Teatime

A collection of short stories, essays and other writings

Chris Breva

Teatime is a book of various types of writing, including fantasy, non-fiction, essays, horror, science fiction, and more. It will be published in the summer of 2021. I know your family will find hours of enjoyment as they listen to these stories or read them. The pandemic is hard upon us and families are often isolated and bored.

Escape into the world of make-believe as you read these stories. You will find them engaging and easy to read. They were written to challenge myself as a writer. Many of them are award-winning stories published previously, all brought together in one place. I had not read them in nearly three years myself. I read them again for the first time the other day to get an idea of what it would be like to read them anew. I could not put it down. Maybe that is because I am the author. However, I believe it is because they are truly engaging. You will find that there are few genres I did not include.

If you like westerns, you will find “Gunner” to be a fascinating story. If you like a shocking ending, read “Jenkins Farm.” If you like horror, read “Frosty the Ax-Murderer.” If you like science fiction, there is some of that as well. If you like poetry, I have included a sprinkling of it.

Everybody in the family will find something that suits them. The only problem you may have is deciding which story to read first! The stories are made to be short so that you can read any of them and walk away without wondering what happens next. You will not want to miss Teatime!

Excerpts:

Excerpt from “Hot Shot”

        “I’m well aware of your cattle prods,” I responded. “They actually deliver a charge of 120 volts. So, I will tell you what I want you to do. I want you to lay that hot shot on the bank and then lay down in the water. Get yourselves good and wet. Then shock each other with the prod like you were just shocking your horses.”
“And how are you going to do that,” the foreman asked.
“Well, if you don’t do it you’re going to have severe lead poisoning,” I answered, as I cocked and raised my shotgun.

Excerpt from “Three Wishes”

        Bob sat and carefully considered his situation. There were so many things he could use his final wish for. A new house would be nice. A Swiss bank account with nine zeroes would be nice as well. There were just so many things. He heard himself say “I wish I could make up my mind!”

Excerpt from “Rolling Thunder”

        “Suddenly Thunder felt his hooves leave the ground as he galloped into the air. He was doing it! He was pulling Santa’s sleigh through the sky!”

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