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Learning to Fly

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.

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Of Directions, Destinations, & Differences

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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Caring For Lily

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.

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Promises & Perceptions

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.

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The Perfect Ring

"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.

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