Monday, April 18, 2016

Keep Me In Mind ~ Fistful of Love by Renee Cronin ~ (Excerpt, Interview + Giveaway)

Keep Me In Mind ~ Fistful of Love by Renee Cronin ~ (Excerpt, Interview + Giveaway)

Author Name: Renee Cronin
Book Name: Fistful of Love
Release Date: April 4, 2016


At the age of 23, social worker, Jeya Wellington was pretty much on her own. The devastating loss of her parents left her bereft and alone. Her best friend, Roman and his family have been like surrogates, but they could never replace what she lost. She needed a different connection. Shortly after losing her parents, she finds love and comfort in the arms of Rayne Watson, a correctional officer.

Rayne was exactly what she needed at the time, but now, two years later, Jeya wants out. She never expected love to come with bruises. She didn't anticipate losing friends and living in fear. This was not her idea of true love. With the support of Roman, Jeya finds a way to leave. But Rayne isn’t letting go that easily. They made a commitment to each, and she has the tattoo to prove it - ‘Til Death Do Us Part.

Torn between the love she has for Rayne and the instinct to protect herself, is Jeya’s will stronger than her vow?

Pages or Words: 46,323

Categories: Lesbian Fiction, Domestic Violence


It’s over.
Two simple words, intended to signify the end, were instead just the beginning. Jeya took a deep breath, and the pain that pierced her side served as the reminder she needed. She hit the send button. Unexpected relief instantly washed over her. “I did it. Step one. Now for step two.” Jeya placed her phone on the bed and stood up to double-check her suitcase. Going over the checklist in her mind, she felt confident that she had the essentials. A week away from home required more than she’d anticipated, but she had no intention of returning until the rainstorm had passed. Jeya took a second to acknowledge the double entendre of the word. Her girlfriend, Rayne, was definitely a hurricane. Her temper was unpredictable and left damage in its wake similar to that which Hurricane Gloria had. She knew she’d be safer at Roman’s house for the next several days.
The lyrics to “Dangerously in Love” cursed the air. The perfect ringtone to describe her relationship. She braced herself as she walked to the bed and picked up the phone. Jeya anticipated nothing less than an explosive response from her short-tempered girlfriend.

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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Renee Cronin, author of Fistful of Love.
Hi Renee, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

  1. What’s the best line you ever wrote?
The best line I ever wrote is in a book that hasn’t been released yet, so I’ll go  with the second best. Haha! This is my opinion, of course.
“I love you, always will, but I can’t love you more than you love yourself. I guess I am not strong enough for that.”

  1. Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what kind?
Yes. I listen to Smooth Jazz.

  1. If your book were made into a movie, what actors would you like to see star?
I’ve never thought about this. I honestly have no actors in mind. Hmm. I’m a big fan of Sanaa Lathan for Jeya. I can’t think of anyone for Roman or Rayne. Roman is inspired by someone in my real life, so it’s hard to think of an actor.

  1. What genres do you write in?
I write lesbian fiction.

  1. Where and when do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write while sitting in my bed, usually at night.

Meet the author:
Renee Cronin is a self-professed devour of knowledge, and a voracious reader. She began writing in earnest in 2005, when the characters in her head became so loud she was forced to tell their stories, or risk getting swept away into the abyss of her imagination. Renee has since used writing as a personal outlet to express her feelings, ideas, views, thoughts, and opinions about the world and the issues that impact her on a deep personal and societal level. (And of course writing also quiets the voices in her head of the many characters that are yearning to have their stories told.) Renee’s inspiration to publish is in large part due to the overwhelming display of encouragement, and support from family and friends, who believe she has a gift with words that need to be shared with world. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she works in the social work field avidly advocating and supporting the varied needs of the people in her community. Renee is a bibliophile with a transcendent love for words. Her soul yearns for the acoustic stylings from a plethora of musical genres. As she continues on this journey of published author she hopes to keep her readers captivated and pining for more.

Where to find the author:

Twitter: @reneecronin78

Publisher: Renee Cronin
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

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  1. Hi Renee Cronin! Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!