Short Stories

Welcome to our Short Stories page. Below are links to the growing number of stories available now.

 


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"Secondhand Cindy" is set in a distant land and a distant time. It is the story of a young woman who becomes engaged to a kind business man. However, she has told him nothing of her secret past. Cindy struggles to keep her secrets hidden until her entire life comes crashing down into a series of surprises.

A warm story of hope and love, suitable for mid-teens and up.

See a sample here, or visit our free download page or Secondhand Cindy Facebook page.



This complete story is available as a free sample of the author's writing. There is no special reader required, no cost, no sign-up, and no obligation. Just download it as a PDF file and read it right on your computer or any PDF-compatible device.

In "Come Spring, Things Will Be Better A Christmas Story", a young couple deals with the personal struggles of the American Civil War. While Robert is away they write letters to keep their dreams alive and to assuage Maribeth’s fears for her husband’s safety.

A warm story of love and hope, suitable for mid-teens and up.

Free PDF download here.



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"The Long Journey Home" takes place in the American mid-west during the late 1880s.

Ben Owens had a devastating argument with his father and left home at age seventeen, traveling west to become a cowboy. He writes to his mother who patiently encourages both father and son to reconcile, but pride and stubbornness thwart her wishes. The story opens five years later as Ben must face his uncertainties when his mother falls ill and asks him to return home to visit her.

This memorable story is suitable for young teens and up, and is rich in the emotions of conflict, family, love and hope.

Available for Kindle, Nook, and in all major e-reader formats including i-readers.



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"The Kindness"

Professional business consultant Garrett Penquite assists floundering companies get their feet back on the ground. His own business heads for the tank amid charges of unprofessional conduct and insider trading. The assertions will completely ruin his business if he cannot acquit himself, but he must also struggle with the anger these false allegations bring.

Set in modern times, this story is suitable for mid-teens and up, and deals with patience, hope and forgiveness.

Available for Kindle, Nook, and in all major e-reader formats including i-readers.



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"Riverboats and Roses" is set in the late 1800s along the Mississippi River.

Anderson Fairbanks, a riverboat pilot, has been killed in an accident. His wife and their grown son lament the loss, but the grief-stricken widow has an added torment—a secret which she dare not share—and the only one who can relieve her sorrow is now gone. She has buried the love of her life; would she ever be able to bury the secret torment which grips her heart?

Suitable for young teens and up, and touches on tender-kindness, forgiving others, and forgiving yourself. Available now for Kindle, Nook, all major e-reader formats including Nook and i-readers.



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The Matashaw County Series

This lighthearted drama series is set in the 1970s and is based in fictional Matashaw County somewhere in the American Midwest. Private investigator, Max Harold Palmer, darts in and out of trouble—some of it of his own making—while trying to solve the problems of the unusual clients who wander through his door. "I am a magnet for crazies," Max thinks to himself in the first episode, "the pied piper of the weirdo world."

Each story stands alone, but the whole series features Max Palmer and may have repeat visits from other characters.

In "The Fulkerson Fiasco", the first story in the series, Palmer's client is Melissa Cantor, girlfriend to gangland thug Joey Fulkerson. Max discovers that time is not their friend and is forced to get creative as they run for their lives.

Suitable for mid-teens and up, "The Fulkerson Fiasco" is a fast-paced, fun read. Available now for Kindle and Kindle Apps on all platforms.



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The Matashaw County Series

In "The Summer Surprise", the second story in the series, private eye Max Palmer is approached by a mysterious client who, unlike most of his clients, seems to have more cash than good judgment. Or was that just a ruse to get him what he wanted ... for Max to locate someone for him? And what was this man's intentions? Max hesitated to take the case; he only relented after making a personal commitment to exercise great caution—both for himself, and on behalf of his client's subject.

Suitable for mid-teens and up, "The Summer Surprise" is a fast-paced, fun read. Available now for Kindle and Kindle Apps on all platforms.

 

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