Berkley Trade - June 3, 2008
12 Original Stories by Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Rosemary Laurey, Kay Stockham, Meg Ruley, Dianne Castell, Patricia Sargeant, Luanne McLane, Lucy Monroe, Karen Kelley, Janice Maynard & J.C. Wilder
In this engaging anthology of never-before-published stories, twelve award-winning and bestselling authors are united by their unique visions of the resilient woman and her quest for self, for fulfillment, for empowerment, and for an enriching new appreciation for what love really means—and why it matters.
A young woman is torn between the overbearing security of her fiancé and the excitement of an old flame...a desperate wife is forced into the workplace for the first time in her life...an ambitious professional woman finally finds the courage to take control of her career—and her man...an emotionally fragile divorcee finds resolve in the ethereal visitations of an archangel. These are just some of the women who discover and rediscover their wonderfully fallible selves in the shadow of love—romantic love, platonic love, new love, and lost love. You'll be touched, inspired, charmed, and amused by these twelve original stories of disparate longings, unsettled lives, and the power of love.
Can the power of love end domestic violence?
Romance novelists raise money, awareness for battered women
It's not the stuff of romance novels. Unfortunately, it isn't fiction either.
Lucy Monroe is involved in a very special project in which twelve authors hope to use their craft to raise both awareness and money to help end the ugly epidemic of domestic violence.
In 2001, more than half a million American women were victims of nonfatal violence committed by an intimate partner, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. And, in a national survey of more than 6,000 American families, 50 percent of men who frequently assaulted their wives also often abused their children.
"Domestic violence is a disease and unless we find a cure, the cycle of violence will continue," said Lori Foster, the New York Times best-selling author spearheading this project.
The multi-author benefit project will raise money for domestic violence prevention. Lori Foster and her co-coordinator for the project, Dianne Castell, invited 10 other award-winning and best-selling authors to join them in a romance anthology, THE POWER OF LOVE, to be released by Berkley Publishing in June 2008. All of the authors and their agents are donating their proceeds from this project to the Hamilton County YWCA's Women's Shelter.
"This is an amazing chance to use our talents to help change the lives of women and children affected by the ugliness of domestic violence," award winning and best selling author Lucy Monroe states.
In addition to Foster and Castell, Toni Blake, Karen Kelley, Rosemary Laurey, Janice Maynard, Erin McCarthy, LuAnn McLane, Lucy Monroe, Patricia Sargeant, Kay Stockham and J.C. Wilder contributed never-before-published stories. The anthology's unifying theme is women's empowerment and the healing power of love.
"The romances Lori and I write are filled with this theme, and we thought it a natural fit for women having the courage to stand on their own and start anew," Castell explained. This could be said of all the authors involved in the project.
Each story explores the resilient woman and her quest for self, for fulfillment, for empowerment, and for an enriching new appreciation for what love really means and why it matters.
"One of the best things about THE POWER OF LOVE is the diversity," Castell added. "So many stories and (they're) all different. Some sexy, some more serious, some fun; and all inspiring women to realize their full potential no matter what the obstacles."
The idea of women helping women through this project appealed to all the authors and if you speak to any of them or visit their websites, you can't help experiencing it.