“All I know for certain is that this is how I want to spend my life – collaborating to the best of my ability with forces of inspiration that I can neither see, nor prove, nor command, nor understand.

It’s a strange line of work, admittedly.

I cannot think of a better way to pass my days.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Finding Lily Book Release

Let me just begin by saying that I can’t believe this day is here. My contemporary romance novella, Finding Lily, is now officially for sale on Amazon!

The Synopsis:

Lily Gardner thought she’d found her soul mate when she met and married the handsome and well-off Thomas Gardner. But six years later, with a two-year-old in tow, she finds herself wading through the messy waters of divorce, and crying herself to sleep at night wondering if she’s lost her chance at love… and herself in the process. When she’s assigned the task of working with Nathan Trainor to reel in a popular author who is seeking new representation, she must put her troubles aside and do whatever it takes to get the job done.

At once touching and hopeful, FINDING LILY captures what it feels like to be given a second chance at life… and love.

You can purchase the ebook here and the paperback copy is also available. If you’re interested in a signed copy, let me know: I may sell them in my etsy shop.

Cheers everyone, and thank you for joining me on this journey. It’s about to get really interesting.

“I think of writing simply in terms of pleasure. It’s the most important thing in my life: making things. Much as I love my husband and children, I love them only because I am the person who makes these things. And because that person does that all the time, that person is able to love all these people.”

– A.S. Byatt

Why I’m Using Beta Readers

Why I'm Using Beta Readers by Rachel Del of Big City Quiet Writes

I’ve had a couple people tell me that I’m moving too fast. On one hand, I can understand why they feel that way, but on the other, I can’t help but think: you don’t know how long I’ve been working towards this point. There has always been a rattling against my ribs urging me to write. It’s been there so long that it’s simply a part of me now.

The first draft of #FindingLilyNovel poured out of me in the span of a month. The end is so near I can taste it. But I need people to read it. Why?

  1. So that I can make the novella better. The more eyes I can get on this draft the better. Beta readers can find plot holes, tell you if they want to know more about a character (or less), tell you where they’re confused and what they love.
  2. So that they can point out what I cannot see because it’s too close to me. There are scenes that I’m in love with that may, in the end, be of zero use the moving the story forward. Beta readers will likely pick up on this.
  3. Because Ksenia Anske said to. And so did Jenny Bravo

I’m looking for my first round of beta readers now, so check out how to apply.
Edit: thank you to all who applied. Applications are now closed.

In the end all I want is a book that I can be proud of. Beta readers will help me to do that, and I assure you that they will help you too.

A Prologue Peek

I’ve been quiet, but for good reason. To quote Suzy: “So, I’m writing a book.”

It has flown out of me so organically that I almost can’t believe it’s nearly complete. To say that I’m one to start stories and never finish them is an understatement; and that is why, even if this book never sees the light of day, it will always be a huge accomplishment for me.

Soon, I will be editing… and that scares me more than writing this book ever has, because I’m afraid to look at it so closely that I could find holes. Though, I suppose that’s the whole purpose to editing.

All of this is to say that I’ll certainly come up for air soon. Until then, here are some words that I strung together to begin my book:

They weren’t always this way.

In fact, Lily and Thomas Gardner used to be happy. The kind of happy that made most people envious, sick to their stomachs, or likely some combination of the two.

Thomas was the first man Lily had ever deemed worthy to let all the way in to her life. Before him she had known only liars and cheats, boyfriends who worked too much or too little and didn’t know a healthy relationship from a hole in the wall.

The intensity in which Thomas pursued her in the beginning made her weak in the knees. All the flowers, the expensive dinners, the opening and closing of car doors, the intense eye contact, and texts throughout the day all culminated in one thing: her absolute undoing.