At the start of this year I decided to set myself some goals. I decided that I would start a distance learning course on Copy-Editing and try to complete at least half of it by the beginning of 2014; I decided that I would write another Novel by the end of November; and I planned to release nine books during the course of the year.
The first two of those, i’ve just about managed and today is the day that I complete the last of these aims with the release of ‘Diamonds’. The majority of my releases this year have been short stories that are part of the ‘Diamonds’ narrative arc and which will remain available to buy for anyone who doesn’t want to take on the whole book. They were stories written to stand alone as well as forming part of the larger story of ‘Diamonds’; pretty fragments of a mosaic of a story that (hopefully) can be enjoyed on their own terms.
Here’s the front cover and blurb for ‘Diamonds’:
James Eddy’s spellbinding collection of short stories, circles the lives of Scott Drake, a British singer-songwriter, and Rebecca, the passionate, intelligent young woman he had once loved and may yet love again. The revelation of both their shared and individual pasts is only the beginning of a story that features the contributions of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. A man lost in love, a compulsive young thief, a single mother in the twilight of her youth, and a middle-aged man grieving the death of his mother and his lost dreams, all form the foreground and background to the larger story; of love lost, delayed and denied.
We first meet Scott in his early twenties, running away from his guilt at the death of a friend by trying to help another. Five years on, he has found success as a musician but his feelings have changed very little; there is the same guilt as before, along with even more that has been piled on top of it, while his ability to self-destruct has not been diminished by the years. We learn the causes of these things and the sadness that can come with survival.
We meet Rebecca at the moment she decides that she has to take a chance to see Scott again – at one of his gigs she finds a way backstage to meet him, her name opening doors in ways she hadn’t expected. We then encounter her aunt, Lily, and cousin, Diane, as circumstances envelope them all and place further obstacles into the path of her and Scott.
Written in an array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to surrealism to poetry, Diamonds is a book about the interplay of love and death, about survival, and about how hope can be nourished and set into motion by even the smallest of words and gestures.
If that sounds appealing as a book to read over the Christmas period and the New Year then head over to Youngblood Books and go to the bottom of the page where you will find a variety of buying options for the book.