A Journey of Discovery – Alice Parrant
1800 words Feel Good Story
A flat car battery puts an end to Jane’s hopes for a fabulous day of shopping and forces her to journey out on foot. However it isn’t long before she realises that there’s a lot more to her small hometown than meets the eye…
“Oh, for goodness sake,” cried Jane, slamming her hand on the car horn then gesticulating wildly. “What makes you think you can cut me up?” “Mum, Matthew hit me,” whined Poppy from the back. “Did not!” came the quick retort. “Would anyone like a toffee?” asked Dora, the children’s grandmother, from the front passenger seat. “That’s it, Mum, fill their mouths with sugar to keep them quiet,” replied Jane, as Matthew and Poppy leaned over to grab a sweet each. “Perhaps you’d like one too, love,” said her mother quietly.
Came as ‘Me’, Left as ‘We’ – 21 stories to escape with
‘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
Half Past Three – Alice Parrant
1900 words Fairytale
Bored and frustrated, Lacie isn’t sure how she’ll fill up a sunny afternoon on her own, but following a chance encounter with a rabbit hole, she is suddenly transported to a place she will never forget.
“Please, Elsie, I want to play with you now,” Lacie tugged at her older sister’s dress. “Stop it,” Elsie snapped. “I have to call Sarah. Her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s really upset.” “But…” “But nothing. Tell you what, I’ll stop talking at half past three and then we’ll have a little party. Just us two.” She disappeared into her room and returned with a small alarm clock which she thrust into Lacie’s hands.
It’s Good to Talk – Alice Parrant
2000 words Feel Good
A curious Labrador Dog forms an unlikely friendship with several people on a wet and miserable day in the English Lake District. The dog has lost its owners, but as it turns out, he’s not the only one who needs a gentle prod in the right direction…
‘You love being out and about, don’t you, Bud?’ smiled Viv, turning from the passenger seat to her dog in the back of the car and stroking his head. Buddy looked out of the window, which was open just enough for the cool country breeze to tousle his glossy fur. Any wider, and the persistent Lakeland drizzle would have slowly, but surely drenched the inside of the car.
Something to Move You – Alice Parrant
1400 words Feel Good story
A visit to her husband’s care home leaves Molly feeling lonely and frustrated. If only she could think of a way to make him remember her…
This story is available in the collection Came as ‘Me’ Left as ‘We’
As Molly approached the red brick building, she took a moment for herself, before walking to the front door. The breeze against her face caressed her hair. It felt like so long since anyone had held her. Somewhere nearby a blackbird was singing. She paused for a while, listening to its sweet song.