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‘It’s Duncan’ – Susan Wright

1000 words Women’s Fiction

Margaret is a sixty four year old widow. She’s usually very sensible and calm, but she feels like an excited teenager as she sits in her living room and waits for her phone to ring.

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Margaret had been expecting a phone call all evening, but she still jumped when the phone started ringing at twenty past nine. Her heart started hammering in her chest as well, but she managed to say hello in a reasonably normal voice. “So has he phoned?” her friend Pam asked. “No, not yet,” she replied. “How strange,” Pam said. “What time did he phone last night?” “The machine said it was ten past eight.” Margaret slumped back on the sofa and sighed. “Maybe he’s forgotten he said he’d phone.” “Yes, so maybe you should phone him!”

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8 Sycamore Close – Susan Wright

1400 words Women’s Fiction

Paula decides to go on an estate agent’s website during her lunch break. She’s been desperate to look at the details of a property in Sycamore Close ever since the For Sale board went up, and she thinks the house looks great, but her supervisor isn’t so impressed.

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As soon as all the other girls had clattered off to the canteen, Paula went on the Internet and started searching for the website of a local estate agent. She was desperate to take a look at 8 Sycamore Close. The For Sale board had gone up in the garden the day before, but she hadn’t been able to look at the details at her mother’s house.

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A Cunning Plan – Susan Wright

2300 words Women’s Fiction

Lucy is having lunch with her grandmother in a local pub. She thinks they have gone out to lunch instead of having their usual sandwiches because her grandmother has run out of bread, but it turns out that Joan has a cunning plan.

This story is included in the collection Six Stupid Sheep and Other Yarns

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Lucy had never been in The Red Lion before. She’d walked past it a few times in the past and concluded that it looked a bit of a dump, but it was actually quite nice inside, and there were loads of tempting dishes on the menu, but she was finding it very hard to decide what she should have to eat. She needed to concentrate, but her grandmother hadn’t stopped talking since they’d walked into the pub. First she’d gone on, in a very loud voice, about the landlord and his seedy past, then she’d moved on to her bunions and what the chiropodist had said, and for the last five minutes or so she’d been acting like a teenager and eyeing up all the single men!

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A Good Night’s Sleep – Susan Wright

1000 words Feel Good/Ghost Story

Geri is surprised when her husband tells her that she doesn’t need to phone her mother after dinner. She’s spoken to her mother every evening since her father died and she can’t work out what’s changed.

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As soon as she’d finished her dinner, Geri sat back in her chair and looked at her watch. “I’d better phone Mum,” she said. “Oh, you don’t need to,” her husband Matt replied as he stabbed his fork into his last chip. “I meant to tell you, love. She phoned earlier and I told her you were working late.” “Yeah, but no doubt she’s expecting me to phone her back.” Geri stood up and started walking across the room towards the phone. “I’ve spoken to her every evening since Dad died and…”

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A Past Life – Susan Wright

2400 words Women’s Fiction

Jenny is intrigued when her young son, Christopher, tells her that he remembers a past life. After asking him lots of questions, she finds out that he lived in Brighton before and suggests that they should go there to try and find the house where he once lived.

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

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Christopher didn’t choose the best time to tell me he’d lived before. I was dashing around getting the living room ready for an angel party when he came downstairs in his cute doggy pyjamas and blurted out the words. I stared at him in astonishment as he told me he could remember a woman who had been his mother before, and a tingle ran down my spine as he recalled living in a big red brick house, but there was furniture to move and nibbles to put out in the few minutes before Cassandra and my friends were due to arrive, so unfortunately I just didn’t have the time to ask him any questions or listen any more.

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A Toaster or a Kettle – Susan Wright

1200 words Women’s Fiction

Young Emily is not impressed when she puts some Christmas presents under the tree on Christmas Eve. There are already some presents there from her father to her mother and they don’t look very exciting. It looks as if Ian’s been buying household appliances again.

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As soon as she’d put Emily’s presents under the tree, Rachel poured herself a sherry and sat down on the sofa, thinking how brilliant it was that everything was ready for Christmas. It was only ten past six on Christmas Eve, but she’d prepared the sprouts, made the mince pies and wrapped all the presents already. When Emily had been young, she’d often been up doing things in the early hours of Christmas Day, but it had been easy to disappear off into her bedroom with the presents and the wrapping paper while Emily had been watching a movie that afternoon, and it hadn’t taken very long at all to wrap everything up.

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All Because of a Book – Susan Wright

1800 words Ghost Story

Soon after buying an amazing book about ghosts in a charity shop, Lucy drives miles to visit the widow of the man who wrote the book. The old lady invites Lucy in and as the two women talk, it becomes clear just how amazing the book really is.

This story is included in the collection Six Stupid Sheep and Other Yarns

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As she sat down on the black leather sofa, Lucy smiled at the old lady she’d come to visit and marvelled at how her life had changed. Just days before, she’d been thinking how boring everything was, but since then she’d seen a ghost, been to a police station and driven further than she’d ever driven before – and all because of a book! The old lady she’d come so far to see was the widow of the man who had written the book, and she’d been surprisingly welcoming when Lucy had turned up out of the blue. She’d hardly reacted when Lucy had told her that she’d come to talk about the book, and she hadn’t batted any eyelid when Lucy had explained how she’d got the address from the publisher. She’d just told Lucy her Christian name and invited her to come in.

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All My Life – Susan Wright

1600 words Women’s Fiction

It’s an ordinary day in the coffee shop until a man leaves the queue and dashes across to a woman sitting at a table, so he can tell her that he’s been looking for her all his life.

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I was sitting in the coffee shop near my house when a man of about my age left the queue and dashed across to my table. “Oh, it is you!” he cried out at the top of my voice. “I’ve been looking for you all my life!” “Yeah, right,” I said, rolling my eyes. “No, I have,” he insisted, as he pulled out a chair and sat down opposite me. “I can remember all sorts of things from a past life and you used to be my wife!” “Yeah, right,” I said again. “Look, I’ve heard some chat up lines in my time, but…” “No, it’s true,” he interrupted. “We were married once, honestly, we were.” I sighed and looked into his eyes. “And when was this, then?”

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An Angel’s Eyes – Susan Wright

2100 words Women’s Fiction

It’s Kirsty’s twenty-seventh birthday and she’s having her tea at her parent’s house. She’s feeling excited because she’s going to a club with her boyfriend later, but her parents are worried that she might drink too much and end up in hospital like she did the year before.

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Kirsty finished work early on her twenty-seventh birthday, and after she’d dashed round the shops to find a new pair of shoes to wear that night, she got in her car and drove to her parent’s house, where her mother had put on an old fashioned spread. There were dainty sandwiches, little quiches, sausage rolls and a scrumptious looking chocolate birthday cake. “Oh, this is lovely,” Kirsty enthused, when she’d blown the candles out and tried a piece of the cake. “You make a brilliant sponge, Mum. You really ought to set up a little business. I’m sure there are loads of people out there who would buy your home-made cakes.”

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Another Lecture – Susan Wright

1200 words Women’s fiction

Bill feels mixed emotions when he hears his granddaughter coming in his front door. He loves Ruth dearly, but he knows he’s going to get another lecture because he’s been buying second-hand books again.

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When Bill heard his granddaughter coming in the front door, he finished his phone call and let out a sigh. No doubt he was about to get another lecture. Ruth couldn’t understand his obsession with books at all. Week after week she had a go at him about all the piles of books on his living room carpet, and she was probably going to really lose it today because he’d just bought another two bags of hardbacks at a jumble sale. “Hi love,” he said as soon as she appeared in the living room doorway. “How was college today?”

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Betty’s Surprise Birthday Party – Susan Wright

6000 words Women’s Fiction

As Lorraine and her husband walk towards the village hall where a surprise birthday party is being held, Lorraine tells Sean about the people he is about to meet. She thinks she knows the villagers well, but the party turns out to be more surprising than she could have imagined.

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Betty’s surprise birthday party was held in the village hall on a Saturday evening in January. Quite a few people were invited, and as my husband and I left home and started walking towards the hall, I decided I ought to give him a brief rundown on some of the major characters he was going to meet. Since we’d moved to the village a few months before, he’d spent most of his time sitting on trains, but I’d volunteered to do some hours at the charity shop in the high street so I felt as if I knew some of the villagers pretty well.

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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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Comments – Susan Wright

1000 words Women’s Fiction

Helen is fascinated when she comes across an online newspaper article about her husband’s death, and even more fascinated by all the comments people have made.

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As Helen sat at her computer desk and read the comments under the online newspaper article, she took a sip of her wine and wondered why on earth people spent so much of their time sticking their noses into other people’s business. The story about her husband had attracted hundreds of comments and she wouldn’t be at all surprised if people had started tweeting about Richard as well.

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Elaine’s Epiphany – Susan Wright

1400 words Women’s Fiction

Elaine Smith has an epiphany exactly fifty minutes before she finishes work on a Thursday afternoon, and afterwards, she can’t help thinking that it couldn’t have happened at a better time.

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Elaine Smith had her epiphany exactly fifty minutes before she finished work on a Thursday afternoon, and afterwards, she couldn’t help thinking that it couldn’t have happened at a better time. If it had happened half an hour later, she wouldn’t have had time to plan everything, and if she’d seen the light half an hour earlier, she might well have mulled everything over and decided it was too much effort to change.

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Evie – Susan Wright

1600 words Women’s Fiction

As a result of her husband’s affair, Angela has had to move into an old house with her teenage son, Liam. At first, she is worried that her son’s singing and guitar playing will disturb the neighbours, but as it turns out, Liam’s talent changes both their lives.

This story is included in the collection Six Stupid Sheep and Other Yarns

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I can’t be certain, of course, but I suspect that things would have turned out quite differently if we’d moved into the house in the winter. Nobody would have heard Liam singing if the windows had all been closed, but as it was, his beautiful voice drifted out into the garden on that very first morning while I was inspecting the foul and neglected fishpond and our new next door neighbour abandoned the washing she’d been hanging out and hurried across to the garden fence so she could speak to me.

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Feeling Guilty – Susan Wright

2000 words Women’s Fiction

As she takes a sip of her tea, Sarah thinks about the situation she’s got herself into and wonders how she’s going to put her thoughts into words. She’s in a strange living room with two men she’s never met before, feeling very guilty about something she’s done.

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I don’t usually have trouble putting my thoughts into words. I teach the reception class at school, so I’m quite used to saying things in the simplest of terms, but I didn’t know where to start when I found myself sitting in a strange living room with two men I’d only just met. I couldn’t work out whether I should tell the whole story or just get to the crux of the matter and tell them what I’d done. “Right,” I said, after I’d taken a sip of the tea the grandson had poured me. “This is really difficult, but I’ve been feeling really guilty about something I’ve done.”

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Footsteps in the Night – Susan Wright

1500 words Ghost Story

Angie is shocked when she discovers who is haunting her house – and even more shocked when she finds out what she needs to do to get rid of the ghost.

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After she’d switched the engine off, Angie stared at the white bungalow and sighed. She wasn’t at all sure that she was going to be brave enough to go and knock on the door. The old man she’d come to see had lived in her house once, and one of her neighbours had told her he knew all about the footsteps in the night, but talking to him about the ghost was going to be terrifying, she thought, as she took a deep breath and tried to calm down.

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For Donkey’s Ears – Susan Wright

1200 words Women’s Fiction

Vivienne is looking after her granddaughter, Lily, and after the post arrives, they start talking about Vivienne’s penfriend Erna.

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“It’s all bills, Grandma,” Lily said as she handed Vivienne her post. “Yes, I expect it is,” Vivienne laughed, realising that her little granddaughter was repeating something she’d heard at home. “I hardly ever get anything other than bills these days, but I was hoping for a letter from my penfriend.” Lily frowned. “Your penfriend? What’s a penfriend?” “It’s somebody you write to,” Vivienne explained, as she checked the envelopes to make sure that there wasn’t a letter from Erna. “I’ve been writing to my penfriend for donkey’s years.” “Donkey’s ears?

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Full of Intrigue and Excitement – Susan wright

1000 words Women’s Fiction

Claire is amused when she reads her horoscope at work and learns that her month is going to be ‘full of intrigue and excitement’. The month has only just begun and she’s already intrigued.

This story is included in the collection Six Stupid Sheep and Other Yarns

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As soon as she’d put the phone down, Claire flicked through her magazine, found the horoscopes and broke into a grin. Usually the predictions for Geminis didn’t seem to apply to her at all, but this time the astrologer was spot on. He reckoned her month was going to be full of intrigue and excitement, and that was exactly how her month had begun! About twenty minutes earlier Alison had come out into the reception area and caught sight of her next customer.

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In the Kitchen With a Knife – Susan Wright

85,000 words Cosy Crime Novel

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When Caroline decides to rent a cottage in West Sussex, she focuses on the fact that it is cheap to rent and disregards its history.

She needs a bolt-hole, so that she can escape from her abusive husband and get on with her writing in peace, and Riverbank Cottage seems ideal – until she moves in.

Her neighbours take up too much of her time, and are keen to talk about the events that happened in the cottage in the past.

Two people were murdered there. In the kitchen with a knife. The killer was never caught, and before long, Caroline is neglecting her writing so that she can try to get to the bottom of the mystery, putting her own life at risk.

She has a feeling that the killer is still around, but it can’t be the good looking man she saw in the pub, can it? Or is Toby not what he seems?

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Invisible – Susan Wright

1000 words Women’s Fiction

Mags has lost a lot of weight, and one Monday she goes into work wearing a smart black trouser suit, which shows her figure off. Her assistant, Emma, isn’t keen on her new look, but Mags is hoping that she will attract the attention of a salesman called Matt.

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I feel a bit embarrassed admitting it now, but I spent hours trying on clothes before I decided what I should buy to wear to work on that Monday. I didn’t want to look so dressed up that it was obvious what I was up to, but I didn’t want to fade into the background either like I’d always done in the past, so I went for a black trouser suit and a pin striped blouse in the end.

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Lily the Pink – Susan Wright

1400 words Women’s Fiction

When she’s driving home after her first anger management session, Michelle spots a shocking pink Mini parked on her ex’s drive. After pulling over to the side of the road, she phones her best friend, Sarah, and feels the anger mounting inside her.

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Michelle was on her way home after her first anger management session when she saw the vile pink Mini parked on Josh’s drive. For a moment, she was tempted to screech to a halt, sling her car into reverse and crash into the horrible thing, but something the counsellor had said must have got through to her, because after pulling over to the side of the road, she took a few deep breaths, snatched up her mobile and called her best friend Sarah instead.

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Little White Feathers – Susan Wright

1400 words Feel Good / Ghost Story

Mel has been lying to her son. She’s not proud of herself, but she only told him a lie because she thought it might help him.

 

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When Mel heard her son going out of the back door, she looked across the living room at her husband and waited for him to speak. “Well,” she said, after a few seconds when he’d done nothing but glare at her, “aren’t you going to have a go at me?” “What would be the point?” Ben replied, as he slumped back into his chair. “I couldn’t believe it when you started telling our son a complete pack of lies, Mel, but I didn’t say anything then, and it seems pretty pointless saying anything now! If you’d told me what you were planning to do…

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My Double – Susan Wright

2000 words Women’s Fiction

A young woman isn’t sure how she feels when she discovers that she has a double. She thinks the whole thing is a bit spooky, but she’s intrigued as well, so she sets out to find Laura, little knowing that her life is about to change.

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“I’ve found out who she is,” I called out as soon as I got back from the hairdresser’s. “Who who is?” my husband shouted back. “My double,” I explained, as I hurried into the living room and sat down next to him on the sofa. “She’s called Laura.” He gasped. “She’s not.” “She is,” I said. “Her name’s Laura Miller and she’s a chef as well!” “She’s not!” Jon gasped again and put his book aside. “How did you find all this out?” “The girl at the hairdresser’s told me,” I said, my voice trembling as I tried to come to terms with it all. “Apparently, this Laura’s a regular in there.”

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One of My Dreams – Susan Wright

2800 words Women’s Fiction

Hannah has been looking forward to her friend’s wedding for months, but the day is ruined for her when she has one of her dreams the night before and becomes convinced that her boyfriend is about to murder her.

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I’d been looking forward to my friend Natalie’s wedding for months, but my excitement turned to dread when I had one of my dreams the night before the event. As my boyfriend drove me towards the hotel, I recognised the building and felt my heart hammering in my chest, and when we’d been shown to our room, I just sank down on to the bed and wished that I could be anywhere else in the world. “Wow! It’s lovely, isn’t it?” Adam enthused, as he went to the window and looked out at the grounds. “Natalie’s parents must be pretty wealthy to be able to put people up in a place like this.”

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