Bowled Over – Patsy Collins

2000 words Women’s Fiction

Molly decided she and Ted should spend more time together. It seemed like a good idea until she realised that meant either attending the bowls club or, far far worse, filling their time with her interests.

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Molly had known she wouldn’t enjoy the bowls club’s annual BBQ and trophy presentation evening and therefore was proved right. Several people approached her and Ted, wanting to chat. Molly didn’t encourage them. She knew the moment they got into conversation they’d start talking about bowls and she’d be excluded. She didn’t eat any of the profiteroles decorated with red and blue icing spots to represent bowls. “It’s silly, why’s everything got to be about bowls?” she asked Ted. “Because it’s a bowls club, lass, anyway it’s just a bit of fun, they still taste the same.”

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By My Side – Romance Collection

By My Side- cover small20 Romance Stories

Two 5* reviews on Amazon

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

came as me - ebook smallFive ‘5 * reviews’ on Amazon

‘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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Cannibal’s Hymn – Patsy Collins

850 words Humour

Louise felt like a quarter pounder on the grill as the people around her licked their lips and discussed side dishes. She should never have let Cindy talk her into coming. Come to think of it, what on earth was Cindy doing as her friend slowly roasted?

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Louise attempted to ignore the hungry people who surrounded her. She tried not to watch them rub their hands and lick their lips. They muttered horribly. She was too upset to listen to the words and tried to be grateful that at least the noise blocked out the sounds of their rumbling stomachs. It sounded as though they were praying or, more terribly, saying grace.

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Cedric’s Last Meal – Patsy Collins

1850 words Women’s Fiction / Humour

Emily was determined to prove who killed Cedric. She was sure if she kept Margaret talking long enough, his murderer would be exposed.

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The box was outside the charity shop when I came to unlock this morning. I took a quick glance inside, spotted what appeared to be an urn and closed the flap quickly. I thought the shock of Cedric’s death was making me hallucinate. I made a cup of tea before looking in the box again. Inside there really was an urn and it wasn’t empty. There was a plaque on the side. I read Cedric’s name and dates before dropping the urn. The lid stayed on. It was me, not the ashes which fell to the ground.

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Celebrate Life – Patsy Collins

Celebrate Life2000 words Feel Good Fiction

Mary takes all the good things in her life for granted, until she’s at risk of losing them. Or perhaps she’d already lost them?

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Christmas Visitor – Patsy Collins

Christmas Visitor2200 words Christmas/ Feel Good Fiction

Mrs Wainwright and Miss Wainright might live in the same block of flats and have names similar enough to confuse the postman, but that was all they had in common, wasn’t it?

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Mrs L. Wainwright, Flat 16c Camellia House It’s Christmas morning and I don’t want to be alone. I won’t be really alone, of course; other people live in the flats and my son, David, will telephone me. He’s very good and calls me quite often. He put a lovely letter in with my card to tell me how well all the family are doing and how busy they are. There are pictures of the boys too; it’s hard to believe that they’re grown-up now. Maybe David, or one of the boys, will visit in the New Year, if they have time.

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Climbing Mountains – Patsy Collins

Climbing Mountains2000 words Romance

Tasha didn’t seem to see Craig’s wheelchair or his inability to climb mountains. He didn’t mind that.   He did wish though that she’d understand he didn’t deserve her love. How could he prove the truth of something he didn’t want to face up to himself?

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Tasha leant over Craig’s shoulder and looked at the magazine he was reading. “Thinking of going mountaineering?” she asked. Craig flinched. He’d been so interested in the article he hadn’t noticed her arrival. Looking down at the photograph of Kilimanjaro, rising icy and majestic from the African plains, Craig recalled reading about the difficulties faced during a climb and the exhilaration experienced at the summit.

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Cold Feet – Patsy Collins

1300 words Women’s Fiction

Committing your life to someone is a big decision, even when you love them and know you’re loved in return.

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Cold feet, that’s what everyone says I have. Every bride suffers them in the build up to her big day. It’s just the thought of standing before the alter in a beautiful dress and proclaiming your love before God for all to hear. That is a scary thought, especially for me as I am shy and softly spoken. He will hear me though and that’s what matters. I suppose my friends are right, it’s natural to be nervous. What if they’re wrong though? How do I know if I am doing the right thing?

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Coming Home – Patsy Collins

Coming Home1200 words Feel Good

It wasn’t easy for Terry to communicate with his new wife. That was partly due to the fact he was on deployment with the Royal Navy and partly because she was so busy with her own life and her ‘really nice’ new friend David.

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He’d phoned her on Tuesday, from the ship. He’d queued for over an hour waiting his turn. The communication system had been down for a fortnight and everyone was anxious to contact their loved ones. Twenty minutes each they were allowed, whenever the system was working. Terry had listened to the men before him, he couldn’t avoid it. They were assuring wives and mothers they were well and missing their family. Everyone was eager to prepare for their homecoming, just a few weeks away.

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Cooking the Books – Patsy Collins

Cooking the Books2000 words Women’s Fiction

Mary was a reasonably competent cook unless she tried to recreate one of her mother-in-law’s wonderful recipes. Her sister’s-in-law all seemed to have the same problem. Surely it couldn’t be entirely coincidence?

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Mary scraped the gooey pink mess into the dog’s bowl. Luckily Splash would eat anything and although it seemed a waste to give all that exotic seafood to a spaniel, it was better than throwing it away. Mary made herself a cup of tea and then re-read the recipe she’d copied into her notebook. No; she just couldn’t see where she’d gone wrong. She sighed. It had been a mistake to try and impress her husband with her culinary skills; it never worked. Besides he loved her for herself, not her abilities in the kitchen. She wouldn’t have bothered, except that woman, Mike’s mother, had made it all sound so easy.

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Copycat – Patsy Collins

1200 words Women’s Fiction

Melissa always gets what she wants. That wouldn’t be so bad except she always wants whatever Chloe has.

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Two days ago, I had my hair cut. I like to be different and my hairstyles often reflect that. This time I’ve really made a statement. It’s an asymmetric cut; very short above my left ear, spiralling around my shoulders down almost to my waist as it falls over my right shoulder. It’s vibrant red, except for blonde tips to my straight fringe. The look is dramatic and I’d thought it was original. Then I got a call from my hairdresser. “I’m really sorry, Chloe, but Melissa offered me an extra £100 to recreate your style.”

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Dear Andy – Patsy Collins

900 words Women’s Fiction

Her husband is a kind man still, but he’s nothing like Justin. Not seductively exciting and wild and new.

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‘Dear Andy,’ she writes. Can she do that; use an endearment to start the letter telling her husband she’s leaving? ‘Andy.’ Too hard. He is a dear man, just not the man Linda wants. ‘I want to tell you’, but she doesn’t want to. She wants Justin, but not to hurt anyone. Linda’s hurting. What will Andy do without her? Tears splash on the page. Linda crumples the letter and starts over.

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Diamond Disaster – Patsy Collins

1000 words Feel Good Story

Judie asked her husband not to go to any trouble for their sixtieth wedding anniversary. It seemed safest that way.

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“I’ve been thinking about our sixtieth anniversary, love,” Judie said. “Me too. I want to make it really special, make up for the times things haven’t always gone to plan.” She squeezed Will’s hand. “You don’t need to do that. Actually I thought it would be nice just to have a lazy day at home with no pressure. Invite the family round and just buy in the food. Something like that?” “If you’re sure that’s what you really want?”

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Digging for Victory – Patsy Collins

2000 words Women’s fiction

When Valerie’s fiancé dumped her just weeks before their planned wedding, she sank into a depression and doubted she’d ever find the strength to dig her way out.

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It’s funny the things that can change your life, I think as I glance at the clock. There is just time for me to dry my hair and apply some makeup if I hurry. Who would have thought that I’d be rushing around trying to fit everything into my busy life? Who’d ever have thought that I’d have three charming men vying for my attention? Not anyone who’d seen me a year ago, I’m sure. There’d have taken one look at me and thought ‘loser’. They’d have been right too.

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Dizzy – Patsy Collins

2000 word Feel Good

Dennis had made careful arrangements so he could be with his daughter when she gave birth. Dennis was reliable, unlike that man she’d married.

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Dennis answered his mobile. “Yes, love?” “Dad, I think I’ve started. I’m fine … but I’d like you to come if you can.” “Of course I can.” He said he’d be there, so he’d be there. Dennis, unlike some he could name, wasn’t the sort to let his darling Melanie give birth all alone. Dizzy! Even the man’s name sounded unreliable. Well, Dizzy had a very important photo shoot two weeks before his first child was due to be born and had gone swanning off to the Outer Hebrides. Honestly, you couldn’t make it up.

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Doing the RIght Thing – Patsy Collins

1000 words Women’s Fiction

Veronica always did the right thing without even thinking. Could she behave differently, even if she tried?

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Veronica switched on the TV and sank onto the sofa with a sigh. She reached for her cup of tea, ready to enjoy the last instalment of the drama she’d been following. The phone rang. She tried to ignore it, ten to one is was a salesman wanting to sell her a kitchen. The ringing continued. Maybe it was important. Veronica muted the television and answered the phone. “Hello, Aunt Veronica, I just wanted to thank you for sorting out all that trouble with Malcolm.”

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Drawing Conclusions – Patsy Collins

2000 words Women’s Fiction

Jean’s almost learned not to judge by appearances, but when she sees the tattooed man punch the bus driver she assumes he’s caused the crash which broke her granddaughter’s arm.

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Keeping tight hold of her granddaughter’s hand, Jean stepped onto the bus. She had to let go to pay the driver and put the tickets into her bag. “Don’t run, Millie. Wait for me.” It was too late; Millie had already selected a seat. Jean joined her, wishing Millie hadn’t sat so close to the big ugly man in the leather waistcoat. As Jean looked at the back of his shaved head and tattooed arms, she wondered why he was on a bus at all. Probably caught drink driving and lost his licence, she guessed.

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Easter at Eleanor’s – Patsy Collins

1500 words Feel Good

Eleanor was looking forward to having her young relations come for a visit. Surely caring for children couldn’t be as impossible as her friends and neighbours feared?

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Eleanor now understood why her great niece, Suzie, had sounded so grateful on the telephone. Suzie, heavily pregnant with her unexpected fourth baby, had called with the news that she was scheduled for a caesarean in just over a month’s time. “Please don’t worry too much about that, Suzie love. I believe it’s a routine procedure these days.” “I’m not worried about the operation, well not much anyway,” Suzie had assured her. “But you are worried about something?” Eleanor guessed.

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Easy Way Out – Patsy Collins

1650 words Feel Good Story

Anya thought she was doing the right thing by trying to learn English so why was Elizabeth so angry?

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Anya screwed up the pretty invitation cards and hurled them towards the bin. “What a waste of money!” she said. “I’d have done them if you’d just waited a minute,” Stavros, her husband replied. “No, I can’t keep taking the easy way out by letting you make all the arrangements and do all the paperwork.” As usual their conversation was conducted in Greek.

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Enchanting – Patsy Collins

1200 words Women’s Fiction

Some people deserved to be on the receiving end of a joke for once. Daphne used her powers of persuasion to see they were – and that they paid for the privilege.

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“Absolutely enchanting. You simply must have it,” Mademoiselle gushed as Daphne emerged from the changing room. Daphne, remembering the price tag, was not surprised at her enthusiasm. She stood before the mirror and smiled. “Mademoiselle’s right; you do look good,” Marie whispered. The dress was wonderful, suiting her perfectly. Her skin looked clearer, brighter as if her body lotion was for once living up to its advertising. Her long hair looked sleek instead of just straight. The colour rich and deep not just brown.

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Essence of Humour – 17 Short Stories

Cover paperbackHumour

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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Extra Gran – Patsy Collins

900 words Feel Good

It wasn’t until Lydia died that I remembered we didn’t really know who she was. It’s funny really, the things you can forget.

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“I’m sorry love, I know you’re upset, but we need to talk.” Darren took my hand, leading me away from the room in which the old lady lay dead. “We have to decide what we’re going to say,” he continued. “We’ll tell the children the truth; they’re old enough to understand.” “Of course they are; I didn’t mean them.” “Who then?” “The authorities.” “What authorities? What are you talking about?”

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Fairground Attraction – Patsy Collins

850 words Women’s Fiction

Some dares are just a bit of fun; friends egging each other on to try something new. Some dares have consequences that last a lifetime.

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“Go on, I dare you!” a boy’s voice called. Isabelle turned to see who was daring who to do what. The group of boys were much younger than her, about twelve or fourteen, she guessed, enjoying the freedom of a long summer evening at the start of the school holidays. The dare was simply to go on the ghost train and the boy, who was being urged to take a last ride before the fair closed for the night, didn’t look scared.

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Family Fortune – Patsy Collins

Family Fortune1000 words Feel Good

Clearly Angela’s boys had heard more than one argument. That was more worrying than how they’d come across the money to end them.

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“It was underneath that bench, Mum,” Peter told Angela. He pointed across the park. “The money for all this was under a bench? You should have handed it in to the Police.” “Sorry, Mum, we tried, but they said we should put it to good use.” “Who did?” “The policemen. We didn’t recognise them. Are there new people at the station, Dad?”

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