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A Girl and Her Dog

by Sherry Perkins

A Girl and Her Dog - Sherry Perkins
Editions:Kindle: $ 0.99
Pages: 107

NOMINATED FOR BEST NOVELLA OR SHORT STORY IN THE 2020 PARANORMAL ROMANCE GUILD REVIEWER'S CHOICE AWARDS Taken from the arms of her mother, a girl is raised by a family so alien that she hardly knows how to describe them. They are incredibly feral. She is anything but. As life with them becomes more and more bizarre, she has no choice but to incur the wrath of the pack and plead for her release--risking her life to ask it.

Much to her surprise, but even more to his, her chosen mate devises a plan to get her home. It involves considerable deception but if ultimately successful, makes it possible for her to return to the mother and the home she so desperately misses. The plan succeeds. It has, however, unintended consequences since his actions cause her to question his motives and what it is to be his mate.

She leaves him, nevertheless, returning home with her faithful dog as her travelling companion. Once there, she has a chance encounter with someone--a man who has a surprising connection to her past. But their joyful and unexpected reunion is short-lived. And in the aftermath of the tragedy that occurs, they learn family is what you make it, the people who love you most are the ones who make the greatest sacrifices, and home is where you belong.

Excerpt:

“I was in a bad place in my head for a while, you know?” Jeff asked. “And then I met Jen. I was back in college, finishing up my master’s degree. She changed my life—the way I thought about what happened to you. I loved her because of it. But she always wanted children. I didn’t. I didn’t want to risk bringing a child into a world like this. I don’t think she ever forgave me for that. It was like she thought the memory of you was stronger than my love for her. Like if I wanted children, then that was proof I loved her.”

I nodded as if I understood. But I don’t think I did.

Jeff hugged me tightly. He said, “She just didn’t understand that love doesn’t have to be proved. It just is.”

Then I understood.

A quick, can be read in under an hour, story about alien shifters, the human girl they abducted and how the abduction touched the lives of everyone involved--including the dog.

About the Author

Indie author Sherry Perkins has a natural curiosity and love for life-long learning. When not on the beach collecting shells or sea glass, she can be found in her garden avoiding the snakes or following the Dave Matthews Band to snake-free venues on the East Coast. During a once in a lifetime visit to Northern Ireland, she was inspired to write the beginning lines to what would become the Will-o’-the-Wisp Stories. The Wisp Stories are serialized tales of well-known folklore, reimagined in a contemporary form with small town sensibility and scientific inquiry added. Books in the Wisp Stories have previously been short-listed for “best in genre” at the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice Awards. In addition to the Wisp Stories, she has written blended genre sci-fi thriller and romance, or cozy murder mysteries. Her books invite the reader to imagine what they might do in tough situations and challenge beliefs—because as she learned in Northern Ireland, nothing is what it seems, and you really should leave a saucer of milk with a slice of cake at the back gate every night if you want to keep in the good graces of the wee folk (and maybe banish the garden snakes).