#Glimpses – The Short Story Lineup

I’m jumping with joy because I’d like to announce that Glimpses, my first collection of short stories, is now available to pre-order on Kindle.

Glimpses - The new book of some of my short stories. Publication Date: Paperback: Thursday 1st December 2016. Kindle: Tuesday 6th December 2016
Glimpses – The new book of some of my short stories. Publication Date: Paperback: Thursday 1st December 2016. Kindle: Tuesday 6th December 2016.

The Kindle version of Glimpses will be available to download from Tuesday, 6th December 2016 and is now available to pre-order. Click on the links below to pre-order.

Amazon UK      Amazon.com

The paperback version of Glimpses will be available to buy on Amazon from Thursday, 1st December 2016.

The book is made up of 28 short stories, many of which have been rewritten for the book; some with different endings to those previously published on my blog.

Here’s the complete lineup with a synopsis for each of the stories that will appear in the book.

01. Last Train To Aldwych

Genre: Ghost

A journey on the London underground takes Grace Simmons to an annual encounter with a ghost she always meets at Aldwych Station on the same date every year. However, with the prospect of further meetings never being able to take place, Grace must ensure that this final meeting is one where she and the ghost will never part.

02. Welcome To The Hotel Of Change

Genre: LGBT

Mark and Jeff are on holiday and arrive at the same hotel they’ve been visiting for many years. Mark, who dislikes change of any kind, is both shocked and sad to see that everything at the hotel has changed. However, it’s not only the hotel that has changed.

03. Silent Night

Genre: Horror

It’s Christmas Eve and Lucy is on the run from a creature that has killed her boyfriend and friends. As the creature catches up with her, can a weapon from an unlikely source stop the creature in its tracks?

04. The Bridegroom

Genre: Drama

Part one of a four-part murder mystery. Jonathan finds it difficult to concentrate on the day ahead. Will Matthew, his best man, ensure Jonathan makes it to the church on time?

05. The Wedding Dress

Genre: Drama

Part two of a four-part murder mystery. Sarah has seen the perfect wedding dress for her upcoming  marriage to Jonathan and takes every opportunity to wear it before her big day. However, a dark secret threatens to ruin her day.

Hugh W. Roberts reading his new book Glimpses

06. The Stag Party

Genre: Drama

Part three of a four-part murder mystery. It’s Jonathan’s stag night and Matthew has arranged the perfect weekend for a group of their friends to celebrate in Brighton. The following morning, Jonathan is feeling guilty, but is he really regretting what happened the night before?

07. Mother Of The Bridegroom

Genre: Drama

Part four of a four-part murder mystery. Maria Taylor sits patiently at home waiting for an important delivery. Having found out that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she seeks nothing but revenge.

08. Blackout

Genre: Comedy

Ethan Evans thinks he may be dead, but an angel appears before him and tells him something he’ll find embarrassing for the rest of his life.

09. The Truth App

Genre: Science Fiction

A group of unsuspecting bloggers become the victims of a terrifying new app which threatens to wipe out humanity from Planet Earth. In a rush against time, the son of one of the bloggers does all he can to ensure the app is wiped from the face of the planet. However, somebody is out to stop him and they have a mysterious power helping them.

10. The Rose Wish

Genre: Science Fiction

Bryan and Marcus unearth a strange metal box which has an odd inscription on the inside of its lid. Not taking their find seriously, the two young men travel back in time and come face to face with a shocking secret.

Hugh W. Roberts reading his new book Glimpses

11. Rusty

Genre: Drama

Rusty and Richie start arguing inside the dressing room of a nightclub where Rusty is due to go on stage and perform. Richie does all he can to try and persuade Rusty that her days of cabaret have come to an end. However, Rusty is having none of it and will do anything to remain a star of the stage.

12. Gloria’s Chest

Genre: Fantasy

Come and meet Gloria, who wants to take you on a journey that you’ll never forget. Some of you may even make a return visit, but don’t forget to bring Gloria a certain gift as, without it, you may never actually meet her.

13. The Easter Bunny

Genre: Horror

Denise makes the biggest mistake of her life when she promises Daphne, her young daughter, an Easter Bunny soft toy and an Easter egg. Daphne is not at all happy with what the Easter Bunny brings her and, after taking revenge, visits the shopkeeper who unwittingly allowed the terrifying events to unfold.

14. Needles

Genre: Horror

A trip to the surgery of Dr Sinhah to undergo dental and eye treatment is the beginning of a horrifying nightmare for Deborah. She may have had a wonderful holiday out of the money she has saved herself, but something terrifying from the surgery she’s had travels back home with her.

15. D-Day: Tuesday, 6th June 1944

Genre: Science Fiction

Stuart Blackburn is sent on a mission to the beaches of Normandy, France, during World War Two. He’s failed the mission several times and this is his last attempt to get things right. Will he succeed this time?

Hugh W. Roberts reading his new book Glimpses

16. I Believe In Father Christmas

Genre: Supernatural

On Christmas Eve, a young boy faces dire consequences for telling his little sister that there is no Father Christmas. What happens to him during the night, is something he’s going to have to live with for the rest of his life.

17. What If Summer Never Arrives?

Genre: Fantasy

Three of Mother Nature’s daughters are not happy. Their sister, Summer, has failed to show up in the northern hemisphere. However, when a human contacts the family to complain, Mother Nature is prepared to give Summer a second chance, much to the dismay of her other daughters.

18. The Fence

Genre: Science Fiction

When asked to fix a hole in the garden fence by his wife, Neil discovers a strange new world which contains a mysterious young girl. She’s terrified of something on her side of the fence and Neil has to make an immediate trip through the hole to try and save her. However, not everything is as it seems in this strange new world and Neil now faces something shocking he needs to get both he and the girl away from. Will he be able to save them both and make it back to the other side of the fence?

19. Lipstick

Genre: Horror

Amy is delighted when she saves some money by buying her favourite lipstick from an online auction site. Plagued by some bugs, which Amy takes great delight in squashing with her stiletto heeled shoes, nature is about to turn the tables on an unsuspecting Amy.

20. Ticket to ‘Where’

Genre: Science Fiction

Annie Campbell buys a mysterious rail ticket out of some money left to her by her late husband. Boarding the train, she has no idea where she is heading and a mysterious ticket inspector is of no help in telling her what to expect. But what lies ahead for Annie is the romance and love she so desperately misses. Is she about to find happiness again?

Hugh reading Glimpses

21. The Gingerbread House

Genre: Horror

Two children get the chance to bake their mother the perfect birthday cake. Taken from a recipe book, the gingerbread house proves a huge success at the birthday party. But, the perfect birthday is about to turn into a terrifying nightmare.

22. The Tower

Genre: Drama

Marcia Dumplin believes she’s an international movie star. On the set of a new horror movie, directed by Fred Dinnick, who does everything he can to satisfy his leading lady, the upcoming director shows Marcia the scenery for her final scene of the movie. What will Marcia’s reaction be?

23. Marcia Dumplin’s Biggest Hit

Genre: Drama

Marcia’s back and, this time, Fred Dinnick takes his leading lady to the location of his next big movie. However, even before filming begins, an unsuspecting Marcia is about to have her biggest hit on her hands.

24. Angels Of Heaven And Hell

Genre: Thriller

Marco finds himself at a car boot sale on a wet Sunday morning. Olivia hasn’t sold anything for over an hour. Can she persuade Marco to buy a painting off her that has brought her nothing but bad luck?

25. War Of The Roses

Genre: Science Fiction

Aubrey is deeply in love with Professor Huntley, who has grown a new species of rose which he has named after her. She desperately wants the professor to fall in love with her, but his love comes with a shocking consequence.

Hugh W. Roberts reading his new book Glimpses

26. The Cake Decorator

Genre: Thriller

Edna Butterwick’s new cake decorating class proves to be the perfect place for Mary, However, Edna becomes concerned when Mary fails to turn up for the final class and is totally unaware that she’s helped Mary in more ways than she thinks.

27. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

Genre: Supernatural

Have you ever wondered what the last thing you’ll see before you die will be and if there really is a life after death? Come on a journey with somebody who can provide you with the surprising answers.

28. The Library

Genre: Science Fiction

Set in the future, a teacher takes her pupils to a library, where she reveals the truth behind the disappearance of trees.

There will be lots happening for the launch of the book including a competition to win some great prizes.

Watch this space for more details.

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176 thoughts on “#Glimpses – The Short Story Lineup

  1. Hi Hugh, CONGRATS! I’m so happy for you! Finally you have your book, and I know some of the stories in there. Let me know when the Kindle edition is available. 🙂

    1. Hi Elizabeth. Thank you so much.

      I’ve rewritten some of the stories, so you may not get the ending you read before. 😱 I can’t believe I’ve finally got this book together. It’s been an incredible journey, but I’ve loved every minute.

      The Kindle Version is available to pre-order right now. Here’s the link from Amazon.com, but you may have to log onto the Amazon site in Canada to order it. Just add ‘Glimpses Hugh W. Roberts’ in the search bar and it should show up.

      Thank you for being with me on this writing journey. 😀

    1. My acting career started at the age of 8 in the school play as ‘The Mad Hatter.’ I’ve not looked back since then, Claudette. 😀

      I’m very pleased to say that the Kindle version is now available to pre-order. 🎉

  2. Love you, Hugh! You are so funny… what fab pictures! Your book looks terrific, and I Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! You’re a star! 😙😙😙

    1. Thanks, Ali. I had a mad five minutes taking those photos, but it was great fun. 😀 That’s what I always intended publishing this book to be. Just had an email from Kindle saying it’s now live and ready for preorder. I’ll be publishing the link tomorrow. Phew! It’s been quite a journey, but I could not have done it without all the support from you all.

  3. Inspired by your photos you should have a competition to see who has the best selfie face while reading their copy of Glimpses. It’s getting close to launch day – exciting!

  4. Reblogged this on Jemsbooks and commented:
    Hey everyone! Please check out creative blogger and now author, Hugh Roberts, electric and entertaining collection of short stories. Coming your way soon for pre-order! I can’t wait to get my copy! Congrats Hugh! ❤️

  5. Congrats! You’re absolutely adorable! I suspect Hollywood will come knocking any day! Best of luck with the release! Glad to hear CreateSpace worked out.

  6. Hugh, have you ever thought about consulting new writers and helping them through the self publishing process? It seems so intimidating to me. The genres of your short stories are appealing to me. So far, I have only done blogs and Vlogs…no fiction. Not yet. Dont’ know how.
    If you have time…can you click on this to say hi? This is one of my Vlogs. I have 3 book ideas. It looks like some people are able to work up the ladder at “Create Space.” I read about an author who actually gets advances.

    1. I haven’t, no. This is my first book, so the first time I’ve used CreateSpace to publish a book. I actually sat down for a couple of hours with another author who has been through the process. He showed me how the self-publishing platform worked. The formatting of the book terrified me, but I found it easier to do than I thought. There’s also so much support and advice, on self-publishing, here on WordPress. I’ve been bowled over with such kindness and support from so many bloggers and authors who have given me advice. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’ll be amazed by the support that you’ll get and which is on offer.

      There was no link in your comment so I could not view the VLOG.

      I’ve not heard of anybody getting advances at CreateSpace. From what I’ve read and been told, you get paid when your book sells. However, I could be wrong. 😀

      Thanks so much for your comment about the genres of my stories. They cover a wide range, and that is why I love writing short stories.

    1. Thanks so much, Sue. I’ve kept your post, from earlier today, in my inbox to remind me to write a post for you. That’s very kind of you and I really do appreciate it. I’ll be in touch very soon. 😀

        1. Thank you, Chris. I’ll check them out. Quick question – I guess you’ll need the links to Amazon before I can submit details to you? I won’t get the selling link for the paperback until Dec 1st.

    1. Well, I hope some readers will be as shocked as I was when I read some of those stories, Eileen. Maybe I should ask people to send me pictures of them reading the book? In fact, I may well do that and offer a prize for the best one.

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