Friday, April 25, 2014

New Release! A Kind of Mad Courage

Many of my incredible readers have asked when my second novel is coming out. I can't tell you how good that makes me feel. Well, that's not the new release I'm talking about, but I can assure you that my next novel will be published in the near future. Until then, I am so proud and excited to be a part of a beautiful anthology, A Kind of Mad Courage.

Francine LaSala and I have co-edited numerous projects together, and when she approached me to both contribute a short story and team edit the anthology she wished to create, I jumped at the chance. Francine is one of my closest friends, and we make a formidable team, if I do say so myself. 

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. All proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation.


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?

A Kind of Mad Courage is available on Amazon.

Check out the authors who have contributed to the anthology because their talent is immense, and many of them have other works released that are definitely worth reading.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Yay! We're almost there! I have loved every minute of working on this project with you. xox

  2. I have also loved every minute. You're my boo. Did I use that correctly?

  3. Awesome cover! Love the title! A must read.

    1. Francine came up with the title, of course. She has that magic. Thanks, Eileen! I'm so excited for its release. And I cannot wait until you release your latest!

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Terry! It will be released this week!

  5. Samantha the book sounds wonderful! Congratulations.

    1. Thanks so much, Allison. I'm very proud to be part of such a beautiful collection of stories and that the proceeds will help fund a very important cause.

  6. I just bought it and can't wait to start reading! So many wonderful authors. All the stories sound incredible. Absolutely love the cover too! Congratulations! ��