Showing posts from March, 2014

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".
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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 shoul…

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. AmazonGoodreads
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.
Yasmine Acree – Last seen at her home on January 15, 2008 in Chicago Illinois. Her family still waits for her return. Yasmine Acree Laura Adame – Last seen on Septemb…

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!

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…

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…

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 …

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, bu…

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 exa…

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

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.
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 co…