12 authors came together and each contributed either a short story, a poem or both to help raise money forTo find out more about where the money raised is going to MAP International. Visit their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/mapintl and the web page here: http://www.map.org/
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Love.For some, love is the reason they get up each day and take life by the horns. The knowledge that someone out there is made just for them inspires greatness each day. For others, it is another four-letter word that brings forth bad memories and bouts of sadness. The past chases and plagues them.
Life...it is a never ending series of learning experiences of the heart and soul. All who love are lucky because they are given an opportunity to learn not only about themselves but also about others through gain and loss. No relationship is perfect and not all last, but they all mean something and are worth it, if even for just one fleeting moment of joy.
Often...not getting what you want opens your heart to what is waiting for you on the other side of the lessons. Within these pages, twelve brave souls open up their hearts and share their experiences so that others might learn that it is not the end of a relationship that defines you, but what you learn from that end.
Sometimes...not getting what you want can be the best thing for you.
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MEET THE AUTHORS:
C.L. FosterCL is eclectic, geeky, positive, nature-loving and completely non-"normal" (just the way she likes to be). She has been a fan of literature since she was a small child and finally decided to take her dreams (both waking and sleeping!) and do something positive with them.
CL has lived all over the world and has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, minoring in Psychology and Forensics. Which means you don't want to cross her because she knows how and where to hide a body so it's never found! She proudly admits to hearing voices in her head, but at times, her characters' impromptu visits can be rude and annoying. Thankfully, she has adequate patience for their shenanigans and can out ninja them any day of the week.
You can find everything you need to know (stalker links, pictures, signings, and other delicious tidbits) at CL's website http://www.authorclfoster.com/
E.R. Rada is a NY native who's mind is in a constant battle with reality and fiction. He's been penning his tales while expressing his inner most demons and heartfelt wishes since he was able to rhyme.
Poetry and fantasy are his weapons of choice as his inner-most wish to be a dragon-riding, sword-wielding warrior has yet to come to fruition. E.R. knows there is no time limit on greatness, so he continues to float on his constant state of flux; learning, growing, and improving as time goes on.
E.R. is a battle worn soldier who will quickly compare apples and oranges, simply because he's told he can't. Never one to conform, he embraces his nerdy/geek tendencies and is well known for creating new and interesting ways to do things (see: stubborn/the hard way). In doing things his own way, he has earned his way through life with plenty of battle scars, knowledge, and memories.
You can find E.R. on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ERRada72
David, also known as Dave, Grunge, or even Wynter, is a chaotic mess that has a particular knack for the written word and getting into people's heads. Trespassing aside, he currently works two jobs, is father to two wonderful kids, and has multiple projects on the burner, stirred frequently.
This winter-loving poet and author lives in the land of cheese, beer, brats and lawless weather that is Wisconsin. He has only recently forayed into the world of writing as a true passion. Like madness, gravity, or a neglected '67 Shelby, it took this joker a little shove to get him started, but hopefully the push will maintain this knight's strength and words to keep him going for years to come.
A criminal justice major by trade and a mathematical-minded, role-playing, music and movie-fanatic, David is hard to pin to a particular genre or style. Then again, that might be part of his charm.
You can find David lurking about here: http://www.writerscafe.org/WynterIgnatius
J.E. Bolton is an award-winning, best-selling paranormal and fantasy/speculative fiction author and freelance writer. His best-selling titles include: FOREVER AND A DAY, FETCH: BOOK ONE (The Trilogy of Terror Series), and other novels. He also writes under the pseudonym Seth Garrick and currently lives in Tennessee.
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Emilie E. Faye
Emilie E. Faye is a young house-wife with huge dreams and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their three feline fur-children. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and body modification and her beverage of choice is sweet tea. Emilie was born in California to a young sailor and his wife and has since moved all over the coastal U.S. and even to Guam. Now she’s settled down and has finally decided to tackle her dreams of being an author. When Emilie isn’t writing, she happily spends her time editing, reading, and listening to music from various genres.
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Janie-Ann Cagle lives near Pensacola, Florida. She is an avid reader and has been writing mostly poetry for many years. Janie-Ann loves to bring her sensitive side out in her poetry and loves to use her quirky humor in the writing of her short stories. She is mom to three lovely boys whom she loves to spend time with. They serve as inspiration to many of her character choices. Janie-Ann writes fictional stories that are based on every day relationships and circumstances. She enjoys writing about things that everyone can relate to and hopes that the stories she tells can touch someone and make someone laugh all at the same time.
Janie-Ann is one of those people who can make you feel so special about what you are accomplishing in this world then put in on paper and share that with readers everywhere. She brings the passion of each character in her stories or poetry to life without sacrificing the other great parts of their character.
Janie-Ann will take you to that place you haven’t thought of going in a long while and at the end of the story, you are wishing you had gone there more often. She hopes you enjoy the characters she has created for this collaboration. Her story is a love story for sure but, more importantly; it is a story about the amazing people that come into your life as a result of true love. Sometimes in life, those people are truly the best thing you never had.
Tiffany is a closet romantic, animal lover, sarcasm ambassador and fun-loving mother of two. She wears many hats, i.e.: Mommy, Spouse, Cook, Pet Care Specialist, Maid, Chauffeur and Teacher. She enjoys reading, writing and spending time with her loved ones. This is her first published work and she hopes to do more in the future!
Allana Kephart has been making things up and bending people to her will from a very young age. She loves animals and reading and spends a large amount of time thinking up ways to torment her characters. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Melissa Simmons.
A.R. was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, which was only briefly used. She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s also a wife to a delightfully handsome and amazingly funny man-beast. She loves anything dragon and fantasy related.
In her free time she enjoys exercising, writing, listening to music, hiking, cooking, dancing and reading. She also loves a great adventure in and out of a book! She writes to free her mind of its constant wondering and clutter. She thrives on the fact she can share some of it with readers that have the same passion for a great story. She also loves to hear from her reader’s and chat away, so feel free to reach out to her any time.
A.R.’s web site: http://ar-von.com/
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/A.R.-Von/e/B00BGAHQ46/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Scott Pendergrass is writing as T. A. Scott. Although the son of a military family, he claims Florida to be his home of record. He is 2005 graduate of the University of West Florida and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
He enlisted as a member of the United States Air Force in 2006 and is stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California. He is currently serving in Afghanistan. His other assignments include Osan Air Base, South Korea and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
His writing style is romantic/fantasy as he has a very deep connection the realm of romance and love but has a vivid imagination of fantasy creatures. He is currently working on two projects. One focuses on the subject of nephilim and the other is a romance story that deals with the human conundrum of loss and letting go.
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Melissa Simmons is an avid reader who married her soul mate and is the proud mother of a spoiled cat.
She spends her days helping promote independent authors and doing what the voices in her head tell her to. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Allana Kephart.
Julia is a sarcastic, sometimes foul-mouthed lady who is not afraid to drink a beer. She's the "always southern woman" with 2 of the most amazing teenage daughters, a menagerie of animals and a voracious appetite for reading who recently decided to write the stories running through her brain.
She read her first book, Dr. Suess' Cat in The Hat by herself at 4 and was hooked. She believes a good book along with shoes, makeup and purses will never let a girl down and that all heroes of all the books she has ever read or will ever write pale in comparison to her daddy!
She's am a sucker for a happy ending and love some hot sweaty sex with a healthy dose of romance.
You can find her over on FB at: https://www.facebook.com/JLakeMills
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