You’re Not Alone: An Indie Author Anthology: Reviews Links and Excerpts, Part 3 – 100% of Proceeds to Charity
(from product page description) : An international group of indie authors, inspired by the personal grief of one, decided to collaborate in the spring of 2015 in a project to create this multi-genre smorgasbord of original short stories, all with the same potent theme – relationships. Some are heartfelt, some funny, some poignant, and some are just a little bit scary – much like relationships themselves. All are by authors fired by the shared enthusiasm to give something back in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Cancer touches us all. It has in some way affected those who have contributed their time and talent here. This is our way of showing that we care.
100% of the royalties earned or accrued in the purchase of this book, in all formats, will go to the Pamela Winton tribute fund, which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Cover Creators: Nico Laeser and Christine Southworth.
Sample review (excerpt) :
on August 12, 2015
I’ve purchased the book because of its charitable aspect and had forgotten all about it until a house guest picked it up and mentioned one of the stories….
Curious I started reading this remarkable tale and got stuck into the book and since found myself reading all the other stories, too. The writing is of surprisingly high standard, and consistently so.
The stories have not really much to do with cancer, as I had thought, which makes for a more varied reading experience and a mixed bag of very good contents. Some are very entertaining, some thoughtful and some odd. Since all authors only contributed one story, it seems they have given their best for this good cause, rather than left overs.
Love and relationships come in all shapes and forms. You’re truly not alone.
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You’re Not Alone: An Indie Author Anthology:
Reviews Links and Excerpts, Part 3 –
100% of Proceeds to Charity
December 08, 2015
Related Categories : Short Stories – Reviews – Charities
It’s not often one gets to contribute to a cause and be told all proceeds (royalties etc) from the sale to the customer are going to charity.
Like a recent fund drive to help the earthquake victims in Nepal via Yoga Dork, where 100% of proceeds went to the charity, Ian Moore, a UK author, along with help from several other writers, organized and brought together a quite disparate group of writers to generate funds for a charity group.
This is Part 3 of 4 showcasing excerpts and reviews of all twenty-eight works, plus links to each author’s Amazon Author Page.
In this post I’ve also added where the author is located if known.
Reviews Links and Excerpts
WITCH’S MARK By Katerina Sestakova Novotna (Czech, currently residing in U.S., Hawaii)
My take: Several factors joined in my mind to create a strong sense of sensual intelligence as I read the author’s story. Her name, for a Texas boy like myself, is exotic and rolling on the tongue, she resides in Hawaii, and her narrative flow reflect, I believe, these influences. As seen in the examples below there is an emotional intelligence in the first person deep point of view. It speaks of loving, observing details that warmed the narrator’s heart, and an ability to overlay metaphors onto her daily life. Compounding and intensifying the effect was, for me, the androgynous ambiguity of the narrator’s sex. I initially just assumed it was a boy. But a second read of the story didn’t confirm that. Plus, the narrator’s emotional openness and expressive nuances evoked in me a strong sense of sensitivity. It could be a boy who hasn’t yet clamped on down on his own sensitivity. But I can’t be sure, and it’s that not being sure that adds a powerful undercurrent to the narrator’s mystery of who exactly this “Lisa” is. There’s much talk about magic on the island and among the people, yet it, like the narrator’s infatuation, is grounded solidly in the real world. A real world that, by the end, makes itself powerfully felt. Top notch story telling.
This author’s Amazon Author Page:
LOVE’S SILENT ACHE By Lisa Shambrook (Wales)
My take: I like to write lyrical passages in my own work and enjoy reading it when well done. It’s been exceptionally rare for me though to find a work that carries that entire narrative with the power of that style of expressiveness throughout. Not only is the stylistic base line much like lyrical poetry, but what would normally be high point narrative style swells and forms a full beginning, middle and end. The central problem caused by an evil woman’s curse is lyrically extended through time. It literally gathered roots in my imagination. And it wasn’t until I had given up hope and resigned myself to a tragic ending, that the author’s real lyrical power convincingly and fully brought me, first hope, then resolution. Beautifully done. A real pleasure to read.
GOALS By Tom Benson (U.K.)
My take: I’d read a collection of rhyming poetry (I do mostly free style) and one thriller, and was very curious to see how the author’s short story would come across for me. I’ll have to say the work combines much of what I liked about the poetry and thriller. Attention to the character’s pov sensitivities, a bouncing cadence to the words, and well grounded suspense. I’ve found, as I read chronologically through this collection of shorts, this to be the most creative work of the batch so far. What begins as possibly an erotic romance, then morphs into a mystery with a touch of thriller, then structures into a well embedded sci-fi. All unbelievably believable. What’s most impressive is the full circle ending that wraps up the journey. It elicited a much welcome smile. One I didn’t even realize I had until I’d fully finished the story.
I’ve reviewed one each of this author’s poetry collections and thrillers.
This author’s Amazon Author Page:
IF THE SHOE FITS By Katharine E. Hamilton (U.S., Texas)
(early in story)
“‘Dates are fun, Ames. Though I can understand how you can’t remember that fact, considering you haven’t had one in oh… say… months?’
‘Nine months, actually,’ Amy corrected.
‘Nine months?!’ Renee looked horrified and Amy laughed.”
“’Promise me you will at least try to have fun tonight.’
‘I will. I like being social,’ Amy explained, ‘I just don’t feel like speed dating is necessarily my thing.’
‘Like I said, relate it to shoe shopping,’ Renee grinned.
‘I am glad there are no men around to hear you comparing them to shoes, Nee. They might find that quite degrading.’
Renee shrugged, “Men compare us to things too.’
‘I don’t know -cars?’”
This Author’s Amazon Author Page:
THE BIRTH By Lucinda E. Clark (Ireland, lives extensively around the world)
My take: With intimations of something possibly supernatural yet set entirely in the real world, this very short story rumbles with power and ends with a hammer blow of shock. Powerful. Scary.
LOTTA BLUM By Barbara Doran (U.K., resides in Germany)
My take: A trip to a fine wine cellar for a smooth pleasant vintage blend. Nostalgia, elegance, and a dedication to enjoy life and love. More a moment or a vignette than a short, but only if I’m pressed to be picky (smiles). Suavely entertaining.
This author’s contacts are (first book expected soon) :
NEVER TOO OLD By Angela Lockwood (Netherlands, resides in France)
My take: A very timely, very sweet story that speaks not only to the huge numbers of folks entering senior status, but to all the these folks children and grandchildren. As a senior myself, aging gracefully is now as important as getting past pimples and securing a driver’s license was half a century ago (smiles). The story is extra nice because it not only covers a variety of aging topics, but does so completely within a show-don’t-tell story format. My only wish is for more.
Reviewed and enjoyed this author’s book of short stories, Something Short, which she alternates with another author for a nice counter effect.
This author’s Amazon Author Page:
1) You’re Not Alone is available on Amazon, including Kindle Unlimited, at :
Additionally, it is also available in paperback format.
2) For further information regarding the charitable aspect, please feel free to contact the anthology’s creator and contributor, Ian D. Moore. He’s available on FB at www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015, and via iandmoore71 at hotmail dot com.
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You’re Not Alone: An Indie Author Anthology: Reviews Links and Excerpts, Part 1 – 100% of Proceeds to Charity
You’re Not Alone: An Indie Author Anthology: Reviews Links and Excerpts, Part 2 – 100% of Proceeds to Charity
You’re Not Alone: An Indie Author Anthology: Reviews Links and Excerpts, Part 4 – 100% of Proceeds to Charity
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