Dreams & Desires - fundraiser book & Interview with Lois Winston

DREAMS & DESIRES is a compilation of nineteen stories. All of the net proceeds raised from the sales of this anthology will go directly to a battered woman’s shelter in Florida.

True love, freedom, money, knowledge, revenge... Dreams and desires of the ordinary woman, or man. From best friends who discover love to a bank teller who exacts revenge to a succubus who loves art more than men, this collection of nineteen stories celebrates the attainment of all one can dream or desire. Which one do you secretly yearn for?

By purchasing this collection, you can help turn someone’s nightmare into the pursuit of dreams. Every year, four million women are assaulted by their partners. At Freya’s Bower, we want to do our part to bring this statistic down to zero. To this end, all net proceeds from every Dreams and Desire anthology purchased will go to a battered woman’s shelter. Through education and support, we can make a difference.

Authors: (in alphabetical order of last name): Jenna Bayley-Burke, Faith Bicknell-Brown, Amanda Brice, Sela Carsen, Rachelle Chase, Gemma Halliday, Candace Havens, Zinnia Hope, Jackie Kessler, Susan Lyons, Richelle Mead, Debbie Mumford, Rhonda Stapleton, Bebe Thomas, Emily Veinglory, Sasha White, Lois Winston, Shaunna Wolf, and Kit Wylde.

DREAMS AND DESIRES features terrific short stories ranging from sweet to sizzling and penned by some of the leading lights in today's romance and erotica genres. Buy it to help a great cause, read it for the great stories!" Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of VERTIGO and HOW NANCY DREW SAVED MY LIFE

“From the first story to the last, these stories are filled with hope, love, and the promise of the future… I highly recommend Dreams and Desires for those of you who cherish your romances… a fantastic read…” Rose, Romance At Heart, Romance At Heart

“An unforgettable anthology that will warm you right down to your toes… The nineteen beautifully written stories will capture your heart…” Crystal, Sensual Reads, Sensual Reads

Rating: Sweet, Tangy, Spicy and Sizzling
Book Length: Plus Novel (85,000 words)
Price: Ebook: $7.99, Paperback: $19.95, Hard Cover: $29.95
Genre: Various

Purchase your copy of Dreams & Desires at
Freya's Bower


Author, and my agent, Lois Winston has a story in this collection. I recently caught up with her for some Q & A about this anthology and writing in general.

Vonda: Please tell us about your short story in this collection.

Lois: THE RELUCTANT BRIDESMAID is humorous women’s fiction (formerly known as chick lit, but that appellation seems to be a huge no-no lately.) Here’s a blurb: It was bad enough when Paige’s cousin Tara stole her boyfriend. Now Tara and the creep are getting married, and Paige is stuck wearing a bridesmaid’s gown that makes her look like a jaundiced Holstein -- make that a jaundiced, dateless Holstein.

VS: Why did you become a romance writer?

LW: Motion sickness kept me from becoming an astronaut, and no one was interested in electing me Queen of the Universe (even though I have a master plan for ending war, famine, global warming, and idiotic reality TV shows.) The next best thing was writing romance.

VS: Do you have an unusual writing quirk?

LW: I absolutely can't begin a new project until I have the perfect first line for the book. Once that line comes to me, the characters and plot all seem to fall into place.

More about Lois:
Author Lois Winton writes humorous, cross-genre, contemporary novels. She often draws upon her extensive experience as a crafts designer for much of her source material. Her first book, TALK GERTIE TO ME, a combination chick lit/hen lit/romantic comedy with a touch of the paranormal, was an April 2006 release from Dorchester Publishing and has to date racked up nominations for a Reviewers Choice Award, a Golden Leaf Award, and a Readers and Bookbuyers Best Laurie Award. LOVE, LIES & A DOUBLE SHOT OF DECEPTION, a mom-lit romantic suspense, will be a June 2007 release from Dorchester.

Lois also contributed to DREAMS & DESIRES, a charity anthology of 19 romances by 19 authors which was released as an e-book, a paperback, and a hardcover book February 1 from Freya’s Bower. All proceeds from this anthology go to a shelter in Florida for battered women.

When not writing or designing, you can find Lois trudging through stacks of manuscripts as she hunts for diamonds in the slush piles for the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency. Visit Lois at www.loiswinston.com .

Thank you, Lois, for being a guest on my blog!

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