A Wish for Christmas – 20 Stories for the Holiday Season
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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Angel – Kate Blackadder
2700 word Historical Fiction
It’s 1923. The legacy of the Great War is evident at an afternoon tea-party in a London square. Mrs Kentisbury tries to speak to her lost son; Clarissa asks for guidance on whether she should marry again; and nine-year-old Beatrice encounters an angel in the garden.
“Do I have to go, Mamma?” I’d finished lessons for the day and had been looking forward to reading by the nursery fire. I squirmed at the itchiness of the grey worsted material of my winter coat as Nanny buttoned it up and sat the matching hat on top of my head. The only consolation was the white muff Uncle Bill had just given me for Christmas – it was so soft and fluffy that my hands were more often patting it than tucked in.
Bonnie Prince Charlie – Kate Blackadder
2500 word Romance
Hindered rather than helped by her sister Flora, Isabel, a young widow, takes in guests for Bed & Breakfast in her home on the Isle of Skye. One summer night a Canadian known as Bonnie Prince Charlie seeks refuge in her house, solves the Flora problem and changes Isabel’s life.
So this is the Isle of Skye, thinks Matthew, from where my ancestors sailed to Nova Scotia. And this is Isabel. She’s just as pretty as Charlie told me she was. Perhaps that’s why I feel as if I’m coming home. Isabel’s mind ran through the tasks ahead of her as she watched the sun, an apricot in the darkening blue, slide below the horizon.
Came as ‘Me’, Left as ‘We’ – 21 stories to escape with
‘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
Molly’s Christmas Candle- Kate Blackadder
1140 Feel Good Story
Rosemary is waiting for the first Advent candle to be lit by her little granddaughter, Molly. She looks around the church, remembering all the happy family events that have taken place there, unaware that Molly is about to spring a wonderful surprise.
This story is included in the collection A Wish for Christmas
‘And now,’ said the minister, ‘we come to a very important part of the service.’ He stepped down from the pulpit and stood in front of the semi-circle of children sitting cross-legged on the floor. ‘Today is the first Sunday in Advent and our first Christmas candle is going to be lit by a very special member of our church, our newest member in fact. Molly, would you like to come up? Your mum is going to come with you.’
Sam Something – Kate Blackadder
1500 words Romance
Sam’s a journalist. He doesn’t expect his own private life to be a subject for gossip but, as he drinks his cappuccino, he overhears two pretty girls talking about his recently ex girlfriend – and about himself. Can he put the record straight?
This story is available in the collection Came as ‘Me’ Left as ‘We’
I know I shouldn’t have listened, but they were talking rather loudly. And I’m nosey, of course. I have to be. I’m a journalist, always on the lookout for the big story. Although this conversation didn’t sound like front-page news. A tale of mis-matched lovers, of betrayal … more like the problem page. I’d arranged to meet Big Jim, the paper’s photographer, outside that new café in the square. I had time to kill so I went in and ordered a cappuccino.
The Real Thing – Kate Blackadder
2450 words Women’s Fiction
Mary Bennett worries that her best mate Will’s new partner, the insecure Adair, will spoil their friendship. What’s happened to the fish-shaped doorknocker she gave Will as a housewarming present? And if Will’s not available as escort to Ma’s birthday party can she brave her family on her own?
“… a lovely lunch with all the grandchildren. Lydia’s new man is coming. Definitely the Real Thing she says. I hope I don’t call him by the wrong name. Will you be bringing someone, darling?” Mary brings the receiver slowly back to her ear. Her mother in full flow is best kept at a distance. “I’ll let you know,” she says, as if there are a dozen eligible men competing to be “someone” at Ma’s party.