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Jacquelynn Luben is the author of two published non-fiction books, a novella and a novel, as well as short fiction, articles and poetry.She has been a regular contributor to Writers' News and Writers' Forum, and frequently gives talks to Surrey groups on self-publishing and publicity. A number of her short stories have been short-listed in competitions and several of them are now published on line. These are available from epublisher, Untreed Reads, and other outlets. They include: An Affair of the Mind Damaged Goods Maggies Plot The Green Girl The Honey Hunters The Obsession Jacquelynn Luben's short story Damaged Goods, recently published by Untreed Reads, was originally broadcast on Radio Southern Counties. Two of her other stories, shown below, can be read at this site. (See the side-bar.) Jackie's novella, A Bottle of Plonk, was published by Goldenford Publishers in October 2005 and you can read an extract on the Goldenford site. In 2007, it was also published as an e-book by Virtual Tales in the USA. Her most recent novel, Tainted Tree, which won second prize at the Winchester Writers' Conference, was published in 2008, and she is currently working on another novel, Innocent Bystanders. Tainted Tree
A surprise bequest from an unknown benefactor leads American adoptee, Addie Russell, to Surrey, on a journey to discover more about her mysterious English family. It is a search that uncovers secrets which shock and thrill her, and ultimately brings her both sadness and joy.A Bottle of Plonk
It’s 1989 – a time when Liebfraumilch, Black Forest gateau and avocado bathrooms are all the rage, and nobody uses mobile phones. When, one Saturday night in May, Julie Stanton moves in with Richard, the love of her life, she doesn’t expect their romantic evening together to end with her walking out of the flat clutching the bottle of wine with which they were to toast their new relationship. But then Julie and the wine part company, and the bottle takes the reader on a journey through a series of life situations revealing love, laughter and conflict.Short Stories
Broadcast on Radio Southern Counties. Now available from Untreed Reads.
. . . She was listening to the wireless when the letter arrived. Anything to divert her mind from the turmoil within. Her mother came flying through the door. ‘It’s from him. Look. British Forces Post Office. He’s really safe.’ Her mother passed over the blue envelope, wiping away a tear....
Understanding the Language Published in Benchmark 4
Published in Benchmark 4
On the train home, he worried about why he hadn't been able to contact her. It was bad enough being away, missing her, missing seeing her brown eyes following him, missing her lovely, heart-shaped, gentle face. It was painful, but bearable. Not misery, but the sort of pain that all lovers experience, when thoughts of the loved one provide as much in the way of pleasure, as sorrow in the temporary loss of them...Act of Love
Published in Good Stories
. . . She was a fine figure of a woman, thought Miguel admiringly, fingering his moustache. Her Latin face was smooth and brown and her black hair was wound into a glossy bun at the back of her head. Miguel couldn't help watching her from the tiny room he used as his office, as she bustled about the kitchen. True, Maria was no longer the slender and lithe young girl he had married nearly forty years ago. She had borne him six children and her figure was matronly now, but her womanly shape still aroused him - the sight of her was still pleasing to him. . . .
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