It was in the 4th grade when Lisa Beth Darling discovered she was a naturally gifted writer. For her very first creative writing assignment, the teacher asked the class to pen a story about a baby bird's first flight and read them to the class. Putting pencil to paper, Lisa was instantly whisked away by a force she couldn't explain. When they were finished, all of the children read their happy stories to the class. Not Lisa. She got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. She told of how the mama bird and daddy bird cried of how even God was upset sending the rains pouring from the sky. The class was speechless when she finished all they could do was stare at her. The teacher kept her after class told her the story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked Lisa if she'd ever heard of Icarus and did she base her story on him. Lisa had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As Lisa left the classroom the teacher again told her how good the story was but suggested she might want to write something happier next time. When Lisa asked her teacher: "Why?" The teacher had no answer. Luckily for us, Lisa never took that teachers' advice.
Today she brings us complex multi-layered stories rich with the trials and tribulations that make up the world in which we live. Not one to be pigeonholed into any single genre, Lisa's stories revolve around the intricacies of couples from range the intimacy of lovers, to mothers and sons, and brothers and sisters.
Lisa Beth Darling is 49 years-old, lives in her hometown of New London, CT with her husband of nearly 30 years, Roy. She is the author of more than fifteen novels along with several short stories and non-fiction books.
Future Slayer Girl (aka kitten)
on Dec. 19, 2011 :
Christmas Eve on Olympus was the first story I have read by Lisa Beth Darling. While reading it I couldn’t help but feel like I was missing something in not having read the other books in the series. That being said the first part of the story read for me like a YA Fantasy. It was well written. For me it focused too much on the duties of Christmas Eve, like a list. I was able to keep reading because the author did create a fantastic world of the gods and goddesses of Olympus, and I love anything with a little bit of magic. It was a bit jarring when it smoothed into the intimate scene and it was like reading a totally different story. The sex scene was hot, well written, with very adult detail. A total clash with the first half of the story that made me wonder if this was a YA Fantasy book. The sex was steamy, it made me wiggle in my seat and I couldn’t help but want more by the end.
The main issue I had was the drastic jump from simple reading to detailed hot steamy sex in the matter of a few paragraphs. I couldn’t get over the contrast in the moment. With all that being said it was for sure a good Christmas read! If you are looking for something to heat up your eReader, you should really grab a copy!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)