Romance Anthology to raise funds for Ukraine


The members of Romancelandia are uniting once again (sort of, I mean, they’re still at it) to raise money for a good cause. This time it is to help relief and humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Fifty best-selling romance writers got together and wrote all-new stories for the Nightingale anthology, with 100% of the profits going to charities helping Ukraine.

Authors involved include:

Katee Robert, Siobhan Davis, Robin Covington, Xio Axelrod, Vanessa Vale & Renee Rose, Terri E. Laine, Lucy Lennox, C. Hallman & JL Beck, Sara Ney, Willow Winters, Rebecca Yarros, Sienna Snow, Ana Huang, Willow Aster , Pepper Winters, Piper Rayne, Rebecca Zanetti, Honey Meyer, Alta Hensley & Livia Grant, Samantha Chase, Parker S. Huntington, TK Leigh, Kate Canterbary, Laura Thalassa, Carian Cole, Natasha Knight & Ashleigh Zavarelli, Rina Kent, Lauren Rowe , Rachel Van Dyken, Karla Sorenson, Claudia Burgoa, Kelsey Clayton, Helena Hunting, Aleatha Romig, KA Linde, Carly Phillips, Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss, Kelly Elliott, Brenda Rothert, AL Jackson, Jenika Snow, Katie Ashley, Amo Jones, Susan Stoker, Harloe Rae, LB Dunbar, Gina L. Maxwell, Tijan, Amelia Wilde, Skye Warren, Penny Reid, Susannah Nix, Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Dylan Allen, Kandi Steiner, Raine Miller, Toni Aleo , Natalie Wrye, Debra Anastasia, Brittney Sahin, Heidi McLaughlin, Melanie Moreland , Ja y Crownover, Catherine Cowles, Roni Loren, Shantel Tessier, Aly Martinez and Julia Kent.

Flower power and the meaning behind the cover

Nightingale An anthology for Ukraine.  Image: Beautiful Book.
(beautiful book)

Most people now know that the Ukrainian flag is blue and yellow. Still, there are other interesting elements in the anthology cover – and, presumably, the illustrations inside – that we can’t see yet. First, sunflowers are very important for the culture and economy of Ukraine. Unfortunately, Russia’s border with Ukraine, now overrun by Russian soldiers, produces the largest production of sunflower oil in the country. Ukraine produces almost half of sunflower oil and saffron oil in the world. Recently, people realized the importance of sunflower for Ukrainians when this interaction went viral:

Because of the story of the flower and this brave elder, the sunflower has reasserted itself around the world as an image of Ukraine’s resistance to Russian imperialism. First lady Dr. Jill Biden sported a mask with an embroidered sunflower the day before President Biden’s first State of the Union address. i’m a big fan of imagery of resistant plantsfrom watermelons for Palestine to the daisies of the American anti-war movement.

I don’t know the other species of flora and fauna as well. Yet the namesake of the novel (the nightingale) and the bird in the center are an important symbol (and storytelling device) in various Slavic cultures. This includes many countries more directly involved, such as Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Belarus.

where can i get Nightingale?

Today’s book cover reveal comes at a critical time, as we learned that three million refugees had fled Ukraine by the end of last week. The sooner help arrives, the better, and in the case of this novel, the organizers are donating all proceeds. There has been no official announcement about the charities they will be contributing to. However, the authors made a point of saying on the various shopping sites: “We are not affiliated with or endorsed by these charities. We are simply authors who want to help.

Scheduled to be released on April 5 as an e-book, it’s likely to get those much-needed funds for humanitarian efforts out as soon as possible. With an impressive total of 50 authors, this book is around 750 pages and the price on all sites is $7.99. There is no news of a physical copy, but the authors note that this is a limited time book.

You can pre-order and buy the book via Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, !ndigo, Mondadori, Angus & Robertson, and (if you must because it’s a crisis) Amazon.

(via Twitter, featured image: Book Beautiful and Alyssa Shotwell)

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