Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The Long and "Short" of It... by Christine Bush


Historically, the majority of the stories I have written are book length. Some are categorized as “long contemporary”, some as “short contemporary”, and a few as “short historical”.  I’ve also written quite a few romance novellas, several of which have been included in romance anthologies.

There is a joy in writing a “big book”, where characters can be fully developed, time can span even generations, and plots can be multi leveled and complex.

But sometimes, as a reader as well as a writer, something short simply hits the spot.

When life is busy and time is cramped, there is nothing like an immediate “shot in the arm” of romance to jazz up the day.  Digesting a heartwarming story from beginning to end in a short period of time is often a joy in a too busy day.


This is common among my mystery friends. Monthly print publications like “Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine”  have included a constant roster of brain tingling short works for years. With new digital publications short story has become popular in every genre, including romance.

My digital short story, “Cowboy Boots” is a short story about finding love in the second half of life. It was my first venture into writing about a heroine with lots of life experience, ready for the next phase of her life. 


  Cowboy Boots - Kindle edition by Bush, Christine. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Another short romance story is called  “Fear of Flowers”.  Many of us can think of something that stirs up a little ”terror” in our hearts.  In this one, our hero needs to get over his long time fear of water.  He’s head over heals attracted to his swimming instructor, but she’s come to believe that men are “players”, and she’s not about to lose her heart…no matter how big the bouquet he brings. Can they face the fears that are barriers to finding and accepting love? Spoiler alert.. of course they can! This is a romance, after all. Check out this quick read to find out how!


 Fear of Flowers (Flower Basket) - Kindle edition by Bush, Christine. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

How about you? Do you like to read (or write) short stories? Any recommendations?  We busy folk would love to hear!

 Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!

 And in case you’re looking for a long one………

Christine's  “Sunny’s Smile” is a sweet romantic mystery set on the Navajo reservation!




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