Typically, I devote these posts to amazing new writers. While that's all well and good, today I want to focus on an accomplished writer that you're probably already fans of!
During my last book tour, Rachel Firasek did me the great honor of hosting me (a guest post). At the time, Rachel was promoting the release of her upcoming novella--Creating Fate--one piece of The Unspun Trilogy, which was actually penned by three authors--Rachel, Berinn Rae, and Elle J Rossi. Creating Fate sounded interesting, so I anxiously awaited its release.
Wow! Let me just say that reading it was quite an experience. You can read my review below, but let me share some information about the book and its author first.
She gave away her heart…
Giving her heart to a mortal wasn't something the First Fate planned. Losing him nearly shattered her soul. Upon his death, Clotho swore never to love—or weave life—again. Hoping she'll change her mind before it's too late, Zeus commands the spinner of life to take a much needed vacation from her immortal responsibilities.
He had to hide his...
Dane is close to cracking the drug ring he's spent the last two years infiltrating, but needs to perform one last heist to meet the head man and prevent an impending war. An undercover agent, he’s now on the run from drug lords, thieves and with the very woman whose tears make him forget his purpose.
Together they’ll find a way back from the dark.
Chloe will have to put her trust a man she believes is like the ones that killed her fiance, or face an eternity on Earth. Without the desire for life, hope could slip through the cracks of time if he doesn’t love away her sorrow.
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Rachel’s writing career began at the impressionable age of twelve with a poem dedicated to the soldiers of Desert Storm. A dark macabre affair that earned her a publication in an anthology and many raised eyebrows from family and friends, she hid her poetry and artistic style for years…
Tucked away in the heart of Central Texas, with the loving support of her husband and three children, Rachel dusted the cobwebs from her craft. Returning to those twisted regions of her mind, she creates dark urban fantasies and soul-searching paranormal romance.
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My Five-Star Review of Creating Fate:
As a rule, I try to avoid romance novels. First of all, they’re just not my bag. Give me action, blood and guts, sci-fi … hell, give me a restaurant menu, and I’ll probably enjoy it more than a romance novel.
Second, most romance novels aren’t written for me. That’s fine. I’m not the target audience and I don’t feel slighted in the least. Well … perhaps a little … but that’s neither here nor there. I’m sure if more men purchased romance novels, there’d be a whole slew of books written for them. Until then, nothing’s going to change.
Most of all, though, I avoid romance novels for one big reason: the little voice in my head that insists I could teach that male character a thing or two about romance in the ‘real’ world. But since it isn’t a fair competition—he’s in the book and I’m not—I’m going to take my ball and go home.
The truth is, I picked up this novella for one reason: I love Rachel Firasek. No, I don’t mean “love” love (we’re both married to other people, so that would be kinda awkward … although it’s probably been the storyline for many a romance novel, huh?) I mean love love (which is not to be confused with love “love” or even “love love” and don’t get me started on italics).
Anyway, Rachel is several hundred kinds of awesome and I’ve been dying to read her stuff—but there’s one problem: all that frakkin’ romance. It literally makes my skin crawl. No joke. I just typed the word and I’m itchy and twitchy and scratching like a meth addict. (Apologies to meth addicts everywhere for the humor at their expense.)
I believe in the power of stretch goals, so, when “Creating Fate” was released, I said “f**k it” and bought the damn thing. Seriously, I actually said “f**k it” out loud, as if I was speaking to someone else, although I was the only person in the room.
That was not a unique occurrence, so think what you will of me. The point is that I faced my fears and came out on top!
Imagine what’s next!
So, I’ve managed to get several hundred words into this review without talking about the book. Pretty amazing.
I really liked the book. I didn’t need to know about the size of Dane’s package, but boy would I love to try out the whole “You need this sex” line on a grieving woman! That’s my kinda romance … although I have to believe it would end much differently in my world than it did in Rachel’s.
It lends new meaning to the term Great Dane. Haha!
Seriously, in “Creating Fate,” Rachel shows why she’s such a successful writer with such amazing fans. She whips mythology, action, romance, and humor into a killer of a story. I’m still not a romance fan, but I am a Rachel Firasek fan.
Be sure to check out Creating Fate and let me (and Rachel) know what you think!
The other books in The Unspun Trilogy: Stealing Fate, by Berinn Rae, and Chasing Fate, by Elle J Rossi, are also available. I'll let you know about them in future posts.