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COULD YOU BE A KILLER?

Today we welcome back multi-published author, Stacy Green. And since I’m in the chaotic stage of unpacking hundreds of boxes after moving from Houston to FL last week, I asked Stacy to come up with something intriguing that captures the tone of her newest release: ALL GOOD DEEDS. Take it away, Stacy!

StacyFall1pressCOULD YOU BE A KILLER?

This question planted the seed for my newest character Lucy Kendall, a former CPS worker turned private investigator and vigilante killer of sex offenders.

The criminal mind is a fascinating place and oftentimes a mystery for investigators. Bundy, Gacy, Lucas–the worst of the worst–are almost easy to understand. They just aren’t wired right. Add a dose of lousy nurturing, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

But what about the outliers? The people who are good by society’s standards and then one day just snap? Did they have it in them all along? Do we all possess that shadow side that lurks, waiting for something to turn us bad?

I think any one of us are capable of killing someone–or at least doing serious bodily injury–if the circumstances are right.

Some of these are pretty straightforward: someone hurting our kid, our pets, our career. People have snapped over less.

But what about something that isn’t personal? Something that doesn’t directly affect you but is a sore on society? What would make you risk your freedom, and how would you do it?

Lucy Kendall snaps when a child killer walks free. But she doesn’t lash out in a clumsy, unorganized way. She thinks things through, figuring out the best method to do her work AND keep herself out of jail. And even as she figures out the most efficient way for her to end someone’s life, she doesn’t believe she’s a killer.

Her targets are men who have destroyed kids lives and will do it again. Lucy believes with her whole heart sex offenders can’t be cured, and her actions take care of a problem the justice system and society simply can’t–or won’t.

I believe that most if not all of us possess what Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung called the Shadow Side.

The shadow exists as part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires, instincts and shortcomings…These latent dispositions are present in all of us, Jung believed, although people sometimes deny this element of their own psyche and instead project it onto others. SOURCE

This theory was a major influence on developing Lucy Kendall. Although there is tragedy in her past, she is a normal member of society. But her shadow side has seeped through her veneer until it now rules her choices and ultimately, her life.

She’ll have to come to terms with being a killer, her real motives, and answer the ultimate question: now that she has fully engaged her shadow side, is she even capable of not killing?

Does her choice of victim make her exempt? If she’s caught, is she a hero or a villain?

Or does her methodology make her just as evil as the famous serial killers we have such a fascination with?

I don’t have the answers to those questions, but I do know that as I get older, I realize more and more that life is not black and white. Our systems are flawed and need changing, but whether or not there are any good alternatives remains to be seen.

I think any one of us could become a Lucy Kendall if the circumstances are right, and I will further argue that instead of moral code, it’s fear of punishment that keeps most of society in check. Score one for the penal system.

What about you, thriller readers and writers? Is life black and white? Should there be exemptions? And what would it take for you to administer Lucy Kendall Justice? Comment for a chance to win a copy of my new release, ALL GOOD DEEDS!

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Lucy Kendall lived her life in a strange mixture of carefully calculated moves and impulse decisions. Cracking the skull of the man who molested her sister and attacking her was impulse. Spending half her teenage years drinking and acting out were calculated cries for attention from her narcissistic mother followed by impulsive rages at her lack of concern.

The decade spent working in Child Protective Services before becoming a private investigator taught her two truths. One, CPS failed miserably in protecting children. Two, Lucy was more than willing to do it for them, meting out her brand of dark justice in spite of her own fear of death. But Lucy’s crusade is compromised when a self-proclaimed sociopath offers to help—and leaves her no choice but to accept it.

When eight-year old Kailey Richardson is abducted, it sets off a chain of events linked to Justin Beckett, a suspect in a life-changing case in Lucy’s past. The path she’s chosen since dealing with Beckett has been dark and terrifying—but she has no idea just how deep she will go or where the twisted road will take her.

She’s about to find out.

About the Author

Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.

Thanks for being our guest today, Stacy! You raise some interesting points and questions. Readers: For more information on Stacy Green here are her links.

Website: www.stacygreen.net

Amazon Author Page

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Twitter @StacyGreen26

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Critique of up to 20 pages – any genre

Diana: A video interview that may be used in conjunction with the Kiss and Thrill interview, or on another site (possibly including DianaBelchase.com). Video may also be posted on my YouTube channel and will be available to post on your own website. If winner is not an author, it will be reasonably tailored to their needs and used as best suits them. Winner must arrange to be filmed in the DC area or at a conference where we are both attending. Video to match limits of previous work as seen on my YouTube channel. Prize must be used within 18 months of winning bid.

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I will name a secondary character in an upcoming novel after the person who wins our auction item;

Offer to critique a synopsis (up to 10 pages) or a query letter.

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Thanks to all of the commenters and viewers who joined us on Tuesday. The winner of Stacy Green’s TIN GOD swag is:

Susan Muller! Congratulations, Susan, click the CONTACT US tab and let us know your address.

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Our Global Travesty: Black Market Adoptions

Welcome back from the long weekend, readers! A QUICK REMINDER: Only 4 more days left to bid on fabulous trips, tickets, gift baskets, autographed books, jewelry, (our Kiss and Thrill cornucopia of critiques, gift cards, books and promotional help) and so much more at Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research. Peruse and bid for a great cause http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/ and help make this the highest donating year yet!

And now back to our blog. Today, multi-published author STACY GREEN guest blogs about a topic she extensively researched for her newest release TIN GOD: the horror and prevalence of black market adoptions.

  What if you found out the child you gave up for adoption in the hopes of providing her a better life ended up sold as part of a black market adoption ring?

  Believe it or not, illegal adoption happens. When I researched this horrific crime for my plot in TIN GOD, I started calling family attorneys in the state of Mississippi, where the book is set, as well as several adoption organizations.  

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Legally, attorneys are not allowed to charge a fee for matching a child to a set of parents. They can only charge a fee for the licensed adoption, and ONLY for the legal work.

  But the black market industry continues to grow. Illegal practices in international adoptions are becoming more and more common and some countries, like Cambodia, Vietnam, and Guatemala, are becoming a type of breeding ground for nefarious acts like buying and selling children as well as kidnapping.

  Switched and stolen babies are sold, as well as voluntarily relinquished children from unsuspecting birth parents to well-meaning adoptive parents. While some, desperate for a child, pay huge sums to brokers, others are taken in by attorneys who raise their legal fees in lieu of a finder’s fee.

  But it doesn’t just happen overseas. Fraudulent adoption happens right here in the United States. The story that inspired the idea for TIN GOD comes from a family law attorney in Jackson, Mississippi. A woman spent months posing as a social worker from various adoption agencies throughout the cities. She convinced couples to pay for her services by preying on their need to adopt and assuring them she could expedite the process. While most of them DID end up with an adopted child, this woman not only posed as a worker of an adoption agency, but scammed thousands out of innocent couples.

  Like Jaymee’s daughter in TIN GOD, these children’s records are often falsified or just plain don’t exist.

  There have been other types of cases where the mother simply didn’t inform the birth father, denying him the decision to decide whether to retain his rights.

  Georgia Tann operated one of the United States most notorious illegal adoption scams. She operated the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis and used the place as an unlicensed front for her black market sales from the 1920s until 1950. Tann used various manipulations to take children from birth parents – mostly poor, unwed mothers – and sell them to wealthy clients.

  And then there are the Cole babies. From the 1930s to the 1960, Dr. Katherine Cole is said to have placed more than 1,000 babies without legal documentation. Known as the “Cole babies,” most had a difficult time piecing together their identities, and for many, the truth was discovered after noticing that Cole listed the adoptive parents as the birth parents on the birth certificate.

  She was eventually arrested.

  The horror of black market adoptions is the backbone of my newest release TIN GOD. Tin_Gods_cover_smallOriginally, Jaymee was mourning the death of a child, but that was darker than what I wanted to write. So my critique partner and I put our heads together, and she suggested looking into illegal adoption. I didn’t realize it was so prevalent in this country, but when I started researching, I realized this would be a great plot for a book.

 

TIN GOD (A Delta Crossroads Mystery)

Getting pregnant as a teenager and being coerced into giving her baby up for adoption left a festering scar on Jaymee Ballard’s life. Trapped by poverty and without many allies, Jaymee nearly gives up hope of getting her daughter back after her best friend is murdered. Now, four years later, a wealthy woman with legal connections hires her as a housekeeper, and Jaymee gathers the courage to seek her help. But Jaymee’s last chance ends up in a puddle of blood in one of the historic antebellum mansions in Roselea, Mississippi.

I just murdered your wife…again.

 An unsigned letter consisting of six horrifying words turns Nick Samuels stagnant life upside down. Stuck in emotional purgatory since his wife’s unsolved murder four years ago, Nick is about to self-destruct. The arrival of the letter claiming credit for his wife’s murder and boasting of a new kill sends Nick to Roselea, where he and Jaymee’s worlds collide.

 Jaymee and Nick realize exposing the truth about her daughter’s adoption is the only way to solve the murders. Up against years of deception, they rush to identify the killer before the evidence–and Jaymee’s daughter–are lost.

 But the truth doesn’t always set the guilt-ridden free. Sometimes, it destroys them.

What to do if you suspect you or someone you know is a victim of black market adoption: If a parent or adoptive family believes they have been a victim of an illegal adoption, they can call their social worker, local police or FBI, or attorney general’s office.

 

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About the author

Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.

 

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Twitter @StacyGreen26

 

Thank you for being here today, Stacy and sharing your research on such a tragic crime.

READERS: Stacy is giving away swag for one lucky commenter.  Check back on Thursday to see if you won a TIN GOD pin, bookmark and book charm!

(Snail Mail and only in the US please.)

Thursday’s Winner

Ice_Cold3dCongratulations to Sarah Wolf, winner of Cherry Adair’s newest release: ICE COLD!

Sarah, please click on the Contact Us tab within the next 10 days and let us know where to mail your prize.

Thank you to ALL commenters Tuesday and Wednesday. It turns out Cherry was traveling and ended up having no internet access. We look forward to hosting her again with her next release!

OKAY! On Tuesday, December 11th, please help us welcome debut-author, Stacy Green, who will discuss her Nov 30th Romantic Suspense release: INTO THE DARK.

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Stacy Green is fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Turning the Page

After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for Women’s Edition Magazine of Cedar Rapids, profiling local businesses, before penning her first novel. 

Her debut novel, Into The Dark, is set in Las Vegas and features a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless. 

You read that right! Hundreds of miles of underground tunnels in Vegas…sure would be a good setting to stash a body, kidnap someone, murder…

Sounds creepy, huh? Don’t miss Stacy next Tuesday!

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