Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

None of you did enough. Some of you didn’t even try. - The Kilwade Tragedy by Terry Keys

"Terry’s grasp of the suspense/thriller/mystery genre grows with each new novel he writes. His prose is pungent, immersing, and as straight-ahead propelled as his subject matter demands. In his magnetizing Prologue we are given a hint of the terror ahead [...]" - Grady Harp, Goodreads


Published: August 6th, 2019

Terry Keys, USA Today bestselling author of Lie No More and The Missing pens his most captivating book to date. This is the heart-breaking story about a small-town boy who’d taken everything from everyone until he could take no more. 

Seventeen-year-old Blaze Planter is a Jr. at Kilwade, High School. 
His parents have recently divorced. 
His grades are slipping. 
His anger is growing with each day. 
Relationships with his closest friends are failing. 
Secrets about his life are being uncovered. 
No one understands what he is going through. 
And everyone who has betrayed him needs to be taught a lesson. 
So now he stands with the one friend that has never betrayed him. 
The one friend that does what he asks every time he squeezes the trigger. 
The only friend that he can depend on. 
Tragedies don’t just happen. The signs are simply overlooked every day until it’s too late. 

After the read be sure to review the author’s note where resources for additional help are listed. There are also discussion questions to generate conversation & get adults and student’s talking. 


“Honestly man, I can’t see two hours ahead right now, bro. This really hurts.”
“You listen to me. You’re going to be the best man in my wedding you hear me? And I’m going to be the best man in yours. And next year were going to Hawaii just like we talked about. The next year we’ll do our U.S road trip – none of this stupid high school shit changes any of that. You hear me?”
Blaze held his head down. He shook as he cried. Mark put his arms around him and fought back tears himself.
“You promise me that you’re not leaving me with these jerks, Blaze. I been watching Dr. Phil I know how this works.”
He smiled a little at the Dr. Phil joke but still said nothing. He just cried harder.
“I said, promise me.”
Blaze nodded in agreement.
“One hour at a time, one day at a time. All this is temporary. The only thing permanent is me and you, bro,” Mark said.
His heart was beating even faster now. “There’s one more thing - I need to tell someone.” 

About the author:
Terry Keys is an award-winning novelist, songwriter, and poet. He writes for Examiner.com and works as a project manager in the oil and gas industry. A native of Rosharon, Texas, Keys spends his free time hunting, fishing, and working out. He lives in Dickinson, Texas, with his wife and two children. Please visit his website.

2017 NIEA award winner for Chained Guilt. 

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