This has been one strange summer for me, and I have to admit, I let news and world events get the better of me. Of course, there was personal grief as my aunt got sick in June and passed in August, but adding hurricanes, Charlottesville, North Korea, and other bad news made me yearn for autumn and Back to School.
I started the summer working on a sweet romance, the next installment to my Have a Hart romance series, where every story has a pet or two, maybe a holiday, and of course lots of family and love.
After three months in this summer’s writing cave, what came out was disturbingly dark–arson, kidnapping, and attempted murder and a heroine who stole the hero’s dog! [gasp, that might be the worst crime ever for a romance heroine].
But there’s always new hope, and isn’t that what life is about? Held together by hope? That even in the worst of times, hope for better times keeps us going. So, I spent the last week ripping up the middle of my story, approximately 24 chapters and replacing them with hope inside the struggle to rebuild an utterly ruined past.
Every new day is a new chance to start afresh and I’m grateful for the opportunity of turning darkness into the light of hope. Perhaps that’s the greatest privilege an author can have.
If you’re interested in Summer Love Puppy, it’s on pre-order for 99c. My early readers are encouraging and some say it’s my best work, because it comes from the depths of my heart. In any case, it’s crazy and will keep you at the edge of your seat as my heroine races against a deranged killer to save that which is most precious to her.
Rachelle Ayala is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book.
Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award, Christmas Stray received a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award, and Playing for the Save got the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in Realistic Fiction.
She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.