It’s Launch Day!

It’s finally here! My book of short stories, A Walk In The Woods, is available to buy today! Thank you to all of you who have pre-ordered the book. I hope you enjoy it. If you haven’t, why haven’t you?! You can order it through Amazon worldwide. Here’s the blurb to entice you…

An autumnal stroll through the woods, colourful leaves crunching underfoot, the air fresh on the face, laughter and lightness portraying a happy mother and daughter scene. But something isn’t right…

A young boy who thought he knew his parents finds out that he doesn’t know them at all.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to die and then to look down upon yourself?

These are just a few of the scenes and scenarios found in A Walk In The Woods and other short stories. There are stories to make you smile, tales to bring a tear and stories to shock as well as delight.

It’s currently available as an e-book. News on the paperback will follow shortly…

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Can You Tell A Story In…

You still have time to get your story in – can you tell a story in five words, with the word ‘phone‘ in it somewhere? I’m looking forward to reading all your witty and entertaining stories.

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Funny Of The Week

I think I’ll avoid this dental clinic…

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Not sure how to end your short story? Well, don’t do it this way!

Finishing your story with a cunning twist can make for a very effective ending and leave your readers admiring your brilliance. However, a lot of magazine editors and competition judges complain that they see the same twist endings again and again. Ones to avoid include :

  • The main character turning out to be a dog or a cat.
  • A spouse’s strange behaviour leading their other half to think they’re having an affair when really they’re organising a surprise party.
  • A person who is seen at a time and place they couldn’t possibly have been turning out to have a twin.

These are just a few among a very long list.

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A Walk In The Woods – Another Sneak Peek

It’s a week to go until the launch of my book of short stories (A Walk In The Woods). Last week, I gave you a sneak peek of part of the first story. Would you like some more? Here’s part of another story for you:

William

Mummy has gone mad. I don’t like her like this. She’s pulling at her hair and stamping her feet. Now she’s crying. I’m crying too.

“Mummy?” I take a step towards her.

“George? George, is that you?” her blue eyes stare into mine.

“No, Mummy, it’s Anne. Daddy’s not here.”

“No!” her screams are as loud as the air-raid siren. “Bring him back. Do you hear me? George!” She shakes me.

I hope I am dreaming a horrible, horrible dream. I try to open my eyes, but they are already open. My nightmare is real.

“Joan, what’s going on?” Mrs Edwards from two doors down bangs on the window.

“No. Please, no,” Mummy lets me go and falls to the ground.

“Joan. Oh my goodness,” Mrs Edwards is in the room, “Anne, you’re as white as a sheet. What’s happened?”

“Mummy…” I am trembling and I can’t see out the mist of tears hanging over me.

“I’d better fetch the doctor. You stay there, Anne,” Mrs Edwards says.

“It was this letter. She read this and then she went all funny,” I pick up the piece of paper from the floor and hand it to her.

“Missing, presumed killed,” she mumbles. “Anne, I’m so sorry.”

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If you’d like to read the full story, you can order the book from Amazon anywhere in the world, but here are the details to pre-order from Amazon (UK) and Amazon (US).

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Can You Tell A Story In…

Here’s this week’s challenge for you – can you tell a story in five words? The word phone must appear somewhere in the story. For this one, you have two weeks to get your entry in 🙂

Here are your stories from last week. They had to feature the word old.

Paul Mastaglio:

Old joke? Didn’t need resurrecting!

Hugh Roberts:

Everything old was new again.

JR:

Old habits die softly. Evolution.

Fear not old bones. Invigorate.

Demented. Old man amok. Chaos.

Chelsea Owens:

“I’m too old for -” CRASH!

Who is Gary Oldman, really?

Her old life kept returning.

Old news is good lessons.

It’s not old, it’s antibacterial.

EDC Writing:

Not old – checkout girl slow.

She’s beautiful. Old eyes remind.

Tessa:

Old bones, meet the ground.

And a couple of longer ones:

Don Massenzio:

The face in the mirror says I’m old. My brain, however…

Bharul Chhatbar:

She grew old, but her mind…

Stranded, sustained, suffered, substantially she grew old.

To grow old is now an old phenomenon…

And one using last week’s prompt, red:

Roberta Writes:

The moon turned blood red.
The vampire sharpened his teeth.

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Markets For Writers

Palm Sized Press has several opportunities for writers, from flash fiction, to articles on writing, to art.

They also have a monthly prompt for flash fiction pieces.

Please visit their submissions page to find out more.

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