Author Katie Reus talks about Choices…with GIVEAWAYS!

UPDATE:  Katie used Random.org to draw winners, and here they are:  Bonnie Paulson (His Secret Past) and Barb P (Alpha Instinct).  Congrats!

I asked my friend and fellow Darker Temptations blogger to drop by and talk about her new releases today.  Katie Reus writes sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Currently she writes for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and in early 2012 the first book in her paranormal series will release from NAL/Signet Eclipse.  Being amazing and so generous, Katie has offered to give away copies of her books to commenters here!  (See below).  So…..here’s Katie!

Thank you so much Rebecca for having me here today!

Romantic suspense and paranormal romance are two of my favorite genres. This month and next, I have a release in both. I grew up reading contemporary romance but once I discovered romantic suspense I was officially hooked and devoured everything I could find. There’s just something exciting about running from bad guys, dodging bullets and hunting a serial killer while trying to stay alive. Add in paranormal elements and I’m in freaking heaven. Of course this is only exciting in fiction. I wouldn’t want to deal with what most of my heroines do.

In His Secret Past, my recent release from Carina Press, my heroine has to make a decision that wars with what her heart wants but she makes a tough choice for the sake of her child. And in Alpha Instinct, my upcoming release from Signet Eclipse, my heroine also has to make a decision she doesn’t want to for the sake of her pack/family. The choices they make change their lives in a big way.

Years ago I made a decision that changed my life. At the time I didn’t know it but this choice changed everything in the best way. After switching majors and colleges I was floundering and unsure what career direction I wanted to take or even where I wanted to go to school. For someone who’d once had every detail of college and life planned out, this was a scary thing. Instead of wasting time taking classes I might not even need, I decided to take a break. To make a long story short, my sister lived in another state (for school) and thought it would be a good idea if moved up to live with her so I took the plunge. Not long after settling in, I met my now husband. It’s possible we would have met later, but considering his military career at the time I don’t know how or where. Almost immediately after we met we were engaged and then not long after that, he was sent overseas for five months so for over half our engagement we were separated. And through the first part of our marriage he traveled about half of it and since I had no plans to travel to war zones, I honestly don’t know that we would have ever connected.

Sometimes I wonder how different my life would be if I hadn’t made that choice to move but the truth is, I don’t want to even imagine. When writing books, I love to ask the what-if question of my characters. Sometimes even innocuous decisions can change the course of our lives and the consequences can be good or bad. And more often than not, we don’t realize the effects until later.

Have you ever made a decision that changed your life but you didn’t actually realize the change until later? Or did you make one you knew would change things, but the end result still surprised you? Leave a comment about today’s blog and be entered to win a digital copy of His Secret Past and a print copy of Alpha Instinct (US only for Alpha). Don’t forget to leave your email address so I have a way to contact you!

Purchase info: His Secret Past is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Carina Press & all other major online retailers. Alpha Instinct is also available at Amazon, B&N, the Book Depository and all major retailers.

Another CONTEST alert: To celebrate the release of His Secret Past and Alpha Instinct, I’m having 7 weeks of contests with weekly prizes (books, books, books! from me and some really fab authors) and a grand prize of an Amazon Kindle. For more details on how to enter, please visit my website contest page.

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 paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and NAL/Signet Eclipse. To learn more about me please visit my website, my blog, facebook or find me on twitter @katiereus.

Thanks again for having me!

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34 Responses to Author Katie Reus talks about Choices…with GIVEAWAYS!

  1. REGINA ROSS says:

    the answer to your question is yes i have. i love the cover to His Secret Past 🙂

    reginamayross@gmail.com

  2. NancyLoughrin says:

    I’m excited to get to know her work!

  3. Hay! A fellow Carina author…. love this interview. The cover is awesome!

  4. Amanda says:

    Sounds like awesome books, I’ve been looking for something new to read while waiting for Tempted/Hunted to be released!

  5. Yadira A. says:

    I have in fact made a decision in my life but then didn’t realize how much it was going to change my life until later. I actually had quite of those moments in my career. One of them was taking a management position at a lower rate of pay. I took it because I wanted the experience, but wow what an eye opener… later I realized how much I would take away from that and how much of it I channel now into the current job I have, which I love:)

    CONGRATS Katie on the awesome new releases you have both this month and next month!!! Got them on my wishlist for sure:)

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  6. I’ve made at least three life altering choices in my life in the past 17 years. I was about to say the first turned out good but both led to the third which didn’t turn out well at all but it ultimately, after much heartache and many medical issues, has me not exactly where I want to be but on track to where I’d love to be which I hope will also lead to finding the love of my life as well.

    Alpha Instinct looks great and I saw His Secret Past the other day and thought it looked good.
    I am in the US
    WildAboutBones at gmail dot com

    • Katie Reus says:

      It’s so interesting to look back and see what small choices have made such big differences in our lives! I hope your current path leads where you want it to 🙂

  7. Tamara Hoffa says:

    We all make life altering choices, every day in fact, we just don’t always see how they affect us until later

    sugerlady@aol.com

  8. Katie Reus says:

    Thank you so much to Rebecca for having me here today!! 🙂

  9. Brenda Demko says:

    No. I can’t say that I have. Deciding to have children, was the most life altering decision I’ve made. I think you go into pregnancy knowing thing are going to change! Both of your books look good, but I am super excited to read Alpha Instinct! I love werewolves! Thanks for the post. brendem7@comcast.net

    • Katie Reus says:

      I’m going to agree with you on the children thing, lol. I just had my first child six months ago and I *knew* my life would change, but I didn’t realize just how much! He’s made everything so much more amazing. I love werewolves too (obviously)! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  10. steelerlady says:

    Hi Katie, its very nice to meet you. And I have to say that God has blessed you with all that he has given you. I am one that truly believes that everything happens for a reason, and some times we are meant to know those reason’s, and some times we are not. I had a time in my life when I was younger and in love for the first time in my life. I also at that time was going threw what I call a wild time in my life. I dated this guy from the age of 15yr to 19yr. and even though he treated me good, he was not a very good person, but hey I was in love with him. Well when I was 18 I moved out of my parents house and live with him where ever we ended up. And shortly after that he got in trouble and was going to be going to jail for a year, and I was very upset over being away from him for a year. So I ask God to leave a part of him with me, so that I would not feel so lonely without him. Mind you I had never sexually been with a man, until the day before he left for jail. It was shortly after that I found out I was pregnant and thought God had answered my prayer of leaving me with a part of him. When in fact God had an altogether different idea for me getting pregnant. But it was not until after my son was born that I realized it. You see I did not care enough about myself to get away from the type of people I was involved with, so God gave me something that meant more to me that myself. He gave me a son. After he was born I stopped hanging around the wrong people, and even as much as it did hurt, I left his daddy because he would not change his ways for the benefit of his own son. Well I was willing to change, so that my son would have a better and safer life. And it was then that I realize what God had done for me. So you see even though my son was born out of wedlock, and most would call it a mistake for me getting pregnant. I call my son a blessing, and not only because all children are blessings, but it is really frightening to think where I would be today, and how much different my life would have been. So you see everything happens for a reason!!!

    Teresa
    tess102063@yahoo.com

    • Katie Reus says:

      So glad your son is such a blessing! Having just had one, I understand 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by today! (I realized I replied in the wrong place. This response was meant for you, Teresa) 🙂

  11. Melissa says:

    GREAT blog, Katie!! And yes, I’ve made several choices that totally changed the course of my life ~ one of them being a job I accepted when I had just turned 22, and was a new single mother, scared to death, and making a leap out of my safety zone. 19 years laters I’m still at that job ~ it’s far from my dream job, but I make a pretty good living, my daughter and I have always had if not everything we’ve always wanted, we’ve certainly been lucky enough to afford a lot of extras ~ and we’re happy & healthy. I can only imagine I was lucky enough to find the right path!! Lots of stumbles along the way, lol!!

    And I have His Secret Past ~~ but OMG, I WANT Alpha Instinct!! WANT, want, want!!

    • Katie Reus says:

      Melissa! Jumping out of a comfort zone is a huge thing and I’m impressed you took the leap! So glad it worked out for you and your daughter. I’ve done that a time or two (making the jump to full time writing was shudder-inducing) and it’s always been stressful but worth it in the end. Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

  12. Katie Reus says:

    So glad your son is such a blessing! Having just had one, I understand 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by today!

  13. Barb P says:

    Hi Katie! It is my belief that every decision you make will move your life in a certain direction. My son has Asperger’s Syndrome and I truly believe that we made some life altering decisions for both him and my husband and I as parents. I am happy to say that they seem to have been the right ones. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! Alpha Instinct has been on my TBB/R list for quite a while now. Congrats on the releases! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

    • Katie Reus says:

      Hi Barb! Having kids changes everything (as I’ve recently learned)! Making decisions that affect them can be a stressful thing and I’m sure you’re making the right ones 🙂 Thank you for stopping by today!

  14. Ciara Knight says:

    Hi Katie. Your books look and sound great. I look at buying my copies, don’t enter me in the contest. I prefer to support you.

  15. Lori says:

    18 years ago I moved to Atlanta, Ga. to be with my fiancee now husband. He had lived there 2 years already and decided that I needed to move there because as he put it. “His friends did not think that I was real.” He always came home to Ohio to visit me and his family. I had never lived away from my family but decided I needed to put on my big girl pants and move forward in life. For the first 3 months I thought I moved to hell no friends no car no job. Mark was great but OMG you need more then one person in your life. Thank god I got to know some of his friends at work they showed me around and I got a job. Yeah! Long story short my world opened up. I was a shy person and now I had to learn to do things more on my own because Mark and I worked different shifts. My husband says he brought me out of my shell but I truly think that it was moving to a large city and meeting new people, a new job and making myself get out and about alone. I learned things and did things that I never would of if I stayed in Ohio. we have sense moved back home and love it here. Would not move back to Ga but would not change the fact that I lived there for the world. On a side not I have not read any of your books but after I send this out I will be looking you up. Cant wait your books sound right up my ally. lorimeehan1@aol.com

    • Katie Reus says:

      Lol, re: his friends not thinking you were real. That’s cute 🙂 Sounds like that move was one of the best things that happened to you! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Melissa Lamb says:

    I started out reading romantic suspense as a teenager and have stopped. My love for books has grown over the years to other genres but I will always love a good RS! The only decision I wish I would have made is to go into nursing right after high school but I decided that I needed to focus all my attention on my baby so I kept putting it off. Now 15 years and 3 children later I am starting to look into going back to school to finally become a nurse!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I look forward to reading your books.Books are my only addiction and I love to find new authors!

    melissalamb(at)musfiber(dot)com

    • Katie Reus says:

      Oh, I hope you make the decision to go back!! I’ve only met a few nurses in my life (lived next door to an ER nurse for a while) and they all seem to have the biggest hearts. What a fantastic profession 🙂

  17. Nancy Loughrin says:

    Choices, well I had to think about it, but kicked myself for not going to the obvious life choice I made. Very long-story-short – Dated a boy in high school for a mere 3 months, 23 years later I had an impulse to send him a Christmas card (no idea where he was, sent it to his parents) His mother since passed, his father forwarded the card to him, two weeks later he contacted me. This coming July we will have been married 5 years, just shy of 30 years since we first dated. This also took me from Canada to Miami, so I’d have to say that Christmas card made a huge difference 🙂 Hope that’s what you were looking for.

  18. Katie Reus says:

    Thank you so much to everyone who has stopped by!! Using random.org, the winners are: Bonnie Paulson (His Secret Past) and Barb P (Alpha Instinct). I’ll be contacting you shortly!! Thanks again to Rebecca for having me 🙂

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