Su Yin Tan
My chinese name is Su Yin. Literally translated, it means Gentle Cloud. Clear & Bright is my husband. (You may roll your eyes). He is known to most as just Sim.
I have a friend who calls herself Autumn Shower. She once commented, “Gentle Cloud and Autumn Shower. What a combination.” I agree. It sounds beautiful, doesn’t it. Perhaps one of these days, I will pen a short story using that title.
I first knew her when Through The Storm made its debut through a marketing e-flyer I sent out. She was my first customer. She invited me to autograph my book at the Art House. We had a chat over coffee, found a common love for writing, and a friendship was forged. We’ve come a long way since.
I began serious writing back in 2004. It was just after the tsunami which hit Asia on Boxing Day. It was a horrific tragedy. More than 150,000 lives lost, millions left homeless.
I wrote my first chapter on a long haul flight to Orlando. Another two on the flight back. And ploughed through forty-odd more over the course of a year to complete. It took me another year to rewrite it and edit it to a satisfactory stage to earn the Seal of Approval from a writer’s site I joined.
My second book, Warring Gods, took a much longer time to write. I finished it in December 2008 and felt a deeper sense of accomplishment. The output was more sensitive and mature, a potential winner, something I could be proud to put my name on.
I’m into my third book., My Brother’s Keeper. Work has kept me from venturing beyond the first chapter, though. But I will press on.
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Bright Links Dark Links
by Su Yin Tan
A paranormal suspense which would appeal to the huge and fast growing fanbase of paranormal stories such as The Ring, The Shining and The Omen. Bright Links Dark Links delivers a spine-chilling tale of a couple who stumbled upon a demonic master plan to raise the dead. A bizarre part of this scheme is that only twins were involved, always with one missing and one left behind ... alive.
Through The Storm
by Su Yin Tan
Published: August 8, 2011.
A vicious attack out at sea sweeps a well-known entertainer to a far-off shore after a storm. A village girl and her family save him. But a cruel twist of fate kills the girl's parents and throws the young couple together, forcing them to weather a myriad of personal storms. All the while, danger lurks behind, growing bolder and more desperate, threatening to destroy everything in its path...
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Smashwords book reviews by Su Yin Tan
on Sep. 29, 2011
Chosen is a truly enjoyable read with an endearing hero. After the introductions of the key characters and the scene setting, the story gallops at an amazing pace, stirring up a hornet's nest of spirits and creatures from the underworld which provide the backdrop where graphic fights, nail-biting flight and heart-stopping danger escalate to a resounding climax. For fans of sci-fi fantasy, a must-read.
- Rainy Skies: Lull Before Storm
on Nov. 21, 2011
Rainy skies is a fun read. It comes across like reading manga, quite minimalistic in words but more than making up for it with fast action, stylishly punchy dialogue and interesting characters, each with their own abilities. Rain is the female lead with magical powers and a ton of emotional baggage to sort out. Her two sidekicks, Thiea and Yvi, are exact opposites, one almost masculine in her fighting prowess and the other a sultry man-eater. The trio are bounty-hunters running away from the Law. Think Legolas of Lord of the Rings for the males, Asian versions of Charlies' Angels for the sleek, kickbutt females, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon type of backdrop and you are ready for Rainy Skies. I can't wait for its sequel.
- Sliding on the Snow Stone
on Dec. 11, 2011
A stark and moving biography of a Ukrainian who lived through the Holodomor or Ukrainian Holocaust where millions perished as a result of Stalin's custom-made famine and firing squads.
With amazing detail, Andy Szpuk transcribed the life of his father, born into a catastrophe he could little comprehend and his journey through unimaginable hardship which in many ways depicted the lives of many other fellow Ukrainians of that time. At times sweet, other times heartbreaking, even shocking, Sliding On The Snow Stone unveils through the eyes of a young boy, Stefan, the mindlessness and cruelty of war. As he trekked through neighbouring countries, first with his father, and later, alone, the reader experienced alongside Stefan the fear, anger and bitterness and despondency, the desperation of hunger and starvation.
The many little details captured by the author coloured the episodes and made the scenes come alive, allowing us readers to weep, groan and laugh alongside Stefan as he journeys through life. Reading this wonderful book leaves me with a profound experience, reminding me to count my blessings for what I have and the age I live in today.
- Wilderness Heart
on Dec. 30, 2011
Wilderness Heart, by Jacqueline Hopkins, is a gentle romance, teasing the reader with twists and turns of the heart.
Lyn Taylor, an attractive hunting guide makes a living in a man’s world, escorting tourists through the wilderness on Idaho mountains to hunt elk. She keeps a stoic front in the face of sexual discrimination every time a new group first discovers their guide is a female. On one such expedition, the younger son of a lumber mill owner, Nic Randall, is explicit in his prejudice to the point that it rattles her. Their obvious irritation with each other is complicated by strong mutual attraction, throwing them off course until things finally work themselves out.
As a first book, Wilderness Heart is still a little rough around the edges, with some repetition and stilted dialogue. But the romance element comes through very strongly, and stayed true to its genre with a devilishly handsome male to keep both the heroine - and this reader - happily occupied.
- Eddie's Shorts - Volume 1
on Dec. 31, 2011
This is the first time I’ve read one of Eddie’s shorts. It turned out to be an entertaining experience, in a serious sort of way. I enjoyed seeing through the eyes of the simple young man Edward McNally created, what life is like in a mental health treatment center. Jim, the narrator, comes across as child-like and a tad helpless even though in appearance, he is the exact opposite at over six feet tall and big-sized. His thought process is an interesting study in itself, the way he observes things and the logic he applies to situations such as the sudden visit of his dad who he had never set eyes on in his life.
For some strange reason, I thought the second shorts is actually connected to the first. Read it and see for yourself. It will be quite an eye-opener.
I’ll be gunning for his next few shorts to see what other goodies this talented author have for us.