Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Hugh W. Roberts, Charles E. Yallowitz and Stevie Turner

Thanks to Sally Cronin for promoting my new memoir Waiting in the Wings, and also books by authors Hugh W. Roberts and Charles E. Yallowitz.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life


Welcome to today’s author update and to get us off to a flying start another terrific view for Hugh W. Robert’s short story collection Glimpses.. This time by Robbie Cheadle of Robbies Inspiration and author with her son Michael of the Sir Chocolate Books.


About Glimpses

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book. Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears…

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Yecheilyah’s Book Reviews – Waiting in the Wings by Stevie Turner

Thanks to Yecheilyah for this great review of my memoir ‘Waiting in the Wings’.

Pearls Before Swine

Name: Waiting in the Wings

Author: Stevie Turner

Print Length: 199 pages

Publisher: KDP (November 30, 2016)

Publication Date: November 30, 2016

Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English


*I received this book as a gift from the author*

This book is close to my heart in more ways than one. To start, my mother happens to be sick at the moment. In Waiting in the Wings, Stevie’s mother Dot is also very sick and is getting worse as time moves on. Dorothy Eliza Wilkins or Dot had a breech birth. My twin sister was breech as well. It means that she was born feet first instead of head first. Sadly, Dot suffered a dislocated hip and osteomyelitis due to being pulled from the womb by her left leg. This would play a great role in her adult life, especially as she ages and her body…

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Friday Roundup – 17th February

Make the most of this last roundup – my next one will be 10th March after my return from holiday.

1.  Nicholas C. Rossis gives us some info regarding why Amazon might have removed your books:

2.  5 anthologies seeking submissions with deadlines in February:

3.  Terri Webster Shrandt gives us free photos to use for blogs. Thanks Terri!

FREE Photos for Your Blog

4.  Check out Sally Cronin’s ‘Smorgasbord’ site for free author and blogger promotion:

5.  Sylvia Hubbard gives advice on ways to market your book:

Ways to market your book to double your sales. #bookmarketingstrategy #authors #video #Howtoebook

6.  How To Ebook shares Talking New Media’s news on library borrowing:

Good news on library borrowing for authors #h2e

7.  Interesting post on the Amazon/Smashwords decision by Tricia Drammeh:

The Amazon Decision

8.  Thanks to Sacha Black for these 30 writing competitions with amazing prizes:

9.  Jane Friedman gives advice on how to get self-published books distributed:

10.  Interesting post by The Write Nook regarding audio books:

11.  Here are many FREE books available from 15th – 28th February by Creativia authors:

Thanks to Chris, the Story Reading Ape, How To EBook, and Just Olga for the re-blogs.

See you again soon. x

9 Best Grammar Tools For Writers

Some good info here from Mary Walton.

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember Mary Walton’s recent guest post, 10 Proofreading Tools For Writers. This is another fine list of author resources compiled by her. Oh, and here is one of my favorite comics of all time:Grammar Cyanide and Happiness | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

9 Best Grammar Tools For Writers

The most interesting, fascinating book can fall down if the grammar is poor. No reader will want to continue if the book is too difficult to read. That’s why your grammar is so important in everything you write. If you find that you don’t know enough about grammar to skilfully edit your writing, you’re in luck. This guide will show you nine online tools that will really help you out when you’re in a bind.

  1. Academized: Invest some time in your writing skills and read this guide. It’s comprehensive yet easy to understand, making it perfect for writers. By reading it, you can get a good…

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Thursday Cite & Insight Invite – 16th February


I was leafing through my village magazine yesterday, and I came across this amusing quote from the late Dorothy Fuldheim, an American journalist and anchor, who spent the majority of her career in Ohio working for The Cleveland Press and WEWS-TV.  She also wrote a book ‘Three and a Half Husbands’.

“Youth is a disease from which we all recover.”

How lovely though to be that ‘typical’ 15 or 16 year old, certain that you will never become ill or die, and knowing for a fact that none of your loved ones will either.  You haven’t been battered by whatever life has thrown at you, and you see the good in everybody.  The world is at your feet, and you have your life ahead of you to accomplish whatever you set your mind to.  All you have to worry about are the spots on your face, and whether or not you can attract the attention of the opposite sex.  Mum and Dad, although they’re stupid, are always there to hand out money and sort any problems out.

The trouble with being 15 or 16 is that it doesn’t last.  All too soon you are 25 and then 35, maybe struggling with a mortgage while trying to feed a young family.  Your career might not be going in the direction you want it to, and Mum and Dad could possibly be retiring and might also have health problems.

Would you want to be that 15 year old again?  Well, maybe for just a day or two might not be too bad, but I wouldn’t want a re-run of the whole 45 years afterwards unless I could somehow know then what I know now!

How about you?  Would you want to be 15 again?





Instagram and Facebook Blog Marketing: Make People Love Your Brand #h2e

Another way of marketing…

How To Ebook

Instagram and Facebook Blog Marketing: Make People Love Your Brand

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Facebook and Instagram– the big-shots of social media. Market and schmooze for your blog through these platforms and you’re all set. Instagram is Facebook-owned. The two giants share data to effectively reach the right audiences.

The demographics are huge and the engagement is high. If you play your cards right, you could even rake in organic traffic from Facebook and Instagram without actually paying for the highly targeted ads

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Pushing the Boat Out

On a somewhat lighter note than yesterday, this will be my last post for a while on Haddon Musings’ Senior Salon.  The main reason is because Sam and I will be flying out to Miami early on  Saturday and boarding one of the Celebrity X cruise ships on Sunday morning:


Then visiting Georgetown, Cayman Islands…


Followed by swimming with the dolphins in …


Then visiting Cozumel…


And finally there will be three days in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras!


It’s our way of celebrating our upcoming 60th birthdays later this year.  When we were 50 we hired our village hall for a disco and buffet party with family and friends, but ten years on with no monthly mortgage payments, we decided to save up for the chance to sample New Orleans in all its glory instead.  I must say I’m looking forward to it immensely.

Has anyone ever been to the Mardi Gras?  If so, do you have any tips or advice for me?  Any comments gratefully received!



Interview with @StephenBentley8, author of Operation Julie, true crime memoir #MTW

Enjoyed reading the interview and Stephen Bentley’s book. Here’s my review:

D.E. Haggerty

Mystery Thriller Week continues with an exciting interview with Stephen Bentley, author of Operation Julie – The Inside Story, a true crime memoir you not going to want to miss

banner3%20for%20gmailUndercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story is a memoir of your time as an undercover officer. What made you decide to write this memoir?

 It is a book that has been in my head for so many years; the old adage about “everyone has a book within them” was certainly true in my case. The trouble was initially I didn’t know how to write it. I started and stopped so many times until I discovered how to write.

Operation Julie is still a “big deal” in the UK and still one of the largest drug busts in that country. News articles about it still crop up on a frequent basis and I became somewhat annoyed at some of…

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A Rather Personal Tuesday Newsday


Queen Elizabeth had her ‘annus horriblis’ in 1992.  Now 25 years later I think it’s my turn.

Last Friday I attended an appointment with my oncologist at Cambridge to find out the results of an ultrasound scan I’d had at the end of January.  Unfortunately the radiologist could see a small nodule on the right of the thyroid bed, and so the 6 week treatment of external beam radiotherapy that I’ve been putting off for 2 years is now on the cards.

After my last surgery in 2014 the oncologist recommended 30 targeted radiation treatments to knock out any stray cancer cells in the thyroid bed.  As the side-effects are so severe, I immediately said no unless there was actually something to treat.  Now nearly three years later there is, and so I must bite the bullet so to speak.  The oncologist thankfully refrained from saying I told you so, but hey, would you want to have a raw, burning throat and be unable to swallow normal food for a month at least?  The prospect at the time did not fill me with untold delight, and to be honest it still doesn’t.  It’s a great way to lose weight, but I wouldn’t recommend it at Slimming World.

Thankfully my type of thyroid cancer is slow growing and I can go away on my cruise on Saturday and have a good holiday, but of course the upcoming treatment will now be at the back of my mind.  However, it’s the treatment that will make me feel ill and not the cancer; the treatment is curative and not palliative, and so there’s life in Stevie yet for hopefully a few more years to come.

It’s a setback, but then again I’ve had many setbacks since 2004 in my fight against advanced papillary thyroid cancer.  It doesn’t seem to be finishing me off, but with every treatment I’ve had over the past 13 years I have become a little more beaten up.  Don’t believe anyone who ever tells you that thyroid cancer is a ‘good’ cancer.  It bloody well isn’t I can assure you.  You think you’re in remission, and you could be in remission for years like I was, and then it all starts up again.  I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it, but hopefully with treatments I can keep it at bay.

Another setback is that poor Dot, my mother, has only a few more months to live.  I visit her in hospital every day, and she will be staying there whilst she waits for a nursing home place.  She has enough of her own troubles, and so I haven’t yet told her about mine.

If my radiation therapy starts in about a month, then you’ll know why I’m not online as often as I have been.  It’s a 100 mile round trip every day to Cambridge for a start, so that and the treatment will take at least 3 hours out of my day.  I’ve had to put off buying a ticket for the Bloggers Bash as I don’t know if I’ll feel well enough to go, but I cannot say no anymore to my oncologist’s wishes.

Wish me luck, and if you see me driving along the A14 in March/April give me wave.  x