Authors’ Best Friend Is… Ape!

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

The Story Reading Ape

If man’s best friend is… dog,

Then authors’ best friend is… ape.

The Story Reading Ape, that is.

Chris, the Story Reading Ape, is an avid supporter of authors:

  • Frequently supporting authors with guest blogs and promotions.
  • Housing helpful resources for authors on his blog.
  • Posting words of wisdom for authors.
  • Supporting authors with reblogs.

The Story Reading Ape’s blog is very author-centric (and therefore quite reader-centric).

Check out the resources on the Story Reading Ape’s blog:

Once there, click Authors Resources Central. Check out:

  • Author Promotion
  • Guest Author
  • Information about CreateSpace, Kindle, and Smashwords
  • Proofreaders
  • Professional Editors
  • and more

Chris, the Story Reading Ape, had no idea that I was writing this post. He is just so generous in his support of authors, I thought we should do something nice in return. :-)

Don’t get the two Chris’s mixed up. I’m Chris McMullen, not…

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10 reasons why I really don’t like you!

Originally posted on Ally Bally's Blog:

1. You park in a disabled spot. That’s right, I saw you get out of your car and I checked your window for a permit. You are not entitled to park there. No, you’re just a lazy, inconsiderate person, who believes the rules do not apply to them.

2. You park in a parent and child spot, yet, you have no children. That’s right, you are so irritatingly arrogant and inconsiderate, you took the last parent & child spot & my heavily pregnant wife cannot get out of her car and go into the store, because the idiots on either side of her at the regular parking spots are also unable to park with consideration.

3. You litter. If there is one thing I cannot stand, it’s littering. Use the bloody bin the local council or establishment has provided. Don’t be a lazy ass and leave your coke can at…

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Originally posted on the inflectionist:


ILLEGALSPart 8 of our weekly crime serial, brought to you by author Gerald Darnell as part of the sought after Carson Reno Mystery Series.  Readers may wish to get to know the Cast of Characters, click Here.


I had finished my shower, dressed and was just adding the final touch of my best after-shave when someone knocked on the door.  Still holding the alluring tonic I had recently purchased at Goldsmith’s (called ‘Woman Killer’) in my left hand; I quickly opened the door and stared at my new visitor.

Staring back at me was a ‘knock-out’ package of a woman.  She was no taller than five feet, but was definitely well put together within those short 60 inches.  Her hair was dark, almost black, and cut very short – in a professional style.  Wearing a red sweater, dark skirt and one of those silly Santa hats…

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Melissa reviews “How To Climb The Eiffel Tower” by Elizabeth Hein

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Rosie’s Book Review Team brings you today’s review by Melissa. She blogs at

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Melissa chose to review “How To Climb The Eiffel Tower” by Elizabeth Hein

How to climb the Eiffel Tower

With a horrific past that left her bitter, closed off, and emotionally crippled, it is with the startling diagnosis of cancer that Lara truly begins to heal.

I found the first half rather slow and slightly difficult to remain engaged with, but that’s most likely due to Lara’s prickly personality. Truth be told, she was supposed to be prickly and I believe I was supposed to slowly grow to love her, which I did. By the second half, Lara’s icy exterior began to thaw as she opened up to the love around her and it became a much more pleasant reading experience. In the final scenes, I felt that I was there beside her, holding her hand, wanting to help her climb above…

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Echoes In The Darkness by Jane Godman

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Echoes in the Darkness (Jago Legacy, #2)Echoes in the Darkness by Jane Godman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Echoes in the Darkness is an engaging Gothic horror romance. It gives you all the shivers and secrets of a forbidden past and wraps them up with a hot romance.

Dita Varga is on the run and when she gets to Paris she earns money by posing as a nude model, but she refuses to have her face painted in case her followers find her. When news arrives that those who seek her, are closing in Dita rashly accepts an offer from her flatmate to travel to England as his fiancé.

They leave behind them Paris, horrific murders of street girls and the only love of Dita’s life, an unknown man whom she spent one wonderful night with and never saw again. Eddie takes her to his family home in Cornwall, Tenebris or Athal House is his…

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Bad Fall – Part 101

Originally posted on Dellani Oakes:

Bad FallHome and settling in, Frank takes a rest. When he wakes, Marka tells him he has guests.

Frank walked into the living room a few minutes later, his hair and teeth brushed. A vaguely familiar blonde sat on the couch next to a dark eyed teenager. She stood when he came in the room, looking ready to bolt. Marka took her hand and she sat again.

“Hi, Frank.”

“Britt?” He smiled, walking over to her. He took her hand, shaking it. “It’s strangely good to see you.”

“I have someone you need to meet,” she said shyly. “This is Elijah. Your son.”

The boy stood, holding out his hand. He looked so solemn, Frank tried to match it. He took the proffered, shaking it firmly.

“Hello, Elijah. It’s good to meet you.”


“I’m sorry I never told you, Frank. After what happened. . . . I was too embarrassed…

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Meet Guest Author Melissa Barker-Simpson

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog..... An Author Promotions Enterprise!:

Melissa Barker-Simpson 01I like to think I was born a writer, but that isn’t strictly true. I was born with a passion for language, for storytelling, and the ability to build new worlds in my head. This creative gene, as you might call it, has taken many guises over the years. When I was old enough to write (legibly), I began to practice my handwriting, gaining the pride of my family due to my deft calligraphy skills. I grew out of that stage as soon as the stories began to crowd my young mind, and I found my hands couldn’t keep up! I’m a terrible writer now, my Calligraphy teacher would weep in shame – I have the script of a harried doctor; except people have no inclination to translate my scrawl.

Later I began acting out the scripts in my head, torturing my family with my many adventures. It didn’t stop…

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