The best short story collections, flash fiction and novels

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3am and Wide Awake – Sarah England

 3 am and wide awake draft cover 300dpi8 -  '5 star reviews' on Amazon

‘3am and Wide Awake' is a collection of 25 thrillers and chillers by prolific short story writer, Sarah England. From the demonically inspired title story, to the madness of 'Girl in the Rain', or the shocking sadness of 'Rough Love' - there is one common factor - each story will take you to the edge of the precipice, and then bring you safely back again. Usually... Dip into revenge with 'Retribution', or medieval terror with 'The Witchfinders'...Dare to invite a stranger into your house with 'Moving In'. Can you bear the aching loneliness of 'Burned'? Or the frightening consequences of dabbling with a Ouija board in 'Out of the Woods'? Why is a top surgeon being haunted by a vengeful woman in, 'A Second Opinion'? And what happened to the girl who took 'The Last Bus Home'? Whatever you choose - we hope you will still be reading at 3am. And wide awake...

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Stories Included: 3am And Wide Awake, Headache!, A Second Opinion, Burned, Masquerade, Adele, Moving In, Different Colours, Out of the Woods, The Chase, Girl in the Rain, The Last Bus Home, Midnight Caller, Islands, Eleanor, Retribution, Rough Love, Rosie and Joe, Cold Melon Tart, Looking After Fred, Night Duty, Sixty Seconds, The Extractor, The Witchfinders, House Hunt

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A Flower for Skalla – Alpha Writers Group

skalla paperback13500 words Science Fiction Novella - all proceeds to charity

The City has becomes a bleak place since the Patreen invasion. Patreen stewards patrol the streets, while the original inhabitants, the Nasoots, are forced into exile or live as outlaws in the labyrinthine tunnels under the City. Only a handful of Nasoots remain in the City, where their superior technological skills are required by the Patreens. When the Nasoots invent a humoid far superior to the standard android, their plans to liberate the City from Patreen dominance take off with surprising results. Skalla, a young Nasoot girl, sparks off the liberation as she gradually discovers things that were outlawed in the oppressive City.

'A Flower for Skalla' is a collaborative writing project from Alpha Writers Group - it's a science fiction story where each writer developed a new and exciting twist in the evolving plot.
All royalties go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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A Wish for Christmas – 20 Stories for the Holiday Season

Women's Fiction

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Enjoy the festive season with a little cheer from Alfie Dog Fiction. Put your feet up and revel in all that is best of Christmas and New Year with 20 stories from authors across the globe. Stories range from the moving to the amusing, the romantic to the tussle of family life.

Add a little sparkle to your Christmas with A Wish for Christmas

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Alfie’s Woods – Rosemary J. Kind

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48,000 words Fantasy

Four '5 * reviews' on Amazon

Alfie is fascinated when Hedgehog is recaptured following his escape from the Woodland Prison. Too young to understand money laundering, Alfie assumes that Hedgehog should be given sympathy for washing his money.
Hedgehog, overwhelmed that any other creature should care about him, finds the strength to change his life. As an ex-convict Hedgehog meets with opposition at every step and it is only the faith of his friends and their unwavering support that enables him to turn his life round.
Alfie’s Woods is a story of the power of friendship and the difference it can make to all of us.

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Bedtime Stories to Remember – Patricia Boulton

Bedtime Stories paperback cover black smallCome and meet Tommy’s yellow tractor and Snowy Rabbit’s friends. Enjoy the big red balloon with the smiley face and help cure Toto’s hiccups. Bedtime Stories to Remember brings together 12 of Patricia Boulton’s best loved stories for children aged between 3 and 6. These stories will build memories to share for years to come. We never forget our favourite bedtime stories and these will be stories to treasure as time goes by.

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Between Times – Henry Mitchell

88,000 word novel Folk / Fairytale

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Author royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Friends of the Smokies, an organization that supplements government funding and programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Spanning three continents and half a century, this is the second in the series of books charting Benjamin Drum’s life. Between Times traces the lives and wanderings of the families along Sorrow Creek in mythical Marshall County, North Carolina.

Fans of The Summer Boy will delight to recognize some familiar characters and discover new ones to love among other mountains where Drum grows up and the Laurel remains as elusive and hidden as it is real and powerful.

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Birth, Music, Sonnets – an Anthology – Alpha Writers Group

Birth, Music, Sonnets11500 words - All proceeds go to Charity

A collection of short stories and poems from Alpha Writers Group. All proceeds go to the work of Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Blue’s Adventures – Maggie Jones

?????????40,000 words Children 6 - 9 years

It is Christmas Eve night, when Mr Christmas goes to the toyshop where Blue bear has been patiently waiting over the years for someone to buy him. Blue thought he would never be bought. He so wanted to be loved and have lots of adventures.

However, on that night Mr Christmas leaves him at the bottom of Jack Foster’s hospital bed and Blue bear’s adventures begin…

Follow Blue’s Adventures with Jack and his family, as they go tobogganing, ride a steam train and as Blue helps Jack to learn. Join them in the Easter Egg Hunt and solving a murder mystery, in Godshill, Isle of Wight, where Jack and his family live.

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By My Side – Romance Collection

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Two 5* reviews on Amazon

By My Side brings you 20 of the best romantic stories from writers around the world.

Be transported to the past in the war-torn Three Months of Summer and back to the present in the gentle modern everyday situation of The Pool Doctor. Feel your heart racing through the ethical dilemmas in Would you Shoot Me? and the danger and drama of Run From the Sun.

These stories will transport you to a world of love and romance and leave you breathless. In far-away locations or in everyday situations there really is someone for everyone.

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Came as ‘Me’, Left as ‘We’ – 21 stories to escape with

came as me - ebook smallFour '5 * reviews' on Amazon

‘This Land is My Land’ and ‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ are ‘his and hers’ holiday reads from Alfie Dog Fiction. The collections bring together some of the best short stories from 37 authors across the globe.

‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ contains a mixture of women’s fiction, feel good stories and romance, while ‘This Land is My Land’  is more action and adventure driven and both contain stories to leave the reader thinking. Alfie Dog Fiction’s managing director, Rosemary Kind, says “We know from our readers that they like to stock up on reading matter for their holidays and these collections offer the perfect way to do just that.”

Both collections have a truly international feel, not only through the spread of the writers but the fascinating backdrops to the stories. Within the pages the reader will travel from diamond mining in Australia to a lone tree in an African desert, from the quintessential English seaside Pier to the jungles of Malaysia and coast to coast across America.

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Stories Included: Came as ‘Me’ and Left as ‘We’ - Caroline Scott Collins, Swept Away - Patsy Collins, Signwriting - Angela K Blackburn, Moving On - Jan Baynham, The Button Box - Tina K Burton, The End-of-the-pier Show - Derek Haycock, Marie’s Necklace - Annette Siketa, Nice - Judith Bruton, Coffee with Luna - Jeff Williams, Taking Time - Lilliana Rose, Losing the Past - Tricia Maw, Sam Something - Kate Blackadder, Celebrity Kennels - Gill McKinlay, Something to Move You - Alice Parrant, Pier into the Future - Susan Jones, The Decision - Patricia Fawcett, A Past Life - Susan Wright, Diamond Trail - Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights, Those Pesky Kids - Maggie Jones, The Embers of the Day - Rosemary J Kind, Amanda - Chris Cooke

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Cobweb Capers – Dr J E McGee (Illustrated by Marisa Lewis)

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Five friendly spiders live in Mr Arbuthnot’s shed, AJ, Clay, Marley, Mirabelle and Orson. Join them in their adventures as you read the collection of short stories . There are also Halloween and Christmas themed activities.

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Double Take – Annette Siketa

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Who is killing little old ladies at a quaint seaside hotel - and why?  Enigmatic grandma Mrs Ada Harris investigates, but watch out nana, not everyone is who they claim to be.

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Mrs Ada Harris and Mrs Florence Brown, have been friends for over 65 years.  For the majority of that time, Ada has been keeping a secret that only the 'Clean 4U Agency’ - which somewhat curiously, is not listed in any phone book, knows about.

Ada is advised to take a holiday.  She arrives at The Sea Bridge Hotel only to find that the recent deaths of solicitor Alistair Walsh and spinster Mirabelle Davenport, remain unsolved. Using well-practised techniques and a few 'tricks' of her own, Ada questions the main players, but can she get to the truth?

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Essence of Humour – 17 Short Stories

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Two  '5 * reviews' on Amazon

‘Essence of Humour’ is a collection of short stories which brings together the best of humour writing from 17 authors across the globe.

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Stories included: The Hit Man – Chris Cooke, Dear Mrs. Golding – Lorraine Coverley, The Fitting Room – John Malone, Saving Saturday – Arlene Johnson, Fortune Telling With Love Hearts – Paul Warnes, The Substitute – Sarah England , After a While – Peter Lingard , The Marmalade Cat – Raelke Grimmer, The Most Terrible Beast – Khristo Poshtakov , A Test of Friendship – Rosemary J. Kind , The Call Girl – Jaclin Azoulay , The Real Protester – Mel Fawcett , Twinkle, Twinkle – Tracy Fells, Signs – Clive Gresswell , It’s a Dog’s Life – Jackie Tritt , All Talk – Patsy Collins , Bella’s Sparkling Windows – Gill McKinlay

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Home Sweet Home – Joan Zambelli

Home Sweet Home Coverfor paperback12 stories for children aged 3 - 7 years

Five '5 star reviews' on Amazon

You can go on an adventure with Felicity Star; find out if Old Grumpy’s golden apples really are scrumptious, and discover how Queen Happygolucky gets King Moanalot to smile…and so much more.

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Stories included: Home Sweet Home, Reggie, The Little Red Car, Old Grumpy’s Golden Apples, The Sun Has Fun, Felicity’s Adventure, Lonely Lenny Lion, The Little Rowing Boat, A New Home and a New Friend, The Magic of Dewdrop Dell, The King Who Never Smiled, My Most Unusual Christmas Treat, Gran’s Strange New Little Red Car

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In the Kitchen With a Knife – Susan Wright

85,000 words Cosy Crime Novel

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When Caroline decides to rent a cottage in West Sussex, she focuses on the fact that it is cheap to rent and disregards its history.

She needs a bolt-hole, so that she can escape from her abusive husband and get on with her writing in peace, and Riverbank Cottage seems ideal – until she moves in.

Her neighbours take up too much of her time, and are keen to talk about the events that happened in the cottage in the past.

Two people were murdered there. In the kitchen with a knife. The killer was never caught, and before long, Caroline is neglecting her writing so that she can try to get to the bottom of the mystery, putting her own life at risk.

She has a feeling that the killer is still around, but it can’t be the good looking man she saw in the pub, can it? Or is Toby not what he seems?

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Love, Laughter, Tears – Hilary Halliwell

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7 - 5* reviews on Amazon

An anthology of Hilary Halliwell’s heart-warming stories, to make you smile, laugh, and cry. Stories about the things that affect us all and about the people we all know. Reach out and touch Hilary’s characters, and then keep them safe in your hearts…

With the approach of the annual In Bloom competition Enid turns to desperate measures. After all, there can only be one truly worthy winner, can’t there? A stormy night, a child in desperate need, and a couple who have devoted their lives to being parents to kids just like Emma. An abusive relationship strips you of your identity, and your fear of the abuser will be the chains that keep you in your prison. But when is enough, enough. A long and happy marriage, but what happens when your man seems to have found other interests? A scantily clad female; could he be having a mid-life crisis? Your best friend faces the fight of, and for, her life. How can you show her you are there for her just like she has always been there for you?

The warmth of Hilary’s characters will wrap around your heart like a meeting with old friends, making this is a book to savour .

Liz Smith , My Weekly Fiction Editor

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Lovers Take Up Less Space – Rosemary J Kind

9780956965905Lovers Take up Less Space is a humorous review of the addictive misery of commuting on

London Underground. A blow by blow account of everything from how to find breathing space on a packed Tube train, to the psychological torture of your fellow passengers eating a fresh hot bag of chips and not passing them round. It includes games to transform underground travel from a necessary evil to a spare time recreational activity, together with surprising facts and figures answering questions you had not yet thought to ask.

Not for the faint hearted. This book will open your eyes to experiences your senses have long since ignored in the interest of sanity.

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Not a Drop to Drink – Patsy Collins

'Not a Drop to Drink' includes 7 of Patsy's stories

and it's absolutely

FREE

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nadtd2Scientists say the human body is around 70% water. We know that's not true.

Oh, we could drink 'straight' H20, but usually we don't. More likely it's vitamin rich juice or teeth rotting cola. We like a nice cup of tea to calm us down or cheer us up. Perhaps a nice glass of wine to celebrate or drown our sorrows. Two glasses. Too many glasses.

Our bodies do contain liquid of course. Never just water. What's in yours; acid and bile or the milk of human kindness? Blood, sweat and tears of joy or sorrow?

It's these waters Patsy hopes you'll find running through

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On the Changai Beat, 1961-1962 – Terence Brand

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The Lives, Loves and Lapses of our Boys Out East!  RAF Changi airman John Newton and his streetwise colleague Red Halliday run the gamut of life in nineteen sixties Singapore, in a series of adventures involving gangland crime, out-of-bounds bars, car chases, illegal gambling and domestic chaos. All in a day's work for Technical Wing's intrepid clerk, with a little help from his ever resourceful cohort!

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One Word Anthology – Talkback Writers

20,000 words Anthology

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Eight '5 star reviews' on Amazon

What dark thoughts does the word ‘shadow’ bring to mind? Does ‘chaos’ send you into a spin? What about ‘shift’, or ‘journey’ – do these words suggest change? And does ‘bounce’ bring a smile to your face? These are just a few of the words that have inspired the contents of this anthology.

Each month, members of ‘Talkback’, the online forum of Writing Magazine, produce a poem and/or a short story as a result of a one-word prompt. This anthology represents a selection of their work to date.

We hope that you will find some of the writing in the One Word Anthology funny, scary or even shocking – but, above all, entertaining.

The Authors are: Helen Baggott, Gina Bailey, Lol Barnes, Carol Bevitt, Liz Brownlee, Col Bury, John Byatt, Marion Clarke, Anthony Cowin, Cat Dalling, Susan Eames, Shirley Ann Cook, Jenny Francis, Alan Garth, Brenda Gunning, Bill Haddow Allen, Anna Harris, A J Humpage, Rosemary J Kind, Amy Kinmond, Serena Lake, Helen Laycock, Jay Mandal, K Patrick Moody, Samantha Newbury, Moira Quinn, Fiona Faith Ross, Lorraine Swoboda, Richard Travers, Debbie Willox and Joe Young.

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Pet Dogs Democratic Party Manifesto – Rosemary J Kind

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Man’s best friend deserves to be heard. For too long pets have been seen as the underdogs, working tirelessly for little more than a pat on the head.  It is time for the country to go to the dogs literally instead of metaphorically; for the prejudice we dogs face to be swept aside; time to vote for a more equal society, a more just society.

It is time to vote for a society in which two-legs and four-legs stand together; a society in which man and dog work in partnership for a better future for us all.

A vote for the Pet Dogs Democratic Party is a vote for your best friend, a vote for the most loyal companion you will ever have and one who wants what’s best for dog and man together.

Vote PDDP!

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Read It Again – 20 Stories for Children of All Ages

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Six '5 star reviews' on Amazon

20 stories to enrich the lives of children. This book contains stories for both younger and older children. Always have a story to read at bedtime, whatever their age.

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Say It With Flowers – Georgie Foord

1000 words Humour / Women's Fiction

Vera is fascinated by TV garden makeover programmes and Celebrity culture. Trouble is it’s her husband Jim who has to do all the work. One day he’s had enough and decides to get his message across in the only way he can...

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Say n’more – Alpha Writers Group

say n more paperback front22000 words Crime novella all proceeds to charity

Dora Finnucane, a one time Eurovision Song Contest winner, has retired to a small village in the English countryside. All is not what it seems and when Lady Framworth is murdered, Dora finds herself embroiled in some dramatic events as the peaceful village becomes the hub of a sinister plot hatched by ruthless speculators.

'Say n' more' is a collaborative writing project from Alpha Writers Group - it is a crime novella in which each section ends with a telephone connection. All royalties go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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