About Rachelle Ayala

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.

Spring Fling: New Beginnings @mimisgang1 #mgtab

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Spring is the season for new beginnings and renewed hope. It’s also a time to count your blessings and appreciate all the good in your life. This morning, during Bible Study, some of us shared what we thought last year at this time, versus where we are today.

One lady believed her family would go bankrupt and they’d have to move. Others honestly contemplated dying or not making it to 2021. We had many fears and uncertainties, and yes, some of us lost jobs and others got sick. Most of us have lost people, and many goodbyes were left unsaid. We shared what we learned through the trial, and while it seemed longer than we would like, we were reminded that Joseph was left in the Egyptian prison two years longer because the cupbearer forgot to recommend him for release. Those days and months must have weighed on him, but during that time, God was building his faith and preparing him for the exact right time of release. [Genesis Chapter 41].

Even though the trial seems longer than we thought, we look back and appreciate what we learned. Mainly I’ve decided that personal relationships are more important than anything, including word count and sales/list making, book marketing etc. I’ve learned not to “put off” visiting the people we love, and we visited my mother-in-law for the first time in years. Also not to skip parties or invites (including Bible study) just because of inertia or don’t feel like it, because who knows if that’s the last time you’ll see someone. So I’ll spend the rest of my life loving people instead of trying to achieve, or whatever other goals I used to have. Of course, I’ll always keep learning, because I love to learn. And I’ll keep writing because I love to share stories. It’s all part of relating and being human.

Spring is also the time for new reading and trying new authors. I have so many books and boxed sets on my kindle, more than 5000, that I often “book surf.” Grab a boxed set or a book at random and read. It’s fun to discover an unexpected story to enjoy from books I either downloaded free or purchased long time ago. Here are some surprises I unearthed from my fossilized kindle: The Vet’s Christmas Pet by J.L. Campbell, Winter’s Kiss by Sienna Carr, All I Want for Christmas by Chris Mariano, and Cooking Up Trouble by Judi Lynn.

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A Wee Bit Sassy by @AyalaRachelle #mgtab

Hello Readers! Spring is here and everything is turning green. From California to North Carolina, everyone is a wee bit sassy, reminding me of the bunnies, bears, and fawns coming out from hibernation in the Bambi movie.

I’ve been traveling this week and visiting with my newest granddaughter. She’s a sweet and feisty little one, loves to stretch out, and making the cutest little sounds of squirming and squealing. So I’ve been babysitting, baby clothes shopping, and loving on the little one, and thinking about writing sassy romances that are neither squeaky sweet nor hot-pepper steamy–what I call a sassy romance.

How do I define sassy? It all has to do with the heroine. She’s got game. She’s flirty and suggestive, but not overly aggressive and demanding. She can be nice but she’s got a bark when you cross her. A sassy heroine might have a snarky mouth but deep insides, she’s vulnerable and wants to be loved and accepted. She just doesn’t go about it by being sweetie-pie nice. She’s selective to who she opens up to.

That said, it takes a special kind of hero to tango with a sassy heroine. He’s strong and has his own issues, but knows the give and take of the two-step. It’s a give and a take with strong sexual attraction but a slow burn on the falling in love. The clothes stay on and our sassy heroines and heroes don’t get ahead of themselves, but neither do they play hide and seek with their feelings. It’s too naughty to be nice, plenty flirtacious and feisty without steaming up the sheets, and a lick and a tease on the physical size.

I love writing sassy romances. I’ve marked my books [Sweet, Sassy, Steamy] on my booklist https://rachelleayala.net/books

Some of my favorite sassy heroines are Marisa Monroe who’s an outspoken nursing aide who’s bossy but always down on her luck. Seems she’s a little too abrasive for most of the bad boys she meets–until she hires not one, but two (mistakenly) for a dating reality show she’s determined to win. Check out her Irish (St. Patrick’s Day) romance for FREE [March 13-17], sassy as can be. Bad Boys for Hire: Liam

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Fifty Ways to Love your Lover (and Friends)

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and all through the land, flowers are given and brunch is being cooked. But did you know that love can be shown every day and in little or large ways? The key is surprise and changing things up. Neuroscience has shown that humans get habituated fairly easily to both good and bad stimuli. For example, the first time you tasted a particular dish or dessert, you had a memorable moment of thinking it was the best ever. The next time you went back to that restaurant or cooked the dish or picked up the dessert, you wonder, did it change? Or it wasn’t the way I remembered. It’s the same with rewards and gifts, as well as things people do for you. Your first kiss? The first time a guy gave you a trinket? Going on a first date? Your first [fill in the blank]?

So, let’s change things up a bit this Valentine’s Day. We’ve come off a hard year of social isolation and the inevitable loneliness. If you have someone with you, count yourself lucky, but you don’t have to have a special someone to love someone else. Just send out some love and that itself is a sweet reward.

Here are fifty ways to show someone you love them.

  1. Say, “I love you.”
  2. Give a hug.
  3. Tuck a note saying “I love you,” in an unexpected place.
  4. Talk to him, and make sure you do a lot of listening. Paying attention is love.
  5. Respect his opinion, especially if it differs from yours.
  6. Go on a walk and don’t talk, just be together.
  7. Play a game: Checkers, backgammon, gin rummy, etc. where it’s the two of you only.
  8. Play with your pet together. Appreciate your pet and let them run back and forth between you.
  9. Cook together, or watch him cook or have him watch you. It feels more like love and less like a service when you’re interacting.
  10. Do an activity together you’ve been putting off.
  11. Trade backrubs and footrubs.
  12. Ask for his opinion on what you should wear before going out. Shows you value his observations.
  13. Form a book club of two. Agree to read the same book and discuss after finishing.
  14. Ask him if there’s something he wants you to do but hasn’t asked.
  15. Play a harmless prank on him. Good for laughs and retaliation.
  16. Take something off his “honey-do” list. Either do it yourself or hire someone.
  17. Show appreciation and tell him so.
  18. Surprise him with a gag gift–not socks or ties, but something funny.
  19. Find something he’s better at than others and tell him so.
  20. Declare a work-free day. No chores. No fixing things. No mowing grass.
  21. Join him on an activity he goes alone.
  22. Let him talk about his childhood without interjecting your own.
  23. Suggest he splurge on something you know he’s been secretly wanting.
  24. Play music together and do funny dances. Let him play his selection.
  25. Mix shampoos and conditioners together and come up with love potion names and blurbs for them.
  26. Exercise together or sit by and watch him exercise or vice versa.
  27. Invite his family to your celebration so no one will feel left out.
  28. Find a good trait about his mother and tell him how you appreciate her.
  29. Let him do things his way. If he ties the socks together instead of folding one into the other, let it be that way.
  30. Surprise him with his favorite dish or dessert.
  31. Let him sleep in or make sure you do not disturb him when he’s napping.
  32. Give him a stuffed animal to sit on his pillow. [Hey, it’s over 30 tips and I’m digging deep here].
  33. Collect a photo montage of his best moments and make a poster.
  34. Read him a passage from your favorite romance novel [I have over sixty, hint, hint]
  35. Ask him to make a muscle and admire how big it is.
  36. Give him a pedicure so his lethal toenails won’t snag you in bed.
  37. Shoot hoops with him.
  38. Stay up late and tell ghost stories, then go exploring in a dark barn.
  39. Go birdwatching and look for lucky birds–they all are. Hummingbirds, crows, bluejays, cardinals, and sparrows.
  40. Write him a love letter and tell specifically what you love about him.
  41. Go shopping with him for a his/her set of something. Be creative.
  42. Have a private karaoke night and sing love songs together.
  43. Cheerfully help him witht he yard work. Rake leaves while he mows.
  44. Hold hands while out for a walk in the park.
  45. Find strange places to take selfies together. Caption them.
  46. Play remember when. Write down separately and compare notes. You might be surprised when he doesn’t remember things the same way as you.
  47. Play spin the bottle. Hide in the closet for your kiss.
  48. Have a pillow fight.
  49. Take a drive out in the countryside with no where in mind. Top down if you have a convertible.
  50. Finally! Let him surprise you with an outing [no help from you or looking up directions].

I hope you found some ideas for a smashing Valentine’s Day. Please check out my three Valentine’s romances. If you listen to audiobooks, go to https://smarturl.it/ContactRachelle and request a free promocode [specify US or UK] for Valentine Hound Dog (sweet), Valentine Wedding Hound (sweet), or Going Hearts Over Heels [steamy]. – while promocodes last.

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And, another Valentine’s gift for you [Free ebook on Amazon, Feb 14-15], Going Hearts Over Heels. Ginger is a fast talking New Yorker who wants to try life in the country—along with hot country boys. Marsh yearns for the excitement of the big city and a certain redhead who has his imagination sparked. Ginger and Marsh decide to trade places over Valentine’s Day, except neither one expected their hearts to get in the way of their heels.

Going Hearts Over Heels (click to go to Amazon)

Toy Soldier Christmas: A Christmas Wish

Christmas is a magical season because our hopes and wishes turn towards love, family and friends. No matter how the rest of the year has been, we can always look forward to wishes come true. I grew up paging through the Sears Christmas Wish book, dogearring pages and wondering what my father would wish for. I even looked through the Craftsmen tools and the “boring” adult sections. While I wished for rock tumblers, hula hoops, bead and craft sets, my sister wanted a dog, and my brother wished for electronic sets. Some years, we wished for my dad’s job or his health, and the year my grandfather was sick, we wished for him to get well.

Sometimes, it’s not the wishes that came true that are important, but the ones which spurred you to take action or make changes to improve yourself that make a big difference. When I was invited to participate in the Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish set, I thought about a wish that didn’t come true. My grandfather still passed away, but the many hours praying and wishing for him to recover changed me from a girl hiding the Sears catalog under my bed.

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My story is called “Toy Soldier Christmas”.

One of my unfulfilled Christmas wishes was a Nutcracker toy soldier. I thought it would be cool to have one that could really truly crack nuts. When I sat down to write my story, I thought about the theme of the Nutcracker, where broken toys are to be cherished and not discarded. An image of a broken soldier came to me, a man who lost parts of his body returning home and dreading the holidays. My friend who I walk with works at a place fitting prosthesis for breast cancer survivors and that inspired me to write about a woman who also believes she is broken.

Both Nutmeg Brown and Craig Brockman are facing their first Christmas after their traumas and are in denial. They wish someone can fix their broken lives, but they turn away from family and friends. Nutmeg heads to Christmas Creek and finds a broken Nutcracker soldier under her Christmas tree. It’s the one she lost long ago and thought her mother threw away. She tucks her broken nutcracker doll in her bed, but when she wakes up the next morning with a real soldier, the fun and games and the healing begins–but not without a few failed wishes and a change of heart.

Toy Soldier Christmas by Rachelle Ayala in Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish

I hope you will enjoy Nutmeg and Craig’s Winter Wonderland of Wishes. May all your wishes come true or lead to another wish. Looking forward to sharing all of the Dear Santa stories with you this October 27. [Pre-order our set today so you don’t forget and join us at a Dear Santa Party on Facebook, October 28. Please Join the ABB Party Place beforehand.]

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