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The Sirens of Suspense

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Starr Gardinier Reina is a paralegal for a law firm in California and an Executive Editor for Suspense Magazine as well as the author of the young adult novels CRUEL WHISPERS and CRUEL PAST as well as the Ivanovich crime series featuring Russian muscle Pavel Ivanovich and his boss, Italian mob head Carlo Mancini, the most recent of which, ONE MAJOR MISTAKE, was released on July 10, 2012.

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http://www.queenwriter.com/index.html

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Genre jumping is as it sounds. An author writes let’s say, in the horror genre, but they are skilled enough to also weave a romantic tale. That is genre jumping. Typically, I write in the suspense/thriller/crime genres, but am jumping to the paranormal with a future release.

item9It’s a tricky venture. By that I mean, if your readers and fans see only one style from you and suddenly, you release something completely different, they might get a little upset. Take Dean Koontz for example. He has been considered the master of suspense before he released BREATHLESS, a paranormal novel. His fans were outraged, but I do believe he is slowing proving himself. If Dean Koontz can do it effectively (albeit, slowly), we should be able to. Bear in mind however, your readers and fans may have something to say about it. Here’s to hoping my following will still like me when I switch to paranormal.

For today’s post, I’ve decided to do something a little different to show you how one scene can be different when altered by genre. Below you will find two versions of a scene taken from ONE MAJOR MISTAKE, the third and final in the thrilling Ivanovich series being released on July 10, 2012. One scene is the actual scene, in which I ‘bleeped’ out cuss words, and one has been revised to fit the paranormal genre. This is a special exercise for entertainment purposes. Who said you can’t genre jump within one book?

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“What the **** do you think you’re doing?”

“What are you talking about?”

“Jackson’s a cop and you don’t tell me?”

“I . . . ”

Diaz smacked her and she fell to the pavement. Then he kicked her in the ribs.

“You could have ruined everything!”

“I’m sorry, Diaz.”

“Don’t give me that ****! I should kill you,” Diaz took his gun out and aimed it at her.

She put her hands up and said, “Don’t. Please. I didn’t have a choice. I tried to warn you.”

“Too late! That agent heard and saw too much.”

“He doesn’t know anything.”

“He knows we killed that other agent’s wife. This isn’t the first time you’ve tried to railroad me.”

Diaz cocked the hammer back on the gun.

“Please,” she begged again.

“You’re a sorry piece of ****. You know that?”

She tried to stand up, but Diaz kicked her again.

“You don’t get up unless I tell you that you can.”

She remained on the ground, cowering. Diaz leaned down and grabbed a fistful of her hair and pulled her toward his face.

“I should kill you. The only reason I won’t yet is because I still need eyes and ears. If you ***** stab me in the back again, you can kiss your sorry *** goodbye!”

Diaz roughly pushed her head back and walked away.

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“What do you think you’re doing?”

“What are you talking about?”

“Jackson’s a cop and you don’t tell me?”

“I . . . ”

Diaz smacked her and she blew across the pavement. He glided to her and kicked her in the ribs, his foot passing through to the other side.

Frustrated, he bellowed, “You could have ruined everything.”

“I’m sorry, Diaz.”

“Don’t give me that ****! I should kill you,” Diaz took his gun out and aimed it at her.

She smiled at him and said, “You can try, but you can’t kill the dead. Besides, I tried to warn you.”

“You mean when you appeared in my dream last night? That’s not good enough. That agent heard and saw too much, no thanks to you.”

“He doesn’t know anything.”

“He knows we killed that other agent’s wife. He knows we exist! This isn’t the first time you’ve tried to railroad me.”

“Correction,” she stated, “he knows you exist. He’s never seen me.”

“I can fix that.” Diaz cocked the hammer back on the gun. “This isn’t a gun with bullets. This,” he plastered an evil smile on his face, “has a special mixture in it. What one can’t see, can see again.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Witch! Ghost! You shall be no more. Those who cannot see you now, will be able to view every inch of that pathetic shape you call a human form.”

“You have the potion? Who gave you that?”

“It doesn’t matter,” he took aim.

“Please,” she begged again.

“You’re a sorry piece of ****. You know that?”

She used all of her strength to fade from his eyesight, a trick she learned years ago from the teachings of her mother. The fading only half worked.

“I can still see your head. The most important part,” he cackled and took aim.

Before she knew it, her body was swirling as if it were caught up in the eye of a tornado. Once it stopped, she was dizzy and fell to the ground.

“Ouch!” she had fallen on a rock.

That meant the potion had worked and she could feel everything a body could. She tried to stand up, but Diaz kicked her.

“You don’t get up unless I tell you that you can.”

She remained on the ground, cowering, knowing she had been beat this round. Diaz leaned down and grabbed a fistful of her hair and pulled her toward his face.

“I should kill you while you’re in your human form. The only reason I won’t yet is because I still need eyes and ears. If you stab me in the back again, you can kiss your ghostly spirit form goodbye!”

Diaz roughly pushed her head back and walked away.

 

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TELL US WHICH VERSION DO YOU LIKE BETTER? DO YOU LIKE TO GENRE JUMP? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN A DIFFERENT GENRE? OR ASK STARR A QUESTION by commenting below or visit us and share your thoughts on our Facebook page and be entered to win the first in the Ivanovich series IN THE NAME OF REVENGE (e-book version)!

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