Good morning all. It’s SPOTLIGHT TIME! It’s been a busy week so far. Sleeping and watching the World Baseball Classic, Court Tuesday followed by more sleeping, and now it’s Wednesday. Oh what shall we do? I know. Let’s start introducing some very talented and exciting new authors: B.A. Spicer, Jaci Byrne and, let’s see. Do I have any other female British/Aussie writers I’ve overlooked? Back to the read list. Let’s see. No, she’s a he. Perhaps Daniel Carter L. Carter? Wrong subject. Keep looking. I know, let’s throw Canada into the mix: Norma Budden.
I’ve read two of B.A.Spicer works: “Bunny on a Bike” and “My Grandfather’s Eyes.” I met her on twitter when she was running a promo for the Bunny project. I thought, what the hell, let’s take a chance. If I don’t like it, I can always hit the return button. Not happening. I found this a very entertaining read of two gals looking for a new start at the prestigious Playboy Mansion in downtown London. I actually liked the book. Seriously guys, it’s a good break from all the serious and mind boggling stuff we fill our heads with. I recommend her books to everyone.
Jaci Byrne hails from the land of “OZ.” I was introduced to her by my editor. I was asked to have a look at her new work, “Penny Lane.” I will say, the title didn’t catch my eye, but the premise of each chapter being based on a Beetles song raised my curiosity. I almost gave up on the book after three chapters. I not into the gay/lesbian scene and was a bit uncomfortable. But I decided to give it another chapter or two before hitting the delete button. Glad I kept my fingers to myself. There is a great story to be told. As I neared the end, I could feel the pain of the characters as a few of the events hit too close to home. I recommend her works for all walks of life.
Norma Budden is the wild card. We crossed paths on FB. She lives in the country the US considers a stepchild. Yep, she’s up there in the land of “Ice and Snow.” Please keep it up North. Us Southerners are still trying to thaw out. Okay, Norma has a voice that all should hear. She has traveled more rocky roads than anyone should ever have to and she presents it very fluidly. “Hershey Falls” was the first of her works I came across. It is an excellent story for both men and women. Her current work I read is “Coming Unglued.” When you finish with this book, you will have a difficult time keeping it together. Norma pulls no punches and lays out a very abusive and compelling story.
Instead of posting all of the reviews I provided for the books, you can check them out on Goodreads, Barnes and Noble or Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A29M45DWHFPRFI/ref=cm_cr_pr_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview. The choice is yours. Oh, if you like what I wrote, please don’t hesitate to punch the like button. If not, well, umm,….moving on.
Next week we’ll delve into the sci/fi arena.
Have a great weekend.