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#backlistThursday 4.22.2021

This is the first time I’ve ever added an anthology for my backlist.

At the beginning of 2020 ( before Covid ruled the world) Australia was engulfed in flames. One of the Wild Rose Press authors is an Australian and asked if there was some way we, as authors, could come together to raise money for the RedCross to aid the firefighters and the people devastated by the fires.

A three part anthology titled AUSTRALIA BURNS came from that one question. Multiple WRP authors contributed stories to the collection and took no royalties from sales – their money was donated instead.

Love that.

My addition was a little story I’d written when I was concetrating on writing murder mysteries and not romance. The story, THE TUESDAY NIGHT MEETING, is one of my favorite things I’ve ever written.

Here’s a quick excerpt, and if you want to purchase the anthology, here’s the link: AUSTRALIA BURNS. I’m in volume 1

“Cora,” Mavis aid, capturing the entire attention of the room, “do you know anything about our group?”
            She shook her head and swiped at her still running nose. “Not much, Ma-am. I know you give out scholarships to worthy high school girls for college. And you support the poor, especially at the holidays. I’ve seen write-ups in the paper about the good things y’all have done. But aside from those, I don’t know much else. Excepting,” she said, “ that you’re all widows.”

            The members of the club collectively smiled at her.

            “That’s why I thought it strange to be asked here tonight. I’m not a widow.”

            “No, darlin’ you’re not,” Wisteria said, smiling. “Not yet.”

            Cora gaped, openmouthed, at the old woman.

            “Let me start at the beginning, dear, so you’ll understand how our little club came to be.”

            Settling back in the chair, Wisteria took a breath then began her tale. 

            “You probably don’t remember my late husband, Major Plowright. I believe he passed when you were just a baby. Well, my dear, if there was ever a tougher man in the world to live with, I’d be sore pressed to believe it. I truly feel the moment he was brought into the world a military angel crossed his path and predestined him for a soldiers’ life. His mother told me after we’d been married for about a year that even as a child, everything had to be precision perfect in his world. He tolerated no fools, silliness or any kind of good-natured fun. I didn’t realize this when I married him, mind you. I know now I fell in love with his spit and polish exterior and superior manner. I never could resist a good lookin’ man in a uniform.”

            A few well-knowing chuckles escaped throughout the room.

            “Well, married life was kind of sweet for a while. I got used to his ranting and raving about precision and cleanliness and order. But when the Major was forced to retire at a very early age, well, it all changed. He changed. Nothing I did was ever good enough. I was plum worn out with three babies and a big house to care for, and he never helped a lick with anything. One day he came home from his club and my youngest had spilled his juice all over the kitchen floor. I was just about to clean it up, but the Major didn’t let me. He stormed into the room, saw the mess and started screaming and hollering so loud I thought my little Jimmy’s diapers were gonna fall off. When I tired to explain about the mess, he smacked me across the face. Knocked me clear across the kitchen with one felled swoop of the back of his hand. I was so stunned I didn’t see the next one coming. He was raving about me being an inadequate wife and mother and that he was going to teach me a lesson I’d never forget. He was right about it, too. I never forgot that first beating or all the others he gave me after. I do believe he came to enjoy it when he struck me down. I’d see a gleam in his eyes, kind of like the one I’d seen when he was in the throes of passion, whenever he hit me.”

            Wisteria stopped and refreshed herself with a sip of tea.

            “Miz Plowright, ma-am. I had no idea,” Cora said.

            “Of course not, darlin’. In those days, why, a woman was barely a step above chattel.  Men’s property; bought and sold.”

            “What did you do? I mean, did you stay with the Major?”

            “For a while. I ran away with the children once, to my mother. But the Major followed me and dragged us all back. The beating I endured that night broke my left arm and two of my ribs.”

            “I remember he went around town the next day telling everyone who’d listen that you fell down the front steps because you were rushing off somewhere in a dither,” Molly Kane said.

            When Cora gasped, Wisteria patted her hand sand said, “You see, Cora. We’ve all lied at one time or another about our bruises.”

            “Finish your story, Wisteria,” Mavis commanded.

            After taking another sip of tea, she did. ”I knew I had to do something about the situation, but what? I couldn’t leave him. He’d shown me how he’d hunt me down and bring me back. Divorce was out of the question in those days. No self respectin’ woman of the South would ever be seen in divorce court, airing all her dirty personal laundry. I finally figured out I had two options. I could stay and put up with this man I’d grown to fear and hate until he finally succeeded in killing me, or…”

“Or?” Cora prompted.

“Or I could rid myself and the children of him right then and there.”

Cora’s loud intake of air was the one sound in the room. To the question in her eyes, Wisteria merely inclined her head.

“Yes, my dear. I killed my husband. It was the only way I could survive.”

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#GoddessFishBlogTour AUSTRALIA BURNS from #TheWildRosePress

 

GODDESS FISH Blog tours is hosting a week long blog tour for the AUSTRALIA BURNS anthology from The WildRose Press. This anthology series came about to help aid the citizens devastated by the AUSTRALIAN WILDFIRES, some of whom are WRP authors. All three volumes contain short stories by various WRP authors and all proceeds from sales will be sent to the Australian Red Cross to help the the victims.

AUSTRALIA BURNS

Stories in this collection are contributed by authors who care about Australia and the relief efforts from the devastating bushfires. All profits from the book will be donated to charities involved with the recovery efforts. The publisher and authors are not affiliated with the charities. They simply want to show Australia their love and support.

VOLUME 1 A collection of Short Stories in Mainstream Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Thrillers, and Mystery

A Solicitous Wife by Madeleine McDonald

No One Knew by Larry Farmer

Pinochle by Brenda Whiteside

The Tuesday Night Meeting by Peggy Jaeger

911, What’s Your Emergency? by D. V. Stone

Tall Tales by Laura Strickland

Fare Gain by Alexandra Christle

The Note by Stephen B. King

Three Ghosts by Julie Howard

Detective Paws and Lip Gloss by Maureen L. Bonatch

The Ring by Margaret Ann Spence

Portrait of a Gunfighter by Hywela Lyn

Six Hours or So by Lisa Wilkes

Prussic Acid by Melody DeBlois

Volume 2

A collection of Romance, Young Adult, and Women’s Fiction Short Stories

Che Gelida Manina by M. S. Spencer

Recipes for Love by Carol Henry

Waiting for Caleb by Gini Rifkin

Wings of Fire by Jana Richards

A Lark by Gabbi Grey

Apple Crisp by Terry Graham

Goody Twoshoes by Mark Love

The Number by Barbara Bettis

Deadly Homecoming by Peggy Chambers

An Egg-Cellent Witness by Marilyn Barr

Season of Withered Corn by Judy Ann Davis

Beneath the Pines by Debby Grahl

Christopher Reisner by Linda Griffin

Unexpected Love: Chase Allen by Anna Lores

The Cowboy and the Lady by Jean Adams

The Heart Necklace by Amanda Uhl

The Relaxation Response by Darcy Lundeen

Dancing Through Tears by Jeny Heckman

Volume Three

A collection of Paranormal, Horror, and Sci-Fi Fiction Short Stories.

The Pilot’s Son     by CJ Zahner

The Vengeance     by Rhonda Gilmour

A Climb to Kill     by ML Erdahl

Born of Fangs     by Sydney Winward

Johnny Appleseed     by Robert Herold

Rebellion in Slot III     by Roni Denholtz

Home, Sweet Mobile Home     by Alana Lorens

The Filthy Human     by Tori V. Rainn

Baby Daddy     by Kerry Blaisdell

The Witch of Calico Island     by Cat Dubie

Stained-Glass Vision     by Mary Morgan

A Witch’s Protocol     by Tena Stetler

I Choose Life     by Kristal Dawn Harris

Together Forever     by N. Christine Samuelson

Where Is Your High School Sweetheart?     by Donna Kunkel

Lost and Found     by Joanne Guidoccio

Nursery Chimes     by D.S. Lucas

Buy Links:

Volume One // Volume Two // Volume Three

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER

The publisher will give away a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter.

Final 2 days on the Goddess Fish Tour :

February 13:

1: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!

2: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters

3: Dawn’s Reading Nook

4: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love

5: One House Schoolroom REVIEW

6: The Avid Reader

7: Writing is my oxygen

8: Long and Short Reviews

9: Welcome to My World of Dreams

10: Ascroft, eh?

11: Kristal Dawn Harris

February 14:

1: fundinmental

2: Jazzy Book Reviews

3: Journey of a Bookseller REVIEW

4: The Phantom Paragrapher

5: Full Moon Dreaming

6: Iron Canuck Reviews & More

7: Loving Happily Ever After

8: Mary Kit Caelsto

9: Read book. Repeat.

10: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

11: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race

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#GoddessFishTour for #AUSTRALIABURNS from #TheWildRosePress

GODDESS FISH Blog tours is hosting a week long blog tour for the AUSTRALIA BURNS anthology from The WildRose Press. This anthology series came about to help aid the citizens devastated by the AUSTRALIAN WILDFIRES, some of whom are WRP authors. All three volumes contain short stories by various WRP authors and all proceeds from sales will be sent to the Australian Red Cross to help the the victims.

AUSTRALIA BURNS

Stories in this collection are contributed by authors who care about Australia and the relief efforts from the devastating bushfires. All profits from the book will be donated to charities involved with the recovery efforts. The publisher and authors are not affiliated with the charities. They simply want to show Australia their love and support.

VOLUME 1 A collection of Short Stories in Mainstream Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Thrillers, and Mystery

A Solicitous Wife by Madeleine McDonald

No One Knew by Larry Farmer

Pinochle by Brenda Whiteside

The Tuesday Night Meeting by Peggy Jaeger

911, What’s Your Emergency? by D. V. Stone

Tall Tales by Laura Strickland

Fare Gain by Alexandra Christle

The Note by Stephen B. King

Three Ghosts by Julie Howard

Detective Paws and Lip Gloss by Maureen L. Bonatch

The Ring by Margaret Ann Spence

Portrait of a Gunfighter by Hywela Lyn

Six Hours or So by Lisa Wilkes

Prussic Acid by Melody DeBlois

Volume 2

A collection of Romance, Young Adult, and Women’s Fiction Short Stories

Che Gelida Manina by M. S. Spencer

Recipes for Love by Carol Henry

Waiting for Caleb by Gini Rifkin

Wings of Fire by Jana Richards

A Lark by Gabbi Grey

Apple Crisp by Terry Graham

Goody Twoshoes by Mark Love

The Number by Barbara Bettis

Deadly Homecoming by Peggy Chambers

An Egg-Cellent Witness by Marilyn Barr

Season of Withered Corn by Judy Ann Davis

Beneath the Pines by Debby Grahl

Christopher Reisner by Linda Griffin

Unexpected Love: Chase Allen by Anna Lores

The Cowboy and the Lady by Jean Adams

The Heart Necklace by Amanda Uhl

The Relaxation Response by Darcy Lundeen

Dancing Through Tears by Jeny Heckman

Volume Three

A collection of Paranormal, Horror, and Sci-Fi Fiction Short Stories.

The Pilot’s Son     by CJ Zahner

The Vengeance     by Rhonda Gilmour

A Climb to Kill     by ML Erdahl

Born of Fangs     by Sydney Winward

Johnny Appleseed     by Robert Herold

Rebellion in Slot III     by Roni Denholtz

Home, Sweet Mobile Home     by Alana Lorens

The Filthy Human     by Tori V. Rainn

Baby Daddy     by Kerry Blaisdell

The Witch of Calico Island     by Cat Dubie

Stained-Glass Vision     by Mary Morgan

A Witch’s Protocol     by Tena Stetler

I Choose Life     by Kristal Dawn Harris

Together Forever     by N. Christine Samuelson

Where Is Your High School Sweetheart?     by Donna Kunkel

Lost and Found     by Joanne Guidoccio

Nursery Chimes     by D.S. Lucas

Buy Links:

Volume One // Volume Two // Volume Three

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER

The publisher will give away a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter.

Goddess Fish Tour stops:

February 10:

1: Andi’s Book Reviews

2: Books,Dreams,Life

3: Danita Minnis

4: Dark ‘n Twisty

5: Edgar’s Books

6: Kit ‘N Kabookle

7: Linda Nightingale, Author…Musings

8: Mythical Books

9: Sapphyria’s Books

10: Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored

February 11:

1: A Writer’s Life

2: Authors’ Secrets

3: Fabulous and Brunette

4: Ilovebooksandstuffblog

5: T’s Stuff

6: The Layaway Dragon

7: The Reading Addict

8: The TBR Pile

9: Treasure Hunting for a Good Time

10: Writing is my Oxygen

11: It’s Raining Books

February 12:

1: Beyond Romance

2: Hurn Publications REVIEW

3: Just Books REVIEW

4: Romance that’s ‘Out Of This World’

5: So Many Books

6: tory richards

7: Hearts and Scribbles

8: Independent Authors

9: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

10: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews

February 13:

1: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!

2: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters

3: Dawn’s Reading Nook

4: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love

5: One House Schoolroom REVIEW

6: The Avid Reader

7: Writing is my oxygen

8: Long and Short Reviews

9: Welcome to My World of Dreams

10: Ascroft, eh?

11: Kristal Dawn Harris

February 14:

1: fundinmental

2: Jazzy Book Reviews

3: Journey of a Bookseller REVIEW

4: The Phantom Paragrapher

5: Full Moon Dreaming

6: Iron Canuck Reviews & More

7: Loving Happily Ever After

8: Mary Kit Caelsto

9: Read book. Repeat.

10: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

11: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race

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