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3/26/14

Spotlight: Finn's Magic by KateMarie Collins





Born in the late 60's, KateMarie has lived most of her life in the Pacific NW. While she's always been creative, she didn't turn towards writing until 2008. She found a love for the craft. With the encouragement of her husband and two daughters, she started submitting her work to publishers. When she's not taking care of her family, KateMarie enjoys attending events for the Society for Creative Anachronism. The SCA has allowed her to combine both a creative nature and love of history. She currently resides with her family and two cats in what she likes to refer to as "Seattle Suburbia".

You can find KateMarie at the following sites:


Another thrilling story by the international best-selling author of “Mark of the Successor”!

Fin depends on her companions to keep her safe…and out of chains. As one of the Amari, the only race that can harness magic, she longs for a normal life. One where she didn’t have to constantly look over her shoulder, and she could fall in love.

Alaric fell hard for Fin from the moment he laid his eyes on her three years ago. He swore an oath to keep her safe, even if it meant his life. But he knew that any relationship he could hope to have with her would be on her terms.

When a king offers them the chance at a normal life, Fin’s cautious. And rightly so, as there are others who think she’s the one to lead the Amari from a life of slavery.  

3/25/14

Book of the Week: The Wrong One - Missing Persons



The Wrong One is about a child kidnapped by people known to her family, but not welcome in their home. Every day, children vanish for so many reasons. Some are taken by predators, others by non-custodial parents, even more leave of their own accord for reasons only they understand.

As I searched for ideas about this blog, I settled on the idea of spotlighting children missing for years. Some will be endangered runaways, others just vanished and no other information is known. A few are the victims of a non-custodial parent's determination to have that child.

Information here comes from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In all instances, not much else can be discovered about these children. Some are adults now. All of them have family wondering where they are, when they'll come home.

  1. Yasmine Acree – Last seen at her home on January 15, 2008 in Chicago Illinois. Her family still waits for her return.
  2. Laura Adame – Last seen on September 28, 2006. Considered an endangered runaway from Jerome, Idaho. Laura Adame

  3. Maria Adame-Lucas – Last seen May 17, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Considered an endangered runaway. Maria Adame-Lucas

  4. Amanda Adlai – Last seen in West Bloomfield, Michigan on December 26, 2008. Believed to be with non-custodial father. May have traveled to Russia. Amanda Adlai


There you have it. This is all the information for children missing for between six and eight years. That's all the police know. Yet, these children have to be somewhere, with someone. Share these links. Intensify the search for these children, bring them home.



About the Author:

KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.

Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has four books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, and Grace. Her romantic suspense novel, Starlight, releases May 2, 2014.





Blurb:

One by one, the residents of Landry, Georgia gave up on finding Lyssa Winders alive. It had, after all, been fourteen years since she vanished. The men who invaded her home left behind the bodies of those she loved with all her heart. Only one person never gave up and still searches for Lyssa. Kyle Tinker battles his own demons from that night, when he hid like a coward instead of running for help. Their eighteenth birthday looms on the horizon, and Kyle is determined to bring Lyssa home.



Excerpt:
Four-year-old Lyssa Winders landed with a thump on her living room floor. Her bottom hurt from the hard wood, and her head ached from all the yelling and shouting she'd been hearing. Nothing made sense. She just wanted this to stop.
Her parents, Auntie Keisha, Nana Brandy, and Grandpa Monty kneeled in front of her. They had their hands on the back of their heads, and they looked very scared.
"Gonna talk now, Jack?" the stinky man asked. He had carried her out of the safety of her bedroom and dumped her on the floor. "Or do I hurt your kid?"
Stinky jerked Lyssa to her feet. She couldn't run. He held her tight in front of his nasty smelling body.
"She's just a baby," Daddy said. "Don't hurt Lyssa. Let her go. She won't tell anyone anything." He stared at her with scared eyes. "Right, baby? You won't say anything." She nodded, and her daddy faced Stinky. "See, she agreed. Just let her go."
"Nope." A man near her laughed.
She turned her head and saw her puppy. Rags crept out from behind the sofa. His tail stood straight in the air, and he made growly noises in his throat.
Lyssa swallowed hard. Rags couldn't come any closer. Stinky had a gun. He had a horribly tight grip on her shoulder. 


3/24/14

Review: Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash





Out of Control Characters welcomes Stacey Nash and her book, Forget Me Not. Check out my review below. This looks like a great read for teens!



Summary:

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they're no longer pretty pieces of jewelry -- they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device -- and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One.

She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt. 

Fiction is Fact. Know the Truth.



About the Author:

Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. When her head isn’t stuck in a fictional world, she calls the Hunter Valley of New South Wales home. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards, full of history and culture that all comes together to create an abundance of writing inspiration. Stacey loves nothing more than spending her days being a stay at home mum with the flexibility of writing when inspiration strikes.



Review:

Anamae longs for her missing mom. She hangs on to slippery memories with a forget me not necklace and discovers a brooch that matches the pendant. Together, these pieces of jewelry drag her into a fight to overcome The Collective.

Stacey Nash has brought us an excellent tale of loss and searching for the truth. The mystery surrounding Jax adds to the suspense as a group of teens ignore the orders of the adults with them and go after a group bent on world domination. While the middle sagged a bit, Nash whipped everything into shape and left open an ending that has a mild promise of a sequel.
This book is an interesting tale with paranormal elements. I recommend Forget Me Not for young adult readers.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. 


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3/21/14

Evil Eyes Release Week - The Friend of a Child!




Your home is the safest place you know. Right? Not always. Sometimes, those we trust most bring in our worst nightmare.


The Friend of a Child:
His hands caress her shoulders. She tenses. He murmurs in her ear to relax. She can't. This is so wrong.
"I'm really nineteen," he whispers. "My sister is a huge liar."
Her instincts scream at her to run, but he's behind her, blocking her from escape. If only's race through her mind.
If only she'd talked to her husband about her feelings. If only she'd asked her son to take his creepy friend and leave. If only she wasn't so nice. If only she could learn to tell her adult children they had to give her some notice before showing up.
If only's wouldn't help her now. Nothing would. The safety and sanctity of her home had been invaded. She wasn't safe. The boy behind her, and he was boy no matter his protestations that he was of the age of legal consent, wouldn't leave her alone. The constant touches, the whispers of illicit adventures that turned her stomach. How could she get away from him. She was at her desk, trying to work. He had her blocked from escape.
Thoughts of calling the police to get this freak out of her home flitted through her mind – briefly. She immediately dismissed them. She was fifty, he was seventeen…or nineteen, she wasn't sure. All she knew was how it would look – a mother of eight, grandmother to a beautiful bevy of babies, and this boy would ruin everything.
She could feel the evil rolling off him. Hear his murmur of "I'll be back." Watched him stroll back to where her oldest son and his latest conquest (the evil boy's sister) hung out in the living room watching profanity littered shows with her eleven-year-old. She couldn't go out there and take away the remote, shut off the television, assert her parenting roll. There was only one thing to do now.
The creepy kid who thought he could control her had left her with an escape route. And she used it. Dashed down the stairs, found her husband on his computer. Explained the problem.
The look in the eyes of the man she loved told her everything. He walked up the stairs before her. Looked at the evil child, told him to pack his things. Glanced at his oldest son, said it was time to leave.
Four hours after the terror walked out of her home, she discovered it wasn't over. One of those three had stolen her license plate. How to explain this to the police?



Author Bio:

KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, and Grace.



  

Blurb:

Lisa is so ready for a break from the grueling first semester of college. Along with five other friends, she returns to Landry, and hopes to have nothing but fun. Within days, one of the group is the victim of a vindictive stalker, and Lisa herself is now in the man's sights. No matter what she does, she can't shake this person.
Fred has a little problem, but he figures he can take care of it himself, if he achieves fame with his folk rock band, Olney-Oak Lane Sounds. Then he happens to see this beautiful woman, who turns out to be just like every other woman he's met. He takes care of her, and is immediately drawn to Lisa. No one will get between Fred and Lisa, absolutely no one.
On Christmas Eve, Lisa has to fight for her life and sanity after Fred kidnaps her. She turns out to be very different from the other women, in a way he never figured.


Excerpt:

The person who sent this is Lisa Andres – a beauty queen, a person who looks like she'll never laugh at him, a gorgeous girl that he can be proud to sing to at his concerts. He trudges away with Christine's phone tucked into a pocket. No one will find this lying bitch. She's nothing. She's forever gone.
Lisa occupies Fred's mind now. Lisa is his new girlfriend. Lisa will soon know this.
"No one will stop me from getting to my Lisa." Fred pulls out the iPhone and stares at her picture. "So beautiful. Beautiful face. Beautiful red hair – like fire. She's all mine."


3/20/14

Evil Eyes Release Week - Recognizing a Stalker!




Is there a guy interested in you? Are you giving him one signal and he's interpreting that to mean something else all together? Does this guy ignore your firm "no" or see through your excuses about being busy?
Not to throw you into a panic, but these are some of the first signs of a stalker.


What other signs are there?
-          Expressions of helplessness. The "I can't live without one night with you" or "I just don't understand why you won't go out with me." or even "Can you please help me figure out how to cook crème brule?"
-          Over-interpreting what you say or do. Tucking your hair behind your ear elicits whispers of "sexy" where no one else can hear. Walking past him in the grocery store or parking lot sends a silent signal that you're interested. A "no" means "later."
-          Socially isolated. He never seems to have a life. He's always around. She can't wait to see you in the morning, afternoon, evening. Her calendar is always open.
-          Overly-dependent on you only. No one else can change her flat tire. She uses your shoulder to cry on when anything goes wrong. He never has a date for an "important family event." Only you can fix his printer jams.
-          A history of violence or relationship abuse. Her former boyfriend "dissed" her and she had to key his new car. His last girlfriend liked to use him as a "punching bag" so he had to retaliate, and the "bitch" cried domestic violence. He has to attend anger management classes because "she" lied to the cops.
-          Alcohol or drug abuse. He always closes the local hangout. She needs pain killers for an injury from years ago. He is the life of the party, until he stumbles outside so drunk he can't see the door. She is always nodding off, always popping a pill for one reason or another.
-          Actual or threatened suicide attempts are especially dangerous for YOU (he has nothing left to lose). He can't take our rejection any longer (holds an object over his heart). She can't live without out (panicked phone call threatening to end it all).
There are more signs. More warnings of danger, and ways to avoid them, at this website: http://www.crime-safety-security.com/Stalker-Warning-Signs.html
What about the mysterious phone calls with no one on the other end? The heavy breathing or the "playful" tap certain numbers with a message only he or she understands?
Do you have a person on your social media sites who is always popping up? Do they ask personal, inappropriate questions? Are they always there when you're online?
Is this person wherever you go? Can't visit your favorite restaurant any longer because they have the best seat for watching you? You now shop across town for groceries to avoid her presence in the produce section?
Are these signs of a stalker? This website has thoughts on that: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/271607_recognizing-a-potential-stalker
Having a stalker isn't something you laugh off. There are resources to go to in order to stop the person. Your local police or sheriff's department can provide more answers.
However, if you have a cyberstalker, the stakes just went up significantly. Check out this website: http://quitstalkingme.com/2009/03/03/145/ for more answers on this problem.



Author Bio:

KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, and Grace.




Blurb:
Lisa is so ready for a break from the grueling first semester of college. Along with five other friends, she returns to Landry, and hopes to have nothing but fun. Within days, one of the group is the victim of a vindictive stalker, and Lisa herself is now in the man's sights. No matter what she does, she can't shake this person.
Fred has a little problem, but he figures he can take care of it himself, if he achieves fame with his folk rock band, Olney-Oak Lane Sounds. Then he happens to see this beautiful woman, who turns out to be just like every other woman he's met. He takes care of her, and is immediately drawn to Lisa. No one will get between Fred and Lisa, absolutely no one.
On Christmas Eve, Lisa has to fight for her life and sanity after Fred kidnaps her. She turns out to be very different from the other women, in a way he never figured.


Excerpt:
A man stands inches from her. She didn't hear him coming. Christine cups her burgeoning belly, fear drying her tongue to the roof of her mouth.
"Whore!" The man points at her belly. "We had a committed relationship, and you screwed another man. There's the evidence right in front of my eyes. You're nothing but a whore."
His eyes scare the life out of her. They're dead, soulless, compelling. She can't move, no matter how much she wants to.
Tears wash her face. She's trapped, with nowhere to turn, but to dive into the lake and try to swim before the freezing water paralyzes her muscles. That would mean endangering her baby. She can't move, can't put this little life in so much danger. Yet, she's in danger from this man approaching her step by step.

3/19/14

Evil Eyes Release Week - The Ex!




Ending a marriage is never a good thing. There are so many things to consider, but the most important is whether or not you will be better off apart. Sometimes, one spouse just doesn't want to give up and will go to any lengths to remain with you.


The Ex:
A marriage of constant put downs, the edge of physical violence, the sense I could never do anything right. I had a job, a good one. I was good at that job, earning praise and accolades, but at home, I was a loser, a person with no idea on how to clean a house, raise children, or prepare a simple meal – or so my former husband would have me think.
I am a child born in the fifties, raised in the turbulent sixties, coming of age in the swinging seventies. During this time, women were becoming stronger in the workplace. The lines between traditional jobs blurred and broke down. One thing I heard constantly during this time is that a successful woman at work often endured abuse in the home, but I never thought it could happen to me.
It did, but I escaped it. The divorce was difficult, often peppered with unwitnessed threats from my ex to take my kids and disappear. What mother would ever willingly let that happen?
Once the divorce was finalized, I thought I was free of him. Free of his threats. Free of his intimidation. Free of being under his thumb.
I was wrong.
It started the first night of his mid-week visitation. He showed up late, to pick up the son we had together. The first I knew of him being there was his peering through my window, not to watch me. That wasn't the creepy part. He was looking over my home, checking out everything he could find in sight. At the same time, he kept hollering "Is anyone home?" as if he couldn't see me or the couple I lived with to make ends meet.
I walked my son to the door, opened it, and commented that a normal person knocks on the door and waits for an answer. My ex's response was that he "had the right" to check out where his kid was stuck living. He pointed my son to his van then turned to me.
"I will take him away from you. My kid won't live in a commune."
I shivered and backed into the house. My eyes followed the van as it backed out of our driveway, wondering if that was the last time I'd see my child. What fool of a judge would hand over mid-week visitation to a man who had shown in court he was determined to me look unstable, but had proven he was himself with his outbursts and inability to control himself?
This was the beginning of a pattern of window observation, of late pickups, and even later drop offs. My daughter, not his but he wanted her as his, became nervous whenever he arrived to pick up my son. The window peeping turned into pounding on the door with loud demands of "Is anyone here?" It didn't matter how fast we answered, he was making the neighbors think we were avoiding him.
I had a restraining order given by the court when he tried to bull his way into my home prior to the divorce, so I called the police. Not once, but many times. Every time one of those upholders of law and order responded, their surly response was they didn't get involved in divorce cases. I demanded reports, in case my child disappeared. No one but me had heard my ex's threat to do that, so I wanted  reports of his stalking. The cops complied – reluctantly.
The fear I lived with that he would show up one night while we were sleeping never abated. Nor did the fear I would lose my child and never see him again, until we moved to another state, far from my ex.
Or so I thought.
His parents lived in another state near where I settled. Within a week of my arrival at my new home, they were driving by, back and forth, taking pictures of my child playing outside with other children. The fear returned, more intense this time, as I remembered my ex telling me how he got his older kids from their "unfit" mother.
Was I his next "unfit" mother?
In the end, calls to my attorney weren't the answer. Telling the police in my new hometown didn't work, as he lived in another state. Enduring the constant phone calls about how I'd never see my son again if I didn't return to where my ex lived didn't do anything but bring more terror. I found relief in a way I never thought would work.
He was constantly late or absent with his child support. I went to the state about that, demanding that he be forced to give me the money through his check. The state people put a garnishment on his wages and tax returns. The loss of income did what nothing else did. My ex decided harassing me, stalking me, would only keep his child from him. He stopped.
I had a restraining order. It didn't work, because the police refused to get involved. I had to find a method of stopping my stalker without anyone else's help. To this day, thinking about all the things I had to endure still ties my stomach into knots. My only advice is to use any means possible to keep your stalker away from you.



Author Bio:

KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, and Grace.

  


Blurb:

Lisa is so ready for a break from the grueling first semester of college. Along with five other friends, she returns to Landry, and hopes to have nothing but fun. Within days, one of the group is the victim of a vindictive stalker, and Lisa herself is now in the man's sights. No matter what she does, she can't shake this person.
Fred has a little problem, but he figures he can take care of it himself, if he achieves fame with his folk rock band, Olney-Oak Lane Sounds. Then he happens to see this beautiful woman, who turns out to be just like every other woman he's met. He takes care of her, and is immediately drawn to Lisa. No one will get between Fred and Lisa, absolutely no one.
On Christmas Eve, Lisa has to fight for her life and sanity after Fred kidnaps her. She turns out to be very different from the other women, in a way he never figured.



Excerpt:

The wind picks up, intensifying into a howl. Snow swirls in circles everywhere. Lisa hears John calling for her again. She turns around to tell him that they need the police, but stops when a strange voice echoes all around her.
"Lisa," the man says. "I love you, Lisa. You're mine forever."
Lisa opens her mouth. All that comes out is a completely terrorized scream.



3/18/14

Evil Eyes Release Week - Restraining Orders!




My only experience with a restraining order for an individual who was stalking me was poor. The police didn't want to get involved, claiming it wasn't serious enough to warrant even speaking to the individual concerned about violating the court order. There was an almost apathetic response when I demanded a report be made, and the individual be brought in front of a judge to answer as to why they couldn't obey the demand that they abide by my privacy.


Do I believe a restraining order will help in a stalker situation today? Unfortunately no, I don't. I don't think the police ever take these things seriously, until the situation explodes into a situation where people are injured, forced to leave the place they call home, or worse.
There are mixed messages when it comes to a restraining order to keep your stalker away from you. Do restraining orders work?
A few say yes. They're the lucky ones. Most say no.

Here are a few examples:
-          Restraining orders are rarely effective due to the fact that the American Justice System does not take them seriously. http://www.relating360.com/index.php/how-to-stop-a-stalker-4-33970/
-          Stalker gets restraining order against celebrity to "Stop Stalking Me!" http://www.tmz.com/2013/11/05/baywatch-star-alexandra-paul-restraining-order-stalker-gym-pool/
-          "Get a restraining order." And prove every aspect of the case on your own. Does this really work? Most people who have been stalked say no, if they're around to say no. http://voices.yahoo.com/how-prove-stalking-case-court-law-7294636.html
-          How to get rid of a stalker? This site - http://www.examiner.com/article/relationships-101-how-do-you-get-rid-of-a-stalker - offers good advice, but does it really work? Most people who have gotten a restraining order might argue.

How do restraining orders fail?
There are stalking laws in every state now, yet stalkers constantly ignore this "piece of paper." They continue to harass their victim, for whatever reason they've contrived. Far too many women now believe that this "piece of paper" is nothing more than something to plaster to their wall, as proof they have a reason to protect themselves.
There are other ways to protect yourself from a stalker. Self defense classes are a good beginning. Carrying mace and being willing to use it is another way to protect yourself. Any kind of weapon will work to be honest. The best protection, however, is being aware of where you are and who is around you every minute is the only thing that you can rely on.
Call the cops whenever you see your stalker close. Get the restraining order, but be prepared for the worst outcome. Only you can ensure your stalker doesn't win this war of wills.



Author Bio:

KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, and Grace.


  



Blurb:
Lisa is so ready for a break from the grueling first semester of college. Along with five other friends, she returns to Landry, and hopes to have nothing but fun. Within days, one of the group is the victim of a vindictive stalker, and Lisa herself is now in the man's sights. No matter what she does, she can't shake this person.
Fred has a little problem, but he figures he can take care of it himself, if he achieves fame with his folk rock band, Olney-Oak Lane Sounds. Then he happens to see this beautiful woman, who turns out to be just like every other woman he's met. He takes care of her, and is immediately drawn to Lisa. No one will get between Fred and Lisa, absolutely no one.
On Christmas Eve, Lisa has to fight for her life and sanity after Fred kidnaps her. She turns out to be very different from the other women, in a way he never figured.


Excerpt:

The person who sent this is Lisa Andres – a beauty queen, a person who looks like she'll never laugh at him, a gorgeous girl that he can be proud to sing to at his concerts. He trudges away with Christine's phone tucked into a pocket. No one will find this lying bitch. She's nothing. She's forever gone.
Lisa occupies Fred's mind now. Lisa is his new girlfriend. Lisa will soon know this.
"No one will stop me from getting to my Lisa." Fred pulls out the iPhone and stares at her picture. "So beautiful. Beautiful face. Beautiful red hair – like fire. She's all mine."



3/17/14

Evil Eyes Release Week - Stalkers in College!




Welcome to Stalker week on Out of Control Characters. Each day, we will feature stories from those who have experienced this terror, or opinions on the problem of stalking. Also, there will be a blog tour going on, that you can keep up with here:  K.C. Sprayberry on Facebook




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This particular theme is to announce the release of my latest book, Evil Eyes, on March 17.

The people sharing these stories wish to remain anonymous, and I can understand why. So we're only identifying them by one central theme in the tale.

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The College Experience:

My freshman year of college, I stayed around on a long weekend, too broke to go home. A few friends of mine ended up partying with other random people left behind on the weekend. After a few too many drinks, I left the bonfire to go to the bathroom. Upon entering, one of the guys I knew from another floor of my dorm followed me in, throwing me up against the wall and kissing me, pawing my body…all before I could comprehend what was happening. I pushed him away and staggered off, too confused to know what to do. This guy continued to follow me, coming to my dorm room at odd hours, especially when he knew my roommate was gone. He would plead for me to be his girlfriend, and stand at the door telling me he knew I was in there…to let him in the room. I would huddle in the dark, stiff as a board until he would go away. Eventually, I got so nervous I would run into him, I started calling friends to escort me to the girls’ bathroom on my floor, afraid he would corner me again. I was never brave enough to stand up to him or tell anyone how I was feeling. After a couple of weeks, he moved on to someone else, and stopped coming to my floor altogether. Now that I am older, I wished I would have handled things differently, but the power of a stalker is intimidating to a young girl, and it’s amazing what you let happen, trying to make excuses for the behaviors. I always turned the blame on myself, a common mistake. I have a ten year old daughter now, and I am going to tell her my mistakes, so hopefully she never has to go through the same thing herself.

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Author Bio:

KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, and Grace.



Blurb:

Lisa is so ready for a break from the grueling first semester of college. Along with five other friends, she returns to Landry, and hopes to have nothing but fun. Within days, one of the group is the victim of a vindictive stalker, and Lisa herself is now in the man's sights. No matter what she does, she can't shake this person.
Fred has a little problem, but he figures he can take care of it himself, if he achieves fame with his folk rock band, Olney-Oak Lane Sounds. Then he happens to see this beautiful woman, who turns out to be just like every other woman he's met. He takes care of her, and is immediately drawn to Lisa. No one will get between Fred and Lisa, absolutely no one.
On Christmas Eve, Lisa has to fight for her life and sanity after Fred kidnaps her. She turns out to be very different from the other women, in a way he never figured.


Excerpt:

A man stands inches from her. She didn't hear him coming. Christine cups her burgeoning belly, fear drying her tongue to the roof of her mouth.
"Whore!" The man points at her belly. "We had a committed relationship, and you screwed another man. There's the evidence right in front of my eyes. You're nothing but a whore."
His eyes scare the life out of her. They're dead, soulless, compelling. She can't move, no matter how much she wants to.
Tears wash her face. She's trapped, with nowhere to turn, but to dive into the lake and try to swim before the freezing water paralyzes her muscles. That would mean endangering her baby. She can't move, can't put this little life in so much danger. Yet, she's in danger from this man approaching her step by step.