Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Spotlight on Rachelle Ayala - Her Talents Know No Bounds!

In the midst of introducing you all to my fabulous critique partners from, I started getting a lot of requests from people to appear on my blog. I love helping out new authors and featuring their work, but I got a little sidetracked in my quest to introduce the authors who mean the most to me in the writing community. I've been very anxious to introduce this critique buddy, Rachelle Ayala. 

Rachelle is great as a beta reader and crit buddy. Plus, her and I have such a good time. Even though our writing couldn't be more different as far as styles and overall ideas and events, the similarities in our novels are quite humorous. She wrote Broken Build at the same time as I wrote Always & Forever. The similarities are crazy. Both heroines have an injured leg. They are both hiding their true identity. We even picked the same song for our characters to fall in love to! The crazy thing is, we both wrote these things before reading the other person's work. There are many more instances of similarities throughout the book, these ones just give me the best chuckle.

Rachelle is a diverse writer and likes to explore different genres. As well as being great at that, she is an ex-computer program and speaks code like no one's business. Need help formatting your book to put it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords? Confused what the heck an NTX file is or how to build a table of contents? Rachelle, wonder woman, can make this all happen for you! In fact, I'm hiring her to format my projects and save myself the headache! 

I am so grateful to have met Rachelle and have her as one of my writing besties! Check out her fabulous books below!

Looking for historical romance? This is based on the Bible and set in biblical times. Though I don't read a lot of that type of book and was a bit hesitant, Michal's Window is a rich, entertaining novel that I loved. Want to see a different take on King David's first wife? This is a fantastic read. 

Not your Grandma's Bible Story...

It's not easy being a woman, least of all princess of Israel. Married as a prize, abandoned as a wife, Michal fights to claim her rightful spot next to King David, the man she loves with all her heart. 

Separated by war, concubines, and kingdom politics, Michal embarks on a journey of adventure and heartache where she is befriended by a goddess-worshipping priestess and tempted by a Philistine prince.

From reading scrolls high atop the palace walls to seduction with a henna-painted body, Michal is not your ordinary Bible heroine. Join her in Michal's Window and let her delight you with her courage, devotion, and outrageous passion in her relentless drive to win back her husband. 

Content advisory: sexual situations, blood and violence

Want to buy Michal's Window? 
Amazon US or UK
Paperback at Barnes & Noble and Amazon

Looking for more of a mystery? Do you like a tough challenge? Check out the blurb for Rachelle's romantic suspense title, Broken Build

When a woman wrongs a man… can a man forgive and love?

Jen Jones hides a horrible secret behind her new degree, toned body, and exciting job at Silicon Valley’s hottest startup—until a man linked to her past is killed in a hit-and-run.

CEO and founder Dave Jewell is about to land a huge deal. He doesn't need blood on his car, threatening phone calls, and Jen wrapped in broken code and blackmail.

A gang of thugs hunts Jen, and she takes refuge in Dave’s protective arms. Together, they must thwart a killer and rescue an innocent victim from their past. Love blossoms, but a damaging revelation points straight at Jen, threatening to tear them apart forever.

Content advisory: language, sexual situations

Want to buy Broken Build? It's available on Amazon:
Amazon US or  UK

And my personal favorite is the one she is currently working on, but you will all have to wait. Hidden Under Her Heart is women's fiction and expected publication is Spring 2013. 

Hidden Under Her Heart
is a story about abortion and courage. Maryanne Torres tries to gain validation and love by giving more in each relationship than she takes. Lucas Knight believes his reason for existence lies in becoming a triathlon champion. An unwanted pregnancy forces Maryanne to examine her past while Lucas is torn between concern and bitterness. Meanwhile, a tiny life hangs on the balance. Is it worthless because it is unwanted?

Also - for those of you authors looking for a good formatter or beta reader, here's the link to what Rachelle offers and her prices -

I hope you enjoyed meeting Rachelle Ayala! Happy reading, my friends!

P.S. Don't forget my policy to read the samples before you buy! Everyone's tastes are different. 


  1. Nice post! :) All the critique circle buddies ROCK! :)

  2. Hey, what a nice surprise! Thanks a lot for being such a wonderful friend and crit partner.

    1. I'm fortunate to have found such wonderful writing friends! Thank you for everything!

  3. Thanks for sharing Chantelle! Best wishes Rachelle!

    1. Thanks, Deborah, for stopping by and commenting!


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