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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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The gifts of gratitude described inside include the subjects of children, pets, nature, travel and, in one case, mushrooms. We also list our favorite causes we support.
And we are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating gratitude: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what's around you and give appreciation.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—gratitude!
Contributors include Martin Salama, Holly R. Fitzpatrick, Rich Liotta, Crystal Rector, LaVerne M. Byrd, Katherine Cobb, Carol Brusegar, Irena Kay, Rick Binder, Rebecca Brown, Patti Smith, Jen DG, Linda Bittle, Shona Battersby, Ruth McGarry, Uranchimeg (Urna) Belanger, Roberta Gold, Bill McCarthy, Kerri McManus, and Asha Khalil.
Also Judi G. Reid, Gwyn Goodrow, Joe Raab, Veronica Hollingsworth, Nikki Brown, Anne M. Skinner, Susan P. Sloan, Daphne Bach Greer, Fiona-Louise, Grace Kusta Nasralla, Merwyn Evans, Lisa S. Campbell, Dr. Ola B. Madsen, Carol Trant Dean, Connie Ragen Green, and Heidi Miller-Ford.
Also Marcelle della Faille, Carol Stockall, Michelle Francik, Michelle Barrial, Mary Anne Strange, Paula S. Webb, Norma Bonner Elmore, Ruben J. Rocha, Linda Faulk, Leasha West, Maxiann Forbes, Shari-Jayne Boda, Ellen Watts, Diana Bianchi, and Lorrie M. Nixon.
Also Charlisa E. Delancy-Cash, Carol Caffey, Barbara Watson, Nancy J. Haberstich, Mary Duggan, Rachel A. Kowalski, Joel Bloom, Carla Parvin, LC Plaunt, Steve Sponseller, Diane Kurzava, Holly Pitas, Corynne Stickley, Tara Kachaturoff, Mary Choo, Letitia Hicks, Karen Hannon, Susan Hayes, Debbie Bolton, Metka Lebar, Rocky Henriques, Donna Mogan, Bonita Bandaries, and Maria E Davis.
Also Gregory Hoffmaster, La Wanna G. Parker, Alberta Fredricksen, Dawn Rafferty, Margy Lang, Robyn MacKillop, Audrey Berry, Caroline Ravelo, Brenda Lanigan, Taeko Hayatsu, Clay Morgan, Ingrid Cook, Peggy Lee Hanson, Donna Burgher, LuWanda Ford, Tonia Sample, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Kit Rosato, and Cherry-Ann Carew.
Also Adrienne Dupree, Anne Domagala, Warren L. Henderson, Jr., Ruth Strebe, Katie De Souza, Gabby De Souza, Suzanne Cousins, Melissa Ellen Penn, J. Russell Burck, Louise Lavergne, and Katrina Oko-Odoi.
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?
Ichabod Ebenezer: Ferrel Brothers Carnival
Virginia M. Barilla: The Metamorphosis of Bobby Finn, The Neighbor From Hell, Hold Your Nose . . . Great Caesar's Ghost
Francine Muzykant: The Sketch
Colleen Cade: The Demon Clown, Memories, My Favorite Carnival Food, Monsters Are Real, The Craft and the Coaster, Peggy's Surprise, Too Much of a Good Thing
M. Quinn Evans: My Home, The Fun House
Victoria Fletcher: Halloween, Did You See That?
Meagan Myhren-Bennett: Midnight's Carnival, One of the Carnies
Michelle Francik: The Masked Woman, Cheese Balls and Chopped Nuts
Linda Hudson Hoagland: Wheel of Death
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
WHAT WE LOVE describes relationships with children, spouses, pets, nature, travel and more.
We are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating love: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what's around you that's ready for love from you.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—what we love!
Danielle Guerin; Nancy Moorhouse; Susan Shatzer; Holly R Fitzpatrick; Connie Ragen Green; Nicole Bissett; Katie De Souza; Cody Dakota Wooten; Martin Salama; Lori Sweet; Dr. Irena Kay; Diane Kurzava; Kim Forthofer; LaVerne M. Byrd; Michelle Francik; Marcelle della Faille; Jen DG; Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff; Charlisa E. Delancy-Cash; Chineme Noke; Paula S Webb; Carol Stockall; Cheryl A Major; Lorrie M. Nixon; Carma Spence; Sylvio Roy; Carol Brusegar; Ruben J. Rocha; Heidi Miller-Ford; Asha Khalil; Warren L. Henderson; LC Plaunt; Margy Lang; Alberta Fredricksen; Shona Battersby; Crystal Rector; Mary Anne Strange; Bill McCarthy; Stewart Forthofer; Pamela James; Julaina Kleist-Corwin; Taeko Hayatsu; Colin Bird; Melissa Ellen Penn; Robyn Campbell; Patti Smith; Joyce Blue; Melanie Day; Merwyn Evans; Shirley J. Noah; Diana Bianchi; Ruth McGarry; Roberta Gold; Barbara Cole; LuWanda Ford; Robyn MacKillop; Fiona-Louise; Norma Bonner Elmore; Kerri McManus; Sharon G. Teed; Suzy Taylor Oakley; Judi G. Reid; Mary Choo; Francis Heran; Metka Lebar; Mike Myers; Gwyn Goodrow; Daphne Bach Greer; Joe Raab; Nikki Brown; Donna M. Mogan; Dixie L. Thompson; Sergey Skudaev; Holly Pitas; Rebecca Brown; Letitia Hicks; Patrice Porter; Lori R Winslow; Karen Hannon; Barbara Watson; Carol Caffey; Donna Burgher; Nancy Haberstich; Dona C. Murphy; Tina Nies; Susan J Walklate; Beth Munro; Debbie Bolton; Joy Harris; Michelle Denier; Angela Boothroyd; Leasha West; Renee A. Moses; Gregory Paul Hoffmaster; Melinda J. Kelly; Benjamin M. Boyle; Suzanne S. Farmer; Corinne McKeown; Michael E. Bourland; Nancy Haberstich; Anitra S. White; Dawn Eileen; Megan Saint-Marie; Nancy Haberstich; Diane L. Haworth; Michelle Barrial; Nicole Toomey Davis; Ginger Wellspring; Peggy S. Lynn; Agata Szkiela; Maria Falcon; Tonia Sample; Ruth Strebe; Jewelle Colwell Boldt; Marius Bill; Danielle Guerin.
But there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. The sun always rises, bringing us a new day, with new promise.
For the fourth Short Story Writing Challenge of 2021, the authors were tasked with writing poems and short stories that reflect the theme: Hope and Renewal.
In this anthology you'll find 24 stories or poems written by 10 authors who did their best to find hope, love, and the promise of a new day. These stories will make you laugh, cry, and remind you that this too shall pass.
Get your copy today. And send one to every person you know who needs something to hope for and look forward to. Our goal is to make your day a little brighter!
This is Book 9 in our Short Story Challenge Anthology series.
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 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!
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.)
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!