Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Broken: Secrets in Madison Falls by Rachel Hanna - Virtual Tour and Giveaway

Today author Rachel Hanna visits on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the contemporary romance, "Broken: Secrets in Madison Falls".

Rachel will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so complete the Rafflecopter entry at the end of this post to be entered!

Thanks to Rachel for answering all my prying questions!

Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I write in the romance genre because it's what I personally like to read. I think romance allows all of us to connect since most people walking the face of the planet have either been in love, had a crush or had their heart broken. It's a way that we all relate to each other. To me, romance is about hope, and I like stories that make me feel good after reading them. With my busy life (writing and homeschooling three kids), I like to zone out so I don't read books that take a rocket scientist to understand or remember all the parts and pieces. Romance is fun to write because creating characters that will eventually fall in love is entertaining to me!

What research is required?

It depends on the book. Some books require little to no research. Most of the time, the research involved is more about locations, but one of my recent releases called “War Woman” required a lot of Cherokee legend research to make it historically accurate.

Name one thing you learned from your heroine.

That being strong doesn't mean being alone. Bella was a strong woman, although with some major faults, but she couldn't see that she was worthy of being loved by a real man.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

Hmmm.... Not really. I guess writing in my vehicle in the driveway might be weird to some people. :) When I am tired of typing, I like to dictate my stories into my iPad, but I won't do it in the house for fear that my husband or kids will hear me. So, I often sit in my car out in my driveway so I can speak into my iPad without sounding like a nut!

Are you a plotter or pantser?

Pantser all the way! Right now, I am writing a first person New Adult story and I have NO idea where it's going. I just started writing to see if I could do it. Most of the time, I know the general idea of the story before I start, but I don't do big, long outlines or anything like that because it squashes my creativity immediately.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

A treadmill that I hang my bra on at night but never walk on! How's that for honesty?

Anything new coming up from you? What? 

I just finished two novels back to back - “War Woman” and the first January Cove novel. I will be adding more to the January Cove series as well as doing some stand alone novels this year!

Do you have a question for our readers?

Sure! My question would be: What is one thing you HATE to see in a romance novel?

When twenty-four year old Bella Clay experiences yet another major loss in her life, she is forced to come home and become a young, single mother to her seven year old nephew. No one in the small town of Madison Falls knows just how damaged she is, and they certainly don't know her dirty little secret about where she's been for the last two years.

Grant Brady is the local hunk who works as the elementary school PE and history teacher. When he takes an interest in helping Bella start over in Madison Falls, she tries to push him away afraid that he will find out her dark secrets. What she doesn't know is that Grant has a secret of his own.

Will love prevail or will one or both of them run for the hills out of fear?

This book is a novella, so you can enjoy it in just one day! :)

Now enjoy and excerpt:

“You should never be judged for that, Bella. You couldn’t help that. I think you’re too hard on yourself.”

“Oh, really? I don’t think I’m hard enough on myself.”

“Why do you want to punish yourself?” he asked.

“Who says I’m punishing myself?” It was getting way too real for Bella.

“It’s obvious, Bella. You deserve good things. A good life. People who love you…”

“I’ve made some big mistakes in my life, Grant. You have no idea who you’re talking to. I don’t deserve nearly as much as you think.”

“Have you murdered someone?”

“Of course not.”



“Then you deserve whatever kind of second chance you need. End of story. Now come on…” he said as he took her empty cup and threw it away. Grabbing her hand, he pulled her down the sidewalk and into the pavilion that was blaring with music. Without warning, Grant pulled her close and started dancing with her. Thankfully, the music was fast, and she was a pretty good dancer. They laughed as they danced, and for once Bella felt like her real world was miles away.

Rachel Hanna is a best-selling author of romance novellas and novels. She lives outside of Atlanta with her husband, three cool kids, two crazy dogs and one very snooty outdoor cat. She loves to write, read, spend time with family and embarrass her kids as much as possible.

She also LOVES to connect with her readers through various social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to check out her website for ways to connect!

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  1. OK, so you are self-admitted pantser. Do you ever do major rewrites to your books before turning them into your publisher? Recently another author told me they completely re-wrote the same story twice until they were satisfied and turned it in. Didn’t say if there were requests for edits or not….but it made me wonder…is that a case of overthinking something to the point of outsmarting yourself? Is it best to try to get the product perfect or wait for it to come back bleeding with edits?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. I rarely rewrite. :) It stifles my creativity. What I do is review the last page or two each time I sit down to write. I might go back and change something up a bit, but the final copy is pretty close to my original minus the edits for grammar, spelling, etc. :)


  2. Great interview, thank you.


  3. What do I hate to see in a romance? I hate seeing a week helpless leading lady. She needs to be able to hold her own and have her own thoughts and opinions too

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  4. Love this excerpt. I really want to know thir secrets.

  5. I hate to see a very stupid heroine. Just making ALL the wrong decisions, then being saved by the hero.


  6. I hate to see too perfect of a heroine where she is so beautiful, smart, talented etc, etc..

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