Anthologies…And A Giveaway

I am a long-time fan of anthologies. Both as a reader and as a writer.

As a reader, I enjoy anthologies because they give me the chance to try new authors-and new genres. The stories in anthologies are usually novella length, so that means that I can fit those reads in perfectly during my carpool time or right before I collapse into bed.

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My keeper shelves are filled with anthologies (titles like MIRROR, MIRROR). Often, my fave anthologies share a similar theme (go, vampires!).  The tales are all stand alone titles, though, so that makes reading them very easy.

As a writer, I’ve participated in numerous anthologies.  I participated because being in those anthologies was a great way to attract new readers. The very first anthology I ever participated in was WHEN HE WAS BAD with the very talented Shelly Laurenston–and, almost six years after its initial release, that book is being re-released now.  Love that.  I also participate in anthologies because I really love writing novellas. The shorter length of stories gives me the chance to experiment–and to tighten up my plots. When you only have a certain amount of pages, you have to get right to the action…fast!

Oh, anthologies…I do love them so. ;)

But what about you? How do you feel about anthologies? And what is the name of the last great anthology that you read?  Tell me…and I’ll pick one commenter (randomly) to win a $10 Amazon.com gift card. The giveaway will stay open until noon on 2/20/14. Good luck!

 

About Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty-five novels and novellas. More information about Cynthia can be found at www.cynthiaeden.com.
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19 Responses to Anthologies…And A Giveaway

  1. Rachel Cartucci says:

    The last one I read was A Children’s anthology of Monster’s…..because I have a young child I haven’t been reading anything but kid’s books for the past couple of years….sigh.
    I do like a good anthology!!! I feel like I can really get close to the writer….that is a beautiful feeling. :mrgreen:

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Congrats on your new anthology! I’ve been in a few anthologies, and they are fun. Probably my favorite was the Entangled anthology, which is down now. I loved all the stories in it.

      What I like most about anthologies is that it’s fun to discover new authors who I love.

      • Cynthia Eden says:

        Edie, I LOVED being in an anthology. Not only was I able to participate with such wonderful authors (like your lovely self), but the cause was outstanding. I consider myself so fortunate to have been in that anthology.

  2. Amy R. says:

    Hi Cynthia – Congrats on the anthology! I haven’t read a lot of anthologies but have bought a lot that are waiting for me to be read. My first one was the Entangled Anthology the MM ladies put out. I read all of those.

    And, btw, Michelle, I still want you to continue on with your story from that one…just saying…

    The last Anthology I read was Wicked Firsts. I am still getting through it actually…but what I have read was great! Can’t wait for Sinful Seconds.

    Congrats again!
    Amy R.`s last blog was …Review: BEYOND LOVE by Barbara Duell

  3. Muhamad Yudistira Muria says:

    Oh congratulation on your new anthology! Anyway hello from Indonesia! Actually, it’s pretty hard to find anthology book here. But the last time i read was “Secangkir Kopi” or in english “A Cup of Coffee”. Thank you

  4. Hi Cynthia! I just wanted to stop by and offer my congrats on your latest work and wish you all the success in the world! :mrgreen:

    The last Anthology that I read was Dark Bites, by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
    My favorite Anthology…well, its a tie between – Howl For It, by Cynthia Eden & Shelly Laurenston and Belong to the Night, by Cynthia Eden, Shelly Laurenston & Sherrill Quinn.

    *big hugs* Shelbie ;-)

  5. Viki S. says:

    Hi Cynthia! I love anthologies and the last one I read was WICKED FIRSTS. Loved it :).

    And Happy Release Day :)!

  6. Alexisa N. says:

    The last anthology I read was Ever After. And yes I love anthologies, for one it give me a simiple way to try different writers. IT allows me to sample multiple authors at once. Now as for my favorite….(oh that’s a hard one)..the first one that Come to mind is Wicked First. I loved all the stories in that one. Brown_ angel123 at yahoo dot com :!:

  7. Barbara Elness says:

    I do enjoy anthologies, I’ve been reading them for a long time. The last one I read was Carnie Punk and although there were a couple of stories that didn’t quite do it for me, on the whole I really enjoyed it.

  8. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Cynthia,

    I’m in several anthologies and do find them excellent as both a writer and a reader. It’s a great way to find new writers – and new authors! This one looks awesome! :)
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Coming this week…

  9. Chelsea B. says:

    I enjoy a good anthology! I really loved A Highlander for Christmas by Cindy Miles, Sophie Renwick and Dawn Halliday.

  10. Kimh says:

    Merry Christmas baby, by Vicki Thompson

  11. Cynthia Eden says:

    I am so sorry for the delay! A storm knocked out our Internet, and I’ve been computer/TV lost since then. ;( My apologies!!

    The winner of our gift card is….Alexisa N! Congrats, Alexisa! I will email you with prize claim information.

  12. Alexisa N. says:

    Thank you Cynthia and Magical Musings now I can buy another anthology. Glad your internet is back on too Cynthia.

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