Release Me!

I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO KEEP A SECRET!!!

And I hope I never have to again. It was frickin’ hard. I prefer sharing everything, all the time, with anyone who will listen. Well… not everything, but you get the picture.

So, now that the secret’s out, let me tell you a little more about it.

Marisa Shor of Cover Me, Darling and I teamed up to bring authors a guide that that will not only help keep them organized, but help them track the value of their marketing efforts with each new release.

As an author… I love this! I have a horrible memory. When it comes time to run an ad or pay for sites to promote my book, I can never remember which sites went over well, and which were a waste of time and money. This book will help you avoid those types of mistakes if you utilize it properly.

Here’s what you’re getting when you purchase Release Me! An Author Tracking Guide:

  • 14 pages dedicated to tracking your new release
  • a page to track your deadlines
  • a page to track the services you pay for
  • 2 pages to track your marketing efforts: the week before release, the week of release and the week after release
  • a page dedicated to tracking giveaways
  • a page dedicated to tracking sales during promotions
  • a page to track your newsletter promotion and your advertising demographics
  • 2 pages for notes

and so much more…

Want to snag a copy for yourself or an author you think might benefit from using the guide? They’re available on Amazon and CreateSpace for $15.00 each.

OR

If we are going to be seeing each other at any of my 2017 signings, you can preorder your copies from me at a discounted price.

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✫✫ Release Me! : An Author Tracking Guide ✫✫

Releasing a new book is hard work. Between deadlines and marketing, there is a ton of information to remember. Where do you keep track of it all?
Release Me! An Author Tracking Guide could be your answer!

✫ Meet your deadlines on time.
✫ Keep your marketing plan in one place.
✫ Track promotions, advertising, sales and results.

What worked? What flopped? With the tracking guide you’ll be able to have a better idea of how each aspect of your marketing plan contributed to your success. Then, look back later on and make the most out of every release.

***Each tracking guide will accommodate THREE releases with 14 pages for each release. Perfect for your next trilogy!

Avoid wasting money on advertising that didn’t make an impact! Snag your copy now and make the most out of EVERY new release.

New Year, New Additions & Release Dates!

January 6th – 6 days into the new year already. I feel like I’ve accomplished more in the last six days than I did the entire month of December. Why?

A few reasons, but mainly my PA (personal assistant). The stress of marketing on a daily basis is gone. I can focus on writing, planning, and everything else that goes into writing and publishing a book. Her name is Brenda. She runs a blog called We Read With A Glass Of Wine. The best way to describe her is FANTASTIC! I wish I had made her a part of my team a long time ago.

So, with Brenda in charge of marketing and social media, what am I doing? I have a list of things I need to accomplish this month. Here’s the short version (because the longer version scares me a little):

  1. I need to finish writing Sticks & Stones. I’ve recently changed the title of this book. If you’ve seen previous posts, it was originally called The Jane Project. The cover I purchased was a premade and the title fit perfectly, so I kept the title of the premade. I should be able to the cover is March. (tentative April 2017 release date)
  2. Chasing Fate is headed to editing at the end of the month. One more read through and it’s my editors turn to perfect it.
  3. The cover for Chasing Fate is partially finished. The artwork is done. It goes to design next month after formatting.
  4. Oh formatting! How I love thee and hate thee all at once. This is something I’ve been doing myself for a while now. I’ll disappear from social media all together once I start.
  5. I have TWO sales this month on books. Jumping Puddles will be on sale for 99 cents 1/10-1/14 and A Secret Life will be 99 cents 1/25/-1/29. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, both of these books are FREE!
  6. After Sticks & Stones is finished, I need to start the companion novella for Saving Bliss. This is a book I wasn’t planning on writing. It never even crossed my mind until it was requested by a reader. They want Jay’s story and being the person that I am, I’m going to give it to them. Losing Chelsea has a tentative release date of June 2017.

Are you catching all these release dates?

Chasing Fate – March 27, 2017

Sticks & Stones – April 2017

Losing Chelsea – June 2017

If I disappear for a while you know why. I have words to write, stories to tell, and books to get in your hands.

The rest of my release schedule for the year is up in the air still. I’d love to release a book before OUAB in August and another before Penned Con in September or Great Lakes Book Bash in October. Five is my goal, six could be the magic number this year.

I think that’s all the updates I have for now. If you don’t subscribe to my newsletter, it’s the best way to hear about sales, see covers before anyone else, and read excerpts from my work-in-progress. Plus, I have a subscribers-only giveaway each month. Click HERE to sign up now!

Until next time…

What’s on your bucket list?

My current WIP is a bucket list romance. What does that mean? It means I’m doing a lot of research on places I will one day visit, talking to friends who’ve been to or seen the things my characters are experiencing and overall, living vicariously through my imaginary friends.

It’s been a blast so far!

It’s called Chasing Fate and it goes a little something like this…

It started as a simple list. Ten things I wanted to do before I died. Sometime between Grad School and starting my career, I put my list in a box and forgot about it. Until today…

Today I quit my job. I packed up my apartment, cleared out my savings account, and sold most of my valuables. I’ve decided to finally start living my life. I’m going to check all ten things off my list, and so much more.

My best friend thinks I’m crazy.

My parents don’t approve.

None of that matters, though. I want to live my life to it’s fullest potential, without any regrets. You never know when your time might be up.

The only thing I didn’t prepare for on this trip was him.

Wanna know where they’ve been? Where they’re headed next? I’m sure you do, but you’re going to have to wait.

This one has turned into a family affair. My niece is drawing the cover because she’s crazy talented like that. Then it’s slated to go to my designer in mid-February. My husband – yes, you read that right – who is an amazing cook is going to be writing a few recipes that will be included in the back of the book for those of you that love food. You’ll be able to create the amazing dishes they eat as they travel.

Me? I’m just writing the dang thing. And I’m moving right along too. By the end of the day today I should be at the halfway mark. WOO HOO!

So when can you expect to have this in your hands? How does March sound… good, I hope, since my goal is to have paperback copies at my first signing next year (Roanoke Author Invasion on April 8th).

Until then, I’ll leave you with a little taste of Jackson and his sexy mouth…

“I’ll take care of you,” he replies, taking a step in my direction as he tosses his shirt over the back of the couch. I see the change in his eyes, the grin on his face, and I know I’m in trouble.

“Jackson,” I say, taking a step back. “You need to get dressed. We’re both starving and I want to get going.”

“I’m hungry, alright. One little taste is all I’ll need to make the cravings go away. I promise.” He had a taste an hour ago before I took a shower. This man is insatiable sometimes.

“No. Feed me first.” Stopping dead in his tracks, he smiles at me, but I can tell he’s disappointed.

“Okay, let’s go then. I’m hungry for more than food, and if I have to wait until we get back, we need to get a move on.”

©Rachael Brownell, 2016, ALL rights reserved

 

Cover Reveal

For those of you that missed my social media posts or don’t currently subscribe to my newsletter… I revealed the cover for Saving Bliss earlier this week!

Cover design by White Rabbit Book Designs

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I’ll be announcing the release date for Saving Bliss in my October newsletter OR at the end of October for those of you that don’t subscribe.

#backtowriting #newproject

~Rachael

The not-so-Dirty Dozen

Twelve.

That’s how many books I’ve now written from start to finish. In fact, it’s been exactly 4 years since I first started writing. Almost to the day.

It’s amazing to me that I came up with that many different storylines, different characters, different places to write about. Especially since all my books, with the exception of one, are romance. I guess you could say I’m a sucker for a good love story.

Now, the next book I’m going to release – Saving Bliss – has been a work in progress for two years. A pain in the rear from the start, this book means the world to me. I won’t say it’s my favorite, or it’s the best I’ve written. I will say that I literally cried over this book a few times, threw things at my computer, slammed it closed and cursed out my character on more than one occasion. It was most definitely a labor of love. I’m hoping, by the time my editors works her magic, it was worth it.

I plan to release this book whenever the time feels right. I generally get anxious and release early. This one might take a minute. It scares the crap out of me to even think about releasing it to all of you.

What I can tell you is that my editor gets it near the end of October and my cover designer the second week of November. That means I probably won’t release it until at least Thanksgiving, maybe after. My beta readers have it right now. I’m hoping their feedback will soothe the inner crazy that’s going on right now.

If you subscribe to my newsletter then you’ve already seen the cover. For those of you that don’t (really? why not? I do cool giveaways and stuff) I’ll be releasing it soon. Probably in October. Maybe November. Maybe today? I honestly have no plan for this one. The only thing I know is that I’ll release it first on IG so if you don’t follow me (again… why not?), you might wanna look me up.

If you haven’t read any of the DOZEN books I’ve read, here’s a list, with links because I’m nice like that, for you to check them out.

 

Holding On, Holding On series book 1

Unglued, Holding On series book 2

Weakness, Holding On series book 3

Flawed Reality, Holding On series book 4

 

A Secret Life, Secrets Duet book 1

Secrets & Lies, Secrets Duet book 2

 

Take A Gamble

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Lucky 13

Jumping Puddles

Dark Bishop (note the word DARK in the title)

 

That’s all for now folks. Happy Tuesday! (I’m gonna grab a margarita now and hide until I hear from my betas.)

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?

JP release teaser (2)

 

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.