What a wonderful idea! It’s Release Day for a book of 40 short stories of love and romance


 

 

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 Love is…
A charity anthology of 40 short stories of love & romance

All proceeds to benefit Reach Out and Read

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Love is…
…forty stories of first loves, friends to lovers, and the heat of the moment. Join forty authors, including multiple New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, as they take you on a romantic ride through time and space.
From the dazzling ballrooms of Regency historical romance to contemporary love from sweet n’ dreamy to kinky n’ steamy, to the wide open frontier of science fiction romance and magical worlds of far away fantasy realms, sample the best that romance has to offer! Every short story is the perfect candy-sized nugget to read over a cup of coffee or before falling asleep at night.
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The Love is… anthology features 40 authors from the Romance Divas writing community. Some contributors are NYT and USA Today bestsellers. Others have their first published story in this collection. All share a love of romance, a strong spirit of collaboration and a keen interest in promoting reading at all ages. We are proud to support the literacy charity, Reach Out and Read, with the proceeds of this anthology.
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My Thoughts:  When I saw this book I thought it the greatest idea.  Sometimes, I like to read a contemporary, especially if I’ve read so many historical in a row, I really like the change.  Not only does this book hold for me known author, but new debut author.  It’s like getting a box of Whitman chocolates with the little paper in the lid telling you what to expect inside each and every one.  I sometimes like really steamy books, but then like to relax with a mild depiction of what love and romance is all about.  So the authors have made that easy.  They listed genre and heat rating for each of the books.  I call that clever marketing, because it works.  So many readers are looking for new authors to try and here they can ‘taste’ the author and read the kind of story they are so inclined to read at the moment.  The proceeds of this book go to a worthy cause, so indeed, it’s a win-win situation all around. These authors will support the literacy charity, Reach Out and Read, with the proceeds of this anthology.

My Review:  I decided to read A Heart of Ice, a fantasy romance by Hailey Edwards.  I was pleasantly surprised!  This fantasy was a fun, slightly wicked read which indeed wetted my appetite for more of Hailey Edwards.

The Araneidae clan live part of the year above ground when the weather is warm, the rest of the time in a city below ground.  Reine has been told that she must marry. Her father is in poor health and is expected to die. In this fantasy when the husband dies, so, too does the mother.

Reine’s best friend, Isolde, plays a cute role in this story.  She’s a bit like the devil whispering thoughts which Reine shouldn’t hear about men but only makes Reine curious.

“Males are like chocolates.”  She licked her fingers. “They’re meant to be sampled.”

Isolde is full of mischief and through cheating at cards won a sword from a new comer to the caves, Ennis.  Reine takes Isolde back to the caves below ground and makes her give back the sword.  Ennis is immediately taken with Reine, grabs her and kisses her.  Reine, of course, is completely shocked, but she wants to be in control.  It should be her choice to kiss, not his.

Again Isoldes speaks:

“Males are simple creatures,” she confided. “Your comments arouse the wrong end of him.”

“The wrong end?” I choked. “Is there a right one?”

“Small as they might be, some males do have brains.” She tapped her forehead. “He could have engaged you in a discussion of what you fancy instead of deciding trial and error was the way to go.”

“That is a conversation best saved for my future husband.” As if I would put desire into words.

“What has talking ever solved between males and females? We don’t speak the same language.”

If the rest of the stories in this anthology are of the same caliber, I will enjoy reading every one of them.  If you like the sound of this story, the author has written many more Fantasy Romance novels about these unique people and their protectors.  Follow this link: http://bit.ly/1iHjYq8

fadf443585050a8c091152.L._V358737503_SY470_About the Author:  Hailey Edwards was born in the Deep South. She lives in Alabama with her husband, who works at the sheriff’s department and daughter who spends her time wishing she were old enough to audition for American idol.

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. My mission is to encourage people to see the treasures that lie between the pages. I enjoy conversing with authors, fellow bloggers who have anything to do with books and have a particular thrill seeing writers newly published.
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2 Responses to What a wonderful idea! It’s Release Day for a book of 40 short stories of love and romance

  1. This is such a fantastic way to give back. Thanks for posting it, Eileen.

  2. ki pha says:

    Reblogged this on doingsomereading and commented:
    Look at this amazing anthology!!! 40 short stories, 40 authors and a great price of $0.99!!! Plus the proceeds will be donated to REACH OUT AND READ, a literacy charity~

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