Raeann Blake (Author)

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Schnookums

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on September 27, 2012

The Seven Brothers of ElkoBrinley Phillips obviously has a specific ‘Do Not Cross’ threshold when dealing with the public at large. Listen as she describes to Jake what she envisions would be the end result of that line being breached had she followed her childhood dream.Excerpt from Jake – Book 1 of the new series The Seven Brothers of Elko coming October 2012

“What did you want to be when you were little?” he asked.

She rolled her eyes in what he read to mean she thought what she was about to say was silly or a foolish dream. He wanted to tell her that no dreams are silly or foolish. If dreams were practical they wouldn’t be called dreams. They’d be called life. Instead of saying that, he stayed silent and waited.

“I was going to have my own little cabin somewhere in the mountains, any mountains, and be the next great novelist.”

He raised his eyebrows in surprise. “What changed your mind?”

She shrugged her shoulders a little and said, “One of my teachers. He brought a book on programming to school one day and gave it to me. He said I was wasting a God-given talent and I should ‘give this a try.’ I was hooked right from the first page.”

“You love what you do, don’t you? No chance of still becoming the next world famous novelist?”

Brinley scoffed but didn’t answer him. He reached over and hooked his fingers beneath her chin and turned her face to him. “You know… you can be anything you want. Dreams don’t have to stay dreams. It’s important to do what makes you happy.”

Brinley’s eyes softened noticeably. “I love what I do, Jake. It’s what I was meant to do. It’s not glamorous or exciting to most people. I’ll never be world famous. But it’s what I was meant to do.”

She waited for a few seconds then gave him one of those impish grins. “Besides… I hate dealing with the public. I can just see myself at some big event with publicity all around me. And about two seconds after I have had it with people for one day, I’d be famous all right… for going off on some poor little old lady when she asked me if I could please sign my book for her baby, Schnookums… who just happens to be the pet pot-bellied pig at her side wearing a purple sunbonnet, a pink tutu and trying to eat my expensive designer, diamond encrusted tennis shoes right off of my feet.”

By the time she finished they were both laughing so hard their eyes were watering and they were out of breath. They had barely managed to quiet some when Jake blurted out “Schnookums” on a boisterous laugh and they were off again.

Jake -Coming October 2012! (First 2 chapters here)

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Once in a Blue Moon

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on August 31, 2012

Magnets

Once in a BLUE MOON I actually get to take a vacation. I will thankfully be off work for the next week and I am also taking a break from all things virtual…well, except for my Kindle. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a preview of the items that will be available in some upcoming giveaways to celebrate the beginning of THE SEVEN BROTHERS OF ELKO. Mouse pads, magnets, and bookmarks will be in the mix. Some free e-books and even some signed copies of the paperback version of JAKE will be included too.

The Romance Writer’s Reads will be holding a Blogeversary to celebrate their one-year anniversary October 14-21 and some of these items will be available in their giveaways along with a lot of cool stuff from some other really great authors.

I will set a date for my own giveaway when we get closer to publication. Until then, if you haven’t read the preview of JAKE yet, you can find that here.

And while you’re waiting, don’t forget to check out all the other authors out there. Although I write and have lately read only romance, I generally enjoy a good mystery or true-crime novel too. I have picked up a few lately that are ones that I don’t normally read for a change of pace. If the weather doesn’t cooperate for some nice rides on the Harley over the vacation, I might settle in with one of those.

Bookmarks

Anyway, no matter the author, no matter the genre…just keep reading. There are so many GREAT authors out there and they’re most certainly not all backed by the big publishing houses or listed on any national best-seller lists. Yes, there are some horrendous indie books out there. Guess what? There are some horrendous books out there published by the big machine, too. Dust off the coal and you’ll find a lot of diamonds underneath. Give those indie authors a chance. So many speak with disgust about the indie authors and especially those who take advantage of Amazon’s program that allows us to specify a certain number of days when the books can be downloaded for free. What better way to introduce yourself to a new audience than to give them a chance to nibble at what you have to offer at no risk to them? Exactly what do they think is wrong with the concept of giving back?

And you can’t always go by the reviews. I’ve found some real jewels that have some pretty negative reviews. And I’ve found some real duds that had all glowing reviews. If it’s available, utilize Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature to read an excerpt of the book. You can usually tell within the first few pages if you at least like the author’s style of writing.

Mouse Pads

And when you read a book, don’t forget those all important “Like” buttons at the top of the book page and the “tags” section at the bottom. Reviews are nice, too. Most important of all, if you really like it…spread the word. Tell your family, your friends, your neighbors. Post it on Facebook, Pintrest, Twitter, Goodreads…wherever. Word of mouth is the lifeblood of especially the indie authors.

So now that the blue moon is here and the second-half of Jake will be in the editor’s hands by tomorrow, I will say farewell for a week.

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day. Happy Reading!

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The Seven Brothers of Elko – Jake

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on August 4, 2012

The Seven Brothers of Elko

Christopher Davis Reardon’s wife died young, leaving him with two small boys to raise on his own. Jake and Davis were typical boys, but good kids. Mr. Reardon lived to see them both grow into the kind of men any father would be proud to call his sons. Respect for others, right from wrong, honesty, and the value of family were among the many things he taught his boys. And teaching them about women was right at the top of the list, especially the right woman. He had a mantra that was repeated to both boys from the age of thirteen until they were grown men themselves. They still know it by heart.

“Son, you always treat a woman with respect, no matter who they are, what they do, or what they say. All men have lust in their hearts, so bed ’em if you have to, but treat ’em with respect. And when you think you’re in love, you’re not. Because when you are in love, you’ll know it. When you really love a woman, she’ll be the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about at night. When you really love a woman, she is your breath, your heartbeat, and your very soul. And when you really love a woman, you won’t be lusting after any others because no other women exist.”

Jake Reardon always understood what his father was saying. But he never felt the true meaning of those words…until he met Brinley Phillips.

Never mind that Tommy Joe Branden had ‘hands-off’ signs posted all the way around her in big bright red letters. Never mind that she so completely believed in ’til death do us part that she was still hoping for a reconciliation with a man who would just as soon see her dead as not. And never mind that she lived and worked in Texas and had no plans on making Nevada her home. He practically felt his daddy nudge him in the back. Maybe that’s why he stumbled off the edge of that cliff.

But when ghosts better left at rest raise their ugly heads, the path to that ‘happily ever after’ gets steadily more difficult and more dangerous. And just when he thought it couldn’t get any worse…it did.

Sneak peek – read the first two chapters!

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Meet the Seven Brothers of Elko

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on July 28, 2012

The Seven Brothers of ElkoNo one could have foreseen the chain of events that would be set in motion when Tommy Joe Branden insisted that his ‘little sister,’ Brinley Phillips, accompany him to Vegas for a few days for some much needed time off.

These seven men would each be drawn into all that would follow:

Christopher Jacob (Jake) Reardon is an ex-Texas Ranger. Jake splits his time between Las Vegas where he is a partner in a security/bodyguard company, and his ranch outside of Elko, Nevada where he is just beginning to realize the dreams of his childhood.

Samuel Davis Reardon is Jake’s younger brother by two years and the two men so closely resemble each other that they are often mistaken for twins. Davis is currently employed with the Texas Rangers but visits Jake in Nevada when he can.

Michael James Cavanaugh is the Sheriff of Clark County, Nevada. Michael met Brinley in Texas under less than fortunate circumstances during the time he held the position of Sheriff in the county where she lived. Little did he know that their paths would cross again in Nevada.

Tommy Joe Branden is a popular country music star who grew up with Brinley and was best friends with her late brother. After his death Tommy took it as his responsibility to fulfill the role of ‘big brother’ for her and her younger brother.

Ronald Casey Williams is Brinley’s younger brother, the baby of the family. With the rest of their family gone, Brinley and Casey only had each other and Tommy. Casey is a college student working towards his dream of becoming a veterinarian, but sometimes dreams change.

Jace Garrett (Bo) Canton is Jake’s ranch foreman. Bo was the first man Jake hired and he’s been with him ever since. Polite and sort of shy, he’d been a loner most of his life, never staying in one place too long…but no more.

Lonnie Case Howard is another ex-Texas Ranger and Jake’s partner in their security/bodyguard company based in Las Vegas. Lonnie left the Rangers before Jake and bounced around the country for a while until he eventually landed in Las Vegas.

You will meet each of these men in Jake’s story. You will learn more about each one through their own stories. Only they can tell you how one chance meeting ultimately leads them all through an intricately interwoven web of hope, love, heartache, lies, deceit, and murder. Only they can tell you how they become The Seven Brothers of Elko.

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The Seven Brothers of Elko begins!

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on July 22, 2012

The Seven Brothers of ElkoIt’s official. Jake, the first book in the series The Seven Brothers of Elko, will be the next book released. I really wanted to hold on to them for a while, but the characters keep interrupting me when I try to work on anything else. So I guess that means they are ready to share their stories with you.

This will take a little time. Seven Brothers was the first set of books that I wrote and what I consider my style of writing didn’t fully develop until about the third book. Jake and Davis especially will require some extensive editing before I will release them. In the interim, I will do my best to keep you all up-to-date on my progress as well as post some blurbs and excerpts along the way.

Until then…

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