I’m taking a break this morning from my book promotion to shout out about a lovely friend of mine, Sally Cronin, the most wonderful supporter of the indie community of authors. She is one in a million!
Sally has a new book out too! And it has such an amazing cover… and title too. Love that! I can recommend Sally’s short stories and poetry having read several of her books before. Do consider adding her new book Variety Is The Spice of Life to your TBR, and reading and reviewing!
About the collection
Variety is the Spice of Life is a collection of poetry and short stories about relationships with others, including pets and animals inhabiting the world around us. The connection with others brings love and friendship, excitement and sometimes surprises, danger, mystery and sometimes the unexpected.
The poetry explores human nature, the fears, desires, expectations and achievements. Nature offers a wonderful opportunity to observe animals both domesticated and wild. Even in a back garden you can observe a wide variety of creatures and the daily challenges to survive a harsh environment.
The short stories introduces you to a healer whose gift comes with danger, a neighbour determined to protect a friend, a woman on the run, an old couple whose love has endured, an elderly retired teacher who faces a life changing accident, a secret that has been carried for over 70 years and a village who must unite as they face devastating news.
Head over to buy the collection in ebook and print: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US
Some early reviews for the collection
Nov 24, 2022 D. Peach rated it five stars it was amazing
I’m a fan of Cronin’s syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and short stories, and this latest collection is an excellent example of why. The first half of the book is filled with 38 beautiful poems in a variety of structured forms. Many of the poems are poignant reflections on love and loss, the wonder of life, and the beauty of nature found in her garden. Each includes a complementary image. One of my favorites:
Rejection (form: a butterfly cinquain)
and distance between us
and your rejection leaves my heart
the promises we made that day
are scattered in the wind
and dreams have turned
The second half of the book is comprised of 8 short stories, most of them heartwarming tales of human kindness, forgiveness, and redemption. (With a tale of magical murder thrown in). Three of my favorites were Miss Lloyd’s Robin, The Green Hill, and The Home Help. I highly recommend this afternoon’s read to fans of syllabic poetry and short stories.
Nov 24, 2022 D.G. Kaye rated it Five stars
Sally Cronin knows how to capture our hearts with her variety, indeed, full of heartfelt short stories of the human condition and moving poetry accompanied by beautiful images. Along with various poems written in both free verse and specific form, Sally includes a selection of poems about ‘Snapshots from my Garden’, where she shares about the various animals and insects who occupy her garden. We will also get a treat learning about her own DNA! Escape into nature with Sally’s poems about birds, butterflies, and other furry neighborhood visitors. A few of my favorites: Above the World, Kinship – ” … there may not always be harmony, but the ties of love cannot be broken … ,” and, Bear Witness, which emphasizes our freedoms.
Pour a cup of coffee and drift into stories of love, reminiscings, and compassion. A few of my favorites: the Green Hill – in loving memory where Bert and Ivy share a snippet of remembered love. Discover – The Secret about Eleanor’s mother Edith, which took her seventy-five years to reveal. Step into Serena’s world as The Healer who heals the sick while keeping a low profile in doing so for safety reasons as she works as a nurse in a free clinic. The Home Help gives a twist on caregiving (no spoilers).There is something for everyone here, and all guaranteed to touch your heart.
Sally Cronin is known for her short stories that pack a punch, grab at our heartstrings, and often end with an unexpected twist at the end. This new collection is a comforting read guaranteed to stir the soul.
Do check out all her books, at her blog:
Source: My books and Reviews 2022 | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine
Thanks very much Marjorie for this lovely feature and appreciate the boost for the new book. I love Diana’s and Debby’s reviews and the support such as your post is amazing.. ♥
My pleasure Sally. Always happy to give you a boost! x
Thank you, Marje for the well-deserved, apt and worthy review of dear Sally Cronin’s latest book. She is an ace human being, always ready to help promote other writers. I admire the cover and promise of the book…and I love her poems and thoughtful prose! All power to you both.
Hi Joy glad you enjoyed this post. A share for Sally of Diana and Debby’s early reviews. I haven’t got to this book yet my TBR is scaling the heights! But have read many of Sally’s and can recommend. Will get to her work soon. 🙂
Thanks very much Joy and I am thrilled by Marje’s feature… a great start to the festive season.. hope both you and Eric are well and enjoying better weather than we have had.. ♥♥
Congratulations to Sally on these awesome reviews! I have this waiting for me on my ereader and can’t wait to get to it. Thanks for sharing, Marje. Sally is so supportive of us all, and it’s lovely to see this special post for her. Thanks for sharing. Hugs 💕🙂
My pleasure always a delight to support Sally. And thanks for sharing in the celebration Harmony. 🙂
Many thanks Marje for this amazing feature for the new collection and really appreciate you sharing Diana and Debby’s reviews.. so delighted by the support including yours today.. hugsx
Pleasure. Great reviews from Debby and Diana you must be so delighted. 🙂 xx
I am Marje… absolutely. ♥
And so you should be Sally. x
Great reviews of Sally’s latest book. I can’t wait to read it.
Yes I look forward to it too. 🙂
Thanks very much Darlene♥
Thanks very much Darlene ♥
Congratulations, Sally! I wish you all the best.
Yes, thank you Kymber. Good luck Sally. x
Thanks very much Kymber ♥
A gorgeous review for Sally’s beautiful book, Marje. Congrats again to Sal! <3 xx
Beautiful reviews from you and Diana. I had to share Sally’s post. Xx 🙂
Thanks Debby for all your love and support this week.. I am lucky to be part of such an amazing circle of friends such as you and Marje. ♥
Yes indeed. Debby is amazing. And thank you Sally you are too. <3
And we’re lucky to have you Sal <3