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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

 

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

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.