Writing from the Villain’s Point of View

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A romantic suspense is supposed to deliver equal doses of love, attraction, desire and sex along with spine-tingling fear, adventure, and a walk in the dark side of forbidden passions.

My new series, Desiring Danger, explores the dark side of passion, the thin line between passion and obsession. There’s a dark side in all of us, and whether we mean it or not, our strongest desires bleed over the edge when something we want is just out of grasp.

The fun and scary part for the writer is to immerse and discover these dark and forbidden emotions, then magnify and act on them through the story. Sometimes, what’s hidden in the shadows is the very force that drives the story forward, makes the characters take the largest risks, and slams them when they least expect it.

In this series, I include short snippets from the villain as they stalk that which they also most desire. Love Will Stay, Book 1 and Taking Me Back, Book 2 both start this way.

Here’s an excerpt from Book 3, my work in progress, All You Want, where town busybody, Tami King, has her eyes on the handsome but aloof sheriff, while a stalker has his eyes on her.

Chapter One of All You Want, Book 3 in the Desiring Danger Series

He hates her guts, but he’s a patient man.

He doubts she even remembers him.

He was aware of her before he could even speak. He lurked near her crib, and he hid in her closets. She was loud and bold, the little princess born with a golden spoon in her mouth.

His mother made him be nice to her, but it didn’t mean he couldn’t hate her. So he bided his time, and he did things to her that she’ll never know about.

Oh, they were small victories. Tiny things. Like the time he brushed her toothbrush on his ass, and the poison ivy he rolled her pajamas in. He was careful to cover his tracks, and even though his mother suspected and she warned him with her frightened eyes, she never knew how much he hated that blond little fairy with the sapphire blue eyes.

He grits his teeth and grinds his molars, clenching his fists until his knuckles would pop. He kneels on the damp earth and brushes the pine needles off his mother’s tiny gravestone.

“Oh, isn’t she the prettiest girl you ever laid eyes on,” Mooma would say while ironing and folding the little monster’s many dresses. She was always buttering up her employers with her constant praise and adulation of the pampered puffybutt. It was a wonder anyone could breathe when all the hot air went to pumping up the prissy petunia’s poufy head.

The tinkling of the piano would draw him to the window, and he’d press his forehead against it to stare at her. He wasn’t allowed to stare or speak to her after his voice turned, and he was relegated out to the barn. But his mother always kept him apprised of the princess’s many accomplishments.

Her flowing hair was light as wheat, and the blue in her eyes were those of an enchanting goddess. The sparkling tones of the piano tinkled and plinked like a colorful waterfall of crystal bells, and rays of sunlight enfolded her like a golden bath showering her from heaven.

A kick on the seat of his pants sent him sprawling. His mother was always cross with him. “Get back to work, you lazy bum. They raised the rent again, and I’m working my fingers to the bone for you.”

He picked up the ax and hefted the weight in his hand. How easy it would be to blot her beauty with ugly, dark-red spurts of blood.

But he was a patient man, and patience was a virtue.

One day, the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.

He raised the sharp axe, swung it high and hard.

Thwack.

A wedge of hard oak exploded into splinters.

He kisses the cold, dead gravestone and vows to his mother. “This is for you, Mooma. This is for you.”

Christmas Creek Christmas Romance – An Unexpected Hint of Magic

Christmas Creek Series

As an author, I love when stories weave an unexpected and magical direction. It’s as exhilarating as riding on a runaway sleigh and realizing I’m not in charge. My Christmas Creek series of romances has surprised me in every way.

Initially, I conjured up Christmas Creek as a town where Christmas lives all year round. I was invited to be in a very special boxed set with Mimi Barbour and her Gang of awesome writers. I never dreamed I would be even associated with them, but Mimi is always looking for the unexpected story and serendipity in putting together her sets so she proposed a theme. Let’s write a story around a Christmas carol.

Thus, Love, Christmas: Songs of the Heart [A USA Today Bestseller] was born. Everyone chose their favorite Christmas carol, and I picked Deck the Halls, mainly because it’s public domain, so I get to include the lyrics inside my story. I set out to write a story between a Christmas fanatic named Holly Jolly and a grouchy Grinch named Gordon Gills. My first scene was Holly decorating the old Gills Mansion when Gordon walked in and knocked her off her ladder and catching her when she fell.

Little did I know that magic would come into the picture when Gordon tried to hightail it out of Christmas Creek and caught an “Uber” from the past.

Oh boy! Writers do love magic, because once I created Christmas Creek, I used it for my next story, Her Christmas Chance, which featured a cantankerous Maine coon cat, a woman with cerebral palsy, and an ex-con with a mysterious past. Once again, they meet their fate in the Gills Mansion, only in a different century.

In 2018, Mimi went back to our Love, Christmas idea, and this time proposed a set based on the theme of Christmas movies: Love, Christmas: Movies You Love [Another USA Today Bestseller]. I dipped once again in the well of Christmas Creek and wrote my own rendition of A Christmas Carol where the Ebenezer Scrooge character is played by a frustrated romance writer, Ebony Cruse, wanting to escape Christmas nonsense on her old family farm, on the outskirts of guess where? Christmas Creek.

This year, Mimi proposed a new set of Christmas Shorts, short stories as a snack for Christmas readers. While searching for a cover image that would match my other Christmas Creek stories, I came across this cute and adorable picture of a kitten in the snow. Before I knew it, I wrote not one, but two stories. Kitty, It’s Cold Outside [See my comments on how this book came about] and A Christmas Creek Caper for the boxed set. It’s a short story, and it was a challenge to fit a sweet story that touches all bases into such a short format. [See my comments on how I did it].

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I hope you’ll check out all of my Christmas Creek Series as well as the Authors’ Billboard sets, Love, Christmas: Songs of the HeartLove Christmas: Movies You Love, and Christmas Shorts18 brand-spankin’-new and fun stories.

Christmas Creek: Romance and a Tint of Magic

[Sassy] Deck the Hearts Can Holly’s jolly Christmas spirit help Grinchy Gordon Gills save the town of Christmas Creek? Audiobook link.

[Sassy] Her Christmas Chance A woman with cerebral palsy and her tomcat disagree about the attractive ex-con living next door. Will a dose of Christmas magic reach through his dark secrets? Audiobook link.

[Sweet] A Christmas Creek Carol A reclusive writer, Ebony Cruse, is given a one-star review on her life by characters in her past, present, and future. Audiobook link.

[Sweet] Kitty, It’s Cold Outside When mailman Mick Jolly delivers a kitten to an abandoned millhouse, he is ensnared by a mysterious Victorian woman caught in a Christmas curse.

[Sweet] A Christmas Creek Caper Someone’s stealing packages off the Christmas Creek porches. Sheriff Brad Wing is on the case, and he sets a sure-fire trap. Will he catch this cold-hearted person, or will he find something he never imagined?

 

#LKBB March Free for all Giveaway – Roaring Hot!


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Teo Alexiou is an arrogant playboy who gets what he wants. He meets his match in actress Amy Suzuki, a woman he hired to play his girlfriend. The fun starts when he falls for her, and suddenly, the billionaire bad boy is wishing she’d cut the act and show him her true heart.Pick up the Audiobook for an exciting narration by Charley Ongel.


 

Big Twelve Days of Christmas Sale! All Books 99c [some free]


Hey friends! It’s the Twelve Days of Christmas SALE and all of my Christmas romances are 99c for the ebook. [Regular prices range from $1.99 to $3.99, so this is an awesome deal.] But hurry! Sale ends when Santa slips down the chimney Christmas morn.

With Eight Nice and Four Very Naughty, you’ll find yourself going from cozy to sizzling. So roast a few chestnuts on an open fire, whip up a batch of sparkly Christmas cookies, and toast yourself a spiced rum eggnog toddy. Sit down in a soft, warm comfy chair and enjoy my Twelve Loves of Christmas.

First, the Nice…

A Father for Christmas, A Veteran’s Christmas #1 [Free everywhere except Amazon] – Single mother Kelly Kennedy can’t afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn’t believe he deserves a Merry Christmas. When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly vow to keep Bree from being hurt while fighting their feelings for each other. They must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever. [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple] 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Award Winner.

Christmas Stray [Free with newsletter signup, http://smarturl.it/RachAyala or http://smarturl.it/SweetRachelle] – Juliette Martin does not ever want to celebrate Christmas again, not when it means reliving the last one after her six-year-old son, Jeremiah, passed away on Christmas Eve. She and husband, Gabe, find themselves snowed in at a mountain cabin with a stray puppy and a boy claiming to be an elf. Is a Christmas miracle on the way? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple] 2016 Readers Favorite Gold Award Winner

A Pet for Christmas, A Veteran’s Christmas #2 – Kelly Kennedy and Tyler Manning have a baby on the way, but PTSD and Afghanistan haunts Tyler and he returns to run a children’s charity. Meanwhile, Kelly’s daughter Bree misses Tyler and wants a pet for Christmas. When Tyler is captured by terrorists and goes missing, Kelly and Bree hold onto hope while Tyler fights to survive and return home for Christmas. [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple] 2016 Readers Favorite Honorable Mention

Christmas Lovebirds, Have a Hart #1 [Free everywhere] – A mix-up between lovebirds brings Melisa face to face with Rob, the man she crushed on her entire life. Unfortunately, he’s not welcome in her large Irish family because he betrayed her brother. Only, she doesn’t know the real reason. Can two little lovebirds and Christmas cheer open Melisa’s heart to giving Rob another chance? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple]

Deck the Hearts, A Christmas Creek Romance #1 – Holly Jolly lives for Christmas. It’s the only time of the year, as far as she’s concerned. Gordon Gills doesn’t need a reason to hate the holiday season. He doesn’t see the point. Will Gordon prevail and turn Holly into a Grinch, or will a sprinkling of Christmas magic show Gordon that there’s no fighting love, especially when it’s wrapped up in a gorgeous redheaded package of jolly holly? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple] This book put me in the USA Today Bestselling List!

Her Christmas Chance, A Christmas Creek Romance #2 – Bella was born with cerebral palsy, but she doesn’t let her disability keep her down. When her cantankerous cat makes a mess of her attractive neighbor’s workshop, she stands up to him, despite him being an ex-con. Will the trail of destruction left by one naughty cat ruin Bella’s chance for love, or will Christmas be the season for both love and second chances? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple]

A Wedding for Christmas, A Veteran’s Christmas #3 – Kelly Kennedy and Tyler Manning are planning a Christmas wedding, and her six-year-old daughter, Bree, is worried about being the perfect flower girl. Complications arise when Tyler gets reacquainted with a female soldier he rescued back in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Kelly gets an urgent message from the man who fathered Bree, asking for a big favor. Will love, faith, and a Christmas miracle be enough to keep their family together? [Audiobook available at Audible, Amazon, Apple]

Blue Chow Christmas, Have a Hart #4 – Cait has been married to Brian for twelve years, but does she really know him? The redheaded firefighter is dependable, loyal, and kind to others, but he’s never let her probe his feelings. Brian hides a painful secret behind his brave and courageous firefighter demeanor. When a pair of blue chow dogs show up at his mountain cabin, he is confronted with a boy he never got to know. Cait and Brian are tested on the true meaning of love when the boy goes missing and authorities suspect Brian of wrongdoing. Can two lost chow dogs save this fragile and vulnerable family and give them a Christmas to remember?

And Now for the Naughty!

Christmas Flirt, Jingle Belles #1 [Kindle Unlimited] – Lacy Reed is the ultimate bad girl, but she doesn’t know how her naked selfies ended up on her boss’s cell phone. Brandon Cole never smiles, ever. Not even when Lacy’s indecent selfies appear on his phone. He doesn’t need Lacy to get close and discover his well-hidden secret. Lacy’s not going to leave Brandon alone. Can she flirt her way to the top or will all she get is a big, lump of Christmas Cole? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple]

Santa’s Pet, Jingle Belles #2 [Kindle Unlimited] – Brilliant girl genius, Brittney Reed, plays elf to a substitute Santa, Ben Powers. When she sits on his lap, they suffer dual wardrobe malfunctions and are arrested for indecent exposure. Meanwhile, hackers are after her company and Ben’s grandfather, the real Santa, is ill. Will a roly-poly old basset hound and a big-mouthed cockatoo help save Brittney and Ben and bring the real Santa home to stay?

Sapphire Falls: Going Toe to Mistletoe, My Country Heart #2 [Kindle Unlimited] – Dumped, broke, and jobless, Candi Myers visits her sister in Sapphire Falls to help with her upcoming Christmas wedding. It’s love at first sight for Troy Caine when he spots Candi nabbing mistletoe her first night in town. Catching her should be a slam-dunk for the hometown hero who gives advice to the lovelorn. Unfortunately, Candi is not looking to be burned again. Will a town filled with mistletoe, busybody matchmakers, and festive Christmas fun bring Candi and Troy’s lonely hearts together?

Bad Boys for Hire: Nick [Kindle Unlimited] – He’s the naughtiest Santa ever. Meet Nick. He ain’t no saint, but he’s got the toys, especially in bed. Carol is a paraplegic and love is the last thing on her mind when she hires Nick to play Santa. She’d rather date a good boy, a disabled firefighter, than face the fact she’s dead to passion. When Nick tempts her with his toys, she can’t resist the naughty over the nice. Will she let Nick prove that bad boys can be good, especially on Christmas day? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple]

 

From Our House to Yours,

May your Christmas be Blessed and Bright,

Love Always, Rachelle

The Case for Paperbacks

My bookshelf

My house is literally full of books. Books I’ve collected since I was a child [I still have a ragged Barney Beagle] to books I purchased just this week. If you’re like me, your kindle is also burgeoning with books. I have over 5000 at last count.

My friends tell me to declutter and sometimes, I have rather reluctantly said goodbye to many of my books (sniff, sob, I still mourn them). After all, why hold onto the paper or hardback when I can simply download an ebook to my ereader?

The answer is simple. With 5000+ books in my kindle library, I’m constantly forgetting I have a book. How many of you have gone to a book page, hit “purchase” only to have Amazon tell you you already have the book? Thank goodness Amazon does this, but that doesn’t count the books I have on Nook and Google Play, not to mention borrowed from Scribd or Overdrive.

So the other day, I got to thinking, and maybe it’s a dangerous thing since I’m supposed to be decluttering so that when my husband retires we can move… Books that I have in paper form are like friends I see in person, my neighbors, my cousins, my relatives, and my old school friends who live within fifty miles of me. Books I have on kindle are like social media friends. And while I love my social media friends, they don’t occupy the mind space and physical space as people I get together for coffee, walks, and parties.

It’s the same with ebooks. Now, don’t kill me here. I love ebooks. I love the convenience, the ability to have thousands in my account and countless more available at any time or any place. But I don’t “bump” into them the way I do with my paperbacks. They don’t bring back memories, and I don’t pick them up and flip to a bookmark or a crease in the spine or discover a long-forgotten sticky note or bookmark, and they definitely don’t transport me back to when we first met.

Paper books, meanwhile, are like old friends. A couple weeks back, in the throes of decluttering, I kept putting a set of books into a box, then taking them back out and reshelving them, then trying to resolve to give them away. I made excuses for them. They’re yellowed and wrinkled, no one would want them, and I can’t bear to throw them in the garbage. But they’re taking up space! Logically, all these books exist as ebooks. I can simply do as Marie Kondo says: to discard them, knowing that if I ever wanted to read them again, I can buy the ebook or the audiobook.

BUT… here is the big question. Will I remember them?

This particular set of cozy mysteries was written by Carolyn Hart. While flipping through these yellowed paperbacks, I was transported back to my younger days, scouring bookstores to buy her latest Death on Demand mystery. I’ve quite forgotten Max and Annie throughout the years as my reading tastes diverged to romance and suspense thrillers. But because I could not throw away that set of books, I am now reliving the 1980’s by re-reading my Death on Demand stories. I’ve even downloaded the audiobook so I can have it read to me–the font on the old paperback being kind of small for my senior eyes. I’ve rediscovered that series and was so pleased to discover that it is STILL GOING after all these years.

It’s all because I had the paperbacks. A paperback from 30 years ago can remind you of an author you loved and lost touch with. A paperback is like a loyal friend sitting on the shelf winking at you when you walk by, and a paperback is something you can pass on to others. As an author, a paperback is a living reminder to your readers about you. Who knows? Twenty years from now, the reader you have now might rediscover you and be joyously surprised that your series is still going on. Or your paperback has been passed from friend to friend, making you new friends to the farthest corners of the earth.

Now that, is like having a friend for life!

p.s. I have the black covered collector’s hardbacks of the Agatha Christie mystery library [a subscription series] and I’m NOT parting with them. Besides, my daughter has tagged them all already. Agatha is a friend for life and beyond.

What do you think? Do you buy paperbacks of the books and authors you like? Do you keep every autographed paperback of your writer friends? [I do]. Or do you let them go to share and spread the joy?

Rich Asian Lovers 6-Book Boxed Set: Spicy After Dark

Announcing Rachelle Ayala’s newest collection! Six (6) hot and spicy romances with an Asian flavor – all in one low-priced set ($0.99 introductory price).

Rich Asian Lovers are sweet by day and spicy by night. Savor six romances with an Asian touch by USA Today bestselling author, Rachelle Ayala. Get the exotic edge from culture to cuisine; taste the hot and naughty fun from Kyoto to K-town, Berkeley to Manila. Laugh and swoon with Asian feels and fun!

Roaring Hot!
Teo Alexiou is an arrogant playboy who gets what he wants. He meets his match in actress Amy Suzuki, a woman he hired to play his girlfriend. The fun starts when he falls for her, and suddenly, the billionaire bad boy is wishing she’d cut the act and show him her true heart.

Whole Latte Love
What’s business-minded Carina Chen to do when she finds herself rooming with a hot, delectable barista with a heart for the homeless?

Taming Romeo
Medical student Evie Sanchez is recovering from heartbreak when she runs into Romeo Garcia, the boy she ditched at the prom. Only now, he’s an actor determined to make her his costar. Are his hot moves and sexy lines real or revenge?

Claiming Carlos
Choco Sánchez has been friends forever with chef Carlos López until flashy food consultant Johnny Dee steps in to makeover both her and the restaurant. Carlos isn’t about to lose his best friend. He sets out to claim Choco’s heart by cooking hot, spicy, and steamy.

Played by Love
Korean-American soccer star Jaden Sloup dons nerd glasses to score an anime fangirl who won’t date jocks.

Playing the Rookie
Korean baseball pitcher Jay Pak Ahn has been burned one too many times by good girls. When he meets an American girl at spring training, he throws all caution to the wind in this fun and sexy romp.

With over 400,000 words, this super boxed set will have you laughing out loud one minute and licking your lips the next. Enjoy and aloha! Rachelle


I always want to give you the best value for your dollar, and these stories are some of my best. So, please take advantage of the low introductory price and load up on 6 tasty stories today.

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A Sapphire Falls Valentine’s Day!

Come join Erin Nicholas, Rachelle Ayala, EmKay Connor, and Angelique Armae for a Sapphire Falls Valentine.
We have three all new Sapphire Falls Kindle World Valentine romances to continue from Erin’s Getting in the Mood: full of hearts, fun, and snow-melting kisses and passion.
From Rachelle Ayala, Going Hearts Over Heels: Ginger is a fast talking New Yorker who wants to try life in the country–along with hot country boys. Marsh yearns for the excitement of the big city and a certain redhead who has his imagination sparked. Ginger and Marsh decide to trade places over Valentine’s Day, except neither one expected their hearts to get in the way of their heels.
From EmKay Connor, Going It Alone: Jaded long-distance trucker Logan Hamilton rescues a stranded traveler Sierra on her way to reconcile with her long, lost sister. Can two lonely hearts discover love on the road to Sapphire Falls?
From Angelique Armae, Going To the Palace: Farm girl Millicent can’t forget Prince Leopold and the heartbreak he left her with. When she mistakenly bids for him at the Sapphire Falls Bachelor’s Auction, she is forced to trade her jeans for a ballgown and see what Leopold’s real agenda is.
If you haven’t read Erin’s story, Getting into the Mood, now is a good time to pick it up.
Wishing all of you plenty of roses, sweets, and kisses on Valentine’s Day!
From your friends at the Sapphire Falls Kindle World!