Title: After Tomorrow
Published: December 8, 2014
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
This is an interesting collection of post-apocalyptic stories, poems, and artwork. While I love the amazing cover art, I found I did not love all of the stories, and there were a couple that I did not finish. However, quite a few were very well written and intriguing takes on post-apocalyptic worlds. Here are a few of my favorites from the anthology.
"Warp and Weave" by C.L. McCollum is a fantastic science fiction story that centers on one woman as she tries to survive the Time Dilation. What a unique idea! While humans are said to be immune to a Dilation, we witness a modern railcar shift to an old coal engine that runs on steam, then to a hunk of metal during a Dilation. I would love to read a full length novel around this idea.
It's not often that the undead and magical creatures inhabit the same reality. Kelly Matsuura combined them flawlessly in "The Oryx and the Undead." With a nice twist at the end, this was a satisfying tale.
"Dead World" by Toni Lesatz is another favorite in the After Tomorrow anthology. This well written story follows a lone survivor's mission to find more survivors in a dead world where she appears to be the only person alive. Laney's actions are believable, and I'd love to read more of her dead world.
"Falling Through Time," a time travel tale of finding - or rediscovering - lost love. Sometimes, time travel stories can be difficult to get straight in your head, but this one was well written. Collin and his gray-eyed girl, Cassidy, is a match made in ... well, let's just say on a warm beach.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Authors
Samantha Ketteman has resided in southern Illinois for 7 years, (though still claims to be an Alabama girl), with her husband and three crazy demon children. She started reading novels at a very young age and decided to write for herself. She is a caffeine addict, insomniac, and generally scatterbrained most of the time. When she's not writing, she's getting lost in her imagination. Novels are an escape from the harsh reality of a cantankerous teenage boy and two drama queen girls.
Jess Watkins is an avid reader, writer and chocolate devourer. She runs a book blog called A Book Addict's Bookshelves and co-runs Worlds of Words. She has lived in three different countries and owns an unreasonable number of t-shirts. A Whovian, Browncoat and Sherlockian, Jess loves anything to do with superheroes, Game of Thrones and Joss Whedon.
HJ Daly has always loved stories and writing became a natural progression to reading. Reading with her own children and then at schools in a hope of capturing the hearts and minds of the young. It wasn’t always about writing though, during her late teens, HJ stepped up her Latin American dancing and traveled Europe.
C. L. McCollum spends her time delving into the wonder of the world. She’s always been drawn to the “How” and the “Why” and the “Is this even possible?” That addiction to wonder has led her to the realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy. C. L. is on the Great Agent Hunt for her first novel, but two of her stories are featured in the charity anthology Clichés for a Cause: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (October 2014). Currently, C. L. is keeping it weird in Austin, TX with the love of her life and their various furry roommates. You can find her on Facebook and on Twitter.
Kelly Matsuura grew up in Victoria, Australia, but has lived most of her adult life in the northern hemisphere. After a year teaching English in China, she moved to Japan where she lived for ten years in Nagoya. Due to her husband’s work, she’s enjoying a few years back in a western country, living in Michigan, USA.
Emma Michaels is a cover artist, blogger, and author of the 'Society of Feathers' series. Growing up her library card was her best friend and books were her home. Her love of blogging started when she created a book blog in 2009 which gave her the courage to submit her own novels to publishers and the rest, as they say, is history. To find out more feel free to stop by www.EmmaMichaels.com.
Author Michael Cross lives in Seattle, WA. When Cross isn’t working on his next novel, he spends his time reading, modding steampunk inventions or working on his airship with his copilot Chihuahua.
Cross dreamed of becoming a storyteller back when he was read stories like “The Odyssey” and legends of Roman soldiers and Arthur. He writes mostly paranormal, fantasy, New Adult and steampunk.
Follow his adventures at www.Michael-Cross.com/.
Toni Lesatz is a wife, mother, author, blogger, gamer, caffeine addict, and lover of the culinary arts. Her short stories, Ashes to Ashes and Dead World, were published in fall 2014. She is currently writing her debut novel, which she hopes to have in reader's hands by spring 2015.
Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and three children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
You can follow her atMy Book Addiction or on Facebook!
H.L. Houghton remembers sitting on the floor with a little red typewriter, tapping keys and asking her mother for spellings. She was three years old and from that day to this, she has dreamed of writing wonderful things for others to read. H.L. has recently published a collection of short, vampire themed stories entitled Almost Dead.
When she is not writing, she can be found with a camera glued to her face or a book in her hand. She loves music, singing badly and watching people run from the rain.
K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing.
As an author for Clean Teen Publishing and Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press, Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found studying for her MA in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic.
Scott Anthony Venus is an Australian poet from Brookfield, Victoria on the western outskirts of Melbourne.
Scott has been writing poetry for over 20 years, resulting in the release of 3 collections of his poetry “Finding Wisdom In Shadows” (2008), “Whisper Something Fragile” (2013) and “Breathing Moments” (2014).
Outside of writing, Scott is qualified as a Travel Agent; however, is currently a live-in carer for 2 people with various degrees of disability - a responsibility that demands much of his time.
Nicole L Daffurn's love for the written word has seen her write many short stories and poems and then eventually moving on to tackle the bigger task of novel writing late in 2011. She has also completed her course in editing and is currently studying Journalism and looks forward to exploring the world of news media.
Andrea L. Staum is author of the Dragonchild Lore series and The Attic's Secret Novella. She is also a contributor to a wide variety of anthologies in numerous genres. She is a trained motorcycle mechanic, an amateur house renovator, and a record keeper for the characters in her mind. She resides in South Central Wisconsin with her husband and three cats.
Yasmin Fazli is an undergraduate college student studying biology to one day fulfil her dream of being a doctor. Little did she know, the small stories she used to write in middle school and high school developed into another dream she couldn't live without. In the beginning of her senior year of high school, the idea of Will of Hope, her first novel, was born. It took on a life of its own, and it turned into something she couldn't put aside. When she finished, she was so in love with the story and how the characters grew that she felt the need to share the happiness it brought with everyone and anyone. Still living the life of a college student, Yasmin works in a research lab, is a part of the Delta Gamma sorority, and fills her life with snowboarding and bouldering.