Let’s Write A Thriller!

We can’t skip over Spooktober without thinking of writing a thriller! We must give the people what they want!

Now, there’s a million and one sub-genres and other avenues for writing a thriller, but we are just going to stick to the basics. Just like a good witches brew, there are main ingredients a thriller must have. 

Choose a fitting theme.

Death, good vs. evil, courage and heroism, war, individual vs. society. You know what I mean! All good stories have themes, so pick one and stick to it!

Open up with a bang!

You can go into the biographical stuff later on in the book. Make chapter one the time to introduce the crime and the action. Don’t sacrifice your writing style, but bring on the action!

Multiple points of view. 

Allowing the reader to go deeper into character minds builds more tension and can thicken a plot. We want to know who these characters are. 

Emotional change. 

The protagonist needs to show growth and even victory over time. We want to know their fears and desires and how they change from it. 

Reveal something new in each scene.

We want to learn something new, no matter how small it may seem. We are on a ticking clock after all…

Avoid passive voice.

Show, don’t tell! Use action verbs to make the reader feel it. 

Teach the reader something. 

When all is said and done leave the reader with knowledge. About an animal, social issue, medicines, anything! We want to remember your book!

I hope you learned something new today. Now, start writing your best thriller book! There are many more tips and tricks out there- use them to your advantage. 

And don’t forget to share your work with us and view our other posts for more writing tips. 

Happy Writing!

Inspiration For Your Spooky Novel

The witching hour is upon us! If you are in the midst of writing a spooky novel or think you want to write one, continue reading for some inspiration.

Looking at pictures is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. Browse the collection below and let your imagination take flight!

Abandoned Building

Cemetery

Old Hotel

Forest at Night

Thunderstorm

Marsh/Swamp

If you are up for it take some time to go to one of the places above to enhance your imagination. Bonus points if you have a haunted place near you. 

Another great way to get inspiration is from your favorite thriller/spooky books. Check out a few of our favorites below!

Zoe Bentley Mystery Series Book 3!

The chilling conclusion to The Zoe Bentley Mystery Series has finally arrived! Get your copy today in print, audio, or on kindle. There’s something for everybody! Amazon Charts bestselling author Mike Omer creates a way for readers to understand the mind of a killer. If thrillers are your go to read then put this one on your list!

About the Book

A murderer who drinks his victim’s blood? FBI profiler Zoe Bentley and Agent Tatum Gray thought they’d seen it all, but this young woman’s barbaric murder is especially hard to stomach.

They didn’t expect to work this case. But vampirism aside, the murderer’s MO is identical to that of Rod Glover – the serial killer who’s been pursuing Zoe since childhood. Forensics reveals the murder to be his work, but not his alone; desperate to fulfill his sick purpose, he has taken on an equally depraved partner.

Zoe’s own frustration grows after another woman turns up dead and drained – and another goes missing. Time is running out: Zoe knows her own death will be the climax of Glover’s sinister play, which has been unfolding for twenty years. To stop Glover and his vile partner, she’ll need to plunge deep into their motives; but this means drawing ever closer to becoming another casualty of a dark, dark thirst.

Happy Reading!

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Silent Threat EBOOK NOW $2.99

While the weather gets warmer dive into a chilling thriller! Silent Threat by Jeff Gunhus is available on NOOK and Kindle for $2.99! Now until June 30th.

It will keep you on the edge of your seat! 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/silent-threat-jeffrey-gunhus/1131080243?ean=9781496726223

Overview:

“Super-high stakes, super-high concept, and super-charged action. This propulsive spy thriller changes all the rules—it will have you holding your breath until you discover the final shocking truth. Jeff Gunhus is a terrific talent.”

—Hank Phillippi Ryan, national bestselling author of The Murder List

A father charged with treason. A daughter sent to kill him. A shocking conspiracy that changes all the rules of the spy game for a new generation . . .

With more than a dozen kills under her belt, ex-Marine Mara Roberts is one of the Agency’s most reliable assassins. But her latest target—a convicted traitor about to be released from prison—is different than her other marks. He’s a former agent who betrayed his country. He’s responsible for the death of Mara’s mother. And he happens to be Mara’s father . . .

Scott Roberts knows that his daughter was sent to kill him. He realizes he has only one chance to change her mind, to convince her that he’s been framed for treason—and that every member of their family are pawns to be sacrificed, one by one. Mara isn’t sure she can trust her father. He is a master of manipulation, as ruthless as he is resourceful. But when her nephew is abducted, she agrees to follow Scott’s lead and expose the global elites who are pulling the strings. But first, they must infiltrate the highest levels of power. Then, they must attempt the unthinkable: Kidnap the President of the United States . . .

“A brilliantly written thriller. Breakneck twists, political intrigue and bristling action scenes—Jeff Gunhus writes with a gripping and gritty authority.”

—Simon Gervais, author of Hunt Them Down

About the author:  

Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.

Happy Reading!

What to Read in 2020 Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Aries (March 21-April 19): Heart of Mist

As an Aries, you’re known for your optimism and confidence. You’re also very determined and never let anything get past you. Go on a journey with Bleak, where she is snatched from her home but all she wants is to cure her power. This read will make you feel a range of emotions, Aries. 

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Mafia Boss

Practical, patient Taurus, you’re arguably the most stubborn of the signs. Luc and Amelia are two stubborn people, but are they aren’t going to let that or their lives get in the way of possible love. 

Gemini (May 21-June 20):  The Work of Art

Sweet, gentle Gemini, you’re always down for an adventure and are adaptable in any situation. Take an adventure with The Work of Art as you are swept away to London in 1814. Phyllida Satterwaite is set to marry a man not of her choosing, she must learn to adapt to her own situation and find happiness her own way.   

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Rescuing Broken

You, Cancer, are rather emotional. Any chance you get to cry and let your tears run free is therapeutic to you. Can a second chance at love heal a broken and shattered heart. Read Rescuing Broken for yourself to find out. 

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Pour Judgement

Ah Leo, your warm-hearted nature tends to get you in some sticky situations. Korie Potter is headed to Camp Pour Judgement for a fun getaway, but what she was not expecting was leaving with a fake fiance who was anything but her type. 

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): No Vacancy

As a Virgo, your loyal attitude has been able to give you some pretty great friendships. Like you Virgo, Caterina Longo is dependable, but when her life goes off the rails will an unexpected vacation put her back on the right track? 

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): Silent Threat

Libras are all about finding justice in any situation. You’re known for your tenacious spirit and willingness to stand your ground, ex-Marine Mara Roberts is one of the Agency’s most reliable assassins until her father comes into the picture. But her father explains he is being set up, she must find out the truth for herself. 

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Dark King

You’re the bravest of the signs, Scorpio, which is your greatest strength and weakness. You’re willing to risk your life for the greater good, Aenor has been thrown in prison but she is still the fae princess. Travel with her on a brave journey to restore her magic.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A Killer’s Mind

You let your curiosity get the best of you at times, Sagittarius. You’re always down for a good mind-bending story- descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies with Zoe Bentley. With twists you won’t see coming!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Method

You, Capricorn, never make the same mistake twice. You learn from your past and are often unwilling to forgive and forget. You will relate to Mila, she married an A-list player knowing she would always come second to his craft. Until the death of her husband’s best friend erupts in scandal and she questions if she knows her husband at all. 

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Center of Gravity

Independent is the best word to describe you, Aquarius. You’re all about self-growth and fending for yourself. This story follows Lex as she moves to Los Angeles to follow her dreams of becoming a dancer. She will do whatever it takes to learn from the best. 

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Arrange Me

As a Pisces, you believe in love at first sight and live for anything even slightly romantic. You’ll fall head over heels for this unconventional way of finding love. But as long as you find it, right Pisces?

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Book Release- Silent Threat by Jeff Gunhus

Get ready! Silent Threat by Jeff Gunhus releases tomorrow. This thriller will keep you on your toes until the end! Pre-order a copy now so you won’t miss the action!

A father charged with treason. A daughter sent to kill him. A shocking conspiracy that changes all the rules of the spy game for a new generation . . .

With more than a dozen kills under her belt, ex-Marine Mara Roberts is one of the Agency’s most reliable assassins. But her latest target—a convicted traitor about to be released from prison—is different than her other marks. He’s a former agent who betrayed his country. He’s responsible for the death of Mara’s mother. And he happens to be Mara’s father . . . 

Scott Roberts knows that his daughter was sent to kill him. He realizes he has only one chance to change her mind, to convince her that he’s been framed for treason—and that every member of their family are pawns to be sacrificed, one by one. Mara isn’t sure she can trust her father. He is a master of manipulation, as ruthless as he is resourceful. But when her nephew is abducted, she agrees to follow Scott’s lead and expose the global elites who are pulling the strings. But first, they must infiltrate the highest levels of power. Then, they must attempt the unthinkable: Kidnap the President of the United States . . . 

“A brilliantly written thriller. Breakneck twists, political intrigue and bristling action scenes—Jeff Gunhus writes with a gripping and gritty authority.”

—Simon Gervais, author of Hunt Them Down 

About the Author

Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list. 

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.