5 days, 21 hours

I can’t hide my excitement any longer. In less than 6 days I get to marry the man of my dreams, my soulmate, my best friend.

I’ve heard the saying “Good things come to those that wait” and I am now a firm believer that it’s true.

My fiance and I have been together for what will be 11 years, 2 months and 8 days when we finally tie the knot. We’ve been through purchasing a house, having a child, raising that child, and the stress of career changes together, and nothing has broken us yet. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us because I can only imagine that it will be greatness.

For anyone that would like to see pictures from my big day, more than likely as it unfolds, search the hashtag #GeraciWedding  on social media on Friday, August 26th after 5pm. I’m going to try and post a live video before I walk down the aisle for all my followers as well, blocking my future husband from seeing me in my dress of course.

I’m off social media until after the big day.

Kisses XOXO

 

 

I published a book today!

Yes, I published a book today. An AMAZING book. The best book I’ve written to date. No, I’m not full of myself. I see the differences in this book and others I’ve written. I can see how much my writing has developed over the years. AND, reviews speak for themselves. Unfortunately, today feels like any other day for me. Why? Well, it doesn’t feel like anything special happened today and that makes me sad.

So, here’s the thing about publishing a book (in my opinion).

It’s all about visibility. For weeks, I’ve been trying to spread the word about this book with the help of some amazing friends. (I see you Brenda!) I’ve posted on social media. I’ve scheduled ads. I sent out ARC copies to those that signed up. I even ran a special with the book priced at 99 cents for those that preordered.

I’ve essentially tried every strategy that I know at this point to make my book visible.

Guess what? It’s still not visible. The bigger problem? I have no idea why.

Sure, the market is saturated with books right now, most of which are as amazing if not more so. Yes, Facebook blocks most of what I post. Rather, it picks and chooses what it shows people. Yes, I’m a little fish in a big pond.

My question is this… as a reader, where do you get information about your next great read? Do you follow blogs on Facebook? Do you scroll through Twitter? InstaGram?

How do I reach you?

So please, in the comments below, tell me where you go to find your next read. I’d love to know. I’d love to connect with you. I’d love for you to at least see the books I publish so you can make the decision whether or not you might like to read them.

***NOTE*** As I’m rereading this post I can see how it seems a bit like a pity post but that’s not it at all. I’m just… curious. I want to know how to connect with you. You are who I write these books for. You are who I take time away from my family for. You are the ones I drink coffee all hours of the day for. (Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch since I love coffee and will NEVER turn down a fresh cup.) It’s about you.

 

Dear Kindle Unlimited…

It has come to my attention that some crazy s**t is happening over on Amazon. Things that are negatively impacting the lives of authors. It started a while back when reviews began disappearing. Now, it’s taken a turn for the worse.

The short story – an author was notified by Amazon that her account was being canceled, she can no longer publish on Amazon and they are removing all her books. Say what?!? Yeah, so apparently something about her sales led them to believe that she was scamming the Kindle Unlimited system. Did they ask? Nope. Did they assume that an accomplished author, with multiple titles, that sell fairly well, was somehow paying a click farm to earn her extra money?

They sure did.

The funny thing is, (which is really not funny at all) from what I know of this author, she’s as legit as they come.

As I stewed over this all afternoon after reading the article, I weighed my options regarding my involvement with Kindle Unlimited.

I do not want to end up in this situation. I do not want to worry that one day I might get an email saying I’ve been blacklisted by Amazon. I can’t even begin to imagine what she’s going through but I sure hope she fights back and gives Amazon hell.

Long story short, err short as possible, I’m pulling ALL my books from the KU program. If you are a subscriber, I apologize, but for an author that one day hopes to make this my main source of income, the risk has become too great. All my titles will become available through all other distributors as of September 1st, some sooner than that.

So… I have a few sales coming up that I thought you would like to know about. Here’s the lowdown on how July is looking.

First off, Jumping Puddles releases on July 25th. For preorders only, you can snag a copy for only 99 cents.

B&N

Amazon

For all my books currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited…

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That’s my big news of the week. I hope you all snag some books at the discounted prices above.

Have a great weekend!

What’s next?

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With the release of Lucky 13 behind me, some of you are probably wondering what I’ll be working on now. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you may already have heard the news. If you don’t subscribe and want to, click HERE.

Here’s the rundown of what’s going to happen for the rest of 2016…

  1. Jumping Puddles will release on July 25th. Click HERE to preorder your copy for the special price of only 99 cents. Are you a blogger and interested in receiving an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review? Click HERE to sign up.
  2. Saving Bliss – yes, it’s FINALLY finished – will be edited by the end of the summer and I’m working on scheduling both formatting and cover design.
  3. My new WIP is called The Jane Project. (I’ll share a little bit about that in the July newsletter.) It will be released late fall, early winter.
  4. I’M GETTING MARRIED ON AUGUST 26TH!!! Aside from being incredibly excited about this, I’ll also be taking a break from all things book related beginning August 22nd. I’ll be back after the Labor Day holiday weekend – Tuesday, September 6th.
  5. October and November are FILLED with signing and conventions. Click on the event title to learn more about each one.
    1. Glass City Author Event
    2. Carolina Book Fest
    3. Rebels and Readers Author Event
  6. If you are going to be at one of the above events, click HERE to preorder your books. I am making one large book order in September that will have to supply all three events so I won’t be able to guarantee copies of any book unless you preorder.

Yes, I have a busy remainder of the year. I hope you all join me for the adventure.

New Release

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I can’t believe it’s finally here!!! I’m so excited to share this book with all of you. Grant and Madison’s story is one of my personal favorites and I hope it becomes one of yours.

Here’s what one reviewer had to say:

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Oh my this was such a wonderful story. The way one woman helps the people that are abused and helps find them a new home. When Madison is younger her mother passes away and she goes to spend a little time with her Grandmother Celia who runs this Thompson Foundation. She meets a young man by the name of Joshua who will be involved in this foundation. Where the Number 13 becomes involved I won’t go into details of how the Lucky 13 comes into play you will just have to read to find out. This is such an emotional read that you can’t put it down wondering what will happen next. When something happens and Tragedy strikes will Madison be able to remember everything she needs to. When she meets this young man named Grant will life take a turn with some familiar twist. Then when their life is upheaved again will Madison do whatever it takes to find Grant? Will Madison and Grant ever get their Happily Ever After? The writer goes into great details how these underground foundations are willing to help someone in need get away from danger job well done.

The thing I’m most excited for is the fact that I was able to release Lucky 13 for only 99 CENTS! That price won’t last long so, if you’re interested in snagging a copy, do so quickly. I’m not sure when the price will go back up.

Click HERE to pop over to Amazon and download it now!

Want to know more about Lucky 13? How about a few teasers…

Want to read Chapter 1 for FREE… Click HERE.

Do you prefer paperbacks? You can always order a signed paperback directly from me HERE or, sign up for my newsletter and enter for a chance to WIN a signed paperback in the July edition by clicking HERE.

And just because I love my readers, here’s a little snippet to enjoy while you wait for your copy to upload to your Kindle. Allow me to introduce you to Madison’s BFF, Libby. I like to call her ‘Loud Libby’. You’ll figure out pretty quickly why.

The parking lot is packed. Students are gathered in small groups, sitting on open truck tailgates, laughing and having fun. You would never know it’s the first day of school. Me? I’m planning on sitting in my car until the very last moment. I know where my classroom is. I figure I can head straight there and stop at my locker between first and second period.

A knock on my window scares the crap out of me and I jump, screaming bloody murder. I hear a loud, booming laugh coming from my left and look over to find the girl from the thrift store doubled over outside my door. I shake my head, knowing that she’s taking pleasure watching me struggle. Again.

I open my door and step out as she stands up and thrusts her hand toward me, still giggling to herself. She’s wearing a shirt similar to one that I picked up in Raleigh last week. It looks like I’m on the right track as far as fashion goes.

“Libby,” she announces rather loudly.

“Madison,” I reply, taking her hand in mine and shaking it softly.

“Why don’t we get you over your fears, Madison?” She nods her head toward the entrance to the school. How she knew I was scared of what lies ahead is beyond me.

“I’m ready whenever you are,” I say as I hear a bell ring in the distance.

“They’re playing our tune. Let’s head in.” Libby starts toward the school, not waiting for me to object. I hit the lock button on my car after grabbing my bag out of the passenger seat and jog to catch up with her. She’s quick. “So, where are you from?”

This is what I wanted. Someone to talk to. A friend. It’s going to be a long story, but one that I’m willing to share at this point. “A little bit of everywhere, but most recently California.”

Libby stops dead in her tracks and I almost run into the back of her. She looks me up and down, studying my appearance in detail. I know what she’s going to say before she even opens her mouth.

“You don’t look like a California girl.”

“I get that a lot. My mother was from southern Georgia and my father is from here.” I start walking again and Libby falls in step with me. “We move around a lot because my father is a Marine.”

“Did he get transferred here?”

I hear a warning bell ring as we walk through the open doors to the school. “Something like that,” I mutter, knowing that the conversation is far from over, but our time together is up for now. The stairs are in clear sight and I need to get to class. The last thing I need is to walk in late my first day. “It was nice seeing you again, Libby.”

“I’ll find you later and we’ll finish our conversation,” Libby hollers after me, loud enough that a few people stop and stare at me as I start to climb the stairs. I turn to wave and find Libby already immersed in conversation with a few other girls.

I hope you all enjoy Lucky 13. Let me know what you think by leaving a review on Amazon, GoodReads or feel free to message me.

 

♥♡♥ Lucky 13 is LIVE!!! ♥♡♥

I can’t believe it’s finally here! My love for this story has grown so much over the last few months as I edited my butt off to make it perfect for all of you. I hope you fall in love with Madison and Grant. I hope you are so engrossed in their story that you feel for them every time they struggle and are able to celebrate every success.

Lucky 13 is ONLY available on Amazon right now, BUT it’s being released at 99 cents (limited time only so snag it while the deal is hot) and will be FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Remember, the best way to support an author is to leave a review. I read every single one of mine – the good, the bad and the ugly – and try to learn something from each one.

Without further ado… click HERE to purchase your copy of Lucky 13!

 

Lucky 13

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

99 cents June 7th-13th

Cover Design by Cover Me, Darling

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Most people have a fear of the number thirteen. Be it superstition or otherwise, they believe it to be unlucky. For Madison and Grant, a chance encounter, and the number thirteen, sets in motion a series of events that forever changes their paths.

Madison Thompson: I’m a military brat. I’ve lived in more cities and on more bases than I can count. Friends? I’ve had plenty over the years. But those have come and gone as often has I have. I’m about to be a senior in high school… my fifth high school in the last four years. This time, it’s going to be different. My father says were here to stay. The question is… for how long?

Grant Fisher: One more year. Then, I can leave this town and move on to bigger and better things. Small town life isn’t for me. I want to travel the world and live in a city big enough that not everyone knows my name. There are plenty of reasons that I want to leave but only one that makes me want to stay.

 

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29905926-lucky-13

Every choice creates a ripple…

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With the release of Lucky 13 in less than a month, I’m really excited to share with you what I have coming up after that.

The story is called Jumping Puddles. It’s a contemporary romance and follows Blake and Charlotte over a period of twenty plus years. It all starts when they meet in high school; Blake is about to graduate and Charlotte is a Sophmore. As their friendship blooms, so does their feelings for each other.

I just got my feedback from my beta readers and I’m pretty sure this sums it up best…

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It’s a bit of a tear jerker at times. I’m not sorry about that fact at all.

My editor is getting started on May 25th and I’m scheduled for formatting and cover design at the end of June/beginning of July. I haven’t set an exact release date yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll post it. Until then, here’s a little sneak peak…

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(The following content is unedited and all rights belong to Rachael Brownell, Author.)

“Are you still there, Charlie?” Blake’s voice cuts through the dark clouds that started to move their way back in. I only allow them to invade my life one day a year and that day has passed.

“I’m here. Sorry.”

“Hey, how about I call you when I get there? I’m about to jump on PCH and it looks busy already.”

“Sounds good. I’ll be here.”

“Okay. Love you, bye.”

He’s gone before I can say anything. To be honest, I’m not sure I would have been able to respond anyway. His words echo through my head over and over again until I hear the phone start beeping in my ear, a clear sign he’s hung up and I need to do the same.

I place the receiver on the base and sink to the floor. The entire summer runs through my mind as if in hyper speed. Did I miss something? When did things change and how did I not notice? I fell in love with him months ago but never thought in a million years he felt the same.

What happens now? Do I tell him how I feel or do I keep quiet? Each decision comes with a different set of outcomes. Those outcomes can completely change the path I’m on right now. They’ll change the course of Blake’s path too. Are those three little words worth stepping in the puddle, causing waves, or should I avoid it completely, jumping over the puddle to save what is by far the best friendship I’ve ever had?

 

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So this thing sorta happened

I’m not the greatest when it comes to promoting myself or my work. This is actually sort of funny since I went to college and got my degree in Public Relations and Advertising. One would think that I’d be all over promotion. Not so much. So, this is what I’m working on this year. Not because I think people want to see a bazillion posts from me on social media every day but because when it comes to the important things, like new books or sales, I’m horrible at letting people know.

What’s the point of running a sale on a book if I don’t tell anyone, right?

Well, I’ve been trying to share more often on social media. One of the things that I most recently shared I’d like to tell you about in more detail. Here goes…

So this thing happened on Friday. It was unexpected but exciting at the same time. I’ve been working on this #secretproject for a while now. In the last month, though, I’ve fallen more in love with the story and devoted more time to it. I’ve kept everything about it quiet since I started working on it. Not because I didn’t want anyone to know about it but because, at first, I wasn’t sure if it was going to come together the way I hoped that it would.

IE – Saving Bliss style! (If you’re not sure about that reference don’t worry about it. Let’s just say that SB is an EXTENDED work in progress. If I finish it before July it will have only taken two years.)

On Friday, I spent some time writing and as I got half-way through a chapter I realized that the end was closer than I though. It was time. If I added anymore, I would be dragging the story out for no reason. BOOM! I was a few thousand words from being finished with my 11th novel. That scared me a little so I called my bestie, ran my final thoughts by her and push ahead, wrapping up the story nice and tidy. I still have to read through it. There will be changes and things that need to be tidied up. But, for all intensive purposes, it’s done!

Anyway, now that the first draft is complete, I’m ready to share a little bit about the story with all of you.

First of all, it’s called Jumping Puddles. The title doesn’t give much away, does it?

The synopsis doesn’t either. ♥ It’s not complete yet, but here’s what I have so far…

I lost my parents when I was only six years old. Then, ten years later, I lost my aunt and was forced into the foster care system. My life… it’s filled with puddles I’m constantly trying to jump over. But jumping over puddles is harder than it seems.

There are some that are small and fun to jump in. Others you attempt to jump over, afraid that if you land in them that they’ll pull you under. In life, you have to figure out which puddles are worth the risk and which should be avoided at all costs because every choice creates a ripple.

^^^ Keep in mind, that’s a work in progress. ^^^

So, what it the story really about? Well, let me introduce you to Charlotte and Blake.

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Charlotte is an emotionally strong, self-reliant, sixteen-year-old foster kid when you first meet her. She’s lost everyone she’s ever loved and is doing the best she can to adjust to her new life.

Enter Blake Collins. Oh, how I love him dearly…

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Blake is the boy next door. Two years older than Charlotte, their relationship is purely innocent until Charlotte visits him over spring break. But it’s not an easy transition, especially with their age difference. With Blake off pursuing his dreams, Charlotte is left behind to wait, but for how long?

 

That’s all I’m going to give away. For now at least.

There’s already a plan in place for JP. It goes to my editor on May 25th. I’ve already purchased my cover and scheduled formatting. If all works out as planned, Jumping Puddles should be releasing in July.

If you can’t wait that long for a new book written by your’s truly… Lucky 13 releases on June 7th. There’s a party on FB if you’d like to come and join in on the fun.

 

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Duet Special!

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ONLY FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL…

Have you been wanting to read the Secrets Duet? Well, here’s your chance for only 99 cents OR free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. May 1st this offer will disappear and the duet will no longer be available together. Don’t wait! One click now!

 

Amazon US  –  Amazon UK  –  Amazon CA  –  Amazon AU

3 BOOKS for ONLY 99 PENNIES!

Yep. You read that right.

Here’s the deal… Books 1, 2 & 3 in the Holding On series for only 99 pennies. The sale is scheduled for March 6th-13th (♦ see below)

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This is the first time, and ONLY time this year, you will be able to snag this deal. The regular price… $4.99. If you haven’t started the series, now is the time!

Originally, I was planning on only running this sale on Amazon. (hence the reason the graphic says Amazon only) Why? They update their prices quicker than most other platforms. Don’t buy your books from Amazon? Well, last minute decision, it’s going to be available for 99 cents on all platforms!

Here are your links so you can get your one-click on…

Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Scribd, Inktera

♦♦♦ Some platforms take longer than other to update their pricing – please be patient and check back if the price hasn’t changed. This also means that you may be able to snag the deal shortly before or after the dates listed above. ♦♦♦