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Sharon Shorts


A Multi-Genre Collection of Short Stories

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First published in Tales of Texas, Short Stories, Vol. 2, An Anthology of Texas Fiction, Copyright © 2018, Publisher : Houston Writers House; 1st Edition (December 10, 2018)

“Each author holds the copyrights for their individual stories. All rights reserved…”


Genre: Romance


Traci has volunteered to work at the jewelry store on Black Friday since she won’t get to see her friend David who’s moving from Houston to New York for a better job. Her heart is broken. He’s not given her any sign of interest other than as a friend. Will she ever see him again? One situation after another adds further sorrow to her holiday. If only the wooden snowman outside her window were the real Frosty, and he was able to grant wishes.

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Original Work: “The Trouble with Love and Golden Arrows”

First Place Winner of the CyFair Writers Valentine Short Story Contest, 2017


Genre: Fantasy


 Eros has pulled one too many pranks in Mount Olympus, and his father Zeus has renamed him Cupid, ordering him to never mess with anyone’s emotions again. Cupid has run away to the mortal world to continue his fun. When he comes upon a group of humans, he initiates his plans. But will they go as expected?

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Genre: Romance


Four years ago, Brianna left her fiancé at the altar without explanation. After realizing she'd never stopped loving him, she’s come home to apologize. Will he forgive her? Is there still a future for them…or has he moved on?

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Genre: Fantasy


Each time a rainbow reveals where the leprechaun Finian O’Conner has hidden his pots of gold, he must run to check on them. He’s tired of tourists to his homeland in Galway, Ireland, trying to catch him and make him give up his treasure. To escape the nuisance, he transports himself and his gold to Middle Earth where he encounters an artistic elf on the edge of a forest.

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Genre: Suspense


Nathan Ainsley’s brother, Noah, has decided to hold a big party to celebrate his promotion in the law firm he has worked at since graduation from law school. Nathan has no problem with the celebration to honor his brother, but why did it have to be a masquerade party.

After picking out his costume and leaving the shop, Nathan sees the woman he loves knocked down and shot in front of the bank. As the getaway car speeds off, he catches a glimpse of his brother at the wheel. It can’t be.

Genre: Fantasy


High school senior Tara Flynn is head-over-heels for her twin brother’s best friend, Shane O’Leary. But Mac Seaberg is the one who keeps vying for her attention. Tara wants nothing to do with Mac, especially when he ridicules her for believing in fairies. Is stepping in a fairy ring made of mushrooms really bad luck?

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Genre: Women’s Fiction


After graduation from college, Denise and her friends take a trip to Pensacola, Florida, before launching into their careers. A vacation to remember for the rest of their lives. But something unexpected happens to one of them on the trip.

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Genre: Romance


While author, Chad Dunbar, seeks help for his writer’s block at the library, he encounters a gorgeous woman who stabs his finger with her long nail in an attempt to grab the same book he has aimed for. After she tears up, he lets her have the only copy of the book and finds another. But is this the end of their story?

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Genre: Fable


A very special teapot travels from England to America and learns a lesson about selflessness and kindness.

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First published in Dark Visions, an anthology of 34 horror stories from 27 authors, Copyright © 2018, Publisher : Great Oak Publishing

“…The individual authors herein maintain the Copyright © to their respective story or stories. This anthology collection book is Copyright © 2018 by Dan Alatorre. All rights reserved.”

Third place winner of the Word Weaver Contest, 2018


Genre: Paranormal


Patrick Nahmana and his wife take a break from Chicago city life and stay at the cabin he inherited from his Uncle Jelmer, overlooking a magnificent view of Spirit Lake. Although he loved the place when he was a child, Patrick had not visited the property for many years. The legend of Spirit Lake returned to Patrick’s memory, the tale his uncle told about how the lake got its name. Had Uncle Jelmer been spinning yarns to scare him, or was the story true? They were about to find out.

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Chapter One

Houston, Texas

Kyleigh Flanagan slammed the envelope and document onto the coffee table. “Why, Dad?” She stormed into the kitchen and poured herself a fresh cup of black decaf from the pot she’d brewed before she opened the letter from her father.

She took a sip, lifted the single sheet of paper, and stared at it. “This is not like you at all. You never go off-grid.” Something isn’t right.


The cup and saucer made a distinct clunk when she placed them on the table. Her chair screeched as she pulled it out and then plopped into it. Her fingers flattened out the brief typed note on the table. She read it again.


Honey, I don’t want you to worry, but you won’t hear from me for a little while. There’s something I’ve got to do, and I won’t be able to contact you until I’m finished. But I’ll contact you again as soon as I can. Dad


Kyleigh sipped her coffee. No way would her father just disappear without telling her where he went or what he was doing. She rose, drained her cup, and set it in the sink. He knew how she worried. Why would he do this? What had he gotten into?


After running water over the dishes, she grabbed her purse and dashed out the front door of her second-floor apartment. She rushed down the stairs, through the entrance, across the landscaped walkway, and into the parking lot.


Aunt Maye might know what was going on. Dad told her more details on several occasions. He must have called her. Maybe some military thing he wasn’t allowed to talk about. But then he wouldn’t tell Aunt Maye either.


Kyleigh jumped into her light blue Mazda and sped out of the parking lot, en route to her aunt’s house in Jersey Village.


The last time Dad had been deployed, he was gone for a year, but he’d told them when he left and why. Besides, that was years ago. He planned to retire in a few months.

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