Last year I was proud to be part of a charity anthology raising money for MIND, a wonderful mental health charity here in the UK. This year I’ve teamed together with 13 other authors to raise money for another deserving charity – the NSPCC (a national children’s charity). Each of us have written a short story that revolves around bullying from different perspectives. The book will be released on November 14th, but is already up for pre-order here.
Want to know more about the anthology? Please read on…
Introducing . . .
To coincide with National Anti-Bullying Week in the UK, 14 writers have come together to write about bullying from a variety of perspectives. We think this is still an issue that needs more of a spotlight – now more than ever unfortunately. Forget what you read in the media, these stories will tell you what is really going on in schools, behind closed doors and in places you never thought to look. The pressures our social workers face when it comes to bullying and abuse are immense but it doesn’t stop there. Sometimes bullying gets brought to the attention of head teachers, or the police, then the parents (of both the bully and bullied). Maybe a friend steps in. Maybe a stranger steps in. Or even a family pet. So many people are affected by the malicious acts of one or more instigators and the cycle threatens to repeat.
Perhaps, bullying doesn’t stop though. Ever. Maybe it ends in death. Maybe we can’t break the cycle, or can we? Perhaps bullying isn’t straightforward; maybe it’s sometimes mistaken for jest. You really need to read on… because bullying isn’t an issue limited to childhood. It’s all around us and sometimes escalates into devastating abuse. Sometimes it’s verbal, sometimes physical, maybe even both, but whichever form it comes in, it always has an impact. These stories might make you reach out to a certain person in your life you’ve never really questioned until now – because most victims are still suffering in silence. This is for them.
Word length: 70,000 words +
Universal link to pre-order: myBook.to/BreakTheCycle
Release date: November 14th
Sarah’s review (the editor):
Break the Cycle: An Anti-Bullying Anthology by Sarah Michelle Lynch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I read all of these stories, I was reminded how amid the hustle and bustle of life, it’s so easy to overlook those around us who are coping on their own and not telling us what’s going on in their lives. Each and every story presented here is individual, many of them set in the UK and some set in the USA.
Essentially, this is a book of hope. This is a book proving we can break the cycle. Maybe it won’t be easy, but we can do it. Some of these stories may send you into sensory overload and some may even leave you devastated. Some stories will lift you up, others might prompt you into action. Many will have you nodding your head or being taken back to a familiar scenario of the past.
The main message of “Break the Cycle”, is that children are what matters and as children, we are at our most vulnerable and most easily influenced. It’s those less fortunate than others that we really need to protect because among them are potential future leaders, policemen and women, teachers, poets, artists and icons.
Due to some adult language and upsetting situations, I would give this a recommended reading age of 12+ but parental discretion is advised.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE NSPCC. Visit their website: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
This book will be available in paperback as well as e-book. Keep an eye on Sarah’s FB page for when you can order your copy direct from her: http://facebook.com/SarahMLynch