suspense

  1. Murder on Black Mountain

    Murder on Black Mountain

    Emma returns to her mountain home to bury her big brother, the town's Chief of Police. When the facts don't add up for Emma she to looks into the case and finds her self up against the town's founding family. The town doesn't know Emma can see auras and knows when someone is lying, so watch out.
  2. Beth Daniels

    Genre Writing Historical Romantic Suspense with Beth Daniels

    Those of us who loved history class…maybe even, like me, snapped up a college degree in history, planned all vacations around museums, castles (ruins and not ruins), ancient sites (Stonehenge, vanished pre-European period native American cultures), ghost towns, tours of historic homes, or...
  3. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 14 Misleading the Reader

    Lesson 14 Misleading the Reader Have you read Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (sometimes also known as Indian Island)? If not, I’d like to tell you about it, but be warned. This is a spoiler alert. If you plan to read the classic, then you may want to skip reading the next three...
  4. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 13: Avoiding the Middle Sag

    Lesson 13 Avoiding the Middle Sag Have you ever read a promising book, one that immediately grabbed your attention and kept you eagerly turning those pages, but as you...
  5. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 12 Style: Letters and Length

    Lesson 12 Style: Letters and Length We’ve looked at how the words themselves add tension to our writing. Then we saw how sentences can do the same. So what’s left? Looking at the individual letters. Eh? How is that possible? Basically by relying on our subconscious, our minds focus on how the...
  6. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 11 Style: Sentences

    Lesson 11 Style: Sentences We’ve seen how choosing the correct word makes a world of difference when building suspense. Now imagine what an entire sentence can do. Just like you carefully selected the words you used, now you’ll do the same again, but this time you’re focusing on the sentences...
  7. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 10 Style: Diction

    Lesson 10 Style: Diction Sometimes the tension in the story is not always derived from techniques, but rather from the words themselves. Crisp writing does a lot to increase the reader’s pulse. Let’s work on this concept. First of all, how you say something—not what you say—makes a large...
  8. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 9 Using Characters to Build Suspense: Mistakes, Reader Knowledge, and the Hole

    Lesson 9 Using Characters to Build Suspense: Mistakes, Reader Knowledge, and the Hole Yesterday’s lesson showed us some methods authors use to add suspense to the novel. All involved some character actions. Today, we are going to expand on that list. One of those suspense building techniques...
  9. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 8 Using Characters to Build Suspense: Secrets and Throwing Suspicion

    Lesson 8 Using Characters to Build Suspense: Secrets and Throwing Suspicion One of the greatest opportunities to add suspense to your writing begins with the characters themselves. There are several things the characters can say or do that helps the author achieve that level of suspense in...
  10. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 7 Mood and Atmosphere: Setting

    Lesson 7 Mood and Atmosphere: Setting If I were to ask you to define the word setting, chances are you’d say, “It’s the time and place where the story takes place.” I would tell you that you’re absolutely right, but then I’d ask you to give me a different definition of the word. Would you be...
  11. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 4 Using Time to Add Suspense

    Lesson 4 Using Time to Add Suspense Time is often forgotten by a lot of authors, yet if used correctly, it can add that edge-of-your-seat suspense authors want to achieve in their writing. Consequently, a wise author will, whenever possible, add the element of time to increase the tension in...
  12. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 2 Establishing a Threat

    Lesson 2 Establishing a Threat Suspense is such an important technique that in order to correctly establish it, you, as the author, need to weave it into your story even before you set pen to paper or as in today’s case, fingers to computer keys. Ask yourself, what is the threat that the...
  13. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 1 An Introduction

    Lesson 1 An Introduction We’ve all done it. We pick up a book, read the first few pages, get bored, and toss it aside. Maybe it contained too much description or not enough. Or maybe it was too much inner dialog or maybe too little inner dialog. Or maybe the characters were not developed well...
  14. West of Famous - eBook small 9780997257557.jpg

    West of Famous - eBook small 9780997257557.jpg

    A YOUNG WOMAN PLAYS THE ROLE OF HER LIFE WHEN KIDNAPPERS MISTAKE HER FOR A CELEBRITY Those who know where she is don’t value her life. Those who do, don’t know she’s missing.
  15. West of Famous trailer

    West of Famous trailer

    Book trailer for West of Famous, book three in the Compass Crimes by Joni M. Fisher.
  16. North of the Killing Hand Book Trailer

    North of the Killing Hand Book Trailer

    When crime redirects her life, a young woman has to choose which path to follow, the way of revenge or the rule of law. Read the first chapter at www.jonimfi...
  17. F.T. Bradley

    Craft Riveting Suspense: Quick Fixes to Improve Each Chapter with Fleur Bradley

    Want to improve the pacing and tension in your writing? This workshop gives you all the tools to edit for suspense—one chapter at a time. Find out how to build suspense using conflict and character, and how to make small, easy changes with a big impact. Whether you’re writing a mystery or a...
  18. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 2: Crafting Mystery: Mystery Categories

    Lesson 2: Crafting Mystery: Mystery Categories Unless I am planning to write an entire book, I couldn’t possibly cover all of the mystery genres and their characteristics. Therefore, for this lesson, I will briefly describe and mention the most common categories. But first, we’ll begin by...
  19. LC Hayden

    Lecture Turning Pages: Lesson 1 An Introduction

    Lesson 1 An Introduction We’ve all done it. We pick up a book, read the first few pages, get bored, and toss it aside. Maybe it contained too much description or not enough. Or maybe it was too much inner dialog or maybe too little inner dialog. Whatever the reason, we set the book aside, never...
  20. When Bronson and Darkness Collides

    When Bronson and Darkness Collides

    The 3 Bronson thriller series in one package: Why Casey Had to Die, When Death Intervenes, & When the Past Haunts You. All three of these police procedural novels are guaranteed to keep you glued to your seat as its many twists and turns unfold.