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review 2015-08-18 18:45
Book 66/100: October Mourning - A Song for Matthew Shepherd by Leslea Newman
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard - Lesléa Newman

This is a beautiful, haunting tribute to Matthew Shepherd told in a bevy of imagined voices, some of which are spun off quotes from people connected to the murder in some way, from the murderers to the investigating officers to the person who found Matthew's body. While it's tempting to find voices of inanimate objects such as the fence post to be funny, what these objects have to say, the way they have witnessed what no human being did, is no laughing matter. These are some of the most powerful poems in the collection, although the poems from the imagined perspectives of the perpetrators were most chilling, and the poems from marginally connected people -- the police officers, classmates, etc. -- most thought-provoking.

The author Leslea Newman was actually personally connected to the events as well -- she was scheduled to speak at a Pride event the weekend after Matthew Shepherd was discovered. It was scheduled prior to the hate crime, and of course the whole tone had changed by the time the event arrived. I appreciated hearing Newman's personal perspective, as well as the work that came out of an event many of us will never be able to forget.

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text 2014-11-30 09:29
Book Launch in Newcastle, Australia. Come along!
Crimson Mind - Amanda Leigh

Come and join Amanda Leigh for a Christmas drink to celebrate the launch of her new erotic verse thriller, Crimson Mind. Nibbles will be provided and signed paperback novels will be available for $25 each on the day.

If you are interested in a hardcover version, you are encouraged to purchase it online and bring it to the launch (www.xlibris.com.au ). Amanda will happily sign it for you. Otherwise, come and say hello.

When: Saturday 13th December 2014

 

Where: Lambton Bowling Club, Karoola Road, Lambton, NSW 2299

 

Time: 11am - 2pm

 

Entry is free.

Please RSVP ASAP so we know how much food to order. Thank you.

 

Go to www.facebook.com/AmandaLeigh.CrimsonMind for more information..

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review 2014-11-07 05:13
CRIMSON MIND by Amanda Leigh is AVAILABLE NOW! WOO HOO!
Crimson Mind - Amanda Leigh

Please excuse my excitement but this is my debut novel and it has just been released!  I have a gigantic smile on my face at the moment.

 

Crimson Mind is an erotic thriller written in verse.  It is more of a thriller with erotic undertones.  It is violent, sexy and easy to read (in my opinion).  My aim was to write a verse novel that most people could read without any difficulty.  It is fast-paced and it gets straight to the point.

 

Some of the poems were laid out to look like particular things e.g. a knife, a noose etc. Because of this, I recommend you read a hard copy version as I can't guarantee the layout will look the same on your e-reader.  I have been told it is to do with different device settings.  It is totally up to you which version you read, but just be aware you may not see the work the way it is meant to be seen, which is why I recommend a hard copy.

For those who aren't sure what I mean by 'verse', Crimson Mind is a series of poems that are all connected to form a story.  Each poem links with the next.  If you are familiar with Dorothy Porter's work, you will understand what I mean.  I love her writing style and I wanted to do something similar.  

 

Here is the synopsis for Crimson Mind, for those who are interested:

 

When twenty-year-old Mary Hunt is raped then murdered in Rocky Burrow Mountains, it is up to small town police officer Senior Constable Susan Connelly to prove herself capable and solve the case.

 

With Mary's friend, Samantha, and cousin, Jacqueline, also searching for answers, it is a race to find the killer before the killer finds them.

 

Fast-paced, violent, and sexy, this erotic verse thriller delves into the lives and minds of the sexual, criminal, and just. It's a page-turner until the very end.

 

Crimson Mind is available at http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000964176/Crimson-Mind.aspx 

 

You are welcome to follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaLeigh.CrimsonMind 

 

Thanks for your support.

 

Amanda Leigh xxx

 

 

 

 

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review 2014-11-06 06:49
CRIMSON MIND by Amanda Leigh is AVAILABLE NOW! WOO HOO!
Crimson Mind - Amanda Leigh

Please excuse my excitement but this is my debut novel and it has just been released!  I have a gigantic smile on my face at the moment.

 

Crimson Mind is an erotic thriller written in verse.  It is more of a thriller with erotic undertones.  It is violent, sexy and easy to read (in my opinion).  My aim was to write a verse novel that most people could read without any difficulty.  It is fast-paced and it gets straight to the point.

 

Some of the poems were laid out to look like particular things e.g. a knife, a noose etc. Because of this, I recommend you read a hard copy version as I can't guarantee the layout will look the same on your e-reader.  I have been told it is to do with different device settings.  It is totally up to you which version you read, but just be aware you may not see the work the way it is meant to be seen, which is why I recommend a hard copy.

 

For those who aren't sure what I mean by 'verse', Crimson Mind is a series of poems that are all connected to form a story.  Each poem links with the next.  If you are familiar with Dorothy Porter's work, you will understand what I mean.  I love her writing style and I wanted to do something similar.  

 

Here is the synopsis for Crimson Mind, for those who are interested:

 

When twenty-year-old Mary Hunt is raped then murdered in Rocky Burrow Mountains, it is up to small town police officer Senior Constable Susan Connelly to prove herself capable and solve the case.

 

With Mary's friend, Samantha, and cousin, Jacqueline, also searching for answers, it is a race to find the killer before the killer finds them.

 

Fast-paced, violent, and sexy, this erotic verse thriller delves into the lives and minds of the sexual, criminal, and just. It's a page-turner until the very end.

 

Crimson Mind is available at http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000964176/Crimson-Mind.aspx 

 

You are welcome to follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaLeigh.CrimsonMind 

 

Thanks for your support.

 

Amanda Leigh xxx

 

P.S. Note I haven't rated my book.  I will leave that for you.  I hope you enjoy it. :)

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text 2014-11-04 21:19
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 250 pages.
The Emperor's Babe: A Novel - Bernardine Evaristo

I've read this before; it was the only absolutely unputdownable book written in verse I had ever come across. Now, on the second reading, I am taking it slowly and loving it even more.

 

From the blurb:

Londinium, AD 211.

A city of slum tenements and sumptuous villas, of orgy queens, drag queens and drama queens. A city where the currency is often sex, where children go to work aged five and marriage is a career move.

Through the bustling city we follow Zuleika - feisty and precocious daughter of Sudanese immigrants made good. Married off at eleven to Felix, a rich Roman three times her age perpetually away on business, Zuleika drifts about his villa, bored, until one night, several years later when Septimius Severus, the Roman Emperor newly arrived in town, spots her at the theatre ...

 

From p27:

Till Death Do Us

The white stucco villas of Cheapside

are usually out of bounds to scallywags

 

like me and Alba. Guards shoo us away.

(She has not been invited.) Today

 

they bow as if I were the emperor's wife,

when my horse-drawn carriage, if you please,

 

arrives at a villa with its very own latrina,

and enough rooms to fill the Forum.

 

Janus-faced gits! I am the same girl

I was last week. Or am I?

 

 

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