We are proud to present this collection of 20 short stories by 20 different authors. The stories may have or will appear in past or future issues of LIPHAR magazine. Most of the authors presented here have an extensive portfolio of other books and stories that you may want to check out. From heart warming family situations to the totally bizarre , including aliens worlds and ideas, you will find stories that get your attention. The stories cover a wide genre and offer a cross-section of writing talents. We have not edited the stories in any way and are publishing them as we have received them. We hope you enjoy the stories as we also hope to publish many volumes of short stories. All these stories have come to us from submissions to the magazine. We encourage all writers to send us their stories for inclusion.
Shiloh Martin vacationing in France with her fiancé returns to the hotel to find him in bed with the maid. Enraged, she races in her car up a dangerous road to discover her brakes have failed and out of control, she crashes. In 1885, Dorian Wolfermont, a duke known as Wolf, walks his estate that night to discover beautiful woman badly hurt. Shiloh awakens to discover that she’s trapped in the past and falls in loved with a man who not only captures her heart but her spirit. Sharing months of blissful love and experiences Shiloh awakens one morning to discover that she’s all alone in a ruined mansion. Confused she discover a tombstone with Dorian’s name and that he had been dead for a long time. Mystified, she collapses in tears and feels herself floating in another dimension and when she opens her eyes she discovers that she had been in a coma. Determined to find the truth she returns to France and to the mansion to discover that the ruined house is being rebuild by a distant relative of the late duke, a young Dorian Wolfermont, the spitting image of the man she had loved in the past.
In these twelve stories, a brain injured young man rebels against his diminished life, a doorman at one of London’s exclusive hotels impersonates a deceased client, a retired banker tries to renew his importance by sculpting and erecting an enormous spire in his front yard, a young wife discovers the betrayal going on under her own roof, and in the concluding story railing against her daughter’s self-destructive life and wasted potential, the grieving mother longs to recapture the past. The characters in this short story collection are possessed by varying degrees of obsession and madness. The loneliness, longing and emptiness that lead to the search for meaning and connection in the midst of tumultuous personal change are achieved in unusual ways. From diverse walks of life and settings, young and old, the characters’ every love relationship, every betrayal tests their assumptions and reshapes the future.
Toni Graham is a young girl with an active imagination who fantasizes about a blond, blue eyed hero saving her from the perils of life. After her father’s death, a half-breed Indian known as Maverick, Horse with Spirit, escorts her on a treacherous journey to her sister’s ranch out west. Toni stubbornly refuses to see the truth of what a “real” hero consists of. Even after Maverick nearly dies from knife wounds, (saving her from renegades,) snake bites, wild beasts, and other perils, she’s not swayed.
Editors Note: Many characters in this book have accents and or different speech patterns. The author has attempted to illustrate this phonically. These are not spelling errors.
In the year 1896, Brett Hope Bouvier, a young, distraught woman, in total confusion from medication, commits suicide because she thinks her husband, Jacques, is having an affair. Jacques hides the truth of her suicide and is convicted of her murder and hanged. In 2013, Elaine Dale Bouvier receives a phone call from a lawyer informing her that her spinster aunt died leaving her the sole beneficiary of her estate. Lawyer Robert Michael, executing the will becomes immediately attracted to Elaine and Elaine find an instant attraction to him also. She has her first bout of deja-vu, feeling as if she has meet Robert before. Completely confused by her overpowering magnetism, he offers to drive Elaine to Virginia. They marry before they go south to live in Elaine’s new estate, . A few months later they have a real wedding and Robert presents her with an antique ring with the inscription, Love Forever After. And then their happiness turns to a horror story. Elaine begins to have more episodes of deja-veu, sees ghosts, and becomes claustrophobic. When her friend Zoë visits, Elaine believes that Robert is being unfaithful with her. Fearing the worst, she flees down the stairs, but trips and falls. She wakes up in 1896 in a dark and dingy cell. As the mental fog begins to ebb, and as new thoughts become clear, old memories begins to vanish. She’s no longer Elaine, but Jacques Bouvier. Resting his tired body against the cold, damp, brick wall, Jacques thinks back and relives, in his mind, the day he first met Brett Hope Sullivan. Regaining consciousness, Elaine awakens from a terrible nightmare. She tells Robert of her strange dream; how she’d lived the life as Jacques. She also explains to her husband, that he lived the life of Brett. She discovered the truth that Jacques was no more unfaithful to his wife than Robert was to her. Elaine realizes she almost made the same horrible mistake Brett made and that her own life had repeated those same patterns of mistrust.
Alisha Gibbons, a prostitute's daughter, escapes being raped by the tavern owner after the murder of her mother. On the stagecoach, she falls in love with a young man, but the boy's father, Quincy Salvador, a wealthy rancher takes an instant dislike of Alisha and forbids his son to marry her because of her past. Determined to marry the young man, Alisha slips into his darkened room to seduce him, only to realize, the next day, that she had seduced the drunken father instead.
fell in love and finally married his high school friend, Sandra Collins. He becomes a writer in the tradition of his family and begins to unravel the truth of his great-great-great grandfather fiction. After publishing a time travel novel he is visited by an android from the future that saves his wife’s life from an alien. Then all hell breaks loose as he becomes immersed in his families history and future.
embark on their second adventure in Amsterdam, working under cover for The Netherlands General Intelligence and Security Service. With their chums, Hoofdcommissaris Zwaard, his girlfriend Agent Grietja, Agents Dolk, Caspers, Maartje and the crack team of Ground Surveillance Dwarves, they set out to foil a dastardly plot to kidnap a Top Research Scientist and steal a secret Government formula for a remote viewing drug. On the way they meet up with old chums Albert Dock and the Scousers who contribute their roguish humour to the fight for fair play and justice. Their combined efforts take on the secret security forces of America, Russia and Great Britain. Can Bertie's bizarre brand of spying, win the day? With his bumbling but brilliant counter intelligence skills, he proves a daunting adversary for the evil Minister and his Kik-Squad. The main obstacle to complete and utter success is, of course, Bertie's inability to master anything resembling technology or gadgetry, although he can sniff out a Cumberland sausage and have it sizzling in the frying pan before you could say “second breakfast”. As well as her spying activities, Gertrude manages to do a spot of match-making and together, she and Bertram make a significant contribution to cordial international relations – unless you happen to be a bad person...