Interview and Giveaway: Dina Rae, Author of The Last Degree

Author Dina Rae drops in to chat about her favorite conspiracy theories and how they play into her latest release, The Last Degree.

Welcome back! The last time we did an interview it was for Halo of the Damned. But today you’re here for The Last Degree, can you tell us a bit about it? The Last Degree is a little like a Dan Brown novel mixed with Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory, Jerry Jenkin’s Left Behind, and Doomsday Preppers.  I took my favorite conspiracy theories, some well known and others more obscure, and made a novel out of them.  Those who are suspicious about secret societies, New World Order, and believe in the Apocalypse will appreciate this novel.

How did you come up with the idea for this book? I always wanted to write a book so I chose to write about something I am passionate about–conspiracy theory.

Which conspiracy theories do you believe? Which do you think are fake? I do not believe Bush and friends were in on taking down the World Trade Center.  However, I think Michael Moore made a lot of sense in how things were covered up in his 911 movie.

What did you do to research the secret societies like the Freemasons?  I read Morals and Dogma, the quasi-handbook of the masonry, written by Albert Pike, their S.G.I.G.  I watched multiple specials on the History, Discovery, and TLC channels.  I read numerous articles on the Internet and my library.

What was your favorite part of writing or publishing The Last Degree? My publishing story is a sad one.  In the nutshell, things didn’t work out with its original publisher and I terminated the contract.  Instead of going through the long query process again, I thought of trying Amazon.  I really like how the author can check their sales, change the price, run promos, etc.

How many books do you have planned for this series? Two. A sequel will follow some time in early 2013.

Do you prefer to plot out your stories or just see where the characters take you? A little of both.  It’s easier to write when there is a loose outline, but more fun to see where they go.

What is your favorite political suspense/thriller novel? Angels and Demons, The Patriot, The 12th Imam

What books are in your to-read pile? For my indie list I am currently reading J. Eldridge’s Soul Sisters and plan on reading Aaron Dennis’ The Lokians.  For my bestseller list I am listening to on audio Angelology by Danielle Trussoni and reading Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.

If you could work with any author, who would it be? Hands down-Stephen King. [He has had] a career like no other.

What is your favorite paranormal creature? Fallen angels.  Wrote about one in my other book, Halo of the Damned.

About The Last Degree

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.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Paranormal, Political, Suspense, Thriller, Christian

An Excerpt from The Last Degree

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.

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

Find The Last Degree

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About Dina Rae

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.

Find Dina Rae

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