We’re participating in the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop. Our giveaway for that hop is a paperback copy of The Color of Evil by Connie Corcoran Wilson. Ms. Wilson has written a guest article for us on what drew her to write this story.
The Color of Evil is a classic tale of good versus evil. It is a YA title, but has cross-over appeal. There is a lot of action, but it is not entirely predictable and some of the twists and turns are unexpected. Mainly, I hope you care what happens to Tad and Jennie and Stevie and the characters who will reappear in Book 2.
I’m a huge movie fan (author of It Came from the 70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now) and this book, for me, made me think of Carrie meets The Fury meets TV’s The Medium.
Also, I have been a teacher for over three decades. The teacher years in the immediate family go back uninterruptedly to 1927, spanning 150 years. I taught students this age. I once was a student this age. What better setting for me and what area do I know better than a school amongst students ?
Secondly, there is a repeating refrain in the book that I think is relevant to everyone. Sometimes, you think you have everything all figured out in your life and then your spouse loses his job or someone near and dear to you finds out they have cancer or some unforeseen accident occurs – or, on the bright side, you win the lottery.
This is a scary time in this country. People are frightened about losing their jobs or finding a job. I have a young daughter (age 24) who went all the way to Australia for a job. People are afraid of not having enough money to retire on or wondering if they’ll ever be able to retire. They are afraid their life savings will disappear. They are afraid of terrorist actions. They are afraid of the effect of wars on our country, of not being able to afford health care. Veterans are returning from two wars and PTSD is not being addressed. We are all stretched to the breaking point it seems.
When I write, “Sometimes you walk away from your life; sometimes, it walks away from you,” it is not unlike Stephen King’s phrase “Life turns on a dime,” used in his Stoker-winning novel 11/22/1963. Sometimes, just when you think you have it all figured out, life hands you a big surprise. “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.”
The Color of Evil features Tad McGreevy, who has a secret power that he hasn’t told anyone about. He can see colored auras around people that let him know if someone is good or evil. Unfortunately he also dreams about the crimes the evildoers commit but he doesn’t know if those crimes have already been committed or will be committed in the future. This one is not for the faint of heart…
Disclaimer: As most of you know, I’m in the process of moving so I am under a real time crunch. Because of that, I have not had to chance to read The Color of Evil.
One person will win a paperback copy of The Color of Evil by Connie Corcoran Wilson.
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1) The deadline for entries is Thursday night, 7/5/2012, at 11:59pm EDST. No entries after that date/time will be eligible.
2) This giveaway is open to entries with U.S. mailing addresses only because we do not ship books outside of the U.S.
3) You must be at least 18 years old to enter this giveaway.
4) You must use the Rafflecopter form.
5) If you do not provide a complete mailing address in the Rafflecopter form, your entry will not be eligible. We will use your mailing address to ship your book to you.
6) That’s it – it’s a very easy giveaway, so have fun and best of luck!
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