Readers help choose the new Double Eclipse cover

by JoslynChase, October 12, 2020 in Mystery, New Release

There comes a time when some books need a makeover—a new cover, new blurb, new search terms on Amazon. Last week, that time arrived for my mystery/thriller combo Double Eclipse. I produced two versions of the new cover and gave my readers the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Frankly, I was surprised. I really […]

When the villain plays the hero

by JoslynChase in Interview

Part of my job while putting together the suspense collection, And Then There Were Nine, was to interview the authors. When I asked Jason A. Adams what inspired his story, “Angel of Mercy,” he said he started by asking: “What if the villain thinks they’re the hero?” An intriguing question indeed. I enjoyed reading Jason’s […]

How body language works in a story

by JoslynChase in Reading, Storytelling

As a reader, you pick up on all sorts of tiny cues that add to, or detract from, the story. When a book pulls you in, grabbing your attention, compelling you to turn the pages, many elements are orchestrating to achieve that effect. When a book fails to capture your interest, some of those elements […]

With a name like Ichabod Ebenezer…

by JoslynChase in Interview

You know that’s some good storytelling. The name conjures up visions of headless horsemen and chain-rattling ghosts. My fellow suspense writer from the Pacific Northwest has some massive literary shoes to fill in living up to his name and he’s making a fine job of it. I included his story, “The Sixth Street Shelter,” in […]

My summer reading so far

by JoslynChase in Reading

Whenever I meet someone who likes to read, I always ask about their favorite books. It’s fun to enthuse with a fellow suspense lover, but it’s also interesting to learn about authors and genres I’m not familiar with. Book fans love talking about the books they’ve recently read as well as the ones that will […]

Hearing about The Sound of Murder

by JoslynChase in Interview

Earlier this year, Kydala Publishing, Inc. released an anthology I compiled called And Then There Were Nine. I had a marvelous time choosing stories and authors and putting the book together. I was particularly intrigued by the title and premise of Kari Kilgore’s story, “The Sound of Murder.” Can sound be used as a murder […]

Crazy for Codes

by JoslynChase in Learning, Mystery, Writing

I have always been crazy for codes, fascinated by cryptograms and ciphers. When I was in fourth grade, Dayna Ferrer and I devised codes for each other and passed encrypted notes in class. I don’t remember anything about the content of those notes, but I have fond memories of designing my own methods for encryption […]

A glimpse into the wacky world of Robert Jeschonek

by JoslynChase in Interview

For years, I’d heard intriguing things about Bob Jeschonek and his amazing stories. For example, I heard my mentor, Dean Wesley Smith, rave about a riveting story he wasn’t able to tear himself away from. A recommendation in itself, but made all the more irresistible when I learned the theme and title of the book: […]

Anyone else out there remember Encyclopedia Brown?

by JoslynChase in Reading, Teaching

Do you harbor fond memories of the boy detective who worked out of his garage? Do you remember his tagline? “25 cents per day, plus expenses – No case too small.” Do you recall how he wasn’t afraid to take on the sniveling bullies and stand up for the little guy? I came by my […]

Please welcome David H. Hendrickson!

by JoslynChase in Interview

Last March, a collection of suspense fiction I compiled, And Then There Were Nine, was released by Kydala Publishing, Inc. I’m thrilled to be able to offer the book to members of my readers’ group and to share it with suspense-lovers everywhere. I’ve been a fan of David H. Hendrickson since I first read his […]