Please help me give a warm welcome to Rachel Brimble as she stops by Romancing the Book to celebrate the recent release of her book, A Man Like Him. Before we get to her guest post, let’s learn a little about her.
Rachel lives with her husband and two young 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, with book two coming in Feb 2014.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She is super-excited to have the chance to meet her readers and editors at the upcoming RWA conference in San Antonio, Texas. See you there!
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
Top 5 Books Made Into Movies
Number 5 – The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Such a romantic story than spans a lifetime of love and devotion – cannot watch this movie without crying. It’s a story that will touch even the most jaded of hearts. A love we all hope for…
Number 4 – Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
One of the movies that I actually love more than the book…if I’m allowed to say that. Just brilliant. Never fails to cheer me up if I’m feeling glum. The casting of Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant is genius, but the support cast are equally as fantastic. A movie that shows British humor at its best. Superb!
Number 3 – Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
My favorite book of all-time and the movie entirely does it justice. At almost four hours long, it’s epic, but so worth escaping to watch for the afternoon or evening. I truly believe another movie of this magnitude will never be made again.
Number 2 – The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Where do I start? Such a grueling, difficult roller coaster of emotions, issues and themes covered in this wonderful book and movie. I cried reading the book, but even more so with the movie. Steven Spielberg is a genius and his art is truly showcased in this wonderful movie.
Number 1 – Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
One of my favorite movies of all-time – just wonderful. Tom Hanks truly deserved his second Academy Award for the starring role, and Sally Field and Gary Sinise are magnificent in their supporting roles too. Just an amazing, life affirming story…
Changing her life…again
After two years in hiding, Angela Taylor knows her independence is worth it. As long as she can escape her past, she has everything under control. Until a flash flood hits the park where she works, and hot Chris Forrester shows up the exact moment she needs a hero.
Chris proves he can save lives-and weaken a girl’s knees. But how can she make him understand that she’s off-limits, that getting close to her will endanger his life? Her happiness or his safety: it shouldn’t even be a choice.
Because when you love someone, you protect them, no matter the cost. At least, that’s what Angela keeps telling herself….
Chris unlocked the door and his breath caught as he gripped the door frame. “Jesus.”
The rain came down in sheets. A moving gray mass against a pitch-black sky. The continuous blare of the park’s emergency siren and people’s screams filled the air, sending his pulse into overdrive. He stared in disbelief, his body immobile. Families with young children, of no more than seven or eight, waded through water that reached the adults’ knees. Toddlers cried on their father’s shoulders. Dogs lay silent in their owner’s arms, ears flat.
Chris looked toward his feet. Illuminated by the light spilling from the kitchen, the water had already reached the steps below the door, swirling fast and unwelcome in a red-brown torrent. His lifetime love of water diminished. This wasn’t a swimming pool but most likely the result of the river adjacent to the park breaking its banks. The park was situated at the very bottom of the surrounding mountains. They were trapped in a damn sinkhole, miles from the beach and with nowhere for the water to escape.
He slammed the door and squeezed his eyes shut as he tried to focus. The rain thrashed down in all its cold and heavy destruction. It would rise quickly and dangerously contained within a five or six mile circumference. There were houses, shops, parks…a school. He needed to do something, anything, to help. He was a strong swimmer, an instructor, a trained lifeguard.
Snapping his eyes open, he shoved away the heavy sense of foreboding stealing through him. Water was unpredictable. It gathered strength and power quickly, making it one of nature’s most dangerous destructors. People were going to die. Mothers, children…
Tightening his jaw, Chris sprinted into the bedroom. Fully awake and alert, he pulled on shorts, sneakers and a T-shirt. His mind whirled and his pulse thumped an erratic beat at his temple. The telltale warning of an impending disaster swam icy-cold in his blood as the rush of the water and the screams of people outside echoed inside his head.
He hurried into the kitchen and grabbed his backpack from a storage cupboard. He filled it with water and fruit, scissors, tape and a basic first aid kit from a shelf above. Tossing the strap over his shoulder, Chris took a deep breath and re-opened the door. The steps had vanished.