Paranormal lesson of the day: stalking pays off.

A long time ago, I wrote about stalking the author Hunter Shea. Regular readers of this blog will already know that I’ve gotten nothing but positive reinforcement for that behavior. I mean, he actually included me in a list of acknowledgements in at least one of his books. (I’m not sure what I did to earn that.) Then the man sat down and had a (virtual) beer with me … and let me record it!

Now he’s gone and given me a cameo in his new book, Island of the Forbidden!

book cover hunter shea island of the forbidden

Click the cover to visit its Amazon listing.

Here’s a screenshot of a little snippet from the first chapter. Apparently I play a real estate agent:

my cameo in Island of the Forbidden by Hunter Shea

Pretty cool, huh?

When my namesake character is first mentioned in the book, we learn her full name is “Renae Rudd.” I can only assume that Hunter thought an agent with the last name “Rude” would be too on the nose. (Though this character Renae seems quite polite.)

I’ve known this was coming for a while. During one of Hunter’s early book launches, he made a limited time offer on his Facebook page, in which he offered to name a character after anyone who bought a book within a brief time window. Of course I saw it and jumped on the opportunity.

I’m particularly pleased that this is the book he decided to put me in because it’s part of a series I love. Island of the Forbidden is the the third book featuring Jessica Backman.

Here’s the description for Island of the Forbidden:

Jessica Backman has been called to help a strange family living on a haunted island in Charleston Harbor. Ormsby Island was the site of a brutal massacre two decades ago, and now the mysterious Harper family needs someone to exorcise the ghosts that still call it home. The phantoms of over one hundred children cannot rest.

But something far more insidious is living on the island. When the living and the dead guard their true intentions, how can Jessica discover just what sort of evil lurks on Ormsby Island? And why is Jessica the only one who can plumb its dark depths?

For more information, including some glowing reviews, pop over to Hunter’s page to see his publication announcement.



14 Comments on “Paranormal lesson of the day: stalking pays off.”

  1. Hunter Shea says:

    You are the best stalker ever! 🙂 Btw, your character makes more appearances in the book. Thank you always for your support!

  2. Ramona Ivan says:

    Renae, Happy New Year!! I love those pottery pots with the blue on them. Did you make them yourself? If you bought them, where can I find those, they are beautiful.

    • And a Happy New Year to you too, Ramona.

      The pottery you noticed is a detail from one of the shots I took when I was doing some research for one of my books at a local living history museum. All the photos I took that day can be found HERE. About half-way down you can see the shot I cropped the detail from. The pots were in a pantry cabinet.

      I checked my archives for the original photograph so that I could read what was engraved on the pots. I believe it says “Walnut Hill Stoneware Co.” I did a bit of searching on the web to locate the company, but I didn’t have much luck. I get the sense that the company might be making reproductions of old designs FOR living history museums, but I couldn’t really confirm that.

      • Ramona Ivan says:

        Hi Renae,

        You are a fantastic photographer with a great eye! Wow. Thank you so much for getting back to me with very detailed information. I know you’re a busy lady and I really appreciate it. If I end up finding that pottery I will definitely drop you a line.

        Warm regards,


  3. Fantastic! Stalking with grace.

  4. zipcoffelt says:

    Very cool, Renae!!

  5. Jay Moeller says:

    You are so much fun Renae. I enjoy your blog.

  6. scoobyclue says:

    “Oh my.” As Renae Rudd might say.

    Hunter has a new fan in me… this is awesome!

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