Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Straight Chatting from the Library: Rachel Brimble

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What is your reading comfort zone?

Contemporary romance, romantic suspense or biographies of real-life historical figures. These are the type of books that I pick up time and again and never tire of. My fascination with past British kings and queens borders on obsessive.

How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

Not very often – I like to read the crime from time to time, but not often. My favourite crimes writers are Alex Grecian and CJ Sansom who both write crime fiction set in the past, Victorian and Tudor, respectively. I love visiting these periods and a good murder always keeps me hooked to the end.

Can you read in the car?

Yes, I can read anywhere! I know reading in the car makes a lot of people feel sick, but I haven’t experienced that yet. I think I become so immersed in the story that I forget I’m moving, lol!

What makes you love a book?

The characters - I tend to read and write character driven stories rather than plot driven. I think it’s imperative a reader cares about the characters or the author is in danger of losing the reader entirely. I like characters to grip me within the first two chapters.

What will inspire you to recommend a book?

How quickly I read it and how much I think about the story and characters once I’m done. I read A LOT and by reading so much, books can get lost amongst others so when a story really holds me and I’m still thinking about it weeks later, I know it’s a winner for me and possibly a lot of others, too.

Favorite reading snack?

I’m not much of a snacker, but I do love to sit with a chilled glass of white wine while reading. Bliss!

Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

There have been quite a few over the years, but I’d prefer not to name them for fear of putting someone off trying a book they might love…or sounding bitter about its success, lol!

My question for your readers – how much does a book cover influence your choice whether or not to buy a book? Do you know authors have little input with regards to covers? Do you think that’s fair?


When local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.

While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.

Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.


Sensing her discomfort, he stopped and leaned against the bureau. God, did he frighten her? Surely not, or she wouldn’t be here. Or did she sense his attraction toward her and would do all she could to deflect it? He didn’t doubt for one minute his eyes gave away his appreciation whenever he looked at her.

He lifted the can to his lips. “So, what have you been thinking about?”

She tapped a peach-painted nail on the bureau. “This.”

“The bureau?”

“Principal White’s bureau.”

He frowned. “How did you know it was hers?”

“She mentioned you were working on a bureau for her when I was in the school office. I assumed this is it.”

“It is.”

“Good, because that makes it all the easier for me to give you your first assignment.”

“You want me to talk to her.”

She smiled, took a few tentative steps closer to him. “Got it in one, Watson.”

He smiled, pleased to see genuine mischief shining in her eyes. “I’m Watson?”


“So that makes you Holmes. Not sure I like being anyone’s sidekick.”

Another couple of steps closer until no more than a couple of feet separated them. She met his eyes and his heart kicked. Her V-neck shirt was just the right side of professional. Yet, the way it revealed her collarbones and hugged her full breasts made him want to reach out and pull her into his arms, kiss her, taste her…

“You’re staring, Watson.”

He blinked and snapped his gaze from her breasts, rare heat hitting his face. “Sorry. You look nice.”

“Thanks.” She raised her eyebrows and nodded toward his chest. “So do you.”

He smiled. “Why don’t we go inside? It’s way too hot out here.”


Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage 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. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. 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.

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

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