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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.
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.
Pioneer Passion -- Historical Western Romance. A stubborn young lady, Rusty Crawford, who loves only one thing more than her father and brother are the delicious oranges she toils over. When a handsome cowboy, Guy Strong wins her land from her father in a card game, she fights against the stranger’s plans to raise cattle on the land and refuses to give up her orange grove in San Joaquin Valley, where the climate is perfect for growing citrus. Months pass as Rusty and Guy fight emotions very new to them both, but… they are too stubborn to admit the truth. The battle of wills between two stubborn pioneers leads to bloodshed and frustration among nature, outlaws, and in-laws. Love and passion amy mends the wounds.
She has found the love of her life, now all she has to do is keep him alive.
Shane Masters, living in America, has no idea that he's the grandson of a dying duke, the next in line to inherit the title and wealth. He's also unaware that his cousin from England framed him for murdering his bride and put out a large reward for his head. Mack Valentine, a female bounty hunter disguises herself as a young man in order to re-capture handsome, Shane from a ruthless bounty hunter.
Thirteen year old, Princess Nicolette Zalmer is forced to marry an arrogant young prince who had no qualms about cruelly. After the wedding she manages to escape but is hit by a horse-drawn coach occupied by a childless widow who takes care of her. After five years have passed, Nicolette attends a ball in her honor and she's approached by none other than her husband. Prince Storm Wzaerk tries to seduce the most alluring creature he has ever met. He unknowingly showers his own wife with gifts to become his mistress
One nightmarish day, during the Civil War, a strong, southern woman, Melissa St. Andrew loses her parents and her sister is raped by Union soldiers. While journeying west she is abducted by Blue Thunder, a handsome White Mountain Apache. Both being strong willed individuals, they fight the strong attraction as they travel through the hot desert. At his village, Melissa subsequently saves his life after a serious injury but she’s attacked by a jealous Indian maiden, who wants her dead. Her life is spared but while Blue Thunder is unconscious from his injury, the chief sends her to a fort. Blue Thunder discovering Melissa missing, goes after her and brings her back to the tribe. Once Melissa is accepted, she and Blue Thunder wed, but still, their life doesn’t run smoothly as they have to contend with hate, and prejudice. This is book 1 in the series
This leads to two sequels, Love by Dawn, and Star Gazer.
“Sergeant, Sir! The men are tired and hungry.” A young soldier in a blue uniform spoke from behind Sergeant Brant Bergeron as he wiped his sweaty brow. He knew he could never adapt to the hot, humid southern climate in Georgia. He and his men were separated from their unit two days ago when the rebels attacked and they had been lost and unsure of where they were heading. He had six soldiers with him, not much older than himself. He didn’t want this war to be his war anymore than the others, but he was here and had to make the best of it.
The men were grumbling. They all had that look in their eyes after seeing friends cut down. It was a look that sent shivers down ones spine. Revenge! Even though he couldn’t get used to all that bloodshed he had to try to keep his men together. He moved slightly in the saddle, trying to get the kinks out of his tired and sore backside. His muscles screamed for attention but he ignored them. Would he find their way back to the main column? He didn’t know this countryside and feared he and his men had wandered too far from the front. This was a quiet place where his detachment sat in the shade. Because horses were scarce, three of the men were on foot but two days ago they fought near a small town, taking the enemy’s soldier’s mounts, the spoils of war. Out here in the countryside the fighting hadn’t arrived, yet. In time, these beautiful fields would be covered with bodies, and the smell of gun power and the stench of blood. Burnout homes will mar the lands. This damn war was taking its toll, not only on people, but on the green land. Man is the only animal in the universe that can cause such destruction; and we call ourselves the civil world. Disgusted and hungry, he turned to his unit.
“We’ll ride a little further. Maybe we’ll come to some sign of life soon. If not, we’ll make camp and hunt for our meals.” The men grumbled to themselves, but they continued until late that morning, when one of the soldiers called, “Look Sarge! Smoke’s coming over that ridge.”
Brant grabbed his spy glasses to get a better look. “Smitty,” he said, “go and check the area, it may be Rebs.” The private gave a sloppy salute, “Yes, Sir.” His men made themselves comfortable and stretched out, closing their eyes for a short nap. He sat and continued to look through the spy glass until he saw Smithy galloping back. Most of the men had started this war on foot, but they managed to get themselves a mount one way or another and he never asked. The private dismounted and grinned. “It’s a cotton plantation, Sarge. The smoke is coming from a chimney. My guess,” Smitty licked his dry lips, “someone’s cooking.”
“Okay, we’ll go peacefully,” Brant suggested. “With any luck, they’ll be just plain folks and---”
“Sure Sarge, just like the Rebs that ambushed us, killing most of the men,” snarled, Smitty. “Me, I’m not waiting to be cordially invited to dine.” Refusing to hear his objection, Smithy jumped on his mount, slapped the horse on its withers, and spurred away. Taken by surprise, Brant tried to call him back, but his orders fell on deaf ears. He was not happy about the feeling in his gut that his men were looking to even the score. The rest of the unit jumped on
their mounts and followed Smitty, also ignoring his pleas to remain civil. But his men were out of control. He knew they were trouble from day one, believing they were intending to desert the first opportunity. He kicked his horse forward and prayed.
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.