Interview: A.N. Drea (Spiral Razor)

I am so honored to have Ms. Drea here today to tell us a little more about her novel, Shot in the Dark: A Killian McBride Novel (Volume 1). My trusted friend and¬†vigilante¬†reviewer¬†extraordinaire, DevoGirl recommended this book to me and I’m glad that she did. I enjoyed it very much. (See the review from a few weeks ago). So, here is the author to¬†assuage¬†our curiosity… ¬†1) Where did the idea for this story come from? The idea for this story was a long process. Killian himself started out as a character in a¬†fan fiction. He was the result of watching too much Zatoichi and Highlander:The Series, concurrently. I tried him out in various incarnations until I found one that I liked. Jesse sort of evolved on his own, and the story went from there. 2) Were...

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Monday Book Review: The Squeaky Wheel

The Squeaky Wheel- An Unauthorized Autobiography Review… Summary: This one is a memoir, so it’s a little bit different from the romances I often review. It’s the story of how a young man goes in for an easy surgery and comes out a quadriplegic. The Good: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. New injury stories are ¬†not my favorite and I was worried that it would be very bitter and angry. It wasn’t. It wasn’t exactly chipper either, but I felt like it really captured this young man’s experience perfectly (not easy to do, even when you’re telling your own story!). It’s easy (for me, anyway) to forget that a disabled person often started out able-bodied and doesn’t know what to make of a sudden change...

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Inspector Lewis

Last week I mentioned a new show that was doing disability right. Today I have to report a show doing it badly. At least it’s only one episode. My father discovered a detective show on Masterpiece Mystery that he really likes. It’s called Inspector Lewis. We watched the first episode together on Netflix and quickly found that one of the suspects in the first mystery is a paraplegic. The younger detective specifically says that this man is “paralysed from the waist down” (to use the British spelling, since it takes place at Oxford!) Yet this character is using a power wheelchair and has a personal care assistant. What?! Are they serious?¬† He’s also the most vile, bitter, horrible, cruel character I’ve seen in a long time. Of...

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Monday Book Review: They Call Me Sunshine

I’m not even going to provide a buy link to this book. No one should buy it. Ever. This is the worst that self-publishing has to offer. I know the company this author published with and they likely charged her a lot of money to slap her book up on the web. And if she were smart, she’d take it down and learn to write in a way that isn’t highly offensive. The subtitle of this book is “Inside the mind of a quadriplegic” yet it seems very clear to me that this woman has never met a quadriplegic. She knows nothing about it. Her descriptions of it are unrealistic to the point of absurdity. This character is supposedly not able to speak at all and yet he also isn’t on a¬†ventilator. ¬†I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Let me...

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Downton Abbey

After hearing so much about this show, I looked it up on Netflix streaming and watched the first episode. I was amazed by how quickly I was sucked into the show. The stories are so interesting and there are tons of characters who each have their own needs and desires. Even my boyfriend couldn’t resist the¬†intrigue. One of the characters is the new valet for the lord of the estate and he walks with a cane. The character was excellently done. His name is Bates and from the moment he arrives, nearly everyone is wondering whether he can really do this job or not. He tries to assure people he can, but there continues to be¬†uncertainty¬†about his abilities. A few episodes in he tries to get a brace that is supposed to correct his limp, but it digs screws into his...

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Monday Book Review: Shot in the Dark

Monday Book Review: Shot in the Dark

Shot in the Dark: A Killian McBride Novel (Volume 1) by A. N. Drea Review… Summary: Katie Black is holding down the ranch all by herself. Her brother has died owing quite a lot of money in gambling debts and her father is losing a battle with dementia. It’s the wild, lawless west and Katie is trying to hold her own against a band of cruel outlaws led by a man known as The Shepard. Then she meets Killian McBride, a very mysterious stranger. Though he is blind, he has an almost mystical ability to go into an “overdrive” state and kill efficiently and effectively. When Katie hires him to help her defend her ranch, neither of them realizes that The Sheppard intended for Killian to show up here. The Sheppard has been waiting for him and he has...

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