Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Snowman blog tour

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

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.

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.


◊ by Yolanda Renée
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: TRACE Enterprises
◊ Series: Detective Quaid Mystery
◊ Novella
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Contains explicit sex & violence

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.

I also got to ask Yolanda a couple of questions:
1.   Where did the idea come from for this book?
When writing the first book in the series, Murder, Madness & Love, I introduced Detective Steven Quaid to the readers, through a discussion of his first case, The Snowman, and how his reputation had been formed when he solved that mystery. In the second book, Memories of Murder I mentioned the case again and how Steven was bothered by the fact that it had been the case that made his reputation. He felt that it wasn’t deserved and that his native background and rookie status had been used as a public relations ploy.
Those factors all played into the story I told in the prequel, The Snowman. I felt I had to stay true to the initial and yet very short explanation of Detective Quaid’s first case that I’d made in those first two novels.

2.  How much research goes into a story like this?
    Quite a bit, I’ve researched such items as the names of clubs, restaurants and bars, (I was told by an editor the more real names you use the better). From bow hunting moose to the codes police use to communicate via radio. I research locations for accurate descriptive terms, even though I lived in Anchorage, it’s been a few years and I know things change. For The Snowman, I researched the trees Stowy used as body dump markers, the Hemlock tree. For instance, the Hemlock, three different varieties are native to Alaska, but only grow so far north. I had to make sure that tree would grow in the area Stowy used as his dumping ground.
        I researched major details, such as the real serial killer Hansen, but also minor details, so I use the correct wording in descriptions. And I always check for the right sunrise and sunset times especially in a city that boasts a midnight sun! I enjoy research, and try to make my stories are real as possible even though the story line is pure fiction. (Each hyperlinked word goes to a research site that I’ve used.)

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!

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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 include 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).

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

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Heather R. Holden said...

Love the sound of The Snowman. Seems like a fantastic prequel story. And wow, lots of research! It's always great when authors are so thorough for their books; helps make everything feel more real, for sure...

Mason Canyon said...

Great interview, Nick. It's always fun to learn how a book comes about. Thanks for sharing Yolanda's story and for being a part of her tour.

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick and Yolanda - the Detective Quaid series look to be a fascinating read ... I must settle down to mine. Brilliant questions ... and Yolanda, you obviously take a lot of care in making sure your writing ties in with the area ... I'll enjoy the read. Thanks Nick for posting this - cheers Hilary

JeffO said...

Congratulations to Yolanda and best of luck. It's always intersting to hear what goes on behind the scenes in writing a book. Nice interview!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's amazing how one little item in a book can lead to yet another tale.

Darla M Sands said...

Great interview! What an interesting tale about Alaska. I spent a week there, not nearly long enough. Happy writing to you both!

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Nick!
It's always fun to discuss the process of writing a story. The Snowman was a an interesting write, and surprised even me!
Thanks so much for hosting the Snowman Tour!

Hi, Heather - I hope you get an opportunity to read the story. I'd love to know what you think.

Mason, you continue to do an amazing job for the Snowman - THANK YOU!

Hi, Hilary - thanks for stopping by. Let me know when you get a chance to read The Snowman. I'm looking forward to your impressions.

Thanks, JeffO - it's also fun to talk about the writing.

Hi, Diane - isn't it though. Never saw the full Snowman story when I first wrote those other snippets in book 1 & 2.

Darla, one week is never enough, that's why I extended my visit by 4 years. LOL - Happy Reading to you!

Liz A. said...

Is it harder to write a prequel when you already know some of the details that have to fit?

Yolanda Renée said...

Hi, Liz:

I didn't find it to be anymore difficult, it sort of played out for me like all my other books, through the characters, things fell into place. Thanks, for the question.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

This series sounds awesome, Yolanda. Also, Nick, I liked your questions. It's always informative to learn about the process of writing from a writer.