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Forever Finley Short Story Series
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What’s the true story of the town of Finley?
No one denies there’s something special about the quaint small town that seems to beckon strangers, all of whom find themselves called to Finley for reasons they can’t quite explain.  For those who call Finley home, dreams come true, love is found, broken hearts are mended, and second chances are unearthed.  Is it all mere coincidence?  Or is the century-old legend of Amos Hargrove, the town founder, more than superstition?  Does Amos still live in Finley, and is his generous spirit even now manipulating events? Forever Finley is a collection of short stories that released once a month throughout 2016, creating a three-dimensional portrait of the town.  Rather than serving as a backdrop for the stories, Finley emerges as the main character of the collection. Individual monthly tales explore the many facets of love—whether that love takes the form of friendship, romance, or passion for one’s life calling.  These warm, uplifting stories detail loss and perseverance, the strength of the human spirit, and the ability of love to endure… forever.
Each story can also be purchased individually from Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and B&N
One Fateful Christmas Eve Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Is the magic of Christmas Eve enough to change Mallory’s mind and heart?
Mallory Stewart is an on-the-rise young editor certain she’s about to land a position at one of the “Big Five” publishing houses.  All she has to do to clinch the deal is attend her prospective boss’s Christmas Eve party.  But Graham Kendall, the charismatic author of a bestselling book on fate, insists her plans are about to be thwarted. Mallory immediately discounts Dr. Kendall’s warnings.  Though she edited his book, the industrious Mallory believes in hard work rather than luck or good fortune.  When a series of devastating Christmas Eve misadventures conspire against her, Mallory is forced to reexamine everything—her beliefs, her dreams, her own definition of success.  What will Mallory choose? What will she discover—about Graham, about her own destiny, even about… a man’s socks? (Yes, socks.)
Miles Left Yet Contemporary Fiction / Boomer Lit
Love Has No Age Limit
A road trip for a motley crew from the Granite Ridge Retirement Community—in a vintage Mustang convertible, no less—quickly turns into an adventure of second chances, fresh starts, and the discovery that love is never a landmark in the rearview mirror. No matter what the odometer reads, as long as there’s gas in the tank, there are always still new roads to explore...plenty of miles left yet.
Play It Again Sequel to the 2011 YA Sports Romance Playing Hurt
A Second Chance at First Love
Four years ago, Chelsea and Clint had both seen their share of tragedy.  Will their second chance at love end in triumph…or will it be yet another heartbreak? Chelsea was a teenage small town celebrity—a basketball star with the promise of a free ride to college…until an accident on the court shattered her hip and her dreams. Clint was a high school Minnesota hockey player whose first love died in a car accident on the way to one of his pond tournaments; head no longer in the game, Clint was forced to hang up his skates. On a family vacation to Minnesota, Chelsea met Clint, a fishing guide and personal trainer at her resort.  Through their overwhelming, inexplicable, and undeniable whirlwind romance, they began to heal each other—to discover their own strength and resilience.  Their summer together was short, but it bubbled over in intensity: stolen kisses, passionate meetings under starlit skies, lovemaking to the beat of a cascading waterfall.  And it ended with the promise of a second summer. Life got in the way, thwarting their plans.  Now, four years later, the compass of Chelsea’s heart is pointing her back to Minnesota—toward the strongest love of her life.  But can that original heat be reignited, or will old wounds snuff out any chance at rekindling their original passion? Play It Again picks up as Chelsea’s and Clint’s paths cross again to explore issues of forgiveness and second chances, and to ask whether true, lasting adult love can grow from the fires of youthful passion.
Fifth Avenue Fidos Dogs / Comedic Romance
Once upon a time, there was a princess who felt like a dog…I mean a real mutt.
Mable Barker, a frizzy-haired mongrel from Queens with no real life direction, is never going to snag a man like Jason Mead, a purebred Upper East Side veterinarian. Or so she thinks. Even in her daydreams, the infatuated-with-fairy-tales Mable imagines herself as a princess with a crooked tiara and a whole orchard of poison apples.  Then again, Jason isn’t exactly traditional prince material himself.  The shy but adorable Dr. Mead’s awkward ways around women have him substituting the search for his lifelong human companion with playing canine matchmaker—breeding blue ribbon champions. Jason’s first breeding attempt yields Innis, Fifth Avenue’s snarliest Pekingese. A dog whose temperament, it appears, will never fit show-dog standards…until he meets Mable, whom Jason hires as a dog walker. Could Mable actually have what it takes to handle Innis and Jason?  Can three imperfect beings ever come together to create utter perfection at the Westminster Dog Show—and beyond? Will Mable and Jason ever trust their feelings, allow love to be unleashed?  Will Mable ever see herself as a princess capable of riding off into the sunset? Fifth Avenue Fidos offers a deceptively simple tale that is both a sweet romantic comedy and a satirical look at modern relationships. A smart exploration of the fairy tale promise of a one-size-fits-all happily ever after—and a heartwarming story of love and dreams in dog-eat-dog NYC.
Or try a free excerpt with Princess Leftover
Fifth Avenue Fidos is really two books in one—Mable, the main character, has an incredibly active imagination. And in her own mind, she’s a princess.  Not a flawless princess—not even close.  The princess of Mable’s fantasy life is every bit as imperfect as Mable herself.  She bumbles along in a magical metropolitan kingdom that’s a mirror image of Mable’s real-life New York City.  Readers have loved Princess Rosy (Mable’s fairy tale alter ego), so I’ve taken the Princess Rosy sections and compiled them into a standalone novelette, available as a free read.
Princess Leftover Comedic Romance
A novelette that insists we grab the starring roles—become the princesses of our own fairy tales.
Princess Leftover is a bumbler, constantly screwing up despite her magical surroundings.  She descends her father’s tower to make her way in the Frog District of her metropolitan kingdom, only to join forces with the Prince of Klutz and his brachycephalic dragon.  Can such a hodgepodge, clumsy trio ever expect to ride happily into the sunset?
Forever Finley Short Story Series
What’s the true story of the town of Finley?
No one denies there’s something special about the quaint small town that seems to beckon strangers, all of whom find themselves called to Finley for reasons they can’t quite explain.  For those who call Finley home, dreams come true, love is found, broken hearts are mended, and second chances are unearthed.  Is it all mere coincidence? Or is the century-old legend of Amos Hargrove, the town founder, more than superstition?  Does Amos still live in Finley, and is his generous spirit even now manipulating events? Forever Finley is a collection of short stories that released once a month throughout 2016, creating a three-dimensional portrait of the town.  Rather than serving as a backdrop for the stories, Finley emerges as the main character of the collection.  Individual monthly tales explore the many facets of love—whether that love takes the form of friendship, romance, or passion for one’s life calling.  These warm, uplifting stories detail loss and perseverance, the strength of the human spirit, and the ability of love to endure… forever.
Each story can also be purchased individually from Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and B&N
One Fateful Christmas Eve Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Is the magic of Christmas Eve enough to change Mallory’s mind and heart?
Mallory Stewart is an on-the-rise young editor certain she’s about to land a position at one of the “Big Five” publishing houses.  All she has to do to clinch the deal is attend her prospective boss’s Christmas Eve party.  But Graham Kendall, the charismatic author of a bestselling book on fate, insists her plans are about to be thwarted. Mallory immediately discounts Dr. Kendall’s warnings. Though she edited his book, the industrious Mallory believes in hard work rather than luck or good fortune. When a series of devastating Christmas Eve misadventures conspire against her, Mallory is forced to reexamine everything—her beliefs, her dreams, her own definition of success.  What will Mallory choose? What will she discover—about Graham, about her own destiny, even about… a man’s socks? (Yes, socks.)
Miles Left Yet Contemporary Fiction / Boomer Lit
Love Has No Age Limit
A road trip for a motley crew from the Granite Ridge Retirement Community—in a vintage Mustang convertible, no less—quickly turns into an adventure of second chances, fresh starts, and the discovery that love is never a landmark in the rearview mirror. No matter what the odometer reads, as long as there’s gas in the tank, there are always still new roads to explore...plenty of miles left yet.
Play It Again Sequel to the 2011 YA Sports Romance Playing Hurt
A Second Chance at First Love
Four years ago, Chelsea and Clint had both seen their share of tragedy.  Will their second chance at love end in triumph…or will it be yet another heartbreak? Chelsea was a teenage small town celebrity—a basketball star with the promise of a free ride to college…until an accident on the court shattered her hip and her dreams. Clint was a high school Minnesota hockey player whose first love died in a car accident on the way to one of his pond tournaments; head no longer in the game, Clint was forced to hang up his skates. On a family vacation to Minnesota, Chelsea met Clint, a fishing guide and personal trainer at her resort.  Through their overwhelming, inexplicable, and undeniable whirlwind romance, they began to heal each other—to discover their own strength and resilience.  Their summer together was short, but it bubbled over in intensity: stolen kisses, passionate meetings under starlit skies, lovemaking to the beat of a cascading waterfall.  And it ended with the promise of a second summer. Life got in the way, thwarting their plans.  Now, four years later, the compass of Chelsea’s heart is pointing her back to Minnesota—toward the strongest love of her life.  But can that original heat be reignited, or will old wounds snuff out any chance at rekindling their original passion? Play It Again picks up as Chelsea’s and Clint’s paths cross again to explore issues of forgiveness and second chances, and to ask whether true, lasting adult love can grow from the fires of youthful passion.
Fifth Avenue Fidos Dogs / Comedic Romance
Once upon a time, there was a princess who felt like a dog…I mean a real mutt.
Mable Barker, a frizzy-haired mongrel from Queens with no real life direction, is never going to snag a man like Jason Mead, a purebred Upper East Side veterinarian. Or so she thinks. Even in her daydreams, the infatuated-with-fairy-tales Mable imagines herself as a princess with a crooked tiara and a whole orchard of poison apples.  Then again, Jason isn’t exactly traditional prince material himself.  The shy but adorable Dr. Mead’s awkward ways around women have him substituting the search for his lifelong human companion with playing canine matchmaker—breeding blue ribbon champions. Jason’s first breeding attempt yields Innis, Fifth Avenue’s snarliest Pekingese.  A dog whose temperament, it appears, will never fit show-dog standards…until he meets Mable, whom Jason hires as a dog walker. Could Mable actually have what it takes to handle Innis and Jason?  Can three imperfect beings ever come together to create utter perfection at the Westminster Dog Show—and beyond? Will Mable and Jason ever trust their feelings, allow love to be unleashed?  Will Mable ever see herself as a princess capable of riding off into the sunset? Fifth Avenue Fidos offers a deceptively simple tale that is both a sweet romantic comedy and a satirical look at modern relationships. A smart exploration of the fairy tale promise of a one-size-fits-all happily ever after—and a heartwarming story of love and dreams in dog-eat-dog NYC.
Or try a free excerpt with Princess Leftover
Fifth Avenue Fidos is really two books in one—Mable, the main character, has an incredibly active imagination. And in her own mind, she’s a princess.  Not a flawless princess—not even close.  The princess of Mable’s fantasy life is every bit as imperfect as Mable herself. She bumbles along in a magical metropolitan kingdom that’s a mirror image of Mable’s real-life New York City. Readers have loved Princess Rosy (Mable’s fairy tale alter ego), so I’ve taken the Princess Rosy sections and compiled them into a standalone novelette, available as a free read.
Princess Leftover Comedic Romance
A novelette that insists we grab the starring roles—become the princesses of our own fairy tales.
Princess Leftover is a bumbler, constantly screwing up despite her magical surroundings.  She descends her father’s tower to make her way in the Frog District of her metropolitan kingdom, only to join forces with the Prince of Klutz and his brachycephalic dragon.  Can such a hodgepodge, clumsy trio ever expect to ride happily into the sunset?
Copyright © 2017 HollySchindler.com. All Rights Reserved
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