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    How I Wrote a Book in Three Weeks

    Okay, confession: I wrote a book in THREE WEEKS! Even when I write it, I can still barely believe it. Three weeks is an incredibly fast time to write a book. And, surprisingly, it wasn’t that terrible. Here’s how I did it and what I did to achieve it. Want to write your own book? Let’s write it together.

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    Questions About Writing – when to approach a publisher

    I get asked a lot of questions about writing books – which is great! But rather than type the same thing over and over, I’ve started compiling videos of my most frequently asked questions in the hope that I can help any aspiring writer head on their way to writing or publishing their books. If you have questions that you want to see answered, simply leave a comment in the comments section on this video. The video below looks at when you should approach a publisher with your book idea and a little bit about whether I’m self or traditionally published. Questions about writing with Vanessa Jones

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    Home Before Dark by Riley Sager – Book Review

    Home Before Dark— Huff Post‘s “10 Of The Most Anticipated Book Releases Of June 2020″— is not so much a psychological thriller as it is a traditional haunted house thriller. This is my first Riley Sager book and I wasn’t disappointed. It was probably the first book in my life where I had to consciously put it down a few times at night because it was a little too scary, deciding that it’d be better as a “daytime book”. Told in parallel timeframes, from grown up Maggie’s point of view as well as her dad’s when she was just five, this ever-unfurling story made use of some brilliant haunted house…

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    Psychological Thrillers with a Surprise Twist Ending

    I absolutely love a twist ending, as I’m sure many of you do. It’s predominantly what keeps us reading until the very end of a book — to find out what happened and be shocked out of our mundane predictions and our limited imagination. In the psychological thriller genre, twist endings are expected. And that’s what makes a psychological thriller so good — you get to see that magnificent plot twist at the end! Here are some books that have twist endings that even surprised me, as an author of psychological thriller fiction. Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier Jar of Hearts begins as a typical psychological thriller about a girl…

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    Why Do So Many People Join Cults?

    People have always been fascinated with cults. What is it about these organisations that have drawn people in for centuries? There are many reasons why people may be interested in cults, but here are some of the most common: 1. Cults offer a sense of community. When people feel isolated or alone, they may be more likely to join a cult. Cults typically offer a sense of community and support, which can appeal to people who feel lost or lonely. ‘The number of cult members [in America] is variously estimated at 300,000 to three million.’ That’s a rather large community to be a part of.  2. Cults promise a better life.…

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    Best Books About Cults – Non-Fiction Titles

    Five Non-Fiction Books About Cults You Should Read There are a number of different non-fiction books that have been written about famous cults over the years. Here are some of the best books about cults that I’ve compiled to start your rabbit hole reading journey. If you’re anything like me, you love deep-diving into the mysterious world and mentality of cults and religions. Cults in America: The Rise and Fall of Our Most Dangerous Secret Societies by Steven Hassan This book is a comprehensive overview of cults in America, from their origins to their current state. It provides an in-depth look at how cults operate and the techniques they use…

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    Best Thriller Books

    When it comes to the thriller genre, some books stand out from the rest. Here are some of the best thriller books that you need to read if you’re a fan of the genre. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn This book is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story follows Nick and Amy Dunne, who has been married for five years. When Nick comes home one day to find that his wife has disappeared, he becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. Gone Girl is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. The Girl on…

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    How to Use Tarot for Business

    There are many ways to use tarot for your business. One of the most popular methods is to use tarot as a tool for goal setting and manifestation. When you have a clear goal in mind, you can use tarot to help you create a plan of action and stay on track. At the end of each month, do a tarot reading set up expressly for goal setting (i.e., monthly tarot spread for goal setting) to see how your journey is progressing. You can also use tarot as part of your marketing strategy to attract new customers and keep existing ones engaged. If you’re doing readings at a store or…

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    What is Gothic Fiction?

    Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that typically features dark or horror-themed stories. The term “gothic” has been used to describe a variety of genres, including horror, mystery, and suspense. However, gothic fiction is typically associated with tales that feature haunted castles, ghosts, vampires, and other supernatural elements. Gothic fiction was first popularised in the late 18th century by writers such as Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker. Today, the genre remains popular and continues to attract new readers. Some of the most well-known modern authors of gothic fiction include Stephen King and Anne Rice. The first mention of Gothic literature appeared in English writer Horace Walpole’s The Castle of…

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    Why cults? Why copper?

    In my psychological thriller novel, The Tens, and my free book Madame Maudelynne and The New Way, I write about a cult which worships copper. How did I come up with that notion, you ask? Well, there was a very distinct way it kind of all came together. My own history Firstly, the town that I grew up in is famous for its copper discovery in the 1860s. The copper vein was discovered, by all things, a wombat! I just love this story. And it intrigued me. And if you’ve read Madame Maudelynne and The New Way, you’ll see where I used a monkey instead of a wombat. So if…