Monday, November 28, 2011

Escape With A Sweet Romance...

Rachel Rossano is the author of historical and sci-fi romances. Her sweet tales are sure to leave a lasting impression.  Let's give Rachel a warm welcome. She loves to hear from readers. Feel free to ask questions or leave a comment. 
KAREN: Why don’t you start by telling the readers a little about yourself.
RACHEL: My romantic hero (my husband) and I have three small children, a four-year-old and twin toddlers. My life is bit full of diapers, sippy cups, and preschool at the moment. I am constantly on the move keeping everyone fed, dressed, clean, and hopefully busy with an activity. Then naptime hits, silence descends, and I am typing away at my laptop. My thoughts are never far from my current project even midst the chaos.
I love to write. It is a bit of an addiction at this point. Storytelling, characters, dialogue, you name it and I am eager to discuss it. I think the only part of the process I don’t like is the editing stage, but even that has its perks.

This obsession with words began at an early age. As a child, I was notorious for checking out the maximum number of books from the library every week. The following week I would be back, eager for a fresh batch.

KAREN: Tell us about your story, The Crown of Anavrea. What is the story about? What inspired you to write it? How much research did you have to do?

RACHEL: The Crown of Anavrea is a tale about choices and love. Eve, a slave, encounters a stranger in the forest. He is on the run, wounded, and ready to die. She convinces him to accept her help and fight. Upon recovering his health, Labren offers her the protection of marriage, freeing her from slavery. Eve chooses to throw her lot in with him despite knowing nothing of his past and why he was on the run. The story follows them on their journey to love and trust as Labren makes peace with his past.

I began writing The Crown of Anavrea while visiting the black forest area of Germany. The gorgeous countryside influenced the setting of the book quite a bit. How can one not be inspired among ancient forests, rolling green hills, and majestic mountains? I did think of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales as I wrote, but no witches, goblins, or other fairy tale creatures crept into the story. There are a few kings, princes, and a princess, though.

For this book, I didn’t do any research. Instead, I created a new country to fit the story and added it to a world I was using for a separate novel already in process. That story will probably never be published.

KAREN: Labren is the hero of the story. What is he like? When he first meets the heroine, what is his first impression?

RACHEL: Labren is an easy going man, usually. A doer, a man of action, and a planner, he tends to be thinking a few steps ahead. Gentleman to the core, he believes women should be protected and respected. Honor and duty drive him, sometimes in directions he doesn’t want. Still, he will tackle the distasteful with grace. Don’t get the idea that he won’t dirty his hands, though. He brawls with a scoundrel to defend Eve’s honor.

His first impression of Eve is that she is too young. He calls her a child. Not exactly the best way to make a good impression on a woman. Of course, he is half out of his head with pain and a fever at the time. Once the fever is under control, he finds her quite attractive. Her inner strength intrigues him.

KAREN: Tell us about Eve. What is her first impression of Labren?

RACHEL: When Eve saw Labren, she responded to the man in pain. She saw him as someone in need of help and her compassionate heart responded. There is a moment when she wonders if he is more dangerous than the king’s men she has been warned about. However, when he declares that he will die, she decides she will do all she can to prevent that. She doesn’t see him as a complete person until much later when he begins to regain his strength. Only then, does she begin grow aware of him as a woman.

KAREN: What do you find most rewarding about writing?

RACHEL: Oh, there are so many aspects that I find rewarding. From the thrill of a new idea to the satisfaction of the completed book, the whole is exciting. Each part, however, has its own special allure.

Character creation is an amazing process. Choosing a name, writing a background, and plotting out the past are fun. However, I am always anxious to get to the writing. On the page is where I truly begin to get a feel for each character. I discover their voice, mannerisms, and personality in the course of the storytelling.

I write with a mixture of plotting and by the seat-of-my-pantsing. So, I love seeing the story forming as I write. The words, images, emotions, and events fall into a pattern, rise toward a climax, and then resolve. There is a special satisfaction to finishing a story, even if it is still only a rough first draft. It is a natural high.

KAREN: Do you have a favorite reference book or website?

RACHEL: Not really.

I do research and seek inspiration from many sources. Books, articles, and websites are all vital resources.

KAREN: What are your current projects and works in progress?

RACHEL: Do you have awhile? I have quite a list.

At the moment, I am preparing two short stories for publication.

One is a prequel to Exchange, my first published short story. Set far in the future among diplomatic talks and insults both veiled and blatant, the story focuses on the meeting of the mismatched pair from Exchange. Myah’s presence distracts Ruhan from his task as representative of his planet. The attraction makes no sense. She, unlike him, is not gene-altered. A towa connection shouldn’t be possible, yet how else can he explain the pull every time she comes near him.

The other short story resembles The Crown of Anavrea and The Mercenary’s Marriage, my published novellas. Set in a fantasy world resembling Medieval Europe, Word and Deed follows the fate of a noblewoman named Maven Faye. After her father dies of unusual circumstances, her half-brother betroths her to a man with a fearsome reputation, sight unseen. To prevent her escape and quiet her tongue, her brother locks her in a tower. A soldier from her betrothed arrives to evaluate her. He touches her heart. Still, she must marry his master, hopefully before her half-brother decides she knows too much about their father’s death to live.

I am also preparing the next novella in the Theodoric Saga for publication (The Crown of Anavrea is book one). The King of Anavrea will follow Labren’s younger brother as he balances his responsibilities as a new husband and king.

There are quite a few more projects in the queue, but I won’t bore you with them now.

KAREN: Wow, you are busy. 
Tell the readers where they can find you:

KAREN: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

RACHEL: If you are interested in getting a visual taste of any of my published works, the book trailers are on YouTube ( By subscribing to my channel, you will be among the first to know about any upcoming releases when I upload their book trailers.
The Crown of Anavrea's book trailer.

Amazon buy links:

The Crown of Anavrea -

In a time when castles were the strongest…in a place where combat was face to face…Labren was on the run. He hid his true name and he admitted it freely.

In a time when slavery was a place where kings were all-powerful…Eve, a slave, appeared in the right place at the right time.

Eve saved his life. In return, he offered her the opportunity of freedom. She did not know what would happen to her if she chose to accept his proposal, but she did know the consequences of rejecting it.

The Mercenary’s Marriage -

Trained as a mercenary soldier, Darius Laris was a man of decisive action. He was also a man of compassion. Seeing a young slave woman about to become the spoils of war, he claimed her for his own. Marrying her before God and king, he made her a free and respectable soldier's wife. Brice Ashlyn was born a slave. Abused and beaten, she learned quickly to avoid being noticed and to stay away from men. When her master's walls fell to enemy forces, she ran, but not fast enough. In Darius' offer she found deliverance, but experience had taught her to fear power such as his. Could she trust in his protection, or had she traded one form of slavery for another?

Exchange - 

Blurb: He offers her escape, but at what cost?

Isolated on a distant planet, she is incarcerated for a crime she doesn’t recall. She has no name, no idea where she came from, or why she is injected with drugs daily to hold these vital facts from her grasp. Despite small rebellions, she wastes away, worn and losing hope of ever being whole again.

Then he arrives. Claiming to hold the answers burned daily from her brain, he offers her a way out. But at what cost?

 KAREN: Rachel, thank you so much for sharing your books with us. I wish you the very best success!


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thank you again for joining us today. Your books sound great.

I notice you have a site for book videos. When you have a chance, tell the readers about the site and what the reader is expected to find there.

Nancy Jardine Author said... Best Blogger Tips

The bit about borrowing maximum books from the library strikes a definite chord! Thanks, ladies.

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm always looking for new books for my daughter who devours books. Are all your stories for any age group? My daughter is a teen.

Rachel Rossano said... Best Blogger Tips

Cathy, yes, my books are definitely appropriate for a teen. Many of my first fans were teens and I am constantly gaining new young fans. My work also appeals to young adults and women.

Rachel Rossano said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for bringing up my new website, Karen. Clean Book Trailers is dedicated to promoting book trailers for clean books (free from crude language, explicit sex, and over-the-top violence). All genres are welcome.

It is a great place for readers, too. In a matter of three minutes you can be introduced to a book that you might have otherwise missed. If you like it, you gain hours of enjoyment. If it doesn't grab you, you have wasted only three minutes.

Come and visit us over at

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Rachel,

Your story sounds interesting. I liked your book video.

How many books will be in the series?

Rachel Rossano said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Katrina. (I love your name, by the way.)

There are four books in the set. Each is a stand alone novel, but together they follow the Theodoric family through two generations.

P.L. Parker said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! With everything you have going on, I am impressed with your ability to keep going! I was a big book borrower as well. Now I have stacks of them all over the house.

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