Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Author Inteview – John Fioravanti

John Fioravanti, teacher and author, is Sally Cronin‘s guest on her Book Reading and Author Interview series. John is a multi-genre author who also writes inspirational articles. One that touched me deeply is What Price, Freedom? #Recommended

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Please extend a warm welcome to my guest today on the Cafe Book Reading.. author John Fioravanti. I know that having read John’s interview you will have your own questions and please put those in the comments section of the post.

First something about John Fioravanti in his own words.

I taught high school history for thirty-five years in just two schools in the Waterloo, Ontario region. My wife and business partner, Anne, and I have been married for more than 40 years. We have three adult children and three grandchildren. In 2002, I wrote an educational book for high school students about writing skills in the discipline of History. “Getting it Right In History Class” is available in Canadian and International editions at Wintertickle Press.

In 2006, Iceberg Publishing commissioned me to write an inspirational book about my years in the classroom. “A Personal Journey to the…

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Danny Introduces a Friend…

Danny the Dog is a guest on The Story Reading Ape, introducing us to his new friend, Aoibha Walsh. She’s 11 years old and has published her first book, Pegasus Rewritten. To every one who reads and reviews Aoibha’a book, Danny is promising to enroll in the Danny the Dog Fan Club at no cost (regular value: 3 pounds of turkey slices). Seems Danny might have himself a new career 🙂

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Good morning, everybody.

It is I, your favorite dog, Danny the Dog.

I thought I’d do something a little different this month and not complain about my human, Andrew.

He was very pleased to hear that news and even gave me an extra turkey slice this morning.

Right now he’s out celebrating his good fortune, which means I’ll have to bail him out of the drunk tank later this evening.

But enough about him.

Today, I want to talk about my new friend.

Her name is Aoibha Walsh. Aoibha is an Irish name and it’s pronounced Ava.

I’m told “BH” is pronounced like a “V” in Irish Gaelic.

Anyway, she is a pretty little Irish lass who is eleven years old.

She has a dog by the name of Bailey—here’s a picture of him.

I guess he’s okay if you like dogs.

Aoibha also has a cat and some kind…

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Meet Guest Author Andrea Torrey Balsara…

Andrea Torrey Balsara is a mother, author, wife, beekeeper, and survivor. A guest on The Story Reading Ape, she speaks with candor about the scars left and challenges posed by childhood sexual abuse. Her willingness to bare her soul is to be commended, as her voice serves to validate and encourage the untold many who suffer in silence…

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I feel like an imposter. Even after 47 years, the feeling that I have a secret to hide has never left.

At 5 I was targeted by a man posing as a good church member in my grandparent’s church and was molested. As anyone who’s gone through this knows, it doesn’t matter how many years pass, the hurt and self-blame is imprinted on your soul. When that happened, part of the internal clock inside me stopped at 5. As I grew, I experienced trauma for different reasons, at different ages, my internal clock stopping each time. I went through all of the teen angst you could dream up, complete with stammer, a blush that a beet would envy, and breaking out in a full-body sweat if anyone looked at me. I found my “safe place” where I hid, out in the open, on the stage. I was certain I would…

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New #Review for #Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

Luna Saint ClaireThis is my second thrill of the day! Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire received another 5-star review. Luna Saint Claire, author of the thrilling novel, The Sleeping Serpent, has posted her review to Goodreads and Amazon.  Luna is a costume designer and author who loves Indie music, has an eclectic bohemian style, and studied ballet in her youth.  Read my interview with Luna here.

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Luna’s review for Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

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I Couldn’t Put it Down!
I have always had a fondness for Vampire stories. It began with Dracula. Twilight was mesmerizing. Vampire Diaries captivated me from the start, and The Originals, my favorite, enthralled me. Vampyrie is a complex, contemporary page-turner that I couldn’t put down! Phoebe, the protagonist is a strong, intelligent, compassionate and fearless character and her passion and perseverance make her a compelling character. What makes this story especially fascinating is the in-depth science, woven in with such elegance that it never detracts from the thrilling suspense. I can totally see this book becoming the next off-the-chart TV series. Well done Tina Frisco

If you aren’t already connected to Luna, please visit her sites, like and share. Thank you for stopping by ♥
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Love, Fear, and Gratitude – Guest Post by Tina Frisco…

Thank you to Chris The Story Reading Ape for his monthly feature of authors and bloggers. I am honored to be among them 💚

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What is love? Not romantic love, but the essence of love, pure and unadulterated. Pure love lightens and enlightens. But what is it? In truth, love can’t be defined; we can only talk around it. In attempting to de-fine it, we con-fine it and thus lose it. Love simply is. And love is our true nature.

What is the opposite of love? Many would say hate. Seems logical, right? When we’re not sitting in love, expanded and with an open heart, we’re struggling to keep our heads above the quicksand of raw emotion. Truth is: the opposite of love is fear. All that isn’t love stems from fear. Love and fear are our primeval baseline emotions.

So what is this seemingly ubiquitous, all-consuming emotion we call fear? When we constrict – when our hearts close, our muscles tighten, our thoughts ricochet, our spirits dim – we sit in…

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New #Review for #Gabby and the Quads

D.G. Kaye WriterIt was such a thrill to receive another 5-star review for Gabby and the Quads, this time from my lovely friend and fellow author, Debby Gies aka D.G. Kaye. Debby consistently supports and features authors on her blog. She also regularly dons her FBI hat and goes about sleuthing the Internet and blogging world for articles she knows will be of interest to her fellow authors, and then posts these as well. Read my interview with Debby here.

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Debby’s review for Gabby and the Quads

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This book is an absolutely wonderful story book for parents and
little children alike. The author takes us on a little life lesson journey of a little child about to become the big sister to quadruplets. Frisco manages to incorporate important lessons for parents while demonstrating with her words and illustrations by subtly instilling messages about safety, sharing and compassion within the storyline. Her method of showing how the parents ready Gabby for the babies’ arrival, asking her how she would feel about being a big sister and a helper, encouraging the child to love her new siblings, easing her into her new role without being left to feel she is no longer ‘the only child’, but a necessary component to being a helper, a very important role as big sister.

If you have little ones, or about to become parents for a second time, I highly recommend this book as a guide to parents and an enjoyable and entertaining read with educational meaning and reference that is easily understood by young children.

You can also read Debby’s review on Goodreads and Amazon 
If you aren’t already connected to Debby, please visit her sites, like and share. Thank you for stopping by ♥
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Calling all Kid Lit Authors and Book Bloggers #PBPiO #MARCHingBookstoKids

Michelle Eastman is collecting children’s books throughout the month of March to benefit children of incarcerated parents. This is part of the MARCHing Books to Kids initiative for the VNS of Iowa Storybook Project. She is reaching out to kid lit authors and book bloggers to get quality books into the hands of deserving kids.
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO DONATE A BOOK and keep passing it on!  You can make a difference to a child in need… 
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I would like to reach out to kid lit authors and book bloggers to get quality books into the hands of deserving kids.

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Throughout the month of March, I am collecting new children’s books to benefit children of incarcerated parents. Authors, I hope you will consider donating signed copies of your books. Book bloggers, please help us by sharing this information with your readers.

I am a children’s author, teacher, and mom who is passionate about children’s literacy and the power of children’s books. When I learned nearly 2/3 of children, living in poverty, DO NOT own books, I was moved to act. I founded the literacy initiative, Picture Book Pass it On, to raise awareness for literacy issues and get books to kids in need.

Three years ago, the Picture Book Pass it On initiative grew to include a month-long book drive called MARCHing Books to Kids.

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Remembering

An expressive poem by Kate McClelland that might move you in unexpected ways. I had to wipe a few tears as I read it. Beautiful, Kate 💚

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Remembering

A family get together

Or a couple of hours sitting in a coffee shop

Are never spent without a mention of you

Remembering, we laugh over the funny things

You did or said

We grumble about things promised

But never done

Or old arguments played over again

As only siblings can

We talk about the bitterness of our loss

And even after all this time

Still cannot comprehend

That we will not see you again

This firecracker persona

That we had known

From the moment we were born

The person who had memories

Of us before we had memories to share

Gone

You left us all a memento

To remember you by

But it wasn’t necessary

As we could not and will not forget

We share a smile and hugs all round

Make our excuses to leave

With promises of meeting soon

Knowing that there will always be

A…

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A Short Story For You – From Guest Blogger Ann Rochelle Aben

Fantastic short story by Annette Rochelle Aben​ on the subject of bullying, graciously hosted by Dan Alatorre​ on his blog 💜

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From time to time here on the blog we’ll feature a profile of an author or their writing. Today, it’s my privilege to introduce Ellis the elephant, a bullying story for children.

Ann Rochelle Aben gets introduced, too, as Ellis’ creator. Have a read and give me her thoughts!

Ellis the elephant was big and fat. For this, he was snubbed by many; imagine that. Yet he’d go through his day smiling at the trees and enjoying the songs of the happy honey bees. There were rivers to splash in and rocks upon which to sun, Ellis the elephant, knew how to have fun.

One day when he was playing shadow tag with low hanging branches a group of wild cats were giving Ellis funny glances. Never had they seen something so big and fat try to move as quickly and agile as a cat. Watching him…

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Our Jogger – Guest Post by Emily Gmitter (by kind permission from Zoe)…

Thank you to Zoe the Fabulous Feline for giving her monthly blog spot to her person on The Story Reading Ape. Emily Gmitter speaks to the regret we feel for not offering a kindness, and then wishing we had when it was too late. Moving and thought-provoking… ♥

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Zoe here, I’m on a break, so I’m going to let my human have my spot this month, but I WILL be BACK.

It seemed the end of an era. I knelt beside the still body that was lying on the sidewalk in front of my house. I touched the back of my hand to his familiar face; it was cool to the touch. Not that I needed to do that; the thin skin on his face was a shade of bluish gray that indicated only one thing. I called 911 and waited for the paramedics to arrive.

Leaning against the stone wall in front of our home, I continued to stare at the body. I knew him, but I didn’t know him. Who were you?

In death, he did not seem as old as he had appeared when he was jogging through our neighborhood, which he did every day…

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