GO ROGUE!

eviltypewriterAssent Publishing’s Bad Day Books imprint is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2013 ROGUE WRITING Contest.

Wow! What a contest. We really enjoyed reading submissions from every corner of the world and the genre spectrum. There were nights we slept with the lights on, some we were up all night reading, and others spent all night laughing. Emotions ran high as we were lead through the desperation of an apocalypse, bit our nails as we rapidly turned the pages to see what came next in a thriller, and occasionally grabbed a tissue to catch tears of laughter from a bit of stress relieving humor.

With rich characters tugging at our shirt sleeves and such great talent to choose from, we rigorously reviewed the  best of the best and chose the winners of the Bad Day Books Rogue Writing Contest.

Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER is author Kurt Schuett with his wildly imaginative apocalypticchicago thriller Insurgency. OCD afflicted Alan, a Generation-X do-gooder turned serial killer, is the only thing standing between the President and his assassination at the G20 Summit. Insurgency is Kurt Schuett’s debut novel, a speculative work of fiction that encompasses elements of urban suspense, thriller, and horror.

Kurt Schuett knew early on that he wanted to write. Upon graduating from high school, Kurt Schuett won the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Poetry in 1993; this honor, coupled with professional publication in The American Goat literary anthology in 1993 with The First Time and Harmony literary magazine, where he won the esteemed Guy Cooper Poetry award for Tree House Blues, all fueled the realization that Kurt could and should write, dabbling in everything from poetry and short works of fiction to professional essays and lengthier works of fiction during and after his college years.  He completed his undergraduate in English at Culver-Stockton College before tackling a Masters of Education at Graceland University.  Currently, he is entering his seventeenth year as an educator, formerly as a German instructor and presently as a high school English teacher, working in the suburbs of Chicago.  He lives in the northern suburb of Libertyville, Illinois. Mr. Schuett recently published a Southern Gothic ghost story titled Calamity James in the Belle Reve Literary Journal, a work that was just nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Mr. Schuett has contracted with Assent Publishing and receives all benefits offered including professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the Assent Academy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success. Among his prizes are a two thousand dollar promotional announcement blitz when Insurgency is released in 2014, ten one-on-one sessions with Author Success Coach Deborah Riley-Magnus, a membership with Horror Writers Association, and a Kindle Fire! Tune in for his posts on the ROGUE WRITING Grand Prize Winner Blog!

FINALISTS
savagesAuthor Christina Bergling dives deep into the dark side of humanity in Savages. Two survivors travel the ruins of post-apocalyptic America. He remains convinced other survivors are out there, humans who did not become the savages all around them. She follows him, haunted and conflicted, lusting after him, as he pushes them west. Together they navigate the remains of society, until one discovery changes everything.

TransplantAuthor John Reinhard Dizon takes the healthcare debate to the next level with Transplant, a tale of murder and mayhem that unfolds as a missing supermodel found in the streets of NYC leads the police to an East Harlem brownstone. They discover four Bellevue doctors trapped in a basement under siege by kidnapped NBA superstar Jerome Browne and a robotic-limbed man known as Combo. The police find other kidnap victims who have been subjects of medical experiments. Yet the doctors’ alibi proves airtight as they assign blame to a mysterious Dr. Cyclops who has masterminded the diabolical project.

bombAuthor Tom Lyons has been a writer for over forty years. Shark in the Water – Book #1 of the Cold War Chronicles is his first historical fiction suspense novel. In the San Francisco Bay Area at the end of World War II, Doctor James T. Palmer, a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project disappears. JT Palmer, his twenty-eight year old son, tries to uncover what happened to his father. Still on active Navy duty, JT was a Master-at-arms (Military Police) aboard the ill-fated USS Indianapolis. Is Palmer’s disappearance connected to his work on developing the first atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan?

MalakhAuthor Janine-Langley Wood has been writing since childhood, firstly in the form of comic strips. At around nine years old she cut her teeth on horror reading, sneaking the Pan Books of Horror off her auntie’s bookshelves. Melt finds us in an ever more crime blighted world, the cry goes out for a newer, tougher superhero: enter The Malakh, a shape-shifting entity with a penchant for comedy and an unstoppable appetite for cold hard justice. Father Fionn Malloy is the faith-shaken priest who unwittingly resurrects the entity, but to what fateful end?

Congratulations to all our winners!

Bad Day Books is accepting submissions. Scare our pants off! Please send your submissions to Les Denton at editor@baddaybooks.com.

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The Art of Turning the Page

You are reading a book and suddenly the picture goes black, the world falls silent. What went wrong? Then you hear a floor board creak. What is about to go wrong? Horror and thrillers are all about the anxiety, the need to get to the next word, even though you are fighting to resist turning the page. You want the goosebumps to go away, but the journey to the other side seems too onerous to navigate. If you can just turn the page and get past it…whatever it may be. Then you realize what the danger is and you begin yelling at the character to change course. Going forward is definitely not a good idea. As I read submissions for the Rogue Writing Contest, it takes many forms. Some its come wrapped in incredibly imaginative, polished first fifty page submissions. When I request the full manuscript, the anticipation is intense. I love it when you keep me up all night, turning the page. Here are a few ways to keepCatPancakes my eyes glued to each word and turning the page ’til THE END.

New dogs or old dogs, it’s in the tricks. Antagonists present themselves in many forms. Some we’ve seen before, some are fresh new concepts. The strength of the manuscript lies in delivery. Spin, twist, or the great black box, it is your unique approach that compels me to read on. For serial thrillers, what is it about your protagonist that makes me love to love him or love to hate him so strongly that I keep checking to see if the next book is out yet?

polishPolish, polish, polish. Story is important, but please don’t front load your efforts. Be professional and consistent in your habits. Don’t just clean up the first fifty pages. Trust me, I will know. Concept and attitude will take you far and we are excited to polish the gems, but travelling to the mine and digging should have already taken place. Know what is acceptable to publishers. If you are still in the process of final polish, be honest when you submit the first fifty pages.

Know what you’ve got. Carefully read the submission requirements, then send all materials in the format they are requested. We are on your side and we want you to succeed as much as you do. In fact, it is our business. We request materials from you in a way that will assist you in selling yourself and your manuscript. It’s not about following the rules; it’s about getting us to read the next word. Those first words are in your email, the next are in your query letter, then marketing plan and synopsis. After an initial glance at those, if you have really done your homework, your manuscript might rise to the top of the reading list. It is important to understand your audience and your career. Great manuscripts do not simply sell themselves.

Know where you’re going. We take extraordinary interest in our signed authors, not justAssassinWithScope their manuscripts. Your manuscript is filled with opportunity to reach readers. Spend some time understanding who will read your book and why. Then share that knowledge with me in your query letter and marketing plan. We are not looking for experts, but just like the writing craft, marketing is an important part of your career. Displaying an understanding and enthusiasm in all areas of a writing career tells a publisher that you have the potential that is imperative to success. We take that spark and nurture it in Assent Academy to set you on the path to get there.

Keep me terrified, out of breath, trapped. I will always be thirsty for more. Introduce me to characters so real that I find myself worrying about them while standing in line at the grocery store or while driving, not just while I’m reading. Wrap it all up with your imagination and excitement to grow with a publisher, and we have a relationship that will have us both wanting to turn the page over and over again for years to come.

Assent Publishing’s Bad Day Books Imprint is accepting submissions for the ROGUE WRITING CONTEST until October 31. There’s still time to thrill us or scare us to death!

EyeTrappingWomanCONTEST RULES

  • “ROGUE WRITING” Contest submissions accepted from July 1, 2013 through midnight (U.S. Eastern Time), October 31, 2013
  • All subgenres of horror, thriller, suspense, and apocalyptic fiction accepted
  • Manuscript must be complete
  • Word counts accepted – full length (70,000 to 120,000 words) and novella (40,000 – 50,000 words)
  • You must note “2013 ROGUE WRITING Contest” and book title in subject line of submission email
  • One “ROGUE WRITING” contest submission per author
  • Follow ALL Bad Day Books Imprint Submission Guidelines http://assentpublishing.com/BadDaySubmissions.aspx
  • All submissions will be judged by Assent Publishing Imprint Editors and Acquisitions Editors

“ROGUE WRITING” Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • Assent Publishing Contract including all benefits offered through Assent Publishing – professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the AssentAcademy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success
  • A ROGUE WRITING GRAND PRIZE WINNER Promotional Announcement Blitz promoting the winner and their book ($2,000 value)
  • 50 FREE print copies of their book
  • 10 Months (ten, 2 hour sessions) of One-on-One Author Marketing Coaching with Author Success Coach and Dean of the Assent Academy, Deborah Riley-Magnus ($2,000 value) 
  • An Opportunity to Speak as the Rogue Expert in their own Assent Publishing ROGUE WRITING GRAND PRIZE WINNER blog for one full year
  • $100 toward membership in a writers organization or guild of the winner’s choice
  • A Kindle Fire

“ROGUE WRITING” Top 5 Finalist Submissions will receive:

  • Assent Publishing Contract including all benefits offered through Assent Publishing – professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the AssentAcademy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success
  • ROGUE WRITING WINNER Promotional announcements for the author and their book ($200 value)

Contest submissions can be Supernatural, Paranormal, Contemporary, Psychological, and Humorous Horror; Psychological, Military, Crime, and Mystery Thrillers / Suspense; any Apocalypse welcome. Assent Publishing’s Bad Day Books Imprint is currently accepting horror, thriller, suspense, and apocalyptic submissions in addition to contest entries. Send your submissions and “ROGUE WRITING” contest entries to editor@baddaybooks.com. Good luck! We can hardly wait; the suspense is killing us! Please visit us at www.assentpublishing.com/

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Announcing the 2013 Assent Publishing “ROGUE WRITING” Contest!

FearEyeBigWant to make your dream come true while writing about everyone’s worst nightmare? Then read on. Assent Publishing’s Bad Day Books imprint is announcing the 2013 Assent Publishing “ROGUE WRITING” Contest. Horror, thrillers, suspense,, apocalypse, and mystery submissions welcome.  The rules of the road are listed below for an opportunity to lead the 2013 Assent Publishing “ROGUE WRITING” pack. Got mayhem?

CONTEST RULES

  • “ROGUE WRITING” Contest submissions accepted from July 1, 2013 through midnight (U.S. Eastern Time), October 31, 2013
  • All subgenres of horror, thriller, suspense, and apocalyptic fiction accepted
  • Manuscript must be complete
  • Word counts accepted – full length (70,000 to 120,000 words) and novella (40,000 – 50,000 words)
  • You must note “2013 ROGUE WRITING Contest” and book title in subject line of submission email
  • One “ROGUE WRITING” contest submission per author
  • Follow ALL Bad Day Books Imprint Submission Guidelines http://assentpublishing.com/BadDaySubmissions.aspx
  • All submissions will be judged by Assent Publishing Imprint Editors and Acquisitions Editors

“ROGUE WRITING” Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • fearRunning Assent Publishing Contract including all benefits offered through Assent Publishing – professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the AssentAcademy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success
  • A ROGUE WRITING GRAND PRIZE WINNER Promotional Announcement Blitz promoting the winner and their book ($2,000 value)
  • 50 FREE print copies of their book
  • 10 Months (ten, 2 hour sessions) of One-on-One Author Marketing Coaching with Author Success Coach and Dean of the Assent Academy, Deborah Riley-Magnus ($2,000 value) 
  • An Opportunity to Speak as the Rogue Expert in their own Assent Publishing ROGUE WRITING GRAND PRIZE WINNER blog for one full year
  • $100 toward membership in a writers organization or guild of the winner’s choice
  • A Kindle Fire

“ROGUE WRITING” Top 5 Finalist Submissions will receive:

  • DelusionAssent Publishing Contract including all benefits offered through Assent Publishing – professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the AssentAcademy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success
  • ROGUE WRITING WINNER Promotional announcements for the author and their book ($200 value)

Contest submissions can be Supernatural, Paranormal, Contemporary, Psychological, and Humorous Horror; Psychological, Military, Crime, and Mystery Thrillers / Suspense; any Apocalypse welcome. Assent Publishing’s Bad Day Books Imprint is currently accepting horror, thriller, suspense, and apocalyptic submissions in addition to contest entries. Send your submissions and “ROGUE WRITING” contest entries to editor@baddaybooks.com. Good luck! We can hardly wait; the suspense is killing us! Please visit us at www.assentpublishing.com.

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The Pact, CN Bring

AuthorPicCNBringFlagThe Pact launches May 2, 2013 and is the first available book in The Celia Kelly Series. I have always loved mysteries and books about the military. The first mystery series I ever followed was Scooby Doo as a child. It was fascinating how there was always a logical explanation for everything! My goal was to create a mystery/ suspense novel that was engaging, inspiring, fun, and page turning without being offensive.
 
I have raised four children with my husband of 32 years. We have three grandchildren. I have worked in an OR Central Sterile, as a dispatcher for a police department, have had hand gun training, and gotten an associates degree in Criminal Investigation. Having members of my family in the military, I grew up with a strong sense of God, country, and family. I try to mirror what I believe and feel strongly about into my story lines.
 
I am inspired by those who serve our country and those within our borders who go aboveDeptOvNavy and beyond to keep us safe every day, those in the military, law enforcement, doctors, nurses, and many others. My book was inspired by everyday people who are everyday heroes in extraordinary circumstances. Near and dear to my heart is CN Salute Page.

CN Salute is a page on my website that is dedicated to honor the men and women who have served or are serving our country. These brave men and women never cease to amaze when it comes to their sense of honor and country.  They talk about why they serve and how it affects family and their experiences while serving. 

There are heroes everywhere. I want to hear about yours when you enter The Hometown Hero Contest.  Just tell me in 500 words or less who your hero is and why and the five winners will be submitted to my blog. The top story will be submitted to my blog and receive two copies of The Pact, one for the entrant and one for the hero.
 
The Pact is a story about a strong woman of faith and valor who takes on what seems to be impossible, yet she powers through to the other side the better for it. She meets a group of men who jump in to assist feet first, no questions asked. They build a strong alliance that takes them into one mystery after another.
 
The road to becoming published can be challenging but I would like to thank everyone at Bad Day Books for turning that into a great experience. They have a phenomenal support system.
 
I hope you enjoy reading The Pact and I look forward to sharing with you the next book in the series, The Lie.

CN Bring
Author at Assent Publishing, LLC
 

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The Anatomy of Fear

fearWomanHandsWhat is fear? Generally, it is your mind’s response to any stimulus it sees as a threat, danger, or harm. From a medical viewpoint, the amygdalae and organs in the limbic system detect danger and send signals which generate the emotion. Then that fear emotion triggers either a flight or fight response. Fear is supposed to be a good thing, a way for your body to protect itself by going into full alert mode. But that brings along with it a certain amount of unwanted baggage. People experiencing fear frequently can’t think straight. If you are being chased you want to think quickly on your feet, not have a brain cramp. Some people lose the ability to speak clearly. That waver or crack in your voice might be the difference between playing it cool enough for the bad guy to think you’re not on to him and death. Shaky hands might be able to fire a gun but I doubt they’ll hit the intended target.

fearKidWe are all born with two inbred fears: the fear of sudden loud noises and the fear of falling. Everything else you picked up somewhere along the way. Some fears are consistent with our age and change as we grow older. Young children are afraid of being alone and older adults are afraid of losing their independence. A 2005 Gallup poll listed the top five fears of 13 to 15 year olds were: 5. war 4. failure 3. death 2. spiders, and 1. terrorist attacks. Clearly, major events such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks have a huge impact on our fears. The amygdalae actually save a database of images of fear situations from your past. This fear database is called upon first to invoke the emotion of fear. If you run into a situation similar to a fear situation from your past, you are alerted to stop and figure out how to avoid it.

What happens if you can’t avoid it or if the stimulus intensifies?  Let’s say you have been fearRunningkidnapped and the kidnapper is pushing you closer to the edge of a roof or the center of a fire. As the fear intensifies your breathing speeds up, your blood flow slows down causing your hands to get cold, your stomach muscles tense causing digestion issues, and your brain is affected by hormonal increases and other chemical changes. You sweat, get dry mouth, and your hair may stand on end. Then your amygdalae start searching through those images of previous experiences for an escape route. All of this occurs before your conscious mind is even aware of the danger. It is all an instinctive reaction to previous fear events.

If you consistently come up empty when your amygdalae search for escape routes, you begin to experience health issues. High blood pressure, chronic fatigue, headaches, even stomach ulcers and arthritis may develop. What types of events might leave your mind so puzzled? There are three types of fear events: inherited, painful, and unknown. Inherited fears include the birth fears of falling and noise, but also include things like suffocation, drowning, vermin attacks, even stage fright. The root of stage fright comes from the inherent fear of being noticed, and thereafter attacked, by a predator. Pain roots include not only physical pain but pain from the loss of a loved one or an unpleasant psychological experience with a teacher or a bully. The unknown group of fears comes from such things as war and terrorism where the outcome is unclear, but can also include things like job loss.

fearLoveOkay so we know what fear is and what instills it in us. So what makes some of us yearn for more? Well the answer may lie in how we deal with fear. When fear impacts someone’s ability to carry on a normal life, they may seek out such answers. A person that fears water may be asked to confront that fear by first sticking their toe in the water, then working their way up from there. This is called desensitization. Prior to that however, the mere realization of the fear starts the healing process. Self-awareness has been proven to reduce the causes of fear. This is because the amygdalae are actually trumped by the rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC) – the attention center of the brain. Beyond awareness, mind control exercises such as meditation, relaxation, and even planning scenarios can be employed to reduce the fear response.

Riding a rollercoaster would be an insane undertaking if you didn’t know that the ride had been tested and retested and ridden by many people before you. There is comfort in watching the last group’s experience and seeing the smiles on their faces as they exit the car before you get on the ride. Reading a scary book puts your fears into a manageable group of events. You know that the crazed dog can’t actually leap out of the book and bite you. If it gets too intense, you simply close the book.

A century ago you might have found some written incidents leaving the detail to the imagination of the reader. Today frightening scenes are played out in much more graphic detail. Is this phenomenon preparing us with more escape routes or reducing the brain’s ability to alert us to potential dangers? Certainly as we age we have more opportunity to have experienced more and more of these fake fear scenarios. When we know there is no real danger to harm us, we continue take fear to much higher levels.  Of course, being desensitized to fear does not mean that you enjoy it more, just that you are used to that particular fear.

fearLove2A professor at the University of Delaware, Marvin Zuckerman, cites differences in genetic and brain biochemistry that may identify the sensation-seeker. He theorizes that people seek fear experiences as a means of releasing neurochemicals in the brain’s pleasure center. This explains why some people want to bungee-jump while others avoid it like the plague. But the need to satisfy cravings for danger keeps increasing as each fear event is registered in the amygdalae.

So what’s all this mean to us horror, thriller, and suspense writers? Well to me it means we need to continue to build on the foundation fears that we know readers will relate to. But then we should be constantly seeking that new thrill ride for our readers. If you have a new fear experience for our over stimulated amygdalae we’d love to read it. Please email it to me at editor@baddaybooks.com. For complete submission requirements please visit us at the Bad Day Books section of Assent Publishing.

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Starve a Cold, Feed a Zombie??

I never know whether I’m supposed to starve the cold or feed it, and what about the fever?Zombie Don’t the cold and fever go together sometimes? Thank goodness we have a vast and brilliant medical society to query for research to add realism to our writing. Now zombies I know. Feeding is all they do. Anything else is creative liberty, sometimes taken a bit too far over the line. Oh sure it works great for zomedies, (the comedic zombie sub-sub genre, think Shawn of the Dead). Maybe even a splash of sci-fi where humans intervene with medical science like Universal Soldier, but then, technically we’re not really dealing with zombies anymore, are we? When I have on my acquisitions editor hat at Bad Day Books, Assent Publishing’s horror, thriller, and suspense imprint, I am looking much more broadly than just zombies, or monsters (human or unreal), or even horror. I am seeking storylines that take the protagonist out of the norm and toss them into an uncomfortable zone. It’s not so much about the catalyst, be it horror, thriller, suspense, even mystery. It’s about how the protagonist navigates the plot and grows through the experience. Okay, so that may be a bit too broad, so let me give you a bit more of an idea about what I am looking for at Bad Day Books.

Supernatural or Paranormal Horror – Does your story have characters from beyond MonstersIncsuch as ghosts, goblins, or other unearthly beings (supernatural); or vampires, shapeshifters, or fantastical beings (paranormal)? What I am looking for is strong unforgettable characters capable of battling against the odds while creeping into the reader’s heart. I want to think to myself, “What’s Sandy doing today?” while I’m standing in the check-out line at grocery store, only to remember, “Oh, yeah . . . she’s not real, she’s in that book I’m reading.” The protagonist can be a normal, average Joe that just happens to live next door to a nest of vampires, or the protagonist can be the vampire living next door to a nest of meddling, out of work, beer drinking yahoos. The plot can travel around the world or just as far as the reader’s own home or backyard.  It can be set in the past, present, or future, maybe even hop around via backstory. Good and bad guys can span across species and even inanimate objects. As long as we worry along with them, bite our nails, check under the sofa, and pray for their safe landing at the end of the tale. If romance is the central element, Breathless Books, our romance imprint is the place to submit paranormal romance manuscripts.

Contemporary Horror – Horror tale telling in the present (or not too distant past orScaryToaster future) often expands it reach to the general fiction category. An effective scaring technique is to place the protagonist in the reader’s surroundings and toss an evil element in their path. Stephen King and Dean Koontz have been keeping readers up all night for decades, fearful of both the obvious (werewolves), and the ordinary (your toaster). Take your time and research while writing to really understand the everyday nuances of the life of your reader and develop multi-dimensional believable characters. Where do they work? Where do they play? What are their interests in family and friends? What are their subconscious quirks and habits? Package that carefully to appeal to your readers and wrap it up in an intriguing storyline. I’d love to give it a read.

Apocalyptic Horror – Okay, we all know the world is going to end sometime, but when? apocalypseToday? Next week? Far out into the future in a world wrought with out of control societal oversight . . . well maybe that’s not so far out as we think. One thing’s for sure, if it already happened, you wouldn’t have pen in hand. The crisis is huge and all things living, dead, and inanimate, feel the impact as they await . . . or survive the inevitable. Due to the grand nature of the theme, there are often numerous characters, sometimes geographically and culturally disbursed, introduced into the storyline. Overbuilt character lists are easily remedied by employing a few well placed mini-disasters along the way to kill off the growing populations. These manuscripts are usually lengthy, between 90,000 and 130,000 words. Sometimes the storylines are instruments designed to spark conversation, suggest real societal answers, or to express disappointment or concern. For the less lofty in cause, these are also great vehicles for action, suspense, and a thrilling ride worthy of pitching a blockbuster movie screenplay.

Psychological Horror – The definition of horror is an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear. WherePsychotic better than the human psyche to seek both the inflictor and recipient of such terror? The Home by Scott Nicholson and Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk are great examples. Strange that this is also where you often find humor. Whether it is the sick quirk of a tormentor or the day to day levity that bonds you with a sympathetic character, well placed humor allows the reader to digest the unthinkable and gather the nerve to complete the novel. I just love psychological horror! Plot lines can focus on the cat and mouse between two characters or a single tormented soul, with backstory to enrich each character with detail. The reader’s attachment, whether in agreement or disgust, to each character is critical. Authors get to know each character intimately and commit them to paper, sometimes prior to starting the manuscript.

Humorous Horror - Okay, so it’s hard to take zombies seriously. You don’t think bad day so much as maybe bad hair day, but with all that blood and guts, it’s definitely still in the horror genre. The success of zombie movies has spurred a great deal of writing, some more inspired than other. Similar to apocalyptic horror, successful books tend to parody social LincolnZombiescustoms, inspire change, or introduce a concept so new and refreshing to us that conversation and mimicry occur in social networking or even advertisements. Since this theme has been a bit overdone, I am seeking real rapier type wit or vastly unique subject matter in the zombie realm. There has been an upswing in historical humorous horror (say that one five times fast). Past U.S. Presidents seem to be particularly vulnerable as subjects (What would happen if President Lincoln had a run in with zombies as a child?) Written well, humorous horror can attract a much wider audience than other horror sub-genres because humor is universal. Ask any comedian though . . . humor is tough to get right. So please, make me laugh, I could use the release!

Thrillers and Suspense – The definition of thriller is to cause to feel a sudden intense sensation. Similar to thriller, the definition of suspense is anxiety or apprehension resulting from uncertainty. A well defined, gripping plot is crucial here. We don’t want to know what’sAsian beauty holding gun with smoke going to happen next. If we do know, we are holding out hope that against all odds, it won’t happen. The element of mystery can be employed but is not essential. It is the feeling of angst that keeps us turning the page. There are many ways to accomplish that. Series have strong well thought out protagonists resolving incidents by profession (Alex Cross) or by chance (Odd Thomas). I like unique or quirky bad guys, whether solo or serial killers, career criminals, or just plain psychotics. Manuscripts with single or series strong, self-propelling, well defined lead characters are welcome. Adrenaline-pumping, kick ass women rock!

Horror novels can contain elements of multiple sub-genres. In addition to the sub-genres mentioned above, sci-fi, mystery, even romance can be part of your plot. Assent Publishing and its Bad Day Books Imprint are excited to find and publish great new and established talent.

Assent Publishing’s Bad Day Books Imprint is currently accepting horror, thriller, and suspense submissions. Please send your submissions to editor@baddaybooks.com. I have my up all night light ready and my wiener dog faithfully at my side to ward off all the terror you can toss my way. Bring it on!

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Bad Day Books Welcomes New Author CN Bring

ThrillerSuspenseWomanThrillers come in all shapes and sizes but the common thread is nail biting tension and adrenaline pumping excitement. Psychological thrillers focus on the emotional turmoil of characters rather than their physical strength. Crime thrillers are about criminals, whether vilified or glorified. It may be a courtroom drama with a lot of back story or a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer. While point of view varies, the crime is the focus. In mystery thrillers, the plot must keep the reader turning the page. Who done what is name of the game andThrillerMystery clues, deduction, and suspenseful elements frequently drive the plot forward. All thrillers require well defined characters which are frequently more important than the plot. They may contain elements of horror, mystery, drama, or even humor like Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Thriller plots can be political, historical, medical, legal, religious, high-tech, even romantic. I love a good military thriller.

Bad Day Books is, well, thrilled to announce that we have HusbandGravesigned CN Bring’s novel The Pact. The story is the first in a series about a strong female character surviving in a predominately man’s world. Commander Celia Kelly is a perceptive Naval Intelligence Officer rebuilding her life after the tragic loss of her husband. Newly assigned a mission planning Intel for a SEAL Team, the suspicious suicide of a fellow Officer has Kelly questioning everything. With the help of a one of a kind secretary, a by the bookWhoCanBeTrusted assistant, and a Navy SEAL, Kelly discovers she’s been set up. Digging relentlessly, nothing is as it seems. Someone is after twenty million dollars that disappeared when Kelly’s husband went MIA and now that someone is after her! With surprises at the turn of every page, the original characters and three dimensional plot lines keep the suspense going until the very end.

CN Bring AuthorPicCNBringBlogcomes from an Army family with relatives that continue to serve. It was natural for her to gravitate toward military intrigue and suspense. Ms. Bring earned her Associates Degree in Criminal Investigation for Private Investigation. Her extensive research and life experience lend authenticity to her writing. She is a member of Christian Motorcyclist Association, Military Writers Society of America, and Women’s National Book Association.

Look for The Pact in March!

Assent Publishing’s Bad Day Books Imprint is currently accepting horror, thriller, suspense, and apocalyptic submissions. Send your submissions to editor@baddaybooks.com. I’ve got my up-all-night-light in one hand and my Kindle in the other. Can you keep me on the edge of my seat?

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