Harmonious Hearts 2015 – Stories from the Young Author Challenge by CJ, Shaye Evans, Angelicque Bautista, Alice Blank, Erica Engelin, Melissa Dollison, Danielle Eyer, Jordan Gillespie, Juli Philippo, Zig, Hannah Irene, Sheila McIntosh, Gabriella Reeb, S. A. Star, Sara Stark, Laura Swogger, Imani J. Walton ~ Book Review by Queue

HarmoniousHearts2015LGTitle: Harmonious Hearts 2015 – Stories from the Young Author Challenge

Author: CJ, Shaye Evans, Angelicque Bautista, Alice Blank, Erica Engelin, Melissa Dollison, Danielle Eyer, Jordan Gillespie, Juli Philippo, Zig, Hannah Irene, Sheila McIntosh, Gabriella Reeb, S. A. Star, Sara Stark, Laura Swogger, Imani J. Walton

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/22/2015

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Historical, Humor/Comedy, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Paranormal, Romance, Trans*, Young Adult

Blurb:

A Harmony Ink Press Title

Celebrate with Harmony Ink Press as we recognize the talented winners of our second annual Young Author Challenge. This anthology showcases the LGBTQ genre’s best up-and-coming-authors between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one.

The road from childhood to adulthood can be a bumpy one, especially for LGBTQ youth. Travel beside characters of all identities, orientations, and expressions as they search for a place to belong and people to love and support them just the way they are. From cities to the countryside, across diverse nations, and in fantastical realms of imagination, these young people struggle against society’s expectations, judgment from friends and family, and their own confusion—all while trying to enjoy their teenage years. Join them as they find the strength to be the people they’re meant to be and the courage to show their beauty to the world.

Angelicque Bautista—Hummingbird Heart
Alice Blank—I Wouldn’t Let You Drown
Erica Engelin—My Friend, My Sister
Melissa Dollison—Home Before the Moon Turns
Shaye Evans—Boarding Discovery
Danielle Eyer—The Love Song of Amalia Savage
Jordan Gillespie—Love in the Time of Figure Skating
Juli Philippo—Ceilings
Zig—The Three Poly Teens
Hannah Irene—Black Rose
CJ—The Pirate and the Princess
Sheila McIntosh—Leucippa
Gabriella Reeb—Just a Little Bit Late
S. A. Star—Chance Encounters
Sara Stark—Stardust
Laura Swogger—This Photograph
Imani J. Walton—Three Stages of Agony

My View:

The skill levels of the young authors presented here is simply amazing. From sweet to sad and everything in between these short tales run the gamut of not just subject matters and genres but also sexualities.

That was one of my favorite things of this book was to see how accepting young people not just of homosexuality but also *trans kids, bisexuality, pansexuality, polyamory and many more I’ve probably forgetting to mention.

There were stories in here that were better than others but all were very interesting. The styles were also all very different with some more to my liking than others.

I’m not going to rate each individual story because they all excelled in different ways.

Even if anthologies aren’t your thing I’d advise giving this collection a shot. It’ll be worth it.

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Links

Harmonious Hearts 2015 – Stories from the Young Author Challenge on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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