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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?

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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?

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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!

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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?

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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!

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IT’S OFFICIAL!!!

So, the paperwork has been signed, all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed.  As of 9/10/2013 I am officially a published author.  That date will always be a part of who I am from this point forward.  Not only was Holding On released for sale on my publishers website but I also made my first sale!

Thank you so much to the two ladies that I know purchased that very first day giving me my very first “Hell Yeah!” moment… Tracy Aguillon (my boss of the last 12 years) and Cassie Hatfield (a friend of just as long).  You ladies ROCK!  You definitely know how to make a pretty great day even better.  I appreciate all the support.

So here’s what happens next…

It’s time to truly work my ass off.  The easy part is done.  I wrote the book.  I edited it (with help of course).  Now I need to market it to EVERYONE.  This is going to be both a lot of fun and a lot of work.  I went to school for this kind of thing (advertising) but we didn’t cover anything about marketing your own book.  It’s going to be my first real challenge since this whole process started.

Book Signings?  Yes, I plan on having one locally (Kalamazoo) sooner rather than later.  You are all welcome to come.  Actually, that’s not entirely true.  I NEED you all to come.  These signings are the real way that I will be able to make a go of this.  The stores don’t advertise them  – I do – so I need everyone to come and show me some support.  Being someone who has always seen the glass as half empty the entire book signing thing scares the shit out of me.  What if no one shows up?  That’s pretty much what goes through my mind every time I think about it.

Paperbacks.  Yes, you can purchase a paperback copy of Holding On from me if you like.  It will be a while before I have enough on hand to be able to sell them to everyone but if you are willing to wait then I will gladly sell you one.  If you are impatient (I am so I understand) then you can follow the link below and purchase your copy from Tate’s website.  I recommend doing this since you can get your copy in 7-10 days versus who knows when from me.

http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-62854-850-1

E-Books.  Yes, Holding On also comes in e-book form.  You can click the link above and purchase the e-book if you like.

Bookstores.  Bookstores don’t generally shelf every book that is published since there are so many.  I may get lucky enough for the local B&N to shelf mine but if it doesn’t sell then it will be pulled.  It happens to authors all the time so WHEN is happens to me, I will be expecting it.  Unless I happen to sell a lot of copies that is.  Then I will truly be disappointed if they pull it.

Amazon. Goodreads. B&N.  When I have the official release date I will let you know.  Until that date, the only places you can purchase Holding On will be either from me or directly from the publisher at the link above.  You won’t even be able to search for it on these websites until much, much closer to the release date.

So, that’s what I know right now.  I couldn’t feel more blessed by all of your support since this all came about.  Most of you that are reading this are friends or family and your support means a lot.  Hopefully, I have some future readers that read this as well.  Your feedback, reviews and support mean just as much and for that I thank you, wholeheartedly.

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My first ever book signing!!!

Oh My GOD!  It was the craziest thing I have ever seen and the coolest thing by far.  I was so in awe of the authors.  There had to be at least 200 to 300 people coming and going from that room plus the authors plus their assistants plus the yummy male models that some of them brought.  You would think that chaos ensued… you’d be wrong.

This was a well run operation.

If you have no idea what signing I went to then check out this link…

http://thenaughtymafiarocksvegas.blogspot.com/p/w.html

I met a bunch of author, some of my most favorites, and waited in some seriously long lines.  When I say long lines I mean you had to take a ticket and wait for your number to be called to even get a chance at getting your books signed… how cray is that?

The point is, the entire time I was there the only thing I could think about was being on the other side of the table.  What would it be like to be the author at such a huge signing?  How incredibly awesome would it be to have people come to see you just to get a chance to get their book signed?

Then I started to freak out a little because I hate being the center of attention.  It’s not the worst thing in the world but I prefer to blend in a little bit more than what would have been possible in that room.

So, moral of the story… I’m not sure I’m ready for anything that is about to happen.  I obviously hope that my books sell, that they touch people’s heart, that they inspire people.  I hope that one day enough people will be as determined to meet me as I was to meet the amazing authors that I met.  I want my books to do well.  Yes, I want to make this my career.  The only problem I see with this is that I’m not sure that I will be able to get over the attention that comes with it if I do well.

So, if anyone knows any tricks that may help me get over my fear of being the center of attention… I’m listening.  But please, do not tell me to embrace it because that is a load of ****.

I know that none of this will be an issue for a while.  I’m not delusional enough to think that it will happen over night.  I’m not even delusional enough to think that it will happen at all.  A lot of hard work goes in to making a book a success and many of the authors that I met have worked really hard, starting out as indie authors and then getting publishing contracts down the line after they’ve proved their merit.

So, to those that have worked their butts off to get where they are, I applaud you. (I am clapping right now in between typing words.)  Your hard work has been recognized and you are being rewarded with each sale.  I can only hope that my hard work will some day be recognized as well.  I would like my reward to be in the form of a table, next to you, at a book signing (after I conquer my fear of the public).

That it all.

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Final Teaser???

So this may be the last one I post before the book is released.  I kept it short and sweet.  I chose a part that doesn’t identify which person Becca is talking with for a few different reasons… mainly because I didn’t want to give to much away.  If I tell you how it ends you won’t really need to read it.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

“I love you, you know that? More than I can describe and in so many different ways. I love the way you laugh. I love the way my heart rate picks up when I get a text from you or see your name on my phone when you call. I love that you know me better than anyone else. I love that you believe in me and trust me.”

There was a long pause before he continued. “What I don’t love is knowing that I wasted so much time trying to fight the feelings I had for you so that I could save our friendship. I don’t love knowing that there is someone else who gets to hold you, to kiss you, to be there for you because I can’t be. I don’t love that I am going crazy and doing things that make you angry. I don’t love crossing the line with you because it makes me not trust myself with you.”

Holy crap! He’s just declared his undying love to me, and all I can do is stare at him. His profile was beautiful with the moonlight shining in the window next to him. When he turned to face me and our eyes met, I don’t know why but I reached out and cupped his cheek in my hand. He slowly leaned into it and closed his eyes. What the hell was I going to do now?

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Cover Reveal

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting… you get the idea.  We finally hit 100 likes!!!  I am not great at keeping secrets, especially juicy ones.  I don’t like to have that knowledge weighing on me.  So, keeping this from all of you for even the short amount of time that I have has been slowly killing me.

I have checked my Facebook page at least ten times an hour to see how many like we are up to.  I’ve been watching my email just as much to see if the official “You can share” email has come through.  I would probably be going insane if it weren’t for modern technology.  I now understand why some people are so glued to their phones – the apps are addicting.

Anyway.  This is what I’ve been waiting to share with everyone.  The only person who’s seen it besides me at this point is my boyfriend.  Sorry but he’s privy to all that you are not at this point.  It’s his reward for putting up with me on daily basis.

I hope you like it as much as I do.  It was a tough decision the second time around.  They sent some great options but this is the one I decided to go with in the end…

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So, when you head to B&N or are looking for the ebook for you Kindle or Nook or iPad, this is the image you will see.  Most importantly, just look for my name because it’s on the cover.  Yep, that’s me excited about my name being on the cover.  How freakin’ cool is that?

Sorry!

So, pre-orders for e-books should be going live soon.  How soon?  I’m not entirely sure but they said soon.  I am assuming that now that we have a cover that it won’t be much longer.  When it’s available you will all be the first to know.  Until then… you can just stare at this beautiful picture and try to imagine what’s on the inside.

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Yep… I posted it again!  I know I might be just a tad bit crazy but that’s okay.  I am finally starting to get excited…

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Timeline

So, I got the proofs for the cover options from the publishing company today.  They were not what I was expecting to say the least.  I am a little disappointed.  They listened to what I had to say, what I said that I wanted, but I still didn’t think that they were right.  Neither option fit the image that I have for the cover.

So we try again, I think.  I’m waiting for a response from my Project Manager.  I hope I didn’t offend anyone.  The covers were beautiful but they do not represent the book. I would love to post them and share with all of you what they look like but unless you’ve read the book you wouldn’t understand why they don’t quite work.

I know that I’m being picky.  I’m okay with being picky.  The cover has to be perfect.  If it’s not a GREAT representation of what’s on the inside then no one will want to buy it.  I asked my SIL what she thought and her response was perfect… “are you getting a feeling for Becca or Ethan”.  Those are the two main characters.

No I didn’t.  I looked at both and knew right away that they wouldn’t work.  So, I’m a little disappointed.  I feel like me being picky is going to set the entire process back.  Maybe it will and maybe it won’t but either way I still said no to both options.

What’s the timeline look like right now?  Well, I still have a few steps in the process before I can get a release date.  I’m trying to move it along as quickly as possible (I promise) because as anxious as some of you may be, I’m even more anxious.

So, here’s what’s still ahead…

  • cover design will be finalized this month (July)
  • layout design will be finalized next month (Aug.)
  • digital and print proofs to be signed off on (Early Sept.)
  • Final proof to be signed off on (late Sept.)

Marketing will begin by the end of September and that’s when I’ll have a release day that will be 45-90 days after I sign off on the final proof.  It sounds to me like it will be late November or early December.  

Until then… I guess I will write the final book in the series.  Oh!  Did I mention that Unglued (book 2 in the series) has been accepted by the publishers.  The process will be the same so you can expect to see a release date for that probably June/July 2014.