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Make Believe [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Belfield , Jennifer M. Eaton , J. Keller Ford , Terri Rochenski , Kelly Said , Lynda R. Young
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Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski
An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign's Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she'll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford
There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher's brother from an insanity-ridden death.

After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn't the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.

She's tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she's never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there's something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won't stop until she's dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said
A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either.

The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who's just as isolated as Sterling, he'll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton
Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra-a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield
From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can't help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems-ones from which she'll have to find the courage just to survive.

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Sacrificial Oath is my first fantasy short story. I hope you enjoy it, & feel free to swing b authorgraph by clicking on the image below for a free autograph signed copy!


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  • File Size: 832 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
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  • Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing (November 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Anthology November 26, 2012
By Sanz
Format:Kindle Edition
Cover Review
Way back in May when I did the cover reveal for this anthology this is what I thought to the cover.

I like this cover as it is very wintery looking so appropriate for the time of year of it's release. there's a little bit of mystery there as we only see the back of the person in the red outfit. I also love books that have bylines on them. On this book the byline reads "Where Illusion can't hide all the secrets..." so it makes you wonder about the book.
I am looking forward to hopefully reading and reviewing this book. I love anthologies as it's a less expensive way of trying new authors that you haven't read before. J. A. Belfield is headlining this book, which is good as I love her style of writing even if the short tale in this book is not a Holloway pack one, I am sure I will enjoy it! I also like the sound of the other short tales in the book too.

So now I have read the book does my opinion change. Not really I would only add that I personally think the girl in the red cloak that appears to be travelling to the castle, is Loclyn the wiccae from Petrified by Kelly Said. It is a good representation of a scene from that short story.

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski
An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign's Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she'll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.
MY REVIEW
A really great start to the anthology, this story has a mythical edge in that the people in the book pray to the goddess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Make Believe' that this is an Awesome Anthology! December 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Make Believe anthology features short stories with paranormal themes that will make minds ponder impossibilities. While not as emotionally in depth as J. Taylor Publishing's previous anthology, Tidal Whispers, Make Believe's fairy tale-like essence will capture readers' attention from the first suspenseful story of sacrifice.

Terry Rochenski's Sacrificial Oath was an excellent portrayal of faith and love. When an impossible oath is laid before a young woman, faith in her goddess and love for her father are the only causes of motivation. The connection between Alesuelah and her father was powerful and a great focus point for the plot. Following is J. Keller Ford's Amulet of Ormisez, which is surely the most mysterious of the six stories. The story is detailed and features a less commonly written about creature, the selkie. The plot excitingly unfolds bit by bit as readers are introduced to Elton who returns home to a changed brother and a web of events to unravel. I love that Ford managed to weave a little romance amid all the action!

Lynda R. Young's Birthright and Kelly Said's Petrified by far the most unique stories with unfamiliar story lines. Birthright glimpses into the life of a grieving woman who only wants to get away from bustle of the city. The small town she chooses to settle holds more than the key to recuperation as she discovers the powers her mother and sister once warned her about, her birthright. Petrified changed the pace of the anthology by bringing on two perspectives. The story opens with Sterling, a son looking to solve the mysteries of his father's illness and his kingdom's strange weather, and then introduces Lochlyn, a healer of sorts who has just lost her mentor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I was so excited to get a chance to read this amazing collection early in exchange for an honest review.

This is a great collection of short stories. They are short enough to read one a night but engaging enough to plow through all at one time depending on how you like to read. I really enjoyed all of them.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield

This story was the main reason I wanted to read this book. I fell in love with the Holloway pack and couldn't wait to read a new story line from J.A. Belfield. I gobble up her writing as fast as I can get a hold of it. She cannot write fast enough for me!

With that being said, of course I had to start with Escort to Insanity, which happens to be the last story of the book. "Save the best for last" is definitely true in this book! I loved "Escort to Insanity". Nicole (Cole to her friends) purchases Benjamin to escort her to a charity event. They have an immediate chemistry, especially considering how they first meet. Benjamin is a strong lead character and quickly shows Cole that he's not just yummy arm candy but also a thoughtful guy that is determined to give Cole more than her money's worth! Cole is also a well written character and cares deeply for her friends.

If you've read Ms. Belfield's Holloway Pack Series, this one is not about wolves, but I promise, you won't be disappointed! My only complaint was that it was too short. I know this was a short story but I would love to hear more from these awesome characters, maybe a new series, hint hint. ;)

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski
The blurb says Alesuela must be the" virginal sacrifice or watch the man she loves most die in her place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical Anthology
I found this anthology perfect to read on my kindle. Such well-chosen stories to enchant and intrigue. I enjoyed them all and wouldn't like to rate each individually. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Denise Covey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treat for Fantasy Lovers
The gorgeous cover won me over and the stories did not disappoint.

My favourite was Lynda Young's 'Birthright'. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Charmaine
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Anthology
Around fifty-or-so pages each, here are a little bit about the stories included in Make Believe:

"Sacrificial Oath" by Terri Rochenski
My Thoughts: I envisioned... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Danielle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories!
I absolutely love short stories and this collection of fantasy was no exception. Each of the six stories gave me just enough of the wow factor and I loved that the red cloak... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Melissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed!
I just loved a few of these stories......I enjoyed reading the entire book! Short stories are great reading; you can finish an entire story "in a sitting"!
Published 17 months ago by Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars Made Me Want to Workout
These short stories were perfect for the 30 to 35 minute forays on my treadmill. I forgot I was running because I got swept into these fantasy worlds. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Hughson
4.0 out of 5 stars Make Believe lives up to expectations
I was really looking forward to reading Make Believe after having followed the build-up to it via some of the author's blogs, and it certainly lived up to my expectations! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Vanessa-Jane Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars. I love finding new authors who blow my mind.
From Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

At A Glance
I liked four stories out of the six. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jennifer Bielman @ Reading & Writing UF & PNR
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good book with some incredible stories inside
Make believe is a collection of 6 fantasy and paranormal short stories. The content and feel of the stories are varied; from Terry Rochenski's tale of a girl forced to sacrifice... Read more
Published 19 months ago by L. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Collection of Speculative Ficiton Short Stories!!!!
I reviewed each story separately...

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: * * *
My Review:
This is a retelling of an old... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Danielle C. Smiley
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