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Free books!

There’s no shame in liking to read as many books as you can for free, as long as you’re getting those free books through legitimate channels. (AKA not pirate sites) Because I’ll always be a reader first, I try to make sure I can offer books free or at a discount as often as possible. ATM I have THREE books you can download for #free.

Holding On

This is the first book in the Holding On series. It’s also the first book I ever publish. The series is young-adult with characters that are in high school in book 1, college in book 2 and living their adult lives in books 3 and 4. The characters grew and mature throughout the series and I think my favorite book is the last book as you get to see how life turns out for everyone. You can snag Holding On from the following platforms

Amazon USAmazon CAAmazon UKAmazon AU

Barnes & NobleiBooks

Rumors: Emerson & Ryder

What? The first book in the Rumors series is free already? But it’s only been out for 7 months! Yep, you read that right. If you search for it on Amazon, you’ll see it for $2.99. However, if you have the special link for BookFunnel you can download it for free. It’s my gift to you. There are only 100 copies available so if you haven’t started the series and want to, I’d snag it now.

GIVE ME GOSSIP!!!

Rumors: Audra & Jason

Never heard of these people. Who are they?

Well, after I completed the Rumors series I felt like Audra, Justine’s roommate, had her own story to tell. She’s not part of the Dixon family so instead of adding another book to the series, I’m writing a newsletter only novella. In order to read her story, you have to be a subscriber. If you do sign up, make sure you send me a message using the Contact page here and I’ll get you caught up. Chapters 1-3 have already gone out and Chapters 4 and 5 hit inboxes on Monday.

SIGN ME UP!

Those are my freebies. What books have you found, free or otherwise, that I should check out? Comment below.

 

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InstaChallenge

Are you on Instagram? Are you following me? Why am I asking…

For the remainder of this year, I want to try something new and it starts today. I’d love for you to join me, either by commenting on my posts or sharing your own.

#MotivationMonday
– share a quote or a person that motivated you
#TeaserTuesday
– share a little something about what you’re working on right now
#WinningWednesday
– what have you accomplished in the last week?
#ThrowbackThursday
– an old pic of you, one of your favorite books, anything goes as long as it’s recent
#FINALLYFriday
– weekend plans – reading, family, travel, events
#SaleSaturday
– share any sales you’ve seen so others can snag those books up and read this weekend
#SharingSunday
– share your favorites: author, blogger, book, etc

If you have a sale or new release you’d like me to share, fill out this form: http://bit.ly/CrossPromo18

#authorsofIG #authorsofinsta #authorsofinstagram #mustread#booksofig #bookstagram #literature #read #readingtime #instabook#instatag #instaread #writersofig #writersofinstagram #writerofinstagram#author #onechapteratatime

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New Look, New Books, New Process

Happy Friday!!!!

First off… what do you think? After three years (ish) I’ve changed up the look of my site. AND I’m not done yet.

New branding is coming soon. A totally new look and I couldn’t be more excited.

As I’ve grown as an author, so have my books. They’ve ‘matured’ over the years, both in content and their characters. My previous branding screams young adult and if you’ve read any of my releases this year, you know I’m not writing YA anymore. I want something that represents me better and in a few months, I will.

I couldn’t wait to update my site, though. I had a meeting with a media firm to have them give me a fresh new look and make some changes. Their prices were higher than I was willing to pay (by thousands) so I came home and did it myself. In about two hours. I kind of feel like I saved thousands. And I like it so I hope you do too.

What else is on the horizon?

Sooooo many fun things…

  • NaNoWriMo starts in 19 days! (I already have a game plan)
  • Book of the Month starts in January (join my reader group to learn more and participate)
  • Caught in the Storm releases in March/April (read the synopsis below)

Oooooh!

I made this really cool series bible the other day. Inspired by Misty Provencher, my hope is that it will help me be better organized for the TRILOGY I’m writing next year. Check this out… I LOVE IT!!!

All you need to make one for yourself is a notebook (or planner) that has the ability to remove and add pages. Misty uses a Happy Planner, I bought a TuL notebook. Because I didn’t use a planner that already had dividers in it, I added some Avery tabs as my dividers. Then, all that color is Washi tape. I ran it along the edges of my plot pages to keep each plot point separated. Plus, I LOVE the color.

I’m not done with mine yet. There are still a few things I need to add to it and bit more organizing I want to do. Then… to fill it out. Misty swears by her Series Bibles. She says it helps her remember details better and I’m hoping it will do the same for me. Especially since I’m one of those people that can remember random s**t from 10 years ago that doesn’t matter anymore but I can’t remember details of a conversation I have with my husband ten minutes after we have it.

This annoys him. A lot.

Anyway, that’s my updates for now. My new look, my new book, and my new process.

Have a great weekend!!!

 

#blogging #books #romancenovels @mistyprovencherbooks #series #author #indieauthor #proudtobeanindieauthor #writing #romance #novels #fiction #planning #upcomingbooks #newlook #makeover #nano #nanowrimo #CaughtInTheStorm #BookOfTheMonth #BOTM

 

Caught in the Storm – Coming Spring 2019

When love turns to hate and you’re not sure who you can trust to help you escape alive…

Trapped.

In this life. This sham of a marriage.

All I wanted was to be noticed. When he walked into the bar that night and our eyes connected, the world around me disappeared. He was sexy, exuded confidence and wealth and was kind to me.

That was why I fell for every word that slipped pasts his lips. Every promise. Every sinfully sweet compliment. And every lie.

And I fell hard.

He was a Senator. A man of power. A man who took control of what he wanted. No one said no to him. No one questioned him. And I fell in love fast – with him and the life he promised to provide.

So here I am. Married to one of the most powerful men in the state of Texas and there’s no way out.

I tried to leave once and he swore he would kill me if I ever tried again. But if I stay… I have a feeling he might do it anyway.

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2019 Opportunities on the horizon

With the final book in the Rumors series almost complete, I’m focusing on all that next year holds for me. There’s going to be a lot of planning in my future and as I start to get things together, I want to keep you informed of a few of the things I’m adding/changing for next year.

Two of those things… an ARC team and a Beta Reader team.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the terminology…

ARC= Advanced Reader Copy
Copies of my upcoming books will be sent to bloggers & readers with the expectation they provide an honest review on release day.

Beta Reader = a test reader of an unreleased work of literature or other writing (similar to beta testing in software), giving feedback with the angle of an average reader to the author about remaining issues. *you help me find the holes in the book, things that may need to be fixed or expanded upon. The copy a beta reader receives is usually unedited.

So, if you are interested in being a part of either of these teams (please only choose one), click the appropriate link below.

 

ARC TEAM              BETA TEAM

 

#comingsoon #indie #indieauthor #ARC #beta #readers #bloggers #advancedcopies #books #romance #signup #booklovers #opportunities #freebooks #reviews

Blog, Events

Once Upon A Book Author Event

What a fabulous time!

I don’t even know what else to say. This was my second year attending and my mind was blown away. From the organization of the event to the attending authors and readers, OUAB is becoming one of my favorite events to attend.

Let me start by saying how amazing the venue is. Frankenmuth, Michigan, if you’ve never been there, is gorgeous. The hotel OUAB is held at, the Bavarian Inn and Lodge is breathtaking. The meeting space is very well kept and clean. Everything about the venue and the town will have your mouth hanging open just a little.

So, in the spirit of seeing all the town has to offer, and I had some company this year (my son), we took a little stroll over the covered bridge, walked the shops and bought a few keepsakes. Normally, I don’t bring Nic to these events. They can be boring for a pre-teen but he LOVES the Percy Jackson novels and since there was a “God & Goddesses” theme to the event, he was really excited. So we bought him a Caesar costume for the ball (yes, there is an annual ball every year, each with their own theme) and packed him a bag.

His excitement grew when a few days before the event rolled around he learned that the hotel has the largest arcade in the mid-west, putt-putt mini golf, and so much more for kids. (All I could think about it how much money he’s going to waste playing games – I was right!)

So we had a gorgeous venue, an amazing event, some mother-son time… what could make this any better?

The readers.

All I can say is WOW!

So many kind words about my books. I met a ton of people who knew my name (which always surprises me). I even had the opportunity to meet a few readers that I’ve connected with over the years that I now consider friends.

It. Was. AMAZING!

So, what the moral of this post?

YOU NEED TO ATTEND #OUAB19.

 

More information will be up on the website in a few weeks but here’s what I know for sure…

Dates: July 19 & 20

Same location – Bavarian Inn & Lodge, Frankenmuth, Mi.

2019 Theme – COMIC BOOK HEROES

www.onceuponabookauthorsigning.com  

 

No, you don’t have to come dressed up but it’s more fun if you do. I can’t wait to see who everyone is going to be, hang out with my friends and hopefully have my son with me again, as well as my husband!

Mark your calendars friends! The countdown has begun for next year. A little over 11 months so I guess I better write some new books to share with everyone. 😉

I’m off to recover from my #eventhangover.

XOXO, Rachael

 

#bookevents #epicevents #OUAB18 #OUAB19 #booknews #author #writer #sharingiscaringsunday #bookbuzz #literature #readingissexy #bookfetish #booksareagirlsbestfriend #books #booklife #booklove #bookworm #bookaddict #reader #literature #booksigning

 

PSSSST… I may have learned a little about hashtags this weekend. The panels (forgot to mention those) were amazeballs!

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NEW to Kindle Unlimited

🍷🍷🍷 Wine Wednesday Announcement 🍷🍷🍷

 

Where are my #kindleunlimited subscribers???

If you’ve been waiting to read the Imperfect Love Duet… your wait is over. It’s now available to add to your bookshelf!

 

5… The number of years since I’ve been home.

4… The number of people who know my secret.

3… The number of times I attempted to move on.

2… The number of months I spent crying after I left.

1… The number of men I’ll love in my lifetime.

They say everyone has one true love, one person who was made just for them. A person they were meant to spend the rest of their life with.

The thing about life… it doesn’t always go as planned.

 

Imperfect Love Story: www.books2read.com/ImperfectLoveStory 

Imperfect Love Story: New Beginnings: http://www.books2read.com/ILSNB

 

#secondchanceromance #duet #completeseries #lovestory Amazon.com

Blog, Events

2017 in review

So many amazing things happened in 2017 for me, and I hope for you too. Here are my highlights from 2017…

Events

I had the opportunity to attend some great events this year. Four main events stand out for me: Roanoke Author Invasion, Once Upon a Book, Penned Con and Great Lakes Book Bash.

I’ll be attending Penned Con (September) again in 2018 and possibly Once Upon a Book (August).

New Releases

I was able to release THREE novels this year as well as FIVE novellas. WOW! I hadn’t really counted the number of books I’d released until now and seeing as how I released eight books in 2017, my goal for 2018 doesn’t seem as hard to achieve now.

Here’s a list of books I released this year in case you missed one.

Chasing Fate

Sticks & Stones

Losing Chelsea (book 2 in the Love & Loss duet)

Dear Maggie, Love Advice Series 

Dear Maggie Love Advice Novellas (4 books)

As of this morning, the Love Advice series is now available to purchase as ONE e-book – all five parts. The price is still set to $2.99 and will remain that way until 1/29/18. After that, it will go up to $4.99. Snag it now and save a couple bucks!

Dear Maggie was reviewed by InD’Tale Magazine in December and received the coveted Crowned Heart along with a great review.

 

Readers

There are so many amazing readers that I had the opportunity to meet this year and even more I had the chance to catch up with at events. Meeting readers, whether they’ve read my books before or not, is my favorite part of this gig. It makes the hours spent in my office, plotting and planning, worth every second.

There is ONE reader in particular that I have been friends with for years that I FINALLY had the opportunity to meet this year and that person is Kandy G. She lives in the same state as I do and yet we hadn’t been able to connect until GLBB this year.

Authors

WOW! To say that I’ve been blown away by other authors this year is an understatement. The kindness within the Indie community is mind-blowing. From authors participating in my release events to those that share posts for sales and cover reveals, each author I’ve connected with this year has supported me and I’ll never be able to thank each one of them enough.

One author group, in particular, comes to mind when I think of thanking author – Alessandra Torre Inkers. Everyone in this group is helpful and supportive and I’m so happy I’m a part of it.

One of the highlights of this year in regards to fellow authors… I had the privilege of meeting both Jamie McGuire and Rachel Van Dyken at Penned Con. If you know me at all, you know I’m a HUGE fan of both these ladies. Here’s a pic of Rachel and I. (I’m the awkward looking one on the right.)

 

 

Personal Life

This past year I celebrated 12 years together with my husband and one year of being married. The honeymoon phase has long been over for us but we are still finding new ways to enjoy each other’s company. Speaking of honeymoons… we’re in the midst of planning ours. We put it off after the wedding and with eight books scheduled to release in 2018, we’re thinking January of 2019, possibly Hawaii! I’m stoked and he’s pretty much letting me make most of the decisions… for now.

 

That’s my year in review. I’ll make a separate post for what 2018 holds because there’s a lot about to happen and the new year is only 3 days away! If you’ve read this far, I’d love to hear the highlights of your year. Comment below if you’re willing to share.

Blog, News

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited… a subscription that allows you to access millions of ebooks for a low price every month. Check out up to 10 books at once, return them when you’re done and check out more. With so many books to choose from, a subscription like this allows you to discover new authors and books without the fear of wasting your hard-earned money.

Do you subscribe? I do and I read A LOT!

For anyone who reads as little as two or three books a month, you get your money’s worth. For those of us who can read a book in one sitting, as long as we’re not interrupted every five seconds, the subscription is worth its weight in gold. For that very reason, I have almost ALL my titles enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Want something new to read? Check out any of the titles below. Click the cover and it’ll take you directly to the Amazon page.

Next Rachael BrownedSticks & Stones Rachael BrownellSecrets & Lies Rachael BrownellChasing Fate Rachael Brownell

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🎄🎁 🎄 Holiday FREEBIES! 🎄🎁 🎄

Happy Holidays!

With the year about to wrap you and a new year upon us, there’s so much I’m excited to share with all of you. This month is a busy month for most, myself included. Between writing, working, SHOPPING and spending time with family, I’m exhausted from the fast pace that’s set for me this month.

As things begin to settle down, the new year will be here and there are SO many wonderful and exciting things happening in 2018. Here’s a rundown of what’s in store for the coming months…

Sticks & Stones Rachael Brownell

 

 

 

Holding On is FREE!

Sticks & Stones will be FREE December 22-26 (my Christmas present to those that haven’t had a chance to pick it up)

Jumping Puddles will be on sale for $0.99 January 1-7.

Dear Maggie will be on sale for $0.99 January 22-28.

I have other sales scheduled for February and March in anticipation of the release of Rumors so make sure you subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss out on them. Click HERE if you haven’t subscribed yet.

New books coming in 2018…

If you haven’t already heard, I’m a woman on a mission next year. I’ll be releasing 8 books in 8 months! Six of those books are part of the Rumors series, the other two are part of a duet. You can click HERE for more info on both.

Rumors 1 pre-order & GoodReads links.

Imperfect Love Story pre-order and GoodReads links.

As the dates for each release draw closer, Amazon links will be updated. I will be doing a short pre-order window for both (max of a week).

 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. Travel safely and enjoy every moment with your loved ones. If you have a reader in the family, ALL my books are available in the shop and I will sign them to whomever you like.

 

Merry Christmas from my family to yours,

Rachael

Blog, book content, Coming Soon, Latest Releases

Rumors, Episode #1

NOW LIVE!!!

Emerson & Ryder’s story is live on Amazon, enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, and only #99cents. Since it’s the start of the series, I’ll be keeping it at 99 cents.

Blurb:

“Like wildfire, rumors are easy to spread… and hard to extinguish.”

Flat broke and down on her luck, Emerson Hastings is handed the perfect opportunity. Executive assistant to the head of Creative Marketing at Dixon Advertising. It’s a chance to prove herself, move up with the company, and land her dream job in media advertising. What Emerson doesn’t know is that her boss should come with a warning label. He’s hotheaded, demanding, and sexy as sin.

When long days turn into late nights with her boss, rumors about Emerson and Ryder begin to spread. By the time they circle back to her, they’re difficult to ignore, making her attraction to her boss hard to deny. Everyone has an opinion and no one cares if the rumors are true. No one except Emerson.

 

Series Synopsis:

Gossip in the break room.

Whispers in the hallway.

Like wildfire, rumors are easy to spread…. and hard to extinguish.

 

Find out which rumors are fact and which are pure speculation.

 

6 rumors

5 engagements

4 weddings

3 babies

2 cheaters

1 source

 

And they all live happily ever after… or do they?