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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Overcoming Adversity Anthology and #RomanticFridayWriters March Madness Challenge - Driven to Murder

Hi All!

Today's the release date for Overcoming Adversity, an Anthology compiled of blogger's stories with overcoming adversity as the theme. This was in response to Nick Witford's blogfest where he mooted the idea of gathering stories to collate into a saleable anthology to raise money for his stepson's education.

I am excited to have contributed a fictional story based on the Queensland Floods, where the strong female protagonist makes perhaps the wrong decision. I am more excited to know this anthology will raise money to help Andrew's education.


A collection of seventy moving and uplifting original pieces - real life, flash fiction, and poetry - about battling against the odds and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The contributors include Amazon bestselling authors Alex J. Cavanaugh and Kyra Lennon, and the cream of upcoming talent.

The anthology is part of a fundraising effort to send the editor's stepson, Andrew McNaughton, to a specialist college in England. Andrew has cerebral palsy, and is a remarkable young man with a promising future. However, the free further education options offered in his own country of Scotland will not challenge him and allow him to progress. In order to access the education he deserves, Andrew will have to pay exorbitant fees, thus creating a situation of discrimination.

Help us get Andrew to college by buying a book that runs the full gamut of human emotions, ultimately leaving you inspired and glad to be alive. Whatever struggles you are going through, our sincere hope is that this book will help.

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Editor Bio: Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland. Visit him at http://nickwilford.blogspot.co.uk/.


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  1. Congrats, Denise and Nick! I will be there for March madness. I just don't know how yet. :-)

  2. Really proud to be a part of Nick's efforts, and hope this means great things for Andrew. Awesome blogfest idea btw! (And very sinister ... which I love. :)

  3. Awesome. I will enjoy reading my blogger friends' submissions.


  4. Hi Denise - I do think Nick has done wonders - and what a great idea to raise funds for Andrew's continuing education ..

    Probably won't do the murder mayhem - otherwise I'll be murdering people in eastbourne - not a good idea .. mind you behind bars I'll have plenty of time to write ...

    Cheers Hilary

    1. Oh a pity you won't be writing for us this month. I'm looking forward to when you do.

  5. It is a great anthology and wonderful to be able to help a young man continue his education and overcome the challenges he faces.
    I'm plotting a murder!!
    I've never done that before.......

  6. Purchased and 'liked' - I see it's sitting pretty high on the charts at Amazon, well done!

    Home situation very inspiring for 'Driven to Murder' prompt at the moment.

    1. Just read your email. Driven to murder alright!

  7. Thanks so much for taking part and all your support, Denise.

    Your challenge sounds awesome, I'll have to have a think about that!

    1. Great idea Nick. I am delighted to take part.

  8. Congrats, Nick. I purchased my copy yesterday.

  9. What a wonderful and heartwarming task Nick. WE are all behind you.

    Thanks for featuring Nick today Denise...

  10. What a fantastic project. I honestly hope it achieves the goal of sending Andrew to the specialist colleage. Best wishes.


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