Friday, September 22, 2017

SPEED by BB Easton - An Author Worth Studying

So, every so often I get ARCs of books. Some are great. Some are so-so. And some I pester the
author for months prior to the ARC release until they get so irritated with me that they give me one just to shut me up.

Three guesses which kind of author BB Easton is to me. First two don't count.

Here's the thing though, BB is different to literally every other author I read. Her content is more graphic, her characters more broken, and her story (her life?) so removed from my own experience, that on the surface of things, we shouldn't get along. (Side note: BB is hilarious, generous, and well worth getting to know, whether you read her books or not. Seriously, she's good people--and GREAT writing. But I digress...)

I stumbled on 44 Chapters About 4 Men a year or so back and downloaded the sample expecting to roll my eyes and move on.

I did not do either of those things.

I devoured that masterpiece of a memoir and literally cheered at the end when she talked to a friend about writing novels based on the characters and events described. Literally. I cheered. Because here's the truth: BB is writing in a way, and for reasons, that this world needs. (I should also note that this book is not for under 18s, or the faint of heart...)

In 44 Chapters she wrote her own story, in all its ugliness and beauty, and somehow forced me and my firmly One Man for Me heart to fall in love with no less than four men in the course of a single book. (Well, three and a half, really. But we'll get to that part later.)

In Skin, she took me places I never thought I'd go (this one really isn't for under 18s) and in Speed she brought closure to the part of me that hadn't been able to let Skin go for the many, many months between its release and Speed.

I joked with BB that, between receiving the ARC for Speed and finishing the read I had four whole days of not aching for a new book of hers to read. Except, it wasn't a joke. I live with this little hollow corner in my heart while I wait for the next book of hers. Not kidding. And yet, if you described these books to me without me having read them, I'd say "No, thanks."

I'm addicted to BB and her books because they tell truth. Her truth. Sometimes that truth is horrific. Often it's hilarious. Sometimes it's achingly beautiful. But always, always, it's real.

So my challenge to you, especially if you're a writer who struggles to connect your work emotionally to the reader, is to read BB's books (start with 44 Chapters and read them in the order they were published. Trust me.) Her work is a stunning study in emotional authenticity, and making the scary, painful, or hard feel real. You will live in her skin, and you will beg for more. (And she's offering a chance for you to win the book for free.)

If you want to read my review of Speed you can find it on Goodreads or Amazon. But here's a spoiler for you: IT'S FIVE STARS FANTASTIC. Read it:

Title: SPEEDAuthor: BB EastonGenre: New Adult Romance

Because BB Easton had so much fun writing her bestselling, award-winning memoir, 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN, she decided to give each of her four men his own steamy standalone! SPEED is the second book in the 44 Chapters spin-off series—a gritty, taboo love triangle overflowing with dark humor and tangible teen angst. It is based on a true story.

After her possessive, psychopathic, rage-fueled ex, Knight, joins the Marines, sixteen-year-old BB is left trying, and failing, to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. It isn't until she meets Harley James—an easy-going, tattooed mechanic with a face as angelic as his habits are sinful—that she learns how to live again. How to laugh again. But will she learn to love again? Over Knight’s dead body. 
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Paperback: https://goo.gl/3XTDU8 

BB Easton lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her long-suffering husband, Ken, and two adorable children. She recently quit her job as a school psychologist to write stories about her punk rock past and deviant sexual history full-time. Ken is suuuper excited about it.