Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Australia Burns (The Wild Rose Press Charity Anthology) Vol. 1, featuring Hywela Lyn's "Portrait of a Gunfighter"

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I am proud to announce that the generous folks at The Wild Rose Press...from authors to editors to the owners...have compiled a three-volume anthology to raise money to help the poor folks in Australia. The authors (48, I believe!) donated a short story and the staff busted their buns to get them ready for publication in a matter of weeks.

I will be hosting an official post when the books are released (February 14, 2020), but I wanted to share excerpts from some of the short stories I was privileged to read. I will post over the next few days and I ask that you help spread the word. 

Ideally, purchasing directly from The Wild Rose Press will garner the most money for the fund, since there will not be the cut that goes to AMZ, but unfortunately, the shipping is fairly steep unless several copies are being purchased.

The first excerpt I am sharing is from Portrait of a Gunfighter by Hywela Lyn, which is a historical short story set at a famous site in the Old West. 

It is available in Volume 1 of Australia Burns.

“We’re gonna have to go now, honey.”

The words, although spoken in a soft tone, startle me. I turn back from the window, to face the four men standing, waiting. 

“Please—please don’t go. Let the sheriff handle it.”

“It’s too late for that now, hun. You know it is. Sheriff Behan’s worse’n useless. If he was goin’ to stop it, he should’ve stepped in a long time ago.”

I know, deep down, that he has to go, but it breaks my heart to think he might be going to his death. I look up at him, trying to smile, and cling to him briefly. “Go then, God be with you.”

“We’ll be all right, darlin’.”

Another hand touches my arm. “Don’t you worry none, sweet lady. We know what we’re doing.”

Amazon link for e-book
The Wild Rose Press link (print)

The author's info:

Hywela Lyn - Romance That's 'Out Of This World'
Beloved Enemy - Shortlisted for RoNA (RNA) Awards 2017
Runner up in the RONE Awards and Winner of 'Best Banter Contest' 2017
The Destiny Trilogy - (Now in Audio a well as eBook and Paperback)
Available from Amazon and other on-line stores


  1. Love the excerpt. I cant wait to read it!
    D. V. 🦉

  2. Terrific excerpt, Lyn! Looking forward to reading the entire story!

    1. Thanks Barbara, hope you enjoy it - and all the other stories by my wonderful WRP fellow authors.

  3. Wonderful excerpt. Very tantalizing. Already ordered the ebook versions of all three volumes and will be ordering print versions as well. Congrats, Lyn (and ELF for also giving her time and expertise).

  4. Thanks Darcy - I'm looking forward to reading all three books too! I'm also going to be ordering Print, although I've pre-ordered the Ebooks for my Kindle!

  5. Beautiful excerpt, Lyn! Looking forward to reading all the stories.

  6. Aw thanks Mary, let's hope we can raise plenty of funds to help the Red Cross in Australia.