Adrenalin Rush – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
3000 words Adventure / Romance
When Cindy’s husband Mark talks her into a dive holiday in the hope to re-ignite their tired relationship, she never thought she would be instrumental in saving his life.
It was meant to be the holiday of a lifetime, a trip with friends and time together to bring back the old magic we’d once shared, my husband Mark won me over with his words. It wasn’t that we were unhappy, but after twenty years of marriage, we’d lost the old spark, and life had got in the way, as it does in many marriages, with the challenge of bringing up children and balancing a career. And so I said yes to the dive trip. It was our first morning, and I woke to the chorus of birds outside our room. Mark was draped around me and sweet memories of our lovemaking lingered. The holiday looked to be full of the magic he’d promised… that was until I stepped onto the dive boat.
By My Side – Romance Collection
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
‘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
Castaway Dreaming – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
A lifetime ago Suzanne fell in love with a Fijian man while on holiday at Castaway Island. She accepts his proposal of marriage but on her return to America – to tidy up her affairs – reality hits with a vengeance and she doesn’t return to the man she loves. Years later she finds herself in a position to return to Castaway and while exploring old haunts discovers more than she’d bargained for.
‘The Island is approximately five Ks from end to end. It’s sandy here but is rocky most of the way. Are you sure you’re up to it.’ Suzanne’s companion looked at her with eyebrows raised. ‘Sami, I might be twenty years your senior but I’m not an invalid.’ She got the impression he disliked her. ‘Lead on.’ Sami’s reply was lost as he turned into the wind. His hair whipped back from his handsome Fijian face and Suzanne’s stomach lurched. He looked like someone she once knew. Damn, she hadn’t wanted a guide, but if she had to have one why did he have to look like Michael. She’d told the resort management she’d walked Castaway Island many times in the past. But they deemed it foolish a woman venturing to the furthest side of the island alone and so Samisoni was summoned.
Cruising – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
2875 words Romance
Julia Morgan takes a journey on a luxury cruise liner, to help heal her past and move into the future.
Julia Morgan stood framed in the doorway of her balcony suite and gazed across the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea. In the distance, the ancient city of Zadar glistened in the early morning sun. She dropped her vision back to the information sheet. It told a sad story of a city torn apart by hundreds of years of war and conflict. The people of Zadar had suffered, and along with the beautiful city, deserved a breather. She lifted her eyes from the page, her thoughts drifting. She identified with the need for peace. Her life had held little of that in recent years.
Diamond Trail – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
3000 words Romance
Edward Petersen finds more than he bargained for when he stumbles across a campsite on the Cooper Creek that is occupied by his lost love.
This story is available in the collection Came as ‘Me’ Left as ‘We’
Two kilometres away, on the dusty plain, a thin line of smoke caught Edward Peterson’s eye. Through his binoculars, he watched it rise through a wall of dense shrub that followed a line, Edward guessed marked a section of the Cooper Creek. It had been a few years since he’d last travelled this way. However, years of travelling through outback Australia, where he’d been searching to make his fortune in opal and diamonds now found him back. He’d travelled full circle; the lure of home was too strong to resist.
Diamonds are Forever – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
2875 words Romance
Alexander Henderson is forced to revisit his past when the woman he once loved, turns up to buy his gold mine.
A little before sunrise, while the land lay white and delicate in the grip of frost, Alexander Henderson hunkered down into his woollen scarf and plunged his hands deep into the pockets of his fleece. It was the time of day that brought with it the cold wind that chilled a man through to the bone. Lifting his eyes and searching the sky, Alexander stared ahead through his binoculars. The darkness was drawing back and with each second it enlarged his circle of vision. He saw it then, what he searched for, a speck on the edge of the land, moving fast toward where he waited, obscured by a grove of eucalypt trees.
Houseboat Dreaming – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
2900 words Fantasy / Women’s Fiction
Michael Delaray had it all, a successful business, loving wife and doting children. So why is he on a houseboat, on the beautiful River Murray, alone? The empty bottles of liquor aren’t helping him resolve his problems and just when he sees no way forward a fairy forces him to confront his troubles head on.
From the deck of his houseboat, Michael Delaray shielded his eyes as he looked across a stretch of muddy water, towards the sandstone cliffs towering above the Murray River. The morning sunlight and squawking cockatoos weren’t helping the liquor related thrashing going on behind his eyes. He needed headache pills to dull the pain. He turned from the view to go back inside when a voice stopped him. ‘Hello! Oi you, Ciao.’ Michael turned toward the riverbank where he’d moored the houseboat the previous day. He saw nothing but dry vegetation. And now I’m hearing voices. How much did I drink last night? He turned back to the door.
Love in Istanbul – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
3000 word Romance
Sally doesn’t plan on falling in love with a Turkish man but when she meets Mos it is love at first sight. When his visa expires, Mos returns home with a plan to emigrate to Australia. When his correspondence stops, Sally and her best friend Dorothy go to Istanbul to find him. The challenge to find one man amongst twenty million leaves Sally desolate and despondent. However, Dorothy finds a lead and they face a challenge of a different kind when they follow it.
‘Suck it into your lungs!’ I stared at my best friend, Dorothy, and frowned. ‘I am.’ ‘Not enough,’ she giggled. ‘Oh for goodness sake, Sally, give it back to me.’ I handed over the water pipe. ‘It’s okay for you, you’re a smoker.’ She laughed. ‘You do it like this.’ I watched her pop the hose tip into her mouth and draw the smoke deep into her lungs. She looked at me from across the table as she expertly blew smoke rings at me.
Monaco Connection – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
3000 words Romance
Suzanna Grimaldi never doubted her husband, until she found him in the arms of another woman.
‘Suzanna, Suzanna, please will you listen.’ Roberto called from the deck of his yacht. Suzanna Grimaldi, heard his voice evaporate into the distance, as she fled from the yacht. She needed to put as much space as possible between herself and her husband. How could he have betrayed her in this way? He was her love, her life. What had he been doing with that woman? She felt devastated. She swung around, to take a final look in his direction. He stood tall, waving his powerful arms around in frustration. He was so good looking – no mere mortal should look like a Greek God. But Roberto was special.
Run From The Sun – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
3000 words Romance / Adventure
Peta loves her life in the desert and wants her fiancée Alex to experience her love and passion. As a photographer, he loves the colour and diversity of life, but an encounter with a snake leaves not only his life in the balance, but their future.
This story is included in the collection By My Side
The ochre sand dune jutted above the desert plain and from where I sat atop my mare, Twilight, the surrounding view of the barren landscape found here in far north South Australia, left me breathless. The Desert Oaks and Spinifex held together the fragile earth and offered shelter to many small creatures. The diversity of the land continued to captivate me, and I couldn’t think of anywhere else I would rather live. I looked across at my fiancée, Alex, sitting atop my stallion, Eclipse. He sat slumped comfortably in his seat, his legs thrust forward and sitting well back. Considering he’d not been born to the saddle, he rode like a pro and in comparison my upright posture exposed my years of riding the show circuit. How I wished I could change it to look as cool as he did.
The Sound of Thunder – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
7860 words Romance
CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE
Outback station owner Nicola Hunt thought she had it all, until she returned home unexpectedly and found her husband in the arms of her best friend. On her stallion Silver Thunder, she raced against the desert elements to escape the nightmare scene.
It was twilight, that special time between sunset and dusk, with the distinctive quality of ambient light so sought after by photographers and painters and known to them as the blue hour. Nicola Hunt recognised none of these qualities only the shadows dancing across the track she rode her stallion along. She did know she needed to reach her destination before she lost all light, and it was fading fast. It was the way in the desert of outback South Australia during the winter months, the nights drew in as did the cold.
Two Worlds Collide – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights
4400 words Romance
A rich girl, a butcher’s son, a baby and two worlds collide.
The icy wind came over the sea, lashing the street in sleeting rain and forcing Paul back to the doorway of his father’s butcher shop. As the wind sliced through his fleece, he hunkered down further into it, hands deep in trouser pockets and chin lost beneath a thick red scarf bunched around his neck. The scarf, a gift from his girlfriend, rarely left his neck during the week’s cold snap. The rain was falling harder, and he squinted through it at the grey Mercedes that turned down the street. It cruised towards the shop, and Paul’s eyes widened and creased with a smile.