A book with two or more authors
A book with two or more authors is the next challenge in the 2019 Pink and Dizzy reading challenge. It was actually tough to find these books as often when you look on Amazon it only gives you the one author and it is only when you do a little more research that you realise it is two people or it has been co-authored etc. The books I have chosen below are a mixture of ones that I have read, am going to read or recommended by my husband. I had to turn to him for help with this post as a lot of his genre has books with two authors. As always if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear about them.
A Woman's war by Jacqueline Dinan and John Dinan
I did a search for books with two authors, and this one came up, it looked really intriguing, and I have added it to my TBR list. I don't always like recommending books in these posts that I have not read or at least heard good things about, but this one just caught my attention. I do like a good war story and don't read enough of them!
Rosie is not alone in her growing apprehension towards Australia's involvement in a war. Like many mothers, she feels helpless as her sons are swayed by the relentless pull of 'mateship' and are lured by the sense of 'adventure' awaiting them in another continent. While yearning for news from them in Northern France, Rosie grapples with the changing reality that war is placing on women on the home front. Women are increasingly the fabric of the community and Rosie shoulders her share of responsibility with grinding work at the factory. She also discovers women working for a common cause at an industrious Red Cross parcel drive, converging at a controversial peace rally and embroiled in the conscription debate. Each has a story to tell. A Woman's War takes us into the life of a mother during the Great War. It provides a unique and intimate perspective of how she and other women of her inner-city, working class community endured an incredibly difficult period of Australia's history and exemplified to future generations how to face hardship. This poignant and insightful story reveals tribulations and tragedies not talked about by the generations of women who followed them.
Baby Got Back by The Flirt Club
Fourteen authors of The Flirt Club got together to write this short story. Each author wrote a chapter each, and the fluidity from one to the author was very well executed. So authors are: Alexis Adaire, Alexx Andria, Angel Devlin, Dee Ellis, Dori Lavelle, Fiona Starr, Frankie Love, Kim Lorraine, Laney Powell, Olivia Hawthorne, Rebecca Gallo, Sierra Hill, Tracy Lorraine and Vivian Ward!
Read my review here:
The wait is over! Stacy has been dreaming of finding her soulmate … after all, the rest of the Mi Alpha Alpha sorority sisters already found theirs! The college reunion pool party is her time to shine. She just needs to find her confidence — and avoid her ex! Insert a bikini, an alpha hero, and a couple of frozen margs and she’s ready to make a splash. It’s time baby got back — err, under. Over? Behind? Read on to find out, sweetheart!
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
A friend of mine who is doing this challenge has chosen this book for this category. So I pinched this suggestion from her. I haven't read it, but I have heard of Jodi Picoult, and if my friend has chosen it I'm sure it will be good!
Delilah knows it's weird, but she can't stop reading her favourite fairy tale. Other girls her age are dating and cheerleading. But then, other girls are popular. She loves the comfort of the happy ending, and knowing there will be no surprises. Until she gets the biggest surprise of all, when Prince Oliver looks out from the page and speaks to her. Now Delilah must decide: will she do as Oliver asks, and help him to break out of the book? Or is this her chance to escape into happily ever after? Read between the lines for total enchantment . . .
Big Mistake by Tessa Blake and Laney Powell
I'd been looking for another Laney Powell book to read and stumbled across this book not realising it had been co-authored with Tessa Blake. I gave it a read as thought it would be good research for this blog! Read my review here:
Out of the friend zone and into the fire... Garrett Beck’s been my best friend since we were toddlers—she’s like a sister to me, or at least that’s what I’ve always thought. Beck is family, and it’s my job to make sure she’s safe and happy. But lately when I look at Beck, family’s not what I see. I see someone who makes my pulse race and my body sit up and take notice. I see a woman. And then we get drunk on a birthday trip, and one thing leads to another … I don’t know what’s worse: waking up in bed with my best friend, or knowing that, no matter what, we can’t do this again. But I have a feeling I’m about to find out. Beck Garrett’s been my best friend for as long as I can remember—the next thing to family. Add to that the fact that his relationships last for a few months at best, and he’s the absolute worst boyfriend candidate around. So why did I just wake up in bed with him? Garrett says it was just a drunken mistake, and we should go on the way we have been—BFFs and nothing more. And he’s right; we can’t do this again. Our friendship is more important than what we just did. Isn’t it?
Blue Monday by Nicci French
When I was researching books with two authors, Nicci French came up, which was very confusing as I thought it was just one woman. However, it’s a pseudonym for Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. My friend Lesley recommended their books to me a while back, so I’m glad I get a chance to give them a go!! So this is my choice for this category.
Monday: five-year-old Matthew Faraday is abducted. His face is splashed across newspaper front pages. His parents and the police are desperate. Can anyone help find their little boy before it is too late? Psychotherapist Frieda Klein just might know something. One of her patients describes dreams of seizing a boy who is the spitting image of Matthew. Convinced at first the police will dismiss her fears out of hand, Frieda reluctantly finds herself drawn into the heart of the case. A previous abduction, from twenty years ago, suggests a new lead - one that only Frieda, an expert on the minds of disturbed individuals, can uncover. Struggling to make sense of this terrifying investigation, Frieda will face her darkest fears in the hunt for a clever and brutal killer . . .
Dragon of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
This is most definitely a husband choice and not my kind of book at all. He got very excited about it, so I'm hoping that means it's good! His and my reading tastes are very different so apologies if it's not!
Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world. No one expected them to be heroes. Least of all, them.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
This and The Talisman top all of the lists found for books with two authors, and when I asked my husband for help, these were the first two he thought of. Not my type of book but it must be good if that famous!
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch, Judgement Day is almost upon us and the world's going to end in a week . . . Now people have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it's only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea? You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it. It's a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They've been living amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse. And then there's the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
I really must get arond to reading a Stephen Kind novel one of these days!
A chilling tale from two of the greatest storytellers of our time... Twelve-year-old Jack spends his days alone in a deserted coastal town, his father gone, his mother dying. Then he meets a stranger - and embarks on a terrifying journey. For Jack must find the Talisman, the only thing that can save his mother. His quest takes him into the menacing Territories, a parallel world where violence, surprise and the titanic struggle between good and evil reach across a mythic landscape.
Troy: Fall of Kings by David Gemmell and Stella Gemmell
My husband tells me about this book, A LOT! It is the third in a series but unfortunately while writing David Gemmell passed away. He left extensive notes, and his wife was as immersed in his writing as he was so finished this book for him. My husband says it is impossible to tell who wrote which part she has done such a fantastic job!
Darkness falls on the Great Green, and the Ancient World is fiercely divided. On the killing fields outside the golden city of Troy, forces loyal to the Mykene King mass. Among them is Odysseus, fabled storyteller and reluctant ally to the Mykene, who knows that he must soon face his former friends in deadly combat. Within the city, the Trojan king waits. Ailing and bitter, his hope is pinned on two heroes: his favourite son Hektor, and the dread Helikaon who will wreak terrible vengeance for the death of his wife at Mykene hands. War has been declared. As enemies, who are also kinsmen, are filled with bloodlust, they know that many of them will die, and that some will become heroes: heroes who will live for ever in a story that will echo down the centuries.
You Say Potato: The Story of English Accents by David Crystal and Ben Crystal
This is a slightly different choice as it is an academic book. However, I love David Crystal; he writes books in such a fascinating and fun way that they don't feel academic. He has paired up with his son, who is a Shakespeare specialist, and he gives his spin on his father's academic world. I have only read parts of this book for preparation for my PhD but what I have read is fascinating!
He says bath, while she says bahth. You say potayto. I say potahto And- -wait a second, no one says potahto. No one's ever said potahto. Have they? From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Everyone has an accent, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikes about the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about 'correct' pronunciation. But how did all these accents come about, and why do people feel so strongly about them? Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly of all: what went wrong in Birmingham? Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken - and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.