When Stars Will Shine is a compilation of short stories lovingly put together by Emma Mitchell (www.edmcreatingperfection.com). The book is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.
With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.
From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!
When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life!
A Note from Emma Mitchell:
As the blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.
Working closely with Kate Noble at Noble Owl Proofreading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s Get Booked, I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Baker’s Not So Secret Blog, who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.
There isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.
It has been an honour working on these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.
Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman
Four Seasons by Robert Scragg
The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff
Believe by Mark Brownless
What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron
Mountain Dew by Paul T. Campbell
The Art of War and Peace by John Carson
A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton
Free Time by Stewart Giles
Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake
The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen
The Village Hotel by Alex Kane
A Present of Presence by HR Kemp
The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin
Brothers Forever by Paul Moore
Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen
Pivotal Moments by Anna Franklin Osborne
Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli
Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke
Christmas Present by Lexi Rees
Inside Out by KA Richardson
Penance by Jane Risdon
New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg
Family Time by Graham Smith
I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.
I am so pleased and honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of this fantastic anthology of short stories with proceeds going to Help For Heroes. I initially agreed to help promote this book due to the relevance of the charity, both my husband and brother were in the military accruing over 40 years service between them. You will notice from my blog that I don’t read crime and thriller novels but I have a huge interest in stories set around both the World Wars. However, from what I’ve learnt by the stories I’ve read to date from the collection is that they will appeal to all.
I chose a few of the short stories to review for the blogtour, my first choice was Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman. This story was so compelling I was emotionally wrung out by the end. My emotions were not just for Private Snellgrove but for all the fallen in any conflict. Rob Ashman captures your attention with a story so beautifully written and a fitting start to this anthology.
To learn more about author Rob Ashman please visit his Twitter page @RobAshmanAuthor
My next choice was Four Seasons by Robert Scragg. This was another captivating short story centred around a man’s life going through the motions of married life but there’s a twist or two in the story when fate is cunningly manipulated.
To learn more about Robert Scragg please visit his Twitter page @robert_scragg
My third read was Brother’s Forever by Paul Moore; this is a modern day story of an army veteran being invited to a reunion but life sends him a chilling gift, one that he’ll be ever thankful for the rest of his life.
To learn more about Paul Moore please visit his Twitter page @mooros69
When Stars Will Shine is a wonderful collection of short stories that are very readable. I have to be honest I didn’t think I would enjoy them as I’m more a romance reader but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each one I’ve read and I’m looking forward to continuing with the rest. Short stories are great little teasers of a new genre and it’s been a great opportunity for me to open my mind to new authors and themes. I think this will be a great collection to keep dipping into.
I love a short story they are ideal to help you wound down after a busy day; turn off your mobile and TV and put the kettle on and sit down with your ereader/paperback with a cuppa and relax. When Stars Will Shine will make the perfect Christmas gift as it’s a gift that will continue giving … to the reader with the enjoyment of the stories and to Help For Heroes.