Feminist, Fictionista, Foodie, Francophile

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Ukrainian anthologies all around...

 I have a couple of pen names and all of them signed up for anthologies to benefit Ukraine. At least the ones I knew about. There are a bunch of them, and I hope they all make a fortune. Here in Portugal, where I've been living almost a year, there are already refugees being housed by residents, and the price of sunflower oil is soaring. In February, you could buy a liter for two euros. It's now more than four euros. 

Also, one of the biggest grocery chains in the country, with markets all over my city--including one in walking distance--turns out to be run by a Russian firm. So I have modified my shopping habits somewhat. It's the least I can do. 

I do not have a lot of money to donate, but I can write. And since one of my pen names has the USA Today bestselling accolade attached to it, I'd like to think that I can add some value. I hope so. 

Here are some of the collections I'm participating in. They're pretty affordable and they all feature new work from a number of terrific writers. 

The first collection is from the New Romance Cafe. I wrote a new Silver Birch story as Katherine Moore, a sweet little romance called, "The Sadness of Sunflowers." You can buy it here.

Here's the blurb:  

Protect the innocent.

Provide for families.

We stand with Ukraine.

Across the globe authors have come together to provide stories filled with hope, heart and understanding, inspired by the events of February 2022.

STAND FOR UKRAINE is a collection of romance, women’s fiction and poetry. Proceeds go to Save the Children’s efforts to provide Ukrainian children with food, warmth, shelter and psychological support.

The second book is SEEDS OF LOVE, which is available on pre-order at the moment. Here is the blurb for this one. You can help us make a difference.

SEEDS OF LOVE is a romance anthology to benefit Ukraine. This collection of short romance stories

is not available anywhere else. 100% of the royalties will be donated to United Help Ukraine, a charitable organization dedicated to helping the Ukrainian people affected by Russia’s invasion. They are a grassroots, entirely volunteer-based organization that provides aid to wounded Ukrainian warriors, assistance to their families, and support to internally displaced people.

This anthology features 48 authors. The stories include various sub-genres of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, dark romance, and romantic comedy. You can pre-order it here.

SEEDS OF LOVE is only available for a limited time! Stand with the people of Ukraine and get your copy today!

And finally, I have contributed a story as Kat Parrish to BBB Publishing's Ukraine anthology LOVE IS ETERNAL. It will be out at the end of the month and is

available for pre-order for 99 cents right now. My story, "Hunter's Kiss," has never been widely available before. It's a modern magic retelling of Snow White. You can preorder it here for only 9 cents.

If you don't want to buy a book, consider donating to Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen, which has been in Poland feeding refugees since February. 

NPR posted a terrific list of organizations who are providing aid to the people of Ukraine. Find it here. is making it easy to support Ukrainian artists by purchasing digital goods--artwork and cards and the like. They're waiving selling fees. The prices of some of the artwork is heartbreakingly low. Here's their landing page for Ukrainian artists. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

A Dance of Blood and Magic


More vampire stories. These are stories that have both witches and vampires in them. I went urban fantasy here again because I am very interested in the politics of the situation and not so much in the witch and the vampire exchanging bodily fluids.

My story is called, "City Girl Watching," and it's about a family of witches in New York who are descended from a Dutch witch who immigrated when the city was still called New Amsterdam. I did a ton of research for it (almost none of which shows) and got really fascinated by the sheer forward-thinking of Dutch law at the time. (Women kept their own names after marriage, they could own property., The English were scandalized.) 

The collection is called  A Dance of Blood and Magic and you can preorder it here.  Right now, it's exclusive to Kindle.

I like the cover of the collection which includes a lot of different writers with letters after their name like NYT bestselling and USAT bestselling. (And that's one of the annoyances of having multiple pen names. My cozy romance and PWF name, Katherine Moore, has the USA TODAY bestselling accolade, but I can't use it with my other pen names!!!  

Sunday, March 13, 2022

First Bite is coming soon...

 I never intended to start writing about vampires. I have never read Dracula, and I've never been able to watch Coppola's movie all the way through either. My favorite vampire novel is probably Salem's Lot. I like vampire movies, although they tend to be the offbeat ones, like Only Lovers Left Alive and Byzantium.

But one day a story idea popped into my head and it wouldn't go away and here I am, ten years later, still writing vampire stories. My vampire stories tend to be...different...from the standard PNR-style vampires. I tend to think in terms of practicalities. What would it really be like if we shared the world with creatures of the night? Would there be dry cleaners who specialized in getting blood out of clothes? Would vampire athletes compete with human ones? How many old vampires would still be sane.

"Vampire Occupation" is a story I wrote for an anthology/boxed set called First Bite, and I guarantee it's not exactly like the other stories. Although it is the story of a love triangle. 

Basically, my story is Red Dawn with vampires. A virus has decimated the human population at the same time the rush for a cure has created a new type of vampire. And now they've taken over...The tory I envision is actually going to end up to be sort of a menage tale, which is not something I usually do either. But somehow, it seems appropriate.  First Bite will be out soon, and you can preorder it here, across all the ebook platforms.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Love not War--Third Ukrainian anthology

 I didn't intend to sign up for three anthologies with deadlines ASAP but I did. For this one (writing as Katherine Tomlinson), I've been assigned a subgenre. (All the writers got different ones so all the stories won't be samey-samey. Mine is rom-com. 

Here's the sales pitch:

𝐋𝐎𝐕𝐄, 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐖𝐀𝐑 | A charity anthology for the Ukraine Crisis Fund


18 authors have come together to write 17 different romance stories of all sub-genres and tropes.

LOVE, NOT WAR releases 05.24.22


Add to your TBR:

All proceeds will go to benefit affected communities in Ukraine, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children, who need access to food, medical services, and psychosocial support. It also supports humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled.

Cover designer graciously donated by: Black Widow Designs


























Sunday, March 6, 2022

Cover reveal for Second Ukraine anthology


This is the second anthology that I'm participating in. I have a story bunny of an idea involving sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine. Here's the link where you can preorder it. 

If you're looking for some more direct action, Etsy marketplace has waived listing and other fees for Ukrainian sellers. You can buy digital goods from artists who are actually in the cities being bombed and frozen and starved. Here's a link to do that. A a lot of downloadable artwork and greeting cards and you can help for as little as three dollars.

Also, Jose Andres and his World Central Kitchen Charity has boots on the ground (he is made of awesome and has done so much good.) Here's the link to donate to him (and there are corporations who are matching funds. 

And while a lot of companies have expressed their dismay and displeasure at what's going on by pulling their businesses out of Russia, you know who hasn't? Coca-Cola, Papa John's. Pizza Hut. McDonalds. Boycott them. (Links to their corporate offices are in the paragraph above.) And here's a terrific article on why you should boycott Coke.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Charity Anthology for Ukraine


My best friend is skeptical of charity anthologies, suggesting that all the writers should just contribute their money. But for me, it feels like I'm doing something concrete, and not just standing by and witnessing a disaster. 

So I've signed up to contribute to two anthologies benefitting Ukraine. This is the first. Here's the sales pitch:

STAND FOR UKRAINE Charity Anthology

Protect the innocent. 

Provide for families. 

We stand with Ukraine. 

Across the globe, authors have come together to provide stories filled with hope, heart and understanding, inspired by the events of February 2022.

STAND FOR UKRAINE is a collection of romance, women’s fiction and poetry. Proceeds go to Save the Children’s efforts to provide Ukrainian children with food, warmth, shelter and psychological support.

#ukraine #hope #StandWithUkraine #NewRelease #CharityAnthology #romancereader #kindle #kindlebooks

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Love at First Bite


Coming soon! Preorder now for $2.99.

The first in my "Miranda and Theo" Mortal Cravings series of stories about two people who met on the Titanic and have been together ever since. (He was a passenger, she was a lady's maid.) 

Here's the blurb for the collection, which you can preorder here on all major e-book platforms:

Love at first bite.

Only a vampire can cherish you forever.

Fated mates.

Secretive predators hiding in plain sight, waiting to devour their one true love.

Vampire royalty searching for the only soul that can save their world.

This limited edition has all the vampire tropes and steam you love in one collection. One click today.

With Contributions by:

Jennifer M. Miller

Kat Parrish

Amanda Aggie

Raja Savage

Lenore Danvers

A.M. Olenick

Jordan Elizabeth

Kathleen Ryder

Ingrid Atwood

Demelza Carlton

April A. Luna