Living In The Present

Good advice.

Orlando Espinosa

Sometimes we spend too much time looking towards the future, when we should be be living in the present! Live in the now!

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A FREE BOOK until Friday the 27th of April.

Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

Today and until Friday 27th April my new dark novelette ‘Leg-less and Chalaza’ will be FREE on Amazon:

Leg-less and Chalaza cover

I had the idea for this book when poor old Sam needed an Achilles’ tendon repair.  He’s fine now, but fortunately my experience of looking after Sam differed totally from my character Bea Jackson’s!


When Jeff Jackson is told he needs a major operation on his right Achilles’ tendon, to his horror he realises there is only one person he can ask to look after him for a whole six weeks afterwards until the plaster cast is taken off and he can put weight on his leg again. That person is his wife Bea, who currently hates the sight of him and has moved out!

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Raro’s Adogables~

Some travel pictures from Cindy Knoke featuring some friendly dogs.

Rarotonga is the island of happy dogs. No matter what you do, a dog will come with you.

They wait at your door for you to come out.


If you swim, they will come along!

They swim to distant reefs with our son everyday.


Heck yes!

They are master fisherdogs and,

they bring their catch to you!

Hiking? Their paw prints mark your path.

Cheers to you from Rarotonga’s incredible adogables~

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Spring has sprung?

News from the farm and book tour.

Jim Webster


It’s been longer than normal since I last posted. To be honest I’ve been busy. Yes, Jim has been working for a living. It’s something I’m supposed to do from time to time. But anyway, at the start of the week I had to go down to London for agricultural meetings. They were interesting. Agriculture is in a very unusual position at the moment. Defra is consulting and because two years ago nobody expected us to be where we are, nobody has ‘a plan.’

This is a good thing; it means the consultation is real. The cynic in me normally reckons that you read a standard Defra consultation document, as produced under all governments (party makes no difference here) and you’ll find three options.

One is too hot,

One is too cold,

And one is just right.

And it’s obviously the Goldilocks option that they want to implement and you…

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Book Promo – Get ‘Marriage Before Death’ FREE from 20th to 23rd April…

This book is FREE from 20th to 23rd April.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Book Title: Marriage before Death

Author Name: Uvi Poznansky

Sale dates: 04/20/2018-04/23/2018

Regular price of book: $3.99

Sale price of book: $0.00

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Two ways to describe this book: 

WWII Spy Thriller, Romantic Suspense


After D-Day, her photograph appears on the most-wanted Nazi propaganda posters.

Who is the girl with the red beret? She reminds Lenny of Natasha, but no, that cannot be.

Why does Rochelle step into the courtroom when he is lead by SS soldiers to the gallows?

At the risk of being found out as a French Resistance fighter, what makes her propose marriage to a condemned man?

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A gofundme page for a teacher I know…

This is for Kawanee’s friend.

I used to write on a forum with Chris, when he was just a teenager. We’ve fallen out of daily contact, but I still stalk his page and ask him how he’s doing from time to time. I was surprised to find out what all he’s been doing with his life, but he’s been busy helping others and helping mold young minds. Funny how you think of someone as a kid and never think about how they impact others or what they’ll grow up to be when they reach adulthood.

I just remember writing with him as the characters I played interacted with his. His character played one of my character’s dad at one point. He was fun to write with and his character will be in one of my books when I finally get around to editing it. LOL.

Meanwhile, he’s grown up to be a teacher…

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Dirty Laundry

If you enjoyed this post, you’ll also enjoy Russell’s books. Just go to the top of the page and click on BOOKS for ordering information.

What's So Funny?

Not a day goes by that I don’t get a phone call from a total stranger wanting to help me. Yesterday, a young lady named Lisa told me that because I stayed at one of their properties in the past, she wanted to give me a week in Orlando. One of us must have amnesia. I don’t remember staying at their resort.

An hour later, I received an offer to consolidate my credit card debt, thus saving me thousands of dollars. Another caller wanted to provide an extended warranty on our 2001 Toyota. What a blessing to have all these thoughtful people interested in my well-being. Is this a great country, or what?

If you’re new to Friday Flash Fiction, our purple-clad garden gnome, who would love to sell you 100-word overdraft protection, is Mammy Warbucks Wisoff-Fields. If you’d like to participate in this exercise of madness, head over…

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Guest Post – The Foolishness of Love, by Jim Webster.

Another highly amusing and entertaining tale by Tallis Steelyard and penned by Jim Webster.

Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

I’m pleased to feature Jim Webster’s short story ‘The Foolishness of Love’ today.  You can find more stories by Jim on his Tallis Steelyard blog:

The foolishness of love.

Have you noticed how there are some men who seem to be fated to be a sad disappointment to their wives yet if they behaved as their wife seems to demand, then they’d end up divorced in short order?

It was the intriguing story of Caster Jessip which reminded me of this truth. Caster was a peddler. He dealt in frills and furbelows, gimcrack jewellery and the off-cuts of machine-made lace which he passed off as perfect for edging and finishing.

He’d started life as the youngest son of peasant farmer on a small farm south of Port Naain. He had soon realised that all life held in store for him was backbreaking toil and no reward. So he’d borrowed some…

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The Locksmith and the Harlot

The final memorable and entertaining story by Tallis Steelyard and penned by Jim Webster for the Pictures from an Exhibition blog tour.

Tallis Steelyard

The locksmith and the harlot

The exhibition of works by the renowned Andeal Willnoton Quillabin was judged by those who know these things to be a success. Andeal sold a number of paintings, was commissioned to produce a number more, and more to the point my unpaid labours in his service produced for me two useful patrons and a number of other fruitful contacts. Yet for Andeal this success merely produced more difficulties.

I described him, somewhat generously, as renowned. It is true that he was better known after the exhibition than before, and the event had brought him to the attention of many who otherwise would not have heard of him. Some of these people even had the money to aspire to possess a picture painted by him.

The difficulty was that it brought him to the attention of those who had no interest in art, but had an unhealthy interest in the wealth…

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