A Forgotten Key – Gerard Taylor Wallace
5490 words General Fiction
A young child’s heart; a punk looking squirrel; an old rusted key; lead a broken family to a journey that promises more. Little Pete takes them to the quiet sea of the hidden heart.
This story is included in the collection This Land is My Land
Surely there are promises and joys that wait unknown to us in days and years, and even the moments ahead. With this assurance of something more, the knowing of a need or hope soon to be realized, it is just and natural that more often than not, our eyes and hearts are cast there: in these tomorrows we’ve yet to know. How boldly and beautifully this is portrayed in the color and want of children’s dreams, how safely their eyes are turned to the morrow. Still, amidst this simple truth, it is at times not only necessary, but also wise that we turn and find what was lost, in the moments and years now hidden.
A Passing Quiet Cloud – Gerard Taylor Wallace
1500 words General Fiction
All things can change in a moment; in a blink of the Devil’s eyes or the whisper of Angels always near.
Jen was still sleeping; their dog wasn’t though; he opened one eye from the foot of their bed and watched Mark as he was leaving the bedroom too quietly. Jinx closed his eye and Mark quietly, closed the bedroom door. From a dream, Jen reached to Mark, and gently touched his pillow. The small cottage that had recently become Mark and Jen’s home was viewed by neighbors as something strange and misplaced; it was one third the size of the other homes on their block and had no garage or lawn. Somehow though, it had passed the laws and the codes, and a builder with a vision of his own had smiled when the last shutter was in place.
Black Bear Mountain – Gerard Taylor Wallace
780 words Children 5 – 8 years
Two lucky butterflies learn a lesson and count their lucky stars, as they remember Black Bear Mountain.
Her name was Gentle Rain; this was because her wings were silver and blue. They had little circles that looked like raindrops; this was quite rare for a butterfly’s wings. Her favorite trees to fly near to were the tall green pines that grew at the top of Black Bear Mountain. She was warned many times though, of the winds and storms that would come there.
Forests of Brooklyn – Gerard Taylor Wallace
1500 words General Fiction
Treasures waited, battles were won, castles grew and magical moments never ceased in The Forests of Brooklyn. They were there; they are still; just close your eyes and open your heart to know them.
You had to do a little magic; you had to see more than was there. An abandoned car could be a castle if you liked and the ice cream truck could be driven by a king or a knight. The sidewalks could be painted and even the sewers held treasures that parents were denied. Trust me still and know that great forests were there in Brooklyn and this one I will tell of was filled with more wonder than all.
Hats Off – Gerard Taylor Wallace
2900 words General Fiction / Humour
Hats Off – is the unlikely travels of a lost Stetson in Manhattan on the birthday of the guy who lost it.
Jack left the window open that was near his bed and was chillingly wakened on the morning of his 40th birthday. With the covers still wrapped around him, he went to the window and looked three stories down at his cherry red 1967 Mustang convertible parked in front of his apartment. It was safe and waiting for him, so he went to his closet and found the box that held the gift his father had given him twenty years earlier. As he took it from the cluttered shelf, he wondered of the other boxes that were there, he hadn’t a clue as to what they might hold.
Read It Again – 20 Stories for Children of All Ages
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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The Tree House Fairy – Gerard Taylor Wallace
2000 word Fairytale
Children’s dreams, color the morrow with magic and beauty.
In the distance, gentle gulls sailed in time’s searching winds, beautiful journeys never ending, sharing the horizon with orange and gold, as the sun whispered low in an empurpled sky. Tree tops fell darkened, umber and still, near shadowed church steeples to the west, and branches of oak that held the children’s tree house swayed gently, as pacific, autumn winds sang near and far. Ginny, and her younger brother Timmy, watched from the tree house’s window; colorful leaves danced in the sun’s noble light, and then fell softly to the ground.
The Whispering Pine Tree – Gerard Taylor Wallace
6100 words Children 6 – 10 years
A magical Christmas and a gentle new friend waited two children as they played in the snow near a young pine tree that whispered her heart.
“Please, you have to help me, if you don’t, I’ll be cut down and turned into a Christmas tree, please.”
This story is included in the collection Read It Again
It was two weeks before Christmas and Jenny was knitting a colorful scarf to leave for Santa as a gift for when he came on his sled with his reindeers on Christmas Eve, something to keep him warm when he flew through the night, going from home to home with all of his presents for children all over the world. She was sitting on a fluffy brown couch in front of the fireplace, humming a Christmas carol as she made Santa’s scarf, and her younger brother Timmy, who had just turned eight, was watching as Jenny made magic with red, white and green spools of wool.
This Land is My Land – 16 short reads for lazy days
‘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.
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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