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

Going after a dream...

Chasing a fantasy...

And making it a
reality.

This is what I write
about.

Life is about the chase."

~ Rachelle

Finding Derek

SEX LOUNGE is finally out! And to celebrate, I’ve just launched the SEX LOUNGE Finding Derek CONTEST, an online contest that seeks the American male who resembles Derek Mitchell, the hero of my book.

We’re looking for the perfect Derek. And we intend to find him. Participants will be asked to post photos, audio clips, text, and video (later) to convince celebrity and other online judges that there’s no better Derek anywhere in the world.

Current judges include:

  • Bill Rosenfield, Executive Producer of Grammy award-winning Broadway productions, such as Oprah Winfrey’s THE COLOR PURPLE
  • Gail Jones, Owner/Director of Talent+Plus/Los Latinos Agency
  • Stephanie Block, Editor-in-Chief of Tango Diva

More judges and prizes are still being added.

We’re looking for great guys to enter and one lucky judge to enter to join our celebrity judges. Both will win fantastic prizes! And, once voting begins, so will web site visitors.

Help me celebrate by entering and visiting www.FindingDerek.com!

Best,
Rachelle

“Finding Derek” Project Overview

On July 16th, I’d promised to scour clubs, bars, airports, and financial districts to “Find Derek,” the hero in my next book, The Sex Lounge, after which time blog visitors will be able to vote for their favorite. Since every reader imagines a different hero, my goal is to find a variety of potential Dereks – hopefully, a Derek for everyone, so to speak.

The Search Begins …

In the process of “Finding Derek,” I found a couple things about Rachelle. Namely, I should have done a bit of prep work prior to launching my search. Such as:

  1. Taken an English As a Second Language class. Before I started walking up to sexy guys as part of this project, I never knew Gibberish was my first language. Now, sadly, I know.
  2. Taken speech lessons. Mumbling and speed-talking are not effective communication techniques. See #1 above.

But it’s all good. I’m all for personal growth. Some people join Toastmasters to work on their public speaking skills. I’m approaching good-looking men to work on mine. It’s a tough job but, well, one must make sacrifices for the craft, right?

So, please give Derek #1 a hand for making it through my mumbling-speed-racer presentation – and then still agreeing to participate.

Derek #1 (discovered at a “White Linen” party)

Okay, Derek #1 (whose name really is Derek, btw) caused me to break a rule (no, not that rule!). The “rules” of the contest were that I would take candid shots of potential Dereks and post them. I was set to upload my shots when Derek emailed me a few photos of his own. I’m sorry but … some rules are meant to be broken, wouldn’t you agree?

  1. Name: Derek “Bleek” B.
  2. Occupation: Model
  3. Hobbies: Basketball, sports
  4. Why would a woman choose you to be a hero in a romance book?: “Because I’m educated, a businessman, and grounded/modest”
  5. (Optional) If you found Nichole’s notebook, how would you convince her to act out her fantasies? : “I would first want to arrange a meeting with Nichole in a very erotic, but natural spot. After meeting her wearing my best of best threads, well shined shoes, and smelling better than she could imagine, I would look her in her pure eyes, smile, hoping that she would relax after exchanging a smile. I would then strike up an interesting conversation based on my finding in the notebook that would allow her to gain comfort in her own person so that she can begin to share & direct the conversation towards the findings. After she figures out that I have an understanding of her fantasies, she gains my permission to relax, exchange the same amount of positive energy and become extremely receptive to my thoughts and ideas.I would create the right setting and began to whisper what I know and read in her notebook only to make her realize that her very own fantasies are actually becoming true.Aftermath, inhale then exhale while looking each other in the eyes, exchanging the smiles of satisfaction with a blink.”

Uh … is it just me, or is it hot in here … ? I’m thinking Derek might want to try his hand at erotica …

The Search For Derek Begins …

In between attending informative workshops and networking with wonderful writers at last week’s National Romance Writers of America Conference in Atlanta, I’d planned to “find Derek.” (Those of you who are unfamiliar with the “Finding Derek Project,” click here).

My friend, Calista Fox, whose novella, In the Heat of the Night, also appears in Secrets Volume 13, agreed to tag along for moral support. So Thursday night, off we went to Underground Atlanta — a touristy area by day, with a myriad of shops, that turns into a happenin’ spot by night, with lines winding out the doors of the handful of clubs and bars.

That is, it’s a happening spot on Friday and Saturday nights.

After peering into deserted barrooms and empty dance floors, I chose the bustling (by comparison) Triple Play. Sauntering past the two poker players, two dining patrons, and lone barstool occupant, we sat down to wait for Derek.

And wait.

And wait.

As we overdosed on the World Championship Dart Tournament on one of the fifty television screens, Tina, our delightful, friendly bartender came to our rescue. “Would you like something else to drink?” she asked.

“What’s strong like a Long Island Ice Tea but actually tastes good? Or something sweet?” I asked.

Tina listed a few drinks, and their ingredients. At my lack of enthusiasm, she said, “I’ll make a drink just for you.”

And that she did. I may be the first romance author to have a drink created just for her.

The Dirty Minnie is found …

Here’s the drink that the fabulous Tina created just for me:

Dirty Minnie(created by Tina at Triple Play for Rachelle Chase)

1-1/2 Stoli Strasberi
Splash of Stoli Vodka
3/4 Amaretto
Splash of Grenadine
Splash of Sprite
Splash of Sweet and Sour
Garnish with lemon and cherry

It’s delicious, but deadly, so drink it with caution.

Why’s My Drink Called a “Dirty Minnie?”

While standing in line for the elevator at the conference, a fellow writer complimented me on my red dress with white polka dots and said, “You look like Minnie Mouse.”

Another writer, who knew that I write erotic romance, jokingly said, “Yes, a Dirty Minnie.”

I was flattered. I relayed the story to Tina. And the Dirty Minnie was born.

But the Search For Derek Continues …

This week, my best laid plans were derailed. But I promise to have a Derek or two for you next week. Stay tuned …

I was a big Nemo fan. In fact, I admit to seeing it alone — sans child — in a theatre full of noisy kids.

Two weeks ago, I idolized Nemo.

Last week, after finding Nemo 22.5 times with a visiting two-year old, I detest Nemo — second only to Barney, who I never liked.

But like all traumatic experiences, something good came of this. As I squealed in surprise for the eleventh time when daddy fish, Marlin, and his ditzy friend, Dory, found the goggles belonging to the evil, dentist-kidnapper, my mind drifted …

And then my blood raced, for my brain had stumbled upon the perfect contest: “Finding Derek.”

And what, pray tell, is Finding Derek?

Derek Mitchell is the hero in my new book, The Sex Lounge, which will be released by Kensington in May 2007. Beginning next week, I will scour clubs, bars, airports, and financial district(s) for sexy hunks with Derek Mitchell potential. Then, provided that drinks are not thrown in my face and/or harassment charges are not filed, I will post snapshots of these hunks and a little bio. You, faithful readers, will then have the opportunity to vote for your favorite.

So check back on August 1st when I’ll post my first hunk … or a postcard from jail. Either way, it’s sure to be an entertaining post.


 

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