Rachel Rossano

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Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.

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Rachel Rossano Since I don't write historical novels set in our world, but historical novels set in a fictional world, my books tend to slip through the cracks betwe…moreSince I don't write historical novels set in our world, but historical novels set in a fictional world, my books tend to slip through the cracks between genres. Although they are technically fantasy, you won't find magic and wizards between the covers. I aim to write novels that feel like historical fiction, not fantasy. All of that said, I am delighted you have found me and would love to hear what you think of my books now that you have found them.(less)
Rachel Rossano Hi Ruby! I am writing more. The next novel is in the planning stage and I hope to write two more after that. I am just now finishing up a companion an…moreHi Ruby! I am writing more. The next novel is in the planning stage and I hope to write two more after that. I am just now finishing up a companion anthology which should be out later this year. I haven't expanded Jacobi's character, but I will definitely consider it now that you have mentioned him. :) He is a fun character.(less)
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Writing: Returning Characters

Having just finished up the rough draft of Mercy, the third novel in the Novels of Rhynan series, I am now plotting the fourth novel. Tentatively titled Courage, this one is going to feature a lot of old favorite characters, but the chief of them, is my hero, Darnay. Readers have glimpsed him growing up as the series has gone on. So, here are some glimpses of what we have already seen.

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Description: I started this story because I wanted to explore a different set of characters than my typical hero and heroine. I wanted to try writing an outspoken, stubborn, strong female and a more laid back, quiet, unassertive male pairing. I also wanted to try writing a story that centered on a place (a castle and town) instead of my usual journey stories. Liam's story was the result. I am eager to hear what you think of it. I will try to post a new chapter once a week for you to read and comment on.
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Description: This is an excerpt from the first part of <i>The Crown of Anavrea</i>. This tale began when I was bored out of my mind on a four week trip to Germany. I had read every English book I could get my hands on (horror, suspense, and mystery tales, not my favorites) and I was quickly getting tired of the little English television I could find (MTV and Sky News). My current novel in process was not going well. So, as frequently happens, I began a new tale. I wanted to write something light, romantic, and fun. I ended up with a set of characters that I could not let go. I have since written four novels in which these characters or their relations have been central to the story. I hope you love them as much as I do. Enjoy!
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Description: This is an excerpt from the first part of <i>The Mercenary's Marriage</i>. In it, I introduce Darius, the main character. He sprung from my head like Athena from the head of Zeus, fully formed and ready for battle. His story was one of the quickest to pour forth onto the page. I wrote in about nine months, I think. I hope you enjoy. The complete book is available if you find you can't wait to read more. :)

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Rachel Ysa wrote: ":o D I am currently waiting for Olivia to reply to me so I can enter her giveaway for Wren. :o D I can hardly wait!"

Cool! :)

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Rachel I love Moriah's name too! :) Thankfully we get to know her a bit better in the sequel. I am trying to get a couple of scenes with her in it. She is an interesting woman. One has to be to be married to Aiden (Rathenridge) after all. ;)

You liked Dentin so you will probably be glad to hear that he is the main character for the next book in the series. :) Tomas, Brielle, and Landry have all make appearances and I am not even halfway through yet. I am discovering that I really love writing sequels. :)

message 10: by Rachel

Rachel I love the name Brianna too. :) Brielle was named by a reader and the name has definitely grown on me. Wren's name sort of inspired her. When I thought of the name I though of a small woman with brown hair and an unassuming appearance with unusual character. Her eyes are her only truly remarkable physical feature, but they give insight into what she is truly feeling, as Tourth learned. ;)

Who is your favorite male character of the two books?

Rachel LOL!!! I can just imagine the chaos I have created inadvertently. I love that you enjoyed the book and Wren's character so much. :)

Rachel Me too. When I was writing her, I kept thinking how much I would love to have her confidence and ability to read people and situations. Oh, and having her set of skills with knives and weapons would be neat too. ;)

Rachel Ysa wrote: "Your books are awesome. ;o D Wren is my new favorite book ever. lol"

*happy dance* I am so glad you are enjoying them. :)

Rachel I feel well thanked, Ysa. ;)

I have a hard time summarizing my reading habits too. Though, I do prefer fiction to non-fiction...usually. :)

Rachel Ysa wrote: "Thank you for adding me, Rachel! It really made my day. :o D"

:) What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Rachel Thanks for accepting my request. :)

Rachel Sarah wrote: "Thanks for adding me!!!"
Thank you for sending the request and you're welcome. :) What kind of books are you interested in reading?

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Sarah Thanks for adding me!!!

Rachel Um... That is a hard question. :) Archer's Goon, Howl's Moving Castle, and all of the Chrestomancy books are all great. Homeward Bounders was one of the first books of hers that I read. The Dark Lord of Derkholm and The Year of the Griffin are also great. I know I am probably not helping you here. :) Sorry, there are too many good books to choose from.

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