Rachael’s release day.

My first book, A Deal Before the Altar is now available, online and in store. It is the realisation of a dream I’ve been seriously chasing for the last seven years and I still have to pinch myself!

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Since ‘the call’ in January offering me a two book contract, I’ve encountered all sorts of new experiences, from doing revisions to seeing my first cover. I’ve held a Goodreads giveaway and Romantic Times gave my book a 4star review, saying Thomas’ high-society romance is a terrific debut. I’ve also appeared in my local paper. Even more excitingly, today I am returning from London and my first Mills and Boon author lunch – but that’s a post for another day!

This is the first cover I saw, the North American cover and I was totally blown away by it, but somehow it still didn’t feel real. I was after all, used to seeing the UK covers. I finally realised it was real when I opened the parcel with my UK books inside.

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It’s hard to believe that this time last year I was just about to enter Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write. It was the start of something special and I’d like to thank everyone who supported me in the competition.

From my experience, I would definitely advise aspiring writers to enter competitions. Success isn’t guaranteed, but perseverance and love of writing will certainly help.

 

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10 thoughts on “Rachael’s release day.

  1. Many congratulations, Rachael! a very inspiring story, and what a sea-change has taken place for you just in the space of a year! Enjoy every moment, me dear.

  2. Ooh how exciting! Congratulations, Rachael! I thought the book was due out in October so I will definitely buy it this week. And because it’s you I’ll buy the paperback edition!
    It’s certainly been an amazing year for you. Long may your success continue xx

  3. Well done Rachael, it’s a fabulous achievement and the start of much success. I need to be patient until the book finally comes out in
    Australia!

    Helen R 🙂

  4. Congratulations, so well deserved, and now your lovely novel has pride of place on my book shelf… soon to be filled with lots more from the WRs – we’re on a roll! You are right, hard work, dedication, passion and talent will pay off in the end and you have them all in spades xx

  5. Absolutely delighted for you Rachael! Congratulations on A Deal Before the Altar. You’re the first of the WRs to have your book in paperback in the shops and we’re so proud of you!

  6. So you think you can write? Well, you proved you can. It’s been a pleasure watching your journey over the last 18 months or so from aspiring writer to published writer who shows that dreams can come true if you never give up. I have my copy on my shelf and feel very proud as it’s the first of the Write Romantic paperbacks. Can’t wait to crack on and read it.
    Jessica xx

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