Friday, May 8, 2015

Author Interview & Giveaway - What a Woman Desires by Rachel Brimble



by Rachel Brimble



From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart…? 

Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible. 

Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up...



Thomas clenched his jaw as Monica tightened her arms around his waist. He longed to feel the weight of her head on his back, too, but knew well enough she would not lean on him considering the dark cloud under which he left Marksville the night before. He purposely kept Jake at a slow walk, wanting this closeness between him and Monica to last as long as possible. He’d been foolish enough to wake this morning, thinking the night apart had strengthened his resolve and he would be strong enough to accept her as his employer and nothing else. 

Now he was with her, the notion was laughable—but one he must adhere to. 

He needed to play nice and convince her staying at Marksville wouldn’t mean the future she dreaded. If he could do that, he would keep his father’s legacy intact and maybe, one day, his son would take the reins and become a groom to the Danes family as two generations had before him. She had to understand positions like his and Mrs. Seton’s weren’t just jobs, they were a livelihood, a lifestyle, and treasured way of life. 

He’d come out of the stable yard astride Jake, and as soon as he had seen Monica standing alone, her head back and her breasts thrust forward, nothing of his job entered his mind. Only pure, unadulterated attraction had surged through him. The sun glowed on her dark hair like a million dancing lights and, with her hands on her hips, her delicate figure taunted him with forbidden possibility that had lingered in his subconscious forever. Even in mourning, the woman was beautiful.


Talking with Rachel Brimble!

What is your writing environment? 

I am lucky enough to have my own home office––which is also my haven. I have a beautiful white desk, with gorgeous trays, candles and bookcases crammed with books. I love escaping to work there.

Who is your perfect hero/heroine and why?

I love to write and read about passionate, strong and principled characters that strive hard for their goals, but not to the detriment of others. I enjoy angst equally as much as joy and think to write a great romance, a reader needs to feel the same ups and downs as the hero and heroine.

What authors have caught your interest lately and why?

I have recently discovered crime writer Alex Grecian – author of a Victorian crime series set during the Ripper era. I love the Victorian era (which is why I write Victorian romance!), but throw in an eerie element of crime and I am hooked. I highly recommend Alex’s Murder Squad series.

What type of book have you always wanted to write?

As I write mainstream romance, romantic suspense and Victorian romance, I am pretty much writing everything I’ve always wanted to write J Having said that, I am starting to plot a Georgian trilogy and would also like to write a women’s fiction novel in the future…or maybe crime. Still plenty to explore!

Top 3 things on your bucket list?

Stay in Nora Roberts’ hotel in Maryland

Visit Graceland

See the Northern lights 

(I predict much travelling in my future!)

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?

I was very lucky with this novel in that the heroine, Monica Danes, pushed herself forward in the preceding book, The Temptation of Laura. I only ever intended Monica to be a secondary character, but during the writing of this book, she really wouldn’t stop talking. I knew she deserved her past and present stories to be told and What A Woman Desires was born! The book is a reunion story between Monica, an upper-middle class heiress turned actress and her family’s groom, Thomas Ashby.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?

Ooh, so many! I love the first scene the hero and heroine reunite…the love scene…the scene where they surrender to their long-held feelings…

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?

I am currently waiting the artwork for my new Harlequin Superromance novel, Her Hometown Redemption – this is the fifth book in my Templeton Cove series (all books can be read stand-alone) and is released September 1st 2015.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to read (obviously!), knit, walk the beautiful English countryside and socialize with friends and family. Oh, and drink chilled white wine…there has to be wine!

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?

I haven’t had my hair professionally cut in 17 years – it is so curly, I get away with a quick trim from my husband or one of my teenage daughters, lol!

AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

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. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013, followed by a second in January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015.  

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 and beloved black Lab, Max. 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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Rachel Brimble will be awarding a signed paperback copy of What A Woman Desires & tote bag - open internationally.  Follow the tour HERE