NEW RELEASE!! Begin Again anthology ~ Sarah A’s Review

A collection of short stories about Hope, Healing, and Love, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and NAMI.

There are times when the Earth stops moving and the weight of its gravity pulls you down, deeper than you ever thought possible. You tumble farther than you ever imagined falling…

And when the sun goes black and your heart feels empty, starting over seems like an impossible feat…

You’re not alone.

Twenty-Two Authors have joined together in this collection of short stories about fresh starts and second chances to help illustrate that even when life takes away everything, and when hope is a horizon you think you’ll never catch, it is possible to Begin Again.

*All Proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and NAMI*

Foreword by Rebecca Yarros

Featuring short stories by:
A.M. Johnson
Stephanie Rose
J.A. DeRouen
Ginger Scott
Anne Jolin
Ariadne Wayne
Emery Jacobs
M. Andrews
K.P. Haigh
K. Renee
Maria MacDonald
Faith Andrews
K.K. Allen
Mara White
Autumn Grey
Josephine Brierley
Amanda Richardson
Stephie Walls
Jaci Wheeler
Stephanie Alba
L.A. Taylor

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Man, I have a love-hate relationship with novellas. I love having a story that can be read in less than an hour, but all too often I find myself needing more. It’s like a sampler platter, so, so good, but there are always items you didn’t get enough of. The Begin Again anthology had a lot of that going on since it is predicated on new beginnings. In full disclosure, I didn’t read all of the stories in this book before writing this review.

Breaking Point
Autumn Grey

This is one of the stories I needed more of. I loved how Mason and Asher’s story was starting, and I hope that Ms. Grey finds the time and desire to write their story to a happily ever after. She did a wonderful job of whetting my whistle as far as these two were concerned, but I need more to feel satisfied.

Mason pulled at my heartstrings, so much. He’d been through so much, lost so much; it was hard to not feel heartsick for him. Especially when part of what he’d lost was right there, every day, enforcing that missing part of his life. Asher was more of a mystery, and I would love to get more of his backstory. From the little we did find out about his past, it seemed like he had a lot to recover from, too.

I loved Asher and Mason when they were together. The addition of Asher’s twin, Addison, added just enough levity to the story to keep it fun. I hope, eventually, we’re treated to the rest of Mason and Asher’s story, as I imagine those two are going to have quite a ride to get to a place where they can be completely whole and happy.

Waiting for Autumn
JA DeRouen

This story broke my heart. It really brought to mind how easily one small choice, something a person does all the time can irrevocably change lives. It also highlighted how easy it is to put the blame for those poor decisions in the wrong place, whether it’s on yourself or on a scapegoat because it’s easier than accepting what actually happened.

Sebastian was wonderful; I loved that he took a horrific situation and – with a little support from kind-hearted people – pulled himself from the depths of his own personal hell and found success. He also showed strength not many people his age have, especially those who’ve experienced the losses he had. He won me over with little effort, and I loved seeing him overcome the circumstances thrust upon him by others.

I sincerely hope JA DeRouen gives Sebastian and Autumn a full-length novel. I would love to see them work out all the history they have and learn to love and trust one another fully again. It would also be wonderful to see more of Brady, as he proved himself to be a wonderful character in the little time he was in the book.

Connect with the Authors

A.M. Johnson: http://bit.ly/2AIEbv9

Stephanie Rose: http://bit.ly/2qJo4hp

J.A. DeRouen: http://bit.ly/2Fibo49

Ginger Scott: http://bit.ly/2naNBxx

Anne Jolin: http://bit.ly/2maam1x

Ariadne Wayne: http://bit.ly/2CJX3vI

Emery Jacobs: http://bit.ly/2ctSfOk

M. Andrews: http://bit.ly/2Epfq9I

K.P. Haigh: http://bit.ly/2qHcXpe

K. Renee: http://bit.ly/2AJf63t

Maria MacDonald: http://bit.ly/2Fi7OXI

Faith Andrews: http://bit.ly/2CXPIgo

K.K. Allen: http://bit.ly/2CHTuWP

Mara White: http://bit.ly/2miq2At

Autumn Grey: http://bit.ly/2EpsFqM

Josephine Brierley: http://bit.ly/2Fj5W19

Amanda Richardson: http://bit.ly/2vVxruL

Stephie Walls: http://bit.ly/2AJFzOe

Jaci Wheeler: http://bit.ly/2AIHDGa

Stephanie Alba: http://bit.ly/2EnDj1p

L.A. Taylor: http://bit.ly/2mhMg5Q

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