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December 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten

1.
Recovery (short story revised)
by Patricia J. DeLois Short Story, Literary Fiction 17 Oct 2009
Katie's brother needs help getting his life together.

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2.
The Beast Next Door
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 20 Oct 2009
Gerald knew what was happening to his neighbour, but was he the best person to help her?

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3.
Changes
by Lee Williams Short Story, Romance, Fantasy 21 Oct 2009
A short fantasy story.

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4.
Phantasmagoria
by Temperance West Short Story, General Fiction 03 Nov 2009
Dead and demoralized. What's a girl to do? Two short stories.

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5.
Reality TV
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 10 Aug 2009
Since Billy's dad died, every day had been a struggle. He just wanted a normal life and a night out with his friends was a start.

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6.
Limbo
by Andrew Wrigley Short Story, Literary Fiction 18 Sep 2009
A short story about the fear of parenthood.

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7.
Tinkerman (revised)
by Rich Hawkins Horror, Thriller 07 Oct 2009
When Frank Hickey was a boy, he had a Gift...but it nearly killed him. Now he's an old man, he must use his Gift to save a missing boy, even if it means his own death.

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8.
Dead in the Water (V3)
by BW Novel 29 Oct 2009
Rachel is working in the Venezuelan rain forest when she witnesses a massacre. She risks her life to publicise what has happened. In London, her father, a government adviser, discovers that someone in Cabinet is colluding with a shadowy terrorist organisation to undermine the government’s own environmental policies.

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9.
Granny Greenslade and her Grumpy Great Granddaughter
by Katrina Twitchett Short Story, Children's Fiction, Comedy 05 Oct 2009
Granny Greenslade is a potty, poorly-sighted, green-fingered old dear with a gargantuan bottom and a passion for eating anything and cheese. Her grumpy great granddaughter comes to stay, and spread some misery. Fortunately, turning a blind eye comes naturally to Granny Greenslade.

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10.
Considerate Vera
by Paula Daly Short Story, General Fiction 25 Aug 2009
An octogenarian and her carer get an adventure.

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December 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten

 
Sweet Liar
by Carlie Lee Short Story, Chicklit 20 May 2009
Ness' whole life is strung together on a lie; but who's the liar? A story about love and the value of truth.

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Salop House (Revised)
by Martin Nichols Crime, Historical, Mystery, Novel 04 Jul 2009
Ireland, 1845. Five years ago, a servant was murdered at Salop House, the Wicklow home of the Anglo-Irish Pursivers. Now with a new murder, John Sheldrick, a young English veterinarian at Dublin Castle, must discover the truth, amid rising discontent as potato famine takes hold. Revised, speeded up version.

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The Testament of Mariam
by Ann Swinfen Historical, Literary Fiction, Mystery 08 Jul 2009
Who is Mariam? Her family in Roman Gaul know her only as a refugee from far-off Judah. In her final illness, the past begins to haunt her. Running away from home to follow her charismatic brother and her betrothed, she shares the danger and mystery, but at the last witnesses the apparent betrayal of one and the brutal death of the other.

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To Butcher: To Bleed
by R. J. Brown Crime, Historical, Mystery, Thriller 24 Jul 2009
After two horrific murders in Whitechapel, prostitute, Rosa Moran, discovers than the murders are part of a Fenian conspiracy. Her past is about to catch up with her: Rosa and her best friend, Kitty, are on the killer’s list. She sets out to find him before he murders them both.

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November 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten

1.
Dark Shadow (Revised)
by Karen Milner Mystery, Novel, Thriller 01 Sep 2009
A dark dream from Luce’s past returns to haunt her. However, this time the nightmare refuses to stop until she begins to unravel its terrible secret. A secret that will change everything; including her feelings for the past and her dreams for the future.

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2.
DONNY (1-4)
by Kate Hanney Teenage Fiction 28 Aug 2009
How can it happen? How can kids end up joining gangs, running for dealers and messing around with guns?

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3.
The Cruelty of Boys
by Karen Snape-Williams Short Story, Historical, Romance 16 Sep 2009
A story about a school teacher, a hunter and a sniper. Robert Brown, returns home and reflects on his life before and during World War One.

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4.
Death to DeVito
by Mike Hanson Short Story, Action, General Fiction 11 Sep 2009
A very violent story

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5.
Sha'Di and the Eagle
by David Powell Children's Fiction 13 Aug 2009
Sha'Di is a Navajo girl living in the Arizona desert. Every day during the summer vacation she sells jewellery from the side of the road. But this is not what she wants to do. She wants to bleach her hair and hang out with other girls in the Mall. But a meeting with an eagle changes all that. Or does it?

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6.
Limbo
by Andrew Wrigley Short Story, Literary Fiction 18 Sep 2009
A short story about the fear of dreaming in the third person.

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7.
Granny Greenslade and her Grumpy Great Granddaughter
by Katrina Twitchett Short Story, Children's Fiction, Comedy 05 Oct 2009
Granny Greenslade is a potty, poorly-sighted, green-fingered old dear with a gargantuan bottom and a passion for eating anything and cheese. Her grumpy great granddaughter comes to stay, and spread some misery. Fortunately, turning a blind eye comes naturally to Granny Greenslade.

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8.
Reality TV
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 10 Aug 2009
Since Billy's dad died, every day had been a struggle. He just wanted a normal life and a night out with his friends was a start.

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9.
Billy Button: Super Hero
by Mike Hanson Children's Fiction, Comedy 21 Aug 2009
Billy Button knew he was a superhero. If only he could figure out what his special power was, he'd set about saving the world straight away.

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10.
Missing Mum
by Ian Harvey - Brown Adventure, Children's Fiction 18 Sep 2009
Poor Lily. Her mum suddenly disappears one day. The only clue she leaves behind is a scrappy piece of paper with a telephone number. Lily's search will take her deep into Africa and into a web of corruption that will have far reaching consequences threatening the lives of the people she holds most dearly.

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November Longevity Bestseller Chart entries

Recognising the stories with 25 days or more cumulatively in the Top Ten


 
Let me think
by Joe 90 General Fiction 18 Jun 2009
If only we would

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ROUTE 62 (Short Story)
by YOLANDA COTTRELL Short Story, General Fiction 24 Jun 2009
The narrator returns to a region known as the Karoo to recover from the trauma of being the victim of crime. This is a place of healing, and evokes memories from her past. She escapes from her pain in a meaningless affair.

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Hepworth Pop, The Mermaid and the Chicken Poo
by C. J. Noble Children's Fiction 22 Jun 2009
It's hard not to take offence when you're Hepworth Pop the Hobgoblin. The disgusting duck-pond mermaid won't leave him alone, people continually throw rubbish into his house and he may lose his job to a House Brownie! Perhaps if he rescues the Queen from Pixies, all will be well....

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October 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten



The Gilded Cage
by Temperance West Short Story, General Fiction 20 Aug 2009
'In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is God.' Short Story

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2.
How to catch a Mermaid (revised)
by Rosalind Winter Short Story, General Fiction 29 Aug 2009
This is from a collection of short stories called "Flotsam"which is aimed at my local (Cornish) tourist market, all involving the same setting and many of the same characters

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3.
Gravelight
by Andrew Thorn Adventure, Novel, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 13 Aug 2009
Robert Trent is 13, short, and unexpectedly dead. But a little thing like death won't stop Robert: he has his whole life ahead of him. With his new friends he sets out to defy the laws of nature, escape the afterlife, and return home. Even if it does raise hell...

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4.
Men of Science
by Lee Williams Short Story, General Fiction 14 Jun 2009
A very short story about an 18th century reformer and a man on a pole.

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5.
The Parent Prize (2nd Rev.)
by Clair Humphries Children's Fiction, Novel 18 May 2009
Amy enters her parents in a TV game show to win fifty thousand pounds. However, their biggest challenge is not the competition but their ruthless rivals the Unwin-Smythes...

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6.
Billy Button: Super Hero
by Mike Hanson Children's Fiction, Comedy 21 Aug 2009
Billy Button knew he was a superhero. If only he could figure out what his special power was, he'd set about saving the world straight away.

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7.
Sha'Di and the Eagle
by David Powell Children's Fiction 13 Aug 2009
Sha'Di is a Navajo girl living in the Arizona desert. Every day during the summer vacation she sells jewellery from the side of the road. But this is not what she wants to do. She wants to bleach her hair and hang out with other girls in the Mall. But a meeting with an eagle changes all that. Or does it?

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8.
Autumn Flush
by Andrew Wrigley Short Story, Comedy 11 Aug 2009
A small scale tragedy about the late flowering of a very English rose.

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9.
Considerate Vera
by Paula Daly Short Story, General Fiction 25 Aug 2009
An octogenarian and her carer get an adventure.

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10.
A Candle in the Dark
by Charlotte Betts Historical, Novel, Romance, Saga, Womens Fiction 10 Aug 2009
A Candle in the Dark (formerly The Apothecary's Daughter) is set in Restoration London in the time of the plague leading up to the Great Fire. Susannah faces her worst fears as she is forced to leave home and make her own way in the world.

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October Longevity Bestseller Chart entries

Recognising the stories with 25 days or more cumulatively in the Top Ten



 
Silver Fox (working title)
by Jacky Cowper Horror, Mystery, Thriller 07 May 2009
This is just the first draft of the first few chapters. A thriller with supernatural overtones, the hero, Jack Silver, must confront the darkest places in his own mind to combat and overcome the beautiful demi-God, Bane. He's supported by Loeb, a dark angel, who might not have Jack's best interests at heart...

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The Golden Ticket
by C.R. Daly Mystery, Novel, Thriller 07 May 2009
Before David Cook can give himself and his long-suffering mother the life they deserve, he will have to confront his family's troubled past. The search for answers draws him into a dangerous world of corruption, lies, and double-dealing. (rewrite of my 2008 submission)

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 September 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten 


1.
The Snip (Version 2)
by Perry Iles Short Story, Comedy, General Fiction 10 Jul 2009
The things we do for love, especially when we're purposely lulled into a false sense of security, sometimes come back to bite us where it hurts. This is a story about the sacrifice of manhood.

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2.
Idunno Jenkins and the River of No Return
by Anna Milne Children's Fiction 03 Aug 2009
A strange little boy, with no name, no memory and no idea how he had got there. is found by a Welsh farmer in an old locked and shuttered family treehouse. When he finally discovers who he is, he is sent on a hazardous journey up The River of No Return.

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3.
The Leopard
by Brian Hodgkinson Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 09 Aug 2009
A true incident in an African wild-life reserve

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4.
How To Pass PACES
by Richard Hurndall Short Story, Comedy, Literary Fiction 14 Jul 2009
A short story about passing exams.

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5.
Warrior Mother
by Paula Daly Short Story, General Fiction 22 Jul 2009
2000 words. When you can't run and you can't fight.

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6.
Salop House (Revised)
by Martin Nichols Crime, Historical, Mystery, Novel 04 Jul 2009
Ireland, 1845. Five years ago, a servant was murdered at Salop House, the Wicklow home of the Anglo-Irish Pursivers. Now with a new murder, John Sheldrick, a young English veterinarian at Dublin Castle, must discover the truth, amid rising discontent as potato famine takes hold. Revised, speeded up version.

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7.
A Few Drinks after Work (A Short Story)
by Lawrence Poole Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 20 Jul 2009
Friday evening comes around at last.

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8.
The Parent Prize (2nd Rev.)
by Clair Humphries Children's Fiction, Novel 18 May 2009
Amy enters her parents in a TV game show to win fifty thousand pounds. However, their biggest challenge is not the competition but their ruthless rivals the Unwin-Smythes...

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9.
Spinebender-Unleashed
by Trevor Saull-Hunt Horror, Thriller 01 Aug 2009
The follow up to Spinebender. Darker and hopefully more chilling. People are being slaughtered and the police don't have an answer. Psychologist, Hazel Stone, is asked to be part of the team to end the nightmare, but she has no idea what she's getting herself into.

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10.
To Butcher: To Bleed
by R. J. Brown Crime, Historical, Mystery, Thriller 24 Jul 2009
After two horrific murders in Whitechapel, prostitute, Rosa Moran, discovers than the murders are part of a Fenian conspiracy. Her past is about to catch up with her: Rosa and her best friend, Kitty, are on the killer’s list. She sets out to find him before he murders them both.

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September Longevity Bestseller Chart entries

Recognising the stories with 25 days or more cumulatively in the Top Ten

 


 
A Respectable Man (Formerly The Silver Nutshell - Version 2)
by S Cairns Historical, Novel 28 Apr 2009
It is 1911 and news of the death of Avery Silver, father and widowed husband has broken all over London. An unremarkable man in life his death is quite a sensation when his life's secret is revealed. Her life thrown into turmoil, his daughter begins to question her own identity and that of her father. This is version 2

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 August 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten 

1.
Into the Dark (V2 - revised) (A Short Story)
by Joe Miller Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 11 Jun 2009
Sometimes you can be in too much of a hurry. (circa 3,200 words)

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2.
The Hidden Cost. (Another adventure from the memoirs of Pelham Hardimann).
by Robert. E. Towsie Adventure, Comedy, Novel 07 Jul 2009
A suitcase. I had to get it and deliver it. The Americans wanted it. The Germans wanted it. The British wanted it. England expected, again!

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3.
Cupboards
by Gee Askew Comedy, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Novel, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 23 Apr 2009
Old Ida Hubbard has so many cupboards . . . What does she hide in them? And why does she need just one more?

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4.
Darwin's Child, God's Child
by Jack Palache Short Story, Comedy, Literary Fiction 18 Jun 2009
Can you believe what you see? A play abridged into a short story. (4850 words)

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5.
13
by Chris Tinniswood Children's Fiction, Teenage Fiction 05 Jun 2009
One hole in time. Two Points of view. But the only number that counts... is 13.

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6.
Let me think
by Joe 90 General Fiction 18 Jun 2009
If only we would

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7.
The Snip (Version 2)
by Perry Iles Short Story, Comedy, General Fiction 10 Jul 2009
The things we do for love, especially when we're purposely lulled into a false sense of security, sometimes come back to bite us where it hurts. This is a story about the sacrifice of manhood.

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8.
Hepworth Pop, The Mermaid and the Chicken Poo
by C. J. Noble Children's Fiction 22 Jun 2009
It's hard not to take offence when you're Hepworth Pop the Hobgoblin. The disgusting duck-pond mermaid won't leave him alone, people continually throw rubbish into his house and he may lose his job to a House Brownie! Perhaps if he rescues the Queen from Pixies, all will be well....

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9.
ROUTE 62 (Short Story)
by YOLANDA COTTRELL Short Story, General Fiction 24 Jun 2009
The narrator returns to a region known as the Karoo to recover from the trauma of being the victim of crime. This is a place of healing, and evokes memories from her past. She escapes from her pain in a meaningless affair.

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10.
The Worst Best Man
by Jonathan Rance Comedy, Literary Fiction, Novel, Romance 06 Jul 2009
The Worst Best Man, is a romantic comedy about unrequited love, best friends and what happens when the two collide.

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August Longevity Bestseller Chart entries

Recognising the stories with 25 days or more cumulatively in the Top Ten


 
A Pied Piper in Penn's Woods
by Rebecca Bartlett Children's Fiction 26 Mar 2009
Mars isn't having a very good summer. He's just moved to a boring town with nothing to do and no one to talk to - except for Lenny, a kid his age he meets in the woods. There's only one problem with Lenny - he disappeared over a year ago and everyone thinks he's dead.

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Fred and Maureen
by Mike Hanson Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 20 Mar 2009
Sometimes you don't appreciate what you've got until it's gone. A story about enduring love.

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Working Title
by Carmen Harris General Fiction 11 Mar 2009
A wife withholds a secret from her husband. But are you withholding if you don't know what that secret is?

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July 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten 

1.
A Quiet Steet in Amsterdam
by Andrew Wrigley Literary Fiction, Novel, Thriller 22 May 2009
A novel about the clutches of the past. First draft was called Sarphatistraat.

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2.
Resurrection
by Andrew Wrigley Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 30 May 2009
Angels ask the strangest questions

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3.
Restless Apple Jackson
by Lee Williams Short Story, General Fiction 16 Jun 2009
This is a rewrite of a story I first posted on this site last year. It is the tale of a 19th century farmer who declines to stay dead.

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4.
The Scarlet Heart
by Justine Windsor Children's Fiction 21 May 2009
In a world where adolescence is a disease, the cure is brutal. Aimed at children 11+

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5.
Soul to Soul
by Pink Rose Literary Fiction, Novel, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 02 May 2009
Soul to Soul is about a grandmother whose spirit is sent back from heaven to make amends with her family. Elizabeth Sommers owns a house in Dublin worth millions. She dies, and in her will favours her granddaughter, Sylvie, over her daughter Margaret. This causes havoc in the family and she returns to make amends.

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6.
Cupboards
by Gee Askew Comedy, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Novel, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 23 Apr 2009
Old Ida Hubbard has so many cupboards . . . What does she hide in them? And why does she need just one more?

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7.
Silver Fox (working title)
by Jacky Cowper Horror, Mystery, Thriller 07 May 2009
This is just the first draft of the first few chapters. A thriller with supernatural/horror overtones, the hero, Jack Silver, must confront the darkest places in his own mind to combat and overcome the beautiful demi-God, Bane. He's supported by Loeb, a mysterious, charismatic creature who has his own agenda....

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8.
A Tale of Every Day Hoodlums
by bikerjob Crime, Thriller 12 Apr 2009
A tale of everyday hoodlums

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9.
Chimera (Revision 1)
by Phil Gomm Children's Fiction, Fantasy 20 Mar 2009
Thanks to some insightful reviews, I have revised the original upload of Chimera; more adverbs culled! :-) If you've read it before, please feel free to remove it from your reading assignments.

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10.
Working Title
by Carmen Harris General Fiction 11 Mar 2009
A wife withholds a secret from her husband. But are you withholding if you don't know what that secret is?

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July Longevity Bestseller Chart entries

Recognising the stories with 25 days or more cumulatively in the Top Ten


 
Blue Amber
by William McCormick Short Story, Action, Adventure, Historical 15 Feb 2009
Political prisoner Fricis Savaars will not go quietly to his murder...

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The Shattered Mirror
by Nick Poole Historical, Novel, Fantasy 27 May 2008
"All Faith is false, all Faith is true: Truth is the shattered mirror strown In myriad bits; while each believes His little bit the whole to own." Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 - 1890). This is the story of Tommy Grimes.

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June 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten 


1.
Silverfish
by C.S Ntumy Short Story, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 06 May 2009
Maya is woken in the middle of the night by her twin brother, Miro. He's off on one of his adventures again, and, as usual, he wants company. Maya can't resist, but there will be consequences. After all, Miro's is a name that no one in her family dares to speak...

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2.
POSTCODE (Revised)
by Kate Hanney Short Story, Teenage Fiction 02 May 2009
Postcode gangs, hoodies and knives.

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3.
bcc:
by Daniel Lewis Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 30 Mar 2009
Infidelity and vengeance...via email. Please note: 'bcc:' has been abridged for this site. Feel free to email me for the full story.

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4.
The Last Ward (v2)
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 30 Apr 2009
Fran had to do her best for her mother, but there were others who needed her too.

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5.
Through the Eyes of Douglas
by Darren Guest Mystery, Novel, Fantasy 13 Mar 2009
The eighties were a bad dream for Douglas, a dream that, in 2005, he thinks he has finally woken from. But when Al-Qaeda bomb Tavistock Square, the dream reawakens, and sucks Douglas back into what he will soon learn, is his worst nightmare. A supernatural, psychological suspense.

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6.
Fly
by Chuck Buckner Short Story, Literary Fiction 15 Feb 2009
The girl turned her head enough so that I saw her face for a second and my mind went blank. No more lost spirits, rattlesnakes or barber shop trips now.

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7.
Soul to Soul
by Pink Rose Literary Fiction, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 02 May 2009
Soul to Soul is about a grandmother whose spirit is sent back from heaven to make amends with her family. Elizabeth Sommers owns a house in Dublin worth millions. She dies, and in her will favours her granddaughter, Sylvie, over her daughter Margaret. This causes havoc in the family and she returns to make amends.

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8.
Cupboards
by Gee Askew Comedy, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Novel, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 23 Apr 2009
So many cupboards . . . What does she hide in them? And why does she need . . . just one more?

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9.
Working Title
by Carmen Harris General Fiction 11 Mar 2009
A wife withholds a secret from her husband. But are you withholding if you don't know what that secret is?

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10.
The Silver Nutshell (Version 2)
by S Cairns Gay/Lesbian Fiction, Historical, Novel 28 Apr 2009
It is 1911 and news of the death of Avery Silver, father and widowed husband has broken all over London. An unremarkable man in life his death is quite a sensation when it is discovered that he was in fact a woman. Her life thrown into turmoil, his daughter begins to question her own identity and that of her father. This is version 2

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June 2009 BestSeller Chart Longevity Entry

The following story also entered the YouWriteOn BestSeller Chart this month after achieving 25 days cumulatively in the YouWriteOn Top Ten

   
 
 
Out of this World*
by L Willocks Action, Fantasy, General Fiction 19 Jan 2009
Portia is just your average, run-of-the-mill, invisible girl leading a normal life in the heart of London. One day she meets a stranger on a train and, before she knows it, finds herself on a weird and wonderful journey down the proverbial rabbit hole... *Working title (suggestions welcome!)

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May 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten 

Each month, the five highest rated authors with the best opening chapters receive a free critique from our literary professionals, who include editors for leading literary agents and publishers. The Top 5 stories also enter the YouWriteOn Bestsellers Chart, along with stories that have achieved 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete months

1.
Monkey Business (revised)
by Rosalind Winter Short Story, Comedy, General Fiction 14 Mar 2009
This is one of a series of short stories for reading aloud to children. Illustration by Amy Brindley of www.liquidize-art.co.uk

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2.
The Peter Chair (Edit)
by Jasper Dorgan Short Story, Literary Fiction 23 Mar 2009
A man. A chair. Another world. This story contains adult language.

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3.
THE STRANGER IN THE DESERT
by Jane Finch Short Story, General Fiction 03 Apr 2009
Endless days in the desert and a young camel boy considers his hopeless life, until he has a mysterious visitor.

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4.
The Scarlet Ribbon (revised)
by Rosalind Winter Short Story, Children's Fiction 02 Mar 2009
This is one of a collection of short stories for reading aloud to young children. Illustration by Amy Brindley of www.liquidize-art.co.uk

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5.
Stealing Babies
by Gillian Charles Crime 30 Mar 2009
Imagine wanting something so badly, you’d lie or steal…only when you got that 'thing', warm and sweet-breathing in your arms, it wasn’t enough. You had to do it over again. Only this time you had to get it right… When a baby goes missing, it kickstarts a train of events that become impossible to stop. And then a second baby gets stolen.

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6.
The Rainbow Seeds
by Beth Silver Short Story, Children's Fiction 03 Dec 2008
A short story for younger children, which I would like to become the text for an illustrated book.

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7.
bcc:
by Daniel Lewis Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 30 Mar 2009
Infidelity and vengeance...via email. Please note: 'bcc:' has been abridged for this site. Feel free to email me for the full story.

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8.
Through the Eyes of Douglas
by Darren Guest Mystery, Novel, Fantasy 13 Mar 2009
The eighties were a bad dream for Douglas, a dream that, in 2005, he thinks he has finally woken from. But when Al-Qaeda bomb Tavistock Square, the dream reawakens, and sucks Douglas back into what he will soon learn, is his worst nightmare. A supernatural, psychological suspense.

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9.
Fly
by Chuck Buckner Short Story, Literary Fiction 15 Feb 2009
The girl turned her head enough so that I saw her face for a second and my mind went blank. No more lost spirits, rattlesnakes or barber shop trips now.

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10.
Secrets and Ghosts
by Denzed Novel, Teenage Fiction 28 Mar 2009
'Disbeliever' Mike is stranded at a hotel whilst his dad and the ghost hunting crew go on expeditions to haunted sites. Mike meets a mysterious girl with a dangerous secret. To save her from a forced marriage he must confront a ghost in the hotel that wants to kill him.

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Further Bestseller Chart Longevity Entries This Month (stories with over 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete months)


 
THe Bridge at Little Taper
by T. Saull-Hunt Short Story, General Fiction 17 Dec 2008
A little tale about life and death. Only 2500 words, so even if you think it's garbage, it won't waste your time.

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Loving Flynn
by Juliet Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 14 Dec 2008
The Marie Curie nurse, her lover and his dying wife. A love triangle that is bound to end in tragedy, but whose?

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April 1st 2009

Each month, the five highest rated authors with the best opening chapters receive a free critique from our literary professionals, who include editors for leading literary agents and publishers. The Top 5 stories also enter the YouWriteOn Bestsellers Chart, along with stories that have achieved 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete months

1.
Dragon Breath
by Gee Askew Children's Fiction 01 Dec 2008
An adventure about a boy who turns into a dragon and a girl who turns him back again. The first half tells the tale from the boy's point of view, whilst the second returns to the beginning to recount the same events from the girl's perspective - throwing a whole different light on the story and characters.

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2.
Passed Away (Revised)
by Karen Milner Short Story, General Fiction 05 Mar 2009
A short story about love and loss

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3.
Whittled from a Bone of Cain (revised)
by Ardin Lalui Literary Fiction, Novel 01 Mar 2009
Adam had two sons, Cain and Abel. And Cain killed Abel with a rock and now we're all of us descended from Cain. And I guess that's how it was always supposed to be.

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4.
Olivia
by Yael Politis Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel 10 Feb 2009
Takes place in Pennsyvania and Michigan during the 1840s, but the events affect the lives of people today. Olivia Killion needs help. Orphaned at 19, she dreads the prospect of being dependent on her older brother and his wife. She could inherit a farm, but needs to find a man to work it for her.

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5.
After the Eclipse
by Tom Rymour Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy 22 Jan 2009
After the Eclipse won the Sanlam Award (unpublished) in South Africa. It's a politically-incorrect satirical fantasy that takes swipes at sex, race and politics. As an online serial, it was billed as: “Gormenghast meets King Solomon’s Mines”. 117 000 wds.

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6.
Through the Eyes of Douglas
by Darren Guest Horror, Mystery, Novel, Fantasy 13 Mar 2009
The eighties were a bad dream for Douglas, a dream that, in 2005, he thinks he has finally woken from. But when Al-Qaeda bomb Tavistock Square, the dream reawakens, and sucks Douglas back into what he will soon learn, is his worst nightmare. A supernatural, psychological suspense for growed ups.

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7.
The Harrowing Darkness (formerly Secrets of Fallhollow (V.4))
by J. Keller Ford Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 16 Feb 2009
An unsuspecting teen is thrust by fate into a world undreamed of, becoming entangled in a web of treachery, deception, and murder. A 100,000 word novel and the 1st in a trilogy.

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8.
Blue Amber
by William McCormick Short Story, Action, Adventure, Historical 15 Feb 2009
Political prisoner Fricis Savaars will not go quietly to his murder...

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9.
Fly
by Chuck Buckner Short Story, Literary Fiction 15 Feb 2009
The girl turned her head enough so that I saw her face for a second and my mind went blank. No more lost spirits, rattlesnakes or barber shop trips now.

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10.
Mayberry 691
by Carole Hall Short Story, Horror, Science Fiction 02 Feb 2009
I often wondered - if my father had known the true extent of the devastation caused by Mayberry 691, how he would have reacted. Would he have isolated the woman? Killed her? Taken swabs?

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Further Bestseller Chart Longevity Entries This Month (stories with over 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete months)

 
65 Roses v2
by Andy Cox Crime, Thriller 06 Dec 2008
Adam Moore is a writer with a problem. His last book featured a murderer with a distinctive calling card. What he didn't know was that the police had a body with the same markings. The police hadn't considered it was a murder until Moore was published. Published and damned.

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 March 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten 

Each month, the five highest rated authors with the best opening chapters receive a free critique from our literary professionals, who include editors for leading literary agents and publishers. The Top 5 stories also enter the YouWriteOn Bestsellers Chart, along with stories that have achieved 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete months


1.
The Chestnut that Grew and the Boy who Knew
by Jo Heys Children's Fiction, General Fiction 12 Feb 2009
When men move in to fell a 200-year-old chestnut tree to make way for a housing development, the wildlife it shelters – including a forgetful squirrel, a dozy hedgehog, and a fox family, must find new homes in the surrounding gardens.

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2.
You never dream of dying
by Joe 90 Short Story, General Fiction 08 Feb 2009
Music to die for. If you want the whole experience, cue the Nimrod variation from Elgar's masterpiece and read on.

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3.
Lying in Wait (Revised)
by Elizabeth Jasper Crime, Historical, Novel, Thriller 16 Jan 2009
1974. The decisions made by a naïve young Irishman in Dublin devastate the lives of a womanising Northumbrian dairy farmer and his family. Lying in Wait is complete at 86,500 words.

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4.
Passing Fancies
by Lee Williams Short Story, General Fiction 03 Feb 2009
Two very different stories about Death, and the ways in which his rules may be circumvented by those lucky enough, or fictional enough, to do so.

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5.
Footprints
by Susan Howe Short Story, Crime, General Fiction 02 Nov 2008
Who will protect you when the law is on the wrong side?

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6.
After the Eclipse
by Tom Rymour Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy 22 Jan 2009
After the Eclipse won the Sanlam Award (unpublished) in South Africa. It's a politically-incorrect satirical fantasy that takes swipes at sex, race and politics. As an online serial, it was billed as: “Gormenghast meets King Solomon’s Mines”. 117 000 wds.

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7.
Fly
by Chuck Buckner Short Story, Literary Fiction 15 Feb 2009
The girl turned her head enough so that I saw her face for a second and my mind went blank. No more lost spirits, rattlesnakes or barber shop trips now.

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8.
Out of this World*
by L Willocks Action, Fantasy, General Fiction 19 Jan 2009
Portia is just your average, run-of-the-mill, invisible girl leading a normal life in the heart of London. One day she meets a stranger on a train and, before she knows it, finds herself on a weird and wonderful journey down the proverbial rabbit hole... *Working title (suggestions welcome!)

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9.
No More Mulberries
by Mary Smith Women's Fiction 25 Jan 2009
Set in Afghanistan, British-born Miriam finds her marriage to her Afghan doctor husband heading towards crisis. She has to journey into her past to understand how unresolved issues are damaging her relationship. It is a story of commitment and divided loyalties, of love and loss, set against a country struggling through transition.

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10.
Dark Shadow (Revised)
by Karen Milner Novel, Thriller 06 Nov 2008
A dark dream from Lucinda's childhood returns, along with a ghostly vision. The nightmare and the visions refuse to stop until she begins to unravel their terrible secrets. The revelations will change everything, including her feelings for the past and her dreams for the future.

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Further Bestseller Chart Longevity Entries This Month (stories with over 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete months)

 
Map of Tassie (working title)
by Shane Jensen Literary Fiction 16 Oct 2008
The tail end of a failed adventure in rural Tasmania finds Zoë pregnant to her younger ex. But maybe this child is a gift in disguise? Old letters, sent from Tassie to her folks on the mainland, reveal forgotten danger signs. Hindsight helps Zoë decide the fate of two lives.

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February 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten 

Each month, the five highest rated authors with the best opening chapters receive a free critique from our literary professionals, who include editors for leading literary agents and publishers. The Top 5 stories also enter the YouWriteOn Bestsellers Chart, along with stories that have achieved 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete months

1.
Gnome or Mr Nice Guy (2nd revision)
by Rosalind Winter Comedy, Mystery, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 09 Dec 2008
Terror stalks the little town of Crowborough and the Rooks Ridge Roman Villa Museum and Vistors Centre. A violent serial killer is on the loose. He strikes in broad daylight, but no-one ever sees him. His target? Garden gnomes ....

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2.
Incompetent Crew
by Jo Reed Short Story, General Fiction 01 Jan 2009
When a lone woman in her fifties decides to rekindle her dream to learn to sail a yacht, things don't quite go according to plan.

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3.
The Donkey Bomb Summer
by David Pickering Adventure, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 20 Dec 2008
It wasn't the donkey's fault things turned out the way they did. Perhaps if he hadn't been so hungry in the first place. He's still hungry. No. It was the revolution, it was the heat, it was that girl, and the boy, whatever his name was. It was just something that happened and shouldn't have. But did. An apple would be nice.

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4.
They Don’t Pick Cotton by Hand Any More
by Chuck Buckner Short Story, Literary Fiction 02 Oct 2008
Something about memories, picking and chopping cotton, going to school when it rained or when it was too cold. Something about stick figures and hunchbacks, burned lunches and fights over a piece of pork, getting shot at, black soil, white cotton, green and yellow spiders and a red sun.

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5.
A Curious Insertion
by Avery Mathers Crime, Historical, Mystery 26 Nov 2008
In August 1860, Charles Dickens accepts an invitation to tour a private asylum. The melodramatic feel and formal presentation evoke the subject-matter and style of a late Victorian novel. In keeping with that style, the novel is in no hurry. This opening completes the set-up but no one can guess where it's going after that - not even Dickens.

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6.
THe Bridge at Little Taper
by T. Saull-Hunt Short Story, General Fiction 17 Dec 2008
A little tale about life and death. Only 2500 words, so even if you think it's garbage, it won't waste your time.

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7.
65 Roses v2
by Andy Cox Crime, Thriller 06 Dec 2008
Adam Moore is a writer with a problem. His last book featured a murderer with a distinctive calling card. What he didn't know was that the police had a body with the same markings. The police hadn't considered it was a murder until Moore was published. Published and damned.

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8.
Imogen, Invisible
by Cameron Deco Short Story, Gay/Lesbian Fiction, Literary Fiction 30 Dec 2008
A short story of loss, guilt and alienation. After the death of her lover, Imogen feels the people around her are unaware of her. Their indifference contrasts with the weight of her loss, and the part she played in it.

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9.
Arrivals and Argh, Rivals!
by JRJ Children's Fiction, Novel, Fantasy 20 Dec 2008
ASA LAMANDA is half human, half hobgoblin, and a half wit. Expelled from the Academy of Mayhem and Malevolence because his evil streak is only pencilled in, Asa plans to settle amongst the humans. However, when you’re always in half a mind to cause trouble, settling usually relates to scores.

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10.
Ropeholes
by Tony Foster Short Story, Horror, Fantasy 21 Dec 2008
A man with a relative suffering from a debilitating illness is led into a seedy underworld, where gladiatorial conflicts subsidise a lack of social care.

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Further Two Bestseller Chart Longevity Entries This Month (stories with over 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete months)

 
They Don’t Pick Cotton by Hand Any More
by Chuck Buckner Short Story, Literary Fiction 02 Oct 2008
Something about memories, picking and chopping cotton, going to school when it rained or when it was too cold. Something about stick figures and hunchbacks, burned lunches and fights over a piece of pork, getting shot at, black soil, white cotton, green and yellow spiders and a red sun.

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The Silent Scream - Revised
by T. Saull-Hunt Crime, Mystery, Thriller 24 Apr 2008
Sam McMullen has been through hell in the last year. A series of violent events draw him into a dangerous world in which he either becomes the hunter, or the hunted.

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                                    January 1st 2009 - The YouWriteOn Top Ten 

Each month, the five highest rated authors with the best opening chapters receive a free critique from our literary professionals, who include editors for leading literary agents and publishers. The Top 5 stories also enter the YouWriteOn Bestsellers Chart, along with stories that have achieved 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete months


1.
And Stones Shall Dance
by David Pickering Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 11 Dec 2008
It is the last evening of the twentieth century. Elk is going back to find someone he has somehow forgotten in the smoke-blackened, witch-haunted ruins of his past. After all, if the earth is to be moved, you have to find a place to stand.

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2.
Diminuendo
by Joe 90 Short Story, General Fiction 13 Nov 2008
Music is good for the soul

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3.
Echoes of the Sword's Song (V4)
by C. L. Frontera Action, Adventure, Fantasy 01 Dec 2008
Anna wants nothing more than to live in the present. Her daughter, Terin, wants to unravel the past and the mystery surrounding her father. When their kingdom is invaded both women will find themselves thrust into the center of the coming battle. Contemporary tale, medieval-type setting—no dragons, elves, magic.

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4.
A Child of the Blood
by Jo Reed Novel, Fantasy 09 Oct 2008
When a psychopath with inhuman power steps out of the past to forge a twisted empire in the present, one man is prepared to sacrifice his life, and anyone else's, to stop him - but will he be too late?

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5.
Tied
by JW Hicks Short Story, Literary Fiction 17 Sep 2008
If you wait long enough an answer will come.

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6.
Ready to Fall
by Sheila Bugler Crime 25 Aug 2008
A damaged young woman is framed for murder. In a desperate attempt to clear her name, she uncovers a world she never knew existed - a world of black market baby sales, abductions and sudden death. A world where nothing - not even her own past - is what it seems . . . WARNING: Contains some violence and bad language

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7.
They Don’t Pick Cotton by Hand Any More
by Chuck Buckner Short Story, Literary Fiction 02 Oct 2008
Something about memories, picking and chopping cotton, going to school when it rained or when it was too cold. Something about stick figures and hunchbacks, burned lunches and fights over a piece of pork, getting shot at, black soil, white cotton, green and yellow spiders and a red sun.

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8.
The Hoagystone v2a
by Edward Alport Children's Fiction, Comedy, Mystery, Fantasy 23 Jul 2008
Someone has put up a stone circle at the gates of The Scream Park and the way has been opened up to all sorts of unwanted visitors. The second book of The Spokeley Chronicles and sequel to The Scream Park.

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9.
The Toy Collector
by Julian Green Crime, Historical, Mystery 24 Sep 2008
Sam and Patricia are from opposite ends of the social scale in London of 1895. However, their lives are about to collide when Sam steals a watch and Patricia investigates a possible murder.

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10.
He sings because he is
by Joe 90 Short Story, Romance 27 Aug 2008
Rewrite of "Soliloquy for Two" incorporating many of the helpful suggestions supplied by my critics.

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Further Bestseller Chart Longevity Entry This Month

Death by DeNiro
by Mike Hanson Short Story, General Fiction 01 Sep 2008
Introspective view of death and values

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Each month, the five highest rated authors with the best opening chapters receive a free critique from our literary professionals, who include editors for leading literary agents and publishers. The Top 5 stories also enter the YouWriteOn Bestsellers Chart, along with stories that have achieved 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete monthsEach month, the five highest rated authors with the best opening chapters receive a free critique from our literary professionals, who include editors for leading literary agents and publishers. The Top 5 stories also enter the YouWriteOn Bestsellers Chart, along with stories that have achieved 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete monthsEach month, the five highest rated authors with the best opening chapters receive a free critique from our literary professionals, who include editors for leading literary agents and publishers. The Top 5 stories also enter the YouWriteOn Bestsellers Chart, along with stories that have achieved 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 complete months

 

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