Beautifully Cruel by M. William Phelps

If you like predictable, boring, and repetitive books, then this is the one for you. I don’t want to sound mean, but this was honestly one of the worst books I’ve ever read. He repeats so much information, and most of that information is obvious facts that I could have figured out as the story went along. It drags on for an eternity and has almost no twists or turns. You know what they say: you can’t appreciate the good in life without the bad.



Meet The Author, C. K. Phillips

Enjoy getting to know, C. K. Phillips:


Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.




Your book, The Survival Initiative, was released in June, 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

We stepped up our pace and were almost sprinting. We turned a corner and were stunned by the scene in front of us. Miami Police blocked the roads. Behind them, we could see heavy dark smoke and flames shooting into the sky. It was bedlam and people were running everywhere. The sounds of sirens mingled with the panicked screams of people scrambling away from devastation that just a short time ago had been a modern mall. Looking closer, we saw emergency personnel carrying stretchers to waiting ambulances, which, as soon as were filled, left the scene with sirens blazing. We heard the thump, thump, thump of numerous news helicopters circling overhead.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Best selling author

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town and travel

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Amusement Park

And how about Australia or Scotland?


Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Hootie & the Blowfish

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Dave Matthews Band

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

Last Man Standing

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Yes. Research for a 4th novel un-named as of now.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Clive Cussler: As an unknown indie author from a small town, what steps would you recommend I take in order to get reviews and increase recognition?


Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream? Ice Cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  M&M’s

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Stephen Colbert

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy

Beer or wine?  Wine

Flying or driving?  Driving

Hemingway or Twain?  Twain

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Food & water; My wife Cindi and grandson Tyler.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

I would like to sit down with Leonardo da Vinci to discuss all his scientific concepts that were so far ahead of his time. I would want to go to his place to view all his drawings/concepts.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be?

That my wife would regain good health.


K. Phillips is a (mostly) retired educator who is an avid reader. COMES THE AWAKENING was his first novel and introduced the series featuring Phil and Cyndi Kent along with retired special forces agent Bill Lander. Phillips’ second book in the Kents/Lander series was ECHOES OF SKELETONS PAST. He has now completed the third in the series: THE SURVIVAL INITIATIVE. Although he implies no comparison to them, he points to Cussler, Baldacci, Brown, and Grisham as some who have inspired him to write. He lives with his wife in Southeast Tennessee and welcomes your comments here, C. K. Phillips Email.

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