Friday, July 1, 2011

A Short Story for a Good Cause

I really want to share these short stories, since myself and a lot of fellow authors have donated our work for a really good cause. The following titles, available through Astraea Press, are going to either aid the needs in Japan with the earth quake and tsunami damage, or the people in Alabama from the tornado devastation that hit the state in April. Having been to Tuscaloosa just a few short weeks ago, I can tell you the need is still very great. Folks are still living tents in their backyards... I'm sure the same is for Japan and many families there. So please, as July rolls around, keep these titles in mind, and know you're money will be going, 100% to a good cause, and you'll be getting an awesome story from it.

Japan Relief Shorts

When forever friends Shea Taylor and Wesley Moore come together on a simple plan to help their lonely parents find love, they think they’re on the right track: man will meet woman and love will ensue. Easy, right? But, they should have known that where hearts are involved, nothing is ever that easy – especially when you find yourself falling in love with your best friend.

When Andy Tanaka finds an old wooden chest in a storage shed on his family’s flower farm, he can’t wait to share his discovery with his best friend, Leigh Becker. Inside the dusty lacquered chest are a pair of swords, some Japanese clothing, and a mysterious scroll, which could provide links to his samurai ancestor. They find someone to translate the scroll and then research the significance of the other items, intent on ensuring the legacy isn’t forgotten. In the process, they learn not only about samurai history, but also some surprising truths about themselves.

Final Mission-After being seriously wounded in a copter crash in Iraq Sgt. Emily Dahill meets her new partner as she embarks on her new Army career as a CID agent. Who could this new partner be?

A Body in the Snow- Emily and her partner, Dakota, cross bullets with their most determined foe. Who will survive?

Right Place, Wrong Day-On leave to hang with friends Emily gets the surprise of her life.

Dog on Fishing-When it comes to knowing how to fish, and catch the big ones, never underestimate your partner. He might surprise you.

After a terrifying encounter with the unexplained, it took ten years and the news of her grandmother’s passing for Emma Grace Hawthorne to return to her childhood home. She sought peace in saying a proper goodbye, but what she found was an old love, a sordid family history, and a wrong only she could right.

Living in the shadow of Hawthorne Manor, Noah Garrett never forgot about Emma Grace. In a house full of secrets, his search for missing documents revealed a truth that could cost him everything. What he found gave Emma the freedom to walk away from the mansion, her heart free and clear, but at what price to Noah?

Keiko Maguchi, a graduate student in the U.S., is settling into life in the States after leaving Japan. When her fiance Yoshi is killed in the Great Earthquake in Japan in March of 2011, she is devastated. Can Bastian Tower, a fellow American graduate student with a terrible limp and past pain, help her find love again, or are they too damaged to be together?

When six kids are at a party, partaking in a little too much fun, one of them is killed. The Mulligan Man, a characterstraight out of folklore appears offering them the chance to fix all the wrongs. In order to complete the deal, the teenagers must find out the truth of what happened, perform a random act of kindness, and become friends.

If they meet these stipulations, he will allow them to bring their friend back from the dead. In the process they learn not to judge, to stay away from drugs and alcohol, and that love can bridgeeven the boundary of death.

P.I., Philip Chandler takes a temporary position as bodyguard for a movie company filming in Baytown, Washington, and soon finds he signed on for more than he bargained for. When unexplained accidents and attempts on international action superstar, Eddie Tseung's life begin plaguing the set, he not only has to find out why, but who wants to keep the movie from being made and also who wants Eddie dead.

Alabama Tornado Relief

Caylie Abrahms bad day gets worse when the teen brother she's responsible for proudly hands her a gift. Just wanting to show how much he appreciates all his sister does for him, Kyle steals what he believes is an ornate glass vase. The gift is anything but however, and now Caylie has to find the owner of an urn. Worst yet, she has to explain her dear brother stole someones loved one.

Against all odds she learns the urn belongs to Rick Marshall, her best friend from college, the man she'd poured her heart out to and been rejected by. She never thought she'd see him again, let alone have to hand him back his father in glass. Will her resolve remain strong in his presence, or will she suffer another broken heart?


Matrimonial Mayhem is an anthology of wedding stories, to benefit the Governor of Alabama's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, for the hardest hit areas of the state. There are six stories:

Elaine Cantrell, "It All Started with Cinders Malone's Dress," based upon A New Dream. From the wrong dress to a canine disaster with the wedding cake, can anything go right for Matt and Violet on their wedding day?

Therese Gilardi, "Marriage on Sunset," based upon Matching Wits with Venus. Before Colin and Amelia, came Amelia's parents Stella Sweetwater and Gerard Coillard. Maybe not a match made in Heaven, but certainly one arranged by Venus...on Sunset Boulevard.

J.F. Jenkins, "Legend of the Aero Dragon," based upon The Legend of the Oceina Dragon. When a young dragon falls in love, best not to be standing between him and his chosen mate...especially if his choice doesn't exactly match the choice of his father.

Kim Bowman, "The Ballad of Brenda and Willard," based on a true urban legend Third time was the charm in the wedding tale of this author's parents, but exactly what date their anniversary should be celebrated on is anybody's guess.

J. Gunnar Grey, "The Lilies at Laura's Wedding," based upon Deal with the Devil. No happy hitching to be found here, but sometimes the better course to take is to say "I don't."

Kay Springsteen, "Camp Wedding," based upon Heartsight. A blind Marine, a nervous bride, and an adorable child who loves them both is an equation for another tug on the heartstrings in the story behind Dan and Trish's wedding.

Thank you so much for checking out these stories, be sure to keep an out for them the entire month of July!



  1. This is the first chance I've had to stop by your blog and check things out! What a great idea - helping others while doing something we love - reading!
    This gives me a great idea for someone I know. Thanks. ~ Nadja

  2. Thank you, Nadja! I'm really excited about it, and I know all the other authors are too!

  3. What a wonderful bunch of author ladies to get together for a wonderful cause. ;) Ill def be buying books this month ;) WOnderful covers and the stories sound great !