“You Are Not Alone: A True Story of Surviving the Rapids of Abuse”, by Lori Tice


“You Are Not Alone:
A True Story of Surviving the Rapids of Abuse”

Lori Tice

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Interview with “Cluck the Undercover Chicken” Author, G. Eric Francis

1. What made you want to become a writer?
Hmm…you know, I am not entirely sure.  I’ve always had a odd imagination, and I’ve been putting thoughts to paper (later typewriter, if anyone remembers what that is LOL then to computer) since I was 8 years old.  I just enjoyed telling the stories that came to me out of the blue.
2. What books have you published, other than this one?
Besides “Cluck” I have published a more adult oriented book called “A Prayer For The Dying.”
3. Are you published in any big bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble, or small stories such as Walmart, Target, etc?
When I published “Cluck” in paperback (via Createspace.com), it was my understanding that the paperback would also be distributed to a variety of bookstores.  I am not sure, however, when that has taken place.
4. What do you like to write about the most?
I am weird in that I write stories covering a variety of genres.  “Cluck” was the one I enjoyed the most, because it allowed me to appeal to younger folks while sneaking a little “adult”-type humor in a subversive manner.  Usually though I try to write things that will make people laugh, even if the subject is somewhat serious.
5. What genre of writing are you most experienced in?
Probably action/adventure pieces with lots of humor.  Been writing things like that since the beginning.
6. If you had to give any inspiring writers one piece of advice, what would it be?
I’ll say what my dear cousin would say to me when I’d stop writing months at a time…”Write…Write…Right!”
7. How did you start writing? What was your starting point?
As I mentioned before, I started writing when I was 8 years old…poetry and action stories based on friends.  I’d take some ruled paper and a pen and started filling them, then sharing with folks to see if they liked it.
 8. What was your favorite childhood book?
Actually, most of the time I read lots of Greek and Roman mythology more than kids books.  I also enjoyed sci-fi, and don’t chuckle, but “Mad Magaizne.”  Probably is how “Cluck” came to be in a lot of ways, especially how it turned out.
9. Did you get your book published by a publisher first, or an online site such as Amazon Kindle, Nook (B&N), etc?
Right now I am totally self published, starting with Amazon and then spinning off into print with Createspace.
10. Do you have a website, Facebook/Twitter page, or any other links where people can learn more about you and your works?
Yes…you can follow me via Facebook @ http://www.facebook/com/gericfrancis, as well as on Cluck’s FB page, www.facebook.com/clucktheundercoverchicken.  I blog from time to time as well (not for the kiddos! 🙂 @ www.thefuturesdomain.blogspot.com.

“Lights Out” by Melissa Groeling



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Even when the lights are out, he can still see you…

Paul Holten’s profession doesn’t leave much room for doubt or conscience but he’s reaching his breaking point. The nightmares are getting worse, the jobs are getting harder to finish and the volatile relationship with his boss, Aaron, is falling apart. Now faced with the possibility of an impending death sentence, Paul makes the fatal decision to run. Drawn into one hellish situation after another, he’s forced to confront his dark past—and wonder if perhaps dying isn’t the better option.

They had to get out of there—and fast—but he couldn’t see a thing…

Jesus, it was dark.

It was disorienting in its completeness, in its total lack of light. In his lifetime, Paul had had his sight temporarily taken from him many times. Mostly by people who didn’t want to be looked at or identified if—God forbid—something went wrong. But there had always been some degree of light leaking through the blindfold or a shift in someone’s hand that was clamped tightly over his eyes, or the loose weaves in a rut-sack that was tied around his head. He’d always been able to see something.

This, however, was like the deepest part of the ocean. This was like having his eyes glued shut. This was what it meant to be blind.

The air grew colder and with that came the struggle to breathe. He didn’t know if it was claustrophobia but it came pretty damn close. His chest hurt and his throat felt like someone was cramming cotton into his mouth. He tried to breathe more slowly, to at least calm the thundering in his rib cage, but the darkness around him fed the panic that was skating through his bones. The stones beneath his fingers were wet in some places and icy in others and, under his feet, things crunched and squeaked like he was stepping through snow and ice.

He hoped it was snow and ice.

Echoes came from all sides of him. It was impossible to decipher one sound from the next. He wondered if people who heard voices were anything like this. Just one gigantic ball of murmuring sounds and words that didn’t make any sense.

There was a scraping sound behind him.

About The Author

Melissa Groeling graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in English. She lives, reads and writes in the Philadelphia region and wherever else life happens to send her. She is a hardcore New York Giants fan and loves chocolate. Lights Out is her second novel to date.

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Twitter: @stringbean10

Blog: http://melissagroeling.blogspot.comvv

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H51R2AS
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lights-out-melissa-groeling/1117540680?ean=2940148946137
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/379110
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-lightsout-1369485-235.html
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19270732-lights-out