I picked this anthology up because all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which is a wonderful cause. Many of the authors’ lives have been touched by cancer in one way or another, some first-hand. The volume is Halloween-themed, as well.
I don’t believe I’ve read anything but short stories by any of these authors in the past except for Jennifer Estep, and I haven’t read the Mythos Academy series in which her story is set. I’m more likely to read it now than I was before.
“Halloween Frost” by Estep and “Ghostly Justice” by Allison Brennan (set in her Seven Deadly Sins series) were the most polished stories in the anthology. Too many of the others had plot holes, or felt like teasers to get a reader to pursue more of the author’s work. A short story should be self-contained.
Some of the authors let the “romance” get in the way of the plotting. If the main character acts like an idiot because she’s distracted by the bulge in a man’s pants, why make her the main character of a story? Especially if, as in “Sinfully Sweet” by Michelle Miles, you fail to resolve the major plot issue you raise?
While I admire the cause for which these ladies are writing, I can’t help but think a shorter, higher-quality anthology might have been a better bet.