Friday, 20 June 2014

Rachel Brimble returns to Familiarise Friday!

Happy Friday to everyone!

Today, I'm saying hello to a returning guest- Rachel Brimble. It's been a while since Rachel guested on Nancy's Novels and she's done a lot in the interim. I met Rachel through The Wild Rose Press but she's now published by a number of different publishers. She's here to tell us about her novel - The Temptation of Laura - published by eKensington and to give us a Familiarise Friday short interview.

Here are some questions I put to Rachel:
Where are you originally from?
I am originally from the historical maritime city of Bristol but moved to a small market town in Wiltshire thirteen years ago. I have the famous city of Bath a thirty-minute drive in one direction and the beautiful Cotswolds and Salisbury within an hour’s drive in the other. I love where I live!
What’s your main occupation just now?
Writing! I am lucky enough to be a full-time stay at home mum who gets to write every day. I work whenever the kids are at school and as much as possible when they are at home. At the moment, I average two 85,000 word books a year – I hope to write more as the kids get older. At 15 and 13 they are still surprisingly demanding, lol!
How would your significant other half describe you?
Sexy (!)
You want to change your lifestyle. What would you change first?
Start exercising! At the moment, I don’t take any exercise at all and at 40 it’s starting to show. My husband has just bought me a bike so hoping things will start to change soon…
Do you enjoy travel?
I am a home bird but love to travel and wish I could do it more often! The farthest I’ve been was on a three-night trip to New York but it was a whirlwind visit through which I had jet-lag most of the time! I’d love to visit Italy so that’s next on my wish list. We are going to Rhodes in July for two weeks and I cannot wait!
After a weekend cruise last year, I would say cruising is the best way to travel – SO relaxing J
Who, or what, are you trying to avoid most just now?
Ah! That's a guilty pleasure of many of us, Rachel. What is your most valued possession?
My children – if you mean material…my wedding and engagement rings J
Rachel- I'm totally happy with your answer of children. They are the most precious, followed closely by grandchildren.

One word answers, please, to the following easy peasy questions:

WATER or WINE? Wine!

I quite fancy going to Hawaii as well, Rachel! And now for...

Laura Robinson has always been dazzled by the glamour of the stage. But perhaps acting and selling one’s favors are not so different—for Laura must feign pleasure with the men she beds to survive. Now, with her only friend at death’s door and a ruthless pimp at her heels, escaping her occupation seems impossible. Hoping to attract a gentleman, she attends the theater. Yet the man Laura captivates is no customer, but a rising star and playwright…

Adam Lacey has been driven to distraction since the moment he saw Laura. She is his ideal leading lady come to irresistible life—and so much more. Certain they can make the perfect team on and off stage, he is determined to win her heart—and discover her story. But that is precisely what Laura fears. And she has no idea that Adam harbors shameful secrets of his own. Will the truth free them to love—or destroy all their dreams…?

More about 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.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Thank you for visiting today, Rachel. Best wishes with all of your writing!  

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