The Love is... anthology features 40 authors from the Romance Divas writing community. Some contributors are NYT and USA Today bestsellers. Others have their first published story in this collection. All share a love of romance, a strong spirit of collaboration and a keen interest in promoting reading at all ages. We are proud to support the literacy charity, Reach Out and Read, with the proceeds of this anthology.
A charity anthology of 40 short stories of love & romance
All proceeds to benefit Reach Out and Read
...forty stories of first loves, friends to lovers, and the heat of the moment. Join forty authors, including multiple New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, as they take you on a romantic ride through time and space.
From the dazzling ballrooms of Regency historical romance to contemporary love from sweet n' dreamy to kinky n' steamy, to the wide open frontier of science fiction romance and magical worlds of far away fantasy realms, sample the best that romance has to offer! Every short story is the perfect candy-sized nugget to read over a cup of coffee or before falling asleep at night.
Spotlight Author: Mahlee Ashwynne
Mahlee Ashwynne is the alter ego of a published journalist and filmmaker who is owned by several rare snowshoe cats. Me. Reading is an escape and writing is the key to that escape. I love reading/writing adventure romances that are either historical in setting or futuristic … with paranormal and fantasy twists thrown into those time frames for variety.
On Target doesn’t end here, extending into the sci fi romance A Shot In The Dark (working title). Come talk to me at Mahlee Ashwynne, Romance Writer on FB.
ON TARGET (SFR)
An assassin needs anonymity. Every loose end has to be tied up. He needs a means of escape. But the knot slips when, on the run, his emotions let a famous reporter crack the ice veneer. Does he follow through with his heart or his head?
He is an assassin. His money shot was the death of an important figurehead. His next shot is to get rid of her. She is a loose end, a loose cannon. He cannot afford to let her go but it is proving to be a painful thought. What he does next is a step towards his future.
It all begins with the assassination of the king of the planet Malthusen and all should have gone well had Chaz, a well known interplanetary reporter with signature amber-red hair, not accidentally digitally recorded his image. No one had ever seen what Aldien looked liked, neither did anyone know that he is the last of his kind, a much feared Chameleord. Now Chaz knows. Her stumbling into all of these information fragments pushes her to run from both the authorities and Aldien himself. When he catches her, all bets are off. Unexpectedly, what comes next was more than either one of them expected and soon deep feelings, feelings he could not afford, surface, and for the first time he is in doubt on what that next important step would be.
This is a very short story so should not have such an impact, but it did. This science fiction romance is action packed, highly erotic, suspense filled and dramatic. In a few short words, I was able to get all of the much needed back and ongoing story to make that plot development to actually work in my head. Yes, this had all the elements needed as mentioned, but none fell short to get me lost within this fictional world. This little story is a prime example of the Goldilocks principle: where the plot reaches the point to let the readers know that there is something deeper going on here but never reaches the extreme of an ending. As the author said, this is not the end, for there is another story to come, A Shot In The Dark.
Awesome read! (...and I hardly read MF stories anymore!)
He lifted his dark head. “Strange woman. Naked you didn’t have any pretensions. Dressed, you have reservations about getting up close. I don’t think either of us is in a condition to indulge in wild uninhibited sex in this tight space. And you are the one in danger of succumbing to an illness.”
“Can’t cure me, can you,” she told him wryly. “Besides, you’re the one who dislikes being up close.” He shook his head and patted the tight space next to him. How could she tell him it was his unspoken threat that scared her, not his physicality?