"We're always in the
midst of a chase.

Going after a dream...

Chasing a fantasy...

And making it a

This is what I write

Life is about the chase."

~ Rachelle


While traipsing around to 30+ Bay Area bookstores to sign stock copies of MEN ON FIRE last weekend, I scoured the bookstores for costumed employees. Surprisingly, on Halloween, I only found these few brave souls.

Help me reward them for their bravery – and their hard work in selling our books! – by voting for your favorite costume. The winning Barnes and Noble or Borders employee will win a $20 Macy’s gift card. So, PLEASE vote now!

It’s time to change my site, but I can’t decide which photo to use. And, it’s 2 against 1 — both Calista Fox and Leigh Michaels like one photo and I like another. So, I need your help deciding. (NOTE: The new photo will blend into the black background – like now – but the blue color scheme will change.)

Cast your vote, then leave a comment (maybe telling why you prefer one over the other?) on my blog, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a red iPod Shuffle!

On modeling assignments, I usually portray a business professional – like a CEO, doctor, or IT manager. Which is why I wanted to portray something different on my web site. Just once, I wanted to be feminine, do something fun.

So, during the same photo shoot that the uber-talented Scott Marrs took the shot of me draped in the sheet that you see on my site, we played around with some creative shots.

One that we tried was a “high-fashion” shot.

“Okay,” said Scott, “Give me a dead stare.” That is, a look that’s completely devoid of expression.

Apparently, it’s a look that fashion models must perfect.

And, just as apparent, it’s a look that I suck at. So, hundreds of shots later, we gave up.

“Okay. Now, think of something sad,” said Scott.

I stared off into the distance, my gaze barely noticing the netting that dipped over my eyes or the smoke spiraling up from the cigarette lightly clasped between my fingers.

“That’s it, that’s it,” he said softly, amid the whir of the camera shutter.

“That’s what?” I asked, after he’d signaled he was done.

“This is the look I was trying to get from you before.” And, as we flipped through the photos in his camera, I realized that I’d accidentally given him the expressionless look:

1. The Dead Stare

Rachelle Chase Dead Stare by Scott Marrs

2. The Noir Shot

Rachelle Chase Noir Photo by Scott Marrs

Now, I know what I was thinking in these shots. But, what do the photos say to you? Pretend that the woman is not me. Instead, she’s a character in a book you’re reading. Tell me something about her.

For example, what’s just happened to her? What is she thinking? What is she feeling? Write whatever comes to mind. Create a story or give me some dialogue, or just jot down a thought that says it all. It might take you a single sentence – or several paragraphs.


The person who leaves the response I like best will win:

PLEASE NOTE: This contest is open to any and all. You don’t have to be a writer. Perfect prose is not required.

So, please take a moment to share your thoughts – and, hopefully, you’ll win!

Blogging Tips Book CoverOn 3/8/08, I spoke about online promotion with Lorelle VanFossen and Tom Johnson at the San Francisco Romance Writers of America monthly meeting.

Afterwards, I had lunch with Lorelle and discovered that, not only is she an expert on blogging, she’s also a wonderful, dynamic, and generous person. And, she gave me three copies of her book – Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging – to give away.

Want to win a copy? If so…

Please leave a comment here and tell me what you like or dislike to read about in blogs – and you’ll automatically be entered in a drawing for a free copy.

As many of you know, I do not blog consistently. Many times, it’s because I don’t know what to say. Sure, I can – and do – share amusing vignettes, contest and book news, but … is this what my readers want to hear?

Please help me give you the news that you want to read

The second annual SOBCon08 is “the Biz School for Bloggers.” For three days in May, guest speakers will discuss the nuts and bolts of successful blogging. And I really want to go! So…

To help me help you, all I need is for you to click HERE by 3/15/08 to visit the SOBCon site.

Thank you in advance for your help! And, perhaps I’ve piqued your interest in attending the conference…?


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