About J. L. Campbell

National Bestselling Author, J.L. Campbell writes in a range of genres. Campbell, who hails from Jamaica, has penned forty books. She is a certified editor, and book coach. When she’s not writing, Campbell adds to her extensive collection of photos detailing Jamaica’s flora and fauna. Visit her on the web at amazon.com/author/jlcampbell or  www.joylcampbell.com

Why Readers Love Thrillers

These days, thrillers are the hottest reads around. They’ve taken the market by storm and keep readers engrossed from start to finish. But what do readers enjoy most about these kinds of stories? What keeps them riveted? Join me as I explore what it is we love about these page-turners.

1. The twists and turns within the plot. These keep readers turning the pages, especially when there are secrets to be unraveled and bad guys to be tracked down. The excitement of the chase keeps our adrenalin racing while we immerse ourselves in the world of the characters from the safe confines of our homes.

2. Being inside the head of the perpetrator or the hero who’s taken the job of bringing him/her to heel. Trying to figure out what motivates a devious person to do the things they do. Most of us prefer to stay on the straight and narrow, but it’s quite interesting being on the other side and looking inside a terrible mind.

3. Admit it, some of us are fascinated with murder and mayhem. We get a second-hand high from reading about bad things happening to good people, knowing that the hero will make things right and that all will be well with the world. Having things right side up leaves us with a deep sense of satisfaction and justice served.

4. Traveling to different locales as armchair adventurers. I like being taken outside of my culture and seeing the world between the pages of a book, and I suspect you do as well. Through books, I’ve traveled to more countries than I’ve been privileged to visit and learned much about the culture of folks I’ll never meet.

5. The learning experience. My viewpoint has been expanded by many bits of information I’ve picked up by reading books, particularly those that specialize in fields such as forensics and medicine.

6. Figuring out the who-dun-it. Half the thrill is trying to figure out who did what and why they did it. It gives a sense of accomplishment when you’re able to follow the clues and have them make sense. I know that’s my experience.

7. We live vicariously through the plethora of emotions we experience while reading a thriller—anxiety, anger, despair, fear, confusion, satisfaction. We immerse ourselves between the pages and go for a ride that sometimes leaves us drained but buzzed for having been on a roller-coaster ride of feelings.

Now that we’ve discussed the various reasons we enjoy books that grip us by the shirt and refuse to let go until the end, let me tell you about Flames of Wrath, a psychological thriller that will be published on November 28.

The need to right a wrong against an innocent victim triggers a hailstorm of revenge.

In less than twenty-four hours—before Alexia Leighton is scheduled to return to Miami from spring break in Jamaica—a group of friends betray her in a grisly assault that stops a heartbeat away from murder. The seventeen-year-old prays for the mercy of death. She survives.

While on the road to recovery, Alexia’s attackers become victims of mysterious acts of violence, leaving authorities confounded and racing against time to prevent another deadly attack. Concern looms, as the perpetrator has proven to be two steps ahead of them at every turn.

When the attention swings to Alexia’s mother, a cyber-security expert, the family closes ranks. Geneva Leighton must quickly eliminate herself as a suspect, but not without handing down more punishment.

The offenders fear for their own safety and the secrets that plague them. Can they trust the police to find the killer before someone else dies, or has their fate been sealed—leaving them with no place to run, and no place to hide . . .

Buy links: https://books2read.com/u/baqj88

Taking Things One Day at a Time

After the madness of running around for work and the business of life, plus the heat in these parts, it’s easy to be frazzled and exhausted at the end of each day.

I’ve been trying to slow down and do less than I’ve been doing. But what has made the most difference is living in each moment, without worrying about later or tomorrow.

I’ve realized that we spend so much time outside of the present moment we’re in that sometimes we can’t enjoy what’s in front of us now.

It’s okay to plan, but not to stress and obsess about things we can’t change. It’s also good to take some time each day to breathe, empty our minds, and decompress. By spending quiet time, we come to realize that nothing we stress about is as important as we make it out to be. So, be sure to schedule some quiet time each day. You won’t regret it.

And speaking of time. Check out these friends who take a very long time to find what they were both looking for … https://microlinks.io/TheShortGame

Guarding Your Peace in Today’s World

In these fast-paced days we’re living in, it’s not always possible to stay peaceful. We are buffeted by life, work, and many situations that don’t always leave us feeling at peace. Here are few tips to keep you grounded.

Set boundaries: Most often, we don’t do this until it’s too late, but it’s important to establish clear boundaries in both your personal and professional life. Learn to say “no” when necessary and make yourself a priority. 

Practice self-care: Engage in activities that nourish your body, mind, and soul. This can include exercise, meditation, spending time outdoors, engaging in hobbies you enjoy, or simply taking time for yourself.

Associate With Positive People: Choose your company wisely. Surround yourself with supportive individuals who contribute positively to your life. Avoid toxic relationships or environments that drain your energy or create unnecessary stress.

Limit Your Media Intake: Limit exposure to negative news, social media drama, or any content that makes you anxious or uneasy. Take breaks from technology and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

Remember that protecting your peace is an ongoing process requiring different strategies for various situations. Take time to think about what brings you peace and make conscious choices to move your life in a positive direction.

In keeping with the theme of peace, I’d like to introduce you to Samantha DaCosta, Queen of Kingston. Her life is anything but peaceful on the family front. Her father is a source of discord in the family and affects her life in other ways. Try out this romantic suspense novel and see how she comes into her own. You won’t regret it. http://microlinks.io/QueenofKgn

What’s Your Reading Preference?

Reader preferences are as varied and diverse as the books they love to read. From romance to mystery, science fiction to historical fiction, and everything in between, readers have their own unique tastes and styles when it comes to choosing what they want to read.

So, what are some of the most common reader preferences out there? Let’s take a look.

First up, we have the romance readers. These readers love a good love story, with all the ups and downs that come with it. From steamy passion to heart-wrenching breakups, romance readers crave the emotional rollercoaster of falling in love. They’re also suckers for a happy ending, and will devour any book that promises a satisfying conclusion for their favorite couple.

Next, we have mystery lovers. These readers are all about the suspense and intrigue, as they try to solve the whodunit before the protagonist does. Whether it’s a classic detective story or a modern thriller, mystery readers love to be kept on the edge of their seats, piecing together clues and unraveling the plot.

For science fiction fans, it’s all about exploring the unknown. These readers love to imagine what the future might look like, and are drawn to stories that take them to other worlds, introduce them to alien life forms, and challenge their understanding of the universe. Whether it’s hard sci-fi or more fantastical space operas, sci-fi readers are always looking for new frontiers to explore.

Then we have historical fiction aficionados. These readers are fascinated by the past, and love to dive into stories set in different eras and cultures. From ancient Rome to medieval Europe, from colonial America to the World Wars, historical fiction readers want to experience the sights, sounds, and emotions of a bygone era, while also learning something new about the world and the people who inhabited it.

Of course, these are just a few of the many reader preferences out there. Some readers might prefer non-fiction, while others love a good fantasy epic. Some might be drawn to literary fiction, while others want a fast-paced thriller. Whatever your reading tastes, there’s a book out there for you.

Speaking for myself, I love romantic suspense and have written a fair number of these novels. What’s your preference? Are you a romance reader, a mystery lover, a sci-fi fan, or a historical fiction aficionado? Or perhaps you’re something else entirely. Whatever your preference may be, happy reading!

If romantic suspense floats your boat, I invite you to dig into Taming Celeste, which explores the world of software piracy.

Blurb – Taming Celeste

After racking up one disaster after another, Celeste flees Jamaica, intent on changing her life. On the island of Cayman, she encounters Mark Weekes who makes her forget she’s sworn off men.

He’s everything she wants in the romance department; if only he’d stop running. A decision to follow him to his island home, Xantrope, puts her in the orbit of a killer.

After escaping a kidnapper and murderer five years ago, Mark turns his life around. The only complication is Celeste Davies, and trouble follows her the way night follows day.

Instead of the calm life he envisions, Mark ends up neck-deep in the world of software piracy. He has two choices. Walk away and leave Celeste to deal with a stalker by herself, or admit she means the world to him and help the police catch the man who’s determined to kill her.

Purchase Link – http://microlinks.io/TamingCeleste