A bit of history

Under normal circumstances, a blog title like that would scare most readers away. (History? Bah! Give me some celebrity gossip.)

But I know you.

Like most writers, you probably love history as much as I do.

Are you aware that this year marks the 100th year anniversary of World War One?

(That’s a rhetorical question.)

While I know you’ve probably seen some of BBC’s programs commemorating the event and the recent National Geographic article on the war, you may not have been aware that yours truly has put together a collection of short stories on World War One.

Today, I’m happy to announce that the anthology is complete. I’m just waiting on some last-minute changes from my e-book designer, then I’ll be publishing out latest collection on Amazon and Smashwords.

Until then, check out the cover put together by my writing buddy, Joe Bailey.

WarsToEndAllWars_LowNice, huh? He did a great job of capturing the general feel of the collection while keeping it generic enough to encompass the diversity of the stories.

Oh, and did you catch that we have a story by Elizabeth Moon?

Yup, that Elizabeth Moon. The venerable and award-winning Science Fiction and Fantasy author agreed to take part in our little project by contributing a re-print of her naval-battle story, Tradition.

In addition, we have original stories by Dan BiegerWilson GeigerAndrew Leon HudsonG. L. LathianIgor Ljubuncic, and Lee Swift.

Each year, the process I use to put together an anthology changes. This time, Rob H. Bedford, senior reviewer at SFFWorld.com, and Dag Rambraut, owner of SFFWorld.com, participated by helping me select each story. Rob also provided editorial direction (amazing how much I miss). I can’t thank the two enough for their help and especially Dag for providing the venue that brought us all together.

Oh, one other thing. Like the two first anthologies I created with the writers whom frequent the forums of SFFWorld.com, the first year’s proceeds garnered from the sale of Wars to End All Wars – Alternate Tales from the Trenches will be donated to Doctors Without Borders (or Médecins Sans Frontières). When you buy this collection of stories, you’ll not only get some great fiction, but you’ll be supporting a great cause. Plus, it’ll only be 99 cents!

By the way, you may have noticed that I filed this blog post under my Friday Fiction category. That’s because I do have a story for you. It’s from our second-year anthology titled Lucky or Unlucky, 13 Stories of Fate.

Earlier this month on the 13th, we posted Getting Lucky by J. M. Odell. It’s a short story about what we are willing to do, and live with, for our loved ones. Would you take someone’s luck away so that you and yours could have more? Pop on over to SFFWorld.com and find out.

Fog covered the street like a shroud. It cut off the skyscrapers, obscured the store signs, and made ghosts of the pedestrians. The weather seemed an omen, of prospects cut short and people who would fade from his life. ~ From Getting Lucky by J. M. Odell.

And if you like Getting Lucky, please consider purchasing the entire anthology at these fine venues:

First year’s proceeds go to the Children’s Hospice in the UK!

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12 thoughts on “A bit of history

  1. Petty as it might seem, can I point out that the very good German dipthong ie, that follows the rule I have heard most of my life: i before e except after c – occurs in my surname? It really is Dan Bieger. 🙂

      1. I have been terribly lax in reading and reviewing indie published stuff as I’ve been busy work wise. Yes, by all means forward me a copy and I will get to it when I can.

  2. Nila, I have to say as I have said before, if your writing career never takes off, I think you have a fantastic opportunity to become a well known editor. Just look at the high caliber talent you have been able to intermingle with our own sffworld cadre of talented writers. Great themes and stories. I am looking forward to getting this collection. Too bad circumstances kept me from sending something in.

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