Because, Impatience

I’m impatient for my readers to get a peek at the new installment to The Dark Cycle. And when I’m anxious, I channel that energy into producing something I can look at or hold so I don’t go cray-cray.

Therefore, I’ve fiddled with the artwork, adding Kara and Rebecca:

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And I’ve posted the opening to DARKNESS FAIR for people to peruse (and hopefully not despise): DARKNESS FAIR SAMPLE

And a week from Wednesday (12/16) we’ll be revealing the cover for your viewing pleasure.

Happy Hanukkah!

Rachel~

Darkness Fair – We’re Nearly There!

Yes, I went there. I rhymed.

It’s almost time, you guys. Just two more months until this new installment of The Dark Cycle flies into the world. I wish that I could look through a gateway in time (I need to get my butt to Pasadena, I guess), then maybe I could see how readers will respond to this part of Aidan’s story.

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Aidan’s powers are now wide awake and kicking. He’s trying to get his head straight about what it all means as he looks for a way to save Ava. But while he attempts this, there’s obviously going to be hijinx that ensue. Readers can expect demon fights, a creepy wraith, ancient prophets, a very angry angel, perhaps some blood, definitely all kinds of madness and magic. Rebecca gets a point of view in this story, and she will begin her own journey as she attempts to figure out where she fits in this new world she’s discovered. It was very fun to uncover her voice a little more, and to realize how much the spunky red-head really had to say. Continue reading

Cover Reveal ~ A HOLD ON ME

A cover reveal, guys for an amazing debut by Pat Esden, the New Adult Paranormal Novel, A HOLD ON ME. I cannot wait to read this book!

The Blurb:

She never wanted to return.

He wants nothing more than for her to leave.

But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.

Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue”until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine” and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support” Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings” and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy.

And now the cover…

 

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The first in a new series, here’s a note from the author:

So this is not the first cover Kensington created for A HOLD ON ME. The first cover was beautiful: a young woman with a very determined look on her face, standing in front of a vista of windswept pine trees. It was a wonderful cover, but it also screamed Young Adult novel” and A HOLD ON ME is New Adult. For those of you who are not familiar with the difference, in Young Adult fiction the main character is most often 13 to18 years old. In New Adult, the main character is between 19 and 25. The New Adult category covers a wide range of experiences, from college, to entering the military, marriage, first jobs, heartache, . . . and, of course, most often sex. NA novels are intended for a different readership than YA and most often not a good choice for younger YA readers.

This cover is startling different from the first, and a million times more fitting for the novel. The woman on this cover looks like twenty-year-old Annie, the story’s main character. Also, the darker colors and gorgeous starkness of this cover reflects the novel’s gothic tone and hints at lurking paranormal elements in a sophisticated way. But enough of this, I hope the cover intrigues you. And, no, I’m not going to tell you what paranormal element is at the heart of this story.

How to find out more about Ms. Esden: www.PatEsden.com

Add it on Goodreads: HERE

This Crazy Little Thing Called, ComiCon

IMG_2164 Once, long ago, in a galaxy far far away, Rachel Anne’s soul was created to be a nerd’s soul.

Now, you need to understand that nerds are a unique breed of creature, both passionate and determined. We’ll stand in line for hours to get a glimpse of our favorite fandom king or writer. We get a thrill from free pins to put on our lanyards (we also love lanyards). Yet we’re also very polite about it all; no one tramples you to get to the free T-Shirt; our favorite words as we whack each other with our foam costumes are, Excuse me, sorry. We become fast friends, chatting about trolls and magical wizards as we wait on sore feet for that free new book that could be all the rage. Continue reading

It’s An Aidan!

winter_rose_by_thepix-d4htszsSo, today is my baby book’s day of birth!!! I shall be celebrating by folding laundry because I am so glamorous!! #JustLikeBeyonce Woohoo!!! But I thought it would be nice to ALSO huzzah by making WINTER ROSE, my YA Historical Romance, free for the next few days! 🙂

Therefore, pass on the good news of freeness and fold some laundry along side me! We’ll be one step closer to world peace.

http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Rose-Rachel-Marks-ebook/dp/B006C75V86

True Confessions

Hello, my name is Rachel, and I’m an audiobook addict. It has been countless years since my last confession.

I began with “Unnamed Book” one year ago because, I’m sad to say, I could NOT read the darn thing without wanting to throw it across the room. This way I could get through all those adverbs and telling dialogue without murdering any stucco. And I could finally experience this book that everyone under the sun was raving about. It was perfect! I listened to a ton after that (yay audible!) since I was on deadline for an art book and had lots of time to let my mind wander but no time to read or write (I also learned I was OCD because every time something came up that annoyed me I’d edit out loud, rewording the darn thing like a nervous tick).

Since that time I have journeyed through many tales of whoa and drama. My favorite being Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. LOVE. So much love, people. Kaladin is king of all awesome!

Another amazing listen is The Sky Is Everywhere, read by Julia Whelan. So much lovely.

I listen while I work out, while I draw or work on designs, and while I wash dishes (Ha! As if I ever do such a thing).

And, so how excited do you think that I was when I heard my own audiobook sample?! Pretty freaking excited, people. Pa-retty excited. It helped a TON that the actor was totes amazing!!! A nice guy, and super talented, that Will Damron. And he really becomes Aidan!

But I’ll let you hear for yourself 😉

 

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Add to that: I’VE FINISHED BOOK TWO!!!! Darkness Fair is headed into edit mode!!! This story is totally cray, guys . . .

Oh, and don’t forget: TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY THE 1ST, IS THE BOOK BIRTHDAY OF MY VERY FIRST BOOK BABY!