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Hug Your Pets

It’s a hot day in Montreal, the end of August, autumn not feeling close at all. If my dogs were here, they’d be jaunting outside for short stints of sunbathing then coming in to conk out in front of the fans. It’s announcing feels like 40 C today, so find a fan and stay cool people.

I’ve been painting a variety of things lately, but it’s been a particular joy to paint my dogs, who I lost 4 months apart last year (2021). They were rescued racing greyhounds, the sweetest and gentlest creatures and a dear part of our family. We will love and miss them forever.

The two top ones are oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″, Axle in his natural red and Echo in black and white, though she was a blue brindle. The last one is Axle in a chair called Lounging. 9″ x 12″ oil on wood panel. The top ones are not for sale but the bottom one is.

Have a wonderful day and hug hug hug your pets.

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Make Life More Bearable

yours truly, some paintings of mine, pic taken by my son.

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

~Kurt Vonnegut (a man without a country)

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Kissy Scenes

“…𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘧𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘵. 𝘈 𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘮𝘴: 𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘢.
𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧, 𝘐 𝘬𝘪𝘴𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬, 𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘭𝘰𝘸, 𝘨𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘐’𝘮 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘬𝘦.”

OFF MY FEET excerpt 💋
(Go here for blurb and synopsis!)

It’s soooo hard choosing a quote from my own books. Something solid enough on its own and that won’t spoil anything… I spent way too much time trying to find something for you, I settled for kisses 💋💋💋

👁‍🗨 Let’s talk kissy scenes. In what book have you come across your favourite? Which ones gave you butterflies?


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Hope you’re having a good day, being kind, keeping an inner eye out for implicit biases and weeding them out. It’s a work of awareness and it’s constant and scary but also intensely satisfying. Growing hurts but it’s still the very best thing for us and the world we live in.

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Yay Book Drop!

“𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝘁𝘀,” 𝗜 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿.
𝗜 𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗺𝘆 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵’𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵, 𝘂𝗽𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻, 𝗸𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝘂𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗸𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗿𝘂𝗻 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗸𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗻. 𝗜 𝘀𝘄𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘁 𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗲𝘆𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴: “𝗦𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳, 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻!” 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝗴𝗼 𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗜 𝗰𝗮𝗻, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘆, 𝗜 𝗹𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝗯𝗲. 𝗜’𝘃𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝗺𝘆 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼.”

☀️ Yesterday was the publishing day for my twin releases – OFF MY FEET & CRASH KITTY.

I am not very disciplined with my blog posts here. You will mostly find me on Instgram (@racheltremblaybooks for books and @swell_rachelle for art)

But, I will try to do better. For now, this is my news, my excitement of the moment. Share with me and grab some copies! You can read about them here: OMF or here CK

You can also check the photos below for the blurbs on the back of the books, as well as a blurb written by the amazing Sylvain Neuvel (author of the Themis Files), and on instagram (@racheltremblaybooks) you check my highlights called OMF for some early reviews 🙌🏽

I hope these books can bring a bit of entertainment into your lives.

📸 Also: instagram photo challenge!

Whoever posts pics of both books on instagram (and tags me, so I know they did) over the summer will be entered into a draw to win a space cat candle like you see here, a book-inspired bookmark and stickers that I will show soon, and 2 signed bookplates. I hope you play!

(I realize mail is slow for many so the deadline for the challenge will be August 31st)

Have a great day!!

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Off My Feet & Crash Kitty COVER REVEALS

TWIN RELEASE COVER REVEAL!

Hello hello!! So happy to share the covers for my upcoming novels OFF MY FEET & CRASH KITTY, twin releases sneaking into your tbr on June 16th!

Check OMF & CK pages pre-order links! and yes the sizes match with the Topaz paperback too!

𝗢𝗠𝗙 is the story of Edie stacks, an accidental oneironaut (dream explorer) with trust issues, a love of free plants and cheap records, and a serious alien problem. Watch Edie shape reality with lucid dreams and make a mess of everything.

Expect: Cussing, realness, psychedelic dreams scenes, Phil Collins, and hotness (not with Phil Collins.) Also, cats.

𝗖𝗞 is a prequel novella to be read afterwards, though really it’s up to you. This story happens 30 years prior, one where we learn about the arrival of the aliens and the lives of four women and the ridiculous trouble they get into on a particularly creative, inebriated night. Shit gets dark, but it’s a hella fun ride first.

Expect: giggles, bad ideas, a bit of gore, John Mayer, and some hotness (not with John Mayer). Also some emotional shit. And cats.

You guys are the best!!!

Ps. You can find these on goodreads!

𝙊𝙁𝙁 𝙈𝙔 𝙁𝙀𝙀𝙏 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙙-𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙗𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙖 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙧 𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙥𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙨. 𝙍𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙡 𝙏𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙡𝙖𝙮’𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙥, 𝙛𝙪𝙣𝙣𝙮, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙡𝙮 𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜. 𝙅𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙞𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠, 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙝𝙚𝙛𝙩𝙮 𝙙𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙥𝙖𝙜𝙚-𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙠𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙣-𝙛𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙡𝙪𝙘𝙞𝙙 𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜. 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙥!” ~ Sylvain Neuvel , author of 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙨 𝙁𝙞𝙡𝙚𝙨, 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙚𝙨𝙩, and 𝘼 𝙃𝙄𝙎𝙏𝙊𝙍𝙔 𝙊𝙁 𝙒𝙃𝘼𝙏 𝘾𝙊𝙈𝙀𝙎 𝙉𝙀𝙓𝙏

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Topaz now in Paperback

“𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑𝚎𝚍 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚖𝚢 𝚝𝚘𝚠𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚏𝚎𝚕𝚝 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜, 𝚖𝚢 𝚐𝚊𝚣𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚎𝚢𝚎𝚜 𝚍𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢, 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚍𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚒𝚕 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚎𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚎𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚞𝚙 𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗. 𝙸 𝚘𝚛𝚋𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚒𝚛𝚌𝚞𝚒𝚝 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛. 𝙷𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚎𝚢𝚎𝚜, 𝚞𝚗𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚎, 𝚍𝚒𝚍𝚗’𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚎.”

𝚃𝚘𝚙𝚊𝚣: 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚃𝚛𝚞𝚝𝚑 𝙿𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚕 & 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙲𝚘𝚕𝚘𝚛 𝙼𝚊𝚢𝚑𝚎𝚖

All ages quirky dystopian high fantasy quest 🙌🏽

Dear friends, Topaz is now available in paperback! It’s exactly the same as the hardcover on the inside — map, moth pages, glossary — and it’s available everywhere online ! Voilà!! Tis done and i’m happy that this option is out there now!

I hope you are all doing wonderfully!
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the trees would open

“Our first day traveling down the river ended. There was a sense of anticipation in the air, a hint of the importance of what was to come. Burma yanked at a blanket with his teeth. I took it from him and pulled it up over our snuggled bodies. Fiddling through my slingbags, I found some dried fruit, which we ate while staring expectantly for the moments when the trees would open above us and allow us to see the immense beauty of the night sky, its brilliant starlight showering the eventide with charm. Every time the trees closed up again, our eyelids drooped a little more, until they shut.”

Excerpt From

Topaz: The Truth Portal & The Color Mayhem

Anticipation can keep us going sometimes when we hit a lull. What are some things you’re looking forward to before then end of the year? 🖤

I’m looking forward to watching my kids dance in the nutcracker, finishing editing my new novel, finding a new apartment to live in that has a yard (and hopefully a brick wall!)

Happy Tuesday! 🖤

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little pygmy globe

“The sunlight gently lit up the orb from the inside, just as a candle is used to kindle another. He sighed with pleasure and passed me the little pygmy globe. I cupped my palms, surprised by the offering, and held it like a fragile, soft-shelled queepfluff egg. It was heavy and warm, and throbbed with a tiny pulse that vibrated gently through its crystal wall.”

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Topaz: The Truth Portal & The Color Mayhem

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random idiots

“You’d think that you’d think before climbing into a car with random idiots.”

“Ya, I get it, Damien. I didn’t think. I messed up . . . again.”

The opening scene of the Nirvana Threads was inspired by my experience, once upon a time, hitchhiking in British Columbia, Canada. The driver was playing chicken on the highway with random cars from the opposite lane. I remember thinking: “this might be how I’m going to die” and clutching the side of my seat and mentally calling on God to do his will. Although I don’t outright mention it’s chicken they’re playing in the car in TNT, the picture is still painted. I hope you give it a read!!

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click here to check it out! : www.rachel-tremblay.com

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Have you ever been caught in a crazy situation, intentionally or accidentally, where you thought “this could be it”?

Sending mucho warm, loving vibes to you this Friday! Keep safe!

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Topaz Fun Facts : Inspiration

When we write, whether poetry, short stories, or novels, inspiration can come from anywhere, at anytime, and an urge to get to a piece of paper, a computer, a laptop, or often for me, the notes app, pushes us forward almost uncontrollably. Because we know the idea can slip away as easily as it came. We have to get it down, asap.

A gentle place where inspiration often comes is while journalling. Some years back, I was on a creative “diet” prescribed in Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”. It was during the reading and carrying out of the activities in this workbook that I finally decided to take the plunge and write a novel, because even though I’d been writing forever, I’d never given myself that permission. She helped me realize I actually wanted to, and that I could go ahead and just do it.

Now any parent can understand that it’s hard to keep routines such as morning journalling, yoga or meditation with the busy life that comes with having kids. I try to journal somewhat regularly now, but when I chose to write Topaz, I was very disciplined.

The idea for the book had come from the page itself. The inspiration for Mirth’s whiteness was the whiteness of the lined paper I was writing on. (I journal longhand in the ugliest spiral notebook I can find. If it’s too lovely, I can’t bear to mark it with my messy scrawl.)

The idea of the belly button portal to another world, and also the idea of the orbiglass worlds, was taken from a story I wrote in my twenties for a graphic novel called Gravitée. You can say I stole my own idea. It was a project that never got past some sketches and minimal research.

The main idea of the graphic novel was that of a society de-evolved to the point that everyone had claws and tails, and a small community of rebels were left with old clues from their deceased astrologer ancestors to help them save their world after the earthquakes. Saved, that is, from the charlatan priests that led them and took advantage of fear and ignorance to pretend the gods needed appeasing. Gravitée was the name of the main character, who is now Topaz, and in her “umbi-pit” world she would meet a a guide, who became Mallo. The original idea was that the the center of the universe was in her navel. It was inspired by an expression in French “le nombril du monde” which is usually negative, implying someone thinks they are the center of the universe. In this case it was true. She was the centre.

Topaz’s premise is completely different, one of a girl who sets off from an absurd dystopian society in search for authenticity and happiness, but the magical components of Gravitée fit her like a glove.

Never throw out old ideas! Who knows when they can be of use. Like a box of sewing scraps, you can explore it and find lace to add to a hem, or fancy buttons to sew down the front of your home-made garment.

Have you ever salvaged old ideas, whether with writing or otherwise? Tell me in the comments!

Have a good week! 🖤

See: https://rachel-tremblay.com/books/topaz/ for info on this high fantasy!