When I first signed up with Rachel’s Random Tours, Rachael’s book Unshackled was one of the first ones she promote. I liked the sound of the blurb so signed up for the tour.
Since then, I don’t think I’ve missed a single tour!
Rachael has managed to fine tune, and perfect the art of talking about deep seated, taboo topics, while weaving an AMAZING romance story.
She doesn’t discriminate with her romantic partners, which from an inclusive perspective is amazing. As someone who’s straight, it’s done in such a natural way that it doesn’t feel in your face “I’m trying to plug this inclusivity” feel that you get from so many authors.
Instead, she makes sure all her romantic partners are well suited and match each other in such a way that you can’t turn away.
While Rachael writes in the romance genre, anyone who reads it knows that there’s a HUGE array of sub-genres.
My first exploration into romance I got hit with the PAGES of sub-genres, and it can be overwhelming. What I’ve found with Rachael’s works is that while she can write anything from sweet, to erotic; the space I love the most is her erotica.
If you’re not a fan of erotica style, you will need to pick her books closely. Meanwhile, if you enjoy the mix of erotica and hard to hear realistic parts of life, then you can basically take your dip of which of her AWESOME books to pick up.
Unshackled is definitely my best pick.
No matter how many more of her books I read, there are certain scenes that my mind will go back to from this book.
This one was HARD!
But I’m thinking Our Little Secret needs to come on second… But seriously… She’s such a good author it’s SO HARD to rate her books in order of what you should read when!
My absolute love of books! I’ve always been a reader and a dreamer. The classic line in the school report “could do better if she stopped daydreaming” — that was me!
It felt a natural progression to go from reading to making up my own tales and as my tastes changed so did the stories I wrote. From Enid Blyton style adventures to teen love stories, to murder mysteries, to historical and contemporary love stories. From super-hot to super-sweet. The power of the written word is magical!
I also struggle to find peace unless I have a story on the go somewhere. Being a writer is integral to who I am. Even if it is incredibly hard at times, I love it!
See above Q2.
The promise of HEA/HFN. The great big hug in a book.
The story can get dark, emotional, tumultuous and you hold the reader’s hand through it because you’re going to give them the greatest reward — a whopping momentous ending where the sun shines and their body warms and that elation, nothing beats it. Sometimes the darker, harder, more challenging, the greater the impact of that ending and believe me when I say, I go through the emotional wringer right along with them.
Ultimately, joy. To bring happiness to the reader and give them a journey that is emotionally rewarding and satisfying. To show them that no matter how hard life can get, there’s still hope. To have them come away with that lightness in the heart and a smile on their face.
I’m a firm believer in the Happy For Now (HFN) or Happy Ever After (HEA), this is about the only formulaic thing to a category romance, and if I can weave in a life lesson while I’m at it, then all the better!
Does it move the plot forward? What is the purpose of that scene, that paragraph, that sentence even…?
That’s the question you have to ask yourself, and if it doesn’t, it’s bye bye! We don’t have the luxury of words for the sake of words in category romance, you have 50k to get from A to B and every word has to count. Then again 50k or not, every word should always count!
Getting published by Mills & Boon. As a lover of their books for three decades, to get published by them and join the list of authors that you admired, loved, cherished is incredible. I still have to pinch myself occasionally to believe it. And I still fangirl all the time over the books and the authors.