Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities
ATLANTA, November 8, 2017 – Christmas came early this year for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities when six Atlanta authors earmarked 100 percent of the eBook royalties from their newly released short story anthology, “Love Around the Table,” to benefit the non-profit organization.
“These writers found a unique and generous way to support our mission of keeping families together and near the medical care they need,” says Beth Howell, president and CEO of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. “Since 1979, we have served more than 48,000 families of sick and injured children in Atlanta. Love Around the Table is the perfect gift this holiday season because proceeds will make it possible for families of sick kids to receive meals, support and all the comforts of home while their child is battling a serious illness or injury.”
The anthology includes six short stories of friendship, family, and romance and six special recipes of love by local authors Rachel Jones, Linda Joyce, Constance Gillam, Marilyn Baron, Melissa Klein and Ciara Knight. The theme of the anthology is second chances at love, second chances at life.
“Our goal is to give back to the community by directly donating all royalties from the eBook to a local charity connected to children/families/food/and to grow readership locally,” says Linda Joyce, who spearheaded the project.
“We all live in different parts of town and we typically met ‘around the table’ at a breakfast, lunch or brunch, to discuss our project,” says Marilyn Baron. “Food is a common theme in the anthology because food is often how families express love. It brings back memories of happier times and provides a flavor of home. At the end of each story, the authors offer their own treasured family recipe.”
“We consciously timed our anthology to release around the holidays, November 1, which is appropriate because of the food tie-in,” agrees Melissa Klein. “The authors know that the Ronald McDonald Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child—not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest.”
The Love Around the Table anthology includes the following short stories:
A Sister’s Quandary by Rachel Jones— A life-threatening diagnosis triggers forgiveness and healing between two estranged sisters.
Layers of Love by Linda Joyce— Life shoves an award-winning pastry chef into a big career change where she discovers the depths of true friendship and love.
Mississippi Catfish by Constance Gillam—In rural Mississippi, a ten-year-old black girl and white boy bond over fishing as they navigate the racial waters of the 1930s.
No More Lonely Hearts by Marilyn Baron—A caregiver son and an activities director at a senior living facility discover the magic powers of love.
Table for Six by Melissa Klein—A harried widower with four young mischievous daughters proves to a wounded woman there’s always room for one more around the table.
Turning the Table on Love by Ciara Knight—An unexpected Lazy Susan disaster splatters the news of a famous baseball player reuniting with his small-town sweetheart.
The eBook version of Love Around the Table, is available at: