Monday, April 20, 2020

Welcome to a Murder, Just Because

Yolanda Renee is a great encourager of other writers and full of advice on the details of writing a good Murder Mystery... So glad to have her here today to support her latest release: MURDER, JUST BECAUSE!

Here's a little Q & A to tell you a little more about Yolanda's book, writing, and life...

1.  Tell us about Murder, Just Because. Who is Stowy Jenkins?

Murder, Just Because takes place ten years after The Snowman is caught and imprisoned. The Snowman escapes, and revenge is his goal, especially against Detective Steven Quaid, the man who put him in prison.

Stowy Jenkins is a former resident of West Virginia, a computer graphic designer who lives with his mother. He is charismatic, intelligent, and highly motivated. Stowy Jenkins is evil at its worst.

2.  What does literary success look like to you?

When I think of literary success, I see Margaret Mitchell. She only wrote one book, but it was a fantastic piece of literature, despite political correctness. Her book is a gift to the world. To have her dedication to perfection, even if I only wrote one book, would be ideal.

3.  Tell us about the book you’re working on now.

A Passion for Murder is the sixth book in the Detective Quaid series. I’m returning to the plot where the killer/antagonist is unknown. He/she will be one of the characters, but their identity will not be released until the end. I’m a bit used up when it comes to allowing the antagonist too much reign. My goal is to add more humor and less horror.

4.  What is your favorite season, and why?

Spring! The season of rebirth, love, hope, and magnificent colors. It’s also my birth month, and my name, Renee, means rebirth.

5.  What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

The aurora borealis. I used to fall asleep at night watching the northern lights dance across the Alaskan sky. Words could never express the beauty.

Thank you, Tara, for hosting me today on your blog and for highlighting my book, Murder, Just Because. It’s a fun escape from the world around us.

through MC Book Tours.

Rookie detective Steven Quaid’s reputation as an elite investigator skyrocketed when he captured one of the most sadistic serial killers in Alaskan history: Stowy Jenkins, AKA the Snowman. Some said it was beginner's luck. And that was ten years ago.

Now, Jenkins is back. Escaped from prison and on the move, his bloodlust is stronger than ever, and his methods of torture are even more horrifying than before. As his maniacal rampage continues and the number of mutilated bodies mounts, terrified Alaskans increasingly doubt Quaid’s ability to catch the killer again. Not only is his reputation is on the line, this time, Jenkins is out for revenge…

In a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, Jenkins picks off the people in Quaid’s life…slowly, gradually tightening his circle of corpses and drawing ever closer to the most important person in Quaid’s life...his wife. Can Quaid do the impossible again? Can he outmaneuver the killer, or has the detective's luck finally run out?

About the Author...
Author Yolanda Renee
At one time Alaska called to me, and I answered. I learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. I’ve traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of my most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left me and thus now influences my writing.

Despite my adventurous spirit, I achieved my educational goals, married, and I have two handsome sons. Writing is now my focus, my newest adventure!

For more on Yolanda and her writing, connect with her here:
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This tour-wide giveaway is for a complete set of the Detective Quaid Mystery series books for one winner, paperback copies of MURDER, JUST BECAUSE for five winners, and a Kindle copy of MURDER, JUST BECAUSE for 10 winners.

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Yolanda on her week-long tour HERE. You never know what you might find out. Do you enjoy watching a character grow from one story to the next?

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Seeing the northern lights would be so amazing!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Stowy sounds very dangerous indeed.

Mason Canyon said...

I would imagine going to sleep watching the Northern Lights would create beautiful dreams.

Tara, I enjoyed your interview questions. Thanks so much for being a part of Yolanda's tour and sharing this with your readers.

Yolanda Renée said...

Late to my own party, that's me. LOL
WEP has taken my attention, but it's a great thing these days to have distractions. I do hope my book will be that for folks who enjoy a scary escape.

Thank you, Tara, for highlighting Murder, Just Because, today. Your support for all authors is a great gift and much appreciated!

Yolanda Renée said...

If you ever get the chance to see the lights, Alex, take it! They are a wonder!

L. Diane, Stowy is a mess, and I'm glad, no thrilled, to be rid of him.

Mason, thank you, your attention to detail has made all the difference!

Jemi Fraser said...

There is truly nothing so beautiful as the Auroras!!

Pat Garcia said...


I like Margaret Mitchell's book. As a writer, I think it is a fantastic book and I have allowed myself to see the book through her eyes. MM was born in Atlanta Georgia. I too. am a Georgia girl and write things as I see them and no one else's. I am quite sure many things that I see are not politically correct but it is how I see them. Her book Gone with the Wind was made into a movie. That movie had a young black woman as one of the maids in the film who became famous. Her name was Butterfly McQueen and she came out of the same housing area that I lived in. I met her. She gave me my first dog.

Have a great week.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'd love to see the Northern Lights. Congrats on your book, Yolanda!

Yolanda Renée said...

So true, Jemi!

Pat, that is so awesome. I have a deep affection for Margaret Mitchell as you know, thank you for sharing your story with us!

Natalie, thank you. I hope you have the opportunity!

Nancy P said...

These sound amazing. Fantastic covers. Thanks for the chance.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - great guest ... Renee - seems to have written a suspenseful murder mystery ... and I'd love to learn more about Alaska ... good luck to you both and take care - Hilary

Yolanda Renée said...

Nancy, I hope you win a copy. Thanks for entering the contest! Good luck!

Hi, Hilary, I sure tried. You'd love Alaska, I've no doubt!

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Books I shall be keeping a look out for. Thanks for the introduction to Yolanda and her work.

Nas said...

Congratulations Yolanda! This book sounds interesting!

Romance Reader said...

The cover is great! Thanks for featuring the books!

Melissa said...

The title, alone, sends shivers through you. Sounds like a good read.

Yolanda Renée said...

Felicity, thank you. I hope you win a copy!

Nas, Thank you!

Romance Reader, thanks. I love this cover!

Melissa, thank you. It was meant to! :)

cleemckenzie said...

I have to get Yolanda's book. I've enjoyed the others in her series.

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