An American novelist, Allie Burke writes books she can’t find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a “kickass book that defies the genre it’s in”, Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal.
Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie’s fairytales.
Violet Midnight is her first novel.
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The Sandman... a short diary of self-destruction
A short story to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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Smashwords book reviews by Allie Burke
on June 12, 2011
When I reviewed Nicole Ireland's A Second Chance, I attested to her beautiful writing.
With Sacrifice, she has secured my opinion of that gorgeous style.
"They both smelled of baby powder, soap and innocence."
Though it was chilling, heartbreaking and, at times, downright gruesome, Sacrifice is still a beautiful story from a widely talented author.
- For Nothing
on July 10, 2011
I LOVED this book.
This is the first "Mafia Crime Thriller" I've ever read. Mystery, suspense, thrillers, yes, but never anything like this. Naturally, going into it, I had no idea what to expect.
I read this book on my computer. I sat down, leaning back comfortably as I prepared myself to be there for a while. I read the first three lines of the book... and I gasped. I sat up in my chair, leaned forward and with my eyes relentlessly scanned the screen for the rest of the story. It had me, and didn't let go until the end.
For Nothing is beautifully written. The atmosphere, the conditions and surroundings and senses-Denmon's descriptions are flawless. As I read, I was cold. Throughout my experience with most of this book, I clutched a blanket tight around me. (I live in Southern California, mind you.) I was shivering. I twitched. I cringed. This book got into my head. Its words deeply affected me. The feeling it ensued, a feeling of dread, an internal chill-I couldn't shake it off. Not that I wanted to. No, I just wanted to keep reading.
There has been only one other book in my experience that succeeded to do what For Nothing has done. It spun me. All the way around.
Going into it, I was with the good guy. Rooting for him. In my head praising him as he struggled through his journey to revenge.
Halfway through the book and suddenly I was with the bad guy. Not only was I with him, I was in LOVE with him. Everything about him enticed me. I wanted Rafael Rontego to prevail. And if anything happened that was even remotely against the survival of Rafael, I was upset. Angry. Suddenly I wanted revenge if anyone so much as threatened him. Through the rest of the book, Rafael Rontego was my man. He still is.
I give For Nothing the highest rating because it is as it should be. It is a crime thriller that has everything a book of this genre should have. It was cold-blooded. It was ruthless. Suspenseful. Humorous, when it needed it to be. Scary. Accurate. Intriguing. Thrilling.
- Exiled (The Protector Book 1)
on July 23, 2011
"I dodged the razor sharp claws coming towards me and turned to face the demon."
"Keep reading," your mind commands you as you read the first line of this heart-stopping fantasy. AMAZING debut novel. I loved every minute of it.
Merrick's style of writing had me in awe from start to finish. Its smooth. Its refined. Its as if someone with the utmost experience on the subject is telling the story from the depths of the world it exists in. There was never a moment in this book where I had to go back and reread something. Not once. Merrick's words flow into his story THAT well.
The story itself was brilliant, with fresh twists on original myths, unique characters that I fell in love with from the very beginning, and heart-stopping action that never lets up.
Amazing. (Impatiently) waiting for the next one.
on Feb. 10, 2014
I find myself at a loss for words when a review comes in for one of my short stories that hopes for a more elaborate or lengthier version, which happens more than not. I feel like the authors who have the capability to bleed a character’s emotions onto the page in the shortest frame of time possible, have a unique gift with words. This feat is the appeal of the fantastically told short story. That’s the whole point. If said beautifully told story was a full length novel, it would just be another book. With all the time in the world, humans can achieve anything. But it takes a special brand of person – a special brand of artist – to use only the resources, and time, at his fingertips, to create something beautiful. Bennett did not have a pen. He did not have paper. He had his own blood and the walls that boxed him in, and he painted them red.
I must find myself, now, a hypocrite. I must admit, that yes, I wanted to read more of Slice. I wanted to feel more of the pain that our protagonist forces upon us. But, again. The short story has appeal, when written properly, and Slice is the product of an author who writes with passion and holds nothing back.
A piece that not only makes you feel something, but makes you feel everything, Slice is a darkly beautiful work of art that I would highly recommend to every fan of the written word.