GIVEAWAY – For Keeps Prize Pack!

I can hardly believe it’s almost release day for FOR KEEPS!

For Keeps cover_lo resA SUMMER FLING…OR SOMETHING MORE?

Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue — even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It’s hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children’s camp where she’s just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry’s style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay.

TJ Jameson isn’t looking for anything complicated — just a peaceful life on his family’s ranch with a wife and kids. “No-strings” Merry Atwater doesn’t fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ’s a goner. If he doesn’t give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .

Merry and TJ will be hitting the shelves on January 27th, but I’ve got a chance for you to win a FOR KEEPS prize pack before then. It includes an autographed copy of the book, a Dogwood pendant necklace, and a Bark Less Wag More mug.

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My Favorite Books of 2014

I didn’t have a lot of time to read this year (something I hope to fix next year!) but I still managed to read some amazing books. Some of them were by longtime favorite authors of mine, and a couple of them were by authors I hadn’t read before. In no particular order, here they are:

Christmas At Twilight

Lori Wilde’s Christmas at Twilight. This book was heart-wrenching and beautiful. It touches on some dark issues, and it will leave you crying happy tears by the end. Reading it during the Christmas season makes it all the more special, so if you get a chance to read it this month, you really should! :) Lori is my teacher and mentor, and I’m always a big fan of her books, but just read the other reviews if you think I’m biased. This book is fabulous.

Carolina Man

Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Man. This was my first book of Virginia’s, and she had me tearing up on page two when the hero rescues a homeless dog while serving overseas. I was hooked, and she never let me go. This book was everything I look for in a romance: heartfelt, emotional, a vibrant small town setting (of course I’m partial to books set in NC!) and the furry sidekicks didn’t hurt either. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

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It Happened One Wedding by Julie James. Julie is an auto-buy author for me. She served up more of the witty, fast-paced banter I’ve come to expect from her in this one, but it was also a really heartwarming story with characters I adored. Her glossy Chicago-set books are a nice departure from the small town southern contemporaries I usually read, and this one is one of my favorites she’s written!

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It’s in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Jill Shalvis, and her Lucky Harbor series is hands-down my favorite contemporary romance series. This is the 10th book in the series, and one of my favorites, which is saying a lot, as she had already set the bar high in Lucky Harbor. I adored Sam and Becca. Their story was so heartfelt and touching. I loved everything about this book!

Shelter Me

Shelter Me by Catherine Mann. Catherine was another new author for me. A friend recommended her, and as soon as I saw the cover, I knew I had to read this book. As you might have guessed based on my own books, I’m a huge sucker for a book involving animal rescue, and this one, well…Catherine delves even deeper into the gritty realities of animal rescue than I do in Unleashed. I cried several times reading it. It’s definitely a heavy book, but ultimately so heartwarming. I highly recommend it!

Head over to my Facebook page, because I’ll be giving away copies of these books, and Unleashed, all week! Don’t miss it! :)

Happy “Birthday” to my girl Lacy

Eight years ago today, we brought home this beautiful girl. She’d been abused, neglected, then dumped at the shelter where she gave birth to a litter of puppies that didn’t make it. She was two years old. She’s ten now, and we love her more every day.

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There’s something extra special about a rescue dog. They appreciate life even more because they know how good they’ve got it now! :) Lacy’s getting pretty old and gray these days, but she’s still as sassy as ever. Little known fact: she almost got to be the cover model for Unleashed, but I didn’t have quite the right shot, and her face is too white now for a re-shoot. She’s still pretty gorgeous though, right? :) (the photo below is Lacy in her younger years)

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To honor Lacy, and all rescue dogs and the people who work so hard to save them, if you make a donation to an animal rescue group today, I will gift you a copy of Unleashed. Just email me at rachellaceycontest (at) gmail (dot) com with a screenshot of your donation (personal info removed of course), and I’ll send you your choice of a signed paperback (US only please) or e-book (Kindle or Nook format).

Not sure who to donate to? I can personally recommend Carolina Boxer Rescue. They saved Lacy and rescue hundreds of boxers every year. As a volunteer run organization, every penny you donate goes directly to medical bills and other care for the dogs. And of course you can never go wrong with the ASPCA. The ASPCA works tirelessly to save homeless animals in America and bring awareness to the laws and services needed to better protect them.

Happy “Birthday” Lacy, and here’s to many more! :)

When Life Imitates Art…

When I was writing the third book in my Love to the Rescue series, Ever After, my heroine, Olivia, finds a tiny feral kitten. Being a die-hard animal lover, she attempts to capture and tame the kitten (and I’ll let you wait until the book comes out to find out how it goes for her LOL).

At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about feral cats, other than that there were some living around our apartment complex and that there was such a thing as “trap and release” to spay/neuter the adult cats to keep them from producing more kittens. So I did my research on taming a feral kitten – for Olivia’s sake, of course. And then several months later, this happened…

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It’s a little hard to see because my phone focused on the window screen, but a little mama cat brought her three kittens to nurse on the cool cement of our patio. They were feral, completely wild, but after I put some food and water out for them, mama and I reached a little agreement. She’d bring them to my patio to eat, and I put out the food. After all my research on feral kittens for the book, I knew it was supposed to be pretty easy to tame kittens at this age (6-7 weeks), so we schemed and came up with a plan to catch them. And well, against all odds, it worked!

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My six-year-old named them Anakin Skywalker (black), Luke Skywalker (orange) and Obi Wan Kenobi (tabby). It seemed a little hopeless at first. We got nothing but hissing and hiding. Luke, the orange one, even bit me when I first caught them. But two weeks later, they are completely tame! And Luke is the BIGGEST ham. He just can’t stop purring and loves to “help” me work on my laptop at night.

We already have a fifteen-year-old cat, and a boxer, so I told my son we could keep two kittens. He chose Luke and Obi. Anakin, who was the shyest, went home with one of my friends a few days ago. I think he will do well on his own. The other two more rambunctious kittens were overshadowing his personality. Now he will be the center of attention.

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Our new kittens, Obi and Luke. Are they the cutest, or what?

As for mama, she still comes by the patio for food. I can’t keep feeding her. We’re moving in a few weeks for one thing. But I have her scheduled for a trap and release spay soon. So at least I can give her a better future where she doesn’t have to be a kitten factory. She did a good job with these boys though, and I’m glad we get the chance to give them a happy home!

And now, I have some real life experience to write into my heroine Olivia’s experience in taming her own feral kitten. Funny how life works out sometimes, isn’t it? :) Ever After will be out August 25th, 2015!