Archive | March 2017

I Once Had a Girl

I never tire of sharing a story by Mr. Joyce. Heartwarming and breaking at the same time.

Andrew Joyce

I once had a girl. She was from Norway, but we met in New York City at a jazz club on the West Side. My friend Lane had dragged me there; he told me that the sax player would really send me. (I know, that is 60s lingo). I didn’t want to go because I was broke and I was embarrassed that Lane always picked up the check when we were out. But he persisted in asking, so I went with him that warm August night. It was a night that changed my life forever.

Lane and I were from upstate New York, we had been friends in high school. We were both going to be writers and write the Great American Novel. And here we were, Lane wrote copy for an ad agency and I wrote short stories that no one would buy.

I was twenty years old, and…

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When God Made You

Sounds lovely! And agree, wonderful book cover. Mosey on over to Marie’s site for more wonderful reviews of children’s books

Story Book Reviews

Matthew Paul Turner (Author) | David Catrow (Illustrator)

YOU, you… God thinks about you.
God was thinking of you long before your debut.

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. Knowing that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly. 



Beautiful, bright, and fun. This book is just bursting with life–from the front cover to the back. The paint splash background is gorgeous, and the leaping girl has a tangible energy. Really wonderfully illustrated and designed.


Wow. This book has so much LIFE! The illustrations are stunning, energetic, and gorgeous. I keep going back to look through this book because it’s just so beautifully illustrated.


What a wonderful way to build a child’s confidence…

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Love, Fear, and Gratitude – Guest Post by Tina Frisco…

Thought-provoking, well-written guest post on the Ape’s blog. Find your way there to take in all the wisdom in Tina Frisco’s full post.

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What is love? Not romantic love, but the essence of love, pure and unadulterated. Pure love lightens and enlightens. But what is it? In truth, love can’t be defined; we can only talk around it. In attempting to de-fine it, we con-fine it and thus lose it. Love simply is. And love is our true nature.

What is the opposite of love? Many would say hate. Seems logical, right? When we’re not sitting in love, expanded and with an open heart, we’re struggling to keep our heads above the quicksand of raw emotion. Truth is: the opposite of love is fear. All that isn’t love stems from fear. Love and fear are our primeval baseline emotions.

So what is this seemingly ubiquitous, all-consuming emotion we call fear? When we constrict – when our hearts close, our muscles tighten, our thoughts ricochet, our spirits dim – we sit in…

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This entry was posted on March 20, 2017. 5 Comments

In the Early Morning Rain

Andrew Joyce

In the Early Morning Rain

(With apologies to Gordon Lightfoot)

I have a longing in my heart—a yearning in my soul—as I stand here in the early morning rain.

I’d best be on my way, but the thought of you keeps me standing here—in the early morning rain.

I’ll be leaving this town ’cause I can find no work and I’m down to my last dollar.

I have nothing; I am nothing, so I cannot approach you. Instead, I stand here in the early morning rain and look to where you live. I want only one last look at you and then I’ll go—one look at you through a window—in the early morning rain.

I have nowhere to go and no one waiting for me when I get there. But the vision of you in my heart will sustain me, if I can only see you one more time—through the…

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New #Review for #Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

My human loves vampire stories, too, and she also found Miss Tina’s book compelling. Definitely a vampire tale of another color….unique, funny, spiritual….touching on the metaphysical, this novel offers so much on so many levels. Check it out!


Luna Saint ClaireThis is my second thrill of the day!Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampirereceived another 5-star review.Luna Saint Claire, author of the thrilling novel, The Sleeping Serpent, has posted her review to Goodreads andAmazon.  Luna is a costume designer and author who loves Indie music, has an eclectic bohemian style, and studied ballet in her youth.  Read my interview with Luna here.


Luna’s review for Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

I Couldn’t Put it Down!
I have always had a fondness for Vampire stories. It began with Dracula. Twilight was mesmerizing. Vampire Diaries captivated me from the start, and The Originals, my favorite, enthralled me. Vampyrie is a complex, contemporary page-turner that I couldn’t put down! Phoebe, the protagonist is a strong, intelligent, compassionate and fearless character and her passion and perseverance make her a compelling character. What makes this story…

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This entry was posted on March 20, 2017. 2 Comments


Andrew Joyce


I’ve been dead for nine hours and thirty-seven minutes.

Nine hours and thirty-eight minutes ago, I had my whole life before me.

Allow me to start at the beginning.

I was standing outside my trailer. It was shortly after 8:00 am when a police car drove onto my property. I live in far western Palm Beach County; my nearest neighbor lives two miles away. I moved out here because I wanted to be left alone. So, the last thing I wanted, or needed, are police-type hassles. Then I noticed something strange. Well, maybe not strange, but out of whack, not quite right. It wasn’t a County car; it was from a small municipality, Lake Worth. Now, only County cops have jurisdiction where I lived, so right away I smelled a rat. My first thought was, This can’t be good, and I was right; it was bad, about as…

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