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ISBN (E-book) 1-59374-514-1
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Love is an uncontrolled
and potent emotion that can…
Bind an aristocratic, shipwrecked
man to the lonely, widowed woman who saves him from death’s clutches.
Distract two cops from their duties in the search for a serial killer.
Resurrect ghosts and an abandoned passion for two lovers.
Save the life of one brave soldier and endanger that of another with
a deep secret.
Render a woman recovering from a car accident oblivious to the love
of someone close and helpless to a vindictive attack.
Inspire sensuous Petrarchan and Elizabethan Sonnets
Bring a muse and an aspiring author together to write a bestseller and
contemplate a bold and selfless sacrifice.
Inspire a haunting Ballad
Uncover the secret passages in an old house and reveal the love of a
Set a headstrong young female to save a wayward stallion from a handsome
Make a boyfriend do whatever
it takes to impress his new girl’s
protective and overpowering family and friends.
Allow a sister and a husband to bury someone they hold dear and possibly
open the door to a painful past affair.
It can do this and so much more, because that is the power of LOVE.
LOVE, An Anthology
Containing stories and poems by Whiskey Creek Press Authors
-OF EROS AND PSYCHE by Marsha Briscoe
A Petrarchan sonnet deeply rooted in classical Greek mythology: Just
novel, A Family Matter, renders the ancient Greek Phaedra myth encompassing the
love triangle of Phaedra, Hippolytus, and King Theseus in a contemporary setting,
so too does this sonnet “Of Eros and Psyche” draw upon classical
mythology and transport those mythical figures to a modern setting. Marsha’s
two sonnets included in this Love Anthology are taken from her collection of
poems entitled Erato and Euterpe. It is fitting that Erato was one of the nine
Muses and the patroness of Love poetry. Euterpe was another of the nine Muses
and patroness of lyric poetry. Marsha’s title “Of Eros and Psyche” draws
upon the archetypal Eros, who was called Amor or Cupid by the Romans, and Psyche,
the bride of Eros. To go a bit deeper, Eros was the attendant of Aphrodite and
often inflicted the wound of love upon mortals and deities. When Psyche was accused
of betraying Aphrodite and of keeping the identity of her lover, Eros, secret,
she said something that caused him to flee and not return. In order to gain Aphrodite’s
forgiveness and to be reunited with Eros, Psyche traveled to the underworld
to seek counsel from Persephone. Eventually Eros and Psyche were reunited and
together in heaven.
-EFFUSION OF DAWN by Marsha Briscoe
An Elizabethan sonnet rooted in classical mythology that deals with Aurora,
the goddess of the dawn and the lover and seizer of handsome young men. Known
also as Eos, Aurora presents as a charioteer with two steeds closing off
the sky’s darkness by heralding in the light of dawn. The sonnet’s
title word, Effusion, connotes an unrestrained, overflowing expression, an
expression of love.
-FROM THE HAND OF GUINEVERE
by Daniel Wilder
A contemporary Ballad depicting the early temptation of Lancelot by Queen Guinevere,
wife of King Arthur, Lancelot’s best friend. The growing love affair between
the once chaste and pure Lancelot and his King’s wife created pandemonium
in Camelot. All the world knows of this forbidden love which eventually leads
to Lancelot’s banishment from Camelot, Guinevere’s fall from grace
and her final days spent in a convent, and the ultimate dissolution of King Arthur’s
-A SLENDER DEBT by Katherine
When his ship is run aground, Adrian Keitly, Duke of Northallerton,
does not expect to be plucked from the sea by an angel disguised as
young woman. Injured and far from home, he discovers that despite
his wealth and title, his privileged life might just be a farce and
has much to learn from his heaven sent rescuer…
Widowed and lonely, the last thing Sarah wants is to suddenly find
she has to care for a handsome and enigmatic stranger. What is worse,
attracted to this dark, mysterious man, trading her future for a night
in his arms and finding an unexpected paradise…
Together, Adrian and Sarah find that social rank does not matter, but
the heart most certainly does…
-UNBOUNDED LOVE by Giovanna Lagana
There’s a serial killer on the loose and he has targeted policewoman,
Adrienne Wilcox, as his next victim. Regardless of Adrienne’s rebuttal,
the chief assigns the handsome detective, Justin Murray, to be her stake
out. Little does the chief know something happened between Adrienne and
Justin at the Christmas party that Adrienne wants to forget.
But after getting a direct order, Adrienne accepts having the handsome
detective as her guard. With the sexual tension between her and Justin
at an all time high, will they be able to control their emotions long enough
to nab the killer, or will the killer use their sexual attraction as an
Achilles’ heel and strike when they least expect?
-REMEMBER by Judith Fox
Penelope Curtis travels back to Salal Island twenty years after she lost
her true love. She applies for a job tutoring and caring for a small
child. At a majestic mansion on the island, she finds her love for Brent
Eden has not changed. But the barriers she must conquer for him involve
ghost-like memories and murder in the dark lush forests of the Pacific
-A SOLDIER TO LOVE by Diane M. Wylie
Why did Daddy have to die in this hole of a town in Georgia and leave me
alone and penniless? Christine Lawson is desperate. With no money and
no place to live, that forty dollar enlistment fee to join the Confederate
Army is sounding better and better…too bad she is a girl.
A surprise attack, one cold night in the Alleghany Mountains, lands Private
Ryan Bishop flat on the ground and thankful to be alive. But his savior
turns out to be someone he never expected and finds he cannot forget.
-MEANT TO BE by Crystal Inman
Lynn would never learn. Left at the altar by a man she didn’t love,
she jumped into her car and changed her life. The accident scarred her
face, but her new reality scarred her heart. It was her fiancé’s
brother, Max, who Lynn started to care for. But when she went to talk to
him, another woman was there in his bathrobe.
It was easy to listen to Jerry and hear him profess his love for her. But
it never felt right. And when Max walked up to her on the day of her wedding
and told her Jerry wouldn’t be there, she felt sorry for Max. It
was the woman in Max’s bathrobe that left with his brother.
After the accident, Max took Lynn into his home. But did he feel sorry
for her? Or did his feelings run deeper?
-THE ARRANGEMENT by Crystal Inman
Brendan Wardlow is a writer. That translates into questionable sanity at
best. But he really starts to question himself when he finds a beautiful
woman who assures him she is sent for him. Mara declares she is a Muse.
His Muse. And when she’s around, Brendan writes the story he has
always dreamed of writing. But then he finds himself falling for Mara
in a most unexpected way. She not only touches his writing, she touches
his heart. But her term is temporary, and she will move on to another
writer. It is the way of her people.
Brendan wants to keep her in his life. But will he give up his most cherished
-RESTORATION OF A BROKEN HEART
by Barbara Baldwin
Molly Bonner, a middle-aged divorcee, decides to restart her life in the
small town of River Bluff, where she buys an Ante Bellum mansion to convert
to a Bed and Breakfast inn. Her contractor, Joe Austin, not only has
the knowledge to restore the mansion to its former glamour, but he has
the heart to help Molly regain her self-esteem and learn to love again.
-ECHO OF THE PLAINS by Kristy McCaffrey
Ecacusayet. Lightning flash. The renegade stallion known as Echo has eluded
capture ever since he escaped the Ryan homestead shortly after birth.
Seventeen-year-old Eli Ryan plans to change that. As his search narrows
to the location of the horse’s hideout, Eli nearly runs down Cassie
Callahan in the Texas desert. Although an intriguing diversion, not even
her compelling green eyes will deter him from his goal. But her stubborn
protection of the legendary stallion just might steer him off course.
-WORTHY HEARTS by Janet Mills
Alicia Cortez lives with three men who watch over her like brothers. If
he can safely navigate the gauntlet of questions Ali’s friends
and family inflict on every potential boyfriend, Trey Whitlock just might
have a chance to win her heart.
-WHERE THE HEART IS by Barri Bryan
When Angela Murray left Paul’s Valley ten years ago in the wake of
heartbreak and rejection, she vowed that no matter how uncertain her life
became, she would never again return to this place. After all these years
of self-imposed exile, the finality of death has done what the uncertainties
of life could not—it has brought her home once more, to her sister’s
funeral and to face her brother-in-law, Dan, who is the only man Angela
has ever loved. Can she hope to mend a broken past and heal old wounds
or has fate conspired with circumstance to once more snatch happiness from