Thursday, December 3, 2015

A New Anthology for the New Year

Here's the cover for my contribution to the newly published boxed set, Entice Me. This is my first anthology and working with the other authors has been an honor. Also very interesting to find out what goes into putting nine authors together and working out the kinks in a production like this. It was more work but also more fun than I'd ever expected. It's also climbing the Amazon charts in a most satisfactory way. At 99 cents for the whole set, you can see why.

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An excerpt, which I hope will intrigue you...

Marcus glanced once at his beautiful ward, cursing his circumstances in silence.
He remembered every word of the doctor who’d first worked on his broken ribs. After enduring the pain of an examination almost equal to the smash of the iron bar his captors had used, he’d taken a breath when the doctor assured him he would now start to mend. It was then he heard the words that haunted him.
“Well, you’ll make older bones than those barbarians had expected, you’ll never be a truly healthy man. That tricky heart of yours could carry you away at any time. Oh well, it will be a easier way to die than that planned by your captors.”
The doctor had been talking cheerfully as he continued the bandaging. Marcus had grabbed his arm with his good hand.
“What do you mean, sir? Exactly, if you please.”
The doctor started. Had he thought Marcus too dazed with pain to hear him?
“Nothing much, sir. Did I mention you have a slight heart murmur? Just ignore it and concentrate on getting well. There, those bandages should hold your frame tightly and ease the pain a little while you’re healing. You have a strong constitution to have endured all you have. Now rest, Major.”
He’d gathered up his instruments and scurried away.
Marcus had shut his eyes, knowing he needed all his strength to heal. He concentrated on Valanna’s face as he’d last seen it. Laughing and glowing with beauty.
He knew now he could never pursue her. Or any woman. Not knowing he could die suddenly and without warning. That thought haunted him. Although it might be years before he died, it might be weeks. Or even hours. His first priority was to see to Valanna’s happiness. It would be a bittersweet pleasure to ascertain what would be best do, and then make sure of her future.
He didn’t think more money would suffice at all, although of course he’d see to that. She was a warm-hearted, lovely woman who deserved so much more.
Indeed it was time to admit his best friends. He might not be able to divulge particulars to them, but he could at least determine if one of them would be right for Valanna. The niggling thought that a friend might be his betrayer persisted, but he subdued it. Certainly he was capable of picking the best of them as a possibility for Valanna’s husband.
Finding the identity of the traitor would have to wait. Valanna would always come first.

So I'll leave you wondering how Val and Marcus are ever going to sort this out. Believe me, it's not easy! I've got five books scheduled to come out in the next year with MuseItUp. And don't worry I'll definitely keep you posted!!!!!




Fiona McGier said...

You're brave to do an anthology...but I guess it is a way to find new readers who might be inspired by your short story, and eager to sample your other stuff. Good luck with sales, though at that price, the eBooks should fly off the virtual shelf!

jean hart stewart said...

Thanks, Fiona. Sales are quite good, and it's been a fun experience. I don't expect to get rich, though!!!

Tina Donahue said...

Awesome cover and excerpt - congrats, Jean! :)

jean hart stewart said...

Thanks, Tina. All in all it was fun...

S.Lira said...

Great excerpt Jean! I loved doing anthologies to be part of an exclusive collection! I wish you all many sales!