What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013, followed by a second in January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015.
* Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
* She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
Today Rachel Brimble will be talking about how she became a writer and what inspired her in regard to the story she's promoting.
* I have always wanted to write since reading The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton when I was around eight or nine. I would make up stories and bind the pages together with colored ribbon. I wish so much that I’d kept my first novel attempts!
* From this young age, I wrote on and off for a few years but it wasn’t until I found my first Harlequin romance around the age of fourteen that romance (and women’s fiction) became my passion. I vowed after I’d finished reading my first romance that I would get a book of my own published one day.
* Of course, that
didn’t happen for a LONG time…
* I left school at sixteen and started work in the insurance industry. A couple of years later I met and fell in love with my husband…life happened, marriage happened, kids happened. I was happy at home, but it was upon the birth of my second daughter that I had my ‘now or never’ moment.
* Starting with short stories, I had a little success online and in women’s magazines. When it was time for my daughter to start school full-time, I knew it wouldn’t be long before my husband asked me what I was going to do…I need the answer ready. Write a novel!
* That was in 2005 and, in 2007, The Wild Rose Press published my first romantic suspense, Searching For Sophie. From 2007 until 2012, I had at least one novel published every year, sometimes more.
* The dreams started to come true when I had books accepted by both Harlequin Superromance and eKensington in 2012. Since then, I have been writing mainstream romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin and Victorian romance for eKensington with at least one book for each publisher being released each year.
* I am a very happy author!
* My latest release, Her Hometown Redemption, is the fifth book in my Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance. All the books can be read as stand-alone stories but are all set in the same English seaside town and often have recurring secondary characters…or secondary characters in previous books who become the hero or heroine in a following story.
* As was the case with Tanya Todd and Liam Browne, the hero and heroine of Her Hometown Redemption. These characters first appeared in the third book, What Belongs To Her. As I was writing that story it came to light that Tanya and Liam had a history together, but I leave what happened between them as a bit of a mystery.
* I knew they would get their own story later down the line…in between I wrote Christmas At The Cove, but it wasn’t long before Tanya started pestering me. If you read Her Hometown Redemption, you’ll soon learn she’s not the most patient of characters. :)
* I loved writing this story and hope you enjoy it too!
* Seeing the successful criminal lawyer after all these years, Tanya is interested in more than just Liam's forgiveness. As they work together to bring the man who hurt her sister to justice, the attraction between them sizzles. Suddenly Tanya's second chance could include a future with Liam…if she can prove she's changed.
* He walked back to the door and bent down, pushing open the letterbox. “Tanya, open up. I know you’re in there. Look, I just want to talk to you, okay?” Liam darted his gaze over the gleaming white floor tiles and a stack of boxes. “If you’re still upset about the whole tossing you on the couch thing, I’m sor––”
* A brief glance of black denim clad legs whipped into his limited vision before a lock clicked. Tanya flung the door open with such force he nearly fell face first onto her office floor. He gripped the doorjamb and straightened.
* She stared into his eyes, her darkening with sadness. “You’re right. We do need to talk.”
* He frowned. “Are you okay?”
* She blinked. “I’m sorry I hurt you.”
* His smile dissolved and his heart kicked painfully. “What?”
* “I’m sorry for a lot of things, but I’m sorry for hurting you most of all.”
* When a tear slipped down her cheek, Liam reached for her before he could think just how stupid a mistake that might be. “Hey, come here.”
* Taking her hand in his, Liam leaned down to retrieve his briefcase before kicking the door closed. Dropping the case a second time, he led Tanya to a low wooden cabinet and drew his hands to her waist, lifted her and sat her down on top. Her legs opened and he stood between them…just like he used to.
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