A Sticky Situation – Tina K Burton
2000 words Mystery
Chard and Jones are called in to investigate a rather sticky situation.
Harry Boggle – who’d worked in a jam-making factory – came to a very sticky end, quite literally, when he was found dead in a vat of strawberry conserve. Miss Hawe found him. She screamed when she saw a pair of legs sticking out of the top of the vat, and everyone knew it was Harry because he always wore a different colour sock on each foot. The question now was, did he fall in, or was he pushed?
Breakout – Tine K. Burton
630 Words women’s Fiction
For months Bert and his mates have planned a breakout from their prison, will they make their escape or will they get caught?
‘Right Bert, can we go over the plans one more time?’ Bert took his pencil from behind his ear and sighed. ‘We’ve been through ‘em so many times now, I know the routine in me sleep’ ‘Yes, but I don’t want anything to go wrong,’ Roger told him. ‘Okay you know what you’ve got to do, Bert, what about you, Col?’
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
Christmas Crackers – Tina K Burton
1200 words Christmas Story
Bob isn’t looking forward to Christmas this year, he wants some peace and quiet for a change, but, you should be careful what you wish for because it doesn’t always turn out how you imagine.
‘So, do you want turkey or beef for Christmas dinner this year?’ Carol asked her husband as she wrote out a shopping list. ‘I don’t mind love, whatever you’d like.’ ‘Well, I like both. Turkey’s more traditional and you usually make your special stuffing to go inside it, but I know you like beef too, with my Yorkshire puds.’ Carol tried to get some response from Bob, but he just sat there with his head stuck inside the broadsheet he was reading. ‘Oh I forgot to tell you, I met an alien at the WI meeting the other day.’
Head Case – Tina K Burton
1200 words Women’s Fiction
H rubs his hands with glee at the thought of the compensation he’ll get after a wall he sat on collapses, but his happiness turns to shock when he finds out just who the wall belongs to.
Jack read the solicitor’s letter and folding it, passed it back to his friend. ‘I told you, H, that these things weren’t straightforward. They never are. I would have used that other solicitor, I did say at the time, didn’t I?’ Feeling a headache coming on, H rubbed his head then winced. The scar from his accident still hurt, especially when the weather turned cold or damp. He sighed in annoyance. When he’d decided to pursue the personal injury claim, the solicitor had told him it would take about six months to settle, providing there were no complications.
Never Forgotten – Tina K Burton
700 words General Fiction
AUTHOR ROYALTIES FROM THIS STORY ARE BEING DONATED TO THE BRITISH LEGION
The Remembrance Day service is always a poignant event, but nineteen- year old Sam has even more reason to attend and remember those brave souls who didn’t come back.
As people gathered by the cenotaph in the market square to take part in the Remembrance Day service, nineteen-year old Sam stood quietly at the back. He was pleased to see such a good turnout, even though it was drizzling with rain.
Recognition – Tina K. Burton
900 words Women’s Fiction
When Clare recognises a face from the TV one morning, she does everything she can to get a photo, even when that means going out of her way to follow him.
‘I saw him again this morning!’ Clare squealed to her friend when she got to work. ‘He came out of the guesthouse, I’m sure it’s him.’ ‘Did you manage to get a photo?’ Kim asked. ‘No, I was too scared and my phone needs charging anyway.’ ‘You’re hopeless. I still reckon it’s just someone who looks like him. What would he be doing in a sleepy little village like this?’
Romeo, Romeo – Tina K Burton
1600 words Women’s Fiction
Rupert loves women, and with his suave demeanour and sexy smile, women adore him too.
The trouble is, he often finds himself in the most awkward situations, and when he meets his latest love, he gets more than he bargains for.
Rupert walked into his office, threw his jacket on the back of the chair and sat down at his desk. He flicked through the mail his PA had left and decided it could wait for now. He ran a hand across his face and sighed, he was bored with his love life again. He couldn’t help it. He enjoyed the thrill of the chase, then once he’d got his prize, he tired of it. It was tedious trying to keep track of things too. Sometimes he forgot where he was and almost made a mistake, but had so far managed to cover things up.
Roses are Red – Tina K. Burton
1275 words Women’s Fiction
As Richard prepares for Valentine’s Day, his wife Alice wonders if things will be different this year, or will Richard – a stickler for tradition – stick to his usual routine?
Alice lay in bed, in the space that Richard – her husband – had recently vacated, and listened to him moving downstairs. It was February 14th. Alice loved Valentine’s Day. She was an incurable romantic, always had been. Even as a child, she loved to read books where the heroine was swept off her feet, and often dreamt that one day she’d meet her own Valentine on a white horse. She did meet him, and he was on a horse, but it wasn’t white.
Santa’s New Recruits – Tina K Burton
ALL ROYALTIES FROM STORY WILL BE SPLIT BETWEEN THE RETIRED GREYHOUND TRUST AND GREYHOUND RESCUE WEST OF ENGLAND
790 words Christmas / Animal Story
With more children in the world, and reindeer that are past their best, Santa Claus has a bit of a dilemma this year, but then his chief reindeer comes up with a great idea.
It was two months before Christmas, and Santa Claus sat in his workshop holding a list. He scratched his head and sighed. Rudolph, the chief reindeer, walked over and nuzzled his master’s hand. ‘We’re in a bit of a predicament this year, Rudolph, old boy,’ Santa Claus told him. ‘There are so many children in the world now, and you reindeer are old and slow. You’ve worked so hard for me over the years, I’d like to retire you all.’
The Button Box – Tina K Burton
1300 words Women’s Fiction
A heart-warming story about an elderly lady who reminisces as she sorts through her box of buttons. As she searches through the box, several buttons bring back poignant memories of her life.
This story is available in the collection Came as ‘Me’ Left as ‘We’
Mollie stopped sorting through her belongings, went into the kitchen to make a cup of tea then took it through to sit at the dining table for a much-needed break. Her old bones weren’t what they used to be, it took her twice as long to do anything nowadays. She gave a sigh and looked around at the half packed boxes, paper, bubble wrap and her possessions scattered over every available surface. How she would miss this house!
The Lost Children – Tina K Burton
1000 words Mystery
Inspector Chard and DS Jones have a puzzling case on their hands when children start mysteriously disappearing, just where are they going?
Inspector Chard replaced the phone, stood up and called to his detective sergeant. ‘Another child has gone missing, Jones. We need to get over there and interview the parents.’ ‘Same circumstances sir?’ ‘Yep, same as before. I don’t like it, Jones, a real odd case this is. Come on let’s get going.’ As Jones drove to the house, Inspector Chard sat deep in thought. This was the eleventh child to disappear in as many weeks, and they didn’t have one shred of evidence to suggest how or why it was happening.
The Soul Stealer – Tina K Burton
4000 words Horror Story
A cute looking doll left on the floor of a hospital corridor, seems perfectly harmless until she speaks. And when the narrator takes the doll home, she discovers something even more sinister.
It was gone half past nine at night as I walked along the quiet hospital corridor. I’d been to visit a friend who’d had a minor operation. I should have been kicked out ages ago, but because we were behaving ourselves for once, the nurse in charge had let me stay. I saw a little girl sitting on the floor ahead of me, and wondered what she was doing all alone in a hospital corridor this time of night. She saw me coming, got up and ran off down the corridor with a giggle.
Window of Opportunity – Tina K Burton
2200 words Humour
When Inspector Chard and his junior Jones are called to deal with a suspected burglary, they also have to deal with a most disagreeable woman.
Inspector Chard stood in the large hallway of Bewley House and tried to control his temper, whilst his junior colleague Jones tried not to laugh. ‘For the third time Mrs Hughes,’ Chard said, ‘I will not arrest Lucy on your say so.’ Henrietta Hughes snorted her disgust and said haughtily, ‘Well then I shall sack her with immediate effect.’ ‘That’s up to you – she’s your maid – but you have no proof that she’s stolen your jewellery.’ Chard was really losing his patience with the abominable woman before him.