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…
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.
Jourdan Lane website – HERE
Bound by Blood