Sunday, May 5, 2019

10 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me 😏 Rachelle Vaughn Fun Facts

Manzanita Creek, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Let's jump right in to what might be my next huge, embarrassing failure! I'm curious to see if any of the things on this list shock or surprise you...

1. I run on Bigelow tea. (No coffee, ever.) Spiced Chai, Eggnogg'n and Pumpkin Spice are my faves.

2. My calico is a rescue kitty. When the shelter worker put her in my arms, I almost didn't want her because she was the runt of the litter and scraggly and skinny and barely had any fur. Now she is my sun and moon and practically attached to me at the hip. It goes to show you that you really shouldn't judge a book by its cover.

3. I'm child-free by choice and have never regretted my decision to not have children.

4. I met my hubby on a blind date right after I graduated from high school. We got married a few months later and have been together ever since. That was over two decades ago. Btw, all the people who said we were too young to get married are all divorced now. True story.

5. I'm a cheap date. Feed me frozen pizza and plug in a Sly movie and I'm as happy as a seagull with a French fry.

6. I believe people can change for the better. But, unfortunately, most of them choose not to. Broadening your horizons and educating yourself is essential for personal growth and having an open mind.

7. My all-time favorite bird is a Great Blue Heron. Fun Fact 7a: I have a birding blog where I can post all the photos of Blues that I want because I just can't get enough of their beauty.

8. I prefer cloudy days over sunshiney ones. Clouds are more interesting to me (especially when taking bird and nature photos) than clear skies. You can't go wrong with a few big, puffy clouds bobbin' their way across the sky!

9. Growing up, when I lived in southern California, I used to vacation in Newport Beach. (No, it wasn't as pretentious as it sounds. We stayed in a tiny above-garage apartment.) Now I live in northern California where we call the beach "the coast."

10. I moved around a lot as a kid and went to eight different schools. Although it might provide a plethora of writing inspiration, always being the new kid sucks donkey balls.

*Bonus Fun Fact that will probably get me a few boos and hisses:
I'd take Kevin James or Patton Oswalt over Channing Tatum and Chris Hemsworth any day. Just sayin'.

So, there ya have it. Not only do I bare my heart and soul onto the pages of my books, but I also give you reason to hate me right here on my own blog. Hey, maybe there are others like me who prefer funny teddy bears over rock-hard muscles and flexing biceps. And six-pack abs and all that male yummy goodness that you can imagine running your hands and tongue over, up and down...

Wait, what was I saying again? Oh, right. I guess I'm a big fraud. Sometimes I like to post crazy, off-the-wall things to see if anyone is actually paying attention.

Don't hate me 'cause I'm honest,
Rachelle Vaughn

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wildflower Chasing

When we first started hiking in Lassen at the tail-end of summer last year, we saw a few wildflowers blooming along the trails. (You can read more about those eye-opening adventures on my travel blog Vaughn the Road Again.) I took some photos of the colorful blooms and didn't think much of it. And then I began to wonder what they were called. What are your names? I wondered as I scrolled through the day's photos.

Kings Creek Falls Hiking Trail
Fireweed (Kings Creek Falls Trail, Lassen VNP)

Now that talks of #SuperBloom2019 are circulating, I've decided to take my love of flowers one step further than just capturing their beauty with my little Canon camera. I'm going to learn their names.

I took the time and effort to learn more about the birds I photograph, so why don't I know the name of a flower just by looking at it? Because, I'm realizing now that I'm committed to the project, it isn't all that easy. It took me 45 minutes to find the name of this beauty from Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. It's a Multiflora Rose, btw. Did you even know that this is what a wild rose looks like?! Beautiful!

white wild roses
Multiflora Rose

There are plenty of helpful guides online, but even when you narrow wildflowers down by color, location, etc., the list still takes forever to "weed" through. (Pun totally intended!) However, I think it will be worth it.

I didn't know a finch from a sparrow years ago when I was bitten by the birding bug, and yet I kept at it and learned. One of the great things about being human is the ability to learn, to absorb information and put it to use in our daily lives.

Wild Radishes

Before today, I didn't know there were flowers called Wild Radishes that bloomed in pink, yellow and white near my house. And I also didn't know that those crazy purple thorny things I'm fascinated with are Milk Thistle.

Milk Thistle

I won't forget their names now either. Every time I see one, I'll know what to call it. Just like an old friend.

New Year's Day isn't the only time to set new goals for yourself. I'm getting a late start on this whole wildflower identification thing, but better late than never, right? Have you set any new goals even though we're mid-way through the year already?

Here's to blooming where you're planted and learning more about the world around us!

Friday, April 26, 2019

He's her rescue!

Hooray! It's Release Day for Rock and a Hard Place!

Angelina is strong and capable, but she finds herself in an extremely challenging situation and must depend on alpha hero Reed to rescue her. Tensions flare and sparks fly, and when the snow starts falling, these two find their own way to heat up their creekside campsite.

This story's a HOT one and I had to put ice cubes in my cocoa while writing it in the middle of winter! Order your copy today and let me know who you dream of being rescued by. Are you stranded in the ocean while snorkeling and catch a glimpse of Jason Momoa swimming toward you through the waves?

Did your car break down in the mountains and Jason Statham is the only "mechanic" around? (Yeah, I know he wasn't technically that kind of car fixer-upper, but go with me here!)

Or did you crash land in the bayou and get a little help from sexy shirtless Jason Stackhouse?

Or, maybe you just like the thought of being rescued by a rock hard hunk named Jason. 😏

Hey, wait a minute. Those are some intriguing ideas! Maybe I should write a whole series of these "Stranded" stories...

Whatever your fantasy, I hope you enjoy Rock and a Hard Place, which was inspired by my hikes through Lassen Volcanic National Park last autumn.

Happy fantasizing!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Oh, Hoppy Day!


Friday, April 12, 2019

Game of Thrones ⚔ Flashback Friday

To celebrate the return of Game of Thrones, we're flashing back to when I published Hockey Gods, my fantasy/action/adventure book that was inspired by the HBO show and written with my fellow hockey fans in mind.

Dear Reader,

As a hockey fan, I often find myself mentioning the elusive “hockey gods” while watching a game. As in: “The hockey gods had a hand in that short-handed goal” and “Man, the hockey gods sure weren’t smiling on such and such team tonight.” Players pray to them and commentators thank them for trades, goals, etc.

Like many of you, I spent the summer glued to my TV watching Game of Thrones. And then it hit me upside the head—like most of my ideas do—wouldn't it be great to have a story with all of the same enchanting elements, but about hockey?

So I sat down in my writing cave and mixed together elements from my favorite fantasy/action/adventure stories, weaved in some betrayal and sex, threw in a dash of violence with a twist of magic, revolved it all around my favorite sport, and Hockey Gods was born.

I hope you enjoy Nataliya and Calder's adventure as they set out to win the coveted Cup and become the greatest, most revered heroes of all time—the Hockey Gods.

Immortally Yours,
Rachelle Vaughn

inspired by game of thrones, written for hockey fans

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Top 5 Sinful Colors Nail Polish List

Hello, I'm Rachelle Vaughn and I'm a nail polish junkie.

After being a diehard Wet n Wild fan (probably because of the super affordable price), I discovered Sinful Colors when they were on sale for 99 cents. As you can tell from my collection below, that discovery has developed into a full-blown obsession...

The clerk at Walgreen's once asked me if I had a salon. In my defense, I was only purchasing a handful of new colors. I guess that's the only way I could justify buying more than one? Come on lady, let a girl have her fun!

Me wearing #105 Midnight Blue in Lassen Volcanic National Park

There's something exciting about bringing home a new color of your favorite brand. The possibilities are endless. You can ombre it with similar shades you already have, you can match it to your cute new sandals, you can add it as polka dots to a contrasting color.

Even if it doesn't apply the way you wanted it to or clashes with your skin tone, it will still look cute on the shelf with the rest of your collection.

top 5 sinful colors nail polish
#1148 Supernova

And then there are the colors that you fall in love with. Even though you have dozens of others to wear, you find yourself reaching for those same favorites time and time again. Today, I thought I'd share five of my ultimate faves with you.

From left to right:
#961 FIG

I've never used an entire bottle of nail polish before, but I'm dangerously close to doing that with these fabulous colors. The two on the left have a shimmer to them, and I find that helps them to stay on your nails a few days longer than the ones that don't. The purple one in the middle is my signature color and it's usually what I leave on my toes all the time. The baby blue one is too cute because it's the color of my favorite duck's bill (read more about that seemingly strange explanation here), and the dark pink one on the end? Well, I'd never take if off if it weren't for my love of the other four.

Showing you what the inside of a pine cone looks like while wearing #321 Forget Now

So, there ya have it. I've bared my shameful secret, now it's your turn. Do you find yourself adding to your nail polish collection, even when it's *gasp* not on sale? Or do you collect something entirely different? Don't even get me started on lipstick! That's another post for another time. And then there are books and candles and...

top 5 sinful colors nail polish
#1398 Pine Away