Thursday 30 August 2012

How to Cook Up a Disaster: Sneak Peek!

Yes, my dear readers, today is your lucky day. I'm giving you a sneak peek at the first 5 pages of my upcoming chick-lit/romantic comedy novelette, How to Cook Up a Disaster. Now available on Amazon US and Amazon UK!


How to Cook Up a Disaster
If I’d known what was in store for me that day, I would have convinced Mom to order take-out, locked the cat on the porch and never, ever allowed my father in the same room as my Aunt Ginny. But, being the dutiful daughter I was, I took the bus to Mom’s place that morning, prepared to bake and roast and decorate and otherwise make Grampy Joe’s one-hundredth birthday party the best it could be.

Thursday 23 August 2012

Free ebooks until August 31st!

I'm making three of my short stories FREE on Kobo until August 31st! Click the covers to download your FREE copy!
The Perfect Ring By: Rachel Elizabeth Cole
Caring For Lily By: Rachel Elizabeth Cole
For Good or For Bad By: Rachel Elizabeth Cole

And watch for more titles coming to Kobo September 1st!

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Learning to Fly is now available!

My short story collection, Learning to Fly is now available for the Kindle! It will be available for the Kobo and other ereader devices on September 1st! Click the cover to get your copy!
Learning to Fly (A Collection of Short Stories)
This collection combines five of Rachel Elizabeth Cole's touching short stories. In "Fallen Leaves," a woman must come to terms with the bad blood between her dead husband's grandmother and herself. In "Listen to the Rain," a young couple going through a rough patch struggles to find happiness. In "Caring For Lily," a young mother wrestles with her decision to return to work. In "For Good or For Bad," a disatisfied wife must decide if she'll risk everything for her ex-boyfriend. In "Is This Seat Taken?," two strangers connect briefly in a bus station. Heartfelt, bittersweet, and poignant, these short stories explore the moments where we spread our fledgling wings, take that leap, and learn to fly.

Thursday 16 August 2012

Friday 10 August 2012

Got a title . . . and a cover!

After much back and forth and round and round, I finally settled on a title for my collected short stories: At a Crossroads. I even had a cover mocked up! But then I stumbled across the most amazing photo of a storm brewing over the ocean and a lonely seagull holding his own against the winds. Out went my previous title and cover to make way for the new:

Learning to Fly: A Collection of Short Stories will be available August 20th for Kindle and Kobo!

Wednesday 1 August 2012

In Need of a Catchy Title

Titles come to me any number of ways. Sometimes a catchy title pops into my head and I just have to write a story to go with it. This happened with my yet-to-be-published middle-grade novel, The Rabbit Ate My Homework, and a recently written short story, Free to Good Home.

If a title doesn't come to me before the story is completed, I'll go back after the fact and comb through it to find a descriptive phrase or line that fits the story. Listen to the Rain and my upcoming chick-lit novelette, How to Cook Up a Disaster, were titled this way.

Sometimes I choose a symbol, image, or object that represents the story. That's how The Perfect Ring and Fallen Leaves got their titles.

There's as many ways to title a story as there are stories to be titled. Here's a really great article on titling: Choosing the Right Name For Your Story.

Right now, I'm in the process of bundling several of my short stories (Fallen Leaves, Listen to the Rain, Caring For Lily, For Good or For Bad, and a bonus story, Is This Seat Taken?) into a themed collection. The theme that seems to run through these stories is choices, and how the choices we make affect our lives in good and bad ways.

However, I am having the worst time picking a title for this series (even after reading that excellent article and several more like it!).