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The Secret Door – An Example Of Twisted Flash Fiction

Twisted Flash Fiction (Volume 1) by Jaime & Raechel Faulkner
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Our authors Jaime & Raechel Faulkner are making a name for themselves as writers of flash fiction.

However, it seems as though a lot of people are unaware of the term “flash fiction”, so we asked them to write a sample story so we can show you what we mean when we talk about “twisted flash fiction”.

The exact definition is somewhat fluid, as this excerpt from Wikipedia shows: “Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature or fiction of extreme brevity.[1] There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category. Some self-described markets for flash fiction impose caps as low as three hundred words, while others consider stories as long as a thousand words to be flash fiction.”

The Twisted Flash Fiction stories that Jaime & Raechel write are all 500 words long (as measured by their writing tool of choice, Scrivener), which definitely qualifies them as flash fiction, while the “twisted” part comes from the fact that all of their stories have an unexpected twist at the end.

So, on to the sample story, which is called The Secret Door. (The inspiration for this story came from a flash fiction challenge issued by the author Chuck Wendig).


I’d seen so many movies and TV shows that talked about “walking into the light” and waiting for your “personal door” to appear that I’d come to see them both as nothing more than clichés.

So to have both of these experiences happen to me at the same time was as surprising as finding an honest politician.

But I’m getting ahead of myself – let me back-track for you, to put you in the picture.

It was early February and I’d been driving in an unfamiliar dimly-lit inner city neighborhood when I was distracted by a storm warning on the radio, so I never even saw the young child run into the street in front of me.

I truly hoped his grieving parents were right in their beliefs, that their little boy would go to Heaven and enjoy everlasting peace, even though I didn’t share their faith. Never much of a believer in supreme beings or the after-life, either in the Heaven or Hell variety, I’d always lived my life taking responsibility for my own actions: no quick confession, no Hail Mary, no penance for me – my own conscience was my one and only judge, jury and executioner.

Still shaking when I got home, I jumped straight into the shower, as though trying to wash away what I’d done. It was fruitless, needless to say, and afterward, when I wiped away the condensation from the steamed-up mirror, I saw a monster looking back at me – I swore bright red horns were growing out of my forehead.

The Devil’s eyes – or maybe they were my own – burned into my brain, and a compulsion grew deep within me, forcing me to remove the old-fashioned cutthroat razor from the glass resting on the shelf above the sink.

To be honest, I’m really not sure whether I tried that hard to stop myself from slicing open my carotid artery.

And that’s why a fountain of blood sprayed the bathroom walls.

I vaguely remember falling to the floor and bleeding out, painfully, before I lost consciousness.

Which brings me up to date again.

This four-paneled door, sporting a huge ornate knocker, appeared out of nowhere and I immediately knew what it was, in spite of my former disbelief.

Should I knock first, or should I just open it?

Hesitant, I reached out but before my hand could lift the large ring, the door mysteriously swung open to reveal a blinding white light.

Wow!

I’m not sure whether I walked through that portal or whether I was sucked in. Regardless, I heard the heavy door slam shut behind me. Startled by the noise, I turned in time to see the entire doorway dematerialize, leaving me standing in a dry ice-like fog any rock concert organizer would be proud of.


Furever In Love

Furever In Love by Jaime & Raechel Faulkner

Furever In Love is the latest poetry collection by Jaime & Raechel Faulkner.

This book is a compilation of 35 poems originally published as a two-part short story, told in verse, inside two larger books of love poems that we wrote:

  1. Love Poems For The One You Love – Volume 1
  2. Love Poems For The One You Love – Volume 2

In Volume 1, there are 15 poems that tell of a couple who fall for each other because of their love of dogs:

  • At The Dog Park
  • First Words
  • Second Chance
  • Dinner For Two
  • Walking You Home
  • At The Front Door
  • Greeted By Gizmo
  • What Would You Like?
  • Dog Chaperone
  • Climactic End
  • Second Date
  • Phone Calls
  • Weekend BBQ
  • It’s Grill Time
  • Love Marathon

In Volume 2, a further 20 poems follow this couple’s lives as they grow closer and closer, and welcome a new dog into their home:

  • Quick Recap
  • Roland Garros
  • Treadmills
  • Hiking Trip
  • Doggie Pool
  • A Sultry Night
  • A Walk In Eader Park
  • Time Goes So Fast
  • The Home Depot
  • At The NBA Game
  • Lazy Days
  • Superdog
  • Diego’s Surprise
  • Doggie Wake-Up Call
  • Another Dog
  • Welcome Frenchy
  • Pilates Workout
  • Bath Time
  • Restaurant
  • Our Future Plans

In addition to these 35 dog poems, we are also including, as a bonus, the complete contents of two other books of pet poems that we wrote:

Like all of our poems, they are short, fun and original.

The paperback edition makes a perfect gift to send to family members and friends, and remember you can have it gift-wrapped if you want.

Don’t forget too that the Kindle edition can be read not only on the Amazon Kindle devices, but also on Kindle software on many other devices (e.g. PCs, iPhones, Android phones, tablets).

Get your copy today:

Paperback Edition

Furever In Love (Paperback Edition)

Kindle Edition

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Random Book Quotes Plugin

Random Book Quotes Plugin from R&M Publishing

If you run a blog about books, either as a writer, reader, reviewer or publisher, then we have an idea that will be right up your alley!

Have you considered displaying random quotes about reading books (or writing them) at the end of all your posts?

Maybe you wouldn’t know where to begin…

…in which case, you don’t need to worry as we’ve done all the hard work for you!

Not only have we scoured the Internet looking for great quotes for you, but we’ve also built them into a WordPress random quotes plugin.

It’s called the Random Book Quotes Plug-In and it does exactly what its name says – it inserts random famous book quotes at the end of all your posts.

There are two versions of this plug-in:

  1. A FREE version, which includes 200 of these quotes. (Note that there is also a “Powered By” link back to this page in this version).
  2. A Premium version, which removes our “Powered By” link, and which also includes over 1,800 quotes.

Here are a few of the authors and celebrities whose quotes about books and writing are included in the plug-in (although some of these people may only appear in the Premium version):

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Agatha Christie
  • Al Pacino
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Bertrand Russell
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Carl Sagan
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Colin Firth
  • Confucius
  • Dean Koontz
  • Debbie Macomber
  • Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Douglas Adams
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Franz Kafka
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • George Carlin
  • George Orwell
  • George W. Bush
  • Graham Greene
  • Groucho Marx
  • Isaac Asimov
  • J.D. Salinger
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Jack Canfield
  • Jane Austen
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • John F. Kennedy
  • John Steinbeck
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • Julian Barnes
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Mae West
  • Malcolm X
  • Marcel Proust
  • Mark Twain
  • Maya Angelou
  • Michael Crichton
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Oscar Wilde
  • P.G. Wodehouse
  • P.J. O’Rourke
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Roald Dahl
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Somerset Maugham
  • Stephen Fry
  • Stephen King
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Tom Clancy
  • Umberto Eco
  • Victor Hugo
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Voltaire
  • William Shakespeare
  • Winston Churchill

If you want to see the plug-in in action, then check out our Coffee Break Tales site.

How do you get a copy of our WordPress rotating quotes plugin?

Simply click one of the two buttons below:

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Note: installation instructions are available on the download page.


Coffee Break Tales – Selected Quick Reads For Book Lovers Who Are Short On Time

Coffee Break Tales - Quick Reads, Updated Daily

Those of you who have been following us over the past year or more will know that two of our authors, Jaime & Raechel Faulkner, specialize in writing short stories (as well as poetry).

In fact, while some of their short stories are somewhat short (e.g. 2,500+ words), some are really short – like a mere 500 words each.

And that got us to thinking about how people’s reading habits have changed over recent years.

In today’s hectic world, it’s often a case of get up, get the kids ready for school, stuff down a hastily-heated-up breakfast, go to work, maybe get a lunch break if you’re lucky, go home, see to the kids, prepare and eat dinner, do the dishes (or load up the dishwasher), and by the time you’ve done all of that, you’re too tired to do anything other than collapse in front of the TV.

So if you love reading, what can you do about it?

Well, short stories is certainly one answer, and some of the ones Jaime & Raechel write can be read over a cup of coffee – hence the name, Coffee Break Tales, which is not only the name we gave to their Twisted Flash Fiction and Twisted Short Stories, but also a brand new website that we launched a few days ago.

So, we invite you to check out CoffeeBreakTales.com, where you’ll find books in lots of different genres, including romance, short stories, poetry, fantasy, horror, erotica, and more.

While the site does focus on fiction, we have also included any new magazines we discover, as well as some of the best-selling US newspapers.

More importantly, we’ve also gone the extra distance for you by categorizing each book in terms of how long it might take you to read it. So, if you’re looking for books that will only take you 15 minutes, simply click on the 15 Minutes link in the sidebar and see what we’ve found for you.

The site is updated daily, assuming we find new books that meet our criteria, so you’ll always find something new to whet your appetite.

If you want to know more about how to make best use of the site, then please read the About Coffee Break Tales page.

And so you don’t have to keep visiting the site to see if there’s anything new, you can sign up for the Coffee Break Tales newsletter and we’ll email you once a day with a list of any new books we’ve found.

If you love reading but you never seem to have the time to indulge your passion, Coffee Break Tales is exactly what you’ve been waiting for.

CoffeeBreakTales.com For Selected Quick Reads


Unique Valentines Day Gifts – Romance In Paris: The Magician’s Assistant By Safira Sanders Is On Special Offer

Romance In Paris - The Magician's Assistant by Safira SandersLooking for unusual and unique Valentine’s Day gifts?

Well, here’s a gift idea you might not have thought about before – erotica for women.

If you’re interested, we have you covered!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we have temporarily reduced the price of the Kindle edition of “Romance In Paris – The Magician’s Assistant“, by Safira Sanders from $4.99 to just $2.99.

Why not give a copy to the special lady in your life this Valentine’s Day?

After seven chapters of steamy and passionate sex (have you ever wondered what fun you can have with a couple of coffee éclairs?), don’t you think she might just be in the mood for a bit of love and romance herself?

This erotic novella is available from all Amazon Kindle stores right now, but if you’d rather watch the book trailer first, please click here.