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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461129788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461129783
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,679,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Late Bloomer is an intriguing answer to the question "Who is Erica Scott?" Written by Ms Scott herself, the book takes us on a fascinating and intense journey through the author's life, starting in early childhood and concluding sometime near the present. The book is divided into two distinct parts. In the first we learn about Erica's early years where we're introduced to her world, her family and the conflicts (internal and external) which define the backdrop of her life. In the second half of the book we see Erica bloom and turn her mere existence into a life of taking chances and fulfillment.

Throughout Late Bloomer Ms Scott maintains a well-paced and witty narrative. She has a knack for presenting to us the Big Picture and then zooming in to explore specific moments in time, fleshing out the details. Then we're pulled back again to look at how the Big Picture all fits together. It's a well organized pattern and it keeps the story flowing.

Often times the first half of Late Bloomer covers serious, dark subject matter. Ms Scott tells us that she did not lead a happy and balanced youth and she doesn't pull any punches. To her credit she doesn't let the story get bogged down either. The reader isn't asked to feel sadness or to pity the writer, facts are simply presented and then we move on, all the while treated to Ms Scott's singular wit.

The story takes a sudden turn in the second half and we're treated to a brighter version of Erica, one in which she is full of adventure, humour and, yes, more wit. Fans of Ms Scott's other works will know she's a fan spanking, of being spanked, and we get to experience her introduction into that pastime, into that world. Her descriptions are engrossing, amusing and detailed.
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Erica Scott's memoir chronicles her personal journey from a painfully dysfunctional child and young adulthood to finding love and self-acceptance in mid-life. Her story is poignant and compelling--her shockingly honest narrative uses humor to connect with her readers. Late Bloomer is exceptionally well written. Ms. Scott reveals her innermost thoughts and desires without being gratuitously self-indulgent. She is matter-of-fact, self-conscious in the best way, intelligent and witty. Throughout her journey, she strives to maintain being "real."

The first half of the book deals with deeply dysfunctional family dynamics and Erica's assorted eating disorders. Dark matter, indeed. This reader experienced outrage at the cruelty that she endured from the very people who should have been her protectors. The second half of the book is a joyous ride as Erica experiences the fulfillment of her spanking fantasies and achieves celebrity on a small scale as she is featured in a series of spanking videos. The average person is likely to be unfamiliar with the world of "spankos," but Erica shines a light on this aspect of her sexuality with nary a blush--a fascinating look at the softer side of bdsm.

Late Bloomer is an intensely personal work that should appeal to spankos and non-spankos alike. Erica Scott emerges as a complex woman, irascible yet lovable, passionate, caring and bursting with mischief.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Erica's story. She's a witty, engaging and fascinating story-teller, and hearing the "behind the scenes" tidbits about her modeling shoots opened a door into another world for me! What I loved best, though, was her inspiring message about finding herself and her confidence, and embracing herself as a person, a spanking model, a partner, a friend, and a blogger. I love real-life stories about people who overcome difficult childhoods and self-esteem issues to become confident and bold, because it definitely offers inspiration to those who are still on the journey.
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This is a brilliantly written book. It is the autobiography of a woman born in the mid twentieth century, a product of Southern California and how she made it to the twenty-first century. Being of a similar age and geography, I could relate to many of her experiences.

While coming from a successful family, Ms. Scott nevertheless faced many personal challenges. Through her determination she was able to overcome those obstacles. In the process, she became a truly self actualized person.

Ms. Scott's writing style is most effective. She writes in a highly personal style. The reader feels that she is speaking directly to them.

I give this book my highest recommendation.
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This book put into words how I have felt for years. My journey started much later in life than Erica's but I am taking to heart her words of wisdom to go for it; that life is too short. Thank you Erica.
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Erica Scott's autobiography is more than one person's story. In broad brush strokes, it's the biography of many of us who've had similar urges since childhood. You think that there's something wrong with you... and years go by. Someday, if you're lucky, you find out that there are LOTS of people like you.

I'll add that I've read other autobiographies, and they all seemed dull and self-indulgent to some degree. Not "Late Bloomer." Even aside from my feeling personal empathy with the author, this is a good book. It's going to have a place on my shelf for many, many years.
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