Sherri reviewed Drollerie’s Civil War anthology, Defiance. About my contribution, Storms As She Walks, Sherri says:
I was hooked from the first sentence and pulled right along though the story. Burkhart has an amazing knack for building bonds between characters. I loved the dynamic of the regiment. I loved Meli’s strength and commitment. I loved Steadmen’s straight-shooting manner. I’m left with a soft spot for Lying Abe and Big John. This is defiantly one of the short stories I wish was a full-length novel because I wasn’t ready for it to end…despite being satisfied with the ending.
First up, Conn has made a new conquest for the dark side (or is that the poetry side?) of BDSM. KC from Smokin’ Hot Books writes:
Dear Sir I’m Yours was a beautifully written exploration into what I find is one of my top 10 fantasies of the sexy professor and naïve/innocent student. I literally was swept away by her prose and sexy professor Conn who takes submissive Rae on an exploration of her own wants and desires.
The W-2 comment made me snort coffee on my monitor (go read the full review to get the joke!). She also reviews Holly Summers’ (Victoria Dahl’s) The Wicked West, which I loved too.
Next up, a lovely review for Defiance from Soleil Noir of Beyond the Invisible, in particular, for Storms as She Walks:
This is the most Romance-oriented story out of the lot, but there is so much more too. Joely has a knack for building bonds between her characters, both romantic and platonic. What really brought this story home to me was the dynamic of Thunderer’s regiment. The military-style banter had me in stitches and the battle scenes were beautifully executed. The romance was a bit tame-for a Burkhart read, which usually scorches off the page- but not in an unsatisfying way. Sweet and fulfilling, it fit perfectly within the confines of its tale.
Hands down my favorite Anthology from Drollerie Press thus far. Probably the best Anthology I’ve read. Ever.
Read the whole review here including Soleil’s detailed comments for Laura Anne Gilman’s and Angela Korra’ti’s stories.
Anyone who has a blog or writes reviews, I have two stories available if you’re interested!
Defiance is an anthology of sweet, romantic fantasy short stories set during the US Civil War. Two of the stories feature multi-cultural protagonists. In Storms as She Walks, the half-Comanche heroine is descended from Thunderbird, passing as a male soldier in the Union Army. It’s available in pdf or any electronic format you’d prefer.
The Rose of Shanhasson is coming to print Dec/Jan and I have a boxful of printed ARCs I’m sending to reviewers. Of course the electronic version in a multitude of formats is also available. Larissa Ione, bestselling author of the incredible Demonica books (Pleasure Unbound, etc.) was kind enough to read Rose and provided a fantastic blurb:
The Rose of Shanhasson is a superb blend of fully-realized fantasy and scorching romance. Joely Sue Burkhart dropped me into her fantasy world and left me breathless. The Rose of Shanhasson is one of the best fantasy romances I’ve read in years!
So drop me a note or comment if you’d be interested in reviewing either book. Thank you so much!
Yay, it’s here! Three stories set during the US Civil War with strong female protagonists with unique gifts are now available in an anthology from Drollerie Press!
Finder’s Keeper by Laura Anne Gilman
The Blood of the Land by Angela Korra’ti
Storms as She Walks by me!
Laura Anne Gilman, Joely Sue Burkhart, and Angela Korra’ti take us back to the days of the Civil War with ministering angels, magical creatures, and death. Each of the women in these stories refuses to take on the role she’s been assigned by birth, race, or circumstance. Each woman demonstrates life changing defiance.
There’s a nice long excerpt up if you want to check it out first.