Amanda – Chris Cooke

3000 words Feel Good / General Fiction

This is a heartfelt story about celebrating our uniqueness and feeling good in our own skin. Told through the eyes of an ex – circus sideshow freak, we watch as Amanda finds her true potential and passion through a friendship that will last a lifetime.

This story is available in the collection Came as ‘Me’ Left as ‘We’

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I love Halloween. The seasons are changing, the air is crisp. The leaves on the trees become a myriad of iridescent colors as intense as a firework at the point of first explosion. Now I’m not what you would call the best looking man in the world so I can truly appreciate beauty like this. You see, I worked my whole life in the circus … I was a … well … how do you say … oh I’ll just come out and say it … I was a freak.

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Blood is Thicker Than Dimensions – Chris Cooke

1100 words General / Fantasy

In the real and paranormal worlds, destiny can be linked by shared experience and bloodlines. Can a gambler avoid a gunfight with help from the future?

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Jesse Livermore stared at his tormentors, slowly eyeing each one of them as his gaze moved around the poker table. He held the best hand, he knew it . . . but why would Bart Blackwell raise him only to have “One eyed” Jimmy raise again? Jesse smelled a rat. Looking down at his cards Jesse still held four kings. Nothing had changed except that if he called these two men and lost, he would lose his horse, “Cactus Jack” and it was a long walk to Reno from Virginia City.

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

came as me - ebook smallFive ‘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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Destinations Unknown – Chris Cooke

850 words General Fiction

Possibilities that lie just beyond the horizon remain unknown until one has the courage to take a leap of faith. A couple stands at a crossroads with their life together and considers the options that may lay down a lonely stretch of railroad tracks.

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Carl and Wendy sat side by side on top of the old stone arch that was the exit (or entrance, depending on the direction of the train) to the tunnel that went over the railroad tracks near the top of the Tehachapi mountains. Their legs were swinging in unison as they both looked at the tracks beneath them winding into the mountains beyond. The summer breeze blew through the pine trees and grass that covered the hills.

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Destiny According to Louie – Chris Cooke

3000 words General Fiction

Everyone faces questions of faith, belief and agenda every day. How we handle these issues is what defines us if we are lucky enough to make it through all the trials of life and grow from the experience. Lobsters have problems too . . .

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Louie wandered along with the rest of the group. His head wasn’t in the march ahead but was instead, focused on the image of his friend Gerald. He just couldn’t shake the thought of what might await him. “Life just isn’t fair.” Louie thought as one of the lieutenants waved him back into the line. “I didn’t think he was all that bad for having the courage to be himself and make a decision on his own for a change, I mean why are we following these stupid rules anyway?”

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Essence of Humour – 17 Short Stories

Cover paperbackHumour

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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Rosie the Riveter – Chris Cooke

1400 words General Fiction

Rosie the riveter, an iconic figure during World War 2 becomes the subject of a heated debate between two college students and a cantankerous old man. Who is right and who is wrong? This story offers another perspective on where America has gone wrong since the great war.

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“Corporations. That’s what’s ruining this country.” Will spoke the words with authority as he and his best friend Liam discussed what was wrong with America and how they would solve all the country’s woes if they were in charge. The two friends volunteered once a week at the Retirement Castle on Indian School Road in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since they were both college students who knew everything and wondered what would possess their parents to vote Republican, it was no wonder that the residents of the Retirement Castle avoided them…even though most were starved for attention.

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The Fortune Cookie – Chris Cooke

4700 words Fantasy Humour Action

Have you ever read the fortune in a fortune cookie and believed it was real?

When an American tourist visits London for the first time, he has an experience in a Chinese restaurant where a seemingly innocent fortune cookie at the end of a meal sends his life spinning out of control.  Then just as he thinks he’s got things back under control…

 

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Westminster Abbey, Churchill’s War bunker, Buckingham Palace, the Globe Theater. So far, Jack Harper was taking in all the sights and sounds of London, England. He had planned this trip for so long. He had seen all these sights on his first day and still had three weeks to go. As he rode the Tube from Saint Paul’s Cathedral, he smiled to himself as he thought about where he was going to eat dinner tonight.

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The Halcyon Life – Chris Cooke

1500 words General Fiction

Coober Pedy is a description of what the local Aborigines regarded as peculiar activities and so the town name means ‘white men down holes’. Its tourist information boasts its complete lack of entertainment, so why would Justin decide, having won the lottery, that Coober Pedy would be the perfect place to live?

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Justin yawned and stretched his arms high above his head. He looked out across the parking lot of the Mud Hut Motel and watched the heat waves rise up with the dust as the 9:00 A.M. sun in Coober Pedy started its daily baking. Old Mr. Mac Gregor wandered by mumbling something about the heat frying what was left of his brain. Justin smiled and laughed to himself.

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The Hit Man – Chris Cooke

1380 words Humour

A hit man who has lived in the shadows of society doing the dirty work for people with money and an agenda runs into complications from the least likely of places.

This story is included in the Essence of Humour collection

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So here I am again, another coffee shop where the beehive hairdo is frozen in time on the waitress who was chewing gum as she took my order. I swear she was one unruly customer away from yelling “Kiss my grits!” She commented on the NASCAR T-shirt that I had on, remarking that I didn’t seem the booze guzzling redneck NASCAR type. I just smiled and watched the sway of her hips as she walked away from my table.

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The Poker Game – Chris Cooke

1675 words General Fiction

What if Jesus showed up in your living room and hung out with you? This is the scenario that, “The Poker Game” takes on as it explores the philosophical, spiritual and humorous turns that this improbable meeting has.

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I don’t care anymore . . . no really, I’ve given up. I am so tired of bad people getting all the breaks. Ya know what I mean? How many times have you seen the backstabbing jerk at work get the promotion ahead of you through kissing up to the boss and mediocrity? Let’s not even talk about Ashlee Simpson! I know what you would tell yourself cuz I did it too. You tell yourself that although you deserved that promotion it was gonna be on your terms which have always been, hard work, honesty and loyalty and just in general being an all round good person . . . no backstabbing and debauchery for you right?

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The Vacation – Chris Cooke

1460 words Science FIction / General Fiction

If advanced extraterrestrials did visit us today, what would they think about our accomplishments as a species? Would they be impressed at our ability to live together and take care of the earth or just the opposite?

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I had heard stories about the planet earth as long as I could remember. My father had visited twice when he was a boy and a teenager. He had fond memories of the third planet in that solar system. His tales used to entertain us for hours when we were little. That’s why it’s so exciting to be warping through the worm hole toward earth with my own family in tow. I sure missed my Mom and Dad but they had a long, happy life. I mean, one hundred and twenty-three thousand years is a long life span where I come from. Especially now that they finally found a cure for the black hole plague.

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This Land is My Land – 16 short reads for lazy days

this land is my land - cover small5* 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.

‘This Land is My Land’  is more action and adventure driven while ‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ contains a mixture of women’s fiction, feel good stories and romance, 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.

To purchase this book please go HERE.

Reader Reviews HERE

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Stories included: Winter Light – Henry Mitchell, Tiburcio’s Treasure – G. Lloyd Helm, Fordsburg Apology – Tom Rhoyd, The Sergeant Major Instructor – Martin Gosling, Presence – Michael Barry, Deadly Nightshade – Peter Lingard, The Tree – Dr. Robert Clifford, Tightrope – Michael Mohr, Rosie The Riveter – Chris Cooke, The Refugee – Stephen Rowson, Grey Matter – John Malone, Hunting at Dawn – Ian D. Smith, Under the Baobab Tree – Roger Woodcock, A Forgotten Key -Gerard Taylor Wallace, The Storekeeper’s Town – Paul Peppers, Beasties that Bite and Sting – Terence Brand

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