Crash and Burn is out today!

Crash and Burn Available Now!

CRASH AND BURN is out today! I’m so excited for you to meet Nate and Isa (and rescue dog Maya) as they fight for survival – and love – deep in the Sierra Nevadas while a forest fire rages around them. Make sure you buy your copy for 99 cents before it goes up to full price next week! 🔥🔥

BUY IT NOW FOR JUST 99 CENTS:
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Still on the fence? You can read the full first chapter for free right here!

Terrified of flying, Isa Delgado is determined to conquer her fears. Agreeing to accompany a dog on her “freedom flight” from the shelter, Isa gets ready for the journey of her life, boarding a plane with a sexy and rugged pilot.

Silicon Valley CEO Nate Peters volunteers his time and personal jet for animal rescue missions. Flying the stunning and compassionate Isa is just an added perk of the job. But when the plane malfunctions over a forest fire, Isa’s biggest fear comes true as they crash into the fiery woods.

After crashing in a remote area, Nate and Isa must find sanctuary in the midst of the forest as flames threaten to engulf them. Nate and Isa fight for survival as they seek comfort in each other’s arms. With time running out, will they outrun the fire that burns around them while igniting the desire that heats up between them?

All proceeds from first week sales will be donated to relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thanks so much for your support! ❤️

Win an advanced copy of Ever After!

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UPDATE: The winner of this contest is Ann Lorz. Congratulations, Ann! And thanks again to everyone who entered! :)

My third book, Ever After, releases in print and e-book on August 25th. If you’ve read Unleashed or For Keeps, you’ve already met feisty Olivia Bennett, and boy does she meet her match when she gets caught toeing the wrong side of the law by Deputy Pete Sampson (aka Deputy Hot Stuff).

But if you don’t want to wait until August to read their story, I’ve got an advanced copy of Ever After to give away right now! There are two ways to enter:

1. Add Ever After to your “to read” shelf on Goodreads:
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After you’ve added it, leave a comment here with your Goodreads screenname.

2. Sign up for my e-newsletter (top right of this page). After you’ve signed up, leave a comment here with the first part of your email address (whatever comes before @gmail.com, @aol.com, etc. – no need to post your whole email addy here on the internet!) I promise not to spam you – I only send about 4 newsletters a year.

Good luck! Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry. I’ve posted the same contest on my Facebook page, but don’t worry, I’ll tally all the entries from both locations before I let random.org pick a winner! :)

This contest will run through Tuesday, June 2nd, and yes this one is international! :)

Unleashed German Cover!

This is so cool – my first foreign cover! Check out the German cover for Unleashed:

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I love it! The German title translates to “No Plan for Love.” How cute is that little paw print trail? Kein Plan für die Liebe will be released on September 3rd. If you speak German and are interested in reading, you can find it on Goodreads and Amazon.de.

A sweet FOR KEEPS excerpt

So, maybe you’ve heard that my second book, FOR KEEPS, comes out tomorrow! EEK! I’m just a wee bit excited :) And I wanted to share an excerpt with you. Most of the snippets that get shared are the steamy, sexy ones, but this one is sweet, and it’s one of my favorite scenes from the book. My hero, T.J. Jameson, is a sexy cowboy who’s also a large animal vet. But thanks to an incident in his past, he’s wary of dogs, especially strays. Naturally my heroine, Merry, is an animal rescuer, and she works her magic to convince him to foster Amber – a formerly stray dog. And I *love* this scene between T.J. and Amber. I hope you do too!


 

T.J. stepped from the shower and wrapped himself in a towel. It was just past midnight, and he was dead on his feet. The afternoon and eveningFor Keeps cover_lo res had been one emergency call after another. He’d finally gotten home twenty minutes ago, smelling like a cow’s ass, too dirty even to eat before a shower.

Amber lay on the bathmat, waiting for him. She’d carried the stuffed porcupine in with her, and the duck. As he watched, she nuzzled the yellow stuffed animal, then licked it, like a mother dog grooming a puppy.

He shook his head and walked into the bedroom, where he shrugged into a clean pair of Wranglers and a worn t-shirt. Amber followed with the porcupine in her mouth. She set it in her dog bed, then went back for the duck.

He sat on the bed and watched her for a moment. “Are you a momma?”

She looked up at him and thumped her tail against the bed.

He slid down and crouched beside her. He lifted her right front leg to inspect her teats. Yep, she’d nursed a litter. Probably more than one.

“Hungry?” he asked.

His stomach was so empty it had started to devour itself, leaving him with a dull ache in his belly. He led the way downstairs. The soft shuffle of Amber’s paws followed behind him.

He pulled a slab of roast beef from the fridge, cut a thick wedge, and slapped it between two slices of bread with a big squirt of mustard. He couldn’t hold in the groan of appreciation as he took the first bite.

Amber curled up on the linoleum nearby, too polite even to beg.

“I really don’t like mutts, you know,” he told her.

She stared, her solemn expression betrayed by the steady thump of her tail against the floor.

“I don’t know a thing about you. You could have been raised by wolves for all I know. You could be part coyote.”

She rested her head on her front paws with a sigh.

“Well, fine, but only if you promise not to tell Merry.” He dropped a chunk of roast beef into her bowl.

With a happy swish of her tail, Amber gobbled it up, then came to lay by his feet again.

T.J. stuffed himself on roast beef, then walked her outside. Just before one a.m., he stripped to his boxers and collapsed in bed, bone tired and dead to the world.

Sometime later, he jolted awake. A crack of thunder shook his bedroom, drowning out the howl of wind and the steady drumming of rain against the roof. He rolled over and stuffed an arm under the pillow.

North Carolina had some wild summer thunderstorms. He watched as a bolt of lightning streaked across the sky, followed by the resounding boom of thunder. His horses would have taken cover in their outdoor shelter, safe from the storm.

He’d always been awed by the power of the storm, the way it could light up the night and shake his house on its very foundation. Alas, tonight not even the majesty of mother nature could keep him awake. Desperately tired, he let his eyes drift shut. Sleep always came quickly for him, and he felt himself start to slide into its embrace.

A scuffling sound came from under the bed.

Instantly, he was awake. Alert. He heard it again, a scuffle, then a bump. What the hell? Something was under the bed.

Had a squirrel come in through the attic? Mice?

He peered over the edge of the bed, saw the empty dog bed, and groaned. Amber. He’d forgotten all about her. See, this was why dogs didn’t come inside. Made them sissies afraid of a damn thunderstorm.

He swung out of bed and peered beneath it. Sure enough, there was an Amber-sized lump. “Hey, Amber. Come here, girl. Nothing to be afraid of, just a thunderstorm.”

Lightning lit the room, revealing Amber huddled beneath the bed. T.J. reached his hand toward her. How the hell did you comfort a frightened dog? Merry would know.

He dropped to his stomach against the cool floorboards and reached for her. The next lightning bolt revealed two shiny rows of teeth gleaming back at him.

“Jesus Christ!” He yanked his hand back so fast he banged his head against the side of the bed. “F***.”

The damn dog was snarling at him! Good for nothing mutt. T.J. rubbed at his temple as he glared at her from a safer distance. That’s it, she was going back to Merry’s house in the morning.

Amber scooted backward and watched him.

Why was her mouth open? Surely she wasn’t still trying to bite him. He reached up and flipped on the lamp on his bedside table, then winced against the sudden onslaught of light. Beneath the bed, Amber panted as if it were a hundred degrees in his bedroom.

Slimy strands of drool dangled from her jowls, her eyes so wide he could see the whites all the way around. She hadn’t snarled at him at all. She was just terrified of the storm.

Well, damn. “Come on, Amber. Buck up, woman. It’s just a storm.”

Amber stared back, her eyes glazed with terror.

“Being homeless must have been loads of fun for you, huh?” Exhausted, he sat on the floor and talked at her until the storm passed. Finally, she slunk toward him and climbed back into her bed.

T.J. collapsed against his pillow. He didn’t even feel his eyes close before the alarm started beeping. Warm sunlight filled the room, stabbing into his weary eyes. Groaning, he rolled over. Beside the bed, Amber lay curled around her faux puppies.

It was hard to hate a dog who cuddled with stuffed animals.


Now if you prefer your excerpts a little steamier, check out this first kiss scene that’s being shared on my blog tour. It is most definitely not PG rated 😉 Enjoy!

FOR KEEPS hits shelves tomorrow!

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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! :)

The Dogs Behind Unleashed

Whether you’ve read it yet or not, you probably know that Unleashed features several lovable furry characters. Maybe you wondered if any of them were inspired by real dogs, and yes, some of them were. That’s what this post is all about! :)

If you’ve read any of my recent interviews, you’ve probably heard me talking about the photo that inspired Unleashed. As a volunteer with my local boxer rescue group, I see a lot of emails forwarded from local shelters about dogs needing urgent rescue before they’re euthanized. When I was beginning to plot Unleashed, I got an email about a female boxer named Sadie. This photo was attached:

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It really gripped me. Her fear and despair are palpable. I copied this photo into my plotting notes for Unleashed, and the rest of the book kind of fell into place around her. I don’t know if the real Sadie found rescue, but I made sure to take good care of her fictional counterpart. :)

Then there’s Mojo. Remember him? Cara fosters him at the beginning of the book. Mojo was a real foster dog of mine, and he was as relaxed and easygoing in real life as he is in Unleashed. In fact, we only had him a week before he found his forever home.

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And the final inspiration for Unleashed, although she doesn’t appear in its pages, is my own rescue boxer, Lacy. Adopting her, loving her, and volunteering for the rescue that saved her, are the true inspiration for Unleashed and the Love to the Rescue series. I love this girl more than words can express!

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Romance Unleashed

I’ll be honest – I’m a sucker for a book with a dog on the cover! I love romance, and I love dogs, so if there’s an adorable canine sidekick that helps the couple fall in love, then it’s already halfway to becoming one of my favorites. In honor of Unleashed’s upcoming release, I’m working on a list of romances any dog-lover should read:

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Finding Mr. Right by Emily Carmichael

Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook

Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

Against the Cage by Sidney Halston

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Carolina Man by Virginia Kantra

Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey

Shelter Me by Catherine Mann

The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry

The Search by Nora Roberts

Animal Attraction (and the whole Animal Magnetism series) by Jill Shalvis

Dog Days by Elsa Watson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know a great romance with a doggy sidekick that isn’t on my list? Reply in the comments! I’d love to add it. Happy reading, dog lovers! :)

I need your help!

With Unleashed‘s release coming up next month (next month!! yay!), I’m trying to put together a list of other romance novels that have dogs in them. Here are a few of my recent favorites:

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What are some of your favorite romance novels (any genre) featuring a lovable canine sidekick?

Unleashed Sneak Peek & a Giveaway!

Hi everyone! How would you like to read a teaser from Unleashed? How about the entire first chapter? Well, here you go! And if the first chapter isn’t enough, I have one advanced copy of Unleashed to giveaway, so make sure you enter below…

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Chapter 1

Cara Medlen felt the growl before she heard it, rumbling against her leg from the dog tensed at her side. She jiggled the leash to break his concentration. “Easy, Casper. You may not realize it yet, but today’s your lucky day.”

He looked up at her with dull eyes, one brown, one blue. A jagged scar creased his face. Ribs and hip bones jutted through his mangy white coat. And, oh boy, did he stink. Cara had yet to meet an ugly boxer, but Casper . . . well, he had the sort of face that made people cross to the other side of the street.

That same face grabbed at a tender spot in her heart.

“It’s a blessing that Triangle Boxer Rescue can take him,” the woman behind the desk, a volunteer named Helen, said. “Shelter life hasn’t been good for him.”

Cara nodded as she handed the signed paperwork to Helen. “I’ve worked with a lot of dogs like Casper. I’m sure we’ll have him ready for adoption in no time.”

But the warning she’d received from her homeowners’ association over the summer weighed heavily on her mind: Keep her foster dogs in line or face disciplinary action by the board.

The door to the kennels opened, allowing raucous barking to spill into the lobby. Casper peered around her and fixed his gaze on the man who’d come through the door. His ears flattened, and the hair raised along his spine.

Yep, this dog was trouble all right.

Click here to read the rest of Chapter 1. I hope you enjoy it!

Now for the fun part. I have one advanced copy of Unleashed to giveaway. Want it? Enter below! Good luck!!! :)

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