The Bridge by Kay Bratt

In present day China, an old woman’s house sits opposite an ancient bridge. Not just any bridge–but a special one because it has always been known as The Lucky Bridge. In olden days it was said that to walk over it during a marriage ceremony, or at the beginning of the New Year would bring the traveler good luck. Because of its reputation, over the years it has also become a popular place for young mothers to abandon their children. What to some may seem cruel is in reality their final gift to their offspring–one last chance to send them off to their new destinies with luck on their side. Jing, an old woman, is the unofficial and often reluctant guardian of the bridge. When no one else will, Jing steps in to prevent the children from frostbite, abuse and hunger, and then she delivers them safely to the orphanage. This has been her routine for many years, but what does Jing do when the latest child, a blind boy, burrows deep into her heart?

Read ‘The Bridge’ to see how Fei Fei’s life is changed by the love of a lonely old woman. The Bridge is a short story of 17,000 words, approximately 72 pages. Fei Fei’s character is based on a real orphaned boy that Kay Bratt met during her time in China.
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When Least Expected by Sheryl Fawcett

Three women lose husbands they love: one to death, one to a trophy wife, and one to prison as mastermind of a Ponzi scheme. Chance places them a few doors apart in the middle of Iowa. A developing friendship binds them, as each learns to live alone after decades of marriage. Loss and betrayal have many faces, and other troubled lives intertwine in a tangled web of human frailty and recovery. A younger woman builds a wall of separation from a husband who won’t leave. Teenagers have their perfect family shattered. A little boy grows up in a world of wealth and privilege but devoid of love. This is a story of self discovery and personal honesty, tracing the lives of the women of Lakeshore Drive from the 50s to today, with a glimpse into their future. Continue reading

An Order of Coffee and Tears by Brian Spangler

Angela’s Diner has the reputation of a safe haven where patrons find a moment of peace as they linger over coffee and tears. For one young runaway, Angela’s is more than a place to tell your tale — it’s a place where with the magic of chicken and waffles, and a little bit of trust, may just save your life.

Gabriella Santiago used to be a typical teenager who enjoyed the usual teenage things. That is until a single tragic day ended who she was and within hours she ran from home, never to look back.

Only when Gabby is cold, hungry and at her lowest, does she find Angela’s Diner. Gabby embraces her new life and the family she has found in the midst of strangers and obscurity.

Acceptance is what she craves, but before long, Gabby realizes she’s not the only one in the diner with something to hide. Her new family has a secret too, and some secrets refuse to stay buried. Continue reading

Once Removed by KB Walker

A silent cry for help…

Suspecting self-harm, newly qualified teacher, Abriella Garside, risks everything for a troubled pupil. An incident with a craft knife and unexplained injuries are not enough to secure help for the girl.

Unsure whether Beth is being bulied or has problems at home, Abby tries to win her trust and the two begin a friendship. But has the teacher gone too far?

In the midst of Abby’s own complicated life, Beth diappears. Rumour and suspicion ignite, fanned into an inferno with Abby at its heart.

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Finding Margo by Susanne O’Leary

When Margo misreads a road map while travelling by car through France, her husband Alan flies into one of his habitual rages. Tired of his constant bad moods, Margo slips away from him at a motorway café. She hitches a lift with a woman truck driver and escapes into the French countryside. What follows is adventure and romance far beyond her wildest dreams. Will Alan find her before she finds herself? Continue reading

Must Love Sandwiches (The Bartonville Series – Volume 1) by Janel Gradowski

Emma has never wanted to be like her mother. After being dumped by her boyfriend she realizes she needs to make some drastic changes to her life or she’ll end up just like dear, old mom. However, changing isn’t easy, especially when her best friend doesn’t think she needs to and there is a luscious food truck chef tempting her with his tasty sandwiches and mischievous smile. Continue reading

Rosy (Dreams Can Become Nightmares) by Suzanne Tyrpak

Small town girl, Sarah, dreams of finding love and fame in New York City, but following her dreams leads to a downward slide into the insanity of the late 1970s: nightclubs, sex, drugs, and violence ὰ la Magic Mike.
Desperate to dig herself out of debt, Sarah becomes pole dancer, Rosy Dreams. But the more money she makes, the darker her nightmare becomes as she sinks into a world where no one can be trusted—especially the men who claim to adore her.
As Sarah slips deeper into the underworld, she questions not only her dreams, but her sanity. She battles demons—imagined and real—fighting to survive the city’s brutality, fighting for her dreams, and ultimately fighting for her life.
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Laying Low In Hollywood by Jean Marie Stanberry

It wasn’t the first time she’d had to pick herself up and dust herself off, but after her husband of more than twenty years announced to her he wanted a divorce, Lane Jensen thought she might never recover from this cruel blow.

With her husband gone and both kids away at college, Lane decides it is time to do something life changing and unexpected.

Unwilling to let her sadness destroy her, Lane accepts an offer to work on a fledgling reality TV show, “Fire on Ice”. The whole prospect sounds like a bit of a disaster, but at this point, what has she got to lose?

Lane’s challenge will be to take retired star quarterback Ron Brannon, and pair him with professional figure skater Elena Denkova in an attempt to make a pairs team out of the two of them and ultimately win a pairs skating competition.

Not only does the team’s seriously mismatched talent seem intimidating, but Lane is soon finding herself attracted to her gorgeous co-star Ron, who is married and completely off limits. Will Lane be able to hide her budding attraction to her co-star when the cameras are rolling constantly? Will coming to Hollywood be the diversion she had hoped for, or the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back? Continue reading

Arranged Marriage (Mr. Imperfect Series) by Aditi Chopra

Arranged marriage – where love happens after marriage or does it?

Ishan, a NRI from Dallas, Texas visits his home country, India and gets entangled in his parents’ plan to get him married. Sonali is a simple girl from a small town called Meerut and has no desire to leave India. However, she reluctantly agrees to marry Ishan. But when she settles with him in a foreign country, she is completely lost and homesick.

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The Bad, The Good and Two Fly Fishing Women by Randy Kadish

When her mother deserts her to be with a new man, Amanda is hurt and betrayed. She loses faith in the world. To soothe her pain, she retreats into fly fishing, until she learns that her loving grandmother has terminal cancer.

Amanda struggles to find answers. Then one day she discovers that her grandmother, against the doctor’s orders, has gone fishing somewhere on the Junction River. Frightened, Amanda, along with Shana, her adopted dog, and Vernon, a grieving alcoholic, searches the river—but marches into an unexpected, terrifying event that, in a surprising way, helps her learn to forgive and to see the good in the world.

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