I’m incredibly excited to be featured in the Second Chances Love Anthology. It is a beautiful collection of feel-good romantic stories. I’m in the company of talented writers, Kathy Bosman (who is also editor of the anthology), Leenna Naidoo, E.A.West and Patricia Kiyono.
As the title suggests, our stories are all about second chances in love. The most wonderful part about the Second Chances initiative is that all proceeds from the book will be donated to Hope In Christ Children’s Home in my hometown Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal. It’s been rewarding knowing that I’m using my writing skills to serve a greater cause. Hope In Christ strives to provide children affected by abuse, neglect and HIV, a safe and loving haven. The children are nurtured and are given their second chance in life to grow into healthy and well-adjusted adults.
My Second Chances story is titled Giovanni’s Christmas Bride. Here is a bit about how I was lucky enough to become part of the Second Chances anthology and some background on the romance I’ve contributed.
A few years ago, I wrote a 2000 word short story titled All In One Night. It featured a struggling single mother who on a dark stormy night ends up on the doorstep of the man she’d betrayed five years ago. The former lovers get the chance to clear the misunderstandings of the past and they discover they have a second chance at love. It all happens as the title suggested – in one night! I’d forgotten about this story until I’d come across a Facebook post by Kathy Bosman calling for writers to be a part of the Second Chances Anthology. I contacted her and she included me in the Second Chances Facebook group. She thereafter sent me the brief and criteria for the anthology.
I immediately knew that All In One Night would be the perfect basis for my Second Chances romance. That story evolved into Giovanni’s Christmas Bride, giving me scope to delve deeper into the characters of Brennan Shaw and Giovanni Ferruccio and explore their passionate but complicated love story.
I decided on a Christmas themed romance as the Second Chances Anthology is releasing at the start of the December holidays. I’ve always enjoyed reading Christmas romances (and watching Christmas romantic movies) so I really liked having Brennan and Giovanni rediscover their love for each other during this magical season. What could be more romantic than blazing log fires, mistletoe kisses and planning a Christmas wedding?
As you read Giovanni’s Christmas Bride I hope your heart will be touched by Giovanni and Brennan’s second chance at love and that you enjoy their story, as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Second Chances – A Love Anthology releases on Amazon Kindle 30th November 2016