Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Brightly Coloured Horses by Mandy Huggins

We are delighted to have published this fabulous collection of flash fiction by Mandy Huggins.

Brightly Coloured Horses is the first flash fiction collection from award-winning author, Mandy Huggins.

Twenty-seven tales of betrayal and loss, of dreams and hopes, of lovers, liars and cheats. Stories with a strong sense of place, transporting us from the seashore to the city, from India’s monsoon to the heat of Cuba, and from the supermarket aisle to a Catalonian fiesta. We meet a baby that never existed, a car called Marilyn, a one-eyed cat, and a boy whose kisses taste of dunked biscuits.

These stories all have something in common; each is a glimpse of what it’s like to be human. We make mistakes, we do our best, and most of he time we find hope.

Mandy’s work has been published in various anthologies and literary magazines, as well as in The Guardian, The Telegraph, Reader's Digest, Traveller, and Writers' Forum.

Her travel writing has won several awards, including the British Guild of Travel Writers New Travel Writer Award in 2014, and her short stories are regularly placed and shortlisted in competitions, including Bare Fiction, Fish, InkTears, Cinnamon Press and Retreat West.

A selection of her longer fiction is showcased in Death of a Superhero, published by InkTears, and her travel writing can be found in Roam Alone, a Bradt Travel Guide.

Mandy’s favourite writers include Kazuo Ishiguro, Charlotte Bronte, Yoko Ogawa, Helen Dunmore, Patti Smith and Ernest Hemingway.

Follow her on Twitter @troutiemcfish 


This is  a really enjoyable collection of short and Flash Fiction set in many different countries by a versatile writer. She is able to catch a wide variety of emotions in a very short story with exceptional  precision. Many are about lost or unrequited love, elegaic in tone. Some , like Twenty Dollar Shoes are heartbreaking. Others, like Waiting and Just for the Dance glimpse a memory of happiness, while many  leave the reader in the air , anticipating the next action , drawn into the scene, and forced to imagine what happens next. An intriguing  group of stories which will reward the reader.

Elaine Bermitz

'This is a writer who knows her craft. Never a word out place, poignant, sometimes sad, sometimes startling, these stories fit worlds into small spaces. A long awaited debut.'

Angela Readman, author of Don't Try This at Home and The Book of Tides

'If you want the perfect witness to a crime, Mandy Huggins is your woman. She notices everything about the people, places and the things around her. Colours, temperature, sounds, the lot. And she gets all this down in lovely little stories that spin around in the reader's head, dizzying us with her powerful images of loss, regret and yearning.'

David Gaffney, author of Sawn-Off Tales and All the Places I've Ever Lived

'Amanda's work is well crafted, subtle, and shows a deft hand. I love the way she gets into the psychology of each character, delving into their secret wishes and desires, giving us insights into how and why people act the way they do.'

A M Howcroft, InkTears  - author of Nobody Will Ever Love You



Brightly Coloured Horses available here.   

Monday, 26 February 2018

So Now You're Published. What Next?

This volume answers many of the questions that writers ask us about how they can help to promote their book and abut how much we can do to help.  It covers such topics as:

  • blogs
  • web sites
  • getting reviews 
  • press releases and advance author  information 
  • working with the local press, radio, TV, local bookshops and other venues
  • book launches
  • making a book trailer 
  • using social media 
  • other merchandise 
  • workign with schools, libraries and the Creative Cafe Project 
  • finding your fans and creating a mailing list 
  • professional bodies you should register with 
  • routines and checklists 
Are you  a Chapeltown, Bridge House or CafeLit author?  If so, you are entitled to a free copy. Contact us for yours.

Otherwise available on Amazon.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Paisley Shirt

 Our latest book in our series of  Flash Fiction Collections. 

Gail Aldwin lives in Dorchester, Dorset in a house overlooking the water meadows. She is a prize-winning writer of short stories, flash fiction and poetry. There is a novel incubating. It is Gail’s life-long ambition to become fluent in Spanish. She may one day escape to Guatemala to make this happen. For further information visit Gail at https://gailaldwin.wordpress.com or @gailaldwin
The books is available here


Monday, 22 January 2018

Slimline Tales by Roger Noons

Yet another of our little square books. 

Says Roger of this collection: 

"If you have time to read this volume from cover to cover, that’s fine. But if you’re limited to dipping, moments here and there to read just a few words, then equally, this slim volume is for you. Each piece has been inspired by something I’ve seen, heard or been told about. Much of what you will read is based on reality and wherever I have strayed from that, it has been in order to create a story or achieve an appropriate ending.
 I have greatly enjoyed writing these brief stories and I hope that you will gain an equal amount of pleasure from reading them. Good luck!"

Roger's full-time career was in the field of Environmental Health during which time his creative pursuit was photography.

A committed member of two writers’ groups, he writes short stories, poems, short plays, sketches, memoirs, reviews, letters to newspapers and magazines and travelogues.  

He has been widely published on line as well as having work included in anthologies.

He tries to write, if only a paragraph or two, every day, believing that regularity in any pursuit leads to advancement.

Find out more here.  


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Badlands by Alyson Faye

We are delighted to have released  Badlands by Alyson Faye.

Alyson live in West Yorkshire. her fiction has appeared on line and in several anthologies: Raging Aardvark's, Twisted Tales, Three Drops in the Cauldron, Tubeflash,  alfiedog, eterh books and at the Horror Tree.

She is also the author of the children's books Soldiers in the Mist and The Runaway Umbrella. 

To find out more about Alyson and what she's working on go to her blog.    

Read the intro here:

‘Badlands’ is a collection of flash fiction pieces, from drabbles of 100 words to longer pieces up to 1000 words. Many have been published on line and in anthologies, and short-listed or been placed in competitions. They have all been written during the last three years. The oldest pair being ‘Chestnuts for my Sweet’ and ‘A Guy for the Children’. Both written in the autumn.
Previously in the 1990’s I had two books for children published, fistfuls of poetry for the small press magazines and short stories. However it was on joining a WEA class near Leeds in 2012 that I rediscovered my writing ‘mojo’ and the pleasure of writing micro stories or flash fiction. This was a new term and a new idea for me. I embraced it wholeheartedly and I found that I had a flair for brevity. I liked the way I could play with different genres and envision a whole tale in a nutshell.
My short shorts reflect my interest in ghost stories, history especially the Victorians, old movies, derelict buildings, real life issues such as homelessness and just the ‘what if’ factor of when a seemingly normal situation starts to tilt off centre, dangerously so.

Find out more here