Monday, September 27, 2010

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Author Renee Rearden

What Makes A Story?

People often ask me why I decided to write a book or where my ideas come from…pretty common questions I’m sure every author is asked. My standard response has been, “I decided to write a book I would want to read.” And that’s the truth. But I’ve realized there’s more to my answer than that.

When I pick up a book, I want to be transported to another world—one that doesn’t ask for anything but my undivided attention…but it has to earn it. That means an action-packed beginning that grabs my throat and hauls me along for the ride. Of course, fast-paced adventure is only one necessary element. An interesting plot that keeps me guessing is also a must. One that has me reading because every turn of a page may reveal the “ah-ha” twist I didn’t see coming. Most importantly, though, are the characters. They are likeable, intriguing, sexy people—human and inhuman—that battle the evils of the world.

If the writer’s done their job, their voice, the world they’ve created, or the characters in the story leave their mark and readers will return again and again. They’ll seek adventure, search for romance, and resolve their conflicts—all through stories with familiar issues from their everyday life. And though as readers we explore these unknown worlds with excitement and anticipation, there is comfort in the familiar. I think that’s why we read some books over and over. In the end, we always return to our friends.

Blurb for Moonlight Bleu

Saari Mitchell sees a psychologist in order to understand why—500 years later—she’s still dreaming of her dead lover. Her shrink isn't helping, the nightmares come every time she closes her eyes, and the lack of sleep is interfering with her job at Sacred Heart Hospital. With her psychic ability to heal the human spirit on the fritz, her auric radar becomes as reliable as her spotty cell phone service.

By day, Dhelis Guidry works as a detective for the New Angeles Police Department investigating the missing or murdered women in the Full-Moon Killer case. In his spare time he hunts rogue vampires as a Tueri executioner.

Brogan Vincent is a Tueri healer. Though he could offer his miraculous talents to the rich and powerful, he has chosen anonymity and peace by only using his psychic abilities among the Tueri.

One look into Saari's tri-colored eyes and both men realize she is Tueri. One touch tells them each she's their soul mate. But can either of them protect her from the Full-Moon Killer?

Would you like to win a copy of Moonlight Bleu?

One reader will win a copy of Moonlight Bleu in the format of their choice (print or ebook)

Contest Open Internationally

To enter leave a comment on this post with your email address

A winner will be chosen at the end of the week and announced in the comments section of this post


J. L. Jackson said...

Sounds like a great book. Awesome cover, too. Please enter me.

SandyG265 said...

She's a new author for me but tjis sounds like a good book.

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vickyvak said...

Awesome giveaway!!!


Lisa said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Lillie (AliseOnLife) said...

Great post from Renee. The synopsis from Midnight Bleu sounds like it has some great world-building and characters in it, which I really like in a book.
I love finding new authors/books to read.


Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

I like the sounds of this book. Menages are hot for me and add a little murder mystery in there - SOLD!



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debbie said...

It sounds really good. I thought the cover is done quite well. I would love to read it.

Kulsuma said...

Awesome giveaway! I'd really like to read this!

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elaing8 said...

sounds good.Thanks for the chance to win a copy

Chrizette said...

I love to try "new" authors - please add me to the giveaway.

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Wanda said...

I would love to win this great book.

Kristen said...

Sounds like a good book and this is a great giveaway!

Stephanie said...

The book looks great. I love that all of the characters seem to have personal problems which could help or hinder the fact that they are soul mates. Thanks for the giveaway.

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k_sunshine1977 said...

this sounds like a great read! i love finding new-to-me authors!

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Estella said...

Another new to me author. The book sounds good.

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cories5 said...

Great post! Sometimes, I don't mind not having the "ah-ha" twist as long as the rest of the story is interesting.


ReneeRearden said...

Thank you for all the feedback. I love hearing from readers about their expectations from a book.

Good luck and happy reading!

cait045 said...

This book sounds different. I like its possiblities.


Jennifer Mathis said...

book sounds great . Awesome giveaway

Sherry said...

Sounds like a good book please count me in.

hendy said...

Oh this book looks so good thanks for another great giveaway.
Already a follower
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stacey said...

wow sounds realy good I would love to win this book.

Pink Panther said...

Hm.. The plot got me hooked! Count me in for sure! Thanks for making this international! :)
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Atta Girl said...

The blurb sounds like some sort of love triangle to me... Anyway, thanks for this fab giveaway!

*yadkny* said...

I absolutely love the storyline of this book... sounds so interesting! Renee is a new to me author and I'm glad I'll have the chance to get to know her work better.

Taffy said...

I like the cover!


Andrea I said...

Renee's a new author to me, but this book sounds very interesting.

booklover0226 said...

This sounds interesting. I need to learn more about Renee Rearden.

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Book Sake said...

I'd love to read this. I like mixing some psychology in with the paranormalacy.

van_pham said...

sounds great, please enter me!


avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway! I'd love to be entered.

Please count me in. Thanks.

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Nikola said...

Thanks for the give away, would love to read.



Please enter me into the giveaway. The book sounds great.


Jasmine1485 said...

I'd love to read this, thank you for this generous giveaway :)

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Mysteriousrose said...

This books sounds great.
Thank you for this giveaway.


Roxanne Rhoads said...

Congrats Nikola, I'll be sending you an email to claim your prize.