Monday, March 11, 2013

Author Rachel Brimble: Helicopter rescues and a new book release. #harlequin #NewRelease

Welcome author Rachel Brimble today. She’s got an awesome new release and she’s sharing some personal tidbits about herself so you can get to know this wonderful author better.
Rachel Brimble and her handsome and romantic hubby.
Welcome, Rachel! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
   I live in South West England, near the beautiful and historical city of Bath. Married for almost 15 years to my wonderful husband, we have two young daughters who are on the precipice of both being teenagers. My home life is becoming decidedly scary! My constant writing and walking companion is my black Lab, Max who might as well be a third child!
   In the past, I’ve written almost every romance sub-genre excluding paranormal, but right now I’m concentrating on my commitments to Harlequin (romantic suspense/mainstream romance) and eKensington (Victorian romance). When I’m not writing I like to read, knit, go for long walks in the English countryside or socialize with friends and family.
I know what you mean about dogs being like another child! Sounds like you have a loyal sidekick. What inspires you to write, Rachel?
   I need coffee first thing to get me going and I always spend the first hour or so answering emails or concentrating on promo. After that, I tackle my daily word count target of 2,000 words – sometimes I’m on a roll and do that easily, other days it’s like pulling teeth. Once I hit my target, I usually spend the rest of the time editing another book that more often than not has a deadline.
   I need silence and solitude to create, but can deal with promo and editing with interruption…which happens a LOT once the kids are home from school!
Oh yeah…coffee! Must be a writer thing. 2,000 words a day is a great chunk of writing. What would be a *perfect day* for you?
   Most of my days are as perfect as I can ask for as I’m lucky enough to be a stay at home mom and write all day while the kids are at school. Obviously, if I was sitting at my laptop by a gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains, or on a beach in the Caribbean with a fancy cocktail to hand, that would be all the nicer ;)
   My ‘office’ tends to be my living room couch with Max snoring beside me, or in the summer, I work at my patio table on the decking in the back garden.
   Once I’m done writing, the perfect day would be for someone else to make the dinner while I lie back with a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio…
Haha! Love the part about someone else making dinner. Can you tell us about the setting of your upcoming release?
   The setting was the inspiration behind Finding Justice––and now where the series will continue to be set (yay!). Templeton Cove is a fictional UK seaside town, which is actually a real place where I used to go on holiday as a child. I can see it very clearly in my mind and desperately wanted to set a series of books there.
   I completed Finding Justice and when Harlequin Superromance contracted it, I quickly told me editor I have ideas for further books in Templeton. She was more than happy to see what else I had in mind. A Man Like Him is book two in the series and released in August and right now my editor is considering the proposals for books three and four. I’ll keep you posted!
Oh wow! That’s very exciting about books three and four…and very cool that you were able to tap into a childhood memory for your setting.
What’s the most romantic thing anyone has done for you?
   My family and I were rescued by helicopter during the 2010 French floods and during the manic hysteria of the holiday park evacuation; I lost my engagement ring, which my husband gave me in 1993. I was devastated. We lost our clothes, passports, belongings and everything else but I could not stop thinking about my ring being somewhere in the filthy, mud-red water. It was horrible.
   Then during at the following Christmas dinner (2010), my husband stood up for the toast in front of my parents, brother and our kids and said what a hard and traumatic year it had been for us…and then produced a brand new diamond solitaire engagement ring. Suffice to say, I burst into tears and hardly touched the beautiful dinner he’d prepared, LOL! It was a moment I’ll never forget.
That’s scary! I’m so sorry you and your family had to go through such a scary experience. What a romantic husband you have!
Where can readers order your book?
Finding Justice is available to buy right now – here is the blurb and links:

Copyright © 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Old friends, new secrets 
Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat's world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett-a man from her past-is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he's innocent. After all they once shared, how can she say no? 
The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can't let her emotions interfere with the case—solving it is top priority. But as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.
Rachel LOVES chatting with her readers and visitors, so please feel free to contact her anytime. She's a Twitter maniac, so be sure to follow her for a taste of her daily madness!
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christine warner said...

Wonderful interview ladies.

Rachel, I was almost tearing up reading about your engagement ring. I'd have been crushed beyond words as well. But (insert oohs and ahhs) when you mentioned the wonderful thing your hubs did, my heart melted. What an amazing gesture.

No wonder you write romance *wink*

Congrats on your latest release and all the ones coming up!!!

Liz Flaherty said...

Hi, ladies. Love the interview. Rachel, I'm not sure I'd have survived that rescue, but I'm glad you did!

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Christine! I have to admit, my Mr B is a very romantic man and I do try to appreciate the little and big things he does for me every day. I'm a lucky lady :)

Hi Liz - I'm sure you would have! The day and night served to remind us all of the strength of human spirit. Everyone stranded was amazing, we were all looking out for each other. Unfortunately, there were approx 25 lives lost at our camp alone...terrible :(

Rachel x