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 (Illinois Women’s Press Association).
In Book Two, we learn more about the exact nature of Tad McGreevey’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, (Stevie’s 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 2005.
RED IS FOR RAGE is available from Amazon.
“If you enjoyed THE COLOR OF EVIL, you’ll definitely enjoy this continuation of the story of the students of Sky High, including Tad McGreevy, Jennie SanGiovanni, Stevie Scranton and Janice Kramer. The classic struggle between good and evil serves as the backdrop to the personal struggles of the characters, and, beneath it all, the message that ‘Everyone must pay’ comes through loud and clear.” (Gary Braver, “Flashback”)
“A fantastic tale of good and evil and those in-between…We get the sense that there will be more to come…When something takes hold of you and leads you on a journey full of twists and turns, you might be satisfied but you definitely want to experience it again. Experience it for youself and you’ll see what I mean.” (C.A. Webb, “Conversations Book Club”)
“A scary, entertaining novel dealing with a young person’s supernatural power, bringing Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ and John Farris’ ‘The Fury’ to mind.” (Pete Giglio, “A Spark in the Dark”).
“…an engrossing page-turner…” (J.D. Nord on Amazon)
“A thrilling and enjoyable read that is engrossing, evenly paced, and contains some interestingly debauched characters.” (Mochalove, Amazon).
“A rollercoaster ride of terror. I am sure that I will be looking for the next book so that I can find out what happens at the end of the road.” (B. Sharp, Amazon)
CONNIE (CORCORAN) WILSON taught composition at 6 IA/IL colleges and has written for 5 newspapers and 11 blogs. She also founded 3 successful businesses and served as CEO of each. Connie was named Midwest Center Writer of the Year (March 30, 2010), received the Illinois Women’s Press Association Silver Feather Award (June 6, 2012), an ALMA (American Literary Merit Award) for a short story in her continuing short stories series “Hellfire & Damnation” (www.
Connie currently is a Featured Contributor for Yahoo, reviewing movies, television, entertainment and politics.
A graduate of the University of Iowa, Berkeley, Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Chicago, she holds a Master’s (+30 hours) and was film and book critic for the Quad City Times during the 70’s and 80’s. Her (Jan., 2011) nonfiction release It Came from the ’70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now (www.ItCamefromtheSeventies.
Connie’s continuing short story collections,Hellfire &Damnation (www.
Her screenplay based on her novel Out of Time was a winner in the 2007 “Writer’s Digest” competition.
She has interviewed Kurt Vonnegut, William F. Nolan, David Morrell, Joe Hill, Frederik Pohl, Jon Land, John Irving, r Barri Flowers, and Anne Perry for print and online publications.
Connie taught for 33 years, founded and was CEO of 3 businesses (Sylvan Learning Center #3301 and Prometric Testing Center #3301) and Quad Cities’ Learning, Inc, has a son (Scott) and a daughter (Stacey) born 19 years apart, and has been married since the Earth’s crust was warm to husband Craig.
Her twin granddaughters, Ava and Elise, who appear on the cover of her humorous book of essays, Laughing through Life, turned four on January 11, 2013. She lives in Chicago and in the IA/IL Quad Cities. Feel free to contact her at EINNOC10@Aol.com or to sign up for her blog,www.WeeklyWilson.com.
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