The Footsteps I Follow: Authors I Admire
I love the worlds and characters Chuck Palahniuk creates. I think that Andra Brynn writes being drunk (and hungover) better than anyone I’ve ever read, with a nice line in introspection that reminds me of Elizabeth Wurtzel. I recently came across S. Walden, who blew me away with some of her descriptions of pain and grief. Neil Stephenson is intimidatingly thorough with his research and Neil Gaiman spins amazing worlds out of threads of reality. Nadia Simonenko had me in pieces with some of the traumatic events in her books (as did Cormac McCarthy and S. Walden, again). Humor-wise, I’m a big fan of Mill Millington and Matt Beaumont. Romance-wise, as well as the ones I’ve mentioned above, I like Denise Grover Swank and Julia Kent (Julia I’m privileged to know, and she’s taught me a great deal).
Finally, I have a huge amount of respect for Dr. Brooke Magnanti. I used to read her blog when she wrote as Belle de Jour and now I read her work on the sex industry and sex workers’ rights.
By Helena Newbury
Series: Fenbrook Academy (#2)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Foster and Black New Adult
Release Date: Sept 21 2013 (Expected)
Everyone expects her to succeed….
Karen plays the cello like an angel, and it’s the only thing that makes her truly feel alive. But her father’s dream—for her to join a prestigious orchestra—leaves no time in her life for anything but music…not even love. She feels trapped on her path, but doesn’t know how to rebel.
Everyone expects him to fail….
Connor plays rock guitar like the devil himself, and his ability has got him all the way from a dead-end life in Belfast to a scholarship at Fenbrook Academy. But beneath his arrogance and charm, he doesn’t believe he has what it takes. He’s spent his time in New York drinking and partying, and the only future he sees is a return to Ireland as soon as he flunks out.
But what no one expects….
When her duet partner is injured, Karen is forced to team up with Connor. Neither likes the idea, but what begins as anger and distrust slowly spirals into love…and lust. If they can face up to their feelings and act upon them, they might just have a chance together. Will Connor allow Karen to stop his fall? And can Karen trust him enough to let him show her a life she never thought possible?
I’m a New Adult Romance author based in London and love to write about tangled love and characters who dare to dream. I believe in strong coffee, fast cars and the ability of him or her to make us forget absolutely everything else.