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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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Smorgasbord short story – The System Administrator by Sally Cronin

I’m a big fan of #Sally Cronin‘s short stories and have thoroughly enjoyed all I’ve read. But this one takes the gold. Depending on which side of the fence you sit regarding A.I. technology, this will either unnerve or impress you 🙂

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The System Administrator by Sally Cronin

Jennifer stood in the middle of the lift and stared at her black leather pumps. She noticed a scuff on the left side of the toe of the right shoe, realising that she had kicked the full waste basket a little harder than she thought at the time. She was weary and unusually tearful. It had been a tough week all round with particularly hard advertising revenue to achieve, but it had ended on the sourest note of all.

She managed a team of fifty telephone sales canvassers who sold high end car and luxury property advertising for the national online paper she worked for. These days both those markets were tough going. It seemed that people were hanging onto high ticket items waiting for a rise in demand for both.

However, her boss who lived in his ivory tower of an office on…

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Thirty Years a Junkie

Addiction ~ perhaps begun in pleasure ~ becomes predator if we attempt to let go, and persecutor if we do not. Andrew Joyce has written a compelling no-holds-barred article about his years as an addict. When, where, how, and with whom we learn our life lessons are all based in choice, whether or not we choose to accept this. Despite the theme, there’s something in this story for everyone …

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Compared to some, I’ve lived an exciting life. At least parts of it were. However, compared to others, my life has been humdrum. The only thing I’m satisfied about is that all the drama took place when I was young and able to handle it. That would not be the reality today for I have grown old.

It’s confession time. I’m not looking for absolution. My only intent is to show some of you out there that there is hope. Nothing is forever. Perhaps my story might help you get to the next stage of your life. Maybe not, but I had help getting there, and I’ll tell you about it in a minute. First, a little background. And please, feel free to judge me. You cannot condemn me any more than I have already condemned myself.

When I was kid, I always had a wanderlust. I would see a…

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Smorgasbord Christmas Party -Guest Tina Frisco with Jewel and the Christmas Tree

Sally Cronin is featuring my Christmas story on her fabulous blog today. It is an honor to be included in her joyful and eclectic Christmas festivities. If you haven’t yet partaken of the merrymaking, hop over to her blog and indulge in the music, laughter, stories, and revelry. You’ll also find some delicious food! Thank you so much for hosting me, Sally 💖 💖

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I am delighted to welcome author and friend Tina Frisco to the Christmas party, with an ethereal short story about Jewel a little girl with special powers.

Jewel and the Christmas Tree by Tina Frisco

“Get away from that tree, you little gamine! I didn’t decorate it only to have you come along and ruin everything!”

His voice was harsh and threatening. Jewel ran all the way home as fast as her little seven-year-old feet could carry her. Mumzy was there ready to comfort, but they had no heat and the walls were stone. They also had very little else worth mentioning. But mumzy always made her feel safe and well-provided for.

The townspeople called Jewel’s mother Ruby, because when the sun caught her flaxen hair, it shone blood-red. They didn’t like her. She never hesitated to speak her mind. So whenever anything went missing from their yards or chicken…

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Guest author Sally Cronin, Christmas story special, blogging and promotions, D.G. Kaye

Author Sally Cronin is a guest today on author D.G. Kaye‘s blog, sharing her beautiful Christmas story as well as a delectable but rather dubious cake recipe that’s sure to put a sparkle in one’s holiday spirits. Both Sally and Debby are prodigious supporters of other authors and regularly host them on their blogs. Hop over to Debby’s blog to read Sally’s delightful story and learn more about her . . .

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Today’s guest post is a little different from my usual Friday Authors with a new book post. In light of the Christmas season, I’ve invited my dear friend, author/blogger, and huge promoter of the works of other artists, Sally Cronin, whose blog is The Smorgasbord Invitation , to come over and share one of her famous short stories for the season. I was thrilled that she had written a new and special story just for me and my blog. Sally has been writing a story series called ‘What’s in a Name’, using alphabetical order to choose a name for the story. In this story, Sally invited me to choose a name to base her story on. I gave her the name ‘Sanja’, my best friend for over 35 years.

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For those of you who don’t already know Sally, her blog is an eclectic mix of her fabulous stories, as well as a ‘Smorgasbord’ of posts from everything to her educating series on health, her ‘laughter is the best medicine’ series, her series on musical legends, which she hosts with William Price King, as well as her numerous promotions she runs, inviting writers to submit their new books, promotions on their books, short story features, and much more.

I’d also like to mention here that Sally has been running quite a few promotions for the past month, inviting writers to submit their Christmas stories to be featured on her blog, and she’s been running a series of books featured from her Virtual Book Cafe, where she archives books from the many authors who’ve appeared on her blog.

Since it’s now early December, you can still check with Sally to see if there are any slots still available for you and your stories to be featured, but in case she’s already full, you will still want to visit her blog to read some of the wonderful stories and learn about new books and authors and read some wonderful contributions by other authors for seasonal reads. And stay tuned for Sally’s new promotions for the new year.

Here is the link to what Sally is offering for promotions for Christmas.

Visit Sally’s – Bloggers Around the Christmas Tree post and learn what types of goodies she has planned to share for the season on her blog.

Also, check out Sally’s Free Blog and Book Promotions because there are numerous promotions she offers to be featured on her blog year round.

Now, grab yourselves a coffee (or a glass of wine) and let’s read Sally’s Christmas tale.

Sanja – A Princess in Despair – A Christmas Fairy Tale.

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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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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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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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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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Smorgasbord Short Story – A Soldier Waits – Sally Cronin

Sometimes we wish we were somewhere else or someone else, doing something other than plugging away to make a living, doing something we loved and regarded highly. Sometimes we wish our lives away, not giving a second thought to those who lost theirs too young or in service to others. In Sally Cronin‘s moving short story,     A Soldier Waits, we see life through the eyes of a young man who served his country and who now attends the annual memorial for the old soldiers and heroes of his village. The memorial is always conducted with great love and respect. While reading this story, I was reminded that where there is love, there is hope; and where there is hope, there is the promise of tomorrow. Take a few minutes to read this superb tribute to our fallen heroes…

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A Soldier Waits – Sally Cronin

David stood beside his comrades as they waited in the village square for the parade to begin. Despite their advancing years, the men stood as tall as possible, often with the aid of a stick. Two of their number were in wheelchairs, and had been guided across the cobble stones by their fellow old soldiers.

It was a typical chilly November morning with dark skies and clouds laden with imminent rain. Whilst inappropriate perhaps for this solemn occasion, the men standing huddled against the cold wind; wished for a few rays of sunshine. Their overcoats were shiny with age but their shoes were burnished to a brilliance thanks to the loving attention the night before. A reminder of a time, when the action of rubbing in polish and then shining the boots for the sergeant’s approval, was used for reflection. A time to remember…

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Dusty Bones – The Halloween Version

Kate McClelland brings us a nightmarish Halloween tale that will cause you to leave the light on tonight! And you might find yourself waking up to your own screaming voice, soaked in sweat, covers in a ball or tossed to the floor. If you’re into all things ghoulish, this story will run a delightful chill up your spine 🙂

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As it’s nearly Halloween, I thought I would try a scary story. This is actually based on a poem I wrote about a recurring nightmare. I hope you like it. It’s 1691 words – which, if you turn upside down is – 1691! Hope you’re Halloween is ‘spooktacular’ (so sorry, I really couldn’t resist that one! – I’ll get my coat :0))

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Dusty Bones – The Halloween Version

It’s midnight, on All Hallows Eve and I am already in bed.

It had been a disaster of a Halloween party. Chase had turned up already very drunk and preceded to puke up over the finger buffet and kind of killed the party mood in one fell swoop.

I threw Chase out and Jake offered to take him home to keep him out of trouble. Chase shouting back to me as I slammed the door ‘Sorry Ginny, really sorry. GINNY!‘

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Hey – Boo – I have a TREAT for YOU! – Guest Post…

Annette Rochelle Aben is a guest on The Story Reading Ape today, telling us about her latest book ~ BooKu, Halloween Haiku ~ which I understand is not for the fainthearted! But if you’re a daring soul, the Kindle version will be available for only 0.99 from midnight Pacific Time on October 16th through midnight Pacific time on October 22nd. Trick or treat!

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For one week, the Kindle version of my latest book, BooKu, Halloween Haiku will be available for .99!

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If I could cover it in chocolate for you, I do that too but at this price, you can afford to pick up a couple of your favorites to enjoy whilst having a grin reading BooKu.

BooKu takes us behind the scenes of a typical, American, middle-class yard, decked out for that one special night we call, Halloween.

In the light of day, everything looks pretty tame, mighty harmless and rather ordinary (well, that is if rats, skulls and skeletons are your everyday, average yard frou-frou).

Yet, when the moon rises in the pitch of a black sky, frou-frou becomes frightening.

Tiny trick or treaters will never be the same for the experience of having to navigate the path from the sidewalk to the candy. It’s all part…

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Zoe and Burt…

Zoe the Fabulous Feline relinquishes her guest spot on The Story Reading Ape this month to Burt, the daring and non-chatty (he likes to think) adventurer. And what a tale he has to tell! But Zoe couldn’t resist commenting on Burt’s post, so you’ll still have a chance to interact with our favorite fun and furry feline 🙂

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Dear Friends, Zoe here but not for long! I’ve been preparing to take this trip, you see, and have been so busy that I neglected to write up a wonderful new adventure for you. So, I’ve asked a friend to take my spot this month. I’ve told you about my human, Emily, and I’ve told you about my friend, Bella, but I’ve never told you about my friend Burt. Or how I met him. That is a tale for another day. Let’s just say that Burt owed me a favor. Big time. I’m happy to call in my chips today, probably happier than he is to be called on to do this favor for me. At any rate, here is Burt. I hope he entertains you well but don’t get too enamored, for I will be back next month!

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Nostalgia Post No. 2: Recollections of the “Good Old Days” – Guest Post…

Lorinda J Taylor is a guest on The Story Reading Ape today, reminiscing about a time gone by ~ a time when happiness and fulfillment were achieved through lifestyle and rewarding relationships rather than the high-end technology of the present. Beautifully written, she captures the moment within a decade or so of her mother’s life in the Dust Bowl of southeast Colorado, just before, during, and after the Great Depression. A bit of nostalgia for those of us who remember our parents’ stories of this time, as well as for those of you who might have lived through it…

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I’ve decided to reminisce about what is an archaic time for many of you denizens of cyberspace who are in your 20s or 30s or even 40s.  And the time is the 1930s.

 And no, I don’t go back quite that far, but my mother did. 

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She was born in 1909 and graduated from high school in 1927, right before the Great Depression.  Her father (my grandfather) was in some ways enlightened for his time.  He vigorously condemned smoking, maintaining that putting all that tar and nicotine into your lungs would kill you, and he counseled my mother  that she shouldn’t count on having a man to support her and should develop some way to make a living on her own.

 When she first graduated from high school, she worked in a shop as a salesperson, but after three years she…

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