A Secret Life has come to life!

So, I did it.  I hit publish!  It was on a whim and impulsive; it was not planned out like I wanted.  Sometimes I just get an idea and have to go with it.  Yes, I am insane.  I should have planned better, or at least planned a little.  I should have promoted the book before I hit publish.  I didn’t and I am okay with it – I have to be.

I had another “moment” the other day.  I realized that if I only ever offer A Secret Life in the Kindle store as an eBook that I will never have it on my shelf in my office.  I want to be able to hold it in my hands.  I love the smell of books.  I love the feel of a paperback in my hands.  I wanted that for myself.  It was the greatest feeling the day my proof for Holding On  arrived in the mail and I got to look at it, my name printed on the cover.  I wanted that again.  I had to have it.

Well, I will and so will you.  There are so many wonderful sites out there that make all of that a reality for new authors like myself.  CreateSpace is one of them.  They helped make my little dream come true.  Plus, they make it super easy to make your book available.  So… I had a print version made.  It’s available on Amazon here and CreateSpace here.  Check it out.  The cover is new and I love it even more.  The eBook version is still out there and available here.

Call me impulsive (yes) or crazy (maybe a little these days) or even selfish (I really did feel that I needed a paperback version).  Really, I’m okay with any of those terms because every single person who knows me will tell you that my determination to succeed outweighs everything else.  Plus, if you love the feel of a paperback as much as I do, you don’t really care if I’m crazy or not.  Right?

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy A Secret Life.  I wrote it on a whim and published it on a whim.  Maybe I am just a little bit crazier than I want to admit.  🙂

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Insanity!!!

So, once I get an idea in my head, no matter how hard I try to talk myself out of it, I can’t seem to let the idea go.  Today has been one of those days.  Let’s just say that it has been a trying day – in my personal life.  So, without going into too much detail, I decided that what I wanted to do just couldn’t wait any longer.

I hit publish!

Yes, Holding On is releasing in 10 days.  Yes, Unglued is coming out in a few months.  I know all of these things but this just couldn’t wait.  I knew from the beginning that I was going to self publish this one.  I knew that it needed a bit of feedback and editing – thank you Casey Bond.  I also knew, after the phone call that I received this morning, that I didn’t want to wait any longer.  This one is special to me.

A Secret Life is now live on Amazon!  Holy Crap!  Click here to see what it’s all about if you have no idea.  It’s only available in eBook.  It’s only available on Amazon.  Once the rest of my life settles down I will work on publishing paperback copies if you are interested.  For now… eBook it is.

So, go – buy the book – show me some love and support – and a very big THANK YOU in advance.  It’s been a big day for me.Image

Something different…

So, I know that a lot of authors are utilizing sites like You Tube to help spread the word about their books.  I never put much thought into trying to create my own book trailer but found a site the other day that made it look really easy.  I gave it my best shot and this is what came of it.

Holding On by Rachael Brownell.

I’ve posted it to You Tube to see if I can get some exposure.  Go give it a thumbs up if you like it.  I would greatly appreciate the support.

That is all for now!

Counting down the days GIVEAWAY!

Yes, I am counting down the days until Holding On is being released.  It’s available right now, I understand that, but it’s only available on my publishers website.  I’m counting down the says until it’s available places like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc.  I’m getting excited and can’t wait for the moment that I jump on Goodreads to update my reading list, search my name, and see my book available.  Yes.  That is what I’m waiting for.  Hopefully that will happen before December 3.

That’s the date for anyone who was unaware.  12/3/2013  I will OFFICIALLY have a book that will be available to be purchased by anyone, anywhere and reviewed by anyone who reads it.  (Honestly, that part scares me a little bit because I know that not everyone is going to love what I wrote as much as I do.)  None the less, it will be on Goodreads for people to put on their “shelves” and maybe even in my local Barnes & Noble for me to walk in and buy.  Exciting, right?

Anyway, because I am so excited about what the future holds at the moment (so please don’t pop my bubble just yet) I am putting on another Giveaway over on my Facebook page.  Click HERE and enter here if you like to win free stuff.  This giveaway I have a signed copy of Holding On plus a poster and some swag to send to the lucky winner.  Good Luck everyone and don’t forget to add Holding On to your “to-read shelf” on Goodreads once the link is live.  When it happen I will post that information here and on my FB page as well.

My first review!!!

So, first I need to thank a very special lady for taking the time to read Holding On and then review it after wards.  In this business time tends to be a precious commodity and when you are caught up in your own work – writing it, editing it, promoting it, etc – taking the time to read and review someone else’s work takes away from everything you are and could be doing for yourself.  It’s a selfless act.  An act that I am in the process of repaying as I type these very words.

Casey Bond – thank you very much for spending some of your precious time helping out a fellow Tate author.  I cannot thank you enough in words.  What I really need to do is put my laptop away for a few hours and focus on finishing your book.  I think I will do that tonight.  (my review will follow in the next few days)

If you would like to read Casey’s “spoil free” review of Holding On then click here.  That link will take you directly to her Tate website.  While your there – check her out.  I’m about half way through her book Winter Shadows and it’s painful to have to put it down and go to work.  Unfortunately I have to do that to pay the bills until this whole writing thing starts to take off.  (The power of positive thinking!)

A whole new idea coming to life

I’ve been thinking lately about how I really wanted to introduce this new book to all of you.  It’s different from Holding On.  The way that it’s written is different.  The process I went through when writing it was different.  The process that I am going to go through to get it published is different.  It’s all around different.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a romance.  It’s still about love and the uncertainty of life but it’s a little rough around the edges.

So, instead of submitting it to my publishers I entered it into two different writing contest.  I went this route for a few different reasons.  First, the main character Kat has a bit of a sailors mouth at times and most of the story is from her point of view.  I love my publishers, they have been absolutely fantastic since I started working with them, but they are a Christian publishing company and the amount of curse words in this book might give someone a mild heart attack.  Secondly, I thought that it would be a new challenge to see if I could make it in the industry outside of my publishers.  I know that might sound a little silly but even if I don’t win one of the writing contests, and chances are that I won’t after reading some of the other entries, I plan on self publishing.  That will be a whole new challenge for me and I am ready for it.  At least I think I am.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you some UNEDITED promotional copy that I threw together for these contests.  It will give you a glimpse into what the book is all about.  If you like the intro then click here and you can read the entire first chapter of the book.  It’s what I submitted to the contest.  If you like the first chapter then please vote for my submission.  I need all the votes I can get since I can only vote once.  I wonder why that is?

Enjoy!

“I think you and I were meant to meet.  I think all of this was

supposed to happen.  You are my destiny.”

 

She never thought that her life would be this complicated.  Or this dangerous.  Running from her past, Kat and her mom end up in a small Colorado town when Kat run’s directly into her future.  She falls in love with Cam almost instantly but when she learns that her past is catching up with her again, she has to leave him.  When he finds her a year later, Cam thinks that she truly may be his destiny.  Can he leave his world behind to become a part of hers?

A Secret Life

So, I have officially decided that I love this photo and I fully intend on using it for the cover of A Secret Life.  It’s from Shutterstock.com.  They have some AMAZING art you can purchase.  What I really want to know is what you think.  So… What do you think?

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Also, I have entered A Secret Life in two writing contests now.   If you have a few free minutes to check them out I would really appreciate the support.  Here are the links:

SYTYCW: http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/manuscripts-sytycw-2013/a-secret-life/

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/27140754-a-secret-life-sytycw

That’s really all for now.  I was super excited to share the image since I fell in love with it at first sight.  What I have to remember is that it’s not about what I like it’s about what you all like.  So, again, I have to ask… What do you think?

Where we are with the Holding On series and A Secret Life “sneak peak”

So, I feel like it’s time to update you all on what’s going on in my world these days because things are getting a little bit busier it seems… that’s good right?

Alright, good or bad here’s the scoop. Holding On was released on my publishers website.  Thanks you Tate Publishing for doing that.  You can buy it in eBook or paperback by clicking here.  The official release date is December 3, 2013.  That’s when you will be able to purchase it other places like Amazon or B&N.com.  That’s also about the time that you will be able to post your reviews on Goodreads.  Any and all reviews are welcome – positive or negative.

So, we are trying to market the hell out of it right now.  I’ve order books twice now.  I am in the process of setting up a book signing at a local coffee shop.  Any and all support is welcome at the signing.  Whether you decide to purchase the book or not, even if you have already purchased the book, I need support at the signing.  Success is measured by the number of people who come to see you not the number of books I sell.  I have to make sure to give the coffee shop a reason to invite me back.

I still have a Giveaway for a signed copy of Holding On running over on my Facebook page.  Click here if you have not entered yet.  It ends tonight at midnight so enter now if you have not done so already and you like FREE books.

Moving on… Unglued is in the production phase right now.  I just wrote the promotional copy for the back of the book the other day and it should be finalized in a week or so.  I have been avidly searching for stock photos to grace the cover and stay within the theme of the series.  There are a few that I have fallen in love with that seem to fit so that process should run pretty smoothly.  Editing should start any time now.  That’s going to be a long process.  I want to make sure that it turns out prefect for all of you.

Finally, I have written a stand alone novel that I have entered into a writing contest that is being sponsored by Harlequin publishers.  It’s a long shot for me to win.  I have read some of the other amazing submission so I am not trying to be down on myself just realistic.  Anyway, if you would like to pop over and check out my new novel A Secret Life then click on the link here.  It’s completely different than the Holding On series.  I’m mentioning that because the first person who read my submission commented on the difference in language.  My new character likes to curse A LOT.  I am in love with her just a little.

Here’s something I found on Pinterest that I thought summed up a large part of the story line.

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There’s a whole lot more to the story than just that because although I would consider it a love story it’s not all rainbows and butterflies this time around. There’s a little bit of danger and an edge to it that I enjoyed writing very much.

Anyway, that’s about where we are right now.  I will keep everyone posted on signings and such that I schedule for Holding On and where we are with Unglued.  As soon as I have an idea of a release date for Unglued you all will be the first to know.  I know there are a few of you who have already finished Holding On and have asked when Unglued will be available.  As soon as I know you will know.  Promise.

For now, do me a favor and pop over and check out my entry for A Secret Life if you have the time.  I could use a few good comments to at least help push me on to the next round.  Thanks a bunch for all your support.  You guys ROCK!

Two giveaways, a teaser and a thank you!

Since everyone has been so incredibly supportive I thought that I would surprise you with a new teaser.  For those of you who have already read the book or purchased – thank you by the way – I will be posting the Prologue for Unglued, the sequel to Holding On, as soon as my Facebook page hits 300 likes.  We have along way to go to get there so if everyone could encourage their friends who love to read to check out my page I would very much appreciate it.

So, exciting things are happening right now.  I sold my first book the very first day that it was available on the Tate website.  Yeah!   I have 20 books that will be arriving at my house in a few days and most of them are already spoken for.  I have my very first giveaway going on right now (ends in 7 days) on my Facebook page.  I am also contributing to a giveaway that a fellow author, Britney King, is hosting.  You not only get to win a signed copy of Holding On  but you also get to win a copy of her amazing book Bedrock.

Also, I am in the process of setting up my first official book signing.  I have the date and the location pretty much set but there are still a few details to work out.

Best of all, I have had 5 amazing bloggers agree to review Holding On.  I am now anxiously (and quite honestly nervously) awaiting to see what they thought.

So, in light of all the amazing support that I am receiving, the largest amount being from all of you, I am going to post a sneak peak.  I hope you enjoy it and like I said before… once the Facebook page reaches 300 likes I will post the Prologue to Unglued.

He grabbed my hand and placed it over his heart. He didn’t have to say anything. I knew what he was trying to say; he had said it the last time we had said good-bye. I knew he meant it with all his heart, and to show him that I felt the same, I mimicked his gesture. Our foreheads met in the middle, and we just sat there for what felt like forever, saying good-bye, without any words.

With a final wave after he got through security, he turned and headed to his gate. He was on his way back home with part of my heart in tow. I wanted to run to him. I wanted one last hug, one last kiss. I wanted to go home with him. I wanted him to hold me forever and tell me that we would never be apart again. He was my solace, my comfort. I was completely torn between wanting more and wanting what we have. I questioned his decision as I watched him disappear into the thick crowd of travelers. Was this really what was best for us?

Giveaway Time!!!

Yes, I am hosting my first ever giveaway.  I am so excited!!!  I am finally able to share Holding On with all of you!

So, here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Brownell

Go… click on the link and look for the blue box at the top that says Giveaway.  You can earn 10 entries the first day and if you tweet every day until it ends then you can earn an extra 2 entries every day.

What’s the prize?  A copy of Holding On of course – signed and sent to your home address at no cost to you.  Own one before it’s even released.

But it is released… sort of.  So, yeah you can go to www.tatepublishing.com and click on the bookstore link and search my name or the name of the book and buy a copy of the book.  But, that copy does not come with my chicken-scratch signature.  Of course, if you don’t win the contest and you want a copy and you want me to sign it then I will.  I’m just that nice. 😉

So, enter for your chance to win.  The more entries you have the better your chance at winning.  The giveaway end October 6 so enter NOW!