Jen: Today we welcome Rachel Brimble back to Romancing the Book. Rachel, will you share a short bio with is?
Rachel: 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 and she has since signed for three more.
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.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Rachel :My latest release is the third book in my Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance – What Belongs To Her is set against the backdrop of the town’s fairground. Although Templeton Cove is a fictional UK seaside town, the inspiration for it came from a blend of my childhood holiday memories. The same is true for this particular story.
Every Easter a fair would come to town and I loved everything about it – the noise, the smells, the rides and laughter. I was also fascinated by the people who traveled with, and worked the fair so came Sasha Todd.
Sasha runs the fair that was once in her family for generations before her grandfather sold it to Templeton’s crime lord. What Belongs To Her is the story of Sasha’s struggle to get it back…and John Jordon, the man who stands in her way as her biggest obstacle…
She’s ready to take back what’s hers
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family’s fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it’s time to act, and backing down from the man’s estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past.
Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha’s best defense. But there’s more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she’ll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.
He turned and his dark blue eyes, aflame with anger, pinned Sasha to the spot. She forced herself to stand still as his gaze languidly glided over her face, lingering for a moment at her lips. No smile lifted the corners of his mouth. No softness seeped into his hardened study.
She smiled even as her stomach knotted. “Hi.”
He continued to stare.
Okay, so he’s got that sexy, broody thing going on, but since when does a guy––any guy––leave me speechless? Say something…
“Well, you’re all sorts of angry, aren’t you?” Great, Sasha. Just poetic.
He lifted an eyebrow and turned his focus back to the ride.
She frowned and glared at his profile, feeling like an idiot. The guy needed to take a serious chill pill. Did he think he had a monopoly on being pissed off? Wakey, wakey, Mister, the entire human race holds a grudge of one kind or another.
“I was only trying to make conversation. If you don’t want to talk to me, that’s fine.” She shrugged. “I haven’t seen you before and, as I’m the person running things around here, I thought you might appreciate a friendly word, a kind welcome. My name’s Sasha––”
“I know who you are.”
She stiffened. The deep, smooth lilt of his upper English class voice filled her with equal measure of attraction and warning. “Pardon me?”
He faced her and crossed his arms across his broad chest. “You’re Sasha Todd, exceptionally pretty and svelte manageress of this fairground, known so lovingly as Funland. You work for Kyle Jordon. Although, while Kyle’s currently boarding at Her Majesty’s pleasure in prison, you are undoubtedly forced to answer to his bull mastiff of a lapdog, the wonderfully charming and partially toothed Freddy Campton. Am I right?”
Sasha crossed her arms, mimicking his stance as irritation simmered inside her. “Yes, but who––”
“How do you feel about that, Miss Todd?”
“Moreover, how are you going to feel knowing from tomorrow, you’ll be answering to me and not him?”
Sasha froze as his words filtered through her mind. Her heart pounded and hot heat seared her cheeks. What the hell did he just say? She uncrossed her arms and splayed her hands on her hips. “Is this some kind of joke?”
A flicker of amusement lit his eyes before he blinked and they turned cold once more. “No joke. From tomorrow you’ll be reporting to me.”
Panic and disbelief hurtled through her. Who the hell does this guy think he is? She huffed out a laugh. “I don’t think so. Who are you?”
“Your new boss.”
She grinned, hoping it would coerce some semblance of a smile to his lips and make him tell her he was kidding. “Very funny. You’re a funny guy, Mr…”
“You don’t believe me?” His face remained unnervingly impassive.
Okay, enough was enough. Sasha glared. “I asked you who you are. If you want to toss a revelation like that at me, the least you can do is tell me your name. Not that I’m likely to believe a word you say after this little, slightly creepy, performance.”
He uncrossed his arms and offered his hand, which she took without thinking. His hand enveloped hers. Warm, smooth and unnervingly large. Why did she have the sudden and unwelcome suspicion nothing about this guy was small or weak?
“John Jordon.” He shook her hand. “Nice to meet you.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Rachel: Compelling, Emotional, Humorous
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Rachel: A scribbled note on my ever-present notebook or a hasty email to myself from my Blackberry!
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Rachel: I currently have books published in contemporary romance, romantic suspense and Victorian romance but would like to write a big, woman’s fiction novel one day. I have a few ideas bouncing around so I’m sure that book will be written eventually.
The genres I would stay away from are paranormal and sci-fi. No interest whatsoever, I’m afraid!
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Rachel: Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Nicholas Evans and Jean Fullerton
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Rachel: I have many favorite characters but one of my favorites is Cat Forrester whose story I told in the first Templeton Cove book, Finding Justice. Since then, she has appeared in book two and three (A Man Like Him & What Belongs To Her). She isn’t in the Christmas book but will definitely be in book five. She’s fabulous and feisty – my kind of woman and someone I would love to have as a best friend!
Jen: What’s been the highlight of your career to this point?
Rachel: The highlight of my career was back in 2012 when I secured a two-book contract with Harlequin Superromance as well as a two-book contract with eKensington. I was overwhelmed and overjoyed.
Since then, I have signed another three books with Harlequin and another two with eKensington so I’m still riding the wave, lol!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Rachel: I have just finished the first draft of what will be the third book in my Victorian romance series with eKensington but my next release will be book four in the Templeton Cove series. It’s a Christmas 2014 book and scheduled for release this coming November. I am so excited as this will be my first ever Christmas story.
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