The Ransome Brothers are here!

I’m so so excited to finally release this book out into the world! I hope you like reading it as much as I liked writing it! Enjoy!

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A little sappiness before release day…

Working on the sixth Ransom book was truly one of the best writing experiences of my life. Which is really surprising to me, considering how things were going before I started it.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know that this book was originally supposed to come out more than a year ago. But sometime after releasing Lennon’s book, I started to have a really hard time with my writing. I don’t know if it was writer’s block or feeling burned out or if my anxiety was getting worse, or what. All I know is that it got a lotharder to write. Over a two year stretch I wrote four books, which is way below my normal output (I usually publish at least five books a year).  I thought about starting The Ransome Brothersall the time, but it seemed like an impossible task. This series means so much to me, and I’ve been planning this book for years. I felt a lot of pressure to get it right and the thought of even starting it scared the hell out of me.

Several months ago, I decided I would read the rest of the series just to see how I felt about it—and man am I ever glad I did! Reading those books again, for the first time in ages, felt like hanging out with old friends. I realized that I knowthese characters, that I understand them and get what makes them tick. I remembered how much I freaking love writing about these brothers and their girls. For the first time in months and months I was excited to write again.

When I sat down to get started, writing felt easier than it had in years. This is the longest book I’ve ever written, and it was also one of the fastest. The words came easily and I finished it in record time (unfortunately this fast writing meant the editing process was crazy long and difficult, but oh well. Totally worth it!) Even better, it was fun—and writing hadn’t been fun for me in a long time. Even better than that, I love how the book turned out! That’s such an important thing for me as a writer. Of course I want the readers to enjoy it too, but so long as I really feel like I wrote what I wanted the way I wanted, I’ll always feel good about the book.

So before the book comes out tomorrow (tomorrow! Eek!) I wanted to give a shout out to my Ransome boys, and thank them for helping me to get back to the thing I most love to do in the world. And to thank all of you, too, for your patience and for encouraging me! And for being excited about this series and this book—I’m so happy to finally share it with you. You’re the best readers a girl could ask for!

One week until The Ransome Brothers!

Last night I finished my last round of editing on The Ransome Brothers! That means we’re getting so close–and I’m freaking out! I’m very excited for you guys to read this and nervous and sleep deprived and all those other things that come with releasing a new book. To celebrate how close we are, I wanted to show you the gorgeous cover Paper and Sage Designs made for the book. What do you think??

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Ever since his wife left him to raise their four boys on his own, Will Ransome has had one purpose—do whatever it takes to give them the life they deserve. Now that they’ve finally made it, now that Ransom is the most successful rock band in the country, Will should finally be able to relax, take time for himself, maybe even find love again. But nothing is turning out the way it should. His boys aren’t talking to him, refuse to even see him. All of the success in the world can’t fill the hole they’ve left in his life.

And Will has no one to blame but himself.

The Ransome Brothers will be available everywhere ebooks are sold on Tuesday, June 12th!

On the road for Ransom

There are several things about the new Ransom book that are unique compared to the rest of the series. It’s the first book where we’ll get to directly see what Will Ransome is experiencing and feeling (which I am super excited about! I wasn’t expecting to enjoy writing about Will as much as I did). The Ransome Brothersis also the first book where we’ll switch Point of View between more than two characters. Another way this book is a little different is that the boys aren’t on tour at all. Redeem is the only other book in the series where we don’t see the boys out on the road.

The fact that 4 of the 6 books show the band on tour probably tells you that I really enjoy writing about their life on the road! That’s mainly because a huge source of inspiration for this series was my own experiences traveling around with my friends to follow a band.  To tell you about this, I’m going to have to confess something: I am a huge Hanson fan. Yes, Hanson, those Mmmbop kids from the nineties. Feel free to laugh at me! The funny thing is that I absolutely hated them when I was a kid and they were popular. But then a good friend reintroduced me to them years later and I fell in love. If you haven’t checked them out lately, you totally should! They all grew up super cute! They own their own record label now and write really fun pop-rock songs and seeing their shows is SO MUCH fun. Seriously, go find some of their new music. Okay, Hanson advertisement over 😉

The band themselves didn’t have anything to do with my inspiration for these books—Ransom has a totally different sound, style, and reputation. But my own experiences as a fan did inspire a lot my writing, particularly about Daisy, Paige, and Karen. When I was in my early twenties some friends and I followed a tour around for a few weeks and it was seriously the most fun I’ve ever had. We slept in crappy hotels and camped out on the pavement in the freezing cold to get good spots inside. We lived on gross fast food and traveled by bus for over twenty hours. And I loved it! It was so great to spend that time with close friends and to get to hear music we were passionate about every night. That was the feeling I wanted to capture when I wrote about Ransom being out on tour—that sense of freedom and adventure, excitement and connection with a group of people.

Beyond those tour memories, travel in general has played a big role in my writing. Traveling is something that I truly love and I try to do it as much as possible. So it makes sense that I love writing about characters who are traveling, experiencing new places and new sights. If I’m writing about somewhere new, I try to visit that place first whenever I can afford it. It’s important for me to really get a feel for the places I write about. I was super lucky to be able to visit Paris before I wrote Rescue. That trip ended up changing the entire book.

I always knew that Lennon was going to go and find their mom while on tour in Europe. Originally this was all going to happen in London (which I’ve visited a few times before). But then I got to Paris and that idea totally changed. Paris seemed like a place that Lennon would have such a connection to. I knew he would love the art and the culture and the food and vibe of wandering along the river, looking at beautiful things. When I walked into the Musee d’Orsay, I immediately envisioned the entire scene where Paige takes the boys there as a special treat for Len and he connects with Haylee. I have no idea how their relationship would have been different if I hadn’t gotten the chance to see that place for myself. Something similar happened when I went to the Monet house in Giverny. It was suddenly so obvious to me that Lennon would take Haylee there and that’s where he would see his mother.

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Gardens at the Monet House in Giverny, where I plotted out Haylee and Lennon’s love story

Little surprises like this are my favorite part of writing. When I see something new or travel somewhere I’ve never been before or catch a glimpse of a stranger who seems interesting and suddenly feel inspired to write—there’s nothing in the world that makes me happier than that. I love it when I have a plan for a story and something new and unexpected comes barreling in to change it. To me there’s nothing more exciting!

The Ransome Brothers is set mainly in LA, which I was lucky enough to visit when I was researching the Lovestruck series. It’s also the place where I first had the idea for the Ransome boys (you can read about that here). In that sense, LA is really where this whole series began for me. And it felt completely appropriate and fitting that The Ransome Brotherswould take me back there.

 

**Book 6 in the Ransom series, The Ransome Brothers, will be available on June 12th**

A whole bunch of Ransom news

The Ransome Brothers are coming! The sixth book in my Ransom series will be available on June 12th and I am so freakin excited. It feels like I’ve been working on this one FOREVER and I really can’t wait to share it with you. And it’s coming so soon!

In other exciting Ransom news, I had pretty new covers made for the series! I really love the original covers but it’s always good to put a fresh face on things. I’m so pleased with how the new ones turned out. I particularly love how strongly they represent the music theme of the books. Next week I’ll be revealing the rest of the series but today I wanted to give you a sneak peak of the new cover for the first book. Check out the new Ransom…

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If you didn’t see the announcement a few weeks ago, all of the Ransom books (as well as the rest of my series) are now available in paperback! I know many of you have been waiting for these. You can find them over on Amazon.

One last bit of Ransom news: Over the next few weeks, I’m going to do a short blog series about these books. I’ve been working on the Ransom series since the summer of 2013–so long! Book 6 is meant to be a wrap up of the series. That doesn’t mean I’ll never write another Ransom book (and you’ll be able to visit with the Ransomes in the Intrigue series), but this is the last one I have planned out. So I thought it would be a good time to share some stories about how this series came to be and what my experiences were like writing it. I hope you’ll join me in my walk down memory lane!

Okay, now I need to go and edit, edit, edit. Only three more weeks until release day!

Take care,

Rachel

Paperbacks now available

A lot of people have been asking me about paperbacks lately. All of my books are now available in paperback on Amazon. I know many of you have been really patient waiting for these–sorry it took so long! I’ve included links for all of the paperbacks over on the books page. Enjoy!

 

p.s. The 6th Ransom book is coming along. I keep feeling like I’m getting close to the end and then it gets longer…and longer…at this rate the book is going to be huge! Stay tuned for release date info!

 

2013 Reading Project

I didn’t read enough last year.
I got into this really bad habit with my own writing. Every time I had a book to finish I would work like crazy, writing for 10 or more hours a day. Then I would completely crash and burn out. I wasn’t good for much of anything except vegging in front of the TV watching Vampire Diaries on Netflix until I felt recharged enough to start the whole process over again. This didn’t leave much room for reading.
I’m not usually big on New Year’s resolutions. For me, the fall feels more like the start of a new year than January does. But I am very determined that I will find more balance in the next year. I have a whole writing schedule worked out that I really want to stick to.
In addition to keeping a better writing schedule, the Better Balance in the New Year Plan also includes sleeping better, exercising, eating well and muse-feeding. Muse-feeding is basically anything that helps me feel inspired, curious, interested, awake, and creative. There are so many good museums in Detroit that I never make the time to go to. There are also gorgeous hiking trails that I feel too busy (or lazy) to take advantage of. Movies I don’t go see. Recipes I don’t try. And so, so many books I don’t let myself read.
But not anymore!
In 2013 I’m going to try my darndest to read 100 new books. 100 books is a little less than 2 books a week, which is a lot. But I’m a fast reader, and when I read every day I definitely average better than 2 books a week. I think it’s doable. I hope it is! I spent a huge chunk of time tonight searching for books I want to read and now I am SO.EXCITED. I want to read them ALL. NOW. God, I love books. So many pretty covers, so many intriguing synopsises! I seriously can’t wait to get started.
Since I’m super nerdy I spent way too much time making a book list, which I will share below.  So far I have 79 books. I’ll leave the last 21 spots blank for now. A lot of my choices are the first books in a series, so this gives me room to finish out the series if I like them. And hopefully leaves a few spots for new things I discover throughout the year. I have a mix of genres, though it’s pretty heavy on the YA. Basically the only rules I gave myself were that I couldn’t have read the book before (or at least it had to have been a LONG time ago. I’m looking at you, Wuthering Heights) and they had to be books I really, REALLY wanted to read. Not books that I thought I should read, or books that I thought would make me smarter. I figure if I’m going to keep at this they better be books that I’m truly interested in.
I’ll update here as I go, and maybe write a few book reviews as well. I’m also totally open to suggestions for my list! Feel free to let me know what you think is missing in the comments. I have the list organized by genre and by author name–you read the part about me being a nerd up there, right? There’s a key, if you’re interested.
Have a great New Year everyone!!
YA=young adult, CL=chicklit, NF=non-fiction, ROM=romance, HOR=horror, SF=science fiction, FAN=fantasy, MYS=mystery.
  1. YA Dollhouse-Anya Allyn
  2. YA Thirteen Reasons Why-Jay Asher
  3. YA Beauty Queens-Libba Bray
  4. YA Rebel Angels-Libba Bray
  5. YA Caddie Woodlawn-Carol Brink
  6. YA A Curse Dark As Gold-Elizabeth Bunce
  7. YA The Changeling-Elle Casey
  8. YA Wrecked-Elle Casey
  9. YA Dark Is Rising-Susan Cooper
  10. YA The Moon and More-Sarah Dessen
  11. YA What Happened to Goodbye-Sarah Dessen
  12. YA Hush Hush-Becca Fitzpatrick
  13. YA If I Stay-Gayle Forman
  14. YA Hunger-Michael Grant
  15. YA The fault in Our Stars-John Green
  16. YA Princess Academy-Shannon Hale
  17. YA The Summer I Turned Pretty-Jenny Han
  18. YA Wake-Amanda Hocking
  19. YA Slam-Nick Hornby
  20. YA Fallen-Lauren Kate
  21. YA I Am Number Four-Pittacus Lore
  22. YA Son-Lois Lowry
  23. YA Bumped-Megan Mccafferty
  24. YA Sloppy Firsts-Megan Mccafferty
  25. YA The Host-Stephanie Meyer
  26. YA Exit Here-Jason Myers
  27. YA Evermore-Alyson Noel
  28. YA Delirium-Lauren Oliver
  29. YA Flat Out Love-Jessica Park
  30. YA The Golden Compass-Philip Pullman
  31. YA Six Moon Summer-SM Reine
  32. YA Divergent-Veronica Roth
  33. YA The Vampire Diaries-LJ Smith
  34. YA Easy-Tammara Webber
  35. CL Thanks For The Memories- Cecelia Ahern
  36. CL The Wedding Day-Catherine Alliott
  37. CL Every Boys Got One-Meg Cabot
  38. CL Love By The Book-Dara England
  39. CL Love Always-Harriet Evans
  40. CL Where We Belong-Emily Giffin
  41. CL Austenland-Shannon Hale
  42. CL The Mystery of Mercy Close-Marian Keyes
  43. CL I’ve Got Your Number-Sophie Kinsella
  44. CL Wedding Night-Sophie Kinsella
  45. CL Always the bridesmaid-Whitney Lyles
  46. CL Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble-HP Mallory
  47. CL An Offer You Can’t Refuse-Jill Mansell
  48. CL The One You Really Want-Jill Mansell
  49. CL To The Moon and Back-Jill Mansell
  50. CL Me Before You-Jojo Moyes
  51. CL When Girlfriends Step Up-Savannah Page
  52. CL 10 Years On-Alice Peterson
  53. CL When in Rome-Gemma Townley
  54. NF At Home-Bill Bryson
  55. NF The Mother Tongue-Bill Bryson
  56. NF Shakespeare-Bill Bryson
  57. NF A Year of Biblical Womanhood-Rachel Held Evans
  58. NF Under the Duvet-Marian Keyes
  59. NF Wild-Cheryl Strayed
  60. ROM The Look of Love-Bella Andre
  61. ROM Northanger Abbey-Jane Austen
  62. ROM Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte
  63. ROM Overbite-Meg Cabot
  64. ROM Entwined With You-Sylvia Day
  65. ROM False Colours-Georgette Heyer
  66. ROM Beautiful Disaster-Jamie McGuire
  67. ROM Unhitched-EL Sarnoff
  68. HOR World War Z-Max Brooks
  69. HOR The Stand-Stephen King
  70. HOR Walking Dead Compendium One- Robert Kirkman
  71. HOR Interview With the Vampire-Anne Rice
  72. SF Jenny Pox-JL Bryan
  73. SF The Hurricane-Hugh Howey
  74. SF Third Shift-Hugh Howey
  75. SF Rex Rising-Chrystalla Thoma
  76. SF No Shelter-TS Welti
  77. FAN A Game of Thrones-George RR Martin
  78. FAN The Hobbit-Tolkien
  79. MYS Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn
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