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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Rachel Brimble and 16 Marsden Place

Hi, my lovelies, have I got a treat for you. One of my Critique Partners--the British one--is visiting today. Her name is Rachel Brimble and her writing career is taking off big time. She's agreed to let me be nosy and interview her. Whoot!
1.   What is the story behind your book title?

16 Marsden Place is my heroine’s home address and where most of the book takes place. It is also the property that is the center of the book’s entire controversy. Sienna (my heroine) runs a sexy lingerie shop and at the opening of the book, it is likely to foreclose due to an astronomical rent increase. She takes the decision to move the business to her home address…next door to hunky single parent, Jack Beaton. This is when the fun really begins! ;)

Oh, do tell!!! I'm intrigued already. Now, what part of the writing process brings you the most pleasure? The most angst?

This changes daily depending on my mood, lol! If things are going well, nothing give me more pleasure than writing a scene that lifts the little hairs on my neck, or has me grinning or crying along with my characters. I also know that I’m in the minority of writers who LOVE tackling the revisions and/or edits that come back from my editors. I really enjoy seeing and appreciating their take on my creation. I never disregard a comment or suggestion they make - ever!

The process that gives me the most angst is plotting or those times I get bogged down in the technicalities. Have I ‘upped the stakes’/’concentrated on character arc/written a significant ‘black moment’. Once I start to doubt I’ve got all the supposed elements in my book rather than writing instinctively, things ground to a horrible halt. I sometimes wonder if that will ever change… sigh

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on book four of my ongoing Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance. This will be a Christmas 2014 book and features two brand new characters to the Cove for the hero and heroine, alongside some of my most favorite secondary characters who have featured in each book. Finding Justice was released in February, A Man Like Him is out in August and What Belongs to Her will be available in March 2014. SO excited!

If your new release were being made into a movie who would you cast to play your heroine and hero?
16 Marsden Place is my first romantic comedy since 2010 and was so much fun to write! Many readers and reviewers have asked me if I’ll be writing a sequel for two of the secondary characters, so watch this space! I’m a very visual writer and the two images I used for Sienna and Jack while writing are two actors from Grey’s Anatomy. Kate Walsh for Sienna and Eric Dane for Jack.

Now, let's do a FAST FIVE:
1.   Heels, sneakers or flip-flops?
Flip flops – used to be heels all the way until I hit 37, lol!
     2.   Chocolate, champagne or cheesecake?
Oooh, tough one! Can I have champagne with cheesecake??
3.   Any tattoos?
     4.   Long hair, short hair or weave?
Long hair – and very, very curly! Hasn’t been cut professionally since my wedding day, 15 years ago.
     5.   Straight stick or automatic?
Stick – as I’m in the UK, stick is a lot more common than in the US.

There isn't a situation that can't be fixed by a coat of chocolate body paint or a liberal smear of Champagne Lick, right? Wrong!

Ever since her father was murdered by a gang of youths, Sienna Lloyd has named herself Potterford's protector--her sexy lingerie shop is a place where the town's women can visit and feel safe. But when that shop is in danger of closing, Sienna needs a solution that will keep her in Potterford, where she can always look out for her mother, friends, and clients.

The answer? Move the shop to her home at 16 Marsden Place. The problem? Her new neighbor, the delicious but seriously uptight Jack Beaton. Oh, and his four-year-old twin girls.

Jack has just moved to the tiny town of Potterford in a bid to start over. To build a new life that keeps his children safe from his alcoholic ex-wife. So when he discovers his neighbor intends to open a sex shop right next door, Jack will do anything to ensure it doesn't happen... including fighting every ounce of his attraction to the shop's owner and his innate need to trust again.

       Sienna pulled into her driveway feeling a million times more optimistic than she had before she’d met with Kelsey. She’d only just cut the engine when an ear-splitting scream came from outside the car. She sat bolt upright.
The sight that greeted her didn’t bode well for the quiet night she hankered for.
Yet a traitorous smile tugged at her lips. Why did those twins have to be so cute? Sienna watched Holly and Katy run back and forth across the front yard, and a burst of laughter bubbled in her throat. If her guess was right as to which twin was which, it was Katy who screamed hysterically in one continual stream of terror while Holly chased her with what looked suspiciously like dog poo on the end of a stick.
“You’re a little firecracker, my girl,” Sienna said, laughing. She then turned to see Blue Eyes was also in the yard, and she groaned. Now that was just cruel.
Clearly, Jack Beaton possessed the same unfathomable gift all parents of young kids seem to have—the innate ability to completely zone out to the chaos that erupts all around them and walk about as though they’re alone in a silent meadow. But it wasn’t the way Jack calmly steered a wheelbarrow around the lawn that made Sienna’s heart race, nor the way he stopped and held up a rather raggedy-looking tulip bulb and smelled it, as though checking what it was.
What injected lust into her loins like liquid aphrodisiac would be his half-naked state of undress. His back made a perfect triangle, tapering down to a hard, buff ass encased in what had to surely be tailor-made Levi’s. A film of perspiration glinted along the length of his naked, golden spine as muscles rippled beneath the skin in all their sinewy glory.
Sienna sighed. It was pointless denying he caused sensations in her that hadn’t been stirred for a mighty long time. She ran the tip of her tongue over dry lips and squeezed her thighs together to stem the throbbing. Why did a man who looked like that have to move in next door when she had so many problems? Damn, if she hadn’t already felt as though her entire existence teetered on a precipice, she might have tried to get used to the idea of kids for some up-close and personal time with a guy like that.
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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.

She has just recently signed a further three-book contract with Harlequin Superromance, continuing her ongoing series set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove.

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!


Anonymous said...

Morning Ladies. Great interview, Rachel. I love the sound of the book and am thinking that it might be purchased this afternoon with my Amazon gift voucher. (Think it was the Eric Dane visual that tipped it for me)

Sandra Dailey said...

Sounds great, Rachel. I can't wait to read it. Good luck and great sales.

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Deborah & Sandra!!

So great to see you ladies, here :) It was funny how two Grey's Anatomy characters popped into my head with these two...but they couldn't be more different than the personas on the TV program, lol!

Hope you enjoy - be sure to let me know :)

Rachel x

Dixie Lee Brown said...

Sounds wonderful, Rachel. My copy is in that Kindle somewhere. Can't wait to start reading! Best of luck.

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Dixie!

Let me know how you get on with it! I loved your debut novel with Avon and looking forward to the next one. How is number 3 coming along? It's so exciting to get offered a multi-book contract...and then the reality sets in, lol!

Rachel x

Angela Adams said...

Hello, Rachel, so great to see you at "Vintage Vonnie." I love your title, "16 Marsden Place," sounds like a great title for a television mini-series. Best wishes with your book!

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Angela!

Thanks for stopping by - funny you should say that about the mini-series because my editor as well as several readers and reviewers have asked me to write a sequel revolving around Sienna's best friend. I have so much on at the moment, but will endeavor to get their story written one day, lol!

Rachel x