Did you know you can read 200 FREE short stories online? Salem publishing and Family Fiction ezine are having a contest called "The Story, 2014" and those who have made it past the first readers have now been listed online, including my story! And I'm super excited about it!!! 50 of these stories will be published in a compendium.
Here is the link to vote for Carrie Fancett Pagels's short story "The Quilting Contest" on the Family Fiction site! http://www.familyfiction.com/short-stories/the-story-2014-contest/the-quilting-contest-2/
My story is a Christian historical romance set in Michigan in 1895! I named a lot of the characters after family and friends. The core message of my story is that while we human might not be fair, God has things under control. Maude (named her after my Grandmother!) tries to do her best friend a favor but is thwarted by the conservative ladies who are running the local quilt show in her township. Although her friend's quilt was runner-up in the state quilting show, the provincial ladies reject the submission based on old-fashioned rules. But God has the situation under control (this is a romance so of course He has sent a handsome hero to assist her!) I'd like to think David would have brought Maude a lovely bouquet, like the one from my garden, when he went to take her out on their first date! Well, maybe his wouldn't have had ants in it!
Here is the main link to start reading all of the stories: http://www.familyfiction.com/short-stories/the-story-2014-contest/
Giveaway: $10 Barnes and Noble gift card to one of our commenters who checks out the website. IF you have read and liked my story, come back and let me know! It is always an encouragement to an author to know what resonated with a reader! How about you--have you had a situation where you were treated unfairly but God blessed you even more than the earthly reward would have been?