Category Archives: Abuse

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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My First Book Shout Out – Cybersex: A Nightmare of the 21st Century – The Rebirth of Armageddon by Abdulazeez Henry Musa.

I doubt anyone would argue the benefits of the Internet. Yet there is a dark side to everything on our bipolar planet, and cybersex is one of the more heinous elements. Pedophiles and psychopaths stalk and threaten our children, perpetrating “their horrendous crimes of child abuse, molestation, and child trafficking.” Abdulazeez Henry Musa is a guest on Sally Cronin‘s blog series, My First Book Shout Out, discussing his book, Cybersex: A Nightmare of the 21st Century – The Rebirth of Armageddon. No doubt this book will provide many a distraught parent with guidelines, “tips and red-flags to protect young people from the sinister plot of unknown sexual predators pervading the internet.”

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the new series for first time authors. Nothing more exciting for a writer to see their first book in print and whilst this series is primarily for authors who have just published their first book, authors are also welcome to showcase books that have been published in the last two years provided it is their first and only book. It may be useful for those authors who are planning to publish their second books in the next month or so, especially if part of a series.

If you are an established author with books that you would like to promote then the Autumn Reading is the current general promotion which will run until December 1st and then move into Winter Reading. There will also be a Christmas promotion running from mid-November for authors who have been previously promoted on the blog and are on the shelves of the…

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Smorgasbord Short Stories – The Little Warrior by Tina Frisco

A heartfelt “Thank You” to Sally Cronin for hosting me on her Short Stories blog. If you’re not familiar with Sally, please head over and enjoy her posts on a variety of subjects, including health, humor, animals, music, and authors. She gives generously of her time and is loved and appreciated by many ❤

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

smorgasbord short storiesToday’s short story is by Tina Frisco who very chillingly brings home the fact that childhood is not always joyful and loving.

The Little Warrior

“Mummy, mummy, let me out! Let me out, mummy, let me out!” the little girl screamed as she pounded her tiny fists on the massive coal bin door.  Locked in the chilly dank and dark room, she trembled with panic and terror at the thought of never being found.

She had been grabbed by the wrist, dragged down the cellar steps and across the cement floor to the dreaded dungeon. She fought all the way, little warrior that she was, but this served only to rile the mother even more. Not one part of her tiny body escaped the sharp blows wielded by the crazed, diabolic parent.

The heavy door creaked and moaned as it was pried open. An icy cold draft slapped her across…

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