#BookReview of When Stars will Shine by Emma Mitchell @emmamitchellfpr Louise Jensen @fab_fiction Alex Kane @AlexKaneWriter Owen Mullins @OwenMullen6 @BakerPromo #WhenStarsWillShine #helptheheroes

Posted December 11, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 10 Comments

#BookReview of When Stars will Shine by Emma Mitchell @emmamitchellfpr  Louise Jensen @fab_fiction Alex Kane @AlexKaneWriter Owen Mullins @OwenMullen6 @BakerPromo  #WhenStarsWillShine #helptheheroesWhen Stars Will Shine: Helping Our Heroes, One Page At A Time by Emma Mitchell
Published by Creating Perfection on December 9 2019
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When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.
With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.
From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

My Review

Really excited today to be part of this blog tour! It’s an awesome cause and close to my heart! As you are all probably aware I am married to a soldier so I had to sign up straight away for this! This anthology is just awesome, so many talented authors and amazing stories to boot. I have chosen to do 3 mini-reviews today, one for an author I have just discover and two I haven’t read but definitely need to!

The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen

Well, that escalated quickly! One minute I was reading a story about a frail old man called Bill fearing for his life due to someone going around killing old people …. next the story flips on its head. This story is so few pages but it had a wait what the f?! moment that left chills down my spine. What a short story and a half. I love that you are made to care and worry and be damn right terrified in so few a pages and it’s a sign of some amazing writing!!

The Village Hotel by Alex Kane

Wow, a rollercoaster and so blinking dark! I was holding my breath reading this so I had to speed read it. Sophie and her tale of woe makes me not want to go to a Christmas party ever again or break up with anyone! It was dark and sinister and just fab! Awesome! I really do not know why I have not read anything by Kane before – I need to change that after reading this delightful short story!

Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen

This story is a bit different from what I have read in this anthology. It’s the harsh realities of what use to happen under duress in the enemy field. It makes me wonder if this sort of thing still does happen, I think I rather live in denial. One quick action destroys everything. It’s a sad tale but a powerful one of judging one’s character before having all the facts. Something that haunts Bill and Goodpipe for 20 years. I found this story quite sad to be honest, how their actions shaped their lives. A split-second decision. One that should have taken more time, but they didn’t have the facts, there was panic, unrest and shock. Another author I have not read before but need to pick up and check out!!

These are just a few of the awesome stories in the anthology! The link to buy is above! So don’t miss out!

Here is a quick note from the awesome lady who made this all happen, Emma Mitchell –

As the blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.

Working closely with Kate Noble at Noble Owl Proofreading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s Get Booked, I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Baker’s Not So Secret Blog, who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.

There isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.

It has been an honour working on these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.

Full contents:

Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman

Four Seasons by Robert Scragg

The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff

Believe by Mark Brownless

What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron

Mountain Dew by Paul T. Campbell

The Art of War and Peace by John Carson

A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton

Free Time by Stewart Giles

Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake

The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen

The Village Hotel by Alex Kane

A Present of Presence by HR Kemp

The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin

Brothers Forever by Paul Moore

Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen

Pivotal Moments by Anna Franklin Osborne

Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli

Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke

Christmas Present by Lexi Rees

Inside Out by KA Richardson

Penance by Jane Risdon

New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg

Family Time by Graham Smith

When Stars Will Shine is available to pre-order now and will be released in digital and paperback formats on 9 December 2019.

For more information, please contact Emma Mitchell: emmamitchellfpr@gmail.com

Until next time xxx

Follow the rest of the tour here

Thank you so much to Shell at Baker’s Blog Tours & Promotions for the tour invite, Emma Mitchell and the authors for a copy of the this book in return for my honest and unbiased review


10 responses to “#BookReview of When Stars will Shine by Emma Mitchell @emmamitchellfpr Louise Jensen @fab_fiction Alex Kane @AlexKaneWriter Owen Mullins @OwenMullen6 @BakerPromo #WhenStarsWillShine #helptheheroes

  1. Emma Mitchell

    Thank you so much for all your support, Zoe, what a fantastic review. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book xxx

  2. Thanks so much for such a terrific review of our lovely anthology. Really appreciate it. As a former army brat I know how much this books means for helping those who served and still service us.

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