Memories of Murder Cover Reveal and Excerpt

Though the Murder, Madness and Love giveaway may have ended, and the winners announced, the Murder, Madness and Love blog tour is still in full swing. 

In preparation for the mystery-thriller sequel, Memories of Murder, by Yolanda Renee, scheduled for release 4th October, 2013, I'm taking part in the cover reveal, and sharing an excerpt from Yolanda's forthcoming release.

Decades ago, the seeds were planted …

Today, dark, fathomless eyes rake the image before him. One final task and the transformation is complete. Steady fingers screw intricately carved horns on each side of a stiff brow, and a gargoyle suitable for Notre Dame scowls from the smokey mirror in satisfaction.

A jagged smile rips through his smooth, hairless face, and inked, reptilian scales caress his naked body.

A laugh of hideous resonance emanates from his gut as the demons of hell welcome Lucifer into their fold.

In a dungeon-like chamber, his Lilith awaits. The kidnapped daughter of a nun, groomed to fit the final piece in the complex puzzle for world domination. Will Lucifer marry his bride, on the summer solstice?

Only two things stand in his way ... His greed ... And ... Detective Steven Quaid.


From a lair of downed tree limbs and forest debris, a man watches a young woman. He chronicles her every move. From the moment of her arrival, and through the three hours she works to record the scenery on her canvas, he barely moves a muscle. He is content—comfortable. His camouflage is so perfect that deer graze just inches away.

Tomorrow, you'll be mine. Your blood will assuredly be purer than the sweetest honey on earth. His stomach rumbles, and his saliva flows in anticipation of her taste. His unbridled joy almost costs him his concealment when a celebratory growl escapes his throat, and the doe takes notice. He stills himself and waits.

The woman looks directly at him. Seconds tick by in uneasy expectation. She sees me. He swallows hard, almost dropping his camera. She smiles. His body flushes with excitement.

His smile broadens, and then evaporates. No. He takes a deep breath, closes his eyes, and relaxes his muscles. The Scriptures have foretold of our first meeting. Patience, my queen, my love.
His hands drip with sweat; his heart pounds. He shuts the camera off and carefully lowers it to the ground. She shows no fear, and he sees every move as flirtation. Using the sleeves of his shirt, he dries his hands, mops his forehead, and turns the camera back on. He calms the urge to go to her. He stays silent, motionless, but vigilant.

Vital Stats

  • Theme: mystery, thriller, romance
  • Type: Curiosity Quills Press Novel
  • Length: TBA
  • Pub. Date: 4th October, 2013

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An adventurous spirit took Yolanda Renee to Alaska where she hiked the Brooks Range, traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and learned to sleep under the midnight sun.

She claims her vivid imagination as a blessing, a habit, a hobby, a calling and sometimes a curse.

She now resides in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, two sons, and Boston terrier, Patches.

You can find Yolanda online at the following places:
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  1. That's a nifty cover! I likey!

  2. Oooh, I love that title. And I love the cover, too, especially the gargoyle :)

    1. Thanks Gwen, it is an awesome cover - CQP does an amazing job!

  3. Yeah for Yolanda! Sent out a Tweet through Triberr about her cover this morning.

  4. Hooray for Yolanda! It sounds so good. I won a copy of her first book and I'm eager to read it.

    1. I can't wait to hear what you think of it! Thanks Christine!

  5. So very awesome - I just spent the last 24 hours awake and I'm exhausted but this is just so very, very cool! Thank you Clare - I couldn't do this without you!

  6. The cover is good and that excerpt was creepy.

  7. Hi Clare and hi Yolanda,

    The West Midlands and this means I'm typing in the same time zone as you, Clare.

    How fantastic to note Yolanda's book announcement is having such a wonderful tour for "Memories of Murder."

    I'm proud to be a part of this. And being past four in the morning, apologies, but I must get some sleep. Not before I share this posting, however.

    Well done, Yolanda. Thank you, Clare.

    Gary :)

  8. Oooo... I really did love that excerpt. Totally hooking. :)


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