Dark Woods Trilogy: Three Tales of Terror…By, Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz


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Are you looking for a good mystery book to read? Look no further than this frightening set of three novelettes, which have been combined to save you money. You can purchase a printed copy or buy the Kindle version. She also has other books that you will love, if you are an avid reader like me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these books and I know you will too. Here is the Author’s own description of these three mysterious books.

The Books: The Dark Woods Trilogy includes The Dark Woods (a novelette), “The Runner” (a story), and Master of Fright (a novelette). While each tale is also sold separately, they have been combined in this volume with minor revisions from the originals.

Description: There’s something terrible in the woods behind the bucolic farm in the North Georgia Mountains. No one knows what it is, but each time the farm changes ownership, tragedy ensues. A local hunter is mauled beyond recognition. A young wife slowly descends into madness. A trained athlete dies a horrifying death. Now the farm has once again changed hands, and Sheriff Randal Hayes, with the help of big-game hunter Byron Wilkes, is determined to find–and to kill–the thing in the woods before it can destroy the new owner and his family. But how do you find something as elusive as the wind? How do you stop the unstoppable? 

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The Unknown Martyr: Viola Liuzzo


ImageIf you look in a history book, you will never find the name Viola Liuzzo as a martyr for civil rights. However, in 1965, she became an unknown martyr in the hearts of many civil rights activists. She was shot by self-proclaimed KKK members in Selma, Mississippi, during a civil rights march on March 25, 1965. Now, there a memorial on the spot that she died, yet no one mentions her name in the history books. According to Mr. Simkin (1997), she was 36 year old mother of five kids, who wanted to make a difference in the fight for civil rights.

She was married to a man named Anthony J. Liuzzo, who was very supportive of his wife’s ambitions. Viola graduated from “Wayne State University” and was pursuing a career as a “medical lab technician” (Simkin, 1997). After she watched ‘Bloody Sunday’ unfold on television in Selma, Alabama. She empathized with the pain and torment of those who fought for the right to vote.

So she decided to stand up and become a civil rights activist, who helped out with driving people to the marches. They followed martin Luther king and 25, 000 others in a march from Selma to Montgomery. Once getting involved, she witnessed the brutality of other Americans in the south.

As a white woman, she could have decided that it was too dangerous to go, but she was also a trained nurse who felt she may be able help. Then, on the night of March 25, 1965, she was shot in the head twice by three KKK members from Birmingham. Viola was brutally killed, while driving some of the protesters home. However, according the FBI (2006), a man named Leroy Moton was driving and became an eye witness to her murder. Before long, three men were arrested and charged with violating Viola Liuzzo civil rights. According to the FBI (2006), an undercover agent named Carl Rowe was also riding with the KKK members that night.

These self-proclaimed KKK members were Collie Wilkins”, “William Eaton”, and “Eugene Thomas” (FBI, 2006). They were found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison. Fortunately, the undercover FBI agent Carl Rowe was compelled “testified against them” (Simkin. 1997) in court. In an attempt to discredit Viola, some vicious rumors alleged that she had abandoned her children and husband for a black man’s affection.

According to Simkin (19970 these damaging rumors, were believed to have been started by the FBI. Sadly, she tried to stand up for the civil rights of others, but was ultimately was denied her own civil rights.

How come Americans are not taught about her courageous decision to stand up, which ultimately cost her own life? Why did the undercover FBI agent choose not to protect her and her companions? What made them spread this vicious rumor about a woman, who chose to stand up for others and their right to be a free American?

References:

Simkin, John (1997) Spartacus Educational: Viola Liuzzo

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on June 13, 2007

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAliuzzo.htm

Federal Bureau of Investigations (2006) Viola Liuzzo Murder

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on June 13, 2007

http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/liuzzo.htm

The Rule Of Mystery Writing


rulesAs a new mystery author, you will find that there are certain rules that should be followed when writing your novel. Read other mystery novels, in order to familiarize yourself with the rules and see how other writers incorporate the rules.

Each resource will word or list the rules differently, depending on what website or reference book that you consult. There are many websites, which list tips and advice for new mystery authors.

Always show the story, instead of telling it to the reader. Keep yourself out of the story and allow your characters to life with each word.

Here are the rules:

First: Never open your story by describing the weather, unless you are trying to create an atmosphere. Try to be brief in your description of the setting or you will bore your readers and lose their attention. Also, describing the weather is permitted, if your main character is having a discussion about it with someone. Always use the beginning to capture the reader’s attention and hold their interest, as the story develops.

Second: You will want to avoid adding a prologue, because they are unnecessary and annoying. Actually, prologues usually belong in non-fiction writing, but there have been exceptions to this rule.

Third: Use only the verb “said”, when carrying dialogue between the characters. This way, the author stays out of the story and the characters take the lead.

Fourth: You should never use an adverb that modifies the verb…said. Since, it will disrupt the flow of the words and make the story hard to understand.

Fifth: Always limit the amount of exclamation points that you use, to only two or three per every 10,000 words. This way, your dialogue stands out for each the reader, without the use of the exclamation point.

Six: Don’t words like “suddenly” or all hell broke loose”, since you don’t really need them in your story.

Seven: Use dialogue sparingly, since mystery stories don’t need much dialogue between the characters.

Eight: Never describe your characters, since the characters should remain a mystery also. You should give them a voice, which speaks throughout your writing.

Nine: Try not to use too many details in describing the settings the characters are in. The story will become boring as the action and the flow or the story is interrupted.

Ten: Always omit the parts of the story, which you think that a reader will skip. A good mystery novel should keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

If you follow these rules, you are bound to write a best-selling mystery novel. It will keep your readers interested and wanting to see what happens in the end. Furthermore, create a sleuth that has a rounded personality with problems and issues. Therefore, when your sleuth solves the mystery, their personality grows also.

Reference:

Leonard, E. (2001) Writers on Writing
Retrieved on the World Wide Web on July 11, 2007
http://www.mysteryinkonline.com/2004/11/10_rules_for_wr.html

Cherish Perrywinkle: A Tragedy That Could Have Been Prevented


RIP Sunshine

RIP Sunshine

Jacksonville, FL.-June 22, 2013– An eight year-old girl named Cherish Lily Perrywinkle was kidnapped from a Wal-Mart on the northside of Jacksonville, FL. The child’s body was found on Saturday, June 22, 2013 near a church on Broward Rd. The suspect Donald James Smith, who is 56 year-old, befriended the child’s mother Rayne Perrywinkle at a Dollar General Store on Edgewood Ave. around 7 pm Friday night.

After earning the mother’s trust, Smith offered to buy $100.00 worth of clothing and food for Cherish and her two sisters. The Perrywinkle family rode with Smith to Walmart on Lem Turner Rd, where he claimed that he was meeting with his wife. After a couple hours of waiting and shopping, Smith offered to buy the family some hamburgers from the McDonalds that is located the inside the Wal-Mart.

The young girl Cherish followed behind the suspect Donald Smith, while the mother wasn’t looking. The mother anxiously awaited the return of Donald and Cherish, however they didn’t return. The police were called after 11 pm to Wal-Mart, in order to find the missing child and the suspect who had taken her. An Amber Alert was issued at 5 am, even though the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department requested an Amber Alert to be issued at 2:30 am.

Currently, people are asking why it took so long to issue the Amber Alert, once the criteria for issuing an alert were met in this case. The police dug deeper into the suspect’s background and they learned that Donald Smith was already registered as a sex offender. He was place on the sex offender registry due to a previous case of kidnapping and assault on a child. Additionally, the investigating officers learned he had just been released from prison on May 31, 2013.

The morning of June 22nd, Donald Smith was pulled over by the police around 9 am, while driving the van that he drove the Perrywinkle family to Wal-Mart. The missing child was not in the van; however the police arrested Smith immediately. Subsequently, the police announced around 10 am, that missing child’s body has been found murdered by a church on Broward Rd.

Cherish Perrywinkle’s father Billy Jarreauand her mother Rayne Perrywinkle were recently in a battle over custody of the child. However, the judge overseeing the case decided that Cherish should remain with her mother. However, her father received visitation and on the tragic day of her murder he was planning to take Cherish home with him in California for the summer.

Instead her father is coming to town for her funeral and he has a lot of unanswered questions about how this happened to his daughter. Mr. Jarreau believes that the child’s mother Rayne Perrywinkle is to blame for her daughter’s death, because she made bad decisions which led up to the child’s death. However, she had no idea that the man offering to help her family would turn out to be a monster. The child’s mother thought he was a family man with a wife and two children, but he was a monster who used the family man line to earn the mother’s trust.

Police confirmed that he is not married and he does not have any young children, as he claimed to the child’s mother. He was a registered sex offender, but how could the mother have known that at the time he met her. Sexual predators look normal and they have no identifying marks that can warn people to beware of them. In fact, he has a long history of crimes against children, as well as impersonating a Department of Children and Families case worker.

Unfortunately, Cherish would have never met Smith, if the justice system had worked properly and kept this predator behind bars. He is now facing charges in this case and possibly will receive the death penalty. I know it is easy to blame the mother, but instead help the family with food or clothing. Additionally, the family will need help with burial costs.

Apparently, the family needs help according to the local news, so take a moment to pray for the family and then figure out a way you can help. Cherish Perrywinkle will be laid to rest on Thursday, June 27, 2013 by her family, friends, and community. Additionally, if this case angers you, then stand up and work with families who are trying to change the laws concerning child predators.

References:

After Cherish Perrywinkle’s death, hundreds mourn

Retrieved on July 24, 2013 from the World Wide Web

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2013-06-23/story/after-cherish-perrywinkles-death-hundreds-mourn

Cherish: A Life cut too short

Retrieved on July 23, 2013 from the World Wide Web

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2013-06-22/story/cherish-life-cut-far-too-short

The Rules for Mystery Fiction Writing


My favorite reference book when writing my mystery novels.

My favorite reference book when writing my mystery novels.

As a new mystery author, you will find that there are certain rules, which you must follow when writing your novel. Read other mystery novels, in order to familiarize yourself with the rules and see how other writers incorporate the rules. Each resource will word or list the rules differently, depending on what website or reference book that you consult. There are many websites, which list tips and advice for new mystery authors.

Always use the beginning of the story to capture the reader’s attention and hold their interest, as the story develops. If you follow these simple rules, you will finally be able to write that best-selling mystery novel.  The story must keep your readers interested and compel them to see what happens to the main character at the end of the story. Furthermore, create a sleuth that has a rounded personality with problems and issues. Therefore, when your sleuth solves the mystery, their personality grows also.

Keep yourself out of the story and allow your characters to come to life with each word. Here are ten mystery writing tips that will help you get started from Mystery Ink Online.

     First: Never open your story, by describing the weather unless you are trying to create an atmosphere. Try to be brief in your description of the setting or you will bore your readers and lose their attention. In addition, describing the weather is permitted, but only if the main character is discussing the weather with a friend.

Second: You will want to avoid adding a prologue, because they are unnecessary and annoying. Actually, prologues usually belong in non-fiction writing, but there have been exceptions to this rule.

Third: Use only the verb “said”, when carrying dialogue between the characters. This way, the author stays out of the story and the characters take the lead.

Fourth: You should never use an adverb that modifies the verb…said. Since, it will disrupt the flow of the  words and make the story hard to understand.

Fifth: Always limit the amount of exclamation points that you use, to only two or three per every 10,000 words. This way, your dialogue stands out for each the reader, without the use of the exclamation point.

Six: Don’t words like “suddenly” or all hell broke loose”, since you do not really need them in your story.

Seven: Use dialogue sparingly, since mystery stories do not need much dialogue between the characters

Eight: Never describe your characters, since the characters should remain a mystery also. You should give them a voice, which speaks throughout your writing.

Nine: Try not to use too many details in describing the settings the characters are in.

Ten: Always omit the parts of the story, which you think that a reader will skip. A good mystery novel should keep the reader on the edge of their seat and begging for more.

 

Reference:

Leonard, E. (2001) Writers on Writing

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on July 11, 2007

 http://www.mysteryinkonline.com/2004/11/10_rules_for_wr.html

Hate Crime, Murder, or Botched Robbery…You Decide?


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Murdered toddler.

Brunswick, GA. – March 26, 2013 A 13-month-old toddler was shot in the face in robbery gone wrong, an act of hate, or cold blooded murder. According to the First Coast News (2013) the mother Sherry West, she was pushing the sleeping baby in a stroller near where she lived, which is usually a peaceful and quiet neighborhood.

A 13-month-old male toddler was shot in the face during altercation this past Thursday. The two teens wanted to rob the baby’s mother Sherry West, but she didn’t any money to give them. His mother tried desperately to protect her young toddler from being hurt. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2013), the mother stated that the suspects told her they were going to “shoot her baby” and she “pleaded with them” not to shoot Antonio.

However, According to Daily News (2013), Sherry West was shot and wounded by the suspects, before they killed her baby. Tragically, she couldn’t stop the perpetrators from shooting her sleeping 13-month-old toddler, named Antonio Santiago in the face. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2013), two teenaged suspects have been indentified and arrested in connection with the botched robbery and the toddler’s murder.

According to the New York Daily News (2013), the grieving mother positively identified the suspects as 15-year-old, Dominique Lang and 17-year-old, De’Marquis Elkins. However, she claims the De’Marquis Elkins was the shooter in this senseless crime. These two suspects are currently being held in a Glynn County Detention Center in Brunswick, GA. The mother stated that she wants the heartless shooter die, which was aired on the Piers Morgan Show on CNN Monday Night.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2013), the mother of De’Marquise Elkins, Karimah Elkins, 36, and the teen’s aunt “Katrina Elkins, 33; were arrested this morning for lying to authorities. Furthermore, the murder weapon has been recovered and both teens will face a judge to learn there fate. Additionally, the suspects will stand trial for murder of this handsome little toddler and the attempted murder of his mother.

References:                                                                                

Daily News (2013) Mother of baby murdered right in front of her tells Piers Morgan: ‘I just hope the shooter dies’
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on March 26, 2013

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mom-murdered-baby-hope-shooter-dies-article-1.1299241#ixzz2OgmA1sG9

First Coast News (2013) Brunswick toddler’s mother responds to negative accusations against her

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on March 26, 2013

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/georgia/article/305803/5/Toddlers-mother-responds-to-negative-accusations

New York Daily News (2013) Mother of baby murdered right in front of her tells Piers Morgan: ‘I just hope the shooter dies’
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on March 26, 2013

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mom-murdered-baby-hope-shooter-dies-article-1.1299241

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2013) Mother, aunt of suspect in Brunswick baby shooting arrested

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on March 26, 2013

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/mother-aunt-of-suspect-in-brunswick-baby-shooting-/nW4mh/

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2013) Police arrest 2 teens in Georgia baby’s killing

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on March 26, 2013

http://www.ajc.com/news/ap/crime/police-search-for-boys-after-baby-shot-in-stroller/nWzys/