Zoe Shares Her Space…

My kind of poetry.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Dear friends, I hope you don’t mind, but my human, Emily, apparently needs some attention. She asked if she could take my spot this month to show off share something she wrote recently. I thought, Yeah, why not? I can use a break. So, I’m sharing my space so she can share her poem. And, without further ado, here it is. Now excuse me . . . I’m going to go chill out in my condo.

Unjust Desserts

Sitting cross-legged on a concrete bench

Taking in the action just beyond the fence

He watches the bustle, pinstripes abound

And children playing, they fall on the ground

Miniskirts taunt him, smiles on a face

Tease him with heels and a hint of lace

No girl in his corner, no warm memories

Of deep secret kisses or silky panties

He wants to be cool, he wants to take part

Something is hurting…

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Book Promo – ‘My Vibrating Vertebrae’ by Agnes Mae Graham…

I love this book.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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 Agnes Mae Graham, we get a sense of what it was like, ranging from humour, sadness, wistful thinking and sometimes just downright nonsensical, these are the words of one such girl.



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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Bedtime Stories for Grown-Up’s,” by Author, Andrew Joyce

Colleen Chesebro✨The Fairy Whisperer✨

  • Title: Bedtime Stories for Grownups
  • Amazon Author Page: Andrew Joyce
  • File Size: 4797 KB
  • Print Length: 689 Pages
  • Publisher: W. Birch & Assoc.
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B075V8XNTC
  • ISBN-10: 0998119350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998119359
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Anthologies & Literature Collections

    *I was given a pre-publication copy of this book by the author for review purposes*


“Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups is a jumble of genres—seven hundred pages of fiction and non-fiction … some stories included against the author’s better judgment. If he had known that one day they’d be published, he might not have been as honest when describing his past. Here is a tome of true stories about the author’s criminal and misspent youth, historical accounts of the United States when She was young, and tales of imagination encompassing every conceivable variety—all presented…

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Remembering – Danny Goes to the Beach – Guest Post by, Andrew Joyce…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

My name is Andrew Joyce and I used to have a partner in crime until he set off for loftier environs. His name was Danny and he was a pretty good writer … for a dog. And he had many fans. Below is a picture of him with the Miami chapter of his fan club.

Anyway, I thought I might share with you one of Danny’s favorite stories. I still remember the day he writes about like it was yesterday … but it was eight years ago. Danny remembered it too. That’s why he told the tale that you are about to read.

Danny Goes to the Beach

What a time I had yesterday. I went to the beach!

I like to wake Andrew up early and take him for his walk before it gets too hot out. And I like our walks because there’s a whole lotta good sniffing…

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Guest author: Andrew Joyce – Why?

More pontificating from Yours Truly.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Image: Pixabay

Why do we all live in fear? And don’t deny it … there is fear in all our lives.

Why do we hoard? Fear, that’s why. We’ve all seen those people on the hoarder shows. They’re so funny and pitiful. We enjoy laughing at them. But not so fast, my friends. Do you own a storage shed? Do you rent a unit at a storage facility? Is your attic filled with worthless stuff that you’re never gonna use?

Why do we hold on to all that crap? Fear, that’s why. We are afraid that there is just not enough. And by keeping what is essentially trash, we can live in the contented bliss of having just a little more than our neighbors. Having something material and finite, when something intangible, such as love, would enhance our lives in so many different and wonderful ways.

Why do we give…

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Tanka from the Bottom of my Heart

“Tanka from the bottom of my heart.” Really?

Annette Rochelle Aben

Well, I have been wanting to do this for quite sometime and FINALLY I have accomplished something very special.  Announcing the release of my latest book!

Life is alive with poetry; all the sights, sounds and smells. Blend it all together in your mind and you will begin to sing songs in your heart. You deserve a reason to smile, to feel good while pondering the magic of your world. You are closer than you think.

Open, A Tanka Picture Book! Consider the story each picture shares through its visual. Enjoy how each is enhanced with a tanka poem. Engage your senses while on a journey of passionate creativity. To feel the excitement found in even the simplest of sights is why A Tanka Picture Book was created.

Tanka is a form of traditional Japanese lyric poetry that uses 31 syllables spread out over 5 lines, to convey its…

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Prologue from “Stranger Abduction” (A novel by Billy Ray Chitwood)

Here’s something good and interesting. And the back story is heartbreaking. To lose a manuscript and have to start from scratch is more than I could endure.

The Final Curtain1


Stranger Abduction is out of the oven – edited, re-edited, ad infinitum, and I wanted to write a bit about the book and present the prologue…you can let me know if you like or don’t like what I’m sharing with you. Just be gentle and remember, I’m part of your reading and writing family…and, your elder.

This is the second time I’ve written this book…let me explain.

In the 1980’s, on an 80-acre non-working ‘Lazy Rabbit Ranch’ in southeastern Arizona near the ‘town too tough to die’, Tombstone, I began writing on a Starwriter 60 word processor my ‘Bailey Crane Mystery Series’. There were to be seven books in the series, with five inspired by true events. At the ranch I completed three of the ‘BC Series’ (except for final editing), neatly put the manuscripts’ pages in boxes, and moved to the beautiful cobalt waters of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. STRANGER…

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