Short Stories

Elven Heritage Short Stories

Every teenager feels lost, alone in the world, or simply different. Try adding sensitive hearing, slightly pointed ears, and unusually fast reflexes and you get Kate Silver.

Forced to visit her recluse grandmother, Kate comes face to face with her mysterious heritage when she meets James. James, a boy who refuses to leave her alone, a boy with similar pointed ears.

A boy who knows her secret.

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Every teenager feels lost, alone in the world, or simply different. Try adding sensitive hearing, slightly pointed ears, and unusually fast reflexes and you get Kate Silver.

Fed-up with evasive, cryptic answers about her heritage, Kate storms into Alfeim Forest. She expects to burn off some anger. She doesn’t expect an ancient, talking ash tree named Yig or a creepy shadow following her.

Of course, Grandma forgot to mention how temperamental the forest – and her shadow – could be.

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Finally ready to take this elven heritage thing seriously, Kate storms into the creepy forest determined to find her shadow – her spirit guide – and get some answers.

Which totally backfires.

Instead, she pisses off Grandma and pays for it by spending hours staring into a fire, waiting for the magical vision quest to kick in. But in order to find her shadow, Kate must let go and open her mind.

Only then will she see the truth, only then will she find her spirit.

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Spirit guide? Check. Ancient, but friendly talking tree? Check. Mysterious dad who shows up in the middle of the town park with his own agenda? Umm…who invited him into this forest?

Tired of Grandma and her stubborn silence, Kate takes off on her own. Yes, she wants answers but when she meets her father for the first time, a magi with his own agenda, Kate hesitates.

He offers Kate her deepest desire: the truth about her elven heritage. But can she trust him? And what price must she pay for the truth?

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First, Kate met a talking tree and then the forest tried to eat her. Which sucked. Of course, her mysterious magi father attempting to kidnap her sucked too. In terms of suckiness, her life couldn’t get more screwed up.

So she thought.

When her grandmother finally agrees to tell Kate about her elven heritage (to prevent further life-suckingness), nothing could prepare her for the truth. Or more specifically, for the connection she and James share, a connection spanning centuries.

One that may go all the way back to the creation of the forest, and just possibly, their souls.

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Kate doesn’t do camping. Ever. Who cares if she shares her soul with an elf? She requires running water, flushing toilets, and more than one clean pair of underwear. But if Kate wants to protect herself from being kidnapped by her magi dad and learn the truth about her heritage, she has no choice but to trample through Alfeim Forest with no trail, no map, no GPS.

Of course, no one mentioned the small detail about a very attractive James and his mom tagging along. Nor did they mention his mom’s very real dislike of Kate. Or her very real threats to stay the hell away from James.

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Ever since Kate learned about her elven heritage, her life shifted from sort of normal to sort of dangerous. First the scary forest had it in for her, then her dad tried the whole kidnapping thing, and now she meets a slightly crazed elf who wants to help her.

In all honesty, Kate needs help – desperately. But help from a guy who lost himself to his elven soul? Not very encouraging. Except if she wants to prove her worthiness and accept her heritage, she might not have any choice but to trust him.

Trust the crazy elf…and her own elven soul.

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Guardian Tales Short Stories

For Lori, her life in the Order and her dreams of becoming an Artist dissolve. Once again, she failed to receive an Invitation to the Artist Trials. When the summer blizzard passes, she must pack her bags and leave.

When the Order offers Lori a second chance, hope surges through her. Until she hears the conditions. Convince her best friend to accept the Invitation.

A best friend who hates the Order, a best friend Lori will betray by asking. But what other choice does she have?

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For Lori, her life in the Order and her dreams of becoming an Artist dissolve. Once again, she failed to receive an Invitation to the Artist Trials. When the summer blizzard passes, she must pack her bags and leave.

When the Order offers Lori a second chance, hope surges through her. Until she hears the conditions. Convince her best friend to accept the Invitation.

A best friend who hates the Order, a best friend Lori will betray by asking. But what other choice does she have?

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All her life, Lori dreamed of being an Artist, one of the Gifted who create powerful painting-spells. No one believed she had the Gift and she proved them wrong. But even as an Apprentice, she must still prove her worth for everyone sneers at Lori from the arctic, Savon lands and wants nothing to do with her.

Except one girl, a girl everyone else fears. A girl with the power to weave the colors with a simple thought. A girl Lori must befriend if she wants to survive…

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Lori dreams of one day becoming an Artist, to use her Gift to heal the land, to work the spells no other Artist can. But the Order doesn’t want someone like her, someone with her heritage, whose very presence reminds them of their centuries-long enemies.

While Lori may be praised by her instructors, she realizes she will never fit in, never belong. Not unless she turns her back on her heritage.

When her cousin comes to visit, Lori must make a choice: her dreams or being true to herself.

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Lori dreams of the day she’ll be accepted as a real Apprentice, to use her Gift to heal the land and its people. But because of her Savon heritage this will never happen. She tries anyway and when the Apprentices leave for their first field assignment, she has the chance to prove her worth.

But when they pass a village in desperate need of help, Lori must chose between following her heart or staying in line and behaving like a good Apprentice.

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Stories of Accidental Proportions

You’ve heard of the Nine Prophecies, the swash-buckling adventures and glories of the Nine Chosen Ones? The dragon-horde treasures and the dashing, hair-in-perfect-place heroes?

Of course, you’ve heard of them. Everyone has.

But you haven’t heard of Annabelle, dog-kennel-cleaning girl who can kinda talk with dogs. A girl prone to accidents but who the Sorcerer-Lords believe the Tenth Prophecy speaks of. A prophecy vital to their magical ambitions, a prophecy that may in fact, be mistaken.

Or more to the point, an accident.

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You know about that pesky, unannounced Tenth Prophecy? Probably not, it being secret and all. Well, not so secret since all the Sorcerer-Lords know about it. They’re also none too pleased the stars picked dog-cleaning attendant Annabelle as the next Chosen One.

You’d think that simply proclaiming, ‘I’m the Chosen One’ magically means safety. Not so much. Not when the Sorcerer-Lords have invested interested in kicking Annabelle out and putting one of their own kids in her place.

With no escape route in sight, Annabelle must rely on her flimsy magic and the kid who just tried to kill her. The odds, unfortunately, don’t look too hot.

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You know about the Tenth Prophecy? The one which points to former dog-attendant Annabelle as the next Chosen One? Well, not many Sorcerer-Lords are pleased about this and more than a few have plans involving her ‘unfortunate’ death.

Her two protectors, Marcello and Mr. Big Guard, have their hands full keeping her alive, but if Annabelle wants to live to see morning – or finish her bath – she’ll need to fight back.

Even if it means fighting dirty.

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Annabelle, the accidental Chosen One, must convince the Gangster Guild to kill her. Actually, she prefers a faked death to fool the Sorcerer-Lords. Too bad big boss Ernie has other plans. Too bad Ernie didn’t quite understand what ‘accident’ meant when he met Annabelle. Hopefully his gangster headquarters has minotaur-horde invasion insurance…

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Impatient with Annabelle and her lack of awesome Chosen One powers – or any powers for that matter – the Sorcerer-Lord Marcen forces Annabelle to steal magic from an enslaved unicorn. On her own, with no hope of escape and no hope of a rescue, Annabelle must decide to sacrifice herself or the unicorn.

Then again, perhaps there’s a third door neither she or Marcen considered. Hope, and perhaps an escape, in the form of a talking ferret.

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Cassiel Clarke Stories

Cass doesn’t do ghosts. Ever. Of course, Gran doesn’t take ‘go to hell’ as an answer when she calls Cass looking for a ride – in the middle of a snowstorm – at 2:00 in the morning. At least Gran provides coffee, and all things considered, Cass’s waiting in the car isn’t too bad. Gran goes inside, does her psychic thing while Cass does her thing by staying away from the ghost.

A good plan, really…until Santa shows up. A Santa who doesn’t understand Cass and her ‘little’ problem when she sees a ghost. A Santa who needs Cass to send him to the next life…if she remains conscious long enough to help.

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Little League Short Stories

The minute Jenny, the newest transfer student at Sunny View High, steps onto the field for softball try-outs she finds trouble – trouble Jenny hoped would mean the end of her softball career. Yeah, right. Like she’d get that lucky. Not when Jason steps in and prevents a fight between Jenny and his sister, the star pitcher and ultimate heavy hitter.

With no other choice, Jenny accepts her position on the team. She hates every minute of it, but no one knows her secret.

No one except for Jason. Jason, the one person who understands, the one person who can help Jenny remember why she loved the game so much…

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Every team has its sweet girl, its hot girl, and the big girl who crushes the ball out of the park. Lacey worked hard to build this reputation, but now in her senior year and with her teammates buzzing about prom, Lacey finds herself alone.

No one asked her to prom. Or to the movies. Or to the coffee shop. And no one ever would.

But then she literally runs into Tom. The same Tom who never said a word in four years, the Tom who spends his weekends playing Dungeons & Dragons, the same Tom, who for whatever reason, refuses to leave her alone.

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Years of softball pitching lessons, batting practice, and taking-out catchers brought Elizabeth to this moment: packing for her first, all expenses paid college visit. She not only must choose the right college, she must choose the right softball team. The perfect team, the one where she’d immediately fit in.

While her dad might be okay with her going to school across the country, her boyfriend has other ideas.

If Elizabeth wants happiness she’ll need to look within herself, and just maybe, get some help along the way.

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Most girls on the Sunny View High School softball team dream of the day when they get the call: a college scholarship offer. Not Heather. Not even after she receives three.

But when senior heart-throb, Chris, finds her crying after practice he becomes more than the guy who constantly teases her. He refuses to let her run away and hide herself from the world.

Heather must make a decision: either go on the safe, stable path which leads to a successful career, or find the courage to pursue her dream as a writer.

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For freshman-player Sally, seeing her softball hero getting married and then batting as the lead-off hitter is a dream come true. Of course, the wedding must actually start on time.

Sent to hunt down fellow altar-server Ethan, she finds him in the choir loft with a half-empty bottle of wine, Scooby-Doo boxers, and an incredibly cute looking butt.

Even if Sally survives the wedding (and Ethan watching her), she must also survive the game, somehow finding the courage to stand up.

Even if she fails.

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Alice and her mom made a deal: scheduled softball events means no boyfriend time, no sneaking out of the house, no going out. In other words? No dating that weekend.

Alice sticks to her part of the bargain (after all, being seventeen means too bad and live with it) and schedules a romantic, fireworks filled Fourth of July with her boyfriend. But when her coach announces a tournament that weekend, Alice has no choice but to cancel.

Determined to get back at her mom, Alice flips off the college scouts, plays her worst game ever, and somehow attracts the attention of a rather cute guy in the stands. A guy, for whatever reason, wants to see Alice smile and show her the fireworks she longs for.

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Getting dumped sucks. Getting dumped weeks before Christmas – and the day after Mandy wrapped Paul’s locker – sucks more. Determined not to let her jerk ex ruin a good Christmas, Mandy keeps her head high and ignores his accusations about her having more balls than him.

But when Mandy learns Paul and his new girl plan on attending the softball Christmas party, Mandy refuses to go – at least until she walks head first into the new baseball catcher, a catcher who knocks Mandy off her feet.

It’ll take more than a handsome smile and the zing of electricity for Mandy to trust so soon, but sometimes Christmas wishes can come true…

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If Laurie cancels her date with Mark one more time, he’ll walk. We’re talking out of the ballpark, not coming back, walking. But her dad made sure any reasonable Date Day was also a Game Day or a Practice Day or a Pitching Lesson Day. Totally uncool. But if she wants her date, she’ll have to trick her dad and drag poor Mark into her crazy softball life. The short story that inspired the novel, “Home Run: Book One of the Home Run Series.”

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A College League Story

Usually when Samantha hears the words, “I’m pregnant,” she pulls out a tissue box, sits her teammate down, and works damage control. Not Madison. Not when she practically jumps Sam with celebratory hugs, good cheers, and not a hint of hysteria in sight – which considering the whole softball scholarship on the line and dropping out of college, usually requires some hysterics.

Stuck between being a supportive friend and a friend who provides some semblance of sense and reason, Madison wrangles Sam into her first prenatal appointment. But as Sam waits in the lobby, torn on what to do, she finds wisdom – and perhaps a friend – where she least expects it: a male nurse whose been down the same road as Sam.

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Romance Video Game Short Stories

When Karen accepts her new job as producer for an up-and-coming video game developer, she expects to work hard and prove herself to the all-male team. However, Sexy Lead Designer, Ryan, and his armful of books – romance books – don’t fall into her expectations.

But when a wealthy and famous romance writer decides to fund a romance video game, Ryan has no choice but to turn to someone who understands women.

Someone who understands love.

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Lauren worked hard to distinguish herself as ‘one of the guys,’ not an easy task considering their video game company consisted mostly of young, twenty-something men. But she’d done it, even earned her place on the company soccer team, all to have it crash down when her boss hands her a stack of romance novels.

Their next project: a romance video game. Lauren has no choice – either be part of the team, and give romances a chance, or quit.

Of course, to give the game a chance, she must first give romance a chance…

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For Cheryl, up-and-coming video game artist, the opportunity of a lifetime drops in her lap: the chance to create concept art for their new romance video game. But if her heart doesn’t pound, if her breath doesn’t catch when she sketches the hero’s firm jawline, the dangerous glint in his  eyes, then neither will her audience.

When Eric, her co-artist, decides to use Cheryl as the model for the game’s heroine, drawing the perfect hero might be easier than she thought. If she takes a chance on love.

And on herself.

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No one wants to spend the holidays alone, and no matter how much Megan wishes otherwise, her low bank account means no holidays with family. But when her mother pushes Megan to call every blood relative in the state, Megan puts her foot down.

Actually, she hangs up and instead accepts an invitation to spend Thanksgiving with a co-worker and his family – a family which also includes their very handsome, very single friend.

A friend who might be interested in Megan. A friend she would never have met at her family holiday dinner.

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A Book-Stack Romance

Everything to know about life can be found in books. Emma lives for her books and wants nothing more than to graduate high school and find a job as a librarian. But when Emma spots senior star baseball player Andrew in the library, the one place no jock would ever be caught dead in, she gets a hard and fast lesson in life.

While books may teach her a lot about life, they can’t teach her how to throw a baseball or what to do about falling in love.

Some things, you just have to learn on your own.

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The worst part about Christmas? Watching perfect, silky, smooth-haired Sarah fawn over her newly wrapped locker, a locker right above Abby. With no choice but to smile and nod, the last thing Abby wants – a pissed off Sarah. But when homeroom hotty Nick begins paying attention to Abby and not Sarah, including holding her treasured, “Lord of the Rings,” book hostage, Sarah throws no-one Abby into center stage of high school gossip.

Factor in a homeroom secret Santa and this Christmas is about to get interesting. Especially for someone who never dreamed of being interesting…or falling in love.

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When it comes to homecoming, no one remains safe from the talks of dresses, make-up, shoes, and who’s-going-with-who. Not even Jess who hides in the quiet, dusty stacks of the Sunny View Library. Not when her mother insists she’ll be attending even this means calling every neighbor in a 50 mile radius to foist a date onto Jess.

Royally screwed and seriously running out of time, Jess turns to her best friend, Steven, who comes up with the perfect solution: his older brother. A senior, very hot, older brother. A brother who only wants a friend date, no strings, and nothing serious.

So why does her stomach twist at the thought? And why does Drew become the last person Jess wants as her date to homecoming?

This edition includes bonus story, “My Secret Santa.”

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A Pet Companion Romance

Michelle needs a job, but Dr. Tam, one of the leading (though gruff) veterinarians in Seattle, doesn’t hire lightly. If Michelle can’t gain the approval of lead technician Greg, then no job.

But how can she take instructions from someone less qualified than her? And how can she focus when he keeps smiling at her – her and every cute client who walks in?

If Michelle wants a chance, she’ll need to man up, put a smile on, and be part of the team. Otherwise she might as well pack up and go home. If Greg will let her.

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Samantha followed the rules of first-time-parrot owner. She listened to advice, did her research, spent time with the gorgeous blue and gold macaw named Timothy, but when she finally packed Timothy up and brought him home, well, Timothy didn’t care too much for following rules. Of any kind. Actually, he laughed and screamed at her. Continuously.

Waiting outside the parrot shop, knowing the loaded, disapproving looks awaiting her, Samantha stands there frozen until Tim steps out. He spots her slinking away and she momentarily loses control of her voice. And her sanity, especially when Tim pushes her into telling him the truth about Timothy. To her surprise, Tim knows a little something about birds…and what it means to be part of the flock.

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Halloween. The one day of the year when Brandy dresses up as the kick ass chicks she dreams of being. Pirate, warrior princess, sorceress, the really cool stuff. But when her two friends decide on a matching witch routine, Brandy and costume remain stuck as the third witch at this party, and the witch that seems to match the upholstery.

Until she meets sexy Jedi Knight Alex who, for whatever reason, doesn’t mind Brandy and her boring witch costume with her boring non-pink broomstick.

But the only way Brandy will have fun at this party – and find a boyfriend – is if she gets on her broom and takes a chance on love.

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Every girl dreams of her senior prom. The fancy hair, the perfect, sweeping dresses, and of course her handsome, perfect date. But on prom night it takes a whole of one dance for Cass to realize her date doesn’t fall into the ‘perfect’ category.

Actually, spending the rest of prom hiding in the bathroom sounds like a pretty good plan. At least until her best friend finally coaxes her out. Who can say no to raspberry-swirled cheesecake?

But when Cass accidentally runs into another bathroom-diving prom goer, literally falling on top of him, she realizes more than the prom-fates might be at work here.

A fate that might bring her face to face with her very own Prince Charming. If she survives her horny, pissed off date …

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Giving up. The easy way out. But as Olive pounds against the thick, beach sand, waves urging her on, she keeps running. Doesn’t stop. If she stops it means failure, means she’ll give up the way Johnny had given up on her and her unborn baby. But while running keeps her going, it may not be enough. Not when her life, still so uncertain and in chaos, could use a friend.

A friend who happens to wait on the beach. A friend who may also give her a respite from always running. And if she’s lucky, a friend who may offer her the future she dreams of.

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