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.*

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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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Ten best reasons to love Caryl McAdoo

10 best reasons

It’s official there are 10 best reasons to love Caryl McAdoo.

My interview with Caryl McAdoo

I am so excited to introduce my lovely friend Caryl McAdoo whose latest book Chief of Sinners has recently been released. Congratulation my friend on this achievement. You can read more about Caryl’s new book at the end of the interview.

What a blessing Caryl is to her friends and readers.

Welcome, Caryl (round of applause please).

My interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Romance Family Sage series

Margaret, thank you so much for inviting me to visit! I’ve just loved getting to know you over the years since e’meeting you! This is an honor, and I’m thrilled to be with you!

Let’s begin. You have written many books during your time as an author, have you visited the places in your books?

My interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Romance Family Sage seriesFor the most part, my novels are set in Texas, even to placing my original heroine of the Texas Romance Family Saga, Susannah “Sue” Baylor right on the 900 acre McAdoo Ranch in Northeast Texas where Ron and I live—the land isn’t ours, it belongs to my brother-in-love and his wife. I grew up in Dallas and one of its suburbs, Irving, and Ron’s maternal grandparents lived in the hill country. I was born in Long Beach California and have visited to San Francisco. He’s been to Alaska, but we’ve never been overseas.

Sounds like your life has been busy enough!

Tell us, have you ever been on a literary pilgrimage of a favourite book that you have read if so where you have gone?

Never. I’ve had children in my care since the age of nineteen. I spread my own four out over fourteen years so that before my youngest left the nest, we’d taken on four grandsons and reared the last fourteen years, so . . . not much opportunity for literary pilgrimages! The only place I want to go in the world is Jerusalem.

Yes, I agree, Jerusalem would be an awesome place to visit.

My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores seriesYour books are written with emotion, can you tell me what was the first book that made you cry?

Oh, I cried in book one, VOW UNBROKEN, and most every one of the historicals since. It wasn’t until book eight though that my emotions were such that I could barely read the chapters at our bi-monthly read and critique group for weeping.

Oh, those characters do tug your heartstrings, Caryl.

I like this question, if you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?

Start earlier, self-publish, and write more! I wrote for twenty years for traditional houses and VOW UNBROKEN—that Simon & Schuster’s Howard Books published (their Christian imprint)—was my tenth book to be published. It debuted in March 2014, and three years later, as a hybrid author (published traditionally and independently) here I am, having just launched CHIEF OF SINNERS, book ten in the family saga series, overall my thirtieth title published. So in twenty years, ten books released, and in the last three years, twenty more! Woo Hoo! See what God can do!

He certainly is amazing Caryl.

Now I am interested in this question as I love research. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Oh, I just jump in and then research as I go. 22nd Century writers have it so good. I’ll be writing along in Word, come to a point where I want to write about something I don’t know about, so I click right over to Google and find out whatever tiny piece of information I need. Like how much postage cost in 1867 from Texas to California, or how long it would take to get from one place to another, or what book launched in 1885 then am able to talk just like a historian, plugging in interesting little tidbits. I have a whole document where I keep slang of the 19th century! But I do it as I go.

That is what I am like, but sometimes I get carried away!

My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores seriesI find names difficult sometimes so how did you decide on your Characters names?

Naming the characters is one of my favorite things. It’s like I had that many babies, only these don’t get me up in the middle of the night! I had a herd of eighty dwarf Nigerian goats and knew all their names. Some characters are named after people I know and some after my animals.

That makes me laugh – I wonder if anyone can tell which have been named after your animals!

My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores seriesOkay, next question, your latest book, what did you edit out of Chief of Sinners?

Plenty! We wrote it twenty-five years ago, back when we were in our forties—‘we’ being Ron and me. Back then, it was written to a more secular audience to get them to read a story in which the Lord worked miracles and sinners got saved. It still had the same theme back then, that obedience to God can overcome ruinous choices, and with the repentance of wicked ways, His faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail. But it had more secular elements that its new ‘cut’ version—mostly too much steam for my tastes as a sixty-seven-year-old Christian and Grami.

The scene is there, but we close the door earlier, allowing the couple much more privacy. And there was some moderate cursing, too—all taken out. We even took out words like heck, dang and shoot as expletives. Out of our story and our own vocabularies; didn’t allow our children or grandsugars to use them either.

I think that is what cuts it with your books Caryl. They are very visual and gritty but clean in a way that makes the scene real with action but without the actual action written down.

My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores seriesCan you tell us what was the hardest scene to write in your latest book?

That would definitely be a spoiler, but I can say when one of these people I love died and leave it there. It hurts my gut. I cry and can hardly see to type for the tears blurring my sight.

Having read your book I can see why it was hard to write it.

Last question, what was your favourite childhood book?

BLACK GOLD by Marguerite Henry about a horse. I also loved MISTY OF THE CHINCOTEAGUE by the same author. NATIONAL VELVET, MY FRIEND FLICKA.  All the horse stories! As I grew older, I think the DIARY OF ANN FRANK was a favorite and touched me very deeply.

Yes, the diary of Ann Frank was one of my favourites too, we had to read it for history in school.

My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores series


I have really enjoyed our time together Caryl. Thank you for visiting today and sharing with me and my readers some of your pearls of wisdom. It has been enjoyable learning more about you and your writing. I hope your book(s) bring many blessings to those that read them.

Thank you so much for having me again, Margaret. This was fun! I send love and hugs and blessings right across the ocean to you!

Thank you, Caryl.

There you go, friends, 10 books and 10 best reasons to begin this marvellous series if you have not already done so. Check out the series below and to read more about Caryl’s latest book, her bio and where to find and connect with her.

Chief of Sinners is a great read and you can find my book review of it here.

Here are my 10 best reasons for loving these books.

  1. They are written with real passion
  2. God the Father has an important role in all the books
  3. No sin is too big to be forgiven
  4. The characters are gritty and flawed
  5. The writing is beautiful
  6. The books are believable
  7. You grow to long for the next book
  8. The solutions to the dramas are not always easy
  9. The period, characters and language are of their day
  10. You grow to love the characters, warts and all

About the Chief of Sinners

Genre : historical Christian romance  My Interview with Caryl McAdoo author of the Texas Family Romance Stores series

ISBN-13: 978-154-8578-329  /  AISN: B074JGVY3L
ISBN 10: 154-8578-320


Series : book ten of the TEXAS ROMANCE Family Saga

Jacket Copy : Obedience can overcome ruinous choices, and with the repentance of wicked ways, God’s faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail.

Set in the afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival, this epic addition to the Texas Romance family saga sweeps through three decades of triumphs and tragedies—from the Texas Hill Country to the beaches of Normandy and beyond.

The faithful flock to his father’s revival tent where Buddy Nightingale leads praise and worship, but like King David, the young psalmist battles a generational curse, lust. On his first night back in Marble Falls, Texas—the place he heard the angels sing fifteen years prior—he beholds Sandra Harris, a beauty attending strictly for the entertainment of the Spirit-filled meeting. Love strikes both, but her Church of Christ father wants no part of any holy roller—not for his daughter.

Sometimes choices we make take us places we never intend to go, but God . . .

Excerpt : Lightning lit the dark sky, revealing a pale slender thread dipping out of an ugly boiling mass of blackness.

“Papa! Did you see that? What was it?”

“Where? What?” The truck slowed.

“Over there. Watch. It’s real white. Like God’s finger coming down out of the storm.”

He pulled the truck up on the side of the gravel road and watched the sky intently. Electricity rolled again through the black clouds.

“There.” Sandy pointed.

The truck leapt forward, and he gunned it when he shifted into second. “It’s a twister. Watch it, Sandra. Tell me which way it’s going.”

Almost constant flashes confirmed the finger had grown thick and black. “It looks like it’s coming straight at us, Papa.”

He glanced over his shoulder. “Oh my God.” He skidded to a halt, grabbed Sandy’s arm, and pulled her out of the truck. A deep rumbling like a herd of trains running side by side drowned out every other sound. The roar deepened as though the trains raced to Hades with the devil as engineer.

Reviews : 

I believe this one is my favorite, the most gripping and emotional. A few times I wanted to grab a couple of tissues. I just could not stop reading. So many twists and turns involved. Such a wonderful story that show the power of forgiveness, letting go, moving on and having second chances. The book is full of faith and inspiration. Christian Fiction cannot get better than this. Chief of Sinners is most definitely a must read. 100 stars! – Amy Campbell, reader

Caryl and Ron McAdoo’s storytelling never ceases to amaze! At over 400 pages Chief of Sinners is a tome! Dealing with tough topics, I’d not categorize this book as a classic romance, nor is it chic lit, but it rings true to life! Very believable characters, their struggles described in vivid terms, totally grab the imagination. No sanitized, saintly Christian read dealing with issues like mental illness and infidelity, but so good it took me hostage. Couldn’t put it down. If you’re looking for a sweet romance to cuddle up with, this isn’t the book for you. But if you loved the gritty, “Gone with the Wind,” you’ll love “Chief of Sinners!”

– Cass Wessel, mulit-published devotional author, and

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Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

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The Texas Romance Family Sagas

Book #1 VOW UNBROKEN, 1832

Book #2 HEARTS STOLEN, 1839-1844

Book #3 HOPE REBORN, 1850-1851

Book #4 SINS OF THE MOTHERS, 1851-1852

Book #5 DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, 1853-1854

Book #6 JUST KIN, 1861-1865

Book #7 AT LIBERTY TO LOVE 1865-1866

Book # 8 COVERING LOVE 1885-1886

Book #9 MIGHTY TO SAVE 1850-60s &1918-1925

Book #10 CHIEF OF SINNERS 1926-1950