Happy Sunday! “It’s spring,” I shout, praying Mother Nature doesn’t turn around and bite me. There isn’t much doubt now. The nights are still cold, but during the day, the sun shines, and the temperature climbs all the way to 60 degrees or more. I’ve noticed there are different types of spring people. To some, it’s a mad dash to clean the house, wash the windows, and clean out the closets. To others, it’s get outside as fast as you can and start that yardwork by trimming trees and raking. Still more slowly emerge from their houses, take a walk, sit in the sun, and bide their time. So which one are you? I’m firmly entrenched in the third group. I’ll let Mother Nature get comfortable before I’ll tackle anything indoors or out, and while I’m doing that, I’ll read.
This week, I took the time to read Beautiful Disaster, an anthology written by six authors who all met in a writing support group. These authors come from different parts of the world and collaborated on the anthology, in which each story is based on the effects of a natural disaster.
Beautiful Disaster is a collection of six contemporary romances from rising names in the romance genre and talented newcomers.
Parched Earth by award-winning Escape Publishing author M.A. Grant – A prodigal son returns to his drought-stricken hometown for his nana’s funeral, only to discover the girl he loved and left behind isn’t about to let him slip away again.
Stranded on Savior Peak by Carina UK author Gina Rochelle – A divorce attorney-turned-author and his editor’s assistant find love in a raging hurricane. But is their bond stronger than the aftermath that threatens to tear them apart?
Island Encounter by Alice J. Miller – Justice, revenge and fear are ripping a couple apart, but when a volcanic eruption destroys everything in its path, will their love be enough to keep them alive.
Unstable Ground by Kensington Lyrical author Kari Lemor – A rejected suitor finds himself trapped by an earthquake with the woman who turned down his proposal. Will their forced proximity help them realize they belong together or will their rekindled feelings die with them?
Snowbound with the Stork by 2015 Maggie Award for Excellence winner Carrie Nichols – A freak storm traps a surly sheriff with his very pregnant ex. Can he convince her to give him another chance or will his secret destroy them both?
Swept Away by Fiona Marsden – Swept apart by the force of a tsunami, Sean and Sophie have fought their own battles to survive. Now they must confront the challenges caused by the decisions they made separately, if they want to be together again.
Definitely a five star read. Each story is interesting and thrilling in its own right, and since I like suspense in my stories, these fit the bill well. The plots flow well right from the beginning, and considering the length of each story, the characters are well developed and three dimensional. As well, along with the natural disaster to overcome, in each story, the characters must also face an emotional crisis to find love. Three of the stories deal with couples being reunited after a break-up and seeing them work out their problems amidst the chaos is rewarding. Two stories focus on couples who want to stay together, but forces beyond their immediate control tear them apart. One story is a new romance, but it’s well done and believable even given the short timespan. While there were plot points that might be a little frustrating and definitely sad parts, each story did deliver the HEA I expect from tromance. I very much enjoyed this collection of stories.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this excellent anthology. http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Disaster-Boxed-Contemporary-Romances-ebook/dp/B01D9KWZMS
I’m looking forward to more from each of these talented authors.