A Fine Pair of Shoes and Other Stories by Clare Flynn

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A Tapestry of True Tales from Then and Now

A collection of nine short stories from award-winning historical fiction author Clare Flynn.

There are five historical tales – four based on stories from her family history, and a tragic tale, A Mother’s Love, from eighteenth century Sussex. The title story, A Fine Pair of Shoes, started out with her wish to capture and embroider the bare bones of a family story, based on her paternal great-great-grandparents’ trip to The Great Exhibition of 1851.

The Proposal draws on the tragic death of Clare’s maternal grandfather, killed on the Liverpool docks in 1934 when her mother was six.

She has also branched out into contemporary fiction with four intriguing stories – modern morality tales, set in England, Paris, the USA and an island in the Indian Ocean.
“Beautifully crafted, vividly brought to life on the page” these quirky stories give an insight into human nature at its best – and its worst.

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Amazon universal link – http://mybook.to/shoes

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Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-fine-pair-of-shoes-and-other-stories

Clare FlynnClare Flynn Biography

Clare Flynn is the author of five historical novels, set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is a former global marketing director and owner of a strategy consultancy. After spells living and working in London, Paris, Milan, Sydney and Brussels, she now lives on the south coast of England.

In between writing novels she loves to paint and make quilts and she can see the sea and the South Downs from her windows. As often as possible she indulges her wanderlust by travel and pretends it’s all the name of research.
Clare’s novels feature places she knows well and she does extensive research to build the period and geographic flavour of her books. A common theme to her books is displacement ­– people forced out of their comfortable and familiar way of life and compelled to adapt to difficult and hostile circumstances often in a distant land.


Everybody has a story….these are ours…. by Audrey N Lewis

bookcoverEverybody has a story….these are ours….

A collection of 7 short stories:

Family relationships. Friendships. Finding our Place. This collection is a series of narratives exploring events, experiences and memories. Each short work, while unique, brings the reader in touch with the inner monologue of the characters bringing their reality to life. Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Daughter, Son, Wife, and Husband – this book pulls together seven independent stories into a compelling, and thought-provoking anthology. While the focus is on the women – the men in these stories provide an interesting counterpoint. Readers meet: Lexi’s mom, as she struggles to understand her daughter; Abigail, now grown, remembering her nanny Chamele and the life lessons she shared; a sister trying to forge an adult relationship with a once-adored older sibling; a woman finding beauty in a place others have forgotten; another woman finding a true understanding of what holds meaning to her; Claire, the empty-nester and her “girls night out” group with an unusual twist, and Megan – lost but not forgotten. But don’t judge a book by its cover, in each story nothing is exactly as it seems.


“Audrey Lewis has written a wonderfully imaginative, often quirky and sometimes dark collection of short stories. Everyone will recognize something of themselves in her characters’ emotions, struggles and disappointments and they will delight in the stories’ often surprise endings” -Mary Reed, Writer & Marketing Consultant, Austin
“Audrey Lewis writes brilliant stories. Some, dark, intense, and a vivid look into the depravity of the human mind. Others inspiring hope and touching the heart deeply. Stories, like none I have ever read, that are both riveting and chilling. For those of us who study the behavior of the human animal, these stories remind us of those who may cross our paths in real life. Audrey hits the nail on the head as she describes what can go wrong and right in humanity.” – Dr. Karyl Lounsbery, Counselor and Assistant Professor of Counseling at Northern State University
I felt like Audrey was sitting on my couch telling me about real people. While connecting emotionally with the characters, a growing uneasiness began to settle in my mind and heart. In some of the stories, the conclusion left me stunned. It will be awhile before I can let them go. -Connie Regan Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville
Expect the unexpected from the talented Audrey Lewis. Filled with highs, lows, thrills and mysteries, her essays remind us of why we read and write and of the power of stories to inspire and entertain. This collection will delight anyone who has ever loved a book.– Cindy Schaefer, columnist, the Raleigh News & Observer

1185103_761976378015_822746986_nAuthor Bio : Audrey Lewis enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, who all reside outside of Chicago. She feels fortunate that they have a great relationship that involves spending time outdoors and fishing and other family activities.

She spent 28 years in the not-for-profit world and Audrey continues to enjoy being able to give of herself, and is a Reiki Master/Teacher. She is also enjoying pursuing her creative passions: crafting, photography and writing.

Audrey’s first book was a children’s story “Dreamseeker, Wish Keeper.” She is currently working on her first full-length novel.

Everybody has a story….these are ours….
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Kaleidoscopic Lives – Ensemble Narratives of the Common Man by Roji Abraham

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Kaleidoscopic Lives is a collection of 11 colourful short stories and these stories largely showcase situations from the lives of young contemporary middle-class urban Indians and often focuses on the theme of human bonding between strikingly different individuals.

Think about a unique person from your youth who you thought you always knew but who turned out later to be very different from what you expected.

Think about those different but interesting people who you came across from time to time.

Think about the connections you made with many of them, maybe for just for a fleeting moment. Think about those stories that you told for years thereafter about them.

Think about how those stories entertained people around you and made them smile, laugh or even cry.

Kaleidoscopic Lives is a book which brings you those stories – stories of common people who you can relate to and the little anecdotes from their lives. The story of the village thief and his transformation, the story of the enthusiastic waiter boy and the unlikely friendship he forges and the story of the eccentric 53 year old are all part of this ensemble collection that will transport you through the lives of such people in a small but memorable ride.

Sample Book Reviews from Readers (taken from Amazon.in http://tidy.ws/6uf5hH)

“After a very long time, I came across a good book which kept me hooked till the end. I got so engrossed after the first story, needless to say, every character came alive and I could feel each character which is an incredible effort on the author’s part. What makes it more interesting is the fact that each story is related to our life and the characters are the ones which we come across so often making it all the more real and at the end of each story there is a take away! The compilation is excellent, a must read for all ages. Kudos to the author Roji Abraham & may his book be an example to many more!” – Ben David, reader.

“Could not leave the book, till I reached the last page. The characters are drawn with a touch of own experience and imagination and connecting them is very easy. With some cosmopolitan and some semi urban stories, the author helps you draw the environment around the characters with so much ease. I could travel with him to Bangladesh, UK, Thailand. His narration is very simple and lucid. As his last story goes, its ‘A Book Worth Reading’.” – Achintya

“Excellent book for people who like reading short stories. It almost made me feel as if each one of us have these stories in our life which make some happy, funny, sad moments part of our life and we keep sharing these with our close ones. Roji, has written it beautifully to describe behavioral/ emotional changes that people exhibit in different situations/ roles.” – Kavita

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SHE by Jessica Bell


Did you know that in the U.S., 16,787 people have said that they were abused as children by priests between 1950 and 2012? (Read more about this here.) That’s a shocking statistic.

In light of this, author and poet, Jessica Bell, has written and published SHE (a short story in verse), and has decided to donate 100% of the profits made on SHE, until the end of 2014, to ISPCAN.org. SHE is only $0.99 cents on Kindle. The cost of a few sips of coffee.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle Reader App onto your computer or your Android phone, tablet, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows 8 PC or tablet, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.

I hope you consider purchasing and spreading the word.

SHE by @MsBessieBell—an exploration of religious institutions & #ChildAbuse—100% profits go 2 @ISPCAN. $0.99 #poetry http://ow.ly/z1YWz

About SHE:

Note: This short story is an experimental work of fiction written in verse. Page count: 30. Word count: 1500.

A girl’s brief encounter in limbo, following a suicide attempt, after being sexually abused by a priest. God in limbo is represented by She. She has been misinformed about how faith is advocated on Earth, and sends the girl back for another chance at life, in the belief that she must repent for her sin.

*Disclaimer: This story is not in any way a direct criticism of religion, or a representation of the author’s beliefs, but simply a creative exploration of the concept.

black and white_Jessica BellJessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/ guitarist, is a the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

Connect with Jessica online:

  WebsiteRetreat & workshopBlog | Vine Leaves Literary JournalFacebook | Twitter





The View From Endless Street by Rebecca Lloyd

EndlessStreet_CVR_XSML (427x640)With this collection of short stories set in the south of England and beyond, Rebecca Lloyd explores relationships and the brave or foolish things they can make people do.
These stories about murder and ghosts, delusion and desperation, obsession and arson, show readers a sometimes sweet, sometimes macabre vision of humanity.
Rebecca Lloyd channels Roald Dahl’s wit and flair for the unexpected in this collection that will appeal to the quirky side of the literary reader.
________________________________photo by Rosie TomlinsonRebecca Lloyd lives in the city of Bristol in the South West of England. She has two daughters and three grandsons. Apart from fiction writing, she works as a writing tutor and editor. She won the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2008 for a single story – The River, and in 2010 was a semi-finalist in both the Hudson Prize for a short story collection and the Dundee International Book Prize for a novel.

In 2014, she was shortlisted in the first annual Paul Bowles Award in Short Fiction. She is the author of Halfling, (Walker Books 2011), co-editor of the anthology Pangea, (Thames River Press 2012), and author of the short story collection Mercy, (Tartarus Press 2014).
ISBN:- 978-1-937178-48-2
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The Statue by L M Boelz

After receiving a mysterious message Gerard is left with more questions than answers concerning the wellbeing of his friend. Gerard could not see any reason for staying where he was, as yet another leak letting the dismal storm outside drip relentlessly on the floor next to him. Just another reminder of how unfair life has been for him. Gerard hopes he is not setting off on what he fears to be more of a rescue mission than a visit.Gerard’s concern over the welfare of his friend continues to grow, when on his arrival he is nowhere to be found. There is no trace of his friend only a journal talking of unspeakable terrors and creatures scratching at his window at night. The journal goes on to speak of mysterious phantoms he fears mean to kill him in revenge for a heinous crime he alludes to.During his search near the bogs, Gerard finds himself caught up in a nightmare scene. Gerard stares in disbelief at a great winged creature. Is this a dream brought on by the entries in the journal? Gerard is not sure he wants to find out.

Author Bio

L M Boelz a proud mother of two children and three grandchildren has had a fascination with legends and stories told around campfires since she can remember. She was always the first one to jump up and offer a chilling tale of what is really hiding in the shadows. After being asked by several people if she ever planned on writing a book; she decided to follow her passion and write down some of her stories.  Lin decided the best place to start was with one of her worst fears as a child. No matter what her parents said, she was sure there was something hiding under the bed.  Lin relates the authors havening the biggest influence on her writing to be; Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, and Sir Arthur Konan Doyle. The shows that influenced her most were; Th Twilight Zone, Outer limits and The Night Gallery.  When asked what she believed made a good story she related that she believes to keep a book interesting you have to have just the right amount of plot twist. As a reader she likes to be surprised when something unexpected happens. Lin’s favorite way to end a campfire tales is to ask; ‘Have you ever ask yourself, what if it is not just a story?’

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Room 732 by Merle R. Saferstein

Have you ever walked into a hotel room and wondered who stayed there through the years and what took place before you entered? In her debut short story collection, Merle Saferstein captures the essence of the famed Hollywood Beach Hotel and brings to life the characters that have crossed the threshold of Room 732. 
Set against the backdrop of Florida’s Atlantic Ocean, Room 732 reflects the hotel’s transformation from an elegant getaway during the ‘20s and ‘30s to a U. S. Navy training and indoctrination center during World War II.  After the war, the upscale hotel re-opened.  Then, in 1971, Florida Bible College moved in, followed by timeshares and condos. More recently, the ever-changing edifice was restored to the vacation resort it was originally intended to be.
Woven through intimate letters, journal entries, and private conversations, each story explores the threads of connection, communication, and life experiences and echoes the culture of the times. Breathing life into the walls of Room 732, the characters experience a range of emotions as they live with the effects of war, the joy of discovering faith, the death of a loved one, the challenges of marriage, and the intimacy in relationships.

You will meet two strangers who become friends, a seasoned naval officer who is preparing sailors for war, and a young married woman who explores her innermost thoughts. You also will encounter a divorced father who is spending time with his daughter after a long absence, two cousins who have come to the hotel on a special mission, and many other individuals who have stories to tell.

A graduate of Ohio State University, Merle R. Saferstein spent the majority of her career in the field of education as both a teacher and an administrator. For twenty-six years,   she served as the director of educational outreach at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center in South Florida working closely with Holocaust survivors ensuring that their legacy is perpetuated for this and future generations. Since 1974 she has completed over 345 volumes of personal journals in addition to compiling and editing resource manuals for the state of Florida and books for non-profit organizations. She currently facilitates workshops which focus on preserving and passing along the essence of one’s life. Living in Miami, Florida with her husband of 45 years, Ms. Saferstein, author of Room 732, is the mother of two children and has two granddaughters.