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?

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Fun Trip to Chinatown to do Research on a Chinese Paranormal Romance

 

I visited San Francisco’s Chinatown yesterday to spend some time with my sister who was in town for a study session. We had dim sum at the Hang Ah Dim Sum Tea House, the oldest continuously run dim sum house in the US, established in 1920. After eating a variety of tasty dishes, we decided to walk off the calories by going up and down the various streets and of course, taking pictures to get a feel for the neighborhood and enjoy the sights and sounds.

My first paranormal romance is a sweet romantic comedy set in San Francisco Chinatown. My heroine is an ordinary everyday woman who works as a greeter at a bank, and my hero is the Son of the Kitchen God, whose job is to fight kitchen fires, especially ones that start during cooking.

I got my idea from cooking in my wok and accidentally igniting it on fire when I let the oil get too hot. I didn’t take a picture because I was too busy pulling the wok off the gas range and stopping the fire myself. I didn’t have the help of a supernatural demigod who’d jump out of the wok and put out the fire by pushing the flames around with his hands until it turned into a tiny ball. His name is Johnny Wok, the cosmic firefighter, and hero of my story.

See that wok that is darker than the rest? It is seasoned, meaning there is a polymerized layer of oil that has been chemically bonded to the bare metal. A wok like that is basically nonstick without the use of too much oil, and it is a joy to cook in it. In my story, Sapphire Sing, the heroine is trying to find out her grandmother’s matchmaking skills and she believes it has something to do with a magic wok. While seasoning her grandmother’s wok, she starts a fire that attracts Johnny Wok.

Chinese mythology is so rich in gods, goddesses, magic, and symbolism, that there was literally too much to cram into my story. I had to be satisfied in sticking to only a few of the gods and goddesses, a few demons, and of course magical animals to make the story work. Ultimately, though, it is a romance and a love story, this time between an ordinary woman and a demi-god. It is a sweet romance with no steamy scenes other than hot food.

 

When ordinary you and the Son of the Kitchen God are all
that stand between a playboy apocalypse and innocent hearts yearning for love.
Sapphire Sing is in desperate need of her grandmother’s
matchmaking skills. She’s stuck on a not-so-merry-go-round of second-hand men
while wedding bells ring for her snooty stepsisters.
Sapphire sets out to discover her grandmother’s secrets but
runs afoul of Johnny Wok, the Kitchen God’s Son. When Sapphire’s friends steal
the magic wok, one reputed to cast love spells, she is hurled into an ancient
conflict between love and evil.
What’s a girl to do when a playboy demon and a seriously
hunky demigod both want your heart … and your wok?
Why does visiting the location of a story help a writer when most of it won’t make it into the book? I took lots of pictures, saw a lot of sights, tasted food, bought dishes and bowls, and spoke to shop owners. Did a lot of research, but most likely only a few small details will make it into my story.
It is those details that give the reader the few that your story is authentic, and some of it cannot be found online. Examples are the barbed wire around freeway signs in LA, and the poems on the sidewalks in Berkeley.
There were a lot of details I saw while walking around Chinatown that someone who only did Google Maps would not have noticed. For example, in the Portsmouth Square, there were many groups of elderly people sitting around playing games. One would assume they were playing Chinese chess or maybe some kind of Chinese game with tiles and cards. But it turns out they all had decks of playing cards, the type with hearts, spades, clubs, and diamonds, and everyone gathered around were in rapt attention at the games going on. Since I’m no good at card games, I couldn’t tell what was being played, only that many, many people spent their day sitting in the square playing cards. Maybe I’ll mention this when Sapphire and Johnny visit Chinatown on their shopping trip. Maybe not. But my sister also noticed something carved on one of the foo dogs. “Made in Free China” and I noticed that one of the dogs had a ball under his foot and the other one had a little dog under her foot.
I hope I’m not boring you, but it is fascinating to find tiny details and learn things while doing research for a book. And I do hope you’ll also visit Chinatown someday, either in person or by reading Black Tied where Sapphire and Johnny not only visit Chinatown, but also Twin Peaks summit and the Inner Sunset District.
Watch for Black Tied to come out in a boxed set with 5 other paranormal romances, as well as in paperback.

Be sure to check out my Sweet Romances at my website: https://www.rachelleayala.net/sweet-romance and or sign up for my Sweet ONLY newsletter: http://smarturl.it/SweetRachelle and get two free sweet books. I’ll also have a new sweet series after my Hart Family is done, and will be announcing it later this summer.

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.

DOWNLOAD NOW from Amazon.

LIMITED TIME ONLY.

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!

Valentine Wedding Hound Excerpt – Pre-Order Now!

Hey folks, Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and there’s a wedding in the wings for the Harts of San Francisco. You’d think a Valentine’s Day wedding would be all hearts and flowers and sweet as can be, but Jenna and Larry’s wedding is anything but …

Please read an excerpt to find out what happens when a wedding becomes a reality show.

“She wouldn’t dare!” Jenna Hart rose to her full height and towered over her baby sister, Melisa. “It’s my wedding, not a reality show.”

Of course, shooting the messenger never worked, but it sure felt good.

“Contract’s already signed.” Melisa made a dour face and slapped a pink manila folder on Jenna’s ironing board. “I’m sorry, but you made a deal and you have to play.”

Last December, both Jenna and Melisa had encouraged their eldest sister, Cait, to take her husband’s surname and start a business. In returned, they had agreed to be her first clients. Hence, Cait Wonder and her business, Cait’s Wonderful Weddings, was born.

Melisa had had a New Year’s Eve extravaganza, which was another story on its own, but now, it was time for Jenna to pay the piper.

“Cait’s gone over the top, completely.” Jenna swept the folder onto the floor, scattering the contents.

Melisa, who usually sympathized with her concerning Cait’s screwball plans, shrugged and twisted her lips. “This will promote your design firm. Think of the visibility you’ll get.”

“I can’t do it! It’s going to be a zoo.” Jenna threw up her hands and paced around the small design studio. She was an independent fashion designer and owned Hart in SF Designs based in San Francisco.

She was also one of a few designers not headquartered in New York, London, Milan, or Paris, and she needed the publicity. At the same time, it was her wedding, and maybe behind the glamour and glitz of the fashion business, Jenna was still an old-fashioned girl who wanted a quiet church wedding—not the media extravaganza her sisters seemed to believe she really, truly wanted and needed.

Melisa calmly picked up the folder and showed Jenna the spec sheet. “You already agreed to the fashion show, right? You also agreed to the assortment of pets each groomsman would escort. You even agreed to the pet adoption after the reception.”

“Yes, yes, and yes!” Jenna tapped her finger on the terms and conditions. “But I didn’t agree to the reality show, especially one where I have to take on-camera dares.”

The popular reality show, She Wouldn’t Dare, was based on goading celebrities to accept challenges during important events—in this case, Jenna’s wedding to her fireman hero, Larry Davison.

They’d met a year ago when the mascot for her Valentine’s Day fashion show, a sweet and gassy basset hound puppy named Harley, was lost and then found by Larry.

A runway show, bachelor auction, and a house fire later, Jenna and Larry fell in love and decided to marry. At the time, it seemed fitting to have the wedding on Valentine’s Day. Romance, hearts, flowers, chocolates, and wedding vows went well with Cupid’s arrows.

But now, after Melisa’s raucous and highly publicized New Year’s Eve wedding, Jenna was tempted to take Larry and their dog, Harley, and elope.

“You’ll have to speak to Cait about the contract,” Melisa said. “I’m afraid you gave her power of attorney …”

“She wouldn’t dare.”

Melisa flipped to the signature page. “She already did. I don’t think you can afford the cancellation clause.”

She definitely couldn’t, and it might be a good idea to do the show. In fact, the exposure could get her name recognition and be a boost to her brand. Hadn’t a marketing guru once told her that all publicity, bad or good, was good publicity?

“When do they start shooting?” Jenna’s eyes darted wildly around her studio, currently in a deep state of chaos with half-finished dresses and material tossed everywhere.

“Camera crews are outside with Cait.” Melisa turned to the double doors and flung them wide open. “Come on in, Jenna Hart is ready to rock and roll.”

Jenna watched in horror as her older sister, Cait, led the camera and sound crew into her tiny studio, followed by the host of She Wouldn’t Dare, actress Amy Suzuki, who’d starred on the now defunct Romancing the Racer reality show a few years back. The show was a flop and cancelled when the motorcycle racer crashed and ended up in the hospital due to being distracted over her and the drama she’d caused.

“Welcome to this episode of She Wouldn’t Dare, featuring up and coming San Francisco fashion designer, Jenna Hart.” The Asian-American beauty spoke to the camera as she positioned herself beside Jenna. “We’re in Jenna’s design studio where she is busy putting together her bridal collection. How are you feeling today? Is the pressure ramping up?”

Jenna was sweaty, her hair was a mess, and she hadn’t put on makeup. She glared at her two sisters and felt every sharp pain of the knives stabbing and twisting in her back.

Gritting her teeth, she forced a smile for the camera. “Everything’s going great. I have these two bridesmaid’s dresses on the forms, and my two wonderfully adoring sisters just happen to be here for a fitting.”

There, that’ll get back at them and give them on camera time. See how they like not having their hair sprayed and their clothes ironed before going on camera.

“Awesome,” Amy chirped. “I see the two dresses are different in terms of cut and style. Why is that?”

“My two sisters are very different animals.” Jenna kept herself from growling. “Cait, the eldest, is efficient and very bossy. She favors clean lines and bold statements. She also has a figure which presents many design challenges.”

“How so?” Amy shifted her glance from Jenna to Cait’s waistline.

“I have to be careful with balance and form. For example, drawing the eye away from problem areas to provide the illusion of a slender femininity.”

“Rawrrr …” Amy made a catty noise as she place the mic in front of Cait. “We all know how difficult bridesmaid dresses are. Do you have confidence Jenna can tackle all of the problem areas, as she puts it, and make you a truly memorable dress?”

“I have no doubt. My sister is capable of anything.”

“Do you like your dress?” Amy asked. “After what Jenna said about her design goals?”

“Yes, I do.” Cait crossed her arms. “She captured my personality and style fabulously.”

“That’s why she’s the star.” Amy focused on the form holding together the pieces of Melisa’s dress, a lacey, frilly concoction of tulle and soft curves. “Tell me about your younger sister, Melisa.”

“She’s always been a sweetheart,” Jenna said. “Until now.”

“Oh, do tell. Is that why her dress is so juvenile?”

Jenna couldn’t help smirking at the frown which flickered across Melisa’s face. “She’s the baby of the family, almost, and she follows Cait around like a little duck.”

“I do not.” Melisa put her hands on her hips and stamped her foot. “I may be nice, but I’m no pushover.”

“Do you like the dress she designed for you?” Amy ran her fingers from the beaded lace bodice down to the poufy tulle skirt.

“No, it’s too fairy tale.” Melisa wrinkled her brow. “The problem with Jenna is she underestimates me. I don’t believe this dress reflects who I am.”

“I’m so sorry to hear that,” Amy said. “If Jenna had time for a do over, would you want her to make you another dress?”

“Of course.” Melisa jutted her chin at her designer sister. “I’m no longer that dreamy little girl she thinks I am.”

“Cait, Melisa, tell me something.” Amy chuckled in an annoyingly saccharine voice. “Is there anything Jenna wouldn’t dare?”

“Nothing whatsoever.” Cait bobbed her head as if she were an expert on Jenna, having bossed her around since she came home from the hospital. “Jenna has no circuit breakers. She’ll try and do anything.”

“Jenna’s brave. She always did her own thing,” Melisa said. “I looked up to her, and I still do.”

“Wonderful.” Amy turned to the camera. Her assistant handed her a pair of scissors. “Jenna Hart, you are five weeks away from your wedding. For your first dare on the She Wouldn’t Dare: Wedding Edition show, I dare you to cut up Cait’s dress, the one she likes, and replace it with one that isn’t so businesslike.”

“Can I cut up Melisa’s dress instead?” Jenna’s heart took a flying leap. There was no way she could redo both Melisa and Cait’s dress.

“No, the dare is to cut up Cait’s dress. She’s going to be in a wedding, not a presidential cabinet meeting. Up for grabs is a home remodel worth fifty thousand dollars.” Amy put the scissors in Jenna’s hand as the countdown clock began to tick.

“Does it have to be a remodel or does new construction qualify?” Jenna’s parents’ house had burned down earlier in the year, and they were having a new one built.

“New construction is okay as long as it’s within the budget. Do you take the dare? You have ten seconds left.” Amy turned to the camera and said, “She wouldn’t dare, or would she?”

Jenna swallowed and bit her lips, computing time and material estimates in her head. She owed her sister-in-law, Nadine, a dress, and her mother’s dress needed alterations. As for her own gown, she had a bad case of designer’s block, and it was still on the drawing board.

“Four, three, two,” Amy counted down.

“I’ll do it.” Jenna slashed the scissors across the satin lapel of Cait’s dress and ripped in the bodice.

“No!” Cait lunged to the form and put her arms around it, almost getting cut. “I love this dress. I love it, I love it.”

[End of Excerpt]

To read more, please PRE-ORDER Valentine Wedding Hound for a special pre-order price of 99c! Be sure to check out the other Have A Hart stories including:

Christmas Lovebirds, #1

Valentine Hound Dog, #2 [when Jenna and Larry meet]

Spring Fling Kitty, #3

Blue Chow Christmas, #4

I hope your Valentine’s Day is all hearts and flowers and everything sweet! Kisses, Rachelle

 

Super Bowl Book Blast from Rachelle Ayala

Hey friends, It’s Super Bowl Sunday and do I have a gift for you!

Download my Boxed Set: Intercepted by Love, the Complete Collection FREE on Amazon. It’s never been free before, so get it before it goes away.

Pro quarterback Cade Prescott’s last play was to lose the Super Bowl for his team. To escape the bad press and recover from the disastrous season, he changes his appearance and hides away at a sleepy university town where he meets Andie Wales, a research librarian with an overactive imagination.
Sparks explode between the jock and the nerd until Cade’s true identity catches up to him. In a tug of war between fantasy and reality, will love win?
AND while you’re there at Amazon, be sure to look for my 99c specials, including Valentine Hound Dog, Blue Chow Christmas, and pre-order Valentine Wedding Hound for 99c each.

Aloha and Have a Wonderful Super Bowl Sunday! Rachelle

I’m a #USAToday Bestselling Author! Dream Come True @AyalaRachelle

When I published my first book four years ago, I didn’t even know about the USA Today bestsellers list, much less dream that I would one day be an official USA Today bestselling author. But it’s finally happened! The multi-author anthology I’m a member of, Love, Christmas, made the October 27, 2016 USA Today Bestseller’s List.

I’m truly grateful to all my fans, followers, fellow authors, and friends who’ve supported my writing endeavors and hung around with me all those years from Critique Circle to Romance In a Month to Mimi’s Gang and Author’s Billboard. Many thanks also to my Readers’ Club who beta read, critique, and give me companionship as I write and create stories to entertain and maybe enlight your lives.
It truly takes a village! And I’m both grateful and humbled by this honor.
My contribution to Love, Christmas is Deck the Hearts, a story set to the Christmas carol, Deck the Halls.

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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.
Gordon returns to the mansion he inherited and finds Holly making a mess with her Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, his great-aunt’s will stipulates that he must make merry every Christmas if he wants to keep his inheritance.
Holly is determined to infect the grouchy Gordon with every dose of Christmas cheer she can muster and show him what Christmas is really about.
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?

You can get Love, Christmas [limited time only]
-or-
Deck the Hearts for 99c
Thanks for all your support, and may you and yours have a very, Merry Christmas!
Love, Rachelle

It’s Always Christmas – Eleven Christmas Love Stories from Rachelle Ayala #HolidayReading

Dear readers, It’s always Christmas with me. This year, I started writing Christmas stories in April. Can you believe Christmas carols streaming on my computer, visiting Christmas Pinterest sites, envisioning pine forests and snow, and diffusing Christmas scents in the summer?

So… I’m proud to present my latest Christmas novel, A Wedding for Christmas. Available now at Google Play, and for pre-order from Amazon [releases December 20] for a special price of 99c.

In early December, I also released Deck the Hearts, a small town Christmas romance set to the lyrics of the Christmas Carol, Deck the Halls. In a contest between Christmas lover, Holly Jolly, and Grinch Gordon Gills, whose heart wins?

Here is my list of Christmas romances from newest to oldest. Pick up one or all and have a very Merry Christmas!

A Wedding for Christmas (A Veteran’s Christmas, #3) A Christmas wedding seemed perfect for Kelly and Tyler, until a female soldier from Tyler’s past and a donor from Kelly’s past make requests that cannot be ignored. [Amazon, Google Play, Kobo, Scribd, Nook]

Deck the Hearts (A Christmas Creek Romance, #1) Can Holly’s jolly Christmas spirit help Grinchy Gordon Gills save the town of Christmas Creek? [Amazon, Google Play, Nook, Apple, Kobo, ScribdPaperback, Paperback-Large Print)

Going Toe to Mistletoe (Sapphire Falls) An unemployed dance instructor finds herself on a Christmas scavenger hunt with a hometown hero who’s always stepping on her toes. [Amazon]

Bad Boys for Hire: Nick (Bad Boys for Hire, #3) This Christmas, paraplegic Carol Cassidy is caught between the naughty and the nice: a hired Santa and a disabled firefighter. [Amazon, Paperback]

Her Christmas Chance (A Christmas Creek Romance, #2) A woman with cerebral palsy and her tomcat disagree about the attractive ex-con next door. Will a dose of Christmas magic reach through his dark secrets? [Amazon, Paperback, Paperback-Large Print]

Santa’s Pet (Jingle Belles Christmas Romance, #2) A brilliant girl genius plays elf to a substitute Santa and turns both their lives upside down when he is charged with a sex crime and she loses her company to hackers. [Amazon, Paperback]


Christmas Lovebirds (Have a Hart Romance, #1) Can two little lovebirds and Christmas cheer open Melisa’s heart to giving Rob another chance? [Amazon, Nook, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Scribd, Paperback, Paperback-Large Print]

A Pet for Christmas (A Veteran’s Christmas, #2) A veteran suffering from PTSD fights to return from Afghanistan and give his family their Christmas wishes. [Honorable Mention, 2016 Readers’ Favorite] [Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, Scribd, Paperback, Paperback-Large Print]

A Pet for Christmas is now in Italian, Un Cucciolo Per Natale, translated by Irene Aprile (NookApple iBooksKoboScribdAmazonPaperback)

Christmas Stray A couple grieving for their son is snowed in with a stray puppy and a little boy. Is there room in their hearts for a Christmas miracle? [Gold Award Winner, 2016 Readers’ Favorite] [Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, Scribd, Paperback, Paperback-Large Print]

Christmas Stray is now in Italian, Fuga di Natale, translated by Irene Aprile (AmazonNook, AppleKoboScribdPaperback)

Christmas Stray is now in Spanish, Aislada Navidad, translated by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa (AmazonNookAppleKoboScribd,  Paperback)

Christmas Stray is now in Portugeuse, Um Rafeiro de Natal, translated by Vera Christina Neves (Kobo)

Christmas Flirt (Jingle Belles Christmas Romance, #1) Bad girl Lacy Reed gets more than she bargained for when her naked selfies turn up on her boss’s phone. [Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, Scribd, Paperback]

A Father for Christmas (A Veteran’s Christmas, #1) Sweet romance between a homeless veteran and a single mother whose daughter asks Santa for an unusual gift. [Gold Award Winner, 2015 Readers’ Favorite] [Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, Scribd, Paperback, Paperback-Large Print]

A Father for Christmas is now in Italian, Un Padre per Natale, translated by Irene Aprile (NookApple iBooksKoboScribdAmazonPaperback)

A Father for Christmas is now in Spanish, Un Padre para Navidad, translated by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa (KoboAppleNookScribd)

Wishing a wonder Christmas to you and your family!
Rachelle

Hot August Days! Hot Reads!

Hey everyone. I hope your summer is going swimmingly well. June and July just flew by. Can you believe it?

I’m busily writing Christmas stories. Yes, that’s the life of an author. Christmas stories in summer so they can be ready for you come October and November. But … I do have four hot boxed sets for you in the meantime (27 stories total!)

Introducing the Hotshot Romance Collection.

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Hotshot Heroes – Mimi Barbour, Jennifer Lowery, Chantel Rhondeau, Lyssa Layne, D’Ann Lindun, and Rachelle Ayala

Crave your men hot, alpha, and strong? Fall in love with sexy agents, cowboy sheriffs, firemen, bikers, and more. Danger, excitement, and heart-pounding romance await the women who love these brash and protective men. 6 full-length action-suspense romances plus one bonus novella from NY Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors.

Hotshot Danger – Kathryn Jane, Dale Mayer, Jacquie Biggar, Chantel Rhondeau, Rachelle Ayala, Silver James

Love and Suspense, Heart-pounding romance and thrills in one hot package. 6 full-length action-suspense romances plus one bonus novella from bestselling and award-winning authors. Danger and excitement, secret agents, sexy SEALs, bikers, undercover operatives, and heat! What more can a woman want?

Hotshot Alphas – Nina Bruhns, Sable Hunter, Rachelle Ayala, Chantel Rhondeau, Angelique Armae, Kelly Collins

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Summer Heat – 16 Author Boxed Set

16 All New SCORCHING HOT Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors!!!

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Guaranteed to make your blood run hot. Passion, steamy nights, excitement, and suspense. Something to suit every reader’s taste. Grab a cool drink (you’ll need it!), find a hammock, and curl up for an unforgettable escape. 

1: Caridad Pineiro, Under the Boardwalk – A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love in just one night? 

2: Nina Bruhns, Fast and Flirty – The top-secret package STORM Corps transporter Kade Maddox is hired to deliver turns out to be way more trouble—and a whole lot sexier—than he ever anticipated. 

3: Rebecca York, Outlaw Justice – Will a surprise reunion with her old lover save her life when she flees from a homicidal husband? 

4: Jennifer Lowery, The Fall (Book #2 ATCOM series) – The last thing ATCOM agent Brendan Devayne wants is to settle down, but Mia Lawrence makes him think twice… 
5: Taylor Lee, Jared: (Book 1, The Justice Brothers Series) – The rookie cop learned the hard way that when tangling with the Justice Brothers, Justice—like Love– isn’t always fair or easy. 
6: Traci Hall, Festival by the Sea – Al Cooper’s too bad to be a cop and too good to be a crook; Darcy Smith can’t get enough. 
7: Stephanie Queen, Beachcomber Heat – This summer’s heat wave on Martha’s Vineyard is breaking records, but so is the crime wave. The combination is causing a wave of red-hot dangerous desire between Dane and Shana. 
8: Kathy Ivan, Sex, Lies and Apple Pies – A televised baking competition brings them together. But deceit, intrigue and revenge are on this menu. Can their love survive? 
9: Jackie Ivie, The Hunted – LeeAnn’s got business in Miami. Bring on the sun. Sand. Sexy men to look at. The last thing she expects is to be someone’s target. 
10: Michele Hauf, The Geek Gets The Girl – Mistaken for the IT geek? This sexy CEO is about to learn the intimate operations of his company—up close, and personal. 
11: Rachelle Ayala, Bad Boys for Hire: Ken (Bad Boys for Hire Series, #2) – After Jolie Becker is left at the altar, her friends secretly hire a hunky beach bum to cheer her up. 
12: Katy Walters, Sands of Seduction – Clary escaped to a place of sea and sand, a place of passion and seduction. 
13: Melissa Keir, Protecting Her Pigg – Arson and fire bring them together, but what will cause the most damage…the arsonist bent on revenge or their own stubborn ways? 

14: Dani Haviland, Pool Boy Wanted (No Experience Preferred) – He’d never known a woman before, and that’s just how she wanted him. 


15: Jacquie Biggar, Summer Lovin’ – Can two mismatched lovers find a way past their mistakes, or will they keep their lonely hearts forever guarded?


16: Angelique Armae, Dark Wolf – When Highland wolf Callen MacHendrie catches intern Miranda Kendrick stealing his prized sword, the term wild romp takes on a whole new meaning.

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