Tag: short stories

Show Off (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Show Off (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

A short story featuring characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries. Belinda bobbed around in the gentle waves rolling toward her favorite beach in Portside. The sun was in full swing, the ocean providing needed relief from the heat. After baking on the beach for a little while, she was more than happy to take the plunge into the chilly water. Other beachgoers followed suit, and Belinda watched some teen boys nearby splashing around, goofing off for the girls who were still on shore. After glancing over at Bennett, who floated near her, she splashed him in the face. He […]

Cakewalk (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Cakewalk (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

This story features characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries. How much more determination would it take to get that dog to do what Belinda wanted? “Pull the cart, you big oaf,” she said with hands on hips to the sad-eyed beast who panted up at her. The shaggy brown and black dog was hitched up to a lightweight wooden cart filled with cupcakes. Belinda was experimenting with an idea for a party Cake Diva was catering. Her cousin’s friend had even agreed to lend her dog for the job. But it would only work if Rixton cooperated. A breeze […]

Clean Break (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Clean Break (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

A short story featuring characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries. The first thing Belinda did after her twin brother, Kyle, left was clean his room top to bottom. He’d taken most of his possessions with him on his sailing excursion to Australia, so his bedroom was as stripped down as it was going to get. No clothes on the floor. No change splattered on top of the dresser. No bed linens sagging off one corner. It was the perfect time to deep clean. After stripping the bed, Belinda threw open the windows that faced the side of the driveway. […]

14 Fun Short Stories

14 Fun Short Stories

Sometimes when I’m working on one of my books, I’ll get ideas that are cute or fun or interesting, but they don’t fit in the context of a book. And almost every week, my sister and I do a writing exercise together. These regular practice sessions keep my writing gears nimble, and sometimes produce ideas I can use in a book, but a lot of the time it’s just for fun. So partly for those reasons, I started taking some of those snippets and character moments and fleshed them out into short stories. It was something fun to post on my blog for readers and for me! The number […]

Service With A Smile (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Service With A Smile (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

This story features characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, a cozy mystery book series. In this story, Madame Russo is Belinda’s…client?   Belinda gazed down at the fragile cupcake of hope. With trembling fingers, she carefully removed it from the pastry box, peeled off the wrapper, and set it down on a white china dessert plate. She hadn’t taken any chances in presentation that day. If this was going to work, everything had to be good enough for a queen. Or her grandmother. Actually, Belinda thought serving a queen might be less stressful. She’d barely slept the night before […]

Spy Night (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Spy Night (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

    This story features characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries. At the end of the day, Belinda knew she could trust Kyle. She could trust her twin brother with her deepest, darkest secrets. She could trust him to come in first place in the Portside Yacht Club’s sailing regatta. She could trust him to bring home tasty leftovers after a day at the marina. She could not, however, trust him to go out on a date with Colleen Maguire–TV reporter-slash-former-thorn-in-her-side–and not end up on the late night news. Belinda followed Kyle in her car, trying to keep a […]

Caught Empty-Handed (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Caught Empty-Handed (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

This story features characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries.   “What makes you think I’d eat all the leftover cupcakes?” Kyle said, sitting at the dining room table. Belinda stared down at her brother, hands on her hips, quirking one eyebrow. After several seconds of Belinda maintaining that pose, Kyle finally broke down. “Okay, so what if I would eat them all?” He splayed his hands out on the table. “Doesn’t mean I did.” Bennett sat at the other end of the table, flipping through his photography magazine and sniggering. He knew Kyle may as well just give it […]