Monday, April 21, 2014

Review & Giveaway Tour: Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves by Dianne Ascroft (Tribute Books Blog Tour)


Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of half a dozen short stories with Irish connections. Tales of outsiders who discover they belong, a humorous slice of life yarn, heartwarming love stories and a tale of taming fear. The shadows are on the wall, in the heart and clouding a woman’s memories while tangible foes tramp through the physical landscape. The stories were previously printed individually in a variety of publications, including Ireland’s Own magazine, Dead Ink Books’ website, and the anthologies, Fermanagh Miscellany and Tuesdays At Charlie’s.

Book Details:

Format: ebook
Pages: 39
Release: June 16, 2012

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Sapphyria's Review:

Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of six short stories that in some way or another involve Ireland (the author's current location).  The titles are:

A Link to Her Past
A World Apart
Just A Cough
Much More Than A Dancer
Conquering the Shadows
Going Home

Each story is cleverly written to include some kind of life lesson that the reader can take away with them.  It may be as simple as listening to your mother or as emotional as confronting the one who got away.  I really enjoyed reading each of the short stories and found the characters to be very endearing.  The author did a wonderful job writing about real life experiences in this collection.  Readers should have no trouble relating to the themes, contexts, and emotions that are presented in these simple tales.  Even though they are short, the stories aren't lacking in depth, development, or closure.

Well done, Dianne Ascroft ~ Well done!

Review Copy Courtesy of author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author:

Dianne Ascroft is an urban Canadian who has settled in rural Northern Ireland with her husband and an assortment of strong willed animals. She writes contemporary and historical fiction with an Irish connection. She has released the short story collection, Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves and a novel, Hitler and Mars Bars. Her articles and stories have been printed in Irish and Canadian magazines and newspapers as well as in anthologies by Writers Abroad, Fermanagh Writers and Fermanagh Authors’ Association.

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Tribute Books said...

Amber, I'm glad that the life lessons in Dianne's collection hit home for you. Thanks for the review :)

Sapphyria said...

This collection of short stories was wonderful! :)

steve weber said...

the blurb was very intriguing.

Dianne Ascroft said...

Thanks for your insightful review, Sapphyria. I'm glad you enjoyed the stories and found the truths I planted in them.

Sapphyria said...

Thanks for stopping by Steve.

Dianne, you're very welcome :)


Amanda Sakovitz said...

I love learning about people's backgrounds and stories so I'm interested in reading this.