When I decided to participate in Darcy Pattison’s Random Acts of Publicity, I knew right away I would choose the Timeless Anthology by Pugalicious Press. The instructions are to choose a new or lesser known book that I’ve read and let my readers know about it.
I love the BLLURT concept to promote other books. Blog about it. Leave purchase Links. Like their page. Review it. Tell others about it. Love it. And it’s something I try and do for all the books I enjoy.
I’ve never been one to read or purchase anthologies. But I’ve read several this year. It was nice to read a short story before making dinner, another one a few days later before bedtime, or after I’d finished a novel, each story enticing and enjoyable in its own way.
The writing in this anthology was incredible. I kept reading all of them because they engaged my attention and the writing drew me from one page to the next.
All of these stories are historical romance with sweet, innocent love. I would read novels by any of these authors. In fact, some of the stories I wanted to be a novel.
THE STORYTELLER’S DAUGHTER by Gayle C.Krause
A reworking of the Scheherazade tale that portrays the young storyteller as a gutter-thief down on her luck.
AND THE NIGHTINGALE SANG by Kip Wilson
A reworking of an old German tale about a young woman who has to weigh up her love for a poet, her standing in the village and her need for freedom.
A LIGHT OF VICTORY by Jennifer Carson
If your love for a highwayman is eternal, then eternal is what it is. Put a candle in the window, and all will be well…
THE ANGEL OF THE BASTILLE by J.R. Sparlin
A prisoner fears to leave the walls of the notorious French prison because of his love for a ghost who is bound to the Bastille’s stone walls.
STELLA’S HERO by Kristine Carlson Asselin and Ansha Kotyk
A Victorian seamstress gets into trouble for falling from a boy from Chinatown when racial segregation is very much prevalent in society.
IN THIS MOMENT by D.E. Atwood
A mute boy undergoing experimental treatment in a sanitorium discovers that he can speak with the doctor’s son via thoughts and dreams. Very subtle steampunk.
IT LIES BENEATH by Magda Knight
The superficially beautiful city of Victorion is run on lode, steam, pride and the labour of diggers down in the Pits. Challenged to locate a mysterious underground threat, Ellie Darkbrow must find a way to survive.
But don’t trust my word on it. Read them for yourself!
Give a shout out in the comments to a book you’d recommend everyone reading!
Thanks for sharing this. I haven’t read an anthology yet. I need to try one.
Thanks for the random act of publicity! 🙂 The stories in this anthology are sweet and I really enjoyed them, they are all so different and unique in their own way… I did however, skip mine and Kris’s, I’ve already read it too many times!!
Don’t blame you. I thought your and Kris’s short story turned out wonderful! 🙂
I recognize a few names in this one! I’ll need to put it on my TBR!
Thanks for the recs, these look great!
I’ll have to keep this in mind. I don’t usually read short stories, but I just checked out a collection of Richard Russo’s shorter works and I’m loving it, for some of the reasons you mentioned above. Sometimes it’s nice to read shorter works.
I would recommend Katherine Longshore’s GILT. Loved it!
Yeah, I don’t immediately think of reading anthologies, but they are a great way to get a single story in, as you mentioned, as well as giving you a taste of an author’s writing style.
What I loved about this anthology is that all of the stories were extremely well written. I didn’t have one regret after reading. 🙂
Great choice to highlight for RAP! I don’t usually read anthologies either but I agree, they’re a great way to discover new authors and enjoy a satisfying story while, say, waiting to pick up the kids at school:)
I LOVE that cover image! And Kristine! This is totally on my TBR list now. Thanks, Laura! <3
Don’t you LOVE the cover? I just imagine that it’s Stella dreaming about Jie…. <3
I hope you enjoy the stories, Leigh!
And thanks to Laura for highlighting!
Hey, I recognize some of those author names.
I’m not a short story fan. My TBR pile for novels is crazy enough.
While I don’t do all those actions you listed, Laura, I always rate the books on Goodreads.