Tag: short stories

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 […]

Caked Out (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Caked Out (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

  This story features characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries.   There’s a heavy price to pay for loving cupcakes, Belinda thought, watching Victoria finish the remnants of the Cake Diva’s infamous coconut cream pie cupcake. Victoria reclined at her banquette off the kitchen, one hand on her baby bump, licking icing off her other fingers. Belinda watched in satisfaction, smiling as her friend relished every last morsel. “You have no idea how happy this has made me,” Victoria said, wiggling her peach-polished toes. “But you can have one too. You don’t have to keep your hands off just […]

Impact (A Birthright Short Story)

Impact (A Birthright Short Story)

  This story features characters from The Birthright, a young adult science fiction series.   Lachlan and I pulled into our driveway and I just hoped the house was visitor safe. And I don’t mean clean. I mean free of anything that screamed “alien.” Granted, most everything was locked away in the secret basement. But stuff happened occasionally. Lachlan lingered outside, turning in a circle in the driveway. “Wow,” he said. “This is where you live?” I nodded, feeling sheepish for some reason. He smiled and wandered toward the lake, rocking the canoe on the bank, and looking inside it. […]