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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A Wish For Christmas – Maggie Jones

1400 words Christmas / Women’s Fiction

When Matt is asked if he could have a wish come true, what would it be?  He surprises his dad when he asks for that one thing that is going to be extremely hard to get.  Will Matt get what he wanted and his wish come true?

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I had once asked Matt, if he had a wish for Christmas what would it be? He looked at me and thought hard before answering my question. ‘Do you remember telling me about the time you were eight and woke up on Christmas morning and saw that it had snowed during the night?’ I nodded as I carried on listening intently to him. ‘You described your feelings. The anticipation you felt, the joy and awe of being the first one to walk on that crisp white even snow. But, then you thought of Auntie Pam, she was only five, and you knew that you couldn’t do it without her, so you woke her. Then both of you raced downstairs to go outside to play in it.’

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A Worthy Cause – Maggie Jones

2300 words Feel Good Fiction

Oliver’s parents find it hard every year to know what to buy their children for Christmas.  Oliver’s not the problem, never wanting for anything; it’s his brother and sister!  They always want and expect the most expensive gifts.  However, this year, Oliver comes up with a plan, as he suggests a worthy cause benefits instead of them!

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Oliver knew just how much his Mum, loved Christmas, because as soon as December 1st arrived, so did her enthusiasm and excitement, even though he knew in some ways she also dreaded it. Every year it was more difficult for his parents to try to find the money for the presents they wanted, especially for Matthew and Charlotte, his older brother and sister. He knew their demands grew worse, as the list of things they wanted seemed to get longer, and they cost the earth. Mum had to keep on thinking of ways to find the extra to be able to get them the presents they demanded.

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Bessie’s Rescue – Maggie Jones

2260 words General Fiction / Feel Good

Benn and his sheepdog Bessie, venture out in the snow to rescue his sheep, the ‘girls’.  But when Benn falls and badly hurts his ankle, he realises he’s in trouble.  He’s always been a stubborn man, especially concerning his son Andrew.  Will he let his stubbornness continue to ruin his life?

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‘Away, Bessie, go find those girls for me?’ Benn pointed towards the far end of the field as the dog glanced at her master before scurrying off. She was a good faithful old girl, and he knew that if anyone could find his missing ewes then it was her. Although they were due to lamb at any time, Benn had let them out into the field thinking some fresh air and grass would do them the world of good, even perhaps bringing them on. At the time the sky had looked threatening, but not enough that he was worried. He thought he knew better than any weather man predicting heavy snow during the day, and when no more than sleet started to fall, he thought he had been proved right once more.

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Blue’s Adventures – Maggie Jones

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7 5* Reviews on Amazon

40,000 words Children 6 – 9 years

It is Christmas Eve night, when Mr Christmas goes to the toyshop where Blue bear has been patiently waiting over the years for someone to buy him. Blue thought he would never be bought. He so wanted to be loved and have lots of adventures.

However, on that night Mr Christmas leaves him at the bottom of Jack Foster’s hospital bed and Blue bear’s adventures begin…

Follow Blue’s Adventures with Jack and his family, as they go tobogganing, ride a steam train and as Blue helps Jack to learn. Join them in the Easter Egg Hunt and solving a murder mystery, in Godshill, Isle of Wight, where Jack and his family live.

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Blue’s Christmas Eve Adventure – Maggie Jones

1700 words Christmas / Children’s Fiction

It’s Christmas Eve and Blue the teddy bear is the only toy left on the shelf again.  He isn’t a new and trendy toy, so no one wants him!  All he’s ever wanted is to be loved and have adventures with his new owner.  When the shop shuts, and everyone goes home, Blue comes to life.  He hears a noise; someone is coming down the chimney.  Will he at long last get to have an adventure?

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Christmas Eve at the toy shop had been a very busy one. Right up until the last minute mums and dads had been rushing in to buy their children the must have new toy on the market. Some fighting over the last few remaining ones, until at the end of the day, all that was left on the shelf was the tattiest blue teddy bear anyone had ever seen. But for Blue, he’d unfortunately had his day. A few years ago he had been the most popular toy out in the shops, but not now. Since then he’d seen other new toys come and go, but sadly not him. All he’d ever wanted was to be bought so he could be loved by someone and have adventures with his new owner, but that hadn’t happened.

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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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Christmas Past – Maggie Jones

2400 words Christmas Story

When Becky gets woken by a phone call early one morning, and the person on the other end tells her she isn’t going to believe what he has to say to her, she slams it down in frustration, especially when he calls her ‘mum’, and she realises it’s a wrong number. But then, what he said gets her thinking, what isn’t his mum going to believe?

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Becky was fast asleep when she was woken by a noise. It took several seconds before she realised where it was coming from. Her hand had hovered over the alarm clock, ready to hit the off button, before it finally sunk in it was actually the phone that was ringing. Wrenching it off the hook, she spoke huskily into it. ‘Hello,’ she cleared her throat before saying, ‘hi,’ waiting for what seemed like forever for someone to answer her. ‘Hi… mum, sorry to wake you, but you’re not going to believe…’ Becky cut him off, before he could say another word.

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Gulliver’s Travels – Maggie Jones

3100 words Feel Good / Animal Story

Dog has been on his own almost all his life. His trust in humans is non-existent, especially after all the times he was given a home, only to be discarded by his owners shortly afterwards.  He lives his life these days in the park, where he sits and watches people, especially an old couple June and Ted. They desperately try to win Dog’s trust. But can Dog learn to have faith in any humans ever again?

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Dog was there again, at exactly the same time as he had been for the last few weeks. He’d found the park just after the snow had melted. Luckily for him, he had managed to find somewhere that, although wasn’t warm, was comfortable. More importantly for him, it was somewhere he felt safe enough to put his head down and sleep. Every day he watched people going about their daily needs, with mothers urging their children to hurry as they rushed them towards school in the mornings and then urging them to hurry as they rushed them home again in the afternoons. Then there were the joggers, and speed walkers, constantly rushing to who knew where?

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Happy Holidays – Maggie Jones

1600 words Christmas story

Mary’s got no-one to blame, but herself, when she finds her passport has expired.  Especially when her mum had asked her repeatedly to check and make sure it was in date!  She’s even more upset when her brother’s best friend goes on holiday in her place.  Now she’s going to be all alone for Christmas and it’s not going to be a merry one, or is it?

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Mary had no one to blame, but herself. She should have known better. Her mum had booked the holiday to Spain for Christmas and the New Year months ago. How many times had she told her to check her passport was still valid? Looking at it the day before they were due to fly out wasn’t good enough! ‘I’m going to get a great tan, sis, shame you won’t.’ Jamie her younger brother had snorted.

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His Favourite Tea Lady – Maggie Jones

2250 words Commercial / Humour

Jason Roman’s favourite tea lady, Rosie, is thrilled to bits, she’s finally going to meet her pop idol Frankie Gee.  When Jason invites Frankie back into the recording studio after 30 years of being out of the spotlight, it’s down to his mum, as she’s always considered herself to be his number one fan!

But, Frankie ends up tripping over Rosie’ tea trolley, and cusses at her.  And she’s distraught.  Jason Roman isn’t going to let Frankie get away with insulting his favourite tea lady, and plans the ultimate revenge.

 

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As Rosie wheeled her tea trolley down the hall, she paused to listen to Jet Thrust in the recording studio. They sounded good, if you liked that type of thing, all high pitched voices and loud, very loud rock music. She carried on down to Jason’s office or Mr Roman as she liked to call him in front of the staff. Today, he was entertaining a very important client, and it was one she couldn’t wait to meet.

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In the Swim of It – Maggie Jones

4000 words Feel Good

Rose Miller has made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get fit, but can she stick to it?  Will joining the local gym prove to be her downfall, or will it give her the courage and determination she needs to prove to her husband that she is a wife to be proud off, and not the mother figure she has become?

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Rose had been dithering ever since New Year’s Eve. Having always made resolutions, she’d never been able to keep any of them. But, this year, she was determined that she was going to keep this one. That her resolve wouldn’t weaken after just a few days, as it normally did. This year’s one was to get herself fit, and lose some of those extra pounds she knew she had definitely put on. Talk about overdoing it, well she’d overdone it, and by a lot at Christmas. When she and Bill had done their Christmas food shopping, Rose had told him over and over again, that there was only ever the two of them, but he’d argued.

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Pandora’s Box – Maggie Jones

2500 words Historical / Women’s Fiction

Lord Lambert has brought back a mysterious box from his recent trip to the wilds of Africa.  Rose the maid is curious, very curious as to know what’s in it imagining it holds a jewel, perhaps even a diamond.  Christmas Day is soon, and she feels that will be the day, His Lordship will present it to his wife, Lady Helena.  But when all the gifts are handed out, and that one is nowhere to be seen, Rose takes it upon herself to make sure Lady Helena receives it.

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‘Whatever you do, DON’T move the box. You can dust it, and polish it, but remember NEVER pick it up and under NO circumstances, NEVER EVER open it. Do I make myself clear?’ All the staff gathered in his Lordship’s study nodded, as he continued, ‘and above all remember, NOT ONE word to Lady Helena about the box either?’ Lord Christopher Lambert glanced at it, before he dismissed them with a flick of his wrist. They curtsied and bowed leaving him alone there. Once outside the door, Maisy and Rose the maids, huddled by the sweeping staircase whispering to one another, trying to imagine what on earth could be inside it?

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Read It Again – 20 Stories for Children of All Ages

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6 5* reviews on Amazon

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 Breakdown – Maggie Jones

3150 words Women’s Fiction / Humour / Romance

Lilly Turner thinks she has found the perfect man to marry in Luke Stone-Thrush.  He is exactly like her, punctual and concise with everything, including Lilly.  But, on her wedding day, the car taking her to the church breaks down, giving Lilly the time to dwell on her future and what she really wants from it.

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‘Oh no, look at the time?’ Lilly wailed looking at her watch. She was late, very late. And although it was traditional for the bride, it wasn’t a tradition of hers. She was never late for anything. Even, the day of her birth, she’d arrived two weeks early! If she went out, she was often seen arriving at least forty minutes earlier than she had to. And now, today of all days she was going to be late. Her eyes welled up as she desperately tried to find a tissue. She didn’t want tears to ruin her makeup. Luke would be cross if she wasn’t the perfect bride he wanted her to be.

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The Knicker Thief – Maggie Jones

3500 words Women’s Fiction / Humour

Julie Spencer has only been living in The Close for six weeks.  But in that time she has had her underwear stolen three times.  Together with her neighbour, Nick Marks, can they put their heads together and solve the mystery of just who is taking it and why?

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Julie couldn’t believe it! Her new red lacy bra and knickers had gone, completely vanished without a trace. She’d only treated herself to them last week too; she shook her head as she looked at the washing line and the space that once held them. The pegs were now lying discarded on the ground as she kicked them out of the way. ‘Oh, what is it with people around here?’ She scowled in the general direction of her neighbours, balling her fists until her nails dug into her palms.

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The Lucky Penny – Maggie Jones

3000 words Feel Good Story

When Dory bends down to pick up a penny for luck, she doesn’t believe her luck, when her back goes.  Teenager Sean Oakley comes to her rescue.  He’s not someone she’d normally turn to for help, but beggars can’t be choosers!  But can he be trusted when it comes to helping her?

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‘Oh, a penny,’ Dory said, bending down to retrieve it. ‘Arrrgh.’ She screamed, as suddenly her back went into spasms. ‘Are you alright?’ ‘What do you think?’ She snapped looking at a lad, wearing torn jeans, tatty t-shirt, doc marten boots and an old leather jacket. He was a typical teenager, with scruffy dyed hair, spotty complexion complete with a skateboard. ‘Okay, no need to bite me head off!’ He shrugged his shoulders, preparing to go. Dory gulped. ‘Wait, I…I didn’t mean to be rude, sorry. I’d be very grateful if you could help me?’

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The Right Result – Maggie Jones

1640 words Women’s Fiction

Sarah’s waiting for a result.  But is it going to be the right result for her?  Just as she thought her and her husband Tom could settle down and enjoy early retirement, now her children have left home, she has a decision to make that will change their lives completely.  How can she face telling him?

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Sarah had read the instructions, following them to the full. All she had to do now was wait the allotted time, and then she’d get her result. Whether or not it was the one she wanted, one way or another she’d find out if she was cut out to do it all over again. Determined not to keep looking at it, she left the room and took her coffee with her through to the lounge, as she tried to take her mind off the outcome.

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Those Pesky Kids! – Maggie Jones

2500 words Feel Good

Why is Bert Winters always so grumpy?  He’s always moaning to his long suffering wife Flo about their neighbour’s young sons, Johnny and Fergus. Blaming them for stealing his veg and breaking two panes of glass in his greenhouse.  When Becky Martin, their mum comes to see him to explain why, will her explanation finally help smooth things between the two families?

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

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‘Those pesky kids, they’ve done it again, Flo?’ Bert shouted out to his long suffering wife. ‘Did you hear what I just said?’ Flo chose to switch off from his moaning and groaning about their neighbour’s children again, but suddenly he was standing right in front of her, repeating it all. ‘I said, those pesky kids have been at it again, did you hear me?’ ‘Yes, I did.’ She replied breathing in quickly, before slowly releasing it and shaking her head. ‘I’m sure Fergus and Johnny are only being boys and letting off a little bit of steam. They don’t mean any harm, Bert.’

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