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.

 

Philip Collyer vs. the Cola Thief in Closet Capers

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Dreamspinner Press (22nd April 2013)

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?

 

“Granddad’s Cup of Tea” in Snow on the Roof

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Dreamspinner Press (11th February 2013)


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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“The Clockwork Nightingale’s Song” in Steamed Up

SteamedUpLGDreamspinner Press (Autumn 2013)

Shem is a senior mechanic at the Vauxhall Flying Pleasure Gardens. When one of the mechanical nightingales under his charge refuses to sing, he has to call in the help of its inventor, the arrogant Lord Gabriel Marchmont. Mending the brass nightingale’s broken heart is hard enough, but Shem also needs to overcome his own distrust of upper class Gabriel. As the two men work together to help the nightingale, Shem must decide whether to risk his own heart on its inventor…

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 “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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