Monday, August 29, 2011


Every Tuesday we publish the short stories of writers who write to a particular prompt. This week the prompt is "marching band". Click on the name of the author to view their story. Come back here when you're done to read another. Thanks for stopping by.

Jean Joachim (Contemporary Romance, PG-13)
        Sexy Night at the Museum

After an evening of interruptions, handsome Dr. Rick Banks, professor, lecturer and curator at the Washington Natural History Museum and Liza Holmes, the beautiful intern working under him for the year retired to his bedroom in Dr. Banks’ townhouse in the tony Foggy Bottom section of Washington, D.C.

Lindsay Downs (Mystery)
The sounds of the unofficial base band drifted through the open window.Emily, along with everyone else in the CID office, had stopped to listen.

 Summer glowered at Stone. 
“Come join us Mimi, the more the merrier. After our toast we are all closing the adjoining balcony doors.” Stone cocked his eyebrow and gave her a mocking smile. 
“You’re serious?” Beck poured Mimi a glass of champagne and handed it to her. He smiled at Mimi but she only had eyes for Stone.
 I wake up earlier than I expect to. I’m not sure why. Even Petey is still asleep.

Kay Springsteen (Romance) 
“I forgot what a pain game nights can be.” Anna allowed the car to idle forward by inches at a time. The brake lights on the sedan in front of them hadn’t gone out once since they’d pulled up behind it—Garrett checked his watch—fifteen minutes before.

            Small Town Veneer

Late afternoon sun filtered through the branches of the massive oak trees that stood like sentinels on the courthouse lawn as the marching band that led the annual homecoming parade approached the town square.  Sunlight danced across her freckle-dappled hands as Keisha waved one hand at the crowds.  With the other she reached up to touch the tiara that crowed her light brown hair.

Kathleen Grieve (Contemporary Medical Romance - PG)
The local high school marching band tuned their instruments on their local football field located on the opposite side of the fence backing up to Mary’s backyard.  With a groan she rolled over and buried her head under the pillow.  What on earth possessed school administration to torture the neighborhood at dawn on a Saturday morning?

Kharisma Rhayne (G rated)
Maggie sat on the bleachers in the cool misting rain. The moment she had turned thirteen she had wanted to leave this small town. Lanyard, Missouri had been her own remote hell—population 586. No freedom, no privacy, no mall. 

Elizabeth Black (Romantic Suspense) 
Victoria raced down the crowded street in a futile effort to keep up with Julian. She shoved her way past vendors seeking to lure her towards cowrie and leather chokers she would have bought had she not been distracted by a particular missing statue of Aphrodite. 

Monday, August 22, 2011


The prompt for this week's Tuesday Tales is "kiss". Click on the author's name to go to their story:

Jean Joachim (Contemporary Romance - PG-13)
Sexy Night at the Museum (Part Two)
Liza and Dr. Rick Banks walked from the D.C. subway to his town house in the tony Foggy Bottom section of Washington, D.C. It was a narrow brick house painted white.

Siobhan Kincade (Contemporary Romance)

The day dragged along slowly.  Karen was so bored she didn’t know what to do with herself, and was to the point where she felt she would start peeling the wallpaper if something didn’t happen soon.

Kathleen Tighe Ball (Contemporary romance)
Getting the group settled took much longer than Summer anticipated. All she could think about was the kiss that hadn’t happen, yet. Every time she looked at Stone, her lips tingled with anticipation.

Kay Springsteen (Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense)
 The cold wasn’t so bad. It was the six inches of wet snow that was giving Garrett trouble. He cursed under his breath as he slipped for the second time in as many steps. This time he twisted his leg and felt a hot pulling sensation in the vicinity of his wounded knee.
Casea Major(Sensual Romance - Rated R)
An Artful Kiss

When last we left Debbie Jenkins, she had just received an invitation for a drink in her boss' office – her very hot, newly single, boss she has secretly been in love with for five years.

Elizabeth Black (Romantic Adventure, PG-13) 
Chapter Three
At the sight of Julian Archer, Victoria Crenshaw wrestled between an urge to rush into his arms and another, equally strong urge to claw his eyes out. Victoria did not believe in love. 
Michael Charton (Sweet Romance)
A Kiss at the Turn of a Mile.
Esmeralda took Charles’ hand as they walked through the Greek statues. 
“I look forward to going to Greece and seeing where this great art came from and the source of our Western Civilization.  It is nice to share it with someone.”   

Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy (Romance, PG-13) “Wesley.    He sat up, banging his elbow against the spare tire, his head against the toolbox.  It was a woman’s voice, rich and soft as velvet and the sound of it was as intoxicating as the whiskey.
J.F. Jenkins (Contemporary)
  Gavin is out and about doing things with Petey, so it's just me
and Marit in the condo - alone. Which normally wouldn't be a big deal, but I am more or less in love with her.

Ursula Renee (Interracial Historical Romance - PG)
Sweet Jazz: A New Turn
Cass wondered when she would learn never to
trust a man who said trust him. Randy had dragged her to a…to a…she could not even think of the words to describe the place. Calling it a
dive would have been too kind.

Catherine Greenfeder (YA Paranormal)
A chill coursed down her arms as she put the phone away in her pocket. Ghosts can tamper with electronics. The voice, eerie feelings, the odd attraction to of all things a picture, and now her cell phone on the fritz
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Stories from 7 Authors written to the word prompt, "museum"

Click on the author's name to go to his or her blog and read their story:

Jean Joachim (Sensuous Contemporary Romance - PG-13)
"Sexy Night at the Museum"
Liza poured coffee into a cup and put it on the window sill, behind the curtain to cool. Professor Rick Banks liked his coffee black, so she didn’t add milk. Desperate feelings called for desperate measures.

J.F. Jenkins (Contemporary fiction)
I can’t believe they talk about me while they work. Rude much? Then again, I guess I’m just as guilty as he is. But it’s different. I’m not gossiping about him, or trying to play matchmaker.

Kathleen Tighe Ball(Romance)
Randi felt like a fool. Taking a chance on Stone already had her seeing red. 

Elizabeth Black (Romantic Adventure - PG)
"The Artifact" 
Victoria tore through the boxes in the storage room. "If I don't find this piece before the exhibit opens I'm dead meat. It's holding the entire exhibit together and without it the show will fall like a load of bricks.

Siobhan Kincade (Romance)
Pocahontas had always been jealous of Sacagawea. From the day they were placed, the positioning of the other woman had served as nothing but a reminder of all the things she did not have.

Michael Charton (Sweet Romance)
Esmerelda thought over what the man was saying.  Was he asking her to go to Greece with him? 

Casea Major (Sensuous Romance - PG-13)
A shrill screech echoed down the hall.  Followed by another…then another right on its heels. Debbie Jenkins pulled off her eyeglasses and pinched the bridge of her nose.