Jeny’s short story is in Volume 2. It’s the last story of the book and entitled, Dancing Through Tears.
Every single state in Australia has suffered from major fires, and some still burn out of control. Estimates of how many and how big vary, but one source says 17.9 million acres of Australia has burned in one of the country’s worst fire seasons on record. Another report says that well over one billion native animals and birds have lost their lives…one billion. Please help and show Australia some love by purchasing one or more of these anthologies.
Most of you know my Heaven & Earth series is published with The Wild Rose Press. We have authors from everywhere across the globe and as a group, we really try to support one another in the craft we love so much.
One of our Australian writers, Stephen B. King, asked his fellow authors if they’d like to contribute a short story for an anthology, and donate their proceeds to the victims of this catastrophic event. The group, being what it is, turned out in droves to participate. Authors donated stories our publisher donated editors, book cover designers, and the publishing, formatting, and uploading of three separate volumes entitled, Australia Burns. We produced not one but three anthologies, and I am so proud to be a part of it!
**Please note the link to the print books, are through The Wild Rose Press Website. This is because Amazon will take their cut of the proceeds. If you choose to purchase through Wild Rose Press, ALL the proceeds will benefit the organizations aiding the victims of these horrific events, and assist those still battling the flames. However, the option for print IS also available on Amazon and other retail sites.
*Volume 1 is released and available to purchase on our website in print form. https://www.thewildrosepress.com/product-category/writers-shop-cat/special-release-paperbacks
It will be released via ebook on Amazon on February 14, 2020, as well as any other distributor where you purchase ebooks. https://www.amazon.com/Australia-Burns-Show-Some-Love-ebook/dp/B0848W2HQT/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Australia+Burns&qid=1580208647&sr=8-3
*Volume 2: has just released and is available to purchase on our website in print form. thewildrosepress.com/product/australia-burns-volume-two
It will be released via ebook on Amazon on February 14, 2020, as well as any other distributor where you purchase ebooks. https://www.amazon.com/Australia-Burns-Show-Some-Love-ebook/dp/B0849MSLBT/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=australia+burn+vol+2&qid=1580598231&sr=8-1
Volume 3: Release Date TBD
Stephen gave us a recent update and if you want to read more about what is happening directly from someone who is there you can read more here:
Recent rains have helped enormously, still there are fires, but not to the same extent as there were, and the focus now is more on recovery and rebuilding. To that end there are advertising campaigns now to stop what’s called the second wave disaster and that is people staying away from tourist areas and business who rely on travelers and visitors to survive. Most of our tourist destinations are unaffected, yet people think the whole country is gone, which of course isn’t true. The problem of course is that if people stop visiting, businesses will go broke, making the overall recovery much harder. With the rains, re-growth has already begun and some burnt out areas have grasses and shrubs recovering already.
Then of course there is the wildlife, and those organizations such as the RSPCA, and others are doing remarkable work rescuing animals and rehousing them. A lot of our native trees are Eucalyptus, and with millions of trees gone, Koalas only eat those leaves, so regrowth and resettlement is going on in huge numbers to save a cuddly species from extinctions in the wild. Kangaroos will bounce back, and in time, the feeling is most other animals will to, but the key words are – in time. In a lot of cases we hope the burnt trees themselves will regrow as they have evolved to grow after bushfires. I’m told with heavy rains in recent days some are showing green growth, which is encouraging.
All charities are ‘working their bums off’ but the one who seems to be doing the most is the Red Cross. So in closing, two things. Firstly – and I know I’ve said it before – my heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for participating in whatever way you have. Forty eight stories simply is mind-blowing, and the offers for promotion, trailers, editing, cover design, formatting and of course redirecting the money has been so uplifting I can’t even begin to tell you – and for someone who uses words all the time – that’s saying something.
Secondly, if ever you’ve thought about visiting this country, now’s the time. And as Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee) once said in some fantastic famous ads in the US and across the world. “Come on down; I’ll throw a shrimp on the barby for you. – Author Stephen King