Wordless Wednesday: A Walk in the Snark, by Rachel Thompson

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A Walk in the Snark connects love, loss, motherhood, work experiences, and of course, relationships in one humorous novel.This bestseller is one hundred percent pure honesty. Can you handle the snark?

AWARDS
  • 2012 Nonfiction Virtual Book Fair Indie Book Awards Best Runner-up

PRAISE FOR A WALK IN THE SNARK:

“The commonalities we all share is what makes this book spark to life.”
~Tony Eldridge, author “The Samson Effect”

“Thank you for making the lives of women and men more intelligible, Rachel, and for making us laugh at ourselves!”
~Berit Ellingsen, author “The Empty City”

“Crisp, cutting, and caffeinated. A gem of a read.”
~Rebecca Tsaros Dickson, author “I Could Tell You Stories”, Editor-In-Chief, Indie Ink

“The author’s wicked sense of humor sprinkles every day stories of
relationship angst with spicy hot pepper with keeping it real adventure.”
~Bonnie Jean Adams, Chicago Culture and Events Examiner

Available on Amazon.

About the author

rachelRachel Thompson aka RachelintheOC is a published author and social media consultant. Her three books, A Walk In The Snark, The Mancode: Exposed and Broken Pieces are all #1 Kindle bestsellers! When not writing, she helps authors and other professionals with branding and social media for her company, BadRedhead Media. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut.

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Focus Friday: Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson

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This week has a special Focus Friday: three poetic essays  from Rachel Thompson’s Broken Pieces.

Caged

The right answer is to turn and walk away. But his arms are so strong and his words caress her soul. In his heat she abandons her resolve.

She’s unsure how it started, moving from found to lost. One day she watches birds fly on apathetic wings, the next he stands behind her—his hands inside her heart.

He damages her new home, where she now lays her head, the place where guilt and lust meet.

But she cannot leave. His eyes hold her captive.

“You are mine,” he tells her. “I own you now.” She doesn’t disagree.

Her breath quickens, her skin burns from the real and imagined hold he has on her. He whispers promises of life together, as long as all the pieces of her are his.

Pieces of her—

all he needs.

China Doll

I felt the storm break my heart.

Maybe I knew he had taken his life before I got the call; perhaps even before he left, his words a warning I didn’t know to catch.

I can admit that now.

Before he died, when we spoke a storm brewed in his words. He had lost so many people—some he hated, some he loved. But still. So many deaths. Drinking ruined him; alcohol killed his marriage, twisted his relationship with his young son into sadness. He only told me bits and pieces. His language, sparse, as if he had created his own. I gleaned as much as I could from every conversation, trying to understand unspoken words, held breaths.

If only I had read between his lines.

If I closed my eyes, could I have touched his words??

“SEE WHO I AM NOW!” he angrily shouted, though his rage was couched between desire and love.

“I’m not that man anymore who would hurt you. You’re my china doll, baby.”

He carried me for twenty years, freezing me in time; taking me out, looking at me, before putting me back on his shelf. Who he thought I was. Not realizing I would grow and change, becoming a different person. A stronger person. A doll who didn’t break quite so easily.

The mind warps what time can’t forget. But I will never forget.

And I am not his doll. I am not fragile.

Then again, I’m not the one who broke.

Light

Allow me to drape my limbs over you; my secret murmurs soothing fears that keep you awake as the rays of the day fade on borrowed rest.

Grasping your hand to keep you from losing your way back to me, you meet my eyes with a rush of desire that slams me in a hard, brilliant flash.

Do you hear me? I whisper along your skin, cooled by the night air. Crossing this wide river to you, I pray you’ll reach for me as I pass by, drowning in your depths.

You, my only salvation.

Will you save me?

Waiting for the sun, I barely breathe so as not to wake you, unable to turn away from the glare of what we’ve wrought.

I bathe in our entangled gleam, where love lives inside the knowledge that tomorrow fades again.

Illumination only lasts until darkness decides to fall.

Broken Pieces is an award winning book about relationships, a study of women, and a book with heart. Vastly different in tone from her previous essay collection, Broken Pieces is a collection of pieces inspired by life: love, loss, abuse, trust, grief, and ultimately, love again. While still non-fiction, this best-selling book is not humor at all. In Thompson’s most intensive work to date, she opens her soul and invites the reader in for a visit. Thompson goes into those long buried rooms we lock up deep inside and shares a bit of her soul. Broken Pieces is vulnerable, raw honesty, and no-holds barred.

 

About the author

Rachel ThompsonRachel Thompson is the author of the award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. She also owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, bitrebels.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self Publishing Monthly. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.

Visit her

  • website
  • BSR Author page
  • Amazon Author page

and follow her on Twitter @RachelintheOC.

 

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EXCERPT: Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson

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Rachels~Caged

The right answer is to turn and walk away. But his arms are so strong and his words caress her soul. In his heat she abandons her resolve.
She’s unsure how it started, moving from found to lost. One day she watches birds fly on apathetic wings, the next he stands behind her—his hands inside her heart.
He damages her new home, where she now lays her head, the place where guilt and lust meet.
But she cannot leave. His eyes hold her captive.
“You are mine,” he tells her. “I own you now.” She doesn’t disagree.
Her breath quickens, her skin burns from the real and imagined hold he has on her. He whispers promises of life together, as long as all the pieces of her are his.
Pieces of her—
all he needs.

~China Doll

I felt the storm break my heart.
Maybe I knew he had taken his life before I got the call; perhaps even before he left, his words a warning I didn’t know to catch.
I can admit that now.
Before he died, when we spoke a storm brewed in his words. He had lost so many people—some he hated, some he loved. But still. So many deaths. Drinking ruined him; alcohol killed his marriage, twisted his relationship with his young son into sadness. He only told me bits and pieces. His language, sparse, as if he had created his own. I gleaned as much as I could from every conversation, trying to understand unspoken words, held breaths.
If only I had read between his lines.
If I closed my eyes, could I have touched his words??
“SEE WHO I AM NOW!” he angrily shouted, though his rage was couched between desire and love.
“I’m not that man anymore who would hurt you. You’re my china doll, baby.”
He carried me for twenty years, freezing me in time; taking me out, looking at me, before putting me back on his shelf. Who he thought I was. Not realizing I would grow and change, becoming a different person. A stronger person. A doll who didn’t break quite so easily.
The mind warps what time can’t forget. But I will never forget.
And I am not his doll. I am not fragile.
Then again, I’m not the one who broke.

And Then I Let Him Go
It hits me at the strangest times.
The fact that someone who was a part of my life is gone. Here today, gone tomorrow. A concept so hard to grasp when it happens to —rachel
To whom? He’s the one who took his own life. Nothing happened to me, his ex-love from many years ago.
We spoke earlier that day. The day he decided would be his last.
We never will again. Impossible.
But he visits me, in my dreams, conjured by my disbelieving subconscious.
Or is he conjured by my heart?
I wake up from the dreams confused and—somehow—relieved. In some, he tells me he’s OK. In others he doesn’t speak, but he shows me he’s fine.
But there’s still too much I don’t know or understand about the man he became—this man I once shared my heart and body with. So I go about my days now, my full life bursting with my own family, and when he visits me in my dreams, I let him in.
And then I let him go.

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Rachel Thompson aka RachelintheOC & BadRedhead Media 

Bestselling author (A Walk In The Snark, Mancode: Exposed, and my latest release, Broken Pieces

Media consultant, monthly social media columnist for the San Francisco Book Review; creator #MondayBlogs on Twitter.  

Find me! Twitter: @RachelintheOC or @BadRedheadMedia

Purchase Broken Pieces on Amazon here

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Announcing the Her Books Authors’ Celebrating Women Giveaway

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WE’RE HAVING A PARTY…AND YOU’RE INVITED!

Her Books Authors are having a week-long celebration of women

 with loads of giveaways and prizes

plus heartwarming tributes to the special women in our lives.

You’ll have six times as many chances to win wonderful prizes as you visit each of our blogs to read the stories of why we think women are so very special. Just by visiting each blog, you’ll be entered into the gigantic sweepstakes to win an iPad Mini, six individual prizes or one of 60 bestsellers by these authors:

Bette Lee Crosby –  Ten-time Award-winning Author of Spare Change

Christine Nolfi –  Award-Winning Author of Treasure Me, a USA Today “Best Pick”

Steena Holmes – Featured Speaker at the London Book Fair and Author of Finding Emma

Rachel Thompson –  Author of Broken Pieces, nominated for Women’s Studies Global e-Book Award

Patricia Sands –  Bestselling Author of the Hot New Release The Promise of Provence

Karla Darcy –  Bestselling Author of 7 Regency Romances including The Divided Hearts

~ The party starts on Sunday, April 28th but be quick because it ends on Sunday, May 5th ~

Get going right now…visit the Her Books Facebook Page where you will find all the links you need to be part of the fun…like the page and come back often because something special is always going on!

Click here to join the party!

 

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7 Guaranteed Tips To Gain More Twitter Followers! by Rachel Thompson

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BrokenPieces-FINAL2There are LOTS of ways to get more Twitter followers these days. Heck, you can even buy them (not that I recommend it)!

I think the bigger question is: how do I connect with targeted readers on Twitter?

1)      Keywords. This is a term that scares people. Well, man up. It’s simple: what do you write about? What are your interests? Say you’re a nonfiction writer with a passion for vintage birdcages. Boom – two keywords right there: nonfiction and vintage birdcages. Enter those terms in Search.

2)      Search. One of the best ways to find targeted followers is to use Twitter Search – that little bar at the top of your page. Type in terms like: book blogger, book reviewer, nonfiction, etc. (or with a hashtag #bookblogger, #bookreviewer, #nonfiction – try both ways) is easy and effective.

Twitter also has an Advanced Search function. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in regular search, try there.

3)      Applications. I adore ManageFlitter because not only can I clear out nonfollowbacks, eggs, and nevertweeteds, I can also follow people using their search function, which allows for both an Account Search and a Tweet Search.

Why do I love it so? Because I can unfollow 100 people all at once. I can also follow 100 people all at once. What a huge timesaver! (And it allows for multiple accounts, which is convenient if you have more than one Twitter stream like I do.)

I also use Pluggio. It has this very cool feature where you set it to follow certain keywords and it works 24/7 to find you relevant followers. TweetAdder also does something similar.

There are many options to follow/unfollow. Google and see which application you like the best.

4)      RT others. RT (aka retweet for Muggles) means you’ve taken the time to share someone’s stuff. It takes only seconds and makes you an immediate friend.

5)      Hashtags. Facebook users are still scratching their heads as to why we tweeps use the number sign in front of words. But if you’re on Twitter, use of a hashtag creates a hyperlink to whatever it is that you’ve attached to the number sign. So what? Here’s what: hashtags allow you to join in the conversation. What conversation? Who knows?

Here’s an example: on Valentine’s Day eve this year, I came across a hashtag: #candyheartrejects. In a flurry, I typed:

It’s not me. It’s you. #candyheartrejects.

It’s now been RTd over 100 times, and I gained a bunch of new followers. So, that’s what.

6)      Handle, bio, header, and background. Handle is your Twitter name (you have only 15 characters). Make it easy. Pick a great shot. Show us, in your 160-character bio, that you’re interesting (don’t tell us – snore), create a colorful header and background. Even if nobody knows you, these send nonverbals that sell you. Brand yourself, not your book.

7)      Interact! It’s social media not one-way broadcasting media. Don’t be that guy.

Please share your thoughts!

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rachelI’m a chick who writes stuff that makes you laugh. My book A Walk In The Snark hit #1 on the Kindle Motherhood list this past September (do you think they know I talk about sex? Shhh.). It’s since hit about oh, I’ve lost count. #woot! I’ve been nominated for Funniest Blog, Best Humor Writer & Redhead Who Makes A Killer Dirty Martini (okay, I made the last one up, but it’s true. Honest.).

I released The Mancode: Exposed right after Thanksgiving 2011 and by January, it placed in the Amazon Top 100 Paid!

Two books of snarky goodness, baby.

I’ve been told I write in the style of that Dickens guy. Kidding.

I’m a mom, a wife, and a recovering pharmaceuticals rep. It’s been a long process but I’m doing okay, thanks.

I also used to sell Trojan brand condoms. Yeah, it’s hilarious, I know. I did it for three years way back when, and I was their top salesperson in the Western Region, a dubious honor at best. My number-one customer was the Mustang Ranch. No, seriously. The Mustang Ranch. I couldn’t make stuff like that up.

The experience definitely gave me insights into the… er… ins and outs of men.

So it should come as no great surprise that I write about how men (The Mancode) and women (Chickspeak) approach most things differently. And since I did, in fact, grow past my Trojan days (in more ways than one or–insert your own joke here), I’ve thrown in a few tidbits about marriage, kids, being a mom, living in the OC (ya know-being a pale redhead living in a sea of blondes), coffee, and vodka. Not necessarily in that order, depending on the day.

Don’t read my books to find advice about how to be sweet or nice. I’m pretty much allergic to both of those words. Actually don’t read this book for advice on anything. (My lawyer made me put that in just in case you know, you thought I could save your marriage or something – not).

Or if you are looking for some light, heartfelt humor in everyday life (Erma Bombeck-style), well, I’m really not your girl, either. Nothin’ homespun about the Queen of Snark, baby. Mostly I just laugh at stuff and make up words (See “Refrigeratoritis and Manesia.”) Yet somehow it all seems to work.

Connect with me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ or my blog.

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BestSelling Reads ~ The Great Idea ~ On BlogTalkRadio

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If you missed it, the inaugural episode of BestSelling Reads Radio was an audio success! Hosted by our own Martha Bourke, she discussed the origin, intention, and ambition of BestSelling Reads with two of the founders, Christine Nolfi and Rachel Thompson.

Informative, fun, with a shout out to Martha’s sidekick, Helen Hanson for hitting the #1 spot on Technothrillers and #67 overall at Amazon with 3 LIES.


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