Today I’m thrillled to bits to be taking part in the When Stars Will Shine blog tour. The book is a collection of short stories from numerous authors, some that I’d heard of and some that I hadn’t.
The money raised is going to a fabulous cause, to explain all here’s a message from Emma Mitchell who compiled this anthology.
A Note from Emma Mitchell:
As the blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.
Working closely with Kate Noble at Noble owl proof reading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s get booked I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Baker’s not so secret blog , who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.
There isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.
It has been an honour working on these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.
About the book
When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from some of your favourite authors who have joined forces to bring you a Christmas read with a twist.
With true war stories that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost, gained, and found, When Stars Will Shine has something for everyone. And with every penny being sent to support our heroes, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.
From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Rob Ashman, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!
What did I think
Releasing this just before Christmas was a genius idea from Emma Mitchell. It’s the perfect book to dip into as and when you get chance with so much other stuff going on in the world.
There are a number of brilliant short stories from authors that I had read before and some that I hadn’t (but would like to now!) This was such a hard post to write because it seemed like singling people out, so I have finally decided that I’m going to tell you that they were all awesome. Some will bring a tear to your eye and a lump to your throat and some will have you trying to second guess the twists and turns. There are seasonal stories and some that will get you in the Christmas spirit and thinking about the big man himself and there’s even a little romance too.
There’s a real art to writing a short story, so few words to get your story across to keep people gripped and also to tie up loose ends. I did consider offering to write one for the anthology but I really don’t think I have the skills that these fabulous authors absolutely do. I do think though that this book may have completely changed my mind about short story collections and I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it.
Here’s the full list of stories:
Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman
Four Seasons by Robert Scragg
The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff
Believe by Mark Brownless
What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron
Mountain Dew by Paul T. Campbell
The Art of War and Peace by John Carson
A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton
Free Time by Stewart Giles
Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake
The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen
The Village Hotel by Alex Kane
A Present of Presence by HR Kemp
The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin
Brothers Forever by Paul Moore
Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen
Pivotal Moments by Anna Franklin Osborne
Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli
Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke
Christmas Present by Lexi Rees
Inside Out by KA Richardson
Penance by Jane Risdon
New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg
Family Time by Graham Smith