Like many of you, I've felt helpless watching the destruction of lives happening in Ukraine right now. So, when Mrs. N. asked if I could help to get the word out about the charity anthology she's participating in, which is raising money for World Vision in Ukraine, I jumped at the chance. I'm going to buy my copy right away and I hope you do too! Take it away, Mrs. N.!
In late February of this year, Russia invaded Ukraine. My heart plummeted as I saw the brute force of Russia’s army attach a sovereign nation. Can this really be happening? After all we have been through, can we just sit by and watch the elimination of a race of people? I knew I needed to find some way to help. I certainly didn’t have the resources to fly over there but what could I do? The answer came in an Instagram post about two weeks ago. My fellow author, Dania Voss, put out a message on Instagram asking for more romance stories for a charity anthology. I signed up right away and I’m so honored to be a part of the Love Wins anthology. 100% of the proceeds go to a charity with boots on the ground helping Ukrainians in need.
We can’t stop the bombs from falling but we can do our part from this corner of our world. Please consider purchasing the anthology for $1.99. Not only will you be helping innocent people struggling to stay alive, but you’ll get fifteen romance novellas/short stories. These stories vary between sweet and contemporary.
Love Wins: A Ukraine Charity Anthology
Dania Voss, Maribelle McCrea, Marlene Cheng, K.M. Jenkins, Deborah King, Annie McEwen, Pamela Clayfield, Tiffany Carby, Aimee O’Brian, R.A. Clarke, N. N. Light, Judy Fisher, Robert Beech, E.J. Powell, Alex Grehy, Maris Parker
Contemporary Romance, Charity Anthology, Romance Short Stories
LOVE WINS—a Charity Anthology to support Ukrainian refugees
More than 15 contemporary romance authors have joined forces to create this unique collection of stories, covering an assortment of different sub-genres and tropes.
LOVE WINS is set to publish on April 21, 2022, with 100% of the proceeds going to World Vision’s Ukrainian Refugee Fund. This organization has people on the ground in the Ukraine and Romania, providing food, shelter, medical aid, and all necessary assistance for the needy, with the focus of making sure children are safe and provided for.
LOVE WINS is available for a limited time only. Make a difference for the people of Ukraine—buy your copy today!
ALL ROADS LEAD TO SHEPHERD GROVE--DANIA VOSS
PAST, PERFECT, POLO--MARIBELLE MCCREA
THE MADAM’S FRIEND--MARLENE F CHENG
THE SUNFLOWER MEADOW--K.M. JENKINS
DESTINED DREAMER--DEBORAH KING
THE SLEEPLESS CAFÉ--ANNIE MCEWEN
HAVEN OF SECRETS--PAMELA CLAYFIELD
GOLD MINE--TIFFANY CARBY
MISROUTED BY LOVE ~ A TALE OF MAYBE--AIMEE O’BRIAN
PLANTING THE SEEDS OF LOVE--N. N. LIGHT
THE POWER OF LOVE--JUDY FISHER
LOVE, ETERNAL--ROBERT BEECH
SHIFTER: A WERE-CAT’S TALE--E.J. POWELL
ON THE WINGS OF KITES--ALEX GREHY
MOANA ACCOUNTANT--KERRY CARLISLE
TWO WEEKS IN THE TETONS--MARIS PARKER
THANK YOU so much for supporting those in need.
Excerpt from Planting the Seeds of Love:
"You aren't as blind as the rest of the town thinks you are, right? Jack's put his life on hold to help you make this brewery thing work. Jack kept the farm afloat when your grandpa fell ill." Linda readjusted herself in her chair.
"What are you talking about?" Sally's stomach did triple cartwheels. "Why is the town gossiping about me, yet again?" She rolled her eyes.
"Oh honey, you know this town, nuthin' better to do. Plus, you disappeared and haven't been seen since the funeral." Linda leaned in and whispered, "You've gotta be out in the open so you can counter their gossip with truth."
"You're right, I forgot how small towns like this operate." Sally frowned.
Linda patted Sally's hand.
"Jack, thank you so much for the lift into town," a woman replied behind Sally. "Let's grab some lunch before we shop."
Sally froze. She stared at Linda who shook her head. What was Jack doing with a woman in town?
"Here, let me take your coat, Emma," Jack said.
Emma? mouthed Sally to Linda.
"She's the daughter of Lonnie and Mary Beth." Linda gave Emma the look-over and scoffed, "She can't be a day over sixteen."
"What do I do?" Sally panicked. Normally she didn't care what Jack did or who he went off with. Curiosity got the better of her and she turned around.
Emma stood five foot three with curly blonde hair and innocent green eyes. Her figure was slim with curves in all the right places. Sally narrowed her eyes as Emma stood on tiptoe to kiss Jack on the cheek.
Fuming, Sally turned around. Linda chuckled.
"You better tone down your jealousy, darlin'. You're shooting darts everywhere."
Sally gritted her teeth.
"I'm not jealous. If Jack wants school girls kissing him, what do I care?" She took a deep drink of her coffee, draining the cup. She slammed it down.
"Simmer down, here they come," whispered Linda. She waved to Jack while Sally swore under her breath.
"Well, fancy meeting you two here," Jack drawled.
Without looking up Sally retorted, "I told you I was coming into town today."
Linda kicked Sally's leg under the table. Sally plastered a smile across her face, greeting Jack and Emma.
"Yes, what a coincidence." Sally noticed Emma looping her arm in Jack's and snuggling closer.
"I was on my way into town to pick up those parts we ordered for the tractor when I ran into Emma walking by herself in the snow." Jack smiled. Emma squeezed his arm.
"He pulled over and offered me a lift into town. Isn't he a gentleman?" cooed Emma. Jack patted her hand.
Sally's chest constricted at the sight of the two of them acting all couple-y. She stared into his twinkling eyes. Oh God, is he laughing at me? Emma can't have him. He's mine. Wait what?
"So," Linda broke the strained silence. "I have to go powder my nose. Emma, would you care to join me?"
"What's that?" Emma looked confused.
Linda laughed. "It's the bathroom, dear sweet child." She stood up, untangled Emma from Jack and guided Emma away from the table.
Jack sat down.
"What's with you today?" he asked.
"Nothing." Sally cleared her throat.
He raised an eyebrow.
"Really!" A few diners turned to stare. Sally flushed with embarrassment. She didn't mean to talk so loud. She looked everywhere except in Jack's direction.
Jack observed Sally as she fidgeted, first with her coffee cup then with the silverware. His gaze unnerved her and she practically jumped out of her chair when he placed a hand over hers. Electricity flew up her arm while warmth filled her core. Butterflies raced around her stomach, only she didn't feel sick; she pulsed with life, like never before.
"Sally...look at me."
Sally shook her head.
"You'll only laugh at me."
Jack's thumb caressed her hand gently, causing her breath to hitch.
"You know I'd never laugh at you. Laugh with you, definitely, but never at you."
Sally lifted her gaze to meet Jack's loving eyes. He slid his fingers between hers, never breaking eye contact. Sparks flew between them. He moistened his lips with a flick of his tongue. Her gaze dropped to his lips.
"Please tell me. I'm begging you," he whispered.
Unable to think clearly through the fog of desire, Sally tilted her head to one side. Her skin vibrated with heat while her nerve-endings jumped at the slightest caress.
"Tell you what?" she whispered. Her throat dry, her breathing shallow, she wet her lips with her tongue. She was under a spell and everything fell away except for Jack's passionate eyes.
"Tell me what my wasted heart needs to hear." His eyes flashed. "Tell me Emma made you jealous."
Sally started to nod but Emma interrupted.
"What are you guys talking about in hushed tones? Crops and stuff?"
Jack groaned. He dropped Sally's hand as if it burned him, causing the water glasses to jostle.
Buy Links (including Goodreads and BookBub):
Preorder your e-copy for only $1.99. The price goes up to $4.99 after release week! 100% of the proceeds going to World Vision’s Ukrainian Refugee Fund.
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09WP6XHRF
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09WP6XHRF
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09WP6XHRF
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