Great Beginnings: An Anthology

Great Beginnings An Anthology

Great Beginnings: An Anthology (2020)

As of 7/18/23, this free download is no longer available. Please see the below list of authors and books, or short stories, that were included. I hope to offer a free second edition, so please subscribe to my newsletter. If you are a reader, you’ll be one of the first to learn it’s available. And if you’re an author, I’ll announce the call for entries via my newsletter.

Three years ago, dozens of authors came together to share the first chapters of their books for free and especially for you. For those of you who downloaded a free ebook, I hope you discovered a new author and books to add to your must-read pile. Perhaps you even found gifts for your family and friends.

For descriptions of each of the below books, watch this YouTube video by Story Hour Host, Kathryn Ramsperger.

Please find the books and links for purchase below at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. If you are a Bookshop fan, here is a partially curated list with Most of these books can also be found on Don’t hesitate to contact your local bookstores to order a copy for you. The same goes for your local library. We authors dream of being in libraries!

(in alphabetical order by title)

Accidental Lawyer by Kim Hamilton

A Sheriff in Nevada: Downfall by JT Hume

A Song for the Road by Rayne Lacko

A Strange Companion by Lisa Manterfield

A Thousand Roads by John Robin

Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car by Cathey Nickell

Bayou Built: The Legacy of Louisiana’s Historic Architecture by Peter B. Mires

Better Than This by Cathy Zane

Blindsided: Essays from the Only Black Woman in the Room by Dawn Downey

Champion Chocolatier by Amanda Zieba

Close Quarters by Amanda Zieba

Coming Home to Greenleigh by Maya Rushing Walker

Death in the Flowery Kingdom by Steven M. Roth

#EMERGINGPROUD Through Suicide: Stories of Hope & Transformation by Bobbi Mason and Katie Mottram

Enough to Go Around by Tanya Savko

First In by Danika Bloom

In the Doghouse by Teri Case

In for a Penny: Seasoned Southern Sleuth Cozy Mystery by Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle

Lake Isle by Tobi Little Deer

Little Tramp: An Adventure Story by Tobi Little Deer

Long Dance Home by Julie Mayerson Brown

Love After Life by Richard Sieg

Mother Who Are You by Rosa Kwon Easton

My Mother Served Gouda When Company Came by Lisa Goell Sinicki

Orphan Train Riders: Joanna’s Journey by Amanda Zieba

New Persia: Before the Storm by John L. Lynch

No Place to Hide: A Trace Austin Suspense Thriller by Steven M. Roth

Rainbow: A Short Story by Micki Berthelot Morency

Red Sky at Night: Dog Leader Mysteries by Deborah Taylor-French

Sand and Steel: A Memoir of Longing and Finding Home (2021) by Dorit Sasson

Second Breath by Danika Bloom

Slip by Tanya Savko

Stillwater by Mary Jo Hazard

The Dead Travel Fast by Allegra M. Walker

The Friendship Diet: Clean Out Your Fridge, Get Real with Yourself, and Fill Your Life with Meaningful Relationships That Last by Sheri Jacobs

The Mourning Woman: A Socrates Cheng Mystery by Steven M. Roth

The Portrait by Maya Rushing Walker

The Shores of Our Souls by Kathy Ramsperger

The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield

The Toffee Man and the Kingdom of Ends (WIP) by Linda Quinn

The Wedding Crasher: A Sam Tate Mystery by Nikki Stern

Tiger Drive by Teri Case

Us, Now and Then by Lorie Smith Schaefer

Vlad Men by David Michael Newstead

Yazzy’s Amazing Yarn by Cathey Nickell