Friday, March 30, 2012

Book Review: Twitterpated by Melanie Jacobson

If you're in the mood for a great romantic comedy, then pick up a novel by Melanie Jacobson. Her books are delightful and today I want to tell you about her latest, Twitterpated.

Twitterpated by Melanie Jacobson

When life gets really stressful, I turn to books for stress-relief. I need something that makes me smile while I read, sometimes laugh out loud, some good kissing, and a plot that keeps me turning pages. Melanie does this--thank you Melanie! I feel like I know Jessie Taylor (the main character from Twitterpated) well enough that I could beg her to babysit my kids because I'm about ready to pull my hair out today. Too bad she's a fictional character. But really, you should check out all of Melanie's books.








And now my kids are screaming again, so I will put in earplugs, er, go save them.
As you were.
What are you reading?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday Thought March

The Thursday Thought today comes from guest author Jennifer Nielsen. She shares one of her favorite quotes and how it relates to her life.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”


~ Henry Ford

It took years of writing and submitting manuscripts before I got my first yes from a
publisher. I still have stacks of rejections for stories that simply weren’t ready yet. I
didn’t enjoy getting rejection letters. Each one stung and some of them hurt a lot. And
each one was a reason to quit, because they felt to me like obstacles to my goal of
becoming an author.

But they weren’t. Those rejections forced me to work harder, write better, and to be
satisfied with nothing less than my best work. The obstacles weren’t in the way of my
goal. They were part of the journey.

So it is with each of us. Any goal worth reaching is going to entail trying something
that’s frightful, or difficult, or painful. But we get over the fear, the hard work, and the
pain, and we move forward anyway. And one day the rejections will turn to reward.

Thank you Jen! Be sure to check out her books. I can't wait to read The False Prince!!
Jennifer Nielsen’s latest book is THE FALSE PRINCE (Scholastic Apr `12). You can
learn more about her at www.jennielsen.com or follow her on Twitter @nielsenwriter.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Favorite Reads Giveaway Hop Sign Ups


I'm co-hosting a giveaway hop and I want to let you know about it early in case you'd like to join us!

Sign Ups for the My Favorite Reads Giveaway Hop
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Rachelle's Writing Spot
June 1st - 6th

Hop Rules:
  • You must host a giveaway on your site, you are responsible for obtaining a prize for giveaway and taking care of the shipping charges.
  • You must giveaway one or more of your favorite reads - favorite read of all time, favorite read so far this year, a book by a favorite author, your favorite classic or favorite young adult book, etc.  You may allow your winner to choose from a list of your favorites.
  • Your giveaway post must include the hop image & linky (or links to the host's sites if you can't get the linky to work).
  • Please only 1 mandatory entry, all others must be optional. Keep it Simple!  NO LONG LIST OF THINGS FOR PEOPLE TO DO TO ENTER.
  • Your post must be live by 12:01 EST on June 1st or you will be deleted from the linky.  Your post can go up anytime after noon EST on May 31st.
  • The giveaway must be specifically for this hop and can only run from noon on May 31st until midnight on June 6th.  Please do not close your giveaway early. It is fine to wait until the morning of June 7th to close your giveaway and choose a winner.
  • Both your site & your giveaway must be family friendly - no erotica, 18+ sites or steamy covers or images.

To sign up to host a giveaway add your blog to the linky with your shipping info in parenthesis following your blog name. (US) (US/Can) (Int)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Winner of the Spring Cleaning Giveaway

This was a fun hop to participate in because as you know, I'm a huge fan of books and my bookshelves are all overflowing.
My giveaway was for 6 books.

See the original post here with all the great books to win.

The winner is . . .
Christy H.
Congrats  Christy!!! 
I've already contacted her and will be shipping out her goodies soon.
But wait, there's more! How would you like to win a Flip Video Camcorder?

To celebrate the release of my second suspense novel, CALLER ID, I am hosting a contest for a new Ultra Flip Video Camcorder (4GB memory, Records 120 minutes Value $149.99) and other great prizes--like autographed copies of Caller ID & Wrong Number! You can enter between now and April 14, 2012. Winners will be announced and notified April 16, 2012.
Just follow this link to find out how to enter to win.

Friday, March 23, 2012

How Chasing After Dreams Builds Your Child's Self-Esteem

Yesterday was my book bomb for Caller ID. I want to thank everyone who helped make this event a huge success--Mom especially and the rest of my family!
My book started out the day ranked around 33,000 out of all books on Amazon and ended the day here,
*10:30pm Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092 in Books!

I set lofty goals for this book bomb. I wanted to be in the top 100 books (An Amazon Bestseller) and I didn't quite make that, but when you figure in how many copies every other book in the top one or two-thousand was selling, I am pleased.

Yesterday morning I shared my goals with my kids at the breakfast table. I explained to them about how there are nearly 8 million books on Amazon and what I wanted to achieve with other's help. My eight year old asked me, 
"Mom, if you don't make it will you cry?"
I smiled and said, "No. It's going to be great and tonight we'll have a party."


Later, when I was busy updating my blog, FB, Twitter, and following up with reward emails, I thought more about what she had asked. My daughter got that this was something important to me. She'd seen me working on preparations for this all week, and she grasped that the goal was a dream of mine. And my answer, and later, my reaction to the day's results gave her permission to chase after her dreams.


Becoming a published author is not easy. Writing your first or your tenth book is not easy. My family has been there every step of the way and I've shared with them my disappointments as well as my triumphs.

When that same daughter was four, I remember asking her for a hug when I faced a big disappointment and a year later cheering with her as I discovered a pathway to achieving my dream.
I realized that every time I've put blood, sweat, and tears into my dream--I've given my children permission to do likewise. And that makes it all worth it because I want my kids to know that anything is possible if they put their minds to it.

So, I'm going to keep working at my goals, keep reaching for my dreams, and getting big hugs from my kids along the way.


How about you? Have you given a child courage to chase their dreams because of your own reactions to failures and successes?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book Bomb Caller ID Today Only

CALLER ID is available on Amazon.com for an incredible price!

 I have a special offer for you—it’s only good for today—Thursday, March 22, 2012. Purchase CALLER ID from Amazon.com using this link. Then email RachelletheWriter@gmail.com with your order confirmation/receipt. Once Rachelle receives your order details, she will email you an amazing selection of over 20 free gifts.

1st update: at 10:00am Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,976 in Books --
10:47am Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,065 in Books

Update at 4:40pm Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,831 in Books--

9:00pm update Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149 in Books


*10:30pm Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092 in Books

 Here’s what’s in store when you purchase CALLER ID today:
(All items will be emailed to you from Rachelle after she receives your order confirmation.)
  • Connie Sokol, author, speaker and life coach is offering two free podcasts: Get Fit & Fabulous: The Difference 100 Calories Makes, and, Joy in Womanhood: The Power of Sitting with Yourself. Visit www.8basics.com for video segments, blog posts, products, and more.



  •  Three free ebooks from award-winning author Karen HooverThe Sapphire Flute ( Book 1 of The Wolfchild Saga) Seven Keys and seven guardians born to save a dying world.  AND
Chased by dragons. Saved by a Pegasus. Sharing his mouth with a wizardly spirit.

  •  A free download of JordanMcCollum’s writing guide. Writing emotions in fiction is tough, but an emotional connection is what readers really want in a book. Give your readers a deep emotional experience and you'll hook them for life--and you can learn how in her guide, Emotion: it's tough

  •  Free YA suspense novel Watched by Cindy Hogan--*Change. She longs for it. A murder. She will never be the same. 

  • Heather Johnson from Family Volley.blogspot.com, shares with you 5 powerful tips for keeping your marriage strong. Including the "anatomy of a successful date night" and tips for better daily communication. Free download.
  • Free ebook by Shirley Bahlmann-- "Holy Cow, the Udderly Astonishing Power of Dairy in your Diet" is a friendly approach to what dairy can do for you and your waistline! See more books at http://shirleybahlmann.com 

  • Favorite recipes from acclaimed author Josi Kilpack and her Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series, plus Josi will share her top tip for writing success!

  • Need help with professional website design and online marketing that's cost effective? Moller Marketing is offering a free ebook on Building a Professional Online Presence (with a Website that Gets Found), Market Research Made Easy, Online Keyword Research Choosing a Domain Name that Sticks (Not Stinks), and Your Ecommerce Business Priority List
  • Free sci-fi novella--The Bearer's Oath by Angie Lofthouse, originally published in Mindflights Magazine. 

  • "Bless Your Heart" cookbook filled with information about how to live a low-sodium lifestyle for optimal heart health. Author Tristi Pinkston brings you over 80 truly delicious recipes that will make your mouth water - not fall asleep from boredom. You'll be inspired to shake up your menu and take charge of your health.
 

  • Holding On by Heather Justesen—her latest short story, a paranormal romance. Since high school Abigail has always known what the man of her dreams looks like: tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. But she never expected the man she’d been having a relationship with in her sleep to walk into the espresso bar where she worked.

  • “Subway Survey” is a sci-fi short story by Michael Young that originally appeared in Allegory Magazine about an alien race testing out new technology on a group of hapless subway riders. 

Why a book bomb? A book bomb is when a large group of people order a certain book on a specific day on Amazon. This pushes the book's popularity up the Amazon ranks, which in turn gives the book more visibility to Amazon shoppers. That’s the goal today for CALLER ID. 


So feel free to pass this on to your friends and shout it out on FB, Twitter, etc. We’d like as many people as possible to benefit from these bonus gifts.

 Remember this offer is only good for purchases made on Thursday, March 22, 2012! *Even if Amazon runs out of stock--you can still order because more books are on the way from my publisher. Email Rachellethewriter@gmail.com with your order confirmation/receipt when you purchase CALLER ID.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Book Reviews--So Many Great Books to Read

I'm working my way through the Whitney Finalists. I'd love to be able to read all 35 of them, but I don't think that will happen this year with all the work I'm doing to promote my new book, Caller ID.

For Christmas, I got this fab book,



Variant by Robison Wells. It's a finalist in the Youth Fiction Speculative category. Holy wow! It was awesome and I loved the twist at the end. I don't love Rob for the cliffhanger he left me at the end--you mean, mean author, you--making me wait a whole year to read the next book! Seriously, though, Rob does a great job of creating realistic teenage characters with a unique and complex set of problems.

Currently, I'm working my way through the romance category.
  
Count Down to Love by Julie Ford was an excellent read. I read this spin off the popular reality show, The Bachelor in just a couple days.
Julie's protagonist--Kelly Grace has a no-nonsense attitude that made for some fun interactions and her wounded heart had me rooting for her to find Mr. Right.


My favorite so far in this category is The List by Melanie Jacobson.



I already had read, reviewed, and loved Not My Type by Melanie, see that post here, and so I was excited to read The List. I loved it!I felt like Ashley was my best friend and I wanted to smack her a few times to knock some sense into her head when it comes to love. Melanie created a hunk of a guy to chase Ashley and the story had me laughing and waiting impatiently for another kiss. I received Melanie's latest book, Twitterpated for review so that will be up next and I can't wait!


I'm almost finished with Captive Heart by Michele Paige Holmes and this one is quite different from the others in the romance category I've read. It's more of a historical romance and I really am enjoying the setting and Emma's fiery spirit. Michele's writing draws you in and puts you right smack dab in  the middle of mining country in the Black Hills. The romantic tension is great and I'm looking forward to the conclusion which I'm pretty sure will be satisfying. :)



Lots more on my to-read list and the pile by my bed keeps falling over because I won't stop stacking more books on it--that's not to mention the list of my Kindle!

And now I'm excited to shout out that less than 24 hours from now is the beginning of my Amazon book bomb!



I have rounded up over 20 free gifts for anyone who purchases Caller ID on Amazon on March 22, 2012--Thursday ONLY! Visit this link to see a sneak peek of the lineup. I hope you'll help me spread the word about this. My goal is to get my book into the best-selling ranks of Amazon. Check back tomorrow to see updates (hopefully hourly) on my book's climb through the ranks of some 8 million books on Amazon!

What book are you wishing you had more time to read right now?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop


I am part of the Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop - March 20th to 25th sponsored by I am a reader, not a writer.
 March 20th is the first day of spring, the perfect time to remedy an overflowing bookshelf. 

I'm giving away these books which may be signed by the author, new, and gently used:
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

All the Stars in Heaven by Michele Paige Holmes

Get off the Beach! by Eloise Owens

Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue

The Colic Chronicles by Tara Kompare

Powerful Writing Skills--a Business Desk Reference


Come back on Thursday for the huge celebration of awesome free items and my Amazon Book Bomb!
Enter to win using the google doc form.The dates for this hop are March 20th to March 25th ending at midnight.





Here's the linky for the list of other blogs you can visit and enter to win great books!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Book Launch Report & Winners

It's time to announce the winners from my book launch last week. Thanks so much for celebrating with me! I appreciate your enthusiasm.
It's been a busy time for me with family events and book signings, but it sure is fun to celebrate with friends.

I gave away a gift basket, pictured here at the book launch for Caller ID at the Santaquin Library. The winner was Lisa F. and we had a great turnout at the library.

Also, the first 10 people who responded with extra entries won a cool promo prize pack that I'll be sending out. I've contacted them, so you know who you are. :)

For those who couldn't make it to the launch, I had a virtual launch party with this prize.


The winner of this incredible assortment of goodies is. . .

Donna W.

Congrats Donna!

Thanks again! Please mark this Thursday, March 22nd as the day to join in on my Amazon Book Bomb for Caller ID. You won't believe what you get when you purchase your copy of my book that day. I will be posting more info, but for now get your shopping cart ready for Thursday. Each person who purchases a copy of Caller ID from Amazon on March 22, 2012 only will get free ebooks, podcasts, training sessions, tutorials, links to special products--the list is amazing and I want everyone to be able to participate.

More info to come . . .

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thursday Thought March

Kind of fun, today I'm sharing a thought from Pinterest. Are you on Pinterest? It's my new therapy and I love it!


This thought is so perfect for me, and I said "Don't laugh at me if you see my lips moving." My husband says I talk to myself way too much to be normal. :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's Time to Celebrate the Launch of Caller ID

I'm so excited! Today is my second suspense novel's birthday!  
Happy Book Birthday CALLER ID!


We can't have a party without presents, right?
And I know you like presents, so I have some fabulous gifts you can enter to win.
Tonight March 13th, I'll be celebrating my book launch at the Santaquin library at 20 West 100 South from 4-6pm. I'll be there with authors Mandi Slack, Wayne Overson, and others. We'll be signing books and the library will receive a portion of all sales.
When you come to my launch, you can enter to win this awesome basket of gifts! (Will not ship this basket, so you'll need to pick it up from me if you don't stick around.) Includes 4 books, perfume, candle, keychain, notebook, and goodies.






For all my friends who can't make it to good ol' Santaquin, I have a virtual launch party for you! You can enter to win this great bunch of prizes including:

Journal (simulated leather)
Scrapbook Christmas kit
Chipboard alphabet letters
Greeting Card Organizer with Cards
The Alias by Mandi Slack
Pieces of Paris by G.G. Vandagriff
Prodigal Journey by Linda Adams
7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens workbook
Caller ID notebook, pen, bookmark &
"A Smartie for your Thoughts."



How to enter:
Simply leave a comment with your email address to enter to win by Thursday, March 15, 2012 at midnight MST. I'll announce the winner Monday, March 19th.
The first 10 people who email me for extra entries (see below for details) will get a special Caller ID prize pack! See, I'm modeling the awesome notebook, bookmark, pen, biz card, and post card for you!

For Bonus Entries:
Spread the word about my book launch and Ultimate giveaway! Tell your friends about my book, my book launch, and my contest then email me at rachellethewriter@gmail.com to report what you've done. You get one additional entry for each thing you do to share/invite people to my book birthday party. 
Share the following info (or something similar) on your blog, FB, Twitter, email lists, etc. for more chances to win (and when you do this, jump over to my contest tab here and fill out the form because you'll be entered to win the Flip Video Camcorder as well--Double-whammy on the prizes!)


Visit RachelleWrites today to enter to win a book launch basket of goodies!
To celebrate the release of CALLER ID, Rachelle J. Christensen, is hosting a contest for a new Ultra Flip Video Camcorder (4GB memory, Records 120 minutes Value $149.99) and other great prizes. There are multiple ways to enter between now and April 14, 2012. Winners will be announced and notified April 16, 2012.
For additional ways to enter, go to www.rachellewrites.blogspot.com and click on the Contest tab.

*Feel free to add my book trailer to your good news if you'd like:


Visit me at any of the stops on my book blog tour here and read what people are saying about Caller ID.

Thanks for celebrating with me!
Next week we'll celebrate my Book Bomb, so don't miss Thursday, March 22nd for another round of great prizes!

Monday, March 12, 2012

News on Upcoming Writers Conferences

I wanted to take a minute and let you know about a couple Writers Conferences coming soon.
My all-time favorite, LDStorymakers Conference will be held on May 4-5 at the Provo Marriott. Click here for more info and to register. The conference caps at about 450 attendees and there are less than 50 slots left, so hurry! I will be teaching a class, "Creating Page Turners with the Elements of Suspense" on both days of the conference.

And a FREE conference will be held at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah on Saturday, April 14th from 8:30-6pm. Visit WritehereinEphraim.com to see the schedule. I'll be teaching my suspense class plus another one, "Revising Beyond the Third Draft."

If you've ever been interested in writing--here's some advice: the first thing I tell people is to get to a writing conference or class. So if you're in the area, I'd suggest attending one of these conferences.


Tomorrow is the official launch for Caller ID! Make sure you come back tomorrow to party with me!

Friday, March 9, 2012

I Went Visiting

LDSWBR Button
The lovely ladies over at LDS Women's Book Review invited me for a visit. Hop on over to see my guest post and also some of the fab contests they have going on just for reading!
http://www.ldswomensbookreview.com/wordpress/2012/03/08/guest-author-thursday-rachelle-j-christensen/

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday Thought March

It's not the hours you put in your work that count, it's the work you put in the hours.


--Sam Ewing

Amen to that. Don't you think this is especially true for parents? Our work is never done, and it's hard to measure our success, but in the end it's the effort and the heart that we put into it that matters.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

We've Come a Long Way Baby!

 I'd like to take a trip down memory lane. Would you like to come along? 

I started this blog in 2007 because I wanted to build a web presence for myself as an "author" and challenge myself to learn some of those technical computer things. Little did I know how much I would enjoy blogging, the opportunities that would come my way, and most of all the incredible FRIENDS--like you--I would meet along the way. We've come a long way, and I say "We" because I wouldn't be here without the great support from each of you! Thank you!

 I'm reposting one of my very first posts today. It's kind of fun for me to look at what has happened since I wrote that post. 

I have 4 kids now--holy wow! It's been intense around here, but goodness, those little munchkins bring me so much joy. 

My second suspense novel, Caller ID, is about to be released (less than 1 week, people!). My first novel, Wrong Number, was awarded Outstanding Book of the Year from LUW and was also a Whitney Finalist. I just answered a question via email from someone living in China about my first nonfiction book, Lost Children: Coping with Miscarriage. I wrote that book because I wanted to help people, but I never would have imagined my book making its way to China. 

I feel incredibly blessed to have realized my dream of becoming a published author. A pivotal part of that journey was my introduction to a wonderful critique group, AuthorsIncognito and my authors guild LDStorymakers. I feel like I'm only beginning my journey. I have so many more goals to achieve, so many more stories to write, and blogs to post. :)

Many of the things on my top ten list still apply to me. Even though I'm a published author, I'm still vulnerable, and I'm putting myself out there right now for more rejections because I'm querying agents. Yes, if you have any extra magic fairy dust, sprinkle it here because this farm girl knows how to work hard and I'd like to double my efforts in my career with an agent.

So here's that list. If I were writing this list today, it'd say "my inbox" and "emails" instead of "mail"--crazy how things change!

First posted on September 15, 2007:

The Top 10 Reasons to be a Writer According to Rachelle J. Christensen

I love being a writer and I want you all to know how much I enjoy it, so here's my top ten list!

10. You get lots of mail. Yes, it’s usually rejection letters with words like "unfortunately, sorry, and it’s just not right for me," but hey, everyone loves to get mail—right?

9. You get to have your self-esteem tested on a regular basis. Most people go around thinking they are no good, but you have the actual proof in the letter you just got out of the mailbox.

8. You are one of the few people who will get to enjoy The Look in your lifetime. The Look is when you are talking about what you like to do and you say, “I like to write.” And the person says, “Really, have you been published?” and if you say, “No, but I’ve got 289 queries out right now.” They give you The Look and say, “Hmmm, that’s nice.” (If further explanation is needed just try it on one of your friends).

7. You know how to do things with Microsoft Word that Bill Gates doesn’t even know.

6. You can feel good about devouring an entire bag of M&M’s, ½ pound of cheese, a box of crackers, another bag of M&M’s, and a Dove dark chocolate bar because you are going to reach your word count goal today!

5. You will acquire the odd habit of addressing letters to yourself with postage paid and dropping it in the mailbox and excitedly counting down the days until you get it back.

4. Writers are intelligent people! You know what ms, SASE, SAE, SCBWI, IRC, b&w, 20 lb. white, YA , dummy, and agent only means.

3. You also know what query, outline, sample chapter, spreadsheet, synopsis, unsolicited material, simultaneous submissions,em dash, table of contents, royalties, advances, and submissions editor means. Oh, and of course you know what rejection means too.

2. When you step into a bookstore from now on, you will look around at all the sundry bestselling books on the shelves in awe and smack your palm against your glistening forehead and vociferate, “What am I doing wrong!” and then wince as your hand tingles and your wrist throbs, and you remember that you shouldn’t slap things because you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

1. Because you like to write prolifically, and you compose, dash off, draft, scribble, create, rewrite, reference, versify, and inscribe on a daily basis— you can write up silly, zany, cockamamie, amusing, sardonic top ten lists and post it for your friends when you are having an otherwise uneventful day. (And you can count this list as 461 words closer to your word limit today and insist that all of your friends give Rachelle J. Christensen credit for writing something worthwhile today.)

Thanks for joining me on this trip down memory lane, and thank you again for making this journey so enjoyable!
How has your life changed in the past 5 years? Have you achieved some of the things you'd hoped to?

Winner of the Giveaway Hop


Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!
The winner of a great book prize bundle, see pic here,
IS . . .

Cass M.!

I've emailed Cass for her address.


1 week until my novel, CALLER ID will celebrate its birthday! Are you coming to the virtual launch party on March 13, 2012?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Unveiling the Book Trailer & Launch Kick-off

Today is the first day of the official blog tour for Caller ID!

There will be nearly 40 stops on this tour and you have a chance to join as a guest or a participating blogger.  Visit this link to see the schedule of all the amazing people involved! Heather Justesen is the first stop and she asked me some fun questions, click here to see what they were.

To celebrate the release of my second suspense novel, CALLER ID, I am hosting a contest for a new Ultra Flip Video Camcorder (4GB memory, Records 120 minutes Value $149.99) and other great prizes. You can enter between now and April 14, 2012. Visit this link for more details on how to enter.

To kick off day #1 of the CALLER ID blog tour, I'm thrilled to unveil the official book trailer created by MJ Films.

What do you think?
Are you excited? Good, because the fun is just beginning!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thursday Thought March

We cannot do great things unless we're willing to do the small things that make up the sum of greatness.


--Theodore Roosevelt

I like this quote--especially at this stage in my life as a stay-at-home mom. There are so many small things I do each day for my kids that seem unimportant, it can be discouraging. But when I stand back and look at the big picture, I can see I'm building something great.

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