Suspense Today and Tomorrow; The Thrill Of It All

I decided to develop a small social media campaign on the core suspense books we’ve been publishing since 2011.  Here’s the write up employed starting today and the graphics.  We’d appreciate any feedback.

When you stop thinking about what others can do for you, about age 12, YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG or TOO OLD for THE THRILL OF SUSPENSE!

* Young adult [12 to 18 years old]

* New Adult [18 to 30 years old]

* Romantic Suspense [Mature audience]

SUSPENSE is a state or feeling of being excited or anxious . . . uncertainty about what may happen.  Some people would recognize a great suspense novel by the creation of tension, uncertainly, doubt, anticipation, expectation, excitement, anxiety, apprehension, strain or the current buzz word angst.

However you define it or feel it as great suspense I like the way Hitchcock handled it…“There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it”

I’ve been fortunate in that this collection of books have won several of The Best Indie Book of the year awards, Readers’ Favorite awards, Colorado Humanities, Hollywood Book Awards,  Amazon Breakthrough Novel qualifier and so on.  But what really makes writing these books worth it for me is 77% of reviews are 5 STARS and 97% are 4 or 5 STARS on Amazon. Readers Rock!

Find the blurbs and links and series overviews on my website at http://www.thethrillofsuspense.com and for the young adult series at http://www.cul8rseries.com

As foretold, here are the graphics and a quick reminder of where we can hook up in October thanks to the Mystery Writers of America and the Texas Book Festival.  Come check us out!

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The Rules of Romance Before The Thrill Of Suspense

Going back to my ROOTS w/ this 16 book CLASSIC ROMANCE NOVEL promo from my back list.  Since 2011, I’ve been focused on the Thrill Of Suspense…but like others in my author generation I started out following the Rules of Romance.

So here’s some of my sweet, formulaic romances  all promo priced at $0.99 starting Sunday night, August 24th.  So if you liked the early stories of Brown, Dailey, Evanovich, Roberts or me this is for you!

Head to my author site at http://www.thethrillofsuspense.com  [the QR code] and click on the CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE link  to go to Amazon to acquire any of these books.

Hope you enjoy some of my earliest  books.  They’re appearing on social media starting today:

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Meanwhile…back to writing two more books between Bob and I inside the suspense fence.

Book #3 in the DENVER AFTER DARK series, DEEP NIGHT.  The opening ripped me apart and book #5 in the CUL8R [see you later] Teen Time Travel series. , DJM [Don’t Judge Me].

Here’s the covers for these two as it stands now.

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Putting a Sharper Edge On Our Young Adult Series

After last night’s Writers’ League of Texas 3rd Thursday program titled Coming of Age: Writing for Teens and Tweens We came back with a clearer appreciation for the need to be sure the message for our Young Adult market is sharper than it has been.

As many of you know, our blog often times delves into the Writer’s journey of marketing, selling and promotion activity.  Having come from a career of 23 novels published by publishers, our last 9 novels are all self pub…the real DIY of books.

Special thanks goes to last night’s panel, especially to Jo Whittemore.  Jo is the author of the tween humor novels, FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF, ODD GIRL IN, D IS FOR DRAMA, and the upcoming COLONIAL MADNESS and CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS series.  She is deeply embedded in the world of Children’s and young adult publishing and her insight was provocative.

Long story short?  Each of the books in the YA Time Travel Mystery / Suspense series CUL8R, has it’s own hook as might be considered by a potential YA reader.  Today we sharpened that hook and through social media, communicated to the hundreds of thousands of connections we’ve accumulated.

Just thought we’d share the work product today.  Pay particular attention to each book’s log line.

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Double WINNER! Voted THE BEST INDIE BOOK of 2014 in Two Categories!

I was just notified late Friday night that two of my recent novels have been named WINNER of the 2014 Best Indie Book of the year!

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2014 Award for BEST INDIE BOOK of the year.

BION [Believe it or not] is book #3 in the Young Adult Time Travel series CUL8R [See you later].  The series itself is about four high school friends are able to do two things no one else on the planet can do . . . talk with dead people and time travel to the past.

BION is time travel ,   mystery,   life in the circus in 1927, new relationships, romance and even kidnapping … all in the middle of a year the four teens from Fort Myers Beach, Florida don’t know anything about.

The CUL8R series has won numerous awards in the past for the first three books.

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BION is available on Amazon at

http://www.amazon.com/Believe-CUL8R-Travel-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B00E5141ZK/

 

 

Due Dates is suspense focused on five twenty somethings and is the first of two books currently published in the Scandals series.  The series is set in Austin, Texas and each book focuses on a different person.  They tell the story about the father they never knew existed that left Killeen, Reno, Tulsa, Dallas and Liberty names they would never forget, a legacy they could never live up to, enough money to change their lives, a business that fascinated them and total freedom to pursue their dreams.

In Due Dates, Killeen had a series of life and death decisions that required her immediate attention in addition to all the usual distraction of adults living in a modern urban area.  This is the first award for the series but the reader evaluations have averaged 4.9 stars.

 

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Due Dates is available on Amazon at

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My Hollywood Years – The Lost Years

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During my break from writing romance and women’s  fiction novels years ago I struck out on my own to try my luck in Hollywood.  I spent several years writing and marketing screenplays without leaving the comfort of the Denver area.

In total I had written 21 screenplays.  Some with my best friend Margie, some with Bob and some with the help and support of the producers of the project.  I miss Margie and well, Bob and I are doing great.  To date one script has been produced and four were contracted for talent such as Shirley Maclaine and Drew Barrymore by producers.  One minor one made it to cable television.

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And my screenplays have won numerous awards at several film festivals including the Houston International Film Festival and the Charleston Film Festival.

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I picked three of the projects, all strong women roles.  Just thought I’d share them.

 

Corner Of The Sky

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During World War II women weren’t allowed to enlist in the military, but they were allowed to fly American built aircraft from the factories to the front lines.  This is the story of a first brave women who risked their lives to do what they loved…to fly.

Fictionalized story based on the real life of Jackie Cochran and her creation of a pre-WASP group of female volunteers who went where no woman had before…into the war zone.

Before the United States joined World War II, Jackie Cochran was part of “Wings for Britain”, an organization that ferried American built aircraft to Britain, becoming the first woman to fly a bomber, (a Lockheed Hudson) across the Atlantic. In Britain, she volunteered her services to the Royal Air Force.  She won five Harman Trophy as the outstanding woman pilot in the world. Sometimes called the “Speed Queen,” at the time of her death, no pilot, man or woman, held more speed, distance or altitude records in aviation history, than Jackie Cochran.

In September 1940, with the war raging throughout Europe, Jackie Cochran wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt to introduce the proposal of starting a women’s flying division in the Army Air Forces. She felt that qualified women pilots could do all of the domestic, noncombat aviation jobs necessary in order to release more male pilots for combat. This is the story of the women she recruited for this dangerous mission and how they managed, against all odds, to succeed.

 

Life’s What Happens

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What one moment changed your life forever?  How would four men’s lives have been different had they not been forced by the draft lottery into making drastic, life altering decisions?

The peace and tranquility of college life in 1969 was shattered for millions of young American men on a cold winter night when the United States Government held the first draft lottery since the Civil War.  The bounce of a ping pong ball determined their fate.  Some lucked out with high numbers, some teetered in limbo and some were immediately doomed for the rice patties of Nam.  That single moment set off a series of reactions by male college students and the women who loved them.  Some went into denial, some panicked, some failed, some succeeded.  But all of their lives were changed forever by the decisions they made because of something over which they had no control…the date they had been born.

Twenty-five years later, they come together again, facing the demons of the past and dealing with decisions that had been forced upon them.

Life’s What Happens is set against the tumultuous backdrop of the anti-war movement at Kent State and follows the lives of four fraternity brothers and their girlfriends.  Inspired by the events of the time and the complexities of their second coming of age, the conflicts, fears and love of these friends is explored and unresolved feelings are confronted as they all must accept the past and get on with the future.

 

Matchless

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During the late 1800’s many men made their fortunes in silver mining in the western United States, but no one prospered more than Horace Tabor.  A hard working, self-educated man, he amassed, at an unparalleled rate and through a series of improbable investments and good luck, a multi-million dollar empire.  Horace’s political power and his economic influence was so vast that he brought the United States to the brink of bankruptcy in order to save his fortune…a situation that was averted only by a last-minute act of Congress.  However, his ability to accumulate wealth and wield power is only background to the real story.  The most compelling part of his life was his renowned love affair with a feisty and spectacular younger woman, Elizabeth Doe, known affectionately by the local miners as Baby Doe.

Their Washington DC wedding was more lavish than any held before or since, complete with solid silver wedding invitations and attended by heads of state and powerful politicians including the President.  Horace and Baby lived in the most palatial residence in Colorado and spent money that, measured by today’s standard, would be well in excess of a million dollars a week.  They built and owned the social and cultural center of Denver, the Tabor Opera House, and they received and visited the crowned heads of Europe.

But with all this power, money and influence, Horace and Baby were virtually isolated from society by their colorful pasts.  Their scandalous divorces and flamboyant lifestyle only fueled public resentment.  (Baby’s husband had beat, then deserted her, yet she carried the shame of her divorce to her grave.  Horace, wildly in love with Baby, divorced his first wife in a series of desperate political and legal moves that shadowed him until the end.)

What had begun as an opportunistic love affair turned into a deep, lasting passion.  Even with the loss of all their money and power, Horace and Baby’s faith in one another never faltered.  His dying words encouraged Baby hold on to their one last possession, their most prolific silver mine, the Matchless.  Baby never questioned Horace’s judgment and, while still a young, very beautiful and desirable woman, she moved to a shack near the mine.  Although once incredibly valuable (it produced more than $11 million dollars in silver), the mine was over-worked and never produced again.  But Baby spent the last 35 years of her life mourning Horace’s death and trying to prove him right.  She died, in abject poverty, frozen to the floor of the shack, clutching her scrapbooks filled with memories of the one love of her life.

This is the true story about the power, wealth and love of two people and their struggle for acceptance in an unforgiving world.  It is the story of perseverance in the face of rejection and an unyielding faith in one another.  It is a story known to millions around the world, but remains, until now, the greatest love story that’s never been told.

 

The Thrill Of Suspense and the Humor Of It All

Bob and I just finished and released the second book in the New Adult Scandals suspense series.  When Bob completes his first draft of our plot and character study, his anxiety is over.  As he would say, his book “is now in the hands of the professional, the real author, to do her thing and make it read like a book.”  Killer Date ramped up the suspense from book #1, Due Dates.  While Due Dates had to spend a lot of time on introducing the characters and the situation, Killer Date was able to jump immediately into the case…and the romance.  Once Reno, Jenny and Nick were hot on the trail, it became a race against time with a life-or-death finish.

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As I neared the end of the rewrite, blow-out work and polish that I do to each book, Bob always asks, “How do you like the book?”  And I always say essentially the same thing.  “I can’t tell.  I’m too close to it.”

This kind of got Bob wondering if that ever happened to Alfred Hitchcock, the amazing filmmaker, director and writer who will forever be known as The Master of Suspense.  Much like an amateur golfer will dive into golf lessons and suddenly discover their 20 handicap can’t be improved without first tearing apart every aspect of their existing game, Bob explored how Hitchcock managed to improve the genre with each film.

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The first thing Bob’s research discovered was this quote that clearly justifies how I feel when I finish a book.  Hitchcock admitted to an interviewer, “It’s only after a picture is done that one can judge it properly.”

Sort of sounds like “I can’t tell.  I’m too close to it.”  Right?  Maybe I’m on the right track.  But while my books pulse with suspense, they always have a touch of humor.  What would Hitchcock say about that?

He was credited to having said “In the mystery and suspense genre, a tongue-in-cheek approach is indispensable.”

Many have said that his films were the equivalent of a roller coaster ride in which the passengers scream wildly on the way down but laugh when the ride rolls to a stop.  He also said, “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible” and that “there is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”  I love roller coasters, and I love Hitchcock.  Now I understand why I my characters always have a sense of humor, even when they’re knee-deep in blood.

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So blog fans, let’s look at the five most commonly found elements of humor buried in the foundation of Hitchcock’s stories.  He found a way to make his suspense unbearably fun for his audiences in five ways.

I appreciate the work of Bays J. M., 2007, Humor: Hitchcock’s Secret Weapon, Borgus Productions,  <http://borgus.com/hitch/hitch-humor.htm&gt in providing this information. 

Exploit trivial character traits

“I’ve always found that, in a moment of crisis a person invariably does something trivial,” said Hitchcock, “like making a cup of tea or lighting up a cigarette. A small detail of this sort adds considerably to the dramatic tension of the situation (Gottlieb, 1997).”

 

Create situations of irony

In the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode “One More Mile to Go” (1957, directed by Hitchcock) a policeman has stopped a man because of a burned out tail light on his car, completely unaware there is a dead body in the trunk.  The more obsessed this policeman gets with fixing the light, the more uneasy the murderer gets.  Hitchcock pushes this situation to the level of unbearable absurdity as the policeman continues worrying about the light, and gets closer and closer to noticing the body.

 

Surround drama with a happy setting

“The more happy-go-lucky the setting, the greater kick you get from the sudden introduction of drama,” said Hitchcock. (Gottlieb, 1997)

One of the best examples of Hitchcock’s use of whimsical environment is in The Trouble With Harry (1955).  All is normal in this small town with grassy meadows, sunshine, and orange autumn leaves, until a dead body shows up.  Harry Warp becomes everyone’s problem – what can be done about Harry?

“It’s the juxtaposition of the norm, of the accurate average, against the fantasy… that’s what makes the thing interesting.”

 

 

Include a burlesque character

One of Hitchcock’s characters must never take murder seriously, mocking it in full delight.  The most memorable is probably Henry Travers and Hume Cronyn in Shadow of a Doubt (1943) getting laughs around the family dinner table figuring out various ways to murder without getting caught.  The shocking sense of humor often disturbs and confuses a gullible person nearby, unsure of whether they are serious.  In Stangers on a Train (1951) Robert Walker teaches a woman at a party how to strangle someone, and she gets quite a laugh out of it.  In Rope (1948) Constance Collier laughs hysterically at Rupert’s (James Stewart) idea of murdering people for sport.  In Rear Window (1954) Thelma Ritter is having a great thrill out of the possibility of a murder across the courtyard.

 

Balance laugh and tension

Hitchcock used a delicate combination of tension and relief in his suspense sequences.  Often a laugh was inserted at a key point to release some tension.  “…when you have comic relief, it’s important that the hero as well as the audience be relieved,” said Hitchcock. (Gottlieb) This assures that the audience maintains sympathy for the character.

North By Northwest (1959) is one of the best examples of the use of humor involving a chase.  Early in the film Cary Grant is intoxicated and becomes comical as he nearly drives off a cliff.  He looks down over the edge and laughs drunkenly as he pulls away.  Later when he is held by captors at a public auction he becomes a heckler in order to get picked up by the police.

From the suspense master who really knew people well and who said “The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture,” there are three interesting questions that will not be answered here.

  1. Obviously we find suspense to be very appealing.  What is so appealing about uncertainty?  In our everyday life uncertainty is anything but an inherently pleasant experience.
  2. If suspense is uncertainty, then why is it possible to enjoy seeing a movie or reading a book more than once?  Have you ever read a book two or more times or sat down and watched the same film more than once?  You already saw the movie, you know what is going to happen, but were you still sitting on the edge of your seat. How can this be?
  3. Why is it that we can care so much about the fate of a movie or book hero that we know perfectly well does not exist?

I can’t give you the answers, but it should be in your book.  I try very hard for it to be in all of mine.

 

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The Thrill Of Suspense Across The Ages Blog

In the past I wrote about the re-branding of my reader facing social media and other advertising and marketing materials.  In the last ten days everything moved from being about me, Kathy Clark, sometimes Bob Kat, the young adult author to what I, and my husband on two of the three series, write about, suspense.

So we branded the author slogan, The Thrill Of Suspense and a secondary longer slogan by adding the phrase Across The Ages.

This blog has now been re titled The Thrill Of Suspense Across The Ages. 

Here are some of the graphics you will see on line…but behind it is me and what we write about.

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Oh yeah…being from Texas originally the liberal use of stars in all the graphics?  Yeah…it’s in the DNA.  Being a big state you also learn that a lone star would just not do.

You’ll also find the brand on Pinterest and the following QR codes are for point and loading your smart phone for getting on our main author site

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or this blog site.

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