November Newsletter - Amy RachieleAmy Rachiele
  • November Newsletter

    Happy Thanksgiving


    84fb883f-4adb-46ca-b9b5-14cf4cc7965cPlotter or Panster?

    No matter how hard I try to sit down and plot out my novel, it never works.  I have tried to figure out why.  I have been given charts, I have four different notebooks, and I have drawn diagrams.  But to no avail the thoughts, motivations, and actions just don’t come to me as well unless I am sitting down writing from the mind of my character.

    My novels obviously start out with an idea but those ideas come from the mind of my characters stewing in the back of my brain ringing the timer letting me know they are ready for their story to be told.  They whisper in my ear telling me their deepest darkest secrets.






    I’m looking for Beta readers to review my short story, Enforcing Fate, in the Men of Mayhem Mafia Anthology!

    If you’re interested, please sign up here.

    You could even win an Amazon gift card! Thank you <3


    Shrapnel's Kiss audio sample  Shrapnel’s Kiss is working its way towards a downloadable audio book!

    Click on the book cover now to listen to a sample. 




    While this year has been an incredibly difficult one, I’m so thankful to be celebrating another holiday season with friends and family who have truly shown how much they care. Happy Thanksgiving season to you, and may your turkey dinner be as delicious as ever! Remember to cherish every moment with your loved ones.

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    Last but not least, here’s a sneak peak of my newest mobster series!

    Mobster’s Gamble, Book 1 in the Chicago Mobster Series

    Prologue (Unedited):


    I cover my ears and run. The cellar door is open and I trip down the stairs gouging my bare leg on a splinter jutting out from the decaying railing. Blood trailing across my leg doesn’t stop me, and I take the last few steps landing on the dirt floor. It seeps in between my toes–dry, powdery, and old like someone trapped it in a bottle, suffocating it. I jump over discarded broken chair legs and scattered junk, my dress tangling between my legs. I hide behind the fragments of a rundown cabinet. Spiders, shadows, and the musty odor have kept me from coming down here until now. I crouch down and hug my knees to my chest. The screaming from upstairs is muffled but it rings in my ears just as loud as if it was beside me. I crush my hands over my ears again and rock back and forth wishing it all to be over.
    Mobster's Gamble The cellar steps creak and my tear streaked face pops up. My heart thumps wildly while I peek out from my hiding place.
    It’s him!
    He is a silhouette descending down. I watch in the eerie dimness as his darkened hand slips along the rail as he plunges deeper into the cellar.
    He is coming for me.
    There is nowhere to go.
    I stuff myself tighter behind the wooden slab wondering if my heart can burst from fear. I run my hand down my calves in an attempt to comfort myself and the wetness from my wound reminds me of it making it prickle with pain.
    Seconds pass and he is here, standing over me, colossal. He squats down and my hand snakes out slapping his arm. A bold, defiant move fueled by the rebellion in my veins. The flesh of my fingers stings hurting me more than any damage my ten-year-old body could do to him. I can’t see his face but I can imagine what his face looks like contorted when mad.
    No one leaves during a cleansing, not children, women, or even anyone who is sick. Everyone must be present for it. It is a ritual to remind us of our allegiance to the Anointed Heavens. It’s silly and I don’t want to do it.
    His beefy hand reaches out to take me by the arm but I slap it away. Anger is vibrating off of him. I crouch down tighter, making myself as small as possible, hoping this will keep him from reaching me.
    The word isn’t coming from me. It is coming from someone on the stairs. There is a thunk of someone running down the rickety steps.
    “Don’t hurt her!”
    Get back upstairs, Jonah!” The fire in his voice resonates, and I clamp my filthy hands over my ears again and slap my eyes shut, crunching the lids together and pray for him to go away.
    My eyes snap open and the dream that comes to haunt me at least once a month flits by like annoying moths that buzz around a light in the dead of night.

    Add Mobster’s Gamble to your TBR list.

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