Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing

Avi - 2006
    And whether you begin by reading alone or reading aloud, these stories are some of the very best to share.Featuring loyal pets, rogue waves, ghosts who use cell phones, and young people caught up in events beyond their control, these stories are written by some of the most entertaining and esteemed authors of children’s literature. They will have you savoring a quiet moment by yourself, talking during dinnertime with your family, and laughing in class with your friends.Though it may take only a few minutes to read, a terrific short story can take you on a long journey. Are you ready for the trip?

Summer Lovin'

Chrissy Munder - 2013
    Go skinny-dipping in a disused quarry. Hang out with the boys in the band. Meet a bad boy made good, and one with a shy smile that hides a dark secret. Or maybe get your heart pillaged by a Viking re-enactor. With gentle humour, hot sauce and a hefty scoop of romance, enjoy a quintet of sultry stories of men loving men from Clare London, Chrissy Munder, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, and Lou Harper. The mercury's not the only thing that's rising! Summer Hire by Chrissy MunderLost and Found on Lindisfarne by JL MerrowSalt 'n' Vinegar by Clare LondonWerewolves of Venice Beach by Lou HarperBy Quarry Lake by Josephine Myles

Taste and Other Tales

Michael Caldon - 1979
    These simplified editions keep within a 2000 word vocabulary, contain exercise material and an introduction to the text.

Best Erotic Romance

Kristina WrightDonna George Storey - 2011
    In erotic romance, the sexual component is critical to the development of the romantic relationship. Each of these masterfully written tales contains the essence of true romance: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying, optimistic ending. What sets Best Erotic Romance apart is the scorching hot sex and the happily-ever-after (or happy-for-now) ending. Award-winning romance writer and editor Kristina Wright and her cast of terrific romance writers have crafted stories that touch the hearts and minds of readers, and linger in the memory for a long, long time.

Dr's Orders

Piper Sullivan - 2019
    A big damn problem... I’m not a player, just a busy doctor with certain… needs. And being part of our small town charity event has made me an even hotter commodity.Which, as a red-blooded male, I appreciate.Too bad alluring single mom Maxine thinks I’m just another pretty face.But live for a good challenge. And I’m determined to prove her wrong.Between meddling match makers, secret dates and stolen kisses, I found myself falling for her.Until one mistake puts it all at risk.Now it’s up to me to show Maxine that I’m not like the men in her past.I’m her present. And her future. I like my relationships like I like eggplant, which is to say, not at all. After kicking my cheating ex to the curb, I vowed to focus on my daughter and my businessAnd things were going great.Until a blue-eyed ER doctor decided I was his next conquest.Dr. Derek Cahill was irresistible, with thick black hair and piercing blue eyes.And he kissed like he’d been taught by Aphrodite herself.After the first caress, I knew I was in trouble.I tried to resist him the second time. Truly, I did!But by the third kiss, I was a goner.So much for best laid plans.

Sweet Home

Wendy Erskine - 2018
    . . is every bit as good as her early stories in the always astute Stinging Fly magazine promised.' Jon McGregor, New StatesmanA reclusive cult-rock icon ends his days in the street where he was born; a lonely woman is fascinated by her niqab-wearing neighbours; a husband and wife become enmeshed in the lives of the young couple they pay to do their cleaning and gardening.Set in contemporary East Belfast, these eleven acutely observed short stories come charged with regret and sorrow, desire and yearning. With clear-eyed compassion and wry humour, Wendy Erskine deftly lays bare her characters’ struggle to maintain control in an often cruel world, where tragic events cast long shadows. Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine heralds the arrival of a wonderfully compelling and truly distinctive voice from Northern Ireland.

Stroke of Midnight

Carly Phillips - 2004
    But what will it take for them to forget the past, and warm up to the scintillating promises of the future?

Bang Crunch

Neil Smith - 2007
    A woman mourning the loss of her husband finds solace in talking to his ashes, entombed in a curling stone. The title story zeroes in on a girl with Fred Hoyle syndrome, whose age expands and contracts like the universe. The members of a support group for people with benign tumors begin to suspect that their meekness has caused their medical woes.Bang Crunch creates an extraordinary world inhabited by all-too-human characters, and heralds the arrival of a literary talent with an unfailing, exacting concern for the profundities of our lives.

He's the One

Linda Lael Miller - 2013
    But when she returns to her small Montana hometown, rodeo bad boy Tristan McCullough gives her a whole new lesson in power surge...JILL SHALVIS — Captivated *James Scott warned his investigator ex-wife Ella to be more careful. Now he finds the irate woman nearly naked and handcuffed to the towel rack in his Mexican vacation condo. He should release her. Then again...LUCY MONROE — Seducing Tabby *Everybody always wants Tabby Payton's beautiful sister. But not sexy English spy Calder Maxwell. He wants Tabby, body and soul, and he's willing to take the seduction to new levels to prove it...KATE ANGELL — No Shirt, No Shoes, No ServiceViolet Cates is done surfing beach bums. She's ready for a new wave, someone with more ambition than a grain of sand. Like Brad Davis. He looks like a beach bum, but looks can be so deceiving...CAT JOHNSON — Fish Out of WaterCarla Henricks is a cowgirl through and through, but her lasso has never met an English professor like Mark Ross. It's true opposites attract. Staying together is the juicy part...* Previously appeared in the 2005 anthology, Beach Blanket Bad Boys.

The Naked Truth

Donna Kauffman - 2005
    There are no rules to romance - and usually the only way to get a little is to take the plunge. Here are four original stories about four bold women who risk it all to win at the unpredictable game of love.

The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories: 2012

Laura FurmanLauren Groff - 2012
    Henry Prize Stories 2012 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. These remarkable stories explore the boundaries of the imagination in settings as various as an army training camp in China, the salt mines of Detroit, a divided Balkan town, and the eye of a hurricane. Also included are essays from the eminent jurors on their favorite stories, observations from the winners on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.

O. Henry Prize Stories 2008

Laura Furman - 2008
    Henry Prize Stories 2008 is studded with extraordinary settings and characters: a teenager in survivalist Alaska, the seed keeper of a doomed Chinese village, a young woman trying to save her life in a Ukrainian internet caf�. Also included are the winning writers' comments on what inspired them, a short essay from each of the three eminent jurors, and an extensive resource list of literary magazines.

Give and Take

Daisy Prescott - 2015
    Join the holiday fun with the characters from Daisy’s Wingmen and Modern Love Stories series. You never know who will show up at the annual Sip ’n Stroll in Langley. Someone’s pregnant. Someone’s engaged. And someone gets a puppy. Give and Take is a romantic comedy holiday short story (<15000 words) and should be read after reading the Wingmen novels and Modern Love Stories as it is a crossover companion story.

The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad

Twinkle Khanna - 2016
    Sixty-eight-year-old Noni Appa finds herself drawn to a married man – ‘Why do people have to define relationships, underline each word till the paper gives way beneath,’ she wonders. Bablu Kewat becomes obsessed with sanitary napkins much to his family’s horror, and a young woman keeps checking the weather forecast as she meticulously plans each of her five weddings. Funny, observant and wise, this is storytelling at its most irresistible.

Kiss Me, I'm Irish

Roxanne St. Claire - 2012
    Claire, Jill Shalvis and Maureen Child bring you three classic stories of sexy Irishmen and the women who love them...The Sins of His Past by Roxanne St. ClaireFor one incredible night, Kendra Locke gave Deuce Monroe everything she had. Then he walked away without a backward glance to chase his big-league dreams. Now after one too many daredevil stunts, he's back in his hometown ready to pick up where they left off--but Kendra has no intention of giving in so easily...Tangling with Ty by Jill ShalvisDr. Nicole Mann, a child prodigy who graduated high school at the age of thirteen, has no room in her mind or her schedule for romance. But when the architect renovating her apartment turns out to have a charming Irish accent, all bets are off--and Ty Patrick O'Grady plans to use every trick in his book to stay in her life for good.Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen ChildConnor Reilly only has a few weeks to go in his "no sex for ninety days" bet with his brothers--and he figures no woman is safer to be around than his best friend, Emma Jacobsen. Until Emma shows up at a bar in a short skirt and high heels, and suddenly seems anything but safe!