A Change of Heart – Caroline Scott Collins
5200 words Women’s Fiction
Laura is a writer who likes to sit writing in a coffee shop to stimulate her creativity. One stormy day she meets her guardian angel who has come to help her.
In the end it didn’t matter if she didn’t write today. Laura held the delete key down on her computer, wiping the words on her screen away—a clear page, until all that remained was the flashing cursor waiting again, like an anxious scribe waiting to fill a new sheet. The action represented her life, she thought, a clean slate—back to a default position. The torrential rain streamed down the windows. Laura was sitting in the warmth of a deserted coffee shop at a table by the steamy window, looking out towards the sea wall. Every so often the angry, stormy sea sent a big wave splashing over it, as a reminder of its mood. ‘That should reflect my state,’ she thought, ‘but I feel nothing.’
Came as ‘Me’ and Left as ‘We’ – Caroline Scott Collins
Recently widowed Helen decides to take her first holiday alone at a particularly friendly resort she had visited often with her husband. While coming to terms with being alone and laying ghosts of the past to rest, she meets her future.
This story is available in the collection Came as ‘Me’ Left as ‘We’
Helen had returned to the resort keeping a promise she and her husband had made to themselves a few years ago. She didn’t think she would want to go because she knew memories and ghosts would be waiting there for her, but it was friendly and familiar and she figured a person staying alone would soon start chatting with other guests and with long-term staff members.
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
If You Think the Fairies Did It… – Caroline Scott Collins
1700 words Fairytale / Humour
The fairyfolk are part of the everyday English language, but who would have thought their influence spreads from their parallel world?
Joan was lazily browsing the apps on her iPad, when suddenly she noticed a new icon. I wonder what that is. It must have installed when the software last updated. The icon was rather curious. It was the first time Joan had ever seen an animated icon. This one had a fairy on it and it sparkled. Curious, she opened it. The ‘application loading’ circle looked a bit like the usual numberless clock, lighting up the dashes that replaced the numbers as it swept round in an anticlockwise direction. She could also see a haze of glitter sparkling in the air above it. She watched it go around several times and suddenly a tiny firework exploded like a dandelion seed-head and the application opened – fairies.elf.
Ladies Wot Backpacked – Caroline Scott Collins
5300 words Women’s Fiction / Adventure
In order to find a new ‘normal’ when coping with the loneliness of widowhood, Caroline undertakes a rather unusual personal adventure. This humorous story demonstrates how pushing against the boundaries of a comfort zone can open up new thinking and perhaps open the door to new beginnings.
Earlier in the year my husband had died suddenly and unexpectedly leaving me reeling, feeling devastated and lonely. My friends had been brilliant in ensuring they kept me going out with them and I was invited to various events, but despite that I still went home to an empty, silent house with a bed that felt extraordinarily large and cold. There was no one to talk to, to care for, to care for me and cuddle; I missed that reciprocal sense of sharing. It was just plain lonely and I felt a constant empty space around me that my husband used to occupy. He was always just ‘there’ – my soul mate.
Restless Spirits – Caroline Scott Collins
4000 word Ghost Story
Charlotte and Matt move into their new home – a pretty little cottage by a river. They find some rather unusual neighbours who need their help.
Included in the Collection ‘The Day Death wore Boots’
Matt slumped down onto the sofa. ‘I’m shattered!’ ‘It’s no good sitting there looking at the boxes, they won’t unpack themselves!’ Charlotte replied. ‘I know that, love, but take a break; we’ve worked hard today. Let’s just decide where we want to put things.’ Charlotte sighed. ‘I know, you’re right, but if I stop now we won’t have a bed made to sleep in tonight. Why don’t you get some fish and chips while I organise the bedroom. Brandy and Snap need walking anyway.’ The dogs looked up, tails wagging, from their retreat in the alcove across the room. ‘Okay and a bottle of wine,’ said Matt. ‘Come on lads!’ The dogs rushed over and he attached their leads, opened the door and stepped out onto the pavement. ‘Back soon,’ he said and closed the door.
The Day Death Wore Boots – A Collection of Ghost Stories
Find out if the miniature Western town is really a toy in the title story. Was Jed Holloway’s death really down to faulty brakes – The Haunted Rig? You want to go home from your holiday in the Costa Del Sol but is it safe – Spanish Midnight? Does it matter that you don’t believe in ghosts when the ghost believes in you – Shard?
From Pompeii to the Wild West, from Australia to the shores of the United Kingdom the spirit world may be closer than you think!
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The Girl in the Red Coat – Caroline Scott Collins
2500 words Ghost Story
Peter regretted being a bit nonchalant about snowy weather when taking his normal commuting route home across Dartmoor, where a girl helps him to safety.
Peter was not unduly worried about his commute home and figured that it would be no more difficult than it had been for the previous couple of weeks. There had been unusual snowy, icy, arctic-like weather for the last couple of weeks. Snow fell then froze, but once cleared and gritted the roads were passable, even the commuter route through the high moor of south Dartmoor.