This is a collection of the Pen & Paintbrush Short Stories. A contemporary romance that takes place in Los Angeles. The One (A Pen& Paintbrush Short Story) Synopsis: Kate Flannery is a successful author. She has a loving family and amazing friends,but she has never had good luck with men. Then one night, while supporting her best friend, Kate meets the man of her dreams. A cocky artist, with razor sharp wit and a dazzling smile. When he extorts a date from her, Kate begins to have her doubts. Will things turn out differently this time? Or will he break her heart like the others? Only by seeing the date through will Kate discover if she is... The One. This is a contemporary romance short story that was originally published in Novel Ground's anthology All Our Love. The Gift (A Pen& Paintbrush Short Story) Synopsis: In The One, Kate Flannery and Matt Eisner met at a gallery opening and, after spending one evening together, realized it was true love. Now, eight months later, they are happily living together in Matt's home in Malibu and getting ready for their first Chanukah and Christmas together. But as the holidays draw near, an unexpected problem threatens their happiness.Will they be able to weather the storm and find their joy this holiday season? Or will the intolerance of the past tear them apart? On the last night of Chanukah and Christmas Eve, they will discover... The Gift. This is a contemporary romance short story that was originally published in the Rising Indies United anthology Winter Kiss.