When It Raynes

Rayne Amber Storm finds her serenity on the waters of her Louisiana bayou. The moss-covered cypress trees are a canopy of protection for the thoughts that are her own. Slowly, a gentle, insistent ripple of difference stirs within her. A ripple that leads her away from her mother’s Southern Baptist values to thoughts that betray the very core of what she believes is right and wrong. When she leaves the bayou for medical school the ripple expands until she is knocked unsteady by a powerful wave in the charismatic Samantha LeJeune. But when tragedy strikes back home, the pull of cross currents traps Rayne in what seems an insurmountable struggle between her heart, which now knows the true meaning of happiness, and doing what she has been taught all her life. Is she strong enough to keep navigating through unfamiliar but thrilling waters or will she give in and paddle down the path of least resistance?

When it Raynes was originally released in the General Contemporary genre of lesbian fiction for which it received a 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and was a 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society Finalist for the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. For as proud as CD Cain was of the story, she always felt she left something missing from the original publication. So, she went back to the keyboard and revised the powerful love story of Rayne and Sam to publish as a Lesbian Romance with Fleur-De-Lis Books.  

“I was excited for an excuse to read this book again and could hardly wait for its release, as this is one of my favorite reads. The book is more intense this time around, and I couldn’t help but fall even more in love with the story and the characters.”

The revised edition of When It Raynes was released this weekend. Since its original publication, my life has seen heartbreaking losses and joyful gains. On the other side of these experience, I have changed. My heart has changed. My fingers upon the keys have changed in a way that I couldn’t find the words for After the Storm. When I went back to read When It Raynes, I realized I was no longer the same author nor had I given to my characters the voice I wanted them to have. So, I went back to the keyboard to revise the original version in the voice I now had for both myself and my characters. The story in itself remains the same but I hope anyone who wishes to revisit Rayne, her family and of course…Sam finds that their personalities flow from the pages.

“I could not put the book down. It has consumed my thoughts since finishing it. I immensely enjoyed getting to know Sam better. And as much as I loved Rayne in the first version, I liked her character even more in the revision.”

14 thoughts on “When It Raynes”

  1. I absolutely love the whole Rayne series. I cannot imagine it being better but I must find out!! Where am I able to purchase a revised copy? The writing style that is used in a CD Cain book is one that can evoke such emotion and pictures just by her words. I have missed Rayne it is time for me to reaquaint myself with her!!

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    1. Hey You! Aw, thank you so much for your words! I do hope you like the revision! It’s on Amazon in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. The print copy has been approved but is not yet available for ordering. I would love to know what you think of it when you are done!


  2. Just finished reading the revised version of When it Raynes..well actually because I’m that kind of a nerd girl I would read a couple of chapters of the original and then read the same chapters of the revised. The differences were subtle but it gave you a better insight to Sam and her thoughts..the first book was great and this version just escalated my opinions on your talent..of course I now must go reread a couple of chapters because I never seem to be able to get through them with out crying and I know I have missed over half of the words cause I couldn’t see!!

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    1. Thank you so much for letting me know your thoughts! It was tough with the changes. I wanted to strengthen the characters, especially Sam, flesh out their connection more and give insight into why the ending was what it was. Yet I wanted to be careful not to make so many changes that readers would be lost if they went straight into book 3. It was a delicate balance.

      I’m sorry for the tears but that is a huge compliment to a writer–to be able to evoke such emotion! So thank you for sharing.


  3. Hi CD, I’m excited to read a new revised version “When it Raynes.” This is still one of my favorite books. I also missed the release of Book 3 “After the Storm” somehow so I will save that to read after. I actually was not able to get Book 3 on Amazon. Do you know where I can purchase it? Anyway, I am looking forward to diving back into your words!

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    1. Hey Amber,

      I have thought of you with the release of this revision. I hope you and your family are doing well!

      You didn’t miss it. I got setback with the release of the third. Over the last couple of years my life has seen some really big changes. So much so that I didn’t have the same tone when it came to writing. Because reflected on the pages of the third book, I bought back the rights to the first two, set out with Fleur-de-lis Books and revised When It Raynes. I’m very sorry for the delay in continuing this story. But I do hope you will like the changes. I’d love to know what you think of them!



      1. Hi CD,

        We are doing great! I hope you and your family are doing well too! SOOOO glad to hear I didn’t miss it! I am excited to read the revision! I will let you know what I think, but I know I will love it.


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      2. You did not! It took a bit of time to get it all lined out to republish the series. Oh, do please let me know what you think!

        The family is doing well although I will say H is growing entirely too fast!!



  4. Hi C.D.! New fan here! I was an absolute mess after this book!!!! I love your writing style and how you told the story. I am so excited to see that there is another book, possibly two more?? I was wondering when the second one will be released, I am way too excited to see how things go for Rayne… even though I see Sam and Rayne will be taking some time apart, I hope they eventually get together in the end! *crosses fingers* 🙂

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    1. Hi Tiffany,

      Thank you for reaching out with such a sweet comment! I’m happy you enjoyed the story! I don’t know an exact time on the publishing date for the second book but I am currently working on the revisions and edits. With Fleur-de-lis Books I’m able to publish things a little quicker after they have been edited. I’ll post something as soon as I know.

      I have to admit that Rayne and Sam have a special place in my heart too. I’m glad I’ve given them a good story!

      Thanks again,


  5. Hi CD,
    I am so glad to hear you are doing well and released new revision of the book.
    These two books are one of my all time favourite books.
    I was half hoping you would change the ending of the book in your revised version but in the end happy to see there is more to come for Sam and Rayne.
    Your books make me dream about visiting Louisiana one day , your writing made me fall in love with all things Louisiana now.
    I have been going through a tough time and this book brought me great pleasure and hope.

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    1. Hi Zoya,

      There was a subtle change to the ending of the first book. It was within the dialogue between Rayne and Sam. The ending to me still needed to be the way it was for the benefit of the characters but it always nagged at me that I didn’t show more of what they were both feeling. I knew when I republished the books I had the chance to write the wrongs of words left off of the page.

      I’m so happy they do give you dreams of my home state and that you’ve enjoyed the books. I’ve seen a picture of the state of Louisiana with roots growing out of one end of the boot. I’ve wanted to get it ever since. The culture of the state will always be my roots. I’m proud I could share my love of her beauty in my writing. Maybe you will get to visit her one day.

      I’m sorry you have been growing through a touch time. I do hope it is starting to ease for you. It touches me to know something I put out in this world gave you a little pleasure and hope during this tough time.

      Thank you for reaching out!


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