Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Shortstories Cathy Cade, #Historical Noelle Granger, #SouthernSaga Claire Fullerton

Many thanks to Sally’s wonderfully eclectic Smorgasbord for including my books in her blog (..and I now have two more authors to add to my TBR mountain).

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.

Meet Cathy Cade

Cathy Cade

Cathy lives with her husband and dogs, mostly in the Cambridgeshire Fens and sometimes across the fence from London’s Epping Forest. Following a career in libraries where creative writing opportunities were limited to annual reports, she now produces a different kind of fiction.

Cathy’s short stories have been published in…

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What I found in my WP Media Library

I use Squoosh to compress images for this blog and elsewhere on the web, but I don't always resize them. Images from older posts, before I discovered Squoosh, have been lurking uncompressed at the bottom of my Media Library. I couldn't bear the thought of going through old posts, deleting the images attached to them, … Continue reading What I found in my WP Media Library

HENRY – PART 1

Another character from Westley Piddle with a story of his own. (I love these drawings.)

USUAL MUTTWITS

Henry, the English Mastiff, the biggest and mildest fourlegs ‘round abouts is at Westley Piddle Veterinarians for his annual rabies jab. But he wakes up to something worse. Wotz got to do with his very own plum bobs and a new nick name spreading fast.

A particularly snowlick time in Westley Piddle. That unremembered small town on the Thameslick between Bisham and Cock Marsh. Winter arrives and the snowlick falls from the sky leaving favorite squirting spots and marker posts all buried beneath it. Easy for the hindlegs who snifz particularly idiotic this time of year, mindlessly leaving random tracks all over the snowlick in Herdwick pooping park – seeing how many tracks they can kick up with thems footpaws for no sensible reason at all. That’s hindlegs for yu.

Fourlegs in winter are much more sensible, corss. They trot from A to B and trot back from B to…

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A Quick Pint Down the Pig & Ferret

A sample character from The Usual Muttwits. Check out the regulars and their ongoing stories and don’t forget the home page at https://muttwits.com/ where you can find, among other things, a glossary of muttspeak for the confused.

USUAL MUTTWITS

“Now look here my friend, life in Westley Piddle ain’t all fun and games, what? Confounded roadworks, one way systems, bicycle lanes! One betting shop and only two pubs. Two! What bloody nonsense.

Treacle? What about him? Steady chap, does his best, best paw forward and all that. But confused most of the time – and supposed to be a guide dog. Ha, guide dog! Who guides who you are probably wondering. Of course we’re a team but it’s bloody obvious who’s the brains of the outfit, what?

I say, Treacle, erh, this the Greyhound public house we’re in, ay what?”

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New scam – BEWARE!

Yet another scam – thanks to Meeks for sharing this one and to Chris, the Story Reading Ape’s blog for introducing me to Meek

Meeka's Mind

I found this email in my inbox last night:

I took a screenshot and deleted personal stuff so you could see what it looks like.

Firstly, how did I know this was a scam? Simple – I don’t use Microsoft OneDrive. I have NEVER used OneDrive.

Next, if you look at the email sender it says:

’email@mail.onedrive.com’

Not even a hint of Microsoft anywhere. ‘mail.onedrive’ is a domain that has nothing to do with Microsoft. [When you register a domain, no one else can use it. But there is nothing to stop someone from registering a domain that ‘hints’ at belonging to a well known company].

And finally, do you see the big, red ‘YOU’? I put that in to highlight the poor grammar used in the body of the email. You won’t always find poor grammar, but when you do, it’s a dead giveaway. Whoever set up this scam…

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Meet Ruff

Meet the new member of the family: ten week old Ruffin, here seen showing Smidgeon who's boss. I didn't plan for another puppy. We signed up with several pet rescue charities, but as soon as we mention grandchildren and family dog-sitting, it seems none of their charges are suitable. I've always kept two or three … Continue reading Meet Ruff

More Chickenfeed Games

Download (free) a new card game from John Spiers of Gracie and Friends fame. In our new “Scratch And Peck!” card game, two chickens are scratching and pecking to collect the most points for Wiggly Worms, Big Weird Bugs, and Grumpy Grubs. But there are a lot of things that chickens won’t eat or shouldn’t … Continue reading More Chickenfeed Games