Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! This is a forum where I’ll feature an author who will answer 10 questions about their book and a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
Today I’d like to introduce you to author Rachel Brimble! She’s an awesome lady who I first met because she’s an author with The Wild Rose Press. She writes wonderful stories and has a new release out with Harlequin Super Romance. She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4, and then an excerpt of her book Finding Justice 🙂
Hi Rachel, thanks for joining me for 10 – 4 Tuesday…I hope you’re ready for some fun 🙂
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in South West England, near the historical city of Bath – married to 15 years to my wonderful and supportive husband. We have two teenager daughters and I’m also mom to my mad black Labrador, Max. When I’m not writing, I love to read, knit, walk the English countryside or slouch in front of the TV with a nice glass of chilled white wine.
The Wild Rose Press published my first novel in 2007 and I have had at least one novel published per year since. I currently write romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for eKensington.
What’s genre (s) do you write?
See above! In the past, I have also written romantic comedy and mainstream romance. I like to mix things up 🙂
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. But as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.
Terrific blurb, Rachel. Describe your hero in five words.
Ooh, tough one! Okay, here goes:
Hero – Jay Garrett
Intelligent, caring, determined, masculine, survivor
Now your heroine.
Heroine – Cat Forrester
Tough, loving, loyal, feisty, sexy
How do you go about choosing your characters names?
With difficulty! I know for some authors their characters’ names come to them as they get to know each character better, but that’s never happened for me. I start each book with a setting or premise and then find the characters to tell the story. Their names usually come when I am completing the character sketch sheets. Although I have been known to demand my kids give me a name and I go with it, LOL!
LMBO…I love that. At least you’re getting the kids involved. How did you come up with the idea for this book?
The setting rather the story itself inspired Finding Justice. Although Templeton Cove is a fictional UK seaside town, it is based on a real town in Dorest, England. I holidayed there as a child and on a visit a few years ago, I imagined a murder and knew it was the heroine’s friend. It just took me a while to work out the rest!
What makes Finding Justice different than other books in the same genre?
I’m very proud to say, as far as I know (and my editor knows), Finding Justice is the first ever Superromance to feature all British characters in a British setting. I’m very proud of that and thrilled Harlequin is willing to consider an ongoing series. So far the reviews for Finding Justice have been great. It’s such a relief that readers love Templeton Cove as much as me!
That’s awesome Rachel…congratulations! What’s the one thing you like best about being an author?
The illusion that I might possess an ounce of intelligence, LOL! People often say things to me like, “You’re so clever. I could never write a book” or “Wow, it’s amazing how you come up with these story ideas.” Little do they know I am clearly not right in the head and never had any formal writing education. Sooner or later, I’ll wake up and realize my success is just a Dallas style dream.
It’s not a dream Rachel. I’ve read some of your work and you are in fact a wonderful writer. In your own words, tell us about one of your favorite scenes from this book.
This is so difficult because every scene means so much to me in this book – I just loved writing it…hence why I want to write more and more stories set in this town! Okay, one of the scenes that jumps to mind is told in Jay’s (the hero) POV and he knows he needs to confess his mistakes to Cat (the heroine) before there is any chance of them moving forward in their relationship or the investigation. They are outside, lying on their backs, side by side underneath the stars. He tells her about his addiction, how he feels responsible for their friend’s murder––the entire scene leaves Jay emotional raw and vulnerable, with no idea of how Cat will react. There’s something great about a man leaving himself open to rejection…I know, not a very nice person am I? LOL! 😉
What’s your current WIP?
Right now, I am writing the first draft of what I hope will be book three in the Templeton Cove series. The proposal is with my editor so hopefully Harlequin will offer me a lovely new contact soon. Fingers crossed!
This book features two brand new characters and it’s mainstream romance rather than romantic suspense as the first two books. Sasha Robinson is desperate to get the Funland fairground back in her family after being taken over by the local crime lord, who is now serving time in prison. Everything is going to plan and just as she’s ready to make him an offer, hoping it’s one he can’t refuse, his son turns up to take over where his father left off and that’s when Sasha’s problem really begin…
Fingers crossed for you….I’m sure you’ll get wonderful news!
Now the 4:
What kitchen utensil would you be and why?
An electric whisk – I’m efficient, get the job done in the minimum time, often noisy and love cakes!
What’s your favorite sandwich? How do you go about making it?
Is it boring that I love tuna mayo on granary bed?? Plenty of mayo, plenty of tuna, topped with diced cucumber and I’m happy 🙂
Everything you write suddenly starts coming true and you want to use your powers for good…what would your next book be about?
After watching Comic Relief (huge UK TV extravaganza raising money to help the poverty and desperation in Africa), I would write a story that resulted in enough money that every house was provided with enough mosquito nets for the entire family and the senseless dying of children would end. Children in Africa are dying by the millions from malaria – a net costs £5…
What’s the most amount of money you’ve found while doing laundry? And what did you do with it?
£10 note in my husband’s jeans – I gave it back to him…of course I did 😉
Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4. I had fun getting to know you better 🙂 Please share an excerpt of your book 🙂
Cat didn’t want the gentle caring lover who worried about hurting her, worried about being her first. That was before. She’d been with other men since and today she was a grown woman. Exhaling as his teeth nipped at her neck, she relished the erotic pain mixed with pleasure as it washed over her senses.
“I want to touch you,” she whispered. “All of you.”
Drawing away from him, she inched back until she sat upright against his groin. Feminine power roared through her blood as the delicious feel of his erection through his jeans touched her naked thigh. With her gaze locked on his, Cat slowly unbuttoned her blouse. His eyes widened and his jaw grew tight as she tossed it to the side and reached around to unhitch her bra.
She flung it to the side, her nipples tightening under his gaze. “Your turn.”
He sat up and their faces were barely inches apart. Lust swirled in his as hunger raged and desire burned. He clasped one naked breast in his hand, massaged it possessively, swallowing Cat’s shocked gasp with his mouth. Her arousal sky-rocketed and she fumbled for the hem of his t-shirt before roughly yanking it over his head. Their lips separated for seconds before reclaiming as they fell back onto the bed.
Her breasts and torso nestled against the soft brush of hair running across the middle of his chest and down his flat-board stomach. Her heart swelled and her mind emptied when he moaned her name.
He tilted her to the side so she lay on her back and Cat fell into his gaze, unaware of anything but him. The sexy lift at the corner of his mouth sent her insides into a girlish loop-the-loop as their connection slammed into place and locked. She fought the fear of it, the resistance; they were joined in finding their friend’s killer and they were joined in their anger and passion. They were joined.
However temporary, it didn’t make what was happening less tantric. His fingers smoothed over her thigh and she clamped her teeth together. His progress was tortuously slow, her body trembling with anticipation.
Silent understanding passed between them and Cat disregarded the emotional tidal wave rising inside her, threatening to destroy every intimate barrier she’d so meticulously erected since her mum’s demise. This was Jay. Her Jay. He wouldn’t hurt her, wouldn’t ask for more than she could give. She was safe. She swallowed, safe as a wooden house in the line of a smoldering fire.
:)So excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday! Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book(s) online 🙂