Thursday, April 7, 2022

Changes are coming!

 


I'm sorry I've been so quiet on social media, and I'm sorry i've kept you waiting for new stories. The day job has made so many new demands, it's left me mentally and physically drained. But, in the next few months, changes are coming. Good changes. Changes that will allow me more time for writing. Yeah!!! Once the changes happen, I'll be able to talk more about them.


I'm working on Phoenix's story. I'm just a third of the way through the story and at 22,000 words. Yes, this is a longer book.

Sometime in June, I will do a cover reveal and some sneak peaks. My writing has been slow, but I'm so excited about the story!


So how does 2022 look so far...


Phoenix will be released this year. (Both Onyx and Diablo's stories are in plotting stages. They will come out in 2023.)

I have on more book in the Starlight Bar series and then it will be finished. Book 5 needs to come out around Christmas because the story is set around Christmas. So as soon as I finish and release Phoenix, I plan to dive into that book.

I've started revisions and new covers for the Bryant Station Curves series. I plan to un-publish the series and then start re-releasing the updated versions. 


Question...

How do you feel about preorders?

Love them. 

Hate them.

Tell me your thoughts.


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Quick Update: Happy Thanksgiving, Writing, and Holiday Cards

 The holidays are here!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the holidays, yet not quite ready at the same time. I managed to get the Halloween decorations down about a week after Halloween. I haven't put up any fall decorations, but I did put a Christmas wreath on the door. 

I plan to do some baking, depending upon how I feel. I get to have a broken molar removed this week. Oddly, it doesn't hurt even though about half of it is missing. The only other teeth I've ever had removed were my wisdom teeth. I don't think that's a good reference as to how I'll feel after this tooth is pulled. I'll just have to wait and see. 

I want to make sugar cookie cutouts. I haven't done that in many years. I've got color sugar and other candy sprinkles to decorate with, and I'm thinking of making a simple glaze to put on the cookies too. I'm not doing anything fancy, I just want to have some fun with them. This is the first year, I actually have enough counter space to be able to spread out the cookies. What are some of the things you're planning for the holidays.

I'm written the first draft of Phoenix, and am currently a few words short of 20,000 and I'm barely a 1/3 of the way through the outline. I rewrote the outline back in October, because the original felt story felt too rushed.

I will be sending out Holiday Cards again this year. If you would like to receive one from me, click the following link and fill out the form.

Holiday Card Sign-up

I have a new snail-mail address.

Rayne Rachels                                                                                                                                                      P.O. Box 818                                                                                                                                                        McQueeney, TX 78123

I would love to hear from you.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!



Friday, October 8, 2021

It's Been Awhile!!!

 October.

It's the start of my favorite months and holidays.

But where has the year gone?

Looking back, it's hard to believe 2021 is three-fourths gone. It's been a fast but crazy year. Here in Texas, we started the year wearing masks, and then moved to not having to wear them. Then there was the, should I get the shot, or should I not get it? Which one should I get? And then the Delta variant made an appearance. The day job is trying to suck the life out of me. There are days I swear it is a demon in disguise.

We moved into our new house and have spent the last few months trying to get things repaired or replaced that should have been fixed after we did the final walk-through. The cost of houses and lumber is ridiculous! Driving to work each day, I pass new subdivisions in various stages of development--from basic groundwork to selling finished homes. It's crazy! 

Writing has been a struggle. Write a few pages. Rip the pages into small pieces. Rinse. Repeat. I think the stress of everything was causing more havoc than I thought it was.

A deep breath later...

I have several outlines ready (not as heavily detailed as I was doing). I cleared my kanban board and reset it for the last quarter of the year, and am slowly working through my goals. I'm working toward a new book I hope to release around Christmas (This is not a set date.) I'm also slowly working my way through revision of my backlist.

I haven't put set dates on anything, and I'm not announcing what I'm writing until it's almost done. I don't want to disappoint myself or anyone else.

I am going to send out Christmas cards again this year. Sometime in November, I will post a signup form. I also have a new snail mail address.

Rayne Rachels                                                                                                                                                          PO Box 818                                                                                                                                                     McQueeney, TX 78123    

What is your favorite holiday?




Saturday, January 2, 2021

2021: A Few Goals and Plans

2021 is off to a good start. 

I'm making steady progress on PHOENIX. (YEAH!!!)

I'm working on outlines for the other books. I have a list of projects in the UPCOMING section. The series are in no specific order. I have plans for new series and new characters, but I'm also looking at the possibility of some spin-off stories for some of the series.

I have not put up any release dates. My goal is to release at least one book per quarter this year.

I'm still working the day job, so I have to work my writing around that schedule.

I plan to focus more on instagram as my social media outlet. 


Sunday, December 20, 2020

Almost Christmas and Writing Update

 Christmas is Friday. Are you ready???


If someone asked me that question, I would have to say no. The Christmas tree is up and decorated, but we didn't put any lights outside like we did last year. I've mailed out the Christmas cards. I've bought most of the gifts. This year, we drastically cut what we spent, but I still need to wrap them. 

I am watching some Christmas movies. Well, listening to them. 

Last night, Hubby and I got a treat for ourselves. We spent the evening listening to Kevin Fowler at the Freiheit Country Store. Only so many tickets were sold online because they have to limit the number of people at the concert. We wore masks and careful to keep distance between us and others. It helps that most of the are is outside. It was nice to get out and have a little fun.

The real funny part is that I can home with my phone filled with notes for a new four book series. I have the base ideas for all four books. The muse was definitely working overtime. I'm just not sure when I will be able to write these stories. I've already planned what I want to write for 2021. For now, I have soft timelines for each book. I want to release at least four books this year. 

I did finish the outline for Phoenix. I'm still working on outlines for Onyx and Diablo. I'm also rewriting the outline for Dark Wolf. I wrote the first two chapters and didn't like them. Part of the problem, was that I didn't create my normal, detailed outline. 

I need to get back to the outlines. 

Have a cup of hot chocolate, or your favorite drink, and have a good evening. 


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Happy December 2020!

 We finally made it to December! 

This week our weather has turned a little colder, at least for a day or two. This morning was the coldest. I think the rest of the week will be a mixture of 50s to 60s until we're back up in the 70s (Fahrenheit). 

I managed to get a wreath on the door, and the Christmas tree up over the Thanksgiving holiday. Every year, we hang peppermint candy canes on the tree. Do you know how hard it is for me to stay out of the candy canes? I love peppermint! I will post pictures on Instagram and Facebook later this week.

I'm working on Dark Wolf. With the day job and the quick deadline to upload to the vendors, It won't be ready. As soon as it is 

I still have a few Christmas cards left. 

If you would like one, I will be accepting requests through the form until Tuesday, December 8.

Christmas Cards




Friday, November 20, 2020

Random Friday Thoughts: A Sneak Peak at Starlight Bar series, Book 5

 Yeah for Friday!!!

I'm finally home from the day job, and I have a mini-vacation starting today. It's the little things that


actually mean the most. My agenda for the week is really simple:

  • grocery shopping
  • clean house,
  • laundry,
  • prepare for a much small Thanksgiving meal,
  • write,
  • plan December.

The first two things are the things that tend to get put off until the weekend. By the time I get home from the day job, I'm tired. I have caught myself sitting down to write, only to wake 30 minutes to and hour or so later.

Thanksgiving is definitely going to be different from last year's celebration. I coming some of the "comfort" foods, but in a much small quantity. 

I will be working on book 5 of the Starlight Bar series. Yeah, this is the story that wasn't planned. I guess I shouldn't keep calling it book 5. I have a title, but no cover yet. I had better add that to the list of things to do. LOL!  the title of book five is...

                                            DARK WOLF

I want to release it before Christmas, but no promises.

So who is the story about?  

Elliot Parker, the tattoo artist and wolfshifter who works at Wolf's Den Ink, has made brief appearances in two of the books. He wants his mate, but what female would want to deal with the monster that lives inside him? Josie Martinez was born human, but a vicious wolf attack that killed her baby sister, left her with a monster that hates pretty much everyone.


After I finish Dark Wolf, I will begin writing Phoenix (Brimstone Heat, book 2). 

Honestly, I had planned to have written more books than I did this year, but between the C, my wreck, DH's heart procedures and learning to do my day job in a whole new way...things were (and still are) just crazy. I look back on the plans I had for 2020, and I want to cry. 

PS: Don't forget about the 2020 Christmas Card list.