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About Elena Shelest
Elena Shelest immigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine at the age 15. She currently resides in Oregon with her husband, two busy kids, and three pets.
Elena is a nurse, an artist, and an avid reader of fantasy and inspirational fiction. In her books, she is hoping to encourage others to look beyond what's possible and believe again that everyday miracles do happen.
Check her website at www.fiveminutediscovery.com for book updates and new blog posts.
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A future torn apart by war…
Adolescence lost to battle…
What becomes of those who lose their childhood to armed conflict?
In this anthology, a diverse group of authors from around the globe bring you a multi-genre collection of short stories about children trapped in war. Includes literary fiction, fantasy, historical fiction and memoir.
In diverse settings of fantasy worlds, Ancient Greece or India and even historical and modern-day Ukraine, explore the lives of children touched by warfare. Some go in search of healing, others are forced to walk in the darkness of guilt and remorse. Each story provides a glimpse of both the horrors witnessed and the potential for redemption. Through the lens of trauma, the authors of this anthology provide not only rays of hope but also powerful messages and much food for thought.
The stories in this collection have been crafted to honor those affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict and support their healing in the future. No one's potential should be crippled because of trauma inflicted during their most impressionable years. And yet an entire generation of Ukrainians is threatened with just this outcome.
All proceeds of this anthology will be donated in perpetuity to Voices of Children Foundation in Ukraine or another similar charity.
Through Vira’s Eyes by MJ Krause Chivers
Not Dead, Just Sleeping by Darrah Steffen
A Child of Minidoka by Joan T. Seko
Jonah by C. Borden
The Prince and the Flute Player by C. Phillip
The Tarnished Key by Susan Stradiotto
A Mermaid’s Tears by J.C. Seal
The Dragon’s Demise by Daan Katz
The War Legacy by Nandita Pant Joshi
A Vampire’s Heart by I. Vélez
The Curse of Blood by Lauren Lee Merewether
Child of Destruction by Astrid V.J., USA Today Bestselling author
Through the Eyes of a Child by Pam Floyd
The Borrowed Life by Elena Shelest
The cover for this anthology was donated by Pallabi Pattanaik as a contribution toward this project.
This anthology includes illustrations by Ukrainian-American author-artist Elena Shelest.
Due to the nature of the subject matter explored in this anthology, this book is not suitable for sensitive readers with past experiences of trauma. The authors have not shied away from the atrocities committed during wartime and how that affects children because we wanted to honor the experiences of this most vulnerable of population groups whose trauma so often is brushed under the carpet by the adults playing war games. This anthology is suitable for stable individuals 16+ who are willing to step out of their comfort zones to glimpse what is known about how children are affected by violent conflict, whether they are forced to flee their homes, witness atrocities, suffer injuries or lose loved ones.
Specific content warnings are included with the stories that are most likely to trigger a sensitive reader. These are: mention of suicide or suicidal thoughts: A Mermaid’s Tears, The Curse of Blood and The War Legacy; physical violence and torture as well as mention of sexual assault: The Dragon’s Demise; emotional violence: Child of Destruction. Each of these stories includes an individually tailored, detailed content warning.
You’d better not go alone…
Discover the secret world between the trees where fairies, unicorns and even monsters dwell. Take a stroll through enchanted woods and dance with pixies and dryads by the light of the stars. Escape Baba Yaga and fall in love with a prince in disguise. Taste the fruit at the goblin market and be whisked away on a magical adventure.
Among ancient trees, find beauty, danger and adventure in these enchanting short stories by award-winning, best-selling, and up-and-coming fantasy authors.
Enchanted Forests is fully illustrated by the talented Elena Shelest.
All profits from this anthology will be donated to Rainforest Foundation who support indigenous and traditional peoples of the world’s rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights.
Gems of Fae and Foolery - Alice Ivinya
The Lucky Tortoise - Ben Lang
Feather Green - Jennifer Kropf
Apple and the Dead Forest - Xander Cross
To Snare a Prince - Sky Sommers
Blood of the Unicorn - N.D.T. Casale
Dimension of the Sasquatch - Donna White
The Fern Flower - Elena Shelest
Willow Daughter - Astrid V.J.
One Fair Eve - Lyndsey Hall
If you play with fire, you might get burned...
Dig into this magical collection of short stories and discover among the embers ten fiery fantasy tales to set your heart ablaze.
Sneak past the ancient dragon as you steal from his hoard of gold and escape with the crown jewels. Journey deep into the Salamander Kingdom and follow the wyverns as they help the woodwitch to find the cure. Walk over earth scorched by a post-apocalyptic sun on a quest for survival, and find out why the firebird only eats golden apples. Watch the phoenix rise from the ashes and root for the golden dragon to woo his demigoddess in the Magic Kingdom.
Get this anthology hot off the press, and enjoy ten short fantasy stories by USA Today bestselling, award-winning and up-and-coming authors.
After all, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Enchanted Flames is fully illustrated by the talented Elena Shelest, and all profits will go to support a charity working to help communities prone to wildfires.
Dive into our magical collection of short stories written by award-winning and up-and-coming authors and follow the ocean’s call. Meet murderous kelpies, hear the mermaid’s song, find a kidnapped prince, and explore the beautiful underwater kingdoms. Befriend selkie royalty, break fearsome curses, and swoon as you fall in love. This book is fully illustrated with stunning paintings by Helena Satterthwaite and Elena Shelest.
All profits go to Oceana to support their mission to protect the world’s oceans and promote sustainable fishing.
Daughter of the Selkie King - Lyndsey Hall
Merrily Merrily - Jennifer Kropf
The Kelpie of Loch Linnhe - Alice Ivinya
The Bridge - Ben Lang
Kiss the Frog - Sky Sommers
Sea Ghost of the Isle - N.D.T. Casale
The Naiad's Curse - Astrid V.J.
The Arctic Mermaid - N.D.T. Casale
Heartless Melody - Alice Ivinya
The Wishing Well - Elena Shelest
Once upon a time, twenty author friends accepted the challenge of a fairy tale name generator. Soon, twenty new characters were off on wild adventures.
In this clean YA anthology, meet a goddess, a countess, and a wannabe sorceress. Join a wolf pack leader and a guardian frog sidekick. Search for victims with a hunter-turned-detective, and swoon over the sultana who must prove she's fit to rule.
Cavort with demons, wraiths, and demigods. Lose your way in the Mist, then lose your soul to the Bone Marsh. Root for a genie's freedom. Hope for a witch to get her spell right. And yes, feel your heart flutter at unexpected romance.
All proceeds are donated to Book Aid International in support of reading and literacy.
About our charity
When the authors of this anthology gathered to write these strange and unusual tales, they wanted to give back in the way of literacy. Since the anthology work began in the middle of 2021, it has become the team's
mantra to support literacy globally.
Book Aid International stood out as a leader with their belief that books have the power to change lives. The organization's mission is to give people around the world who lack access to books the opportunity to read for pleasure, study, and lifelong learning.
Book Aid International supports young readers and education. They provide books when conflict strikes, and provide books dedicated to creating better health by providing books to worldwide healthcare workers.
Books change lives, and this organization is there to ensure that happens.
Every £2.00 allows them to provide another book.
To learn more about the organization or make your own donation, visit bookaid.org.
Double the name and double the magic, mystery, and mayhem
Once upon a time, a fairy tale name generator issued a challenge to a group of authors. Volume Two of these quirky stories brings double trouble.
In this clean YA anthology, spy on thieves discovering their princely identities, accompany villains seeking redemption along with accident-prone geese, and rejoice in the reunion of siblings separated at birth. Side with twins split between good and evil, giggle over mistaken identities, and discover the secrets of royal doppelgängers. When fates are intertwined by a namesake, mayhem and mischief are sure to follow.
Venture into this collection of adventurous stories by award-winning and up-and-coming authors and see if what happens once . . . happens twice!
Pssst…some characters from Once Upon A Name might make a comeback, but the two sets and all stories in them can be read as standalones.
All proceeds donated to charity in support of reading and literacy.
Like a phoenix, hope rises from ash.
Immerse yourself in uplifting tales of love, friendship, growth, and forgiveness. Visit enchanting realms and mysterious worlds where anything is possible, happily ever afters are guaranteed, and hope leaps from the pages.
Featuring 10+ stories, Feathers of Hope is a young adult fantasy anthology featuring work from NY Times, USA Today and award winning bestselling authors. Best of all, 100% of the royalties will be donated to organizations working in Ukraine for refugees and children displaced by the conflict.*
Feathers of Hope is only available for a limited time, so share the love and one-click your copy today.
*The authors aren't affiliated or endorsed by these charities; they simply wish to help.
Sweets, magic, and romance.
Avery Mercado is having a bitter day. She urgently needs a tub of Rocky Road ice cream to deal with a recent breakup and quirks of the uppity customers at her new job. Instead, she gets a handful of sweets spiked with magic.
Clearly, her move back to Santa Monica is a big mistake, and things quickly turn sour when old memories resurface along with the person who brought them to live. But when her secret wishes start coming true, whether she wants them or not, it might be her chance to fix the biggest regret of her past and pursue her dreams.
Only not everything is as sweet as it appears.