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Monday, June 25, 2012

Interview with Caron Rider and a Review of Silver Knight

It is my pleasure to welcome author, Caron Rider, to my blog today. She has agreed to answer some questions for us so lets get started.

1- Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
I began teaching adults to use computer software, hardware, and networking back in the 1990s. After several years, my clients became younger and younger until I found myself tutoring high school dropouts to pass the GED. I found working with at-risk teenagers so rewarding that I changed my undergraduate major to Education.
Upon graduating from the University of South Alabama with a B.S., I began teaching high school history, and I continue to teach history classes online. I now live in rural Missouri with my two kids, two dogs, two cats, two turtles, five chickens, and father.
2- Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, but I was always very practical and never thought that I'd have the chance to live my dream.
3- What was the inspiration for Silver Knight?
I love history, and I thought it would be fun to skip through some events in history in a story, especially for teenagers...to make it exciting and hopefully inspire curiosity.
4- How many books are planned for the Silver series and when can we expect the second one out?
It's a trilogy. The second one is due out this summer, and it's called Silver Demon. There is a sneak peek on my website: www.caronrider.com. Your readers can also find the first chapter of Silver Knight there, to see if they're interested.
5- Do you have any WIP? If so, can you tell us about it?
My work in progress is simply the Silver Series right now. The second one is due out this summer and the third one hasn't been given a release date yet but will be within the next year.
6- Who is your favorite author and why?
I really have to recommend Andre Norton. She began publishing back in the 1950s and the genre is sci-fi and fantasy and good for all ages. She makes you feel as if you are a part of the story-it's my hope to emulate that feeling for my readers.
7- What do you do for fun and relaxation?
I read, watch movies and crochet.
8- How can the readers connect with you?
There are several ways:
Twitter: Caron_Rider

Review of Silver Knight

Silver Knight
Caron Rider
CreateSpace 2012
Kindle Edition

   I have deviated from my usual description of the book and have attached the book trailer instead. Please see the above attached video trailer for this wonderful book.
   This is the first in the Silver Series by Caron Rider. This is a YA read that is quite intriguing and full of adventure, as well as, some history. Our protagonist Diana is just finishing the eleventh grade in this lifetime when the story opens. It is a bit into the story when she encounters her love and nemesis from her previous lives. She is thrown into her present adventure with no idea what she should be doing initially. Her only guide is the nightmares that she has had through her lives. She eventually encounters Alexander, but does not trust him because he has killed her in her past. Will she be able to remember her encounter with him on the Titanic and accept his help in her adventure through the catacombs? Diana is a Warrior of Light who is charged with destroying demons who are intent on taking the souls from humans. 
   I really liked this book and could not stop reading it once I started. My biggest problem with it was the way the story line read. It bounced from the present day to some of Diana's nightmares, to back in history to when she and Alexander lived in the past. I found it a bit troublesome figuring whether she was dreaming or telling of the past lives. I was able to eventually figure this out, but it made for some reading confusion. It left the story line a bit disjointed. All in all it was a great read and I would recommend it. If you are into YA adventures, you cannot go wrong. I am actually looking forward to the second one in the series.
   Disclosure: I was provided a copy from the author for reading and reviewing purposes.

I give Silver Knight 4 out of 5 stars  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the interview and review, Eva! It's always exciting when someone says they couldn't stop reading. ;)