A former engineer and data analyst, Vanessa Rasanen ditched her day job to focus on her writing. She is a lifelong early bird spending the pre-dawn hours reading and sipping coffee. When not writing you can find her running her small bookish business, listening to moody playlists with a gin and tonic, and creating new recipes for her kids to dislike.
She lives with her pilot husband and their four extroverted kiddos on the windy plains of Wyoming.
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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, hardcover, kindle ebook, and audible
On These Black Sands
Release Date: August 10, 2021
He doesn't mind killing people... he just prefers to do it on his own terms.
But the pirates have no say in who they kill on this island.
The council orders. The pirates obey.
This arrangement has kept Declan from setting foot on these shores for years...until a bit of bad luck forces him to return.
But it may prove a lucrative stop, if the rebel's information is true.
Find the dagger. Escape this life.
But only if this damn stowaway doesn't ruin everything first.
This high seas tale of deceit, legends, and love features a deliciously gray hero, an awkward heroine, and a found family you'll root for. This is an enemies-to-lovers story with a slow-burn romance and one bed. It is book one of a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. But it's worth it.
From These Dark Depths
Release Date: August 16, 2022
Being eaten by a siren queen is at least an interesting way to die.
And Declan has little hope of avoiding it while locked in this brig.
His captor is ruthless. His guilt is relentless.
Everyone he needs is back on his ship, hopefully chasing after him…without tempting death themselves.
But if they don’t make it in time, he’ll have to face the queen.
And his demons.
An heir stole his heart. Now that heart–and the remorse it harbors–may get him killed.
Black Sails meets Throne of Glass in book 2 of the Aisling Sea series. The stakes are higher with new dangers and more swoon-worthy romance sure to create fans of insta love. This is a forbidden love story with a bit of steam and a cliffhanger ending.
Hearts On Guard Series
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?
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 now offers coaching services for self publishing authors. More information can be found here.
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