Friday, May 9, 2014

Promo: A Kind of Mad Courage


It's finally May and it's time for our thoughts to turn to something very important. Not spring (though after the winter we've had, I say that's mighty important). No, I'm talking about mothers. Mother's Day is coming up on May 11. I don't know about you but I think moms are pretty awesome. My own is amazing. I probably don't tell her enough (does anyone?) but I am in total awe of her. She's great and I can't put into words how much I love her. I'm sure others think the same about their own moms so it's no surprise that a fabulous group of authors have gotten together for an anthology all about mothers, A Kind of Mad Courage: Short Stories About Mothers, (S)mothers & Others. Read on to find out more about this book of short stories!

Nineteen authors from around the world were given six weeks or less to produce “a story involving a mother somehow.” The result is a gorgeously eclectic collection of tales that will make you laugh, cry, and truly appreciate the “mad courage” of motherhood.

Laura Chapman, Francine LaSala, Nikki Mahood, Heather McCoubrey, and Karen E. Martin each present unique takes on impending motherhood, while Sheryn MacMunn, kc wilder, and Julie Valerie portray the end of the journey. Samantha Stroh Bailey, Louise Wise, and Maria Schulz show the pride and peril of dealing with teenage daughters, while Elke Feuer, Diana Shafter Gliedman, and Donna Valenti demonstrate that a mother’s work is never done, even under the craziest of circumstances. Regina-Cash Clark, Wendy Janes, and Monique McDonell explore the impact on lives in which mothers go “missing,” while Carey Heywood and Jen Tucker warm your heart and tear it out, respectively.

ABOUT THE EDITORS
Francine LaSala and Samantha Stroh Bailey have more than 40 years of editorial experience between them. Francine is a novelist, ghostwriter, and book publishing veteran who's edited New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction. Samantha is a former grammar and writing instructor, including at the University of Toronto, and a prolific journalist. She has a Master of Education and has edited countless manuscripts for clients all over the world. They have also "team-edited" numerous works of fiction, each lending their singular editorial strengths to create perfect and polished prose for their clients. The author of Finding Lucas, Samantha (http://perfectpencommunications.com/) is based in Toronto, while Francine (francinelasalaproductions.wordpress.com), author of Rita Hayworth's Shoes and The Girl, the Gold Tooth and Everything, is based in New York.

THE STORIES
Hide and Seek - Samantha Stroh Bailey
Claire's teenage daughter, Emily, goes missing on a birthday cruise, and Claire can only fear the worst from the lately rebellious teen...   
Autumn's Eyes - Regina Cash-Clark
June's abandonment of three of four of her children, told in alternating points of view between June, and her oldest daughter, Edwina. 
Oh Baby - Laura Chapman
Rocker Tuck and new wife Autumn return from Chapman's "Ten Drummers Drumming" (Merry & Bright), now with a baby on the way.
The Sacrifice - Elke Feuer
Melissa learns there isn't anything she won't do to protect her children from the abuse and neglect of her alcoholic husband Roger...
Love in the Time of Cannibals - Diana Shafter Gliedman
Could a zombie apocalypse finally give rudderless Jessica the direction she needs--and the connection she craves? It will if her mother has anything to say about it.
A Poem for Mommy - Carey Heywood
In helping his young daughter craft a poem for Mother's Day, a father beautifully recounts the story of the romance with her mother that led to them becoming a family. 
Verity - Wendy Janes
After an accident means she'll no longer be able to live on her own, septuagenarian Susan may need to divulge a secret she's been keeping from Verity all her life. 
Monkey Bread - Francine LaSala
Amy and Deck (Rita Hayworth's Shoes) learn more about having babies than they ever wanted to know at a madcap family dinner celebrating President's Day. 
Last Words - Sheryn MacMunn
The bond shared between Ruth (Finding Out) and her mother, Eliza, is revealed, from the time of Ruth's childhood before the War to the death of Eliza. 
This Year's Love - Nikki Mahood
Fallon and Abner are married, mortgaged, and expecting a baby any minute in this fun, heartfelt mini-sequel to Fallen. 
Two Thousand Steps - Karen E. Martin
With the unsolicited help of a fairy friend from their childhood, two grown sisters - one with kids, one without - each get to walk a mile in the other's shoes... 
Emily's Promise - Heather McCoubrey
Even though pregnant Emily's life is shattered by Jason's infidelity the night before her wedding, she's determined to give her baby the best life possible. 
A Tale of Two Mothers - Monique McDonell
How do you deal with the mother who abandoned you when she shows up out of the blue - and what does it mean for the woman who raised you? Chloe's about to find out.  
Like a Boomerang - Maria Schulz
Tess has been stressing out her mother, Charlotte, since the day she was born. But when disaster strikes during a campus Halloween party, it could prove the worst stress yet… 
Heartstrings - Jen Tucker
Young widow Vicki's no stranger to loss--and guilt, as another mother's loss helped her daughter live. Will meeting up help them the two mothers heal? Or make matters worse?     
In the Nick of Time - Donna Valenti
Iris may be dead but her insistence on looking after her children is far from buried. Will her husband Nick get it together? Or will Iris have to move Heaven and Earth to make him?
In this hilarious yet heartwarming story, words of wisdom from the game of Scrabble unite a daughter with her aging mother, a former Scrabble champion whose mental faculties are quickly fading. 
Lady in Red - k.c. wilder
Her dying "Gran" is the only mother she's ever known. But only when Gran is gone does a woman discover the woman her grandmother really was, and the secrets she hid. 
Becky's Mum - Louise Wise
Straight-A student Becky's being pulled off the straight-and-narrow by her derelict boyfriend Darren. Will her mother's wisdom sink in before it's too late?

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