WHY WE LIKE SCARY BOOKS

We know the hormones in the human mind’s triggers a flight or fight response to fear. In the real world, we will choose one of these paths unless we are so traumatized by a repeated pattern of terror, we go numb and don’t react at all. Such is the case sometimes for a person or a prisoner experiencing repeated abuse or torture.

However, while reading a dark, scary story, we are in a safe environment. The only horror going on is on the pages of the book. What we enjoy about a scary thriller is the unknown. We don’t know what will happen next. We like the suspense, the mystery, the surprises and twists and turns in the plot. A good writer leaves clues along the way, foreshadowing the danger up ahead.

I love this quote by Stephen King explaining what terror is: “Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there…”

Danger lurks in the waters of the Caribbean in my upcoming book, RELENTLESS. Preorder for special price of 99 cents until publication date November 10. Get it now on Amazon Kindle.

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PRAISE FOR RELENTLESS

It is nice when someone supports an author by agreeing to be an advanced reader and providing feedback. I was fortunate to have Cyndi from Ontario, Canada read my upcoming novel, RELENTLESS, in advance of publication. She has posted the following review on Goodreads.

I loved it! I really enjoyed getting to know Colt Jessup in the first book in this series and this book was just as great! So much happens when Colt has to take a forced ” vacation” . He goes to visit his friend Jax in the Virgin Islands to have some time to relax and get a tan as he goes fishing with his buddy. Going fishing sure doesn’t turn out like Colt hopes. Jax must take newlyweds on a snorkeling cruise before they can go fishing as this is how Jax makes his living. The action and suspense is non-stop! Throw in some romance and you have the perfect opportunity for a great book and Ms. Wilson brings it on! Really great story and the way it ends has me impatient to read about what Colt gets up to next.
I received a free download of this book from the publisher. This review is my own honest opinion of a book I thoroughly recommend!

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4 WAYS WE MAKE OURSELVES MISERABLE

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  1. Unable to forgive. Hold grudges. Can’t let go.
  2. Dwell on past mistakes. No one is perfect. Learning from our mistakes is a way to grow and become a better person. Get over yourself and move on.
  3. Fume about something every day. Politics, people, mandates, the weather, and a host of other immaterial things. One way to get people to avoid you..
  4. Beat yourself up. Focus on failures, instead of accomplishments.

As you can see, everything on the list is about negativity. Reject anything associated with it, such as hate, jealousy, self-absorption, etc. The key to happiness is staying positive.

I like this quote by Walt Whitman: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.”

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The Day America Cried

Most of us remember where we were and what we were doing on 9/11. We feared what we didn’t know. Would there be other attacks? How many were killed? Would people be found buried alive under the rubble?

The not knowing was personal to me. When I heard the news of the attack on the World Trade Center, my first thought was about my daughter. Her office was across the street from the WTC, and she often took the subway below the towers around the time of the attack. Was she there that morning? At that specific time? I was in a panic to know. My calls to her went unanswered. Again and again, I tried to reach her, but no answer. The minutes ticked by. An hour went by, but still no word. Co-workers stopped by my desk and asked, “Have you heard from Christina?” I tried to convince them and myself she was okay, probably not even there.

Then, I got the call. “Mom, I’m safe. I’m home, not there.” The good news overcame me with joy and relief, but to be honest, I also felt guilty for all the loved ones who would not receive good news like me. So many lives lost. So many tragedies.

My daughter lost her job. The building where she worked had all its windows blown out. The company moved to New Jersey. What else impacted my daughter? Well, she lost some clothes she never picked up from the destroyed dry cleaners. She lost her gym membership from the fitness center, also destroyed. But she did not lose her life! She told me of walking through the area days later and seeing abandoned vehicles covered in dirt and debris, realizing they belonged to those lost on 9/11. It made a deep emotional impact on her then and now.

Where were you that sad day? What was your reaction when you heard the news? How did it impact you? Leave a comment.

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