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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Come cruise with me…

It’s difficult to realize how our lives have changed in the last year. How often do you curse the CoronaVirus ? I do it more often than I can count. Probably every time I open my closet and glance at the gorgeous silver sandals I bought specifically for my April 2020 cruise on the West Coast, the cruise that we never took, the cruise that was canceled because of the pandemic.

Some people miss socializing, eating in restaurant, going to movies, shopping at the malls. I miss my cruises. I miss them like hell. Cruises are becoming the most common way to see the world and unwind in an enjoyable surrounding. My husband calculated that it was cheaper to board a ship from Fort Lauderdale and go on a week cruise than pay airfare, hotel, restaurants and entertainments.

Prior to pandemic, my life was divided into two parts, my life at home, a dutiful life spent writing, babysitting, driving the kids, cooking for the kids, inviting friends for dinner, and a carefree life on the ship, pampering myself, indulging in doing what I like, not what I was expected to do, visiting new countries, and far away cities, walking on the deck, showing up at the restaurants to eat meals cooked by the ship cooks, attending shows, writing new stories in a quiet lounge, playing cards with friends,… A useless, uneventful, selfish, boring life that I adored.

Now when I missed my cruises, I look at my pictures neatly organized in folders. I remember the special places with nostalgia and suppress a tear.

Would you like to travel with me around the world? I will take you on my wonderful ship to my favorite places.

In 2006, we started our South American cruise in Santiago, discovered a world of history and culture and reveled in the sights of Viña del Mar, known as the “Chilean Riviera.” We visited the authentic adobe homes once belonging to the Incas. We sailed to a Chilean Patagonia’s maze of fjords, crossing through rivers, steppes and mountains to the north, and observed a colony of delightful penguins, and continued to the Falkland Islands.

In 2014, we explored the East side of South America, cruising from Fort Lauderdale all the way to Brazil. We spent two days in Rio de Janeiro, ascended to the Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car, and had a peak at the aerial view of Copacabana, the Christ statue, and Guanabara Bay.

Next our ship docked in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. I fell in love with this European city that reminded me of Paris, and Washington DC with its monuments, parks, statues and architecture. We visited the VIP cemetery and the mausoleum of Eva Peron. Nothing beats the tour of the old city and the lunch in restaurant offering Tango shows. Here is a picture of my husband posing with a tango dancer.

 

 

BETWEEN BABIES AND GIRLFRIENDS is a romantic comedy set in Miami, FL and Buenos Aires, the special romance of Dr. Brian Dutton, a very busy American doctor, and Carla, the sophisticated, passionate and sassy daughter of the Governor of Buenos Aires.

Music and Books!

I’m a huge music person–like I always have music playing. I don’t just stick to one genre either. Some days the classic rock is kicking my speakers, or I break out the vinyl and listen to a few of my dad’s albums, and some days I every have classic piano on. It all depends on what I’m doing and just how high my blood pressure is that day.

Recently I finished writing and editing Riley, Loving a Young Series, Book 4, and I came across a song that was so fitting for Ethan. Here’s the book blurb:

Riley is always the life of the party, and it’s Ethan that is there to pick her up and keep her together. He knows her almost as well as she knows herself, and he knows she will never love him as he does her.

Now Ethan wants more out of life and love, but Riley denies her feelings and insists they are just friends with benefits. When a training opportunity comes up that will get Ethan out of town for months, he jumps on it. It’s the only way to get over Riley and move on.

With Ethan gone and a new guy in her life, Riley finds herself dealing with several emotional issues without the help of her best friend. A family emergency has Ethan feeling lost without Riley there to lean on, but he refuses to go to her and seeks solace with another. Will Riley make the right choices, and finally, admit how she feels, or will she find herself alone and falling further down the rabbit hole.

When I started writing this book, I came across the song, “I’m Never Getting Over You” by Gone West. It hit me square in the chest as I could see Ethan saying these things, and Riley rebuking him. Check out the music video.

To learn more about the Loving a Young Series, check out my series page here:

LOVING A YOUNG SERIES

Riley Releases on February 16th and will be exclusive to Amazon for a little while.

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Many years ago, I witnessed two former high school sweethearts meet again for the first time in over thirty years. The magic – electricity, pheromones, or whatever it was – between the former teenage couple was both tangible and unforgettable. Two other items in the story: Mary’s obsession with the curlers in her hair and Jake’s discourse on what he was doing when they raised the flag for the second time on Iwo Jima, are real. Oh, and they really did get a happy ever after. Pre-order Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish and read all about it. It’s only available in digital format in this set.

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