Four women who have touched me
Posted July 29, 2011on:
Yesterday I added some links to my blogroll and I’d like to say something about why I chose those blogs and why I’m proud to link to them from mine.
1. Eden Baylee
Eden wrote me a lovely warm message on Goodreads and her responses were so quick and helpful that I think we could have gone on writing to each other forever if I hadn’t had to a) sleep, b) go to work and c) write some stories. Later I started reading her novel Fall Into Winter and I loved it straight away. I’ll do a review of it eventually but for now I will just say that it has been a major distraction.
Nikki, like Eden, was one of the first people I made friends with on Goodreads. She helped me find some very good authors. Since she didn’t mention any of her own books, I decided to check out her website and I followed a link to a beautifully written story of hers in a literary magazine called Pank. I have read this magazine from time to time but I’d missed the Brit edition in which Nikki’s story appeared. I have since been reading more of her work and I love it. “It’s just writing,” Nikki says, but to me it is so much more than that. The New Rakes is my new favourite book at bedtime.
I’ m a bit nervous of adding Kristina to this list. She likes it dark, dirty and dangerous and that scares me more than a little. What’s more, I’ve been to Brighton where she lives and I know they’re all crazy there. But Kristina has produced some of the best writing I’ve come across in any genre and I don’t care if she is crazy, I am going to be reading her with very close attention for a long time to come.
Amelia is a diamond in the rough. I think you will forgive me the cliché when I tell you that the first story I read by her begins “It was a dark and stormy night.” I almost stopped reading right there; but there is something gritty and compulsive about Amelia that once it gets hold of you will not let go. She is bright, sparky, sexy and funny and if you can get past the trashy covers you will get sucked into a fast-paced sexual fantasy that will leave your imagination reeling.