Monday, 31 May 2010

Author appreciation blog crawl event – It’s my turn…

What an amazing few weeks this has been with the Author Appreciation Blog Crawl event. Probably amazing is too tame a word - what a bloody awesome month this has been,  I have been introduced to so many new to me authors as well as I have been able to peek into the life's of some of the coolest bloggers in respect of their reading.

When Kassa gave the shout out to write a letter to an author of my choice, I thought how hard could this be,  I can whip up a letter in a few hours - but from my mouth to gods ear, it is harder than it seems and after wading through my memories to settle on an author that made me fan girl scream or who ticked all my reading boxes, I came up with a list of about 16 authors..

Yesterday Kris stunned us by propositioning Sir Terry Pratchett – yup, she really did, tomorrow Janna from E-Romance Reader  will be stepping up to the plate with her fan letter. But today is my turn and I had to do one or two at the most - so here goes.


Dear Ms. LaVyrle Spencer

I became aware of your work in my teenage years and all your works now have pride of place on my bookshelf. I was introduced to your work by my aunt, who wanted me to read something other than material with bodice ripping heroines and the half-dressed Indian on the covers, as well sweeten me up for the eventful babysitting service that she knew she would need..

When she brought home Morning Glory,The Gamble and Vows I will admit they sat in a corner for a few months before I read them, yes they did - because they did not have the much loved by me at the time hero and heroine in some swoon worthy position on the covers.

However once I cracked open those books I have never looked back, from the first scene your characters literally exploded over the pages. They lived, they loved and you gave them enough idiosyncrasy for me to feel like I lived next door to them, yet they also had that larger than life feel to them, like they could take on the world and still make it home for breakfast.

I loved the fact that your plot were not the run of the mill copy and paste plot of that generation, you went out on a limb and wrote about the little thought about people as well as the events that were brushed under the carpet - the down on his luck homeless man and the woman or child who had to live and struggle in small towns with bigots and all the other dastardly minded people. I was so pleased you also did not shy away from the physically challenged heroes and heroines – some of my most fondly remember characters are from your books.

Your description of time and place was like a work of art - In my mind I can still remember my journey with you to plantations, towns on the cusp of going nowhere, lazy river scenes, laughter from across the room in a salon and so many emotional fraught moments when I could not help but wipe a tear from my eye – Thank you.

As I read your books and happily ordered and traded to get each copy, it was with sadness that I had to accept the news that you had retired from the game literally just when I had found you. I have since bought every single book you have ever written and they have travelled with me from continent to continent.   

Your books have seen me through all the important events of my life but most notably are the times when my reading mojo takes a hike. If there is one sure fire way of kick starting my need to get back onto reading horse, that is by re-visiting any one of your books.

My collection is a little worse for wear, from being loaned to family members and friends as well as some shoddy packing by my lazy kids, but all in all your  books has gotten lots of love irrespective of whichever hands they fall into and they will forever remain in my top ten list of romance books to read. 

One of your biggest fan…

E.H>

This author does not have a dedicated website, however her extensive bio can be read HERE

and a full work history can be found HERE

 

 

 

Dear Ms. Jourdan Lane

Long before the age of intrusive employers stepping on our rights as employee to use the internet as we see fit at work - I was one of  those employee who spend a good chunk of my working days surfing the net for new and better reading material to carry me through the nights.

On one of those trawls I found Soul Mates: Bound by Blood, Lucien and Peter’s story.  Looking back now – the boss should have  realize that this was a sign of things to come, because once I found this first book, it only went down hill from there for him.

To say you ticks all my boxes as a reader is an understatement. I loved the world you surrounded your cast with – dark yet alive and filled to the brim with sexual tension, I felt like I was behind the camera seeing all the drama unfolding before me rather that someone reading from the little nook in the staff canteen - I got so involved in this book and eventually this series to the point where I know bits of it by heart.

Since that first book you have introduced new faces and new drama into the series, but you have not veered from what made this an absolutely wonderful series for me. With protags that are unforgettable, enough backstabbing and underhanded deed to satisfy the skulduggery element of my nature and let me not forget the sexual tension and the sex… You really set the bar high when it comes to vamp, wolfy, not so human and other worldly creature sex.

This series is without a doubt the closest I have ever come to a genuine fan girl moment in regards to a book. When your site went on hiatus I literally had withdrawal symptoms – my homepage was set to your site. My days began and ended with me haunting the search engines for any little titbit of news on my favourite series.

I eventually had to step back and take stock when the PLUSHIE drawings went live (cannot be copied here for copyright reasons, please visit site to see the drawings), because I started thinking material, stuffing, weight of the toy and such, why – because I wanted me a Peter and Lucien plushie toy, and of course this was not a good sign.

As for the boss and I, he is aware that I have mentally programmed a few reading day into my work year – so as with your latest release in the series (Secrets) where I took a reading day off to sink into the latest drama that the coven happens to be embroiled in, I know that as soon as book five  has a solid release date – even the kids will have to fend for themselves until I have satisfy my latest Soul Mates addiction.

The entire Soul Mate series is stored on my bedside table, because they should never be too far from me.  You have single-handedly reignite my love for a man in leather and opened up a world that I thought I was tired of and made me view it in a whole new light.  My only wish is that you would write each instalment a little faster, but I don't think the boss could survive the shock of me adding more reading days to the amount I already take.

Your loyal and getting older by the minute waiting on the next book fan.

E.H>

Jourdan Lane website – HERE

Soul Mate reading list

Bound by Blood

Deception

Sacrifice

Secrets

33 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 31 May 2010 at 11:48 said...

Bravo :)
Love the letters EH

Erotic Horizon on 31 May 2010 at 11:58 said...

@Blodeuedd..

Thanks hon.. sometimes it's nice to put the love into words..

E.H>

Tam on 31 May 2010 at 12:44 said...

Great lettes EH. I have never read any books by Ms. Spenser although I often hear her name come up. She has many fans I think.

I adore Jourdan Lane as well. Her series really was unique and I was lucky to win most of the series at Wave's which got me hooked.

Super job.

Val on 31 May 2010 at 14:34 said...

These are great letters, E.H.! What more could an author want to hear? Especially sentences like this:

"I have since bought every single book you have ever written and they have travelled with me from continent to continent. "

and

When your site went on hiatus I literally had withdrawal symptoms – my homepage was set to your site.

It's clear that their books have gone beyond mere entertainment, and have made a deep connection with you. I haven't read anything by either author, but I'm definitely going to look into them now. :)

Lily on 31 May 2010 at 15:15 said...

Fabulous letters, EH!

I've read quite a few of Ms. Spencer's books and really liked them.

As for Jourdan's series, I love it. I can't wait for the next book.

Great job. :)

Chris on 31 May 2010 at 15:17 said...

Great letters, EH! Your passion for Soul Mates led me to buy the series - now I have to put aside time to read it!

Erotic Horizon on 31 May 2010 at 15:55 said...

@Tam.

Ms Spencer does have a healthy following of fans even after all these years out of the writing arena...

I adore Jourdan Lane as well

Ahh another fan - may we have more of the same very soon..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 31 May 2010 at 16:14 said...

@Val

It's clear that their books have gone beyond mere entertainment, and have made a deep connection with you

They have Val, they are my go to book when I am feeling all kinda wrongs..

I can remember good times and bad times reading - especially Spencer's book..

I haven't read anything by either author,

Make a plan hon and sort that out soon - I would like to hear what you think of Lanes work..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 31 May 2010 at 16:15 said...

@Lily..

Thanks hon..

A girl after my own heart - you know the good stuff...

Have a good day..

E.H>

wren boudreau on 31 May 2010 at 16:27 said...

Beautiful letters, EH!! Your passion for the works of these authors comes across loud and clear.

I, too, am a Jourdan Lane fan and try not to think about the long-awaited next book because I go a little crazy.

Erotic Horizon on 31 May 2010 at 16:36 said...

@Chris..

now I have to put aside time to read it!

Good girl - I keep telling you time management girl...

Give the kitties a break with the camera and that should do it....

** they bribe me to say that by the way**

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 31 May 2010 at 16:38 said...

@Wren

Thanks hon

and try not to think about the long-awaited next book because I go a little crazy

Did you see me sign the letter Your loyal and getting older by the minute waiting on the next book fan...

Nuff said..

E.H>

MsM (Elizabeth Jules Mason) on 31 May 2010 at 19:35 said...

Great letter EH. I almost did LaVyrle Spencer myself because like you, she's been with me for years and is an author I love to re-read many times over the years.

:o)

MsM

Kris on 31 May 2010 at 23:50 said...

*putting the idea of the next Soul Mates book firmly from her mind*

I haven't read Ms Spencer for years and years. I actually went back to her time and time again when the historical genre was driving me batty.

Terrific, heartfelt letters, EH! Just wonderful.

Fiction Vixen on 1 June 2010 at 03:39 said...

Wonderful letters EH. You have a way with words. :)

Ava March on 1 June 2010 at 03:56 said...

Fantastic letters, E.H.!! I haven't read any books by Jourdan Lane yet, but after reading your letter, I'm thinking I need to put Bound by Blood on the TBR pile. :)

Kassa on 1 June 2010 at 04:02 said...

Great letters! Very heartfelt (and I'm glad I'm not the only one bending the rules *w*)

Thanks for participating and helping to promote the blog crawl so much - not to mention your work on the icon. All your efforts are incredibly appreciated!

Erotic Horizon on 1 June 2010 at 07:56 said...

@Ms. M

because like you, she's been with me for years and is an author I love to re-read many times over


I do know of your love for this wonderful author - all i can say is, we know the good stuff..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 1 June 2010 at 07:58 said...

@kris

** hangs head in shame for reminding Kris that we are still waiting on Soul Mates book five***

Spencer is so good - and she is most certainly my go to author of choice..

Thanks hon..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 1 June 2010 at 08:03 said...

@FV..

Thanks you - I had a little trouble settling on one author but I made it there..
E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 1 June 2010 at 08:05 said...

@Ava..

Ava... You are about to get sucked in, you have been warned..

Good books - I know you will like them..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 1 June 2010 at 08:09 said...

@Kassa..

Thanks - I had fun, and a longer TBR list to show from the past few weeks...

This was a grear Idea - something we all should be doing all the while in my opinion..

E.H>

Leontine on 1 June 2010 at 11:33 said...

Great letters EH!! And I've got Jourdan Lane with Soul Mates - Bound By Blood on my e-reader *woohoo* The passion yo have for this series sweeps me away EH, I love it when a series does that and it happens all to few times in a readers life :)

Cecile on 1 June 2010 at 15:50 said...

What wonderful letter EH!
Wow, your letter speaks volumes honey! You did an awesome job... and introduced me to so many new authors that I never would have tried.... and this is no exception!!
Great job!!!!!

Hope all has been well honey!

Erotic Horizon on 1 June 2010 at 17:28 said...

@Leontine..

You are getting scary now with that ereader, but I am glad you have the Soul Mate books on there..

This series is one I connected with on so many levels..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 1 June 2010 at 17:29 said...

@Cecile..

Both of these authors would be right up your street....
Loads of impact and smexing as well...

Happy week hon..

E.H>

Patti on 2 June 2010 at 01:31 said...

Fabulous letters! I keep seeing Lavyrle Spencer's books but haven't picked one up yet - that's about to change! And Jourdan Lane is an author I've seen on the webz but not read yet either; I must remedy that.

w/v: mastoff - I'm not even going there!!!

Stacy~ on 2 June 2010 at 02:51 said...

I grew up on LaVyrle Spencer, especially having lived in rural Minnesota, I felt a kinship to many of her characters. Vows was always my favorite of her books.

I have never heard of Jourdan Lane before stopping at your blog. That is definitely one of the wonderful surprises about this blog crawl - uncovering new gems.

Loved your letters :)

ErotRomReader (Janna) on 2 June 2010 at 21:39 said...

Two, huh? ;) Great, heartfelt letters, EH! I really have to start reading Ms. Lane's books. Her Soul Mates series is already on my ereader. Ms. Spencer is an author I've never heard off before. I think I must go check her out :)

Erotic Horizon on 3 June 2010 at 09:45 said...

@Patti

I keep seeing Lavyrle Spencer's books but haven't picked one up yet

Get it, get it... two author I am sure you are going to enjoy..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 3 June 2010 at 09:48 said...

@Stacy

I grew up on LaVyrle Spencer, especially having lived in rural Minnesota

You guys have some of my favourite authors in your nick of the woods... Vows one of my first by her..

Jourdan Lane - you must try some fo her stuff soon..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 3 June 2010 at 09:49 said...

@Janna..

Her Soul Mates series is already on my ereader

half the battle is already done - now to find some time to get stuck in..

I do hope you get a chance to try some of Ms. Spencer work..

E.H>

Lea on 7 June 2010 at 16:31 said...

Beautiful, well written letters EH. :)

So sorry I'm so late getting over. I was off line all last week due to a family issue.

This blog crawl has brought back memories regarding different authors I've read over the years and introduced me to knew ones that I'm keen to read.

I loved your line, "I loved the fact that your plot were not the run of the mill copy and paste plot of that generation,"

Thanks for sharing EH!