We Aim To Please got one excellent review from one reader, but the new one, from Rachel Dove at goodreads, is more brutally honest, which is perhaps no bad thing.
This is the link to the review that Rachel Dove posted - http://writinghood.com/writing/we-aim-to-please-by-erin-miller-and-tony-leather/ - and as one of the writers whose work this book is, I have to say that I thank her most sincerely for her honesty.
As you well know, I won the co-authorship of We Aim To Please, Erin Miller the other writer involved, because I had won the short story competition which she ran on triond some time ago. There is little doubt that as authors Erin and I have completely different styles, and since I am so much older than she, my English usage is much more old-fashioned, as is my use of grammar etc.
Rachel commented that she did not ‘get’ the fiction penned by Erin, which is in itself a fair comment, but then as every story one reads will appeal t different readers in differing ways, this is surely just a matter of choce on the part of the reader? I tend to write stories with a good idea of how they should end, dreaming up the most devious ways to get there, whilst Erin appears to set out to write stories with no aim in mind but to entertain, whatever the outcome.
I feel, without a doubt, that this co-authored book of fiction has a great deal to offer any discerning reader. There are those who are lovers of the kind of fiction written by Erin, and those who are beloved of mine, but both camps can be assured that they will find, within this fiction feast, something that is to their taste. I would have preferred it had Erin nt been seperated from myself by a vast ocean, so that our collaboration was simpler, but we managed anyway.
My last word would simply be that I have every respect for Rachel as a reviewer, and for Erin as a fellow writer, Even though the review posted is not as glowing as were those for my first two books, it was completely honest, and niether of those who put the book together could have wished for more than that. lf The question of whether or not Erin and myself will publish further joint ventures remains to be seen, but let this current book stand as a testament to co-authorship, and hope that others see it that way also.
Just in case you wonder what other literary treats I have to offer, you can do no better than to buy yourself a copy of Eternity and more or Dancing with the devil and other twisted tales, both amazing examples of what story telling is all about.