First I'd like to thank the organizers and volunteers who spent tireless hours donating their time to make this project a reality. Stacy Davies and Gaynor Smith organized our group. Jo Michaels formatted the work and contributed her expert advice. Tia Bach edited my content. Thanks to my beta/proof readers, Jaci, Cheryl, Sara, and Beth!
Now for what you really want to know! This anthology started out with the idea of benefitting a global charity. Once the benefitting group, Doctors Without Borders, had been chosen, we set on creating a theme. Many ideas were tossed out but in the end we decided that a healing theme seemed to appeal to us most. My previous work came from a well-thought out idea, so as with my first anthology, having to write to a specific direction challenged me.
Since I'd been working on a heavier themed read I wanted something lighter. Plus, all my friends kept saying... are you going to write something your boys like? Well, as they're twelve, I'm not sure I achieved that yet... I did read the first two chapters to one of them... I think it was a bit too teenagery still... but, what I have created is a saga of sorts about a girl named Jema and a boy named Troy who are near the brink of adulthood but get sent to remote desert community when a flu epidimic threatens. And thus the Lovelock series was born. I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I'm enjoying creating the story!
I've organized this post a little different from others. Since this is an eight author anthology each of the stories has a different feel. The first in the book, my novella, Native One, is a young adult dystopian tale, while the rest of the stories are clean new adult historical fiction, paranormal, contemporary, or romantic tales. They are presented in the order they appear in the book.
Here's a preview of what you'll find in The Butterfly Box!
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Free your imagination as you delve into this eclectic mix of healing tales from eight authors, just as different as their stories. Lift the lid and take a peek inside The Butterfly Box.
Lovelock Ones: Native One by Tricia Copeland
A dystopian young adult story
Despite unparalleled global warming and mandatory genetic typing, Jema and Troy’s high school experience in Port Orford, Oregon seems decent enough. But as a second worldwide flu epidemic threatens, their parents send them to a remote Nevada community. Lovelock is an ancient cave a group has transformed into a base camp. With Jema’s sister’s life in the balance, she and Troy must decide whether to risk exposing the group to save her. Will they jeopardize many for one? Find out in Native One, a young adult novella.
After the Noise Dies by Rebecca M. Gibson
A historical new adult novella
"They turn off the lights with a click. I'm plunged back into darkness, back into hell."
Percy is a lieutenant in The Great War. After an evening attack, that leads to his hospitalisation, his reality begins to crumble. Believing himself captured by the Germans, he has but one hope...if only he can remember her face.
Ida waits in terror for news of her husband. Not long married, she feels lost without him. When the dreaded telegram arrives, she knows she will do absolutely anything to get him back. This is, if he'll let her…
Heart Of Life by Eleanor Lloyd Jones
A new adult romance
Trust no one.
Do it your way.
A life of hardships is an endless road for Jess, but with her soul mate by her side, anything is doable; everything is within reach.
Until tragedy strikes...
And when tragedy strikes, it leaves an unsettled feeling in its wake—a feeling that nothing will ever be quite the same again.
A Second Chance by Brooke May
A paranormal new adult story
Life isn't all sunshine and love like they tell you when you are a child. Life is about pain, especially mine. I live mine with a daily reminder of the fact that I didn't fight for the woman I love... I didn't go after her when I wanted to.
My heart is wrecked, my chest in a vice, and yet I am somehow supposed to keep going, to live with it...
So day after day, I live with it, until Annabelle walks back into my life, and she is as beautiful as I remember.
Free is how I have lived since I left Fetterman.
I try my best to ignore the pain of my past, but my mind always turns back to him and all the questions I have. I am stubborn, I'm well aware of that, and I've never been able to bring myself to go back there until now.
The man who is supposed to be my father is ill and I have business to do with him.
I don't expect to see him, Derek.
I don't expect him to be even more handsome than ever... angrier than ever.
I don't know what I expect, and I certainly don't expect a second chance…
Returning Home by Riann C. Miller
A contemporary new adult story
"You don’t meet the love of your life when you’re just a kid.
I lost count of the times I was told to move on. To get over the boy who stole a piece of my heart and kept it with him long after he unexpectedly left town. You can’t force someone to love you and it’s impossible to love enough for two, but I tried.
My life moved forward. My heartache slowly lessened. My reasons for living evolved but my heart never forgot. That’s why when Luke Runyan finally returned home, he turned my life upside down.
My world revolved around her. I would do anything to make my girl happy, that included setting her free.
Without my permission, life marched on but when I closed my eyes at night, she was always the first to greet me. I should have known that returning home would wreak havoc on my life and I should have known even one glance in her direction would make leaving without her a second time practically impossible.
Half Full by Kate Vine
A contemporary new adult story
Sometimes making the split second decisions are fruitful and give you the best outcome and that’s the best ones.
But what if you made a split second decision and it changed all your life.
Not in the best kind of way.
What if you had to live with regrets of that one night ?
What if that one night changed who you were and made you someone different?
What if that night made you look different?
One push of the gas pedal.
The Heart Of Him by Katie Fox
A contemporary new adult story
One day. One hour. One second.
That’s all it takes for everything to change...
Cassidy Porter is barely holding it together. She lives everyday of her life with a heavy weight on her chest, searching for that one moment when she can catch her breath and not feel the pain that serves as a constant reminder of all that she’s lost.
Samuel Copeland spends his days in the local coffee shop, watching and observing, trying to make sense of his life and the second chance he’s suddenly been given. He doesn’t know how to move forward or where to begin.
Brought together by fate, or perhaps—more simply—the hearts beating within their chests, the two form an unexpected bond, one that has them asking: can two hearts be destined only to beat for each other?
Unbreakable by KM Neuhold
A contemporary new adult story
My life was perfect. Perfect fiancé, dream job working as a veterinarian at a local zoo, and crazy awesome friends. And then I got sick. The diagnosis was a complete shock, too much of a shock for my fiancé. Now I’m trying to get my feet back underneath me and figure out what to do now that my time is running out.
After years of crushing on my gorgeous, unavailable neighbor she’s finally single and I’m not about to miss my shot with her. The only problem is, something is going on with her. For some reason she’s spiraling out of control and I have every intention of being there to catch her when she hits bottom. She may think she’s alone in whatever she’s going through, but she wasn’t expecting me.
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Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family and four legged and finned creatures. Her new adult Being Me series is now complete with Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, Think You Know Me, and Being Me. Her young adult books include Drops of Sunshine, Native One, and Kingdom of Embers. You can connect with Tricia and other readers on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14055439.Tricia_Copeland, Facebook www.facebook.com/TriciaCopelandAuthor, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/authortriciacopeland/- Twitter www.twitter.com/tcbrzostowicz, LinkedIn, Pinterest www.pinterest.com/triciacopelanda/, and Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/8wque.