Sunday, September 23, 2012

Second Chance by Rachel Hanna

What inspired you to become an author?

I have always loved to write. In fact, I started writing when I was only 7 or 8 years old. I still have stories and poems I wrote from way back. I never really read or wrote fiction until recently as I was mostly a non-fiction writer. Once I had a Kindle, I started downloading and reading more fiction. That's when I realized how much I liked to read those stories. As I started writing, I gained more fans of my work. That's when my fiction writing career was born!

Do you write in different genres?

I mainly write in the romance genre. I have written under a couple of pen names in the Young Adult Fantasy genre, mainly as tribute to my kids. They wanted to read my work, and my romance novels are not for children, so I wrote some YA. I liked it, but I love romance. I plan to stay in the romance genre for a long time to come.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

“Second Chance” is truly a reflection of the story. Shannon Harris needs a second chance to live her life after being with an emotionally abusive husband for so many years. Her second chances keep coming throughout the story, along with some tragedy as well.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

I usually wait until it is about halfway finished before I title it. That gives me time to think, but I also like to get the cover designed to give me even more motivation to complete it. I often keep a picture of the cover in front of me as inspiration.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In “Second Chance”, the message is that we all have issues and problems, but we are always able to have a second chance. It is about our mindset and outlook more than anything, You cannot let all of the struggles and tragedies of life keep you from living a full life.

What books/authors have influenced your life?

I love to read Barbara Freethy and Bella Andre. I read other romance authors too, but those two are the most similar to my writing style, I think.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I would say Barbara Freethy simply because I like her realistic characters and her ability to describe sex scenes with class. Her sex scenes are very descriptive, while also being easy for most readers to absorb. Her scenes are passionate without being overly “raunchy” as some readers can't take that. :)

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I am very excited about the novella I am writing at the moment. Part of it is taken from a real event that happened in my life where I came upon a man in the mountains (while hiking up to a waterfall) that was having a stroke. He was so young (late 30's) and on a date with his new girlfriend. I've created a love story around that event, but not at ALL in the way you would think! I am about halfway finished with the story, and I cannot wait to get it out there for my readers. Make sure to link up with me on Facebook to hear about its release.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Sure! Here is a little snippet:

Camden Lane was used to these situations. She was very adept at getting herself out of tight jams in the form of intimate conversations. When her best friend continued to probe and prod about her relationship with the devilishly rich and handsome Preston Donnelly, Camden had every intention of lying through her teeth.

Sitting at the restaurant having lunch with her best friend, Natalie, Camden should have felt comfortable. After all, she and Natalie had been “besties” since freshman year at Emory University. Now, all of these years later, she couldn’t believe that she found herself at a loss for words.

Cam? Are you listening to me?” Natalie asked waving her hand in from of Camden’s face.

What? Sure. Of course, I am listening to you,” she replied pushing her long, dark brown hair behind her right ear. That was a nervous habit that she had tried hard to break, and Natalie knew it was a sure sign that she was flustered.

Then answer me, girl. You know I can read you like a book, so spill it,” Natalie said taking a sip of her Coke through a straw.

I just don’t think your line of questioning is relevant, Nat,” Camden said smirking as she took a bite of her sandwich to fill her mouth and avoid questioning.

Maybe you should have been an attorney instead of a doctor,” Natalie said smiling as she rolled her eyes.


Okay, I am going to ask you one more time. Are you sure that you want to marry Preston?”

Camden’s mind began to wonder again. Was she sure? She had better be since her wedding was in three short months. Preston had proposed on Christmas Eve, and now here she was in late September looking straight down the barrel of a December wedding date.

Natalie knew her well, and she had seen signs of what Camden was sure were just wedding jitters. That’s normal, right?

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing! That is the key. Don't get distracted by your own self esteem issues or what others are saying or your schedule.... Just keep writing! That is how you will get better and stronger as a writer.

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Second Chance – Tanner & Shannon
New Beginnings Series – Book One
By Rachel Hanna

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Number of pages: 105 pages
Word Count: 27,700

Book Description:

When Shannon Harris's husband of 18 years dies, she is left a widow. But, she is glad he is dead after he emotionally abused her for all of those years. Now, she worries that she will never be able to open up her heart to any man again. With her daughter leaving for college, the 39 year old widow is forced to move to the Georgia mountains due to her deceased husband's legal antics.

There she meets Tanner and her world is turned upside down. Can she trust him? Should she? When her worst nightmare happens, she has to make a decision - move forward on blind faith or run away.

Filled with suspense, twists and turns, you will adore this modern love story

Author Bio:

Rachel Hanna is a wife and mother of three kids living outside of Atlanta. Her lifelong love of writing brought her to the world of romance novels, and hasn't looked back since. She loves to create deep characters who have real feelings and situations that come up in their lives. Her favorite thing to do is hang with her family, read tons of great fiction and create new experiences for her readers.

Twitter @RachelHannaBook