Sunday, April 4, 2010

Rachel Brimble in the Author Spotlight

Cate: Please welcome Rachel Brimble. Rachel, will you please share a short bio with us?
Rachel: I live in the UK near the wonderful and historical city of Bath, with my husband of thirteen years, two daughters (12 and 10) and mad black Lab, Max.
I have been writing seriously since my youngest daughter started school full-time but have written forever! Favorite pastimes are reading, knitting, walking and indulging in a glass or two of white wine at the end of the day!

Cate: Tell us about Getting It Right This Time and where it's available.
Rachel: Getting It Right This Time is a contemporary romance set in the UK. It is my first novel with a family feel as well as a simmering passion between the hero and heroine. Here’s the blurb and buy link:

She's back, but this time she’s a mother…intent on protecting her young.
Two years after her husband’s death, Kate Marshall returns home seeking security and stability for her three-year-old daughter. But when her path crosses with ‘the one who got away’…her husband’s best friend, she has to fight the desire to be with him for the sake of further heartbreak for her and her daughter.
A tough, straight talking theatrical agent, Mark Johnston is dangerously handsome, exceedingly rich, irresistibly charming – and branded by the tabloids as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. So even though Mark lost the girl of his dreams to his best friend, he finds no hardship in being single. Or so he thought.
Determined not to lose her a second time, Mark has to find a way to convince her they can work.  But can Kate cope with the media interest and ruthless, money-hungry clients surrounding him, being anywhere near her daughter?  Or accept that Mark Johnston is really the family man he claims to be?

Cate: Love it! Love that gorgeous cover too. :) Can you tell us why we're going to love your hero?
Mark Johnston is a charismatic, serious, decision-making theatrical agent who has only ever loved Kate (the heroine) but lost her to his best friend five years before the book opens.
When she returns home a widow after being abroad – trapped in what was an unhappy marriage before her husband was tragically killed, Mark is determined to make her his and the way he goes after Kate is romantic, honorable and determined. He changes as a person throughout the course of the novel from tough businessman to a man who wants Kate and her child more than anything else in the world. Ahh…

Cate: Ahh, lovely. :) Tease us with one little thing about your fictional world that makes it different from others.
Rachel: As I live in the UK, my books are always set here and in this story I also take the reader into the world of fame, money and the sometimes scary motivation behind our celebrities in today’s times – this is not just a story of romance, there is a hefty dose of suspense in there too!

Cate: What's next for you?
Rachel: I am currently working on a new romantic suspense novel, again set in the UK and revolving around three childhood ‘summer vacation’ friends (the hero, the heroine & the victim) whose lives are interconnected once more by a tragedy ten years on. I hope to be finished by the end of April.

Cate: What inspired you to draft your first story?
Rachel: My husband! He is adopted and asked me if I thought his biological mother ever thought about him. Well, of course I knew she did and told him so! But it also sparked the thought of what a mother who’d given up her child for adoption would do if she knew that the now teenage child was in serious danger.

Searching For Sophie was published by The Wild Rose Press in 2007 – here is the link:

Cate: Do you have a writing routine?
Rachel: No routine, I simply write in every available minute around my part-time job, my family and the dreaded housework which is often put behind the writing ; )

Cate: I hear ya, lol. Where can readers find you on the web?
Cate: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Rachel: I am always interested to know readers favorite types of heroes/heroines, settings and sub-genres! Tell me more….

Cate: Great question. I'd love to hear the answers too.
Readers, Rachel is giving away an ecopy of Getting it Right This Time to one lucky commenter - so be sure to comment and leave your email address! Rachel will select a winner next Sunday. Good luck!
Thanks for being my guest Rachel! Best of luck to you.


Cate Masters said...

Hi Rachel! Happy Mother's Day and welcome!

Rachel Lyndhurst said...

Hi Rachel and Cate!

I like my heros tall, dark, handsome and rich. Which is incredibly shallow, but who cares.

Mark sounds perfect!


Cathie Dunn said...

Fab interview, Cate & Rachel!

Rachel, good luck with your new release.

Oh, nothing beats a tall, handsome Highlander! ;-)

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Cate, Rachel & Cathie!!

Great to be back visiting with the lovely, Cate - and great to see two ladies from the UK visiting from across the water with me.

Can I ask everyone a question? Ebooks or print? How do you buy your books? i'm convinced we're still buying more print books than publishers like to think. Just a question!

R x

Cate Masters said...

I don't have an ereader, but have bought probably half as many ebooks as print. If I did have an ereader, I'd buy more ebooks - my bookshelves are overflowing!

PamelaTurner said...

Great interview, Rachel! And I agree, lovely cover. Also like the hero is a theatrical agent, but it has nothing to do with my love of the theatre. (Looks off and whistles innocently.)

E-book or print? I buy both in about equal amounts.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Great interview! Rachel, I did not know your husband was the inspiration for Searching for Sophie. Has he searched for his biological mom? I'll bet she longs to meet him, but you never know.

Rachel Brimble said...

Thanks for answering about the ebooks/print - I am having a debate with another writer and feel that people definitely aren't buying ebooks as much as publishers would have us believe. We'll see!

Caroline, my husband has looked for his mother and unfortunately, discovered she has signed a legal agreement saying she does not wish to be found. He was disappointed but not upset as his adoptive parents are fantastic and all he needs.

R x