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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Interview with Dina Rae, author of The Last Degree!



Please help me welcome author Dina Rae to Full Moon Bites to talk about her novel, The Last Degree! Do not miss the excerpt below!


Holly: Hi Dina! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Dina Rae: I am a laid-off teacher, a mother, a wife, a dog-lover, a tennis player, an author, a self-proclaimed conspiracy theory expert, and a Christian.

Holly: Your life is an action/suspense novel; your stuck on a ship and it’s about to blow. If it was just you, you would jump overboard and get away fast, but there are a few people that were being held captive on the ship too. What do you do?

Dina Rae: Great question.  I can tell you what I’d like to think I would do-look for a boat, life jackets, something that floats, etc., throw the others overboard before it’s too late, and then jump.  But it’s hard to say what would happen when the flight/fight instincts are on the line.

Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your book The Last Degree?

Dina Rae: The Last Degree in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is the 33rd degree.  Very few ever reach this honorary level.  Many believe this tiny inner circle of Freemasons is part of a shadow government that is waiting to form New World Order.

Holly: Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

Dina Rae: Plot.  I’m all about the story over the characters in my choice of authors as well as my writing. 

Holly: Where can we purchase The Last Degree?


Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2012?

Dina Rae: I am hoping.  I wrote a third novel, Bad Juju, about Voodoo and am in the middle of a fourth novel, a sequel to Halo of the Damned.

Holly: Can you tell us a little about your first publishing experience?

Dina Rae: The Last Degree was under a traditional publisher earlier this year.  Very disappointing.  It didn’t work out.  I am trying it by myself under Amazon.

Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?

Dina Rae: I hope so.  The Last Degree is action/suspense and my other three are horror (one of my favorite genres).  I hope to one day write a mystery and a romance.

Holly: What was your inspiration for this novel, or the series in general?

Dina Rae: I love a good conspiracy theory.  The Last Degree is a combination of my favorite ones along with the onset of the Apocalypse.

Holly: Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?

Dina Rae: I plan on writing a sequel in the fall.

Holly: Can you tell us a little about what attracted you to this genre?

Dina Rae: Most readers love thrillers, myself included.  Although it’s got conspiracy and religion in it, it also has a touch of paranormal.  I used a lot of research while writing it.

Holly: If you are self-published, why did you decide to take this route of publishing?

Dina Rae: Things with my publisher went south.  Instead of querying out the novel, I thought I’d try using Amazon.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Dina Rae: I am a new writer with two available novels, a third novel in the query process, and a fourth novel almost finished.  I hope you will consider reading my work.  My genres differ, but I like to use a great deal of research with the goal of entertaining and informing the reader.

Holly: What is your take on editing your work (pre-edits I suppose before it gets passed to an editor)—do you hate it? Is it a strong point for you?

Dina Rae: It’s daunting but needs to be done.  Funny how it’s so easy to see others’ mistakes but so much more difficult to see your own.


Random Quickies!


Holly: When do you prefer to read?

Dina Rae: At night

Holly: Vampires or Werewolves?

Dina Rae: Vampires!

Holly: Witches or Zombies?

Dina Rae: Zombies

Holly: Supernatural or Psych? (TV Shows)

Dina Rae: Supernatural

Holly: Ebook or hardcover/paperback?

Dina Rae: ebook

Holly: Favorite color?

Dina Rae: Green

Holly: TV Shows or Movies?

Dina Rae: Movies



Dwight took off his crown, signifying he was no longer playing King Solomon.
“Sacrifice is expected for ones that you love.  Do you love me?” Dwight shouted.  “Then bow down before me and offer praise!”
Everyone knelt and laid their head down to the floor, chanting 'Most Worshipful,
Most Worshipful' several times before Dwight commanded them to get up.
In a manic energetic state, Dwight vociferated, “Et vitam impendere vero!”  All repeated, with the three new pledges joining in.  Minutes later, he began to calm down.  “To sacrifice life for truth - that is what we must always do!  You must trust me as your Most Worshipful and sacrifice at my command!  Are you prepared to do this?”  All three pledges nodded.

Dwight pulled the content baby out of Arthur's arms and threw it high into the air.  As the baby began to descend, Dwight took his sword and hacked through its neck, decapitating it before it hit the floor.  Only the three pledges shrieked in horror.  He sinisterly smiled as he picked up the head and body, revealing it was only a doll.
“Don't believe with your eyes, but believe with your knowledge.  We are his chosen and will soon be exalted.”
The three men looked down at their hands and tried not to scream.  They were covered in blood.
“Sacrifice, my brothers, sacrifice.  I will teach you well.  You are all Chiefs of the Tabernacle!  Let us go and celebrate!” Dwight gleamed.


Title: The Last Degree
Series: The Last Degree, #1
Author: Dina Rae
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Paranormal, Political, Suspense, Thriller, Christian
Publisher: Dina Rae
Ebook
Words: 93000

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Book Description

The Last Degree is a fictionalized account of how Freemasons and other secret societies set up the world for takeover. Ancient writings foretell a ‘Shining One’ who emerges as the world’s prophet. A murder of a Most Worshipful mason resembles a secret oath. A cop gets too close to solving the crime. Paranoid preppers go underground, preparing for war.

Headlines such as the Norway massacre, meltdown of the European Union, unscrupulous media, animal die-offs, Middle Eastern unrest, and U.S. shrinking power make the plot relevant to present day. This book is an ode to Christians, Birthers, 2012ers, Truthers, preppers, and/or other conspiracy junkies who enjoy Dan Brown, Jesse Ventura, Brad Meltzer, Alex Jones, Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.

Check out The Last Degree Prequel as well—Be Paranoid Be Prepared!


Dina Rae is a new author here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her two novels, Halo of the Damned and The Last Degree, weave research and suspense throughout the plots. Her short story, Be Paranoid Be Prepared, is a prequel of sorts to The Last Degree, focusing on the James Martin character. Dina also freelances for various entertainment blogs.

Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago.  She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories.  When she is not writing, she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Brad Thor, George R.R. Martin, and Preston & Childs.

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  1. Thanks for hosting my blog tour! Holly, you're the greatest!

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