Short Stories

lorraine bartlett's short stories

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happy-holidays-smHappy Holidays? a collection of holiday stories
by Lorraine Bartlett & L.L. Bartlett
Publisher: Polaris Press

The best thing about the holiday season is spending time with family. At the same time, sometimes the worst thing about the holiday season is spending time with family. The stories in this collection touch on that and more as Mandy Nichols, Jeff Resnick, and Judi Straub struggle through what’s supposed to be the joyous season. One family contemplates murder; another wants to end what they see as a bad relationship, while another can only see their loved one for what she can do for them. Sound familiar?

Happy Holidays? puts the Christmas fun into dysfunction!

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Love n Murder smLove & Murder: a collection of short stories
By Lorraine Bartlet & L.L. Bartlett
Publisher:  Polaris Press

Love & Murder, this bargain-priced bundle of stories, explores the highs and lows of love and humanity. Each free-standing, complete story explores a different theme representative of the author’s style.

Cold Case: Psychic Jeff Resnick has no expectations when investigating the disappearance of a four-year-old boy, until he confronts the mind responsible.

An Unconditional Love: A single mom of a special-needs child learns about sacrifice and the true meaning of love.

We’re So Sorry, Uncle Albert: Can a family get away with the murder of their rich uncle?

Love Heals: A lonely nurse longs for love on the most romantic night of the year.

Abused: A Daughter’s Story chronicles a young girl’s shattered childhood.

Prisoner Of Love:  The personals may not be the best place to find your true love.

Blue Christmas: The holidays can be the loneliest time of the year … but will the magic of the season make this the last blue Christmas for Judi Straub?

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Blue_Christmas-smBlue Christmas
by Lorraine Bartlett
Publisher:  Polaris Press

Christmas used to be a joyous time for Judi Straub, but that was before her parents passed away and her siblings became too busy to socialize with their old maid sister. Holidays spent with friends were a nightmare. Then one late December Judi won an all-expense-paid trip to Puerto Rico where Harry Powell swept her off her feet.  But her fantasy of happily-ever-after was quickly derailed.  Would Judi always have a Blue Christmas?

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We’re So Sorry, Uncle Albert
by Lorraine Bartlett
Publisher: Polaris Press

The Nichols family is all in a tizzy when it’s discovered their penny-pinching Uncle Albert is worth millions, and decide he has overstayed his worldly welcome. But can they bump off the old man and get away with it?

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Abused – A Daughter’s Story
Publisher: Polaris Press

Emily Miller knew her life was about to change forever the day her mother said, “I’m pregnant.” She’d hear those words again and again–and with every pregnancy Emily’s father changed from bad to worse. For years the Miller family suffered through his rages. It took a terrible loss for the family to regroup, and all the love Emily can muster to save her siblings.



Lorraine Bartlett’s powerful short story “Abused: A Daughter’s Story” grabs hold immediately and doesn’t let go. This heart-tugger’s hero, Emily, displays amazing resilience and strength. I know I’ll remember this story for a long, long time. Julie Hyzy, Barry- and Anthony-award winning author of the White House Chef Mysteries

Love_Heals.smLove Heals
Publisher:  Polaris Press

A Valentine’s Day Short story.

It’s the most romantic night of the year and Diana Mason is alone. She broke up with her boyfriend because he wanted a playmate not a soul mate, but it’s someone else who haunts her thoughts on the most romantic of holidays. Is there a chance he’s thinking of her, too?

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Unconditional-2015-smAn Unconditional Love
Publisher: Polaris Press

A one-night stand changes Leslie Turner’s life forever when she discovers she’s pregnant. Keeping the child means losing her business. Even more devastating, the baby is born with a disfiguring birth defect. Her carefully planned life falls apart . . . until years later when she once again meets her baby’s father. Can they ever be a family?

reviews“What happens when your friend’s widowed husband comes into your bar and drowns out his sorrow? You drive him home and that one night of unexpected passion changes the course of your life. This was a heartwarming and tender story of one woman’s journey of love and forgiveness.”  Dru’s Book Musings

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prisoner of lovePrisoner of Love
Publisher: Polaris Press

Rhonda Roberts went looking for love in all the wrong places, and found it through an ad in the personals section of her local newspaper. Family and friends think she’s crazy when she becomes engaged to a convicted felon, and the lengths she’ll go to see him set free.




We are all vulnerable in love, and Lorraine Bartlett’s “Prisoner of Love” touches on all the emotions we face when we open ourselves to others: heartbreak, need, loss, and hope. Read it, and you’ll find yourself saying, “Yes–yes, I understand.”Julie Hyzy, Barry- and Anthony-award winning author of the White House Chef Mysteries