FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: A Birthday Gift

 

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Kellie placed a hand on her stomach for what seemed like the hundredth time. Every time there was a movement, she felt herself whispering the same chant over and over…

“Please, dear God, not this time…not this time.”

Even after the specialist showed her the test results, Kellie found it hard to let herself believe. Every time it ripped a little more of her heart to have to say goodbye to the dream.

She felt the ripple again and wrapped both arms around her swollen abdomen. It was so hard to not have hope even after the many times that same hope was crushed with the reality of a life lost. As the ripples turned into beginning waves of pain, Kellie hugged herself even tighter and whispered again, “Please, dear God, just this once let everything turn out right. For Jackie’s sake.”

Kellie slowly eased out of the chair and waddled over to the door. It was time to leave.

She had loved this little one for nine months. Now it was time for someone else to take over. The phone only rang once before Jackie picked up.

“Is everything okay, Kel?” She could hear the heavy breathing on the other end.

Even through the newest ripple of pain, Kellie managed to smile through the tears.

“Yeah, sis. Meet me at the hospital. I think I’m about to become an aunt!”

 

Now it’s your turn! Add a paragraph or start your own story in the comments below…

 

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SHIP OF DREAMS COMING IN OCT! CHOCOLATE TRAIN WRECK COMING IN NOV!

 

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Best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: Ship of Dreams, will be available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers on October 14th, 2019.

FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: Double Trouble

 

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Diablo swooped low over the cauldron, trying to catch a whiff of what might be bubbling below. Cinder followed his brother, dropping  and swirling as he zipped past the cauldron.

Landing on a perch nearby, Diablo waiting for his brother to settle next to him before speaking, “Did you smell that, Cinder? Could she have added eye of newt?”

Cinder ruffled his feathers and preened a little before replying, “I don’t know, but I definitely caught a hint of black nightshade.”

“But surely she wouldn’t set out to kill them, would she?”

“Well, you know how crazy she gets when kids come banging at her door.”

“Yeah, but what do you expect with all that candy hanging everywhere? We’ve both told her it’s only gonna cause trouble to decorate the outside like that.”

“Maybe we should say something to those kids we saw in the woods earlier? They were heading in this direction.”

“I heard the male human call the other one Gretel. Maybe they won’t come here.”

Diablo turned his head almost upside down to stare at his brother, “Whooo are you kidding? They’ll be here by nightfall and then it’s double trouble for those two!”

Cinder hopped over to the edge of the perch, preparing to take flight. “Oh, I don’t know, there still may be time to warn them…”

 

Now it’s YOUR turn. Who’s coming for a visit? Will Diablo and Cinder warn them or will they just sit silently by and let the cauldron do it’s dastardly deed? Add a paragraph or start your own story in the comments below…

 

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Amelia Earmouse travels back through time to uncover little known secrets. You may THINK you know your history, but wait until you see what Amelia uncovers in this latest volume of HISTORY’S MYSTERIES!

In Book One, Ship of Dreams, ten-year-old Margaret can hardly wait to see the largest ship ever built visit Southampton! Life is already hard for her family in the spring of 1912, but the coal workers’ strike could turn a bad situation into a deadly one. Margaret hopes to see the great Titanic leave on its maiden voyage, but will the strike prevent it from happening?

 

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Best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: Ship of Dreams, will be available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers on October 14th, 2019.

Flash Fiction Tuesday: Ship of Dreams


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Check out the sneak peek at Ship of Dreams…coming October 14th, 2019. Want to know more?

 

Chapter One

The Journal

 

 

Wednesday, March 20th, 1912

Dear Journal,

This is my first time writing in you. I got you for my birthday today from Aunt Alberta. Momma says every young lady should keep a journal of her most private thoughts. I asked her what kind of thoughts a ten-year-old girl would have that was important enough to write down. Momma told me not to be so saucy. There’s just no talking to Momma when she scrunches up her eyebrows and her smile turns upside down, so here I am, scribbling on this blank page just to be able to tell her I wrote my thoughts today.

Well, there is one thing I can tell you DIDN’T happen today, Journal, and that’s the maiden voyage of the White Star Line’s newest ship. They call the ship Titanic and I hear it’s the biggest one ever built! Momma and I were supposed to meet Papa down at the docks to say goodbye to all those folks traveling to faraway places like America. It was going to be kind of special, it being my birthday and all. I must remember to ask Papa at dinner tonight what happened. Papa sure is lucky to be one of White Star Line’s tally men. He might oversee loading things onto the ships, but he hears all the latest gossip down on the docks as well. That means Momma and I do too…

 

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Amelia Earmouse

 

Amelia Earmouse travels back through time to uncover little known secrets. You may THINK you know your history, but wait until you see what Amelia uncovers in this volume of HISTORY’S MYSTERIES!

In Book One, Ship of Dreams, ten-year-old Margaret can hardly wait to see the largest ship ever built visit Southampton! Life is already hard for her family in the spring of 1912, but the coal workers’ strike could turn a bad situation into a deadly one. Margaret hopes to see the great Titanic leave on its maiden voyage, but will the strike prevent it from happening?

 

Tell your friends to mark their calendar!!

 

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Best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: Ship of Dreams, will be available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers on October 1th, 2019.

FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: Flipper Sunday

 

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Ariel liked the feel of the sun heated sand between her toes. It was almost a ritual by now…waking up every Sunday and making the 30 minute trip here. It used to be their favorite hideaway. That is until a rainy night and a slick turn of the highway took him from her. It was six months since Ariel buried Brandon. Six months to wonder if the pod was still nearby but no energy to make the trip.

That is, until last night when she could hear them in a dream calling to her. Wondering why she no longer visited them. Nudging the little ones to the surface , hoping to share the wonder of them with her.

Maybe it was better this way. Maybe she’d find Brandon waiting for her just beyond the horizon. Maybe the pod could take her there.

Sugary sand became darker, more dense and cooler to the touch as Ariel got closer to the water’s edge. She never thought about it before, but her parents named her well. Nothing to tether her to this world, Ariel was better off returning to her past.

Removing her windbreaker, she folded it carefully and lay it on some nearby rocks. Methodically, Ariel removed the rest of her clothes, as if saying goodbye to everything reminding her of her old life, before calmly striding into the surf.

It wasn’t long before she could hear them. Low at first, their song broke through the waves and she saw the leaders diving through the surf as they raced towards her. Now Ariel knew for sure Brandon was waiting for her. Why else would he have sent the dolphins for her?

Now it’s your turn! Add to my story or start one of your own in the comments below…

 

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Best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: Don’t Rock The Boat

 

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Kelly regained consciousness as a wave of pain shot through his skull. The lump on the back of his head the size of a goose egg gave him a real good indication why he had a splitting headache. Gingerly feeling all over the rest of his body, Kelly felt grateful that was the only injury he had. For a moment, he kept his eyes closed to the bright light he felt coming from overhead and just lay on the rocky ground digging into his back.

The last thing he could remember was coming across a couple of local thugs outside a cafe not far from the hostel where he was staying. So much for traveling half way around the world to help some starving third world village have a better life. Second week into a two month missions trip already cursed with terrible living conditions, questionable food, and now this!

Realizing for the first time the surface he was laying on wasn’t the ground at all but something gently rolling him back and forth, Kelly slowly opened his eyes to find himself huddled in the bottom of an old boat. Surprise made him jerk upright…a decision he instantly regretted when the boat immediately started to toss him around. The swift motion brought another wave of pain shooting through his head and disturbed alligators lying motionless on the bank of the river just a few feet from his boat. Motionless that is, until they caught the boat’s movement and began silently slipping one by one into the murky water to head in his direction.

A cold sweat broke out all over his body as Kelly frantically looked around and realized there was nothing in the boat he could use to defend himself. His buddies warned him all the time his mouth was going to get him into trouble one day. Kelly looked at the rippling waters heading in his direction and realized in terror that TROUBLE was about to come calling!

Now it’s your turn. How does this story end? Does Kelly become alligator bait? Add to my story or start a new one in the comments below…

 

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Best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: Penny’s Plight

 

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“Shhh,” Penny whispered to herself. “You don’t want to wake up the gatekeeper.”

Dropping into a crouch, Penny pressed her back against the wooden fence in an attempt to make herself as small as possible. She didn’t know exactly what time it was, but if she had to guess, it was close to midnight.

Moving as quickly as she could, Penny didn’t stop until she cleared the courtyard, stopping only long enough to gulp down some of the Mountain Dew she nabbed from the nurse’s desk earlier that evening. She could feel her heart threatening to jump out of her chest and more than once she looked over her shoulder, nervously expecting the gatekeeper to let lose the hounds.

Penny could just make out the corner tower a few feet ahead of her. There was a spot in the fence line just big enough for her to squeeze her body through. If she were caught trying to escape, Penny knew she would be better off dead than what the gatekeeper would have waiting for her. But after what she saw this afternoon, death would be better than remaining here…

 

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International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

FLASH FICTION TUESDAY:

 

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Shalla eased her foot off the gas and watched the speedometer slowly drop below the speed limit sign she saw flash by in her rear view mirror. She knew what her mother would have said.

“Slow down Shalla! The devil’s no chasing you, gurl!”

The moonlight on the curves ahead reminded Shalla she was almost to the spot she dreaded every time she drove home at night. It had been five years since the accident. And four years since her mother started visiting Shalla in her dreams.

At times she thought she was losing her mind. But then there were times, like tonight, that Shalla wondered if her mother wasn’t trying to warn her about something. She was deep in thought and almost forgot about the curves coming up when she looked up to see a strange light by the road leading to the next bend. Again her mother’s voice whispered through her mind.

“Shalla, stop now, gurl!”

Not giving herself time to question it, Shalla braked and pulled onto the shoulder…just in time to see a pair of headlights careening out of control from around the bend and heading toward the spot in the road she had just been before the driver got the vehicle back under control, speeding off into the darkness behind her.

Wrapping her shaking arms around her suddenly cold body, Shalla realized how close she’d come to repeating that same horrible accident of five years ago. 

But the thing that was freaking her out the most?

That strange light she’d seen earlier was now gone, but funny how it looked like her mother had been standing inside the light just before Shalla hear her voice…

Now it’s your turn! Did Shalla’s mother really save her that night? Or was it just all a strange bit of luck? Add to my story or create a new one all of your own in the comments below…

 

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Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of LUNADAR. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne. But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song. With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of LUNADAR at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?

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International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.