A Kiss on Route 66 – Theresa Van Meter

6800 word Romance

Marshall is from England, and on his first holiday to the United States.  He plans on cruising Route 66.  Betty, his reluctant hostess, has dreamed of visiting England, for years.  During their cruise they are kidnapped by crazed gunmen.  Will they live and find love on Route 66?

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Betty stared at the computer screen and sighed. She inhaled deeply and could almost smell the fragrant English countryside, or at least what she imagined the scent would be like. “What’s wrong?” Christina asked. She opened the microwave oven and pulled out a steaming cup of hot water, then plopped a tea bag into it. Betty frowned. “That’s not the proper way to have tea.” “Why not? I’ve seen you do it before.” “Maybe so, but it’s still not the proper way.” Christina glanced at the computer screen. “I should have known. Are you dreaming about England again?”

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Acting Like a Teenager – Theresa Van Meter

800 word Romance

Karen is independent and wants to stay that way.  She’s searching for a home that could easily be modified to aging-in-place standards.  She finds a house that could meet her needs.  She also meets a man that her daughter claims has her, “acting like a teenager.”

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I pulled the rental car beside a white utility van with the red letters, J & J Remodeling. I opened the car’s door and I was greeted with the sweet scent of roses from the well-tended landscape. A man wearing brown coveralls walked around the van toward me. He smiled and his eyes crinkled. His smile was contagious and I smiled, too. I held out my hand, “Hi, my name is Karen Davis.”

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Buried Treasure – Theresa Van Meter

800 words Romance

This is a story about Della and her search for treasure chests for the annual kid’s treasure hunt.  She searches two counties and even online.   Her search is finally successful.   The hunt has led her to uncover a treasure from her past.

This story is included in the collection By My Side

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I stood outside the store and held my hand on the door handle for a moment and sighed. I looked in through the door’s window and noticed jars of candy lining the front counter. It reminded me of a store I visited as a child. I took a deep breath and opened the door and a bell jangled. A man’s muffled voice from a back room said, “I’ll be right, out.”

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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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Christmas is Canceled – Theresa Van Meter

5300 words Christmas / Christian Fiction

Susan storms back into Craig’s life and stops him from feeding the hungry.  She also helps to get Christmas canceled.  Can Craig thaw Susan’s heart and also help save Christmas?

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Susan squeezed her slender body in front of another woman who was holding a little girl’s hand. Then, she started slamming her fist on the door. A man shouted over her shoulder, “Hey, lady, Linda and Erin were there first, you need to get behind me.” Susan squinted at the man who was last in the line. “We’ll just see about this.” She pounded her fist harder on the door. The door opened and a man stood in the doorway with his mouth hanging open. “Well, are you just going to stand there?” She put her hands on her hips and scowled at him. “I want to know why those people are standing in line.” She flung her arm to the side like she was throwing a softball.

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Fortune Cookies and Kisses – Theresa Van Meter

1000 words Romance

Tina’s mom decides to move into town.  To help her mom, Tina meets Thomas-a real estate agent.  Tina’s thoughts are filled with memories of his dreamy brown eyes.  She thinks, I’m fifty, and thinking like a kid.  Will she date Thomas?  Perhaps, she’ll find an answer in a fortune cookie.

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I slid off my high heel shoes and sighed. The moment I plopped onto the couch the phone rang. I glanced at the caller ID and picked up the receiver on the third ring. “Hello, Mom.” “How did it go? Did you like him? It’s been a while since I saw his mom, but we talked on the phone and we thought you two would make a good couple.” “Sorry, Mom it didn’t work out. The date has been over for hours. I was at the office catching up on some work.”

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Garden of Love – Theresa Van Meter

1100 word Romance

Elizabeth discovers a photograph of her grandmother in a garden.  She decides to try to give her grandmother a gift for her ninetieth birthday-a new community garden.  In her quest, she meets Kent and they have a shocking attraction.  Kent supports the garden, but no one else is interested, yet.

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“Lisa, come look at what I found in the attic.” Elizabeth swiped a thick layer of dust off of a tattered photo album with her hand. Then, she opened it. Lisa plopped onto the sofa next to her. “Look. That’s Gran standing in the middle of a garden. She looks so young.” Lisa pointed to a photo. Elizabeth glanced out the window toward the snow covered front lawn. “The photo wasn’t taken here.” “I don’t think so, either.” Lisa placed her hand under her chin. “I seem to remember Mom telling us about Gran working in a community garden.”

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Mistaken Identity – Theresa Van Meter

2300 words Crime Story

Imagine someone with your name and a similar face commits a crime.  You end up getting fired, and your photo is sprawled in the newspaper.  That is what happens to Jane.   The only one that believes her is, Roger.  He’s a cop and she helps him locate the actual thief.

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“Jane, Mr. Adams, wants to see you in his office. Maybe you’re getting a big pay raise.” She smiled. He must be going to congratulate me on garnering the Yinger account. She felt like she could float in there. The room smelled like burnt coffee and cherry pipe tobacco. She walked toward a leather chair. “Don’t sit down. You’re fired,” he said and flicked his fingers as if to shoo away some flying insect. She walked out of the head manager’s office in a daze with her head down. She held onto the wall for a moment, then wobbled to her cubicle, and plopped into her chair.

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No Matchmaker Needed – Theresa Van Meter

800 word Romance

Two separate well-meaning friends, consistently try to play matchmaker. However, when Chris and Heather meet, they discover that no matchmaker was needed.

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I walked into my best friend’s garage and stopped and stared. She had her nose in a book. “Patty, what are you doing?” She jumped and nearly dropped the book. “Oh, Heather you nearly scared me to death. I’m just sniffing these old books.” “Oh…?” “These were the kid’s books when they were little. I’ve decided to donate them.” “Donate them?”

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Teamwork – Theresa Van Meter

1250 words Romance

Della and David as individuals are unsuccessful matchmakers.  But once they team up, their matchmaking skills improve.  Will Leo and Jacqueline be the team’s first success story?

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I walked toward the store, stopped outside the building and read a bright pink cardboard sign in the window, “Volunteers wanted. We need help installing playground equipment at Lake Carter”. I opened the door and a bell clanged. I was inundated with the sweet scent of candy. David, the store owner was refilling one of his penny candy jars. He smiled. “Hi, Jacqueline.” “Hi, David. I noticed your sign,” I said, pointing over my left shoulder, with my thumb, toward the window.” “You should come and help us this coming Saturday. Have you ever been there?”

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The Confused Chaperone – Theresa Van Meter

700 words Romance

Ada’s grandmother was always playing matchmaker.  When Ada meets Carl-her grandmother’s latest matchmaking attempt- she is confused.

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Grandma popped the bread into the toaster. Less than a minute later, a shrill sound like a tea-kettle whistle, echoed in the kitchen. Smoke puffed. It looked like a miniature locomotive smoke stack. “Ada, since, you’re on college break would you mind going down to the new repair shop?” “Sure. Where’s it at?”

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The Furniture Bank – Theresa Van Meter

1400 words Romance

Melanie buys a home and the previous owners leave their furniture.  She decides to donate it all to the local furniture bank and she meets Gerald, a volunteer.  She feels an instant attraction to him.  Is there a chance for these two generous individuals to get together?

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Melanie opened the door and shook her head. “I don’t believe this.” Lorrie asked, “What’s wrong?” Melanie rushed into the house and waved her arm around like a game show model. “What am I going to do with all of this? The movers will be here later today to deliver my furniture.” Lorrie stepped inside and glanced around. “Wow! This is some nice stuff.” Melanie pulled a phone out of her pocket and dialled the real estate agent’s number. “Please, hold,” the receptionist said. Melanie stomped her foot, out of time, with the classical music reverberating in her ear.

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The Last Phone Call – Theresa Van Meter

2000 word Feel Good Story

Grandpa is determined to save the local phone box from removal.  He and his wife and grandson all work together to attempt to save it, but can they?   It is already set for demolition in two weeks, but they can’t see the councilman for three weeks.  Is it too late?

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“Stop the car!” Grandpa yelled. The brakes squealed on the red Mini Coupé as Grandma jammed on them. The car fishtailed to a stop. “What’s wrong?” Grandpa swung open the car door and a blue car swerved to miss him. The driver beeped the car’s horn. “Whoa.” Grandpa slammed the door. “Look.” He pointed his crooked finger toward the sidewalk where a man stood with a clipboard. “So?” Grandpa fumbled with his seatbelt and couldn’t get free. He said a few choice words. “Now, Robert, remember we have Bryan with us. Be careful what you say.”

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The Matchmaking Fisherman – Theresa Van Meter

770 words Romance

Katie’s dad broke his leg and is unable to attend the annual fishing tournament.  He convinces his daughter to take his place.  Ever the matchmaker, he decides to use his misfortune to try again.  He’s been unsuccessful for years; will this be the time that he finds Katie a match?

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“Where’s Dad?” I asked. Mom nodded toward the back door. “On the patio. He’s pretty upset.” I noticed Dad in a chair with his broken leg propped up on a stool. I stepped outside and hugged him. “How are you?” “OK, however, I’ve got a favor to ask.” He took off his hat. “I need you to wear this tomorrow at the fishing tournament.”

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Words are Needed – Theresa Van Meter

1300 words Romance

Katherine and Paul are a couple.  Everything changes when he leaves town.  They discover that no matter how close two people are, communication is the key to help sustain any relationship.  Now he’s back.   Is it too late to start over, or has he started over with someone else?

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“I can’t believe that Waldo retired. So, where do you think we’ll be able to buy trees, now?” I asked my twin sister, Anna. “Well, rumour has it, that Paul has moved back to town. I heard that he is taking over the business.” She winked. “Maybe he’ll give you a discount.” “Anna, it’s been years since we talked.” “I know,” she said and ran toward the truck. She jumped inside on the passenger side. Anna stuck her head out the open window. “C’mon Katherine, we’ve got to get some trees.”

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