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Another New Release!

Hi Friends,

Welcome to this week’s edition of Rachel’s Really Excited!

Last week I got to celebrate the early release of my newest romance novel, Full English, and that part is still going on, exclusively over at www.bywaterbooks.com where you can pick up the book in print and ebook several weeks ahead of its wide release.


And now I get to pile on the fun with ANOTHER big announcement.  Are you ready?


In Development is now available in audiobook!

This is the first audiobook I have self-produced.  A few years ago when I gave the special address at the GCLS Annual Conference, I spoke about how our community needed to do a better job of reaching out to a wider array of audiences, and how until recently our visually impaired readers have either had to miss out on our fiction entirely, or suffer through substandard, computer-generated recordings.  I challenged al of us, myself especially, to make more of our work available in high-quality audio formats. We have come a long way in those few years, and I’m proud to say that more than half of my releases are now out on Audible, with more in production.

So, when it came time to publish In Development under a new model where I retained the audio rights, I knew that I wanted to continue that commitment, but I also knew it wasn’t something I could do at a high level all on my own.  Enter the wonderfully talented Ann Etter.


Ann and I met through the lesfic community several years ago and have forged a connection over great romances, raising active kids, and never shying away from long road trips. She’s become one of my go-to proofreaders. She also did a couple public/podcast readings of my work for various outlets including The Lesbian Review, and I just fell in love with her voice.  Her accent is incredibly similar to my own mash up of American Midwest and Northeast, but she has a much better range and smoothness I could never master.  Honestly, I listened to several other narrators, but there wasn’t even any real competition.

From there, Ann took on the heavy lifting of reading and editing, while I got to focus on being the rights holder (it involved reading a lot of paper work, of clicking tons of consent boxes and e-signing documents, then listening, approving, and clicking more boxes. Dramatic, I know).   Then the ever-awesome Ann McMan formatted her stellar cover to fit the audio book, and we held our breath.

But today the wait is finally over!  In Development is available through Audible and Amazon!


For those of you who have been waiting for this one on Audible, get it today!

For those of you who loved the book and want to hear it performed by a real vocal talent, get your copy today!

For those of you who support more accessibility in lesfic, get your copy today!

And for those of you who want to support authors, narrators, editors, cover artists, etc. so we can afford to keep producing lesfic audiobooks, you guessed it, go get your copy today!



January 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Full English – Limited Release!

Wow, look what arrived at my house!


That’s my new romance novel, Full English, and it’s here more than a month early.  I swear Bywater keeps getting better and better at this roll-out business. My last two books have both been ready early, so I’ve come to expect a little lead time on the actual publication date, which is why I started introducing Full English to you in my blog last week. However, being more than a month ahead of schedule caught even me by surprise.

So, surprise to you, too!  I will still spend the next few weeks blogging about Full English and the events, places, and people who inspired it, but you no longer have to wait for the back story in order to get the main story.  For the next month, you can get your own copy of Full English in print and in ebook exclusively at http://www.bywaterbooks.com!


After a publicly humiliating divorce, best-selling author Emma Volant runs away to hide in the seaside English village of Amberwick, where she doesn’t know another living soul. She wants nothing more than to surrender to her broken heart in private. However, when the locals discover their newest resident is world famous, they gather at the local pub and hatch a plan to draw Emma out of her self-imposed isolation, hoping her celebrity status will elevate the village’s reputation to something more than a holiday hotspot.

It doesn’t take long for them to try to rope their favorite bartender, Brogan, into the act. Born and raised in Amberwick, Brogan McKay has built a comfortable life by never overreaching. Part-time jobs and short-term flings have always been good enough for her, but when she meets her beautiful and wounded new neighbor, Brogan realizes Emma has the potential to wreck the carefully controlled expectations she uses to protect her heart. Despite their obvious attraction and growing friendship, both Emma and Brogan are in firm agreement that neither of them is in a position to look for love, but how long can they fight their fears and desires as the events and people around them all conspire to create a full English love story?

Go get your copy now at https://www.bywaterbooks.com/product/full-english-by-rachel-spangler/

January 16, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

What’s In a Title?

Happy New Year!  I hope you all are acclimating well to 2019 so far.  I know we’re just getting started with a new year, but I am eager to start it off right, and in my world, that means we start it off with a new book!


My next release was born out of the time my family and I spent living in England in 2017/2018.  I am going to do some blogs on those details later, but for now, let’s just say it was a magical, golden time filled with adventure and romance, and I felt inspired every day.  I wrote a classically sweet and romantic novel while nestled in out little village looking out over the North Sea.  I couldn’t wait to share it with you all when I got home; however, I couldn’t even begin the publishing process because I didn’t have a title.

Titles are the worst for me.  Okay, actually they are the second worst after blurbs, but still I am terrible at them.  I haven’t titled even half of my books, instead waiting for friends to do the job for me.  So, I headed off to Indiana to visit friends Sarah and Andy, who have helped with this process in the past.  We did like we always do. We put the kids to bed, got out some wine, and I told them about the story:  Recently divorced American writer moves to her ancestral home in the hopes of hiding out and healing her wounds, but the whole village wants to be friendly and tries to fix her up with the only other lesbian they know, the town’s loveably understated British/Irish bartender.  Then I turned to my friends and said, “Go.”

What followed was an hour of the worst British puns and romantic cliches you can imagine. We ran through themes of hiding, of running away, of travel and homelands. And things only devolved from there.  At one point were were listening to ’80’s pop songs and scanning blurbs of Hallmark movies.  All we got was tipsy and this list of the least horrible ideas, most of which actually were pretty horrible for this book.

Heart’s Hideaway
British Beginnings
Hearts in Hiding
Longing for Home
Getaway Romance
British Begin Again
Worlds Apart
Crossing Borders
Escape to the Country
Across the Pond
Run for the Border
Seaside Lover Holiday Village
Waiting for Love in All the Wrong Places


Weeks, even months later, we were back in in England, still tossing around the ideas and feeling the pressure of a deadline, when we decided to play the same game some of our British friends.  They came up with a similarly tragic list of randomly British things that had virtually nothing to do with the books, usually followed by requests to make them fit through some sort of rewrite.

Castle and Queen (there is a castle in the book)
Garden Party (nope, she does have an important garden, but hosts no parties there)
Tea Time
High Tea (they could get high and drink tea?)
Pub Quiz
London Calling (doesn’t fit and already taken)
The Royal Guard (just no)
Tea and Scones (there actually are assloads of scones in this book, but no)

The list went on and on, and I feared we’d never find a single, catchy, English thing in any way related to the actual book I’d written.  Then came breakfast,  a full English breakfast.

And no, I have no scenes in the book where my characters flirt over massive plates loaded down with all the good things that pass as acceptable breakfast foods in England.  I did, however, have some very interesting connections forming in my mind.  My main American character’s heritage is English. My other main character is half English, half Irish. They are in effect, both part-English, which is a fun play on the concepts of parts and a whole.  The village and region where they meet and fall in love (That’s not a spoiler. It’s a romance) is also quintessentially English.  The village sets about giving them a full English experience.  And finally, as Emma puts down roots of her own to mingle with those of her family tree, she becomes increasing at home and increasingly English.  The whole story takes a lot of parts, but the sum total works out to be a full English romance.

From there, I wrote a blurb, and Ann McMan designed the deliciously romantic cover. Then Bywater Books started the long process of getting Full English out to you!



After a publicly humiliating divorce, best-selling author Emma Volant runs away to hide in the seaside English village of Amberwick, where she doesn’t know another living soul. She wants nothing more than to surrender to her broken heart in private. However, when the locals discover their newest resident is world famous, they gather at the local pub and hatch a plan to draw Emma out of her self-imposed isolation, hoping her celebrity status will elevate the village’s reputation to something more than a holiday hotspot.

It doesn’t take long for them to try to rope their favorite bartender, Brogan, into the act. Born and raised in Amberwick, Brogan McKay has built a comfortable life by never overreaching. Part-time jobs and short-term flings have always been good enough for her, but when she meets her beautiful and wounded new neighbor, Brogan realizes Emma has the potential to wreck the carefully controlled expectations she uses to protect her heart. Despite their obvious attraction and growing friendship, both Emma and Brogan are in firm agreement that neither of them is in a position to look for love, but how long can they fight their fears and desires as the events and people around them all conspire to create a full English love story?

January 4, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Happy Holidays

Today we travel.

It is not the end of the year, but it always sort of feels that way.  By the time I am back in my own living room, New Year’s Eve will be upon us.  The time for work is nearly past, and the time for reflection is setting in.

I like this time of year. I like how the hustle and bustle and anticipation of what’s to come manages to blend with the urge to slow down and look back.  It’s a time of great darkness, but also a sense of impending light. Whether your Hanukkah has come and gone, your Solstice is nigh, your Christmas or Kwanzaa is just around the corner, or you’re simply ready for the start of a New Year, I pray you find something worth celebrating.

I also hope you take the time to find your center, look back on where you’ve been, and turn your intentions to what may be.  A big part of that process for our family is making our year-in-review video.  So many times it’s easy to remember the hard times, the losses, the sadness, and the hopes that didn’t come to fruition. I don’t mean to negate those experiences. They were real, and they took their toll on all of us, but when I allow myself to set them aside for just a while and seek out the good, I usually find there was a lot more good than I initially thought.  That was especially true for our family this year.

If you’d like to share in some of those happy memories, here’s the video below.

And no matter where you are, or how you choose to mark the season, Happy Holidays from the Spangler family.

December 20, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Holiday Book Deal

Hey Folks,

The holidays are upon us, the time of year when everyone is trying to feed you something or sell you something.  I don’t part take in any of the hectic Black Friday bustle, but I’ve been doing all my Small-Business Saturday and Cyber-Monday shopping.  I was also reading up on the Icelandic Jolabokaflod, which translates to the “Christmas Book Flood.”


Apparently, Iceland is super literary.  They publish a lot of books, and they read a lot of books, a fact that is never more evident at Christmas time, when they gift a lot of books.  I am falling in love with their tradition of giving loved ones books as presents on Christmas Eve so everyone can snuggle up in their warm pajamas and read until Christmas. How amazing does that sound?  I want to make it a thing here, so I’ve already gone ahead and bought Jackson some books for this Christmas Eve.



What about you?  You want in?

If so, I’ve got a couple ways to help.  Obviously, my awesome publisher, Bywater Books, has a webstore at www.bywaterbooks.com, where you can get not only my books, but some fantastic books by my friends and colleagues in print or ebook.

If you are looking for something personalized to go the extra mile, I also have a few copies of Perfect Pairing, Close To Home, Edge of Glory, In Development, and Love All at my house.  I’d be happy to autograph and mail those to you to give to someone you love, or to yourself, because it’s important to love yourself, too, right?


The price on those books is $15 each, plus $3 shipping in the continental US.  If you buy more than one book, we can combine shipping, and if you don’t live in the continental US I will still ship them too you, but the price will be dependent on whatever the post office tells me.  Supplies are limited and on a first come first served basis.

If you want to order books directly through me, either email me at Rachel_Spangler@yahoo.com, or comment below with your email, and I’ll contact you.  If I don’t respond within 48 hours, please assume the Internet ate your message, and try again!

Okay, now for a completely shameless and non-book related plug:  I am also hosting a Pampered Chef Party next weekend. You see, not so long ago, while still struggling to make it as an author, I used to sell Pampered Chef products, and I got kind of addicted.  Even though I’ve settled into my dream job as a writer, I still love to cook, and I still love all my Pampered Chef gear, so once a year I host a show for my friends.  If you or anyone you know likes to cook, please check out this link: www.pamperedchef.com/go/rachelspangler122018 

And even if you don’t buy a damn thing from me this holiday season, I hope it’s a good one for you, filled with laughter, light and love.


November 27, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Happy belated Thanksgiving from the Spangler family!


I hope that those of you who celebrate all had a wonderful holiday. I don’t believe in the whole pilgrims/Native American/colonist aspect of the day, but I do love any reminder that I have so much to be grateful for.  My wife and son, extended family, great friends,  amazing church,  good home, food on the table, and the best job in the world all top my list. Also this year, after a quick brush with strep throat, I am grateful for urgent care, rapid strep tests, and effective antibiotics.  I don’t take any of these things for granted.

The strep is also my excuse as to why this blog is late.  I hope you all don’t mind, because honestly I’m tremendously grateful for all of you, too.  That whole “best job in the world” thing wouldn’t be possible without those of you who buy and read and review and talk about my books.  You all feed my soul, and you also pay the bills for my literal food as well.  I wish I could have given each one of you a bite of my turkey or pumpkin pie yesterday.  What I can give you instead is 25% off my books, and the books of my awesome colleagues at www.bywaterbooks.com for the rest of the weekend.

Bywater Thanksgiving Ad

So, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Black Friday, Happy Small Business Saturday, Happy Cyber Monday, and, oh yeah, I’m happy you’re in my life.  Now go get some books!

November 23, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tennis Mom Time

Hey All,

So the election is over and I’m ready to get back to books for a bit.  Things have been going pretty well with Love All, and I’m getting lots of great feedback.  If you’ve already read it, I’d really appreciate an honest review on Amazon.  Those things make a huge difference to authors, especially those of us in small genres like lesfic.

I’m thrilled to the hear so many people are enjoying the romance between Jay and Sadie, but I will admit I have heard from two people now that they were afraid to start the book because they don’t know anything about tennis.  If you fall into this category, fear not. I purposely wrote the book in a way that even people who don’t follow tennis can understand. However, if you still don’t trust me, I got some help from my favorite up-and-coming tennis star to give you a quick primer.

Below you’ll find a video featuring me and my son, Jackson, in which he shows you exactly what I mean by every tennis term I use in the book.  Seriously, this ten-minute video tells you everything you need to know in order to fully enjoy Love All with out getting lost on the sports end of the story. Well, except  we forgot to mention that in tennis scoring, “love” means zero. Yeah, I get that that’s kind of an important point for a book titled Love All, but now you know.

November 15, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Get it on…

And by “it,” I’m referring to the act of voting, ’cause, y’all, we need to get to the polls.

I am assuming that if you read my books/blog, you do not hate lesbians/trans/queer folks.  I mean if so…


I also hope that my previous blogs about things like the Confederate flag ran off a high portion of racists.  And my Christmas blogs frequently talk about how my faith requires me to see Christ in the face of immigrants and refugees…because, duh! So, I am going to assume that most of you care about women/racial minorities/queer folks, and just the general state of humanity.  And therefore it should go without saying that you’ve got to vote.  If you can’t see how important that is even while living in our current dumpster fire, I don’t know what logical argument I can make to change your mind.

However, I’m not giving up on you. Even if you don’t have a single shit to give about this being an actual visual of America for the foreseeable future:


I won’t try to appeal to your better angels or play the voice of reason.  I will drop down to a baser level to straight up carrot-and-stick this conversation with sex and free books.

Yeah, you heard me. Sex and free books, people.


You see, a couple months back I was approached by lesbian romance writing heroes KG McGregor and Susan X Meagher.  They asked me if I’d be interested in submitting a short story to a collection aimed at getting out the vote. At first, my response was the same as it is to every other short story I’ve ever been asked to submit to.


I am a novelist for a reason.  I am long-winded AF. The last time someone made me write a short story, I turned in 33,000 words.  I mean, thoughts and prayers to you, but I don’t write short stories. And I’m happy with that.

Then I watched the news some more, and was like


Okay, so while I maintain I don’t write short stories, I also don’t sit around and do nothing while a megalomaniac despot and an army of white nationalists march across our political landscape.  So guess what?


All in, actually.  Not only did I submit a short story for the anthology, I submitted an EROTIC short story.


Yep, yep, yep. Me! Ms. I-Hate-Writing-Sex-Scenes turned in a sexy little number for the whole world to read (not you, Mom and Dad). My entry, called The Tie That Binds, is about what happens when a campaign director and a staffer get to cut loose in the wake of a big congressional win.  Because, come on, we all need some big congressional wins Nov 6, and when you help make that happen, you should get to celebrate in exactly the way my characters do.

Which brings me back around to my main point.  When you do your part by marching yourself down to your official polling place and pulling that lever (or pushing that button) you can have a copy of the We’ve Got The Power collection as soon as you prove you’ve lived up to your most basic civil responsibility to vote.


Seriously, that’s the only way you get your hot little hands on this hot little book.  You cannot buy a copy anywhere. This is not some Citizen’s-United-style bullshit. It’s not for sale, and it’s never going to be. One person, one vote, one ebook.


It’s not hard (unless you’re a minority or a student, and then voting might be kind of hard, but that’s all the more reason to do it (Illegitimi non carborundum).

But once you have voted, all you have to do is comment below, or on my FB/Twitter/Insta, and share a picture of you (or your pet) with your absentee ballot ready to mail, or at your polling place, or with your “I voted” sticker.  If you can’t do any of those things, get creative, but show me, somehow, that you voted, and then give me your email.

From there I’ll send you a link to download We’ve Got The Power, and you’ll get to enjoy exclusive works from not only me, but also some of the top names in lesbian fiction.  There are stories from KG McGregor, Susan X MeagherTracy Richardson, Cheryl Head, Ann McMan, Trailblazer Marianne K. Martin, J.E. Knowles, Mary Griggs, City Rizzo, Jamie Clevenger, and so many more. It’s quality, it’s fun, it’s diverse, and it’s free, just for doing something you damn well ought to be doing already.

There you have it.  I hope you care enough about humanity to vote, but even if you don’t, I’m sure you care about sex and books.  So this Election Day, let’s get it on!


October 25, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Wide Release Day!

Hello Friends,

It’s a big day for me! I am once again a new-book mom. I am thrilled to announce that Love All is now available in print and ebook wherever fine books are sold!  If you’re one of those people who prefers to buy through Kindle directly, or iTunes, or through your local book store, the time is now.  All the options are open. Go get your copy! Please?


I started writing this book over a year ago. Along the way I got to fall in love with Jay and Sadie and Destiny and Hank and Sandy.  They became my constant companions as I traveled.  Some days I spent more time with them than I did with my family. They became real to me.  Through writing and editing and typesetting and proofreading and advanced copies and early ebooks and one super-fun book launch last week, each and every step has led me closer to this moment when my new baby is fully out into the world.


This is it!  My work here is done.  Love All and all my friends held within its pages belong to you now.  I can’t wait to hear what you think. I will try to be patient, and not to pace like an expectant father in the waiting room of one of those old movies, but I make no promises not to keep refreshing my browser as I eagerly await your reviews.



October 17, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I interview Bev Prescott

Hey all, my friend and colleague Bev Prescott has stopped by today to chat about her new release, , which I really loved.  I got a chance to read an early draft of the rip-roaring, action-adventure romance about a year ago when Bev first submitted it to Bywater for publication, and I’ve been kind of obsessed with the story ever since. It’s got a kick-ass heroine, a super villain, an undying love, and too many cool gadgets, tools, and toys to even count. Needless to say, I’m thrilled I finally got to ask Bev a few questions, and I can’t wait to share her answers below, but first I have to do my due diligence and let you all know that if you want to be entered for a chance to win your own copy 2°, just comment below and we’ll pick a winner next week.  And if you want learn more about 2°, you can get the full story on the Bywater Books website.

Tell me about the story behind your latest book, 2°. Where did it come from?

I’m drawn as an author and reader to books about current events that impact all of us, 2º_Cover-600x913regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. From there, I create lesbian characters who get to be the heroines in the story. I’d been thinking for a long time about writing about the world impacted by climate change.  I think the warming of the planet is the single greatest threat to the survival of life on Earth.  The spark that got the fire started for my journey to write 2 Degrees was on a trip to Antarctica. I could not have imagined just how incredibly beautiful and humbling it would be to visit the Great White Continent. It was painful to think of such a lovely place melting away. From there, writing 2 Degrees was all I could think about.  I wanted to create a story in which Earth was a main character. As the story developed, I realized it was also about people, and how we survive difficult times.

Bywater has tagged this books, “Bev Prescott like you’ve never read her before.”  What’s different about this book?

I’m not entirely sure why Bywater says that, because I didn’t ask.  But, if I had to guess, it’s a couple of things. First, I worked with Elizabeth Sims as my writing coach.  I learned a tremendous amount from her about things from sentence structure to character development. I think the quality of my writing dramatically improved from previous books. Second, I let my main characters show their gritty imperfect sides. Let’s face it, if we’re reduced to having to survive each day by clawing and scratching our way to getting food and water, we’re not always going to show our better angels. I let my characters be real. And being real means not being perfect.

This book was a long time coming, I assume part of that came from the research you had to do.  How did you tackle all this?

I did loads of research for this book.  The good news is that I’m really interested in the subjects of climate and its impact on ecosystems.  Reading scientific articles and books never felt like work. But it did keep me up at night because it was interesting and scary.  Not only did I read books about the science of climate change, but also books about the impacts on our political systems. For example, “This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs the Climate” by Naomi Klein was excellent. What I learned is that there are some good assumptions we can make about what will happen if the planet warms greater than 2 Degrees, and lots we don’t know.  I did the bulk of the research for 2 Degrees before I started to write the story.  Once I had a good handle on, generally, what the predictions are for North America, I wrote the outline. From there, I did research as necessary to fill in the blanks.

Bev-Photo-WebYou’re dealing with some heavy stuff in , but this story is ultimately about the power of love and the human spirit to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  How do you manage to thread that throughout without giving in to the chaos?

Great question. The answer is in letting the characters be real. Even in the worst of times, humans are funny, kind and ironic. Little moments of levity within difficult times, or noticing something beautiful in a scary place helped take the edge of the grittier parts of the story. For example, the scene when Sharon notices the flower in the desert, or when her cockroach bot gets some unwanted advances from a real cockroach are those little moments.

There’s a ton of super-cool scientific gadgets and vehicles in this book with an almost bond-esque quality to some of them.  How did you come up with all of those, and which one would you most like to own?

 Phew! This was the most fun part of the book to write. The thing about us humans is that we are always thinking up cool stuff.  The world could be coming apart at the seams, but we still make progress.  I think looking at the history of human invention is like looking at the history of the stock market.  Even when particular moments look awful, in the grand scheme of things, we are always making progress.  So, even in the face of grand disaster like climate change, I imagine that there will be humans who keep creating things in order to survive.  I saw a great TED talk about looking for answers to our greatest problems by looking at nature. The TED Talks has a subset of talks called Technology Designed by Nature. Here’s the link. https://www.ted.com/playlists/403/technology_designed_by_nature

I absolutely believe that if humans want to know how to do anything, all we have to do is look to nature.  If we want to know how to design a plane that flies in crazy wind, look at the albatross. If you want a vessel that can walk on water, look at the water-bug.  That’s what I did when thinking about creating the cool ships and flying devices in 2 Degrees. It was a blast.  I’d definitely want an Icarus Vest!

What’s on tap for you? Are you writing? What about events on the horizon? 

Yes, I am writing.  But, I’m still in the research and outlining phase.  My next story will tackle the subject of fresh water, and the coming lack thereof with climate change.  Yes, my next book will still be within the eco-fiction and climate fiction realms.  It’s where my head and heart exist at the moment.  But like you, love and friendship will always be the underpinnings of any story I write.  Love, in particular, will save us from ourselves.  As for appearances, I’m excited to be joining you and the other Bywater Books authors during Women’s Week in P-Town next week. Here’s the list of events.



October 4, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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