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Don't Quit!

dontquitYou may have noticed this picture on my little motivational lightbox when I posted my office pictures on Facebook the other day. (If you're not already following me on Facebook, why not!) Yes, there is a story.

Some of you may be aware that November is NaNoWriMo month, and I nearly always sign up. Sometimes I win, but more often lately, I don't. November isn't a good month for me. My daughter's homeschooling report is due in the first week, and this often means I am behind for that first week. Now being behind in the first week isn't so bad, because you have all month go catch up. A couple of days wordcounts divided by 3 weeks is still perfectly doable.

This year, in the second week, I got sick.

Quite often I can work through being sick, but this time, it really knocked me. My nose was burning and it made my eyes water, and concentrating on anything was hard. So I gave myself permission to take time off until I felt better.

By then, I was WAY behind. As in, need to write over 3,000 words a day to catch up behind. As in, give up on winning behind.

And yeah, I probably won't win now. 3,000 words in a day is quite doable, but every day? Not likely to happen. But that doesn't mean I'm going to give up.

I still have words to write, and I'm going to be writing them anyway. I'm going to set lots of small, manageable goals, and see what happens. Every hear the saying “If you shoot for the moon and miss, you'll land amongst the stars”? (Yeah, I know, not astronomically accurate, but we're talking about motivation here.

That's my aim.

How about you? Do you feel like giving up when you get behind, or does it just make you more determined to win?

Introducing: Fated & Forbidden!

I'm really excited to finally be able to share a new project I'm working on with all of you. A few months ago, an author friend suggested writing a multi author series, and her concept was so cool, I just had to join in. Luckily, it fitted really well into my existing dragon shifter series, and I had the perfect couple for it.

Check out Fated & Forbidden, a multi-author paranormal romance series!

FATED & FORBIDDEN

11 authors. One PNR series.

After lifetimes of watching her creations perpetuate misery and destruction, the creator Allendra has had enough. She’s given them a month to prove themselves capable of love… and to prove they should keep their supernatural powers. Some will fight, and some will fall, but all will feel the power of the Blood Moon… even Allendra herself…

You can check out the series page here, and sign up for the mailing list to be notified when each book is released! Of course, I'll be mentioning them all in my newsletters too, as well as talking about my book in this series, Dragon's Cowboy!

The prologue story, that sets it all up, is available for FREE now!

14435024_1765434820382799_6547765565356210797_oCenturies ago, Allendra and Zaan, wielding the Source together, created supernatural beings they hoped would bring peace and harmony to the world. Instead, strife, feuds, and wars took their toll.

After lifetimes of watching her creations perpetuate misery and destruction, Allendra has had enough. She has been harnessing the power of the upcoming Blood Moon, and plans to strip every one of these beings of their supernatural powers.

Zaan, long estranged from her, returns to ask her to reconsider, but the Challenge she issues might be more than he bargained for…

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My contribution, Dragon's Cowboy, is available for preorder!

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Dragon shifter Wayrian just wants to live a quiet life. Fat chance of that when her clan as at war and her grandfather wants her to marry a prince. As if that isn’t enough, a crazy goddess appears in her dreams and threatens to turn her clan human if Wayrian doesn’t marry her fated mate by the Blood Moon. A mate who is not a prince. Who isn’t even a dragon.

Lured away from his father’s cattle station by the excitement of the dragon shifters, Chase is careful to keep his distance. He’s happy to help out by waking one of the dragon princesses, but he isn’t planning on mating forever. Even if Wayrian thinks that’s the only way to save her people. He doesn’t believe in true love—he’s been burned before.

But when a reporter bent on exposing the dragons' existence drives Chase and Wayrian into hiding on the cattle station, things between them begin to heat up. The only problem is that Wayrian’s grandfather, hiding with them, is determined to keep them apart at all costs. Will Wayrian risk her grandfather’s ire to save her people, or will she make her own choice?

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The Book that Just Wouldn't End

I've been promising it since book 3 was released almost 2 years ago. I've been writing it on and off since November 2015. Editing has taken 3 months! And that cover, I've been struggling with that since I first decided to write an alien as a main character.

Why has Reckless Remedy been so difficult to write?

I could say it's because I have an alien as a main character. This creates all sorts of problems, starting with how to show him on the cover, to how they are going to communicate, to what was his home world like and why is he the way he is? Those factors have certainly influenced why it's taken so long.

I could say it's because the other main character is a doctor, and the main conflict in the story revolves around medical issues, which has meant a lot of research!

I could say it has something to do with the fact that this is the longest book I've published to date!

The truth is, everything about this book has been hard. There were a lot of times when I was tempted to give up, and go back to my dragon shifters. They're shorter, easier, and I know people will buy them in large numbers.

But I also love this story. The Barren Planet series was my first published series, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I've built these characters up into people I almost feel like I know.

And maybe that's why it was hard too. I wanted to do them justice. I wanted to make sure I included everyone my readers would want to see. (But I couldn't, there were too many!) I wanted to give them the ending they deserved.

And yes, before you ask, this will probably be the last Barren Planet book. While I love this series, it just doesn't sell well enough for me to continue to write full length books in it. (Especially not if they're all as difficult as this one!).

Its due out in a few days, on the 31st of July, and I hope all those who have been waiting for it enjoy the story.

You can still get the special preorder price of $2.99 for the next few days, then it will go up to $3.99.

Reckless-Remedy-thumbAlien supersoldier Kugah is on the run. He needs the human’s wormhole technology to find a new home, far away from anyone his genetically engineered presence can hurt. Then he meets Amelie. Her gentle, caring nature opens the possibility of a future with someone by his side.

Amelie is too busy being doctor to a spaceship full of pregnant women, she doesn't have any time to regret being alone. But when the passengers begin to show signs of unnaturally rapid ageing after a desperate trip through a wormhole, she has no one else she can rely on other than the strong, silent alien. The things she’s starting to feel for him must be just a product of the fact that they could soon be the only two left alive on the ship.

Their species aren’t even compatible. They couldn’t possibly be falling in love.

Introducing: The Portals Project

A bunch of authors from the Sci-Fi Romance Brigade have banded together to offer some sampler anthologys. First chapters from a whole bunch of different sci-fi romance stories. There are 4 anthologies so far, with more to come. Discover your next great sci-fi romance read! Check out the Portal's Project Blog to find out more.

 

Welcome! You have arrived at a portal to the galaxy.

 

Enter, and you'll be introduced by award-winning authors to worlds beyond imagining, with heroes & heroines who dare to take it to the edge and beyond. Count on these adventurers to take their best shot … at their enemies and at romance!

Each FREE* volume contains 10 first chapters, with links to purchase any or all of the complete books, should you wish.

The first chapter of Reckless Rescue is available in Portals Volume Four.

*Not all books are free in all countries on Amazon yet. But they are on other retailers!

Reckless Remedy Preorder Plus a Website Update

If you come here often, you may notice that things look a little different. I've spent the last couple of days redoing my website from the ground up. Hope you all like it. I'm still tweaking, so it may change a little over the coming week, but not too much. The major work is done.

It should all work pretty much the same, but if you encounter any issues, please let me know!

At the same time, I've also uploaded the preorder for Reckless Remedy! This one has been keeping me busy (and quiet!) for the last few months. Almost done now! Check it out below.

Alien supersoldier Kugah is on the run. He needs the human’s wormhole technology to find a new home, far away from anyone his genetically engineered presence can hurt. Then he meets Amelie. Her gentle, caring nature opens the possibility of a future with someone by his side.

Amelie is too busy being doctor to a spaceship full of pregnant women, she doesn't have any time to regret being alone. But when the passengers begin to show signs of unnaturally rapid ageing after a desperate trip through a wormhole, she has no one else she can rely on other than the strong, silent alien. The things she’s starting to feel for him must be just a product of the fact that they could soon be the only two left alive on the ship.

Their species aren’t even compatible. They couldn’t possibly be falling in love.

This is the fourth book in my Barren Planet Romance series. If you haven't already read the first book in this series, Reckless Rescue, it's FREE!

A Rebrand for the Twin Gems Series

I've written before that while Twin Curse is my best reviewed novel, it also sells the least copies. I've already been through one set of replacement covers, and now I'm at it again. This time, I've changed the title and series title as well. We'll see if it makes any difference.

Unfortunately, the covers haven't updated on Amazon yet, but the titles and look inside have.

In the meantime, I'm loving these covers by my talented sister. Aren't they beautiful?

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The Romance Review's Reader's Choice Awards

Waking-the-Dragon-thumbI have some big news to share today. Waking the Dragon is a nominee in The Romance Review's Reader's Choice Awards! (You may have already heard this, I've kind of been posting it everywhere.)

I'm up to 41 votes, and I need 50 to make it to the next round. I would really, really appreciate it if anyone had the time to go and vote for me.

I'll keep you updated on how it goes.

Dragon Ruins: Karla and Taurian's Complete Story

Dragon-Ruins-Complete-thumbSince Karla and Taurian's story is now complete, I figured I'd package up the whole serial in one book for easy access.

I've really enjoyed writing in the serial format though, and getting to share each part of the story as it goes. And don't worry, there are more dragons coming. Lisa's story will be next, followed by Bruce. Then after that, who knows!

You can grab your copy of Dragon Ruins here.

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Dragon Ruins is Complete!

The final episode, Mating the Dragon, is finally here! Grab your copy now.

mating-the-dragon-thumbTaurian's clan believes that his union with Wayrian can save them- if he can go through with it, knowing that he loves Karla. With his arch enemy Ultrima's claw on the scales, he doesn’t dare risk backing out now. Not with his clan in immediate danger.

Karla has accepted that he can never be hers. As a prince, he must put the needs of his clan first. As painful as watching the new couple beginning their life together is for Karla, it's better than risking leaving while Ultrima’s dragons wait outside. Ultrima himself offers her a way out, but she can’t possibly leave Taurian and his clan to be wiped out by Ultrima. She has to do something to help them. If only she could figure out what.

How do you defeat a dragon who has every other dragon scared?

I've added a suggested reading order page, to help you figure out where to read the prequel, Bringing Christmas to the Dragons, if you haven't already read it, or are new to the books.

I'm hoping to add some more extras to the extras pages in the next week or so, so if you aren't already on my mailing list, sign up now so you don't miss out! Extras are only available to mailing list subscribers, and include exclusives like character bios, deleted scenes etc.

And don't be too sad that it's over. The story will continue with 2 novellas this year, and the beginning of a new serial. Check the Upcoming Releases page for more details.

Thanks for reading.

Ending with a Bang!

Sorry I've been quiet lately. I'm so busy trying to get the final part of Dragon Ruins just right. So many ends to tie up. But I'm getting close now. In fact you can preorder Mating the Dragon, the 6th and final part in the Karla and Taurian's story, now.

Here's a little snippet, just to tide you over until it's out.

mating-the-dragon-webWayrian blushed. “Will it do?” She echoed Karla’s thoughts.

She looked beautiful. The outfit might be nothing like anything Karla would have worn as a bride, but it was stunning none the less.

And it just rammed home the fact that this young woman was about to marry the man Karla loved.

No, not just marry, mate with. And in dragon terms, that meant even more than marriage. The ceremony would tie Wayrian and Taurian together with a magical bond so strong they would even die together.

Taurian would forget all about the human he had cared for so briefly.

Okay, that might be a little dramatic. He’d remember who she was, and the things they had done together. He might even be able to remember that he’d felt strongly for her. But those feelings would be gone, never to return.

For him, anyway. Karla wasn’t sure that the things she felt for him would ever fade. Would she ever be able to conjure up a memory of his face without a resulting stir in her heart, like the one she was experiencing now?

Would time release her from this pain, or would she feel this forever? She wasn’t sure which she wanted. Life would be easier if this memory of loving Taurian faded, but right now, she wanted to feel the pain. It reminded her that it was real, that she had felt something so amazing that it would live with her forever.

It made it more important, more meaningful.

She heaved a sigh. She could ponder those deep and meaningful things later, when the adventure was over. Right now, there was still more excitement and danger to deal with before she had that luxury.

“It’s perfect,” she told Wayrian. “Ultrima will be totally convinced.”

In case you missed it, since I haven't posted recently, Denying the Dragon is out now. You can find the links in the sidebar.

If you read a Rinelle Grey story, you can trust in a happy ending. Love will always triumph, even if it seems impossible… Rinelle Grey writes feel-good romance usually in science fiction or fantasy settings. Her heroines are independent and headstrong, and her stories are hard to put down. She grew up in a remote area of Australia, without power, hot water, or a phone, but now lives with all of those and her (happily ever after) husband, daughter, chooks, ducks and veggie garden.

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