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Damsels of Distress: An Anthology About Strong Women. Presented by Lily Luchesi

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Damsels of Distress, Anthology, Horror, Paranormal, Supernatural, Lily Luchesi
Forget helpless princesses and ingenues with stars in their eyes. CHBB Publishing, the leader in small press fiction, brings you an anthology that is all about the strong women who bring the world to its knees.

Rulers, villains, heroes: women of all walks of life bringing or fighting horrors unimaginable. Compiled and edited by award-winning and bestselling author Lily Luchesi.

Featuring these 16 authors:
Kathy-Lynn Cross
USA Today bestselling author Deliaria Davis
Sara Dobie Bauer
Poetry from A. Giacomi
SK GregoryMirren Hogan
Lily Luchesi
Poetry from Xtina Marie
P. Mattern
SL PerrineTianna Scott
TL TravisEM Whittaker
Jay Michael Wright II
Simone Young
A novella from USA Today bestselling author SJ Davis
Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Paranormal, Anthology
Format: eBook
Publication Date: October 31, 2017

Review

A pretty fantastic anthology filled with horror, paranormal, and supernatural stories starring women as the protagonists or antagonists, depending on the story. I enjoyed all of the stories, but there were a few that really stood out.

"Clipped Wings" by Kathy-Lynn Cross

When an angel meets a demon in a graveyard, something about the demon gives the angel pause. The demon can't remember who he is or what he's doing there. Unable to cast judgment on the demon, the angel agrees to help him solve the mystery of his identity. What this unlikely couple discovers is that their past histories are filled with sacrifice, redemption, and love. 

An unlikely love story with an interesting premise and setting, wonderful dialogue, and exquisitely detailed. I wished that it was longer because I loved it!

"Muddying the Water" by Sara Dobie Bauer

Set in an alternate reality where women hold the power and men are the subservient gender, a high-ranking government official is looking for a husband before her 30th birthday. When she finds herself falling in love with an unconventional man, she is determined not to let anything stand between them; even the law.

This is a really cool alternate reality/dystopian story set in a matriarchal society. I enjoyed the premise, and the revolutionary and taboo romance made this an interesting read.

"Death at the King's Court" by Lily Luchesi

A seemingly helpless princess has dreams of being a warrior, and the new knight that her father has enlisted to fight off invading vampires is the key to her dreams coming true. 

An unexpected twist on a "damsel in distress" tale! Definitely didn't predict the ending but I should have since I've read Luchesi's work in the past. It blew me away, and I absolutely loved it! I'm hoping that another short story about this kingdom emerges.

"Invisible" Sun" by S.J. Davis

I think this is the longest story in the anthology that feels like a nod to the "penny dreadful" genre in setting and premise, with a little less gore. 

The relationship between vampires and the human government is tenuous at best, and the human government is largely unaware of the vampires' genetic research to wipe out the XY chromosome in vampires and create a "perfect vampire." The vampires thought they had succeeded in creating the perfect vampire until he broke the tenants of vampire society and started indiscriminately feeding on humans. The vamps now have a mad, rogue vampire on the loose; hellbent on destroying humanity.

An intriguing blend of steampunk science fiction and horror that I found myself enjoying. A richly detailed setting, unique premise, and era-appropriate dialogue make this an irresistible story filled gore, love, science, and action! 

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