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  How to Cook Up a Disaster

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The DIY Dating Series

"How to Cook Up a Disaster is a light and breezy short that combines humor, cooking and a splash of romance." ~ Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Pursuing the Times

"Five out of five stars." ~ Limerence Magazine

"A fun novelette." ~ Razberry Juice

ISBN-13: 978-0991766703
ISBN-10: 0991766709
Publisher: Tangled Oak Press
Publish Date: October 2012
Page Count: 76

Sadie Dawson's mother goes into labor hours before her great-grandfather's 100th birthday party and Mom refuses to cancel the festivities. Now it's up to domestically-challenged Sadie to host the dinner party--only she hasn't a clue how to cook a turkey.

This could be the mother of all culinary disasters, but with the help of her two best friends, Sadie is determined to pull off the best dinner party in a hundred years. And maybe land Mr. Right, too.

How to Cook Up A Disaster is a breezy chick lit novelette which should also appeal to romantic comedy fans.

How to Knit a Tangled Mess

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ISBN-13: 978-0991766758
ISBN-10: 099176675X
Publisher: Tangled Oak Press
Publish Date: November 2014
Page Count: 76

Sadie, Fen, and April are back in the second installment of the DIY Dating series.

No thanks to her best friend Sadie Dawson, April Schultz gets roped into a Knit-a-Thon to impress Owen Godfrey, the guy she's been crushing on for months. Sadie had to open her big mouth and tell him April's an absolute knitting pro and now she's been pledged to knit more items for charity than anyone else. Trouble is, April has never knitted a day in her life. And she's got less than 24 hours to learn. If she doesn't master the basics soon, she risks losing Owen to the girl he's sponsoring, Dana Van Stanten--and she already knows how to knit.

How to Knit A Tangled Mess is a breezy chick lit novelette which should also appeal to romantic comedy fans.

How to Wallpaper a Catastrophe

COMING 2015!

How to Wallpaper a Catastrophe

Sadie, April, and Fen return in the third chapter of the DIY Dating series.



Short Fiction

Learning to Fly

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ISBN-13: 978-0991766710
ISBN-10: 0991766717
Publisher: Tangled Oak Press
Publish Date: May 2015
Page Count: 120

This collection of short stories combines seven of Rachel Elizabeth Cole's touching stories.

In "Fallen Leaves," a woman must come to terms with the bad blood between her dead husband's grandmother and herself. In "Listen to the Rain," a young couple going through a rough patch struggles to find happiness. In "Caring For Lily," a young mother wrestles with her decision to return to work. In "For Good or For Bad," a dissatisfied wife must decide if she'll risk everything for her ex-boyfriend. In "Is This Seat Taken?," two strangers connect briefly in a bus station. A woman cleaning out her dead mother’s attic digs through old feelings about the adoption of her son and the woman she swore she'd never be like in “Boxes of Dust.” And, in “Miss Popularity,” will a hallway encounter ruin a young teen girl’s chances at her new school?

Heartfelt, bittersweet, and poignant, these short stories explore the moments where we spread our fledgling wings, take that leap, and learn to fly.


Caring For Lily

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With her maternity leave about to end, Elle Williams is visiting the fourth daycare in as many hours. Maybe this one will be just right.

Caring For Lily is a short story of 1500 words or about 5 pages.

This is story is available FREE on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

Promises & Perceptions

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For Isabella Dearborne it's the first ball of the season and she is eager to dance with handsome Mr. Harrison--if only he'll ask her. But when her elder sister, Amelia, rudely spurns her suitor, Mr. Croswell, Isabella dutifully steps in and takes her place. Soon, Isabella begins to see that neither gentleman is quite what she imagined at the beginning of the evening.

Promises & Perceptions is a short story of 4200 words or about 15 pages which should appeal to fans of the inimitable Miss Jane Austen.

Boxes of Dust

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Tasked with cleaning out her dead mother's attic, a woman digs through old feelings about the adoption of her son and the woman she swore she'd never be like.

Boxes of Dust is a touching short story of 2500 words or about 11 pages.

The Perfect Ring

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"Cleverly written and an enjoyable, super quick read, can't be faulted for a bit of light entertainment." - The Kindle Book Review

"Had me hooked from the first few lines" - Razberry Juice

Alistair Deacon is on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring for his girlfriend, Emma. When he and his workmate, Dee, find it in a tiny shop in Covent Garden, the old shop woman there makes a startling prediction. Now Alistair may have got more than he bargained for.

The Perfect Ring is a short story of 3700 words or about 14 pages.

Listen to the Rain

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"Cole creates a time bomb of anticipation within a mere 5000 words, and leaves you with a desire for more. Two characters, a motorcycle, and a storm are woven into a tapestry of intrigue and emotion." - Book Review Mama

All Jeremy Owen and his pregnant girlfriend, Maya, seem to do is fight. With the baby due in a month, Jer's doing the best he can to make ends meet, to make Maya happy, but it never seems to be enough. Then one night, after a bitter argument, Maya packs her bags and storms out. Now Jer has to decide if he wants her back or if he wants out, too. Just what the hell is he doing with his life anyway?

Listen to the Rain is a short story of 5000 words or about 17 pages.

For Good or For Bad

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Why can't Leigh Carter Goodman get her ex, Jared, out of her head? She's got a husband who loves her, two beautiful children, a house in the suburbs. She should be happy. Then Jared leaves a message on her blog saying he wants to meet. Could he want her back? Now Leigh has to make a choice. For good or for bad.

For Good or For Bad is a short story of 2600 words or about 10 pages.

Fallen Leaves

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"Fallen Leaves is a heartfelt tale . . . At times simple and straightforward, and at times beautifully descriptive . . . This was an enjoyable read." - Short Fiction Spotlight

For as long as fifteen-year-old Grace Sather can remember, her great-grandmother has hated her mother. And now Mom wants Gran to move in with them. But before Mom can talk Gran into it, Gran has a bad fall and winds up in the hospital. Now a long buried secret is about to emerge. A secret that could shake the family to its very core.

Fallen Leaves is a short story of 5000 words or about 19 pages.

Of Directions, Destinations, & Differences

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In this collection of flash fiction, Rachel Elizabeth Cole explores who we are, where we're going, and what makes us each unique.

A woman rescues a cat in “Free to Good Home.” In “Sneaking Around” a woman having an affair thinks she's about to be caught. In an economy of words, “The Bear Hunter” tells a tale of pride, courage, love and loss. A runaway teen struggles with her future and her past in “Full Circle.” In “Porridge For Breakfast” a group of children turn breakfast into a game. And in “Hello Agnes” a man who thrives on routine finds his unexpectedly interrupted.

Pick a direction, set a destination, and celebrate our differences.


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