Sneak Peek: Alterations

Today we have a sneak peek from the short story collection by Rita Plush, Alterations.

Alterations is a collection of stories in which the author shifts from a group of domestic tales starting with a young girl to five linked stories that conclude the volume. The stories which originally appeared in various literary magazines, stand alone, but as a collection come full circle to examine a common theme—the aching need for family. All 18 stories explore how characters are altered by their circumstances. Their livelihoods are as diverse as woodworking, the wholesale clothing business and the interior design industry, reflecting their various cultures, classes and ages.

Alterations is available through, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon UK.

Here is an excerpt from Alterations

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Book Brief: Upon Your Return

Upon Your Return
by Marie Lavender
Genre: Historical Romance
Word count: 97,426

Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life. But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position. Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms. Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society…

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Flash Fiction Challenge: Hell Comes to Breakfast

The good-looking guy on my right is Valentin Karmanov. He’s an FSB agent and my best contact in the Russian intelligence community.

Lately, the information he’s gotten for me has turned out to be not so good. Our station chief thinks maybe the Russians are onto him.

I was concerned as well. I should have been more concerned. I did not make the older guy in the shades to my left, but I saw a reflection in Valentin’s sunglasses of the guy making a move for his gun.

The station chief always insists there be no gun play in public venues. Sometimes you don’t get what you want.

In 250 words or less, tell us a story incorporating the elements in the picture. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

Please keep language and subject matter to a PG-13 level.

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