♥♡♥ 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…

JP release teaser

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. ♦♦♦

Honored beyond words

So, this has been a pretty incredible week and it’s only Thursday!

On Monday, Casey and I released the anniversary edition of Dark Bishop. It has a beautified inside and was re-edited. We are so proud of the final product. We also put it on sale for those of you that hadn’t had a chance to read it yet. It’s only 99 PENNIES until Sunday, January 24th. Here’s the link, just in case you want it. (CLICK HERE)

THEN… on Wednesday, Casey and I were honored with an award for Dark Bishop. It was chosen as Book of the Year 2015 by Epilogues Book Club! If you haven’t checked them out on Facebook you really should. The ladies that run it are FABULOUS and I’m not just saying that because they gave us an award.

The title of this post is ‘Honored Beyond Words’ for a reason. I have been trying to formulate a way to express my gratitude to the readers and to Epilogues all day long and I have come up with nothing. Zero. Zilch. As a writer, you would think that I’d be able to express my feelings and thoughts rather easily. Normally, I can. But this… it’s indescribable.

This is my first award.

I’ve never felt so incredibly honored or flattered.

The fact that I get to share this honor with my bestie, Author Casey Bond, is beyond amazing. I don’t think anything will ever compare to the way I felt the moment I learned that we had been chosen. Not anything book related anyway.

To sum it up, I’m humbled and honored and speechless. Winning an award makes the journey worthwhile for some but, for me, it’s the icing on the cake.

Have a great night all!

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(Yes, I know my name is spelled wrong on the award. No, I don’t really care.)

 

Dark and twisted Anniversary

Happy Monday!

Today is a special day for myself and my bestie, Author Casey Bond. It was a year ago that we started writing Dark Bishop together. It was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had since I started my adventure of writing novels four years ago.

Dark Bishop holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. One, I wrote it with my best friend. Two, it’s dark and twisty, different from anything else I’ve ever written and all around, scary as hell. It’s hard to believe sometimes that these characters came from somewhere inside our minds.  Three… I just plain LOVE Jake Bishop!

Why am I talking about the anniversary of writing a book? Because it’s been given a new look!

A few months back, Casey and I had Dark Bishop re-edited and then re-formatted. It’s been beautified on the inside but still holds the same gorgeous cover we started with.

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While all of this was happening, we  decided to republish it as ONE BOOK ONLY instead of the 5 episodes that we had put it out as originally. We also decided to drop the price and only publish it on Amazon. For those of you that read on another platform, we apologize, but after much deliberation, we decided this was best for the book. This means that it is available for FREE to those that subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.

To celebrate all of this exciting news, Dark Bishop is going to be ON SALE for only 99 CENTS beginning today! The price will increase to $2.99 next Monday, January 25th, so snag it while it’s on sale if you haven’t picked up your copy yet. Here are you links: AMAZON US, AMAZON UK, AMAZON CA.

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Can’t decide if you’re ready for Jake? I completely understand. You may never be ready for him. Here are a few teasers in case you need help deciding…

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If you still can’t make up your mind, here’s the OFFICIAL book trailer for Dark Bishop…

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Would you like to hear from Sydney and Jake? Well, Casey and I conducted a few interviews and here’s what they had to say. First, I sat down with sweet, innocent Sydney.

Me: I’m sitting here with Sydney Coder. Sydney has agreed to answer a few questions for us. I know that you’re all dying to ask about Jake so let’s jump right in. Welcome Sydney.

Sydney: Thank you for having me. I was told Jake is in the other room being interrogated as well.

Me: Casey would never interrogate anyone. Well, maybe a little. So Sydney, what is your perfect Sunday like?

Sydney: I work most Sunday so a day off for starters. If I had the day off, though… hmmm. I guess I would try to explore the city more. New Orleans is a beautiful city, full of life and culture. I would love to see more of it. I don’t have a ton of time these days, now that Jake’s become a part of my life.

Me: You said that you work most Sundays. What do like most about being a waitress? What do you hate most?

Sydney: What do I like most? I would have to say the money. You can make great money if you’re personable. I honestly enjoy taking care of people, I enjoy my job. As for what I like the least, working all the time. I need the money so I don’t ask for time off but it feels like I’m always working.

Me: What sorts of relationships have you had in the past? Was there someone special in your life before Jake came along?

Sydney: I’ve had exactly one boyfriend before and we were both too young to realize what it meant to be dating I think. He was a nice guy, don’t get me wrong, but Jake is completely different. There’s something special about him. I’m so happy I met him.

Me: If you were to put yourself on Match.com, what would your profile look like? This is just in case you and Jake don’t work out of course. Describe yourself for us.

Sydney: Well, I guess I would say that I’m tall and thin, not too tall, but taller than most females. I like to be outdoors. I prefer to wear jeans and a t-shirt over anything fancy. I’m a country girl at heart but I have big dreams. I think it’s important to share that because they would need to understand that I have goals in life that I plan on accomplishing. Nothing is going to stop me from getting to Hollywood.

Me: Describe in detail your ideal man.

Sydney: Oooh! Can I describe Jake? (I shake my head at her.) Fine but he’s damn near perfect. He would have to be a gentleman. Caring. Funny. Polite. Easy on the eyes. I know that sounds bad but I would need to find him attractive. What else? Oh! He has to be smart and driven. Goals are important. Well, mine are.

Me: Thank you so much Sydney for sitting down with me and talking. Good Luck with everything you have going on. Hopefully you won’t need that Match.com profile. Things with Jake seems to be going well so far.

Sydney: Things are great. Thanks so much for having me.

Casey sat down with Jake. He’s a little arrogant but still loveable…

Casey: Thanks for agreeing to speak with me today, Jake.

Jake: *smooths dress jacket and smiles* You’re most welcome, Mrs. Bond. Is it okay if I call you Mrs. Bond?

Casey: As long as you don’t ask if my husband’s name is James, that’s fine.

Jake: *chuckles* Noted.

Casey: Sydney Coder is in the next room being interviewed. What is the nature of your relationship with her?

Jake: *grins* Well…the nature of our relationship is a private matter.

Casey: You don’t want to talk about Miss Coder?

Jake: Not with you.

Casey: Fair enough. Let’s touch on some basic information. Describe your perfect woman.

Jake: There are no perfect women, just as there are no perfect men. And it is in the imperfection that beauty is found. It would be boring if everyone was perfect, or the same. So the perfect woman, is every woman.

Casey: *smiles* Good answer. Do you enjoy being an attorney?

Jake: *sighs* Most days my answer would be yes. Some days it is an emphatic no. I’m sure most people feel the same way about their careers.

Casey: Describe yourself, your appearance, etcetera…as if you were listing yourself on a dating website.

Jake: Let me first say that I am not listed on any dating websites. But, my description would say that I’m six feet tall, medium, muscular build, dark hair, green eyes. Successful attorney in the great state of Louisiana. *grins* Enjoys long walks on the beach and beautiful women.

Casey: Are you sure you wouldn’t like to say anything about Sydney Coder?

Jake: *smirks* I am positive.

Casey: Thanks for joining us today, Mr. Bishop.

Jake: The pleasure is all mine.

Be prepared… Dark Bishop is recommended for readers 18 and up due to graphic content. When we say dark, we mean it. Enjoy!

The Ugly Truth of Publishing & How BEST to Support Writers

What a great article!

What lies ahead for 2016

2015 has been an amazing year for me. I’m actually a little sad that it’s almost over. 🙁 I’m hoping that 2016 is just as fantastic but for very different reasons. So, what’s happening in the coming year? Well, here are my plan…

I currently have 6 books that want to be written. 6!!! I know that I won’t be able to write all of them in the next 12 months but you bet your butt I’m going to try. Which books exactly, you ask. Here’s the rundown.

Books 2, 3 & 4 in the Kiss series. Felicity, James and Will will each be getting their own story.

A standalone novel for one of the characters from the Holding On series. Do you need to read the Holding On series to understand it? No, but it will help. It’ll be called Regaining Strength.

I WILL finish Saving Bliss this year, even if it kills me! Owen and Bliss’ story needs to be told. First I need to figure out how to get Bliss to cooperate. She’s a bit of a b***h.

A standalone contemporary romance. I have a title in mind but I’m not sold on it just yet. The tagline won’t change, though, cuz I’m in love with it. “Every choice creates a ripple.” I might start this one first since I’m the most excited about it.

There are a few other mentionable things coming in 2016. First and foremost, my wedding.  I will probably disappear at the beginning of August to finalize all my plans. I’m apologizing in advance. I’m a little OCD when it comes to planning events and I have a feeling that my wedding will make it even more apparent.

Before the wedding, though, Lucky 13 will release in July. If you missed the big announcement, I signed a contract with Anchor Group Publishing for this book. I’m really excited about it. As soon as I have an exact release date I’ll post it. The book is finished – all 84,000 words and my two rounds of personal edits. Before it reaches your hands it will go through professional editing, then formatting, then cover design. I am working with the AMAZING Marisa Shor of Cover Me, Darling on my cover again. I love her work and I’m so thankful that Anchor Group allowed me to work with her on this project.

On top of all that, I do have a few signings planned this year. I won’t be doing any before the wedding. This means that I’ll miss Utopia in Nashville in June, one of my personal favorites. For those of you that I normally connect with there, don’t worry. I will be back in 2017. Here’s what I have slated for 2016:

  • Carolina Bookfest (October 15) – Charlotte, NC
  • Rebels & Readers (November 5) – Huntington, WV

I may be able to add to that list if I find something that’s close to home. There is an expo in March that I attended last year that I’m considering but I haven’t made up my mind yet. To keep up with the most recent happenings, you should sign up for my newsletter. It goes out monthly – the January issues is being sent tomorrow morning. Click HERE to sign up.

Well, that’s my plan for 2016. I’m not making any personal resolutions this year. I want to get in shape, become more discipline in my social media activities and such, but nothing that requires me to commit to it. These are things I want, not challenges. I’ll make them happen. My only professional resolution this year is to better connect with all of you. I think a great way to do that is to find ways to show you my appreciation more often. I have a few ideas. Make sure you follow my Facebook page to see what I have in store.

Happy New Year!

12 days of reviews

It’s time to start the party!

Attention all Indie authors! Sell your book and win a review!

Attention all readers! Find great new authors and enter to win an
iPad mini!

Do I have your attention? Good! Continue reading.

One of the biggest issues facing Indie authors today is getting reviews for their self-published books.

Jo Michaels holds an event each year in December to remedy the lack of reviews and to give readers a chance to win great prizes while discovering new authors.

It’s a huge pitch fest!

Last year, authors from all over joined in to pitch their books and win sales and reviews. Not just from Jo, but from tons of readers and bloggers attending the event.

At the core of the event is a huge giveaway for an iPad mini! This benefits all readers because they have a great new way to take their books on the go with any e-reader app.

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If you want to get in on the pitch fest, head on over to Jo’s blog right now and read the rules on this page!

There are daily giveaways of gift cards, e-books, signed books, and tons of other goodies! Be sure and check out the books the authors are pitching, too!