Review & Giveaway: 'Love is All You Need' by Sophie King & Others (2014)
Meet 10 women, from different places, backgrounds and times, and each with a different experience of men and romance.
Their stories in turn hold the promise of romance, reflect on finding love, or show the lengths we'll go to for the special person in our lives.
An anthology of stories which are funny, thought-provoking, and thrilling, with characters you'll empathise with as they discover that ... Love is All You Need.
I’m a big fan of author Sophie King (who also writes under the name ‘Janey Fraser’) and I’ve been lucky enough to have had the chance to review some of her works over the past year. At the end of 2013 I read ‘Love is a Secret’ (click here for my review) and ‘Second Time Lucky’ (click here to read my review), and earlier this year I read and reviewed the fabulous ‘After the Honeymoon’ (click here to read my review). Today, I’m excited to tell all of you a bit more about ‘Love Is All You Need’, an anthology consisting of the top 10 stories that were part of the Sophie King Prize 2014. Thanks to the lovely people at Corazon Books I even have a copy of the collection to give away, so be sure to scroll down to be in with a chance!
Each year, the Sophie King Prize is awarded to a great new romance short story. Author Sophie King started this short story competition to pay more attention to short stories within the romance genre and to give both published and unpublished authors from all over the world a chance to share their short stories. ‘Love Is All You Need’ is the anthology of the top 10 stories of 2014, which was released as an e-book on the 11th of June and as a paperback on the 4th of August, and includes stories written by Alyson Hilbourne, Yvonne Eve Walus, Johanna Grassick, Pauline Watson, Melanie Whipman, Linda Triegel, Laurel Osterkamp, Helen Yendall, Mary Lally, and Sherri Turner.
I personally think the Sophie King Prize is a wonderful initiative from author Sophie King to give both published and unpublished authors a chance to share their romantic short stories with the world. This year’s anthology includes 10 stories in total from both published and unpublished authors from the UK, the USA and New Zealand, which were chosen by author Sophie King herself. The theme of the anthology is love, and I really enjoyed reading these different stories about various women with different backgrounds and each of them their own romantic tale to tell. Short story compilations are perfect if you are looking for a quick read, because it is easy to squeeze in a story during your lunch break or while you’re waiting for the bus.
I personally enjoyed all of the stories in this anthology, but if I had to pick three favourites it’d have to be ‘Hot Chocolate Hero’ by Alyson Hilbourne (the story that won the competition), ‘The White Handbag’ by Pauline Watson, and ‘Game Plan’ by Mary Lally. ‘Love Is All You Need’ is a quick and diverse read filled with tons of romance and promising authors. Be sure to check www.thesophiekingprize.com in November 2014 to enter your own short story for this year!
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Giveaway of 'Love is All You Need'
I'm incredibly excited to be able to give away one paperback copy of 'Love is All You Need' today! The giveaway is open internationally, so be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below, good luck to everyone! :)