Short Stories

Aunt Adeline’s Bequest” (A Valentine’s Day story)

Dreamspinner Press (February 2014)

Violet 1One snowy evening, wounded WWI veteran Jasper Pritchard arrives at Valentine Nugent’s sweet shop with an unusual request. Jasper’s deceased great-aunt has left him a fortune, along with a box of indiscreet letters she wants returned to the writer, and the only clue is a tin sold in Valentine’s shop over twenty years ago. As they search the shop’s records and uncover a love story from long ago, they find far more than the answer to the mystery.

Out of Print. Projected rerelease: Spring 2020

 

Philip Collyer vs. the Cola Thief

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When someone starts stealing Phil’s lunchtime can of Coke out of the office fridge, he’s determined to track down the culprit trying to spoil his day. With the help of Kester, the cute IT guy, Phil sets out to catch the thief. Can Phil and Kester solve the mystery while evading the wrath of HR? And will Phil be forced to admit there are more important things in life than caffeine?

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Originally published in Closet Capers.

Dreamspinner Press (22nd April 2013)

 

 

 

“Granddad’s Cup of Tea”

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GCOT_2x3_small When quiet widower Ewan stops to offer sympathy to newly bereaved neighbor Alex, it marks the beginning of an unexpected friendship. Now in his sixties, Alex is finally stumbling his way out of the closet, causing a sensation in their small country village. As he supports his new friend and his feelings for Alex grow, Ewan starts to wonder if there’s more to life than being the world’s best granddad, especially when homophobic bullies target one of his granddaughter’s classmates.

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Originally published in Snow on the Roof

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Dreamspinner Press (11th February 2013)

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“The Clockwork Nightingale’s Song”

TheClockworkNightingaleslSong_smallestIn the automated Vauxhall Floating Gardens, high above the smoggy streets of London, Nightingale No. 48 is refusing to sing. Stern mechanic Shem Holloway brings in the Gardens’ brilliant but arrogant inventor, Lord Marchmont, to fix the broken automaton. But the clockwork nightingale has a secret, and soon both men find themselves questioning whether they should be trying to fix a mechanical heart at all.

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Originally published in Steamed Up, Dreamspinner Press (Autumn 2013)

 

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“Humming a Different Tune”

BookdesignBetiBup33_4164.jpg Sometimes help comes from unexpected places. When their dad is given weeks to live, Neil’s sister Lucy cancels her dream wedding in favour of a quick ceremony before it’s too late. Then a surprise offer of help from a stranger gives Neil a chance to save Lucy’s wedding, bring his family joy in a dark time, and possibly even find love himself.

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Originally published in Random Acts of Kindness, Dreamspinner Press, February 2015.

 

 “The Dark of the Sun” in 7&7

7&7FSDSP Publications (April 2016)

When Tomal, a priest in a small village on the slopes of the Shining Mountain, lost his husband, he also lost his faith. Now he is tasked with leading a group of travelers up the mountain to observe an eclipse with both scientific and religious significance. His heart isn’t in his duty any longer, but as he listens to their stories, he grows to care about the other members of his party. And when the sun goes dark, his fragile faith might be the only thing that can save not just him, but his god.

 

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