Sweet & Tender
Short and Sweet - 19 New Zealand Romances
There seem to be fewer and fewer short stories in magazines these days, and I think that's a shame. To redress the balance a little, I’ve gathered together my three collections, added four new stories, and have republished them as a bumper collection of nineteen. Some have appeared in mass-market magazines, some have been produced for radio. Most have been contest winners or finalists.
They’re all tender stories guaranteed to make your heart beat a little faster and show that romance can flourish in the most unlikely places. For an extra-romantic touch, I've chosen the garden of The Mission House (also known as Kemp House) as the cover picture. This is the oldest existing European building in New Zealand, and sometimes used as a wedding venue.
Short stories are an art in themselves, and I really love writing them. Sometimes they capture only a moment of life... just a small situation that might have unexpected significance. 'Deamboats' is exactly this - a few minutes of my own family's history that I wove into an entirely different scenario. I hope you enjoy them all.
Santa Claws - A Christmas novella
From dark start to delicious ending, this unusual Christmas tale is romantic and uplifting. Nothing will ever be the same again after Jeff is accused of threatening to murder his wife. Or Evie is bruised one time too many by her abusive boyfriend. Or Santa Claws the cat starts howling under the house.
This delightfully different novella brings eventual happiness for everyone – including added joy for Christian and Fiona who you first met in my novel THE WRONG SISTER. Come and spend a sunny summer Christmas in Wellington, New Zealand. You could even adopt a kitten….
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What a great holiday read. Jeff and Evie are colleagues with similar difficulties. With awful timing, both of their relationships break down right on Christmas. Combining forces because of a immediate need to find somewhere, anywhere, to stay, Jeff and Evie doss down in an untenanted house. In lieu of rent, they agree to do up the house while they each sort out their respective relationship problems. Of course, since this is a romance, a relationship grows, love blossoms and the true simplicity of Christmas secures that feel-good factor.
This is the ideal, relaxing holiday read. Not too short, not too long but just right, Ms Pearson is at her storytelling best.