Saturday, March 28, 2020

60% off Series Starters ♥ Romance eBook Sale

Need something to read while you're staying home and staying safe?

As part of Smashwords' Authors Give Back Sale, I'm offering several of my series starters for 60% off!

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Mama's Ink (Tattooed by Love, Book 1), Riley's Rebel (Bad Boys of Hockey Trilogy, Book 1), and Underneath It All (Thorne Creek, Book 1) are all on sale until April 20th.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Get away from it all ~ Free Romance Book

Hello, friends and readers!

Now, more than ever, I'm depending on books to help me cope with the things I can't control and a reality I find too daunting to think about. And because reading is the best way to get away from it all without ever leaving your house, I'm making Island Ice available for free at Smashwords for the first time ever. (You'll also find a few of my series starters for 60% off.)

Escaping to a deserted island with a smokin' hot athlete seems like a good way to bury your head in the sand for a little while...

When hope wears thin, love can fill in the blanks.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Popular Instagram Posts ♥ Spring Shopping Spree

Today I'm sharing a few of my most popular posts from Instagram!

I've received so many comments and questions about where I found these items that I wanted to give you the links so you can check them out for yourself...

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So far, I've loaded the back of my new truck with kisses for Valentine's Day and mints for St. Patrick's Day. I've got a bag of chocolate robin eggs (my favorite!) ready for Easter.

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I received this white-framed chalkboard as a gift for my office and loved it so much that I bought a wood-framed one for my living room too!

Purple Cutting Board


This cutting board matches my purple toaster, teapot, and everything else that's purple in my kitchen. I love the big surface area and how they come in so many different colors so you can buy a few to prevent cross-contamination.

Owl Scarf

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The first time I wore my new owl scarf, I saw a Great Horned Owl up close and personal at my local wildlife refuge! Now it's my "lucky" scarf and I'm thinking about ordering it in a few more patterns because I love it so much.

Well, there you have it! Make sure you're following me on Instagram to see what other cute bargains I come up with 😊

So, what decor items are you loving right now? Are you as excited to decorate for spring as I am? Now that everything is starting to bloom, I'm scheduling some time to go wildflower chasing...

Saturday, March 7, 2020

How to deal with negative book reviews

There will be readers who absolutely hate what you've written and will post scathing, mean-spirited reviews that make it sound as if you committed a heinous crime by producing something that bored/appalled/disgusted/etc. them.

You've heard it a dozen times before, but a thick skin can come in handy when that glaring one-star review is sitting out there like a land-mine attached to your name. That's why it's hard for me to believe that reviews have such clout in the literary world. Everyone has a unique and different opinion. And that's all it is. An opinion. It's not fact, not the be all and end all, and it's not always the truth. (To them, maybe it is, but to you it's just another voice in the crowd that's being drowned out by all the others shouting into the void.)

Every author deals with bad reviews. Every single one of my favorite books have snotty/negative/nasty reviews attached to them. And really, all it does is make the reviewer sound whiny and miserable.

There are plenty of things I don't like and am disappointed by. But the difference is that I don't make anyone feel bad over it and attempt to damage or demean something they've put effort into.

You have to take the good with the bad. Because that's what life is filled with. Good thing/events/people, coupled with bad in order to balance it all out and make our time on this earth interesting.

How can you make yourself feel better? Go read the good reviews that were so kindly left by your readers, the ones that rave about your writing and boost your confidence and remind you why you pour out your heart and soul onto a page.

Or scroll through the Goodreads page for your favorite book. You'll be surprised at how many bad reviews are out there for phenomenal writers like Nora Roberts, for example. When you start disagreeing with the reviewers' negative comments, you'll feel a little better because no one is immune to a bad review. No one.

And then you'll go back to your current work in progress and keep writing. Because that's what you do. You dust yourself off and get back out there. Not because you're a glutton for punishment, but because you have a voice that won't be silenced. And your voice is just as important as the next guy's.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Blog Takeover πŸ–‰ Crush 21's Biggest Fan

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Today, the blog is being taken over by Crush 21's biggest fan! She saw the band perform at the NorCal Center last night and here are her thoughts on the concert...

Dear Diary,

OMG! I just got back from the Crush 21 concert and it was the greatest thing I’ve seen in my whole entire life. I don’t know if I can even find the words to describe it, but I’m going to try because something that awesome has to be put on paper.

I’ll start with Cassidy St. Claire, the super-awesome lead singer. I loved her before I saw her live and now, oh my gosh, now she is my hero! She was so awesome on stage and she looked really cool because she added purple to her hair. In the "Tumble Dry" video she had green streaks, which were cute, but the purple is so amazing that I wanted to cry.

I’d be lucky to be able to sing half as good as she can. Of course, everyone was singing along with her and sometimes during the chorus they were louder than she was, if you can believe that. In the crowd, there were people of all ages.

She was wearing black skinny jeans, her trademark Converse shoes, of course, and a sparkly tank top. Oh, and she was wearing awesome make-up and purple eye shadow. She sang every song that I wanted her to sing. "Shut Your Lies" is my favorite and I was so stoked when that’s what they opened the show with.

Next, I have to tell you about Jeremy James. I went crazy when I saw him because he’s the cutest guy who’s not on TV that I’ve ever seen, not to mention he’s the best guitar player in the whole wide world. Jeez, Cassidy is, like, soooo lucky to get to see him everyday. They are the luckiest people, ever. Mmmm, Jeremy James, I love you so, so much!

Oh, and I can’t forget the twins, Taylor and Tyler. Tyler was awesome on base as always. And on drums, last but not least, Taylor. He played a killer drum solo that blew everyone away.

I’m so glad that I saved money for a ticket. It took  me a couple months and all of my allowance, but it was so totally worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. In fact, I wish they were playing more shows close by, but they’re headed overseas and I won’t get to see them again until the next tour.

Ugh, I don’t ever want to take off my Crush 21 shirt! At least I have my posters to look at all the time.

Okay, I probably should go to bed now even though I think I’m way too excited to sleep. My ears are still ringing because it was crazy loud in there and my voice is raspy from screaming my lungs out. I hope I dream about Jeremy. That would be so awesome. I wish I could marry Jeremy when I get older (he’s 21) and then Cassidy and I would be best friends! I’d better go to bed so I can get up in the morning and go buy some purple eye shadow.

Sweet dreams!
πŸ’œ Xoxo

Friday, February 21, 2020

Crush 21 Release Day ✰ New Rock Star Romance Book!

Crush 21 is here and ready to rock your socks off!

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Crush 21’s story has been a long time comin’. It was one of the third or fourth books I started after Home Ice, but, like a lot of my books, it got pushed to the wayside while I focused on the hockey thing.

But I think you’ll like this rock star romance just as much as a hockey one! After all, the band plays a concert at the NorCal Center, right where the Razors play when they’re at home. Plus, they can rock the socks off anyone, young or old.

And in my book that makes them worthy of a book of their own...

Lyrically yours,
Rachelle Vaughn