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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Linda G. Hill, Teri Polen, Lyn Horner, Heather Kindt and Teagan Riordain Geneviene

Thanks to Sally, my novel has been compiled into a collection with some amazing books! Check it out, and add to your Christmas wish list! ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to another Christmas Book Fair featuring authors from the bookstore and the books that would make wonderful gifts for all ages.  With 160 authors to feature it is time to pack the shelves.

The first author is Linda G. Hilland her book The Magician’s Curse: A Paranormal Romance – The Great Dagmaru Book 1.

About the book

When Herman Anderson leaves home to make a better life for herself, she doesn’t expect to meet a tall, dark stranger with whom she’ll fall hopelessly in love.

Charming and mysterious, Stephen Dagmar is a stage magician seeking an assistant. The moment he sets eyes on Herman, he knows she’s the one. He brings her home to his Victorian mansion where they embark upon an extravagant romance. Yet a shadow hangs over their love. Will the curse on his family end Stephen and Herman’s happily ever after, before it really begins?

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101. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Sunday, December 10th, 10:00am
Ralph (and Kyra)


Ralph sits at the window. Kyra takes the seat beside him.

Ralph: (after several stops) Have you ever had such a bumpy ride?

Kyra: (with arms crossed over her stomach) No. And I’m so hungover.

Ralph: Hungover, eh? (chuckles) Those days are long past for me. I do remember ’em though.

Kyra: Yeah, well, I’m never drinking again.

Ralph: ‘Til next week, I expect. (winks)

Kyra: Yeah, maybe.

Ralph: You should be careful about that. Pickled my liver, I did.

Kyra: Huh.

Ralph: Yep, ended up with a lump the size of Manhattan.

Kyra rocks, arms tight over her stomach.

Ralph: Now when I throw up, it comes up all bloody.

Kyra changes seats, retching.


Next stop: Monday, December 11th, 8:00pm

Click here to learn all about this series, how it works, and where to find your favourite characters.


#SoCS – Liquid Love

Ah, the end of a busy day. I’m sitting here with a glass of liquid love–the first bottle of wine I’ve opened in a long time. It’s red. Cabernet Franc, my favourite.

I started writing this post at 11:55pm, so it’s going to be a Stream of Consciousness Sunday for me. I come by it honestly, though. I’ve only been kid-free for an hour, and it’s been an hour of me-time.  So what have I been doing all day? Let me tell you.

I took Alex to see the movie Wonder, and it was, indeed, wonderful. It’s the first time he’s ever sat through a movie without asking to go home part-way through. He related to it–he related to the main character, Auggie. To Auggie’s many hospitalizations, and to his being set apart from kids who should, by rights, be his peers. Although Alex has his Deaf friends and teachers at school who treat him like just another kid, I suppose he’s the polar opposite of Auggie, being treated well outside of school. To the kids in our neighbourhood, Alex is the outcast. If this makes no sense, I apologize. See the movie. Know this is real life, for us.

Anyway, Alex thoroughly enjoyed the movie and so did I. After we came home, and after our ritual (yes, ritual, because my autistic son, Chris, wouldn’t go a weekend without it) McDonald’s feast, we put up our Christmas tree. I have to say I’m loving the new lights we have this year. I can change the colour to suit my mood. As we put the tree up–Alex, his eldest brother and his fiancé, and I–we discussed the difference in the classic white being the calm, sane side of our family (HA!) versus the coloured chaos, which is more the norm in our house.

The lights are more off-white–more warm than this. I’ll try to post a more accurate picture on Instagram.


I’m out of liquid love in my glass. One more, methinks, and then off to bed. In the morning it will be another liquid love, less of the liquor kind and more to do with caffeine. Mmmm…


This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Click on the link to find all the other amazing posts in the comments, and join in next week!