Donna has breast cancer.
So 76 of us SHU writers, faculty, alumni, and students, banded together to create this charity anthology. Sure, yeah, there are a number of these anthologies out there. Do any others have 75 works in them — flash fiction, short stories, and novellas? Ranging from horror to romance to mystery, and catching up everything in between? With stories from so many award-winning authors, there's no room to list them? Trust me, this is the anthology least likely to disappoint. And with a cover like that, you know you'll love it.
My own contribution to Hazard Yet Forward is insignificant: a short story based upon the backstory of a minor character from Deal with the Devil (which is still 99¢, by the way). Here's a G-rated excerpt from "The Lilies at Laura's Wedding."
He’d taken her punting up the Isis and they’d stopped at the Trout in Wolvercote, sitting at an outside table as far from the inn as possible, where no one could overhear their meaningless chatter. They’d lingered over ale and sandwiches as the sun climbed to noon, chunks of smoldering light filtering through the old tree’s canopy and the river splashing against the bridge behind them. When he’d taken her hand in his, massaging the fleshy base of her palm with his thumb, she’d smiled a feline smile and closed her eyes.
“Medical students are the best, you know.” One eyelid eased open. A dilated pupil, surrounded by golden-green hazel at its greenest, flickered his way. “You lot know all the right bits to stroke and poke.”
“Good to know my years of study haven’t been entirely in vain.” But she was still able to speak coherently, so the job wasn’t done properly. He moved the massage up her fingers. The visible pupil dilated further, the iris lost focus, and her eyelid drifted down again. River water splashed against the shoreline’s concrete edging, as if eager to compete with her quickening breaths.
“Of course, it can only be better with a full doctor.” She glanced at him again, both eyes open this time as if daring him to work her other bits. “With scented candles, champagne, soft music—”
She yanked her hand away and turned her shoulder, and a tremor of insecure nerves assaulted his own interested bits. But then she leaned against him, and her unspoken threat lost its heft as his shoulder took her weight and warmth spread from his center to his fingers and toes.
Hazard Yet Forward goes on sale Tuesday. In the meantime, you can get to know Donna better and take a closer look at the anthology by clicking here.
Here's the Sweet List. Enjoy. Cheers,
1. Jenna Jaxon~Historical Romance
2. Kay Springsteen, Regency
3. Lindsay Downs-Contemporary Suspense
4. Beth Trissel Historical-Paranormal Romance
5. Carrie-Anne Brownian ~ 1970s historical fiction
6. J. Gunnar Grey, historical fiction
7. Leah Sanders – sweet historical romance
8. Laurel-Rain Snow – Contemporary Fiction
9. Marsha Ward ~ Westerns with Heart & Grit
10. Benjamin Wallace – Comic Fiction
11. Joselyn Vaughn ~ contemporary romance
12. Elaine Cantrell contemporary romance
13. Mickie Sherwood – Mainstream Contemporary Romance