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Beast of Stratton ~ Renee Blare

BeastofStratton_eBook (1) (400x600)Miles has just arrived home from two tours on foreign soil to find his company has been hit by industrial espionage. The daughter of their main suspect shows up under an alias and Miles must decide if she is telling the truth…or is a traitor like her father.

This book is a gripping tale that is not one you can put down and come back to a week later. You will lose what has been happening and the pace of the whole book will be thrown off. It is face-paced and meant to be read in as little time as you can. After the first 50 pages, I thought this was a play on Beauty and the Beast, but after those pages, it loses the similarity. It is edgy and current. A great book if you are looking for a suspenseful read with a romance as well. In fact, I couldn’t tell if I was reading a suspense novel or a romance, so well are they laced together.

Renee Headshot2 (300x240)Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to Laramie and she’s been counting pills ever since. While writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.

Nestled against the Black Hills with her husband, crazy old dog and ornery cat, she serves the community of northeastern Wyoming as a pharmacist and pens her Christian stories, keeping them interesting with action and intrigue, of course. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

Renee, Thank you for joining me today, especially after our strange internet meeting! I contacted Renee about doing an interview with me a few months ago when I won a book on her blog (I will insert link to diamond mine here). I mistook Renee for the author of that book, not one of my brightest moments. But she told me then she was finishing work on her debut book and here it is!

 

First, congratulations on your first book! As a debut author, do you have any tips you would like to share for others writing their first works or shout outs to anyone who helped you along the way?

 

I have to give a big shout out to my crit group, the Rough Diamond Writers as well as Lena Nelson Dooley. In addition to fabulous advice and critiques, my crit partners have been by my side from fledgling writer to publication. It’s been quite the journey. Lena’s a dear lady and mentor. She’s tackled every question with a smile and led me to the right resource if unable to answer it herself. I would suggest to all new writers…get into a crit group or ACFW’s Scribes and find a mentor. Don’t try to do this on your own.

 

Renee, was there a particular reason you dedicated this book to soldiers and vets?

 

Sacrifice for the United States soldier comes with the uniform. It’s part of the job. Time, with family, friends…birthdays, anniversaries…the toll’s high. And many pay the price. And for some, it’s the ultimate one. I wanted to dedicate this book to those who serve this country and preserve our freedom as well as those who serve them when they come home.

 

PTSD is a difficult illness to both deal with and live with and it is a secondary topic in your book, what types of research did you do to find out more about this topic?

 

I have personal knowledge of this condition through my job as a pharmacist. I’ve worked with returning soldiers and veterans suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and physical wounds.

But as many know, the emotional impact of war can be traumatic on more than the soldier. I learned that firsthand.

 

What made you interested in industrial espionage? It isn’t an everyday topic of books and it is really fascinating. Did you find anything in your research that maybe you didn’t get to put in your book, but you’d like to share with us?

 

I actually started writing this book as a romantic suspense, and it evolved into a mystery. The espionage thread took over before I realized it. Security’s a big issue with cutting edge technology in industry. For most companies, the way they get their competition’s secrets is to steal their employees away. Although, they usually do it with better pay and benefits, not espionage as in Beast of Stratton.

Thank you so much, Renee! 

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