Indifference is no excuse when people suffer abuse

Do we act when we see abuse?

What is your response when you hear or see abuse? Recently I watched a TV programme about hospital staff who are abused, verbally, physically and sexually. It is a horrifying fact that these vital members of our society in England are treated in such an offensive way. They risk their lives helping others.

Ambulance crews are often the first on the scene administering first-aid and compassion to victims involved in accidents or emergencies. They have no option about attending the incident as that is their job. They are not at liberty to say, that they don’t want to get involved, because the victim is a drunk or in someone else’s opinion doesn’t deserve to be helped. The bravery of these men and women who work in hospitals or in frontline services deserve better. We should not be indifferent to the needs of our own Healthcare Professionals, as we all deserve to live and work in safety.

Where am I going with this?

So what has this to do with the book I have just read called Plunge into Darkness by Kristin N. Spencer? The answer is that as a society we need to be active when people suffer abuse. Plunge into Darkness is a fantasy book that portrays a village’s indifference to a young girl’s plight. No one wants to be involved in a seedy affair, so they ignore the signs and live their own lives by turning a blind eye. The book makes for interesting reading, fiction or not, there are lessons to be learned from it.

Abuse can we ignore it? Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Plunge into Darkness by Kristin N Spencer

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My Penny’s Worth

Plunge into Darkness is by no means your run of the mill story. There are only 119 pages in the Kindle edition. However, I didn’t feel cheated as the story sucked me in right from the beginning. Ever Morena, the empathetic main character, reaches out in friendship to Dawn. Ever knows that Dawn’s life is far from easy, but she does not expect her friend to disappear overnight leaving a massive hole in Ever’s heart. After her father shows Ever hope, the story develops into an intriguing adventure and follows the lines of the Good Samaritan in the Bible. Compassion now fills Ever’s heart, and her desire to heal others plays an essential role in the story. But first Ever has to learn the depths of a  wounded heart to be able to help those in need.

What I liked

There were various characters whom I warmed to that added to the plot. But I enjoyed the concept of having an elderly man, called Old Justice and Keeper of the book, telling little fables to the younger members of the village. These little snippets were like nuggets of gold.

Sensitive writing

Ms Spencer writes with the reader in mind when portraying difficult scenes; she indicates in a few words the details, describing events sensitively. I am grateful for this approach but warn readers that this book does deal with the matter of abuse. If this puts you off, then I can say that not reading this book would be a shame as the wisdom of how this subject is tackled once the facts are known are worthy to be read. And a question, Who is responsible, is one that deserves rumination. Can we live and not get involved?

Like an onion there are layers

The book, therefore, has several layers. Each important, underpinning morals as well as society’s reaction to humanity’s cruelty to one another. I think this story would be an exciting choice for discussion among our young folk of today.

I am looking forward to book two in this series to see how Ever continues on her journey. Indeed who and what next comes to mind.  The seeds have been sown in book one, and  I hope you will pick up this story and enter into Ever’s interesting world.

Thank you, Kristin, for writing this book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Don’t forget Kristin’s GIVEAWAY at the end of this book review.

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About the Book

Plunge into DarknessTitle: Plunge into Darkness

Author: Kristin N. Spencer

Release Date: February 27, 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Two girls.
A village with a dark secret.
Their only hope is a mythical figure Ever Morena has only read about in her father’s lone book.
Ten years ago Ever’s best friend disappeared without a trace. Though the loss of her friend only came close to killing her then, the truth of what happened might finish the job now—just when her future as the village healer is looking bright.
Ever must risk everything she loves in order to plunge into darkness on an impossible journey in the middle of the Concealed Forest.
Never before has redemption been so costly.
Please note: This book contains subject matter which some may find troubling as it spotlights helping those who have experienced abuse. I tried to handle this topic as delicately as I could, keeping the reader’s experience in mind.

About the Author

Abuse can we ignore it? Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Plunge into Darkness by Kristin N SpencerKristin N. Spencer spends part of each day imagining up new worlds and beings when she isn’t busy taking care of her three children and writing partner husband T. E. Spencer. When she’s not writing you can find her working in full time ministry, sewing cosplay costumes, or watching geekesque movies. She writes whatever genre she wants including but not limited to Non-Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, Space Fantasy, and traditional Fantasy. Kristin studied Comparative World Literature at California State University, Long Beach and received a Bachelors, which she fondly calls a degree in reading. Her favorite movie is Sabrina (the Julia Ormond version) and her favorite person is Jesus.

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 13

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 13

Carpe Diem, June 14

Pause for Tales, June 15

Margaret Kazmierczak, June 16

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 17

For The Love of Books, June 18



To celebrate her tour, Kristin is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card, ‘Plunge Into Darkness’ Paperback, Minimalism Art Classic Notebook Journal, and Huhuhero Fineliner Color Pen Set (10 Pack)!!

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I love Authors Interview 25 this is Noel Branham

I live Authors Interview 25. Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan.

I love Authors Interview 25

I love Authors Interview 25. Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan.

Welcome to I love Authors Interview 25. Today on the couch is Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan. This book is on tour with Celebrate Lit from May 10-23.  Click here to purchase your copy!

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan.

It is a pleasure to have you here today Noel  – thank you for coming along.

Now sit back and imagine that we are on a desert island. The sun is shining, and the waves are lapping at your feet as you gaze out to sea. You are alone!

I think Noel has fallen to sleep, I’ve made it too peaceful for her.

Readers you need to give Noel a huge warm welcome to wake her up.

Now that’s better.

Noel – Sorry I didn’t realize where I was. Oh yes, a desert island.

Are you ready to begin the interview now Noel?

Noel – Absolutely.

My first question is..

Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Noel – I would be marooned with a magical genie that catered to my every whim. 🙂

Umm, that kind of goes against the back to basics on a desert island theme. I think we would have to curb his abilities to grant your every whim!

Having asked for a genie I’m not sure what else you will need..

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Noel – My iPhone in a seal zip lock bag… With a wifi hotspot and solar charger.

I fell into that one!


I think Noel likes her comforts, so onto the next question..

What book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?

Noel – Jane Eyre. Every Christmas I reread it.

You must know it off by heart by now. I wonder what Jane Eyre would do if she were stranded on a desert island? Maybe she would choose your book to read?

We have another question about wishes, I think the genie is working overtime!

You are given one wish, but there is a clause which means you can only ask to be an animal. What creature would you like to be?

Noel – An armadillo. Preferably, one from Amarillo. 🙂

Is this the way to Amarillo?
Ev’ry night I’ve been huggin’ my pillow
Dreamin’ dreams of Amarillo
And sweet Armadillo who waits for me
Show me the way to Amarillo
I’ve been weepin’ like a willow
Cryin’ over Amarillo
And sweet Armadillo who waits for me

Oh sorry the song beckoned to be heard! I just couldn’t help myself.

Sadly this is my final question..

What food would you miss the most being on a desert island?

Noel – Soup. It’s my favorite food and I could eat it for every meal if allowed!

Oh dear, it looks like the genie is going to try and catch the armadillo for tea – soup anyone?

Please note: no armadilloes were hurt during the course of this interview.

Well, its been fun Noel hearing about your desert island choices. Once again thank you for coming. I hope your book has a successful tour.

Raise the roof folks for Noel Branham.

Readers don’t forget Noel’s GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post.

I love Authors Interview 25 was devised my Margaret Kazmierczak to bring the funnier side of life into your homes. Now scatter and go buy Noel’s book.

About the Book

The Simple Sould of SusanTitle: The Simple Soul of Susan

Author: Noel Branham

Genre: Romance, YA, Coming-of-Age, Contemporary

Release Date: October 11, 2017


Susan Combs had long ago found the love of her life. The only problem was the other party still didn’t know he had been found.

Every day Susan saw Calder Hurtz, her next door neighbor and childhood best friend. They always enjoyed the short drive to school down the dusty streets of their small Texas town. She was happy in those perfect moments, for her life at home was most imperfect. The challenging homestead she inhabited was also the favorite subject of local gossip.

But one autumn day she overhears Calder and another boy having a conversation. This occasion of accidental audience sets Susan’s life on an unforeseen path. In the seasons to come, her future will be changed by two hospitalizations, two confessions of love, and one betrayal.

Compulsively readable, The Simple Soul of Susan is an engaging, soul-endearing romance and a mesmerizing debut.

About the Author

Noel BranhamBorn and raised in a small Texas town, Noel Branham started her career in digital communications after graduating with a degree in English. An award-winning communicator, she now writes from her residence in Florida about things closest to the heart: home, family, and love.


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Kristin’s Book Reviews, May 14

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To celebrate her tour, Noel is giving away:

Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card
First & Second Place Prize: eBook copy of the Simple Soul of Susan!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!