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Historical Settings






Good morning and welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re going to discuss the importance of getting historical settings right. Why is this important? It all comes down to details. Having a historical setting in the ‘70s means you can’t have your characters using cell phones, as they weren’t available to the general public yet. This means looking up phone booths and how they were used. Imagine a time when you needed dimes, nickels, and quarters in your purse or pocket to make a phone call. It happened and not including information like this in your book can bring out reviews that you haven’t done your research!



Blurb

The summer solstice has arrived. Being the sun worshipers they are, Wildcat Crew heads to the beach for a day of fun and a picnic. But first, Marnie gets a huge surprise. Her parents have replaced her Camaro, destroyed in their first case.

At the beach with thousands of other Southern Californians, the crew stumbles over a small, crying child. Instead of checking out the waves and working on their tans, they go on the hunt for the little boy’s parents.



Excerpt

Loud voices startled Luke Timmons. He could hear the ocean outside his open bedroom window and wanted to go to the beach. His mommy and daddy had promised him that he could pick where he spent his fifth birthday and he wanted to run into the ocean, build a sandcastle, and have a lot of fun.

“Where’s the stash?” Daddy yelled. “What have you done with it, Liz?”

Luke’s mommy’s name was Liz. His daddy was Brian. The idea of having his mommy crying and his daddy “sick” today made his tummy hurt. They had promised him a really fun birthday of going to the beach, and to get pizza later. Daddy even promised to buy Luke an ice cream cone for dessert if he was good all day long.

He sat on the edge of his bed, swinging his legs back and forth. Luke hated when his daddy yelled. He was waiting for his mommy to cry. She always did when Daddy got mad.

“You used it all last night,” Mommy said. “You and your friends spent all night on the roof getting high.”

“I did not!”

A loud crack startled Luke. He put a fist into his mouth so he wouldn’t make any noise. Noise was bad when Daddy was mad.

I just want to have my party, like Mommy and Daddy promised. 



About K.C. Sprayberry

Living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for nearly a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.


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