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Crèche Terrenium – New Release by K.C. Sprayberry

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A galaxy under attack… youth out of control… extreme measures are called for… until the citizens are faced with impossible choices.

Good day and welcome to the release of Crèche Terrenium. This book was written many years ago, when I was first starting out in my writing career. I submitted it to Millennial Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine as a 5,000 word short story. This was during the days of snail mail submissions and waiting months on end to hear back from the editor in chief. To my surprise, I heard back rather quickly, about six weeks. Figuring they’d laughed and sent me a letter telling me that I should quit writing, I waited a couple of days before reading the bad news. Well, it wasn’t a contract to have the short story published in their magazine. What I did get was a letter telling me that the then editor in chief loved the concept of my short story and wanted me to develop it into a full book before resubmitting.

The full book was written, critiqued, edited, rewritten, etc. over a period of six months of sleepless nights and fingernail chewing days. I finally resubmitted the new story to the editor in chief per her request, only to hear back nearly immediately. The thin envelope pretty much told the story before I opened it.

Turns out while I was breathing life into this novel, the editor in chief had been replaced with someone else. That individual bluntly informed me that they were no longer interested in teen sci-fi books, as “teens didn’t read.” Who was I to argue? I knew the book was good. All I had to do was wait for the right time and place to present it to the world.

The time is now. The place is here. Enjoy!

Crèche Terrenium on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/61rFrEsxp3wgKiuatfzzDy

The Melane Galaxy has a problem, one that threatens their very existence. Led by a reporter, Susannah Tilotsen, the citizens demand a solution to their children terrorizing people. Yet, when Chairman Marcus Sterling institutes the Crèche system, Susannah feels deep shock and dismay.

The children will be taken from their parents and raised by a computer designed to educate and monitor them. No adults will have interaction with the youth of the galaxy. The overall goal is to create good citizens of the youths rather than out of control hooligans.

Is this solution good intentions by the leadership? What if a parent protests the loss of their child? What choice do they have?

Blurb

Youth out of control… Citizens demand a solution.

The Edict… A law enacted to deal with recalcitrant children lays the blame on their parents. Only a computer can properly change The Melane Galaxy’s youth and turn them into good citizens. Chairman Sterling must force people to realize that parents aren’t right for raising children.

The Reporter… Susannah Tilotsen discovers she’s being used by a government attempting to parent children. She soon realizes no one is safe from this new law. The loss of her beloved husband and her daughter being forcibly taken to Crèche Terrenium drives her to organize a group determined to stop this madness

The Boy… Ripped from his loving home, Joey Dinaldo is taken to Crèche Terrenium after government troops find him living with his parents. He works hard to be a good citizen and obey the rules but soon discovers he can’t support a system designed to turn children into uncaring robots.

The Computer… Master, the computer system that will raise these children, controls every second of their lives. Yet, there is no one to maintain the machine. The computer never thinks it needs to be repaired, even as the control it exerts slowly erodes. It is perfect, and fights to keep from being destroyed.

Rebels refuse to stop fighting until they have closed down the Crèche system and returned the children to their parents. Or find them a guardian. All of them are willing to do whatever it takes to end this madness… but at what cost?

Amazon eBook: 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SJTGPX1/

Amazon print book: https://amzn.to/2XowPcp

Excerpt

Black words on the creamy parchment in her hand numbed Susannah Tilotsen. Shivers racked her spine; fear deadened her fingertips. Her grip loosened and the document fluttered to her feet. The forty-something man in front of her caressed his silver-shot sable hair before spreading his hands. She watched the public façade take over as the benevolent leader of a fractious, crumbling galaxy smiled. She knew better. His duplicitous expression sent chills up her spine.

She looked at the settlement she was reporting on to a galaxy awaiting a solution for a growing problem. The gray on gray buildings depressed her. The same hue was repeated in the walkways and latticed worked fences enclosing the twelve living areas. The children who soon call this place home would have no relief from the depressing shades of grey.

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About K.C. Sprayberry

Living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for nearly a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.

Find out more about my books at these social media sites:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/AuthorKCSprayberry/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/kcsowriter

Blog:

http://outofcontrolcharacters.blogspot.com/

Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5011219.K_C_Sprayberry

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005DI1YOU

MeWe:

https://mewe.com/group/5c668604d7749276f0a8689a

Pinterest:

http://pinterest.com/kcsprayberry/boards/

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/collection/playlists

Manic Readers:

http://www.manicreaders.com/KCSprayberry/

AUTHORSdB:

http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/5230-k-c-sprayberry

Authorgraph:

https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/kcsowriter

Email:

kcspray01@gmail.com

© Copyright 2019 K. C. Sprayberry. All rights reserved

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New Release – Aeon Rises By Jim Cronin

Author Jim Cronin is pleased to announce the release of Aeon Rises.

Aeon Rises 3D Cover_3What’s it about? Justin Madrid always considered himself an average nerdy freshman in high school, and an outcast because intense migraines prevent him from playing video games or watching television. Even looking at a phone screen hurts. But when the aliens, disguised as local librarians, started trying to kill him, everything changed. And now it is up to Justin and his cool new power to save the earth from invasion.

Let’s learn more about him.

Jim is a retired middle school science teacher, working part-time as an educator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He’s been married for forty years to the love of his life. They have two sons and four grandchildren. Hegira 3D Cover

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in Arlington, Virginia before moving to Denver where he attended high school and eventually college at Colorado State University, graduating with a degree in Zoology and a teacher certification. Jim and his wife currently live near Denver in the small town of Parker.

Which writers inspire you? The writers who inspire me most are the classic science fiction authors: Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, etc. I have always loved their work and can only dream of writing a pale imitation of what they accomplished.

So, what have you written? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest, professional or hobby.) My most recent novel, Aeon Rises, has just been released on Amazon and is my first attempt at a Young Adult science fiction story. My previous work includes The Brin Archives trilogy: Hegira, Recusant, and Empyrean, all available on Amazon as well. I also have a couple of published short stories I hope to include in an anthology someday when I have more of them.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Justin Madrid is your average nerdy teen, living in Aurora, Colorado. He is bullied and an outcast due to his inability to even look at any electronic video screen without getting intense migraines. On his 15th birthday, Justin learns he is not at all who he has always believed himself, and it is also the day the aliens tried to kill him. He learns his migraines are only the symptom of a developing ability which puts the fate of all humanity in his hands.

Recusant 3D CoverWhat drew you to write in this genre? Science fiction has always been my favorite genre, and I am a retired science teacher (35 years in the classroom), and an educator/performer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, so I guess it was inevitable that I wrote something sciency.

When did you decide to become a writer? After I retired from teaching, I needed something to occupy my time, so I started helping my brother with a book he was writing. We started brainstorming ideas for something I could write, and the result was The Brin Archives trilogy.

How long on average does it take you to write a book? So far, each of my books has taken about a year to complete from initial concept to published date. Not too bad for only doing this part-time.

Do you ever get Writer’s Block, and do you have any tips for getting through it? For me, I am a very inspirational and seat-of-the-pants writer. If I get stuck, I have to give my brain time to rest. I take a few days off and usually find inspiration out of the blue on how to break through the block I was facing.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors. I read constantly. There are always at least two or three books lying around at some stage of completion. My favorite authors are the classic scifi guys, Assimov, Heinlein, etc…. But I also love many other genres. Fantasy, historical fiction, action adventure, science content, even an occasional mystery.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you? I am a terrible proof reader of my own work. I need others to proof read and edit all my work.

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both) I was fortunate enough to get picked up by Solstice Publishing. This was a stubborn part of me that always considered it a part of being a successful writer was to be traditionally published. To me, it meant another professional liked my work enough to work with me.Empyrean 3D Cover

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? An author, like a teacher, needs to develop a thick skin. People will like your work, or not. Everyone has different tastes, some are simply more diplomatic about voicing their opinions than others. Plus, there are always those out there who made it their mission in life to tear down everyone else. I don’t enjoy the bad reviews, but fortunately they are few, so I can enjoy the good ones.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? This is my big nasty learning curve right now. I am still trying to figure out the marketing game. If any of you out there have something that works well, I would love to hear about it.

What do you think of “trailers” for books, and do you have a trailer/will you create one for your own work? I actually love making trailers and teaser videos for my books. I think they are fun to create and have quite a few.

How do you relax? To relax, I read, watch movies or baseball, go for walks and the occasional bike ride.

What is your favorite quote? Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and disguised as hard work. – Mark Twain

You can find more out about Jim and his novels at:

Webpage: http://jimcroninscienceedutainer.weebly.com/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/JimCroninScienceEdutainer/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/authorjimcronin

Stayed tuned for another author interview coming soon!

© Copyright 2018 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved