Book Review: Writing Scary Scenes

scaryWhile I think I’ve finally decided what I am going to be working on during NaNoWriMo and don’t think it will have any scary scenes, I still decided to check out this book because it can come in handy for future NaNos, I am sure.  Last time I checked out Writing Fight Scenes, this time I want to learn how to write Scary Scenes.

I’ve never really though about writing anything scary mainly because I don’t really like to be scared so I’m not about to do that to someone else.  So I never really thought about all the different kinds of fear that you can get as a response from a reader.  Chapter 1 covers all of this.

Again, although there are tips to write scary scenes – chapters also include drawbacks. I find these to be the most valuable, because if the scary scene is not coming across properly, the book won’t be as gripping to the reader and that is not what you want to happen!

I also found the chapter on pacing to be particularly interesting. There are different techniques to help reflect the speed of the action since it can vary from scene to scene.  Some scenes need to be drawn out to build suspense while others come across very quickly.

And of course a chapter on my least favorite thing in books (although it makes for a great story – it just makes me crazy when I am reading them!) is chapter 16 with Cliffhangers! Argh.  Definitely a necessary evil if you are an author though!

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About the Book

Are your frightening scenes scary enough? Learn practical tricks to turn up the suspense. Make your readers’ hearts hammer with suspense, their breaths quicken with excitement, and their skins tingle with goosebumps of delicious fright.

This book contains practical suggestions how to structure a scary scene, increase the suspense, make the climax more terrifying, make the reader feel the character’s fear. It includes techniques for manipulating the readers’ subconscious and creating powerful emotional effects.

Use this book to write a new scene, or to add tension and excitement to a draft.

You will learn tricks of the trade for “black moment” and “climax” scenes, describing monsters and villains, writing harrowing captivity sections and breathtaking escapes, as well as how to make sure that your hero doesn’t come across as a wimp… and much more.

This book is recommended for writers of all genres, especially thriller, horror, paranormal romance and urban fantasy. It is aimed at advanced-level and professional authors and may not be suitable for beginners.

British English.

Book Review: Stay With Me

staywithmeStay With Me is the story of Hailey Bloom.  She is an ex-actress/pop star who has decided to leave Hollywood and go to college in Vermont, cutting off all of her Hollywood ties – including her stage mother.  She doesn’t really want to deal with a relationship since this is her first time really going to school but she ends up meeting a guy named Caleb Fox and she seems to fall for him and can’t seem to escape him – either in real life or in her mind.

The whole book she eludes to the fact that she has this big secret and when anyone finds out she will be over and done with.  With Caleb and Hailey’s relationship advancing rather quickly, I thought for sure when this secret came out it would absolutely rock their world and make a huge impact.  Hailey seemed to think the same – but when Caleb found out – he was pretty much ok with it.

And then they lived Happily Ever After.  Well, maybe.  There are still a few more books to come too!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.


About the Book

New Adult/Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 17 and up.

With one look, I’m his . . .

With one touch, he’s mine . . .

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

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