WooHoo! I have so much to share!

 

There’s lots of exciting things happening in my world, so keep reading! I’m going to get right to it…

The first in my series, The Casual Rule, is Free until June 27th. This can be read as a standalone… unless you want more (spoiler: you will!)
http://getbook.at/TheCasualRule   … #OneClick while you still can!

Funny, sweet, sexy, and totally captivating with characters you could feel. There are hordes of hopeless romantics who will love the way this story unfolds.

 

Next in my Exciting News!

The Casual Wedding (The Casual Rule 3.5) is coming out in July 2020. This is Allie’s story, and she is an absolute blast!  Follow me on Amazon or find me on Facebook, Instagram, Bookbub, or twitter! (Check my About Me page for all the ways to find me)

Add it to your Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54123881-the-casual-wedding

You don’t want to miss this!

Want teasers?  I got them!

 

 

Wait! There’s more news!

***BLOGGERS AND BOOKSTAGRAMMERS***

Looking for a little sweet, with a little heat, and a little offbeat Christmas romance?

Look no further… I’d love for you to sign up for my Nov 13th release of Snowman! I had so much fun writing this Christmassy gem!

The form to sign up and the blurb is on the link below. Please spread the word!  (Thank you to those who have already signed up!)

https://forms.gle/yYUWs1XNzc5g4snk6

(Not the actual cover)

 

Is there any additional news to share? There sure is…
The Casual Rule got a facelift with new covers. Aren’t they pretty?

Lastly…

Right now, I’m writing a contemporary romance that I hope will be ready to publish around the Fall. I’ll let you know when I know.

And thank you to the readers who have supported me through my writing adventure. My muse is back. It’s loud and chatty and wants to be heard (okay, read), so I’m rolling with it.

Be safe!  Be healthy!  All the best to you and yours!

AC Netzel

A New Career is Calling

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I’m thinking about becoming a Social Media “Influencer.” I mean, how hard could it be? Make money by taking something you know and love and convince people to buy and/or do it. I endorse this already!

Been wracking my brain, figuring out what to influence the public in… food, cosmetics, clothes, sports, healthy living (<–okay, the last one is a joke…  not happening). So many choices!

It occurred to me that I should choose something closer to the real me, something I possess vast knowledge of…

The Art of Procrastination. (i.e., I’m procrastinating right now writing this instead of my book.  See how good I am!)

Can you imagine the boatload of cash Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram would make off my Social Media influencing?   They’re the Holy Trinity of time wasting. Bless them. Dare I say, I’m quite the expert at dillydallying on those sites for hours on end. I can post video shorts of me cursing at my Twitter feed. It’ll make you want to hop on the Twitter train and curse along with AC. We all win.

I could push the sale of sofas for couch potato basics. Length and hardness don’t only reference sex scenes.  No one wants an unsatisfying softy. This is important stuff, folks.

The snack industry could potentially rake in billions as I post pictures of the crap I inhale while fighting boredom and doing anything but what I’m supposed to be doing.

AC Netzel is no more… going forward call me, AC Nachos.

All it takes is a hashtag and a dream.

I’ll get around to that… someday.

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Check out this Amazon Giveaway for: The Casual Rule (Kindle Edition).

 

 

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Ho, Ho Ho…Merry, Merry… Deck those Halls… and all that jazz.
Enter to win this for The Casual Rule (Kindle Edition).

No Purchase Necessary

Funny, sweet, sexy, and totally captivating with characters you could feel. There are hordes of hopeless romantics who will love the way this story unfolds.

Julia Conti is living the dream in New York City. She has a job she loves in publishing and shares an apartment in the Village with her lifelong best friend, Allie. Following a bad break-up, Julia swears off of men and relationships, until she meets Ben Martin, an up and coming author who is smart, sexy and very easy on the eyes. Fueled by their mutual attraction, close working relationship and fear of relationships, Julia and Ben embark on a purely physical affair, following the Casual Rule. As they bring each other further into their lives, their casual status blurs. Can she keep sex and love separate or will feelings take hold and Julia get her heart broken again?

A little sweet, a little smutty, a little snarky.
Recommended for readers 18+

The Casual Rule can be read as a Standalone. There is no Cliffhanger ending.
To read more about the characters in The Casual Rule, check out The New Rule (The Casual Rule 2) and The Only Rule (The Casual Rule 3)– more Julia, Ben, and Allie with NO cliffhanger endings.

The entire series is now available on Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/AC-Netzel/e/B00KCMSBX4

 

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The Only Rule (The Casual Rule 3) is LIVE!

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The Only Rule is LIVE!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and loves Julia, Ben and Allie as much as I do.  I hope it makes you smile.

GRAB IT HERE:

myBook.to/TheOnlyRule

After a bad break-up, Julia wasn’t interested in another romantic relationship. Ben wasn’t interested in commitment. Unable to fight their undeniable attraction, they embarked on a purely physical friends-with-benefits affair.

The only rule was to keep things casual.

But some rules were meant to be broken.

And their casual rule was obliterated.

Now madly in love and deeply committed to each other, they’re on the road to tying the knot.

With best friends like Allie, secret friend Stuart, and a big Italian family to help smooth out a few bumps on the matrimonial highway, getting to their wedding day may be one unpredictable ride.

A little more sweet, a little more smut, a little more snark.

This is the third and last of The Casual Rule series.
Recommended for readers 18+ due to sexual references and sex scenes

FREE ON Kindle Unlimited

Today is the LAST DAY to One-Click The Casual Rule Freebie.

cr filthyLAST DAY! The Casual Rule is FREE until 10/24 on Kindle. Grab it while you still can!
A little sweet, a little smut, a little snark.
 
CAN BE READ AS A STAND ALONE.
 
5***** Review: Funny, sweet, sexy, and totally captivating with characters you could feel. There are hordes of hopeless romantics who will love the way this story unfolds.
 
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The Thrid of the Series, The Only Rule is coming out on October 26th!  Get your one-click finger ready for more Julia, Ben, and Allie.

The Only Rule- Cover Reveal

 

Let’s do this one last time…

A little sweet.  A little snark. A little smut.

Coming October 26th!

The Only Rule Final Cover

Find Me:

Add The Only Rule to your Goodreads TBR list: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25762664-untitled

Follow me on Amazon ( click “follow”) under my picture:  https://www.amazon.com/AC-Netzel/e/B00KCMSBX4

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Happy Book Birthday to Me!

It’s hard to believe “The New Rule” was published two years ago today. (The Casual Rule is three years tomorrow).  Where does the time go?  I know the third book has taken a long time (for various reasons) but it’s near completion. I also know the “momentum” is gone… but I don’t care.  I enjoy being part of their world.  I love their love. I adore their friendships. I owe Julia, Ben, and Allie this one.

(Lucky for me and my readers none of my books have cliffhanger endings… we’d be hanging on the cliff way too long.)

So… to celebrate my Book Birthday, here’s a small snippet of book three. Still untitled.

(And a special “Happy Mother’s day to all celebrating on Sunday!)

 

Note: Spoilers if you haven’t read the first two.

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Copyright 2017 © AC Netzel

(Unedited. Subject to change)

 

“While we’re on the subject of sex… I’ve been bouncing around an idea. I want to pass it by you.”

“I’m intrigued.”

“What do you think about abstaining until after we’re married?”

His chopsticks stop abruptly mid-way to his mouth.

“You’re asking me this an hour after we had sex?” he asks, amused, placing his chopsticks down on his plate.

“I read an article in Weddings Galore. It claims if we wait, the build-up will make the wedding night special.”

“Do you think abstaining will reviriginize you?” A sarcastic grin is plastered across his perfectly smug face.

The bastard.

I throw a chopstick at him. “Don’t be a smart ass.”

He laughs, catching it in one hand. “I fail to see the benefit in cutting off something we both enjoy doing… something we do pretty fucking well.”

“Think about how romantic it would be… like the first time all over again.”

“Every time with you is like the first time.”

I roll my eyes.  He’s trying—and failing—to hide another smirk.

“Stop trying to charm the clothes off me with your flattery.”

Admittedly, he does look good. He hasn’t shaved and has that dark delicious stubble I’m dying to touch.

“No sex?” he asks.

I shrug. “What do you think?”

He pauses for a few seconds, squints an eye then shakes his head. “You wouldn’t last.”

“Do you really think you’re that irresistible?”

“I know I am,” he answers bluntly. “To you, anyway.”

Yeah, to me and most of womankind.

 I smack his arm. “Be serious.”

“I am serious. You wouldn’t last.”

“Yes I would,” I insist.

“Yesterday I was in the shower… alone. Within two minutes, you joined me.”

“I wanted to conserve water.”

“You’re a terrible liar. You wanted to fuck.”

“You didn’t complain,” I counter.

“I’m not complaining now.  I’m pro-fucking.”

I laugh out loud.  “Pro-fucking?”

“HmmMmm,” he agrees with a quick nod.

“That sweet talk of yours is dripping in romance, Romeo.”

“I’m merely stating a fact.  You wouldn’t last.”

I stare at him looking all Ben-luscious in a pair of gray sweats with that beautiful bulge, which I happen to have very recent dirty memories of, and a tight black T-shirt that shows off his guns. I’m an arm porn addict and goddamn, this man has beautiful biceps.

I know it’s only been an hour, but I wouldn’t mind another go at him.

“I might have lasted a day or two,” I concede.

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My writing is all about you

It’s the beginning of the year and I’m feeling particularly sappy today… you can skip all this mumbo-jumbo or indulge me and read on.
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I work with a woman who is half-way through reading my second book. It’s always a little strange when someone I know in my “real-life” reads my stuff.
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I expected to hear good feedback because A) she knows me and has to see me on a daily basis and B) She’s polite and a genuinely nice woman.
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Today she told me that she loves it (she loved the Casual Rule and went right into book two, The New Rule). I thanked her… because I’m polite too and —well— it’s nice to hear good things about something you worked hard for.
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But then she started talking to me about the book… really talking to me and I realized— She got it. She was picking up on small details… things that she related to in her own life to the point that she was tearing up as we spoke.
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If you read my books, you know there’s nothing over-the-top. It’s real life. These characters are real. Their experiences are real. They’re alive in my head and heart.

To see her reaction, in front of me, was humbling.

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It’s moments like this… when you tap deep into someone’s soul and they FEEL your words, the emotions to the point where  it touches them… that remind me how proud I am to be an author.
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To anyone who has sent me a private message, a facebook comment,  blog comment, or a review for anything I’ve written… THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
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It’s YOUR words that make me want to be a better writer.

Happy 2017

I know last year was a tough one for many… I’ve faced some tough times in the past it changed the way I look at things dramatically.

What I learned is…

Never give up on hope. Hope wraps itself around you and even in the darkness of night, sneaks you tiny glimpses of the sun to remind you that’s there’s still light.

It’s okay to let your guard down and be scared and vulnerable. Just don’t completely surrender to it. There’s a strength inside of you that you had no idea existed. You are fierce. Fierce. Your strength will come.

When you feel alone, you’re not… someone is always pulling for you… your loved ones, friends, coworkers… even complete strangers. I’m pulling for you.

It’s going to be okay.

Don’t judge others. You have your own shit to deal with.

Every day is a gift. It really is. Live it. Love it.

You are amazing.

And wonderful.

And lovely.

Wishing you peace, health, and happiness in 2017.

 

(**Small note: After taking a LONG break, I’m back to writing. I missed the hell out of it. It’s nice to be back. Love to all- AC)

Ain’t Life Funny- A True Story

This is a story I shared on my facebook page some time ago.  I thought I’d share it here.

From the time I was seven years old I was part of a best friend trio. Molly, Jen, and me… friends through thick and thin… through mud pies and playground crushes.

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Once we reached our pre-teens, Molly’s parents flew her out (alone) to Florida to visit her aunt and grandmother for a month each summer. Molly’s mom used to bring me and Jen to the airport to pick her up at the end of her visit. An airport pickup was ultra glamorous. Neither of us had ever flown in a plane, let alone stepped foot in an airport. In our eyes, Molly’s life was flashy and electrifying. A teen jet-setter.

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Molly always came home with thrilling, envy-inducing tales about all the exciting things she did in Florida. It was endless stories of Disney World, shopping, and cute boys at the beaches. It was all so sophisticated and exhilarating. A far cry from Jen and I, who played kickball in the street with the neighborhood kids, rode our bicycles, picked blackberries growing wild in the wetlands, and hung-out in tree houses in the woods where there was usually a stack of old Playboy magazines the neighborhood boys hid.

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Mostly a Norman Rockwell existence… nothing to write home about.

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One year, when we were about twelve-years-old, Molly came home with a story about a boy she met while in Florida and how they were inseparable, summer romance, blah, blah, blah… that kind of thing. Since I saw us as a trio of equals, I was a little concerned (okay, okay… totally jealous) that the balance of coolness in our trio was tilting. So I did the only thing I could think of to slant the balance back to the center.

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I lied.

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I made up a story (thankfully Jen backed me on it) about how we met two guys and had our own summer romances (cue the soundtrack from Grease). Molly was (and still is) no dummy. She wanted details. Names, places, etc. Not thinking Molly would challenge our dishonesty; I panicked and came up with a name of a guy I never met.

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I knew he existed because for years my older sister teased me about him. One of her best friends from High School had a younger brother my age. She teased me all the time that she was going to fix me up with him. All the time.

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ALL. THE. EFFING. TIME.

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Those of you who have older siblings can sympathize with me. Once they find your kryptonite, the one thing that needles you until you start swinging your fists, they never let it go. They live for your weakness, flourish in it. I never met the kid, didn’t know what he looked like, what his voice sounded like, how tall he was… all I knew was just hearing his name made me cringe. I hated him because he was the (unknowing) source of hours of teasing and misery.

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Nevertheless he came in handy for this particular fib, because he was male and she’d never meet him. He was a convenient lie. So I announced that I dated a boy who I met through my sister and Jen dated his friend, Eric (totally fictional friend). We stuck to the stories of our summer romances and eventually the lie faded to the background of pre-teen life.

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Two years later, we were High School freshman. This was the big time. Coolness was imperative. Although my High School was HUGE (my graduating class alone was 1100 students), the honors classes were relatively small. You got to know pretty much everyone in the Honor class rotation quickly. One day I heard my fake “boyfriend’s” name mentioned. I cringed. This mystery kid who I hated actually existed and he was in here in the flesh. Worse… he was friends with some mutual friends. I avoided him like the plague for two reasons: I absolutely hated him because he was the thorn my sister put in my side for years…and if Molly met him, she’d figure out Jen and I were liars and not nearly as cool as we pretended.

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Fortunately, in our four years of High School… my lie was never discovered (because it’s a BFF’s duty to ridicule you if something embarrassing was discovered). I wouldn’t say I was ever “friendly” with my fake boyfriend… but we coexisted since we had some mutual friends. I even went to a party at his house during my senior year in High School with my boyfriend at the time.

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To this day, Molly has never put together (and I’m sure long ago forgotten) my big lie. I love getting away with a good story.

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Today, Molly, Jen, and I live in different states. But we talk and keep up with each other from time to time..

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And that fake boyfriend, who I never met and absolutely despised…. We’ll be celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary in December.

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(This is a true story. My friend’s names have been changed.)

*** Just a quick note, I’ve added separate pages for my books and their links.  I apologize if you get a bunch of emails because of it.