Hi Rachel! So glad to have you at Spilling the Beans, where we can learn a little bit about you, and your book. Grab a cappuccino and let’s chat. Unless you have another favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
Vanilla Latte is my favorite coffee… with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc coming in as the favorite alcoholic tipple ;)
Fur or feathers, petwise?
Fur – my black Lab, Max is my third child and constant companion.
Love those furry babies. :) Any pet peeves? One thing that really burns your biscuits?
How every member of my family leaves their dirty dishes BY the dishwasher and never actually IN it, GRRR!!!!
Here too. It must be contagious, lol. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Far too much TV – I love British period dramas and US shows such as Castle, Rizzoli & Isles, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. My TV is constant full with shows I’ve recorded!
“Set it up the way you want it to be.” Iyanla Vanzant
Love that. What’s your ideal day like?
Kids go skipping off to school without a single word of back chat, yelling or moaning, I pour myself a large vanilla coffee and sit at the laptop by 8am. The words then flow effortlessly from my fingers until I take the dog for a walk. The sun shines brightly across the fields of England, the sun’s heat pleasantly warm on my skin and when I whistle, Max doesn’t ignore me but comes to heel immediately…we stroll back home without a bark or snarl or sexual advance on any other canine. Then I come back to the laptop and the words flow once again until 3.30 pm.
The children come in, happy to see me with a lovely hug – they run off to their bedrooms eager to start their homework. We have a family dinner after which I run a hot bubble bath and treat myself to a glass of wine…. Okay, this is now even ideal, just fantasy, LOL!
Sounds wonderful. Beethoven, Beatles, Foo Fighters or Keith Urban (what type(s) of music makes you rock out)?
I love a lot of 80s music as well as country rock and soft rock – I haven’t got a favorite artist although I am loving me a bit of Bruno Mars right now… ;)
Does music influence your writing? Do you have a music playlist for your book?
Not at all – the only book I used music was a novella I wrote for The Wild Rose Press which was a part of their Class of ’85 series. I think deep down it was just an excuse to transport myself back to my youth, LOL!
A bit of nostalgia's good for the muse, lol. Which of your characters would you most/least want to hang out with, and why?
Most – Cat from my latest release, “Finding Justice” (Harlequin Superromance). She is fun, feisty, honest and loyal. I want to be her when I grow up J
Least – Nicholas Milne from my upcoming release, “The Seduction of Emily” (E-Kensington). He’s the villain of the story…nasty, nasty, nasty man!
While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
It never fails to surprise me how characters take on a life of their own – I am part plotter/part pantser but no matter what I have planned for my hero and heroine, they will veer off in a different direction at some point and then I have to struggle to get them back on track. I’ve learned to trust my characters but sometimes it’s damn hard to do so!
Where can readers find out more about you?
My latest news is always posted on my blog but I am most active on Twitter where I pop in and out FAR too much all day long, lol! Here’s my links:
Rachel’s latest release – Finding Justice available now from Harlequin Superromance:
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. And as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.
Copyright © 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Upcoming release – The Seduction of Emily by E-Kensington (available for pre-order)
Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble's captivating new novel. . .
Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father's trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily's fortune, and everything she values--except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.
Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother--the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy's bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will's plan changes.
Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible. . .
Thanks for spilling the beans today, Rachel! Best of luck with your releases!