Thursday, December 31, 2015

My New Year's Wishes for You

Good morning or afternoon or evening, depending where you are in the world.

I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year.

My New Year's wishes for you are:

  • That every book you read leaves you smiling. 
  • That every person you meet has your best interests at heart
  • That every new friend you make is truly a friend

When things get tough, I try and remember a few things:

  • Destiny is in your hands
  • The only thing you can change is tomorrow
  • What you do today affects where you'll be next week
Lots of love,
Rachel Dunning


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Johnny #4 - $0.99 Sale on Kindle

Johnny #4, Claiming Johnny, is now available on Kindle.

It is currently on sale for $0.99.

You can get it here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019JD1796

I hope you like it ;)

If you're still looking for some late Holiday gifts, the entire Naive Mistakes series is currently on sale on Amazon, and each book costs only $0.99. Tell your friends. :)

Claiming Johnny
The Final Chapter







Sunday, December 13, 2015

Johnny #4 - Early Release Date for Kindle

Johnny #4 will be released either just before Christmas, or just after, on Kindle.

Release date for other e-readers will be January 2016 sometime (and not Feb 14 as originally planned).

Thanks for waiting. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

~ GIVEAWAY ~ Win a $15 Amazon Gift Voucher - CLAIMING JOHNNY Pre-Order Book Blitz

Praise for the Johnny Series:

“I want more Johnny!”
“I LOVED Johnny!”
“Beautifully written coming of age, new adult story...”
“Cat and Johnny were awesome.”
“...stayed up 4 hours and couldn't put it down till I was done.”
“Love it!”
“Love the whole series!”
“Awesome romantic story”
“I was blown away by this novel.”
“I devoured this book!”
“Amazing story....lots of heartache and angst”
“All 3 books were a wonderful read.”
And on and on...

And now...as demanded by readers:

JOHNNY #4 - CLAIMING JOHNNY - A NEW-ADULT NOVEL


After endless emails from fans and readers, the author gave in. Any and all questions asked about the continuation of Johnny and Cat’s story will be ANSWERED in Book four!

Now available for pre-order at the slashed price of 99c at iTunes, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords (Kindle readers can get it from Smashwords at the moment). This price will be raised to $1.99 shortly, and the final price will be $2.99 on publication date.

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Genres:
New Adult Romance

Book One is Available for FREE from the following retailers


GIVEAWAY

And now, let's give some stuff away :)


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Monday, May 4, 2015

~PRE-ORDER SALE~ CLAIMING JOHNNY - Book 4 in the JOHNNY series!

You asked for it, demanded it, and now you've got it!

CLAIMING JOHNNY

Book 4 in the JOHNNY Series. The final chapter. 



Now available for pre-order at the slashed price of 99c at iTunesKobo and Smashwords (Kindle and Nook readers can get it from Smashwords). This price will be raised to $1.99 shortly, and the final price will be $2.99 on publication date.

Does Cat end up with Nathan?
Does Nic keep the baby?
Does Tiago take vengeance on Thunder and Johnny for what they did to him, using his gang connections in Brazil?
Does Thunder finally marry Alice, or is he having difficulty settling into his new non-biker lifestyle?

And, most importantly, do Cat and Johnny ever get back together?

These and many of the questions the author received by email after people finished Book Three, will finally be ANSWERED!

Get it now at the special pre-order price of 99c from the following retailers!

ITunes
Smashwords

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

THE FUTURE

It's easy to forget the future, and that one exists, and that we're all going to be a part of it. Bad things happen, mistakes are made, regrets accumulate; and yet, the future remains, unrelenting, unavoidable, and without mercy for the things we have done in the past, or which were done to us.

But it remains.

The future has no pity, no sympathy, no care for our problems or excuses. The tax man arrives. Death appears, and takes those we love away. Sorrow creeps up and darkens an otherwise bright day.

Bullheaded, the future continues.

You will be in that future. But note this: The future is also the only thing you can change.

The past is gone. There is no going back. But in the FUTURE, you can apologize, shake hands, give an old friend a hug, a warm embrace. Bestow forgiveness.

The hardest person to forgive might be yourself, but even that rests in the future.

The future is yours, and no one else's.

It is within your ability to change your mind in the morning, to make today better than yesterday, to forget—or remember—according to your own choice.

The future is choices.

The future is decisions.

The future is the empty page and the untouched canvas.

Throw those old paintings away, the errors, the sadnesses, the things which made yesterday something you'd rather not reexperience. And as for the good times, don't merely remember them, but create them newly. Call up an old friend, bury that rusted hatchet. Change your mind.

The future is in your hands.

I am on a writing hiatus at the moment. I am on a journey of self-discovery which has caused me to reevaluate what I have written, and what I will write in the future.

I love writing, more now than ever. I know that this is my calling, and that I aspire to bring dreams and illusions to others by means of the written word.

I believe the world can be a better place, and that fiction has its role in creating that better place, even if only in providing a faint glimmer of hope that such a place might exist.

I respect all writers who write what they truly believe in. I hope to do more of that in my future books. I will be expanding into different genres, under a different name, and I'd like to explore more of the "traditional" romances under my current name. I will continue to write Paranormal Romance. Maybe even some Young Adult?

Lots of goals. Lots of dreams. Lots of future.

I hope to provide many more of the types of stories which have prompted the wonderful emails and comments I have received from many of you. I value those emails deeply, and I am glad that my stories have touched you.

It is my goal to continue to do so.

And it is also my goal now, moving forward, to write about a brighter future, and about characters I'd like to meet in real life, and who I'd like to be friends with, and for you to be friends with, too.

Because what is a book, but the promise of a better tomorrow, through an understanding of the past?

Friday, March 27, 2015

What you should be reading (and an appeal to authors)

In the wake of Fifty Shades of Grey and similar novels, it is tragic to watch the sudden and overwhelming predominance of uncaring men, violent characters, cheating boyfriends and generally dislikeable people making their way into the books we call romance.

Let me bring something to your attention, friends—this is not romance. Men who cheat on women, are violent, tie them up out of some sordid fetish to treat them like animals are not men we should be fantasizing about. They're pricks. Have we fallen so far down in the pursuit of love and romance to think that the only way to obtain joy in a relationship is to subject ourselves to bestial practices by men who know nothing of courtesy, respect, kindness and just good old fashioned chivalry?

We worship the Bad Boy, hunt the man with the tattoos and a the bike and the women chasing after him. Fine. But if that same Bad Boy is cheating on you, hitting you, disrespecting you, then he's not a Bad Boy. He's a wanker. And he shouldn't find his way into our books.

Have you read the Johnny series? What did you think of Thunder, a Bad Boy to the core who nonetheless never does anything to betray or hurt or demean Alice?

That some authors even glorify the abhorrent subject of rape is beyond reprehensible.

New Adult authors should break the pattern, be unique, change the trend. Jettison those asshole characters and write about the Bad Boys who are yet as chivalrous as any knight errant ever was. How romantic would be a scene in which a bad-as-bad-can-get dude rips the heart out of another "bad boy" who cheated on his girl or hit her? There are many creative scenes in which we can yet maintain the fascination with the Man Who Breaks The Rules, and nonetheless not have him be The Only Man I Can Get Even Though He Treats Me Like Shit.

Have some pride.

There's no such thing as dominance and submission amongst humans, only weasels. One of the European weasels, to procreate, rapes his partner. We are not weasels.

No relationship can survive without mutual respect, care and honesty. It isn't true that you have to be a goody two-shoes to achieve that. You only have to be human.

This is a plea to both New Adult authors and readers. Demand brings supply. Authors are creative people. I'm sure we can think of many scenes and characters where the mouthwatering Bad Boy is yet a man worthy of the girl. But we should quit supporting, buying, reading and writing stories where pricks rule the world and women fall for them. I know it's fiction. But it's also not. People look to books for answers, ideas, hopes. They look to them to escape to a better world. If you keep telling them that a better world is one where the only man you can get is a boozing bastard who swears at his girl and catches some action on the side, people might start to believe it.

And it really isn't that way.

It's never easy to break the trend. A lot of work and care goes into writing and publishing a book. Sometimes a lot of money. And we want readers. I believe we will get those readers, get them en masse, if we change our characters and make them likable, chivalrous, and the ideal of what a man should really be like.

A man with ropes and handcuffs is no man. He's an unimaginative coward.

Friday, March 20, 2015

~ BOOK BLITZ ~ MIND GAMES BOOKS ONE AND TWO NOW AVAILABLE!

Happy Release Day!

Be sure to enter the Giveaway at the end of this post!

Book One is FREE on KindleiTunes, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords!

BOOK ONE
HIS MIND GAMES


Synopsis Book One:


A Dark and Erotic Paranormal Romance

An inner world of magic and power.

A lover. A night together—their first night. 

And then—disaster. He lost his mind, but she knew the truth. She knew.

And so she ran, all the way down to Marfa Texas where she met...the man they call Jack. 

A demon. 

And now he has her. 

And he’s playing Mind Games with her.

Links Book One:

BOOK TWO
HER MIND GAMES


Synopsis Book Two
WARNING: MIGHT CONTAINS SPOILERS! 


A Dark and Erotic Paranormal Romance

An inner world of magic and power, ruled over by witches who are by nature conniving, deceitful, ... lustful.

A hunter. Built and powerful and godly...obligated by duty to protect the witches from parasitic demons who suck on their minds and destroy their inner worlds using tools of war.

The key. Crystal Loradeen, a witch who fights against her true nature but who falls deeper into it by the merciless hands of Fate.

And him, the boy, the man, the demon hunter, Lucien Dresner, the lover in her dreams who captures her desires and fills her mind with passion and need. She yearns for him, lusts for him.

And he for her.

The war is on.

Witches are being recruited.

And their innate weaknesses threaten to destroy them all.

STORY SUMMARY:
Shira Naiman is the most powerful witch Crystal knows. Crystal needs her help to fight the war, a war for their minds, a war waged by parasitic demons who suck on their powers and turn witches into demons themselves.

But Shira has a weakness. As do all witches. And only through their weakness can demons bring witches under their control.

Shira's weakness soon pulls Crystal down into a world of abject deceit, betrayal, sex, passion and a madness so vicious that it finally brings her into the hands of the one they call Jack, the most powerful demon the hunters have ever met.

And the demon wants Crystal. Only Crystal.

And he'll stop at nothing to get her.

CONTENT WARNING FOR BOTH BOOKS:
Contains explicit sexual content, violence and strong language. Only appropriate for readers aged 17 and older.

Genres:
Paranormal Romance
New-Adult Romance

Links Book Two:

Amazon US
Available now!
Amazon UK
Available now!
Amazon CA
Available now!
(Pre-Order - Release Date March 22) 
(Pre-Order - Release Date March 22)
Kobo
(Pre-Order - Release Date March 22) 
(Pre-Order - Release Date March 22) 

Thank Yous

Thanks so much to the following blogs and people for helping out on Today's Book Blitz. 
You are all awesome!

Friday, March 13, 2015

*TWO* COVER REVEALS! Mind Games - A Dark and Erotic Paranormal Romance - (And a giveaway...)

(NOTE: Scroll to the end for the giveaway!)

Announcing my first ever Paranormal Romance. And it is...hot!


Mind Games Series
HIS MIND GAMES - BOOK ONE
HER MIND GAMES - BOOK TWO

OFFICIAL RELEASE-DATE:
March 20, 2015

Book One is already available and FREE on Smashwords.
Look out for it in the next few days on iTunes and B&N.
It'll be free on iTunes and B&N as well.
It is 99c right now on Amazon, but hopefully will be free in the next few days.You can, however, pick up a Kindle version on Smashwords for nothing if you'd like.

Amazon Links for Book One:

Pre-Order Links for Book Two below.

Book Two will be released on March 20 on Amazon and March 22 everywhere else. 


COVER REVEAL - BOOK ONE

HIS MIND GAMES - MIND GAMES #1


SYNOPSIS - BOOK ONE

A Dark and Erotic Paranormal Romance

An inner world of magic and power.
A lover. A night together—their first night. 
And then—disaster. He lost his mind, but she knew the truth. She knew.
And so she ran, all the way down to Marfa Texas where she met...the man they call Jack. 
A demon. 
And now he has her. 
And he’s playing Mind Games with her.

WARNING: 
Contains explicit sexual content, violence and strong language. 
Only appropriate for readers aged 17 and older. 

Genres:
Paranormal Romance
New-Adult Romance

Book 1 of 2

COVER REVEAL - BOOK TWO

HER MIND GAMES - MIND GAMES #2


SYNOPSIS

I can't give you the synopsis for Book Two right now as it contains spoilers. ;)

PRE-ORDER LINKS BOOK TWO


GENERAL INFO (FAQ)

Yes, Book One contains a cliffhanger. 
No, Book Two does not contain a cliffhanger.
The story completes at the end of Book Two.

Book Two will be released on Amazon on March 20, 2015 (it is currently up for pre-order).
It'll be available everywhere else on March 22, 2015 (also currently up for pre-order).

Let me warn you, this story is dark. But...whoa...it's a ride like you've never had before. 
Strap yourself in.

THANK YOUs

Once again, thanks to the following incredible bloggers for all their help with this cover reveal! Be sure to check out each of their pages and sign up for their newsletters or follow them on FB.


GIVEAWAY

Now let's give some money away!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Paranormal New-Adult Romance from Rachel Dunning

Hey there! Having a good day so far?

I thought I'd fill you in on what I've been working on.

Thanks to all the feedback I got from many of you, I decided to go ahead and follow a passion of mine and write a Paranormal Romance...with a twist. No bears, no vampires...but plenty of dark magic, passion, betrayal, and a love story like you've never seen before. (I hope!) I'm hoping to create a series out of it, but it depends on how people respond. This is a new genre for me so I have to take it a step at a time.

It's no Twilight, let me warn you. We don't switch off the lights, we keep them on, and the views are...mouth-watering. And don't worry, although the genre is new for me, everything you've come to love about Rachel Dunning will be in the story in full force. (It's still romance, after all.)

Look out for cover reveals on your favorite blogs, and a giveaway closer to the time. (I'll be doing cover reveals on this blog as well, of course.) The story has a working title already, but I won't share any of that right now. (It's already changed twice in my head.) Title, cover, and synopsis will all be revealed at the same time.

I'm working my guts off to get it out to you as fast as I can. If you run a blog or know someone who does, and would like to participate in the cover reveal / book blitz, send me an email (you can simply reply to this post if you're subscribed by email) or tag me on Twitter or Facebook.

Stay tuned!

Love,
Rachel

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Question for You

(There's an important question for y'all down below, so keep reading to the end!)

Hello to those of you who are new to my blog. Thanks for subscribing. This is one of those few emails you'll get from me every now and then. :)

For some time I've pondered the idea of writing a Paranormal New-Adult Romance. No, not vampires or bears or anything like that, but something almost...believable, with hints of magic and the unexplained. A touch of the unknown, and a little of the dark side...

I'm actually halfway done with a young adult romance, but I've scrapped it for now. I just hate it when things get hot, Joe kisses Mary...and then we turn off the lights! So that project's on hold for now.

But I like fantasy. I like magic. And I like some "dark" in my works.

Senior to all that, however, I like people to read my books.

The Johnny series has taken off on iTunes. It's the first series I've had that has really gained any momentum on there. So, thank you to those of you who've been spreading the word and making my work better known.

The reason for this post is that I have a question for you. I'd really love it if you could reply to this email, or drop me a comment below, or send me a message on Twitter or Facebook.

The question is this: Would you be interested in reading a New Adult Romance from me with hints of the paranormal in it? Do you like that kind of stuff? Why? Do you not? Why? Does anything in particular put you off or tickle your fancy in that genre?

That's all I have for now. Hoping to hear from you soon!

Love,
Rachel






Monday, January 5, 2015

TAKING JOHNNY - Book 3 in the Johnny Series - COVER REVEAL!


"My name is Johnny. And this is my story."


Book Three in the Johnny series. 

Johnny Abreu is no longer who he was growing up. The kind, caring, gentle soul has been taught by life that only those who take what they want succeed. 

And that's exactly what he does now. 

And suffers the consequences for it. 

Two girls.
Three friends.
One painful choice. 

This is the steamiest, sexiest, hottest book in the Johnny Series. Wear gloves while reading.

WARNING: 
This is an erotic New Adult Romance, intended for readers of 17 years or older.

The book will be released in the next few days.