A Knife for Vigilante Detective Emily Stone

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I am always looking for ways to add to Emily Stone’s arsenal when she goes on her covert investigations hunting serial killers. I wanted to add a knife as back up to her Glock and Beretta, so I decided to ask the expert who would completely know what she should carry. Benjamin Sobieck is the go-to weapon’s guy for writers. I got my answer and MORE! I’m so excited! I’ve already outlined some scenes for the next Emily Stone Thriller using her new back up weapon.

Check out this guest post from Benjamin Sobieck for great insight and be sure to visit his site: CrimeFictionBook.com.

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GUEST POST

by Benjamin Sobieck

Jennifer Chase popped by my blog, CrimeFictionBook.com, the other day to request a recommendation for a knife for her Emily Stone character. I was more than happy to play the part of Q to Chase’s vigilante protagonist.

Step One: Profile the Character

The first step is to get a sense of Emily Stone. I’ve read Emily Stone books before, so I have an idea of her, but this super cool video Chase produced last year drives it home.

Stone is a professional who knows how to fight, although Chase mentioned to me her sidearm is sometimes knocked away by an antagonist. The knife would be used as a backup in a last-ditch situation.

Step Two: Identify the Requirements

Given what I know about Stone now, I’d say her knife requirements break down like this:

  • Fast deployment (meaning the knife can be drawn quickly)
  • Small and/or concealable
  • Sturdy construction
  • Ergonomic

Step Three: Select a Knife Type

Flashy knives with folding blades, such as switchblades and assisted openers, are tempting. After all, what opens faster than a switchblade?

Actually, that’s a trick question. A fixed blade knife (meaning the blade doesn’t move) will always open faster than any folding knife. The blade is always open. That leaves room within the design for a solid grip on the handle.

Fixed blades can also take a beating without fail, unlike folders that can become jammed after hard use. A character like Stone needs something she can count on in any situation.

The trick will be to find fixed blades that are concealable. Fortunately, there are plenty of options out there.

Step Four: Choose the Knives

Back in the days when I worked for a survival magazine, Living Ready, I learned about an old saying that rings true for this situation: One is none, two is one. If you know you need something important, bring an extra.

So I’m going to recommend not one but two knives for Stone. She’s a Class A ass-kicker, so a backup to her backup is in order.

Primary Knife: Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement Knife

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The Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement Knife is designed for exactly the type of last-ditch defense Stone needs. Despite its name, it’s available to both civilians and law enforcement.

The TDI is lightweight and small, yet rugged and ergonomic to an extreme. Once Stone wraps a hand around the TDI’s curved design and thoughtfully integrated jimping (grooves for a better grip), there’s no letting go. She can hold the knife in almost any position, too, which perfectly matches her martial arts training.

This knife is best worn in a sheath fixed to a belt around the waist. A shirt could keep it somewhat hidden, but that’s where the secondary knife comes in.

Secondary Knife: Brous Blades Silent Soldier V1

Brous Blades Silent Soldier V1

If the going gets really tough, Stone can reach for the backup to her backup knife, the Brous Blades Silent Soldier V1.

Once Stone slips her fingers into the V1, she’ll have to lose her hand before it’s forced away from her. It’s small and sports sturdy construction, with aggressive jimping along the spine of the blade.

Those are admirable features, but the real kicker is where it’s worn. This is a neck knife, meaning it slips into a sheath that’s worn on a lanyard. Stone could wear it around the neck and under the shirt. If she needs it, deployment is as easy as reaching up her shirt from below and tugging out the knife.

The bad guys won’t know what hit ’em.

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Benjamin Sobieck is the author of The Writer’s Guide to Weapons: A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction (Writer’s Digest Books) and several works of crime fiction. Check out his website at CrimeFictionBook.com.

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What Inspires My Writing

SunsetI love writing action thrillers, but I find it necessary to take breaks to clear my mind and just relax. This is especially true when my mind is full of serial killers and crime scenes! Everyone should find something that will lessen the load of stress and recharge your battery.

One of my favorite hobbies is photography. CaliforniaValleyI have always loved the outdoors, nature, and the beach. I am fortunate to live near the beach and I seize the opportunity whenever possible to take a walk – I call it my photo walk of recreation. When I go for a walk, everything inspires me – the details of the outdoors, the colors, the sounds, and the vibrant wildlife.

I am an extremely driven person, which is good on some levels but it can let anxious energy to creep into the mind and body. GardenAbout six years ago, I had my first panic attack driving home from an errand. For those of you who have experienced anxiety and panic attacks, it is quite a scary and unsettling occurrence. I had to reevaluate my life and how I approach stress and work – including how I perceive situations around me.

I started to realize that when I looked through the lens of a camera, nothing else mattered at that exact moment. It was as if time stands still and what had been weighing on me disappeared.

I love beautiful and brilliant sunsets, MorroBaybut my favorite type of photograph is black and white. I find myself imagining most images through the lens in a black and white picture. Oftentimes, the photo is more dramatic as the various shades of grey Barnbring out the beauty or uniqueness of a subject. I pay extra attention to plants, vistas, old buildings, strange anomalies, and abandoned areas. DoorwayI find the most interesting subjects when I’m driving to do errands, because I try to take different routes whenever possible. I think about my settings in my books and there have been a few locations that made their way into my Emily Stone Series.

Writing inspiration is a form of relaxation, at least for me, and I have found three essential elements combined that makes for an ideal balance.

Balance is the initial key to alleviating stress. It lifts the heavy burdens of the stressful things that overrides everything else. Going for a casual walk and documenting what you see helps to keep that balance.Cala

Focus maintains a directive that only matters at one specific moment in time. It allows details, colors, and hidden things to become clearer in the outdoor world. By focusing on what is through the lens, it helps to connect that important focus instead of everything else that bombards our days.Waves

Creativity is crucial to free your mind and continue to provide the constant flow of ideas. I try to maintain my creative thoughts with everything I do and the result helps to keep a calmer stability.  After a photo walk, my mind is clearer and I’m ready to write that next chapter with more energy and enthusiasm.

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Jennifer Chase – DARK PURSUIT – 2015 Virtual Book Tour #EmilyStone #Thriller

 

2015 Virtual Book Tour – May 10 – June 5

May 10 – Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours – Kick Off

May 11 – Mythical Books – Excerpt

May 12 – Jody’s Book Reviews – Excerpt

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May 14 – Logikal Blog – Guest Post

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May 21 – A Novel Kind of Bliss – Review

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May 23 – Karen Banes – Interview

May 24 – Bound 2 Escape – Excerpt

May 25 – Queen of All She Reads – Guest Post

May 26 – The Pulp Den – Review

May 27 – Harps Romance Book Blog – Review

May 28 – My Reading Addiction – Interview

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May 31 – Chosen By You Book Club – Excerpt

June 1 – What U Talkin ‘Bout Willis – Review

June 2 – Books are Love – Review

June 3 – A Life Through Books – Review

June 4 – RABT Reviews – Wrap Up

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Crime Thriller
Date Published: 3/13/15
From the International Award Winning EMILY STONE THRILLER SERIES: 

Vigilante detective Emily Stone has covertly hunted down killers and closed more serial cases than most seasoned homicide cops combined. Her exceptional profiling skills and forensic techniques, along with deductive crime scene investigations, have made her a compelling force that cannot be beat. She has reached her ultimate breaking point and now must face her toughest opponent yet – her biggest fears. With preciseness, the Tick-Tock Killer has taken his next child victim and promised to dump the body precisely four days later, mocking police and the community. Stone struggles to balance her inner demons and ghosts from the past, against the wits of a brutal and cunning serial killer in an all-out battle of psychological warfare. Can Stone save the next child in time? Dark Pursuit is an action-packed cat and mouse game that will take you to dark places rarely explored.

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Meet vigilante detective Emily Stone

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Jennifer Chase is an award-winning author and consulting criminologist.  She has authored six crime fiction novels, including the award-winning Emily Stone thriller series along with a screenwriting workbook.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor degree in police forensics and a Master’s degree in criminology.  These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

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Examining Four Types of Serial Killers

investigationThe term serial killer is defined by the act either of two or more separate murders, acting alone or with another, during a period of time with breaks in between each murder, or what has been referred to as a cooling off period.  They are a unique breed of individuals that make special efforts to elude detection from law enforcement.

It is not exactly known how many are practicing at any given time across the US.  The FBI has given an estimate of 200 serial killers roaming in the US at one time, but according Joel Norris, author of Serial Killers, he suggests that there are three to four times more. Norris also explains some psychobiological theories that could contribute to the complexity of a serial killer.

In my Emily Stone Thriller Series, Emily Stone goes up against a ruthless, diabolical and somewhat eccentric serial killer in my thriller Dead Game.  This serial killer Samuel uses his unique signature as a voyeuristic serial killer to commit his crimes.  I created Samuel to be a power and control and perhaps a bit of hedonistic type of serial killer. The lines are often blurred with the serial killers in my novels to make the killer more sinister and frightening.

In Dark Mind, the serial killer known to readers as Keo has a much different approach that would be considered to be a mission or visionary type of killer.

In my latest novel Dark Pursuit, the killer is driven by a mission with some visionary added. You can check out any of the novels in the Emily Stone Series to find out how I incorporated the four types of serial killers.

These are the four basic types of serial killers:

Power & Control

This type of serial killer experiences complete sexual gratification from the domination and humiliation of the victim.  This killer is a true sociopath and lives by his own personal set of rules and guidelines.  Many of the famous serial killers we have seen in history and in the media would fall under his type of serial killer.

Visionary

This type of serial killer is compelled by voices or visions they experience and are considered psychotic.  These voices and visions compel them to kill certain kinds of people.

Mission

This type of serial killer feels a “need” or duty to kill certain types of people or “class” of people such as religious or racial groups or prostitutes.  This type of serial killer is not considered psychotic.

Hedonistic

This type of serial killer makes a strong connection between personal violence and sexual gratification.  This type of killer can also be described as a “lust” or “thrill” killer.  This killer receives pleasure from the act and has eroticized the experience.  They generally take the time to torture or mutilate their victims. This type of serial killer is often portrayed in fictional books and movies.

I feel that these descriptions are a fair assessment of the types of serial killers, with the exception of some variations and combinations in certain instances.  There is no clear-cut definition or recipe of a serial killer. However, it gives us a reasonable description that begins to help law enforcement investigators to piece together the motivations and clues of serial killings.

Here are some honest, thought-provoking observations about serial killers made by professionals from:

Behavioral Analysis Unit-2
National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime
Critical Incident Response Group
Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Predisposition to serial killing, much like other violent offenses, is biological, social, and psychological in nature, and it is not limited to any specific characteristic or trait.
  • The development of a serial killer involves a combination of these factors, which exist together in a rare confluence in certain individuals. They have the appropriate biological predisposition, molded by their psychological makeup, which is present at a critical time in their social development.
  • There are no specific combinations of traits or characteristics shown to differentiate serial killers from other violent offenders.
  • There is no generic template for a serial killer.
  • Serial killers are driven by their own unique motives or reasons.
  • Serial killers are not limited to any specific demographic group, such as their sex,
    age, race, or religion.
  • The majority of serial killers who are sexually motivated erotized violence during development. For them, violence and sexual gratification are inexplicably intertwined
    in their psyche.
  • More research is needed to identify specific pathways of development that produce serial killers.

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DARK PURSUIT Begins Book Tour! #EmilyStone #NewRelease

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From the International Award Winning EMILY STONE THRILLER SERIES:

Vigilante detective Emily Stone has covertly hunted down killers and closed more serial cases than most seasoned homicide cops combined. Her exceptional profiling skills and forensic techniques, along with deductive crime scene investigations, have made her a compelling force that cannot be beat.
She has reached her ultimate breaking point and now must face her toughest opponent yet – her biggest fears.

With preciseness, the Tick-Tock Killer has taken his next child victim and promised to dump the body precisely four days later, mocking police and the community. Stone struggles to balance her inner demons and ghosts from the past, against the wits of a brutal and cunning serial killer in an all-out battle of psychological warfare.

Can Stone save the next child in time? Dark Pursuit is an action-packed cat and mouse game that will take you to dark places rarely explored.

Buy on Amazon US | Amazon UK 

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 You can meet Emily Stone and tag along hunting serial killers in a live-action trailer:

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About the author:
Headshot_JChaseJennifer Chase is an award-winning author and consulting criminologist. She has authored five crime fiction novels, including the award-winning Emily Stone thriller series along with a screenwriting workbook.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor degree in police forensics and a Master’s degree in criminology. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JChaseNovelist

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Jennifer-Chase/208188122534165

Blog/Website: http://authorjenniferchase.com/


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Writing a Novel is Like Training a German Shepherd

012Five months ago, I rescued a year and half-old German shepherd named Odin and added him to my family. He is an amazing dog, high drive, sweet and intelligent, and he can be trained to do any type of service or search work. To be more specific he is a Czech German shepherd, which means that he is full of energy and demands a strict daily routine for play and advanced training.

Odin is my first shepherd. I have had Labradors and various retrievers in the past, so I am used to all types of training in obedience, agility, and scent work. However, nothing prepared me for Odin! odin+3I consider myself an experienced dog handler, but Odin put my skills and experience to the test. There is a basic standard to obedience training, but since no two dogs are exactly alike, he pushed my patience to the limit.

I learned a few things about myself and novel writing over the past few months. With every writing project (novel, short story, article, etc.), you need patience, perseverance, and the skills to obtain your goal. You cannot sit back and cruise when you begin a new project just because you have completed one before; every book is a new challenge with various obstacles. Keeping centered, open to new problems if they occur, and wanting to learn new things is the key to a successful project. Embrace everything!

Patience.

Patience is an area in life, as well in writing, that I find it difficult to achieve all of the time. With an undertaking of writing a novel, it takes patience. There is absolutely no way around it. It is not just the writing, but the editing, research, and promotion. It can take a toll and patience is the key. The best way I have found to keep in check is to have a game plan and use outlines.

Perseverance.

To move forward with the inevitable ups and downs also takes patience, but it is the drive that moves you forward and where you begin to see progress. That is the best part! Celebrate the small victories as well as the big ones and perseverance will carry through the project.

Skills.

If you do not have the skills, then nothing will move forward.outdoorwriting Everything in life is a learning process. If you think that you have learned everything you need to know about writing a novel, you had better take a good hard look at your skills. There is always something new to learn or a skill to hone for every book. It is how writers grow and continue to evolve into the best writer you can be.

This is my simple version of why there are similarities of writing a novel and training a German shepherd. I had to remember these things when I was training my new dog. It took working with Odin to instill these realities. Thanks Odin!

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Research and Writing Tip:

Do not take things for granted with your writing! Learn something new or rekindle some form of writing that has been on the back burner, such as journaling, poetry, short stories, taking a writing class, or writing in a completely different genre.

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It is Unanimous!

5star-shiny-hrIt is very exciting that my latest thriller DARK PURSUIT has been given 5-stars from  three reviewers at Readers’ Favorite. I wanted to share one of those reviews. Writing is definitely a journey with ups and downs, but the rewards outnumber the lows.  I appreciate all of the support of readership for my Emily Stone Series! Thank you!

***Reader appreciation! For ten days DARK PURSUIT is only 99cents!  Offer is good until Monday April 27th, and then it goes back to the regular price.*** 

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DarkPursuitReviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers’ Favorite (5-Stars)

Emily Stone, former police officer, is a vigilante detective who spends her time hunting down serial killers, particularly those that prey on children. Because of her exceptional profiling skills, she and her partner-lover Rick have closed more serial cases than many seasoned homicide detectives. Her prolific profiling skills and outstanding forensic techniques, along with deductive crime scene investigations, have set her up as major thorn in the side of many serial killers.

This story opens with a vehicle pursuit that immediately grabs the reader’s attention. At the end of the chase, Emily learns the true identity of the killer and almost loses her life in the process. The killer decides to let her live, at least for a while. In this book, Emily and Rick (a former detective), are hunting the Tick-Tock Killer, a serial killer who targets children. The killer is mocking the authorities by telling them where he will dump the next body. This creates a heightened sense of urgency for everyone concerned. Can Emily find and stop him before another child becomes a victim…

The fast-paced action and plot momentum keep the reader’s attention to the very end. Although this book is part of a series, there is an extensive back-story that fills the reader in on why and how Emily has chosen to pursue this career. The author has created a strong female protagonist that shows strengths and weaknesses. Her characterization is well developed and the plotting is superior as well. I recommend this book for anyone that enjoys great, well-written thrillers.

You can read all three reviews here at Readers’ Favorite.

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Take a sneak peek into the life of vigilante detective Emily Stone in a film short based on the award-winning series.  I would love to hear what you think of the kick-ass heroine!

 

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