A Sister’s Diary – Linda Lewis

3000 words Romance / Humour / Fairytale

This light-hearted story is a modern retelling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, told through diary entries written by one of the ugly sisters.

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Monday 24th June The day Mother told us she was getting married again, I was very upset, especially when it meant gaining another sister, but it’s actually worked out rather well. In our old house, I had to share a bedroom with Gloria. We don’t exactly see eye to eye, so that wasn’t much fun. My step father already had a daughter, Lucinda her name is, so when we moved in with them, I assumed she’d be keeping her room. After all, this has been her home for twenty years, AND she was here first, but Mother had other ideas.

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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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Boxes and Clocks – Linda Lewis

1550 words Women’s Fiction

This story is written from the viewpoint of a man who wants funding to put up bat boxes. He finds himself in opposition to a woman who not only doesn’t like bats, she wants to spend the money on restoring the clock tower. As the clock tower holds painful memories for the man, he is determined to fight her. In the end, the battle becomes more complicated than either of them would have imagined.

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“Can you please shut up about bat boxes?” Those were the first words Diana Fletcher ever said to me. I hadn’t seen her before. All I knew was that she’d recently moved into the village, after a divorce. It was hardly the most promising start. If you’d asked me then what the odds were of us becoming romantically involved, I’d have laughed in your face.

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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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Driving Miss Katie – Linda Lewis

1500 words Women’s Fiction

A man takes a job as a chauffeur so that, on her wedding day, he can be near the daughter he has never seen. His plan goes wrong when the main car gets stuck in traffic and he has to collect her himself.

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Today I’m breaking a promise I made twenty years ago. I promised Julia I would stay away. No visits, no phone calls, not even a card at Christmas. It’s a perfect September day. The sky is a blanket of blue. No breeze disturbs the perfect stillness of the afternoon. I’m outside number 25 Sunnycroft Road exactly on time. I walk down the clean path, past the watching lines of maroon and white dahlias, and up to the door. Inside, I know they will all be ready. Rattling round like peas in a pod, just waiting to be popped. I feel the excitement in the air as I ring the bell.

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Healing – Linda Lewis

1500 words Women’s Fiction

After finding a wounded seagull in her garden  a woman begins her own journey of healing.

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Go away, you nasty bird. The seagull is half hidden by a bushy penstemon. Only the whiteness of its feathers makes it visible. I shout at it, but it doesn’t move, however loudly I rave, or wave my arms. I take a step out into the garden. It’s then that I notice the blood on its breast. I go back indoors and stare at it through the French windows. It’s just what I need. An injured bird. I can’t let it worry me. After all, it isn’t a pretty little bird like a wren or a robin. Seagulls are just great big pests. At least that’s what Patrick always said. I never admitted it to him, but secretly, I’ve always rather admired them.

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Her Father’s Hat – Linda Lewis

2600 words Crime

After Valerie’s mother dies, her father remarries. It isn’t long before he admits he’s made a big mistake. Shortly afterwards, his new wife tells Valerie that he’s gone away and doesn’t know where. Valerie suspects foul play, but is she right, and if she is, will she be able to prove anything?

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“Is everything OK, Dad?” Valerie asked,” Only you don’t seem your usual self.” She stopped the car at the end of the road and reached over to put her hand on his arm. His laugh was thin and hollow like his cheeks. “I’ve been a sad silly old fool, Valerie. You were right. Angela only married me for my house and my savings.” As he turned to look at her, Valerie saw tears in his eyes. “I’m 73 and she’s 42. I was daft to think she really loved me.”

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It’s a Wonderful Life – Linda Lewis

2500 words Women’s Fiction / Christmas

Helen is a put upon woman. It’s Christmas and her family have come to stay, expecting her to do all the work. Pushed to the limit she leaves the house and goes to the river. There she meets a man who says he’s an angel and can show her what difference she has made to people’s lives, rather like in her favourite film, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. What happens next doesn’t go quite as the angel had planned.

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“I can’t stand it anymore. I’m going to jump off the nearest bridge.” Helen’s outburst attracted the response she’d half expected – nothing. The dining table bore the remnants of their meal, red, gold and green garlands criss–crossed the walls, cards covered the mantelpiece, but despite all the glitter, it didn’t feel Christmassy. Even the wonderful tree, festooned with twinkling white lights didn’t lift her spirits. All Christmas meant to her was extra work. Her brother Bob glanced up from the TV. “If you’re going to the kitchen, make us a coffee, will you, sis?”

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Modern Times – Linda Lewis

1000 word Fairytale

A modern, humorous,  take on the story of Snow White, written as a series of letters between a concerned neighbour and the local Social Services Department.

This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time

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To whom it may concern Social Services Department. 1st February Dear Sirs I’m worried about my neighbours. They’re all very old and have nobody to take care of them. Could somebody please call on them and make sure they’re OK? I would do it myself, but I’m eighty one. I can hardly manage my own housework. Their address is Cavern Cottage at the end of Cherry Tree Lane. Yours, a worried neighbour Letitia Hartley (Mrs).

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Saving Sam – Linda Lewis

4700 words Mystery / Romance

A dog gains a bad reputation when his owners keep dying. When he is returned to the rescue centre for a third time, it seems he may have to stay there for ever. Molly has to fight for his release, but is the dog’s reputation well deserved?

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Molly had never seen so many loveable animals. The dog rescue centre had every kind of dog from tiny Yorkies to gigantic Irish wolfhounds, plus everything in between. It was going to be very hard to choose. “Do any of them appeal to you?” the girl asked. “All of them,” laughed Molly. “How does anyone ever decide?” The girl grinned. “I’m lucky. I get to spend time with all of them. I don’t have to choose.” As they turned the last corner, Molly stopped. A black dog was curled up at the back of one of the runs.

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Shades of Blue – Linda Lewis

2000 words Women’s Fiction

The story follows a couple who meet at the University Boat Race. He supports Oxford, she Cambridge. The story  follows them through the years, each time focussing on the day of the boat race. As the years pass, their relationship comes under threat. Will their love of the boat race help them to stay together?

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As Georgina stepped out of Mortlake station, a blast of cold air whipped across her face, but she scarcely noticed. With her treasured light blue scarf wrapped round her neck, all she felt was a keen sense of excitement. After so many years supporting Cambridge, she was actually going to be there, to see the closing stages of the boat race. She’d loved the race since she was five years old when, for the first time, she watched it on TV with her grandfather. He was a life long Oxford supporter, but their dark blue was too sombre for her. When he died, just after Christmas, she was heartbroken.

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Something Fishy – Linda Lewis

2000 words Romance

This story is told by two characters – Marjorie, who works in a pet shop and David, the owner of the shop whose main interest is tropical fish. As the story progresses, we learn how they feel about each other, the question is, will they ever tell each other the truth?

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I tell David the moment I arrive at the shop. “Ted’s asked me to marry him.” “Oh.” That’s all he says. Just ‘Oh’. Not even a smile, or a ‘congratulations’. He doesn’t even ask me what my answer was. My last faint glimmer of hope fades away. I’ve waited so long for David to make a move, but now it’s time to face the facts, he’s never going to sweep me into his arms and kiss me. He only cares about his shop and his fish. Sometimes I see him gazing at them, his grey eyes so full of love. If only he could look at me like that.

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The Case of the Stalker – Linda Lewis

1700 word Crime Fiction

A man, once charged with stalking his victims before killing them, who was let off on a technicality comes to the police station complaining that now he’s the one who’s being stalked. The police officer given the job of investigating this crime is understandably not happy about it.

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The Inspector dropped a file on my desk. “Graham Forester reckons he’s got a stalker.” I laughed out loud but the Inspector didn’t even smile. “We need to take this seriously, Constable Portman. We don’t want any more bad publicity.” Of course he was right. Two months ago, the Forester case was all over the papers. After all our hard work , the case was thrown out on a technicality. The press had a field day. ‘The Stalker walks’ is one headline I’ll never forget. I felt like giving up policing and taking a job in a supermarket.

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The Dog Whisperer – Linda Lewis

1000 words Women’s Fiction

This story is for all dog lovers. It tells the story of a woman who makes a living as a dog trainer.

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I straighten my scarf, stand tall. I push the button. Somewhere a bell rings. A dog barks. The front door opens. “Good morning, I’m Miss Wickstead. The dog trainer.” Between the man’s legs I see a shiny nose sniffing for all its worth. Behind him crouches a woman, her dainty hand, holding on to the dog’s collar, knuckles white with the effort. “Is that Max?” I ask.

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The Old Lamp – Linda Lewis

3700 words Humour / Romance

This gently humorous story tells how a woman’s life is changed when she finds an old lamp and conjures up a genie.

This story is included in the collection By My Side

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The old lamp was in a box of odds and ends at a boot sale. I’d been to see my sister the day before. My nephew couldn’t stop talking about the pantomime his school had planned for next term. He had the part of the evil wizard and kept telling me about magic lamps and genies. If his school had chosen Cinderella instead of Aladdin, I wouldn’t have noticed the lamp. I pulled it out of the box. “How much is this?” The stall holder frowned and pointed to a sign. “Can’t you read? Everything 50 pence.”

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The Seven Deadly Sins – Linda Lewis

1500 words Humour

Four elderly women are on a cruise. Harriet, who tells the story, is struggling to finish a crossword, the clue is ‘one of the deadly sins’. As the story plays out, each sin makes an appearance until she solves the puzzle.

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“Where’s Lily got to?” “Don’t get so agitated, Muriel. Remember your blood pressure.” “Oh do be quiet, Edna. I don’t know why I came on this cruise.” I put down my pen. “Will you two stop bickering? I’m trying to finish the crossword.” I know I sound short, but they’re getting on my nerves. It’s like being on holiday with a gang of five year olds. I used to be able to do the Sunday crossword, start to finish in less than forty minutes, with a bit of help from Ted that is. It’s not as much fun now he’s gone.

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The Tale of Matilda Briggs – Linda Lewis

2000 word Crime Fiction

After his death, Sherlock Holmes finally reveal the details of the one crime he’d always refused to tell his friend, Dr. Watson, about.

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When Sherlock Holmes invited me to pay him a visit, I did not hesitate even though I had not heard from him since he retired. I caught an early train the very next morning and walked the half mile to his house. He greeted me formally then led me into his garden. “Over the years, you have written accounts of all my cases except one.” As he walked, I noticed that he winced with pain and wondered if he was ill, but I knew better than to ask. At the end of the path, he turned to face me. “Do you recall the case of the Matilda Briggs?”

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The Venus Fly Trap – Linda Lewis

1775 words Romance

A man, who has never married, steps in at the last minute to give a talk to a ladies group about his hobby, growing insect eating plants. Only one lady shows much interest and asks a question. Will it lead to anything, or will the man continue his life alone?

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As I finish setting up the projector and the screen, Mrs Willis addresses the audience. “I’d like to introduce our speaker for this evening. Please give a warm welcome to Mr Alan French, who will be speaking about his life long love of insectivorous plants.” I thank the chairlady and accept the polite, but faint, applause. I know how disappointed they must be. They were expecting Vincent Vanderburgh, local author of a popular cookery book. He goes down with the flu, and they end up with a last minute replacement – me. I press on regardless.

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Thrice Upon a Time – Fairytale Collection

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47,000 words Fairytale

Thrice Upon a Time is a collection of 18 modern fairy tales for adults. Some retell stories written long ago from a different perspective, while others are completely new. Read what happens when a late night walk leads to a game of poker with the farm animals and learn the Queen’s side of the story in what it is really like to live with Snow White. Who is the cobbler who turns up in the village? And exactly how many frogs does one princess have to kiss?

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Tristan’s Delight – Linda Lewis

1500 word Science Fiction

It’s sometime in the future and a race of peaceful hardworking aliens have come to live on earth after their planet suffered a series of natural disasters.  The hero of the story acts as liaison between the aliens and the world’s governments to ensure they aren’t exploited in any way.  A friendship slowly develops between him and Tristan, one of the aliens.

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I didn’t want the job. I was just a few years away from retirement and rather fancied whiling away the time behind a nice, routine desk, but my arm was twisted. Believe me, when your arm is twisted by the Commander, you know all about it. Apparently, my height made me the ideal candidate. In truth, it made me the only candidate. Everyone else was over 6 feet tall. How it happened, no-one knew, or no-one was telling, but when I was born, somehow a genetic defect slipped through the net. This made me a lot less threatening to the Batusians than the normal run of humans. At 4’11” I was only 5″ taller than them, and being more on their level, they felt able to talk to me.

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What’s the Catch? – Linda Lewis

4500 words Women’s Fiction

When Eileen is invited to stay with her son in his hotel in Torquay she can’t help wondering if there’s a catch. She soon finds out that yes, there is. They expect her to lend a hand, running the business. While she’s there, she meets a man but her son and daughter-in-law are sceptical. They think he’s looking for a woman to cook and look after him. Are they right? And exactly why do they need her help with the hotel?

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‘Are you doing anything for the next two weeks? If not, why don’t you come and stay with us? We haven’t seen you for ages.’ Eileen could hardly believe what she was reading. For the past three years, every time she’d asked if she could come and stay, the reply had been the same. ‘Sorry, the hotel’s full. The business has to come first.’ On the rare occasions she had managed to get an invite, it was for the odd day in February or October, never August.

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Wish You Were Here – Linda Lewis

1150 words Humour

This gently humorous story tells what happens when a woman goes on holiday by herself after a row. Are the happy postcards she sends to her husband telling the WHOLE story?

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Monday 10 a.m. I’m having a wonderful time! Blue skies, blue sea. I’m in Room 426, on the fourth floor. There’s a fabulous view. Wish you were here.’ I pushed the postcard with its picture of the Sapphire Seas hotel, into the postbox, with a sigh. At least some of what I’d written was true. I looked up at the unbroken sky. Not a cloud, anywhere. It was already thirty–three degrees. Some like it hot, but not me. If it gets above thirty I’m done for. All I can do is retreat into the shade and wilt.

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