Friday, April 8, 2022

Spotlight and Giveaway: What a Day!

What a Day!
Short Stories by Southern Authors
Publisher: Heart of Dixie Fiction Writers
Release Date: April 5, 2022

Southern hospitality is alive and well. In this anthology you may find a little old, a little new, and perhaps some mysterious doings. How about a ghost — or was it a ghost pepper? Was that a witch, a sprite, an elf, or a seer? You may be looking for a beautiful garden, a mint julep, or a jazz festival. Come on down! Bless your heart, you may never want to leave.

What A Day! is a collection of stories about special, memorable days in the lives of an eclectic, quirky mix of characters. You'll enjoy fantasy, romance, historical, and more by best-selling authors like Linda Howard and Linda Winstead Jones as well as newer authors, none of which you'll want to miss! Come laugh, cry, gasp, and smile your way through these fun, light-hearted, suspenseful, and intriguing stories.

PJ's Thoughts:

You all know how much I enjoy the opportunity to sample new authors' stories. It's why there are so many anthologies tucked into the folders on my Kindle. The newest one is the brain child of the Heart of Dixie Fiction Writers, a group of Southern writers who are bringing the fun to this new collection of short stories. Each contribution is a quick, but satisfying, story that introduces readers to that author's writing style; a chance to take their characters for a test drive (so to speak) before buying their full-length books. Some of these authors' works are already familiar to me but others are new discoveries. I've already begun checking out backlists and making purchase lists. ;-)

Included in the What a Day! collection are the following authors and stories:

Mystic Matchmaker by Linda Winstead Jones

A Harvest Moon to Remember by Crystal R. Lee

Red Clay Blues by Tom Winstead

Poppet by Leslie Scott

The Perfect Birthday Gift by Betty Bolté

Friday at Maple Hill by Bonnie Gardner

Kidnapped for a Day by Carla Swafford

Remy's Reunion by CS Ward

Reviewing the Situation by Marilyn Baxter

Founders Day Surprise by Jannette Spann

Beer and Caviar by Linda Howard

Who's the last author you discovered through an anthology or short story collection? 

Are you familiar with any of the authors listed above? If so, do you have a favorite of their books or one you would recommend to other readers?

One person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, April 9 will receive an e-book copy of the What a Day! collection. 

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  1. I have heard of Swafford and Howard, but not the others. I discovered the author Leigh Greenwood through an historical Christmas anthology.

  2. The only want that is familiar is Linda Howard. She has a couple of cowboy books that I have read(if I am thinking of the same person) and they were good.
    Love finding new authors to read.

  3. I have not read anything by any of these authors. But, I am a fan of Southern everything. I am familiar with small town life in the south. This anthology sounds like something I will love. Thank you.
    Not the last author I have discovered from an anthology, but one of the first ones - years ago - Mary Balogh. There have been many other authors who I have met through a short story. Since that time, I am a fan of anthologies.
    Hope everyone is happy on this Saturday.

  4. I've read Betty Bolte, Marilyn Baxter and Linda Howard. I am currently reading the Nightingale Anthology where the proceeds benefit Ukraine. There are 70 authors and I haven't heard of over half of them.

  5. I have read so many anthologies, It is hard to think of the last time I discovered a new author in one. I have found so many. This one has several favorites in it, but more new to me authors.