Meet member Rena Koontz

by | Sep 5, 2017 | Member Updates

Rena Koontz
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Rena Koontz

Award-winning journalist turned award-winning author

Rena made a career as a newspaper reporter, whose bylines appeared in two of the country’s top-20 newspapers, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Along the way, she accumulated numerous writing awards including recognition by The Associated Press for writing excellence, and publication in a national magazine, Woman’s World.

But always, tucked in the back of her mind was the desire to write a book. The kind of book that kept a reader up all night, in love with the hero and worried about the heroine. She told her husband she wanted to see her name on just one book cover.

Book Number Six releases in November 2017 and she’s already finished number seven. Rena has taken her news reporting experiences and turned them into romantic suspense novels. She writes real crimes into great love stories. She says she gives readers a little suspense and a little sex.

Being married to a retired FBI agent only adds to the pool of story ideas.  And just so you know, he takes credit for the steamy scenes.

2017 FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist

He is a suspect. An accused killer. And Trish Kleerey is the law. Patrolman Kleerey stands tall, speaks assertively, and sees right and wrong as clearly as her black and white cruiser. Commit a wrong and face the consequences. But her strict moral code is challenged when her investigation into a series of murders incriminates the man she loves. Her training tells her to arrest him. Her heart screams otherwise.

Bryan DeJewel feels the line between love and the law blur when Trish questions him about the serial killings. The Trish Kleerey he knows is soft, warm, and capable of bringing him to his knees with desire, but that passion isn’t enough to build a lasting relationship. If she loves him, she must trust him.

Her suspicious nature already cost her a lifelong friendship. She couldn’t turn her back on the physical abuse she suspected her friend suffered but, once again, her questions alienated a person she loves. Believing Bryan means turning her back on hard evidence, breaking the rules, and risking her career to prove his innocence.

Meanwhile, the real killer watches and waits, hoping she’ll fall into his deadly trap. Trish’s dilemma: listen to her heart and choose love, or strap on her gun and enforce the law?

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