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Thunder Roars & the Lightning Strikes

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Welcome to the release of a brand new psychological thriller from K.C. Sprayberry. Thunder & Lightning is a new adult story suitable for mature young adult readers. It explores the dark world of false rape allegations, how they destroy lives, and leave people wondering what is right and what is wrong,

Why did you decide to approach this subject?

The decision to approach this subject wasn’t an easy one. I was bothered by the reports on social media about men being released from prison, after the woman who accused them of rape recanted many years later. I kept asking myself how a woman could make such an accusation if it wasn’t true. Did she not realize that she was about to destroy someone’s life? Didn’t she realize that eventually the truth would emerge? Mostly, how could any woman make a false rape report and get away with it? Why would they do such a thing? For every false rape report, many other women aren’t believed when they are raped. These women are creating a bigger problem than the men who actually commit rapes.

Are false rape accusations common? What has your research revealed regarding the  motives for doing so?

Only eight percent of rape accusations have been called unfounded. This means anything from a false report to uncooperative victims. Currently, the exact number is 1.7% of rape reports have been proven to be false, but there is speculation that number could be much higher. Some might say that’s not much so why make a big deal about it? I’m making a big deal out of it as a woman because even one false rape report can hurt women who have been assaulted, keep them from reporting the crime or the police from believing them easily.

Were there any real life cases to base them on, and also in how those cases were handled?

Yes, there were real life cases to base this story on. Those cases were handled as every other rape case has been handled, to include the assault kit, if the victim was cooperative. That sounds like laziness on the part of the police, but a sexual assault exam can be as traumatizing as the actual assault. Or the individuals doing this exam are sloppy. These people could be determined to make every man pay for some transgression a man did to her in the past. That transgression could have been ignoring her, putting her down, or not noticing how much she wanted him in her life.

One thing I have to say here. Most police officers involved in these cases, be they man or woman, works hard to insure the person reporting the sexual assault is telling the truth. But, if the person reporting the rape is determined to have an individual’s life destroyed for whatever reason, that woman will do everything in her power to be believed. Many of the women who make false reports have convinced themselves they were actually raped, shoving aside any qualms that their accusation will destroy someone’s life.

Do you think there is a gender bias at work here? As in, if she yells rape, everyone believes her, but if he does, no one believes him. The bias is something a certain predator seems to understand quite well.

I think more than gender bias, the false reporters are looking for attention. A rape victim gets a lot of attention from many people immediately following the actual reporting. They are treated gently, told it’s not their fault. In the “victim’s” way of thinking, this attention verifies in her mind that she was actually assaulted. Yet, in the back of her mind, there will be this nugget of information that she wasn’t actually raped. I believe it takes a certain lack of empathy to falsely report a rape. The person accused might not have done anything except ignore the alleged victim in a crowd or said something that offended her. It doesn’t take much but the consequences for the man accused are tremendous.

Anything from our conversations and beyond that you’d like to share.

You do know you have me on my soapbox now. Things like the areas on college campuses where students who are “traumatized” by real life events are training them to be dependent children rather than adults. Good grief, many people in my generation witnessed our sitting president murdered on live TV and while we were saddened, we still went on with our lives. A man is elected in a hotly contested election when everyone thought the woman would be and we had college students rioting in the streets, burning businesses, and basically throwing a massive temper tantrum without consequences. They were allowed to return to their lives, while being told it was their Constitutional right to protest. Those telling these unruly students that forgot one part of that right, as stated in the constitution – they had the right to a peaceful protest. Once these students blocked traffic, set fires, and otherwise interfered in a civil, organized march to express their feelings, they went from being peaceful protestors to criminals. Unfortunately, because the leadership of the areas where this happened decided not to force criminal prosecution, they now believe they can continue with illegal acts and call them peaceful protests when they are in fact acts of anarchy. Or a woman can decide all men are horrendous rapists and report one as her rapist.

For me, it’s a simple decision of obeying the law of the land. Therefore, a peaceful protest can include shouting, signs, and marching in the street if a permit is taken out before the protest. Anything else is illegal, and by allowing these criminal acts to continue, we are also encouraging other criminal acts to happen without consequence. This means is a guy pisses off a girl and she decides to get even by filing a criminal complaint of rape, someone’s life will be destroyed. More than likely the guy’s. Yes, we have evolved (devolved is the more correct term) to this point and it will take what we’ve lost as a country to change that – deciding our personal rights are more important than someone else’s personal rights. Until that happens, we are going to be in for a very rough ride.

Thank you for sharing this with us. It’s an important subject, wrapped up in a good read.

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About the story…

The gridiron rivalry between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers runs deep. Auburn has a knack of ruining Georgia’s perfect season at the worst possible moment…

The same can be said about Tarit ‘Lightning’ Berenson and his twin, Taren ‘Thunder’ Berenson. Tarit’s a running back for the Dawgs; his speed is legendary. Taren prefers online gaming; her skills are awesome.

Brad Weaver seeks justice for those falsely accused. He’s attempting to make up for his brother’s false arrest and subsequent “suicide” that evidence points to being a murder. Yet, proof of someone else’s involvement is hard to come by and he’s soon running at full speed to rescue Tarit from the same fate.

It all begins at a game, a win and revenge against a tough rival for University of Georgia Bulldogs.

“Dawgs, this is for you!”

Tarit’s words set up a mighty cheer on the night of the SEC Championship football game. His rejection of a girl’s advances at a party later that night turns the last half of his senior year of college into a nightmare without end.

Taren does her best to help her twin despite a lack of support from everyone, even their own parents. Her allegiance to him never wavers, nor does she stop searching for answers no matter what she has to do.

Time is running out…

Evidence mounts against him…

Until Taren makes a startling discovery…

Is it too late to save Tarit?

 

 

Excerpt

“We’re in the last quarter of the SEC final game of this season.” The announcer’s voice is barely audible over the roar of the crowd. “Tarit ‘Lightning’ Berenson prepares to receive the ball. Auburn’s Tigers are all over this talented running back, ready to stop him. But nothing has stopped Tarit all season. Will tonight be when ‘Lightning’ learns he’s not invincible?”

The voices echo in my head, reminding me the night that should have been my greatest triumph. The memory is the only thing I have left of what was once a stellar college career. Since the after-game party, when I turned down her advances and walked away alone, I’ve had to justify my every action. Juliana Mullins has been treated like a queen, given all kinds of sympathy and brought horror to my family.

“What can I do to stop this?”

 

 

About the author K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.

 

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K.C.SprayberryAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kcsowriter @kcsowriter

Blog: http://outofcontrolcharacters.blogspot.com/

Website: www.kcsprayberry.com

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Angels and Demons and Fun Fantasy

One of my favorite authors, Rebecca Frencl, has just released a new title in her fabulous “Fallen” series! The stories are thought provoking, and gobs of fun, frequently laugh out loud funny. Give her a try, if you haven’t already!

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Ascent of the Fallen: 
Free will is ever our blessing and our curse . . .
Rue has stood over human souls in judgment as a guard at Hell’s Gate for millennia. He has seen the worst humanity has to offer. In response to his harshness, Heaven’s Princes have sentenced him to life among humanity until he regains his compassion. He finds not only compassion, but love. Now he must choose: his new-found life with humans or return and share his compassion with his brother judges.
He has been dropped feet first into a game between the powers of hell and the might of heaven. He’s a pawn who must choose—temptation or righteousness, mortal love or immortal indulgence? A war is about to begin with earth as the battle ground and the souls of humanity as the counters. Rue is the first of heaven’s chosen soldiers, if only he chooses the right path.
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First of the Fallen: 
The world is changing. Monotheism is rolling across the world like a wave, driving the old gods into hiding; their followers converting the world by fire and sword.

Nathanial, an angel of vengeance and fire has been appointed the lord of Hell’s Gate, the angel in charge of the judges who weigh those souls in doubt, but he’s not convinced that he is right for the job. Nathanial abandons his newly appointed post, preferring to walk the earth as a mortal instead. He meets Iya, the priestess of a dying religion and falls in love. Semiazas, another angelic judge, steps into Nathanial’s place. He revels in power and longs for recognition and the souls he judges suffer as a result. As punishment for his lack of empathy and his lust for power, the Archangels strip him of his wings and send him to earth hoping he will find his compassion. The demons Asmoday and Mammon see this as their chance to gain control of the lord of Hell’s Gate and jump in to meddle with their lives. Though they seek the same end, their demonic natures keep them at odds even as they work to ensnare the wayward angels. Two angels. Two mortal lives. Two demons vying for control of the master of Hell’s Gate and a world in flux. Heaven, hell and the mortal realms between will never be the same.

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Flames of the Fallen:
Ethan Hawke, entertainer, lady’s man, magician and treasure hunter extraordinaire is having a very bad day.

Tricked by a rival magician, he unwittingly tears the veil between worlds releasing an artifact of enormous power that could consume the world. Left for dead in the desert he gets one last chance at life. Tasked by the angel Naya’il to correct his wrong and redeem himself he must find a way to return the artifact to its true home – the realm of fire.

Atar Avesta, a being of power and flame, steps through the portal to retrieve the artifact. Will she succeed in her mission or will she burn the world to ashes? The immense power of this artifact also calls to the demonic lords of hell who vie against each other to claim it as their prize.

In a world beset by flame and darkness, what’s a poor mortal wizard to do?

She has written two novellas as part of The Fallen series.
Shades of the Fallen: 
Mankind is about to remember why they fear the dark… on Halloween night, when the veil between the worlds is thinnest, the powers of hell can open a gate to the mortal world. Hordes of sadistic ghosts are clawing at the gates of hell with the unslakable thirst to torment and prey upon the living.

One woman volunteers to stand alone as guardian to the human world. Asha, an Ascended mortal, will pit herself against the forces of hell in a desperate effort to banish the shadows of her own soul and make one last attempt at redemption.

Meanwhile, the child stealer demons have been let loose from their hell to torment the world. Sowing grief and despair, they search for one child in particular.

On a Halloween, when the dead return to feed on the living, can one woman stand alone against the ghosts of her past, to save one innocent’s future?

Gifts of the Fallen:
Another Christmas. Another reminder of everything he’s lost. As Thorne tries to bury his despair yet again, the Archangel Michael shows up with some much needed distraction. Muriel, the elderly Lorekeeper of the Ascended has seen her own assassination in her visions and Michael sends Thorne to keep her and her precious books safe. Can Muriel, a survivor with her own ghosts and regrets keep Thorne sane…or possibly even heal the holes in his heart?
Forthcoming: Redemption of the Fallen. Redemption follows Asha from Shades of the Fallen. You get her whole story while a serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago and the demons Asmoday and Mammon are forced to work together to try to gain political control of the city. I’m also planning on three novellas. I’m half done with the last one–Trials of the Fallen. It picks up after Flames of the Fallen. It’s Jannes’ trial from Naya’il. He and Magen are racing a pair of demons through a trapped Egyptian tomb to free Anubis and earn a feather of Truth, an artifact that can force everyone and everything to speak the truth.
All of the stories can stand alone. They make a more complex whole if you read them all, but you can read them on their own. They were written that way purposefully, rather like Sherrilyn Kenyon’s DarkHunter’s series. It’s a lot of fun playing with all theses storylines that will eventually weave together to form a whole. I also get to play with all sorts of mythologies. There’s so much fun to be had by releasing all of these creatures on an unsuspecting world!
Thank you, Rebecca!
Happy reading!


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December 1-3 Special sale offer: Time to cozy up with some fun mysteries by Debbie De Louise!

Debbie says:

The Cobble Cove mystery series is on sale for 99 cents per book. Don’t miss this holiday special running December 1, 2, and 3.  Purchase them all for less than $3. Great to give as gifts, too.

 

The Cobble Cove mystery series is on sale for 99 cents per book. Don’t miss this holiday special running December 1, 2, and 3.  Purchase them all for less than $3. Great to give as gifts, too.

BOOK 1: A STONE’S THROW

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The first book of the series featuring librarian Alicia Fairmont who travels to the small town of Cobble Cove, New York in search of answers about her dead husband’s family and the mysterious hit and run accident that killed him . . . or was it actually murder?

BOOK TWO: BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

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It’s holiday time in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York, but the mood is anything but merry because three crimes have hit the town including the kidnapping of baby twins.

BOOK THREE: WRITTEN IN STONE Written In Stone-001

A dead body in the library’s mystery section . . . . A missing cat . . . . A strange, beautiful woman who has returned from Alicia’s husband’s past. How are these all connected? Find out in Book 3 of the Cobble Cove mystery series.

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Happy Reading! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 


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On Word Count Writing Contests

Yeah, ok. I have a peeve with these. Just so’s you know. Why?

Because every time someone mentions one to me, I have flashbacks to that horrifying scene in The Shining (the movie), where Wendy comes down the stairs, sees Jack’s not around, goes to his writing table and thumbs through a box of what she expects is a manuscript for a novel.

It’s not.

It’s pages and pages of the same words, over and over, typed different ways, but always the same words, in the same order. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

As Jack asks, “Like it?”

Scariest scene in the entire movie. Aka “Jack doesn’t live here any more.”

I know successful authors who do these as a personal challenge, just to see if they can. After MUCH reworking, something good sometimes falls out of it, but I’ve never heard of anyone doing this sort of megawriting contest and taking their results straight into publication, unless they do self-publishing. They do not, in any case, submit the raw manuscript they started with.

The average publisher doesn’t care if you got the word count before the deadline. They will  ALWAYS favor quality over quantity.

If you want to challenge yourself by trying one of these, that’s awesome. I’m sincere about that. I could never try one of these things because my brain simply does not work that way. If you have the focus, intent, and speed, chances are you’ll meet your goal.

Just please do not consider your completion of that goal an automatic step to publication.

 


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Time for the Spooky Train!

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Vol. 5

 

Halloween is the time for trick or treating. A day when ghosts, goblins, witches, and other ghoulish creatures walk the streets looking for treats. It’s also the time for our scare you right out of your wits anthology, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Vol. 5

 

 

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Chock full of stories guaranteed to make you shiver in fear and make sure the lights are on, you will enjoy these tales from a group of extremely talented authors.

 

 

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“When the train comes, it all starts again.”

 

Sometimes bloody, habitually dark, always original.

 

On the Eve of All Hollows, anything is possible.

 

Live your life to the fullest

 

A devil’s playground

 

Something stalks the City of Angels.

 

Magic can take many forms.

 

Sometimes, the dead tell tales.

 

Demon meets sci-fi convention

 

After midnight, everything changes

 

Tales scary enough to have you watching your every move. Ten incredibly talented authors contributed to this feast of terror: Michael Gormley, David W. Thompson, Howard Gleichenhaus, A.A. Schenna, Jeffery Martin Botzenhart, Eric Ian Steele, Ken Newman, Jill Van Den Eng, Cyn Ley, and Jack Legg.

 

 

 

Along for the ride this year is Eerie Waters by K.C. Sprayberry, a tale that will have you shaking in your boots. Norse Gods, Hnicker, and a couple of teens are along for this supernatural ride that will add to your spooky holiday fun.


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BOO!!! Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep…if I dare

Just released!!!

Solstice Publishing’s annual scarefest, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, is now available in Kindle edition on amazon.com.

Enjoy delicious shivers of horror as you read these short stories by some of our very talented authors. You’ll be tempted to leave the lights on 24/7!

I am one of those happy contributors to your nightmares, with a tale entitled (what else?) Plot Twist.

Frightful reading and a Blessed Samhain to you all!


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Enter bestselling fantasy author KateMarie Collins!

KateMarie Collins

 

Thanks for joining us today, KateMarie! I remember when you first got started and almost fell over in shock from all the good reviews. 🙂 What prompted you to write?

A bad thing that ended up very good! LOL. We’d been playing in a Dungeons & Dragons game for several years when the entire party was killed or imprisoned suddenly. Fast forward a few weeks, and my character from that game is resurrected in another one. Unable to explain what was going on at the table, I sat down the next morning and wrote what ended up being a short story. Everyone loved it, and asked for more. Once you let the Muse out like that, She doesn’t like being silenced. LOL

Why fantasy?

I love fantasy. It’s pretty much all I read as I grew up. It’s natural for me to write in the genre, and I tend to run the gamut of fantasy sub-genres. To be honest, I like being able to create my own worlds, gods, versions of magic!

What would you like to tell us about your books and stories? How can we find them?

All of my titles are available on Amazon. Print books are also available there and through a number of other venues like Powell’s Books and Barnes & Noble. [Solstice Publishing carries both Kindle and print versions of most of its titles.]

What’s the one thing that drives you crazy as a reader, the one thing you promised yourself never to do as a writer?

I hate books that pander to readers and talk down to them. I like what I call ‘intelligent reads’. Books where the author gives the reader credit for intelligence and doesn’t have to remind you every other page (or paragraph for that matter) that a character’s hair is red or they’re a cop. I like a book where something’s said in passing on page 10 and isn’t mentioned again until it becomes relevant. Because that’s what I like to read, that’s how I write.

Did you find writing a challenge at first? Do you still, or not?

At first, yes. I grew up in an environment where creativity wasn’t encouraged. It took me years to stop hearing the voice in my head telling me that I should give up because I would never measure up, let alone get published. I’ve all but silenced that voice, but it does try and resurface every now and then. When it does, I go look at my bookshelf and tell it what it can do with ‘not good enough’! LOL

How would you classify yourself—as an organized writer, or an intuitive one, or a mix of both? Why?

Intuitive, hands down. I don’t use spreadsheets with character or place names. I don’t outline. I get an idea, know how to start it and how I want it to finish it. From there, I let the characters tell me what happens in the middle. I think a lot of that stems from when I used to write with my eyes closed. The scene would play like a movie in my head and my fingers would find the words on the keyboard. It was the only way I could write without stopping every other word and spend 45 minutes debating if I was using the right adverb. When my own self-doubt was so crippling that you’re scared of how good your writing was, the only way to write was in a way where I couldn’t analyze every sentence or word.

Has there been anything about getting published that surprised you? Or anything about the process?

It took me time to get used to the idea that I was now a public person in respect to my books. When you’re raised to think that any sort of self-promoting or confidence is a sign of being a braggart/rudest sort of person, it’s hard to work around that type of programming. But the only way for me to succeed as an author is to take control of my image and be the type of author I’d want to meet.

Do you have anything you would like to share with aspiring writers?

It’s not a get quick rich scheme, that’s for sure. It’s work. Years and years of promoting and staying positive before you even start seeing sales come in. If you truly love to write, though, and are willing to both work with your publisher and promote, it’s worth it. This is one of the few industries where the nice guy finishes first. Take your ego out of the book, put it in a nice box on a shelf, and be ready for the best roller coaster you’ll ever ride.

Where can we find you and your books? 

BOOK LINKS

Daughter of Hauk:  myBook.to/Daughterofhauk

Son of Corse:  myBook.to/sonofcorse

Wielder of Tiren: myBook.to/WielderofTiren

The Raven Chronicles: myBook.to/theravenchronicles

 

Guarding Charon: myBook.to/guardingcharon

 

Arine’s Sanctuary: myBook.to/arinessanctuary

 

Kick the Can: myBook.to/kickthecan

Looking At The Light: myBook.to/lookingatthelight

A Stab at the Dark: myBook.to/astabatthedark

The Rose Box: myBook.to/therosebox

Permafrost:  myBook.to/permafrost

Challenges Met: myBook.to/challengesmet

Siaira: myBook.to/siaira

 

Fin’s Magic: myBook.to/finsmagic

Alaric’s Bow: myBook.to/alaricsbow

Emile’s Blade: myBook.to/emilesblade

Amari: Three Tales of Love and Triumph: myBook.to/amari1

 

Mark of the Successor: myBook.to/markofthesuccessor

Consort of the Successor: myBook.to/consortofthesuccessor

 

Twitter:  @DaughterHauk

FB:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/KateMarie-Collins/217255151699492

Blog:  http://www.katemariecollins.wordpress.com

Email: katemariecollins@gmail.com