Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Straight Chatting from the Library: Rachel Brimble

Rachel Brimble has stopped by The Library today as part of her Virtual Book Tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. Rachel will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can see the other stops on the tour here:

Thanks for stopping by, Rachel. What are you reading right now?
Jump! By Jilly Cooper (fabulous British bonkbuster writer) and Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr (number 3 in her Virgin River series) – I am FAR behind in this series having only discovering Robyn last year. Shame on me!

One book at a time or multiples?
To read or write? ;) To write, it is one book at a time…although I am usually editing one and promoting another so I’m always super busy. To read, I usually have at least two books on the go (three if you include the Kindle). I like to have a hardback for bed time reading and a paperback for in the bath and when I’m walking the dog! The Kindle is for the car when I’m waiting to pick the kids up from here, there and everywhere…

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)
Bookmark – always! I’m a stickler for looking after my books – the kids learned from a very young age to steer clear of mummy’s books too. They still approach the shelves with caution and they’re fourteen and twelve, lol!

Least favorite book you've read this year?
The Ladies Paradise – Emile Zola. I picked this up because I loved the BBC adaptation (The Paradise) that ran in the UK last year (season 2 coming later this year) and wanted to read it the book that inspired it. I was really disappointed because the pace was so slow – maybe if I would’ve read the book before the TV adaptation, I might have enjoyed it more. Who knows?

Favorite book you've read this year?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – just fabulous. You need to read this book!

When do you do most of your reading?
I read every day without fail – even it’s only a few pages. My usual routine is 30-40 pages while walking the dog (every day) and then another 20 languishing in the bath on an evening. Two or three times a week, I have an early night away from the TV and take myself to bed with a book. I usually manage at least 50 pages before the eyes start drooping. That’s no reflection on the book or author, I am usually dog tired by 11pm!

Favorite genre?
Romantic suspense and historicals set against the backdrop of the British monarchy. Nora Roberts and Tess Gerritsen are fabulous romantic suspense authors, and Philippa Gregory is my absolute favorite for historicals. Highly recommend her Tudor and Cousins’ War series.

Re-reader or not?
The only book I have ever re-read is Gone With The Wind – I’ve read that every ten years just because I love it so much. I am obsessed with the American Civil War and really hope to write a book set in that time one day but scared, as a Brit, I won’t do the era justice. Other than GWTW, I don’t re-read. Confession time: I have over 200 books on my shelves waiting to be read – if I never bought another book, I’d have enough reading material to last six or seven years!

About the Author:
Rachel lives with her husband and two young 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. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013.

16 Marsden Place with Omnific Publishing is her first romantic comedy since 2010.

She has just signed a further three-book contract with Harlequin Superromance.

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 and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England…although she hopes a dream visit to Canada might just change her mind!

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!


Changing her life...again

After two years in hiding, Angela Taylor knows her independence is worth it. As long as she can escape her past, she has everything under control. Until a flash flood hits the park where she works, and hot Chris Forrester shows up the exact moment she needs a hero.

Chris proves he can save lives-and weaken a girl's knees. But how can she make him understand that she's off-limits, that getting close to her will endanger his life? Her happiness or his safety: it shouldn't even be a choice.

Because when you love someone, you protect them, no matter the cost. At least, that's what Angela keeps telling herself....

Buy the book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Harlequin.


  1. Even though I have a lot of books on my reading list, I do re-read favourites. Some I re-visit each year.


    1. What are some of your favourites, Mary?? I love hearing about new books I haven't discovered yet :)

      Rachel x

  2. I enjoyed the interview and learning more about you.


  3. What? Only 200 books on your TBR shelf? You should take a look at the bookshelves behind me right now! I have over 1100 books waiting to be read; This includes print, titles in anthologies (4 titles = 4 numbers in the list) and ebooks on my Kindle. My prayer is: "Dear God, Please let me live long enough to read my TBR pile." I don't re-read books either.

    Question for you: Do you find it difficult at all to read a book while writing one in the same genre? Does what you read ever influence what you write?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. I am impressed that you are able to read while walking the dog, I'd get pulled around or trip and fall on something for sure. Great multi-tasking

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  5. Rachel...I had to look up the word "bonkbuster" was a new term for me but I love it!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com