The Story of Fate’s Kiss

The history of Fate’s Kiss is much simpler than the history of The Most Special Chosen (Pt 1 | Pt 2). It was set in motion on February 21st when Sonya Jesus asked if I would be willing to join her and some of her author friends in writing for the Summer Heat anthology.

The goal was a novella-length story at around 20k words. I agreed to at least give it a try, and asked her to add me to the collaboration group. Once I joined, I found out it the story was due June 1st. In hindsight, I realize just how tight a deadline that is. But at the time, it didn’t seem too bad. Silly me.

I started out trying to write a contemporary romance story, but it didn’t go very well. After a couple of weeks, I realized that that story just wasn’t going to happen.

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The Most Special Chosen, Pt. 2

Alright, here’s part two of the history of The Most Special Chosen (TMSC). This is another one of those posts I can’t explain why I haven’t written. But, finally, here is the story of how The Most Special Chosen got picked up by a publisher.

In 2016, Burning Willow Press (BWP) attended Paracon in Virginia Beach. Because it was only 4 (ish) hours away, we decided to attend. Jim wanted to meet the publishers in person. I was also interested in taking photos of Ferry Plantation because I’d only recently gotten my Canon Rebel T5.

We spent some time talking to Edd and Kindra and met another BWP author, Mark Reefe. After a bit, we went inside to take photos and get out of the heat. Unfortunately, my battery died after the second room.

So, once we finished going through the house, I took my camera back to the car. No sense in lugging around something basically useless.

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The Most Special Chosen, Pt. 1

This is, admittedly, more than a little overdue. This is one of those posts that I can’t really explain why I haven’t written. There’s no real reason, I just haven’t gotten to it.

A favorite question when talking to or interviewing authors is “how long did it take you to write your book?” Sometimes, it’s an easy answer. Other times, like with The Most Special Chosen (TMSC), it’s complicated.

I’d like to explain why it’s complicated, so today, you’re getting the history of TMSC. As I said before, it’s long overdue, but better late than never, right?

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Massive Milestone Extravaganza

Wow! Last week was eventful! Work was absolutely crazy, which is why this giveaway is a bit delayed. But beyond that, I hit the following milestones:

  • 700 Instagram followers
  • 600 Facebook page likes
  • 100 Facebook group members
  • 100 Newsletter subscribers
  • 5,000 Blog views

To thank you all for helping me reach all these milestones, I’m having a massive giveaway extravaganza.

I’m giving my followers/subscribers some of my favorite things! One lucky winner will receive:

  1. A signed copy of The Most Special Chosen
  2. Kindle copies of Elysabeth & Shawn, the Prequel Shorts; The Most Special Chosen; and the Summer Heat anthology containing Fate’s Kiss
  3. Some special, unreleased Exalted Bloodlines swag
  4. $10 Amazon gift card
  5. A Jinhao x126 fountain pen, converter, and ink cartridges
  6. Harry Potter 01 Funko Pop
  7. Super Heroes 121 Harley Quinn Hot Topic Exclusive Funko Pop

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only through September 7. But I’ve got a second giveaway open internationally (Kindle books and an Amazon gift card) here. I’m sorry to separate them, but international shipping is expensive.

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Thanks again for helping me reach all of these milestones. Here’s to many more.

Coming Soon: Summer Heat

Summer Heat

Summer HeatWith temperatures rising, the sizzling stories of Summer Heat will have you needing a dip in the pool. We’re turning up the heat and you’re going to be damp in more ways than one.

Second chance romance, a sexy vampire, an irresistible bad boy, dark secrets, and then some? There’s a little bit of something for everyone. Grab a cold drink, come get down and dirty, and make this summer extra hot with Summer Heat.

Summer Heat is dedicated to all the strong and sexy women around the world. Yes, you, too! The proceeds of this anthology will be donated to the Global Fund for Women.

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Cover Reveal – Fate’s Kiss

Fate’s Kiss

by Rachel de la Fuente

Fate's Kiss

Found In: Summer Heat
Series: Exalted Bloodlines, Book 1.5
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: July 6, 2018 
Purchase From: Amazon (pre-order)

When our eyes met, I felt an instant connection, like a string was tying us together.

– – – –

Shawn

Selene is unlike any woman I’ve ever met, and it makes me want her so much that I can hardly control myself around her. But she’s a vampire princess, so I don’t see how we could have a future. After all…

– – – –

… royalty doesn’t mate with humans.

– – – –

Selene

Those are my mother’s words, so unless my father declares otherwise, they’re law to me. Maybe if she knew about the connection Shawn and I share, she’d be more amenable to the match. But I don’t know what the connection is, other than a gut feeling that Shawn is my fated mate. So I must trust that…

– – – –

… Fate happens, even if it seems impossible.

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Cover Reveal – Summer Heat

Summer Heat Book MockupToday I bring you a special cover reveal. Allow me to introduce you to the Summer Heat anthology.

Summer Heat is a charity anthology I’m part of featuring nine fabulous female authors. It’s due out July 6, so mark your calendars now. 🙂

About Summer Heat

With temperatures rising, the sizzling stories of Summer Heat will have you needing a dip in the pool. We’re turning up the heat and you’re going to be damp in more ways than one.

Second chance romance, star crossed lovers, a sexy vampire, an irresistible bad boy, dark secrets, and then some! There’s a little bit of something for everyone. Grab a cold drink, come get down and dirty, and make this summer extra hot with Summer Heat.

Summer Heat is dedicated to all the strong and sexy women around the world. Yes, you, too! The proceeds of this anthology will be donated to the Global Fund for Women.

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Meet Elysabeth Vance

Portrait of Elysabeth Vance
Portrait of Elysabeth by artist Kyle McGill

Welcome to my final character interview for now. This time you’re meeting Elysabeth Vance (EV), only child of Estel and George, and protagonist of The Most Special Chosen. She’s also best friend and roommate to Shawn Dooley, who you met earlier.

Elysabeth invited me to the townhouse she and Shawn share. It’s a comfortable, cozy place with a wonderful lived-in feel.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Elysabeth.


RdlF: Elysabeth, I’m so happy to finally get to talk to you.

EV: Yeah, I can’t believe how hard it was to set this up. It’s like our schedules are completely opposite.

RdlF: Well, we’re finally here now. I’m sure you know my first question. Readers will want to know how to pronounce your name.

EV: [giggles] Understandable. It’s Eh-lease-ah-beth. My mom is a fan of Pride and Prejudice, but she wanted to make my name more Latina, so she changed the spelling.

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Cover Reveal: The Most Special Chosen

Cover for The Most Special ChosenThis is it, it’s finally cover reveal day. Lola’s Blog Tours did a great job setting up everything for the reveal. Loraine Van Tonder did an awesome job with the cover. I’m super happy with it.

I’ve also got a giveaway going as part of the cover reveal. You can enter to win one of five copies of Elysabeth & Shawn, the Prequel Series. This collection of shorts is exclusive to giveaways and offers you a glimpse of the special friendship Elysabeth Vance and Shawn Dooley share.

View the Rafflecopter giveaway to enter.

I want to offer a thank you to those people who have participated so far:

And those who signed up to do so:

So what do you think of my cover? Leave me a comment and let me know. And be sure to enter the giveaway.

Meet Damien Delanciennes

Damien Delanciennes
Portrait of Damien by artist Kyle McGill

Welcome to my third character interview. This time you’re meeting Damien Delanciennes (DD), older brother of Selene who you met earlier and eldest child of Donovan and Selini Delanciennes.

I was, once again, invited to the Delanciennes’ house, but this time I was treated to some time in the gardens. They actually have a hedge maze, how cool is that?

I hope you enjoy getting to know Damien a bit better.


RdlF: Damien, thank you for taking time to talk to me. I’m sure you must have a lot on your plate with a double major.

DD: It is not so bad. There is less work between midterms and finals.

RdlF: Remind me of your majors.

DD: International Relations and Diplomacy, and International Business.

RdlF: With an international focus, I’m assuming learning foreign languages is highly encouraged.

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