Short Stories

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Title: Baverstock's Allsorts: Volume 1
Series: Baverstock's Allsorts #1
Release Date: May 9, 2014
Pages: 34

This eclectic collection of eight short-short pieces crosses from gritty science-fiction to heartwarming poetry, showcasing the versatility, imagination, comic wit, and pathos of author Jessica Baverstock. The perfect companion to an afternoon tea break or a morning commute, this collection will tickle your funny bone and tug at your heartstrings.

Baverstock’s Allsorts Volume 1 draws together science-fiction ('The Stone Trader' and 'Dinner Plans'), period fiction ('Obedient Tongues'), poetry ('I Love You, Mum' and 'Beach Talk'), sweet tales ('Will You Help Me?' and 'Buried Jewels') and a newspaper article with a twist ('The Morning Horticultural').

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Title: The Red Umbrella: A Short Story
Release Date: June 28, 2014
Genre: , ,
Pages: 32
ISBN13: 978-1534625143

Paulie dreams of traveling the world, and with her red umbrella by her side she is ready to tackle anything. But when she loses her umbrella on the Paris Metro, Paulie must face the city’s streets without her trusted companion.

An eventful day and a chance encounter with a wise new friend teach Paulie what it truly means to be a world nomad.

In this exquisite and sensitive tale, Baverstock captures a young person’s wonder and embarrassment in a new country, deftly weaving humour, wisdom and a celebration of life.

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Title: The Stone Trader: A Stone Keeper Short Story
Release Date: April 24, 2016
Genre: ,
Pages: 10

With humankind scattered among the stars in poverty-stricken colonies, only two things connect the last remnants of the race: a makeshift government, too busy arguing over a chain of command to be of use to its citizens, and traders, distributing necessities as they fly between colonies.

The Stone Trader trades in many things, but rocks are his specialty. He thinks himself an expert on the subject until two strange women claim to have found a rock like no other. It is a hoax or could it be the most extraordinary discovery humankind has ever made?

An origin short story set in the Stone Keeper universe.

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Title: Buried Jewels: A Short Story
Release Date: April 24, 2016
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Pages: 9

Annie is a grown woman now, past all that childish adventuring stuff, but when her cousin Henry claims to have overheard instructions to buried treasure she is forced to decide whether or not to invest her belief in one more childish adventure.

This story is also available in Baverstock’s Allsorts Volume 1

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Title: Birdsitting: A Short Story
Release Date: July 18, 2016
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Pages: 11

At age 57, Angelina has raised two children, run a business, and survived divorce.

She believes herself a woman capable of managing any challenge.
But when her daughter leaves her pet bird in Angelina’s care before setting off for Venice, Angelina comes face to face with the one thing she’s never managed to do in her life—achieve a dream that’s been with her since childhood.

A thoughtful and uplifting short story by the author of The Red Umbrella.

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Title: The Guardian of Sunday Afternoons: A Short Story
Release Date: Coming Soon
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Helen Summers spends every Sunday afternoon caring for small children, like little 5-year-old Peter who is intent on defying his mother's instructions.

As Helen tries to inculcate a few life lessons in her little nephew, she's reminded of the reasons why she has become the self-appointed guardian of Sunday afternoons.

Title: Kidnapping With Scruples: A Short Story
Release Date: Coming Soon
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Financial downturns affect all walks of life.

Even the criminal underworld.

Gary and Horace believe they've come up with a way to make the act of kidnapping a pleasant experience for all involved. Including, and especially, the kidnapee.

The problem is, Stephanie Monroe might be completely the wrong person to kidnap...

Title: Lines: A Romantic Short Story
Release Date: Coming Soon
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Heather Patterson has lived a live of converging and diverging lines.

Her husband had been incompatibly perpendicular, merely crossing her life temporarily on his way to 'better things.'

Her teenage son is gradually drifting away from her as he heads for adulthood.

And her father has completed the arc of sending her off into the world and then welcoming her back to his home in need of care.

Is it too much to expect that someone with matching tastes could converge with Heather's own continually straight line?

Can she find a parallel love?

Title: Pie! A Short But Yummy Story
Release Date: Coming Soon
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Brandon loves pie.

Especially apple and blueberry pie.

The problem is, Brandon isn't allowed pie for a whole week when he gets detention at school.

A bigger problem is that the kids at school are so annoying Brandon can't help getting detention.

But for pie, he'll give anything a go.

Title: Roast Chicken for Dinner: A Short Story
Release Date: Coming Soon
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Angie dreams of having a baby—of holding her own warm, tiny newborn to her chest—but always wakes to the reality of being childless.

So when Angie's sister, Marjorie, invites herself and her newborn baby around for dinner at Angie's place, Angie is forced to face her emotions head-on.

Title: The Surname Club: A Surname Club Short Story
Release Date: Coming Soon
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Mr. Wilhelm Daniel Fahrenheit's surname has been the bane of his existence.

Since his days in primary school, it has been a constant source of attention and ridicule and even now, well-past retirement age, the frustrations continue.

Mr. Fahrenheit just wishes to be left in peace!

But when his daughter hatches a plan to force him into interacting with people, Mr. Fahrenheit might finally find the understanding and friendship he's always wanted.

Title: Earnestine: A Short Story
Release Date: Coming Soon
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ISBN13: 978-1985175990

Earnestine is a consummate performer.

She lives for the roar of the audience: the waves of applause crashing down upon her as she entertains them, the ebb and flow of crowds coming and going from the Las Vegas stage she calls her own.

But as her audiences dwindle and her aching loneliness increases, Earnestine searches desperately for a solution to her problems.

Only one thing stands in her way.

One unavoidable fact.


…is a walrus.