Experiences in Research

It occurred to me that my readers might enjoy reading about how I go about getting some of my research. I’ve found that the best way to write good, strong fiction scenes is to actually experience the scene that I plan to write about. This means that I often take up hobbies, sports or activities temporarily so that I can get a sense for how my fiction characters would feel when they experience these events or activities. I hope you enjoy the entertainment. As you’ll find, not all of my experiences went as planned. Some of my more adventurous exploits had very interesting results.

New Release: The Invisible

The spiritual realm exists just outside the range of normal, human senses, but a select group of people have been blessed with supernatural abilities that allow them to see into this realm. These gifts make them a target for the forces of evil, and also empower them to be a force for good. These people are called the Invisible.

Excerpt:
Connor Jensen hadn’t known how much more there was to the world, until he was able to see what had previously been hidden from him. His journey had started out quite innocuously. He’d been on his way home from work and he’d taken the subway, as usual. It had been Friday evening, and he’d been looking forward to getting home, trading his work suit for a pair of sweats and slumping down in front of the TV for a little rerun time. But then he’d met her and his life had changed forever.

He’d noticed the woman the moment she entered the subway car, and when she took the seat beside him, Connor had been rendered speechless at her beauty. Hers was not the traditional prettiness that so many women cultivated. No, she had something different about her, a beauty which seemed to emanate from inside. Of course, her face and form were gorgeous too, but it was something else that drew Connor to her. Something almost spiritual. She was completely without artifice. She wore no makeup that Connor could see – which, in his experience, was quite unusual for a woman – no nail polish, no cloying perfume, no eye shadow, lipstick or face powder. Yet, she seemed to be spectacularly beautiful to him. Her long blond hair was loose and free around her face, and her blue eyes were clear and happy.

Connor was immediately drawn to her. He sat there beside her, arguing with himself. Should he be bold and ask for her number? Or should he be polite and ignore her presence? He was sure that, with her looks and inner beauty, men asked her for her phone number all of the time. He was still arguing with himself when she spoke.

“Actually, you’d be surprised to know that no one ever asks me for my phone number.”

Her voice was as beautiful as the rest of her, and for a moment her words did not register. He heard only the sweet husky timbre of her voice and he was a little bewildered over the fact that she was talking to him. But then, he realized what she’d said.

“Excuse me?” he asked, trying to be polite.

“You were wondering if you should ask for my phone number, and thinking that it might be rude, since so many other men must have done it before you. Weren’t you?”

Connor nodded dumbly, “Yes, as a matter of fact, I was. But, how did you…?”

“How did I know? Simple. I can read your mind. I can read the mind of almost anyone, really. Most people don’t know the secret of how to protect their thoughts, or even see the need for it at all. And, just for your information, most men don’t ask for my phone number because, quite truthfully, they usually cannot see me. It is quite odd that you can.”

Connor cleared his throat, trying to think of something polite to say. Why was it that, when he finally had the chance to talk to a beautiful woman - one who interested him in a way that he hadn’t been interested in for a very long while - she turned out to be insane?

She laughed. “Don’t worry, I’m not insane. Far from it actually. I don’t know what to call it exactly, but it is definitely not insanity. Perhaps extreme spirituality?”

“You really can read my mind then?”

The woman winked at him, then put a finger to her lips in a motion for him to be quiet. She pointed to several of his fellow passengers, who were all looking at him oddly.

“You’d better stop talking to me, or they will think you are the insane one. You are the only person here who can see me, it seems.”

The Sovereign's Slaves is now available

The Sovereign's Slaves, the third book in my popular Christian Dystopian Narrow Gate series, is now available!

Doing the right thing is not always easy...

Dangers that Kara and Mathew never imagined lurk along the Narrow Road, and the journey to find the Narrow Gate is difficult. But, with Otto and a newly freed tracken at their side, Kara is hopeful that they will soon complete their journey and be reunited with their fathers at the Gate.

Doing the right thing requires sacrifices...

She quickly realizes how wrong she is. Leaving the other Strays and tracken behind to suffer as slaves under the Sovereign's rule is not the right thing to do. They must return to GateWide and risk entering the House, even knowing that it my cost them their freedom, or their very lives.

Experiences in Research - Hackers and the Deep Web for ZERO DAY

Researching Hackers and the Deep Web:
Did you know that my author site was recently hacked? Care to hazard a guess as to why? Well, I can’t be sure, but I think it might have something to do with the research I’ve been doing lately for my newest Suspense book (ZERO DAY, book two in the Sam Stone series). You see, I’ve been doing copious amounts of research on hacking and also on the Deep Web.

Some refer to the Deep Web as the Dark Web, some say that the Dark Web is just a part of the Deep Web, with the Deep Web being the larger whole. No matter what you call it, it’s kind of a scary place! For instance, did you know it is possible to actually buy people on the Dark Web? That's not a typo. PEOPLE! If my research is factual, then it is possible to actually buy a person on the Web. Very creepy!

I'm guessing that someone noticed my research and decided to hack my author site. No worries though, I recovered my data, patched the security holes and blocked a whole slew of IP addresses. (And hey, if you hackers are reading this, that is NOT A CHALLENGE to try again. Please, twice was enough, okay guys? I'm only doing research!!)

The life of an author is never dull!

Experiences in Research - Deep Down, Underground

Let me start by saying that I’m a bit claustrophobic. When I travel, I always look for the exits, and I cannot abide the feeling of being trapped inside a place. So, you can imagine that I really did not want travel 650 feet underground to do research for DEEP DOWN (book one in the Sam Stone series) – but, how else would Stone and Jenny know what being trapped underground felt like? So, I took the plunge and did it.

Cover Reveal: DEEP DOWN by Janean Worth

The new cover for DEEP DOWN is ready!
DEEP DOWN is a brand new Suspense/Thriller novel by author Janean Worth.

An all-new series with an all-new hero! Sam Stone will take your breath away.

Deep down, six hundred and forty feet underground, danger lurks...

Jenny Strafford and her fiance, Stone, are out for a dinner date with friends. It’s supposed to be fun, romantic even, but the setting leaves much to be desired, at least for Jenny. She’s not fond of enclosed spaces, or being underground.

What starts out as a fun evening soon turns into a dangerous struggle to survive.

In order to protect Jenny, Stone must fall back on his military police training. And even those hard-won skills may not be enough to save the love of his life - and over a hundred other innocent people trapped underground with them.

After the Fall - Prequel to The Narrow Gate - Now FREE!


Centuries after the Fall, the world is a different place than it used to be...

When she suddenly becomes a Stray, Kara is forced to flee the relative safety of GateWide in order to avoid becoming a slave to the cruel Sovereign. Hunted deep into the wilds by the Sovereign's Enforcers, Kara must find a way to survive, relying only on her own scarce knowledge of the decimated wilderness outside the settlement's walls.

Surrounded by mutated creatures in an unfamiliar environment, Kara soon realizes that many of the things that she thought she knew about the wilderness had been based on lies that had been taught to all the people of GateWide.

Why have the people of the settlement been misled and how will she find the truth with only one small clue to guide her?

Now FREE on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

New this week: BRAIN BOTS

BRAIN BOTS is the third, and final, book in the Mind Mods series.

The nanobot infestation is back with a vengeance! More adaptive and harder to beat that before, these new nanobots are spreading uncontrollably across the globe, threatening to wipe out all free will and make everyone a slave to the insane whims of the Benefactor.
Julie and Derek must stop them once and for all - and this time, they need an advantage. And they need it fast.

THE COMPLETE MIND MODS SERIES IN ONE BOOK!

Now you can get the entire MIND MODS series in one book! Read all three books, MIND MODS, INFECTED and BRAIN BOTS, all in one bundle.
Available now at only at Amazon!

GUARDING KAMI

GUARDING KAMI is a new Christian Romantic Suspense novel. Now available EXCLUSIVELY at Amazon!

Kami never wanted her grandfather's fortune, but he left it to her anyway. Now, she's not only been labeled as money hungry, she's also attracted the attention of a determined stalker.

When an equally determined Private Investigator from her church insists on helping her, Kami is reluctant to trust him. After all, most people are only out to try to get a piece of her inheritance. But Gabe Mathews seems as if he just might be different.

Can she put aside her damaged heart and trust in Gabe's Christian intentions before the stalker makes a move? Or is he just another person who intends to take advantage of her?

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