Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Murder, Madness and Love by Yolanda Renee: Spotlight and Excerpt


 



If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

 

        Early hours are my favorite. I'm usually awake and alert and ready for the day unless it's been an excessively long night of writing.

 

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

 

        I'd love to say Paris, France, but I've already written that book, so it would have to be Alaska. My third book is set there, from Deadhorse to Adak Island, I'd love to travel the route Detective Quaid takes to solve his next case. Wait, I know, I'll start book 3 in Paris, that way I can start out there! Yeah, that's the ticket!

 

Entice us, what future projects are you considering?

 

        I have a new novel set in the year 3036 on a distant plant in the Salus Galaxy. I can't wait to develop it fully. Settlers from earth land to establish a colony. There are four continents and each one is settled with a different type of government established.

 

You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?

 

        A bookstore, I've always wanted to own one. I have big plans to make it a readers and writers haven.

 

Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it? If so, can you share it?

 

        This is from Memories of Murder:

 

"Sometimes, we make choices based on a price that's beyond what we can pay at that moment. Sometimes, evil gains the upper hand, but it's never forever. We just have to keep fighting. Eventually, the victory will be ours."

 

 

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

 

        I've always loved Gone with the Wind, and I'd love to add one more chapter where Scarlett and Rhett finally acknowledge their love. I'm a real sucker for the happy ending. I've already written a fan fiction ending for Margaret Mitchell's short story, Lost Laysen.

 

Do you have a Website or Blog?

 

        Right now my website yolandarenee.com goes directly to my blog site http://yolandarenee.blogspot.com – I see no reason to have both, but I do own the domain name yolandarenee, which may prove useful in the future.


Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

       

        For me reading is all about escape, entertainment, and enjoyment. I read for that purpose, and my books offer the same.
 
 
 
 

 

Tagline:
After a gritty detective becomes involved with a beautiful widow suspected of murder, rumor and obsession obstruct his quest for justice.



 
Blurb:


A killer plays cat and mouse with a young widow against the snowy backdrop of an Alaskan winter.

 
Branded a black widow after the suspicious death of her millionaire husband, Sarah Palmer flees Seattle for Anchorage.
 
But the peace and quiet she hoped to enjoy in her hometown is soon shattered: The killer is murdering Sarah look-alikes on the 14th of each month, taunting Sarah with a valentine of evidence.
 
After her experiences in Seattle, Sarah is slow to go to the police. When she finally does, she finds Detective Steven Quaid, who is called on to protect the beautiful widow from a stalker intent on her destruction.
 
Steven is not entirely sure she is not behind the scheme herself, and before long Sarah has him wound up tighter than barbed wire. Is Sarah a victim or a very skilled manipulator?
With a killer on the loose and a climbing body count, Steven can't afford to hedge his bets-or his life



Sunlight blazes on an empty canvas.
 
Arctic winds gather snowflakes on a frosty window ledge as a statuesque form appears. She moves past a table littered with papers. Headlines splash news of murder, but it's the photo of another young woman with features mirroring her own that draws her attention.
 
A different headline peeks from underneath the Anchorage Times.
 
Wealthy Businessman Dies in Car Crash ... BLACK WIDOW SUSPECTED!
 
Graphic images swirl through her head and a tear rolls down her cheek. She drifts toward an easel and a trembling hand dips a sable brush into a palette of paint.
 
The Westminster doorbell chimes. The brush slips and blood-red paint stains the floor.
 
Detective Steven Quaid waits. His Tlingit, Indian features carved from granite, mask his Irish passion ...
 
Will he arrest her this time?
 
All fingers point to her guilt.
 
But, is she guilty of this cunning plot? Or, just a victim of circumstantial evidence?
 
The door opens ...
 
His eyes lock on hers ...
 
His heart races ...
 
Hers skips a beat.
 
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Memories of Murder

October 4, 2013
 

Decades ago, the seeds were planted …
Today, dark, fathomless eyes rake the image before him. One final task and the transformation is complete. Steady fingers screw intricately carved horns on each side of a stiff brow, and a gargoyle suitable for Notre Dame scowls from the smokey mirror in satisfaction.
A jagged smile rips through his smooth, hairless face, and inked, reptilian scales caress his naked body.
A laugh of hideous resonance emanates from his gut as the demons of hell welcome Lucifer into their fold.

In a dungeon-like chamber, his Lilith awaits. The kidnapped daughter of a nun, groomed to fit the final piece in the complex puzzle for world domination. Will Lucifer marry his bride, on the summer solstice?

Only two things stand in his way ...

His greed ...

And ...

Detective Steven Quaid.

~ Murder, Madness & Love is available now at ~

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~ Memories of Murder will be available October 4, 2013 ~
 
 




An adventurous spirit took Yolanda Renée to Alaska where she hiked the Brooks Range, traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and learned to sleep under the midnight sun.
 

She claims her vivid imagination as a blessing, a habit, a hobby, a calling and sometimes a curse.


Renée now resides in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, two sons, and Boston terrier, Patches.











 

4 comments:

Yolanda Renee said...

Thank you Laurie, so appreciate the support!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Laurie,

Nice to meet you... Some really great questions.

Hey, Yolanda,

Wow... your next project sounds so cool. Never suspected you'd write a futuristic tale.

I love writer's who write with more than one genre/style. I honestly feel if you can write, you can write anything.

Talent should span on so many different levels. It's also good for the writer to challenge themselves.

Yolanda Renee said...

Thanks Michael, you've been following me all day, your comments are so appreciated!

I can't wait to get started again on 3036 - I have a lot of great stories, just need the time to flesh them out and finish them.

Julie Flanders said...

Great interview! That book set in the future sounds really intriguing - good luck with developing it, Yolanda.

Really looking forward to your next one in October. Hard to believe it is next week, time is really flying.