Templeton Cove – the UK’s finest imaginary town!
Mr. B and I are celebrating. The third book in my Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance is released today, YAY! What Belongs To Her is set in the town’s fairground. When Vonnie asked me to write a short piece about the town itself, I jumped at the chance. Why? Because Templeton Cove has become so very special to me that to share it with you, makes me believe it all the more real.
Won't you have some champagne with us? Vonnie has lots chilled and she's made some scrumptious goodies too. Grab a flute and a sweet morsel or two and listen to me tell you about my beloved Templeton Cove.
When I started writing the debut book in the series, Finding Justice, I had no intention of creating a town that I would revisit time and again…but as I neared the end of the book, I knew I couldn’t let the Cove go that easily. I started writing book two, A Man Like Him, pretty much straight away. Thankfully, my agent sold both books to Harlequin fairly quickly and my editor immediately asked me if I’d like to set more books there. Ummm…yes!!
In total, I now have five Templeton books contracted with Harlequin (the fourth will be a Christmas 2014 release). So what is it about this town that I find so hard to leave? Well, Templeton started as a mix of my favorite UK holiday destinations––a blend of Cornwall, Devon and North Wales. I brought all my favorite things about these places into one small town. It has the beaches of Cornwall, the scenery of Devon and the mountains and hills of Wales. In a word, Templeton is gorgeous!
As well as the myriad of pretty boutique shops and hip bars, Templeton boasts a fabulous beach restaurant, The Oceanside which is situated on stilts so its views across the ocean are second-to-none. It has a fairground, the bakery (run by the infamous Marian Cohen), a caravan park and planked boardwalk. It’s just a wonderful place where I’d love to live!
She's ready to take back what's hers.
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family's fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it's time to act, and backing down from the man's estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past.
Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha's best defense. But there's more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.
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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 and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013 and she has since signed for three more.
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.
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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