It’s maybe in the shadows when life is at its darkest.
Maybe it hides in the mind when you’re feeling insecure.
It’s maybe only there when you’re at your lowest.
Maybe that’s when love will find you and offer a cure.

© 2023, Daniel Kemp All rights reserved.

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Two New Novels!

Two New Full Novels—In the Heirs and Descendants Series Books number Three and Four

Lord Harry Paterson is back on MI6 duties and once again, he needs Judith Meadows.

What Comes Before —

My Truth, Your Lies —

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Am I Worthwhile

Am I Worthwhile?

Don’t laugh, don’t laugh, please don’t laugh at me
When your laugh is fuelled by my anxiety.
Why do you torment me when you can’t explain
What it is I have to deal with, with my invisible pain.

Depression is always there, it hoovers over my head
When it hits me I feel I’d be better off if I was dead.
It’s hard to understand how punishing those thoughts can become
And when eventually it leaves me, I’m left feeling completely numb.

I lay in bed. I don’t want to move.
But I don’t want you looking at me as though you disapprove.
You be me, and I’ll be you,
Then tell me exactly what you would do?

Please don’t laugh, don’t laugh, don’t laugh at me,
I’m not looking for any of your sympathy.
I don’t know why but I’m different and at times I feel damaged,
I wish I had a simple wound that you could bandage.

I want you to cradle my face in your palm
Then kiss me gently and shelter me from harm.
I want you to give me peace, I want you to make me smile.
I want you to make me whole. I want you to make me worthwhile.

© 2023 Daniel Kemp All Rights Reserved

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – January 2023 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – #Marriage and #Fottles

Another funny night out at the Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra courtesy of Sally Cronin.

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Author Daniel Kemp has been entertaing us over the last three years with his funnies on his Facebook page and head over to followDanny Kemp  .. Always a place to find funnies and jokes to cheer you up… plus some satirical political commentary on politicians at home and abroad.

Married Life

Growing old the way on your own terms.

Getting to grow old!

And a couple of gems from Danny’s archives

Simple Maths

Sunderland, England.

The owner of a working men’s club along the coast was confused about paying a discounted invoice so he decided to ask his secretary for some arithmetical assistance.

He called her into his office and said, “Betty, you graduated at the University of Sunderland and I need some help. If I was to give you £20,000 minus 14%, how much would you take off?”

The secretary thought a moment and then replied, “Everything…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Big Band Era with William Price King and Sally Cronin 1930s – Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson and The Charleston

Does anyone fancy a dance?

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Welcome to the new series of the music column where I am joined as always by Jazz singer and composer William Price King.  We hope you will join us every Tuesday for some of the chart hits of the big band era from the 1930s through to the 1950s.

Some of the earlier videos are not of the best quality however where possible we have sourced remastered copies to share with you. Considering some are almost 100 years old, it is remarkable that they exist at all.  A testament to the love of the music of that era. Along with our selections each week we will also be showcasing one of the dance crazes from the 1920s onwards and as with the music videos some are not of the highest quality and in some cases I have substituted more modern versions.

Here is my next selection from the Big Band…

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Kate Rhodes: The Locked-Island Mysteries

What a fine review!

Auntiemwrites Crime-Mystery Author M K Graff

Kate Rhodes has been a favorite author of Auntie M’s, starting with her compelling Alice Quentin series. Now that’s she’s branched out to her Locked-Island Mysteries, set in the Scilly Isles, Auntie M caught up with the series that features local detective DI Ben Kitto, with the 5th and 6th in this compelling series.

Devil’s Table centers on the island of St. Martin’s, where young Jade and her twin brother, Ethan, are attacked after leaving their shared bedroom at night. Ethan escapes but Jade is nowhere to be seen, and an island-wide search starts with residents and police battling the incessant fog that permeates the island.

Then a body is found in a dramatic, posed fashion, and Ben and his small team scramble to redouble their efforts to find the missing girl, while at the same time searching for a killer amidst the seemingly innocent narcissi harvest. The juxtaposition between…

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Smorgasbord Book Promotions – New Book on the Shelves – #Techno #Thriller What Comes Before (Heirs And Descendants Book 3) by Daniel Kemp

Fun and laughter at the Open Miic Night.——-Someone has a new book to advertise.

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Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Daniel Kemp…a thriller What Comes Before (Heirs And Descendants Book 3)

About the book

Lord Harry Paterson, Sheriff of the County of Yorkshire, is coerced back to work for the British Security Services after witnessing the macabre death of a beautiful, young woman at a grouse shoot hosted by his friend and ex-fellow army officer, Viscount Winston Bottomly.

Unbeknownst to Harry, the woman – the Viscount’s fiancée – had stolen a top-secret file from the French consulate in London, containing information about an innovative encryption method called post quantum signal cryptography. With the power to endanger every communication method in use between allied nations, the document – in the wrong hands – could completely change the balance of power between East and West.

To avoid a technological threat to world safety, Harry is instructed to find the file and…

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What Comes Before

If you have already read about this book being released this week then, please, feel free to disregard the following. However, before you go, this may be of interest to those who find the marketing and promotion of their work anything ranging from tedious to pleasant, or from supercalifragilistic to the full onslaught of extreme forms of self-flagellation.

I’m not ill-disposed to paying individuals or companies who specialise in marketing and promotion if I can afford their prices and feel their efforts may do some good. I don’t know the best places to advertise books. I know of a few FaceBook pages and I’m a tweeter on Twitter, yes, I know, it’s a throat-cutting experience, but I have to do some form of promotion.

I have a brilliant publisher. I owe them a lot. He, and the people in his company, from the editors to the cover designers, do so much for me that I feel as though I must do something in order to repay their faith. So, with that in mind, I set out to explore the internet to find ways to improve on my meagre efforts.

I looked at Goodreads. I then investigated a return to university with the aim of studying whatever language is used on Goodreads, but with the capacity of memory I now have, I estimated it could take as long as six years to understand and retain all that was needed. Needless to say, but I will say, I declined to pay the necessary fees.

I looked at BookBub, quickly deciding the seven hundred and fifty-odd dollars wanted for the genre the book would go into, was far too much of an investment. But, lo and behold, yesterday I received an email from BookBub telling me my book–What Comes Before, has been ‘confirmed’ to be featured on the 11th of January as a New Release, and the notification of that will go to all my 177 followers.

I had an issue over the 177 followers this notification was addressed to, and this is where you too might have an interest. I do not have only 177 followers on BookBub. I have 613 followers and I’m following 677. I sent Bookbub an email asking why there was a discrepancy between the numbers I said I had and the number they quoted. Their answer might surprise you, and may surprise my publisher, if it was they who indeed; did pay.

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for reaching out! We send New Release Alerts to your followers in the US who have opted-in to receive alerts from authors they follow. It looks like you have 576 US followers, however, only 177 of those followers are eligible to receive this alert.

I hope this helps clear things up! Please let me know if you have any further questions.

I’m left with the places I know where I can advertise my wares, amongst the throngs of others, hoping someone might want to read what I write, and perhaps the number of 177 followers opting to receive notifications of my work, is either ‘par’ or under or over the normal going-rate. Perhaps, each one of those sorrowful 177 souls did not see the–opt out button to tick or click.

Whoever it was who is quoted as saying —being happy if just one person read their work, either worked for BookBub, if BookBub existed when Mark Twain was about, or had sold as many novels as Mark Twain eventually did. Because as much as happiness is relative to an individual and quite honestly–I am as happy as anyone could be, I would love my work to be read by millions of readers —- but I might have to settle for just the one. Ah well, I’m happy just writing, I wonder if you knew that.

What Comes Before— The Third Book in The Heir And Descendants Series—

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I started to write this particular book in 2019, shortly after the publication of my last one which was the fourth in a series named Lies and Consequences. With that series completed, my mind turned to the first two novels I had written in a series called Heirs and Descendents: The Desolate Garden and Percy Crow, both of these books featured Lord Harry Paterson.

When those first novels were written I had no intention of making them into a four-book series, but with the other one series having four, it seemed logical to complete another two featuring Lord Harry, who is perhaps my favourite protagonist.

I can’t remember the exact chronological order of events that then happened, but suffice it to say my health took an unhelpful hand. Prior to this period of time, I had some issues with my overall well-being but nothing requiring instant attention, that changed with a bang around the time of the year 2020 was just beginning.

I had developed a severe kidney infection that required a stay in the hospital. After a few days of being stretched out on a bed in a ward, and being fed antibiotics, I needed an operation. Not long after having the first operation, it was decided I required a second. Unfortunately, after that second one, when I was at home asleep in bed, I became ill with Sepsis.

I normally live alone, but luckily for me that night my ex-wife was with me and she telephoned for an ambulance, which resulted in me being carried out of my bed by an ambulance driver. I still have no memory of that happening. I was hospitalised for quite some time with this illness which left me feeling severely lethargic, where sleep would overtake any intent to write, or do anything else.

The surgeons had not finished with me! When they deemed I was ‘strong enough to work on again’ I was operated on, this time to remove the cause of what was creating too much calcium in my body. That was the longest operation I had, over four-hours to find the gland inside my throat which, when found, was removed. However, although the calcium problem was solved I was left with the ringing of Tinnitus.

Before those operations I suffered from emphysema, diabetes and angina, with a low heart rate, requiring a pacemaker as well as having three stents around my heart. Still, the main problem affecting me every single day of my life, was spinal stenosis, which made my ability to walk problematic, so much so that nowadays—I don’t.

Now, I bet you’re thinking, well, surely with him being unable to go out, he should have been able to write that book he’s talking about. Yes, that’s what I did. I wrote—and wrote and—wrote. This third book, in what is called the Heirs and Descendants Series, kept my fingers going. It just would not find its own end. Eventually, when the story was finished with me, it was over 650,000 words.

I sent it off to my publisher who, not unreasonably, asked if I could divide the manuscript into two. My initial wish of one title was now impossible. I was left to face the horrible experience of writing not only one synopsis, but two!

I made the adjustments needed, bearing in mind the overall two-book story, hoping ‘What Comes Before’ is enticing enough for readers to want the second book and if they had not read the first two novels; then—maybe, to be sufficently interested to read the complete series.

Of course, only time will tell if I succeeded, but this publication, including the second ‘novel/instalment’ which is with the publishers, has taken a heavy toll on me. It was to be my last addition to the overstocked literary world.

I would cease writing at the age of seventy-three years, having only started to write when I was sixty-three. Ten long years of great pleasure, with a healthy eight fully published novels and two novellas. A fantastic trip around the country signing books for Waterstone’s Bookshop, with the, as then, strong possibility of my debut writing effort becoming a huge budget film. Sadly, for the movie audience, that film never came to fruition.

But, no, destiny was not happy. One day this week fate decided I should take a look at a short story I self-published many years ago, with the idea of developing it into a book. I did look and guess what, yes, I think I will let the story get a hold of me, very soon.

In the meantime, I give you book number three In The Heirs and Descendants Series


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It’s That Time of Year

Ah, well, it’s the 22nd of December. Just three days to Christmas Day. It’s my favourite time of year, but every year it gets me in the way it seems to creep up and before you know it–it’s the 22nd of December with three days to go ’til the Big Day.

All the gifts I wanted to give to others this year have been bought and in the main; given out. I’m all done with the food ordered, already stored, or on the way and I expect I’ll be complaining soon about how many chocolates I’ve eaten or how many ice creams I’ve had. I recently discovered just how good Salted Caramel Magnum ice cream tubs were with their actual lumps of chocolate in them. If you haven’t tried one—don’t if you do you will buy more leaving less for me.

This time of year is many things to many people, but I’m not about to ram down your throat my beliefs and values. They are mine to hold close respecting your right to live your life the way you wish.
All I would like to do now is to wish you all a Very Merry Happy Christmas and a Safe and Rewarding New Year.

Let your imagination run riot and your creativity amaze.

Daniel Kemp

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