Rachael Ritchey

Biography

Rachael Ritchey is the author of the Chronicles of the Twelve Realms, a YA fantasy fiction series set in a medieval era. Her passion for writing stems from her appreciation of history, since our world is built on stories, true and imagined. Rachael writes with teens in mind, because she wants her own kids to be proud of her work and be able to share it with their friends. She’s a wife and a mom to four amazing kids. Rachael and her family live in Eastern Washington where there’s plenty of inspiration to dream up exotic worlds, both real and fantastical.

Smashwords Interview

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just got all signed up with Smashwords, but they are giving me the opportunity to simplfy my marketing and advertising by helping me distribute to multiple platforms with several companies. This is a good thing!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind the book is a pretty personal one. I'm just an average wife and mom who works part-time to help support my family. I was suffering from a disconnect in my life, as though I was just floating along without any direction. On the long drive to church one Sunday in late December, while I prayed about my lack of interest and emotion, I was reminded of the deep and abiding love of Jesus Christ. His love is beautiful and transforming. I didn't feel blase because anything bad was happening but because I wasn't taking time to spend with my savior, to refresh and restore my soul. My thoughts whirled along from there to this story and here we are. The Beauty Thief was my way of telling you that your beauty is not an outward appearance or any thing that you do. Life has no meaning apart from love, specifically the selfless and brotherly love of Christ that we can share with others. That's the story behind the book!
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Videos

Captive Hope
The Twelve Realms seems an idyllic nation, but behind locked doors there are sinister powers at work. Not even the royal family of High Castle is outside their reach, and Lady Idra has unwittingly placed herself in the crosshairs of a shrewd mercenary.

The Beauty Thief
Beauty is more than appearance. It is a force worth stealing, and there is one man in the Twelve Realms who will stop at nothing to consume every drop from the most pure source, Princess Caityn’s soul.

Books

The Treasonous
Series: Chronicles of the Twelve Realms, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,000. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A lady-in-waiting who loves a knight and refuses to let fear rule her life. A knight who must battle the demons of the past. Another who must choose between family and fealty to his king when the past comes back to haunt the Twelve Realms, bringing with it a treason that will change the future. There are powers at work none of them could begin to fathom. It will take more than courage to overcome.
Captive Hope
Series: Chronicles of the Twelve Realms, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,320. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The Twelve Realms seems an idyllic nation, but behind locked doors there are sinister powers at work. Not even the royal family of High Castle is outside their reach, and Lady Idra has unwittingly placed herself in the crosshairs of a shrewd mercenary.
The Beauty Thief
Series: Chronicles of the Twelve Realms, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,160. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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The kingdom of Twelve Realms is a place where goodness abounds, but on the eve of High Prince Theiandar's wedding to his beautiful young bride, Princess Caityn of Taisce, an ancient and forgotten evil unleashes a chaos on the realms. The thief who wields an archaic power is merciless. In secret and under the light of the moon, through the centuries, he steals what gives him new life.

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