A Test of Friendship – Rosemary J. Kind

1800 words Humour

Annie’s body clock is ticking and she still wants to have children of her own. Advertising in the paper to find a lifelong partner is all very well, but these things take time and time is the one thing she doesn’t have. Maybe she could skip the lifelong part, but that still leaves her with advertising…

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“Do you have a better suggestion?” Annie poured another glass of chardonnay and sat back on the settee. Her lustrous brown bob framed her grinning face. She angled the fluffy white teddy to wave his paw at her friend. “You’re bonkers. You could adopt.” Karen shook her head in disbelief. “And telling me that Bear needs a pair of little arms to hold him is no justification. You could have left him in the store.” “It’s all right for you. You have men queuing up, with your blonde hair and blue eyes. I’ve tried internet dating and where did that get me? And you know I can’t walk past a Mothercare store without going in.” Annie threw the newspaper down on the table. The page was folded so that the advert was uppermost.

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Alfie’s Woods – Rosemary J. Kind

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48,000 words Fantasy

Four ‘5 * reviews’ on Amazon

Alfie is fascinated when Hedgehog is recaptured following his escape from the Woodland Prison. Too young to understand money laundering, Alfie assumes that Hedgehog should be given sympathy for washing his money.
Hedgehog, overwhelmed that any other creature should care about him, finds the strength to change his life. As an ex-convict Hedgehog meets with opposition at every step and it is only the faith of his friends and their unwavering support that enables him to turn his life round.
Alfie’s Woods is a story of the power of friendship and the difference it can make to all of us.

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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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Changing Places – Rosemary J. Kind

1800 words Women’s Fiction / Humour

A change is as good as a rest. When the summer holidays come round if you can’t afford a swanky holiday maybe there’s another way to bring about change. Lizzie thinks she’s found the perfect solution to amuse her while her friends are off in the sun.

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“I haven’t even asked you yet what you’re doing for the ‘ols?” Lizzie grinned at her friend as the conveyor belt between them slowed to a stop. “I’m off to Lanzarote tonight, just self-catering, mind,” shouted Dora, pushing her overall into her bag. “What about you?” “Let’s just say I’m ‘oping to pick up a good last minute deal,” Lizzie replied, removing her hairnet from her greying brown hair. She’d been saving as hard as she could, but there was very little she could do with the sort of money she’d put by…

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Essence of Humour – 17 Short Stories

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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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From Story Idea to Reader – Patsy Collins & Rosemary J. Kind

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From Story Idea to Reader is an easily accessible guide to writing fiction. Whether you are brushing up on your writing skills or starting out, this book will take you through the whole process from inspiration to conclusion. No matter if you are looking to submit your work for publication, enter a competition, or want to self-publish, this practical guide will help you every step of the way.

Between them, Patsy Collins and Rosemary Kind have sold hundreds of short stories, written sixteen published books and produced numerous articles for Writing Magazine and similar publications. They’ve both judged writing competitions and run workshops, and Rosemary has read and edited thousands of short stories and published dozens of books for other writers.

With the information, help and encouragement in this book, you too could see your work in print.

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Lovers Take Up Less Space – Rosemary J Kind

9780956965905Lovers Take up Less Space is a humorous review of the addictive misery of commuting on

London Underground. A blow by blow account of everything from how to find breathing space on a packed Tube train, to the psychological torture of your fellow passengers eating a fresh hot bag of chips and not passing them round. It includes games to transform underground travel from a necessary evil to a spare time recreational activity, together with surprising facts and figures answering questions you had not yet thought to ask.

Not for the faint hearted. This book will open your eyes to experiences your senses have long since ignored in the interest of sanity.

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Paris – Rosemary J. Kind

1600 words Women’s Fiction / Humour

Working in a customer facing role when you don’t suffer fools gladly was never going to be a success for Jenny, but how else could she earn enough money to visit her boyfriend in Paris? This job was going to be different, until a lady wants to place an advert for her lost dog, Trixie!

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“If you’re away from your desk or can’t take a call, don’t forget to sign out of your phone. And what are the circumstances in which you can be away from your desk?” Jenny hated these little pep talks from Mr Clarke every week at the sales meeting. “Death and authorised holiday.” Craig rolled his eyes. “That’s right Craig. Now team it’s almost 8 o’clock. Remember your December targets and there’s a weekend in Paris for the one who sells the most. Now, go team.”

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Pet Dogs Democratic Party Manifesto – Rosemary J Kind

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Man’s best friend deserves to be heard. For too long pets have been seen as the underdogs, working tirelessly for little more than a pat on the head.  It is time for the country to go to the dogs literally instead of metaphorically; for the prejudice we dogs face to be swept aside; time to vote for a more equal society, a more just society.

It is time to vote for a society in which two-legs and four-legs stand together; a society in which man and dog work in partnership for a better future for us all.

A vote for the Pet Dogs Democratic Party is a vote for your best friend, a vote for the most loyal companion you will ever have and one who wants what’s best for dog and man together.

Vote PDDP!

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Princess Isabella and the Tale of the Three Wishes – Rosemary J. Kind

2500 words Fairytale / Humour

Isabella is not like other princesses, she has a successful career, but seems to have missed out on the happy ever after. After a long absence, her fairy godmother arrives on the scene, but can she be trusted to get things right?

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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess. She had buck teeth and thick-lensed glasses, but she was a beautiful princess none the less. Isabella had tried to find her prince charming, but it hadn’t gone well, so she booked herself on a city break to Nice. Normally, fairy godmothers aren’t the sort of people you see much of. They appear occasionally for birthdays and Christmases. Generally they’re conspicuous by their absence. You can imagine Isabella’s surprise as she sat enjoying a glass of wine in the sunshine, when who should arrive, but her fairy godmother, a tall, elegant woman, who oozed brisk efficiency.

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Shadow of the Past – Rosemary J Kind

1600 words Feel Good / Women’s Fiction

Iris has been faithful to the memory of ‘her Jim’ for many years. She would do nothing to disrespect that memory, even if that meant forgoing the chance of happiness in her later years. But do the two things really have to be exclusive?

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His was the fourth name down as I looked at the page headed ‘6th September’ in the Book of Remembrance at the Crematorium. I knew the entry by heart, but read the words aloud, as though performing some sort of ritual. In a way, I suppose I was. ‘James McCreedy my darling husband. Love as always Iris.’ I still felt numb as I looked at the page and there was always that same cool air and almost musty smell, tinged with the scent of flowers. The lighting wasn’t bright in the Remembrance Room, adding to the impression of faded reverence.

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The Appearance of Truth – Rosemary J Kind

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12 5* reviews on Amazon

The Appearance of Truth charts one woman’s search for identity. Following the death of both her parents, Lisa Forster has little idea of her family history, but it is only at the age of thirty, when she begins to research her family tree as part of a bet with her friend Pete Laundon, that she discovers that her birth certificate is really that of a baby who died at the age of four months old. She is faced with the questions of: Who is she? Why was she never told? And who was the baby?

As she begins to search for information with Pete’s help, Lisa faces one dead end after another. Do her answers lie in finding Uncle Laurence, the uncle that was never mentioned by her father? Or is the truth contained in the hunch of Matt Kirby, photographer with the Southingham Express?

Lisa’s story is intertwined with the moving tale of her parents and the baby whose birth certificate she has.

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The Dig – Rosemary J. Kind

2200 words General Fiction

An archaeological dig in a quiet Yorkshire village turns up some unexpected treasure from the Crusades. However, Annabelle Thomas, the presenter of TV’s ‘Digging up History’ has other ideas than to let, producer and ex-lover, Johnny Bryant take the credit.

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“Cameras, action!” “Welcome to Digging up History. I’m Annabelle Thomas and this week we are in North Yorkshire at a site that has been at the heart of much speculation and rumour. Originally thought to be the site of a great battle, we’ve come to ask the question ‘Whose remains are these?’” “Cut. That was great Annabelle. From there we’ll swing round to the area that’s already been excavated and talk about the age of the bones you’ve found.” Johnny Bryant, the director, showed no signs of his previous relationship with Annabelle. Twelve years cast aside as though it was just another pile of sand to be brushed off some ancient relic.

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The Embers of the Day – Rosemary J. Kind

2200 words Women’s Fiction

In his final days a grandfather teaches his beloved grandson to see the world with his heart and soul and not just his eyes, as his grandson learns that those we love will always be with us.

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“Stop fussing, Freda. Let the boy come in.” Papa lay back against the pillows wheezing, his skin looked paper thin, his frail hand reaching across the bedspread, quilted by his wife all those years ago. He remembered its many blue and white pieces and the hours it took her to stitch it, in the early years of their marriage. The breeze from the open window was a welcome sensation across his face. “But you heard what the doctor said, Papa, you need to rest.” Freda tidied the covers of her father’s bed and took his hand. It was hard to see her father like this; he had been such a strong support for her over the last few years. Even since the old man’s eyesight had failed, he hadn’t stopped taking care of the family.

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The Lifetracer – Rosemary J. Kind

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4 5* review on Amazon

When Connor Bancroft is asked to investigate a death threat, sent on a countdown clock, he is unwittingly drawn into a complex story of revenge. He uncovers a series of murders, apparently linked only by the clock left with the victim.

Connor is more used to dealing with infidelity than murder and is nowhere close to solving the crimes. Now, his eight year old son, Mikey’s life is in danger and Connor has little time left to find out –

Who is The Lifetracer?

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The Perfect Crime – Rosemary J. Kind

4300 words Crime / Humour

Matthew Wilbright wants a divorce from his childless marriage to Laura. Given it is because he still wants the chance to have a family heir, Laura might be forgiven for being a little resentful. Her response is to devise the ideal solution to her problems. But perfect plans don’t always go quite as intended!

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“Laura, thanks for looking after my little darlings while I was away.” “Don’t mention it, the pleasure was all mine.” I smiled down the phone. If only Rebecca knew what I’d done. “I was quite worried about you before I went. You seemed very low. Is there anything I can do?” “I’m fine now. Really I am and believe me when I say I appreciate everything you’ve already done.” Every little thing! I grinned. “Well if you’re sure. I’ll see you next week.” “Yes, bye.” I put the phone down and nodded to myself, yes I was fine.

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The Queen Bites Back – Rosemary J. Kind

2000 words Humour / Fairytale

The Queen feels that she has been wholly misrepresented in her dealings with Snow White. It’s always hard for a step-mother to get a fair hearing and when the child is a real ‘daddy’s girl’ it’s going to be harder than normal. Tom, the reporter who has the chance of interviewing the Queen, to put her side of the story, is almost taken in – Almost!

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“It’s all very well that we step mothers get a bad name,” said Ariadne, fluttering her eyelashes and swishing her raven black hair into place. “A doe-eyed child cries foul and their dear daddy believes them. Well things are never as simple as they seem and Snow White wasn’t the perfect little miss that she’s made out to be. Oh, she could act the part when it came to visitors, but living with her was an altogether different matter.” Her eyelids descended slowly as a look of sadness fluttered across her face.

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The Wall of Shoes – Rosemary J. Kind

1300 words Feel Good When Elsie moves home the most important thing to sort out is the wall of shoes. The shoes are never more essential than when one of her new neighbours dubs her a batty old woman and takes exception to her range of friends. Her other neighbour is wise enough to ask Elsie what it all means and is humbled by the reply.

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“Don’t stand on ceremony, come through. I was just putting the kettle on. If I can find it amongst this lot.” Elsie laughed as she led Anne and Sylvia through to the kitchen. “We just wanted to welcome you to Highfield Close. It’s a very nice area. We do hope you’ll fit in.” Anne looked sternly at Sylvia who held out the flowers to their new neighbour.

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Thrice Upon a Time – Fairytale Collection

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4 5* Reviews on Amazon

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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