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A Sheep For Christmas – Gill McKinlay

900 words Humour / Christmas Story

Marilyn is not amused when her daughter announces she needs a sheeps’ costume for the school Nativity play. It wouldn’t have been so bad but Juliette, with her long blonde hair, would surely be better cast as an angel – and she already has the perfect outfit. How on Earth is Marilyn going to dress Juliette without it costing a fortune? The school note might have held some answers but Juliette has lost it…

This story is included in the collection A Wish for Christmas

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“I’m going to be a sheep in the school play,” Juliette yelled as she bounded through the school gates at a hundred miles an hour. “A sheep?” Marilyn said. “Really? Have you got a note?” “Yes, somewhere,” the little girl muttered rummaging in her bag. “It tells you all about making the costume.” Carla, one of the mums hanging around the gate, gazed at Juliette’s long blonde hair and frowned. “I’d have put money on Juliette being the angel in the Nativity,” she said.

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A Wet Drought – Gill McKinlay

1000 words Women’s Fiction

Harriet is pleased to be doing her bit by informing everybody about the hosepipe ban, but it would be a lot easier if it would just stop raining…

This story is included in the collection Stuffed Robins Don’t Fly

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“I don’t believe it!” Harriet gasped as the news bulletin came to an end. “A hosepipe ban! I wouldn’t mind but it hasn’t stopped raining in weeks.” She’d been watching a programme about a team of volunteers who were restoring a garden to its former glory. Harriet, a keen gardener herself, had found the project fascinating. When the programme ended, she popped into the kitchen to make a cup of tea.

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A Wish for Christmas – 20 Stories for the Holiday Season

Women’s Fiction

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Enjoy the festive season with a little cheer from Alfie Dog Fiction. Put your feet up and revel in all that is best of Christmas and New Year with 20 stories from authors across the globe. Stories range from the moving to the amusing, the romantic to the tussle of family life.

Add a little sparkle to your Christmas with A Wish for Christmas

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Accounting for Taste – Gill McKinlay

700 words Women’s Fiction

Recently I realised that despite the many gadgets available to help keep track of the dates, time whizzes by so quickly that I still manage to forget everything…

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“Once I’ve saved enough for a scientific calculator, I’m going to take you out,” Tommy said as he jumped up onto his dad’s milk float. With thick dark hair that would probably go grey by the time he was thirty, Tommy wore black-rimmed glasses and stood about four feet two.

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Alien Landing – Gill McKinlay

900 words Women’s Fiction

Stan’s obsession with aliens is driving Betty mad. All she wants to do is hang out some washing…

This story is included in the collection Stuffed Robins Don’t Fly 

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“I’m just off to the observatory,” said Stan, adjusting his headset, and heading for the back door. “Observatory?” Betty snapped. “It’s our garage! And when are you going to clear out the shed? It’s full of junk.” She picked up a basket of wet washing, and neatly avoiding the paraphernalia stashed around the garden, made her way over to the whirlygig which was in the middle of the lawn. She’d asked Stan to move it closer to the house but he’d ignored her.

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All Steamed Up – Gill McKinlay

1000 words Women’s Fiction

Mandy wanted a night out for her birthday.

Nathan bought her an iron instead. But despite the new gadget, Nathan’s still moaning about the state of his shirts and he won’t let Mandy watch a film…

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Mandy plugged in her state-of-the-art cordless steam iron and waited for it to heat up. Nathan had bought it for her as a birthday present three months ago and she hated it. It took ages to reach steaming point, weighed a ton and was already clogged up with lime scale. Nathan loved gadgets. That’s why he’d chosen it. He thought the new iron was brilliant. Not that he ever used it, of course.

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Bella’s Sparkling Windows – Gill McKinlay

3000 words Humour

When Bella is made redundant from the bank and starts working as a window cleaner, it causes more problems than she could have imagined. Her boyfriend doesn’t approve of her new career, somebody has thrown a stone through her grandmother’s window and then there is Jake…

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When I arrived at Nan’s that morning, I was shocked to find her living room window boarded up. Somebody had thrown something at it, probably a stone. “The glass was cracked like a spider’s web,” Nan told me. “But luckily it didn’t shatter.” Dora, Nan’s neighbour was keeping her company along with a bottle of sherry, which at eight thirty in the morning seemed a bit surreal. “It’s for the shock,” Nan winked as she topped up their glasses. “Do you want a drop Bella?”

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

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‘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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Candle Power – Gill McKinlay

1000 words Women’s Fiction

Joanne doesn’t want Brian to know how much she’s spent on candles. Burning them all at once seems to be the only answer…

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“Wax and Wicks is closing down,” Joanne told Brian. “So I thought I’d stock up on candles in case we ever get a power cut.” “I’m not surprised they’re closing down,” Brian remarked as Joanne unpacked her bags. “You’ve enough candles there to floodlight a football pitch. They can’t have anything left to sell. Still,” he added grudgingly, “I suppose they might come in handy one day.” Joanne thought it best to say nothing. Scooping up her bargains, she headed for the cupboard under the stairs.

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Carmel’s Bid for Freedom – Gill McKinlay

1500 words Women’s Fiction

Sick of being confined to the house, Caramel sneaks out and goes to the pub hoping to catch sight of Jack, a hero in her eyes. But the drinkers in the bar are not amused. And how will Janey react when she realizes Caramel isn’t where she should be?

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Fed-up with being confined to the house, Caramel had sneaked out past her housekeeper and walked down to The Velvet Flag. And once she reached the doorway of the pub, where all the smokers were congregated, it had seemed ridiculous not to go inside. The VF inmates were surprised to see Caramel and were stunned at the way she pushed past them, when everybody knew Janey had confined her to quarters. But Caramel didn’t care. She had to see Jack. He was her only hope.

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Celebrity Kennels – Gill McKinlay

1000 words Women’s Fiction

Jenny can’t understand why everybody is so obsessed with watching television. Fed-up with the latest TV reality show, she joins a literary group but it seems there’s still no escape. Meanwhile, Kevin is driving her mad…

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

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“I’m sick of television,” Jenny said. “There must be more to life than watching Celebrity Kennels.” Jenny’s husband Kevin disagreed. He loved Celebrity Kennels, a reality TV programme where fifteen dogs of the rich and famous were housed together in a huge custom-built kennel to see how they all got on. “Why not go out with Rose,” Kevin suggested, as he eagerly awaited the latest canine eviction. “You haven’t seen her in ages.”

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Copper Bangles – Gill McKinlay

900 words Women’s Fiction

Sheila’s fingers were so stiff that she couldn’t work. But copper bangles were for old ladies, weren’t they…?

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Flexing her fingers back and forth, Sheila eyed the pile of documents waiting to be scanned. Her fingers really ached this morning and the temptation to shove the lot through the shredder was overwhelming. Setting light to them would have been better still, as the warmth from the flames would have soothed her aching joints. She said as much to Jane.

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Crystal’s Garden – Gill McKinlay

1100 word Women’s Fiction

When Enid employs Crystal to help with her gardening business her regular clients are not impressed. Crystal is too arty for Enid’s ladies – they just want their plots tidied up so Tommy, the window cleaner, can get his ladders in. And then there’s Betty who wants her garden done in a hurry and won’t take no for an answer…

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“What’s that?” Faith gazed at the pottery ornament perched by the till. “It’s a garden Goth,” Enid replied. “Crystal made it.” “Ah yes, Crystal.” Faith shuddered. “I’ve heard all about your new assistant. She’s not coming to do my garden, is she?” “No, don’t worry.” Enid sighed. “I’ll be round as usual.” Faith studied the garden Goth again. Dressed in black it was a garden gnome with tattoos, ear-rings and attitude. “Crystal seems a bit weird,” Faith said. “I don’t think she’s right for round here.”

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Cut the Grass! – Gill McKinlay

1100 word Women’s Fiction

Newly-redundant Ken spends all day battling with the remote control and ignoring requests from  Babs to mow the lawn. However, a programme about classic cars encourages Ken to start a new hobby. But with the grass still uncut, Babs visits a shopping mall with surprising consequences.

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“When are you going to mow the lawn, Ken?” Babs gazed out at the jungle that used to be their back garden. Weeks of torrential rain had left the grass lovely and green but it was ankle-deep and choked with weeds. “I expect I’ll get round to it.” Ken shifted his weight in the armchair and flicked the remote. A pair of damp fishermen appeared on screen huddled together under dripping trees. “Now that’s a good idea.” Babs tried to sound enthusiastic. “How about going fishing?” Ken snorted. “I just watch these programmes for entertainment, love. I’d be bored to death sitting there all day.”

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Dieting for Derek’s Do – Gill McKinlay

3000 words Humour

Ella’s husband Derek has been promoted and now wants a new wife as well. Can Ella stick to his strict fitness and diet regime or will she give in to the free doughnut offered in the supermarket?

And what does Brian have to say about it?

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I was looking for a low calorie sandwich on the supermarket snack bar when an assistant sidled up to me. She was wearing a tray piled high with doughnuts. Thank goodness Derek wasn’t around or he’d have sent her off with a flea in her ear. “There’s a free chocolate doughnut with every sandwich bought today,” she trilled. “Choose a sandwich and I’ll pop one in your basket.” My mouth watered. Chocolate doughnuts sounded like heaven to me. But Derek had put me on a strict diet.

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Dudley the Dragon – Gill McKinlay

2000 words Humour / Children & – 11 years

When a dragon’s egg hatches out in Tony and Fiona’s airing cupboard, Tony is delighted. He is convinced that their son Ben is destined to be a dragon rider. But Fiona is worried. There’s the household insurance to consider not to mention health and safety and although she’s descended from fairies, she’s moved on from all those ancient legends…hasn’t she?

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“A dragon always bonds with its rider,” Ben announced. He was eight years old, very small for his age and full of useless information, most of which he gleaned from his father, a fan of Game of Thrones. “Dad thinks the egg should hatch any day now,” Ben continued. “Then I’ll have my own dragon. He says I’ll have to be present at the hatching so I can bond with it right away. Once it’s big enough, I’ll be able to ride it far and wide and conquer all the evil in the world.”

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Essence of Humour – 17 Short Stories

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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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Gary the Godfather – Gill McKinlay

1000 words Women’s Fiction

Gary is obsessed with all things cyber and is not amused when his sister announces she is having a baby. Gary’s main worry, apart from the child having Roland as a dad, is that the infant will wreck his precious computer. But there are other concerns too, such as his forthcoming role as a godfather and finding the perfect gift.

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“You might at least show some enthusiasm at our news,” Carly told Gary. “Roland’s over the moon about us having a baby. And you’ll have to get used to the idea because I want you to be the baby’s godfather.” Gary considered his sister’s request. It didn’t appeal to him in the slightest. Being an uncle at eighteen was depressing enough without having to join the Mafia as well. “It’ll be so lovely having a baby in the family again,” Mum said. Gary couldn’t see why. They’d managed without one for years.

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Ghost Johnson – Gill McKinlay

2500 words Ghost Story

Back to haunt his precious hotel, Reggie Johnson a digital ghost, soon makes life difficult for his daughter Lydia. But how did Reggie materialise and can Lydia get rid of him? Luckily Declan is around to help…

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“What have you done with the white sheets, Lydia? I look ridiculous in this!” Open-mouthed I stared at the apparition before me. It couldn’t be true. Dad had been dead six months yet here he was standing before me shrouded in a yellow gingham duvet cover and ordering me about as usual. His grey hair was much longer than it used to be, halfway down his back, but apart from the ridiculous outfit he looked much the same…

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Happy Hour – Gill McKinlay

2000 words Women’s Fiction

Rebecca is trying to ignore all the festivities crammed into the extra hour at the end of October. But Flora and Marcus are keen to get her involved. And then there’s Martin, their dad…

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The two kids on my doorstep were wearing black bin liners and pointed hats, green faces and plastic fingers. “Trick or treat?” “Trick,” I said. The kids looked confused “You’re not supposed to say trick,” the boy scolded. “You’re supposed to give us some sweets.” “I haven’t got any sweets,” I told them. “So what’s the trick?” The girl shrugged. “Our dad will sing. Dad!” she yelled.

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Harry and Henman – Gill McKinlay

1000 words Women’s Fiction / Animal

Lillian is sick of Harry hanging around the house. But is getting a dog the answer?

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Ever since Harry had been made redundant, he’d given up on life. All he wanted to do was lie on the couch with the remote. “He can’t stay there forever,” Lillian complained to her daughter Sara. “Why not get a dog?” Sara suggested. “He could take it out for walks.” That evening, Lillian mentioned getting a puppy. “No way,” said Harry. “They’re a huge responsibility. And I can’t cope with responsibility. That’s why Builders-R-Us got rid of me.”

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Indiana Wants Me – Gill McKinlay

1200 words Women’s Fiction

Cheryl had always wanted to go away with Indiana Jones. But when he turns up in the kitchen nagging her to join him on his latest adventure, Cheryl has second thoughts. Trouble is, he won’t leave her alone…

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Cheryl had never fancied Harrison Ford but Indiana Jones was a different matter – she’d always said she’d follow him to the ends of the Earth. Now, he’d asked her to do just that though, Cheryl wasn’t so sure of herself. Running away with Dr Jones did sound great. Galloping across the desert, cuddled into his battered leather jacket was her all-time favourite fantasy. OK, so she didn’t much like horses but she was sure she could work round that. No, it was the far flung locations that were putting her off. They were always steamy-hot or desert-dry.

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Knock Knock – Gill McKinlay

1000 words Women’s Fiction / Humour

It’s dark and raining when somebody knocks on Lindy and Jeff’s front door. Who can it be? And why have they come calling at 2am?

 

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“Jeff!” Lindy kicked her husband as he lay sleeping next to her. “Jeff, wake up. There’s someone’s banging on the front door. And it’s raining so hard I think the roof might be leaking.” Jeff stirred slightly but showed no real signs of life. “We’re in the cottage,” she continued as she kicked him into action. “Ouch!” Brain fuddled with sleep, Jeff opened his eyes and tried to get his bearings. “We sold our house in town and moved to the country, remember?”

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Rod’s Pond – Gill McKinlay

825 words Women’s Fiction

Rod was ecstatic when a frog – or was it a toad – finally appeared in his pond.

But his wife wasn’t so keen…

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“Come and look at this!” Rod yelled to Michelle from the garden. “You won’t believe it!” Michelle abandoned the shepherd’s pie she was cobbling together from yesterday’s leftovers and rushed outside to see what her husband was on about. Expecting to see an elephant or a pair of tigers marauding through the flowerbeds at the very least, she was surprised when Rod grabbed her and pointed to a paving slab.

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Stuffed Robins Don’t Fly – Gill McKinlay

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Starting with a girl who hates babies and ending with a couple getting lost on their way to a funeral, Stuffed Robins Don’t Fly offers a wide mixture of stories, many of a humorous nature. Themes include a baffling question about a TV programme and a sensitive question from a child. Then there’s Harriet who’s concerned about watering her garden during a drought and Dan who can’t water his because he has flu.  As well as the weather, forgetfulness, spaceships and Alice Cooper play a part in this collection as do females forming new relationships and letting go of the past. And then there’s Evie and her unique way of solving a minor crime…

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Stories included: Boob Job or Bust, The Alice Cooper Experience, In Search of a Professional, Car Trouble, The Chocolate Detectives – Part 1, Hens and Chickens, The Fourth Musketeer, Looking After Mary, Dieting for Derek’s Do, Diane’s Night Out, Boiled Eggs, Total Recall, Stuffed Robins Don’t Fly, Making Babies, Itchy Hands and Itchy Feet, A Wet Drought, Fin Allini, Huddy Sands, Dan’s Bug, Alien Landing, A Grave Mistake

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