Queen in the Kitchen – Dawn Douglas
5100 words Romance
Gretchen Lewis can’t resist grabbing a chance at fame when she is selected to host her own TV cooking show – even if it means giving up the love of her life. Decades pass, and, on her death bed, Gretchen is handed one final chance to say yes to love.
Gretchen was dying. There was nothing more that could be done and as life ebbed away she gazed from the hospital window, out at the world that would go on without her. The sky was a deep, delicious blue, a car was beeping, music jangled from a radio. The nurse, busy with a jumble of tubes and medications, didn’t realize her patient was conscious and began to hum the bouncy theme tune to an old cooking show that millions of people around the globe had once tuned in to each week.
The Man in the Cardigan – Dawn Douglas
5000 words Ghost Story / Feel Good
Gaby suffered a tragic loss when her fiance was killed. Two years later she’s purchased a home and is trying to move on. But her house is already occupied – by a pompous ghost. Could stuffy Frank, in his unravelling cardigan, have a few lessons on life to pass on?
“It’s a tutting sound,” I said. My therapist, Ann, cocked her head to one side and waited for me to continue. “I hear it all the time now – when I’m watching television, when I’m fixing dinner, when I’m taking my meds . . .” “Your anti-depressants?” I nodded, and in the pause that followed, I knew she was trying to find a nice way of telling me I’d gone nuts. “And does anyone else ever hear this . . . tutting?” “No. I’m usually in the house alone.” “I see.” Ann nodded slowly. “Do you think I’m nuts?” I asked.