Saturday, March 28, 2015

#CoverReveal Racquel Reck's Frozen Afflictions,Book #2 in the Afflictions Series #newadult #romance


Frozen Afflictions (Afflictions #2) by Racquel Reck

Release Date: June 2015
Cover Design: Amanda Simpson at Pixel Mischief Designs
GoodReads TBR: http://bit.ly/19A05E6


Blurb:

Frozen emotions of the afflicted...
Tryst Kelly's parents made him want for nothing growing up, except their love. It turned him into an emotionally closed off man. But it's not just their lack of care that's made him this way. He did something in his past. Something unforgivable. Nothing can banish the hallucinations that plague him. Not his band. Not his new found friends. 

When the dead start to rise, can Tryst protect himself, and the woman he loves, from the truth?

A burning desire for love...

Bebe Wiseler parties her way through life. From one bed to the next she's completely content with being alone. Until an old crush awakens a need in her she didn't know she had. She's prepared to put her heart on the line to obtain her shot at happiness.

When a past lover resurfaces and his sole intent is revenge, will Bebe break through Tryst's frozen exterior in time?

Bebe is the only one who can make him feel.

Tryst is the only man who truly cares.

The past isn't done with either of them...and it's about annihilate everything.





Already available in the series - Razor’s Edge (Afflictions Book One):

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1GvAN40 
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Oan8EU 
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1BD3yaC 
Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/1xk6yO7 

About the Author:

Always a fan of books, Racquel began reading at the age of six.  Yes, she started early.  It fueled her imagination and she began writing her own stories at the age of ten.  Then her writing took a backseat when she discovered drama class in high school.

Becoming an actor was what she wanted to do with her life, but she changed her mind.  “I felt like I needed to do something more meaningful and planned on becoming a nurse’s assistant.”  She went to college for her CNA, but again not the career choice for her. 

When she turned twenty she met her husband, and shortly after, their daughter came.  All the while she had these voices in her head, these characters begging her to tell their stories.  “I put the mute button on them until I became pregnant with my son, now I can’t get them to shut up.”  She wrote five unpublished novels before her son turned three.  She hopes that her stories will be inspirational for people going through the same problems as her characters.

Instead of going the traditional route, sending out querys and receiving rejection letters, she decided to take on the world of indie publishing.  She writes contemporary and paranormal romances and hopes to one day step out side her genre and write a horror novel.

She resides just outside Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog.  Summer days are spent at the race track and when night time falls, her secret worlds come alive.  

Connect with Racquel:


Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/racquelreck/boards/ 

READ an Excerpt:

My frozen exterior melts with her words. Rational thought burned away by this little woman against me. This time it’s me who initiates the first stroke of our tongues. Bebe moans and tries to get closer, going up on her tip toes. Even in her heels it’s hard for her to be at the height she needs to be. She squirms and as her nails lightly rake down the back of my neck, my cock roars to life.
I palm her tight ass, hauling her up. Never braking the connection with our mouths, I slam her against the wall and dive deeper into our kiss. Every cell in my body is on fire, spurred on by her tiny moans and frantic grinds against my cock.
Her tongue tastes like peppermint, and her body feels like heaven. I want more. More of this feeling she’s giving me.
The want.
Need.
The urge to keep her safe in my—
“F*ck me, Tryst.”
Everything ices over. “What?”
“F*ck me.” She nuzzles the side of my neck.
That simple phrase reminds me why I don't go here with her. How many times has she said those exact same words to other dudes? I set her down and slowly back away. “No.”
Her brows scrunch. “What? But I thought—”
“It was a mistake.”
She cocks her hip to the side and shakes her head. “You’re something else. You know that. This is exactly what I was talking about. You’re confusing the hell out of me. First you’re all about it then you're not? You are a hard man to read.”
I clench my jaw, mad at myself because she’s right. I’m pissed I gave in.
"Be honest." Gary is leaning up against the archway into my kitchen. "You want to bang the hell out of my little sister. But you're afraid to." He laughs. "Scared she'll find out the truth about who you really are."
The snapping of manicured fingers in front of my face makes the vision of Gary disappear. I blink.
“What is wrong with you?”
You don't know how many times I've asked myself that same question. I stare at the archway where Gary once was, but it's now vacant.
“Tryst.” Bebe claps a hand in front of me.  "What alien ship beamed up your brain?”
“You should go.” I turn, and head toward the living room. TV. There’s always an episode of Law and Order on. I need to take my mind off the woman who doesn’t know when to stop, and the ghost who finds it funny to haunt me. I grab the remote off my coffee table then park my ass on my black leather couch.
“I’m not leaving.” Bebe plops down next to me.
“It’s almost two. Thought you were fishing tonight.” I turn on the TV, flicking through channels, pretending I’m looking for something.
With her sitting next to me it’s hard to concentrate. The fruity smell of her perfume, the way she scoots closer every second or so, like she’s testing my boundaries, makes it almost damn near impossible to keep my eyes on the screen.
“Maybe I already caught a shark, and I’m waiting to see if he’ll take a bite.” She runs her hand down my chest, lightly skimming around the scratch marks left by my fans. Under my skin, the blood in my veins follows her hand south. She plays around the top of my jeans, not quite letting her hand brush my bulge.
I drop the remote and go still. Trying with everything I have, I grind my jaw to hold in a groan.
Leaning in, she sucks on my neck. Making her way to my ear lobe, she says, "Maybe I’ll bite him instead.”

Friday, March 27, 2015

#NewRelease Behind the Bar by P.C. Zick #romance Book #2 of Behind the Love Trilogy

Teaser

Behind the Bar is Book Two in the Behind the Love Trilogy. Behind the Bar picks up right where Behind the Altar ended--at the wedding of Dean and Leah. This time it's Susie and Reggie who must struggle to find out if their love can endure a separation and rivals trying to drive them further apart. Reggie's gambling and Susie's struggle with her past push them further apart. Join the crew at the Victory Tavern, including Sally Jean, Charlie, and of course, the cheerleaders and best friends of Reggie and Susie--Dean and Leah.


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

What I Learned After Four Years of #SelfPublishing #RachelleAyala #indieauthor #writer



1. You Just Don't Know
If traditional publishers don't know which book will sell, neither do you. You might have studied the trends, researched your competition, created the best, most polished book. You got a great cover and wrote an awesome product description. You hired the entire slew of editors. Your last book in this series sold like snow cones in a hot summer day, but this particular book isn't moving.

Meanwhile, the short story you dug out of your slush pile, the one you wrote for your mother when she was having a bad day, the one you thought should never hit the light of day, but your friends wanted you to join their boxed set on Mother's Day stories, so you give it a look-over, proofread it, dash together a hasty cover by downloading a stock photo and typing a few words on it, upload it with a dedication to your mama. That one's screaming up the charts. What's that about?

2. It Doesn't Last
You had an awesome Bookbub ad. You hit the charts. Yay! Bestseller status. You took the screenshots to prove your book was sub-100-ranked on Amazon. Not just a subcategory, but the entire freaking store! You bring out the champagne. Update your covers to say "Bestselling Author" and ride the wave.

Only... two weeks later, your book is back in the slimepits. All the hundreds and thousands of new readers who were supposed to leave glowing reviews never materialized. As for follow-on sales for the next book of your series? Where are they? You tear your hair out and apply for ads from every site you can think of. My book is a bestseller two weeks ago. Why isn't it selling? You ask you author friends for leads. Which ad should I buy? Which book blast? Should I go on a blog tour?

Hate to break it to you, but your 15 minutes of fame is just that. It's the entertainment industry. You're an entertainer. The public is always looking at the latest viral hit. What to do? Remember to save your money. Save it and don't project your earnings and quit your job. No, really. Even consistent bestselling authors can drop off the charts. REAL QUICK. Think back to who the kindle superstars were last year, or the year before? I'm not naming names, but go back and make a list. Now, look up their sales ranks. Where are they?

3. No One Else Knows
We're always asking each other: Does this work? Should I advertise here or there? Which cover of mine is better, A or B? Can you tell me if my blurb works or not? Which genre is the hottest? Do you think my space vampires steampunk zombies BDSM billionaire stepbrother romance mashup will work? What keywords should I use? And thanks to the friendliness of most indie authors who love to share, you'll find thousands of blog posts just like this one to tell you what works or what doesn't work. Remember. They don't know or if they knew, it only applies to them. Yes, really. More specifically, it only applies to that particular book at that particular time.

Once, long ago, I wrote a post about how I ran a free giveaway on Amazon for Broken Build and got tons of downloads. Then my book sold like wildfire the next week and months after that. That was 2012. That was a particular time, a particular book, a particular stroke of luck.

While it's great to sit around the kindleboards and chat about what works or doesn't work, the caveat should be like with mutual funds: "Past performance does not guarantee future results." Or even stricter: "One book in one place at one time's performance does not guarantee future results."

4. You Can't Keep Up with the Jones
Really. You can't even keep up with yourself, as points 1-2 show. But the truth is, we look at others as a gauge to our success. Sales ranking is comparative, so is author ranking, so are the NY Times and USA Today lists. We can't help but compare ourselves to other writers. That's human nature. However, if you can't even keep up with yourself, how the heck are you going to keep up with millions of other writers out there? You. Will. Drive. Yourself. Crazy.

Sadly, this 'driving yourself crazy' disease is rearing its ugly head among authors I know and care about. It's destroying their motivation to create art. It's making them question themselves about whether they're cut out for this or not. It's heaping loads of self-doubt over their head and sucking the joy out of their lives. Literally. To the point of not just quitting writing, but sinking into a crazy quilt of depression. And it's not just authors who haven't "made it." No, no, no. It's authors I greatly admire who outsell me by bazillions. Who write books I like to read and have fans who'll miss them. It's authors who have made a name for themselves. Why?

Because of points #1 and #2. You don't know and it doesn't last. Even if you hit the NY Times bestselling list. Even if you are one of the superstars of 2014, you are one book away from oblivion. Yes. That's true, IF you are comparing yourself to others. There's always going to be that book about space vampires steampunk BDSM billionaires that's going to surprise the world and blow up your carefully crafted series with the bazillion brothers, sisters, cousins, and the entire state of Virginia family saga for the #1 position. It came from nowhere! And you, my goodness, you slaved and slaved for twenty hours a day, you wrote your fingers to the bone, and you can barely open your eyes and drag yourself to your laptop one minute longer, and blammo. That book beat yours! You've lost the brass ring, the lucky charm, the golden crown. You're a HAS-BEEN!!! Ahhhh... kill me now!

5. Enjoy the Journey.
The best thing I learned is to set your own definition of success and enjoy the journey: writing, connecting, and making friends. I love to create new characters and tell stories. And I love meeting people whether in person or across the world over the internet. And yes, I write so I can be read. What writer doesn't want to be read? Everyone wants recognition or a pat on the back or even someone to scream, "I hated your characters. Kill them off." Who wants to yell into a vacuum? I mean, if a book is unread, does it mean it doesn't exist? So do what you have to get discovered. Write lots of books, hang out, socialize, and take feedback. Then let it go. You can only affect how well you can be discovered, not whether you'll be read.

Meanwhile, crave the company of your fellow travelers, relish in the delight of talking to readers, and most importantly, LOVE to write. That's how you got into this gig in the first place. Recapture that feeling of putting words on the page, and revel in the lives of your characters. After all, YOU are the artist. YOU can make a HAPPY ENDING. So go ahead, make those moments and savor the journey.

That collage I have up top? Those are my rewards. Those people and others are the gems I picked up along the way of self publishing, and I treasure every one of them. Yes, I have books, and I have sales, and I have moments of glory, and bestseller status, and income to pay taxes on, and awards, and fan clubs, and book signings and all the other perks of being a writer. But at the end of the day, it's the relationships that matter. Between you and yourself, you and your characters, you and your readers, and you and your friends and family. That is what I learned after four years of self-publishing.

How about you? Please add your comments of what you've learned and what's important to you.



Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.

Subscribe to her mailing list for upcoming books and giveaways: http://bit.ly/RachAyala and find her books at online retailers Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBookstore, and Smashwords.

Books by Rachelle Ayala



Sánchez Sisters

Jewells in Love

Sports Romances

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

#NewRelease INTERCEPTED BY LOVE (Football Romance) by Rachelle Ayala #sports #romance


What would you do if you threw away the Super Bowl on a last minute end-zone interception?

Meet Cade Prescott: backup quarterback for the Los Angeles Flash in their new Hollywood Stadium. He alone is responsible for his team losing the Super Bowl, so he escapes to a small college town in upstate New York to hide and lick his wounds.

Meet Andie Wales: Research librarian. She and her archaeologist family share a vivid interest in King David. In addition to his official history, she's also an expert on his love lives [plural, because of his multiple wives]. She works in a library in a small college town in upstate New York.

“… enchanting story of two people from completely different worlds” – Keli Morgan


~ Description ~

Pro quarterback Cade Prescott’s last play was to lose the Super Bowl for his team. To escape the bad press and recover from the disastrous season, he changes his appearance and hides away at a sleepy university town.

Andie Wales’s first love is researching ancient bad boy kings. She is blissfully unaware of the Super Bowl and modern day bad boys. When her dog meets and mates with Cade’s dog, Andie’s first concern is to get her dog to a vet. She gets waylaid by Cade and his hunky good looks and has no idea just how out of her league Cade is.

Despite his secrets, Cade feels differently about Andie and thinks he might be falling in love. Unfortunately, his past catches up with him, and he is forced to make a difficult decision. Can a professional athlete and a research librarian truly prove the axiom that opposites not just attract, but were meant for each other?

Intercepted by Love #1 is available at Amazon, Read FREE if on KindleUnlimited or buy for 99cents

Intercepted by Love #2 is available for Pre-order
and #3 is in the works. :)

~About Rachelle ~ 




Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.
Subscribe to her mailing list for upcoming books and giveaways: http://bit.ly/RachAyala and find her books at online retailers Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBookstore, and Smashwords.

Books by Rachelle Ayala



Sánchez Sisters

Jewells in Love

Sports Romances

Want to Contact Rachelle?




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Football in Spring? New Series - Intercepted by Love by Rachelle Ayala #sports #romance

Hi all, it's been a long winter, wouldn't you say? I hope you're enjoying my two Spring Training Baseball Romances: Playing Without Rules and Playing the Rookie, set in Phoenix, Arizona with the fictional team, Phoenix Rattlers.

I'm excited to tell you that I'm working on a new series of football romances starring Cade Prescott, backup quarterback for the Los Angeles Flash with their new stadium in Hollywood. [Yes, Los Angeles has not have a pro football team for decades, but us writers get to create one, and so we have a team now. Not just any team, but a team who made it to the Super Bowl, Yay! EXCEPT, my hero, Cade Prescott, threw away victory with a last minute intercepted pass in the end zone. Boo!]

What would you do if you effed up the Super Bowl dreams of an entire city? Let's see what Cade does.

[Note: I've already changed the cover, but it will not be updated at Amazon until next week.]
New Cover:


Pro quarterback Cade Prescott’s last play was to lose the Super Bowl for his team. To escape the bad press and recover from the disastrous season, he changes his appearance and hides away at a sleepy university town.

Andie Wales’s first love is researching ancient bad boy kings. She is blissfully unaware of the Super Bowl and modern day bad boys. When her dog meets and mates with Cade’s dog, Andie’s first concern is to get her dog to a vet. She gets waylaid by Cade and his hunky good looks and has no idea just how out of her league Cade is.

Despite his secrets, Cade feels differently about Andie and thinks he might be falling in love. Unfortunately, his past catches up with him, and he is forced to make a difficult decision. Can a professional athlete and a research librarian truly prove the axiom that opposites not just attract, but were meant for each other?

Intercepted by Love is available for pre-order at Amazon [releases this Saturday, March 21] for a special release price of 99c. Be sure to pick up your copy today and get your football fix for spring.

In other news, I'm going to be working on the next book of my Jewells in Love series when Dylan's sister, Kayla, finds her forever love in Lifted by Love.

Hope you all have a wonderful first day of Spring, and thanks for following me, Rachelle

Saturday, March 14, 2015

#BookReview ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins #YA #romance

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This one was my favorite of the series! Isla is a brainiac and has crushed on Josh the artist forever, even during his time with the alluring Rashmi where they were famous for annoying PDAs.

Finally, Josh's friends have graduated, and Isla has a chance at snagging him. Happily it turns out he likes her too.

So... things work perfectly? Nope. As teen romances go, there's always the spector of disapproving parents, school rules broken, and insecurity.

Isla and Josh are such a sweet couple, but neither can truly believe the other loves them for real. They struggle with separation, guilt, doubt, and immaturity.

But as always, things work out and the ending is super sweet and unique.



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Friday, March 6, 2015

#BookReview SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover #YA #romance #comingofage

Slammed (Slammed, #1)Slammed by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


An awesome book about forbidden love, growing up, and facing death. Ms. Hoover packed in so much pain and emotion in this book, but there were good parts, family, love, and healing.

Layken has trouble communicating her feelings. She likes to shut everything inside, but Will teaches her about poetry and expressing herself at the slams.

The ending was bittersweet.



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