Meet Guest Author Jeremy Breitenbach…

Author Jeremy Breitenbach is a guest on The Story Reading Ape today. Jeremy is legally blind with cerebral palsy and uses Braille. He is also the author of 6 books, loves watching TV and movies as well as playing video games, and wishes to donate a portion of the sale of his books to charity. The next time I think something is just too hard or beyond my capabilities, I’ll remember Jeremy. He is an inspiration and a bright light in the world …

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jeremy-breitenbach-02My name is Jeremy Breitenbach.  I am legally blind with cerebral palsy and use Braille. 

The cerebral palsy limits me to the use of one hand, my left.  I have limited vision in my left eye and none in my right, but I can watch TV, watch movies, and play video games if I sit close to the TV screen. 

Some of my favorite TV shows are: the Dragon Ball franchise (which is comprised of: Dragon Ball, the Dragon Ball movies, Dragon Ball Z, the 15 DBZ movies and 2 specials, Dragon Ball Z Kai (the revised Dragon Ball Z), Dragon Ball GT, and the Dragon Ball GT special), Ghost Adventures, Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks, The Middle, The Simpsons, Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the entire Star Trek franchise, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (the one from 1983), Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda (1989…

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Call to arms.

Congratulations to Adele Marie Park on the cover release of her first book, WISP! It’s always exciting to publish a book, but the release of one’s first book holds a special place in the heart. Hop over to Adele’s blog to learn more about the magic and secrets soon to be revealed …

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Well, not exactly but I’m extremely pleased and excited to announce that WISP, my first book to be published is nearly at the release stage. The edits have been done and done. The front cover is ready and beautiful it is. So, without further ado, I present the cover release of WISP.

The Blurb

Edra, a world where magic keeps dark secrets. Secrets which can get you killed.

The body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city. Wisp, a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case. It will turn out to be a case that changes his life forever.

Wisp tugs loose a thread in a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption, and evil. His world as he knew it begins to change and when friendship turns to love: he has more to lose.

What started out as a murder case ends up becoming something which…

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Book promotion, Free book, Have Bags Will Travel, memoir, humor, D.G. Kaye

Author D.G. Kaye has put her book, Have Bags Will Travel, on promotion for FREE from November 28th through December 2nd! The winter holiday season is a time when so many travel, and this would be the perfect book to stash in one’s carry-on to read along the way …

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In honor of the upcoming travel season, I’ve decided to put my book, Have Bags, Will Travel on promotion for FREE, starting today November 28th through December 2nd! The book will be available Free to all countries and I am putting up The Universal Link Herethat will take you directly to the Amazon book page of your country to download it.

If you haven’t read this little travel log and memoir of mine, please feel free to download your copy today. It seems that based on some of the reviews I’ve received on this book, people have been reading it on airplanes while traveling, so I thought it would be a good time to give some free copies away for the holiday season.

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Blurb:

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.

In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

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Technology – Guest Post…

Frank Parker guests on The Story Reading Ape with a compelling article about the pros and cons of technology. Splitting the atom brought us from valves to transistors to chips to where virtually (no pun intended) anything is available and achievable through the Internet. Advances in medicine have saved countless lives as well as created innumerable monsters, such as multi-resistant strains of bacteria. Then there’s agriculture and genetically modified organisms . . . Hop over to Chris’ blog to read this eye-opening journey through technological advancements …

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It probably seems strange to younger people but, when I was born, motor vehicles and aircraft were comparatively new fangled. The first ever powered flight of a heavier than air craft took place a dozen years before my mother was born. Telephones, radios and gramophones were also in their infancy. Outside of large towns and cities, many homes were still without electricity.

In the decade before my birth men split the atom, thereby creating the possibility of unleashing an endless supply of cheap energy – one of many predictions that fell well wide of the mark. The same technology also offered the possibility of terrible destruction, a fact used to devastating effect, when I was just 3 years old, to end a brutal war in the far east. Throughout my childhood and teenage years Britain, the USA, France and Russia…

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Book review, Enlightenment, empowering, spiritual, Plateau by Tina Frisco, D.G. Kaye

It was such a delight to see Debby Gies’ aka author D.G. Kaye‘s wonderful review of my book on her blog. I am honored she chose to feature Plateau on her Sunday #Bookreview series ❤ 

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Book reviews

Today I’m sharing my review of a wonderful and thought provoking book by Tina Frisco, Plateau, Beyond the Trees.

Tina is an author, singer/songwriter, RN, activist, and a student of Shamanism. Her writing is always full of compassion and offers insights to helping the world in justice, peace and harmony. Her first book, Plateau was written before the doomsday prophecies were to take place in 2012, which the Mayan calendar had predicted.

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Blurb:

The protagonist in Plateau is a 15-year-old tribal female who, through great adversity and while honoring the wisdom of her elders, discovers her strengths and destiny. Her will is relentlessly tested, daring her to face her fears and trust blindly without fully knowing why she was born the Keeper of the Crystal Heart, the key to the Great Mosaic of Life. She ultimately comes face-to-face with herself in a battle that would shrink the will of the most intrepid warrior, unaware that realizing her destiny will irrevocably impact all beings on earth and beyond. Her people inject humor and wisdom throughout this tale of mystery and adventure. Will love prevail over fear? Millions are asking this question. Plateau offers hope with its underlying message: We must keep our hearts open and act from love instead of reacting from fear; and we must practice gratitude and compassion within every moment and with every breath, so that we might help elevate the human species to a higher consciousness and facilitate both personal and global peace.

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Free book promo, Savvywriters.com, buy one get 2 free, writing, publishing, D.G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye reblogging Doris Heilman of Savvywriters.com, who is offering an amazing deal for Black Friday Weekend — purchase one ebook, get 2 other ebooks free! Hope over to Debby’s blog for details …

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I had to reblog this, as I just came across this great deal!My friend, Doris Heilman of Savvywriters.com is offering an amazing deal for Black Friday Weekend! In case some of you aren’t familiar with Doris’ blog and newsletter, she blog is well-known for informative article directed to writers about everything publishing!

Until this Monday, Doris is offering if you purchase one of her ebooks, you email her the receipt of purchase and she will send you 2 other FREE ebooks of hers. Her books are valuable and informative resources for all writers. Have a look below at her article, where she slipped in this gem of a sale and also include some ‘SAVVY’ tips for Christmas shopping.

Why spend time and money – and stress yourself out when heading to the mall?  I gave it up years ago and never looked back.  Christmas shopping this year took me exactly 10 minutes.

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A Crow Who Became a Fictional Character – Guest Post…

A lovely guest post on The Story Reading Ape by Olga Kuno telling us about Cyriusha the crow ~ a bird with a broken wing rescued and cared for by her family ~ who becomes a substantial character in one of her novels . . .

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As a writer, I have often been asked whether my characters are inspired by real-life people. My answer is generally negative. Of course, I use my world knowledge and personal experience when I write a book, and this includes observations of other people’s behaviors, reactions and opinions. I may even literally quote some non-standard phrases that people around me (particularly my husband) love to use. But I have never tried to describe a real, familiar, individual in a novel. With one exception.

This exception is not a human being, however. It is a bird. Specifically, a crow.

One of my first fantasy novels is about a woman who has a special talent of speaking to animals. Not speaking in the most literal sense of the word; rather, she understands them, takes care of them, teaches them – and they love her and cooperate with her…

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Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update – Agnes Mae Graham, Lucinda E. Clarke and Christoph Fischer

Books featured today in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore are Unhappily Ever After by Lucinda E. Clarke, The Body in the Snow by Christoph Fischer, and My Vibrating Vertebrae by Agnes Mae Graham ~ published posthumously by her two children, Lorna and Christopher Graham. Sally’s bookstore is a cornucopia of excellent reading material and a great place to begin one’s holiday shopping. All we need now is the virtual café to round out our reading pleasure with a frothy latté or cappuccino, garnished this holiday season with a minty candy cane   😊

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My thanks to those of you in the bookstore who have let me know your updates and news. I will feature your updates as they come in and also work my way through the bookstore finding new reviews and sharing them. Contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com if your book in the store has a great new review we can showcase.
sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-updateThe first update is for the My Vibrating Vertebrae by Agnes Mae Graham. Published by Christopher Graham in collaboration with his sister, in tribute to their mother.  Since its promotion here when released it has some more excellent reviews. It would make a wonderful gift for lovers of poetry and history.

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About the book
We all have dreams, loves and hopes; but what if you are a girl growing up in 20th century Northern Ireland before, during and after the ‘Troubles’?

From the poetic thoughts of our Mother, we get…

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EDITING 101: 13 – Self-Editing Part 1…

In Part 13 of her Editing 101 series on The Story Reading Ape, Susan Uttendorfsky presents Part 1 of self-editing. She discusses searching for weak verbs and overused words, and how to vary sentence constructions. As I’m finalizing my manuscript and preparing to publish my next novel, this series has been extremely helpful. I’m sure you’ll find it helpful as well …

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Self Editing Part 1

Some of the things we’ve discussed previously are good to be on the watch for and remove, but there are other, specific tasks that can be done when a manuscript’s completed to help polish it. Since there are many of these odd jobs, this specific post will continue over time.

Editing your own work involves hard labor. Other authors have mentioned they make as many as ten to fifteen passes in editing, revising, and reworking, focusing on one or two aspects of self-editing each time. Those authors are to be commended, since writing a book is only one third of the work. Editing is the second third, and publishing and marketing take up the final third. You’re…

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The Pond Monster

Kate McClelland with a story that might leave you wanting to exact revenge on that childhood bully. I, too, was clumsy as a child. Wait… Who am I kidding? I still trip over match sticks. Even walked into a door jam and literally saw stars ~ in technicolor ~ like the ones you see in cartoons. Hop over to Kate’s blog and enjoy ~ or commiserate ~ or perhaps both 😊

 

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