Title: Indigent (anthology)
Author: FE Feeley et al
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Cover Artist: Louis J Harris
Length: 180 pages
Five authors have joined together to produce stories evoking both loss and hope. Reaching deep within their fiery imaginations, these stories take flight and showcase dreams for a better today and future for LGBT everywhere. Embodying a diverse set of talents and stories, this volume sets out to grab the hearts of those who read the m/m genre and to offer hope to LGBT across the globe. By offering this book, we hope to support the following charities across the globe:
GALA, South Africa
Youth Off The Streets, Australia
The Albert Kennedy Trust, United Kingdom
This anthology edited by Louis J Harris and Kimi D Saunders
Indigent has been produced to entertain and delight and all the stories leave the reader with a “feel good” state of mind.
Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr’s “Indigent”, after which the anthology takes its name, brings the reader to witness an apocalyptic war between the good and evil that rages in one man’s mind. Soon he will know that his problems are insignificant compared to those of others.
Mari Evan’s “Stumbling into Forever”, involves a handsome young vampire who will learn that just a sip of blood is the difference between love and freezing to death.
Leona Windwalker’s “If Only the World”, takes rejection to another level. A heartbreaking story that is turned on its head by the kindness of strangers.
Shaye Evans’ “Rescued”, is a contemporary social statement about the aftermath of a young man’s life after his drink has been spiked at a bar.
M. LeAnne Phoenix’s “Higher Love”, takes us on an almost spiritual journey through the minds of two people who have never met, but have spoken on a telepathic level. When they do come together, that bond is already cemented, but there is a price to pay.
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I really wanted to love this anthology. I bought it for a good cause, and I firmly believe that the various charities the book is intended to benefit, such as GALA in South Africa and Lost-n-Found in Atlanta, Georgia, are worthy of support. I count my money well spent.
There is an anthology attached to the cause, so of course I read it. The book is a mixed bag, to say the least.
The lead story, Indigent, by Frederick Eugene Feeley, was a gem. In a short story, the author captures despair, hope, and strange triumphs. The end took me very much by surprise, as I did not expect this particular character to make this particular suggestion, but that was part of the charm of the story, that good and evil are not necessarily defined in a traditional way.
I truly don’t want to start my return to reviewing by harshing on a book. I open every file intending to love the story. And that is why I am not going to rate or review the rest of this anthology, because we have a number of authors who have good hearts, are trying to help a good cause, and are not ready for the exposure that comes of selling words for money.
CoolDudes Publishing is new to me, and I sincerely hope that their proofreading people get their game on, because this is a mess.
So, buy the book, read the first story, know that you’ve done something to help others, and close the file.