Hi Rachel! Welcome to Under the Covers. Today we’ll be talking about ONLY YOU, your newest novella in the Love to the Rescue series, which has been a pleasure to read so far. Can you please tell us more about ONLY YOU and what readers can expect?
Thank you so much for having me! ONLY YOU is my first novella, and I had so much fun writing it. It will be the last release in my Love to the Rescue series, but I wrote it as a standalone so it’s also a great introduction to the series. The heroine, Amy Jameson, had been a secondary character in a previous book, and I just couldn’t say goodbye to the series without telling her story. This is a second chance romance, and these two had waited a LONG time for their second chance! 🙂
The heroine, Amy Jameson, has an autistic son. What would you say was the greatest challenge in writing these two particular characters?
I think my greatest challenge was in being authentic with Noah, Amy’s son. I didn’t want him to be defined by his autism. It’s just part of who he is and what makes him unique. I’ve had a huge soft spot for Noah and Amy since I first introduced them to the series. They had been through so much, it really meant a lot for me to get the chance to go back and give them their happy ending.
How would you describe Luke in 3 words?
Strong. Loyal. Dirty-talker.
Is your writing process any different from writing novellas to novels?
The process wasn’t too different for me with this novella, although it did affect how I plotted the story. I chose a second chance romance for Amy because, as a protective single mother, I knew I couldn’t make it believable for her to fall in love and allow a man into her son’s life that quickly if she hadn’t already loved and trusted him in the past.
What is it about writing a small town story that appealed to you most?
I grew up in a small town, and I’ve always loved the small town dynamic. I love the opportunity to build that sense of community, especially for a series, where we can get to know the locals and the feel of the town from book to book.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Nothing too interesting, I’m afraid. I grab my writing time where I can get it, but you’ll usually find me on the couch in the evenings with my laptop, often with a glass of wine in hand.
Since this is the first time stopping UTC and we are nosy like that, tell us five things about yourself that people wouldn’t necessarily know.
- I lived in Europe for two years when I was a kid and used to be fluent in Dutch and proficient in German. (sadly, I’ve lost them both!)
- I’ve never seen The Sound of Music. Or Dirty Dancing. I know, I know! Can we be friends anyway? 🙂
- I love concerts. I’ve seen Aerosmith over 50 times, and I have no regrets – ha!
- I don’t drink coffee.
- I’m married to my first and only boyfriend.
For aspiring writers who wish to write small-town Contemporary Romances in particular, what tips would you give them?
My two biggest pieces of advice for aspiring authors are to learn your craft and join a critique group. I took so many classes while I was trying to get published, and I learned SO much. Romance Writers of America (RWA) is a great resource for classes and meeting other authors. I met my current critique partner at an RWA workshop. Keep in touch with people and get to know the industry, especially other small-town contemporary romances and writers. Ours is such an open and welcoming industry. Don’t be shy! 🙂
What’s next for Rachel Lacey and what are you working on now?
I have a new series coming this summer called Risking It All that I’m very excited about! It follows three semi-reformed bad boys who met as children in the foster care system and have reunited as adults to open an extreme outdoor adventure business in the mountains of North Carolina. Rock with You (an introductory novella) comes out August 2nd, and Run to You, the first full-length book, will be out on August 30th.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing with our readers!
Thank you so much for having me! I’m a longtime reader of Under the Covers so it’s a thrill to be here.
“He was her first. But will he be her last?”
Amy Jameson has one priority these days: her eight-year-old autistic son. Everything else will just have to wait, including her love life. When she agrees to let a friend hold her wedding in Amy’s backyard, she may have bitten off more than she can chew, especially when the man who shows up to help her get the place ready is none other than the only man she’s ever loved, Luke Benson.
Luke has always considered Amy “the one that got away.” He loved her and lost her back in high school, but when he returns to his hometown of Dogwood, North Carolina, for a friend’s wedding, he finds himself falling right back into her arms. He walked away once and broke her heart, but he wants to prove that he’s a different man now, a better man, the kind of man who will love her forever.
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