“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.
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