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A Dash of Flash by Millie Thom

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Dash of Flash – A Collection of Very Short Stories by Millie Thom.

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Eighty five ‘wee gems’ in a single book …

A Dash of Flash is an eclectic mix of stories with both contemporary and historical settings, plus a few fairy tales and ghost stories added for good measure.
Step inside and join the many and varied characters at their times of joy or sorrow, remorse or loss. Laugh at their foibles, commiserate with their grief and indulge with them as they reminisce. Or simply smile at the fantasy of the tale.
Glimpse them all for but a mere flash in time…




A Word from the Author

author-millie-thom-pictureA Dash of Flash is a collection of 85 very short stories. A few are as short as 100 words, several are longer at 1,000 words, but most fall somewhere in between with the majority being between 175 and 300 words. The genres are just as varied, ranging from contemporary and historical to a few fairy tales and ghost stories.

Many of the stories originally written for my blog have been either extended or tweaked in some way. Other stories have been written solely for the book – especially the longer ones, which reach the upper word limit for ‘flash’ at 1,000 words. The total word count of the book is 22, 290 words, as long as many novellas which can weigh in at 18,000 words.

Flash fiction has grown in popularity over the last ten years although, I confess, I’d never heard of it until I was persuaded by a fellow blogger to join in with one of the challenges on WordPress. I very quickly became hooked, and found I really enjoyed writing these pieces of micro-fiction, as flash fiction is often called. I also soon found that some of the prompts presented for the challenges allowed me to delve into the past, so further indulging my love of historical fiction. Some of the stories are intended to amuse, others to be thought-provoking. I simply hope that people can find most of the stories entertaining, if only for a brief moment in time.

I have included images for over 50 of the 85 stories in my book, generally for the visual effect. The original images provided by WordPress bloggers were copyright, but I found I had photos of my own that would suit a few of the stories and for the rest I relied on Shutterstock or Pixabay.
A Dash of Flash is my third book. The final book of my Viking trilogy, Wyvern of Wessex, will be my fourth – once it’s finished.

(Millie Thom, November 2016)

 

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The Mages’ Stones: Complete Set by India Emerald

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The Mages’ Stones: Complete Set by India Emerald.

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How do you fight an enemy when you’re unsure who it is?

The Mage Stones are melting, people are starving, and an entire way of life is about to disappear. It’s up to Mistress Morgana to mastermind a plan that will bring their world back from the brink and deal with the threat once and for all. And so her team sets out to make everything right once more. Ceridwen will deal with the caustic rain that’s destroying the Mage Stones, and Stephen will tackle the person behind it all, but every Mage involved has a vital role to play. Because she’s an enemy so powerful it will need six Mages to challenge her. An enemy so fearful that no-one dares speak her name.

But who is the real threat? Is it the Mage herself, or is she just a puppet to her out of control Mage Stone?

They’ll discover soon enough…

All seven of The Mages’ Stones short stories together in one edition, with bonus extra content!




A Word from the Author

author-india-emerald-pictureWhat are Mage Stones, I hear you ask? (If I didn’t, I’m going to tell you anyway.) Every Mage is “joined” with her/his own crystal upon their graduation, a gemstone that will enhance their latent ability. Every school, every college, every academy in the land will tell you that. Now whether that’s true…

The Mages’ Stones Complete Set is a collection of seven short stories, each focussing on a different Mage, with extra insights from my writing notes in between each story. It’s perfect for people who love to read but struggle to find the time. Or maybe you love to read so much that even a lunch break comes with a book!

Join Ceridwen, as she battles the elements to end the caustic rain that’s destroying the Mage Stones, and Morgana as she masterminds the plan to bring down the enemy behind it all. An enemy so powerful that it will take six Mages to attempt to end her reign, an enemy so powerful that no-one dares to speak her name. She is the one they call “Obsidian”.

(India Emerald, November 2016)

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The Spike Collection by Martin Skate

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The Spike Collection – ten random short stories by Martin Skate.

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The Spike Collection, ten short stories randomly thrown together to take you on a ride of emotions, thought provocation, and charm. Each story focuses on the key characters’ thoughts, challenges, and how they are richer for their experiences. The stories cover tales from suburbia, life changing moments, superstardom, and what to do if you do not fancy door-to-door selling for the day.

If you enjoy short stories that take you through a rollercoaster ride of emotions then this is for you. Ten thought provoking and random short stories that truly entertain.

The Spike: Sam is flying through life getting fired at every job he gets, until one day he finally realises where his major talents lie. This is Sam’s journey up until he reaches his realisation that defines his whole life.

The Siren: All the boys turned to jelly when they were around Tina, so what happened when Brad was the only one to get close to the Siren?

Rocco: It is tough being galaxy-wide famous, follow Rocco on his life of fame, adulation, and on meeting the love of his life, Eve.

Twenty Pence Pieces: During the summer holidays Ted and Dee have a simple plan to buy something super cool, and they have a fun and enterprising method on how to get the money to do it.

The Bridge: Helen, Stefano, Roland, they all have their hobbies and goals which ultimately drive them to a meeting-crescendo of devastating circumstance.

Time Travel Tim: A little boy’s wish comes true when his fictional television hero suddenly appears in his bedroom and takes him on a quick adventure.

Snapshot: Being away at sea for long periods of time can be fatal on a relationship, as this account of a returning sailor tells us.

Nine Coffees: Russ worked in a boring office, he needed more, but what to do? He found what he was looking for one morning in a coffee shop, Luka was the shot of caffeine he needed.

Chelmsford: During a day of door-to-door selling Jason has the great fortune to be joined by someone who decides to play this would-be humdrum day ever so slightly different.

Hear-dunnit: Retired and widowed Pat awakes to plan his final hurrah, and looks back on some fond memories.




A Word from the Author

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So many of these stories were kicking around in my head for so long that I suddenly had the eureka moment to write them all out and put them into a book… and tadaaaaaa, here it is! A mix of tales, all written for giggles, for sharing moments, and to entertain. ‘The Spike’ is loosely based on a true story, whilst ‘the Bridge’ is pure fiction with characters we often collide with, and many others are written with identifiable situations to us all! An eclectic collection of fun tales that I hope joins the great tradition of the short story collections.

(Martin Skate, October 2016)

 

 

 

 

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