Visiting Author: Rachel Firasek

I am so happy to welcome Rachel to the blog today.  This book is outstanding you should check out all of Rachel’s work. You can find my reviews of The Last Awakening and The Last Rising here on Lisa’s World of Books.

Romance in the Backseat

Are you a die-hard romance reader? Do other genres bore you?

I’ve thought long and hard about why I cringe when I’m given anything other than a romance to read. Every single time I come back to getting down and dirty in the backseat. “What?”

I know, I probably just shocked you. But, seriously, think about it. What is it that makes the first book in a series so much more thrilling than the second or third? It’s the introduction, the meeting between a hero and heroine and the chemistry that sparks between them. That’s what we are really searching for in a true romance, right?

I’ve been reading and reviewing a lot of books lately. Studying, if you will, the art of romance from others with more experience, more craft, and more savvy than me. I’ve searched through the trends in genres and subgenres. I’m almost on the verge of a big major breakthrough for my own writing, lol. It’s gigantic…or at least I hope it is.

Back on topic, what I’ve learned is that the stories that I’m drawn to and love to write, don’t have the “backseat” moment until at least after mid-stroke in the book. I want to feel the word play, the foreplay, the tease. I want the author to caress me with beautiful action and impending heartbreak before they give me what I’m really wanting—that love connection.

Do you remember your first love? Your first true love—even if it wasn’t the person you’re with now? Of course you do. I still remember mine. We were 16. He lived two counties away and we only saw each other on the weekends. I can still tell you exactly what he looked like, smelled like and yes, even tasted like. It’s burned into my memories, even though that romance only lasted a couple of months. You can imagine how hard it was to meet when you live so far apart and with that maturity level, we were doomed from the start. But, why do I remember? It’s those backseat moments.

I’ll never forget that first date. We drove around town for hours, just talking. He found a side road near a railroad track and we sat there for another two hours just talking. When the conversation dwindled and I could tell that he was working up to his big “move,” I hopped out of the car to walk off the nervous energy. He laughed it off and told me that we could just talk.

It was a huge relief to have the pressure of that first kiss out of the way and when he did kiss me before he left that night, it was totally sweet. Totally  memorable. And that’s the kind of stories that I hope to create. I’m not looking for that next quick sale, I want the memories.

What do you look for in a romance? What is your sweet spot? And, how fast do you want to see backseat moments? Please tell. I’d love to know.


Title: The Last Awakening
(Curse of the Phoenix, #2)
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: December 2011
ISBN: 978-1-937044-44-1

Book 3 coming January 2012!

Book Description:

For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris–god of the Underworld–gifts the phoenix her mortality and returns her voodoo magic. If she fails to harness her wayward magic and save a man worthy of a second chance, she’ll forfeit her power and her soul–forever.

Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him after the tragedy that brought him and Ari together. Confronted by the waif of a woman who forces him to face his worst fears, he resists, fighting the need to keep his personal demons hidden instead of setting them free.
When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, it’s not just her life in danger, but now the one of the man she loves.

Title: The Last Rising
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: September 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-28-2
Mobi ISBN: 978-1-937044-29-9

Book Description:

After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment.

Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

About the Author:

Rachel Firasek grew up in the south and despite the gentle pace, she harassed life at full steam. Her curiosity about mythology, human nature, and the chemical imbalance we call love led her to writing. Her stories began with macabre war poems and shifted to enchanted fairytales, before she settled on a blending of the two.
Today you’ll find her tucked on a small parcel of land, surrounded by bleating sheep and barking dogs, with her husband and children. She entertains them all with her wacky sense of humor or animated reenactments of bad 80’s dance moves.
She’s intrigued by anything unexplained and seeks the answers to this crazy thing we call life. You can find her where the heart twists the soul and lights the shadows… or at .


4 thoughts on “Visiting Author: Rachel Firasek

  1. I can’t say that all other genre’s bore me, but I did recently read a book that I just couldn’t stay interested in. What should have taken me 1-2 days to read, took me over 2 weeks to finish. The blurb listed the genre as sci-fi, which I would have thought I would like, since I’m a major Trekkie, but the author totally failed to make me care about the lead character at all. So for me, that’s the key, make me feel something for the primary character or characters, even if I hate them, I’ll be engaged enough to want to finish the trip.

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  3. Lisa, thanks for having me over today!

    Kathryn, I’m hearing you girl. Flat characters can totally rip out a story. Thanks for stopping by!

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