Friday, February 12, 2021



As a special Valentine treat, the e-book edition of my popular book Sunbeams from TheHeart: A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories is FREE for five days! 

The e-book will be free on Amazon from Friday, February 12th, until Tuesday, February 16th, at 11.59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Sunbeams from The Heart is also available in paperback (regular and large print) and Kindle Unlimited.

Love themes in Sunbeams from the Heart tell of nostalgia, bright new beginnings, homecoming, second chances, and the unexpected. The stories propel the  reader on a journey through Scotland, England, The Bahamas and rural America.

The Lady magazine, England, wrote about my short story Love at Sunset, that first appeared in their July 19th 2013 Summer Collector's Edition and which now features in Sunbeams from The Heart: “Hugely popular … Charming and surprising!” Most of the stories in this short story collection were first published in The Lady.

I was delighted when shortly after its release in 2015 Sunbeams from the Heart made Amazon's top 100 paid best-sellers' list in the Literature & Fiction/Short stories category next to Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis. And the following month, Sunbeams from the Heart again made the top 100 paid bestsellers' list in the Literature & Fiction/Short Stories category, this time alongside Agatha Christie's Miss Marple - The Complete Short Stories. The book has recently been updated.

An Amazon reviewer wrote about Sunbeams from the Heart: “While each story is unique, all share that one common thread we humans yearn for: LOVE….Valentine or not, Sunbeams From The Heart is indeed a delightful read.”

Excerpt from the short story Love at Sunset: “Once out of sight from the main road, they relaxed on a seat beneath a casuarina tree and kissed. Then they gazed out across the sapphire blue sea to a lone sailboat on the horizon. The sun was going down, the sky like an artist’s canvas with gold and orange brush strokes. The sweet aroma of a barbecue drifted along the sea shore.”


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The e-book is also available free during this period at all other Amazon marketplaces worldwide.

By the way, for those of you who don’t have a Kindle, no problem. The free Kindle app can be downloaded from Amazon HERE for most major smart phones, tablets and computers.

If you enjoy Sunbeams From The Heart, your comments would be greatly appreciated on the book's Amazon page. Thank you!


  1. I look forward to reading this.

    My first ever sale was the The Lady – I loved the type of fiction they published. Such a shame they cut it. Bet I'm not the only person who stopped reading when they did.

  2. Thanks, Patsy. The editor who gave me my first break with The Lady was Matt Warren. I was over the moon! He accepted several of my stories after that. Then Mrs. Sam Taylor took over and accepted more of my stories, for which I was most grateful. However, I had been warned that they would be phasing out short stories and then the cut finally came. Sam Taylor left and a new editor took over. That seems to have clinched it. Such a shame, like you say. The Lady was always in our house when I was a child! My grandmother loved it. That's interesting what you say about people not reading it any more when they cut out the short stories. I wasn't aware of that, but it makes sense! Articles and features are most enjoyable to read, but a little bit of fiction in a magazine brightens a reader's day.