#Top5FemaleAuthors – Christine Feehan @AuthorCFeehan – #WomensHistoryMonth 16/03/2017

Another day of celebrating the brilliant female authors in literature and we come to my number four.

4 – Christine Feehan 

I first became aware of Feehan’s work after seeing my Grams read a couple of the Carpathian novels, my curiosity piqued when I was informed that the characters were vampire like creatures but whole heartedly good natured. So with that in mind I picked up my first copy and have been hooked ever since.
Although Feehan writes a number of different novels in her genre for me it is the Carpathian series which really stands out. Here the author has made the Vampire into a monster, instead of the sexy, mischievous nobles from the Anne Rice series, we see them as utterly foul, grotesque and menacing creatures. Carpathian males who have been lost into darkness. The balance between the violent and turbulent events in each novel to the beautiful and romantic is done perfectly.
The male characters in this series are a testament to Feehan’s keen eye for handsomeness, another trait you find yourself drawn to when escaping into this wonderful world. Because for me, that is Feehan’s biggest endeavour, creating a world where we can escape. Because escapism is at the very heart of literature. But it is also the strong female characters that seduce you, these women who take on the might of the ultimate alpha males and put them in their place. Women who know what they want and will protect those they love.
Each novel centres on a different couple, so that despite the number of novels in the series, and there are quite a few, you can start reading at any book. I love these characters, this world created by Feehan and believe the supernatural/paranormal genre would be lost without them.
*M*
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#Top5FemaleAuthors – Jackie Collins – #WomensHistoryMonth 15/03/2017

As we continue to celebrate the brilliant female authors out there, we come to my next entry.

3 – Jackie Collins

With a career spanning over 40 years, Jackie Collins was a true storyteller. Her first novel was published in 1968, to much criticism and distaste. Here was a female author who did not shy away from talking openly about sex, drugs, booze and cussing. A truly authentic voice in a world that was not ready to embrace her brilliance.

For me, I became aware of Jackie Collins as a teenager, seeing her novels on my Mum’s book shelf, curious I asked questions and received the most appropriate of answers. One thing I remember hearing is that the lead character was a woman, something I found fascinating. As an adult I decided to venture into the world Collins created and meet the brassy, ballsy women she so lovingly created.

I am so happy I did. For the first time as a reader I found a heroine who wasn’t perfect, a character who knew what she wanted and would be damn sure to get it. The character of Lucky Santangelo really stayed with me, I loved how in charge of her life she was, how determined to prove herself in a man’s world and how she owned her sexuality. Unlike the heroines of Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, here was a female character who would not be defined by a man. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the female characters from classic literature and love them in the context of their era but Collins created a new generation of female characters that reflected the attitudes of society at the time and today.

As a reader I want my heroine to be fierce, loyal, confident and good hearted. Collins never failed to deliver in her work, always making the reader root for their heroine. Because that is something Collins did so brilliantly, she created a series of works that in themselves have become classics. Characters that are far from perfect but brilliant all the same.

Here we have an author who impacted the literary world by representing women in their own way. Her style and sass were beacons of identity for female characters that would make their own way in a man’s world.

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#AuthorFeature – Suzanne Collins – #WomensHistoryMonth 10/03/2017

Welcome to the final day of my features for this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!

My final feature this week is Suzanne Collins

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Collins’ career started in writing for children’s television before venturing into children’s fiction. Collins’ first published works were the UNDERLAND CHRONICLES. It was in September 2008 that THE HUNGER GAMES was first published. A series inspired by her father’s career in the Air Force – giving her an insight into the affects of war.

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It will forever be refreshing to read about strong, independent woman who fight for what they believe in. Unfortunately there are too many novels out there where the woman is shown as the victim, they are weak and dependent on men. Katniss Everdeen is up there with some of the greats; Sarah Connor, Buffy Summers and Eileen Ripely to name a few!

Be sure to check in next week when *M* takes the reins!

-S.

#AuthorFeature – J.K. Rowling @jk_rowling – #WomensHistoryMonth 08/03/2017

Welcome to DAY THREE of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!

Today is all about this woman here – J.K. Rowling

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It was on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990 where Rowling first had the idea for the young wizard Harry Potter. After seven years of writing and battling her own personal issues, she released HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE in 1997.

It’s safe to say that her career rocketed from there – winning multiple literary awards, movie adaptations, merchandise and even theme parks! But what was next?


After the phenomenal success of the Harry Potter series – Rowling ventured into adult fiction and released THE CASUAL VACANCY under her own name, but she was always keen in taking on crime fiction.

Keen to write under a pseudonym – Robert Galbraith was born and THE CUCKOO’S CALLING was released in 2013. The press soon outed Rowling for writing this book and it soon became public knowledge that she was behind the new novel.

I don’t mind this at all! I can see why Rowling would want to change her name to release new material that isn’t all about wizards, witches and Dementors. I can imagine it was difficult releasing THE CASUAL VACANCY under her own name as readers would automatically make a judgement based on her earlier work, despite it being marketed for a completely different demographic. But the comparisons were there and they are hard to shift.

I thoroughly enjoyed her Coromon Strike series and hope to read more. Rowling is a great crime fiction writer!

J.K. Rowling will forever continue to surprise me 🙂

-S.

#AuthorFeature – Val McDermid @valmcdermid – #WomensHistoryMonth 07/03/2017

Welcome to DAY TWO of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!

I could not do this week without mentioning one of my favourite female authors; Val McDermid.

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McDermid was a journalist after leaving university before penning her first novel in the Lindsay Gordon series; REPORT FOR MURDER

Since then, McDermid has gone on to release many standalone books, as well as books in four separate series; Lindsay Gordon, Inspector Karen Pirie, Kate Brannigan and my personal favourite; Tony Hill & Carol Jordan.

-S.

#AuthorFeature – Agatha Christie – #WomensHistoryMonth 06/03/2017

Welcome to the first of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!

As a lover of crime fiction – it would be almost rude not to start with one of the most infamous female crime writers; Agatha Christie.

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Born in 1890, Christie was an English crime novelist. Best known for her some 66 detective novels – most famously Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote romance novels, under the pen name of Mary Westmacott.

But it was her fiction featuring the now infam0us Hercule Poirot & Miss Marple that put Christie on the map.

Since it’s first publication in 1920 – Hercule Poirot was featured in over thirty novels and over fifty short stories. Miss Marple, first published in 1927 has been featured in twelve stories and both detectives were bought to life on the small screen.

I salute Agatha Christie – she has undoubtedly influenced a whole new generation of female authors who continue to deliver great pieces of fiction – who will then go on to influence the next generation…and the next. There is no doubt that some of the crime fiction I read today by women authors have taken influence from Christie’s work.

-S.

#WomensHistoryMonth – A Month of Literary Celebration

March celebrates Women’s History Month. It highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Here at The P.Turners Book Blog – we wanted to celebrate WHM by celebrating some of our favourite female authors who we feel have not only shaped the world of literature, but also how it has affected our own taste in reading.

Each of us will take a week in March to share with you our thoughts. Authors ranging from J.K. Rowling to Sylvia Day, E.L. James to Harper Lee and Agatha Christie to Enid Blyton!

Now, this isn’t a “this female author is better than that one” – quite the contrary, there are just so many to mention! If we were to feature ALL of the female authors on Earth, then we may be here some time!

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts and whether you agree or disagree with our choices.

Here is how the month will look for posting;
(NB. We will be posting Mon-Fri each weeks)

March 6th-10th; S
March 13th-17th; M
March 20th-24th; K
March 27th-31st; L

For more information on Women’s History Month

-S.