Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#Giveaway Q&A ~ THE SNOWMAN byYolanda Renée @yolandarenee @MCBookTours

It’s a pleasure to be participating in author Yolanda Renée’s THE SNOWMAN Blog Tour through MC Book Tours today.

Series: Detective Quaid Mystery 
 by Yolanda Renée

The author is offering a tour-wide giveaway featuring both print and eBook copies from her series. More information on the giveaway is listed below.

Q&A with Yolanda Renée:

Q:   Do you have a favorite snack that you like to munch on while working? If so, would you mind sharing what it is with us?

A: I love Nacho Cheese Dorito’s and diet coke. LOL It’s such a bad habit. I’ve tried to give it up but – sometimes you just gotta have what you’ve gotta have.

Q: Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?
A: Thanks for asking: In Chapter VI of The Snowman, Steven plans to propose to his girlfriend, but this happens:

“I'm sorry, Steve. We're—there is no us.” She gulped air as though breathless. “I'm seeing someone else.” Her eyes were wide as she waited for his response.
He felt like a moose had kicked him in the chest. “You've met someone?” he asked, his voice barely above a whisper.
“I've known him for a while. Dereck Johansson, the guy I met in Washington during my internship. I told you about him. At first, it was just a friendship, but, well, it's gotten more serious. I’m so sorry. Really. But there’s no easy way to do this. Dereck came to Juneau with me, and I'm going to introduce him to my parents.” She turned away. “I think he's going to ask me to marry him.”
Steven’s spine stiffened. His hands fisted, his head spun, and his stomach roiled. “Talk about hitting a guy over the head with a sledgehammer.”
“I’m sorry. Really I am. That’s why I drove all the way out here. I had to tell you in person. Even though we’ve been together for three years, things have changed. Your goals have changed—and I’ve changed.”
Steven swallowed hard. “I see—but you flew to Anchorage three times this year. Nothing you did or said these last six months indicated there was a change in how you felt. Were you dating him then, too?”
Her face flushed pink. She bit her lower lip and bowed her head.
“Sorry, but I can't say thank you for coming and mean it.” Steven turned, walked into the cabin, and shut the door.

Q: When you're not busy writing wonderful stories to keep us lucky readers entertained, what do you like to do?
A: When I worked full time as an accountant and as a mother, writing was my hobby. Now, writing is my job, and reading is my hobby. In my twenties, when I lived in Alaska, I hiked the mountains of the Alaska and Brooks Ranges, and since then hiking/walking has always been a joy. To keep the stories flowing I enjoy walking rain or shine, with my muse. I compose many a chapter while getting in my 10,000 steps.

Q:  Do you have a favorite background noise you like to have going while you write (TV, music, kids playing)?
A: When concentrating I don’t hear the background. Whether it’s a television set, radio, my noisy family, or complete silence, I go into the world I’m creating and completely block out the everything around me. I used to do that as a child too, when reading. My mother would stand right beside me screaming my name and I wouldn’t hear her, made her very angry. My husband and sons still find it highly annoying, but I enjoy disappearing into my stories.
Thanks for the interesting questions and for hosting The Snowman Tour!

About the Book:

This is a prequel to the author’s Detective Steven Quaid Mysteries. This story tells of Steven's first case as a rookie detective. It takes place 10 years before the events in MURDER, MADNESS & LOVE, the first book in the series.

It takes a true artist to pursue his victims in the art of seduction, and Stowy Jenkins is no exception, especially with blood as his medium.

Stowy Jenkins, aka, Stone, and as Alaskans refer to him, the Snowman, is a true artist. His muse, Gigi, is the ultimate inspiration for his painting. Her rejection inspires him to use a very unusual medium…blood.

While art may be his passion, the taste for blood is his obsession, and multiple murders, the result.

Rookie, Detective Steven Quaid, is no fan of the Snowman’s murderous exhibitions. A twisted and deadly relationship bond the two men and neither knows who will come out of it alive.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: TRACE Enterprises
Print & eBooks
Contains explicit sex & violence

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 influence 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!

You can connect with me here:
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The other books in the Detective Quaid Series include:

          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. However, the peace and quiet she hoped to enjoy in her hometown is soon shattered. A 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—Anchorage P D’s hotshot investigator—has not only heard the rumors, he believes them. Worse, her aloofness and composure only confirm his suspicions. Is Sarah a victim or a very skilled manipulator?

World damnation is a psychotic man’s goal, but two obstacles stand in his way, greed and a dedicated detective.
Catching Alaska’s most notorious serial killer as a rookie made Detective Steven Quaid a hero, but falling in love with the victim of his last case tarnishes that status. While attempting to repair both his personal and professional life, he stumbles upon an unusual case–and an even more extraordinary foe: a man who believes he is Lucifer. An insidious man who delivers Quaid the ultimate choice: save his fiancée from an assassin’s bullet or stop the sacrifice of a young girl.

Flames burn between a hardboiled cop and a gifted artist, but soon extinguish as another man’s obsession ignites into an inferno of desire, driving him to destroy the object of his madness.
Detective Steven Quaid is ready for new challenges as Anchorage's top detective, but not until he marries the woman of his dreams on New Year's Eve. Determined to give Sarah the wilderness honeymoon she desires, he turns his grandfather's cabin into the perfect honeymoon retreat. After the final details are complete, Steven treks into the mountains to hunt. On his return to the cottage, instead of Sarah, he is greeted by several police officers and a bloody crime scene. Accusations fly, and Stephen flees into the wilderness, his heart racing and thoughts etching into his soul. The wilderness is unforgiving, but Steven faces it head on: Caught between a massive grizzly and a black bear in a deadly tug of war, he is barely saved from death's door by the fortuitous appearance of his uncle. Despite surviving multiple injuries, Steven continues his investigation as he recovers, but answers don't come quick or easy. Having enlisted the aid of his number one suspect, Steven faces a struggle that has become more than personal. This one just may cost him his heart.

You can find out more about the books and the author by following the tour HERE. You can also increase your chances of winning in the giveaway.

This tour-wide giveaway features both print and eBook copies of the four books in the Detective Quaid Series. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, June 6.

The prizes include:
* Grand prize - Winner receives a print copy of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series (U.S. and Canada only).
* First place - Winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
* Second place - Winner will receive eBook copies of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series.
* There will be 3 runner-up winners and each will win an eBook copy of THE SNOWMAN or one of the other books in the series (winner's choice).

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. If the widget doesn’t show up, just click HERE and you’ll be directed to the widget.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Yolanda on her month-long tour. You never know what you might find out.


  1. It's always fun to learn insight into an author whose work your reading. Crystal, thanks for the fun Q&A and for being a part of Yolanda's tour.

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  2. Thanks for posting again, so awesome, all the great support for The Snowman!