International Day of Awesomeness—Celebrating Author, Sally Cronin! @sgc58 #InternationalDayOfAwecomeness #writingcommunity #indieauthor #supportiveauthor #AuthorsofTwitter #poetrycommunity #authorbloggers

Today is International Day of Awesomeness, and all of us at Story Empire want to acknowledge someone who has done so much for our writing community, Sally Cronin!

Author Bio

I have enjoyed a nomadic existence living in eight countries including Sri Lanka, Malta, South Africa, USA and Spain, before settling back here in Ireland. My work, and a desire to see some of the most beautiful parts of the world in the last forty years, has taken me to many more incredible destinations around Europe and Canada, and across the oceans to New Zealand and Hawaii. All those experiences and the people that I have met, provide a rich source of inspiration for my stories.

After a career in customer facing roles in the hospitality, retail, advertising and telecommunications industry, I wrote and published my first book in 1999 called Size Matters, about my weight loss journey, losing 150lbs in 18 months. This has been followed by 14 further fiction and non-fiction books, including a number of short story collections.

My first book release resulted in a radio interview in Spain that led to four years as a nutritional consultant for an English language station, and this was followed by four years with my own health show and Sunday morning show on local radio station in the UK and then as station director, newsreader and presenter for an online television station.

As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books and from 2002 I have been working with authors on their book launches and publicity. At that time it was very much physical book launches and press coverage locally to stimulate national interest.. Today it is very different with a global market via the worldwide web.

As important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others within our community. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog, linked to my social media. If you are an author who would like to be promoted to a new audience of dedicated readers, please contact me via my blog. All it will cost you is a few minutes of your time. Look forward to hearing from you.

For 2022 there are some changes to the promotions with the focus on those authors I can personally recommend and you can find the details here…The Smorgasbord Bookshelf – 2022 – Free book marketing and Personal Recommendations

Sally has an amazing catalog of books that I am happily working my way through. Here are the books I’ve enjoyed and my reviews. Click on the book cover for US Amazon link:

“Life is like a Mosaic” is a book of poetry that offers images to add to the journey. I have always loved the mixture of pictures and words, and this collection is a delightful blend of that. I like how honest and insightful the poems are with various subjects that take daily life into a deeper realm. Here are a few of my favorite lines: “defies monochrome hues/with a splash of colour/softening their/harshness,” “Clarity as the memories cascade/tumbling down the precipice of time/as if the floodgates have opened,” “The moon/hangs in the sky/lighting the earth at night,” “Sit/serene/with wise thought/and let them drift,” “Nature’s young frolic in the sun/under blossom topped tree/celebrating/new life,” and “Washed up/are words that haunt.” A thoughtful collection that I can highly recommend for poetry lovers. Five-stars

“Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries” is a perfect blend of poetry and short stories. The poetry is tucked between the stories that bestowed beautiful images that completed the picture the collection of short stories offered. The characters were engaging, and I could feel empathy for their situation, good or bad. There were five categories covered, and I enjoyed each subject and story. It was like reading about people I already knew. I rooted for the woman with an abusive husband, felt the heartbreak of a woman who had lost a child, and laughed when a woman went to buy her groceries. This collection offers hope in everyday situations. A well-written and heartfelt book that I highly recommend! Five-stars

I was drawn in by Sam’s picture on the cover, having had a collie as a young girl, so this called me to read. The story’s told from Sam’s perspective, which was interesting, amusing, and sometimes sad. I loved his journey, meeting his loving family, and living in Ireland and Spain. Henry, the stray cat, who became part of his pack, quickly won my heart. We can only imagine what our pets are thinking, but I believe Ms. Cronin really captured Sam’s spirit in this book. I came out feeling like I’d been part of his pack. This was a feel-good read with some of life’s realities mixed in with just the right touch. When I finished, I was left thinking about all my pets over the years and wondered what they might have to say about their journey. This is a must-read for all pet lovers! Five-furry-stars

This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Cronin, but it won’t be the last. It’s a wonderful collection of poetry and short stories. In the first part of the book, there were many different types of poetry and subjects, but my favorites had to be nature and the faeries sections. The Haikus of the different seasons really stood out to me. I’m always amazed at how much can be said in flash fiction, but the short stories were my favorite part. From animals to human enhancement in the future, there was a lot of variety. The animal stories tugged at my emotions and were the highlight of the book for me. I highly recommend “Life’s Rich Tapestry,” especially if you love poetry and short stories with heart. Five-stars

I adored this charming fairy tale for adults, which is also suitable for children. The fairy queen and her court needed to relocate and received an invitation from the Storyteller to live under a magnolia tree in his Irish garden. The imagery was beautiful throughout the book. I could easily imagine flying on a swan, exploring a castle under a tree, or running into lerpersians and goblins. The characters felt real, and I was worried about how they would adapt to the colder climate. It was a relief when they resolved that with beautiful new wardrobes. I loved not only how they made this place their new home, but the romance and new friendships mixed in, too. Many additional characters in the stories I treasured included a donkey, a fox, and mice. This is a world I’d love to find in my garden, and I highly recommend these magical tales! Five-magical-stars

I hope you will pick up one of these great reads today and support Sally as much as she supports all of us 🙂 Thank you, Sally, you are truly awesome!!! xo

Where you can connect with Sally

Blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Twitter: @sgc58 –

Facebook: Sally Cronin –

LinkedIn: Sally Cronin



78 thoughts on “International Day of Awesomeness—Celebrating Author, Sally Cronin! @sgc58 #InternationalDayOfAwecomeness #writingcommunity #indieauthor #supportiveauthor #AuthorsofTwitter #poetrycommunity #authorbloggers”

  1. Wow Denise.. thank you so much not only for this amazing feature and a reminder of your wonderful reviews, but for all the shares today and comments. Not just a wonderful start to the day but a highlight of my blogging journey… I will share all of your features in a special on Sunday – have a lovely day ♥

    1. I was thrilled to be a part of giving back to you, after all you’ve done for us 🙂 Hugs xo

  2. I love seeing Sally all over the blogosphere today. She’s an incredibly giving woman, so it’s nice to see her getting much deserved attention. Great post, Denise! 🙂

    1. I’m loving seeing her all over the blogoshere too, Yvette 🙂 It is much deserved attention, agreed!

  3. I love your post, Denise. What a delightful day this is – a true celebration of the ways Sally embodies awesomeness. Thank you! 💗

  4. Another wonderful tribute to someone we all know and love, and who has been such a fabulous supporter of writers and bloggers everywhere! I can’t think of anyone with more AWESOMENESS about everything she does than Sally, and I’m so happy to see all these tributes, Denise! It’s fabulous!

    Sally, I hope you’re enjoying all the hoopla and fanfare. A great way to celebrate your genuinely AWESOME self, my friend! ROCK ON! 🤗💖🤗

    1. Its nice to do this tiny gesture for Sally in thanks for all she does for us indie writers 🙂 it’s fun seeing her all over today! Thanks, Marcia xo

  5. What a beautiful post you put together for Sally! I love that you included a lot of her books. Here’s to Sally Cronin Day! Thanks, Denise!

  6. Hi Denise, this is a wonderful idea and a super post. I have also read all of these books of Sally’s and they are all great reads. Just an Odd Job Girl is my favourite, that story has always stayed with me. The Sewing Circle in Flights of Fancy is also brilliant.

    1. Thanks, Robbie 🙂 I have those on my TBR List and really look forward to reading all of them as I work my way through her amazing catalog. Xo

  7. All these wonderful posts highlighting Sally’s writing and the wonderful work she does promoting other authors and bloggers…All well deserved 🙂 x

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