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Guest Post & Giveaway: Katie Reus, Harlequin Nocturne author of Destined Mate

Guest Post & Giveaway: Katie Reus, Harlequin Nocturne author of Destined Mate

by davincikittieNovember 3, 2011
Thank you so much to DaVinciKittie for letting me blog here today at Grave Tells!

I don’t know if it’s weird but I totally have a fascination with old cemeteries…

In fact, I even live behind one. And no, it’s not on purpose. We’re in the process of selling our home so we’re currently living in a rental that happens to be directly behind a giant cemetery. Say what you will, but since I work from home, it’s very nice to have quiet ‘neighbors’. And it’s a gorgeous place to take a stroll through (ahem, in the day time).

Living in the South I’ve never been at a loss for cool cemeteries to visit. In fact, a few weeks ago I took a day trip to New Orleans with some friends and got to check out St. Louis cemetery #1 (there are a total of three), which was much smaller than I’d expected.

It’s not like I celebrate death or anything, I just think it’s cool to see how people revere and take care of their dead. In some countries women are buried with no headstones or markers, as if they never existed. To me, that’s incredibly depressing.


In New Orleans, most graves are in above ground vaults and some are more ornate than others. Supposedly the voodoo queen Marie Laveau was buried in above mentioned St. Louis Cemetery #1 but according to my husband (and many others) it’s not true.

It certainly doesn’t stop people from flocking to see her tomb. And all around it there are markings of three XXXs in a row from people hoping she’ll grant them a wish. If you ever make it to New Orleans it’s well worth seeing and almost impossible to get lost in. Even though the cemetery houses close to 100,000 it only covers one square block! Talk about crowded.


So what about you?

Do you have any weird pastimes or hobbies?

Please share! One commenter will win a digital copy of Destined Mate, my recent paranormal release from Harlequin Nocturne Cravings.

So what’s Destined Mate about?

Almost a century ago Angela was turned into a vampire against her will so she ran from her werewolf lover rather than face his disdain for her kind. After her best friend turns up missing, she has no choice but to follow the trail straight into a den of wolves and the arms of the man she fears most.

The last person Knox expected to invade his land was Angela. For so many years he’s thought about what he’d do to her when he finally got her where he wanted. When her tribe leader comes searching for her, determined to drag her home, Knox risks everything to finally claim her.

Warning: You can expect a red-hot shower scene, a smartass heroine who isn’t afraid to use her teeth and an alpha wolf who’s willing to fight anyone and anything to keep his vampire lover by his side.

A little about me: I’ve been reading romance since I discovered my mom’s hidden stash at a young age and the addiction stayed with me into adulthood. I write dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. I write for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and in early 2012 the first book in my paranormal series will release from NAL/Signet Eclipse. To learn more about me please visit my website, my blog, facebook or find me on twitter @katiereus.

Thanks so much for letting me blog with you today!


About the Author

Katie Reus fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • Diane
    November 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    No weird past times at all; I have a family. read a lot, sew and knit and work full time.No time left over.

    My question: Have you ever heard strange noises coming from the cemetery behind you?

    I’ve already liked Katie on Facebook!

    • November 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Diane! Thanks for stopping by…And to answer your question, no I’ve never heard anything remotely strange. It’s super quiet, which is awesome.

  • rochelle
    November 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I suppose I have a weird past time. I tend to study historical religions ( Cathars), events (viking sttlements in GB) or cultures/folklore. And then I do a journey/walkabout/roadtrip to these places and search/ find / stay and learn more about them. I have even moved to a country to do more research So yeah that is weird I suppose.
    By the way love New Orleans and yeah I do wonder if it is her grave.

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      That’s really interesting, Rochelle! I love all the history behind the various religions across the globe. It’s interesting to see so many similarities in cultures that would have never had contact with one another.

  • rochelle
    November 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    A question or 2
    Did you look at any werewolve folklore before writing the book? Or did you choose to develop your own ideas about werewolves and why?

    Also traditionally werewolves and Vampires are considered enermies what made you choose two very different species to have this bond?

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Great questions! Before I even decided to write paranormal I had read up on folklore but I wanted my own twists and rules for my ‘world’. However, I did read up a lot on the lives, hunting habits, mating instincts, etc. of real wolves and pack life.

      To answer your second question, I love the idea of people of any culture or in this case, species, being able to cross boundaries because of love.

  • Jeannie
    November 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

    My pastime that some friends think is weird is related to cemeteries in a way, I do family tree research & spend quite a bit of time looking for headstones so I can get birth dates. It would be tragic not to get info simply because an ancestor was a woman & therefore wasn’t given a marker!!

    A question for you – when you write your characters & give such vivid descriptions of their appearance, do you have someone in mind?

  • November 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

    That sounds so interesting, Jeannie. I agree about the tragedy. Sadly in many places today women are still buried with no headstones or markers because they’re not deemed worthy.

    To answer your question, sometimes. The majority of the time, my characters are pure figments of my imagination, but on rare occasions I’ll base a character’s physical appearance on someone I’ve seen, like an actor or someone I come across in my life. For example, under my pseudonym I have a novella featuring a sexy mechanic and the hero’s appearance is based on a very sexy mechanic who fixed my car a few years ago. I don’t even know the guy’s name but he was very easy on the eyes 🙂

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