Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Podcast – #Poetry #Flash Fiction – A Cat’s Life and Life’s Greatest Gift by Sally Cronin #WordPressWednesday #Reblogs #Inspiration

Being a cat lover, I was drawn to this post. Fellow blogger Sally Cronin shares a work of flash fiction and a poem from her collection, Life’s Rich Tapestry…Woven in Words. You’ll actually hear her reading these selections. What a treat!

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Over last few weeks I have shared some syllabic poetry and 99 word flash fiction from my collection Life’s Rich Tapestry…woven in words – Published in 2019

This week – A Cat’s Life and some flash fiction – Life’s Greatest Gift

 

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Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

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Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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On Podcasting #MondayMusings #OpenBookBlogHop #Inspiration

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Do you do podcasts? Either as the host or as a guest? How do you prepare for them?”

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With my blog and other obligations, I don’t have time to host a podcast of my own. But I enjoy appearing as a guest when I have the opportunity. How I prepare depends on the program.

If a podcaster were to send me a list of questions to be asked, I’d have answers ready in advance. But on the podcasts where I’ve been interviewed, I’ve never had to do that, and that’s great! I like going with the flow and seeing where it takes the podcaster and me.

How about you authors out there? Do you have your own podcast or appear as a guest? You can tell us about it in the comment field below or click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.

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Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to my email list to receive my twice-yearly newsletter and other announcements. This is a one-way announcements list, meaning the only messages you’ll receive will come from me. So, you can rest assured that this list is low-traffic. Send a blank email to:  newsfrommycorner+subscribe@groups.io  You’ll receive a confirmation email. Reply to that with another blank message, and you should be good to go.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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A Podcast Interview and a Book Launch #WednesdayWords #Events #Inspiration

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.

 

 

 

Today, I have two exciting announcements. First of all, last Friday, I had the privilege of being interviewed on the In Perspective podcast. This was recorded live in front of a virtual audience. The conversation, centered mostly on my books, was lively and engaging, thanks to hosts Bob Branco and Peter Altschul and audience members who asked questions. You can click below to hear this particular episode.

 

In Perspective, 242, With Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author of Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

 

Last but not least, Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers to which I belong, is sponsoring an event to promote my new book. Called a BOE book launch, this is a service we recently started offering our members, allowing them to promote newly published books. My event will take place on Zoom, hosted by fellow author Ann Chiappetta, tomorrow at 8 p.m. eastern time. During the program, fellow author Carol Farnsworth will interview me, and there will be time for audience members to ask questions. Please see below for details. I hope you can come.

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Ann Chiappetta is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Book launch with Abbie Johnson Taylor

Ann Chiappetta’s Zoom Meeting

Time: Feb 3, 2022 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Podcast, Poetry Reading, and Book Signing, Oh My! #Events #WednesdayWords #Inspiration

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.

 

 

 

I have three exciting announcements to share with you today. First of all, fellow author and blogger Patty Fletcher recently interviewed me for her podcast, Talk to TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD Marketing. We discussed my books, and I shared a bit of information about myself. You can click here to listen or access the podcast on your favorite app. Alternatively, you can do what I did and ask your Amazon smart speaker to play the latest episode of The Talk to TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD Marketing podcast.

Second, I’ll again be participating in the WyoPoets monthly virtual reading, and you’re invited. You can share a poem or two of your own or just listen. Here are the details.

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WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You
don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets. You don’t even have to be in Wyoming
to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends!

 

Please sign up to read using this Google Form:
https://forms.gle/aRFLvfXSxJn3FF5F8
The first twenty poets to sign up will get to read. Additional poets will be
allowed based on time.

Topic: Poetry Night
Time: Dec 12, 2021 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81527317416?pwd=VDZyTENmQ1VZM2pZaWowbUovc21GUT09

Meeting ID: 815 2731 7416
Passcode: 813443
One tap mobile
+12532158782,,81527317416#,,,,*813443# US (Tacoma)
+13462487799,,81527317416#,,,,*813443# US (Houston)

Dial by your location
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 815 2731 7416
Passcode: 813443
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbpMPXDmU0

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Last but not least, this coming Saturday, December 4th, I’ll be signing copies of my new book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

, from 1-3 p.m. at Sheridan Stationery Books and Gifts here in Sheridan, Wyoming. If you’re in my neck of the woods, please stop by. You can also visit the event’s Facebook page to learn more.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Books

My Amazon Author Page

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Website

 

 

 

 

Talk to TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD Marketing Podcast Interview #Events

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.

Last month, Patty Fletcher interviewed me on the Talk to TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD ACB Community Call. I’m pleased to announce that this interview is now available for your listening pleasure, if you didn’t get a chance to attend the live virtual event. Below, you’ll find show notes plus listening information. This is available from a variety of podcast services and you can play it on your Amazon smart speaker. Enjoy!

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In this episode, author Abbie Johnson Taylor joins me live in the ACB Community Call Chat to discuss her books, blogging, and more.

We begin with an interview conducted by host Patty Fletcher and continue with Abbie taking questions from the audience.

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor is the author of two novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir and is working on a third novel. Her work has appeared in The Writer’s Grapevine, Magnets and Ladders, The Weekly Avocet, and other publications. She’s visually impaired and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she cared for her totally blind, partially paralyzed late husband, worked as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents, and helped other blind and visually impaired individuals. When not writing, she participates in a water exercise class, sings in a women’s group, and enjoys walking, reading, and listening to podcasts.

 

Listen to the podcast via Amazon Music, Audible Podcast, Google Podcast, or ask Alexa to play the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing podcast and she will play the latest episode for you. If this show is not first in that cue, please say, “Alexa, play episode 8 of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast.”

You may also listen at the following links.

 

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Image contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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