Kris Allis

Awesome author of the new novel "A Moving Screen"


A False Start

A Murderous Preacher’s wife in “A Backcourt”



A murderous preacher’s wife is a spouse who is capable of murder and is wed to  a preacher. In my new novel “A Backcourt,” not only is Lacy Brogdon a preacher’s wife, but she is very adept at murder. She’s killed enough people she no longer hesitates when choosing to allow someone to live or die. She commits murder when she needs to and has a firm belief that a power greater than herself is at work to make straight her way. It would seem that Lacy is the protagonist, but in truth she is the best antagonist ever. “A Backcourt” has been submitted to the Kindle Scout Program for consideration for publishing. Please click on the link below to read the first two chapters and also to nominate me. If I am selected all nominees will receive a free copy of the e-book. Thank you in advance for choosing to nominate “A Backcourt.” It is the third novel in a series that began with “A False Start.” Follow this link:

A Backcourt follows A Moving Screen


Typewriter with Thriller button, vintage“A Backcourt,” follows “A Moving Screen” as the third novel in the series of suspense thrillers by Kris Allis. Once again Orella Bookings, Merlot Candy, Kathy Stockton, and Felton Dade will join forces  again to bring about justice.

“A Backcourt” has a wonderful cast of characters who all work together to bring about a series of events that culminate with a sense of finality whereby all questions are answered.

“A Backcourt” will be released as an e-book in December, 2017. The first two novels “A False Start” and “A Moving Screen” are on sale at

The Best Thriller Novels Have Character

What Are the Best Thriller Novels? The best thriller novels are those novels with a central character that can get himself or herself out of any situation. Including death. After reading about such a character, readers usually never forget them. Characters like D’artagnon, James Bond, and Oliver Twist. These people sprung from the imagination of their respective authors. And yet those of us who’ve read about them consider them old friends. We long to know what happened to them after the last page of the novel is turned.

James Patterson’s character Alex Cross is an example.  Alex is a psychologist and a former FBI agent who lives and works in Washington, D C. He is very intelligent and cool as a cucumber. He is a good father and chooses to live in a high risk neighborhood even though he can afford to live elsewhere. He volunteers at St. Anthony’s Parish as his way to get involved with the community. He has loved and lost several women due to various reasons. He appeared first in “Along Came a Spider.”



Lee Child’s character Jack Reacher is another example. Jack Reacher is a different sort of guy. He is a former military police officer of the United States Army. He travels around the country with no luggage. When he needs a change of clothes he buys them and discards the old ones. He finds himself in dangerous situations quite often, but he manages to come out of them on top. He appeared first in “ Killing Floor.”




Kris Allis’s character Anissa Brogdon is yet another example. Anissa endures three years of her life with an abusive husband who goes to the outer limits of hell to torment her. She manages to escape and still maintain her dignity and sanity. She also resolves to never go back to him and finds herself literally running for her life. She first appears in “A False Start.”


 ++++The best thriller novels have characters that are not easily forgotten and they are so likeable that readers want to read about their adventures again and again if possible. Hence the best thriller novel series.The

“Whiplash” and “Private Violence”: False Starts?

Whiplash shows that a teacher has the opportunity to exhibit private violence with a student on any given day. Now what do I mean by that outlandish statement? I saw the movie Whiplash yesterday and it occurred to me while watching that a teacher is in a unique position to influence the lives of their students. Of course this movie is about a music instructor who decides to create phenomenal musicians; by any means necessary. His methods include verbal abuse, physical abuse, and psychological abuse. And of course he believes that he is doing his best to create genius. So goes the thinking of any abuser. Physical abuse is a means to an end. The main character in this movie lashed out at his musicians in the band room. In a private setting and he was able to control all of them with fear. Amazing! And we wonder about women who remain in abusive relationships! They are afraid. They have been damaged. This movie is an excellent portrayal of how an abuser can not only convince himself that he is doing good, he can convince his victims that he is doing good. In the case of students and teachers; if the student ever speaks up it is his word against that of a renowned instructor. Who wants to fight that battle? Violence and abuse are two evils of our society that many victims suffer privately. At least say a prayer for them, if you pray. If not, find an organization that supports abuse victims and make a donation. If you want to. It’s your choice. Whiplash is an excellent film about private violence committed in plain sight. It is not a false start. It is a very good movie. Private Violence is an excellent HBO documentary. It is not a false start. Read the following links:

In my new novel “A False Start,” there is a teacher who is a victim of abuse. Read the first four chapters at

Violence Begets Privacy: A False Start?

A violent person can beat silence into a screaming victim. All it takes is enough pain, repeatedly applied, with the promise that if quiet comes the pain will stop. Many of us were given a whipping as a child and the whole time our mother or father switched our legs they said “Stop crying!!” And we did. We sucked it up and stopped the crying. And the whipping stopped! Like magic. That was called discipline. And it was supposed to make us better. Domestic violence does not make anything or anyone better. Well maybe the abuser, who becomes better at perpetrating acts of violence. The violent person also becomes better at achieving privacy about the violent actions. An abuser wants control. To get that control nothing is off limits. We’ve all heard some horrific story of violence. Hot grease, dragging on the street behind a car, doused with gasoline and set on fire, pistol-whipped, maimed or crippled, blinded, even killed: violent acts against women who trusted a man. And what do we do? We shake our heads sadly, hate that it happened, and go on with our day. The first time a man hits a woman he’s pledged his love to she usually can’t believe it happened. And then he says he’s sorry. She’s not going to tell anyone. If she did she knows that she’d hear: “Leave him! Now!” And she doesn’t want to hear that. Not now. Not while she still loves him. And believes him. Thus begins the private violence. Every time it happens after the first time she really believes it’s the last time. Why tell anyone if it’s the last time it will happen? And private violence sets up shop and lingers until something happens to bring it into the light. To end its private domain. Sometimes it’s death. But it doesn’t have to be. The documentary “Private Violence” is a very timely portrayal of domestic abuse. Not only do we see an abuser in action, we see the mindset of the victim. There are millions of domestic abuse victims in the world. And millions of people are pretending they don’t see it. Why? Could it be fear? A violent person invites fear. The violence is all about intimidation. And anger. At themselves. So not only is violence a private matter for the victim; it’s a private matter for the abuser as well. Because they have no idea that the person that they want to harm beyond measure is themselves. Read more information at:

Watch “Private Violence.” If viewing this type of violence stirs something up inside you: Go with it! Do something! Even if it’s only to find a shelter for domestic violence victims in your area and make a donation! “Private Violence” is a call to arms. The idea that violence begets privacy is not a false start. Unfortunately, it is true. Oh…so…true.

Death Hoaxes: A False Start

I just read this morning that someone posted an announcement on Facebook that Nancy Reagan had died. And that there have been similar reports of deaths of other celebrities. How Quaint! And other synonyms for quaint are outlandish, bizarre, absurd, preposterous, and ridiculous. Choose any one of those that you like. I prefer quaint. Quaint reminds me of a little old lady, sitting in a rocking chair, knitting a sweater, while she puts together a scenario to solve a murder. Death is definitely inevitable. We’re all going to die. There is no escape. No passes. No exemptions. No eliminations because of various and sundry family history. Fame will not keep you here in bodily form. So, why then, would someone find gratification in giving someone a death sentence that they have not earned? The person who had the brilliant idea to do it is going to die. Death is an unpleasant reality. Nancy Reagan has reached the ninety year mark in her lifetime. That’s great. And she gets to see how many people will react to her death. And she’s still alive! That’s a good thing. I believe that a death hoax, if looked at in a positive manner, gives the supposed corpse the opportunity to reevaluate life and to continue living. To the fullest. Maybe even make some changes. Many everyday people receive death hoaxes. In the form of inaccurate medical diagnoses, horrible accidents, and mass shooting incidents. When they live through these events they are usually happy. Death hoaxes are a trend. A fad. But death is real. I don’t think death hoaxes are false starts. They are reminders that life is to be lived. I’m certain Nancy Reagan is happy to be alive today.

By the way, there are no death hoaxes in my new novel, “A False Start.” There are real death threats!
Read the first four chapters at

Emotional Abuse: A False Start?

October, the month for talking about domestic abuse, is upon us. Many people forget that abuse comes in several forms. Emotional abuse is one of them. It is easy to overlook emotional abuse because it is very subtle. The abuser of emotions starts out slow and easy. Most women mistake it for moodiness, or ‘a bad day.’ A man who loves you should be willing to display that love, in fact he should be compelled to do so. The abusive personality is aware that withholding affection can lead to control. And control is the goal. Most women are affectionate and in turn crave affection. Not receiving it can damage the psyche. Read the following link:

Emotional abuse is painful, and has very harmful long-term effects. It is not a false start. It is real and once detected, steps must be taken to get rid yourself of its power.

There is an abuser in my new novel “A False Start.” Read the first four chapters at

One Drop: A False Start?

The African-American has the awesome distinction of being categorized by the number of drops of his or her blood; as in quadroon, or octaroon. Or at least that’s how the early census determined race. Today I saw the one woman performance called “One Drop Of Love,” produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. It reminded me again of the cruelty and ignorance of racism.
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About One Drop of Love

If this performance comes to your town, by all means go to see it! It’s very entertaining. We laughed, we empathized, and we stood up to cheer. Most people don’t want to talk about race or racism. Most people want to believe that it is a thing of the past; that it died with the Civil Rights Movement. It’s time to talk about it and stop denying its existence. At the end of the play we are left with the notion that one drop of love can do more to bring people together than deciding how many drops of African-American blood they possess ever did. One drop is not a false start. “One Drop of Love,” is a very enlightening and entertaining performance.

There is a racist in my new novel “A False Start.” She doesn’t do much damage in my story. Read the first four chapters at

A Bride at 96: A False Start?

Getting married at age 23 and promising that only death will put the marriage asunder is one thing, but what about at age 96? Read the following link:

I think they’re cute enough! And let’s be realistic: they may actually give each other the incentive to hang onto life a little longer. I don’t think they’ve made a false start. Congratulations to the both of them!

In my new novel “A False Start,” one woman’s marriage turns out to be a false start. Find out what she does about it. Read the first four chapters at

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