by Amanda Earl
Anne Tourney's "Taming Jeremy: A Rouge Erotic Romance" (Cheek, 2010) is about a woman torn between a control freak dominant who schedules her time for various boundary pushing sexual adventures and a bipolar artist who gets her to paint murals and spins her around when he kisses her. I decided to check out what else Tourney had written because I liked her story "Come for Me, Dark Man" in "Sacred Exchange." The story was perhaps a bit more intense and more to my preference, but this novel is an enjoyable read.
TR Verten's "Confessions of a Rent Boy" (Burning Book Press, 2nd Edition, 2012) is a fun read about a 20-something fellow named Andy who ends up working as an escort in London. I like Verten's style; it's snappy and articulate. I'd like to read more of her writing. Burning Book Press is a fairly new publisher started up by some excellent erotica writers, including Aisling Weaver, Wyeth Bailey, Raziel Moore, Ximena Mendez, Will Crimson, T.R. Verten, Michele Bekemeyer and Remittance Girl. RG describes the press as "an indie press dedicated to intelligent creative writing for grown-up readers who don’t require hand-holding, moral guidance, or limited vocabulary reading matter." Hurray! The press is putting out some quality titles and I can see already that I'm going to be a loyal follower.
"Secrecy" by Rupert Thomson (Granta Books, 2013) is a novel set in 17th century Florence about the intriguing encounters and adventures of a wax moulder. I discovered the author at a recent fall reading at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. I haven't started the book yet, but am looking forward to it. When he read from it, his descriptions were remarkably sensual and vivid.
"The English Stories" by Cynthia Flood (Biblioasis, 2009) is another book I discovered at the Writers Festival. I liked Flood's style. There was a Q&A about writing craft and Flood may have spoken (or it could have been someone else, my memory's hazy) about the small moment of the short story. Also about how writers can mine their childhoods for memories that can find their way into their work. She read from her most recent collection "Red Girl RatBoy," (Biblioasis, 2013) which also sounded compelling.
"Moby Dick" by Herman Melville is a book I've been meaning to read for ages. I'm about 25% through it and I'm captivated by the language, the imagery, the humour and the characters, not to mention the anticipation of the encounter with the massive creature.
Reading is my great pleasure. If it is yours, please tell me in the comments section about your current reads. I'd love a few recommendations.