Steeped in spies and spycraft

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading, Travel

Between research for my new thriller, an assignment from an editor to write a spy romance, and homework for a spy fiction class I’m taking, I am absolutely steeped in spies and spycraft. As you might imagine, it’s interesting study material. I just finished reading Madame Fourcade’s Secret War, a non-fiction book about The Alliance, […]

My Memorial Day walk through the Valley of Death

by JoslynChase in Learning, Travel

I live in a small village in Bavaria. It’s peaceful and beautiful here, and I love it. Not far from my house, however, are dark reminders of a turbulent and troubling past. Flossenbürg concentration camp is a twenty-minute drive away. Memorial Day 2021, my husband and I visited the camp but there was so much […]

Black Widows in Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem

by JoslynChase in New Release

The Dame. The Femme Fatal. The Gold Digger. That’s what you’ll find in the latest issue of MCM magazine—stories of Black Widows in Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem. I’m pleased to announce my story, “Beyond The Horizon,” is part of this issue and I share space with some of today’s best rising suspense writers. Like Christy […]

Maypole celebration alive and well in Bavaria

by JoslynChase in Learning, Travel

On April 30th, my husband and I decided to go out to dinner to celebrate my birthday. We arrived in Grafenwoehr a bit too early and none of the restaurants were open yet, so we strolled down to the town square for an ice cream appetizer. And that’s when we learned that the Maypole celebration […]

Nonverbal Communication: Actions speak louder than words

by JoslynChase in Learning, Writing

I invite you to consider something that maybe you haven’t thought about a lot, yet which has great impact in your life. It is this: People who are able to effectively perceive and interpret nonverbal communication—and manage the nonverbal signals they transmit to others—will achieve greater success in life and more enjoyment from personal connections […]

Mt. Rainier is primed for disaster…true story

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Storytelling, Suspense, Thrill

My first two thrillers—Nocturne In Ashes and Steadman’s Blind—were inspired by a real life concern. Especially for those of us who live in the great Pacific Northwest. Mt. Rainier is primed for disaster. The volcano will blow. No one knows when, but all indications point to the western flank as the weak point and it’s […]

Hypnosis and the modern reader

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading

I’m in the throes of researching my next novel and I’m learning some fascinating things about hypnosis. Did you know, for instance, that the process of entering a hypnotic state is very much like what happens when we get absorbed in reading a really good book? Let me share some of what I’ve discovered about […]

What I’ve been watching lately

by JoslynChase in Mystery

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that when it comes to streaming on Prime and Netflix, I lean heavily toward crime shows, mysteries, and thrillers. Readers are often curious to know which programs I enjoy watching, so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been watching lately. I might mention something you’d find […]

It was the best of endings, it was the worst of endings

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Mystery, Reading, Writing

Hail to my mystery-loving readers and friends! I come today with a fun challenge I hope you’ll enjoy. It’s all about the best and worst endings in the mystery books you’ve read. I am currently taking a class on how writers can ensure the endings they create for their mysteries fire on all cylinders and […]

Cryptic crosswords are the cream of the puzzle crop

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning

Anyone well-acquainted with me knows that I am never far from a puzzle book or app. I love solving puzzles and I truly believe it helps keep my brain young and agile. I adore all sorts of puzzles–Double Trouble, Rows Garden, Marching Bands, Cryptograms, Laddergrams, Flower Power, Logic Problems, and the list goes on. But […]