Congratulations to Geoff Le Pard on his forthcoming anthology Life in a Conversation which is available to pre-order for only £1.99/$2.56 – And as a taste of things to come, a short story from the collection.
About Life in a Conversation
Following the success of Life In A Grain of Sand and Life In A Flash, here comes Life In A Conversation, an anthology of short and super short fiction. These pieces are mostly 500 words or less (with a few longer pieces thrown in, if you like to get your teeth into a story) and cover pretty much every major genre apart from YA, MA or children’s fiction. Dip in and enjoy them; better still let them inspire you to write your own.
Here is one of the short stories from the collection to tempt you.
When Trouble Is Baking In Fairyland
His High Mufti, the Archdread of Twee, hurried across the jellied courtyard. As Minister of Works and Cake his days usually involved assessing the calorific content of building materials – gingerbread, marzipan and so on. But the report he’d just read changed that.
Ahead the Palace of Brioche, Twee’s ancient Parliament, loomed large, brown and comfortingly solid, if a touch crusty. But appearances were deceptive. As the report made clear, the chocolate grouting had begun to leak away, the iced mullions were crumbling and the gingerbread walls beginning to bow alarmingly.
Colin, for that was his name, lowered his head against the sugar-high greetings of the populous. Why did it have to be here, in the one democracy in Fairyland, that an iconic structure like the Brioche should be threatened? Other places, run by benign kings and pesky princes, would just channel magic to a rebuild, and damn the consequences. But not here. Magic was needed for universal health care and keeping yellow-brick roads free of potholes. The Sweet Party would insist on lowering the sugar content; the Grand Old Pastry would try and form a coalition with the Tea Party on a platform of keeping out foreign bakers; and the ruling Sugar and Spice confection would caramelise, as usual, along sweet-savoury lines.
The choices were stark: either close the Brioche, call in all grandmas to a Grand Bake On but lose part of the export drive that had been carefully negotiated to keep the other kingdoms Cake-dependant; or keep the Brioche open while employing a Cake a Day strategy to replace the weak parts. But this, he knew, would cost much more in the long run.
They would all hate him. So much for that old fairyland cliché: everything (including a political career) has a happy ending.
The book is available at the pre-order price of £1.99 : https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MYMSDQS/
and on Amazon US for $2.56: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MYMSDQS/
A selection of other books by Geoff Le Pard
One of the recent reviews for Apprenticed to my Mother
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, an open and honest memoir, written by a son about his mother’s life. But it is not just about his mother. The story is as much about his father, his brother, and most of all, himself. Although we grew up half a world apart, the times and attitudes were similar. Although our families were very dissimilar, there are things that are truths for all. The book flows with good humour and love and it is easy to feel how much this family cared for each other. The love between the author’s parents was tangible and beautifully expressed in poetry. That the love was handed down through the generations to their sons and then grandchildren is obvious. A most enjoyable and uplifting read.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Geoff-Le-Pard/e/B00OSI7XA0
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Read more reviews and follow Geoff on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9791177.Geoff_Le_Pard
About Geoff Le Pard
I have been writing creatively since 2006 when at a summer school with my family I wrote a short radio play. That led to a novel, some more courses, more novels, each better than the last until I took an MA at Sheffield Hallam. I published my first novel in 2014 – Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle. In 2015 a second followed – My Father and Other Liars. In 2016 I have an anthology of short stories out, Life, in a Grain of Sand. I have now added ‘memoir’ to my list of genres with the launch of Apprenticed To My Mother. Other novels can be found here. I write in a range of genres so there is something for everyone..
Before writing, I was a lawyer, ending up at the London Olympics. Now I mix writing with a range of activities, often walking to find inspiration or taking in a variety of sports events.
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