Interview & Contest: Rachel Brimble

Me - Ashford Aug 2014Jen:  Today we welcome Rachel Brimble back to Romancing the Book.  Rachel, will you share a short bio with us?
Rachel: 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. Since 2013, she has had five books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and three Victorian romances by eKensington/Lyrical.

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!

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Rachel: My latest release, Her Hometown Redemption, is book 5 in my Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance. All the books can be read stand-alone and are set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove. Her Hometown Redemption is a reunion story between Tanya Todd and Liam Browne, who appeared as secondary characters in book 3 (What Belongs To Her). During the writing of that book, it became clear that something secretive had led to their break-up…all too soon Tanya was giving me the nudge I needed to tell their story and more!

Here’s a short excerpt:

He stepped toward the window and peered through the small gap between the frame and the closed blind. An array of glass display cabinets stood side by side, waiting to be filled with whatever party planners filled cabinets with, as well as what looked like a rolled rug or carpet. He was about to pull back and get his ass over to his own office where it belonged, when a very female shadow passed over the cabinets. Judging by the curve of breasts he remembered only too well, Tanya had just made herself visible. He smiled. “Got you.”

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.


Jen: What first attracts you to the opposite sex?
Rachel: Smile

Jen: Favorite breakfast food?
Rachel: Bacon bagel

Jen: Favorite flower?
Rachel: Lily

Jen: Who is your hero?
Rachel: My husband

Jen: How far from where you grew up do you live?
Rachel: Only about 25 miles away

Jen: Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
Rachel: Yes

Jen: What was the last movie you saw in the theater?
Rachel: Pixals

Jen: Most surprising item on your bucket list?
Rachel: I want to stay in Nora Robert’s hotel in Maryland

Jen: Favorite book made into a movie?
Rachel: Gone With The Wind

Jen: What book family would you want to be a part of?
Rachel: The three half-sisters in Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series

Jen: Chocolate or vanilla?
Rachel: Vanilla

Jen: One piece or two piece bathing suit?
Rachel: Two piece

Jen: What’s next for you?
Rachel: My next release will be my fourth Victorian romance with eKensington/Lyrical – Her One True Love is released March 15, 2016 and is about a woman who decides to forge her own path after waiting for a particular man in vain – what she doesn’t expect is for him to follow her all the way to Bath…

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11 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Rachel Brimble

  1. JoAnne_W says:

    I love series since we get to know characters more deeply and truly get involved in their lives, the town, etc.
    I have too many favorite series to name but Fool’s Gold by Susan Mallery, Lucky Harbor and Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis and The Bradfords, Sapphire Falls and Counting on Love by Erin Nicholas would be among them.

    My sister and I were just chatting this past weekend that we’d love to go to Boonsboro and see the Inn and Nora Roberts’ bookstore!

  2. Rachel Brimble says:

    Hi Kate! Virgin river is great – I’m only to book 5 of the series so have some catching up to do 🙂

    Hi JoAnne! Maybe we could go to Boonsboro together – we’d have a blast!

  3. Rita Wray says:

    My favorite is the Virgin River Series by Robyn Carr. I also like the Barefoot series by Roxanne St Claire. I like to read a series because people I like pop up in future books.

  4. Leanna says:

    I would say Virgin River by Robyn Carr, but since so many people already said that I would say Fool’s Gold by Susan Mallery.

  5. Marcy Shuler says:

    I love the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis and the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery. I like seeing what’s happening with previous characters.

  6. Mary Preston says:

    The OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon I think. It’s fantastic to hang onto loved characters a little longer.

  7. holdenj says:

    A longtime favorite place has been Cedar Cove. I think it’s natural to enjoy series, as I seldom want to let characters completely go–it’s always good to get an update on them as the various series continue.

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