Monday, 3 December 2012

"Make Believe" Anthology Launch

Today I'm helping to celebrate the launch of the Make Believe anthology from J. Taylor Publishing, featuring the story Birthright from one of my best blogging buddies, Lynda R. Young. Like many others, I can always rely on Lynda for sensible, straightforward advice and a positive and encouraging comment on anything I post. I was intrigued by what I read of her story and can't wait to read the rest! Congratulations Lynda!

Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible. 

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she's never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her. 

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.  

Blurbs from all the stories included in Make Believe can be found on the J. Taylor Publishing website HERE.

And an excerpt:

Palms rustled overhead as Mrs. Tinder shouldered open the rickety door of Christa’s new home.

“Here we are,” the landlady said. The dark space breathed Florida’s hot air. “It’s not usually so humid here in December, but never you mind about the unseasonal heat, dear. As soon as the air-conditioning kicks in she’ll be right as rain.” Mrs. Tinder toddled over to a control panel on the wall and pressed a few buttons. A hum emanated from the walls, the lights blinked on, and the air stirred.

Busying herself around the single room cabin, Mrs. Tinder spread the drapes, straightened the cushions and opened and closed the fridge. She turned her sharp gaze on Christa. “You have family in town?”

Christa gave her a tight smile. “No, I don’t.”

“Friends, perhaps?”

She shook her head.

Mrs. Tinder’s wrinkles deepened into a frown. “You’ll be alone over Christmas?” Her pinched lips broadcast her true thoughts. No one should be alone over Christmas. It’s not right. It’s not natural.

Christa’s smile wavered. “I’ll have plenty to keep me busy.” She tapped her camera case, still hanging from one shoulder.

“Ah, a photographer.” The woman’s nod turned to a slow shake.

Christa didn’t need pity, and she didn’t need more invitations to join random family gatherings, either. To prevent further discussion, she asked, “Are there any galleries in town? Or museums?”

The woman’s face didn’t brighten. “No galleries. There’s one museum. A shack run by a man named Jack.” She grunted. “But you don’t want to go there. His displays are a load of balderdash, if you don’t mind me saying.”

“Balderdash?” Christa asked in mock surprise. “A mighty strong word.”

Looking like a school principal about to pass judgment on a wayward child, Mrs. Tinder perched on a kitchen stool and leaned on the counter.

Christa regretted the tease, realizing the woman had taken it for an invitation to continue.

“Apologies for my language, dear.” Reprimand laced Mrs. Tinder’s tone. After a pause of awkward silence, she sniffed. “Mr. Jack fancies himself the town historian, but he wouldn’t know history if he fell into a dung pile of it. He snoops into family lore, delves into lost legends, and makes up stories when he can’t find nothing of no interest. Mark me, all of it’s nonsense.”

Christa nodded, though she didn’t understand at all.

“Don’t get me wrong. Jack’s a lovely boy, but he’s strayed from the path.” Mrs. Tinder peered at Christa with an appraising eye. “Perhaps a woman like you would do a young man like Jack some good.”

Christa stiffened. Matchmaking was one of the many reasons she’d left New York for the holiday season. She hadn’t expected to find it in a small town in Florida, as well.

You can find blurbs here and excerpts here for all the stories in the anthology.

Find it on Amazon UKAmazon US and Goodreads.

A brief Author Bio:
Lynda R. Young lives in Sydney, Australia, with her sweetheart of a husband who is her rock, and a cat who believes world domination starts in the home. She writes speculative short stories and is currently writing novels for young adults. In her spare time she also dabbles in photography and all things creative. You can find her here: BlogTwitterFacebookGoodreads.

I wish Lynda and her fellow writers all the best with this exciting anthology. Happy Monday, everyone!


Trisha said...

Lynda is one of my favourite bloggers too, and her book sounds amazing! I'll be posting for this too, later on today :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - sounds an interesting anthology - and the premise of Lynda's story - I can feel the tightening of story around Christa starting to appear ..

Good luck to Lynda and all included in the Anthology .. cheers Hilary

Charmaine Clancy said...

Lynda's been doing a wonderful job promoting this book, not that it'll need a lot of help - it looks great!

Elise Fallson said...

Congratulations, Lynda! I enjoyed the excerpt, it sure did grabbed my attention! I've seen Make Believe on several sites and it really does sound like a great read. Off to add this on my tbr list! Thanks for sharing Nick and hope all is well with you all. (:

JeffO said...

Very nice, and best of luck to Lynda!

DEZMOND said...

so happy for our dear Lyndy!

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations to Lynda!

Morgan said...

Sooooo neat for Lynda! What a great post, Nick. Thanks so much for putting this together. :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very excited for Lynda - she's all over today!

Jeff Hargett said...

Echoing the congratulations and cheers!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

I just got back after a week without the net. Eek! Thank you so much, Nick, for helping me with the launch of Make believe, especially at a time when so much is going on.

Extra virtual cake for you!!!!

And thanks too to all the kind comments. :)

Unknown said...

Great that you included the excerpt! Loved it.