Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Helping Our Heroes: When Stars Will Shine – December 2019 Happy Publication Day – When Stars Will Shine by Jane Risdon

Welcome to the current series of Posts from Your Archives in 2020 and if you would like to participate with two of your posts from 2019, you will find all the details in this post: New series of Posts from Your Archives 2020

This is the second post by Jane Risdon and is about the publication of a very special anthology that was released just before Christmas in aid of the armed forces… the collection is of course still available and I have added one of the recent reviews to Jane’s post.

December 2019 Happy Publication Day – When Stars Will Shine

My Paperback of When Stars Will Shine

I’m excited to be part of this anthology of short stories written by authors who feel strongly about our Armed Forces and their care.

Being asked to contribute is an honour. My family has provided many generations who have served our country in many wars and conflicts around the world and I’m proud to be able to help raise funds for this wonderful cause.

For over 40 years I have been working on my family history – both sets of parent’s sides – and the service our family has given has been admirable.

My contribution to this anthology is called Penance and deals with guilt and ‘what if?’

Published on 9th December 2019 in both Paperback and eBook and ALL funds raised will go to the charity.

Compiled by editor, Emma Mitchell, here is the blurb:

WHEN STARS WILL SHINE is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, Jane Risdon, you are in for one heck of a ride!

A Note from Emma Mitchell:

As the blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.

Working closely with Kate Noble at Noble Owl Proofreading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s Get Booked, I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Baker’s Not So Secret Blog, who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.

There isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.

It has been an honour working on these stories and to create this anthology and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.

Contributors are:

Alex Kane, Anna Osborne, Billy McLaughlin, Carmen Radtke, Gordon Bickerstaff, Graham Smith, HR Kemp, Jane Risdon, John Carson, KA Richardson, Kris Egleston, Lorraine Rees, Louise Jensen, Lucy Cameron, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Mark Brownless, Maxine Grey, Owen Mullen, Paul Moore, Paul T. Cambell, Rob Ashman, Robert Skagg, Stewart Giles and Val Portelli.

For further information please refer to Emma Mitchell,

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Griffy 5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!  22 January 2020

I absolutely loved this collection of short stories. After reading a succession of novels, I fancied something a little different and this delivered with a punch. The stories ranged from crime themed to heartwarming tear jerkers. They mostly had a Christmas theme going on but don’t let that stop you reading them now. I read them after the festive period and loved them. Who doesn’t love a bit of Crimbo spirit anytime of the year?

Also, I should add. The profits made from this book go to charity to help our soldiers and veterans. That’s another huge reason to download it. The other reason is, the authors who have contributed are awesome writers. I’ve read a few novels by some of these writers before picking this book up, and I loved their work. I knew then, I wouldn’t be disappointed.

I’d definitely recommend this collection. It’s brilliantly edited and reads with ease. It provoked a lot of emotion in me as I read through the offerings and I really enjoyed it. Fantastic read for those seeking a break between novels or those who love short stories. Loved it!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

©Jane Risdon

Books by Jane Risdon

About the book

Under one cover for the first time a collection of Crime Shorts from Jane Risdon featuring previously unpublished stories which will have you on the edge of your seat. There is an extract from Jane’s forthcoming novel (series) Ms Birdsong Investigates Murder at Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka – with the title of Undercover – for those who’ve been awaiting this series about a former MI5 Intelligence Office, Lavinia Birdsong. There’s something for everyone who enjoys a good yarn and more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

I really loved this book. I discovered this author several years ago and have avidly followed her ever since. She has the ability to draw you into her stories and keep you hooked. Undercover Crime Shorts is a delicious mixture of intrigue and fast paced page turning stories, with plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing. I highly recommend this collection. Do check out her other books.

Also by Jane Risdon

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

Read more reviews and follow Jane:Goodreads

About Jane Risdon

Jane Risdon has spent most of her life working in the International Music Business rubbing shoulders with the powerful and famous, especially in Hollywood.

Married to a musician and later working alongside him managing singers, musicians, songwriters, and record producers, she’s also facilitated the placement of music on successful television series and movie soundtracks.

With long-term friend, award-winning, best-selling author, Christina Jones – one-time fan-club secretary for Jane’s husband’s band – Jane has co-authored Only One Woman (Headline Accent) which is set in the UK music scene of 1968/69.
Recently Jane completed her first collection of short crime stories for publication – Undercover: Crime Shorts – published in both eBook and Paperback 2019 (Plaisted Publishing House Ltd).

Jane writes for online and print magazines and has contributed to 16 anthologies. She also has a blog and often hosts guest authors.

She is working on the sequel to Only One Woman as yet untitled, as well as a series of crime novels – Ms Birdsong Investigates – featuring former MI5 Intelligence Officer Lavinia Birdsong which she plans to complete in 2020. Her experience of working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in her pre-music days has given her plenty of material for her crime/thrillers.

Her books are available in Waterstones and all good book stores as well as via various digital platforms.

Connect to Jane Risdon

Blog:  Jane Risdon WordPress
Facebook: Jane Risdon
Accent Press: Jane Risdon
Twitter: @Jane_Risdon
Instagram: Jane Risdon Writer

My thanks to Jane for sharing this post, and thank you for dropping by today and I hope you will head over to read the reviews and add this collection of stories to your TBR… Sally.


11 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Helping Our Heroes: When Stars Will Shine – December 2019 Happy Publication Day – When Stars Will Shine by Jane Risdon

  1. Reblogged this on Jane Risdon and commented:
    Thanks, Sally Cronin for featuring When Stars Will Shine from my blog archives. The anthology is in aid of Help For Heroes and I was thrilled to be included with my story, Penance. i do hope your readers will take a look at the book, 23 authors gave their stories including an 11 year old girl’s poem. There are million-selling authors as well as some for whom this is their first publication. I do hope your readers will let me now their thoughts.

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  2. As ever, Sally, thanks so much for this. I really appreciate being included in this wonderful blog again. I hope your readers will be curious enough to investigate the book a little further. So many fabulous stories from 23 authors, including an 11 year old girl’s poem. xx

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