I hope you are all having a wonderful fall! This is a special day for me, and I love celebrating it with you. I’m definitely eustressing today. Have you guys heard this term? I first learned about eustress way back when, in graduate school, but to simplify I’ll just use this definition from Wikipedia –which is right on the money:
“Eustress occurs when the gap between what one has and what one wants is slightly pushed, but not overwhelmed. The goal is not too far out of reach but is still slightly more than one can handle. This fosters challenge and motivation since the goal is in sight. The function of challenge is to motivate a person toward improvement and a goal.”
So Eustress, while uncomfortable, is really a positive thing. The source of my “good stress” today is the release of JUDGMENT, the first book in my Cassidy and Spenser Thrillers series, but more about that later.
First, I want to thank you all for helping to make CONFESSION a bestseller. I’ve loved being part of Harper Collins/Witness Impulse’s first year. And because of readers like you, CONFESSION spent six weeks in the top 100 Nook Books over at Barnes and Noble (reaching a best rank of #12 in the overall Nook store) as well as appearing on the Amazon bestseller lists in both Suspense and Romantic Suspense.
So I truly want to thank you, and I have a special gift for one lucky commenter. I wish I could give the gift to each one of you. But I’ll have to settle for one randomly drawn commenter.
And now for more on Judgment. I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be doing a new series featuring forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caity Cassidy and FBI profiler, Special Agent Atticus “Spense” Spenser for Witness Impulse.
The first book in the Cassidy & Spenser Thriller series, Judgment, releases today. Here’s the blurb:
If these two rivals can’t work together…
Dr. Caitlin Cassidy is on a mission to protect the innocent. Fifteen years ago, she witnessed her father’s execution for a crime she’s convinced he didn’t commit. Now she works as a forensic psychiatrist to make sure that other innocents don’t meet the same fate.
Special Agent Atticus Spenser is hell bent on locking the guilty away. A brilliant FBI profiler, Spense loves, a good puzzle…especially when the solution takes a psychopath off the streets. But his nemesis, the enigmatically vexing Caity Cassidy, is one puzzle he’s never been able to solve.
…One of them is going to die.
When a young coed falls prey to a sexually sadistic killer, Caity and Spense are called in by opposing sides. But before the case can go to trial, the accused man is murdered in a brutal attack and Caity is critically wounded. Now Caity and Spense must put aside their differences and work together to uncover the truth—because the Man in the Maze is coming back for round two.
Thanks again for celebrating with me!
What kind of eustress have you experienced? Remember eustress is a positive challenge that pushes your limits and expands your horizons. One randomly selected commenter will win a one hour massage at Massage Envy or a local day spa if Massage Envy is not available in your area. This contest is restricted to commenters in the continental United States. Good luck, everyone! And thanks again!
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If you are on the fence about purchasing the bundle, I’ve compiled some statistics to aid your decision making.
|Pages in Word||4,118|
|Characters (no spaces)||5,050,663|
|Characters (with spaces)||6,139,211|
|If this were offered in print, estimated number of pages:||3,226|
|Number of Tweets it would take to tweet the entire set:||43,852|
|Reader cost per book:||$0.124|
|Reader cost per chapter:||$0.006|
|Reader cost per word:||0.0000018|
|% of net royalties going to Pets for Vets:||100|
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Today is the release day for Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After! This bundle includes SIXTEEN complete novels–some never before published–by SEVENTEEN fabulous authors (one book was co-written), with all the proceeds going to Pets for Vets, an organization that matches shelter animals with military veterans.
16 books for only $1.99 with all net proceeds going to Pets for Vets!
They’re all hometown heroes, guys from small towns who’ve made a name for themselves, big or small, who’ve withstood the odds and risen to the challenge, who are heroes in their own right.
Once again, to learn more about the Hometown Heroes authors, I donned my James Lipton beard and put them in the Inside the Actors Studio hot seat.
What is your favorite word?
|Lucy: Hugs!||Allie: Any Allie’ism (words I blend together to create a new word). Currently, everything is fantabulous-o! This is as close as I get speaking Spamish (that means an attempt at Spanish but failing miserably—much like Spam is for meat)|
|Sabrina: Kerfuffle. It just sounds…tasty!||Rachel: Schadenfreude|
|Jami: Win||Adrianne: WINNER!!!|
|Destiny: Extraordinary||Kate: Pleasure|
What is your least favorite word?
|Lucy: Slurs||Allie: Can’t|
|Sabrina: The “C” word for lady parts||Rachel: Fart|
|Jami: Lose||Adrianne: Sexism|
|Destiny: Never||Kate: Greasy|
What turns you on?
|Lucy: Lovingkindness. I’ve been known to get very amorous when my husband cleans the kitchen.||Allie: Chillaxin on the couch with the hubs. I also have a thing for sexy shoulders.|
|Sabrina: Bacon. Yesssss. Simply bacon.||Rachel: Captain America|
|Jami: A hot athlete||Adrianne: Besides sexy men? True Friendship|
|Destiny: An intelligent man who knows how to work his swagger without coming across as arrogant||Kate: Dinner on the table and no housework to finish|
|Cathryn: My husband’s shaving cologne|
What turns you off?
|Lucy: Meanness||Allie: Being an arrogant asshat. If he’s a jack wagon, even his shoulders can’t save him.|
|Sabrina: Bullies. Can’t stand them||Rachel: Smoking|
|Jami: People texting and driving||Adrianne: Meanness|
|Destiny: A belligerent drunk who thinks he’s cute||Kate: Dirty laundry (or housework in general)|
|Cathryn: Feeling fat|
What sound or noise do you love?
|Lucy: Babies giggling||Allie: That swooshing sound my Mac makes when I send a manuscript off to the editor.|
|Sabrina: The oboe. Haunting. I also love the cello.||Rachel: My children’s laughter|
|Jami: Wind in the trees||Adrianne: My cats purring|
|Destiny: Ocean tides||Kate: Laughter|
|Cathryn: Zach Brown’s voice singing|
What sound or noise do you hate?
|Lucy: Fists hitting flesh. I hate abuse and have opened my house to more than one woman or teen at risk.||Allie: The sound of a low, ominous growl behind you when you’re out hunting right after you’ve spotted fresh cougar tracks (yes, that really happened)|
|Sabrina: The nasal whine of a mosquito hovering around me, plotting to suck my blood. I wish no harm to any creature on earth…except mosquitoes. They can all die a heinous miserable death.||Rachel: Traffic|
|Jami: Traffic||Adrianne: Tinnitus|
|Destiny: The sound of a circular saw in use||Kate: Any heavy equipment that squeals/whines|
|Cathryn: Whining… doesn’t matter who|
What is your favorite curse word?
|Lucy: Bollocks||Allie: Fartnarker. That’s totally a word and fits any situation. It’s not even an Allie’ism.|
|Sabrina: Blurg (I channel Tina Fey in 30 Rock sometimes). I am also partial to “frick.”||Rachel: Fuck|
|Jami: Shit||Adrianne: The F word|
|Destiny: I take the 5th||Kate: Douchecanoe|
|Cathryn: Hmmm, can’t say it here|
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
|Lucy: Psychologist||Allie: I want to write full time. Currently I have a Stinkin’ Day Job. If I could write full time, I’d be fartnarkin’ fantabulous-o!|
|Sabrina: Glassblower. Sigh…I dabbled with glass at one time and loved it. So beautiful.||Rachel: CIA Case Officer or superhero|
|Jami: Interior designer or bartender||Adrianne: A singer, but the world would cringe.|
|Destiny: Stripping. Just kidding. Psychologist||Kate: Actor (I was in the drama program in college and always regret not sticking with it)|
|Cathryn: Chris Hemsworth’s movie set hair stylist|
What profession would you not like to do?
|Lucy: Sewer management||Allie: Pretty much anything on Mike Rowe’s “Dirty Jobs” show|
|Sabrina: Housecleaner. Exhibit A: My house||Rachel: Wearing a hot dog costume and passing out flyers.|
|Jami: Cook||Adrianne: Toll Booth money taker|
|Destiny: Retail salesperson||Kate: Septic Tank cleaner|
|Cathryn: Middle school teacher (been there)|
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
|Lucy: Well done. :)||Allie: Take a left at the first cloud. You’re mom and dad are there waiting for you.|
|Sabrina: O Myself, Sabrina. I loved your books!||Rachel: I’ve decided to make an exception for you.|
|Jami: Welcome, my child!||Adrianne: Kim’s been waiting for you.|
|Destiny: For a minute there, I wasn’t sure you’d make it but it sure is good to see you. Now let’s dust off those wings and find your halo.||Kate: Welcome!|
|Cathryn: Whew! You made it!|
Because all proceeds go to charity, this week’s giveaway is a little different. The first TEN eligible commenters win a digital copy of HOMETOWN HEROES, gifted from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBooks. I will notify you in the comments if you are a winner and prizes will be awarded upon receipt of winner’s email address and choice of vendor (winners will be asked to provide that information via email, using the CONTACT US page).
The winner of a digital copy of Never Forget by Heather Ashby is…
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Today we welcome back multi-published author, Stacy Green. And since I’m in the chaotic stage of unpacking hundreds of boxes after moving from Houston to FL last week, I asked Stacy to come up with something intriguing that captures the tone of her newest release: ALL GOOD DEEDS. Take it away, Stacy!
This question planted the seed for my newest character Lucy Kendall, a former CPS worker turned private investigator and vigilante killer of sex offenders.
The criminal mind is a fascinating place and oftentimes a mystery for investigators. Bundy, Gacy, Lucas–the worst of the worst–are almost easy to understand. They just aren’t wired right. Add a dose of lousy nurturing, and it’s a recipe for disaster.
But what about the outliers? The people who are good by society’s standards and then one day just snap? Did they have it in them all along? Do we all possess that shadow side that lurks, waiting for something to turn us bad?
I think any one of us are capable of killing someone–or at least doing serious bodily injury–if the circumstances are right.
Some of these are pretty straightforward: someone hurting our kid, our pets, our career. People have snapped over less.
But what about something that isn’t personal? Something that doesn’t directly affect you but is a sore on society? What would make you risk your freedom, and how would you do it?
Lucy Kendall snaps when a child killer walks free. But she doesn’t lash out in a clumsy, unorganized way. She thinks things through, figuring out the best method to do her work AND keep herself out of jail. And even as she figures out the most efficient way for her to end someone’s life, she doesn’t believe she’s a killer.
Her targets are men who have destroyed kids lives and will do it again. Lucy believes with her whole heart sex offenders can’t be cured, and her actions take care of a problem the justice system and society simply can’t–or won’t.
I believe that most if not all of us possess what Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung called the Shadow Side.
The shadow exists as part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires, instincts and shortcomings…These latent dispositions are present in all of us, Jung believed, although people sometimes deny this element of their own psyche and instead project it onto others. SOURCE
This theory was a major influence on developing Lucy Kendall. Although there is tragedy in her past, she is a normal member of society. But her shadow side has seeped through her veneer until it now rules her choices and ultimately, her life.
She’ll have to come to terms with being a killer, her real motives, and answer the ultimate question: now that she has fully engaged her shadow side, is she even capable of not killing?
Does her choice of victim make her exempt? If she’s caught, is she a hero or a villain?
Or does her methodology make her just as evil as the famous serial killers we have such a fascination with?
I don’t have the answers to those questions, but I do know that as I get older, I realize more and more that life is not black and white. Our systems are flawed and need changing, but whether or not there are any good alternatives remains to be seen.
I think any one of us could become a Lucy Kendall if the circumstances are right, and I will further argue that instead of moral code, it’s fear of punishment that keeps most of society in check. Score one for the penal system.
What about you, thriller readers and writers? Is life black and white? Should there be exemptions? And what would it take for you to administer Lucy Kendall Justice? Comment for a chance to win a copy of my new release, ALL GOOD DEEDS!
Lucy Kendall lived her life in a strange mixture of carefully calculated moves and impulse decisions. Cracking the skull of the man who molested her sister and attacking her was impulse. Spending half her teenage years drinking and acting out were calculated cries for attention from her narcissistic mother followed by impulsive rages at her lack of concern.
The decade spent working in Child Protective Services before becoming a private investigator taught her two truths. One, CPS failed miserably in protecting children. Two, Lucy was more than willing to do it for them, meting out her brand of dark justice in spite of her own fear of death. But Lucy’s crusade is compromised when a self-proclaimed sociopath offers to help—and leaves her no choice but to accept it.
When eight-year old Kailey Richardson is abducted, it sets off a chain of events linked to Justin Beckett, a suspect in a life-changing case in Lucy’s past. The path she’s chosen since dealing with Beckett has been dark and terrifying—but she has no idea just how deep she will go or where the twisted road will take her.
She’s about to find out.
About the Author
Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.
Thanks for being our guest today, Stacy! You raise some interesting points and questions. Readers: For more information on Stacy Green here are her links.
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