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Cruelty to Innocents by DJ Weaver & CK Webb
Cruelty to Innocents
CK Webb & DJ Weaver
Cruelty To Innocents: The 911 Abductions
Who’s abducting children from 911 emergency scenes?
What if you were in your car alone with your small child and you came upon an emergency scene? Would you stop to help? What if, while you are trying to assist a victim of an accident or mugging, you left your young child alone in the car, thinking he or she would be safe. What if, instead of help, the call to 911 brought a terrifying, sinister result?
Someone’s abducting children from 911 emergency scenes in Aberdeen Maryland, while their parents call for help and lend aid to accident victims. Someone who’s also listening in, is a monster and vicious child abductor. In the midst of the chaos and confusion of the scene, that monster slips in and steals the innocent children leaving behind no trace for authorities.
Sloanne Kelly is unprepared for what awaits in her hometown as she travels back to Maryland. Her goddaughter is one of the victims and the clock is ticking. Together with her best friend and a local fireman, Shawn Tyler, Sloanne will face the most insidious of criminals and fight to recover the children before there is anymore, Cruelty to Innocents.
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Now it's time to read my interview with the authors, learn a little bit more about them personally, and to read my review of Cruelty to Innocents!
My Interview with the Authors:
CK Webb & DJ Weaver
NB:Where are you from?
CK: I was born in Meridian, MS but moved to north AL about ten years ago.
DJ: I am originally from Pascagoula, MS but have lived in north MS and AL for several years
NB: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
CK: I think I really grasped it and began to use the term more once we completed Cruelty To Innocents…it was the first piece I had ever started & actually finished!
NB: What inspired you to write your first book?
CK: I was in the process of writing another book when ideas for the Innocents series started flooding in. I just could not walk away from the premise and the thought of writing a story that I myself, would love to read.
NB Do you have a specific writing style?
CK: I’m not sure if I can label it, but I do like to do things a bit differently when I write. I have a tendency to introduce characters separately introducing them to the reader in depth then, bring them together as the story unfolds. It gives more of an emotional connection and vested interest in the plot later on…at least I hope that’s how it works out.
NB: How did you come up with the title?
DJ: I think this was harder than writing CRUELTY. We just picked several names we liked and bantered them around and re-arranged them till we came up with the one that best suited the story.
NB: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
CK: Great question. As with any work of fiction, we want people to be entertained, but there is also some awareness of the seriousness of child abductions in the U.S. that I hope readers will grasp and carry with them after the book is finished.
NB:How much of the book is realistic?
CK: The wonderful thing about fiction is that it isn’t true, but Cruelty To Innocents could absolutely happen in Anywhere USA and I think that is what makes it the story it is.
NB: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
CK: I have never had someone take me under their wing so to speak, but there are some fantastic writers who have been very inspirational on this journey…John Locke is a prime example. The man is a great writer and an all around nice guy, a good influence for up and coming writers.
NB: What book are you reading now?
DJ: Right now, I am reading A GAME OF THRONES: A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George RR Martin, HOW I SOLD 1 MILLION EBOOKS IN 5 MONTHS by John Locke, SILVER by Steven Savile and SIN CITY MURDERS by Bob Moats.
NB:. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
DJ: Isaac Marion. His novel WARM BODIES is excellent and I loved it.
NB: What are your current projects?
CK: We are currently editing the second book in the 911 Series and have begun writing our young adult novel, Case Paladin and The Prophecy of the Draja.
NB:Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
DJ: We have two friends who are also reviewers on our WebbWeaver review site. I think those two and their families have been huge supporters for us both.
NB:Do you see writing as a career?
CK: Writing isn’t simply what I do, it is who I am. It is much more than a career and a lot more fun than most jobs!
DJ: I do see writing as a career and I love it. Not sure that it will ever pay the bills and be a full-time career. ..that is something that is yet to be determined.
NB: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
CK: I would loved to have killed off a few more people, but I have a co-writer to contend with so…no, I guess I would leave it just as it is!
NB: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
CK: I am not a big fan of editing, though it isn’t a difficult task, it is tedious. The challenging part is forcing myself to edit over & over again.
NB: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
CK: That’s tough. Stephen King is way up at the top of my list for several reasons. He consistently amazes me with his character development and the detail he uses to draw you into their world and when it comes to sub-plots, let’s face it…the man is a genius. I have never seen a writer who had the ability to not only tell a story, but tell layers upon layers of story so well and with such depth, it really is a thing of beauty.
NB: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
DJ: Not as of yet but we hope to be able to attend more conferences and book conventions in the near future.
NB: Who designed the covers?
DJ: The cover for CRUELTY TO INNOCENTS was designed by Shannon Raab at Suspense Publishing. The woman is a Saint and we love her for being so patient with us and for putting up with our repeated crap.
NB: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
CK: We learned a ton and learn more & more each day. The biggest thing was sentence structure and ‘catch’ words or phrases.
DJ: I learned that my spelling and use of grammar is atrocious…lol. Edits were long and torturous
NB: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
CK: I yell to the rafters every single day how much our readers mean to us…I do what I do to entertain others and to hopefully do so for many, many years to come. We can never thank our readers enough!!
DJ: I really want to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who has bought, liked, and/or reviewed CRUELTY TO INNOCENTS. We are so appreciative to people who take the time to read it and it is so helpful and nice to hear about what they liked about it or what they took away from the experience…and where would we be without them? I’d also like to thank John Locke and Tasha Alexander for taking the time to read and review our work. I know how busy they are and it was wonderful to have their help in making that happen. Also, ‘thank you’ to Suspense Publishing (especially to Shannon Raab) for all the work they have put into getting our story out there to the readers.
A Little Bit More About The Authors CK Webb and DJ Weaver:
CK Webb was born and raised in Mississippi, and dreamed of writing like the greats; Emily Bronte, Edgar Allen Poe, and Stephen King, to name a few. CK joined the US Navy and traveled the world, but eventually returned to settle down in the tiny town of Millport, Alabama. A self-proclaimed ‘reformed bad girl’, this thirty-something writer now shares her life with her husband and two beautiful children. CK also enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and book club. Although CK delights in preying on the fears of others and enjoys killing people…thankfully she does it the legal way; in her novels. She has just completed the first two novels in the 'Innocents' series which she co-wrote with her best-friend and mother, DJ Weaver. CK writes in a variety of other genres and also writes articles and book reviews for Suspense Magazine.
DJ Weaver originally hails from Pascagoula Mississippi, but relocated to north Mississippi in 1980. She took courses at Mississippi University for Woman and Mississippi State University, studying paralegalism and Human Resources Management and has worked in the clerical field for twenty-five years.
DJ, along with her daughter and best friend, CK Webb, recently completed the first two in the three-novel Innocents series. She also writes in a variety of other genres.
When she isn‘t writing, DJ develops and maintains WebbWeaver Review blog, where she reviews books and interviews published authors regularly. She serves as co-chairwoman of WebbWeaver Book Club and also writes book reviews for Suspense Magazine.DJ is a 50-something year old mother and grandmother who now works part-time and makes her home in Millport Alabama.
My Review of Cruelty to Innocents by CK Webb & DJ Weaver:
Cruelty to Innocents
Ck Webb & DJ Weaver
I found this story a bit surreal with the Caylee Anthony story just coming to an end, and in my opinion, a disappointing one. But I digress. CK and DJ wrote this book in such a way that it put the reader into the story and I was able to feel what the characters were going through and to be honest, it was not a pleasant experience. I do have kids, all grown, but I do have grand kids and I could not imagine either one of them being kidnapped. It is parent's and families worst nightmare. It was brilliance the way they made all this happen during a 9-1-1 call! I have never came across another book like this in all the years I have been reading. This took total imagination and creativity and I felt it was awesome!
This book is riveting and it makes you sit on the edge of your seat, yet you can't wait to turn the page to see what happens next! It blends in and plays on a person's worst nightmare and that is abduction of a child but with a total twist in a way that a person would actually be waiting in the wings to kidnap children from 9-1-1- emergency calls. When everything is in chaos and people are preoccupied with what is going on around them, they tend to let their guard down, just for a split second and that is all it takes for a predator to take a child. Bravo, bravo, bravo, and brilliant! I would like to know what made you come up with this idea for a what could be called a 'typical' abduction story if you had not put a huge twist on it.
I cannot wait to read more of their work and I thoroughly enjoyed Cruelty to Innocents and I give it five stars all the way!! I highly recommend it and if you would like a nice thriller to curl up with that will pull at those heart strings and touch on your worst nightmare, pick up a copy!!!
I give Cruelty to Innocents five stars *****