picture book Butterfly and other inspirational books for children and adults.


5.0 out of
5 stars

That Sow: Strength, Character & Diversity, DBA

‘The Cat
Who Wanted a Dog’ is a really cute children’s book about a house cat who was
really comfortable with his life indoors even though Casey, a wild cat who lived
outside, tried to convince Toby he’s truly missing out on all the adventures in
the outside world. 
Toby ignored Casey because he was content with his wonderful life indoors with his family until one day his life changed forever when grandma’s daughter and her 

two kids came to visit, but they didn’t come alone. According to Toby’s eyes, they brought
along a ‘monster’ and he was a huge golden retriever, at that.

Later, Toby learned this ‘monster’ was called Rocky. As far as Toby was concerned,
Rocky was surely starving for attention, or was it friendship he wanted?
Whatever the reason, Toby wanted no parts of it! Rocky did all sorts of things
trying to get Toby’s affection and attention, but all Toby could see was huge
annoying ‘monster’, or so it seemed.

Soon, Toby began taking advantage of Rocky’s attention playing tricks on him. Toby’s
plans were to show Rocky who the real boss was in his home. After all, Rocky was
on Toby’s turf.

Rocky found himself all out of ideas gaining Toby’s friendship, but he decided to try
one last thing. Rocky dropped a dog treat at Toby’s feet. Imagine that! Can you
believe a dog giving up a treat?! Rocky must’ve wanted Toby’s friendship awfully
bad, huh?

Do you want to know what Toby did next? Well, I don’t want to be the one spoiling
the end of this story line, so you’ll want to purchase a copy of Peluso’s children’s book for
all the children in your life. I believe you’ll find children enjoying this book, but that’s not all. ‘The Cat Who Wanted a Dog’ is filled with coloring book illustrations the children are sure to adore and spend time coloring for hours.

I find this children’s book a two for one steal. Children can read the book, and then color the
illustrations which carefully help tell the wonderful story revealing Toby’s feelings, and emotions about wanting a dog.


S. Vasquez, Ph.D.,
author/writer of children’s books
Books That Sow:
Strength, Character
& Diversity, DBA
Link for ‘A Cat Who Wanted a



Peluso’s other book ‘…And the Whippoorwill




‘Don’t Pluck the

Duck’ (Release date, 2017)

Summer’s Song

Trees have bloomed, pollen blown away
Bushes, busy forming berries
Flowers come and go, colors bright
Summer–a time of warm delight

Mating birds trill their endless songs
As mockingbirds imitate them all
A thing of beauty, but oh so wrong
to steal the other bird’s nests

Summer’s a marker for life events
A first love blooms along the beach
The wail of a newborn baby’s breath
And a driving drunk’s vehicle of death

The whippoorwill loves summer’s bliss
Sings a lilting song of happiness
As the season draws to its close
Its guttural cry mourns summer’s loss

Even as I cry mine