I had hoped, over the two weeks of the Hearts Collide Kickstarter, to let you know about each book. I had envisioned this as a series of posts, spaced properly, to wet your appetite for the entire Kickstarter. But I was teaching, and my creative voice decided I was going to finish the book I was working on before the workshop, so instead of posting about the Kickstarter, I would stagger to bed, mentally exhausted. The good news? I’m done with the book. This is in the Qavnerian Protectorate part of the Fey series, and the books are linked in a way that I can’t describe. So I won’t try right now. I’ll have more news on when you’ll see some of them shortly. (If you want news sooner, please join the Fey newsletter. Sign up here or click on the link in the sidebar.)
The upshot of all of this is that with a little over two days left, I’m going to do a series of posts, telling you about the Hearts Collide books.
For the past few years, we’ve joined Kickstarter’s Make 100 program that they do every January. This has inspired us to do big collections of books by genre. We’ve done a fantasy make 100, a mystery make 100 and so on. (You can see them in this current Kickstarter. They’re part of the rewards or add-ons.) Each Make 100 collection series that we have done has 100 stories, half by me and half by Dean Wesley Smith. We divide the books by subgenre.
This year, we chose romance. Most of the stories are traditional romance…kinda. Ninety percent have that happily ever after ending, but a handful do not. That’s why we had the subtitle “Strange Romance.”
Allyson Longuiera designed the covers, and I think they’re so lovely. They especially suit the first volume, Romantic Suspense.
Take a look at that cover. That’s what romantic suspense books looked like when I was grabbing them by the dozens in the mass market book rack at the local pharmacy. (Yep, our local pharmacy had a bigger book collection than most bookstores do now.) Whenever I see art like this, I get inspired.
My stories in this volume include some of my personal favorites, including “Scars,” “Models,” and “Her Mother’s Secrets.” If you’re familiar with those stories, you’ll recognize that these are a true blend of suspense and romance. Dean’s stories are just as intriguing.
As I type this, the Kickstarter has only 57 hours to go, so click on over and take a look. There’s a lot of fun short fiction here, sure to brighten your mid-winter blues.