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Swing Shorts: Stories & Wonders

Music & Dance ~ Life & Love ~ Body & Soul

Publisher: Independently Published
Year of Publication: 2018
Book type: Short Story Collection
Age: New Adult (16+)
Genre: Contemporary
Sub Genre: Coming of Age · Family · Historical Fiction · New Adult · Poetry · Romance
Language: English
POV: First-person, Second-person, Third-person
Tense: Past, Present, Future
Key Phrases: !990s · 1940s · Coming of Age · dance · dancing story · jazz · lindy hop · Romance · romance and dance · short stories · strong women · Swing dance · vintage · vintage fashion · WWII
Spice Level:

The spice rating is in regards to the type of sexual content within the book. Below is a helpful guide (courtesy of Georgia C Leigh)

1= YA romantic, making out, MAYBE a closed door.
2= some on page foreplay and nudity but mostly fade to black.
3= open door, on page vanilla sex.
4= on page sex – hot or with kink.
5= erotica.

“Right off from the first story, which I related to very much, I was hooked. Read the book through the night. Like potato chips, I was just going to have one more. This book has wonderful, entertaining stories that also provoked some deep thoughts. I highly recommend it!”
– The Berries

Find your connection.

  • When an enthusiastic and talented mom auditions for a dance troupe, she finds unexpected discrimination and inequality at every step.
  • All-girl colored band clarinetist, Korla, knows the police sirens are coming for her. Can she escape the Jim Crow Sheriff in time to play the USO show before he and the young deputy figure out what else the girls are hiding?
  • After the perfect date in jazzy WWII San Francisco, an American boy searches for his Japanese girlfriend after the government orders all Japanese-Americans to an internment camp.
  • Perceptions are skewed by hot swing rhythms in Night Club Feet. A vintage girl pines for a married dancer while a newbie guy lusts after her, each encumbered by ego and self-image.
  • In 1943, too many men had enlisted or been drafted, leaving empty spots in the big band orchestras. Can seventeen-year-old ingénue, Moira, pass the audition, keep her too friendly bandleader at bay, and snatch one of the coveted positions in the all-girl band?
  • A young couple becomes sidetracked by the musicians who play hot jazz alongside the petting zoo of piglets, ducks, and lambs on the family jaunt to the feed store.
  • Will the bereaved young woman find the perfect place her mother told her about without being diverted by a mysterious handsome man and the swing music emerging from the hotel cantina where she stopped for the night?

Those are just a few Swing Shorts that explore the transformative, transcendent, and often poignant bond we share with music and dance.

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