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 […]

Nocturne In Ashes joins Fast-Paced Thrillers Giveaway!

by JoslynChase in Free Stuff, Opportunity, Thrill

Hello thriller fans! I’m pleased to announce that BookSweeps is including my novel, Nocturne In Ashes, in their Fast-Paced Thrillers Giveaway. I invite you to enter to win a bundle of terrific, fast-paced thrillers, as well as a brand new eReader. Plus, you’ll get the chance to receive some free books from participating authors. I […]

The enduring legend of The Lost Dutchman

by JoslynChase in Learning, Thrill, Travel, Writing

It has all the elements that go into a fascinating mystery—lost treasure, unexplained death, and a cast of interesting characters. I’ve spent the last couple of days immersed in an exploration of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine—tucked somewhere amid the Superstition Mountains in southern Arizona—and lived to tell about it. Mine was a virtual exploration—research for […]

For Love of Mystery

by JoslynChase in Reading, Story Power, Suspense, Thrill, Writing

Do you remember how you felt reading And Then There Were None? Or Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca? Or The Firm, Presumed Innocent, or A is For Alibi? Or any number of other brilliant and satisfying mystery stories out there for our reading pleasure? The magnetic pull of a good mystery is so compelling that as […]

4 Unexpected Benefits from reading thrillers

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading, Suspense, Thrill

You may think you’re reading just for enjoyment, and reading a good thriller should be a satisfying entertainment experience. But you’re getting a whole lot more out of it than you might think. Reading thrillers can bring you multiple unexpected benefits! When you crack open a thriller, you have a fair idea of what you’re […]

My love affair with suspense

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Suspense, Thrill

Suspense and I, we go way back. I’ve been in love with suspense fiction for as long as I can remember. I learned to read at age four, but I recall afternoon naptimes before that when my mother would fall asleep with the storybook in her lap, freeing me to peruse the bookshelves at my […]

Hook, line, and story problem

by JoslynChase in Reading, Suspense, Thrill

Story Power gurus, from ancient times to modern days, proclaim the universal truth that nothing hooks and holds human attention like story. If you’ve ever damaged a tooth or had a sore spot or irregularity in your mouth, you can attest to the fact that your tongue will seek it out, poking and exploring. It’s […]

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s what makes a story live and breathe.

by JoslynChase in Reading, Suspense, Thrill

Fascinating and vivid description is lovely. Scintillating dialogue is a definite plus. Intimate peeks into characterization are wonderful to have in a story, but what keeps us turning the pages is that curiosity, the desire to answer the burning question… What happens next? Pretty much every kind of story benefits from the addition of surprise, […]

It’s October…and I’m in a horror bundle!

by JoslynChase in Reading, Thrill

You can find it pretty much wherever books are sold, including Amazon, Bundle Rabbit, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. Get into the spirit of spooky and gear up for Halloween with this huge bundle of horror. Mwahaha!!

In praise of the third rail

Many thanks to my readers! I’m so pleased that Nocturne In Ashes is finally out in print and digital form, and that so many of you have read and enjoyed it. During its premier week, it reached #11 in Amazon’s crime thriller category, shocking and surprising me in the best of ways. It’s thanks to […]