The Lights Will Never Fade, Available On The Kindle

Eighteen-year-old Peyton Hamilton is a typical Midwest girl – until the Shadow helps her escape the most gruesome murder that the small town of Jenks, Oklahoma has ever seen.

Soon after, she returns home only to find the rest of her family dead.

Haunted by the Shadow ever since, Peyton is not the only one this supernatural being has chosen – and now, no one is safe from its wrath. Escaping to live with her only living relative, Peyton discovers that they both have dark secrets that cannot remain buried.

Secrets which fuel the Shadow’s vengeance.

In the end, can Peyton prevent any more bloodshed, or is there no stopping this supernatural nightmare?

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Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

Being from Georgia, I understand that some of the accents and stereotypes are accurate in this book. With that being said, parts of it felt forced and played into the dumb southerner cliché that is a bit annoying. Slaughter does a nice job of pacing the mystery and introducing viable suspects. I found myself blaming one character and then shifting to another, and I enjoyed the ending. Overall, it was good, not great, but definitely worth a read.

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My Sister’s Bones, by Nuala Ellwood

I enjoyed this book, but I felt like it came up short in a few areas. It seemed as if Ellwood tried to make it a psychological thriller as well as a novel on the effects of PTSD. I’m not saying that can’t be done, but I don’t think either were fully accomplished. The ending actually held a nice twist, so it wasn’t exactly expected. I gave it 3.5 stars and rounded up to 4.

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The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins

After reading “Into The Water,” this was a breath of fresh air. I’m always nervous when a book is hyped so much, but Hawkins delivered just the right amount of suspense and character development. I won’t nitpick the aspects I didn’t enjoy, but I rounded up from 4.5 stars. See kept my attention the entire time, and she kept me guessing as to who the true “bad guy” was. I wish the ending had played out differently, but here I am complaining again.

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The Cutting (McCabe & Savage), by James Hayman

While I enjoyed this book overall, I found it lacking in a bit of character depth. Also, the cussing and sex scenes seemed somewhat forced and unnecessary to me. I don’t mind timely language in a novel, but the majority of the “bad” language in this one came off as inauthentic. Still, the story kept my attention, and it was a decent mystery/thriller. I give it 3.5 stars and recommend it if you don’t mind quite a bit of language.

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Meet The Author, C. K. Phillips

Enjoy getting to know, C. K. Phillips:

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

Creative

Suspenseful

Believable

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?

Australia

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?

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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.

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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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The Body Reader, by Anne Frasier

This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Frasier kept my interest, and she did have unique twists throughout. The story overall, however, was simply good, not great. It’s definitely worth the read, but somewhat predictable at times. I’d give it slightly under 4 stars as I would have liked to know more from the lead character’s kidnapping, rather than her life afterwards.

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