Contemporary Fiction

Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes

Tough Enough to Leave

Leah's marriage to Neil has never been "warm," and as Neil spends longer hours away–and possibly with someone else!–Leah decides to fill the void with Ace, a puppy she's training to be a service dog.... More

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Agatha and Frank have been giving each other the silent treatment for so long, even Ralph can't remember the last time they spoke to each... More

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New fiction from Layla R. Kierans takes readers on a thrilling ride on the racetrack through the eyes of an eager young horse. Don't miss... More

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Don Gibson wants a new boat. When he finally picks out the perfect one at a local boat show, he quickly realizes he's in way... More

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When Big Hal's 9-year-old twin sons claim a one-clawed lobster as their pet, the unusually large crustacean becomes a source of national attention–and chaos–for the... More

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The first in our New Fiction Friday series! Timothy Tocher (right) tells the tale of hopeful author Ernie: In a desperate attempt to put his... More

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Four years after an accident forced Penny to skip a special autumn ritual, she returns to the park bench that brought the promise of first... More

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Holiday shopping becomes serious business in this new fiction from Jonathan Danielson. For Beatrice and her three children, Black Friday isn't just about great deals–it's... More

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When Sheriff Jerry Lovell hears strange reports that wild turkeys are roaming about his small town, his investigation turns up even weirder happenings between the... More

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Paris in the Twenties

Fiction: A young woman struggles to find peace as the world she knew begins to unravel around her.... More

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The Outside World

When his world seemed to come to an end, he rediscovered hope with help from a complete stranger.... More

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