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7DS has the most unique anthology format I’ve ever seen. They bring seven completely different authors together in a supportive environment to write short stories about a common theme. Through the course of several weeks, sometimes months, these authors toil away to weave incredible tales while providing kind words and soft shoulders for one another.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of these anthologies, and the synergistic experience is one I’ll never forget. I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to these lovely people and the tales they’ve created for you.
Dawn Kirby – An up and coming Paranormal author with a heart of gold, always ready with perky conversation and a smile. I swear she has to be the kindest person I’ve ever met. More than that, she’s a very talented writer. Her Serenity Series is both unique and intriguing, and I can’t wait for book three.
Her short story is no less enthralling. The love of a gargoyle runs deep, but the commitment to his promises even deeper. Join her on a journey of two worlds colliding and read about a young couple willing to break all the rules to protect something far more important than the laws of their people – their love for one another.
Frantiska Oliver – This author is all rock ‘n roll zen. She’s funny and charismatic with a peaceful confident air that draws people to her, a fresh face in the Sci-fi and Fantasy scene. Her novel, Never Forget the Past, left me begging for more, and thankfully I was treated to more with her gripping short story.
Follow the journey of a woman who escapes the pain of abuse by losing herself in a dream world. More than anything, she wants her illusive love to cross over into reality, but when he does even I question which life is real. The ending will completely knock you off your chair in the best possible way, so I’m not about to spoil it here. 🙂
Michelle Anderson-Picarella – This sassy author is one of the most supportive people I’ve met in the publishing industry. She regularly goes out of her way to lend a helping hand to other writers and, with a wildly busy publishing and writing schedule, her dedication to that support is nothing short of amazing. Truly, she is an example of this industry’s finest. Did I mention she’s a wickedly talented author? Check out Livian, a fairy tale that will leave you begging at her door for the next book.
Her story is every bit as sassy as this bundle of spunk. It’s a touching tale of a father who wants more than anything to give his baby girl the world, but how can he patiently direct such a fiery light without putting it out? The ending will leave you grabbing for tissue, so keep a box nearby.
Franklin Edwards – It’s always wonderful to see a new author join the scene, and he is definitely making a fine introduction with this story.
When everyone thinks you’re a killer, how can you possibly prove otherwise? Convicted, sentenced, Tony struggles against the pain of persecution, knowing the truth, but unable to convince anyone else. All he has left are patience and years with one thing to hold on to – the hope he might one day keep a dying promise. How long can he hold on?
Anton T. Russell – One of the most passionate authors in the industry today. His fire for writing and publishing could probably light the entire world, and one day I hope it will. Truly a gentleman, he supports authenticity in writing to a degree that border lines epic. It has been a great pleasure getting to know the ultimate Alpha and his collection of work. Check out New Alpha Rising, and I promise you’ll never look at werewolves the same again.
His short story contains no less passion. When boundaries of an outdated society are crossed, can two people love each other despite the prejudices of the past? More importantly, are they really in the past? Join this struggling couple and find out why some men are willing to go to any lengths to keep their promises – even if might mean walking away.
Marc Quaranta – He has to be one of the most down to earth people in the world. His dedication to helping others goes far beyond the writing world. In September, he donated all of the proceeds from his book to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association, so get your copy today and help a wonderful cause. With a bright future in writing, he is bound to be a name you’ll hear often in coming years. Check out this award-winning author’s latest creation, Dead Last – a zombie tale unlike any I’ve seen and one I want to see more of.
His heart tugging story about a struggling fighter left me both crying and sighing at the end. When a man loves his family more than anything in the world, he’ll fight the world to protect and provide for them. But what if one more fight means he might never see them again? Is the risk worth giving them the life he thinks they deserve? Find out, but keep the tissue handy because this story will tug at more than your heart.
A final shout-out to a man who is a very important part of this team. Dan Picarella, Operating Manager for 7DS and Twisted Core Press, has a burning inferno of passion for this business. He’s dedicated, not only to the success of the company, but to the success of each and every author. The scope of his technical expertise is the oil that keeps this finally tuned universe running, and I admire the way he consistently supports both innovation and people.
This has been an amazing experience. I’d ask that you support these authors, not just because they’re incredible people, but because they’re incredibly talent writers as well. Thank you 7DS for allowing me to be part of A Man’s Promise. It’s something I’ll never forget.