Monthly Archives: February 2012

Interview with C S Splitter, author of The Crayder Chronicles series

As part of the of C S Splitter’s “The Willing” blog tour, I have Splitter on the blog today. We chat about a lot of things, including his books, which are very interesting to say the least. So see my impression of the second book in the series, you can check out my review:

The Willing (Crayder Chronicles – Book 2) by C.S. Splitter – A review

… Tom Crayder, the protagonist of this series, is not a hero. He loves to talk and think about things such as planes, girls, sex and guns, basically all the things which would interest every guy. He is a normal guy, just like me, with all the normal problems, when life thrusts into a situation where he has to be heroic. In this book, Tom is not on a mission for the organisation, but on one of his own. His wife Jenny unknowingly gets into trouble with the mafia, and it is upto Tom and his team to save her. All the characters from the first book appear to make a comeback, and he has Lorena at his side during the entire book. …

Interview with author C S Splitter

From what I have read on his blog and his books, I can say that Splitter is an extremely fun person to be around. You’ll get to see the same thing in the interview as well! So, let me hand over the proverbial mike to him:

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The Willing (Crayder Chronicles – Book 2) by C.S. Splitter Review

The Willing (Crayder Chronicles #2)The Willing by C.S. Splitter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I have to confess that I have read the second book in the series without reading the first one. This actually does not hamper my reading too much, but I do have to imagine parts of the backstory which I would have known from the first book. So, I do not really know the kind of relationship which Tom and Lorena have, or the organisation he has gotten involved with. It is actually nice to explore and find out these things for myself. This also means that I might unknowingly give out spoilers to the first book, you have been forewarned.

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Review of Gold Train (Jade Snow International Adventure #1) by Lada Ray

Gold Train (Jade Snow International Adventure #1)Gold Train by Lada Ray

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Buy on: Amazon

Let me start this review by saying that I would have given this book a definite 4 stars. The why three stars, you ask? I’ll get to that as the review progresses. But to clarify, the story and the book were definitely four stars. There were a few parts of the book I did not agree with or could not believe and so, I had to deduct the one star for that. What were they? That too shall be revealed in due course. With that being said, let’s get to the review.

The story begins with a flashback to 1918 and the great train robbery of the entire Russian gold reserve during the revolution. It revolves around Jade Snow a reporter who begins to look into this disappearance and ends up in Russia. This is where her adventure begins. Jade finds herself in the middle of a tug-of-war between the royalists and the current government for control. In the middle of all this drama, she finds her soulmate Alexei, and a hot romance ensues. I however, did not like the fact that Jade jumps into bed with Alexei immediately, without a second thought to the loving husband and her daughter waiting for her back home.

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Why literary fiction is a genre by Lynne Cantwell

About twenty years ago, I decided that the quickest way to become a published fiction writer would be to go back to school and get a master’s degree.  I figured I would make a bunch of contacts in class and among my professors, which would lead me to an agent, which would lead me to a contract, which would lead me to a spot on the table near the door at my local bookstore.

Alas, it wasn’t that easy.  Part of the problem was that I spent most of my master’s program trying to fit my square-peg writing style into the round hole called “literary fiction”.

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