The lovely women of Twisted Kingdom have graciously allowed me to hijack their blog for a bit. As for who in the world I am, my name is Rene Lyons. I'm a paranormal romance romance author who writes for both Samhain and the soon-to-be-opened Tease Publishing. I have three books out so far, all in eBook format and two in print. They are the first three books in a series I've titled the Templar Vampire Series.

Now...enough of that and on to the post. ;)

When I was a little girl I hated to read. And I mean hated it. And then it happened. I was roughly fourteen or so and I had strep throat. This put me on bed rest for the better part of ten days. Bored to death of daytime television (remember, this is back before the wonderful days of cable), I annoyed my mother to the point that she tossed a book in my face and told me to read it or go to sleep. Either way, she was done with my whining. So, I read. And read. And read. The book was Shanna by Katherine E. Woodiwiss. Needless to say I was hooked. A new obsession with reading was born. I read it in two days - and for those who know the book, it's a big one. More than anything, the happy ending got me. As soon as I was well enough, I raced to the book store and loaded up on romance novels. Oh yeah. I was a changed girl. I began to read everything I got my hands on. Books. Magazines. Hell, I even read the ingredients on boxes of cereal. The more words I took in the happier I was. Then, along came a treasure called Saving Grace by Julie Garwood. That book began me down the path that led to where I am today. I happened to have been in a god-awful relationship at the time I read SG, so I felt the book mirrored my emotions. By the time I was finished with it, I knew writing was something I wanted to do. I had to put my emotions down on paper. I had to tell the stories playing out in my mind like wonderful little movies. I had to....well, I just had to do everything that came with writing.

So, here I am, almost twenty years after reading Saving Grace. I did it. I made my dream come true. Determination and belief in one's self are things I hope to pass onto my daughter. I want her to look at me and be inspired to never give up on whatever dreams she may have. I mean, come on, I'm just a chick born and raised in Brooklyn (no, I don't live there anymore) who likes to jot down some stories. If I can come this far (with a very long road left to travel down), I hope my daughter can see that she can do the impossible as well.

Okay, was that too preachy? lol

Thanks to the incredible women of Twisted Kingdom. I had a blast taking over your blog. ;)

Thanks for stopping by Rene!


Awesome post! I'm going to have to pick up one of your books now!

I always enjoy hearing stories of how one book changed a person into a reader. I honestly don't remember my first book because I've always loved to read. Thank you for sharing!

Congrats on making your dreams come true :D I've been looking for your books, but they're not easy to find (the ones in print :P) but i'll definitively find them :D

It's amazing how many ppl starts out not enjoying reading and then, become the most avid reader!

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Since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with books. Early photos show me with a book in hand, even if it was not exactly my reading level... My first word was a made-up word meaning 'book', actually. I suppose I had my priorities at an early age... Over the years my interest in books has become one of the defining features of who I am as a person. You can probably call me a bookworm. While I have other interests, reading will always be the one I talk about the most, even if I am not focusing on it as much as I used to.