I was a little apprehensive about reading Charlotte’s book. Would I feel far to empathetic and find the subject of a child’s death and imagining how it would be as a parent, too difficult?Regardless I turned to page 1. Two days later I have finished this brilliant book. This story has it all, emotion, light hearted moments and ultimately, although it is surrounded by death, has a ‘happy’ ending which left me smiling and it was a total surprise.I felt angry at Melissa for being so spiteful. I was annoyed at Simon for shutting his wife out. My heart swelled over Sarah’s courage. Charlotte has delivered powerful, memorable and lovable characters who during the worst of times show depth. These people felt real to me.The cleverly interwoven back stories helped me learn more about Melissa and Simon and why they made the choices they did during Sarah’s last weeks. How would you react during such a horrific moment in your life, the thought of losing a child? It has been a long time since I have finished a book in such a short time but from the moment I opened this book I couldn’t stop reading. Every spare moment I read another page or chapter. I wanted to know what Simon would do, wanted to live every moment with these characters as they experienced this tragic story.This is clever, at times witty, heart warming and original, delving into human emotions with finesse.I highly recommend this book by Charlotte Castle and I admit I'm a little awestruck :) I believe we will be seeing more of her.Here is the link to her page on Night Publishing: http://www.nightpublishing.com/id36.html
Under the blog-light for this edition:The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire by Raven DaneLet me say first up I am usually not a comedy reader, not because they aren't any good but perhaps because I've never tried the genre. The Unwise Woman has opened my eyes to the new experience with an abundance of purposeful cliches and witty lines.
Second I don't indulge in a lot of fantasy either - well not ones without vampires anyway - however although it is a humours jibe at the genre, the story still captured my attention and grabbed hold.
Add to this my little crush on the brooding demon Zaff and a rogue of a highwayman in Jed and Raven has won a fan.
The Unwise Woman is a fun romp filled with Raven's own tongue in cheek brand of humour. Aside from all of this, if this wasn't enough, is Raven's writing prowess. Not only has she delivered her own unique brand of comedy but she has wrapped in up in skilled writing and clever metaphors.
With cliched lines such as: Nothing got as pissed as a newt and classic lines to bring a smile such as: I am certain my sword is much longer and broader than yours, Sir Fallus, there is something to tickles everyone's funny bone.
I particularly like Rafial's lists of human ills... children eating bogies, running out of toilet paper while on the loo and crazy frog ringtones to name a few.
So if you want a light hearted fun poke at the fantasy genre which spares no character cliche than look no further than The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire.
Here is the link to her site: http://ravendane.wordpress.com/
Stay tuned for the next installment of Books by Writers I Know.
Dancing in the Dark, what can I say except an erotic adventure from talented writers. I took my time reading this, taking in each story slowly before moving onto the next. Each tale so different from the next and I never knew exactly what I was going to get next.One thing I do know, I will never look at Snow White or Hansel and Gretl the same way again. JEach story has its own special quality but I had four favourites amongst the collection of eight.Stella and Bailey, a refreshing look and insight into a man’s point of view about two sisters he invites into his home. I read this story quickly and in one sitting as I longed to find out where the journey would take me. Watching porn with Stella is a particularly good scene.
Wintersong, a bittersweet love story about how love transcends death. Sessha delivers a wonderfully erotic and heart wrenching love story with her own unique and amazing style. This story sneaks up slowly on you as we live in the past and present, to feel every sad and blissful moment with Armand and Peter.
Sweet Seraphim, shows how in darkness light can be seen. Tina never ceases to amaze me with her writing and this is no exception. At times sweet, others sensual or just plain hot, I ate up every word of this reawakening of the senses.
And last but not least Without a Spark. This story surprised me most of all. JD’s foray into gay erotica took me on a journey of self-discovery and deep love. He cleverly weaves Jack’s memories and the present together to deliver a unique tale.
Not to take anything away from the other four which I also enjoyed but these four stood out as my favourites and tickled... my fancy.I recommend you indulge in the love, erotica and just plain hotness in this inimitable anthology.
Stay tuned for the next review: Simon's Choice