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A Ristretto Shot of Short Fiction


A very short story. A mystery tale of a late night taxi ride where the final passenger may not be all that she seems.


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Love in a Hopeless Place



Sub-Prime: a short story of our times.


Far more than a love story - this is a story about love.


A #1 Kindle Best Seller in Short Stories.


Two powerless beings are swept together in a transient struggle for survival. Could the human spirit transcend the brutality and indifference of their brief experience before they are once again swept helplessly apart?


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Escape To Love


Everyone is trying to escape their past - but some have more to conceal than others.


A story of love trust and suspense.


Even in the barren wasteland of urban decay new green life is possible. In Nature and in Love, that which can be, somehow finds a crack, a corner or ledge and grasps its chance of life.  A woman on the run from domestic violence with no one but her vulnerable and damaged teenage child as a companion, lives in isolation and fear. While her hand to mouth scenarios are played out in the shadow of a threatening suspense, a story of crime and love unfolds around her. She cannot risk her child. Her own longings for love and romance have to take a poor second place. When the fallout from a prison break, a hero rescue and a murder mystery crash through her door and into her need and loneliness, it is no longer a crime story. It is a question of when Love in itself is a crime and how far a woman will go in its name and for those she loves.


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Love in a Hopeless Place

A mature woman stumbles into a discovery of herself that she had never suspected.


Dare she give in to love? Will sexual passion and fear overwhelm her stable life? Who can she trust to love her for herself?


As Lyn's previous life crumbles behind her an unexpected and inappropriate ally appears from the rubble to help her onwards. Maybe now she will be free to explore her new world in which she is still an innocent? Her own desires and their uncontrollable consequences leave her no option but to go forward. Even as her emotional and sexual need drive her on, there are no certainties ahead. An unexpected ally provides physical support yet perhaps an inappropriate comradeship.



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The Chosen

A #1 Kindle Category Bestseller in Short Stories


A story reminiscent of the 'Tales of the Unexpected' series.


A woman, a man, a van and a plan.


What do painting and decorating, Thai brides, self-help manuals and pay-day loans have in common? J.A. knows the answer. Follow his his quest for love and happiness in The Chosen. When the luck runs out; the lucky walk away. A humorous short story set in the extremis of everyday.


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The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection


An anthology of stories from the engine room of the human condition. 


Five stand-alone titles published over the last two years, from No. 1 bestselling short story writer Emma Calin, combined in this great value 'boxed-set'. 


Every stranger on the street is a separate story. Their clothes, age and posture reveal some of it. A collection of short stories allows us to illuminate an overall narrative through the rainbow prism of disparate experience. To this we can add our own sense of empathy or even disgust. On the bus that just passed by and inside the building across the street, these unconnected stories are unfolding. It is the unknown secrets and truths of others that form the background on which we unwittingly paint ourselves. The characters who feed the boilers and push the brooms, the individually powerless. All the same, they struggle to assert the human imperative of love, whether or not that be sexual or even available. 


The LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION brings you five novelettes and short stories that explore this universal quest for acceptance and respect; our need to love and be loved. Social realism for the 21st century. 


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