Smorgasbord Short Stories – Authors in the Sun – #WWII – Butterflies of Dunkirk by Claire Plaisted

When I worked on radio in the south of Spain I presented and recorded four series of Authors in the Sun showcasing local writers and their short stories. I ran a series here on the blog in 2017 which was much enjoyed and showed off the skills of some amazing writers.

There have been some wonderful stories shared in  this summer’s series with the last being shared next week.

Butterflies of Dunkirk by Claire Plaisted

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

All shapes and sizes of vessels left the English ports. Any seaworthy boat went to rescue those from the French shores and the horror of the massacre on Dunkirk. The boats approached the French shoreline, horror on the faces of the captains and seamen, as they watched the slaughter continue. The boats powered ahead to rescue as many men as they could, praying for the souls of those they couldn’t.

Close enough now, men were running towards them, guns were firing at them, some toppling dead in the water, having been shot before they could get to the boats. Big black bursts of smoke overhead, where Spitfires and Messerschmitt’s fought aggressively in a massive dogfight. The Spitfires in protection mode, the Messerschmitt’s doing what damage they could. British, American and Canadian men fell in their thousands. The captains hauled those they could into boats of all shapes and sizes.

Their vessels full, they began to pull away as other boats took their places. It was a constant movement on the ocean waves.

Some of the men looked back, watching the massacre, many knowing they’d never see some of their comrades again. They saluted these comrades. It was as the salutes ended they saw thousands of different coloured butterflies rise into the sky, disappearing into the horizon.

The souls of men.

©Claire Plaisted 2021

A small selection of  books by Claire Plaisted

One of the reviews for Hidden Secrets

Jan 31, 2020 Pamela rated it four stars really liked it

Hidden Secrets works in many ways. As a combination of both romance and espionage books, it has a great combination for the readers who love both. I read this book some years ago and posted my review on Amazon. The author has revised and edited the book with good results. The preface leaves you guessing but the first chapter introduces the reader in a timely manner. The book picks up pace in Chapter One and you are drawn into a world of spies and a dark secondary plot that will give you chills.

The story involves the science of genetics both in the past and the present. The romance is good between the two characters of Anastasia and Malachy. She is the arch spy for him in the field and he is the “boss.” The sex is pretty graphic so just be aware of that. The plot and the ending are both well-formed and deliver a satisfying conclusion to the first book while leading into a sequel. I will read it soon! 

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US – And : Amazon UK  – Read more reviews and follow Claire: Goodreads – Website/Publishing/blog: Plaisted Publishing House –  Facebook: Claire Plaisted Author – Twitter: Plaisted Publish – LinkedIn: Claire Plaisted

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About Claire Plaisted

Claire Plaisted was born and brought up in Cheshire, England. Today she is living in New Zealand with husband and three children and loving it.

Claire is a Family History Researcher turned writer and self publisher. Claire is a prolific writer of many different genre’s. Adult Romance, Regency, Detective, Erotic, Young Adult, Sci-fi, Paranormal, Thriller, and Young Children’s adventure stories with a learning curve. Some of these are yet to be published.

Claire also helps other Indie Authors get there books online by formatting them into eBooks or Print. Sharing all book on social media, local newspapers and bookstores.

Thanks for dropping in today and I am sure Claire would love your feedback.. thanks Sally.


60 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Short Stories – Authors in the Sun – #WWII – Butterflies of Dunkirk by Claire Plaisted

  1. Thank you, Sally and Claire. So moving. Those butterflies caused one or two tears…My own father, thankfully, just made it out on a ship before the worst of the slaughter, although he had been strafed periodically throughout the night Oh, man’s inhumanity to man…. Hugs xx

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