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About The Author
Connie Corcoran Wilson has published 10 books since 2003. “Hellfire & Damnation” (www.HellfireandDamnationtheBook.com) came out in February, 2010. Her three volumes of true ghost stories of Route 66 (Ghostly Tales of Route 66, www.GhostlyTalesofRoute66.com) are out from Quixote and in E-book format from Quad City Press. Her first book (“Training the Teacher As A Champion”) was published by PLS Bookstores in 1989.
Her sci fi novel “Out of Time” was published by Lachesis in 2008 and the screenplay written based on the book was a winner in a “Writer’s Digest” competition. Her 2 humor collections are “Both Sides Now” (2003) and “Laughing through Life” (2011). Her illustrated children’s book, “The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats” was released at Christmas in 2011.
“Hellfire and Damnation II” was released July 28, 2012 in E-book format and in paperback shortly after (The Merry Blacksmith Press.) Her nonfiction book showcasing many of the movie reviews written for the Quad City Times between 1970 and 1979 made up the bulk of the book, along with 76 photos, major cast and interactive trivia. “The Color of Evil,” a novel that is the first in a trilogy about a young boy with paranormal abilities, was released in 2012.
“Red Is for Rage,” the second book in the trilogy, will be released in January, 2013. Connie has been writing for pay since age 10 and taught writing at 6 IA/IL colleges. She is a member of AWP (American Writing Program), MWA (Midwest Writers’ Association), MWC (Midwest Writing Center), HWA (Horror Writers Association), ITW (International ThrillerWriters) and IWPA (Illinois Women’s Press Association.) Her books have won E-Lit, Pinnacle, NABE and Silver Feather awards and the 400,000 member blog Associated Content named her its Content producer of the year (for politics) in 2008. Since then, she has been named Midwest Writing Center Writer of the Year (2010) and won the Chicago chapter of IWPA Silver Feather award on June 6, 2012.
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RED IS FOR RAGE is the second book in the award-winning THE COLOR OF EVIL series by Connie (Corcoran) Wilson. THE COLOR OF EVIL won the E-Lit Gold Medal for Horror (Jenkins Group), and the Silver Feather (IWPA).
In Book Two, we learn more about the exact nature of Tad’s paranormal power, Tetrachromatic Super Vision. Can this keen sight help Tad find Stevie Scranton? Will Tad suffer another breakdown from reliving the crimes of serial killer Michael Clay (aka, Pogo, the Killer Clown), as he did when only eight years old? Can Tad learn to harness his special sight to help his loved ones?
When Stevie Scranton goes missing, best friend Tad vows to do everything he can to find him. Even if Stevie is dead, Sally and Earl Scranton, (his parents), and Shannon, (Stevie’s older sister), crave closure. Tad enlists the help of retired policeman Charlie Chandler and a team of volunteers, including Charlie’s old partner, Evelyn Hoeflinger. This rag-tag team of detectives continues searching for Stevie Scranton, the runty misfit of Cedar Falls’ Sky High. In their search, they discover a monster every bit as dangerous as Pogo and must confront him in order to save Stevie.
Tad sees auras around others that tell him whether they are good or evil. The truly evil are surrounded by a khaki aura (THE COLOR OF EVIL). At night, Tad suffers vivid nightmares that depict the crimes of the evil-doers. Michael Clay (the serial killer Pogo) escapes custody. On the loose again, Pogo’s actions restart the vicious cycle of violent nightmares. Pogo poses a threat to the entire town of Cedar Falls, but he is especially a threat to Tad McGreevy.
Pogo has one main goal: kill Tad McGreevy so that Tad cannot disclose Clay’s location. Pogo doesn’t realize that, up until now, Tad has been unable to harness the paranormal ability he possesses. Now, Tad McGreevy must try to learn to use his unique gift. Stevie Scranton’s fate hangs in the balance. Tad’s power, if precognitive, could save everyone he loves.
Jenny SanGiovanni returns from her father’s home in Boulder, Colorado, to finish her senior year with her old classmates. She brings home a new set of problems. Jeremy Gustaffsson, the fifth-year senior boyfriend in Jenny’s junior year, graduated. But Jeremy is still in town, still obsessed with Jenny, still dangerous. When Jenny broke up with Jeremy, it made Jeremy mad. Bad things happen to good people when Jeremy Gustaffsson gets angry and descends into a red rage.
All Jenny’s cheerleader friends from her junior year are back. Many, like Janice Kramer, Heather Crompton and Melody Harris, have problems of their own. Jenny deals with adolescent issues such as self-esteem and self-worth, problems that tax her soul. But Jenny is not alone. Another Sky High student is driven to the brink. Will that individual plunge into the abyss of despair?
And what of the adults? What has the stress of Stevie’s nine-month ordeal done to Earl and Sally Scranton’s marriage? What problems confront the other adults in Cedar Falls as three evil-doers rise up to create chaos and do them harm?
RED IS FOR RAGE and rage runs rampant in this small Iowa town in the year of our Lord 2004.
Red is for Rage begins soon after the events in the Color of Evil, which had made a pulse pounding halt! This story picks up on the tale of 16 years old Tad McGreevy, a high schooler that lives in a surface- normal, small Iowa Town, Cedar Falls. But the town and the majority of the inhabitants of this Township are far from normal. There is an evil within the town that lives behind the doors of this all American city, and walks the streets of this idyllic community.
I will begin by saying, that I have not read as much horror in these recent years. I’ve stayed in the familiar paths of Fantasy and the Paranormal genre. But I was an avid fan actually in my younger teen years. The love for the horror genre began with reading in 10th grade a copy of Stephen King’s Pet Semetary. After that I was hooked; and in my opinion, Stephen King dominated much of the genre during the period of the 80’s and 90’s. He is still one of my favorite go-to author, I will always check out if there was a new King novel I may have missed.
Connie Corcoran Wilson’s has become another favorite go-to storyteller. The Color of Evil and Red is for Rage, is reminiscent of a Stephen King novel. Mr. King had a knack of making the all American small town a nest of unimaginable horror. Well, Ms. Wilson has also accomplished that in her tales.
The Color of Evil covers Tad who has the ability to see people’s auras and had used this ability to witness a notorious serial killer, Pogo The Clown crime spree when he was merely 8 years old. Then at 16 years old Tad is trying to move on with his life as a normal teen. When the killer Pogo The Clown escapes, and the terror begins again, along with another player with an evil and dangerous agenda.
In Red is for Rage, Tad and his friends are back, and once again Pogo The Clown is out and is on the track to eliminate Tad. Tad now has the strength to control his ability and is determined to use it to protect those he loves.
I did not go as in-depth in the re-telling the story line I know. This is a story I would suggest be read and experienced personally. The incredible twists and turns the author takes the reader on; the in-depth characterizations that Author Connie Corcoran Wilson employs is exceptional; the reader becomes intimate with the characters, an affectionate bond grows, with the reader finding those characters in which to root for, such as in Red is for Rage the character Stevie, I found I felt I began to know. The author did a great job of allowing the reader inside this character, and thus bond with him. But also there are the characters that the reader will find to abhor, Pogo for one. But even some of the side lined characters, the Principle and one of the former students Jeremy.
Red is for Rage was a good story, disturbing in spots but this was due to the authors skill at creating a very realistic plot line. The story flowed smoothly, the action steady.
This book I would recommend for older teens to adults due to the subject matter and the violence depicted. I will check out more from this author.