14 Jul 2015

My short story: “Forever Yours” – a taster from “You’re Not Alone”, the anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care

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Twent11705837_967531943267360_280957472_oy-seven writers from around the world, including myself have entered an assortment of short stories for your pleasure, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care. 

As a taster, here is an excerpt from the short story I contributed: Forever Yours

His mother was older now and already in her seventies. She opened the door with a drink in her hand and waved them in. She had long white fluffy hair and wore a wide lilac throw, giving a bohemian and elegant impression.
“I thought she was younger,” Marina said when they got to the living room and she looked disapproving to her son.
Diane was taken aback.
“I’m only kidding,” Marina said and laughed almost hysterically. “Don’t stand there like a lemon,” she ordered Diane and opened her arms wide. “Give us a hug.”
Diane did as she was told but was still in shock over the opening remark.
“Oh darling, get over yourself,” Marina said as if she could read Diane’s mind. “I know I won’t have any grandchildren. It isn’t your fault that you’re past that age. God knows I had a lot of disappointments in my life. I’ll get over this, too.”
She searched in her bag and produced a joint. “Do you smoke?”
“No, thanks,” Diane said. “I quit a few years ago.”
“Like Jamie,” Marina said, sounding as if she disapproved. “You two are the perfect match.”
She sighed and as she lit her joint she added: “If only your uterus were a few years younger, that is. Well, never mind.”
Diane looked over to Jamie. He smiled.
“This is going great,” he mouthed and told his mother in minute detail about their journey up the M1. The evening was spiked with more ambiguous remarks by Marina that sounded like attacks on Diane.
“My son tells me you have got quite a posh flat,” Marina said. “Are you a big spender? Any creditors we need to be worried about?”
“Not at all,” Diane said. She was proud of her financial austerity. “I have a good job and I have savings, not debts.”
“Imagine the savings you could have if you didn’t wear label clothes,” Marina said before launching into a story about her neighbours without waiting for a response from Diane.
“She loves you,” Jamie said enthusiastically and relieved on the drive home. “I can tell.”
“She could have fooled me,” Diane contradicted. “All that business about my age and my spending…”
“That’s just her sense of humour. You’ll get used to it. She knows how much you mean to me,” Jamie reassured her. “If you hadn’t stayed sober to drive home you would have seen the funny side to her jokes, too.”

You’ll find the book on your Amazon  via these links: http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth http://bookshow.me/B00Y5RCOOE

You’ll find the Facebook page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/pamela-mary-winton

100% of the royalties earned or accrued in the purchase of this book, in all formats, will go to the Pamela Winton tribute fund, which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

An anthology, themed on relationships, of more than 20 authors 

from around the world –  from urban fantasy to stories that bring tears to the eye.

Cover Design by Christine Southworth

An international group of indie authors, inspired by the personal grief of one, decided to collaborate in the spring of 2015 in a project to create this multi-genre smorgasbord of original short stories, all with the same potent theme and relationship. Some are heartfelt, some funny, some poignant, and some are just a little bit scary and much like relationships themselves. All are by authors fired by the shared enthusiasm to give something back in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 100% of the profit made on the purchase of this book, in any format, goes to the charity. Cancer touches us all. It has in some way affected those who have contributed their time and talent here. This is our way of showing that we care.

Indie authors carry forward a revolutionary shift in publishing, which allows the author to be creative director in their own work. There are many exceptional, experienced and acclaimed writers who have decided to take this bold step in publishing. In producing this anthology we have also had the inestimable assistance on board of artists, graphic designers, and bloggers and all of whom have a place in our acknowledgments. You, the discerning reader, are the other vital part of this equation. By buying this book you are supporting the work of indie authors, as well as discovering their worth. You are also supporting the charity to which we have chosen to dedicate our work.

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  1. A Year Afterwards – LESLEY HAYES, author of The Drowned Phoenician Sailor.
  1.   ClosureBL PRIDE, author of Addiction (Book One, Beyond Life series).
  1.   Colin and Sandy – ANTHONY RANDALL, author of The English Sombrero.
  1.   One of Those DaysIAN D MOORE, author of Salby Damned.
  1.   Dolphins Dance– MIKE BILLINGTON, author of Corpus Delectable.
  1.   A Special Evening– D AVRAHAM, author of The Shepherd King, (Book I: Foundation Stone; and Off-Wire).
  1.   At the Hands of the HealersSALLYANN PHILLIPS, author of Angelís Blood (Book one, of the Angelís Blood series).
  1.   Dad– KAYLA HOWARTH, author of The Institute.
  1.   Forever Yours – CHRISTOPHE FISCHER, author of The Luck of the Weissensteiners (Book 1 of the Three Nations Trilogy).
  1.  FruitsPHYLLIS EDGERLY RING, author of the soon to be published The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies That Outlast War.
  1.   Lillies on the Mantel – SYLVA FAE, soon to be published children’s author, Sylvanian Ramblings sylvafae.co.uk
  1.   Gabriel and the Minister Bird – ANDREW UPDEGROVE, author of The Alexandria Project.
  1.   Inside Out – PENNY LUKER, author of The Truth Finder.
  1.  Witch’s Mark– KATERINA SESTAKOVA NOVOTNA, author of Hawaiian Lei of Shrunken Heads.
  1.   Love’s Silent Ache – LISA SHAMBROOK, author of Beneath the Rainbow.
  1.   Goals – TOM BENSON, author of A Taste of Honey.
  1.   If the Shoe Fits – KATHARINE E. HAMILTON, author of The Unfading Lands.
  1.   The Birth– LUCINDA E. CLARKE, author of Amie.
  1.   Lotta Blum – BARBARA DORAN, soon to be published new author. Can be found at www.serendipitydoit.wordpress.com.
  1.   Never too OldANGELA LOCKWOOD, author of Language in the Blood.
  1.   Ooh Air Magrit – REBECCA BRYN, author of Touching the Wire.
  1.   Babes – MAX POWER, author of Darkly Wood.
  1.   A Stitch in Time – SK HOLMESLEY, author of Autumn Antics.
  1.   Day Late Dollar Short –ERIC LAHTI, author of Henchmen.
  1. Love in an Elevator– S.E MEYER, author of Origins (Book 1 of the Origins Series).
  1.   No Longer Broken – NICO LAESER, author of Infinity: An Anonymous Biography & Skin Cage.
  1.   Last Goodbyes – PAUL RUDDOCK, author of Not What You Thought.
  1.   The Yoga Bowl – FELIPE ADAN LERMA, author of One Night in the Hill Country

 

With invaluable help editing and polishing from Diana J Febry author of Bells On Her Toes

written by
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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