Monday, February 22, 2016

Debt by Rachel Dunning - Interview & Book Review

About Rachel Dunning
Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and, fifteen months later, had published nearly a million words of romantic fiction.

A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren't pricks and where women have guts.

She's lived on two different continents (Africa being one of them), speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.


1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I spend most of my life glued to the computer screen. I never in my wildest dreams imagined I'd become a writer. I wrote my first book almost as a joke and never expected it to take off at all. Well, that series is still my best selling series, even three years later.

2. How did you end up living on two different continents?

Basically, I met the love of my life on the internet...and then I moved! We've been together nearly ten years now.

3. Your New Year's Wishes for us are

•That every book you read leaves you smiling

•That every person you meet has your best interests at heart

•That every new friend you make is truly a friend

What do you wish for yourself this year?

I've been writing for a good three years now. I've learned a lot in those years. My biggest wish is to write "that story" which makes people both laugh and cry because they loved it so much. Y'know, writers, always dreaming...

4. On your website: you say that the only thing you can change is tomorrow. I totally agree but what if you could change anything that has happened in the past. What would you change?

Well, I lived a bit of a wild life as a youngin, but I can't say I'd change anything. The past is gone, there's no going back to it. I wrote that post after a long hiatus and a personal realization of that fact. I really came to peace with my life, and so I have no regrets.

After every story I write, and after the feedback starts coming in, I sometimes sit back and think, "Oh, I could have done that better, or that, or that." But if I had done those things, the story would not have been truly mine, which is the essence of being a writer.

5. In Debt Logan and Kyla have very different childhoods which formed them into the persons they are now. How was your childhood?

It was wild. I mean...really wild. It was freaking insane. I won't even go there. It was...CRAZY. Lol.

6. How did you come up with the idea of Debt?

Heck, I wanted to write something meaningful. There are so many stories about Bad Boys who are really just freaking pricks. I hate those stories. That we live in a world that uses the F-word every fives seconds (guilty as charged) doesn't mean that men shouldn't be chivalrous and honorable and decent. I wanted to take the idea of the classic "Decent Man" and put him in today's Bad Boy role. So I figured "Why not create a hardcore fighter with such strong principles of honor that readers couldn't help fall in love with him?"

At which point I started writing, and then the story took off on its own.

7. I absolutely love the tattoo's Logan has of the Lion and the Wolf. Who made those drawings for you?

I purchased them ready-made form a stock site, but I placed them on Logan's body myself for the cover. So, then I owned the images, and I though, heck, why not add them to the interior of the book as well?

8. If you are not writing what is it that you love to do?

I'm a big movie addict. Like, major. Anything which has a story grabs my interest.

9. Who is your favorite author?

Wow, there are too many to mention. I read a wide variety of genres. Probably all-time favorites in Romance are Nora Roberts and Jackie Collins.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

Mind Games #3 will come out later this year. I'm not sure what else I have planned. I write fairly quickly, but I need long breaks in between to refresh myself. So, not sure. We'll see. 

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Review by Anniek

Logan grew up in a rough neighborhood where violence and drugs were very common. When his father dies the people he owed money to come to collect. Logan refuses to pay for the mess his father left behind. He and his sister suffer for that decision big time, learning early on that all debts must be paid off.

All Logan lives for now is paying his sister's college fees. He wants to give her the best possible education so she can have a good job and therefore a good life. To get the money he needs he does what he knows best, he fights. He is very good at what he does, but his refusal to make a deal with the mafia results in getting little fights only. When he goes knockout during a fight with a long time rival Kyla is the one who makes sure he gets to a hospital and she stays with him.

Kyla had a life without worries about money. This doesn't mean she had it easy though. Her mother walked out on her and her father. Her father is too busy with his work and his trophy wife to really pay attention to Kayla. Her first boyfriend betrayed her and ever since Kayla has kept men out of her heart. She goes out with her best friend Vera and does what she wants with men. Ever since she has laid her eyes on Logan she can't get him out of her mind though. She is scared to death that he will hurt her or break her heart, but she can't ignore her feelings for him.

Debt touched my heart straight away. Logan is a real Alpha man, but he is also the kindest and most caring man Kayla has ever met. I don't think that there is a single woman out here who wouldn't fall in love with Logan instantly. He is gorgeous and when he finally opens his heart he gives everything. I loved Rachel Dunning's characters, they are perfect the way they are. She's made them come to life very well and I believed every single word she wrote. I couldn't read this story fast enough, because it made me so curious to find out more.


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
    Cool interview, btw! :)

  2. What a great way interview I love that you met the love of your life on line. Book sounds interesting.