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Coming soon: 'Emma and the Reindeer,' a middle-grade novel!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I know you're busy. That's why I wrote the "Two Good Feet" series. I wanted to give you a little break. Novels are great, but they take a definite time commitment. You can read a short story quickly, and pick it up easily again if you get interrupted.
The "Two Good Feet" series is a collection of four seasonal books of fictional short stories written for teenagers through senior citizens, male and female.
It begins with "Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas." "Twelve Stories for Spring," "Twelve Stories for Summer" and "Twelve Stories for Fall" fill out the year.
Each book contains a baker's dozen of stories for a total of 52 stories in the series, or one for every week of the year. The characters are diverse but they remain the same throughout the series, giving the reader a glimpse into their lives for one full year. Although there are benefits to reading each book in order, each one can also stand alone. So give yourself or someone you love a break, maybe even put your feet up, and enjoy some quick reads!

WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON: "Emma and the Reindeer" is a middle-grade children's novel written under the pen name "Emma Gallagher." It's environmental kids' lit, and we're pretty excited about it!
Stories for The 12 Days of Christmas

Jack Borsos takes a quick break to read a story in "Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas." (Kathi Borsos photo)

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This one is a pdf of a story from "Twelve Stories for Spring." Since Autism Awareness Month comes in the spring (April), it's a fictional story about an autistic boy who participates in an equine therapy program. We think you'll really enjoy it!

Linda Mansfield's Morgan horse, Bear, gives a ride at Therapeutic Horsemanship in Wentzville, Mo.

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The "Two Good Feet" series is for

men and women, teens through seniors


One of the most curious things I learned when marketing the "Two Good Feet" series was that when people hear the word "story," they automatically think it's books for kids.

It isn't. It was written for teens through seniors, male and female. Its target audience is anyone who is stressed or busy, would enjoy a quick break by reading a short story, and probably doesn't have the time to commit to a novel at the moment. Travelers seem to love it in particular.

Historically, most great authors have written many short stories for adults, so I don't understand how this disconnect happens, but I see it repeatedly.

The books are available on many fine, mainstream websites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, Smashwords, iBooks and the like. They're available in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats. If you're having problems bringing a book up on a website, please put my name in the search bar and all four books should pop up quickly. There are links on this website's "Books" page too.

If you have any questions or comments, my e-mail address is I'm based in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the United States. I'd love for you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter too! If you like the series, I'd also love it if you'd write a quick review on Amazon and/or Goodreads too! Thanks in advance!

What they're saying about Stories for the Twelve Days of Christmas:

These light-hearted Christmas stories are very uplifting at a time when many people are depressed with the approaching holidays. Great reads while waiting for appointments or passing the time of day,  with positive outcomes. — Nena Ray

This wonderful little book is a baker’s dozen packed with relaxation. I got it just before Christmas and while it would be perfect to read in quick little moments, I read it all in one night. The stories are refreshingly uplifting and free of the stress generated in 2016. Perfect for a few moments with your morning cup of coffee, or in the evening with a glass of wine. Keep this in mind for next Christmas, or get a few now and share them to chase away the winter blues. Great job, Linda Mansfield!

— Author Gloria Antypowich

If you travel a lot, do your nerves a favor; get this book! This is the perfect 'pick it up, put it down book' to tuck into your travel bag, or have at the ready on your e-reader! Anytime of the year these cozy stories will help soothe the pains of travel and other public annoyances. Love it! I just bought two hardcover versions for Christmas gifts! — Kathryn, an Amazon reviewer

This collection of short realistic stories is perfect for Christmas time. Easy reading, that will make you smile and rethink the way you live. Very good Christmas book. — Author Marcia Martins






'Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas'  is a little like grabbing a cookie or two at a time. There is a sweetness to these stories....These are not children's stories but the language is plainspoken, easy to anticipate, and that makes the book perfect for a busy schedule....Mansfield is not writing little romantic vignettes. She is imagining ordinary people whose lives are changed by choosing love....

She is offering you a Christmas break, manageable moments of connection, so that you come away refreshed and ready for more. And maybe with a little sugar high to keep you going.

'Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas' is a small book of loving reminders to be better, do better, and change your life, by choosing love. It's worth noting that it could be a gift you give to others, as well as to yourself. — Susan Schoch, Story Circle Book Reviews


I think it's great; I'm mentioned a couple of times!  — K. Kringle

Author Linda Mansfield


Linda Mansfield

(also uses pen name Emma Gallagher)      


Books for people who like to read, but just don't have time.

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