Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Humorous #Romance #ShortReads: DEATH AND THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS, A Pet Shop Series Novella by Rena Marin


A Pet Shop Series Novella


Zoey’s at it again! This time, her search for the perfect job leads her out of town and onto the farm. Looking for peace and quiet while earning a living, Zoey decides to put her love for animals to the test. Getting hired on at a local veterinarian’s rehab center is perfect! She’s a country girl after all. How hard can tending animals be? When you’re the town’s living dead girl nothing goes as planned. Dogs with attitudes, possums with zombie issues, and spooked horses are all part of the fun. But when a goat named Clyde enters the picture, Zoey realizes she’s met her match, in more ways than one.

A Pet Shop Series Novella



Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.

My name is Rena Marin and I’m an exclusive author with Crazy Ink Publishing. I’m from a small town in Tennessee located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. I grew up here, in these gorgeous mountains, and have never had the desire to leave. I love it here. I’m married and have two children, Cody and Amber. Cody is 23 and Amber is 15 so they aren’t babies anymore and I really miss that…lol.

My husband, Daniel, and I run a small business. We contract with local cabin rental companies to handle their cleaning and upkeep. It’s a full-time gig around here that seems to never slow down so we’re constantly on the go. Our mountains are beautiful, and it brings quite a few people to the area.

In my spare time, if I’m not writing, you can find me watching horror movies, true crime documentaries, or watching horror game playthroughs on YouTube. The game plays are a new thing to me, but I love watching the gamer’s reactions to being scared.

1.  What genre(s) do you write in and why? I’m as multi-genre as they come. Horror is my first love, but I’ve written thrillers, satires, romance, and fantasy. I love the freedom of being able to write whatever is taking place in my mind and not being tied down to a specific genre. 

2.  What’s your favorite beverage? I don’t think I can pick just one. I used to be a major Mountain Dew girl but had to kick those. Now, I suppose it would be coffee with a bit of French vanilla creamer or sweet tea. 

3.  If you had to listen to one song over and over again for a whole day, what would it be? I’m a fan of the oldies. Give me anything from the 80’s and I would be a happy girl. 

4.  What is your least favorite part of writing? Time management. With the business, taking care of the house, keeping up with the kids, and just the daily grind, finding the time to sit down and really, truly, write has become harder. I miss the days of being able to spend a few hours each day on my laptop. Now, I’m lucky if I get a few hours a week. 

5.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I like it right where I am. I could go for a vacation to the beach. I haven’t been since I was 16 and I do miss the feel of the sand between my toes.

6.  Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre? Yes, I love to read. Horror and thriller are my favorites when I sit down to read at night. I love being in the dark, with a good book, and feeling creeped out.

7.  Where do you get the ideas for your stories? Everywhere. Some have come from my favorite horror movies or shows. Others have come from real-life experiences I’ve twisted into something sinister. That’s the fun part about writing, you never know where inspiration will spring up.

8.  Tell me about your ideal reader.
My ideal reader would simply be someone who enjoys the stories I weave and is eager to read the next one.

9.  If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be? Healing touch. I would love to be able to heal those who are sick and hurting.

10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? My next book is part of the Pet Shop Series. It’s a twisted little rom/com called “Death and the Trouble with Goats.” This book follows Zoey Martel on her journey as her small town’s local zombie girl. She thinks she has a handle on the whole life after death thing until she meets Clyde, a goat with the same zombie issues. Pet Shop Series books are releasing all through the month of May. Death and the Trouble of Goats will be dropping on May 9th. 

Meet Author Rena Marin…

Rena Marin was born in a small town in East Tennessee where she, her husband Daniel, and two children–Cody and Amber–still reside today.

Growing up, reading and writing her own stories was Rena’s favorite pastime. Her once-unreachable dream of becoming a published writer came true when she was in high school and found herself with many writing awards and accolades, including a short story in Reader’s Digest.

After starting her own business, Rena continued writing shorts online before moving on to freelance work. Taking a chance, she and a friend submitted a novel to their first publishing company and were delighted to be accepted.

As a member of Crazy Ink Publishing, Rena now has several co-written series underway, including the Dead Oak Terrors Series. Halloween Nightmare, the first book in that series, recently won the Reality Bites Best Horror Book of 2018. Rena also has her own solo series called The Witches of Dark Hollow Ridge. She looks forward to bringing readers with her into a world of magic and adventure.

Keeping close to her short story roots, Rena is part of several anthologies with many more in the works.

A lover of all forms of entertainment, Rena enjoys horror and fantasy movies new and old. When she isn’t writing or working, she often finds herself cuddled on the couch with her family–including their five fur babies–and lost in a fantasy world or hoping to be scared.


Links to Rena’s website, blog, books, etc.:

Buy link: mybook.to/Deathgoats

Website: www.renamarin.com




Thanks, Rena, for sharing your story with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!






5 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Humorous #Romance #ShortReads: DEATH AND THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS, A Pet Shop Series Novella by Rena Marin”

  1. Hi, you are a new to me author, your book sounds and looks very intriguing . I enjoyed meeting you. Thank you for sharing your interview. Have a Great rest of the week and stay safe.

  2. What a fun premise for your novellas! I’m looking forward to reading these… I’m always intrigued by the quirky.
    Based on your interview, you are accumulating plenty of fodder for your next books.
    Nice to meet you.
    Thanks, Karen and Rena.

  3. Good morning, Rena, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I’ll admit that I don’t read much zombie stories, but your sense of humor has won me over to the dead side! I can’t wait to read this novella. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

  4. Wow, that is definitely quite a twist. I’m not much of a zombies fan, but this story sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

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