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Edge of Glory is Out!

The blog title says it all, folks. Today marks the Bywater release of my 11th full-length romance novel, Edge of Glory!

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We got our first taste of the release last week in Provincetown, and the response was fantastic!  Aside from our official events, I got to have a book launch party with some awesome friends and readers and my family at the beautiful Harbor Lounge in Ptown. I think Jackson was especially proud to be there, which of course made me proud that he’s still impressed with what I do for a living. I also think he may have sold more copies of Edge of Glory than I did, though to be fair, his happy little expectant face when he says, “My mom wrote this one,” is super hard to resist.

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Thanks to so many readers who came by our Bywater readings and signing, we sold out of every single copy of Edge of Glory in Ptown!  Let me honest, that’s a real heart boost for me.  I loved working with these characters so much, and I’m so excited to share them with readers. To know that some of them are just as excited to meet Elise and Corey as I am to introduce them gives me all the feels!

And since we actually had to turn a few readers away for lack of books to sell them, my amazing team at Bywater books rushed to get Edge of Glory live and online a few days early.  You can now get your very own copy in print or eBook exclusively at www.bywaterbooks.com

But wait, there’s more! We had such a rush on these books in Ptown that we decided to celebrate the big release by putting the entire Bywater catalogue on sale! That’s right, every single Bywater book is currently on sale, including Edge of Glory.  All you have to use coupon code Glory17 at checkout to get your discount!

So really, a new romance, an early release, and a sale…why are you even still reading this?  Go get your copy right now and start reading.

Please and thank you!

 

 

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October 17, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Women’s Week Release

I am excited to announce that Edge of Glory is out!  Well, it’s out at Women’s Week anyway.  Folks who are in PTown right now can get their copies at Womencrafts ahead of the wide release.

Best of all, I got to hold the book in my hands for the first time. This is always a super special moment for me, but it usually happens alone in my home when the book box arrives in the mail.  For the first time ever, I got to share the moment, the one I’d worked for and waited for over a year, with my friends and colleagues who were all in Womencrafts when I walked up to the table.

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Thank you to awesome author Lynn Ames for getting this shot of me beaming proudly as I picked up my new baby for the first time. And here’s a happy, congratulatory photo bomb hug from trailblazer Marianne K. Martin.

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I really loved the special chance to share the culmination of such hard work with people who know what it’s like to stand in that spot.  It was also wonderful to have this experience in a place like Womencrafts. We are losing so many of our bookstores and gathering places that I appreciate the strength and fortitude it takes for women’s business owners to trust their livelihood to getting our work out to the reading public. I hold Michelle and her team at Womencrafts in the highest regard, which of course is why the whole Bywater crew worked double time to get Edge of Glory on their shelves before we even have it up on our website.

When the time came to get down to signing those first autographs, I couldn’t have been happier to be sitting along side my Bywater colleagues Carol Rosenfeld and Cheryl Head.

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I think it’s pretty clear from the way I’m still grinning at that pile of books in front of me, it’s going to be awhile before the high wears off.

October 12, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Women’s Week 2017

Hey Friends!

We’re one week from Women’s Week!  I can’t wait.  I love Ptown.  I love the readers who gather there.  I love my friends and colleagues who make the events so much fun, and I love that this year I get to launch a new book! Did I mention that the book doesn’t even come out at large for a few weeks and people at Women’s Week are actually getting pre-release copies? Pretty cool, right?

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I know I’m a bit biased, but I think that Edge of Glory is a fun read, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. The fact that I get to start that process in one of my favorite places is a major bonus.

So, for those of you who are lucky enough to join me on this part of the ride, here’s all the places you can find me from October 11-14th.

Wednesday October 11
11:30 -12:30 – Signing books at Womencrafts
1:00 – 2:30 – Reading from Edge of Glory during the Author’s Favorites reading Provincetown Library

Thursday October 12
9:30 – 11:00 – Reading with the breakfast bunch at Napi’s restaurant
11:30 – 12:30  – Signing books and chatting with readers at Womencrafts
1:00 – 2:30 – Moderating the Building Tensions panel at the Provincetown Library

Friday October 13
10:00 – 11:00 – signing at Womencrafts
11:45 – 12:45 – Reading a little something sweet at the Provincetown Library
1:00 – 2:00 – book launch at The Harbor Lounge
5:00 – 6:00 – Playing in the annual readers and writers Wiffleball Game (104 Bradford Street) – All are welcome to play or cheer us on.

Saturday October 14
11:45 – 12:45 – Reading from Edge of Glory as part of the What’s Next panel at the Provincetown Library
1:00 – 2:00 – Signing books at Womencrafts

And if that’s not enough to keep you busy, here’s the full Bywater schedule of events:

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October 3, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m on the Edge

Whew! I’m finishing up a busy couple of weeks, but don’t let the title of this blog frighten you. I’m not on the edge of a breakdown or the edge of a bridge or anything. I’m on the early edge of the publicity cycle for my upcoming release, Edge of Glory!

My new romance follows a professional downhill skier and a professional Snowboard X racer as they race toward the Winter Olympics.  We just finished the page proofs of the typeset and sent it off to the printers so that even though the book won’t be widely released until mid-November, we can have some early-release copies available at Women’s Week!  That’s right, those of you who make it in to see us at one of the many Bywater Books events at Womencrafts in Provincetown will be able to get your hands on an early-release copy!  After that, we’ll start a more gradual roll out of ebooks on the Bywater website hopefully by the end of October, followed by print shipments to all the big retailers no later than November 14.

So over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing little insights about the story, snippets of the characters’ backstories, and excerpts from the book itself.  I’ll also be waxing poetic about my love of the Winter Olympics as we all join Corey and Elise’s countdown to the  XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea this coming February.

In the meantime, let’s get this party started by showing you the amazing cover from the endlessly talented Ann McMan.

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And give you your first look at the bones of the story in the form of the official blurb for Edge of Glory:

Corey LaCroix only ever wanted to snowboard, but Olympic medals and world championships only carry you so far when your knees ache and you’re suddenly an underdog for the first time in your career. Elise Brandeis doesn’t need a training partner, especially an unorthodox has-been snowboarder with an attitude. But Elise has already lost a full season to injury, and she’s struggling to make the Olympic ski team. Can teaming up with Corey give her the edge she needs to go for gold, or will the snowboarder’s infuriatingly cocky smile and rock hard abs prove a distraction she simply can’t afford?

Both champions brace themselves for the run of a lifetime. Putting their broken bodies on the line, they fight the competition, the clock, and the frozen terrain for one more chance at glory. But this time, as they ride the razor’s edge between victory and defeat, the stakes are steeper than any mountain they will ever face when legacies and hearts collide.

So, what do you say? Want to join me on this race toward the release of a romance that will hopefully make your winter months a little hotter?

September 20, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Audio Book Winners

Wow, I had so many responses to my last blog that I decided to draw not one, but two names out of the hat.  And without further ado, the winners are:

Linda Scibilia, who won a copy of The Long Way Home.

And MeBuchanan, who won a copy of Heart of the Game.

If the two winners would email me at Rachel_Spangler@yahoo.com, I’ll happily pass along your claim codes.

And for those of you who didn’t win but would still like to listen to one of my books in audio form, you can get a copy of Timeless, The Long Way Home, or Heart of the Game on Amazon or Audible!

August 29, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Free Audiobooks

Hey Folks,

I am in the final push to get Edge of Glory out to you during Women’s Week in Ptown and then wide release the week after.  This is simultaneously a stressful and exciting time as we rush around checking things like acknowledgements, typesetting and page proofs  off the to-do list. Everyone behinds the scenes is working frantically for the next two weeks, but you don’t really get to see any of that.

So in the same way that I give Jackson little treats to distract him while Mommy is working, I thought you all deserve at least the same consideration, and your treat is free audiobooks!

I am super proud that I now have three audiobooks out: Timeless, The Long Way Home, and Heart of The Game. So if you comment on this blog, on Facebook, or on Twitter telling me a) which of them you would most like to win and why or b) which of my other books you would most like to see in audiobook form, you will automatically be entered to win a free copy!

I’ll do the drawing early next week, so get your answers in ASAP!

August 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 16 Comments

GCLS 2017 Recap

I know I haven’t blogged in ages, and I have lots of excuses for that, but they are mostly boring, so let’s skip that part and say I’m sorry as we move on to what I’ve been up to!

As usual, the Spangler family has been in full travel mode this summer with trips to Kansas city (Susie’s work), Chicago (my work), Lake Puslinch, Canada (family), and Central Illinois (family).

I won’t bore you with all the work and family details, but I’ll show you this picture of my adorable nephew because I love to show him off,

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and this one of my nephew kissing Jackson because I love how much they love each other.

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Now I will put on my author hat and update you on my trip to the Golden Crown Literary Society’s annual conference, because that was both work and play at the same time.

There are so many reasons why I love attending the GCLS con each year, and this year was no exception. Between readings and workshops and book talks, I went non-stop for days.  Some of the highlights of my official responsibilities in Chicago were two fantastic panels I got to be a part of.

The first was a panel in which authors of faith talked about our experiences being gay in our faith communities,  our experiences of being people of faith in the gay community, and how that lens affects who we are as artists. The panel consisted of Nell Stark, Georgia Beers, Alison Solomon, Rachel Gold, and myself. Aurora Rey moderated.  I know I’m probably biased, but I thought the conversation was open, frank, and affirming, both on behalf of my fellow panelists and the audience members. The feedback we got from other conference attendees suggested this topic is one we should be exploring a lot more in our communities.

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The other panel I got to take part in was on the editorial relationship, alongside Melissa Brayden, Georgia Beers, Susan X Meager, and the woman brave enough to edit all four of us, Lynda Sandoval.  Nikki Smalls was the moderator crazy enough to moderate.  This panel was tons of fun as we focused less on the nuts and bolts of editing craft, and more on the types of relationships that lead to productive teamwork between authors and editors.  Also, we laughed a lot, which might, in fact, be one of those relationship keys!

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Then in addition to my author work at the conference, I also got to wear my social media director hat as I interacted with my wonderful Bywater colleagues. We have occasionally joked that trying to wrangle everyone’s events and social media accounts while juggling my own author appearances on- and offline is like herding cats, but thankfully someone snapped this great picture to show what that job actually looks like in action.

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Seriously, if anyone ever asks me to come in for career day, I’m just going to send them this picture.  So much love and joy and smile-for-the-camera and gentle redirections that could turn into chiropractic adjustments if need be.

The last of my must-do’s for the conference every year is the annual awards ceremony.  I have been honored to present awards to my fellow authors for several years in a row.  This year I got to be part of the crew that presented a Goldie to my awesome friend and role mode KG MacGregor for her book Trial By Fury.

Then, shockingly enough, I ended up back on the stage after I won one of the contemporary romance awards for Perfect Pairing.  I would like to say that I made a dramatic and moving acceptance speech; however, as it had been so long since I’d won anything, I stopped writing acceptance speeches a couple of years ago.  And in my excitement, I think I managed to bumble through only a short bit of thanks that went something along the lines of Jesus, Bywater, Susie, Jackson and the GCLS readers. Not my finest moment, but I did get my picture taken with the famously awesome Susan X. Meager, who also won a Goldie in the Romance Category.

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Side note: Susan and I are both from neighboring, tiny towns in Central Illinois, so two-thirds of the  romance winners that night were from the same 15-mile stretch of farmland where they grow corn, beans, and apparently, lesbian authors!

I also got to share my awards-night fun with my friend and Bywater colleague Ann McMan, who won the prestigious Director’s Award for all the amazing graphic design work she does in service of the organization.  Here we are with our Bywater management team, Marianne K. Martin, Salem West, and Kelly Smith.

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From there on out it was fun and friends as we danced the night away! What follows is a few of my favorite photos from the rest of the conference.

Here’s a shot of me with my Bywater buddies. Isn’t that an awesome group of kick-ass women?

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And of course there’s my besties, Melissa Brayden and Georgia Beers, because it wouldn’t be a party without them.

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This one is with my friend Jane. She won the first dance with me via the author auction, though by next year I suspect I’ll have to pay to dance with her, because I hear she’s got a book of her own in the works.

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And here’s me having selfie time with the epic Nikki Smalls, who is not just a fun friend to dance with, she’s also a member of the all-volunteer board of directors who helps make GCLS the smashing success that we know and love.

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And while we’re on selfies, here another, this time with one of my all time favorite funny women, Fay Jacobs, who writes not only hilarious memoirs, but also a fantastic one-woman show called Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay.

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One more selfie with the Dirt Road Books crew.  If you don’t know them, you need to be sure to check them out at https://www.dirtroadbooks.com.

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Finally, one of my favorite photographs ever (thanks Brenda Barton!) is of me, Nikki, Georgia Beers, and Jackson all saying goodbye.

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Someone also took a picture of Georgia and I crying while Jackson hugged us both, but this one has smiles, so let’s leave it here until we’re all together again for GCLS 2018…in Vegas, baby!

 

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August 9, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Da Capo al Fine – Guest blog by Ann McMan

Hey Friends,

Today my good friend Ann McMan has done me the honor of writing a guest blog about her new release, Goldenrod and her journey back to Jericho! What follows are her unedited words, so read on, but when you’re done, be sure to click one of the many links to take you to your own copy of Goldenrod.

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Many years ago, the great Joni Mitchell commented on one of the frustrations that dogged her throughout her career as a songwriter. She talked about how fans would clamor for her to keep telling the same stories or writing the same kinds of songs—and she marveled at how this repetitive feedback was absent from her work as an artist. “A painter does a painting and he does a painting,” she said. “Somebody buys it and hangs it on some wall someplace. Or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in a loft until he dies . . . but nobody ever said to Van Gogh, ‘Paint a Starry Night again, man.’ He painted it. That was it.”

Six years ago, under cover of darkness, I stuck my toe into the world of writing and hammered out an ambitious and meandering work of fiction called Jericho. Never in my wildest dreams—and believe me, some of them were genuinely wild—could I have imagined the success of that first foray into lesbian literature. Jericho took flight and found a home in the hearts of many devoted readers. I was and am happy about this, of course—but that quirky success arrived all wrapped-up with a shiny new set of hopes and expectations—often expressed energetically—that the story of Maddie and Syd would go on. And on. Forever and ever. Amen.

It reminded me of that iconic Xerox copier commercial where a solitary monk painstakingly illuminates a manuscript. When it’s finished, he bundles it up and scurries along the cloister to deliver the prized original to the Abbot—who examines the beautifully crafted text before handing it back to the monk, saying, “I’d like 10,000 copies, please.”

Cue pique, umbrage and ennui—what Ursula Le Guin called the “French diseases of the soul.”

Did readers really want me to write another Jericho?

Yeppers. There might have been energetic disagreement about climate change—but the answer to this question was a big ole 10-4.

So, I wrote a sequel. Aftermath. And I attempted due diligence by crafting a story that took the characters deeper and wider (I paid attention during Sunday school) than the original narrative. I pushed them for greater depth—and I pushed myself to be a better steward of their stories. I paid attention to things like structure and pacing, and I routinely snapped my fingers or clapped my hands to keep us all focused on the roadmap of our journey together. At the end, we all arrived at our destination mostly unscathed. Or so I thought.

Enter the voices. Again.

“What happens to Henry?”

I got this question a lot.

It even cropped-up one night as I was en route to the restroom at one of our favorite restaurants in town, Sweet Potatoes (which provided the inspiration for Nadine Odell and the Midway Café). Imagine my surprise. I lead a pretty incognito existence here in The Tar Heel State.

If you’ve ever gone camping you know the hazards that exist if you start mucking around in the embers of a dying fire. Will it refuse to cooperate unless you douse it with a quart of Gulf-Lite? Or will it flare up and singe your eyebrows? Will it flash and take off, leaving broad swaths of scorched earth in its wake? Or, as my dour mother always warned, will messing with it just make you wet the bed?

These things matter.

Dire warnings aside, I took a deep breath and decided to take the plunge. I found a big stick and started mucking around in the embers of a place called Jericho. Enter Goldenrod, book three in the Jericho series. Was it terrifying? You bet it was. Would the characters be willing to sit up and start talking? Who knew? And if they did, would what they had to say be worth hearing?

You’ll have to be the judge of that.

Suffice it to say that after a bit of prodding, talk they did. And oh boy, did that little pastiche of pastoral protagonists have some grand stories to tell. It quickly became apparent that Maddie and Syd had been hoarding ideas. And we got to hear from some new voices, too—notably, Buddy and Dorothy—who, along with little Henry, now occupy the narrative epicenter of this writer’s heart. Is it wrong or arrogant for me to say I love them—and that I’m grateful they trusted me with their stories?

I hope not.

If you do me the honor of reading Goldenrod, I hope you’ll let me know . . .

Oh. And in case my mother asks—I haven’t wet the bed yet.

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June 27, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Podcast Fun

Hey Folks,

I’m just here to spread a little bit of Friday fun for you.  Last week I got to chat with Tara Scott about one of my favorite things…books! Les Do Books gives authors a chance to just be readers for a little bit and I had a blast with.  The podcast is pretty safe for work and it’s even short enough to fit most lunch breaks, so go ahead and give it a listen to hear about three books I love!

http://www.thelesbiantalkshow.com/les-books-rachel-spangler-talks-lesbian-fiction/

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May 12, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Big news!

Hey Folks,

I’m super excited about this announcement, so I’m not even going to make you wait for it.

My first audiobook just came out!  *Squee*

You can now get The Long Way Home in audio form from Amazon/Audible or iTunes.

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You can even hear an audio excerpt of it right here.

This is a big deal for me for a couple reasons.

1) I just really like audio books. My family and I travel a lot, and one of the ways we like to stay awake/engaged with each other on the long car trips is by listening to audio books. We’ve heard some gripping tales as of late, and I love the thought of someone getting to meet Beth and Rory while on a journey of their own.

2) My son is super impressed about this. He’s told all his friends, and he even told my doctor yesterday. As I mentioned, our family listens to a lot of audio books, and he loves them. I think he’s excited to think I’m on par with some of his favorite authors (shhh don’t tell him Rick Riordan sells a lot more audiobooks than I do), and I’m excited to think something I do still excites him. He’s quickly reaching the stage where his friends are way cooler than his moms, so I’m going to take all the wins I can get right now.

3) And this is by far the biggest one for me, at GCLS last year I challenged our community to do more for underserved populations, and one of the groups I highlighted was readers with impaired vision. Women who were born blind or are dealing with failing vision due to heath or age have too often been denied easy access to our work. Thankfully we have moved into an era when audio technology is more readily available than ever before. Our community needs to make it a priority to use it. Lesbian books have always been a lifeline for me, and I want to share that with as many people as possible. I’m grateful to Bold Strokes Books for giving me the opportunity to reach those women who haven’t previously been welcomed fully into our lesfic community.

And the best news is, The Long Way Home is just the beginning!  I recently signed a contract with BSB to have EVERY one of my releases with them made into audiobooks.  Next up is Timeless, so stay tuned to this blog for more information on the next audio installment of the Darlington romances!

In the meantime, I hope you’ll support this project by going and getting your own audio copy of The Long Way Home today.

 

April 21, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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