When Dreams Come True

Charlie is happiest when biking with Max and Toby, or watching films with Allie. But when Charlie reaches year nine (age 13), everything begins to change. As her friends develop new interests, Charlie’s dreams become more frequent and vivid, and a family crisis tears her away from her friends. How will Charlie react when old family secrets are revealed? Will her life change completely when some of her dreams start to come true?

I have little insight into the minds of young girls (or older ones for that matter, when I think about it!) but fortunately my friend Rebecca Emin does and she writes stories for them.

When Dreams Come True’ is launched today (Monday 28th May). Rebecca is one of my oldest Twitter friends and I’m happy to say a ‘real life’ one now as we managed to meet up in Oxford a couple of weeks ago at the National Flash Fiction Day ‘Flash Slam’ event. This is her second book. Her first ‘New Beginnings’ proved a great hit with the kids of friends (also solving the difficult problem of finding suitable presents). Knowing Rebecca, there will be giveaways and fun things to mark the occasion on her Facebook page and on her blog.

I’m delighted to have solved my presents dilemma once again. I’ve read an advanced copy and whilst the subject matter isn’t quite my normal thing, I can say that this is a very well written and paced read for children. Perfect for those summer holidays, should summer decide to turn up on schedule this year.

The book’s available through all good virtual bookstores in paperback and ebookkindlynookthing versions.

Amazon.co.uk www.amazon.co.uk/When-Dreams-Come-True-Rebecca/dp/1471092046/

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/When-Dreams-Come-True-Rebecca/dp/1471092046

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/156236

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/When-Dreams-Come-True-Rebecca-Emin/9781471092046

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-dreams-come-true-rebecca-emin/1110455483

The very best of luck to Rebecca for her launch.

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Getting Started In Flash Fiction

Until this year, I had no idea what flash fiction was. Having looked it up, I’m still not sure I know exactly what it is but I know it’s short.  Longer than a tweet and shorter than a ‘short ‘story (however you define short!) seems to be the only consensus. But given a word-count and a theme, I thought I’d have a go at writing one and entered ‘Forty’ into a writing competition to celebrate author Rebecca Emin’s birthday. You can read all about the competition, how it developed and the winning stories on on her blog at http://ramblingsofarustywriter.blogspot.com/

There were 39 entries in all and I was pleased to make the shortlist of 14. How good is that?  It got even better today when I found out I’d come joint fifth.  Normally joint fifth doesn’t jump out, but for someone who’s just starting, that’s great encouragement.   Two groups of people I don’t know read my story and liked it.  And that’s what writing is all about.

Flash Fiction – ‘Forty’

I can’t move but I can breathe, for a while at least.  I know people are looking for me but the air is running out and I’m losing body heat.  How many minutes left; twenty, thirty minutes; forty at most?
‘Forty, it’s only a number’ I said a few weeks ago.  ‘Life begins at forty’.  I wasn’t sure I believed it but I said it anyway.  I should be at home surrounded by friends and drinking champagne.   Instead I wanted a ‘challenge’.  Now the only thing on ice is me. I remember the avalanche hurtling towards me and a fall that lasted forever.
It’s so cold. I don’t know how long it’s been; I can’t see my watch.  What are my odds; twenty, thirty, forty to one?  I’m feeling tired but I know I shouldn’t sleep.
It’s warmer now.  I can see myself.  The room is packed with people and equipment.  I’m the centre of attention like a birthday boy at a party but there is no cake nor candles.   I am wired to machines.  They are worried about my heart rate.  I don’t need to look at the screen.  Some numbers stay with you, for life.
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