Birds Give Back 2021

Every year my alma mater, Illinois State University, has a major fundraising drive, and for the past couple of years it has been my honor to be a part of giving back to the place that gave this Redbird my wings. Last year I wrote a blog about why I feel so indebted to ISU, complete with adorable pictures of me from my days on campus and from the time they gave me a very nice award.

Today, I want to share some information that is about so much more than me. Today I want to tell you about some of the Redbirds I am raising money for. You see, this year my Birds Give Back link will take you directly to the donation page for the LGBTQIA SUPPORT FUND.

This fund is used to offer emergency support for LGBTQIA students who have been disowned or financially cut off from their families solely on the basis of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.

It breaks my heart to think that we still need this kind of support, but the fund is now getting requests from 8-10 students a year. Let that sink in. All those students are facing complete abandonment by their biological families just for being queer in some way.

One of the administrators of the fund told me that the students are incredibly humble in what they ask for, just enough to make the next tuition payment or to purchase a text book, but doing so also alerts those in charge to often greater needs, including basics like food, toothpaste, or safe living arrangements. Because the fund (and the processes around it) exists, many students have been connected to larger support networks that can save not just their educations, but also their lives.

As someone who understands the power of family of choice, I strongly believe that each and every one of these students is my kid. They are your kid. They belong to us, to our community. That is why this fund exists, as a way for us to save our kids. We are their families now, and I pray we can show them the love and support their biological families failed so badly to provide, but the fund is dangerously low. They currently have nearly $5,000 in need and roughly $100 in expendable funds.

But we can change that today. 100% of the money raised as part of Birds Give Back will go straight into expendable funds. And what’s more, a generous donor has offered a to unlock a $10,000 gift to the fund if we get 100 donations, no matter what the size of those donations are.

I want to do my part, and that is why I’m offering some of my own incentives to anyone who makes a donation during today’s fundraiser:

Anyone who donates at least $10 while using this link on Feb 25 will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a free ebook copy of any one of my novels.

Anyone who donates at least $100 dollars will be guaranteed to receive any one of my audiobooks or ebooks. 

Anyone who donates $250 will receive a free, autographed, print copy of any one of my books, along with a handwritten thank-you note.

And finally, anyone who donates $500 or more to these students who mean so much to me will receive not only a free, autographed, print copy of any one of my books and a thank-you card from yours truly, but also the right to name a side character in one of my future books! 

Finally, if you donate, don’t forget to shoot me an email at to let me know which book or ebook you’d like!

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and I am proud to know each and every one of you who opens your heart (and wallet) to make sure that every Redbird is given the opportunities I was given at ISU. You never know whose future you might be helping to secure.

Again, all you have to do is use this link:

Close To Home Audiobook Winner!

Today is a contest winner day, and I am excited to announce that Jax Meyer of Twitter won a free audiobook code for Close To Home!

But do not worry if you didn’t win!  You can still get your own copy right here!  

I honestly can’t wait for you all to listen to this one, so go ahead and get it downloaded, turn it on during your commute or while you’re power walking or doing dishes, and then please be sure to let me know what you think, either in a review or via social media.

Then if you like it, it’s worth mentioning that all three Darlington romances are now available in audiobook form, so the good times can keep right on rolling.

Okay, that’s enough shameless self-promotion for one blog.  I’ll see y’all next week.  In the meantime, happy listening!

Close to Home Audiobooks

Hi Friends,

I know I’ve been pushing hard re: the wide release of Fire & Ice, and I’m going to get back to that next week, but today I want to pile on the excitement by announcing that Close to Home is now available in audiobook form!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Close to Home, here’s the blurb:

Kelly Rolen is a CPA—she’s smart, she’s focused, and she’s worked hard to build an orderly career and a respectable life in her hometown of Darlington, Illinois. Everything is precisely as it should be. Well, it is until her father suffers a debilitating stroke during the busiest time of her year—tax season. Suddenly, Kelly finds herself overworked, exhausted, behind schedule, and forced to hire an intern to meet her deadlines.

Elliot Garza is young and brash, but she’s also a talented accounting student who is charismatic, driven, and solely focused on completing her internship so she can escape from the bleak Midwestern town to Washington, DC and her dream job. She knows she has the professional skills necessary to do the job well, but she is less certain about her ability to handle her beautiful, prickly, demanding, and compelling new boss.

In this fresh new romance from one of the genre’s top young authors, will Kelly’s past and Elliot’s future add up to something greater than the sum of their escalating attraction, or will the answer to their equation end up hitting too close to home?

And if you aren’t sure this book is your cup of tea, here’s a link to the The Lesbian Review’s write up: *Spoiler alert* They liked the book so much they gave it two reviewer-favorite badges along with the designations of “Best of the Best” and “highly recommended.”

If that’s not enough to pique your interest, wait there’s more! The audiobook version is narrated by my super-talented friend Ann Etter, who also read the audiobook version of In Development.

Aside from being an all-around vocal joy, Ann has the perfect voice for this book, as she actually is a Midwestern CPA. I mean, seriously? Could you get a better fit for Close To Home? I think not!

So to celebrate, I am going to give away a free Audible download code to one lucky winner who shares this blog on social media. Don’t forget to tag me so I have your entry on record. And if you already bought your copy of Close To Home on Audible (thank you!), I will give you a download code for one of my other audiobooks instead!

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!

Fire and Ice: Early Release

Fire and Ice is out! Well, the eBooks are available on my publisher’s website, that is. The print books will still launch at Womencrafts during Women’s Week in Ptown, but if you can’t be there, then what are you waiting for? Go get your eBook copy of Fire and Ice today!

That’s it. That’s the end of the blog. Why are you still reading this when you could be reading Fire and Ice?

Fire and Ice: The Book Box!

Hello Folks,

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Fire and Ice countdown.

Shit is starting to get real now, as not only have I heard rumors that the ebooks might be available a few weeks early, I know for a fact that early print run is starting to roll off the presses because I got my copies this week!

This is my 16th full length novel and let me tell you, the arrival of the never gets old!

My whole family gets excited about it, bless their hearts. My son found this box first and ran in shouting, “You got books!” And, after fixing my hair a little bit, my wife grabbed the camera to document the opening. I always feel a bit embarrassed, but then again why not make a fuss? I started working on this book a year ago!

The moment when I finally see the new baby my heart always gives a little skip. I mean a years worth of work on screens and in clouds and emails and PDFs, followed months out of my hands, and then it’s there, and more real than ever, and beautiful!

And I’m proud. And happy. And a little wistful. And a little in awe of it all. I feel so grateful to be able to do this work, and so appreciative of everyone who supports me along the way. This moment always feels like the completion of a journey for me. My work here is done. I am holding my reward. Now the only thing I can do, is pray that some one you enjoy it, too.

You can pre-order your copy of Fire and Ice today or if you’re going to Women’s Week this October in Provincetown, you can pick up your copy at Womencrafts, a week before it’s available in any other stores!

Fire and Ice: The Basics

Hey Friends,

First of all, the book sale is still going on, so you can check that out here, but I am down several more copies from last week, so don’t wait too long, or the ones you want might be gone!

But it you’ve already got all the Rachel Spangler backlist you can handle, please read on, because I’m already looking ahead to next month and my Women’s Week Release: Fire and Ice!

Last week I shared this awesome Ann McMan cover with you.

I am totally in love with it. And really, what’s not to love. I mean, I am totally a leg person, so, check!

And she’s on a bed, which sends all the right messages here, but lest we think this is some straight up erotica, look at that heart in the coffee cup, and together we all say, “Awwww,” ’cause we just know it’s going to be sweet. And possibly cozy, because look at those leg warmers and that oversized sweater.

But wait? What’s with the computer and the rules of curling? That’s not the type of light reading someone just snuggles up with on a lazy Saturday morning. By golly, is this woman working? What is her job, and how do we all get gigs like that?

It seems as though this cover has a lot of feels to it, and yet also so many questions. I think it’s time to start teasing a few answers for you. Not all the answers, mind you. I still have to hold your interest long enough to keep you coming back for more until Fire and Ice is released next month. Unless of course you want to go pre-order it right here.

So, in my attempt to string you along until it’s time for the big release, here’s the official blurb of Fire and Ice.

Will the heat building between a disgraced reporter and a rising curling star melt the already thin ice they each are on?

Max Lauren made a mistake that shattered her pride, her heart, and her career in one fell swoop. Relegated to covering the lowly game of curling, she already resents the so-called “sport,” and then she steps onto the ice, where things get infinitely worse. She’s been knocked down before, and she’s always gotten back up, but a frosty resolve goes only so far in a world of people who thrive on ice.

Callie Mulligan is the amiable skipper of America’s second-place curling team. Upbeat, optimistic, and with a fiery passion for an icy sport, she has both the mental and physical skills to become Team USA’s top contender. What she doesn’t have is the fame or the funding. Coverage from a journalist of Max’s caliber could be the answer to both problems if only Max wasn’t so cold to the idea. As Callie tries to warm her to the sport, a little bit of heat grows into a fire neither of them can contain.

Passion, competition, ambition, redemption, and raw need collide as the bright lights of success and celebrity grow hotter, but can the fire between Max and Callie be sustained when it’s put on ice?

Fire and Ice

Hey Friends,

First of all thank you to those of you who have ordered books from my book sale. We’ve put a little dent in my stock, but I’ve still got plenty left, so if you haven’t had a chance to place your orders yet, it’s not too late.

And for those of you who did look at my sales deals, you got a little hint of things to come because you saw that one of the incentives for buying a copy of everything I’ve written was the chance to get a sneak peek at my next release; Fire and Ice.

It’s hard to believe that autumn is nearly upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere, but it is, and with the change of the global seasons comes a shift in the sports seasons as well, which leads me right into the wide world of curling.

Yes, I said curling. No, I am not curling my hair. I mean the sport of curling. If you are someone who is excited by that news, boy, have I got the book for you! And if you are someone who wrinkled up your nose and thought “Curling isn’t a sport!” boy, have I got the book for you!

Fire and Ice, which will be launching officially at Women’s Week in Provincetown, follows a professional curler who is passionate about the sport, and a sports reporter who thinks that curling is a silly game and quite beneath her. And of course, since I wrote it, the two of them are about to embark on an epic romance!

In the weeks leading up to our big release celebration, I’ll be sharing some insights into the book, the main characters, and my own connections to the world of curling, but for today I am going to leave you with two things:

This Link to pre-order Fire & Ice on Amazon.

And this fantastic cover from the fabulously talented Ann McMan.

Book Sale!

Hey folks,

First a little bit of housekeeping…not the boring kind, the fun kind! I have been remiss in sharing reviews of Spanish Surrender, but I hope you know how much I appreciate every single one of you who has taken the time to write one on Amazon, Goodreads, or other outlets. This week I got my first big write up from one of the LesFic community’s biggest review site, The Lesbian Review. Thanks goes to them, especially Anna Gram, who made my heart swell with comments like this:

“This book is hot in every way you can imagine. From the passionate arguments to the passionate love making. You’ll be entranced as you follow Simone and Loreto on their journey to discover the truth about Spain and the truth about each other. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll learn as they do that sometimes you have to surrender to truly embrace life and love as it was meant to be enjoyed.”

You can read the full review right here, but let me tell you, it’s just about everything a writer could want to hear.

And that puts me in a great mood, and when I’m in a great mood, it makes me want to share more books with y’all, which brings me to the main point of this blog: I’m having a book sale!

I’ve got at least a few copies of every single one of my books on hand, and I’m selling them off at below the cover price, with a few extra bonuses along the way.

Each book is $15. Here’s a list of what I have available:

Learning Curve (2 Copies)
Trails Merge (4 Copies)
The Long Way Home (A Darlington Romance) (4 Copies)
LoveLife (2 Copies)
Spanish Heart (2 Copies)
Does She Love You? (2 Copies)
Timeless (A Darlington Romance) (4 Copies)
Heart of the Game (4 Copies)
Perfect Pairing (4 Copies)
Close To Home (A Darlington Romance) (2 Copies)
Edge of Glory (7 Copies)
In Development (3 Copies)
Love All (7 Copies)
Full English (9 Copies)
Spanish Surrender (10 Copies)

Now for the extras:
I will autograph each book, either with a personalized inscription to you or with my name and the date, depending on your preference. I will autograph each book you buy.

Shipping is $3 a book in the continental US, but if you buy more than one, I will combine shipping. The more books you buy, the cheaper the shipping gets per book. I make no money on shipping and I am willing to get price quotes for you ahead of billing. Same goes for international shipping: I can check the price, and you pay only what I pay in shipping and packaging.

And in keeping with the theme of buying more saves you more…

If you buy 5 books, I’ll throw in a 6th one for free.

If you buy 9 books, I’ll throw 2 in for free.

If you buy 13 books, I’ll throw in the two free print books, plus a free eBook copy of my upcoming release, Fire and Ice, before its wide release! (Obviously there are only 2 copies of a couple of these, so only two people have a shot at the 13-book offer. If you want it, move quickly! First come, first served.)

Email all orders to Put something like “Book Sale” in the title, because if you don’t, I might think it’s spam and delete it. Also in the email, be sure to tell me your PayPal address, your shipping address, and how you want me to autograph your books.

Spanish Surrender: Winners!

Hey Friends,

I know I am a week past my giveaway deadline, and I am sorry about that! The last week has been another trying one for our family. I won’t go into all the details, but suffice it to say, this has not been our finest summer!

That being said, I didn’t forget about you all, and I am ready to give away some books! Thank you to everyone who reached out with comments, tweets, FB and Insta posts, etc. You all rocked my socks off, and I appreciate every single one of you!

So without further ado here are the winners.

Winner number one: Dorothy Hermes wins a free autographed copy of Spanish Surrender!

Winner number two: Stephanie Autry wins a free copy of any one of my books in print or ebook.

Winner number three: Sue Robinson wins a free proof ebook of my next release, Fire and Ice, months ahead of its October release!

If you are one of the winners, send me an email at, and I will get those out to you as soon as I reasonably can (Just be sure to say something like “I won the book” in the email title so I don’t accidentally delete it).

And if you didn’t win, don’t worry; you can still get your own copy of Spanish Surrender here!

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