Fiction Short Stories Books

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 . . .

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 . . .

The Single Dad Club Boxed Set

Enjoy the entire Single Dad Club series in one boxed set!

Sports & The Single Dad



One football player. One personal assistant turned nanny. Too much tension to mention.

Paxton

I was used to women coming and going in my life, but when a baby I never knew existed landed in my lap, I turned to the one woman I could always count on. For more than a year, Avery has run every aspect of my life seamlessly, with a poise and grace I'd never truly appreciated until I saw her holding my child. Before my eyes, she morphed from personal assistant extraordinaire to hot mama material and I needed her like never before.

Law & The Single Dad

Two lawyers. One divorce. And a past to overcome.

Leo Ward

Born a billionaire and employed as a corporate lawyer, I was driven, determined and obviously easily distracted by a nice ass. How else could I explain marrying a gold digger? In my defense, Sable was sneakier than most. And one fateful night, she tricked me and changed the course of my life.

Now, we're in the middle of a heated divorce, fighting for custody of our son and my money. I've always prided myself on being prepared and thinking three steps ahead, but Liz suddenly reappearing in my life was completely unexpected. We'd been friends in law school, and nearly more. Back then, I'd been forced to let her go. I wouldn't make the same mistake twice.

Sex & The Single Dad



One secret baby. One single dad. One shot at redemption.

Tradd

They called me a rock god, but from where I stood, I looked like a huge loser. My career had always meant everything to me. Music was my life, until I met Lauryn. Though I never planned to get serious, I fell hard, and for no good reason, she suddenly disappeared. Somehow, she had become the music in my life and without her, everything was meaningless. Then I spotted Lauryn at a wedding, and three things happened. I sang her our song to show I loved her still, I learned we had a son, and through some terrible divine intervention, I had one more chance to make everything right.

Other Blighters' Efforts: The Year of Short Stories – October

October's brilliant instalment of The Year of Short Stories is Other Blighters' Efforts. 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 magnificent fourth collection of short stories, Other Blighters' Efforts is an ingenious, witty and brilliant short read.

Henry Pascoe, the First Secretary at the British High Commission on Aranga, is determined to build a swimming pool for the local children. But despite his best efforts to convince local businessmen and the British government to fund such an endeavour he is desperately short of money. However, with his posting coming to an end he discovers a way to get the money he needs with the unwitting help of the High Commission's bank manager . . .

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 . . .

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

The Apple Orchard: 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!

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 . . .

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.

The Luck of the Irish: The Year of Short Stories – November

November's brilliant instalment of The Year of Short Stories is The Luck of the Irish. 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, The Luck of the Irish is a captivating, witty and entertaining short read.

Liam Casey is an enterprising young estate agent from Cork and while on holiday in Majorca he meets a fellow Irishman, Patrick O'Donovan, who offers him the opportunity to join him permanently on the island as a partner in his real estate business. Liam hastily accepts, but it is only when Patrick meets his untimely demise does the business take-off. Liam has one last project to complete; a deal that will make him rich beyond his wildest dreams, so long as everything goes to plan . . .

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

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.

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

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

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 English Doctor's Love: A Clean Amish and Doctor Romance Story

The English Doctor's Love is a spellbinding, clean romance where the fate of one Amish family is turned upside down and changed forever. When a tragic accident occurs, everyone involved has to make hard decisions about their future.

Thomas Hedulund must choose between the life of an adventurist and rebellious playboy, or true love. He must also choose between two women that he has grown to love. Can the English doctor overcome his past to learn to live again? Will has character flaws relegate him to a life of meaningless encounters or will his inner good nature rise to embrace love?

Only time and circumstance can save the English doctor from himself. Learn how the fate of one Amish family is touched by the English doctor's presence and how the lives of two Amish girls become intertwined with the lives of two English doctors. Will they choose to continue living an Amish life, or will they give up family and community for the sake of love? All of these questions and more are answered in the English Doctor's Love.

A standalone short story ending Happily Ever After and unlimited reading with Kindle Unlimited!

Love Takes Flight: A Billionaire Love Story - A True Romance (Billionaire Endearment Series Book 1)

This is Book 1 of the Billionaire Endearment Series and a FREE Romance Kindle Book.

Peter Vasiliev is a Russian billionaire who only has time for business and no time for personal entanglement, especially since his divorce five years ago. He had learned the hard lesson that all the women who desired him wanted him for his money.

Lisa Rhodes is a flight attendant who lived only for adventure and nothing more. She had no time for romance, not after so many heartbreaks. And when she finally got the offer to be a flight attendant on Peter Vasiliev's jet, she saw it only as a path to the adventurous life she had always dreamed of.

But on the very first day of work, she got on the wrong foot with her boss and thought he was the most insufferable man she had ever met. Peter too thought of her as one of the many flight attendants he grew tired of, only this one seemed incompetent from the very first day. Do first impressions always last? Or can love spark?

Across many countries, from Finland to Paris, to Italy and then England, both of them had to brace themselves for the most rollercoaster adventure of their lives, something neither of them was prepared for.

Book 2 titled "Love Takes Root" in the Billionaire Endearment Series is available now and free on Kindle Unlimited.

Too Good to Resist: BWWM Billionaire Playboy Romance

Olivia is a thirty-five-year-old African-American woman who is trying not to fall in love so soon again after her divorce from her ex-husband especially with a violent man. In the process, several men try to woo her but she turns them down after she realizes they are all after having sex with her on their first date and she's not really interested.

When it seems things wouldn't get any better, she bumps into a billionaire playboy, Charlie, at her place of work. She tries not to develop feelings for him while working tirelessly to turn the fortune of his company around. At the same time, she is skeptical of his notoriety for being a playboy. However, he proves her assumption and she finds herself falling in love again.

WARNING: This book contains mature language and content intended for 18+ readers only!

A standalone short story ending Happily Ever After and unlimited reading with Kindle Unlimited!

Always You (The Agency)

Flow, The Grip Prequel

Men of Inked Volume 1

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.