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On These Black Sands

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Hardcover edition coming November 2021

An awkward stowaway.
A troubled pirate captain.
Is she the key to his quest, or will she be his ruin?

About Vanessa

Vanessa Rasanen is an Army wife and a mother of four. With a degree in engineering and a background in data analysis, she knows choosing to be an author probably seems odd. If she's honest, she often wonders why she does this to herself at all.

But in the words of the late George Orwell:
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

Perhaps demon isn’t the right word.

Maybe it’s better explained by Gustave Flaubert:
I suffer from stylistic abscesses; and sentences keep itching without coming to a head. I am fretting, scratching. What a heavy oar the pen is, and what a strong current ideas are to row in! This makes me so desperate that I enjoy it considerably.

Then again, abscesses aren’t a pleasant picture either, are they?

Whatever it is authors suffer from, the fact remains. This is a dream, a passion, a nagging that plagues the writer. While it may be pushed aside for other things, like family and work and laundry, it will never stay quiet for long. It will never cease to poke and prod. And it’s that poking and prodding that pushed Vanessa to leave her day job and to jump into writing full time.

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Aisling Sea Series

New Adult Fantasy
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Hearts on Guard Series

Contemporary Inspirational Fiction
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The Aisling Sea series

It's been 500 years since the Aisling War ended. The fae, gone. The lands, destroyed.
And the men, finding they couldn't return to their homes after so many years in battle, took to the seas as pirates.

No one wanted another war, but especially the citizens of Cregah who had lost more than most countries in the Aisling. They formed the Council, a group of women who would rule over the land and keep the peace. Blaming men's hunger for power and dominance for the destruction from the war, they sought to create a land of peace, where violence is outlawed, and men's power is kept in check so as to avoid inevitable bloodshed.

But they didn't foresee the lure of power and its ability to corrupt despite good intentions.

Available as paperback, kindle ebook,
and audible audiobook (coming soon)

On These Black Sands

Book 1
Release Date: August 10, 2021

An awkward stowaway. A troubled pirate captain. Is she the key to his quest or will she be his ruin?

Aoife wants nothing more than to fulfill her duty and serve on the Council. But a spilled secret reveals a deadly truth she never suspected. Plagued by guilt and wanting no part in the Council’s methods, she panics and runs, stowing away on a pirate ship.

Declan doesn’t have time to deal with an irritating stowaway, and this job is already dangerous enough without having her underfoot. With less than a month to bring the enchanted dagger to the rebels, he needs to find a way past the bloodthirsty creatures guarding it.

In a world of secrets and legends, a lost dagger may be the key to saving a nation. But it will take far more than wit and a cutlass to retrieve it.

Can an heir and a pirate work together--or will their secrets drown all hope?

BOOK 2 coming August 2022
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Hearts On Guard Series

Available as paperback and ebook

He's fighting for his country.
She's praying for his safety.
When tragedy strikes, can their marriage and faith survive?

Charlie and Meg Winters are no strangers to the military life and its challenges. But when an IED rips through his convoy killing his friends, the loss proves almost too much to bear.

Meg finds her trust in Christ wavering, and secrets she's been keeping for years drive a wedge between her and her husband.

What if everything Meg believes is a lie?

What if Charlie finds out what she's done?

Can Meg and Charlie save their marriage or will the horrors of war and the ghosts of their past tear them apart and forever shipwreck her faith?

BOOK 2 in progress
Release TBD

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO IS VANESSA'S PUBLISHER?
Vanessa Rasanen's books are published through Crab Apple Books, a publishing imprint and business she started in 2018 when publishing Soldier On.

WHY INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL?
Vanessa's entrepreneurial spirit lends itself well to independently publishing, allowing her the flexibility she needs and the influence she wants to have in the publishing process. Crab Apple Books is not simply a name to publish under, but is a publisher. Just a publisher with a staff of one.

SO, CAN CRAB APPLE BOOKS PUBLISH MY BOOK?
At this time, Crab Apple Books is not publishing other authors' works due to the legal and financial work needed to pursue such a venture. Perhaps someday, but not in the foreseeable future.

DOES VANESSA DO EVERYTHING HERSELF THEN?
While she does wear many hats in the publishing process, she lacks the skills and time to do everything. For those tasks, she hires those who do. This includes cover designers, cartographers, editors, tour coordinators, and more. However, she does do all book formatting herself, utilizing the experience with Adobe InDesign she gained at her day job.

CAN VANESSA TEACH ME HOW TO PUBLISH?
Vanessa is currently working on a service to do just this. She gets a lot of questions about the process, and she isn't able to give answers as comprehensive as she would like. Look for this to come in Fall 2021.

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