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The following stories are part of John Hope's Shorts Collection, Volumes 1 and 2, both available now in paperback and Kindle at the following links:
    

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John's Shorts Volume 3

Hide and Seek
When an American Korean War pilot is shot down behind enemy lines, he is lost in a snowy forest and forced to play a macabre game of hide and seek with the Chinese Army in order to survive.

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Rat Boy
An abandoned eight-year-old boy, trapped in a house of abusive druggies, must salvage for food to survive.

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Lighthouse
Eleven-year-old Craig's family goes missing in violent storm, but he isn't as alone as he thinks in the lighthouse.

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John's Shorts Volume 2

Kung Fu Ben Strikes Again
After Harold walks to his back porch and is almost hit by a body falling out of the sky, he is ensnared by two bizarre opposing families and must rely on his nutcase roommate - Kung Fu Ben - to survive.

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Helen's Boys
Helen's father, husband, and son come to terms with themselves when they come close to losing the one they care for the most.

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April Leaves
April's mother is bound and determined to move her teenage daughter and twin boys away from her cheating husband, but April has a different plan.

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Pass It On
A simple act of kindness snowballs through the lives of strangers, leading to a change of heart that stops a man from committing the ultimate sin.

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Autumn
2015 Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
Teenager Marshall overcomes his fears and befriends a head-strong girl at the airport who's in need of a friend herself.
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The Higher Toll
Twenty-something Danny consuls his drunk, disillusioned uncle, the man who helped navigate Danny's teenage life when he most needed a role model.

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Daddy Was Santa
2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
Christopher discovers a secret: Daddy's Santa. But reality stops the five-year-old from having what he desires most.
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Scaling
2015 Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
Faced with scaling a fish his older brother caught, 11-year-old Patrick grapples with manning up after no longer having a father in his life.
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Mörderbaum
After a man loses his wife, the tree he planted for her takes on a horrific life of its own - a killer tree.

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Two Milers
2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
Underdog distance runner, nicknamed Turtle, fights for his last chance to not disappoint his hero and mentor, older brother Devon, in his final two mile track meet.
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Voices in the Attic
Everyone thinks Elizabeth is crazy for hearing voices in the attic, but she'll show them.

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Dylan
2015 Royal Palm Literary Award Semi-Finalist
Tragedy leads eight-year-old Dylan into foster care of a turbulent family until he decides to do something about it.
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John's Shorts Volume 1

The Gardeners
Seven-year-old Tyler puts his uncle's training into practice after his explosive anger leads to a shocking end.

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White Walls
2005 CrossTIME Science Fiction/Fantasy Honorable Mention
A young man, enslaved to a machine that forces him and others to compose stories in order to reach the Creative Object, struggles to break free.
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The Divide
2015 Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
A hidden gate leads twelve-year-old Conner down a domino path of worsening circumstances and places him at the center of a possible war.
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Beating Cats
2014 Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
A teenage crush for a boy sends Kat on a downward spiral as she wrestles with the loss of her baby brother. WARNING: Mature content
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From the Pedestal
Fifth grader Cody and his older cousin Max set out on a hilarious, surreal journey in search of the fabled Pedestal Award, and they pick up a few friends along the way.

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Free the Elephant / Scarred
Two Flash Fiction Stories
Free the Elephant - Seven-year-old Abby pines for Daddy to tell her stories, which he keeps bottled while working a job he hates.

Scarred - A young man seeks justice for the wrong his father inflicted on him.


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Living in Illusions
2004 CrossTIME Science Fiction/Fantasy Honorable Mention
An unexpected visit from a Christmas angel gives Mike an opportunity to bring back his deceased father, but he realizes something he chose to forget.
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The Dance
2014 Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
Five-year-old David yearns to be at a high school dance like his hero, his older brother, but eventually finds something better.
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Echo
2014 Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
A dad and his search-and-rescue dog Echo look for traces of his lost teenage daughter, with whom he's emotionally lost contact.
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Teenagehood
2013 Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
A disenchanted father rediscovers the joys of parenthood by helping his teenage son overcome his fears of meeting a girl he likes.
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The Madison Project
2015 Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
When Carter travels to a deceased scientist's isolated laboratory, he uncovers a secret experimental project that goes deeper than he ever imagined.
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Absolute Power
2013 Writers of the Future Honorable Mention
Twelve selected brave souls risk everything to acquire absolute power from a mysterious witch who holds the secret behind her dark magic.
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