I have a new book out today!

Falling Star, the sixth book in the Lovestruck series, is available now! I’m so pleased with how this book turned out. Killian Cooper was a little tricky to write at first but he eventually became one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written. And I just love his relationship with Imogen! I hope you’ll check out the latest Lovestruck installment and let me know what you think!

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It should be a dream come true—three months of rent-free living in a Hollywood Hills mansion with a mega-hot, internationally famous movie star for a roommate. There’s only one problem. That mega-hot movie star? He’s my boss’s client. He’s also a mega-jerk. And unless I can keep this bad boy celeb on the straight and narrow, my Hollywood dreams will go down the drain, right along with his career.

 

I have a brand new book out today!

Always You is now available! This is the 2nd book in a new small town romance series called Lilac Bay. I’ve been having a really great time getting to know the characters on this little island and I’m already excited to plan out book 3.

Always You is being offered for only 99c for a limited time only! This book will normally sell for $3.99 so make sure you grab your copy before the prices go back up! Always You is my contribution to the Friends with Benefits series. All of the books in this series can also be purchased for only 99c for a short time. Stuff your e-reader with some cheap reads for summer!

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For as long as she can remember, Riley James has wanted to work in television. And more often than not, Riley gets what she wants. There’s a reason, after all, that she’s considered the most competitive person on Lilac Bay Island. Riley likes to win.
So when Lilac Bay is chosen to participate in a reality TV show, it’s only natural that Riley leads the charge to bring home a victory for their small town. And who better to help her than her best friend, Andrew?
As the competition kicks into gear, the stakes for Riley and Andrew get higher. The line between reality and the game isn’t so easy to find. This time the two old friends are playing for keeps. And love might be the ultimate prize.

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Don’t miss the rest of the books in the Friends with Benefits series! All of these books are available for only 99c for a very short time. Don’t miss out!

Starstruck is now available!

Eeek! Starstruck is finally here! This is the fourth novel in the Lovestruck series and I’ve had it planned for AGES. I can’t believe I finally get to share it with you!

I have those usual release day jitters! This time they’re even worse because I really love these characters so much and I hope everyone else does too! It was so much fun to write in the Lovestruck world but to focus on different characters. I particularly loved writing about Jackson from a different perspective. Sofie gets to know him in a way that Lizzie doesn’t so it was fun to explore his character more in depth. I really hope you all like it!

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**The book has been published on Google Play but it is not live in the store yet. I will update here and on Facebook as soon as I have a link! Sorry for the delay.**

Here’s a little more detail about the new book:

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Sofia Flores has had a crush on Jackson Coles for as long as she can remember. And she’s hardly the only one. After all, Jackson is one of the most famous movie stars in the entire world. Sofie never imagined she’d get any closer to her fantasy crush than admiring him on the big screen. Real life just doesn’t work that way.

But everything changes when her cousin Lizzie marries Jackson’s co-star, Thomas. Suddenly, Sofie finds herself actually meeting Jackson Coles, up close and personal. It’s every fan girl’s dream come true. And to Sofie’s shock, Jackson seems just as excited to spend time with her.

Despite Jackson’s attentions, Sofie knows that real life is rarely like the movies. Real life means struggling as a single mother, running out of money, and dealing with a loving but frustratingly obtrusive family. Not to mention the heaps of Baby Daddy Drama that continue to plague her…and threaten to take away the very thing she holds most dear in life. There’s simply no room in her life to go chasing after a movie star, even one as gorgeous as Jackson Coles.

But when Jackson shows that he’s more than willing to do the chasing, Sofie has a big decision to make. Will she play it safe? Or will she risk everything for the perfect Hollywood ending of her own?

Let me know what you think! xoxo

Persuaded is here!

I have a brand new book available today! Persuaded is a stand alone novel inspired by my favorite Jane Austen novel, Persuasion. These were some of my favorite characters to write and I really hope you enjoy it!

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Annabelle Elliot will always think of Rick Wentworth as the one that got away, the only man she ever loved. But Rick’s vision of their future together threatened the one that Annabelle had been working towards her entire life. Allowing her friends to persuade her to end it had definitely been the right thing to do…hadn’t it?

 When Rick turns up at her office ten years later, Annabelle is dismayed to learn that the fate of her company, the company she’s given up everything for, now rests squarely on his shoulders. The only way she’s going to get out of this is to work with Rick. Successful, talented, gorgeous Rick, who’s threatening to stir up emotions Annabelle thought she’d long since banished. Rick, who clearly hasn’t forgiven her for their shared past.

But the more time she spends with him, the more Annabelle realizes just how much she’s had to sacrifice for her success. As the threat against her company grows and the people she trusts most start to turn their backs on her, Annabelle is faced with her biggest choice in ten years: Will she allow herself to be persuaded to settle again? Or could this be her second chance at love?

A new Ransom book is here!

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If you’ve been waiting for Cash’s story, here’s your chance! The third book in the Ransom series, Redeem, is available now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The book will soon be available from Kobo, iTunes, and Google Play.

You can grab the new Ransom book here:
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I hope you enjoy it!

xoxo Rachel

Two Brand New Lovestruck Stories!

There are two brand new Lovestruck stories releasing today!

The first is Lovestruck at Christmas, a holiday novella about Lizzie, Thomas, and all of their family and friends. I’m a giant sucker for anything Christmas related, so I had a really good time writing this one. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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The second Lovestruck story is called Sofie and the Movie Star. You can find this brand new story in the LOL Anthology #2, along with nine other original romantic comedy stories by some of my favorite authors. You get all ten stories for only $.99!

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Lovestruck in London is free!

Did you know that you can now read the first book in the Lovestruck series for free? I’m so  excited to share the start of Thomas and Lizzie’s love story with new readers. If you haven’t checked out this series yet, this would be a great time to start 😉

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Happy New Year!

I hope your 2014 has gotten off to a wonderful start! I’m celebrating the new year with two big pieces of news. First, the next book in the Lovestruck series is available now for Kindle and Nook!

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Lovestruck in Los Angeles follows Thomas and Lizzie as they head to sunny Hollywood. It was so much fun to catch up with them both and I really hope you like this next chapter in their story! 

The second bit of news involves Ginny, Jen, and Annie–and, of course, Danny, Kiki, Josh, Matt, and Nate as well 😉 The fifth book in the Three Girls series is almost ready to go. I’m expecting to have it live on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes in the next few weeks. As soon as I have an exact date I’ll be posting it here as well as on my Facebook page and my mailing list. I’m sooo excited for you guys to see what the girls have been up to! I’ll be posting an excerpt next week and the cover art ASAP. Yay!

Do you make New Years resolutions? This year I’m going to try my very best to blog more. I tend to get very caught up in my writing (which is good because it means you get my books faster!) and end up neglecting this site. Hopefully I’ll be better in 2014! I’m also going to revisit my “100 New Books” project from last year. It was an EPIC FAIL, lol. I think I managed to read somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 new books. Maybe I’ll actually make it to 100 this year 😉 I’ll write up a post about the books I did manage to read last year–there were some really good ones in there!

Well, that’s about it from me. I hope you’re all doing well–and that it’s much warmer where you live. I’m freezing!

Mapping out the rest of the year

I have new book news!

So, usually when I finish a book I tell you guys about it right away. Once I’ve worked with an editor, proofreader, and formatter, I release it into the wilds of Amazon, pretty much as soon as possible.

The timeline of this book has been a little different because, well, this book is a little different.

If you’ve read any of my previous books, you know that I write romance novels with a generally upbeat feel. It’s what some people call chick lit, or romantic comedy, and it’s usually the kind of book I most love to read (and write!). But it’s not the only kind of book I like to read.

My new book is not chick lit and it’s definitely not romantic comedy. So what is it?

I’ve actually been a little nervous to tell you guys about it, because it’s a bit different from my other stuff. This book is what I would call a New Adult romance novel. Have you heard of this genre? I’ve always loved Sarah Dessen’s young adult novels (have you read her? You should read her!) because she tends to tackle emotional issues while still writing great love stories. I think New Adult books are kind of a more grown up version of that concept—emotional issues with great love stories. They focus on people in that transitional stage of life, either in college or just moving into the work force, trying to figure out jobs and school and relationship. In other words, new adults (next week I’m going to post a few reviews of NA books I love, if you’re interested in checking some out).

My new book is a little darker than my current stuff and somewhat more intense. It’s still a love story, though, and it definitely has great friendships, which I always love writing about. It’s a bit steamy, too! Because this is a new genre for me, I’m going about the release a little different and trying to line up some promotions. So in the next few weeks I’ll be releasing the title and cover. I’m hoping to have the book ready to release in October. I’m really excited about it and I’m going to do a bunch of giveaways and fun stuff to celebrate.

I hope everyone gives the new book a chance but I totally get that it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. That’s cool! And no fear, because I will ALWAYS write chick lit novels. They are my first literary love and that isn’t about to change! In fact, I am currently working on TWO new chicklit novels.

First of all, there’s going to be a new Lovestruck book! A lot of people have asked me what happens to Lizzie and Thomas next—don’t worry, I have BIG plans for them! I spent some time in California this summer to do research (Gorgeous Thomas on the beach, you guys. Picture it). I’m really excited for everyone to read it! I am working hard (like, skipping sleep hard) to get it out this winter.

Okay, here’s the BIGGEST news I have: I am working on a new Three Girls book!! I am SO.FREAKIN.EXCITED. I’ve missed writing about Ginny, Annie, and Jen (And Kiki!) and it’s been so fun to revisit them. I get questions about the girls all the time (did you know they make appearances in the Love Story books??) so I know a few of you have missed them too. The new book will come out in January, which I know is a long time to wait. I hope it will be worth it.

I think that covers all of it. To recap: new NA Romance coming in October, new Lovestruck book this winter, new Three Girls in January. And lots of giveaways, prizes, etc. to go along with them. If you’re not on my mailing list you can sign up right here to get information on new releases and sales. I do NOT send out a ton of emails, so I won’t be clogging up your inbox, promise.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions. Enjoy your weekend (I’ll be writing!)

Chick Lit Author Blog Hop!

It’s Blog Hop time! Before I get into all the details about the hop, I just want to remind everyone that there’s still two days to enter to win the $25 Amazon gift card in celebration of the release of Lovestruck in London. To enter, head over to this post and leave me a comment about your favorite book character along with your email address and you’re entered! (The contest is only open to people living in the United States, sorry!)

As promised, there are more chances to win something cool this week and the next one is a BIG one! May is Chick Lit month and I am once again participating in an awesome blog hop. The theme this year is “What’s On Page 25?” so I’ll be giving you a sneak peak of one of my favorite scenes in the new book (which will be available TOMORROW!). During the blog hop there will be chances to win lots of ebooks or even the grand prize of a FREE Kindle Keyboard 3G, with Free 3G + Wi-Fi, and a 6″ E Ink Display. That lucky grand prize winner will also receive a “chick lit starter library” filled with great chick lit books written by the indie authors participating in the blog hop.

Learn “How to Hop & Win!” New to blog hops? Want to learn how to win the grand prize? Find complete information here.

I definitely recommend clicking on the link above for full rules but the basic rundown is this: Over the course of the next week you’ll visit 25 blogs and collect “Secret Words” from each blog. You’ll then use the words you collected to enter in the rafflecopter contest linked below. It’s pretty easy and it should be a good time. I know in the past I’ve found a lot of great new authors through hops like this one. I hope you do too!

Additionally, I will also be giving a free ebook copy of my new book, Lovestruck in London, to a lucky reader. Just comment below and you’re automatically entered. If you comment on all the blogs in the hop you have a chance to win lots of books!

Once again, if you want more details on the hop and how you can win the Grand Prize, head over here.

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Okay, I think that covers the details. So without further ado, let’s take a look at WHAT’S ON PAGE 25! This is actually one of my favorite scenes in the book. Lizzie has only recently arrived in London for her study abroad. On her first night out on the town, she meets an up-and-coming actor names Thomas. They hit it off right away. Keep reading to check out one of their earliest conversations. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for my secret word!

I met Thomas at the velvet rope where he introduced me to a staff member named Bill. “Bill and I go way back,” he shouted in my ear as we shook hands. “He used to tend bar in my local.”

Bill unhooked the rope and stepped aside so Thomas could lead me up a short flight of stairs. I found myself in a small loft area overlooking the dance floor. We could still hear the music, but velvet drapes around our booth muffled the sound quite a bit.

“That’s better,” Thomas said, settling into the booth. “I can at least hear you now.”

“Do you come here a lot?” I asked, amazed that this section of the club existed without anyone below knowing it.

Thomas shook his head. “To be honest, this isn’t really my scene. I’m much more of a pub guy when I want a drink.”

I grinned, glad to hear it for some reason. Maybe Thomas wasn’t too glamorous for me after all. “What about you?” he asked. “Pub or club?”

“Uh,” I felt suddenly uncomfortable. “Pub, I guess. But I don’t really do much of either.”

“A university student who doesn’t go to the pub? I’m shocked.”

I shrugged. “I should warn you right now, I’m kind of a goody-two-shoes.”

“Me, too!” Thomas cried, looking thrilled. He leaned into me and spoke in mock confidential tones. “Would it shock you to know that I spent last New Year’s Eve in my flat studying lines for a film I was about to start shooting?”

I laughed. “I spent last New Year’s Eve at a party at my uncle’s house, so I’m not one to judge.”

“One time my brother convinced me to steal a Coke from the newsagent down the road,” Thomas countered. “He said he would tell all my friends I was a baby if I didn’t. So I did.”

“You returned the Coke an hour later, didn’t you?”

“Twenty minutes,” he said, grinning. “And I cried.”

I laughed, wondering why I had felt nervous about talking with him. He was wonderful.

“Tell me about school,” he said. “Why London?”

“I’ve always wanted to come to London,” I said.

“Are you enjoying it so far?”

“We haven’t seen much of the city. We were stuck in orientation sessions the first few days, and were suffering crazy jet lag at night. Then we had this whole apartment fiasco. It hasn’t been quite what I expected.” I paused, not wanting to admit the underlying disappointment I had been feeling about my London adventure so far. (Win the grand prize! The 12th secret word in the 25-word sentence is: lit) Anyhow. This is our first night really off campus.” 

“So you’ve been here all week and you haven’t seen the city yet? We’ll have to fix that.” The implication in his words made my heart thud in my chest. I couldn’t seem to wipe the smile from my face.

“I think the big draw for me was the literary history here,” I went on, trying to control the giddiness that threatened to overwhelm me. “My favorite authors are British; I couldn’t think of anywhere else I would want to study literature.”

“Funny, my favorite authors are mostly American,” he said, taking a sip of his beer. “Patterson, King, Grisham.” He gave me a rueful grin. “Not exactly high-minded literature.”

“There’s nothing wrong with genre fiction,” I said firmly. “Take it from an English major; people who only read the classics are usually boring and uptight.”

“Cheers.” Thomas rapped his bottle lightly against my glass. “Did you study literature at your university in the States as well?”

I nodded. “My BA is in English. I also have a teaching certificate.”

“A teacher, eh? My mother was a teacher.”

“So are my sisters,” I said, feeling depressed suddenly. “But I have a ways to go. This program is nine months long.”

“Nine months is a long time to be away from home. Where is home, by the way?”

“Detroit, Michigan. You know, where they make the cars. Motown, Kid Rock.”

“I’ve seen Eight Mile, you know. I’m quite familiar with Detroit.”

I laughed. “Well, I don’t actually live in the city. The suburbs. Sterling Heights, to be exact. Much more Pleasantville than Eight Mile.

“Thank you for putting things in movie language for me,” he said, winking. “Taking pity on the brainless actor is kind.”

“You started it!” I cried, smacking his hand as he laughed. “So where are you from?”

“I grew up in Surrey, but the family’s all up in Edinburgh now.”

“Oooh,” I sighed. “I can’t wait to get up there.”

“It’s a beautiful city,” he said. “They moved right when I started working in London, so I never lived there full time, but it’s really nice to be able to visit them now.”

We chatted for a while about family. I learned that Thomas is a middle child, his older brother is married and living outside Edinburgh, and his younger sister still lives at home. He seemed fascinated by the idea of my five siblings, and wanted to know all about my family, cousins and aunts and uncles included.

“My grandparents on both sides immigrated from Mexico,” I explained. “My mom’s mom moved back there after her husband died, and my dad’s parents are both gone. But we have a huge family all nearby, more than a dozen cousins, and I don’t even know how many second and third cousins. It gets pretty crazy when we’re all in the same place, which happens all the time. We have more family dinners and parties than anyone you’ll ever meet.”

“Wow,” he said. “I only have three cousins all together.”

I laughed. “Then your house is probably much more peaceful than mine at Christmas.”

“I think it would be nice to have a bigger family,” he said. “You must have had lots of built-in playmates when you were little.”

“I did,” I agreed. “My best friend is actually my cousin Sofia.” I felt a pang. It had only been a week but I missed Sofie like mad.

“It’s pretty brave of you, coming all this way on your own, for such an extended stay.” I looked up and saw that he was watching me closely, something about his expression making me think he could tell what I was feeling. Slightly embarrassed, I reached for my drink.

“I don’t know about brave,” I said, after I’d drained the rest of it. “But my family sure wasn’t thrilled about it.”

“They thought it was too far?”

“They thought I should be putting my hard-earned education to work getting a real job, not spending more loan money on something frivolous.”

“Higher education is frivolous?”

“It is to them.” I reached for my drink again, my hand coming up short when I realized it was empty. Talking about my parents’ expectations always stressed me out.

Thomas noticed and gestured for a waitress. “Another gin and tonic and another Heineken, please.”

“Thanks,” I said, grateful.

“You’re welcome. We can change the subject if you want.”

“No, it’s okay. I just have some guilt issues when it comes to my career,” I laughed lightly, hoping I didn’t sound too melodramatic, but Thomas only said, “I can relate.”

“My parents are big on stability. They saw their parents struggle so much when they came to America. My dad worked a bunch of terrible jobs before he got hired at Ford. For him, a job with a good union, good benefits, that’s like the holy grail.”

“Your brothers and sisters agree?”

“Oh God, yes,” I laughed. “Two brothers are at Ford with him, another is an electrician, and both the girls are teachers.”

“So you followed in their footsteps?”

I was saved answering by the waitress’s return with our drinks, and it was a good thing, too. I had been about to admit that the thought of teaching had lately filled me with a panic I couldn’t explain. I hadn’t admitted that to anyone, not even Sofie or Callie. What was it about Thomas that made me feel so chatty?

“What about you?” I asked, eager to stop thinking about my career prospects. “What did your folks think about acting?”

“They’re supportive, now. It was a different story at first. They sent all three of us to really good schools, education was really important to them. I think they had visions of all three of us becoming barristers, like my dad.”

“What does your brother do now?”

“He’s a barrister.” Thomas laughed. “He’s the good son. But my sister is making noise about wanting to give acting a shot. They’ll really kill me then.” He winked at me, making my tummy flip all over again. I found that I was staring at his eyes while he talked. They were the most expressive eyes I had ever seen, flashing and twinkling, their green depths seeming to darken depending on his tone. If I spent enough time with him I could read his mood in his eyes, I thought. Without him saying a word.

“You said they weren’t thrilled with the acting at first. Weren’t you really young when Darkness came out?”

“I went to an open call when I was seventeen,” he said. “I actually auditioned for Cooper.” When I looked blank, he laughed. “Jackson’s part. I take it you aren’t a fan?”

I blushed to the roots of my hair. “Um…”

He laughed again and patted my hand, the contact sending a rush of shivers down my arm. “Don’t worry about it. It’s actually pretty refreshing. Anyway, I went to the audition kind of on a lark. I really liked drama in school, and kept telling my parents I wanted to study it at university. I figured if I could manage a callback in a major show, they might take me seriously. I was blown away when I was cast.”

“And they let you do it. That’s pretty cool.”

“At that point, they couldn’t have stopped me,” he laughed. “I had visions of Hollywood superstardom in my eyes. I was impossible for months.”

Just then, my phone beeped. I groaned as I looked down at it. “The girls are leaving.”

Thomas sat up straighter. “I could take you home,” he said. Was I imagining the eagerness in his voice?

“Thank you, but I should go with Callie. The other girls don’t live on our side of town, and we’re too new here for me to be leaving her on her own.”

“You sound like a nice friend,” he smiled at me, and I noticed, for the first time, that he had dimples. Or maybe they only appeared when he smiled a certain way. I had already mentally catalogued at least four different smiles to obsess over when I was alone.

He stood with me to walk me down the stairs. As soon as we were out of our protective alcove, the club noise hit me all over again. I had to lean up to yell right in his ear for him to hear me, brushing my arm across his as I went. I wasn’t complaining. “Look, I’d introduce you but I’m afraid Callie will go all fan girl on you. Are you up for that tonight?”

“Hmm, can I take a rain check on the fan-girling?”

I laughed. “Sure.”

As I scanned the room for Callie, Thomas took my hand. I looked up at him, surprised, as a rush of warmth shot through my fingers. “I’d like to see you again,” he said, leaning down so I could hear him. “Would that be okay with you?”

I couldn’t speak. Being so close to his face, his hand holding mine so firmly, I was overwhelmed with the desire to reach up and kiss him. I’d barely have to stretch at all. Instead, I nodded wordlessly, earning another grin from Thomas.

Five distinct smiles, I thought to myself. I wonder what they all represent.

“Tomorrow?”

I nodded again, pretty sure that my grin had turned downright goofy looking.

Thomas squeezed my hand before releasing it. “Text me when you get home then, we can set a time and you can give me your address.”

“Sounds like a plan.”

He nodded across the room. “I think I see your friend. Talk to you soon?”

Before I could respond, he was brushing his lips lightly across my forehead, squeezing my hand one last time, and turning away. I stood gaping after him, still feeling his lips on my forehead.

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