Alternate Voices Anthology: A Book for a Cause

This week is a celebration of the release of Alternate Voices, a DI Lyle Anthology. Seven authors (including Juliet B Madison, author of the DI Lyle Series) have come together to present a collection of short stories. The proceeds from the anthology will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Each day this week, I am featuring a different author. I'm proud to say I am a part of this wonderful collection of stories. Since I can't interview myself, I would like to talk about my contribution to the anthology.

My short story is called A Change of Heart and is about DI Frank Lyle's ex-wife Sarah who is trying work through her feelings about the dissolution of her marriage and falling-out with her son. When Sarah meets a young homeless man in the park, she is forced to confront the truth about the mistakes she's made in her family life. As she attempts to help save this young man, she also works up the courage to make things right with her own son.

I decided to contribute a short story for two reasons. One, because I'm friends with Juliet B Madison and a fan of her series. And two, because I believe the proceeds from the book sales are going to an extremely worthy cause. Most of us have been affected by cancer or know someone who has. Macmillan Cancer Support is an organization which helps cancer patients and their families. I'm very proud to be a part of this project.

As I mentioned above, I'm a fan of the DI Lyle Series. It's very difficult to pick a favorite book, so I'll highlight two that really stuck with me. Unholy Alliance is a favorite because it features Canon Thomas Rice, a particularly well-written and fascinating character. Canon Rice is a former police officer who helps DI Lyle in the investigation. Here's the blurb:
The brutal murder of a curate at an ecumenical conference leads DI Lyle and his team to uncover the shocking and somewhat tragic past of the victim, Reverend Martin Hayes,whom no one appears to have known very well.

Assisted by Canon Thomas Rice, a former police officer, DI Lyle works his way through a tangled web, which leads to a recently released prisoner with a deep-seated hatred of the church. Can DI Lyle penetrate the unholy alliance formed between the ex con and a corrupt police officer? And will a little knowledge prove a dangerous thing?

The other book I'd like to mention as a favorite is Best Served Cold. This is the darkest book in the series and explores themes such as hate crimes and revenge. Here's the blurb:
DI Lyle is about to get a glimpse into the murky world of political activism and hate crime; the murder of a prominent city councillor is just the tip of the iceberg.

The city of Ashbeck is on high alert when news breaks that convicted triple murderer and paedophile Bob Kenyon has escaped from custody.

Can DI Lyle and his team get to the bottom of this murky mess before another atrocity occurs?

Alternate Voices will be widely available on September 23rd. You can pre-order on iTunes, Kobo, and Nook. The book will also be available on Kindle and in paperback.

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  1. Thanks for doing this for me Tricia and thank you for contributing. I hope it doesn't flop into the 200,000 Amazon rankings like all my other books.

  2. Thank you for all your hard work in putting this anthology together and for giving fans of the series an opportunity to write about your characters. I hope people will buy the book. It's for an excellent cause and well worth the cost.

  3. I hope it goes well for you all. Juliet has certainly put a lot of hard work into it, and should be congratulated

  4. I'm hoping this one will get some attention since it's not just my work. Time will tell

  5. Thanks Maegan. Btw I love your artwork on Tricia's Spellbringers books.

  6. Thank you Juliet. Yeah, they're my favorite series. I love the books so I am happy to do whatever I can. :)

  7. You deserve a special mention for the eye-catching cover, John. Thank you for your contribution!

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