Please welcome my fellow Wild Rose Press author, Rachel Brimble.
Hi, Rachel, and thanks for being my guest today! Tell us about your newest release, Love’s Debt.
My latest release will be available from The Wild Rose Press on September 5th – this is my first historical work since “The Arrival of Lily Curtis” so I am super excited! Here’s the blurb:
To keep herself from the depths of poverty, Milly Shepherd needs to be appointed manager of the Red Lion Tavern. The elderly owner is in failing health and has promised her the job permanently if no one more suitable applies. Milly will fight with her entire being to make the job her own.
Joseph Jacobs needs to supplement his income to pay off his father’s creditors and save him from debtor’s prison. Though the job as manager of the local tavern looks promising, Milly is favored by both the owner and customers. Instead, Joseph swallows his pride and agrees to tend bar.
As they work together, their attraction grows, their goals cross, and both Millie and Joseph find they must face their fears …the question is whether they face them alone or together?
What are you working on now? Do you have any releases scheduled for this year?
Right now, I am working on book 2 of what I hope to be a trilogy with Harlequin Superromance. They have contracted book 1, a romantic suspense set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove so fingers crossed, they like book 2, lol!
Book 1 is scheduled for release in January 2013 – “Finding Justice” is the story of two summer vacation friends and one time lovers, who reunit when their mutual friend is found murdered on the hero’s land. They join forces to find her killer—and each other.
What are your writing goals for this year?
I’m on schedule for what I had planned at the start of the year so that’s good! To meet every goal I need to finish another novel and novella by Christmas. If I do that, I will have met my target of two novellas and two full-length novels. Phew-wee!!
Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?
I have to say, Joseph from “Love’s Debt” is most definitely one of my favorite heroes – he is just so masculine and honorable. He has gone from riches to rags but holds himself tall no matter what adversities he’s had to face. His love for Milly is strong and real…what a man! J
Where is your favorite place in the world?
With God’s good grace, I plan to do lots more travelling but the one place I have to go back to each year is a log cabin we hire each summer in Wales. It is in a remote area with little else there but fresh air, mountains and a beach. It is beautiful and where I feel more relaxed there than anywhere else. I recently posted some pictures from this year’s trips on my blog – here’s the link:
Who influenced your decision to become a writer?
It was more of a ‘calling’ than a decision – I’ve written stories since a very young age, first inspired by Enid Blyton’s fabulous Famous Five and Secret Seven stories. As a young teenager, I decided I wanted to become a journalist but circumstances changed and I had to find a job rather than university. Ten years followed where I worked in a bank and then along came my babies!
Once baby number 2 was at school, I hit the computer with gusto in a ‘now or never’ moment – the rest is history! J
Also: These are few of my favorite things:
1. Jelly donuts
2. Dry white wine
3. The TV programme “Castle”
Joseph Jacobs closed the tavern door behind him and paused a moment to take in his surroundings. As a man used to looking over his shoulder and sensing trouble, experience taught him to be aware of others before they became aware of you. He narrowed his gaze. The meager number of patrons at the tables surprised him at an hour when he expected the bar to be fairly busy. He glanced at the clock; maybe it wasn’t time for the workers yet.
He shifted his gaze to the woman standing beneath the clock and his heart kicked. Her green-gold eyes held him where he stood. She stared and Joseph swallowed, willing some words to come forth from his frozen tongue or at least a smile to curve his paralyzed lips.
She lifted her eyebrows and slowly pulled a cloth from her shoulders. Her hair was a mass of fire-tipped curls around her oval face, her skin creamy-white and her parted lips, a soft delicate pink. Joseph cleared his throat and belatedly removed his hat.
“Good evening, miss.”
Her smile slipped easily into place. “Good evening to you, sir.” Her voice was smooth, clear and full of confidence. “Are you looking to quench your thirst or just planning on soaking up the atmosphere?”
Joseph inhaled a long breath through flared nostrils as if trying to smell her. Something told him she’d smell of lavender…or maybe musk. Something to throw a man off guard, to lower his defenses.
He stepped forward. “Neither. I am looking for the landlord. Would you happen to know if he’s available?”
Her gaze lingered on his a moment longer before she looked to the four glasses at the table beside her. She grasped them expertly between her fingers and carried them behind the bar without answering his question.
Joseph couldn’t take his gaze from the natural sway of her hips beneath the deep burgundy dress she wore, the bustle a little too prominent for the current fashion showing her lack of money to afford better. Why else would a woman with the features of an artist’s model be working in a tavern unless necessity demanded it?
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. She started writing short stories about eight years ago but once her children were at school, embarked on her first novel. It was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had several books published with small presses as well as securing her first contract with Harlequin Superromance in May 2012.
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. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused…
You can find Rachel at: