Short Stories & Collections

Enjoy short fiction? You’ve found the right page. Below are several short stories and collections. Most are fantasy, science fiction or romance oriented. Enjoy!

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**SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS**

TALES OF LOVE & MAGICK

by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Fantasy Romance | Mature | Collection

This volume of short fiction embodies the very best of Debbie Mumford’s enchantment with fantasy combined with her love of romance. Each of these ten tales blends the very human element of love, whether romantic, familial, or budding, with a fascinating bit of magick.

Step into the world of love and magick and let Debbie weave a spell of enchantment for you!

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TALES OF DISASTROUS DEEDS
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Suspense | General Audience | Collection

Take a journey into the realm of disaster, whether natural or man-made, with these five short stories from Debbie Mumford’s Flights of Fantasy.

In this collection you’ll discover a thrilling tale of an ill-conceived heist (“Egg Thief”), a flash tale of natural disaster (“Aftermath”), a moving story of a young man’s desperate struggle to survive in the wilderness (“Silver-Tipped Death”), a short tale of humanity’s quest to avoid annihilation (“Remembrance”), and a Sci-Fi tale of personal loss and ultimate triumph (“New Year”).

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TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Fantasy | General Audience | Collection

Take a journey into the unexpected with these five short stories by Debbie Mumford.

In this collection you’ll discover an entrancing tale of a fantasy life cycle of a giant redwood (“Needle-Green”), a flash piece about a mean spirited bully (“Life’s a Bitch”), a moving story of a man’s desperate fight to save his identical twin (“The Tie That Binds”), a flash tale that will take us to the stars (“Stargazer”), and a steampunk story of a young woman’s strange compulsion (“To Dream of Flying”).

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TALES OF BYGONE DAYS
by Debbie Mumford
Audience:
Historical Fiction | General Audience | Collection

From the struggle for women’s suffrage in the early 20th century (“Sisters in Suffrage”) to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in the late 19th century (“Incident on the High Line”) to an account of the Cherokee Removal in the late 1830s (“The Trail Where We Cried”) and ending with a time-travel romance in 15th century Scotland (“Her Highland Laird”), this collection of three short stories and one novella will take you on a journey through history.

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TALES OF TOMORROW
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Science Fiction | Short Story Collection

From science fiction to the edge of fantasy, this collection of five short stories includes, two “right around the corner” tales (“Wakinyan’s Valley” and “Beneath and Beyond”), one far flung space odyssey (“Astromancer”), and two stories of future families (“Izzie” and “Spinning”).

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LOVE IN A FLASH
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Romance | Sweet | Short Story Collection

A collection of romantic Flash fiction stories—complete tales told in less than a thousand words. Each of these seven jewels presents the exhilaration of budding romance. Experience the thrill of discovery with Love in a Flash!

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RED’S MAGICK
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Fantasy Romance | Mature Adult | Collection

A collection of romantic short stories chronicling the adventures of an amorous faery imprisoned in a pane of ancient Irish glass. The realm of Tuatha de Danaan may be free of Red’s magicks, but the humans who come in contact with his glass prison find themselves in extremely compromising situations.

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**INDIVIDUAL SHORT STORIES**

Trial-Trail

TRIAL ON THE TRAIL
by Debbie Mumford

Audience:
General Adult | Adventure | Short Story

Family. Our greatest asset… and sometimes our greatest trial.

When Ranger Jed Knowles’ family decides to visit Yellowstone National Park he expects some tense moments. After all, his high-achieving family isn’t overly impressed with his decision to become a park ranger. But Jed never expected the predicament his neurosurgeon brother and his twin sons put the family in… not to mention the danger. Will Ranger Jed be able to save the day? And possibly earn the respect he deserves from the people he loves most?

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Mountain Ash

A GROVE OF MOUNTAIN ASH
by Debbie Mumford

Audience:
General Adult | Sweet Romance | Short Story

Paul Freeman, a successful land developer, is a wealthy man. He has everything he could ever desire… except for someone to share his life. So far he’s only met women who covet his possessions and what his position can give them.

Rowan Woodward isn’t looking for love. She’s only interested in saving the land she loves from development. Especially the grove of mountain ash she played in as a child. When the detestable Paul Freeman buys the land where her grove stands, she’s determined to protect her trees from being bulldozed into a parking lot.

When Rowan and Paul meet, sparks fly. But not the kind she expected…

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IN SEARCH OF A VALENTINIANVALENTINIAN
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Science Fiction | General Audience | Short Story

Who wouldn’t want to meet an alien who looks like a cherubic Cupid?

Rafe DaNaal is a master of galactic industry, but when he tries to establish trade relations with a race that bears a disturbing resemblance to Cupid, his understanding of reality is turned upside down! The only question on his mind is: Will he survive long enough to share his newfound knowledge?

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DELIA’S DECISION“Delia-Decision”><br
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Mystery | General Audience | Short Story

Delia Laubhan is home in Denver, Colorado after serving her country overseas for eight years as active duty military police. At twenty-nine years of age, she’s ready to start her life as a civilian, but what career should she choose? She has options–maybe even too many!

While she’s weighing her choices, a challenge falls into her lap. One that will allow her to procrastinate on the decision making, while telling herself she’s doing a good deed: find her mother’s stolen car.

Will Delia solve the crime… and possibly decide the course of her future in the process?

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MISS BAINBRIDGE’S SUMMER ADVENTURE
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Historical Fiction | General Audience | Short Story

Miss Clarissa Bainbridge is off on her first solo adventure: a journey down the newly constructed Erie Canal to see the wonders of Niagara Falls! But she finds more than she bargained for in the close quarters of the canal packet boat. Will she be up to the challenge?

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TREASURES Treasures
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Women’s Fiction | General Adult | Short Story

Elizabeth is happily creating her own perfect family when an unexpected comment smashes her carefully built illusion, revealing her deep-seated anger with her mother.

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OPENING HER EYESEyes
by Debbie Mumford

Audience:
General Adult | Romance | Short Story

Sometimes we think we know someone so well that nothing they do can surprise us. We’re often wrong….

What’s a level-headed young woman to do when a friendly guy from an Internet chat room announces he wants to meet her in the real world? Panic, that’s what! And then ask her best friend to back her up… just in case.

Emily Jane Williams does just that, and, BOY, will she be surprised when she meets her Internet admirer

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Skye Dreams

SKYE DREAMS
by Debbie Mumford

Audience:
General Adult | Gothic Fantasy | Short Story

Jane has been dreaming of an impossibly handsome man since she was a teenager. She longs to discover if he’s real or a figment of her imagination, but his message doesn’t make sense. Not until she studies Celtic history does his meaning become clear. Now she’s on the journey of a lifetime, but will it end in love… or betrayal?

Only time will tell.

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REMEMBRANCE
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Science Fiction | General Audience | Short Story

How will humanity end? In blood and fire? No. Mother Earth is more subtle than man. The death she sent was imperceptible, so quiet we didn’t even realize we’d been struck a fatal blow…until it was too late.

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A WALK WITH GEORGIAGeorgia
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: SFF | General | Short Story

When a young woman takes her dog for a walk, she certainly doesn’t expect to fall through a wormhole in the space-time continuum. But when the unexpected and surreal happens, she must find a way home … for both of them.

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ICE STORM
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Family | General Audience | Short Story

When a freak ice storm hits Portland, Oregon, Kara discovers her invalid uncle has been injured in a fall. Can she keep him warm and safe until the city’s overworked emergency services can come to their rescue?

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NEEDLE-GREEN
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Fantasy | General Audience | Short Story

Needle-Green, a redwood dryad who has made the leap from growing sprout to intelligent being, embarks on a journey to find the perfect place to put down permanent roots. Preferably far from the reach of interfering humans. Does such a sheltered refuge exist? Needle-Green hopes to discover that it does before s/he becomes too tall to walk the earth in anonymity.

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THE TRAIL WHERE WE CRIEDTrail-Cried
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Historical Fiction | General Audience | Short Story

A young Cherokee woman narrates her experiences on the Trail of Tears, of being torn from her home in Georgia in the spring of 1838 and force-marched to Tahlequah in the Indian Territory – which would later become the State of Oklahoma.

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DEEP DREAMINGdeepdreaming-2x3
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Historical Fantasy | General Audience | Short Story

Meredith has vivid dreams … of drowning in deep blue water, but she’s not unduly worried since she lives in St. Louis. When her father announces that he has accepted a prestigious position in Bermuda, she begins to wonder if her dreams have been precognitive. What will happen when she finds herself living on the edge of the deep?

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NEW YEARnewyear-2x3
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Science Fiction | General Audience | Short Story

A mother’s agonizing attempt to come to terms with the death of her beloved daughter turns to excitement as she realizes her adult child has solved the riddle of time travel

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SEEING RED
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Fantasy Romance | General Audience | Short Story

Katie O’Malley needs to feel safe and welcomed somewhere in the world, but Evan Flynn’s pub—with its unusual inhabitants—is the last place she expects to find refuge.

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SISTERS IN SUFFRAGESuffrage
by Debbie Mumford

Audience: Historical Fiction | Short Story

Nineteen-year-old Emily Tuttle defies her father and travels to Washington, D.C. to join her idol, Alice Paul, in the fight for women’s suffrage. With high hopes, she joins Ms. Paul’s “Silent Sentinels” only to discover that her expectations of easy victory have been naïve. Will Emily and her sisters in suffrage gain the right for women to vote, or will they give in to the patriarchal pressures of their day?

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INCIDENT ON THE HIGH LINE
by Debbie Mumford

Audience: Western | Short Story

Pinkerton Agent Tom Easton guards the High Line, the narrow gauge railroad connecting the mining towns of the Colorado Rockies. When an unescorted young woman is taken hostage in an attempted train robbery, Tom’s skill is tested. Can he protect the young woman, save the payroll, and arrest the robbers, or will the bad guys win the day?

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TO DREAM OF FLYING
by Debbie Mumford

Audience: Steampunk Fantasy | Short Story

Amelia Penfield dreams of flying … but not in one of the buoyant airships that ply the skies of her native Denver, Colorado. Nor are her dreams the usual night time fantasies of a sleeping mind. No, Amelia dreams of standing on a high cliff overlooking a vast ocean and transforming from human female into a great bird. Her dreams are so real, so all consuming, that her father fears she will ascend Denver’s tallest building and throw herself into the sky. Can father and daughter solve the riddle of this inexplicable compulsion before Amelia follows in her mother’s tragic footsteps? Only time will tell.

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SPINNINGSpinning-Cover-2x3
by Debbie Mumford

Audience: Science Fiction | Short Story

Brett D’Agostino has always been a solid citizen, as far from a gambler as a man could get, and yet he’s about to risk everything he owns on the spin of a roulette wheel. When the ball drops, he’ll either be able to book passage to Arcturus Prime, or he’ll be penniless, his family homeless. What has driven him to this desperate gamble?

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SILVER-TIPPED DEATH
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Adventure | Short Story

Lost in the wilderness. Separated from his cousin and uncle. Faced with a hungry grizzly bear. Can he possibly survive?

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ASTROMANCER
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Science Fiction | Short Story

Astromancer explores the mystical connection between the human mind and FTL space travel. Apprentice Alchemist Wyot is an astrologer of the third rank. He dreams of becoming an astromancer, one of the elite few who move starships between the known planets, but knows he lacks the innate magical talent required to fulfill his lofty ambition. When the Thrice Great commands his presence, Wyot has no idea what to expect from the leader of the legendary Emerald Enclave.

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BENEATH AND BEYOND
by Debbie Mumford

Audience: SFF: Alien | First Contact | Short Story

Archaeologist Erin Carstedter is a no-nonsense kind of gal. If something can’t be defined by scientific method, it doesn’t exist. Erin’s beliefs are about to be tested by a ruin beneath the polar ice cap. What Erin discovers in those icy depths will challenge her thinking…and change the world.

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THE TIE THAT BINDS
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: SFF: Paranormal | Military Fiction | Short Story

Twin brothers Cameron and Kyle McClellan have always shared a psychic bond. Though the adult men lead very different lives, when career military officer Kyle is wounded in Iraq, Cameron’s ability to decipher their unique link may mean the difference between his brother’s life or death.

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WAKINYAN’S VALLEY
by Debbie Mumford
Audience: Fantasy | Post-Apocalyptic | Short Story

Mark Whitehorse and his friends search for a safe haven where they can raise their families. When they stumble across a hidden valley, they believe their search is over. But the valley is already inhabited. Will the band of survivors find refuge…or something else entirely?

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