Fiction Short Stories Books

The Apple Orchard: A heart-warming short story to curl up: A heart-warming short story to curl up

'Romantic and utterly heartwarming' Jenny Colgan on How To Find Love in a Bookshop

In the charming town of Peasebrook, there's a place for everyone. War vet Joe has made new friends and a new home for himself here, overlooking a beautiful apple orchard. But when tragedy strikes and Joe is left out in the cold, it will bring them all together in entirely unexpected ways . . .

The Apple Orchard is a truly feel-good short story about friendship and kindness and includes an extract of Veronica's upcoming novel The Forever House.

It's the perfect introduction to Veronica's stories - a very short sweet tale to enjoy with a cup of tea and a piece of cake!

Angels & Magic: A Bonus Collection

An Angelic Collection of 7 Short Stories!

These Aren't Your Typical Angels

Angels aren't defined by good works. Demons aren't defined by darkness. In the world of Angels & Magic, all bets are off. This is a world of fantasy and magic, a place where angels are struggling lost souls just like you or I. They're in need of help and guidance and it'll take the unlikely soul to set things right.

Seven bestselling and award-winning authors give you a look at what it means to be a hero, wings or not. Enjoy this bonus collection of urban and epic fantasy short stories, available for a limited time!

Worth the Risk: The Worth Series Book 1

Research is my passion.

And after my time in the city, I need the wilderness to settle my nerves.



But Park Ranger Caleb Hunt has something else in mind.

Settling my nerves is definitely not on his to-do list.



Tall, handsome and cocky as hell. He's everything I've ever wanted.

In my world.

In my bed.



But something in his past is holding him back.

One second he's hot as the surface of the sun.

The next, he's cold as the ice on a mountaintop.



I want to tame his heart, but he's wild as the wilderness he ranges.

But I'm willing to take a chance.

I just hope like hell he's worth the risk.



Every Good Girl Deserves a Bad Boy. ~Weston Parker

High Heels: The Year of Short Stories – May

May's instalment of The Year of Short Stories is High Heels. Released as one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer's magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale.

Taken from And Thereby Hangs A Tale, Jeffrey Archer's sixth collection of short stories, High Heels is a fantastic short read featuring Archer's trademark wit and deft plotting.

Loss Adjuster Alan Penfold has a case he will never forget when a family owned shoe manufacturer burns to the ground. With no signs of arson it seems like an open-and-shut case. But Penfold becomes suspicious when the owner reacts calmly to the devastating loss of a business that has been in his family for generations. Penfold, with his wife's help, vows to uncover the truth . . .

Charity Begins at Home: The Year of Short Stories – April

Part of The Year of Short Stories, Charity Begins at Home is one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer's magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale.

Taken from Cat O' Nine Tales Jeffrey Archer's fifth collection of short stories, Charity Begins at Home is a captivating short read featuring Archer's trademark humour and unforgettable characters.

By all estimates Henry Preston lives an uneventful existence - an accountant with no prospect of making partner and single with a sedate home life. That is until he meets Angela Forster, a fundraiser who specializes in charity events. As he begins overseeing Angela's accounts, Henry spots an opportunity to live a life he previously thought impossible. With everything at stake, does Henry have the nerve to gamble with their futures for the chance of a better life . . .

Too Many Coincidences: The Year of Short Stories – March

Too Many Coincidences is part of The Year of Short Stories and is one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer's magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale.

Taken from To Cut a Long Story Short, Jeffrey Archer's fourth collection of short stories, Too Many Coincidences is a gripping short read featuring Archer's trademark wit and memorable characters.

For Ruth Anderson continuing her whirlwind love affair with Max Bennett is made infinitely easier with the death of her husband. However, the perfect marriage she envisaged starts to disintegrate as Max becomes increasingly inattentive and reluctant to spend time with his new wife. Now, looking back, Ruth might have to consider whether their affair began with one coincidence too many . . .

Be sure to look out for more from The Year of Short Stories collection, including Caste-Off and The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office.

Summer Lake Romance Boxed Set (Books 1-3)

* * * Grab the first three books in one boxed set. * * *

The Summer Lake series is sweet n steamy, small town romance with a focus on fun, friendships and happily ever afters. It follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other.

In Love Like You've Never Been Hurt, you'll meet Jack and Emma. He wants to give her forever - the trouble is, she doesn't believe in forever anymore.

In Work Like You Don't Need the Money, you'll meet Pete and Holly. He doesn't have room for a woman in his life - only in his bed - the trouble is, once he gets her into his bed he can't get her out of his mind.

And in Dance Like Nobody's Watching, you'll meet Missy and Dan. He's a quiet, shy, tech genius whose success in life should make him happy - the trouble is, it doesn't. She's a broke single mom who talks too much - being around her makes him happy.

This book is intended for adult readers 18+

*************************

Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand alone book - no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships.

Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack

Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly

Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan

Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura

Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan

Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase

Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renee

Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding

Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte

Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie

Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily

Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story

Book 13: The Wedding Flight - Smoke and Laura's Wedding

Remington Ranch series

Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

Book 1: Mason

Book 2: Shane

Book 3: Carter

Book 4: Beau

Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta

A Chance and a Hope series.

These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

Book 1: Chance Encounter

Book 2: Finding Hope

Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

The Hamiltons Series

This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it's because this is Smoke's family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke's brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

Book 1: Red Wine and Roses

Book 2: Champagne and daisies

The Davenports Series

The upcoming series featuring Hope's cousins, the sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family.

Book 1: Oscar

Book 2: TJ

Book 3: Reid

Caste-Off: The Year of Short Stories – February

Caste-Off is part of The Year of Short Stories and is one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer's magnificent seventh short story collection, Tell Tale.

Taken from And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Jeffrey Archer's sixth collection of short stories, Caste-Off is an enthralling short read with unforgettable characters and a devastating twist.

Jamwal Rameshwar Singh, a hedonistic playboy prince, assumes he will never fall in love but this all changes when he meets Nisha Chowdhury. Their blossoming international relationship continues as she completes her degree at Stanford but even as their love grows, Jamwal knows that his family will oppose the match as Nisha is not of their caste. Will Jamwal choose love or will his family's wishes prevail?

Be sure to look out for more from The Year of Short Stories collection, including The Endgame and The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office.

Big Bad Alpha Male: Steamy Romance Collection

OVER 280,000 WORDS OF 12+ hours of sizzling hot romance stories which are guaranteed to entertain and turn you on!

This collection begins with 5 SEXY HOT BAD BOY BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE STORIES followed by more of the spicy hot novellas and short stories that you love: single dads, SEALs, cyborgs, aliens and shifters turn up the heat in this collection.

For a limited time only, you can get this special box set for just $4.99 (85% off regular price).

Read FREE for Kindle Unlimited Members!Scroll up and click the orange buy now button to start reading TODAY...

WARNING: This book contains mature content with sexy scenes, intended for 18+ readers only!

The Endgame: The Year of Short Stories – December

The Endgame is part of The Year of Short Stories and is one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer's magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale.

Taken from To Cut a Long Story Short, Jeffrey Archer's fourth collection of short stories, The Endgame is an irresistible, witty and ingenious short read.

After he becomes a widower, wealthy Cornelius Barrington decides to test the loyalty of his family and friends to himself, or his money, by declaring himself bankrupt, enlisting the help of his old friend and trusted lawyer, Frank Vintcent, to make the ruse authentic. Soon though, Barrington is left pondering whether blood really is thicker than water . . .

Be sure to look out for more from The Year of Short Stories collection, including One Man's Meat and No Room at the Inn.

Three Men and a Maybe: (Free Romance Short Story)

A free short story...the perfect treat for yourself this Christmas'A joyful, funny, feel-good story, packed with showtunes, romance and a wonderfully warm cast' - Sunday Times Bestselling author, Miranda Dickinson on The Singalong Society for Singletons

It's the age-old saying. You wait all day for a bus, and then three come along at once. But proposals? That's just ridiculous. And yet, on New Year's Eve, as the countdown finishes and the whole pub erupts in celebrations, Cerys finds herself staring at her ex-fiance, Ricky. Who just so happens to be kneeling on the floor, ring in hand, asking her to marry him. Again.

And if that weren't enough, hot barman Angelo, and longtime friend Huw also decide to pop the question. At the exact same time.

Three men, two real contenders, but just one choice. What on earth will she do?

Silent Night (Silence Book 4)

Join Cole, Oakley and their family for Christmas day in this 7,000 word short story.

Outlaw Heart: Steamy Romance Collection

OVER 250,000 WORDS OF 10+ hours of sizzling hot romance stories which are guaranteed to entertain and turn you on!

This collection begins with 3 STEAMY HOT BIKER ROMANCE STORIES followed by more of the spicy hot novellas and short stories that you love: bodyguards, billionaires, doctors, dragon shifters, werewolf and cyborgs turn up the heat in this collection.

For a limited time only, you can get this special box set for just $4.99 (85% off regular price).

Read FREE for Kindle Unlimited Members!Scroll up and click the orange buy now button to start reading TODAY...

WARNING: This book contains mature content with sexy scenes, intended for 18+ readers only!

COUGAR COLLECTION (20 Stories of Good Times)

Who doesn't love those mature mothers!? Check out these 20 stories!

Naughty Desires (Naughty Shorts Book 1)

I'll do anything to get her back.

Fifteen years ago she crashed into me at a bus stop. It was love at first stumble.

We fell in love quickly and wildly. It was everything that neither of us had experienced before and we got married as soon as possible.

But what happens when life changes everything? When you start feeling unworthy of your brilliant wife?

I've shared almost everything about myself with Lily - except my dark desires.

I can feel her slipping away from me, but I won't let her go.

I've got one chance to show her who I really am, what I really want, and all the games I like to play.

Naughty Shorts from New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Castille, are quick delicious bites of dirty and sweet romance that will give you all the feels. Set in a small town, and inspired by stories about everyday couples, these sexy second chance novellas contain a little naughty, a lot of heart, and a happily ever after.



Naughty Shorts series:

Naughty Desires

Naughty Wishes

Naughty Secrets

?

The Man Who Believed In Unicorns: Six French Fancies

Six little stories about the mysterious Magister, his apprentice and their driver Gruffeau, mufflered up to the eyebrows he never speaks and always knows when the carriage is reqired. Kept deliberately short for when you only have five minutes. The Magister deals with the underworld of Victorian Paris; statues move, something is stalking the streets and Tom learns a few lessons. Nothing heavy just a tiny little read about a time gone by. Around 1200 words each.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection)

A master of deductive reasoning who can solve the most difficult crimes by spotting obscure clues overlooked by others, dilettante sleuth Sherlock Holmes was the hero of sixty stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between 1887 and 1927. He even rose from the dead after Doyle tried to dispatch him in his twenty-fourth adventure, and readers protested. Here, in one volume, are all four full-length novels and fifty-six short stories about the colourful adventures of Sherlock Holmes- every word Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote about Baker Street's most famous resident. Also included is an introduction by lifetime Sherlockians Barbara and Christopher Roden. The Complete Sherlock Holmes is one of Barnes & Noble's Leatherbound Classics, with an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark.

Lakeshore Secrets

An Indecent Wager: A Steamy Regency Romance Book, Book 3

A super sexy historical romance...



For debt-ridden Deana Herwood, losing a hand of cards to the wealthy Lord Rockwell was bad enough. To settler her loss, she must offer her body to him for one night of pleasure.



When she expresses her reservations, he offers an even more outrageous proposition. Can she win the wager or will her body succumb to the wicked attentions of Lord Rockwell?

Once upon a Coffee: Meet Cute Romance, Book 4

A blind date and a case of mistaken identity just might lead to love...



After a long series of stinkers, when a respectful match from an online dating site asks to meet Avery Cahill in real life, she agrees. Invoking her favorite romantic comedy, they arrange to meet in a local coffee shop with a flower and a book.



Under a serious deadline to finish a group project for his MBA - solo - the only thing Dillon Lange wants is peace and quiet. When a beautiful stranger sits down in his booth at the coffee shop, he knows he ought to say something about not being who she thinks he is, but he can't resist her smile or her engaging conversation.



How long can he keep up the charade? And what will happen when her real date shows up?



A short story of approximately 7,500 words.



Q: What makes the Meet Cute Romance series special?



"Meet cute" is a term used to describe a situation in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time. Meet Cute Romance is a series of contemporary romantic shorts celebrating the possibilities of that first meeting.



Q: Who would dig these books?



Meet Cute Romances are designed to be a fast (but not too fast - these are full novelettes, not short stories of only a scene or two), lunchtime or coffee break read to give you a bright spot of romance in your day. If you're looking for a quick romantic pick me up, these short contemporary romances are sure to be right up your alley.



Q: What order should I read the books in?



These novelettes are each stand-alone and can be read in any order. Though there are a few recurring characters in some, so if you want to read in chronological order, they go like this:





Once upon a Snow Day

Once upon a New Year's Eve

Once upon an Heirloom

Once upon a Coffee

Once upon a Setup



Q: Are there crossovers with other series?



Yes! Two of my Meet Cutes tie in with my longer Southern romance series set in Wishful, Mississippi. Wishful is a collection of Southern romance novels honoring my Mississippi roots and exploring love in a small town. Once upon a Setup is a companion novelette to Be Careful, It's My Heart (book 2 in Wishful) and a prequel to Just for This Moment (book 4 in Wishful).

A Wedding in Cornwall & A Christmas in Cornwall

A Wedding in Cornwall: Julianne can't believe it's hers: a position as an event planner at a country house in Cornwall, beginning with a celebrity wedding! But it isn't exactly as she imagined. Her bride-to-be is a snob, the groom is immature, and the staff are scornful. Then there's the handsome, standoffish gardener. With secrets in his past and a scheming bridesmaid, can Julianne untangle her feelings while planning a perfect wedding?



A Christmas in Cornwall: It's Julianne's first Christmas in a Cornish village. Her job as an event planner couldn't be better, and her relationship with Matthew, the handsome horticulturist, continues to blossom...until an old flame appears. Planning a Christmas ball alongside a last-minute wedding brings its own challenges. And when she learns that Matthew's ex-employer in America has invited him back, she wonders what it could mean for their future together.