Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I’m So Scared!


Congratulations to "Angelica M.", the winner in Carey's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

One of the questions I get asked A LOT is why I write thrillers. I mean I get it. I’m a nice pediatrician. I’m a mother. I’m a wife. So people don’t expect me to be spinning scary stories. They expect me to be penning children’s books like Pat the Bunny—not bunny boilers. And I’ve wondered myself, why? Do I have a repressed dark side? Am I secretly a criminal at heart? 

Hmm. I don’t think so. In fact, it may be the opposite. I have a fear of the darker elements in the world. But in my books, good always triumphs over evil, and the hero and heroine overcome insurmountable odds to bring about justice. Nothing is impossible. No matter how hopeless the situation, there’s always a way to shine through. 

When I write a thriller, I get to vicariously triumph over my deepest fears through the characters. I tend to write about things that scare me, because it’s my way of overcoming fear. When I was young, I watched a classic movie on television called “House of Wax” starring Vincent Price. I had nightmares for years about that movie. In my new release, FALLEN, the victims’ bodies are dumped in Los Angeles tourist traps, and it’s no coincidence that the wax museum plays a significant role in the story.

Out of all my books to date, I have to say that FALLEN, the second book in my Cassidy and Spenser thriller series, was the most fun to write. It features two characters I’ve grown to love, an FBI profiler, Atticus Spenser, and a forensic psychiatrist Caitlin Cassidy.  This time the former rivals turned partners-in-crime-fighting are on the trail of a madman known as the Fallen Angel Killer. The setting is Hollywood, so for research purposes, I explored every tourist trap in Tinsel Town, took star tours, and I even learned how wax statues are made. The book is a thriller, but it has some good times built in. I hope readers will enjoy it, because I certainly loved writing it.

Here’s the blurb if you are interested: 

FALLEN

A body just fell from the sky onto Hollywood Boulevard.

When a beautiful prostitute is dumped onto the Walk of Fame, FBI profiler Atticus Spenser and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy are called in to solve one of their most baffling cases yet. The media's dubbed him the Fallen Angel Killer—a crazed murderer who's leaving the bodies of high-priced call girls in Los Angeles tourist traps.

The killer has raised the stakes, demanding that a mysterious celebrity publically admit to his sinful secrets—or he'll dispose of his latest kidnapped escort. With every "john" the team exposes in their search for Celebrity X, another Hollywood secret is revealed and another charmed life is left in ruins. With time running out, Spenser and Cassidy will do anything to find the twisted serial killer…before another innocent woman winds up the next grotesque tourist attraction.

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Carey is excited to announce that, Judgment, book one in her Cassidy and Spenser Thriller series, has been named one of the Best Books of 2014 by Suspense Magazine, and is a finalist for both the prestigious Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in mystery/suspense and a Booksellers Best award. 

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Giveaway:
For a chance for a $20 Starbucks gift card please tell me if you have a trick for dealing with a scary situation. Me? If I can’t write a book about it, I whistle. 

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 10th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

21 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your achievements! When I get scared I pray! It calms me knowing I'm connecting with a higher power and that God is in charge no matter what. Oh, and I also bite my nails! Lol!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! That's a wonderful answer! And LOL at your little nail biting twist at the end :-) !

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  2. I don't really have a trick...I just really try to avoid scary situations or create my own imaginary happy endings:) As much as I love thrillers, I'm still a wimp reading them if any character I've become invested in is under threat. My solution here is to just put the book down for a few minutes and play a nice little game.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I love that "creating your own happy ending"! That's what I do too! Thank you Jonetta!

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  3. I just try to take a few deep breaths & power on through.... except if it involves snakes. Then I'd just run like a bat out of he** :)

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    1. Run like hell? Good answer! Thanks Liz!

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  4. When I am scared, Carey, I read "scary" books. I have been doing this since I was nine years old and it seems to work for me.
    Congratulations on your new book! I am reading your "First do no Evil" and adding this next one to be read.
    Thank you for the hours of enjoyment!
    Jan

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    1. Janet we are like minded! And I really hope you enjoy First Do No Evil! Thanks so much!

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  5. If it was just me, I'm not quite sure what I'd do. But since I have a beloved Yorkie and ailing husband living with me, I would want to protect myself and them...by getting the big ol' baseball bat beside my bed or by my chair in the living room...while I call someone near and dear...or 911 if more serious than that. Not too original, but it seems to work. I still am addicted to scary books so I often have soft music playing in the background while I read them. :-) jdh2690@gmail.com

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  6. The trusty baseball bat :-) ! And I love the soft music! Thanks Janice!
    Carey

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  7. I can be a nervous nelly, but I have found that sometimes during something scary and intense, I can actually function... think things through... get help if needed. But if it is a horror flick, I am outta there or hiding behind my hands, lol.

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  8. I bet you peek out from behind those hands, Colleen. You sound brave! Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Hey guys, don't forget to add your email to your post so I can find you if you win the gift card!

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  10. not really

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  11. In a scary situation I think positive and have faith!! I try remember funny occasions & run FAST!! lol! :) agmrtnz5@comcast.net

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    1. Having Faith and running fast sounds like a winning combo! Thanks Angelica!

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  12. When I'm in a scary situation, I talk to myself and remind myself that I'm strong and I can overcome my fear, that I've been through worse and come through.

    ahui89@hotmail.com

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  13. Hi Carey! I'm definitely a scaredy-cat. I try to think positive thoughts and send up some prayers to get me through. And when in doubt, run like the wind! :D

    thebigbluewall77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  14. Deal with it and fall apart later.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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