Ash & Rae have gotten a makeover

Writing a book is a very intense process. You pull words and emotions out of yourself that maybe weren’t there before. You inhabit your characters’ souls, and delve into their biggest fears and desires. As if that wasn’t hard enough, once you’re done you have to pick a cover and a short blurb that encapsulates your story and makes people want to buy it*. And here’s an ugly truth most people won’t tell you: sometimes this part is much, much harder than actually writing the book. In fact, I think it’s the part I am least successful at.

Case in point: the book previously known as ASHES TO ASHES.

You may have seen me do a huge push for it this summer. I had a number of book bloggers sign up to review it — and they loved it — but none of those reviews helped with sales. In fact, Ash and Rae have been nearly dead in the water since then … and that hurt.

I begrudgingly acknowledged it was time to do some soul searching and additional market research. What that research told me was that the title didn’t help people understand what the story was about. ASHES TO ASHES said nothing about the words within. In my head, this is the story of a woman burning everything to the ground and then rising above to find love. Appropriately, with a man named Ash. I thought the title was clever. Buyers? Not so much.

In fact, I ran a focus group last month and almost unanimously no one realized it was a bodyguard romance. People told me they loved Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner’s The Bodyguard and if they’d known this had a bit of the same feel, they would have gobbled it up immediately. They also told me that it needed to be in Kindle Unlimited, because that’s how they test the waters for an author they’re not familiar with.

Taking all of this into consideration, I set out to give Ash and Rae and makeover. And I think what I’ve come up with hits the nail on the proverbial head. Hopefully you agree and will love this story as much as I do.

PROTECT ME
A Bodyguard Romance

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He was the mistake I never forgot. Now my life depends on him.

When an obsessed fan takes things too far, my team calls in the big guns for my protection. There’s just one catch: the bodyguard assigned to protect me is the one man from my dark past that I never forgot. Now we’re on the run and all I want is to forget about the danger I’m in. To lose myself in Ash’s strong, capable arms. 

I told myself it was only sex, but I’ve done the unthinkable and fallen in love with a man I can’t have. I should walk away before it’s too late, but I’m hooked. And now it's not just my life that needs protecting—it’s also my heart. 


* While the I love the process of writing, this is also a business for me, and in order for it to stay one, I need people to pay me for my words. Art and commerce have long been linked, so I don’t think it’s speaking out of turn to talk about this side of the industry. Yes, a lot of us write for the love of it. But we also enjoy getting paid too.

Updated branding (including my name)

Yesterday I talked about new covers for my Macauley Vampire Series and as part of this new branding effort, I wanted to introduce some additional imagery you'll be seeing around here.

The first thing you'll notice is the name change. For those of you who don't know, Rebecca Caudill - who I most certainly am - is also the name of a very famous, very prolific children's author who wrote more books than I can count before I was even born. Schools across the country promote her writing and there is even a Rebecca Caudill writing contest. As you can imagine, this created a lot of difficulty in establishing my own career. My husband frequently asked if it was hurting my marketing efforts, but I never really had time to do anything about it. When we traveled to Scotland for my birthday and our b&b owner looked me up and couldn't find me, I decided I would make time.  

Rebecca Norinne isn't too much of a stretch though since Norinne is my middle name. Funny story: my grandma's name was Nora and when I was born, my mom didn't know how to spell the name she wanted to give me - roughly translated to Little Nora - so Norinne it was. The rest of the world pronounces this spelling Nor-rin but it's actually pronounced Nor-reen. So from now on, all my books will have this as my author name so keep an eye out on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and others. 

A New & Improved Macauley Vampire Series

Have you seen the new covers for A Time Apart and Keeper of My Soul? 

It's a departure from the original tone I set out to achieve when I launched them, but after talking with a handful of book bloggers who read each and reviewed them, I realized maybe my marketing didn't quite match up to expectations. The thing that surprised me most was that people seemed shocked I didn't focus more on William since the books are, after all, the Macauley Vampire Series. 

Ultimately, after several conversations with some people whose ideas and input I value greatly, I came up with a whole new launch plan. My audience for these books has been so small that I don't feel bad trying to capture more interest. Keep your fingers crossed I can make a splash and that others fall in love with William and Olivia as much as my current fans already have.

(PS: I debated whether or not to even write this post, but I'm a big proponent of transparency and while it might make me look like an eejit to have launched a series one way only to rebrand it a year later, this whole world of indie publishing operates on a huge learning curve, and what I know now is miles and miles ahead of what I did when I started. Basically, please be kind. I'm an evolution in progress.)

When Olivia Donnelly flees San Francisco for Ireland to escape haunting memories of a family tragedy, she doesn’t expect to meet William Macauley, a dead-sexy enigmatic billionaire who both excites and infuriates her. When William confesses his true nature during a dangerous encounter, it sets in motion a series of events that alters Olivia’s life forever. As she comes to terms with the truth about William, her own secrets emerge. Olivia knows William is her future, but is he also the key to her past? Find out in this sexy new paranormal romance series featuring an alpha billionaire vampire who’ll stop at nothing to claim his one true love.

When Olivia Donnelly flees San Francisco for Ireland to escape haunting memories of a family tragedy, she doesn’t expect to meet William Macauley, a dead-sexy enigmatic billionaire who both excites and infuriates her. When William confesses his true nature during a dangerous encounter, it sets in motion a series of events that alters Olivia’s life forever. As she comes to terms with the truth about William, her own secrets emerge. Olivia knows William is her future, but is he also the key to her past? Find out in this sexy new paranormal romance series featuring an alpha billionaire vampire who’ll stop at nothing to claim his one true love.

When Olivia fell in love with William, a sexy alpha vampire with a dark and dangerous past, she happily walked away from the world she knew. What William hadn’t expected was for Olivia to renounce her humanity and beg him to turn her. Now that he has, Olivia is finding out there’s more to William's world than she suspected. As she struggles to adapt, a dormant madness found in their bloodline emerges, causing her to have unexplainable urges and a thirst for power and vengeance. When word of Olivia’s transformation gets out, William fights to protect the woman he loves from his enemies as a mystery around an ancient prophecy sucks them in.

When Olivia fell in love with William, a sexy alpha vampire with a dark and dangerous past, she happily walked away from the world she knew. What William hadn’t expected was for Olivia to renounce her humanity and beg him to turn her. Now that he has, Olivia is finding out there’s more to William's world than she suspected. As she struggles to adapt, a dormant madness found in their bloodline emerges, causing her to have unexplainable urges and a thirst for power and vengeance. When word of Olivia’s transformation gets out, William fights to protect the woman he loves from his enemies as a mystery around an ancient prophecy sucks them in.