Guest & Contest: Rachel Brimble

Me & Mr B - Cherhill Manor Jul 13Please 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!

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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.

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22 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Rachel Brimble

  1. laurie g says:

    why i think book series are so popular is because you get to see your favorite characters again w/ the addition of new characters and seeing how they all interact

  2. Anne says:

    It is meaningful and memorable to learn about the individuals and then be able to follow them through their trials and tribulations. Many thanks. Best wishes.

  3. Rachel Brimble says:

    Hello ladies!

    I completely agree with your comments, as areader and writer – my favorite series are by Nora Roberts, Robyn Carr and Jill Shalvis. Just fabulous!

    I’m hoping and praying Harlequin continue to love Templeton Cove as much as me – I’ve contracted five books so far and so excited 🙂

    Good luck with the contest!

    Rachel x

  4. Brenda Wheeler says:

    For me series/linked books are popular cause I want the story to continue, I get attached to the characters that are in the story and want each of them to have their story told. A series just makes sense to me, the characters have their own life/story and connecting those characters and their stories makes for some incredible reading! Loved this question…thanks for sharing this intriguing excerpt, you have my curiosity peaked! 🙂

  5. Marcy Shuler says:

    I love series/ connected books because I end up caring about the characters, almost like they’re friends, and I want to see how they’re doing after the book ends.


  6. They’re so popular because readers become involved with the characters on a deep level. Many times I feel like I know a character…I hate when a series ends and I feel like I lose that person!

  7. Maria D. says:

    I think series/linked books are popular because it’s human nature to be curious and we always want to know what happens next – we’re just forming a friendship with the characters in the first book and like in real friendship – the more we get to know the characters – the more we like them….at least that’s usually how it is for me:) Thanks for the post and the giveaway – could not agree more about The Notebook – and I cry like a baby and feel as if my heart is going to pop out of my chest each time I watch it. I enjoy Bridget Jones Diary but I’m not sure it’s the best representation of British humor – though there are scenes that make me laugh. I agree that Tom Hanks really did deserve his 2nd Oscar for Forrest Gump!

  8. Leanna H says:

    I like them because with each new book you get a new story but you also get to visit old friends and get updates on their lives.

  9. Jackie says:

    I think they are so popular because you just can’t get enough of the characters and you need to find out what happens next! I also love to see the characters from past books come back!!!

  10. Rachel Brimble says:

    It’s so great to see all these fabulous comments! Thank you for making me feel so welcome 🙂

    While writing my Templeton Cove series, I am coming to understand more and more why writers can keep going with over 20 + books in the same series – as I write book four, some of my characters shout for their spot in this book whether I planned for them to appear or not! These characters are definitely real to me.

    Rachel x

  11. Nancy Goldberg Levine says:

    Thanks for the chance to win–nice to meet you. Loved the post and the excerpt. I loved “Gone with the Wind” also. My mom has a copy of the book that she got at the movie when it first came out.

  12. Mary Preston says:

    When you find characters & worlds you love a series lets you hold onto them for just a bit longer. Got to love that.

  13. Anita H. says:

    I get attached to the characters I read about, so it’s nice to “visit” with them in another book even though their story is over. It’s like seeing your friends and catching up to see what they’ve been up to.

  14. Ada says:

    Series are popular because you get to meet your “friends” over and over again. I love the Forrest Gump movie too (haven’t had a chance to read the book), and I totally agree with you about Tom Hanks! Of course, the movie brings to mind one of my favorite movie quotes of all times, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”! 🙂

  15. I think readers are attracted to the idea that you can read about recurring characters or related topics so that in essence, it’s an expansion of the original story they first fell in love with. I guess it makes the world of literature so much smaller if books are grouped together and called a “series.” It definitely has an appeal factor to it!

  16. Karen H in NC says:

    I love books written as a series because of the central characters coming back to visit in subsequent books. I really enjoy books written about the same main character such as The Sarah Woolson Mysteries by Shirley Tallman, The Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries by C. S. Harris, The Gaslight Series by Victoria Thompson and The Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries by Ashley Gardner.

  17. Johnnie-Marie says:

    the characters are the same and you get to see how the author’s mind has made them grow to become something in each story… plus in some stories the more it goes on the more the characters become stronger and more likeable..

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