The Day He Went Away

by Jennifer Millikin

The-Naphils-Kiss

“Life, fate, the universe, they all broke the rules.”

I was the luckiest girl in the world.
I had it all.
Everything I never knew I wanted.
Until one day in June, it all came crashing down.
My best friend, my life, my love. All gone.
I live in the Valley of the Sun, but I’m the darkest storm cloud.
“Heal,” they all tell me. “Move on.”
But how?
One person tries harder than the rest, and I know why.
He was sent to me. Fulfilling a promise he never knew would be this difficult.
He’s full of grief too, but he’s not dark like me. He’s bright and warm.
I can feel his sunshine creeping in, chasing away my darkness.
It doesn’t feel right that I should ever be happy again. But the scariest part of all?
It doesn’t feel wrong either.

Stormer’s Pass

by Benjamin Laskin

The-Naphils-Kiss

If you can’t wait for a hero, you must become one. Star high school quarterback Max Stormer is one season away from a state championship when a remarkable girl saunters out of the surrounding hills and punts all his plans. Be he outlaw or champion, soon Max finds himself captain of something much bigger than a football team.

From One Place to Another

by Carol White

Dina and Mark Marshall, a struggling young couple, live at Boca Forest Country Club where they try to keep up with wealthier residents. Mark, a financial planner, regularly invites club members to partake in Dina’s gourmet dinners in an attempt to further his business that affords them a luxurious Florida lifestyle. When Mark leaves Dina wife for a rich hot young blonde and they take off for Key West, Dina finds little solace in her “friendships.” Instead, she trumps her initial self-doubt and turns her kitchen skills and obsessive list-making tendency into a flourishing home-catering business. Intent on keeping her head above water and winning back her husband, Dina encounters a dashing young fellow chef, Dex Ryder. Now everyone’s talking, and not just about her cooking. Dina’s life is definitely on the upswing until it all comes crashing down. Laugh, cry and cook with Dina as she discovers her authentic self, and decides where and with whom her future lies.

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