Guest Post: J.R. Johansson on Why Everyone Should Be Reading Thrillers

Today is extra awesome. Not only is it Friday the 13th, but I have one of my favorite authors here on the blog for a guest post! Join me in welcoming J.R. Johansson, author of The Night Walkers series (Insomnia, Paranoia) and Cut Me Free!

So without further ado…


My sequel, PARANOIA, released this week (Huzzah! Release the confetti cannons!). So in honor of that fact & because today is Friday the Thirteenth, I’m going to tell you all the reasons why you should be (if you are not already) reading Thrillers.

1- Good thrillers make your body have a physical reaction to what you’re reading on the page

2- Europe is already doing it and as everyone knows, Europe is a trendsetter and everything they do is cool.

3- You can get your heart rate pounding by just flipping a page and sitting on a couch. What isn’t fantastic about that?

4- Yes, romance and kissing is sweet and sincere and wonderful a lot of the time…but occasionally you just have to blow things up.

5- High stakes in thrillers force characters to make difficult decisions about what is truly worth dying for. These are the kind of decisions that I love to read about authentic characters making. Don’t you?

Happy Friday the 13th!

– J.R. Johansson


Guest Post: J.R. Johansson on Why Everyone Should Be Reading ThrillersPARANOIA by J.R. Johansson
Series: The Night Walkers #2
Published by Flux on June 8, 2014
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In the aftermath of the events that nearly killed him, Parker Chipp is trying to learn to cope better with life as a Watcher. And it seems to be working...until he wakes up in jail with a hangover and 12 hours of missing time. Darkness has somehow taken control and Parker doesn't have a clue how to stop him. He finds an unlikely ally in Jack, the mysterious guy in the motorcycle jacket who offers to help Parker master his abilities as a Watcher. But even as they practice, the darkness inside Parker is getting more and more powerful, taking over Parker’s body and doing everything he can to destroy Parker's life.

When Jack reveals that there is another kind of Night Walker, known as a Taker, Parker starts to wonder if the strange things happening in Oakville are more than just a coincidence. After all, people are more than just sleepwalking. They're emptying their savings accounts with no memory of doing so, wandering into strange parts of town and disappearing, they're even killing other people--all in their sleep. If Parker wants to find out what's happening or have any hope of seeing his father again, he’ll have to defy Jack and put his own life in danger...because the more he learns about these other Night Walkers, the more certain he becomes that his life isn't the only one that could be lost.


About J.R. Johansson

J.R. JOHANSSON is a young adult thriller author. Her books INSOMNIA, PARANOIA (June 2014), and a third untitled book (June 2015) are with Flux Books. CUT ME FREE (Winter 2015) and another untitled book (Winter 2016) will be coming out with FSG/Macmillan. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. When she's not writing, she loves reading, playing board games, and sitting in her hot tub. Her dream is that someday she can do all three at the same time. She has two young sons and a wonderful husband. In fact, other than her cat, Cleo, she's nearly drowning in testosterone.


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