Wednesday, August 8, 2018

GARRISON GIRL is out now!

I am the worst author who totally forgot to post this yesterday, but my official Attack on Titan novel is out now and available everywhere!


Sooooo pretty!

And by everywhere, I mean everywhere. This is the biggest launch I've ever had in terms of availability. You can find the print edition (which is super nice with maps and everything by the way) in all major bookstores AND big chain retailers like WalMart and Target. I've never been in the big stores before!!

I've never regretted going indie, but it is really fun to have a book in the bookstores again, especially for a big launch like this. If you see it on a big display, would you take a picture and link it to me on Twitter and/or Facebook? I'd REALLY love to see how bookstores set it up!

I know Attack on Titan isn't everyone's cup of tea, but if you see this book, I hope you'll pick it up and give it a try. I'm a bit biased, admittedly, but I think it's really fun! I wrote it for everyone, so you don't have to be a fan of the series to enjoy it.

Thank you as always for being my readers! We've got more releases coming this year, including FFO 2 and hopefully a new book from me. You're the first ones I'm telling about it, but I'm writing a new series set in the DFZ! I'm editing the first draft of the first book now, and I think you're going to loooooove it! It's kind of a mix of my Paradox books and Heartstrikers that focuses on the cyberpunk/magical nature of the new DFZ. I've had an absolute blast writing it, and I hope you'll give it a try when it comes out (whenever that is, no release date yet, but soon!)

That's it for the news. Thank you for reading this far and for being my readers in general! You all are the best fans ever. Thank you thank you thank you for taking the time to read my stuff!

Yours always,
Rachel

Friday, June 1, 2018

FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE comes out today!


A thrilling new novel for fans of SWORD ART ONLINE and WORLD OF WARCRAFT! 
In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she's Roxxy—the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. Her brother, James Anderson, has a similar problem. IRL he’s a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he's famous—an explorer known all over the world for doing every quest and collecting the rarest items. 
Both Tina and James need the game more than they’re willing to admit, but their escape turns into a trap when FFO becomes real. Suddenly, wounds aren’t virtual, the stupid monsters have turned cunning, and death might be forever. Separated across a much larger and more deadly world, their skill at FFO is the only thing keeping them alive. But as the harshness of their new reality sets in, Tina and James soon realize that being the best in the game is no longer good enough.
Print edition coming soon!

Wow, busy month! It feels like I've been sending emails/posting blogs/updating social media nonstop recently, but we're at the climax now because FFO comes out today!! 

(If you're wondering what it's all about, you can find the first two chapters here. I hope you'll give it a try!)

This launch is not Amazon exclusive! You can buy the book at all major ebook retailers or request it from your local library! The audio edition comes out next Tuesday from Audible, but you can go ahead and preorder your copy here.

We straightened out all our print issues with Heartstrikers 5, so print editions will be up soon. Thank you as always for being our readers, and we hope you enjoy FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE!

Yours always,

Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach

LAUNCH DAY PARTY TIME!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Finally! LAST DRAGON STANDING is available in print! Also, first look at sample chapters of my new novel!

I know, I know, it took forever, but paperback editions of the fifth and final Heartstrikers novel, LAST DRAGON STANDING, are now available on Amazon.com!

Now you can get your very own physical copy of Bob! (fire not included)
I am so so sorry about the delay. Trust me, I was as frustrated as you were about how long this took, but we had some problems with the printer and I wasn't about to ship you sub-standard books! Now, though, the wait is over, and your bookshelf can finally be complete with a full set of delightful (and terrifying) dragons! Enjoy!

Bonus! Read a sample of my newest novel, FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE!


A thrilling new novel for fans of SWORD ART ONLINE and WORLD OF WARCRAFT! 
In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she's Roxxy—the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. Her brother, James Anderson, has a similar problem. IRL he’s a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he's famous—an explorer known all over the world for doing every quest and collecting the rarest items. 
Both Tina and James need the game more than they’re willing to admit, but their escape turns into a trap when FFO becomes real. Suddenly, wounds aren’t virtual, the stupid monsters have turned cunning, and death might be forever. Separated across a much larger and more deadly world, their skill at FFO is the only thing keeping them alive. But as the harshness of their new reality sets in, Tina and James soon realize that being the best in the game is no longer good enough.

FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE comes out June 1, 2018! Pre-order your copy now!

And that's that! Thank you all so so much for reading, and I really hope you enjoy all the new stuff we've got coming out!

Yours always,
Rachel

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Secret novel drop! FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE comes out June 1!

What! Rachel has a new novel? Since when?!

Since right now! Introducing...


A thrilling new series for fans of Sword Art Online and World of Warcraft! 
In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she's Roxxy—the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. Her brother, James Anderson, has a similar problem. IRL he’s a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he's famous—an explorer known all over the world for doing every quest and collecting the rarest items. 
Both Tina and James need the game more than they’re willing to admit, but their escape turns into a trap when FFO becomes real. Suddenly, wounds aren’t virtual, the stupid monsters have turned cunning, and death might be forever. Separated across a much larger and more deadly world, their skill at FFO is the only thing keeping them alive. But as the harshness of their new reality sets in, Tina and James soon realize that being the best in the game is no longer good enough.
Coming in ebook on June 1 and in audio in June 5, but you can preorder both RIGHT NOW!

If you follow my Twitter, you know I'm a giant anime fan and MMO nerd, so really, this novel was only a matter of time. But what you might not know is that my husband, Travis Bach, has been helping me with my novels since the very beginning. None of my books would exist without his help. Hell, he invented Julius! We've always been creative partners. Now, we've taken that process one step further and actually written the book together, and it is amazing.

Good collaborations are a special sort of alchemy. Done right, you can end up with something that's greater than either of you could have managed alone, and that's what I think we've got here. I've never been more excited about a project. This book is our love letter to the online games we've played obsessively for over a decade. We wanted to show the strength, ingenuity, drama, and occasional hilarity of the MMO culture without painting over its flaws. If you're a gamer, if you liked Devi, if you liked Julius, you are going to love this book

Forever Fantasy Online is the first in a trilogy. The second book is already written and being edited right now, so you won't have to wait long for more (and trust me, you're going to want more!). For my audio fans, you're in luck! The audio book comes out on June 5th from Audible.com and is available for preorder as well! 

*/dance*

Better still, for the first time ever, the book will be available on all platforms! That's right, no more Amazon exclusivity. You asked, and we're finally delivering. The links are still propagating, but by its launch date, FFO will be available on all the major ebook retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBookstore, Waterstones, and in public libraries via Overdrive!

We'll have the full list on rachelaaron.net as links become available, but you should be able to get the book pretty much anywhere, and that's always a good thing! 


Can you tell I'm super excited about this project? Because I am SUPER EXCITED. Travis and I have been working on this book for over a year now, and I can not wait for you to read it! If you've liked my other novels, I really hope you'll give it a try. It's a bit different, but I feel in a good way. That will be up to you to decide, though. You are all the reason that I (and now Travis as well) write, and we both hope you love this new series as much as we do.

Thank you as always for reading, and we hope you enjoy Forever Fantasy Online!

Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach
Level 60 70 80 90 100 110 Shaman / Druid

FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE is the first book in the FFO trilogy. If you're new, to my work, I recommend you start with NICE DRAGONS FINISH LAST. I promise you won't be sorry!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It's here! The fifth and final Heartstrikers book comes out March 1!

Oh yes, it's time!!

Great Seer of the Heartstrikers and President of the New Mexico Pigeon Fanciers Association
Dear Reader, 
There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob’s grand plan finally comes to fruition.  
But the Great Seer of the Heartstrikers isn’t the only one whose schemes are nearing completion. The Nameless End is coming, and even the machinations of the world’s most brilliant dragon seer might not be enough to stop it. As everything comes crashing down, it’s up Julius to prove what he’s always known: that seers can be wrong, and Nice Dragons don’t always finish last.


And so we have come to the end. The fifth and final Heartstrikers novel, LAST DRAGON STANDING, comes out on March 1, 2018!

This is Bob's book through and through. All of his machinations are finally coming due, and as always, poor Julius is the one stuck in the middle. But our little Nice Dragon surprised me a lot in this book, and I really think you're going to enjoy it! There's dragon drama, seer drama, end-of-the-world drama, it's epic! I can't wait for you to read it!

I also hope you LOVE the cover! As subscribers to my mailing list, you guys are the very first people to see it, and I could not be more excited. I think Bob looks amazing, and his pigeon is quite lovely as well. Bob is quite delighted she finally got on a cover!

Thank you again to all of you for sticking with me all the way to the end. Julius couldn't have made it without you! I hope you love the end of his story, and thank you as always for being my readers.

Yours,
Rachel Aaron
Nameless End Regular Old End

LAST DRAGON STANDING is the fifth and final book in the Heartstrikers series. If you're new, start from the beginning with NICE DRAGONS FINISH LAST. I promise you won't be sorry!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Print editions are here!

The moment your bookshelf has been longing for has finally arrived! After much trial and error (and many messed up books) print editions of A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR and 2K TO 10K are now available!


Yay!

Both books are trade paper back size printed on good quality paper, and for my book collecting Heartstrikers fans, #4 should line up with all the others for that classy series-on-a-shelf effect. Oh yeah, we're stylish.

I know this took much longer than expected. Thank you all so much for your patience and for being my fans. I hope you enjoy the print editions of A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR and 2K TO 10K! Make sure to take the time and breathe in that new book smell!!

I'd like to promise the next one will be on time, but the whole "making a physical object" bit has been the hardest part of self publishing for me so far. Damn, you, physics! I'm going to be looking into ways to make better books faster for the future, but in the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy these.

Thanks again! 

Yours,

Rachel

Friday, July 28, 2017

A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR is out now!

It's time! It's finally time! 



Heartstrikers book 4, A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR launches today!! The ebook is now up on Amazon and available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited! Hooray!

BOOM BABY!

For those of you who love the audio edition, Vikas Adams is recording it right now and it should be available in September. To be notified when it drops (and get a lot of other awesome stuff before anyone else), sign up for my New Release Mailing List

We're also working on the print edition right now and that should be up soon as well, so you can have dragons in whatever style you want!!

As always, thank you all so much for subscribing and reading! You're the reason these books exist, and I cannot thank you enough for being my fans.

Happy reading, and I hope you love A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR!

Yours always,
Rachel

Monday, July 10, 2017

Interview with the Creative Penn!

I've been a fangirl of Joanna Penn's The Creative Penn since I first started wondering about self publishing. Naturally, then, when fans suggested Joanna and I do an interview on Twitter, I could not say yes fast enough, and here it is!!



We had a fantastic time, and if you enjoy publishing shop talk, I think you will, too. We talk abut writing fast (obvs), how to write for long stretches, marketing, working with spouses, creating story arcs, and a whole bunch more. It really was a blast, so go listen!



Audio podcast link. (with links for Apple and Android)

There's also a text transcript of the interview at the bottom of the post, in case you just want to read!

If you don't already read it, Joanna's Creative Penn is one of the best sources for serious business talk about indie publishing on the internet. I've been a fan for years and stolen many, many good ideas from her and her guests. Can not recommend enough! Thank you so much to Joanna for having me.

Hope everyone's week goes well, and happy writing!
- Rachel

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Heartstrikers 4 sample chapters!

The wait has been long and brutal, but...are you ready to read a sample of A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR?


The book has been up on Amazon for about three weeks now, and the preorders are blowing me out of the water. You guys are amazing!!! 

To fan the flames of anticipation even higher, we've put up a sample from Chapter 1 on the website for all of you to read

Of course, those of you are on my mailing list already know this, because I just sent you an exclusive link to an even bigger chunk of the book. Twice as big at least, because you're awesome like that :D!

So if you're on my mailing list, make sure to check your inboxes! And if you're not on my mailing list, why not? That's where all the good stuff is! It's free and I promise never to spam you or give your information to anyone else. I only send emails when I have books coming out or when I'm giving you exclusive content, like this sample and the Heartstrikers short story Mother of the Year, so if you're not signed up already, do it! If you like my books at all, it's basically a funnel of awesome stuff.

Okay, okay, enough promo. I really hope you enjoy the sample chapters! Thank you as always for being my readers, and be sure to preorder your copy of A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR so it can magically appear on your Kindle at midnight!

Yours always,
Rachel


Friday, May 26, 2017

It's finally here!! Heartstrikers 4 Cover Reveal and Release Date!

The wait is finally over!

A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR comes out July 28!

I love this cover! Who is that fire dragon on Marci's shoulder, hmm?
To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn’t win a Nice Dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he’s starting to make progress, a new threat arrives.  
Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn’t begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who's always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.

At long last, the wait is over! The fourth Heartstrikers book, A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR comes out July 28!

What happened in China? Where's Marci? What the hell is Bob doing? I know book three left you with a lot of questions (because you flooded my inbox with them), but now the answers are finally upon us.

A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR is the next to last book in the Heartstrikers series (that's right! 5 books!). If you've liked the books so far, you are going to love this novel. It's huge, it's epic, it's full of dragon drama, Bob's pigeon wears a a cute little hat...I'm just totally in love with it, and I know you will be, too!

Closer to launch, I'll be posting an excerpt from the new book on my website, so keep your eyes on the blog or follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter to make sure you get in on that sweet sample chapter action.

Of course, subscribers to my New Release Mailing List get even more sample chapters, exclusive special content like the Mother of the Year short, and they get all my announcements first, so maybe sign up for that if you're not already? I promise not to spam you! ^_^

Bethesda voice, "You know you want it."

As always, thank you all so so much for reading. I couldn't do any of this without you guys. You're the reason Julius, Marci, Bob, Chelsie, and everyone else is here, and I really can't thank you enough.

I really hope you check out the book. Happy Friday, and I'll talk to you again soon!

Yours always,
Rachel Aaron
Mother of Dragons Bethesda's Unpaid Intern

A DRAGON OF A DIFFERENT COLOR is the fourth book in the Heartstrikers series. If you're new, start from the beginning with NICE DRAGONS FINISH LAST! I promise you won't be sorry!