Five authors have joined together to produce stories evoking both loss and hope. Reaching deep within their fiery imaginations, these stories take flight and showcase dreams for a better today and future for LGBT everywhere. Embodying a diverse set of talents and stories, this volume sets out to grab the hearts of those who read the m/m genre and to offer hope to LGBT across the globe. By offering this book, we hope to support the following charities across the globe:
GALA, South Africa Lost-n-Found, USA Youth Off The Streets, Australia The Albert Kennedy Trust, United Kingdom
This anthology edited by Louis J Harris and Kimi D Saunders
Indigent has been produced to entertain and delight and all the stories leave the reader with a “feel good” state of mind.
Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr’s “Indigent”, after which the anthology takes its name, brings the reader to witness an apocalyptic war between the good and evil that rages in one man’s mind. Soon he will know that his problems are insignificant compared to those of others.
Mari Evan’s “Stumbling into Forever”, involves a handsome young vampire who will learn that just a sip of blood is the difference between love and freezing to death.
Leona Windwalker’s “If Only the World”, takes rejection to another level. A heartbreaking story that is turned on its head by the kindness of strangers.
Shaye Evans’ “Rescued”, is a contemporary social statement about the aftermath of a young man’s life after his drink has been spiked at a bar.
M. LeAnne Phoenix’s “Higher Love”, takes us on an almost spiritual journey through the minds of two people who have never met, but have spoken on a telepathic level. When they do come together, that bond is already cemented, but there is a price to pay.
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He is sitting in the car during rush hour traffic, waiting at a red traffic light, and needing a new place, a new start, and new faces around him.
And a beggar asks him for a cigarette.
The vehicles behind them are honking.
The beggar is moving between cars as he makes his way to the walk. A car is coming through the intersection at a high rate of speed..........
'He’s going to get hit. And he’s going to die.'
Out of instinct,he puts himself between the beggar and the car. And.......
They stay on the intersection, two indigents, alone in an empty world.
........................... “You did real good,”.......... “You passed the entrance exam if you want the job.” “The job?” …........................... “And the demon?”....... “The woman and her kids?”..............“ How do we get there?”
'Indigent' is part of a Charity anthology.
Thank you to the five authors who have joined together to support these noble charities across the globe. With all my love, Pavellit
Reviewed by Jaycee for BOOKS 'N COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS, www.Talon-ps.com Arc copy provided for honest review; also purchased at Amazon.com
Five short, distinctly profound yet fictionalized stories more than represent the charter(s) of the charities they have have been chosen to support. Commonly experienced struggles of LBGT community members across the demographic are highlighted in stories that quite effectively utilize the most popular tropes currently used in the genre.
I won’t rehash what is already outlined in the book cover blurb, but the overall feel each individual story brings is one of triumph over struggle. Or maybe, because of it. There is bad out there, but infinitely more good. There is an incessant internal dialogue that is in fact, born of external manipulation and it can be silenced; or at least redirected, reflected back where it belongs. Belief starts with the self, in the self, and when traditional, unconditional love and support of family and friends disappears in a haze of ignorance, that inner core accepts only its just due.
Today when I read stories like these, fictionalized or not, that recount the struggles of losing family and friends, livelihoods, and health and the subsequent struggles to start all over again while wading through the muck and mire of wilful misunderstanding and dogma, I feel as though I should be reading a history book, or an historical romance as the case may be. Humanity (and I use the term loosely) surely can’t still be this indoctrinated by age-old superstition and history written by mere mortals who were themselves victims of such callous mind-control methods? Clearly there is still very large sector of the populace who choose the easy way of being told what to think rather than think for themselves, and as long as this is the case there will be stories like these; at once heartbreaking and heartwarming, because in fact, they beautifully illustrate the resilience of the human spirit and the truth that the stronger person is he/she who must struggle to overcome…by his/her own control.
Thankfully there are authors like these who can weave harsh realities into positive tales of personal triumph. And thankfully groups exist such as those this work will support, to provide safe haven and skills and encouragement until the rest of humanity can catch up to the current century, use that reasoning power which in theory puts it at the top of the food chain, and gets that opposable thumb it is so proud of, out of its proverbial ass.
My rating is based on the title story and the other three non Leona Windwalker contributions (I write m/m as Leona :P ). I helped edit these stories and was blown away by the variety of stories and the skill of each of of the authors. Each story touched my heart, with Feeley's Indigent grabbing me by the feels from the moment I opened the compilation. Five stories to entertain, all for less than a cup of coffee from Starbucks. All proceeds to charity, helping those truly in need. A win/win all the way round.