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Wild At Heart Vol I (Benefiting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Vanessa North , Charlene Roberts , Candace Sams , Dustin Stevens , Lauren Smith , Cynthia D'Alba , Lynda Kaye Frazier , Lindy Dierks , Elle James , Gina Wilkins , M. Marie , Linda Carroll-Bradd
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Book Description

This is a volume of short stories about wild animals, big cat rescues, shapeshifters and anything that would showcase the plight of large wild creatures and their need to have safe homes and/or freedom.

This anthology was produced by the Diamond State Romance Authors as a project of love to benefit the rescued animals of the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. All profits from this collection will go directly to the refuge to help with the care and feeding of these wonderful creatures.

Stories Included in this volume are:

Spirit of the Tiger by Elle James
Archer Falls by Lauren Smith
A Boy, A Girl, A Tiger by Cynthia D'Alba
The Wedding Crasher by Lindy Dierks
Beached by Dustin Stevens
Sunlight and Solace by Gina Wilkins
Saving Angel by Lynda Frazier
Buck by M. Marie
True Instinct by Vanessa North
Storm Haven by Charlene Roberts
Saving Akira by Candace Sams

Editorial Reviews


Score: 4.00 / 5

 "Wild at Heart: Volume 2, Young Adult Short Stories" is an anthology of young adult tales written by eleven talented authors to raise money for the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas.  These intriguing short stories run the gamut from the difficulties of fitting in when one is a teen from a different background than the rest of one's peers to the difficulties of seeing one's true nature until one is under pressure (and being threatened by a tiger) to the mysterious capabilities conferred by being able to see the entities on a building or out in the wild.  Especially enjoyable was the twist provided by Lori Freeland in her tale "Refugee" and the coming of age story depicted by Karis Walsh in "Vision Quest" but all of the stories offered an interesting insight into the melding between those with a wild nature and the humans who seek to interact with them.  A great introduction to a variety of intriguing writing styles and wonderful glimpses of imaginative worlds that would be fascinating to visit.  One can only hope that some of these entertaining tales will eventually become longer stories in the futures.

Product Details

  • File Size: 232 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Publisher: STORY INK LLC (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KFHN4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild At Heart October 2, 2012
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I love these stories and to be able to read them and help the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge at the same time is a win/win situation. I hope you enjoy the stories as much as I did. Also check out the Wild at Heart for the Young Adults coming soon!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi Authors October 21, 2012
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So many wonderful stories. I highly recommend this book as with all these authors you will have a problem picking just 1 as your favorite
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Elf2060
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4 1/2 stars.
"Wild at Heart, Volume 1" is a wonderful collection of short stories written by eleven very talented authors to help raise funds for the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. The anthology starts off with a very touching tale by the gifted Elle James/Myla Jackson who conveys a poignant story about a wounded soldier having trouble dealing with reintegration into civilian life and the way he is touched by one of the denizens of the refuge. Most of the stories touch on the way the exotic cats arrive at the sanctuary although some have more fantastical advocates than others (yum, shifters), the difficulty of raising funds to provide an adequate enclosure for the substantial felids or canids or the dedicated people involved with this mission. Rescues involving a few other species, including beached dolphins, a wolf, and other injured wildlife are all imaginatively and enthrallingly conveyed in entertaining stories. Emphasis is placed on the foolishness of adopting an exotic animal without adequate preparation and education and the tragic results that often ensue. An excellent fundraiser that provides fascinating stories, all of which would be excellent springboards for longer tales.

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I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories! January 22, 2013
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These stories were wonderful! The proceeds of this book goes to Turpentine Creek Big Cat Refuge, and the stories and very worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars August 20, 2014
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Great stories. Awesome that the Turpentine Creek Refuge benefits.
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