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NOTE:  All blurbs posted here are the work of the author and are taken directly from Amazon.  The RRBC team accepts no credit or critiques for these blurbs.



To learn more about Rox & Charles and their other books, visit their RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!


“The Jewel” 

The Jewel by Breakfield and Burkey

“Out of Poland”

Out of Poland by Breakfield & Burkey

It’s Poland 1939, World War II is imminent, with the free world under siege!

Poland reels with the onslaught of the German Wehrmacht. In an effort to help Britain and crush Germany, Polish diplomats engineer the theft of Germany’s unique communications tool used for strategic battle plans during their march on Europe.

Three young men make a copy before putting the original device onto the last plane to England. Their mission is to take their valued Enigma Machine and learn its secrets. Wolfgang, Ferdek, and Tavius risk everything to make their way to Switzerland surrounded by the invading Soviet and German armies. Their objective is to decrypt the German battle plans and inform the right people. They face nearly overwhelming obstacles that test their relentless determination.

How much can one risk to secure their freedom?



To learn more about D. L. and her other books, visit her RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!

“I Wouldn’t Be Surprised”

I Wouldn't Be Surprised by D. L. Finn

“Red Eyes In The Darkness”

Red Eyes in the Darkness: A Short Story by [Finn, D.L.]

What happens when you’re living the good life after retirement and your world suddenly turns upside down? Will and Cass Henderson learn the truth after a family member is murdered, but no one believes them because they’re the prime suspects. The Hendersons have a red-eyed killer in the family, and they’re next on its kill list.

“A Long Walk Home:  A Christmas Novelette”

A LONG WALK HOME: A Christmas Novelette by [Finn, D.L.]

All alone on Christmas Eve, Kenzie was feeling the betrayal of her recent break-up. While the sky was heavy with the dark clouds of an impending storm, she walked home from work to clear her head. Lost in her memories, Kenzie was completely unaware she was being followed by a man with green-eyes. Was this not-so-human being the good or evil that lurked around her? On the most magical night of the year, will Kenzie be able to save herself from that evil or will she need some divine inspiration? The outcome will depend on whether she can find the strength to forgive as the storm not only rages outside, but deep within her soul.

“Bigfoot:  A Short Story”

Bigfoot: A Short Story by [Finn, D.L.]

Can you believe everything you read? Steve must answer that question when he finds a strange blog while searching for his friend’s address. It was crazy to consider the government would poison a lake to find Bigfoot–and Steve wasn’t crazy. But, there were also some truths weaved into this unbelievable tale. Steve began to question his comfortable reality as he kept reading.



To learn more about Pat, visit her RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!


“Turn The Light On”

Would you ever accept a dinner invitation to meet a stranger who never spoke one word to you during your time together? Would you accept that you could not even sit at the same table with them? How about, you don’t even know their name and you continue this “game” for months?

Meet Della Cartwright. A superstar at what she does professionally, but when the tall, mysterious, Italian stranger, Alessio Terracina, enters her world, she begins to question her judgment and everything about her.

In this short story which takes place over the course of one day, this otherwise savvy businesswoman is led into making decisions that could jeopardize her professional life and maybe even cost her her freedom. But the greatest danger … just might be to her fragile heart.



To learn more about Jan and her other books, visit her RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!

“Two Shorts & A Snort”

2018 90-Day Alpha / Omega Short Story Writing Contest Grand Prize Winner!

Two Shorts and a Snort by [Sikes, Jan]

2019 90-Day Alpha / Omega Short Story Writing Contest Grand Prize Winner!


Jewel by [Sikes, Jan]

For almost eighteen years, Jewel has known little beyond hopelessness and hunger. Barely existing in a ramshackle cabin, on the edge of a Louisiana swamp with her little sister and their mother, she sees no way to stop the downward spiral. When her mother falls gravely ill, Jewel learns that her life is about to take a drastic turn. But will it lead to joy or more devastation?
Take a heart-warming journey with Jewel as she struggles to rise from the clutches of poverty and shame.

“Brazos Wind” 

Brazos Wind by Jan Sikes

War-torn drifter, Jack McClean is left with nothing but bad memories, scars, and a restless soul. When he stumbles upon a burning homestead, and an unconscious woman, beside the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, he stops to render aid. Grieving widow, Savannah Logan, sees no reason to live, and only wants to join her husband and children in their graves. But, Jack refuses to let her die. In saving her, he might somehow find redemption for himself and hope for a new tomorrow. Is it possible that both Jack and Savannah can find a new destiny in the changeable flow of the Brazos wind?

“Brother’s Keeper” 

Brother's Keeper by Jan Sikes

Quentin Marks’ mother can only love one son, and from the day Rowdy was born, she makes Quentin, his little brother’s keeper. She demands that Quentin fix every problem for Rowdy and that he also protect him. The truth is, after a deadly snakebite, Quentin owes his very life to his little brother, a debt that will never be paid in full. Only now a man is dead, and once again, their mother calls on Quentin to make the problem go away and save Rowdy from prison. When is enough enough, and how much of his own life will Quentin Marks have to sacrifice?


Jonah by Jan Sikes

Fantasy meets reality when a young man is forced to choose his punishment for crimes committed. Jonah must decide between imprisonment in a concrete box beneath the earth or be exiled to a deserted, barren island. He chooses the island, but nothing can prepare him for the deadly creatures, and poisonous plants at every turn. Then there’s the maddening isolation that drives him to the brink of insanity. There is only one way off this island and it’s more difficult than anything he’s ever imagined. It’s much easier to face mortal danger than the demons within. Will he find redemption or another unexpected offer?

“A Soldier’s Children”

A Soldier's Children by [Sikes, Jan]

At the tender age of fourteen, Jennifer shoulders the full responsibility of running a household and caring for her seven-year-old sister. It’s bad enough that their father is lost at war in Afghanistan, but troubles multiply when their so-called mother abandons them for another man. Hardships and struggles are constant companions. Family is whatever Jennifer can make it. That’s the way the cards have been dealt, and that’s the way she’ll play them.

This strong young girl meets every obstacle head-on, while never losing hope for a better tomorrow.

“Voodoo or Destiny”

Voodoo or Destiny: You Decide by [Sikes, Jan]

Claire Winters is heartbroken when her husband of many years says he’s found a new love and wants a divorce. While having a pity party with her best friend, Jade, they come up with a daring idea. Together, they construct a Voodoo doll and with the help of several bottles of wine, create a ceremony to bring the same heartbreak to Daniel Winters as he brought to Claire. But do they go too far? You decide!



To learn more about John and his other books, visit his RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!


Unwelcomed by John Podlaski

John Kowalski makes it home from the Vietnam War in one piece, and his battles are finally over. Or so he thought. Home for less than a week, John must defend his family from a pair of unwelcomed thugs hell-bent on revenge.



To learn more about Joy and her other books, visit her RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!

“The Agent of Death”

The Agent of Death by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Death is inevitable. Just as sure as we all live, we will all one day, die. But, when family members start dropping like flies, it’s time to go searching to find out why.

“The Vagaries of Life and Girls’ Talk”

In a world where everything is in motion, with everyone heading toward a destination, some to perdition and some to salvation, The Vagaries of Life… is a collection of short stories where the characters are on their various journeys.



“Treacherous Love” 

Treacherous Love by Karen Black

“Mountain Justice”

Mountain Justice by [Black, Karen]

“Long Stories Short”

Long Stories Short: A collection of short stories by by [Black, Karen]

“A Candle In The Darkness”

A Candle in the Darkness by [Black, Karen]

“The Hunted”

The Hunted by [Black, Karen]



To learn more about Maretha and her other books, visit her RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!

“Lost and Found: Family Ties”

Lost and Found: Family Ties by [Botha, Maretha]

‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ and being the gooseberry whenever her talented sister and fiancé go out socially – a bleak prospect for Miranda, the older sister, who also has her eye on her sister’s soon-to-be husband. However, things begin to fall apart for one of them.

This is a story of envy, passion and the consequences of decisions made in the heat of the moment, taking a second chance to be happy.

“Saving The Evergreens”

Saving The Evergreens: Garden Secrets by [Botha, Maretha]

Who knows what you may find in the undergrowth where all sorts of little creatures live? This short story fantasy will take you to a magical world which is hidden in the undergrowth. There, Tree Quarter – the home of all the evergreens – is attacked by a strange and fierce army of tree bugs. Are friendships and family ties strong enough to help the little creatures who live there to survive, and are there any humans who might unwittingly help them to overcome a terrible enemy?

Young and old – especially those of us who love the environment and its many amazing creatures – will enjoy getting to know more about the fragile life in the undergrowth, and perhaps, be reminded of our responsibility to care for our immediate environment, which might be just beyond the garden bench.
Note to readers: If you downloaded a copy before today, 30th June, please contact me. I’ve added extra illustrations.

“Lost Time: Family Ties”

Lost Time: Family Ties by [Botha, Maretha]

A love triangle remains the topic of many romantic tales, but when it occurs within families, someone always gets hurt, and there’s seldom a winner. Two sisters – twins – adore the same man. Can familial love be strong enough to move those involved to make sound choices or will unforeseen circumstances control the outcome?



To learn more about Marcha and her other books, visit her RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!

“The Sapphiran Agenda”

The Sapphiran Agenda (Star Trails Tetralogy) by [Fox, Marcha]



“Sahara Heat”

Sahara Heat by Maura Beth Brennan

When ex-stripper Sahara marries the richest man in town, people expect trouble. Sahara just naturally attracts drama, and this time, she outdoes herself as the defendant in the most notorious trial the area has ever seen. But after the verdict is reached and everyone thinks the excitement is over, Sahara decides to stir things up again. This time, she’s going to tell the truth.


Stardust by Maura Beth Brennan

Is there such a thing as fate? Can one event change everything? Maeve’s life was comfortable and predictable until one day when things didn’t go as planned. But, maybe it had been planned, by someone or something other than herself. Now, she had choices to make about how to go on. Would she rise to the challenge?

“The Ex Chronicles”

The Ex Chronicles by [Brennan, Maura Beth]

Angie thinks she has found the love of her life. All goes well until she starts getting phone calls from a sultry woman and realizes her man is cheating. She decides to take matters into her own hands and confront the two lovers. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

“Saint Harry”

Saint Harry by [Brennan, Maura Beth]

Angie’s widowed Aunt Ida decides to embark on a career talking to the spirits, and use her powers to help her family and friends. Angie worries that something crazy might happen. And it does.



To learn more about Nonnie and her other books, visit her RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!

“No Pedigree

No Pedigree by Nonnie Jules

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Baylee never quite fit in…anywhere. She was taunted and teased because her clothes had no designer labels, and spit upon because her only pair of shoes had holes in the bottom. The butt of many jokes, she was excluded from all the parties, sneered at by the parents of her peers after school as she waited for the bus, watching them drive away in their fancy cars; assaulted in the most unthinkable fashion.

Having been born to a white father and a black native American mother didn’t make things any easier. In fact, that circumstance made her life ten times worse – until the day she made them all stand up, take notice and choke on their ugly words.


OPEN, SHUT: A Short Story by [JULES, NONNIE]

Darcy Lynn has a few problems: her sister, Lola, killed by a drunk driver, leaves her with an eerie message right before her death; her parents are atheists; her father drinks a little too much, and her brother, Bud, is just annoying. But, her most pressing issue is that things are mysteriously opening and closing around her and she hasn’t a clue as to why…or how.

In this short, you’re being introducing to a normal, everyday family, whose lives are altered, not once, but twice by unexpected and unusual circumstances.

If you came into this story only believing in things seen with your own two eyes, and things heard with your own two ears, you walk away with a new and refreshing added sense…the ability and the courage to change, based on where your heart leads you.  (More on Amazon)

“…And The Music Played” 

...AND THE MUSIC PLAYED: A Short Story by [Jules, Nonnie]

This book is the sequel and the final chapter in the love story between Giani and Christine. The first book, “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…The Poetry of Forbidden Love” (a co-authored project), was a love story told thru the eyes of two lovers…but written for the hearts of many.

Across oceans and thru many barriers, two hearts try to connect – but with the distance between them, will their love survive? And, with the forces-that-be against them coming in the form of murder plots and domestic abuse, the bigger question is…will they?



“Collection:  Short Stories of Fantasy”

Collection: Short Stories of Fantasy: Collection Stories: Sarpati, The Slot Machine, Broken Toys in the Attic, The Fair Lady by [Guthrie, Patricia A., Guthrie, Patricia]



To learn more about Shirley and her other books, visit her RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!

“Ronald L. Powell:  Missing in Action”

Ronald L. Powell: Missing in Action by [Harris-Slaughter, Shirley]

My brother dropped out of school and joined the Marines around 1963. By the time our Mother found him (he enlisted without telling anyone) he had been through basic training and was preparing to go to war. He told her in a letter, “Mom, I don’t think I’m going to make it …”

This is a memoir of my brave brother, Ronald Louis Powell, who died under mysterious circumstances along with 57 of his comrades. Nothing was ever said or written about this tragedy.

This is my way of keeping his story alive and bringing some closure.

“Newspaper Chronicles”

NEWSPAPER CHRONICLES by [Harris-Slaughter, Shirley]

Based on a true story.
The story follows the fictional account of one character, Leslie Louise Allen, working at a major newspaper in Downtown Detroit. From her perspective on race; interactions of colleagues; circulation wars; new hires; layoffs and romantic encounters, she takes us on a harrowing journey thru the 70s and 80s when Detroit was a two-newspaper town.

“A Citizen’s Group In Action: Saving A Train Station”

A CITIZEN’S GROUP IN ACTION: Saving a Train Station by [Harris-Slaughter, Shirley]

Around 1992, this study was pulled together for one specific purpose – to save the Michigan Central Depot, a train station in downtown Detroit. After it was boarded up in the 1980s, I agonized about what was happening to the building as it descended into neglect and decay; with no hope of it ever rising to its former glory. I needed to form a plan and a way to do it. Attending a university afforded me that opportunity. I always loved trains even though there was never a chance for me to experience the thrill of it all growing up. My mother was pregnant with me when she traveled from California, all the way to Detroit, to be with my dad’s family while he was stationed in Guam during World War II. So I always thought that I was touched in the womb. There was no other way to explain this love affair with trains.



“Memoir of a Mad Woman”

Memoir of a Mad Woman by [Quiroz-Vega, Vashti]

Who can explain how madness begins?

This is the story of Emma. Reared by a religious fanatic, orphaned at a young age and sent to a mental institution and an orphanage. Molested and betrayed by the people who should be watching over her…

Who can say that madness has no logic?

During a fight, Emma’s best friend punched her in the abdomen. Since then, Emma has believed there’s something damaged inside of her… (More on Amazon)



To learn more about Wendy and her other books, visit her RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!



Sleighed by WJ Scott

Tinsel is the newest apprentice in Santa’s Workshop, but this young elf lands himself in strife on his first day!
He’s sent to care for the reindeer and instead ends up on a magical adventure.
Will the Toy-Inspector allow him back into the Workshop?

A fun Christmas story for younger readers and those young at heart.


Visitors: Short Story Mystery by [Scott, WJ]

Twelve-year-old Brody, and his kid brother, are sent to stay with their reclusive Aunt Sally, when their mom falls seriously ill. But, they soon discover things are not as they appear, and a strange phenomenon is happening in the small retro town.
What mystery is Tucker’s Mountain hiding?

Unsure of who or what they can trust, the boys embark on a hunt for answers that reveals more than they bargained for.

2020 KCT INT’L LITERARY “TREAT” AWARDS Contest Grand Prize Winner!


Slimmer: A Contemporary Romance by [Jayne, Wendy]

An unexpected wedding invitation spins Pippa’s world off its axis. The bride-to-be’s sexy brother, Alex, is sure to be there. Seven years ago, he jetted out of Pippa’s life, oblivious to her teenage fantasies. This time she’s determined to lasso his heart.

The calorie countdown is ticking, Pippa has only ten weeks to become ‘slimmer’.
If you’ve ever struggled to lose a few unwanted pounds, you’ll empathise with Pippa’s theatrics!

“Feeders: Madeson Reid, P1”

Feeders: Madeson Reid, PI: Paranormal Short Story. by [Jayne, Wendy]

Madeson Reid, PI, is tracking a killer, but her suspect isn’t hiding in LA’s underworld.
Voted the sexiest vampire of 2078, Gideon, is the nation’s most popular reality TV show star.

The city’s a volatile mix of humans, vampires, and robots.
Madeson, stripped of her laser blasters, navigates the fusion of sub-cultures now populating downtown LA, as she searches for the truth.
Her investigation plunges her into the political turmoil of the Vampire Rights Campaigners, who ask the question, “What defines us as human?”

“Hexed: A Purr-fect Catastrophe”

Hexed: A Purr-fect Catastrophe by [Jayne, Wendy]

A year ago, an unknown assailant heart-hexed Cassidy.
Covertly, she’s used her witches’ powers seeking a counter spell, but to no avail.
The year of enforced celibacy is grating on her sexual nerves. Cassidy’s situation worsens when she falls for the very sexy warlock, Hunter Rutherford, but must keep him at arm’s length.

Sparks fly when they kiss, but these sparks are the type that burn.
The only way they’ll be able to consummate their relationship is by finding who cast the hex and convincing them to remove the curse.

“Tequila Rose Virginity Blues”

Tequila Rose Virginity Blues: Contemporary Romance Short Story by [Jayne, Wendy]

*1st Place Runner Up in Rave Reviews Book Club’s Alpha-Omega Short Story Writing Contest 2018

*RRBC KCT In’t Literary Blue Treat Award Winner 2019 
Tequila Rose may have met the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, she wakes up suffering from alcoholic amnesia and doesn’t remember anything about the night before. Tall, dark, and Jack may be the cure her jaded heart desperately needs, but Tequila’s wary as friends warn her that Jack hangs out with the local drug dealer. Thrust together at a Speed Dating event, their chemistry sizzles, but is Jack after a different kind of fix?



To learn more about Yvette and her other books, visit her RRBC AUTHOR PAGE!


Breathless by Yvette Calleiro

What if the fairy tale kiss that always awakens the damsel in distress takes a sinister turn? What if prince charming’s kiss no longer produces a happily ever after?

Silena’s infatuation with William hits a speed bump when he rejects her. After all, she is just a maid, and he is a young, rich aristocrat in the 1920s. Why would he have any desire to waste his time with the help?

On one particularly lonely day, Silena calls upon her magic to transform into a sexy flapper for the night. Her dream to enjoy one night with William is finally in her grasp, but her magic comes with consequences that neither William nor Silena could ever imagine.

24 thoughts on “Looking for #ShortStories? Ck out the #RRBC Catalog today! #RRBC_Community”

  1. Review posted today…
    Open, Shut by Nonnie Jules 4/5
    Thought-provoking Story about Beliefs and Relationships
    Open, Shut by Nonnie Jules is a poignant short story about a family who experiences the death of a loved one. Darcy Lynn’s parents were atheists and talking about faith was strictly prohibited in their home. When Darcy’s older sister, Lola was curious about Christianity and began secretly studying the Bible, she was reprimanded by her mother. When someone in the family dies, questions arise… This is a thought-provoking story about beliefs and relationships. ~Bette A. Stevens, author of award-winning children’s picture book AMAZING MATILDA and other books for children and adults.


  2. Here is my review of Jewel, by Jan Sikes. FIVE STARS!

    A poignant tale that has, without a doubt, played out too many times in reality. An impoverished family that consists of a sickly mother and her two daughters, must come to terms with their reality.

    In those days, before the safety net of social assistance, the painful choice was made by Jewel’s mother to send her daughters away, in hopes of a better life.

    Jewel was ushered into an alien world of lavish parties and magnificent homes, but everything comes at a price. It’s impossible not to sympathize with this young woman because of her tragic circumstances, and youthful innocence.

    An emotional connection with characters is the mark of an excellent book. No issues with that in Jewel. It’s a quick read that wraps up neatly, though it left me with the desire to learn one unanswered question.

    I recommend Jewel for the reader who enjoys a short tale of dire straits, desperate measures, and uncertain endings.


  3. Hi ! I’ve read 19 of these books/shorts & hope to read more this month. Short stories have always been my favorite genre in fiction. Happy reading & reviewing short stories to everyone at RRBC ! Warmest Regards – Fiza Pathan

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  4. Okay, I’ve been busy in this category since March is Read a Short Story month! Here are my reviews:

    Jewel by Jan Sikes: https://smile.amazon.com/review/R2UY828HDBJ1ON/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    Slimmer: A Contemporary Short Story by Wendy Jayne (Scott): https://smile.amazon.com/review/R3U6HWTIN4O98F/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    Visitors: Short Story Mystery by WJ Scott (Wendy Jayne Scott):

    No Pedigree by Nonnie Jules: https://smile.amazon.com/review/RXT6N4EWEHFR5/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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