Fire & Ice: Wide Release!

Hi Friends,

I am super excited to announce that Fire & Ice is now widely available in print and eBook, wherever great books are sold!

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, the awesome reviews are rolling in and making me feel all the warm fuzzies. I’ve always been a little shy about reading/sharing/asking for reviews, but I’m working on that because feminism!

I’m working on not putting myself down so much, and trying to accept compliments with grace rather than brushing them off. I’m also, slowly, working on being more comfortable with self-promotion, because honestly, if queer women don’t learn to promote ourselves and each other, who will do it for us? The Patriarchy? I think not.

Besides, we have so many wonderful reviewers in our fields of lesfic and romance, and their work deserves to be seen, so here goes, starting with the big boss of all reviewers because for the first time ever, I got a review from the New York Times.

Yeah, talk about nerd porn, I almost passed out when the NYT included Fire & Ice in a piece on fall romances.

Max and Callie emerge as a complicated, messy, believable match. The professional drive, stubbornness and pride that connect them also create the challenges to their happy ending. Spangler writes fights and misunderstandings with heartbreaking precision, but she puts her characters’ hearts — and the readers’ — back together by the end.” ~ Jamie Green, NYT Book Review

They may have also mentioned the book’s “copious charm,” and I may or may not be planning to have that phrase tattooed somewhere on my body. I’ll leave you to guess where as I move on, because as cool at as it is for the NYT to pick up a lesbian romance novel, I’m not about to forget the awesome folks who have been doing that for years and years. Velvet Lounger of the Lesbian Reading Room has been doing just that for our community, and I was thrilled to hear that someone who has read so many great romances enjoyed Fire & Ice enough to say:

I really enjoyed this one, read it in a day, couldn’t put it down, not because it’s a page-turning drama but because I enjoyed seeing the interaction and growth of the two main characters, literally fire and ice coming together to make steam. Excellent reading and highly recommended.” ~ VELVET LOUNGER, The Lesbian Reading Room.

That’s right, fire and ice together makes steam, people! Who’s ready to get steamy with me? Gaby, from Lez Review Books, that’s who! She wrote:

There are a few authors that really know how to write sports romances and Spangler is one of them. What Spangler is great at is having the perfect amount of sports to romance. While most sports romances don’t have enough sports, they can occasionally swing the opposite direction so that the romance takes a backseat. Spangler gets the ratio perfect so that both the romance and the sport featured shines.” ~ Gaby,

Thanks Gaby, and I agree, sports + romance = so much fun to write!

And lest I forget the men who also show love to women’s fiction, I also want to share a bit from Amos Lassen and Grady Harp, who continues to support queer writers up and down the spectrum.

This is not the first book by Rachel Spangler and in fact I have read several over the past ten years. This book shows a level of maturity in her writing that was not always there in her other books. Sometimes this is just what an author has to find his turf and I believe that Spangler has done just that with “Fire & Ice”. ~ Amos Lassen

Said before, and say again, Rachel’s writing style is so natural it makes the reader feel the sense of eavesdropping – a polished skill for authors. This is a solid, entertaining, lusty and well-scribed important novel.” ~ Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer

Sincerely guys, y’all are next level gays, and I appreciate you!

And now this has become a long blog, which makes me happy because our community is awesome. I hope you all have bought your copy of Fire & Ice so you too can get in on this big ole lesfic love-fest, but either way, I appreciate you sticking with me. You’re here, I’m queer, we have many books and readers out there to share the joy, and that’s a great space to be in!

Published by rachelspangler

Rachel Spangler never set out to be an award winning author. She was just so poor and so easily bored during her college years that she had to come up with creative ways to entertain herself, and her first novel, Learning Curve, was born out of one such attempt. She was sincerely surprised when it was accepted for publication and even more shocked when it won the Golden Crown Literary Award for Debut Author. Since writing was turning out to be a real blast, Rachel decided to combine it with another passion and set her next romance on the ski slopes, and was absolutely stunned when her second novel, Trails Merge, won a Goldie in the category of Contemporary Romance. However, no amount of book signing or award winning can really change a Midwestern boi, and her third novel, the Goldie finalist The Long Way Home is just that, a return to the themes and settings that mean the most in Rachel’s life and writing. Her forthcoming novels include LoveLife (April 2011) and Spanish Heart (October 2011), both from Bold Strokes Books. Rachel and her partner, Susan, are raising their young son in small-town western New York, where during the winter they all make the most of the lake effect snow on local ski slopes, and in summer they love to travel and watch their beloved St. Louis Cardinals. Regardless of the season, Rachel always makes time for a good romance, whether she’s reading it, writing it, or living it. Rachel can be found online at as well as on Facebook.

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