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Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
7:12 pm - General Info
  • Most of my blogging is done at Letters from Titan, but feel free to stick around here for fanfiction and random personal exclamations.
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    Thursday, February 21st, 2019
    1:03 pm - After the Gold on sale... for reasons

    Love is the biggest prize of all (1)Erin and I each started skating after we wrote a figure skating romance.

    Then I broke my arm….

    Broken arm for me, means price break to $2.99 for you til I’m back on the ice.

    Aside from writing being our jobs, these sales will also help me pay my insurance deductible and replace the skating gear that had to be cut off me in the ER (skating is no joke, folks). (date of injury: Feb 13, 2019; expected return to ice: late March to mid-April if all goes well).

    P.S., If you’ve ever been the unlovable anxiety-ridden heroine in your own life, this book is for you.

    Also contains: tour bus dance party, awesome gay farm uncles, cows, magic, and a Russian best friend who is super sick of this shit.

    Has a bit of yelling and door slamming and a knee injury (no medical details). No common triggers.

    A 2018 Finalist for the BookLife Prize from Publisher’s Weekly.

    A “magnetic tale of life and love after professional sports that explores what happens when two people must decide if what’s between them has been for the cameras or what is truly in their hearts.” — Rebekah Weatherspoon, 2016 Lambda Literary Award Winner

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BK9DR9L/

    https://books2read.com/u/bwYdd0

    (Also available in paperback)

    “Figure skating fans will delight in this fun and engaging new work, rooting for Katie and Brendan long after they leave the ice.” The BookLife Prize

    “…a fascinating and tender look at obsession and anxiety, competition, and love – both for the sport, and for each other.” – Tamara Lush, 2018 RITA© Finalist

    “I ripped through this in a day, rooting hard for both characters the whole damned time….Highly recommended contemporary romance.” – Lynne Thomas, seven-time Hugo Award Winner


    For over a decade, world-champion ice skaters Katie Nowacki and Brendan Reid have been partners in every way but one. But now that their electric on-ice chemistry has led them to Olympic gold, they’re retiring from competition.

    As they cross America on an exhibition tour with their fellow athletes, Katie and Brendan’s always volatile relationship becomes more turbulent than ever as they face down the media, their fans, and their increasingly nosy teammates.

    When Katie realizes she wants to go back to the farm she grew up on, Brendan knows he has one last chance to make sure their fairy tale ends with happily ever after.

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    Friday, February 1st, 2019
    10:08 pm - The Opposite of Drowning -- now on preorder
    I feel like I've known her Forever

    Harry Sargent hates his job in publishing, his life in New York City, and his motley collection of disreputable best friends. Making everything worse? He's about to turn 50 and has a crush on the much-younger woman his company just hired to move them into the digital age.
    At 27, Elizabeth Anne Abgral loves her job, her life, and maybe even her fiancé. But no one can have it all, and as long as she does everything her old-fashioned, high-society New England family expects of her, she'll probably be happy. Right?!
    But when she meets a handsome – and mischievous – older man at her new job, that illusion shatters.
    As she and Harry bicker their way through industry events around the world, Elizabeth finds herself tossing rationality – and her plans – to the wind.
    But just because Harry has long wished his life were different, doesn’t mean he’s ready to risk his heart on a passion that frightens him… or a peculiar young woman with the uncanny ability to make cities flood every time they kiss.

    Available everywhere April 23, 2019.

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    Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
    1:58 pm - Some book news!
    Wow, I am super behind.

    If you missed it, my May 2017 release, A Queen from the North, was named Library Journal's Best Indie Ebook 2017. You can read an interview with me and Erin about it here.

    Our March 2017 release, The Art of Three, also received some love, winning a Rainbow Book Award in its category. This book is incredibly close to my heart and involved a lot of crying in Vienna at 3am to write, so if it's your jam, I hope you will check it out.

    MEAWHILE, our fifth novel, After the Gold, about a pair of Olympic figure skaters, comes out in one week on June 12, 2018. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has already placed it on their list of most anticipated books for June. If you like road trips, cows, heroines battling generaized anxiety, or Virtue/Moir, this is the book for you.

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    Monday, May 16th, 2016
    11:41 am - Actualfax blogging again
    https://lettersfromtitan.com/2016/04/18/reboot/ - Why

    https://lettersfromtitan.com/2016/04/22/not-exactly-an-uptown-girl-at-the-zuckerbaeckerball/ - I went on an adventure in Vienna

    https://lettersfromtitan.com/2016/05/07/on-unearned-holiday-greetings/ - Mother's day. That's a thing.

    https://lettersfromtitan.com/2016/05/13/i-enjoy-being-a-girl-sometimes-sort-of/ - I have a celebrity wife problem

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    Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
    12:37 pm - Tremontaine
    tremontaine_serial_titlingHi everyone. Long-time no write! Most of my social media activity is now happeing on Tumblr (lettersfromtitan), Twitter (racheline_m), Instagram (rachelinem), and my blog with Erin McRae about our romance writing, Avian30.com.

    The other big news is that I am the producer of and one of the writers on season 1 of Tremontaine, a 13-episode serial that is a prequel to Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint. Ellen, along with Malinda Lo, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Joel Derfner, Patty Bryant, and myself have created a series about the the rise of Diane, Duchess Tremontaine. The series also features Kaab, a foreign spy who is part of the city's merchant class; Micah, a farm girl who really, really likes math; and Rafe, a scholar who wants to change the world and irritate as many people as possible while doing it.

    Swords, chocolate, and (generally quite queer) sex abound.

    The first episode is free in both ebook and audio format. This week we're up to episode 4, but there's plenty of time to catch up, and you can go at your own pace.

    The best place to subscribe is SerialBox.com where you get the ebook and audio versions of each episode for just $1.59 per week. Or you can buy the audio and ebook separately wherever you normally do those things on the Internet.

    Tremontaine

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    Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
    11:25 pm
    Hey, Erin & I wrote a book. That's a thing you can buy now.

    starling-1Starling

    Torquere Bookstore | Smashwords | AllRomance | Amazon

    $5.99
    By Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae

    Be careful what you wish for…
    When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth Estate (one of network TV’s hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship with Paul, one of Fourth’s key writers. Despite their incendiary chemistry, Alex’s inexperience and the baggage they’re both carrying quickly lead to an ugly break-up.

    Because the stars aren’t benign

    Reeling from their broken hearts, Alex has an affair and Paul has an ill-advised reunion with an old flame. Meanwhile, the meddling of their colleagues, friends — and even the paparazzi! — quickly make Alex and Paul’s real life romance troubles the soap opera of the television season.

    But while the entertainment value may be high, no one knows better than Alex and Paul that there are no guarantees when it comes to love in Los Angeles.

    ~~~~~

    You can get Starling now on Amazon, at the Torquere bookstore, and at Smashwords, and AllRomance. Throughout today and the rest of this week, it will also become available at other major ebook retailers, including B&N. As that happens, we’ll update the links on our book page.

    The print paperback should be available sometime next week.

    As always, reviews help improve a book’s visibility. We hope you will take a moment to review Starling on your favorite website(s) (e.g., Amazon, Goodreads, etc.) and encourage you to do the same for all your reading choices.

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    Friday, September 5th, 2014
    8:50 pm - Starling preview
    I'm behind on everything (really, just go to Avian30.com), but Erin and I were lucky enough to have Heroes & Heartbreakers share an exclusive excerpt from Starling today.

    5 more days!

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    Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
    9:33 pm - Avian30 & Romance@Random
    http://avian30.com/2014/08/05/new-release-bad-idea-alligators/ -- free short story anthology!

    http://www.romanceatrandom.com/true-blood-episode-7/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/28/do-the-thing-waiting-is-hell/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/29/so-your-mom-read-the-dog-chewed-arc-of-your-gay-romance/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/30/the-awesome-women-of-love-in-los-angeles-part-2-margaret-green/

    http://avian30.com/2014/08/05/guest-post-shira-glassman-on-climbing-the-date-palm-and-the-second-mango/

    http://avian30.com/2014/08/04/do-the-thing-say-what-you-want/

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    Sunday, July 27th, 2014
    5:09 pm - Avian 30 & Starling promo image
    http://avian30.com/2014/07/23/the-awesome-women-of-love-in-los-angeles-part-2-carly-amadahy/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/25/did-the-thing-july-accomplishment-round-up/ (this is where you brag and I whine about July)

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/26/guest-post-writing-as-art-or-why-not-to-draw-the-perfect-nose/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/27/story-process-sunday-scheduling/




    He’s been coming here a lot in the last year.
    The beach is one of the only places he doesn’t get recognized,
    if only because he appears to be one more pretty kid in a stupid beanie nursing unlikely dreams.

    Fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. On September 10, discover the truth.

    Starling by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae. From Torquere Press in ebook and paperback.

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    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
    1:04 pm - Avian 30 / Romance @ Random
    I, er, kind of got behind:

    http://www.romanceatrandom.com/true-blood-episode-five/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/22/so-your-mom-read-your-gay-romance-and-totally-made-an-awkward-beef-pun/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/21/doing-the-thing-without-support-permission-or-approval/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/20/story-process-sunday-the-philly-office/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/14/do-the-thing-fighting-off-distractions-no-not-that-kind-the-other-crappier-kind/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/13/story-process-sunday-series-writing/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/13/totally-bounds-mountains-to-climb/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/09/the-awesome-women-of-love-in-los-angeles-part-1-gemma-hyong/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/08/starling-story-molecule-at-the-snarkology-today/

    http://www.romanceatrandom.com/true-blood-episode-four/

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    Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
    10:38 am - Avian 30 / Romance @ Random
    http://avian30.com/2014/07/07/we-believe-that-we-will-do-the-thing/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/08/starling-story-molecule-at-the-snarkology-today/

    http://avian30.com/2014/07/05/totally-bounds-new-imprint-vegas-hustle/ (promoting other people's stuff)

    http://www.romanceatrandom.com/true-blood-episode-three/ -- "Back in Los Angeles, Sarah goes to get a post-coital bottle of wine out of the cellar while her guru draws them a foaming ayurvedic bath. Trust me, I hate myself for writing that sentence as much as you hate yourself for reading it."

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    Monday, June 30th, 2014
    10:19 am - Avian 30 / Romance @ Random
    http://www.romanceatrandom.com/true-blood-episode-two/

    http://www.romanceatrandom.com/movie-review-begin-again/

    http://avian30.com/2014/06/29/story-process-sunday-dubious-italics-and-why-not-looking-at-your-novel-for-nine-months-is-a-really-good-idea/

    http://avian30.com/2014/06/28/sometimes-we-talk-about-skulls/

    http://avian30.com/2014/06/27/did-the-thing/

    http://avian30.com/2014/06/25/marriage-equality-queer-fiction-and-starling/

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    Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
    10:32 am - Avian 30
    http://avian30.com/2014/06/25/interview-with-starlings-hero-paul-marion-keane/

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    Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
    10:32 am - LfT & Twitter
    http://lettersfromtitan.com/2014/06/24/chicks-dig-gaming-now-available-for-pre-order/

    Tonight (June 24, 2014) from 8 - 10pm EST, Erin and I are taking over Torquere’s twitter account. While you can always bother us at our individual Twitters (@erincmcrae & @racheline_m), please come play with us tomorrow night. We’ll be tagging tweets with #rm or #em so it’s not just creepy hive minding.

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    Monday, June 23rd, 2014
    10:49 am - Avian 30 / Romance @ Random
    http://avian30.com/2014/06/23/do-the-thing-trust-part-2/

    http://www.romanceatrandom.com/true-blood-episode-one/ (Please note, there’s a description of a narrative about homophobic violence in the episode, which is described in the recap and includes an edited-version of a slur used in a qutoation.)

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    Saturday, June 21st, 2014
    2:50 pm - Avian 30
    http://avian30.com/2014/06/21/some-days-we-talk-about/

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    Friday, June 20th, 2014
    12:23 pm - Avian 30 / Romance @ Random
    http://avian30.com/2014/06/19/summer-lovin-blog-hop-rec-your-romances-win-some-stuff/

    http://www.romanceatrandom.com/weekend-viewing-true-blood-season-7-premiere/

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    Thursday, June 19th, 2014
    11:14 am - Avian 30
    What would books be without events?

    http://avian30.com/2014/06/19/october-7-2014-the-event-that-must-be-named/

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    Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
    10:50 am - Release day! "Lake Effect" and They Do anthologies
    The They Do anthologies and stories are now out from Torquere Press!
    td-lakeeffect1400Lake Effect

    $2.49

    by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae

    When Kyle and Daniel return to their hometown to get married, they find themselves facing an obstacle course of family drama and small-town misadventure in their quest to make it down the aisle.

    Misbehaving relatives and a reformed high school bully, along with an ill-advised hookup in the wedding party and a weird late-night meal with a cabbie and his ex-wife, leave the happy couple doubting whether they want to get married at all. But a hot quickie before their walk down the aisle helps remind them that the most important part of getting married is being married.

    They DoThey Do M/M Anthology

    $4.99

    edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by M. Durango, Lynn Townsend, Genna Donaghy, Lazuli Jones, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Sean Michael, Berengaria Brown

    There’s nothing like a wedding to make things interesting, for the grooms, the wedding party, the family, the friends, and even the caterer!

    Sean Michael’s Hammer Club favorites Billy and Montana are back in “Put a Ring On It”, a tale that begins with the celebration of their best friends’ first anniversary. In “Building Us,” by Lynn Townsend, Eric and Temple discover that, for want of a nail, a ring is lost. In “Hold Your Peace” by Lazuli Jones, Terrence’s best friend (and best man) Michael makes a confession hours before Terrence’s wedding. In “Tony’s Tiara” by Berengaria Brown, Tony’s sister’s wedding is a neverending saga of disasters, but Josh is there to support Tony through them all.

    In “Having His Cake” by Genna Donaghy, Matty Strauss is about to cater the biggest wedding in his career, but the last thing he expects is for the groom to be his former one night stand. In “Always a Groomsman” by M. Durango, best men Doug and Garth have to keep a wedding-day disaster at bay. In “Lake Effect” by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese, Kyle and Daniel return to their hometown to get married only to find themselves facing an obstacle course of family drama and small-town misadventure in their quest to make it down the aisle.

    cover-FF theydoThey Do F/F Anthology

    $3.99

    edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by Vrai Kaiser, Alexandra Vaughn, Jessica Chase

    They say a marriage tak
    es work, but for these brides, getting to the altar may be the hardest part.

    In “Frayed” by Alexandra Vaughn, Esther Goodwin’s first encounter with another girl ends almost as soon as it begins and it is several years before she allows herself to believe in love again. In “12,000 Hour Day” by Vrai Kaiser, Devon couldn’t be happier about the thought of being married to Sarah — it’s the planning she’s not sure she’ll survive! In “Her Dream Day”, by J. Chase, it’s the day before Alex and Sophia’s wedding, when the venue cancels, ruining their plans.

    No matter which option you choose, remember to use the discount code PRIDE at checkout for 20% off everything in your cart (that code will be good through the end of June).

    The anthologies will be available at major ebook retailers (they are already up on Amazon) as everyone's databases get updated, but that discount code won’t work there.

    If you read any of these stories, please leave a review at your favorite website (e.g., Goodreads, Amazon, etc.) as reviews help authors convince more people to try their work.

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