DREAMS & DESIRES is a charity anthology from Freya's Bower. All the net proceeds will go to benefit a battered women's shelter in Florida. It's a collection of stories from nineteen different authors and we've gotten some really good advance buzz. On Feb 1, it'll be available as an e-book, as well as trade paper and hardback from Barnes & Noble and Borders.
Check out some of the reviews!
Anne from CK2S Kwips and Kritiques (they seriously need an easier name) says:
The Christmas Prize by Sela Carsen is the story of one woman’s triumph over her loss of self-esteem. Julie Corrigan is a powerful character and very much appropriate for this particular anthology. Sela Carsen’s story is extremely short, but its impact is huge.
I thought that review really hit the nail on the head. But at Sensual Reads and Reviews, Zoe approached the story from a different viewpoint:
A sweet endearing tale, Julie Corrigan gets up and sings before a large Christmas crowd. Thoughts of self doubts and bitter memories try to steal away her confidence. Julie is over-whelmed by the kindness that strangers show her.
Sela Carsen reminds us of overcoming our fears and reminds us of the kindness of strangers in this feel-good and enchanting story.
I admit I had a Blanche Dubois moment there. *gg*
There's another great review of the anthology as a whole from Rose at Romance at Heart Magazine:
From the Sweet to the Sizzling, from the new relationship taking steps to become more enmeshed, to a friendship evolving into something more, there is truly something here for everyone. For the most part, they are very fast reads, stories that fly by, and surprise you when they end. You are ready for them to go on, yet you realize there is not much else to say. They are simple and sweet, they are sexy and hot, and above and beyond all, they are entertaining. You can go on and on, and before you know it, you have been swept away on the wings of romance.
I think she liked it!
Congrats on DREAMS AND DESIRES.
I know how awkward my newspaper friends would feel when I'd get fiction published.
"You mean that squirrel can actually do it?"
You did her, and you're no squirrel.
You're doing wonderfully, Girl.
Sela, the reviews sound as wonderful as the cause.
And there's NOTHING like seeing your writing in print. Way to go!
(Happy New Year--wishing you more Dreams and Desires come true!)
May you enjoy a bright and happy New Year, Sela, filled with great joy; the comforting warmth of love; good health and wellbeing; the delight of true friendship; and enough of whatever you want and need to fulfill your deepest dreams and desires.
Congrats on the publication. Hoping this is the first of many for 2007 - Happy New Year!
Happy 2007. Here's hoping all your dreams and goals come true.
It's so exciting, isn't it?!