Saturday, March 15, 2014

Regan's Ghosts


Hanover picked up his pipe and relit it, studying Regan’s face as he inhaled to bring the fire back to life. “Today’s not the first time, is it?”

“First time? I lost count around my second week in Amsterdam.”

“Not chasing the dragon, seeing things.”

Regan studied her drink for a long moment and then shook her head slowly.

“What have you seen?”

“Ghosts,” she said softly. “I talked to them all the time when I was younger, but then Daddy thought I was crazy and sent me to a psychiatrist. So now I only talk to them if we’re alone.”

“When did you start seeing ghosts?”

“The first time was the day I saw my mother get shot. Her spirit rose up out of her body and kissed me on the cheek. She wiped my tears and told me she wouldn’t leave me. And she hasn’t. She still kisses my forehead every night and sings me a lullaby when I’m sad. That’s another thing I saw in the mirror.”

“What?” Hanover asked.

“My mother get shot. When I ran away from the table the first time. That’s why I ran, except I thought it was a real person getting shot here tonight. I thought I could save her.”

“But when you got there, no one had been shot.” Hanover reached across the table and put his hand over hers.

Regan turned her hand over and clasped his hand. “How did you know?”

“Maybe our worlds aren’t that different after all, Regan Worth.” Hanover reached out to wipe a tear that glistened on her cheek.

High Rollers is the latest book in our Dime Store Novel series. However, it is the first book that stars Regan Worth, so you haven’t read the other books, you can start here and go back if you want.

Regan Worth is a fun character to write. She’s the daughter of a jazz pianist and bootlegger. High Rollers takes place at the height of the Jazz age when prohibition had its claws on fun, but people like Regan found ways to party. Regan likes to party. She drinks, smokes, and chases the dragon (smokes opium).  In some ways, the partying gives her an excuse for seeing things others can’t see. If she starts talking to someone others can’t see, she can always blame the drugs.

In this scene she shares her secret with Hanover Fist.  Will a romance develop between Regan and Hanover?  I’ll never tell.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (Regan is half-Irish), we are offering High Rollers Kindle edition at a discount this week. 3/17 through 3/19 it is available for 99 cents. From 3/20 through 3/23, the price goes up to $1.99. On 3/24, the sale is over and you’ll have to pay $2.99. High Rollers is a KDP Select book and is only available for Kindle or in paperback.


I blog at rachelleandjohn.blogspot.com. You can also find me on Twitter as @RachelleReese and if you’d rather speak to my dog, follow @RagabashGirl. The Dime Store Novel characters blog at dimestorenovel.blogspot.com. Regan typically blogs on Fridays about spirits (typically the drinking kind), music, or anything else she happens to think is fun that week.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fast February

Grab a cuppa and have a seat.

February has always been a short month. This one seems even shorter with so much needed to be done. My house is over half packed and I have been flat shopping to find a nice place for Princess and myself.

Monday the 17th, I was lucky enough to go to a book signing of Becket's Key books and Raven Quinn, who I have known for a few years did the illustration of the books. It was fun to met her in person. I met her online and I am not sure why we followed each other. I do know she can sing so beautifully. I have her CD, its lovely.

Next, I have a corgi meet up so Princess can see her own kind. Yes, she thinks she is human. I hope seeing others like her she will understand she is not.

I am still looking for a place. One I saw was wonderful but told I need a two car garage. I am also going to start getting rid of furniture. I have too much stuff and am tired of cleaning it.

So if anyone could please get me another week this month please do. I am job hunting in the UK now. I miss the rain and nice Vinegar and Salt Walkers crisps, proper fish n chips and family and friends too. Not sure in which order either. 

Princess and I need to pack for a quick trip to Phoenix maybe I will find a place. Maybe I will get time to work on my books I miss writing.

Keep reading so many wonderful books too read so little time. What have you read? 

Cheers for now and say hi to me on twitter or here I will get back to as soon as I can.




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day
May your day be full of love.


Monday, February 3, 2014

February Job Hunt Begins

Grab a cuppa, and put your feet up. 

Hard to believe no quiet time here. No getting up and going each day and busy for hours on end. Well, I will be fine and not starve. We knew this was coming as of last April. Sadly the bank who was told just didn’t get it. Yes, they were told monthly and yet it didn’t sink in. I have a great offer for this house they just need to sign off. This has been going on as of last September. I guess it’s my fault the house and all the houses on my block are underwater. I am the one who really loses not them. 

So today I am writing my blog then back to writing. I have a character who just keeps talking to me. He wants written! I also need a good editor that doesn't cost a fortune! I checked out a couple and sorry but forty dollars a page is a bit steep for me. Also no guarantee they are good either. Well, I have re-read and fixed a few bits on the story I wrote for NaNo and found a few things and saw I had left out a few things. That crazy story adds even more too it’s word count. I am really pleased with the story. It should stand on its own fine and the story I am writing now could go with it. I will keep going on it. 

I hope someday I get lucky and get an agent until then I keep writing and Erich can publish my things. He is the boss. I wish I could earn a living just writing. That would solve so many things. 

I hope you are having a good week. Now about Valentine's Day, what to do? Should I have a give away or something? I have been so busy getting things sorted out I have had no time to think. 

So time for me to get to work. Chat me up when you can I am only online a short time each day early morning or last thing at night so I will be slow to get back to you. 

Cheers for now, Princess wants to go out.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The End Is Near

Grab a cuppa and I will explain. 

Well, this Friday is the end of a long time of our family haunting the bone yard in Tucson. We have enjoyed our time here but it’s time to go. We hope to be on the road by mid-April at the latest. So job hunt is going on. We would love to return to England. The search is on now. Princess says she wants turf under her paws! 

I have been editing Lily Starr, the book I wrote during NaNo. This novel is a bit different from my usual ghosts. This is about an immortal and not vampires either. I also started another novel, it just needed to come out of these fingers quick. I am also looking for an editor. Bit busy maybe… 

I have been reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, so far so good. I have always enjoyed his work. I read the last hour of my day before Princess and I tuck in we read. I have been thinking about Valentines and what to do. So maybe the next time I will have a good idea or something fun for us all.

So keep reading and think positive things for me. Let me know what you think. 

Cheers!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Out of the Freeze

Grab a cuppa, it's cold outside for most of you. It is sadly not cold here. I do miss seasons.

Well, eleven days in to the new year and so little I wish to do done. Then again I want to get things done quickly. My quiet has been interrupted too much. I like quiet and time to think as I write and plot things out. 

So I am not pleased with the ending part of the book I have written so I have an idea how to change it. It will be a good long book. I know that Huntyr will like it.

Princess is well and enjoying our new bed. She keeps going back to it after breakfast. At least my bones feel better not sleeping on rocks.

If you like to see what's up with me daily you can visit my Tumblr account. I post pictures of Princess and things I fancy. I also post on Instagram.

So your books all sound great. I have Doctor Sleep by Stephen King to crack open and start reading today.

So back to writing and thinking. So many ideas, so little time.

Keep reading and any questions for me ask.

Cheers!

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year New Adventures

Grab a cuppa and relax for a bit.




I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I had a
lovely quiet one with family. Princess got so many fun
gifts and loved all of them. I was asked what I got, to
me I got great gifts. I received two books, a corgi
calendar, bottle of Hello Kitty wine, homemade cookies
and fun napkins. I was so happy that my friends and family gave me these. I was looked at as if you poor dear. I am not a poor dear. I asked that people give to their local food bank or animal shelter. That is where there is a need. Maybe I am crazy.




Life has been getting in my way the last three weeks. I
am waiting to hear still on the closing of my house.
The estate agent keeps saying I will know something in
a few days. I think that is real estate talk for no
idea just don’t ask me things. I have plans and they
are holding me up.




I had to say goodbye to neighbors of 10 years this past
weekend. I am sad to see them go they are such lovely
people. I know they are going to a great place with
loads of fun ahead for them.




Today I did get to write a bit. My plan this year is to
write at least two hours a day. OK I may not get to each day but I am going to try. The book I wrote during
NANO is still talking to me. I am still working on the
ending the main characters are talking to me. So their
voices need to be written. I am also looking for an
editor to edit this work as well.


I hope all my friends in cold are safe and warm. Cuddle
with your pets and a good creepy story. If you haven’t read Haunted Bedtime Stories or Three That Haunt go get
them.



So go stay warm and tell me what books did you get for
Christmas?



Cheers!