2nd Round / Challenge #3 Results
The results are in for Challenge #3 of the Flash Fiction Challenge 2018!  View the top stories below by group number in ascending order.  The top three writers in each group have advanced to the final round of the competition kicking off at 11:59PM EST this Friday, December 14th.  Please keep in mind that choosing a top three from a field of 25 talented writers was very difficult and there were many outstanding stories that were not recognized below.  Everyone should be proud of rising to the challenges and making it to the second round from an original field of over 3,000 writers around the world.  We hope it was an inspiring experience and hope everyone continues to challenge themselves in 2019!


Top Stories by Group Number

HM = Honorable Mention

 

      GROUP STORY      
01 - Mystery / An ophthalmologist's office / A quiche #1 - ''Unretired'' by Ryan Sheehy   SYNOPSIS - A formerly retired private eye visits the ophthalmologist as he prepares for his latest case.
01 - Mystery / An ophthalmologist's office / A quiche #2 - ''Blindsided'' by Rosie Wheat   SYNOPSIS - After years of working as a senior detective, Malorie Salt thinks she’s seen it all. But a gruesome murder at an eye hospital has her blindsided…
01 - Mystery / An ophthalmologist's office / A quiche #3 - ''A Quiet Night on Poplar Street'' by LP Hernandez   SYNOPSIS - A man traces his brother’s mysterious disappearance to an ophthalmologist’s office on Poplar Street.
01 - Mystery / An ophthalmologist's office / A quiche #HM - ''Four Suspects, Four Senses'' by Kira Ousey   SYNOPSIS - A detective must investigate the murder of her ophthalmologist, without her glasses.
01 - Mystery / An ophthalmologist's office / A quiche #HM - ''An Eye for Trouble'' by Zayne Kadry   SYNOPSIS - An eye exam takes an unexpected turn, leaving a budding young detective with a case on her hands.
01 - Mystery / An ophthalmologist's office / A quiche #HM - ''Time Doesn’t Always Heal All Wounds'' by Marie and Lucy Witman   SYNOPSIS - As Detective Alex Montrose delves deeper into past of the town’s preeminent ophthalmologist, it becomes easier to see why he was murdered.
01 - Mystery / An ophthalmologist's office / A quiche #HM - ''Carefuly with your Coriander'' by VIctoria Martin   SYNOPSIS - When a doctor is murdered in his office, the bakery owner downstairs tries to figure out what happened.
01 - Mystery / An ophthalmologist's office / A quiche #HM - ''More Than Meets The Eye'' by Jennifer Gunner   SYNOPSIS - Homicide detective Ana Ortiz takes a day off to get laser eye surgery, but when the procedure goes wrong, she finds herself back at work.
02 - Thriller / A restricted area / A thermometer #1 - ''The Woman in the Garden'' by Katherine Odom-Tomchin   SYNOPSIS - The unnamed narrator, a scientist who has disproved God and the Big Bang Theory, is on the verge of another scientific breakthrough…that is, unless whatever’s lurking in the garden takes it away from her.
02 - Thriller / A restricted area / A thermometer #2 - ''Let Me In'' by Giffy Giffoniello   SYNOPSIS - David Carrie, a man separated from his family by a fungal epidemic, is trying desperately to get into the research lab of Dr. Diana Brooks, the only person who might be able to save him.  But she doesn’t want to let him in.
02 - Thriller / A restricted area / A thermometer #3 - ''Active or Dead'' by Hermine Robinson   SYNOPSIS - Doyle is an assassin on the verge of retiring from an Agency that prefers its agents ‘active or dead’. When Doyle’s protégé, Mikayla, shows up at his remote cabin he knows his final mission will be to survive long enough to enjoy his retirement.
02 - Thriller / A restricted area / A thermometer #HM - ''A Nurse’s Calling'' by Sharon Kretschmer   SYNOPSIS - Jam is made for sharing. But this jam will have Emma sharing much more than she expected.
02 - Thriller / A restricted area / A thermometer #HM - ''Marie's Game'' by Hank Silevarr   SYNOPSIS - An agent tries to stop an old friend from detonating a bomb.
02 - Thriller / A restricted area / A thermometer #HM - ''Notes From Area 51'' by Christina Myers   SYNOPSIS - A man who writes best-selling books about the world’s biggest mysteries – from the Bermuda Triangle to the Loch Ness Monster – receives a set of coded clues that lead him to the most elusive secret of all: what’s really going on at Area 51.
02 - Thriller / A restricted area / A thermometer #HM - ''Boiling Point'' by Natalie Grant   SYNOPSIS - You have to know what you’re made of before you know how much heat you can take.
02 - Thriller / A restricted area / A thermometer #HM - ''Shady Acres'' by Samantha Baldassari   SYNOPSIS - Thirteen-year-old Michelle discovers something surprising about her elderly neighbor’s sick grandson.
03 - Horror / A public archive / A diploma #1 - ''The Arcana Archive'' by DV Mason   SYNOPSIS - Bridget assists a curious patron while working the late shift for a rotating exhibit of unnerving artifacts.
03 - Horror / A public archive / A diploma #2 - ''Red Tape'' by Alexis Silas   SYNOPSIS - Bureaucracy has its uses, for the undead as well as the living.
03 - Horror / A public archive / A diploma #3 - ''The North Wall'' by Brad Christy   SYNOPSIS - “Have to study to ace them all, and get my diploma on the wall.” In life, Molly Bonaire was consumed with living up to her father’s legacy, but in death it has twisted into an obsessive, murderous rage against those who disrupt her studies.
03 - Horror / A public archive / A diploma #HM - ''Master of Memories'' by Janet Aclis   SYNOPSIS - Do we have the right to play God with someone's mind and memories?
03 - Horror / A public archive / A diploma #HM - ''The Study of Butterflies'' by Christina Lee   SYNOPSIS - Murdered women are gruesomely displayed as pinned butterflies around the city. Detective Sloane breaks into the butterfly archives where the prime suspect, a lepidopterist, works.
03 - Horror / A public archive / A diploma #HM - ''Three strikes'' by Rosie Fiore   SYNOPSIS - A young man takes a job as a filing clerk in the subterranean Archive of the University of London. Accuracy, he is told, is everything. But what happens if he fails?
03 - Horror / A public archive / A diploma #HM - ''Life Is but A Walking Shadow.'' by Debby Huvaere   SYNOPSIS - Life has decided to end, and Leah is its last witness while its shadows takes over.
03 - Horror / A public archive / A diploma #HM - ''Flirting With The Un-Dead: A Cautionary Tale'' by Kelsey Yandura   SYNOPSIS - After uncovering a group of Neanderthal female zombies in the frozen tundra, a high-profile archaeologist becomes the carrier of an un-deadly STD.
04 - Ghost Story / A darkroom / A bathrobe #1 - ''Community Property'' by Rachel Salhi   SYNOPSIS - A murdered wife seeks equitable distribution.
04 - Ghost Story / A darkroom / A bathrobe #2 - ''Remember Me'' by Cassie O'Rourke   SYNOPSIS - Synopsis: Chi, a high school student with a fondness for photography, finds an old roll of film in the school’s darkroom and develops it to find disturbing images of a terrified girl.  The girl begins to haunt Chi, ultimately leading to a confrontation with the girl’s killer.
04 - Ghost Story / A darkroom / A bathrobe #3 - ''Self Portrait with Dad'' by David Lipton   SYNOPSIS - A father and son look at photographs and come to a grim understanding.
04 - Ghost Story / A darkroom / A bathrobe #HM - ''The Absurdity of Death and Darkrooms'' by Briana McGuckin   SYNOPSIS - A big brother tells his sister that there’s a ghost in his make-shift darkroom. When he dies in a car crash, it’s his memory that haunts her, more than any tall tale or sibling squabble.
04 - Ghost Story / A darkroom / A bathrobe #HM - ''Two Parts Water'' by Sam Cai   SYNOPSIS - A boy grieves his recently deceased grandmother with a special visitor.
04 - Ghost Story / A darkroom / A bathrobe #HM - ''The Eleventh Hour'' by Geoff Gore   SYNOPSIS - One hundred years on, the ghost of a soldier is still bound by a life that should not have been lost, to the grandson of his enemy.
04 - Ghost Story / A darkroom / A bathrobe #HM - ''Sixteen'' by Christina Grant   SYNOPSIS - A teenage girl makes an eerie discovery after developing photographs that show more than expected and decides to seek out answers to the intrusion.
04 - Ghost Story / A darkroom / A bathrobe #HM - ''The Monster in the Attic'' by Paul Meadows   SYNOPSIS - A man’s perverse game has dire consequences when his past returns to haunt him
05 - Drama / A swimming pool / A voting ballot #1 - ''Fellow Prisoners'' by Tanya Zilinskas   SYNOPSIS - True love takes many forms.
05 - Drama / A swimming pool / A voting ballot #2 - ''The Amendment'' by Alexandra Battey   SYNOPSIS - A mother reflects on a recent tragedy.
05 - Drama / A swimming pool / A voting ballot #3 - ''Swimming Pool: Clear'' by Conner Callahan   SYNOPSIS - Four days into his deployment to Iraq, Kenny's squad clears a building.
05 - Drama / A swimming pool / A voting ballot #HM - ''Rainmaker'' by Patricia Spafford   SYNOPSIS - In the midst of drought and desolation, an old man returns to his family’s ancestral home in Tanzania. In a modern world with no room for ritual and magic, can he reconcile his scientific learning with his mother’s rain-calling?
05 - Drama / A swimming pool / A voting ballot #HM - ''The Deep End'' by Madeleine Pelletier   SYNOPSIS - Emily struggles to find snacks and make sense of life after a family tragedy.
05 - Drama / A swimming pool / A voting ballot #HM - ''Holes'' by Jeffery Racheff   SYNOPSIS - A father and son reunite to make good on a failed promise.
05 - Drama / A swimming pool / A voting ballot #HM - ''For Sarah'' by Alayna Fairman   SYNOPSIS - Ever since the accident that claimed her sister's life, Evelyn has known no other way to channel her grief than ritualistic revelry.  That was, until Leon McNutt changed everything.
05 - Drama / A swimming pool / A voting ballot #HM - ''Memory Leaves'' by Carrie Sanford   SYNOPSIS - At 93 years old, Ruby Pfeiffer knows she is capable of running her own life.  Her family has other ideas.
06 - Fairy Tale / A dojo / A priceless painting #1 - ''The Painted Children'' by Nicholas Carey   SYNOPSIS - When Kanako’s younger sister goes missing, a boy without bravery determines to find her.
06 - Fairy Tale / A dojo / A priceless painting #2 - ''Peace for the Wicked'' by Jenny Skene   SYNOPSIS - The child Hotaru grows up wicked and malevolent, until she is sent to the Master on the mountain to be cured.
06 - Fairy Tale / A dojo / A priceless painting #3 - ''The Fear-Pit'' by Cayce Osborne   SYNOPSIS - A young karate student trying to overcome his compulsions gets advice from an unexpected source.
06 - Fairy Tale / A dojo / A priceless painting #HM - ''Dōshi, the Dojo Cat'' by Kristen Perillo   SYNOPSIS - Dōshi the dojo cat is lazy and spoiled—until his master dies, and he finds himself on a quest for his master’s stolen painting.
06 - Fairy Tale / A dojo / A priceless painting #HM - ''Beauty is a Beast'' by Briana Bedore   SYNOPSIS - When a young woman falls captive to her own obsession, can she gather the will to free herself?
06 - Fairy Tale / A dojo / A priceless painting #HM - ''Ask the Moon'' by Wendy Chirikos   SYNOPSIS - A young girl asks the impossible from the Moon, and the Moon answers
06 - Fairy Tale / A dojo / A priceless painting #HM - ''Rama and the Salvation of the Roku'' by William Fullwood   SYNOPSIS - Rama, a young child of a clan of slaves becomes his people’s salvation when he chooses to wield a gift of love in his clan’s yearly fight for freedom.
06 - Fairy Tale / A dojo / A priceless painting #HM - ''HIgher Learning'' by Jessica Raney   SYNOPSIS - Randy Dobbins learns a valuable life lesson.
07 - Suspense / A dressing room for actors / A shot glass #1 - ''For One Night Only'' by Richard Jeter   SYNOPSIS - When tech magnate and theater enthusiast Anton Chernov casts struggling actor Randall Baines in a command performance for an exorbitant salary, the offer is too good to pass up. But lingering questions remain about why the price tag is so high, and how far the eccentric billionaire is willing to go for an authentic murder mystery experience.
07 - Suspense / A dressing room for actors / A shot glass #2 - ''Parting Shots'' by Audrey Webb   SYNOPSIS - A detective reluctantly attends the final performance at a local theatre. When the leading lady doesn’t show up for her curtain call, the detective gets a backstage tour of her chilly dressing room.
07 - Suspense / A dressing room for actors / A shot glass #3 - ''Shared Reflection'' by Jenna Samuels   SYNOPSIS - Eve is a star. She does not share her dressing room.
07 - Suspense / A dressing room for actors / A shot glass #HM - ''Must Go On'' by J.P. Barnett   SYNOPSIS - The legendary Lance Grant prepares to take the stage for his triumphant return to Broadway.
07 - Suspense / A dressing room for actors / A shot glass #HM - ''Off-Script'' by Steve Cook   SYNOPSIS - An actor’s lover, Charlotte, waits for her paramour, but when he returns he has killed another woman – another lover. As she inadvertently hears his confession, Charlotte desperately tries to escape from him.
07 - Suspense / A dressing room for actors / A shot glass #HM - ''Bringing Down the House'' by Rhonda Zatezalo   SYNOPSIS - An actor plans to leave the theater, and his replacement, with a bang.
07 - Suspense / A dressing room for actors / A shot glass #HM - ''A Terrible Beauty'' by Findlay Zotter   SYNOPSIS - An actress meets her #1 fan
07 - Suspense / A dressing room for actors / A shot glass #HM - ''The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune'' by Roni Schienvar   SYNOPSIS - An aging actor's loss of his lifetime role as Hamlet drives him to madness and despair.
08 - Political Satire / A toll booth / A dictionary #1 - ''A Telltale Toll'' by Mollie Doerner   SYNOPSIS - The United States has implemented a brilliant new immigration policy. To receive their American citizenship, newcomers have to give something in return.
08 - Political Satire / A toll booth / A dictionary #2 - ''The Traveling Salesman'' by Avalon A Manly   SYNOPSIS - A contractor delivers much-needed supplies to the students of local schools.
08 - Political Satire / A toll booth / A dictionary #3 - ''The Word Smugglers'' by Taylor Kowalski   SYNOPSIS - A pair of word smugglers are caught with a car full of illegal books.
08 - Political Satire / A toll booth / A dictionary #HM - ''Liberty Lane'' by Bridgette Dutta Portman   SYNOPSIS - Sesame Street is cancelled due to a funding cut. Welcome to Liberty Lane, a new children’s show that champions free-market competition, privatization, and conservative values.
08 - Political Satire / A toll booth / A dictionary #HM - ''Yes Man'' by Suzy G   SYNOPSIS - In the near future, a man's commute on the first day of his new job proves stressful.
08 - Political Satire / A toll booth / A dictionary #HM - ''Borderline'' by Nicole Green   SYNOPSIS - A poor white man from rural Alabama flees to Canada looking for work in a sawmill. The Canadian government stops him at the border.
08 - Political Satire / A toll booth / A dictionary #HM - ''Anomaly'' by MM Schreier   SYNOPSIS - Manning the tollbooth at the jump-gate––express service to the Mars Substation––kept Chip busy on his first day on the job. However, for one commuter, the stakes were about to become much higher than a simple surcharge for nonconformity.
08 - Political Satire / A toll booth / A dictionary #HM - ''"D" is for Delusion'' by Ashley Evans   SYNOPSIS - Wilbur, the last cash toll booth attendant on I-93, encounters a blast from the past one night.
09 - Sci-Fi / A rodeo / A body bag #1 - ''As Far as It Goes'' by Preston Leyton Nelson   SYNOPSIS - A scientist’s devotion to her life’s work is matched only by her devotion to the love of her life, but can she make time for both?
09 - Sci-Fi / A rodeo / A body bag #2 - ''Heaven on Earth'' by Maria Reeves   SYNOPSIS - Only the best bull riders have a chance at Heaven on Earth, but everyone who dares leaves in a body bag. Everyone.
09 - Sci-Fi / A rodeo / A body bag #3 - ''A Row of Her Own'' by Lara Hampton   SYNOPSIS - Seo-yun travels to a far-flung space colony to start a new life.
09 - Sci-Fi / A rodeo / A body bag #HM - ''Bobcat'' by Owen Javellana   SYNOPSIS - An aging rodeo star ponders retirement from the high-tech, violent blood sport that bull roping has become, but must first ride one last time.
09 - Sci-Fi / A rodeo / A body bag #HM - ''The Fundraiser Rodeo'' by Lilia Hutchison   SYNOPSIS - Volunteering to work a rodeo to watch vengeance unfold is enough until given the opportunity to act upon that vendetta
09 - Sci-Fi / A rodeo / A body bag #HM - ''The Rider Topples'' by Addela Bransford   SYNOPSIS - When a sentient alien—used as a substitute bull at an extraterrestrial rodeo—is pushed past his tipping point, he takes revenge on a human who harms him.
09 - Sci-Fi / A rodeo / A body bag #HM - ''Worthy'' by Krystyna Brundell   SYNOPSIS - On a planet recently colonised by humans, contestants must complete a rite of passages to become full members of the new society.
09 - Sci-Fi / A rodeo / A body bag #HM - ''When the Dust Settles'' by Daria Yenter   SYNOPSIS - A youth’s first rodeo experience leaves a lasting impression.
10 - Drama / A salad bar / A dozen roses #1 - ''The Moody Blues'' by M. K. Pacelli   SYNOPSIS - A college student tries to hide from the past, but it shows up anyway – at Table 22.
10 - Drama / A salad bar / A dozen roses #2 - ''White Petals and Red Death'' by Amber Pierce   SYNOPSIS - In a plague-devastated world, aristocrats believe they’ve escaped death by shutting themselves in a high tower.
10 - Drama / A salad bar / A dozen roses #3 - ''Control'' by Jonathan Mathews   SYNOPSIS - Amanda is celebrating her A-Levels, and the prospect of university, with a special lunch. But even though the pressures of school are over, a much fiercer struggle threatens to ruin her day.
10 - Drama / A salad bar / A dozen roses #HM - ''Love and Thorns'' by Roman White   SYNOPSIS - A man visits his ex-wife with a revelation that could change things forever.
10 - Drama / A salad bar / A dozen roses #HM - ''Wilt Not, Want Not'' by Meg Overman   SYNOPSIS - Amid wage protests, a hotel magnate’s wife questions the example she has set for her daughter. But what can she do, after decades of silent complacency—especially with the cameras looking on?
10 - Drama / A salad bar / A dozen roses #HM - ''The Slow Road Home'' by JANNA MILLER   SYNOPSIS - A father moves to the middle of nowhere to get information about his missing daughter, in a desperate attempt to find her and bring her home.
10 - Drama / A salad bar / A dozen roses #HM - ''Reservations for One'' by Jess and Keith Flaherty   SYNOPSIS - Sometimes we deny the facts right in front of us because we’re afraid of them. But as the saying goes, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
10 - Drama / A salad bar / A dozen roses #HM - ''A Feral Kitten'' by Wendy Boucher   SYNOPSIS - A young girl resists rescue.
11 - Comedy / A helicopter / A playbill #1 - ''Lost in Peru'' by Corrine Coleman   SYNOPSIS - A student and her much-older teacher star in a play, which seems to mirror the complexities of their affair.
11 - Comedy / A helicopter / A playbill #2 - ''The Muse and Me'' by Patti Tod   SYNOPSIS - How an actress and a Brad helped me hold back my fear of flying, an opportunity to keep a promise, and the Brooklyn Bridge from eight hundred feet.
11 - Comedy / A helicopter / A playbill #3 - ''Atmosphere & Pressure'' by Daniel Alegria   SYNOPSIS - Mel is elated to be dating the coolest girl in school.  But a romantic ride in the sky becomes a question of trust.
11 - Comedy / A helicopter / A playbill #HM - ''My Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies Made Me Do It'' by Jessica Harvey   SYNOPSIS - When a naughty old ghost, who can’t let go of her past (or, more specifically, her shoes), finds herself haunting a helicopter, a split-second decision to kiss the handsome pilot couldn’t possibly end in disaster, could it?
11 - Comedy / A helicopter / A playbill #HM - ''The Delivery Man'' by Cordelia Rivers   SYNOPSIS - A New York police officer’s patience is tested when

an eccentric stranger ends up joining him on the job.
11 - Comedy / A helicopter / A playbill #HM - ''Good For It'' by Gretchen Hopkins   SYNOPSIS - Just because a guy saved your life one time, are you really obligated 
to ferry him around for free… forever?
11 - Comedy / A helicopter / A playbill #HM - ''Utterly Yesterday'' by Genie Gratto   SYNOPSIS - An ad executive in search of the perfect helipad for a pivotal location shoot discovers how small the world can be.
11 - Comedy / A helicopter / A playbill #HM - ''Diamond Challenge'' by Jenn Wodtke   SYNOPSIS - A scavenger hunts leads to the unexpected.
12 - Romance / An unpaved road / A meatball #1 - ''In Two Meetings'' by Becky Collins   SYNOPSIS - In saying goodbye, two friends recognise the true nature of their relationship.
12 - Romance / An unpaved road / A meatball #2 - ''Bella's Journey'' by Conor Bredin   SYNOPSIS - Bella, who is homeless, has been travelling for three years searching for the love of her life, Ethan.
12 - Romance / An unpaved road / A meatball #3 - ''Escape'' by Kate Sweeney   SYNOPSIS - An assignation in the woods has life or death stakes for a couple.
12 - Romance / An unpaved road / A meatball #HM - ''The Leftovers'' by Angelica Garcia   SYNOPSIS - Long-married couple Josh and Kelly fight over the last meatball when their tire blows out on an unpaved road.
12 - Romance / An unpaved road / A meatball #HM - ''Some Kind of Magic'' by Lisa Finch   SYNOPSIS - Rachel thinks she knows what she wants in a relationship. A chance roadside encounter changes her mind.
12 - Romance / An unpaved road / A meatball #HM - ''The Frozen Meatball'' by Luke Wilson   SYNOPSIS - In rural interior Alaska, a January snowstorm threatens a waitress and her impromptu delivery. Little did she know of the warmth she would feel on such a cold night.
12 - Romance / An unpaved road / A meatball #HM - ''Love Wash Over Me'' by Amy Borrelli   SYNOPSIS - Emily’s a focused and confident college student, until she falls in love for the first time. She’s in a fog, unsure about whether she should move forward or slow down … and then everything suddenly becomes clear.
12 - Romance / An unpaved road / A meatball #HM - ''Gabriele Duca’s Polpetta'' by Julie Blattberg   SYNOPSIS - An American tourist in Tuscany finds love, with the help of a special little meatball.
13 - Horror / A bus / An iced coffee #1 - ''A Terminal Fare'' by Elizabeth Swan   SYNOPSIS - An unmemorable man achieves a memorable end for himself, but it is eclipsed by the unintended consequences of his actions.
13 - Horror / A bus / An iced coffee #2 - ''These Dark Wings'' by Laila Amado   SYNOPSIS - Expelled from college and short on cash, a young woman gets on the bus hoping to go home. None of the passengers will reach their destination.
13 - Horror / A bus / An iced coffee #3 - ''9 Souls'' by Florence Esson   SYNOPSIS - It is her job to dive for lost things— to retrieve the dead, and pull evidence from the deep. But on this bus, impossibly sunk to the bottom of the Waitemata Harbour, there are signs of life.
13 - Horror / A bus / An iced coffee #HM - ''Where The Buses Go To Sleep'' by Matt Glasby   SYNOPSIS - When Eddie drives the number 44 night bus, he never knows who’ll be onboard.
13 - Horror / A bus / An iced coffee #HM - ''Without End'' by Susie Sentevski   SYNOPSIS - A journalist breaks into his dead father’s abandoned bus, where he’s forced to confront the ghosts he’s forgotten.
13 - Horror / A bus / An iced coffee #HM - ''The Bus'' by David Monteith   SYNOPSIS - A superintendent finds himself trapped on a bus full of unhelpful passengers.
13 - Horror / A bus / An iced coffee #HM - ''Who's Sorry Now'' by Heather Lander   SYNOPSIS - What Nate thought was luck smiling, turned out to be evil laughing.
13 - Horror / A bus / An iced coffee #HM - ''The Lump'' by Rebecca Owen   SYNOPSIS - A bus driver and her passengers find a frozen person in the middle of a deserted, snowy highway.
14 - Romantic Comedy / The lobby of a skyscraper / A hairnet #1 - ''Caffè d’Amore'' by Loraine Tipton   SYNOPSIS - When a handsome Italian man asks a barista on a date, sparks fly.
14 - Romantic Comedy / The lobby of a skyscraper / A hairnet #2 - ''The Tight Little Ball Inside of Me'' by Martyn Shenton   SYNOPSIS - Sophia’s in a rush, stressed out and late for her job interview. It doesn’t get any easier when everyone keeps laughing at her.
14 - Romantic Comedy / The lobby of a skyscraper / A hairnet #3 - ''Out By Six'' by Martin Harrington   SYNOPSIS - A thief conning his way into a skyscraper for a heist is caught off-guard by the appearance of an ex-girlfriend.
14 - Romantic Comedy / The lobby of a skyscraper / A hairnet #HM - ''Heart Deco'' by Nikki Bennett   SYNOPSIS - Amy and Carl have absolutely nothing in common. But maybe their differences are what’s needed to bring them together.
14 - Romantic Comedy / The lobby of a skyscraper / A hairnet #HM - ''The Protesters'' by Gerard Martinez   SYNOPSIS - Stifled by his job, Kevin finds renewed vitality and, possibly, romantic attraction in an unlikely stranger and in a most unlikely place.
14 - Romantic Comedy / The lobby of a skyscraper / A hairnet #HM - ''High Hopes'' by Christina Wilder   SYNOPSIS - Greg doesn’t look his best when his crush comes into his café, but he might not let that deter him from passing up the perfect opportunity to introduce himself.
14 - Romantic Comedy / The lobby of a skyscraper / A hairnet #HM - ''Crushing Glass'' by Karl Winnower   SYNOPSIS - A case of accidental cruising, or maybe the end of the world.
14 - Romantic Comedy / The lobby of a skyscraper / A hairnet #HM - ''Taking Orders'' by Lydia Collins   SYNOPSIS - Finding love in the daily grind of work, a barista finds that the perfect blend of romance might just need a splash of chaos for a smooth finish.
15 - Crime Caper / A castle / An omelette #1 - ''Armored Thieves'' by Jenny Kilgore   SYNOPSIS - A septuagenarian art thief must decide which treasures to take.
15 - Crime Caper / A castle / An omelette #2 - ''The Signet Omelette'' by Jessica Bennett   SYNOPSIS - A brazen impersonation, a daring theft, and a brunch the King won’t soon forget.
15 - Crime Caper / A castle / An omelette #3 - ''The Heir to the Castle Job'' by EJ Sidle   SYNOPSIS - A career criminal meets his match in the heir to a political fortune
15 - Crime Caper / A castle / An omelette #HM - ''Heirloom'' by Sandra Skelton   SYNOPSIS - A jewelry historian enlists the help of a famous thief to steal a precious necklace from her employer.
15 - Crime Caper / A castle / An omelette #HM - ''L’affair du Fromage'' by Boris Glebov   SYNOPSIS - An intriguing affair unfolds involving international scheming, diamonds, and the menace of a cheese omelette.
15 - Crime Caper / A castle / An omelette #HM - ''Breaking Some Eggs'' by Daniel Owen   SYNOPSIS - A professional thief discovers she has set off the alarm in the course of a job. With only the aid of her partner at the other end of a radio, she must make good her escape before the net closes around her.
15 - Crime Caper / A castle / An omelette #HM - ''Retro Heist'' by Trish Tuthill   SYNOPSIS - Allie and Frank have teamed up for one more job: Allie sees a big pay day in her future while Frank wants to take Jefferson out. Will the retro heist fulfill its promise as a game changer?
15 - Crime Caper / A castle / An omelette #HM - ''Fool Me Once'' by Nicole Dittrich   SYNOPSIS - With her sights set on a priceless piece of history, Margaret will stop at nothing to make it her own. Even if it means competing with her former partner in crime.
16 - Sci-Fi / A hospice / An armband #1 - ''In the Image of Evie'' by Lisa Fox   SYNOPSIS - When a genetic mutation threatens Evie’s life, Zoe is created – a slightly more perfect clone whose sole purpose is providing Evie with a cure. But when a delicate surgical procedure goes horribly wrong, their mother reflects on an unintended consequence of Zoe’s existence.
16 - Sci-Fi / A hospice / An armband #2 - ''The Sheen'' by David Anderson   SYNOPSIS - A rocket jock has finished his time on a foreign world, but a life-threatening accident subjects him to the medical treatment of an alien race.
16 - Sci-Fi / A hospice / An armband #3 - ''Irreversible'' by Jessica Blackman   SYNOPSIS - Everybody wants to run away from home at some point. Some will simply go to greater lengths.
16 - Sci-Fi / A hospice / An armband #HM - ''Migratory Animals'' by Nathan James   SYNOPSIS - When his son entrusts Peyton’s health to the latest medical gadget, Peyton and his nurse must hatch a plan to ensure the best care.
16 - Sci-Fi / A hospice / An armband #HM - ''The Replicant'' by Marrie Stone   SYNOPSIS - Before androids can successfully eradicate human life from Earth, an unlikely bond is formed that has the power to threaten their future.
16 - Sci-Fi / A hospice / An armband #HM - ''My Record Player Had an Awful Lot to Say About My Passing (LP)'' by Jamison Anthony   SYNOPSIS - A dying man’s record player keeps him company in the final days of his life.
16 - Sci-Fi / A hospice / An armband #HM - ''Infinity'' by Mallory Heath   SYNOPSIS - The advancement of technology has allowed only the elite rich to become immortal.

 Andromeda will change that.
16 - Sci-Fi / A hospice / An armband #HM - ''Someday to be Free'' by Ellie Suttmeier   SYNOPSIS - A young man, severely injured, journeys to a hospice at the galaxy’s edge; here, he finds an unexpected reminder of the past from which he has been running, and with it, a new chance for freedom.
17 - Action/Adventure / The middle of an ocean / A gavel #1 - ''The Meermin'' by Rozlyn Gray   SYNOPSIS - A slave on a ship bound for Virginia finds a source of power and dares to fight for a return home.
17 - Action/Adventure / The middle of an ocean / A gavel #2 - ''Women at Sea'' by Lesley Finn   SYNOPSIS - At any point in their adult lives, women must be ready to become pregnant and give birth—so the government-enforced, mandatory Reproduction Draft requires. When a woman joins a competition to win her freedom, she faces a brutal fight that threatens to turn her into someone she never knew she could be.
17 - Action/Adventure / The middle of an ocean / A gavel #3 - ''The Corporate Culling Fields'' by Andrew Perry   SYNOPSIS - Every organisation needs to streamline its workforce from time to time; to cut the deadwood, to trim the fat. What better way to boost company morale and settle office politics, than a team de-building exercise?
17 - Action/Adventure / The middle of an ocean / A gavel #HM - ''Signal Fire'' by Alana Drayton   SYNOPSIS - A fisherman aboard a capsizing trawler is forced to confront the ghosts of his past.
17 - Action/Adventure / The middle of an ocean / A gavel #HM - ''What's in the Desk'' by Donald Carson   SYNOPSIS - In the middle of the night, in the middle of the ocean, a helicopter lands on a cargo ship. What the intruders find in a container on that ship will surprise them in ways they hadn't expected.
17 - Action/Adventure / The middle of an ocean / A gavel #HM - ''Judgement Day'' by Patsy Pratt-Herzog   SYNOPSIS - “The horsemen are drawing nearer

on the leather steeds, they ride

they’ve come to take your life

on through the dead of night

with the four horsemen ride

or choose your fate and die.”

Metallica
17 - Action/Adventure / The middle of an ocean / A gavel #HM - ''Reunion'' by Dave Bloustien   SYNOPSIS - On a pirate ship in the middle of the ocean, a young woman is sentenced to death, but she won’t go quietly.
17 - Action/Adventure / The middle of an ocean / A gavel #HM - ''Precious Cargo'' by Christiane Allison   SYNOPSIS - Miles beneath the ocean, a battle will rage over what matters most.
18 - Fantasy / A battleship / A skull #1 - ''The Queen's Third Battle'' by Kylie Rusiniak   SYNOPSIS - The mercenary Jarred, and his long-time battle companion the giant Finn, are aboard the battleship Aerwyna, a battle is about to start. Only Zarya, Queen of the Waters, knows what battle is about to come.
18 - Fantasy / A battleship / A skull #2 - ''The Room of Sorrow'' by Leslie Purchase   SYNOPSIS - Troublesome mermaids attack first in a game with a murderous Queen who doesn’t like to lose.
18 - Fantasy / A battleship / A skull #3 - ''Ascension'' by Angela Teagardner   SYNOPSIS - Defending her clan from outsiders, a young derkesthai woman awakens her destiny.
18 - Fantasy / A battleship / A skull #HM - ''More than a Number'' by Kristin Meachem   SYNOPSIS - When you want to be the first female leader of a mischief, you need to be more than a number, but some sacrifices can't be made.
18 - Fantasy / A battleship / A skull #HM - ''The Medora'' by Chrissie Rohrman   SYNOPSIS - “Seems like an easy enough score. I figure we’ll head down at low tide, destroy whatever’s binding these spirits, then collect our forty gold pieces and be on our merry way.”
18 - Fantasy / A battleship / A skull #HM - ''In a Dark Cavern'' by Janet MacLeod   SYNOPSIS - Synopsis: As their own world teeters on the brink of war, Clara and her friends must learn what they can about the secrets of the ship from another world. Clara senses peace depends upon it.
18 - Fantasy / A battleship / A skull #HM - ''Captain Morris'Miracle'' by Susan Malarkey   SYNOPSIS - When all is lost at sea it takes a miracle to get home.
18 - Fantasy / A battleship / A skull #HM - ''The Cadet'' by Frances Klein   SYNOPSIS - Denise, a young cadet with the Royal Navy, is given an important task by her watch partner.
19 - Historical Fiction / An orphanage / A rake #1 - ''L'orphelin'' by Jennifer Birch   SYNOPSIS - In the days leading up to the storming of the Bastille, a young Parisian orphan is unwittingly caught up in the excitement of la révolution.
19 - Historical Fiction / An orphanage / A rake #2 - ''Introduction to Life in the Sunflower Fields, by Zinnia Milton'' by Alexis Goldsmith   SYNOPSIS - Zinnia Milton was perhaps the most prolific American author of the 20th century; still, few people realize that she was completely illiterate until the age of fourteen. Now, her most famous novel includes the original introduction, which was previously unpublished.
19 - Historical Fiction / An orphanage / A rake #3 - ''Dust'' by Christopher Wright   SYNOPSIS - A farmer struggles through arid Kansas during the Dust Bowl. Desperate to return to his family in Texas, he embarks on a homeward journey but begins to question his values after stumbling into an orphanage in the midst of a dust storm.
19 - Historical Fiction / An orphanage / A rake #HM - ''Nobody's Sister'' by Kristen Olsen   SYNOPSIS - Susanna and Lidia devote their lives to caring for unwanted girls in an orphanage they establish outside Verona. Then Lidia dies, and as an 1830s Italy fights to unify, Susanna struggles to carry on their shared mission without her long-time friend by her side.
19 - Historical Fiction / An orphanage / A rake #HM - ''Whatever Luck Lies Ahead'' by Katherine Mihalka   SYNOPSIS - Abandoned at a Catholic orphanage outside Salt Lake City, Utah by parents continuing on to seek their fortune in the Los Angeles oil boom, Willy turns his eye back toward the east and commences an escape that he hopes might change his luck.
19 - Historical Fiction / An orphanage / A rake #HM - ''The Orphan Train Is Leaving Again'' by Brittany Muscarella   SYNOPSIS - The new life promised by the Orphan Train, the 19th-century mobile American orphanage, to one girl from Jefferson County, NY, is not as bright as it was meant to be.
19 - Historical Fiction / An orphanage / A rake #HM - ''DIAMONDS UNDER RAKES'' by Hannah Roberts   SYNOPSIS - Marilyn Monroe reflects on a life tumultuously lived.
19 - Historical Fiction / An orphanage / A rake #HM - ''Three Birthdays'' by Michael Rader   SYNOPSIS - Simon Carter, the dedicated director of a Tennessee orphanage, tries to care for the final three wards of his closing institute in the wake of high-profile institutional scandals. On each ward’s 18th birthday, the director copes with the parting of ways and the dissolution of his life’s work.
20 - Comedy / A football (soccer) pitch / A cigarette #1 - ''Just Us Flower Eaters'' by Never Bleu   SYNOPSIS - Nothing keeps secrets like a soccer field before sunrise.
20 - Comedy / A football (soccer) pitch / A cigarette #2 - ''Throwing in the Towel'' by Amethyst Loscocco   SYNOPSIS - Jane finds that Miriam’s son does not fit in the box she has assigned him.
20 - Comedy / A football (soccer) pitch / A cigarette #3 - ''Andromedan Kisses'' by Lauren Tetrick   SYNOPSIS - Rosie and her boyfriend encounter a bizarre stranger on the pitch of their high school soccer field. After a whole lot of nonsense and a little bit of world-saving, Rosie is left with only one question.
20 - Comedy / A football (soccer) pitch / A cigarette #HM - ''The Rebel of Suburbia'' by Michelle Secunda   SYNOPSIS - When soccer star Addie finds the student body president of her high school naked on the soccer field at five in the morning, she knows something must be wrong in his quaint suburban world. Lucky for him, he’s got an ex-rebel there to show him the ropes.
20 - Comedy / A football (soccer) pitch / A cigarette #HM - ''Just in Case'' by Christina Toman   SYNOPSIS - An elderly woman and her son attend the harvest fair with hopes of finally wining the pie baking contest.
20 - Comedy / A football (soccer) pitch / A cigarette #HM - ''The Fire at Toppa Field'' by Jordan Gilletti   SYNOPSIS - A local newspaper follows the investigation into a late-night fire at the town soccer field.
20 - Comedy / A football (soccer) pitch / A cigarette #HM - ''Tugger McTavish and the Great Football Cash-Out Caper'' by Storme Maynard   SYNOPSIS - The one about a beautiful day in the park with Andrew Jackson . . . and Andrew Jackson . . . and Andrew Jackson . . . and Andrew Jackson . . .
20 - Comedy / A football (soccer) pitch / A cigarette #HM - ''Dear Mrs. Auckland'' by Allison Rassmann   SYNOPSIS - A beleaguered soccer commissioner attempts to explain to a mother why her son is being kicked out of the league.

 

 

 

 

 


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