Amanda Smyth is Irish/Trinidadian. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2000. Her short stories have been published in New Writing, London Magazine, and broadcast on Radio 4 as part of a series called Love and Loss. Amanda was awarded an Arts Council Grant for her first novel, Black Rock.
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March 2010 Debut of the Month. As colourful as the country of which she writes, Trinidad and Tobago; as lusty as her protagonist, Celia, a girl who cannot see how she attracts men and suffers for the sex appeal she exudes. There is a lyrical lilt to the prose that sings through as Celia tries to make a life for herself. A lovely book. Comparison: James Scudamore (The Amnesia Clinic), Mari Strachan (The Earth Hums in B flat), Gaile Parkin (Baking Cakes in Kigali).
This novel beautifully evokes the feeling of the Caribbean and the people who live there. Comparisons in style have been made to Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. We follow the life of Celia who has not had any easy childhood an on escaping her past to go to Trinidad she finds love and passion but heartache too. Descriptive and moving this is a lovely first novel from a new voice.
Desire dictated her choices, priorities shaped them, and love broke them apart.When student Anna Wright is forced to sell the only thing she owns worth selling, she does so blindly, not knowing what to expect of the man who will buy her virtue and time.The winning bidder is Tyler Kane, a sexually hedonistic man with serious control issues and libido that knows no end. But when Tyler wants more than just her virginity, Anna has to ask herself if she can live with the price he's asking her to pay to stay in his life. Tyler Kane is a man who knows what he wants, and just how to get it. And he wants the delectable Miss Wright, preferably kneeling before him, her smart mouth gagged, hands shackled, totally compliant to his every whim.Anna Wright is unlike anyone he has ever met before; she is innocent, opinionated to the point of maddening, and with a pureness of heart that humbles his dark soul. But loving Anna comes with a price. A price he isn't yet ready to pay.