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An “Interesting” Month

Hi all! Since last touching base with you all, I have licensed my own imprint label, for when I self-publish, likewise for a pile of ISBN’s as I will be reworking a number of things and have several new stories in the WIP pile.

I also found out I have *very* early Stage 1 uterine cancer. Ladies, please, if you notice that something isn’t right, get it checked soon, like yesterday!!! It could save your life. My prognosis is good.

I’ve been working with a very talented local cover artist by the name of Spencer Pierson. Spencer is also an indie author of science fiction and cozy mysteries.

My imprint (publisher, if you will) is Otherland Press. The first title to come off of it will be PILGRIMAGE OF FIRE AND ASH, a tale of a young man, time, and Mt. St. Helens.

Here’s the beautiful cover and logo Spencer did for me!

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We’ll see you all soon! Enjoy your summer!

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Opening A New Chapter

Greetings to you all, and may you be happy and well.

The last two weeks have been eventful. I made the difficult decision to leave my publisher of the last five years owing to feeling the need to break out into other markets. They kindly revoked my contracts and all my work and rights have been reverted back to me. I will always be grateful to Solstice Publishing for taking a chance on me and for their mentorship.

But personal restlessness won out, and so I am on the road, so to speak, striking out for new ground. I am up past my eyes researching publishers and publishing. I am writing new things and revising and revamping older ones. It’s a little scary, but it is also wildly exciting.

All of my titles are out of print/media now. I have some limited editions of my print books available still. When they are gone, they are gone. These are:

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They sell for $11 ea., + s&h.

For more details on these titles, and for your enjoyment, I invite you to check out my new author facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/UnexpectedCyn

And for those of you who are fans of the “It’s A Mystery” series, the plan is to revamp, resubmit, and get going on the rest of this ongoing series! 🙂

Happy reading!


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And more good reads!

 

A galaxy under attack… youth out of control… extreme measures are called for… until the citizens are faced with impossible choices.

Creche Terrenium 2

 

Good day and welcome to the release of Crèche Terrenium. This book was written many years ago, when I was first starting out in my writing career. I submitted it to Millennial Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine as a 5,000 word short story. This was during the days of snail mail submissions and waiting months on end to hear back from the editor in chief. To my surprise, I heard back rather quickly, about six weeks. Figuring they’d laughed and sent me a letter telling me that I should quit writing, I waited a couple of days before reading the bad news. Well, it wasn’t a contract to have the short story published in their magazine. What I did get was a letter telling me that the then editor in chief loved the concept of my short story and wanted me to develop it into a full book before resubmitting.

The full book was written, critiqued, edited, rewritten, etc. over a period of six months of sleepless nights and fingernail chewing days. I finally resubmitted the new story to the editor in chief per her request, only to hear back nearly immediately. The thin envelope pretty much told the story before I opened it.

Turns out while I was breathing life into this novel, the editor in chief had been replaced with someone else. That individual bluntly informed me that they were no longer interested in teen sci-fi books, as “teens didn’t read.” Who was I to argue? I knew the book was good. All I had to do was wait for the right time and place to present it to the world.

The time is now. The place is here. Enjoy!

Crèche Terrenium on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/61rFrEsxp3wgKiuatfzzDy

The Melane Galaxy has a problem, one that threatens their very existence. Led by a reporter, Susannah Tilotsen, the citizens demand a solution to their children terrorizing people. Yet, when Chairman Marcus Sterling institutes the Crèche system, Susannah feels deep shock and dismay.

The children will be taken from their parents and raised by a computer designed to educate and monitor them. No adults will have interaction with the youth of the galaxy. The overall goal is to create good citizens of the youths rather than out of control hooligans.

Is this solution good intentions by the leadership? What if a parent protests the loss of their child? What choice do they have?

Blurb

Youth out of control… Citizens demand a solution.

The Edict…

A law enacted to deal with recalcitrant children lays the blame on their parents. Only a computer can properly change The Melane Galaxy’s youth and turn them into good citizens. Chairman Sterling must force people to realize that parents aren’t right for raising children.

 

The Reporter…

Susannah Tilotsen discovers she’s being used by a government attempting to parent children. She soon realizes no one is safe from this new law. The loss of her beloved husband and her daughter being forcibly taken to Crèche Terrenium drives her to organize a group determined to stop this madness

 

The Boy…

Ripped from his loving home, Joey Dinaldo is taken to Crèche Terrenium after government troops find him living with his parents. He works hard to be a good citizen and obey the rules but soon discovers he can’t support a system designed to turn children into uncaring robots.

 

The Computer…

Master, the computer system that will raise these children, controls every second of their lives. Yet, there is no one to maintain the machine. The computer never thinks it needs to be repaired, even as the control it exerts slowly erodes. It is perfect, and fights to keep from being destroyed.

Rebels refuse to stop fighting until they have closed down the Crèche system and returned the children to their parents. Or find them a guardian. All of them are willing to do whatever it takes to end this madness… but at what cost?

 

Amazon eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SJTGPX1/

Amazon print book: https://amzn.to/2XowPcp

Excerpt

Black words on the creamy parchment in her hand numbed Susannah Tilotsen. Shivers racked her spine; fear deadened her fingertips. Her grip loosened and the document fluttered to her feet. The forty-something man in front of her caressed his silver-shot sable hair before spreading his hands. She watched the public façade take over as the benevolent leader of a fractious, crumbling galaxy smiled.  She knew better. His duplicitous expression sent chills up her spine.

She looked at the settlement she was reporting on to a galaxy awaiting a solution for a growing problem. The gray on gray buildings depressed her. The same hue was repeated in the walkways and latticed worked fences enclosing the twelve living areas. The children who soon call this place home would have no relief from the depressing shades of grey.

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About K.C. Sprayberry

Living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for nearly a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.

Find out more about my books at these social media sites:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/AuthorKCSprayberry/

 

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/kcsowriter

 

Blog:

http://outofcontrolcharacters.blogspot.com/

 

Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5011219.K_C_Sprayberry

 

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005DI1YOU

 

MeWe: https://mewe.com/group/5c668604d7749276f0a8689a

 

Pinterest:

http://pinterest.com/kcsprayberry/boards/

 

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/collection/playlists

 

Manic Readers:

http://www.manicreaders.com/KCSprayberry/

 

AUTHORSdB:

http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/5230-k-c-sprayberry

 

Authorgraph:

https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/kcsowriter

 

Email:

kcspray01@gmail.com

 

 


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IT’S A MYSTERY, Part Two

IT’S A MYSTERY

AN ONGOING COZY MYSTERY SERIES

BY CRITICALLY REVIEWED AUTHOR CYN LEY

 

The second tale in the It’s A Mystery series is out – this time as a standalone novella!!! And the feedback and reviews are sharing the love!

Tim and Joc’s story continues in IT’S A MYSTERY II: A PLAYER SETS THE STAGE! Read on, Gentle Reader, for more as we lead you on their journey thus far!

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IT’S A MYSTERY I: THE LOST BOYS 

Debuting the series in the story anthology Pink Flamingos & Other Follies.

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Tim and Jocelyn are two college friends with the same obsessions –books and theater. They find a lovely little town to set up It’s A Mystery, their bookshop, and both become active in the community theater group.

Then one fine summer day, two little boys go missing, one of them being the son of Joc’s best friend. There is no trace of them anywhere. And then a clue is left in the bookshop’s dropbox as rehearsals for the upcoming theater production swirl around them.

EXCERPT

We were stunned. Tim pushed back from the manuscript, met my eyes.

“My God, Tim, did someone disappear Johnny and Bobby?” My voice expressed only a fraction of the horror I felt.

“It sounds like it,” he said grimly, pulling out his cell. “Hello, Steven? Something showed up here in our drop box. It might be important. But it makes very little sense.”

Someone who hates boys. A wonderland somewhere nine inches down. Some place that’s dark and below. Below what? A lot of walking in the dark. A challenge. Lots of contempt. Marco Polo, where’d they go?

Had we just read a confession?

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Just Released May 2019!

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IT’S A MYSTERY II: A PLAYER SETS THE STAGE, continuing the story begun in IT’S A MYSTERY I: THE LOST BOYS from the anthology Pink Flamingos & Other Follies.

It’s now a few weeks since the events of THE LOST BOYS. The play is almost ready to debut. Tim and Joc find themselves at center stage for some fallout from recent events and from their college days. Meanwhile, at the community theater, there are some bizarre and dangerous discoveries. The stage is set … but for what?

EXCERPT

Randy never took the hint. He’d try to engage me in small talk, and I wouldn’t let him. Eventually, he’d say something like, “Hey, you want to go out to dinner with me?”

“No, Randy, I don’t.”

“You like playing hard to get, don’t you?” He’d flex his chest and arm muscles, putting on some sort of fuzzy testosterone-fueled display. It had all the appearance of tribbles in the throes of an epileptic seizure. “Whaddya think?”

“I think I’m not interested,” I’d say firmly. “I mean it, Randy. Lay off.”

“Lots of ladies would love to get what you’re getting.”

“Fine. Go bother them.” I tried to sound neutral and calm, I swear I did. “Starting with your girlfriend.”

His face reddened. “It’s Tim, isn’t it?”

I knew it. The feud wasn’t over yet. Only this time I was the prize. I just had no plans on becoming collateral damage.

*****

Look for the IT’S A MYSTERY series on amazon.com under Cyn Ley.

Both are available in print and Kindle editions.

 

 

BOOK LINKS

ENCOUNTERS TALES RECOUNTED AND REBORN

https://www.amazon.com/Encounters-Recounted-Reborn-Cyn-Ley-ebook/dp/B01MUYCFBC

Print & Kindle

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THE OSSUARY PLAYGROUND AND OTHER UNEXPECTED TALES

https://www.amazon.com/Ossuary-Playground-Other-Unexpected-Tales-ebook/dp/B071JMBPZM

Print & Kindle

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PINK FLAMINGOS & OTHER FOLLIES

https://www.amazon.com/Pink-Flamingos-Other-Follies-Cyn-ebook/dp/B07BR15J71

Print & Kindle

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PLOT TWIST

https://www.amazon.com/Plot-Twist-Cyn-Ley-ebook/dp/B078YC35LX

Kindle

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PREY

https://www.amazon.com/Prey-Cyn-Ley-ebook/dp/B07JK1C3NW

Kindle

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Just Released!!!

IT’S A MYSTERY II: A PLAYER SETS THE STAGE

https://www.amazon.com/Player-Sets-Stage-Its-Mystery/dp/162526884X

Print & Kindle

 


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BLAZE and the story behind it

 

Today I’d like to tackle a sobering subject.

As most of you know, 2018 was a devastating year for wildfires, particularly in the state of California. Regardless of where we live, we all cried when Paradise burned.

The forest will renew itself. People will rebuild. Some of those will take their losses to the grave.

Writers being who they are, KC Sprayberry wrote. She took a project of long standing and turned it into an amazing story.

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We welcome KC Sprayberry to our blog today. Thank you for sharing some time with us!

Your latest book, BLAZE, is a thriller about a team of very special individuals. What drew you into using Elementals?

BLAZE has been with me for years. From the beginning, I was drawn to the Elementals as a force to aid in protecting the world from human created what appear to be natural disasters.

As you finalized the story this past summer (2O18), the California wildfires were raging. Did this have an impact on the story? On you? How did real life events affect the characters, or did they?

There is a significant impact of the California wildfires from 2011 through 2018 in this book. As a born and bred Californian, I along with many others watched the devastating fires happen year after year. There were many conjectures as to what the causes were but there were so many wildfires that it was nearly impossible to pin down if they were arson or from other events that hadn’t been discovered.

The effect of these fires on me became very intense as I researched the fires. The loss of property, lives, and very precious forest land hurt on a level close to what I experienced during my formative years. I reconnected with my friends from high school, talked with them about their personal experiences, and mourned the loss of Paradise in the Camp Fire with one of those friends. The continuing inability of the residents of that idyllic mountain town to return home because of the necessity of toxic cleanup hurts. Seeing people consigned to five to eight years or longer before they can rebuild angers me. Camp Fire happened so quickly, moved so fast there was no chance at all to save belongings. Those traversing the evacuation route were terrorized by the flames alongside the only road away from the wildfire while emergency crews tried to get up there to do their best to stop the ravaging beast. Even now, four months after that fire, it’s hard to let go of the feelings of anger and hopelessness that these people must live as refugees until they can return to where their homes once stood and attempt to remake their lives.

Firefighters working on these blazes are the real heroes of the actual fires; even though in the book there is a group of men and women with super powers working in the background to control them. The real life events were used for the worst of the 2018 fires to bring realism to the story. The Elementals working with the firefighters were added, their special skills as assistance to the beleaguered crews on these intense fires. Team Omega and the other Elemental teams are trained in fighting these fires in addition to skills such as parachuting into an area and working as hot shots. All of this is in addition to their extraordinary skills of being able to manipulate the elements of earth, wind, water, and fire.

There are so many forces at play in BLAZE, but ultimately, this reader saw it as an exciting tale of healing and redemption. Would you agree? Why or why not? 

Yes, there is redemption, and acceptance of the duty these people must serve. This book is about being different but wanting to be the same as everyone else. Yet, it is also about handling what life throws at us and doing our best.

What’s next?

BLAZE A TEAM OMEGA THRILLER is the first in a limited series of books. Elementals will return soon, with another exciting story fighting against problems caused by old and new enemies.

Thank you very much for sharing with us today!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Blaze A Team Omega Thriller is an exciting psychological thriller from best-selling author, K.C. Sprayberry. This particular story has been in my pile of to be completed files for sixteen years. The concept was always a group of Elementals, individuals capable of manipulating earth, wind, water, and air to control wildfires, working together and sometimes against each other. It wasn’t until I noticed a trend of brush fires in California, blazes that seemed almost unnatural, that I came up with the thrilling adventure this tale is now.

Fires ravage California for eight long years.

Into the fray of taming these beasts comes a group of people with the power to control the elements of fire, water, wind, and earth.

Their only duty is to subdue the flames ravaging the state, to assist firefighters, hot shots, and smoke jumpers dedicated to protecting the Golden State.

One team stands out among the others, a group of four twenty-three year olds. They came into their abilities while these blazes were at their strongest. Dakota Henderson, Cary Toronto, Fante Cyndall, and Luisa Henderson appear to be ordinary people, doing normal jobs. Yet, when the call out comes, they dive into the belly of the beast to protect those threatened with the flames of destruction.

One of them receives the ability to lead all Elementals, the powers to battle against rogues from their organization. Can this individual put a stop to these wildfires and bring peace back to the embattled state?

BLAZE AN OMEGA TEAM THRILLER is available through:

eBook: https://bookgoodies.com/a/B07LGB7HDH

Print Book: https://amzn.to/2S5uwYZ

 

About K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California, K.C. Sprayberry is living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. She traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AuthorKCSprayberry/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kcsowriter

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

Website: www.kcsprayberry.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5011219.K_C_Sprayberry

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005DI1YOU

K.C. Sprayberry