X is for The Execution

X - 2016Welcome to the annual A to Z Challenge.

My theme: showcasing bloggers books, novellas, short story collections, poetry collections and some non-fiction books. The letters of the alphabet will correspond with the book title. I’ll be posting a link to my review of each book. I also have two questions for the author, just to spice things up a little.

Hopefully, visitors to my blog will be able to increase their reading lists and also get ideas for their wish lists.

The Execution by Sharon Cramer. Read my review HERE.



Genre/Category: The Execution was a hard genre to categorize. It is very literary and, technically, “Historical Fiction”, but what I would call “soft history” in the sense that E.T. is “soft” Sci-Fi. Other than the period in which it’s set, the book is strongly character driven and also slips into the action-adventure, romance, and paranormal categories. There…have I muddied the waters enough?

The book character you want to have coffee with is: Nicolette. I say that because she is still such a mystery to me, even after having completed the third book. Perhaps a visit over coffee would enlighten me on her somewhat. The other character, of course, would be Ravan. But then, who wouldn’t want to spend a cup of coffee, or a lifetime, with him?

What would you name the autobiography of your life? The autobiography of my life? Easy…  “How to Derail Normal”

One lucky winner will receive a HARD copy, signed of the book, as well as a CD of the music tract, signed by the writer, written for The Execution (3 demo songs). Please leave an e-mail address after your comment by Thursday 28th April (today), if you wish to be entered in the giveaway. Winners will be announced on Friday 29th April (tomorrow).

Do you read Historical Fiction? What do you think is the X-factor that makes a book character really stand out? Did you struggle with your X-post? 


  1. Vishal Bheeroo on April 28, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Enjoy reading the construction of mysterious characters.


  2. Pat Garcia on April 28, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I enjoy reading historical fiction so I have added this one to my already growing TBR list.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 28, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Like soft science fiction? History opera?

  4. C. Lee McKenzie on April 28, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I love historical fiction, but I’m not sure what “soft” science fiction means.

  5. Ryan Carty on April 28, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    The best historical fiction I have read is a book called Cloudsplitter, by Russell Banks. The book centers around the son of abolitionist John Brown and the time leading up to Harper’s Ferry. Russell Banks wrote it, so I read it..hehe.

    And X was way too hard.

  6. Nilanjana Bose on April 29, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I love all historical fiction, soft or hard, though not sure that I know the exact distinctions between the two. Also love hard copies of books, the harder the better 🙂

    Not as hard as X though!!

  7. Kathleen Valentine on April 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I love historically accurate literature but get impatient when the dialogue or the details come off as too contemporary.

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  8. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor on April 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    My X post was one of my easier ones and I had picked my word (xebec) early on and worked my other blog posts around it. The Execution sounds interesting. I like the idea of a “soft history” genre. Put me down for a chance to be a winner 🙂 thecynicalsailor (at) gmail (dot) com.

  9. joylene on April 30, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    The illustrator put a lot of love into the cover. I like it very much. The story sounds intriguing. Best of luck.

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