The place I first heard of the upcoming total solar eclipse
(coming closer every day!) was on Earth and Sky
. In fact,
I subscribe to their posts and get them every day. If you follow me on Facebook,
you’ve probably seen me repost some of their things. I’ve always been
fascinated by what’s up there in the sky—and by what’s down here on the earth.
The 24 authors who contributed to DAY OF THE DARK, our short
story anthology of eclipse-based stories, decided to give some of the proceeds
to charity. Guess what I chose? You’re right, Earth and Sky! Two others chose
that, too. We’re a varied group, so we have a lot of different interests. Here
are the charities that will benefit from our sales--
I like to say that these donations are going to these great
causes in the spirit of light and life: Earth and Sky, Petconnect Rescue,
Natural Resources Defense Council, Science Center in Finland, DonorsChoose.org,
Friends of Goldendale Observatory, Friends of the Earth, Morehead Planetarium,
Texas Museum of Science and Techonology, DAPCEP.org for STEM education for
future astronomers and scientists in Detroit, and personal friends in need.
Here are teasers for 4 more stories, coming out July 21st, a
month before the total solar eclipse in North America, from Wildside Press.
“Baby Killer” by Margaret
S. Hamilton is a non-murder mystery eclipse tale that starts in Ohio and ends
up in Tennessee. This one happens just after mine, also in TN and a bit to the
“Flying Girl” by Toni
Goodyear continues the trend, taking place as the eclipse hits the Smokies. It’s
a wonderful feel-good story told from a child’s point of view.
“To the Moon and Back”
by Kristin Kisska will break your heart with the portrayal of mother-daughter
love ending up in Greenville SC as the eclipse approaches there.
“Rays of Hope” by Harriet
Sackler takes place on the coast of SC and involves a past mystery, treating
the eclipse almost as a character in the story.
There are just 4 more stories to use for enticement. And the
cover, of course. Isn’t it beautiful?