Monday, March 4, 2013

Overcoming Adversity anthology and Frailties of the Bond cover reveal

A collection of seventy moving and uplifting original pieces - real life, flash fiction, and poetry - about battling against the odds and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The contributors include Amazon bestselling authors Alex J. Cavanaugh and Kyra Lennon, and the cream of upcoming talent.
The anthology is part of a fundraising effort to send the editor's stepson, Andrew McNaughton, to a specialist college in England. Andrew has cerebral palsy, and is a remarkable young man with a promising future. However, the free further education options offered in his own country of Scotland will not challenge him and allow him to progress. In order to access the education he deserves, Andrew will have to pay exorbitant fees, thus creating a situation of discrimination.
Help us get Andrew to college by buying a book that runs the full gamut of human emotions, ultimately leaving you inspired and glad to be alive. Whatever struggles you are going through, our sincere hope is that this book will help.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK * Amazon US * Smashwords * Goodreads

Editor Bio: Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland. Visit him at

The cover was designed by D.R. Cartwright (DRC) from a concept by Ella Wilson. I'm proud to be a part of this fantastic anthology. Please buy yourself a copy and become inspired.

 Cover design by Heather McCorkle of CP Design

NEO – Network of Extraordinaires and Otherworldlies:

Those who answer the call from NEO play their part in maintaining balance in our ever-changing times. With power-hungry malcontents, jealous gods, and even those with misguided good intentions, the fate of our world has oft been held in the hands of unsung heroes such as those that are members of NEO.

But before NEO, these heroes and heroines had lives, loves, issues, and interests that didn’t involve saving mankind.

In Frailties of the Bond, it only takes one bite to change a life…

After a hiking trip gone wrong, sixteen-year-old Luca should have been dead. Since then, he’s drifted from one school day to the next, annoyed by the looks of suspicion. When a vampire attack claimed his mother and forced his first shift into animal form, Luca set out for Texas, vengeance bound, only to discover so much more when Aimee crossed his path.

Flesh-born of vampire parents sixteen years ago, Aimee shouldn’t exist. Magic, though, made dreams come true for an undead couple desperate for a child all their own. But this magic came with a price, a cost Aimee discovered after one forbidden bite.

Add Frailties of the Bond "to read" on Goodreads.

Xpresso Book Tours is handling the release blitz set for March 20h through March 31st. If you are interested in participating (YAY! and THANK YOU! if you are), click here to sign up.

Now, as tempting as it is to ask for a sound off of total love for this book cover, I'm curious about a few other things? How much does the book cover matter in choosing a book? Do you prefer symbolic covers, i.e., everything on the cover means something or directly relates to something in the book? Or just something that grabs your attention, no matter how it relates to the content within?

Author Bio: Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. Reading and writing have been lifelong passions. It was around the time she gave birth to her forever-love, nicknamed Chipmunk, that she really took writing seriously. After all, how could she teach her child to follow her dreams if she hadn't tried herself?

As a YA fantasy/sci-fi reader and author, she favors the magical, mysterious, the darker side of life...even harbors a secret fright for things that go bump in the night.

FRAILTIES OF THE BOND is the first in a series of novellas and short stories introducing heroes and heroines of the secret organization, NEO – Network of Extraordinaires and Otherwordlies.

Angela's Website / Goodreads / Twitter 


  1. Big YAY for Nick and Andrew. Hoping he sells loads of copies.

    I tend to like covers that grab my attention. I think colour is quite important. I'm not sure you need to have 'everything' on display.

  2. Congrats to Nick and Angela! Great job on both covers!


  3. Thanks Christine!!

    Congrats to Angela too. It's an eye-catching cover, book sounds great too. I do think they need to link to the content in some way, entice your interest. There's nothing worse than a picture of a protagonist that bears no resemblance to how they're described in the book! (You've nailed that with your covers, BTW!)

  4. Both of these look great!

  5. Congratulations to Nick and Angela!

  6. Congrats to Nick and Andrew!

    And neat cover for Angela's book too. Lots of good stuff this morning.

  7. I hope the anthology is a huge success! And congrats to Angela!

  8. Thanks to everyone. I wish the best of luck to both Nick and Angela! :)

  9. Nick got those stories compiled into an anthology and published in record time! Great cover, too. I hope he sells a bazillion copies. (Such a neat idea!)

    Good luck to Angela, too.

  10. Nick is part Ninja! Yes, Congrats to both authors~ :D

  11. I've been seeing this anthology around, and think it's amazing! Can't wait to read it.

  12. I loved Nick's idea and am thrilled to be part of this anthology -- where I get to be featured alongside writers like you, Christine :).

    Angela, I've signed up on your form -- all the best with the book!

  13. I've been seeing both these covers pop up a lot while catching up with the blogosphere tonight. Congrats to both Nick and Angela!

    As for book covers in general, the most important thing to me is that they fit their designated books in some way. It always annoys me when a cover has nothing to do with the story within, no matter how eye-catching it is!

  14. Hi Christine .. I do think Nick has done an amazing job pulling it all together for us - and I'm so pleased for him .. I now just hope it makes a fair amount of $ for Andrew - preferably oodles of it ..

    Cheers Hilary

  15. Yay to Nick and Andrew!
    Angela's cover is striking!


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