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Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: A Collection of Short Stories [Kindle Edition]

Dianne Ascroft
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Book Description

Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of half a dozen short stories. 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 writing collections, Fermanagh Miscellany and Tuesdays At Charlie’s.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 257 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Dianne Ascroft (16 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C9DUSA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #605,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dianne Ascroft is a Canadian writer living in Britain. Since moving to Britain in 1990 she has lived in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Online she can be found at

She writes both fiction and non-fiction and her fiction often has Irish connections. Her articles and short stories have been printed in Canadian and Irish magazines and regional newspapers including the Toronto Star, Ireland's Own, Senior Times, Celtic Connection and Irish Connections Canada.

She is co-editor and a regular contributor to The Fermanagh Miscellany, the Fermanagh Authors' Association's yearly anthology and she also contributes material to other local history and writers' anthologies.

Dianne is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Historical Novel Society, Writers Abroad, Fermanagh Authors' Association and Fermanagh Writers.

Dianne started life in a quiet residential neighbourhood in the buzzing city of Toronto and has progressively moved to smaller places through the years. She now lives on a small farm in Northern Ireland with her husband and an assortment of strong willed animals. If she ever decides to write her autobiography the working title will be 'Downsizing'.

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By Nicole
Format:Kindle Edition
It always makes for an intriguing blend when an author draws inspiration from real life when crafting a story. It sets the stage for a richer reading experience. That's why I recommend perusing Dianne Ascroft's bio before diving into the pages of DANCING SHADOWS, TRAMPING HOOVES.

I was struck by the parallels between Dianne and her characters. For me, it made the book even more meaningful since I was able to pick up on the subtle nuances that she instilled in each of the six short stories. By sharing bits and pieces of herself, it allowed her characters to come alive in a way that felt authentic. I was able to connect with them on a deeper level because they were fashioned by a writer exploring her personal struggles and conflicting emotions through her work. And that's great art, taking one's individual circumstances and relating them to the human condition, allowing the reader and the writer to learn and grow together.

Certain passages provided a clear insight into Dianne's mindset, especially the ones centered around her feeling like a duck out of water when she moved from Canada to Ireland. It's interesting that in "A World Apart," the narrator is never named. Told from a first person perspective, we only know her as Connor's wife. She's lost her own identity as she tries to figure out where she belongs in a strange land. The same is true for Karen in "Going Home." She's torn, not sure what place really feels like home, her native Toronto or her current residence in Belfast. In both instances, these adrift characters receive advice from older women who steer their thinking in a new direction, giving them hope and a fresh perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of heart-warming stories.... 13 Nov. 2012
By Tremse
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The collection of six short stories that make up Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves touch on aspects of life that most of us have experienced such as the unexpected benefits of modern technology, finding yourself somewhere unfamiliar, dealing with the elements to the perils of an over-active imagination.

Each story is well crafted, giving the reader a glimpse into the life of the characters in the stories and how they deal with life's worries and daily trials. The stories are all heart-warming and left me feeling that there can be happy endings as long as we don't jump to the wrong conclusions and enjoy our surroundings and what each new day can bring.

`A link to her past' explains how you're never too old to use technology and the results may be better than you could imagine. `A world apart' shows that new friendships can be found anywhere and we shouldn't jump to the wrong conclusions about people we don't really know. In `Just a cough' Fiona learns the hard way that you can't win a battle against the weather or a snowplough driver, whilst Catherine discovers dreams can come true in `Much more than a dancer' and Karen returns home to Ireland after visiting family in Toronto with a comforting souvenir from her childhood in `Going Home'.

I enjoyed all the stories though my favourite is `Conquering the Shadows' - it took me back to my childhood when we had an open fire and I used to watch the flames flicker and the shadows dance on the wall while the wind howled outside. No matter what shapes the shadows took, the glow of the fire banished any fears leaving a warm and cosy feeling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming little book 16 Mar. 2014
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Haviing read Dianne's novel "Hitler and Mars Bars" which was set in rural Ireland just after WW2, I was looking forward to reading some of her short stories. This collection is a delight - the stories again are set in rural Ireland and most of us could identify with the
subject matter of each story. She writes in a . clear uncomplicated style and this makes the stories a pleasure to read..

It would be a great book to have with you when travelling- -easy to read a couple of stories, set down and pick up again.
Anyone who likes simple stories with an Irish flavour will enjoy these, - I would recommend this collection of stories
i hope she is working on a sequel to her novel - i would love to read the adventures of the main character when he grows up..
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I was really happy to read this collection of gentle stories that touch on elements of Irish country life that I get the distinct impression the author has witnessed or experienced personally. Though a self-published book, these stories are very polished and are written with calm confidence. My only reason for not awarding Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves 5 stars is that I like my short stories with a little bit of a twist and these do not really fall under that category - nor should they! They are fully intended as calm quiet stories about real life and real people so the lack of twist doesn't dilute their charm at all. I also wished that this collection was a little longer. The author was so effective in capturing slices of life from a country that I find so rich in character and charm... I would have liked to have stopped in the richly green Ireland countryside a little longer!

I know Dianne Ascroft has authored a full-length novel about a child's evacuation from Germany to Ireland during the Second World War, and now I'm very intrigued to read this. I recommend this collection of short stories for anyone with a knowledge of or interest in rural life in Northern Ireland and though short the ebook is great value for its price (currently under £1 on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing Shadows Tramping Hooves
I enjoyed this book mainly because it conveyed the simple pleasures in this life-- as a pleasant distraction from the constant barrage of bad news that assails our senses from... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Maurice Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle treatise of Irish rural life
The attractive poetic title' Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves' of Dianne Ascroft's latest collection of short stories indicates the common thread of country life. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Geraldine Omond
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Published 23 months ago by L. Elliot
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful collection
This is a delightful collection of short stories, influenced by the author's home in Ireland. You can hear the Irish lilt though the conversations between characters. Read more
Published on 22 Nov. 2012 by Ignite
4.0 out of 5 stars The craft of short story writing as it should be
I have read Dianne Ascroft's collection of short stories several times and each time I go back to it I find something new to enjoy. Read more
Published on 20 Nov. 2012 by Francophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Christmas Gift
This collection is a bit like a box of chocolates: everyone will have their favourite. From gentle romance in 'A Link to her Past' and 'Much More than a Dancer' to the fun of 'Just... Read more
Published on 20 Nov. 2012 by E.M. Powell
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