Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Last Degree by Dina Rae Blog Tour Guest Post/Interview

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. A sequel will soon be available.

Conspiracy Theory: What exactly is New World Order?
by Dina Rae

Most have probably heard the term, New World Order, but are confused by its meaning. To clarify all prior notions, New World Order is not a fact (yet), but a theory the paranoid hold about the direction in which the world is headed. The theory states that an inner circle of power plans on taking over the world through economic, political, and military actions. Once they achieve a one world government, those who are a drain (weak/poor people and nations) and those who make trouble will be exterminated. Others who play the game will be subject to mind control and constant surveillance.

Okay, this is where it gets fuzzy. Yes, this sounds like a comic book with the villain trying to dominate the world, but hear me out. The most crucial part of the theory rests on who the inner circle is. The answer is up for debate, but most conspiracy junkies point fingers at:

Freemasonry: A secret organization comprised of York, Scottish, and Shriner Orders. All are based on a series of rites the mason must pass in order to advance in degrees. Those at the top of the pyramid hold ancient secrets and power, allowing them to pull the strings of foreign and domestic policies. America’s forefathers belonged to the Order. Fourteen presidents were confirmed as members. Most believe Johnson, Carter, Reagan, and both Bushes need to be added onto the list. Abraham Lincoln was confirmed as NOT being a Freemason.

Illuminati: Adam Weishaupt officially formed the group on May 1, 1776 (existed much earlier) in Bavaria/Germany. Hmmm, does 1776 sound familiar, Americans? The Illuminati’s most famous members include Newton, Kant, Goethe, Rothchild, Rockefeller, DuPont, and Kennedy. The official order disappeared once the German monarchy found out about a plot to over throw them. Many claim they hid under the Scottish Rite of the Freemasonry.

Bilderberg Group: Their name derives from the first meeting held in the Hotel de Bilderberg in Netherlands, 1954. The annual invite-only group consists of leaders, royalty, and business people, meeting in different locations always in America, Canada, and Europe. They never explain the purpose of the secretive meetings and refuse all media access. The security detail is as thick as it gets.

Council of Foreign Relations: They claim to be a “think-tank” on foreign policy formed by David Rockefeller. Huge impact on the decisions made by presidents, prime ministers, and kings.

Many of these groups crossover. Others worth a mention are the Bohemian Club, Club of Rome, Trilateral Commission, NATO, and Skull and Bones. The Last Degree fictionalizes the end of what we know as these groups take over the world.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

I always liked this question because it’s easy! 
Jesus Christ is number one because I hope to someday break bread with Him. 
Solomon is a very distant second, but would love to ask him all kinds of questions about his wisdom and links to magick. 
John Dee, scryer to Queen Elizabeth I, is my third choice. He and his employee, Ed Kelley, supposedly conjured up angels from a language they invented (Enochian magick) or were divinely inspired to write. 
Wade Davis who wrote The Serpent and the Rainbow would also be interesting. I’d love to pick his brain about the Haitian culture. 
Lastly, Nostrodamus. I’d want to know all about his visions.
What is one book everyone should read? 

Besides mine (Halo of the Damned, The Last Degree, and Bad Juju - shameless plug), I would have to give the Must Read torch to Stephen King’s The Stand. Makes everything more meaningful. Eventually, we have to choose a side in life in order to be on a side in death. I still love that book as much as I did years ago when I first read it. Truly the king of all apocalyptic fiction.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 

You will be delightfully entertained and submersed into another world while learning fascinating information.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 

I am finishing up my sequel to Halo of the Damned. This tale takes a much darker role as my protagonist, Joanna, matures. She finds out that she has dark urges that cannot be controlled. Armaros, the fallen angel who is her father, plots with his minions to escape from Hell.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 

I’ve had a lot of outstanding reviews from unpaid reviewers that give me confidence to keep on writing. I’ve also met a lot of wonderful authors who are now “virtual” friends.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be? 

I’d be Danerys in Game of Thrones. I’m currently reading the third one and love her. She’s young, fierce, and ever-changing-a fascinating woman.

What is your dream cast for your book? 

Halo of the Damned: Colin Farrell as Armaros and Keira Knightly as Joanna Bad 
Juju: Morgan Freeman as Lucien Nazaire, and two male teens (not good with younger stars), Hayden Panettiere as Leah 
The Last Degree: Ryan Gosling for James Martin, Blake Lively for Bella, Penelope Cruz for Queen Sophia, Timothy Hutton for Larry Dedman, and Andy Garcia for Karl Scott.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 

I loved V.C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic series. I got my thirteen year old daughter hooked on that same series.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? 

Bad Juju: Zombie by the Cranberries 
The Last Degree: Imagine by John Lennon 
Halo of the Damned: Possum Kingdom by the Toadies

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

I’m not in any place to give advice, but I will say this: beware of what you are getting yourself into-LOL! As hard as it is to get published, it’s only the first step. Promoting your book will largely fall on your shoulders unless you get lined up with one of the big six.

What is your favorite quote? 

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 

LaHaye and Jenkins, Preston and Childs, King, Thor, Rice, Dan Brown, and so many others.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? 

Making a fallen angel the head of an advertising corporation - but it worked!

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? 

Expectations are nothing but pre-meditated resentments.

How do you react to a bad review? 

I of course don’t like them, but it’s part of the whole author thing-putting yourself out there. I tend to go to the books that I love and think are brilliant and read the bad reviews on them. This somehow cheers me up. Most of my reviews have been awesome so I can’t really complain.

Which authors have influence you most how? 

I really like Dan Brown’s research and exciting style. He is the master of plot. I also love George RR Martin’s characters-they are so real that you feel as if they are part of the family. I want to set a place at the table for Tyrion this Thanksgiving! King’s consistency has the most influence. He never tires from ideas, always churning out a good if not great book.

What do you do in your free time? 

 I have two dogs that I love to walk and play lots of tennis.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?

Danielle Trussoni because I just read Angelology and she used a lot of the same research that I found for Halo of the Damned-we could really write an awesome nephilim book together! I also would love to write a book with Dan Brown.

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Genre – Thriller / Apocalyptic 

Rating – PG13

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Brittany-Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I'm also having a giveaway with The Last Degree and all of my novels:
    "An Unholy Trinity" of novels and three Amazon GCs for prizes
    Great blog!