Friday, September 6, 2013


Thank you Sia, for hosting me today, my chosen subject sounds almost impersonal but I've found the Dedication page of a novel to be most personal, and I'd love to know what your readers feel about it.

The dedication page comes after the title page of a novel and is an expression of thanks by the author towards the most significant person or influence for the book.

I dedicated my first book, Murder, Madness & Love to my grandmother, Lilly Opal Stansberry; she was the most positive influence in my life and still inspires me today. A writer of poetry, a strong and gracious woman, her response to my creativity was heartfelt and priceless. She had read an early copy of my manuscript but never saw it in book form.

I am dedicating Memories of Murder to nightmares, and the creativity that they inspire, because the idea for this novel came directly from a nightmare! An abstract dedication, but important because the life events during the writing of Memories were nightmarish and highly influenced the book.

The third book in the trilogy From Obsession to Murder is all about love, sacrifice, and heroism and is dedicated to T. R. S. – my hero – my husband. It may seem like he's been shortchanged by appearing third, but the truth is I followed my creative muse and recognized the true inspiration for each novel. The simple truth is – my husband is my hero.

Years ago, we saw one another across a crowded room and it was love at first sight, but it also involved a bit of a detour. On what I thought would be our first date we met again at a dinner celebration. The problem – he showed up with a date. To say I was devastated would be putting it mildly.

However, miraculously six months later and free from any other encumbrance, he did ask me for a date. He then shared with me the fact that my dear brother had warned him off. Big brother was trying to protect me from his best friend, the playboy. Needless to say, we've been together ever since!

T. R. S. is and always has been my biggest supporter. Through my entire writing journey and regardless of the mistakes I made or the many times I wanted to give up, he was always cheering me on. When I pleaded with him to read my unpublished work, he would refuse, claiming he'd only read it after it was published. His way of pushing me forward through the process – from creation to query – he stuck by that statement.

T. R. S. – is – my hero and the third book is the most appropriate place to make that statement!

  • Who is your hero? As a writer, how would you use the dedication page – as a reader, does it matter?

 Thanks again Sia, this was a blast.

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.

But the peace and quiet she hoped to enjoy in her hometown is soon shattered: The 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, who is called on to protect the beautiful widow from a stalker intent on her destruction.

Steven is not entirely sure she is not behind the scheme herself, and before long Sarah has him wound up tighter than barbed wire. Is Sarah a victim or a very skilled manipulator?

With a killer on the loose and a climbing body count, Steven can't afford to hedge his bets-or his life. Excerpt


An adventurous spirit took Yolanda Renée 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.
Renée now resides in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, two sons, and Boston terrier, Patches. 

You can find Yolanda: Website, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter


L.G. Smith said...

I love how you dedicated each of your books to the person who inspired you during the writing. Sounds like good logic to me.

And congrats again on the release!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yolanda, welcome to the other side of Over Coffee! :-) I'm so happy to have you visiting Over Coffee as a guest today.

Heroes? That word is over used these days Hmm. There are many people I admire and respect but not any real heroes come to mind at the moment.

Now romantic hero, sure, my husband would slide right into that designation. :-)

Funny you should talk about dedications. I do read them. I'm always curious to see what an author has to say about those in their life. I do have dedications written for three of my completed MS. :-)

Stephen Tremp said...

I have to say I love the spider on the cover art. A spider will elicit what hidden fears they have shoved deep down in their hearts and souls.

I'll spotlight Murder Madness & Love as my Author Of The Week this month. Best wishes to Yolanda and her continued success!

Yolanda Renee said...

Thank you L. G. is was important that each book reflect the inspiration.

Sia, I'm so happy to be here. And while a bit overused we don't usually pick 'real' people for our hero's. My husband is my hero in more than just the romance department.
I always read the dedications too. I love knowing more about the authors I admire!

Stephen, Thank You, I'm honored! And believe it or not deathly afraid of spiders!

Empty Nest Insider said...

It's great how your grandmother inspired you. Your husband also sounds like a wonderful person. I enjoyed learning about your motivation for your dedications. Congrats on your release Yolanda! Thanks Sia!


Annalisa Crawford said...

Yolanda - great how-I-met-my-husband story! I dedicated my first book to my kids. There was a whole list of people I'd like to have dedicated it to, but they always come first - I just have to make sure I publish a lot more!

Sia - thanks for visiting my IWSG post :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yolanda, that's a sweet story. Every man wants to know he is his wife's hero.
My first book is dedicated to my wife (because without her, it never would've happened), second to my critique partners, and third to all my friends and fans.

Yolanda Renee said...

Thanks Julie, My Grandmother was a great lady, and my hubby is a wonderful man - I really don't deserve him. My nightmares are haunting, but inspiring too!

Annalisa, so true, just keep publishing and you'll get to them all!

Alex, that's the way it should be, hubby really gets credit for it all, but the third book really hits the mark.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yolanda, I wasn't meaning to imply there weren't real heroes because there are. There are many whose actions and qualities place them in the hero category. I'm only saying that people tend to overuse the word sans it's meaning. :-)

Now that I'm not dirty dog tired, my mother has truly been heroic in several instances in my life. I'm sure she had divine backing to give her the courage and strength (physical and moral) to tackle a few situations that still blow my mind. In one such situation, if she hadn't acted I wouldn't have been alive to see my 14th birthday. She's quite a woman.

And like with you, my husband does truly fall into the hero category as well. He makes a good romantic hero, too. ;-)

Julie Flanders said...

What a great story of how you and your husband met! I find myself getting very emotional when writing my dedications. So far they have been very personal to me and I want to get them right.

Interesting post, ladies!

Yolanda Renee said...

Sia, sort of like overusing the phrase 'soul mate' one I refuse to use! :)

I know what you mean by family being the true hero's - that's where I was coming from too. My grandmother was the most gracious person I know, feminine, and sweet - and yet the strongest individual I've ever met!

And yeah, I know what you mean about husbands too! :)

Julie, I know what you mean by emotional, my dedications mean a lot to me too! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for sharing the stories behind your dedications! I find it interesting that one of your dedications is to Nightmares.

I've only had one chance so far to write a dedication (for my upcoming eBook, Hurricane Crimes) and the dedication is simple: To all of my family and friends in Florida. I thought it was perfect since I live in Florida, and Florida is also the setting of my story.

P.S. This part really made me smile: "Big brother was trying to protect me from his best friend, the playboy." How sweet! ;)

Yolanda Renee said...

Thank you Chrys, love the spelling of your name. Soon, I'm sure you'll be writing plenty more dedications.

Yeah, he always looked out for me but that one was a surprise. :)

Talli Roland said...

Hi Yolanda! I find dedications so difficult to write, yet I love reading other writers'.

Yolanda Renee said...

Hi Talli,

If you mean there are just to many folks to choose from I know what you mean, that's why I let the novel - the story decide! I enjoy that page of a book too!