Fiction Short Stories Books

Don't Drink the Water: The Year of Short Stories – August

August's brilliant instalment of The Year of Short Stories is Don't Drink the Water. 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 Cat O' Nine Tales, Jeffrey Archer's fifth collection of short stories, Don't Drink the Water is a captivating, witty and ingenious short read.

Richard Barnsley is in St Petersburg to close a pipeline deal that will make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. Having spent years bribing the Energy Minister, Anatol Chenkov, the deal should go through smoothly. However, the president of Russia wants preside over the signing ceremony which means he needs to finalise the contract in a matter of weeks. But then Richard's home life unravels when he finds a letter from a divorce lawyer intended for his wife. He suspects she is waiting for the deal to be signed before divorcing him, which leads Richard to take drastic action . . .

Members Only: The Year of Short Stories – September

September's brilliant instalment of The Year of Short Stories is Members Only. 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 magnificent sixth collection of short stories, Members Only is a captivating, witty and entertaining short read.

The course of Robin Chapman's life changes forever when he is inspired to take up golf when he receives a golf ball in a Christmas cracker. Playing for his local club he visits Jersey and there he falls in love twice, with a local women and with the idea of becoming a member of the Royal Jersey Golf Club. However, his quest to become a member is far from straightforward, there is a long waiting list and then the Second World War threatens to wreck his goal completely . . .

Crime Pays: The Year of Short Stories – July

July's instalment of The Year of Short Stories is Crime Pays. 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 To Cut a Long Story Short, Jeffrey Archer's fourth collection of short stories, Crime Pays is a captivating, witty and ingenious short read.

When Kenny Merchant walks into Harrods and tries to steal a pair of cufflinks, he counterintuitively plans on being caught, and the police and even more surprised when he leads them to his house full of expensive objects that have likely been stolen. But this elaborate con is just the beginning as Kenny plans an even more lucrative and audacious scheme from his prison cell . . .

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

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

'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!

A Kiss for Christmas: A Holiday Collection

Celebrate the holidays with this special festive romance bundle from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!

In UNWRAPPED... When a unlikely couple gets snowed in on the way to the wedding, a flirty game of truth-or-dare sends temperatures soaring.

In HOLIDAY KISSES... Writer Dash needs peace and quiet to finish his new script, but he wasn't betting on inn-keeper Ellie and the local Starbright festival to give him a jolt of holiday inspiration.

In UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS... Sophie has been dreaming of a magical winter holiday in New York City. Can a chance encounter with musician Austin bring her festive dreams to life?

PRAISE FOR MELODY:

"Melody Grace created fascinating characters that are simply I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E ! Her stories leave you with a big smile on your face and a heart bursting with love." - A Bookish Escape Blog

"Sexy and sweet: the perfect summer read!" - Corinne Michaels, New York Times bestselling author

"Heartwarming, swoony, and sexy as hell." - Claire Contreras, New York Times bestselling author

"Sizzling summer perfection! Melody Grace does it again." - Kendall Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

"Sizzling hot and super emotional - the perfect combo!" - NYT and USA Today bestselling Lauren Blakely

"A roller coaster ride of pure emotion... beautifully written." Blame it on the Rain Reviews

The Sweetbriar Cove Series:

#1 Meant to Be

#2 All for You

#3 The Only One

#4 I'm Yours

#5 Holiday Kisses

#6 No Ordinary Love

Valentine's Day at the Café at the End of the Pier: Exclusive Free Short Story

Searching for love? You'll find it at The Cafe at the End of the Pier...

*An exclusive free short story and the start of a heartwarming new series.*

When Jo's beloved grandparents ask for her help in running their little cafe at the end of the pier in Salthaven-on-Sea she jumps at the chance.

The cafe is a hub for many people: the single dad who brings his little boy in on a Saturday morning; the lady who sits alone and stares out to sea; the woman who pops in after her morning run.

Jo soon realises that each of her customers is looking for love - and she knows just the way to find it for them. She goes about setting each of them up on blind dates - each date is held in the cafe, with a special menu she has designed for the occasion.

But Jo has never found love herself. She always held her grandparents' marriage up as her ideal and she hasn't found anything close to that. But could it be that love is right under her nose...?

An exclusive free short story to celebrate the start of a feelgood new series from Kindle bestseller Helen Rolfe.

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Readers love The Cafe at the End of the Pier:

'Brings a smile to your face and a tear to your eye' - Goodreads reviewer

'Heartwarming and made me smile... I can't wait to read more' - Goodreads reviewer

'A beautifully told little story...perfectly charming and totally yummy' - Amazon reviewer

'A lovely feelgood short story, I had a smile on my face all the way through' - Amazon reviewer

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.

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?

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.

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.

The Red Viper (A Jake Tanner Short Story)

Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Jake Tanner's an everyday man -- you wouldn't pick him out of a crowd. And when a routine bank visit turns sour, Jake finds himself in the midst of an armed bank robbery.

The criminals -- The Crimsons. Notorious. Infamous. And yet to pull the trigger on anyone. But that doesn't mean they won't.

In this fight or flight situation, Jake must protect his girlfriend, Elizabeth -- and himself -- from harm at all costs.

Will The Crimsons succeed, or will Jake stand in their way? Are they about to spend their first ever bullet in Jake's skull?

The Red Viper is the exciting introduction into the Jake Tanner series. Meet Jake today before everyone else does.

Also included: the first chapter of the Jake Tanner novella, AN UNLIKELY BETRAYAL.

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Dear Super-Reader,

If you're a fan of David Baldacci, Lee Child, James Patterson, Vince Flynn, Andy McNab, Tim Tigner, Mark Dawson or Tom Clancy, then chances are you'll enjoy some of my Jake Tanner terror thriller novels. Dare I even say love?

Want to try before you buy? Want to get to know the real Jake Tanner - the man behind the badge - beforehand? Then you can download an exclusive character sheet that lets you behind the scenes into his life - some stuff won't appear in the books! All you have to do is visit www.jackprobynbooks.com and it'll be sent straight to your inbox.

For the same price as a coffee, you can enjoy my terror thrillers that'll keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Afterwards, you won't be able to see anything the same ever again.

What more could you want? Plus, it'll last longer than a cup of coffee.

Your Friendly Author,

Jack

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Interview with the author, Jack Probyn

Q - Can Jake Tanner be compared to any other crime thriller heroes out there?

A - You know, I wouldn't say Jake Tanner is like any of the other crime thriller heroes currently out there. He's not like the Jack Reachers' or the Alex Cross' of these worlds. Sure, he has some similar characteristics, but Jake Tanner is very unique. Jake is a very heavily family-centered man. Anything and everything he does is done for them. But this does, in no way, mean that he is like Alex Cross who, readers familiar with James Patterson's star, will know is a lean, mean, fighting machine. Instead, Jake Tanner is simply an everyday man. The one you see on the train to and from work everyday. That's what makes Detective Jake Tanner different.

Q - What makes the Detective Jake Tanner series special?

A - A mix of things. I wanted something that would "Wow!" readers, something that is going to make them think, "What if that ever happened to me?" And so I mirrored the Jake Tanner series on something I would like to read myself. The Jake Tanner terror thriller series has a bit of everything. But all of them feature the big question: "What if..." And, once you've read them, you'll never feel the same way about certain things again.

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+

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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

Lust Collection: Contemporary Bisexual Romance Shorts

7 hot and spicy novellas for your reading pleasure!

Fun in the Sun

Apocalyptic Menage

Encounters at Sea

My Polyamorous Life

Wolf

Boss

Duping the Earl

This eBook is intended for adult eyes only!

A Little Big Rock

My best friend is freaking awesome.But don't just take my word for it. Consider all his attributes.

First, let's start with the obvious one.

Size.

He has this one fantastic bone in his body. It's bigger than other guys'. It's thicker, longer, more powerful.

C'mon. I'm talking about his funny bone.

Spencer Holiday makes me laugh like no one ever has. Sarcastic, self-deprecating, and always at attention with a joke--that's him.

Except, it's no joke when he asks me to be his fake fiancee for a week.

The trouble is I'm already falling for him before we even start.

Oops.



**A Big Rock short story told from Charlotte's POV...this is an optional prequel to Big Rock!**

Always You (The Agency)

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.