The EMILY STONE SERIES wasn’t something that I initially planned in the beginning – at least not consciously anyway. In fact, I was planning on some spinoff stories with some of the other characters. I guess it’s safe to say that I wasn’t prepared for the continuing adventures, not only for Emily Stone, but for myself as well. It evolved quickly and I’ve never regretted my choice. I can’t express how thankful and appreciative I am that so many readers have enjoyed the series. Writing for Emily Stone has been just as much fun for me as it is thrilling for her. The story will continue for many more books…
COMPULSION is what drives EMILY STONE and TWO SERIAL KILLERS.
COMPULSION is different from the other books in the series. It’s a different kind of animal in the world of novels. I made the decision to write it in the present tense. I know that this annoys some (even to the point of extreme loathing), while others completely enjoy it, and some just don’t care about the tense because they want a good story and escape. Two reasons I decided to do this – to put the reader right there at the exact moment with the characters and to keep the storyline in the vein of a movie with a fast pace. If this isn’t your cup of tea, the following books in the series are written in the third person narrative.
I’ve read a few books in the present tense recently and although it may seem strange at first, I ultimately enjoyed the experience. It’s easy to read the first several chapters of any book on Amazon to see if it is a book style that fits your reading enjoyment. With most books, I try to read a variety of genres and writing styles. I strongly feel that there is no wrong way to write a book as far as tenses are concerned.
Have you ever read a novel in the present tense? What’s your feeling on different tenses or point of views in novels?
When Serial Killers Terrorize a California Beach Community, One Woman Stands in Their Way
Emily Stone doesn’t have a badge. But that hasn’t stopped her from tracking down some of the West’s most dangerous child-killers. Armed with a digital SLR camera, laptop computer and her trusty Beretta, Stone uses her innate gift for detective work to identify the perps — and then anonymously e-mail the evidence to the cops.
Now, the hunt for two brazen serial killers on the loose right in her own coastal California town threatens to expose Stone’s identity — unraveling her carefully constructed cover and jeopardizing her life’s work. But when she gets too close to the action, this razor-sharp hunter becomes the hunted. Cooperating with the handsome local police detective could be the only hope for stopping the rampage directed at unsuspecting young women — and saving herself. Can they piece together the clues in time?
Compulsion mixes CSI-style investigation with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot and a dose of romance for a keeps-you-guessing, fast-paced and savvy thriller, right up until the shocking finale.
PRAISE for COMPULSION from AVID READERS:
“This novel is so compelling and factual regarding police procedures that you feel face to face with good vs evil. It is reassuring to know that Thanks to our devoted men and women in blue, good eventually wins. I highly recommend this book.”
“I am fussy with the book’s I read and can easily get bored or do not believe the plot. First time I have read this author & enjoyed it.”
“Intelligent well written a good read it sets up many more good books to come in the series a good partnership is formed.”
“Excellent story. Kept me hooked from the beginning. I will definitely continue reading the entire series of Emily Stone. Great!”
“With just enough graphic details to round out crime scenes, and relatable characters you care about, COMPULSION will pull you through until the very satisfying conclusion. If you’re looking for a thriller that has both action and a splash of romance, I highly recommend this book. I know I’ll be reading more in the Emily Stone series.”
COMPULSION is available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, iTunes, Smashwords, and most online and book retailers.
Congratulations on the new book, Jennifer. If you send me this blog post as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a cover image, I would love to re-publish it on our site and get the word out to as many book buyers as we can.
Awesome, Jennifer! From the subconscious comes greatness. 🙂