Daily Archives: March 2, 2016

gone too soon



Mom was not happy

Because you left off the lid

Popcorn everywhere

We really loved you

Cousins made the best sitters

Rest in peace Dave Wood

©2016 Annette Rochelle Aben

Writers Quote Wednesday March 2nd


Thinking about this week’s BeWOW, Writer’s Quotes Challenge was so easy for me, as easy as “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” as today would have been the 112th birthday of one of the writing world’s greatest treasures, Theodor Geisel, otherwise to be forever known as Dr. Seuss!

My parents read to us as though our lives depended upon every word.  At the point were able to interact with them during the experience, we were introduced to such classics as “If I Ran the Zoo” and “Horton Hears a Who”.  Sing-song rhyme and colorful illustrations were an irresistible combination. We would squeal with delight when we saw the books brought out and unleashed the crocodile tears when we reached the end.  Why did we have to close our eyes to go to dreamland when we wanted to keep them open to experience the colorful characters in Seussland?

So, yes, my parents were big on reading and they instilled that love in each of us three children. To this day, each of us always has a book in progress, including my dad.  When I call him (we have a standing Saturday night “date” call) he always speaks, with great enthusiasm, about what book he is currently reading.

My folks taught us how to read, but Dr. Seuss taught us how to think.  He opened the doors to the imagination of possible, by tossing probable out the window.  He bought us into his mind’s world and was so excited to have the company because he knew we’d want to return. It was like visiting a home, instead of a house. The books housed his words but his writings hit home because they were home. Comfort food for the intellect, ever and always.


I have included four of my favorite Seuss quotes into one meme because I really didn’t want to post just one.  Decisions, decisions, eh? And of course, as I hit the save button, I realized there was one I forgot to add, so I shall put it here. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

 Still smiling Dr. Seuss.  Each and every time I eat my eggs with green ham or put a hat on the cat… 

Cover Girl

I can’t be the only one in the published author world who is always wanting to stay on top of promoting their books. Despite all of the options out there, I know I don’t have the time to keep up and am always grateful for something to help my books be seen in new and exciting ways.  So…

Wanted to take a moment to show off the really cool 3D cover promotions created for my books, by the one and only Christopher Graham!  That’s right, Chris announced recently that he is offering this opportunity to those of us who have published books out in the marketplace, to have something new and different with which to display our titles.  I jumped on this because, well, I think my books are pretty cool and this is a cool idea.

I have a few different designs to play with, which makes it even more fun and I love the way it makes my books look like, REAL BOOKS!  Generally I ‘m flashing a picture of a flat book front, but now I can rock it out with something that makes someone want to pick it up and give it a read

Take a look at the covers for the 3 books I recently published on Kindle.  Pretty cool, eh?


Of course there are several other display options and you can always work with Chris to customize to your specific needs.

I took one other design and created a Facebook banner which showcases all my books covers as though they were a boxed set. (visit my Facebook page to check that out)


http://www.thestoryreadingapeblog.com is where you should head to check out ALL the ways Christopher Graham can help authors promote their works.  What I am showing you here is his latest effort but there is so much more.

Remember, it’s a jungle out there and we can all use a savvy guide, right?  Hang with The Story Reading Ape and it’ll be just vine! 


Angel Messages March 2, 2016


Your DAILY MESSAGE from the Angels…


We love you…

Yes, Angels, thank you!!