Title: Dead Cold
An Emily Stone Thriller
Author: Jennifer Chase
Date Published: July 2, 2017
Publisher: JEC Press
Every Emily Stone Thriller is a stand-along novel.
From the multi-award winning series:
What happens when one California community has a disturbing spike in homicides? It catapults cops into a deadly game of murder. Frozen human body parts hideously displayed at the crime scenes offers a horrifying interpretation that only a sadistic serial killer could design—and execute.
On the hunt for a complex serial killer, vigilante detective Emily Stone must face her most daring case yet. Stone’s proven top-notch profiling skills and forensic expertise may not be enough this time.
Young and ambitious, Detective Danny Starr, catches the homicide cases and discovers that it will test everything he knows about police work and the criminal mind. Can he handle these escalating cases or will the police department have to call in reinforcements—the FBI.
Emily Stone’s covert team pushes with extreme urgency to unravel the grisly clues, while keeping their identities hidden from the police. With one last-ditch effort, Stone dangles someone she loves as bait to draw out the killer. She then forces the killer out of their comfort zone with her partner Rick Lopez, and with help from a longtime friend Jordan Smith. A revelation of the serial killer’s identity leaves the team with volatile emotions that could destroy them.
The killer continues to taunt and expertly manipulate the police, as well as Stone’s team, and as they run out of time—they leave behind everyone and everything—in Dead Cold.
How to Boost Creativity with Your Writing
Writing is tough work, but at the same time, it’s a bug that I cannot seem to shake. It gets into your bones and you seem to live, eat and breathe it. I cannot imagine my life without it even with all of its challenges. I budget my time for writing projects, clients, and studying crime trends. Sometimes it’s a difficult life to balance and I find that I need to have some other creative outlets to calm and balance my mind.
I haven’t experienced the infamous and sometimes taboo condition of “writer’s block”, but I have experienced difficulty writing high tension scenes (usually involving serial killers) and the feeling of burn out or exhaustion that seems to accompany it.
I’ve managed to put together a list of 5 tasks that help to keep my writing balanced and it actually helps to boost my creativity. When I return to my writing, I find that I feel refreshed and energized. My perception has shifted and I begin to see things more objectively and calmly.
1.Take a walk.
It’s simple. Easy. Even if you’ve walked your neighborhood a million times and you think that it’s boring or uneventful. This time, really look at every detail that surrounds you. Every plant. Look at the architecture of your neighbor’s houses: windows, doors, fences, porches, and garages. Look at the sidewalk or road. What’s changed? How does it look at this particular time of day? Imagine how the road was constructed and who might have worked on the construction. Run a story through your mind.
2. Check out your thesaurus.
For me, I find that I like to use similar words when I describe action in my books. Jot down 10-20 action words that you like to use and then look them up in the thesaurus and make a list of alternative words. Apply these new versions of your favorite action words into sentences and keep as a handy reference for your projects.
3. Write down a recent event or dream.
Write freestyle. Don’t’ worry about grammar or spelling, just go for it. Write about your trip to the grocery store or friend’s house in as much detail as possible. Or, write about a dream that seems to stay with you. Have some fun with this writing task. Elaborate on your story and use the full extent of your imagination in the process.
4. Read a book in a completely different genre.
Pick up a book that’s in a genre that you never read—now really go out on a limb here. If you like mysteries and thrillers, pick up a historical romance, fantasy, or sci-fi book. On the other hand, if you only read poetry or memoirs, pick up a high-action thriller. You can always learn something from every book you read and by reading a genre outside your comfort zone, you will find some interesting details in the plot and character development.
5. Take time with a favorite hobby.
Do something completely different and take your mind away from your writing. It’s a great way to exercise your mind and creativity, but gives your writing a break.
About the Author
Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning author and consulting criminologist. She has authored eight crime fiction novels, including the multiple award-winning Emily Stone thriller series along with a screenwriting workbook.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor degree in police forensics and a Master’s degree in criminology. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.