Hoping to reveal all shades of romance, we have gathered together twelve authors from around the world, including Canada, India, Lithuania, and the United States for this sweet romance anthology, A Season for Romance - Summer Simmer.
We are committed to diverse and inclusive stories. Ten out of twenty-two in this collection feature main characters who are PoC or identify as LGBTQ+.
In Summer Simmer, you will find true love in a variety of genres and styles, from first kisses to second chances, at pivotal junctures and in bittersweet moments. There is beauty, tenderness, angst, and even some humor and sizzle in these carefully crafted stories meant to transport you to magical worlds where love is just moments away.
From the mythical past to contemporary times and into the future, a diverse cast of memorable characters await you. Marvel at mystical customs and extraordinary worlds. Everything is new but strangely familiar, for love is love no matter the era or circumstances.
Come with us on this magical journey through time and space!
The anthology is going to be published on May 31.
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All the stories are focused on the beginning of a budding relationship. There’s a fair variety of both straight and gay relationships. This collection also contains everything from love potions to magical soulmates bound by the threads of fate to Catgirls. Also, the ladies and men in this collection are bold and talented but not without insecurities or doubts, hopes, and fears; there are a lot of vulnerabilities. There’s also a variety: some of the pov characters jump right in while others are far more hesitant to make the first move let alone the plunge. Honestly, I could go on and on. There are a lot of great pieces here, by very talented writers. I’d recommend this book for the lover and fighter in us all and welcome anyone to give this book a try.
This collection is sweet! The stories all focus on the first blush of love and they are all unique but all tied with the universal feeling of first romantic connection. I enjoyed it very much and will definitely check out other works by these talented authors.
I really enjoyed this book, which I would, for the most part, call a 'sampler' book of short stories that are tied in to the writers' main stories in some way (there are some standalone stories as well). I found the stories to have a nice variety from sci-fi to fantasy, and that the stories, though not overly long, were satisfying and well-constructed. I would recommend this to any of my reader friends who wanted little bonbon-esque stories they could devour whenever they had a couple of spare minutes to read.
A great introduction to new and up and coming authors of sweet romance and romantacy (love that term)...All were well-written and well-edited. A few stood out to me - Seduction by Naito Diamond which was quirky and fun and led the reader in a totally unexpected direct; Cassia Hall's Do You Hear the Mermaid's Singing, because - mermaids!; A Confession by Sarah Rajah, which was a really sweet love story with a well-thought out premise; and Natalie Holden's See the Real Me, which reminded me a lot of classic scifi, but with a romantic twist. Definitely worth a read. Would recommend.
I loved this anthology of short story romances. Each story was unique, easy to follow and definitely satisfying. I’d love to read more like this!
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All accepted submissions for the 2023 Summer Simmer anthology will need to undergo developmental editing and line editing with our dedicated team of editors. Gain insight into the line editing process by watching recorded line-edits by our lovely line editor Cassia Hall.