Craig RaeAnne Hadley believes in the power of love.
It’s something that’s been featured consistently in her work, and the inspiration that comes to her has struck again.
Hadley recently released her sixth book, “119 Days,” which first became available through online sellers Amazon and Barnes & Noble in mid-May. This is the first novel the local author has been able to put forth in more than two years, but that’s not to say she hasn’t been writing during that time.
“There were times when I was working on seven books at a time just depending on my mood,” she said.
“119 Days” was originally intended to be released Jan. 19 (1/19), also 119 days after RaeAnne’s initial announcement of the book. The marketing didn’t quite work out, but she was still able to pick a date that was special to her — the birthday of her late father, who championed her writing career until he passed away six years ago.
“He held my first book in his hands two days before he died,” she said.
RaeAnne’s other books have been largely fictional, but the latest is closer to reality than any other, based on the account of a friend, a divorcee whose disdain for serious relationships after her own bad experiences changed upon meeting a new paramour.
“I just thought it was really interesting, the dynamics of their relationship,” she said. “Relationships can be so odd and so quirky, but for certain people, they work.”
The book, part of a planned series, already has been selling well online, and Hadley plans to promote it more with signing events as paperbacks are released.
Her regular readers will notice the cover art to be slightly steamier, featuring an intimate portrait of two lovers kissing passionately. Despite this and a somewhat more adult tone in the text, she doesn’t want people to mistake her style for something else.
“I wanted to be true to them and true to their lives for something that started out so meaningless and became something so dedicated,” she said. “I’m not a ‘Fifty Shades (of Grey)’ author. It’s a little bit more risque than my other books, but I’m definitely not an erotic writer.”
Even so, “119 Days” is a selection that will remain off the reading lists of RaeAnne’s daughters — Madison, 10, and Ashlie, nearly 8 — as far as she’s concerned. Although the content isn’t something they’re allowed to peruse, the girls love having a writer for a mom.
“I’m so proud of her for doing this,” Madison said.
RaeAnne said her husband, Steve, also has been a driving force for her in assisting with the promotional aspects of her writing, and ultimately, she hopes to become a “household name” among readers.
“My whole family has been amazing during the writing process,” she said.
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.