Gilded Gossip

Two stories for free. Yay! Russell tells us he’s been retired now for 16 months and works harder than ever with less time off. He was definitely kept in the dark about that beforehand. He also tells us about a collection of cats, not the furry kind. If you enjoy this madness, just click on the book covers above and to the right. You can do more by reblogging this post on your blog.

What's So Funny?

People in the workforce get one to two days off every week and vacation time based on their years of service. I have been retired now for over 16 months without a single day off. I can’t even call in sick and sneak off fishing. It’s ridiculous and unfair.

With the amount of stuff retired people have to do, and the limited number of hours we have to work with, you’d think the Department of Labor would step in and rectify this terrible injustice. After all, we spent our entire life working and paying taxes, and just because we’re retired doesn’t mean they can walk all over us.

I encourage all of you, retired or not, to contact your representatives in Congress, Senate, Parliament, etc., and urge them to pass legislation to address this critical issue.

If you’re new to Friday Flash Fiction, our on-site bloggers rights activist is Susan…

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Book Promo – Get ‘Twisted’ FREE from 22nd to 26th February…

A book promo with a FREE book from the 22nd to the 26th.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Book Title: Twisted

Author Name: Uvi Poznansky

Sale dates: 02/22/2019-02/26/2019

Regular price of book$2.99

Sale price of book: $0.00

Category: Literary Fiction, Horror, Dark Fantasy


In this unique collection, discover diverse tales, laden with shades of mystery. Come into a dark, strange world, a hyper-reality where nearly everything is firmly rooted in the familiar—except for some quirky detail that twists the yarn, and takes it for a spin in an unexpected direction.

This is the reality you will see in hell, through the eyes of a ghost of a woman trying to reclaim her name by appealing to the devil; the eyes of a clay figure of a woman, about to be fired in the kiln, longing for her Creator; the eyes of a woman in the midst of a free fall, about to become a ghost; and the eyes of…

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Colleen’s Coming Attractions: Two New Novellas by Author, @JimWebster6

Benor Dorfinngil may be involved in a murderous venture involving one Wast Divot. Also, Jim Webster has two books on offer. They are both humorous and interesting.

The Faery Whisperer

Hi, everyone. Jim Webster has a couple of new novellas coming out and I offered to help him spread the word.

Author, Jim Webster

Someone once wrote this about me…

“Jim Webster is probably still fifty-something, his tastes in music are eclectic, and his dress sense is rarely discussed in polite society. In spite of this, he has a wife and three daughters.

He has managed to make a living from a mixture of agriculture, consultancy, and freelance writing. Previously he has restricted himself to writing about agricultural and rural issues but including enough Ancient Military history to maintain his own sanity. But seemingly he has felt it necessary to branch out into writing fantasy and Sci-Fi novels.”

Now with eight much-acclaimed fantasy works and two Sci-Fi to my credit it seems I might be getting into the swing of things.

Amazon Author Page: Jim Webster

Today, Jim shares a…

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There IS a Wrong Way to Write a Book Review!

Great, common sense advice of how not to and then how to write a book review.


This week I read a blog post that asserted there is no right or wrong way to write a book review. The writer made some good points, particularly about reviews needing to be individual and personal responses to a book, but I disagree with the basic premise of the article.

I am writing this post from the perspective of a reader, not an author, and I realise that some people won’t agree with me, so let me explain my reasons.

A book review should never recount the story of the book. It shouldn’t give spoilers. Yet time after time, I see reviews that do exactly that. My issue is that if I already know what is going to happen, I feel as though I no longer need to read the book. The joy of the journey has been neutralised. That review has effectively cost the author a sale. 

In all…

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Jim Webster Blog Tour. Swimming for profit and pleasure & The Plight of the Lady Gingerlily.

Benor Dorfinngil is hired to walk a housemaid home who has had one glass too many. On the way, he questions her for information wanted by Tallis Steelyard. Also, there are two interesting books by Jim Webster on offer.


Hi everyone I am so excited today because Jim Webster has asked me to be part of his latest Blog Tour introducing Swimming for profit and pleasure &The Plight of the Lady Gingerlily.

Below is the timetable of the tour so you can follow it and read the chapters.

1, For the want of a knight.

Monday 18th January Chris Graham

2, The eyes have it. Tuesday 19th February. Stevie Turner

3, The miser and the demon Wednesday 20th February. Annette Rochelle Aben.

4,Just one more glass. Thursday 21st February. willow willers

5, Occasionally one has to do the right thing. Friday 22nd February. Colleen Chesebro

6, Consummate Artistry. Saturday 23rd February. Suzanne Joshi

7, Something fishy. Sunday 24th February. Robbie Cheadle

8,The ethical choice. Monday 25th February Anita

9, Delicate work. Tuesday 26th February Ritu Bhathal

10,A cup of wine, a loaf…

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A Renewed Call For Hate???

Some of the things happening in the U.S. these days and an effort to improve conditions.

Filosofa's Word

I was working on an environmental post when this headline crossed my radar … TWICE!

Editor of Alabama newspaper calls for the Ku Klux Klan to ‘night ride again’

Say WHAT???  And then again …

Alabama newspaper editor calls on KKK to lynch Democrats

Deep breathes … in … out … in … out …

WHAT the Sam HELL is wrong with these damn people???Goodloe SuttonThe editor is Goodloe Sutton and the newspaper is the Democrat-Reporter in Linden, Alabama.  He said Democrats were going to raise taxes and that the KKK should hang them and raid Washington DC.  This, my friends, is the depth to which this nation has sunk.

“Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again. Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama… This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people. Seems…

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The Miser and The Demon

A tale about Benor and a miser being aided by a priest of the Temple of Aea in chasing away a troublesome and smelly demon. Also, two books on offer by Jim Webster.

Annette Rochelle Aben

Benor was walking down Slip Pike Lane at a steady pace. Anybody watching him might have noted that his stride was precise, each step exactly the same length as the last. Somebody particularly observant might have noticed that every ten paces, Benor made a mark on a piece of paper with an indelible pencil. At this point they might have realised that they were witnessing a cartographer at work.
Slip Pike Lane is one of the streets that run parallel to Ropewalk. The
original houses were all quite large and now virtually all of them have been divided into apartments. Benor quite liked the area, the houses were solid, everything looked reasonably well maintained and the people put on a brave face and made the best of a very modest prosperity. One house had caught Benor’s eye. Perhaps alone of all the houses on the street it appeared to be derelict. There was no glass in the windows, there were slates…

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Tough Times

Very true. This is good to remember in today’s world.

Orlando Espinosa

Life can be downright difficult at times. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. In order to get through the tough times, you need to look at your haves rather than your have-nots. When you’re trying to get through the tough times, sometimes gratitude is the quickest pathway to happiness and peace-of-mind.

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Good People Doing Good Things — Rose

Jill has published a story a friend wrote on Facebook. It’s worth reading and passing along.

Filosofa's Word

This week’s ‘good people’ post is a little different than usual.  A friend posted this on Facebook a few days ago, and I found it to be so inspiring that I wanted to share it with you.  While Rose wasn’t saving lives or rescuing animals, didn’t donate a million dollars to a worthy cause, she did something for others that I think makes her a ‘good people’.  She shared timeless words of wisdom, and inspired many.  I hope you’ll agree that Rose is worthy of being this week’s good person.

An 87-Year-Old College Student Named Rose.


The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up…

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Learning life’s lessons.

A humorous tale of the lessons learned in a bar in Port Naain which doubled as a schoolroom. Also, Jim has a book on offer with tales of the adventures of Benor Dorfinngil. It’s accompanied by a review by a satisfied reader.

Tallis Steelyard

Learning life's lessons. Penelope Elias

It has to be said that education within the city of Port Naain is sporadic. Most people acquire some, but often we find out the hard way. One soon learns that there are certain people one does not offend, and certain back streets one does not linger in. Sometimes education includes literacy and numeracy, but these are gifts it often bestows on those who have learned the more dangerous lessons first.

Indeed within the city there isn’t really the concept of being a ‘teacher’ as a trade. The children of the wealthy will have a governess who does, as part of her role, teach them to read and write. The children of those less well heeled might aspire to attend a dame school or similar where a lady who has some education will attempt to share it with those whose parents can afford the small fee. But nobody ever trains…

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