An EARLY V-DAY Treat! 💄

I'm so EXCITED to be a part of this amazing collection of stories, coming in time for this Valentine's Day! 💄

Last year, I was a part of several projects donating to various charities AND this year, I plan to do more. Read more below on this...

 

Beaus & Arrows:  A Collection of Sweet & Sassy Stories, written by 22 of your favorite authors,  

EXCLUSIVELY for you!

 

This amazing collection packed full of romance to help you through that delicious box of chocolates will also give some love back.  All profits from Beaus & Arrows is going to Pennies-4-Paws!!

 

Add this Valentine’s inspired anthology to your TBR for a February 7th release: http://bit.ly/2koMY1s

 

 

Be notified when Beaus & Arrows is LIVE here: http://eepurl.com/cz0eRb

Flowers are fun, but diamonds and forever win our hearts. 22 authors have come together to bring you everything you want in an anthology. From first kisses to botched proposals, boss crushes to rockstar lovin’, these fun novellas will give you the happily ever afters you crave.

 

Perfectly Us by Abby Brooks: A secret Valentine's Day proposal almost ruins everything for this small town couple.

Right For Love.by Aria Cole: One night, one dress, him and her. But can one swipe right really lead to love?

Pinnacle - A Destined Series Story by Ashley Suzanne: A sexy, NYC getaway weekend for Mira and Skylar lead them to altar ... just not their own!

The Wedding-Night Stand by Ava Harrison: When one night of passion turns into forever.

One Night by Callie Anderson: Landon Winthrop walked into my life and consumed my mind, body, and heart. The only problem--he's my boss.

All Wrong by Callie Harper: From spilling hot coffee all down her shirt to getting locked in a closet at a party, Sarah’s Valentine’s Day is going all wrong. But when an insanely hot crush gets involved, can some things go so wrong they become just right?

Love on a Plane by Ilsa Madden-Mills: Spider didn't mean to fall for the uptight girl he sat next to on the plane. But once they kissed, all common sense went out the tiny window next to her. Too bad she was his future stepsister…

Taking My Shot by Jen Frederick

Someone Not You by Jessica Hawkins: Justin's dazzling smile and wit have never failed him in the dating department—until his boss challenges him to win a date with the one girl who might be immune to his charms.

A Very Locklaine Valentine by Jessica Prince: The story of Richard's epically disastrous proposal to Delilah.

What Love Built by JL Berg: The entire Cavenaugh family reunites for what is sure to be a very memorable Valentine's Day.

Special Delivery by Liv Morris

My First Time by LJ Shen: Mr. First Time: A real-life story about first love, first kiss and all the things that make your heart beat faster.

Rhythm by Mandi Beck: Grab front row seats to Wrecked's Valentine's Day show and see just how sexy loving a rock star can be. Especially when he's got a stash of lollipops.

Livi's Love by MJ Fields: A Caldwell Brothers novella. Hendrix Caldwell loves his woman hard and his dog, too. Livi Caldwell is surrounded in a new world full of love, devotion, and a man who will do anything to keep her from stressing.  Floyd, the couple's pit bull has found herself in a predicament.

What lengths will Hendrix go to for Livi and Floyd? In the end, Livi teaches her man once again there is always more love in this family to go around.

Yes, Yes, Yes by Nicola Rendell: A chocolate tasting gets dirty.

Game For Two: A Valentine's Staycation by Rachel Blaufeld: Drew & Jules escape the madness for a romantic night at the beach.

Backfire by Rebecca Yarros: Bash's perfectly planned proposal goes awry when he's called away for a fire.

Entwined by SE Hall: My Valentine's Day gift to all of you who asked for it- the wedding of Dane Kendrick and Laney Jo Walker.

Love and Latte by Sharon Hamilton

Beauty Knot by Stephie Walls: From marks and scars to joy and triumph, Callie and Liam finally get their fairytale. After nine years, this shotgun wedding goes every way but smoothly.

The Brightest Star by Yessi Smith: A story about two souls who continue to fall deeper into each other every day, as life unravels around them.

 

 

Golly, I'm just getting around to updating this -

I cannot tell a lie: I literally just put away all my clean laundry from BEFORE Christmas! I'm not KIDDING. That's what happens when you release a book. BUT it is so worth it.

 

Break Point is LIVE, and this is what they're saying (read on after because I say something profound):

"Sensual and forbidden, a mesmerizing love story that leaves no feeling untouched." ~ Katy Evans, NYT Bestselling Author

---->KATY said that!

"Addictive! Sexy! A romance with unexpected turns and a heartfelt story of love and forgiveness." ~ Jewel E. Ann, Author

 

"Rachel Blaufeld is a queen of a sexy romance and when I am in the mood for an angsty story with some incredibly hot moments she is an author I go to." ~ Miranda, Red Cheeks Reads

 

"...a well balanced story, some funny moments and some good old angst." ~ Michelle, After Dark Book Lovers

Anywho...I said the other day, if you make a reader FEEL, you're job as a writer is DONE! It may be rage or affection, love or animosity, dreamy or angry...it doesn't matter. When words evoke feelings, it's a job well done.

BUT the most important job is YOU as a reader for taking the time to 1 click your finger and sit down and read my book.

SO THANK YOU!

If you haven't met Drew and Jules yet, you can do so here:

Amazon US  

Amazon UK

Nook

iBooks

KOBO

ALSO, if you want to read something laugh out loud funny, check out my interview here.

xoxoxo, R

MERRY HOLIDAYS and HAPPY NEW YEAR

It's been a while readers, and I've missed you.

As 2016 comes to a close, I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off (like so many of you). I vaguely remember last year telling myself I would never do another early January release. Alas, I didn't listen to myself and here I am prepping for a January 9th release.

That's okay: the busier we are, the more alive we are. I've never wanted to be a victim of the busy trap. I'm busy, you're busy, we're all busy. WHICH is exactly why I'm so appreciative of the time you take in bed, on the couch, in the bathtub, on the subway or on vacation to read my books.

FROM the VERY bottom of my BIG heart, I say thank you.

I hope you all have a very merry holiday season filled with goodies and fun. 

As for me, I'm going to eat cake, read a lot and hang with my family!

As always, 2017 will bring several releases from me starting with Break Point. The rest remains TOP secret until after the New Year. In the coming year, I hope you all find time to enjoy yourselves (in the bath). 

---> there is a theme here. BUBBLES and BATH!

UNTIL then, where to find me.

I'm mostly in my group...

The Electric Readers

OR one of these places...

TwitterFacebook ♥ 

XOXO,

Rachel 🎄

 

Put Some Respect on THIS and Every Romance Author's Name. #authorlife

Occasionally, I get a wild hair and start waxing poetic on #authorlife over here. Okay, sometimes more than occasionally.

In my mind, there's a lot of meat to being an author. Independent or trade published—makes no difference. It's hard work. Yeah, I know you're busy too. We're all freaking busy. Sue me.

Anyways, in the book world, we spend 200% of our time marketing, and 100% of our time writing, editing, and missing deadlines. Yet, something else I know: THAT equals 300% and that's not really a number. Sue me again. I'm a writer not a mathematician.

So when someone says some bullshit comment to my mom like, "Oh, your daughter writes smut, porn, insert whatever slur you'd like," it really burns me the fuck up. And, yes that F BOMB was intentional. I don't even bother defending myself or all of my amazing colleagues anymore.

Romance is a huge category (chew on this: In 2013, Romance accounted for 13% of Fiction consumed and in 2016, it was a whopping 29%...NUMBERS DO NOT LIE).

As an author who straddles Women's Fiction, Coming of Age Stories & Romance, I love my romance readers. They're bold, fierce and independent. I've grown close with many, and they live for a good story. Dirty or not, they adore the journey and of course, the happy ending. The world around us can be a shitty place, so what's wrong with a little escapism?

It's what goes into all of that from our side. Countless hours running reader groups and takeovers, tweeting, Facebooking, and setting ads. Then, there are all the thankless tasks like uploading, dealing with error messages, emailing Amazon when something goes wrong, and most, most important, keeping up with an industry that changes DAILY. Trends, publishing guidelines, popular tropes...it can be endless. But we do it and LOVE it.

SO #putsomerespectonmyname and don't ever diminish what we do.

Signing OFF, RB

xoxoxo

Being thankful and such...

It's been a while since I've been on the blog. The fall seems to have swallowed me up WHOLE. Back to school and kid stuff, participating in an anthology, finishing up Break Point and general life has take everything from me.

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Thanksgiving is looming around the corner. With heavy and large promises of pie and Black Friday sales, I'm most taken with you. You, my readers. Some are new and many are old. I met some of you with my first release, Electrified, and you've been there ever since. In between, with every release, I've connected with more of you. TO ME, that is the best part of writing. It gets harder and harder to keep up, but I'm determined to do it.

I love hearing when you have babies or anniversaries. I adore when your kids win swimming meets or get good grades. I hate to hear you are getting divorced, but I'm thrilled when you're moving on and making a life...

What's new with me? The usual: musicals at my youngest son's school, basketball for the oldest, a new book or three on my laptop, and edits coming in soon. Oh, and I'm playing holiday music already!

In light of the holiday spirit, and I know this time of year can be hectic and expensive for many, I'm running sales throughout November and December.

This week, Vérité is 99 cents! 

I also have close to $2000 in giveaways up for grabs through my newsletter

Paperbacks are still available for order and holiday delivery (although my inventory is limited).

AND Break Point is up for PREORDER on iBooks! Amazon, Nook, and Kobo will be available closer to release. 

AS always, thank you for being there through thick and thin, early mornings and late nights.

All my love, Rachel

Donut Making Time: All the THINGS, #authorlife commentary and more.

It's the little things.

No doubt, you've heard this expression no less than a million times if you're over FORTY, like me.

There's a reason why. It's the truth. The little things are what makes a difference in life, love, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and business.

Since I started out writing five-bazillion years ago, it never fails...I always end up circling back to the little things.

One of my little things rules is: do [shit] stuff for others.

Like how we should do unto others...we should do for others.

Lately, there's been way too much taking and not giving. I recently saw a colleague of mine basically drop me because I couldn't help her on a particular project. Now, hold up...I just said about doing for others?!?!?

Well, to be honest, I had done and done and done for this person, and the one time I couldn't...well, you get the picture. That's not the way to handle yourself. BECAUSE the other side of the coin of the little things are the BIG THINGS.

When the BIG thing is all about taking, using and/or dropping someone like a wet noodle. Quite simply, that's not cool. Little things are not meant to be snagged in an endless one-way supply.

Back to the little things. Right about when I was feeling funkadelic and pissed off, my girl Michelle over at AfterDark Book Lovers Blog saved the day. Like donuts from heaven, she messaged me and said, "HEYA, there's a KU group and they would love your books. Can I add you?" Or something along those lines. 

BTW, Michelle and her girls, Grace and YaYa are class acts. They run a top-notch blog, support the writing community undyingly and do it with style.

Anyway, Michelle adds me to the group and these KU ladies are lovely and saying such nice things to me. Hey now, we all need nice things said to us now and again.

Anyway, it's the little things. Michelle did a little thing that basically was a BIG deal today.

~ Rachel

[This snippet is part of a series of snippets in which I share my take and opinions on the author life and women in writing/business. Like on Twitter, people say: opinions are my own. They are just that. Mine. And yes, I know doughnuts is misspelled.]

Donut Making Time: #authorlife commentary part ONE

This is the first installment in a new series, I've affectionately titled, "Donut Making Time."

YES, I know Donut is really spelled Doughnut.

What's more important is this will be a series of posts dedicated to the craft of writing. The business side along with the creative side. It will feature my opinions and experience with a decent helping of positivity and sarcasm, so take it or leave it. 

Don’t turn a hobby into a jobby.

 

It’s one of my favorite quotes/sayings, and I have to be one hundred percent transparent: I forget where I heard it. If this saying belongs to you, raise your hand high so I can give credit where credit is due!

 

Over the last decade, I’ve built a number of entrepreneurial ventures from a self-sufficient, reputable, moneymaking blog to licensing a product and being awarded a U.S. Patent to publishing seven independent titles.

“You’re a creative,” I hear often. I don’t consider myself to be one, but I guess I am. That being said, I consider myself a businesswoman.

Business strategy is the common thread with everything I’ve done.

Yes, I love to write. Lifestyle columns, fiction, and opinionated prose: I love it all.

I spent years prototyping and “crafting” as I liked to call it when creating my product.

And blogging is an art in and of itself. It’s crafting a message in a way that’s authentic, personal, and PROFESSIONAL.

 

Except, none of the above would have happened without strategy and forethought.

 

Maybe I make it look easy (I don’t know, people say that, but to me…it’s all hard work). This is not a new thing, but lots and lots of people want to be bloggers and writers and both. They want free items (doesn’t happen so easily) and they want to top the chart over at the BIG ‘Zon (even less likely).

 

BUT here’s the thing…it’s very rare when this happens without deep marketing (elbow grease + budget) and exceptional planning.

Who is going to find your blog? How will they find it? Why should they read it?

The same can be said of your book. Not to mention, is your blurb intriguing? How do you plan to reach new readers? How about your cover? Is it inviting? Appealing?

 

You want free stuff? What are your blog’s numbers? Unique Visitors? Commenters? Engaged readers? Do you know?

Oh, you want a publishing deal? ^^ See above. Same stuff.

 

Point being, there is a lot of hard work behind the scenes to turn a passion into a bona-fide business. I strongly feel you should love what you’re doing. But in order to do what you love, you may have to do a lot of shit you don’t love.

 

This post brought to you by being called “inspirational” on Twitter this morning. HA!

Well, I would say painfully truthful, yet inspirational (and sarcastic).

BACK TO SCHOOL Announcements with a TWIST

HEY! Happy Fall and Back to School!

I'm super excited about this upcoming release! It's naughty and nice (all proceeds going to charity).

 

Nineteen of today's bestselling authors...

Plus

Nineteen tales of tempting teachers and seductive students...

Equals

One HOT anthology for an epic cause.

 

Sexy, spicy, romantic, angsty, funny, or sweet-however you like your fantasies, these nineteen original novellas guarantee extra heat.

Student-teacher themed original novellas from Alison Gaskin BaileyCelia AaronRachel BlaufeldCarina AdamsAuthor Elle ChristensenRoya CarmenSloane HowellAria Cole, Author Rochelle Paige, Q.T. Ruby, C.M. SteeleJulia SykesAuthor K Webster, Ashleigh ZavarelliMara WhiteDani WyattJane Harvey-Berrick Author  

 

100% of digital sales profits will go to ProLiteracy, promoting and supporting literacy programs for all ages, genders, and cultures.

For information about ProLiteracy click HERE

 

Pre-order exclusively via iBooks

HERE    

 

 

 

Summer Sale!

Summer is officially HERE and in full-swing!
I wanted to make sure everyone has a chance to READ & READ!
A LOT!
Sooooo......I made a ton of bargains for you!

FREE READ!

Everyone knows her as Sienna Flower.  Her curves and long lashes tease and taunt from her very own billboard where the desert meets the Las Vegas Strip. She’s the hottest stripper in town, known for her sultry and indecent moves coupled with her virginal eyes. She’s a heady and unique combination, and a mystery to all who come to see her.    “I was hooked from the beginning and my interest didn’t wane. And the sex scenes are hot and steamy. The chemistry between Sienna and Carson is HOT”   — Love N. Books

Everyone knows her as Sienna Flower. 

Her curves and long lashes tease and taunt from her very own billboard where the desert meets the Las Vegas Strip. She’s the hottest stripper in town, known for her sultry and indecent moves coupled with her virginal eyes. She’s a heady and unique combination, and a mystery to all who come to see her. 
 

“I was hooked from the beginning and my interest didn’t wane. And the sex scenes are hot and steamy. The chemistry between Sienna and Carson is HOT”  
— Love N. Books

3 Free Kindle Unlimited Reads

Get TO SEE YOU, VERITE, and DOLCE for FREE with your Kindle Unlimited Subscription!

TO SEE YOU:

Meet smart, sexy career girl and New York snob, Charli Richards. She has everything except happiness until the day she meets Layton Griffin. It’s a random encounter on an airplane; it couldn’t mean anything, right?
 

“Modern, realistic, touching and delicious, I binged on the feels from the first page to the last!” — Katy Evans, NYT Bestselling Author

VERITE:

That’s me – Tingly Simmons – athlete, foreign-language major, professor lover, obsessed idiot girl. Definitely not a frat rat or sorority slut. I’ve never ever played beer pong.
 

“Vérité sucked me in from the very first page and never let go. Blaufeld nailed this New Adult gem with a captivating story line that tugged at my every emotion. Five huge stars.” — Erin Noelle, USA Today bestselling author

DOLCE:

Caterina is an intern. Sonny is her shock-jock boss. And Blane is a good-hearted baller…except when he steps on the court. Between on-air dares, an evil feminist professor, a straight-shooter of a coach, and rumors from the league surrounding Steele, these three are destined to screw it all up.
 

“Rachel Blaufeld’s Dolce will make you long for more romances about sexy basketball players.” — Jen Frederick, NYT Bestselling Author
Still open through July 5th, I'm giving away a KINDLE FIRE with Debra Doxer. See Details HERE!  

Still open through July 5th, I'm giving away a KINDLE FIRE with Debra Doxer.
See Details HERE!
 

 

To #bookbloggers with love,

Releasing a book is more than pressing a button.

It's way more than even writing the book.

It's like taking your beautiful, newborn, fragile, and delicate baby, bundling them up, and handing her off to daycare. Except YOU, bloggers and reviewer, are daycare workers. Readers are other visitors/parents/relatives/friends. And well, the book is the baby. ~ R

 

...It's so hard not to drive bloggers insane with instructions (quite similar to when you leave your kid for the first time). Seriously. Use this teaser, please share my book at this time but not at that time, email me if you get any questions, call me if there are any emergencies, and please, please, please take care of my baby with kid-gloves. These hardworking and often underpaid bloggers do their best to promote our babies. I imagine they want to kick us (or just me) in the shins often if not all of the time.

 

Anyway, with pressing the button looming, I wanted to say THANK YOU in advance to all of the marvelous bloggers and reviewers out there. Like Eileen, the first person to watch my son, you are the first to receive To See You, and please don't think it goes unnoticed how well you take care of her.

 

Special, special thanks to Angie and Jessica's Dreamy ReadsTotally Booked, and Maryse for their GORGEOUS early previews of To See You. If you have a chance, head on over and stalk them. They deserve it. 

 

And to EVERYONE, all my readers, bloggers, and reviewers—new and old—I can't say I love you enough.

 

 

 

DID you see the GORGEOUS Cover Reveal for To See You?

Thank you TRSOR Promotions for helping me share this precious baby. I cannot wait to share this story with you!! 

Read more about where the heck this story came from here -

To See You is a new emotional standalone coming June 2016!

No cliffhanger, only hard-earned unexpected love. And angst.

 

Read the first three chapters and pre-order your copy

exclusively on iBooks: http://apple.co/1OrSMfi

 

Add To See You to your TBR at: http://bit.ly/24lwZgC

About The Book:

 

What is it about this guy?

On paper, he’s one hundred percent wrong for me. His e-mails are equal parts annoying and funny.

Okay, more funny than annoying. More like refreshing. Different. Exciting.

But as I stand next to him now, he’s giving me head-to-toe tingles, and I find myself dwelling on his e-mails.

 

Meet smart, sexy career girl and New York snob, Charli Richards. She has everything except happiness until the day she meets Layton Griffin. It’s a random encounter on an airplane; it couldn’t mean anything, right?

 

 

Layton isn’t even remotely close to who Charli sees herself hooking up with . . . ever. Her mom and best friend agree he’s not for her, but he makes her feel something exciting, awakens her world.

 

But then Layton changes, going to great lengths for Charli to see him for who he really is.

Will those changes bring them closer together, or will she never be able to see him in the same way again?

♥ What's really behind my upcoming release? To See You... ♥

Have you ever fallen for someone who was so completely opposite of your ideal? Or your idea of the ideal? There has to be that one time when some guy got you thinking...

Right?

I'm so excited for my upcoming release, To See You, for this reason. It is about unexpected love. The kind of attraction that blooms when it is least expected.

 

 

Layton came to me on a trip to Disney. I was seated across from a dude. He wasn't my type nor the other girl seated next to him (I could tell). YET, she liked him. He was funny and confident in a fresh way——

Anyway, this story blossomed in my mind and IT is coming soon!

In fact, it is available for EXCLUSIVE preorder on iBooks

 

 

Hey Dudes: Mother's Day is Coming!

Mother's Day is fast approaching and over on my other blog, I often detail what that day means to me and/or what every mom needs or wants. Anyway, this morning at 5 a.m. (yes, I am up that early), I decided to pick out a few must-haves for moms who love to read.

Soooo, pass this little post onto your man and let him do the clicking.

I discovered this pillow on Etsy...and it's customizable. I think mine should read: Drink Coffee, Read, Read Some More.

 

 

I've been wanting these wine bottles for-freaking-ever, BUT they do not ship alcohol to Pennsylvania. For some of you who live in more lenient states, these are a MUST!

 

 

OKAY, this Mug DOESN'T really have to do with reading but I want it to use while reading.

Last but not least, did you know I offer signed paperbacks?

I DO! Which always makes a GREAT gift! Just sayin'

Happy Mother's day!

xoxox

Rachel

If you don't have anything nice to say...you know the saying.

This blog has sat dormant for a while, and there's no good explanation other than I don't have any words. SHOCKING! An author with no words.

I just don't.

And I shouldn't be using the word just.

I simply don't.

I've been saving all my words for my books, but every night as I go to sleep, I wish I had some extra words. I'd write about how hard self-publishing is and the many behind-the-scenes facets. I'd vomit up how important reviews are, and yet many are disappearing from Amazon. Daily. I would speak to the agonizing decision of participating in KU vs. NOT. Mostly, I'd complain about the loneliness that often accompanies writing.

It's a good thing I don't have any words left because they would come out all negative and twisted when I should simply be grateful.

And I am. 

For you.

Readers. Who make my world a little less lonely and A LOT brighter!

XOXO,

R

Coming Soon with all my words.

Coming Soon with all my words.

Love and Thanks and a Giveaway!

Thank you to ALL of my readers for making the release of Dolce a huge success. I couldn't do what I do without all of you, so <3 <3 <3! All my love, donuts, hugs and kisses.

If you posted a review of Dolce on Amazon and/or Goodreads, check out the Giveaway Below!!
 

Look at this extra special copy of Absolution Road, signed with love by over 40 authors all in attendance at Holidays with the Belles! I'm giving it + a $25 Gift Card to Starbucks to one lucky reader who follows me on Twitter, joins my private Facebook group The Electric Readers, and leaves a review of one of Dolce!

It's a regular party up in here. New Releases, Sales, Covers...

It has been an absolute whirlwind since I last posted.

In fact, I felt like I had nothing to say in the beginning of the year. SHOCKING, I know! Anyway, now I have a ton. 

First, I went to a signing this past weekend, and let me tell you....thank you Dallas for making me feel welcome. I loved meeting everyone who stopped by my table AND yes, I will continue to bring my signature lip glosses to every event. They are the biggest hit, and I'll tell you why....nothing like picking your own color. By the way, they're organic and all-natural glosses... in case you were worried.

I digress.

Second, the cover is out in the WILD for Dolce.

I know, so, so pretty!

I LOVE it only second to the actual story.

And that's about it for me. Oh, I have a few basketball games this week and a winter concert for my son's orchestra.

XOXO

R

Which brings me to my third point. Dolce is up for preorder (99 cents/special price!) and Vérité is on sale for 99 cents so it's a regular bargain basement this month. But I know after the holidays, it is rough getting back on budget so I felt in my heart this was the right thing to do with pricing.

Finally, I have a handy dandy signed paperback store right now. ^^ Right up there under PURCHASE.