And Mother Makes Three – Karenne Griffin
3100 words Romance
Mia finishes with ‘mummy’s boy’ Oliver and goes to Cornwall on holiday. She meets Jerry, who also seems to be a mummy’s boy. Will he convince her that he’s a risk worth taking?
‘I’m sorry, Mia,’ said Oliver, scratching his left ear anxiously in the way that annoyed her. ‘Mum wants me to take her to Glyndebourne on Tuesday. That means I won’t be able to come to Cornwall with you after all.’ Somehow Mia had sensed this would happen. Eunice Caulfield kept her son on a short piece of string, which she liked to pull on a regular basis. Hardly a week went by without some sort of demand. Mia was determined to keep her cool. The ominous silence seemed to make Oliver even more anxious.
By My Side – Romance Collection
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By My Side brings you 20 of the best romantic stories from writers around the world.
Be transported to the past in the war-torn Three Months of Summer and back to the present in the gentle modern everyday situation of The Pool Doctor. Feel your heart racing through the ethical dilemmas in Would you Shoot Me? and the danger and drama of Run From the Sun.
These stories will transport you to a world of love and romance and leave you breathless. In far-away locations or in everyday situations there really is someone for everyone.
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Morfydd and the Mountain – Karenne Griffin
3500 words Mystery
Morfydd is dozing in the sun on a mountain in Wales. When she wakes she finds her life has been turned upside down.
Dozing, I was, vaguely aware of the springy, spiky heather beneath my body. The summer sunshine soothed my weary bones. I heard the dog panting through the undergrowth before it stuck its damp nose into my face. My hands went up as my eyes opened reluctantly. ‘Duw!’ I groaned, fending off its muzzle. ‘A sloppy kisser you are, dog.’ ‘Jackson, where are you?’ called a woman’s voice some distance off. I sat up. ‘Jackson, are you?’ The black labrador met my gaze with quizzical brown eyes so I smoothed his head. He barked, and the woman appeared, striding through the heather. Her clothes were strange, hardly those a woman would normally wear.
Tale of a Dog – Karenne Griffin
2300 words Romance
Lucy’s boyfriend Scott volunteers her to adopt his father’s dog, Floyd, as his father is having to work abroad. Lucy is reluctant but soon finds she quite enjoys taking Floyd for long walks, particularly when on one outing she meets handsome, charismatic Mal Foxton.
This story is included in the collection By My Side
Scott arrived at Lucy’s house at noon on Sunday, at least an hour earlier than expected. ‘Do you mind if we pop in to see my Dad before we go to the cinema?’ he asked. ‘He rang this morning and said he had something to tell me.’ ‘I haven‘t had lunch yet,’ said Lucy, realising she’d only had a yoghurt for breakfast and her stomach was starting to rumble. ‘I’ll treat you to something nice at the cinema,’ said Scott, flashing her one of his winning smiles.