A Cat May Look at a King – Tracey Walsh

3000 words Historical / Romance

It’s 1617 and Catherine, Thomas and the rest of the household staff at Hoghton Tower are keen to see their royal visitor, King James, but life will never be the same again after his visit.

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That day in 1617 started the same way as every other day Catherine had spent as scullery maid at Hoghton Tower in Lancashire. But as she hurried downstairs to begin her early morning chores Catherine remembered that today was different after all. It was her sixteenth birthday and the housekeeper, Mrs Baines, had promised that if Catherine worked hard and behaved herself she would be promoted to the position of housemaid. That would mean no more nights staying awake, ensuring that all the fires in the house stayed lit. It would also mean that instead of just one half-day off a month she would have half a day every fortnight.

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Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – Tracey Walsh

2200 word Women’s Fiction

Jan’s fear of flying is threatening to cost her a dream job in a travel agency. She’ll try anything to overcome her fear but visiting a hypnotist has unexpected consequences.

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Jan gazed at the breathtaking view in front of her. The balcony looked out over the edge of the cliffs and it was impossible to tell where the sea met the sky as the infinite number of shades of blue merged. One day, she thought. One day. “Jan, are you with us?” The voice of her manager, Steve, snapped Jan out of her reverie. She reluctantly tore her eyes away from the poster in front of her desk and followed Steve to the meeting room where the rest of the team were waiting. Monday morning meant staff meeting at the travel agent’s where Jan had worked for the past six months. She’d been elated when she received the call telling her she’d got the job. Jan had been taken on in a trainee position because she had no experience at all, but her languages qualifications had impressed the interviewers.

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Password Protected – Tracey Walsh

2000 word Thriller

Agoraphobic Jenny relies on her computer for everything – but is the computer her lifeline or something more sinister?

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The White Lady – Tracey Walsh

3200 word Historical / Ghost Story

In the 1850s Sarah is grateful to her Uncle James for employing her after her father’s death, but the ghostly White Lady reveals her uncle’s sinister secret.

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Sarah decided to put what she had just seen to the back of her mind until later, when she’d have time to think about it properly. For now she had quite enough to keep her occupied. Two weeks into her job at Samlesbury Hall Boarding School for Girls, Sarah was only just beginning to find her way around. The sound of a dozen chattering young voices told her she had finally managed to track down her English class. “Good morning, girls,” Sarah said as she entered the room. The girls fell silent immediately, shuffled to attention and then chorused, “Good morning, Miss Southworth.”

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