Back in December, I happened upon this tweet by UK writer LJ Ross, author of the popular DCI Ryan series of crime novels:
If you’ll remember, this was a time when everyone was weary from all the lockdowns and the news was wall-to-wall misery – unlike now when everything’s, erm… never mind. An uplifting project that focussed on good deeds sounded extremely timely and appealing. So I submitted a short story that I thought might fit the bill, and was very surprised when it was accepted. But I’ve been even more surprised at the ambitious scale of the project put together by Louise Ross. The anthology she has compiled features 50 heartwarming short stories by a host of high-profile authors who are better known for their thriller, romance or historical work (plus yours truly!), with all proceeds going to Shelter, a charity that helps people who are struggling with homelessness and bad housing situations.
The cover reveal of the Everyday Kindness anthology has even made the front page of this week’s edition of The Bookseller [ticks item off Bucket List] and it will be released to coincide with World Kindness Day, on November 13. Each story has a positive message and/or happy outcome, and it’s hoped it will promote wellbeing as well as raise funds to help the vulnerable. If you would like to support this worthy cause, and read, among others, international bestselling crime writers being uncharacteristally cheerful, it can be pre-ordered through Blackwells UK and Amazon, with more details to come closer to publication. It will be available from all good bookshops throughout the UK, and I really hope it will be warmly received.
The full list of contributors is below:
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