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About Michelle Francik
Michelle Francik is the USA Today Bestselling Author of cozy mysteries that get your heart pumping and make you laugh out loud. She loves to add a bit of romance to every story. She's always loved to read and write and has been creating worlds in her head since she was little. Now she gets to share her characters and worlds with others and she’s having a blast! Men who are strong and put their loved ones first, women who are bold and sassy and don’t take anything from anyone. Situations we can all relate to and mysteries with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Michelle’s stories are meant to entertain, make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye and most of all, be the bright spot of your day. Michelle lives in South Lake Tahoe and enjoys the sunshine, the snow, the bears and the giant raccoons.
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Presented in alphabetical order:
A Moment of Silence, by Annie Littlewolf
A Moonlight Rose, by Rachel Harris
A Mother's Love-Feeding Eve, by Michelle Francik
A Spiritual Feast, by Annie Littlewolf
A Witch's Halloween Surprise (A Fae of Calaveras Story), by Kristen S. Walker
Autumn Harvest, by Virginia M. Barilla
But This Only Happens in Movies, by Katrina O'Brien
Connection, by Michelle Francik
Coughing, by Kristen S. Walker
Darker Than Dark, by Carlos F. Gonzalez
Indulgence, by Michelle Francik
Porch Light, by Ichabod Ebenezer
Seeing Double, by C.O. Bonham
Stay Away From the Cemetery, by Brandy Galaznik
The Coming of Halloween, by Virginia M. Barilla
The Halloween Quilt, by M. Quinn Evans
The Haunted Canal Town, by Kristi Asher
The Master Chef Mouse, by Annie Littlewolf
The Musicians and the Werewolves, by Kristen S. Walker
The Pale Child. by Jeff Bacon
The Watching Eyes, by M. Quinn Evans
Thorns and Firelight, by Hannah Schofield
Touched, by M. Quinn Evans
When Love Comes, by Brandy Morrison
Wicked Rotten Apples, by Michelle Francik
Whether it's shadows, a love story, or a flame burning bright, these stories will make you think twice about turning off the lights. Curl up with a loved one and enjoy this anthology of all things Halloween!
Some people are determined to act as if everything’s normal while others are devastated that they can’t have their annual Halloween gala. Trick or treating has either been cancelled or there are so many rules in place to protect everyone from Covid-19 that it barely resembles its previous incarnations.
For the 2020 Halloween Short Story Challenge, I tasked the authors to look at Halloweens past, present and future. I suggested they view the holiday through the out-of-focus lens of 2020, but they didn’t have to. I challenged them to search outside the box, inside the box and all around the box, until they found something that resonated within them.
For many, this year has been one of loss, fear, uncertainty and apathy. It’s been hard to get out of bed let alone be creative. That’s why this was an especially difficult, yet important, Challenge.
The authors in this anthology accepted that challenge and they’ve written an incredible, eclectic assortment of Halloween stories and poems. They’ll terrify you. They’ll delight you. They’ll make you laugh. And hopefully, for at least as long as it takes you to read them, you’ll be distracted from the real-life horrors of 2020. Enjoy!
Author's Note: This novella was previously published in a collection of stories, called Black Cat Crossing, that made the USA Today Bestseller list. The book was discontinued, and I got my rights back to my story. I’m publishing it as a stand-alone novella, but it does connect my Enchantingly Yours: Season 1 series with my upcoming series, Pixie’s Pies and Potions. “Bewitching Henry” takes place just after Stella’s story in “When Witches Come True,” (Pixie and Henry are introduced in that book, as well.)
Now she’s having trouble breathing again. But is it because the danger is escalating? Or is it because the handsome new Marshal makes her feel things she’s never felt before? Can Susan find the strength to keep going, to solve the mystery, and to keep herself--and the man she’s falling in love with--safe?
Author's Note: This series is an experiment in perspective and human nature. I’ve been wanting to explore the idea of how people experience things differently, so I decided to write four books about the same series of events but from different perspectives.
Each book is written from a different character’s point of view and gives more back story, plus a deeper understanding of who they are and how they see things. The timelines are the same and the major events are the same, starting with Stella asking them all to participate in a dating reality show, and ending with their epilogues after the show has ended. But each character’s journey is uniquely her own.
Each book is a stand-alone story with its own mini-mystery, and each main character has her own happily ever after. There are hints and clues throughout the earlier books, but you won’t know how it all ends until the final book in the series. While this is unconventional, I believe there are readers who will find this interesting and exciting.
Join me on this unique journey and experience the magic and mystery of human nature!
What does unconditional love mean to you? That's the question these authors were asked to answer and write about in this Short Story Challenge. Oh, and since this is the Animals Edition, they had to feature an animal!
In this anthology, you'll find 21 original works from 10 very different authors! Stories, poems and essays that reveal the bravery, joy, grief, humor and hope of unconditional love.
Enjoy these amazing stories by:
C. O. Bonham
Linda Hudson Hoagland
Virginia M. Barilla
This anthology is a collection of essays, poems and stories that touch on how the Corona virus has affected us all. The authors dug deep and wrote honestly about their fears and their struggles, but also their joys and revelations! Funny, touching, thought-provoking: there's something for everyone!
Love is universal. As is heartbreak. Forbidden love makes the heart race. Lost love creates an ache that can last an eternity.
Love letters can be heartbreaking or exhilarating. They can create hope or dash it. They can be written to future loves, current loves or past loves. They can bring comfort or despair.
In this anthology, you’ll find it all, and each story has its own voice and its own message.
A Change of Circumstances-The application is complete, but her questions remain. Will she measure up? Is she making a mistake?
A Smile-Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference in someone’s life.
A Twins' Blessing-Folklore and twins. Grief and joy.
Dear X-A letter we’ve all written.
Letters of Tragedy-Three stories in one that look at a famous tragedy from different perspectives.
Love Letter to Life-A brutally honest letter about depression, fear, and strength.
Love Letters to the Lonely Hearts-A reminder that we’re not alone, especially when we feel like we are.
Love's Voyage to Eternity-A lovely poem about the choices we make, and how we’re not alone in our journey.
My Dearest Robert-A joyous remembrance of a life together.
Neptune's Compassion-A love story that ends with a mystery.
Sealed With a Kiss-Deciding to choose hope over fear.
The Forbidden Kiss-A young girl’s mental gymnastics about her relationship with her teacher.
Ticket 972, A Saturday Morning at the DMV, and Colin-Sometimes life is predictable. And sometimes something unexpected happens.
Written in Stone-Sometimes things are just meant to be.
This anthology was written by authors who signed up for the 2020 Love Letters Short Story Challenge, hosted by author, Michelle Francik. They met the challenge and this anthology is the end result!
Also included is a chapter about our past Challenge winners; what they're up to and how they felt about the Challenges they participated in!
Love is a risk. So is choosing a good book. Take a chance on these authors and their stories. Find your soulmate. Let go of your fear. Read their stories. Find the perfect Love Letter for you!
Things that go bump in the night. Mighty warriors, dragons, and fairies. Ogres and cupids. Magic, mystery and mayhem. Join our authors on a journey through time. To a place where magic exists and things are not always what they seem. Fourteen authors and eighteen stories. Tales of bravery, enchantment, terror, and romance.
What are you waiting for?