Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Hawaiian Masquerade Book Release with Introduction by Taylor Hart

Aloha! Today is launch day for my latest novel, Hawaiian Masquerade and I can't wait to introduce this story and characters to you!
Here's a little sneak peek:
Lexi closed her eyes. The waves rolled in slowly, rhythmically, with a dependability that would never be doubted. Shawn had been her rock and they’d worked together with a rhythm that had kept their jobs and life in sync. Before Derek, she might’ve entertained a future with Shawn … but the dark-haired man with a camera bag slung over his shoulder had changed everything. 

And the backliner for the story:

When Lexi Burke escaped the remnants of a cold winter in Chicago for the beaches of Kauai, it wasn’t a random vacation. She left the hectic pace of Burke Enterprises behind with enough money to retire at age thirty-two, intent on settling into the idyllic existence of island life. Until she met local photographer Derek Mitchell—a talented man with a grudge against rich tourists. 

From art night to snorkeling lessons, hiking, and chopping coconuts, Lexi can’t talk herself out of spending time with the handsome, hardworking man who knows the value of every dollar. She also can’t find a way to tell him the truth about herself. But then Derek is selected to help in a benefit at a masquerade ball as one of the eligible bachelors up for auction. Lexi must decide whether to wear a mask or unveil her true self and risk losing Derek’s trust and a chance at love. 

This book was so much fun to write! I loved revisiting Kauai through notes and pictures from a vacation I took there. The characters in this story had lots to share--so much, that I'll be writing some of the stories of the side characters involved.

I'm also thrilled that Taylor Hart wrote the foreword for this novel and Kaylee Baldwin wrote the introduction. They are both authors and women that I admire. The Destination Billionaire Romance Series is fabulous and I'm grateful to be part of the Gelato Publishing family.

Right now, it's hot and dry in Idaho, the perfect time to curl up with a good book in an air-conditioned house. If you're looking for a way to escape with a clean and wholesome summer beach read, then get your ebook of Hawaiian Masquerade right here and it's also available to read on Kindle Unlimited!
I hope you enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Celebrate The Soldier's Bride for only $1.99 Kindle Scout Award Winning Novel

I'm celebrating Independence day early and continuing the party throughout July and you're invited!

Let's get this party started with my Kindle Scout Award-winning novel,The Soldier's Bride for only $1.99. That's right, you can get your ebook for only $1.99 or if you'd like a beautiful hardcover copy, those are on sale as well. Contact me via rachellethewriter@gmail.com
if you'd like to purchase a personalized and autographed copy shipped directly to you.

"A WWII music box holds a secret for his bride: Don’t die with me."
This romance crosses battlefields and time as the music box touches the lives of two soldiers, a broken father, a crippled child, a struggling farmer, and a woman once called the soldier's bride.

Readers are talking about this women's fiction set in WWII and love how each facet of the story connects and comes full circle.
Here's what one reviewer said:
"This book was simply well-done all around. Well-written, the characters well-drawn, and the way each character's story interacted and affected the others was really an intricate work of art. This isn't your simple romance or average woman's fiction but truly a cut above. Parts left me feeling breathless with nostalgia. I cared for the characters and wanted them all to succeed, and it was nice that even a man who was a real loser because of his tragedies was able to find something to hold onto. The music box brings such incredible hope into people's lives as they face great tragedy and rise above it. I wish I could give it more than five stars. There is depth to the story, which was a refreshing change. This book will not let you down."

Fireworks anyone? July is going to be a blast! I have 2 new releases coming and another huge promotion. I'm so excited to share the fun with you! For those of you who've been asking for another suspense story, hang onto your seats and be on the lookout for a very special announcement! (Yep, I'm keeping you in suspense of course!)

The Summer book trek is underway where you can win free books, lots and lots of free books! I'm offering a copy of Proposals and Poison andThe Soldier's Bride in this fun giveaway. You can check it out here. Join the FB group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/SummerBookTrek/
I hope your summer is full of good news, great plans, and fun times with family, and of course, lots of great books!


P.S. Remember The Soldier's Bride is available in ebook for only $1.99 and hardcover here http://amzn.to/298d0zt

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Highlights from Handel's Messiah by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I'm helping you prep for a Christmas in July celebration! Did you know that the acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir  and the Orchestra at Temple Square has performed and recorded the entire production of Handel's Messiah? I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of this exquisite masterpiece featuring Sonya Yoncheva, Tamara Mumford, Rolando Villazon, and Bryn Terfel, with Mack Wilberg conducting.

This is an amazing collection of music. If you don't have Handel's Messiah in your collection, then get it now. It's one of those rare creations that is timeless, inspiring, and wonderful at any time of the year.
I always get chills when I listen to the Hallelujah chorus. I think I especially love the Messiah because I sang some of the songs in college choir and it was an unforgettable experience.

One thing I've noticed is that this type of music, specifically some of the instrumental music is soothing to my children. I have a 5 year old who is absolutely nuts, but he loves music. I've caught him several times with CDs like this in his room, just listening, bobbing his head to the beat. It's remarkable to me because I am often exhausted by his ironclad will (read stubborness) but there is something about music that speaks to a different part of him.

Try something new today. Listen to a piece of classical music and find out how it affects your house.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Christ-Centered Home Book Review

Today I'd like to share a wonderful new book called The Christ-Centered Home: Inviting Jesus in by Emily Belle Freeman.

This book is a collection of lessons or devotionals focusing on how to bring a knowledge of Christ and His messages to the entire family. There are several lessons with stories, personal anecdotes, scriptures, questions and answers and thoughts to teach, inspire, and build a stronger relationship with our savior Jesus Christ.

There are 12 lessons with the idea to focus on each lesson for one month to cover a year of coming closer to Christ. I like how each section is short, inspiring, and easy to incorporate into a busy life. I like the challenges, promises, and ideas shared. Emily Freeman is a wonderful nonfiction writer and I've read and enjoyed many of her books previously. I'm looking forward to implementing these lessons into my home over the next year. So far, I've especially loved the second month, "Expect Miracles." Just the title of that section is inspiring. To think of living our lives to expect miracles because we have been promised so many when we keep God's commandments, do our best, and notice all of our blessings.

Here's a little more about the book:
The Christ-Centered Home is more than a book about faith. It teaches 12 practical Biblical lessons that will fortify your reader’s homes and empower their children to resist the unsteadiness of the world. 

This book can help families by offering valuable lessons such as:
·         How to empower your children to resist peer pressure by weaving uplifting conversations into your family’s everyday routine.
·         How to stop seeing the messy reality of your life as a roadblock by allowing the teaching of Jesus to fill the intimate spaces of your home.
·         How to find grace in the ordinary.
·         How to, with intention, create a home where He would choose to abide.

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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