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The Deception, A Short Story

The Deception, A Short Story

(Circle Dance Character Prequel)

Theodora Parsenis believes that Stewart Elliott is the man of her dreams: charming, chivalrous, and charismatic. Despite her father’s reservations about their ten-year age difference, she throws herself into the new relationship with abandon. Stewart is a master at letting others see only what he wants and soon has Theodora’s father fooled into thinking he is the perfect choice for Theodora.

5 Star Amazon Reviews

Lynne Constantine and her sister Valerie created some incredibly engaging characters in "Circle Dance," and we're left clamoring for more. Lynne is back with her own prequel to "Circle Dance," called "The Deception," describing Stewart's introduction to the Parsenis Family.

Together, the Constantine sisters have developed this family who we've become so connected with, we can't get enough of them. Separately, they have crafted beautifully written stories giving us a glimpse into Stewart's past and how he ingratiated himself into this wonderful family. It's so well written, we want more. Apart, they write really good stories, but together, these sisters create magic. I'll say it again--I hope they'll come together to compose a full-length prequel. Or even a sequel to "Circle Dance." We just can't get enough.

--Maria A. Karamitsos, Associate Editor - The Greek Star newspaper

If the ability to deliver tales of human deception and manipulation were a cash crop, Ms. Constantine would be among the Farmers' 500. Are her characters as scheming as real life players? Probably so, but any as cleverly diabolical as the weasels she portrays would probably go undetected by my radar. Not a problem, though, I know I'll find them abundantly planted in her writings.

--Ron Hazelton


Mother’s Day, A Short Story

It’s another Mother’s Day and Miranda is still not pregnant. Repeated fertility treatments have left her defeated and despondent. Everyone, it seems, is a mother except her. As she prepares to spend another Mother’s Day surrounded by family, Miranda must come to terms with how her infertility has affected her relationship with her husband, her sisters and her friends. But the ultimate challenge is learning to forgive her own body for its betrayal and recognizing when hope has changed from an ally to a foe.

5 Star Amazon Reviews:

Any woman who has gone through fertility problems can relate to Miranda's state of mind. A very poignant story that takes you on a journey in this young woman's life and the family that surrounds her. Lynne Constantine (Circle Dance) has done it again in this short story about family and the interwoven stories and emotions surrounding, and creating, a family.


I had the privilege of reviewing an advanced copy of Mother's Day A Short Story. It is a poignant look at a specific intimate struggle. The first paragraphs drew me in as Miranda, whose unhappiness borders on misery, is introduced. The reader is gently guided through the personal devastation Miranda is trying but failing to come to terms with. The people around her allow her to express her feelings without getting defensive; their love for her is clearly strong. But it's not enough to sustain her through her journey. Finally, more devastating news helps her to take the focus off herself as she makes a startling revelation, one that will allow her to move forward no matter what the outcome.


A Mother's Day is an enjoyable read! I'd like to know more about Miranda.

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