My Monday Moments are with romance author - Rachel Brimble - who's come back to update us about her recent releases.
I first met Rachel online a few years ago and she's always been a very busy lady, her romances gracing many shelves in stores all around. She's here today to tell us about her Templeton Cove Series with Harlequin. I've only read A Man Like Him, so far, and it's a great read. Let's learn about them all.
Hi Nancy, it’s great to be here today and have the chance to tell your visitors a little bit about my fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove. The fifth book set in this small town is sitting on my editor’s desk as we speak.
It has always been a dream of mine to write a series of books set in the same small town…due to my obsession with many Nora Roberts series, Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series and Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series. All of these books influenced my love of small town romances and creating a huge cast of characters.
The debut book in the Templeton Cove series is Finding Justice. When my agent submitted this book to Harlequin, I was already writing book two, A Man Like Him, with the hope both books would just be the start of a series. These books were soon contracted…you can imagine my hysteria when Harlequin offered me a contract for a further three! (What Belongs To Her & Christmas At The Cove also available to buy now)
All the books can be read stand-alone and are a mix of mainstream romance and romantic suspense stories. I have some main recurring characters who pop up in, if not all, then most of the books. The most popular of these characters with me, and my readers, is the town’s matriarch, Marian Cohen. She is feisty, fun and has a heart big enough to hold the whole world – she is the oracle, the one all the young hero and heroines…and secondary characters go for when they need help, comfort or advice. She is a joy to write every time!
The more Templeton Cove books I release, the more people seem to enjoy them and I have at least three more book ideas written in note form and ready to go…I am not entirely sure when I will ever consider the series finished and, for now, I’m just enjoying the ride. 'J'
If you like small-town romance, with a cast of quirky, fun and sentimental characters with lots of laughter, tears, suspense and adventure, I’d love you to give my Templeton Cove series a try!
All Rachel’s books are available on Amazon, B&N and Harlequin.com – for blurbs, links etc, visit her website…
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. 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, followed by a second in January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015.
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 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!
I bet that photo shot with Nora Roberts caused quite a stir!
Thank you for coming to visit again, Rachel, and my very best wishes for the continued success of your writing.
Rachel sent me a signed paperback copy of A Man Like Him as a little prize for being a part of Rachel's Readers on Facebook. I've finished the novel and here's my thinking on it....
This is an engaging romance with a lovely feel-good factor to it. The flood provides an exciting beginning and the setting is perfect for writing about a smaller scale disaster zone: highly dramatic things happening at the fictional English seaside town of Templeton Cove.
Chris seems very quick to forget his past when he first encounters Angela though winning her love isn’t achieved so instantly. It’s good that he’s such a patient man because I think, were I in his place, I would have found her reticence a bit too much of a challenge.
Though a well written and well developed character, I was drawn less to Angela than to Chris- though her past is portrayed as more troublesome than his and partly explains why she’s so able to keep a gun at the ready.
The rest of Rachel Brimble’s Templeton Cove series is on my TBRS – to be read soon- pile! I thoroughly recommend A Man Like Him and I rate this with four and a half stars!
NB. I was given a free copy of this novel to read and give my honest review of.
Thank you, Rachel. That was a lovely quick read and just perfect since I needed a bit of escapism from the disappearing snow in Aberdeenshire. Templeton Cove was just the very place to hop down to!