Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Rachel Brimble Introduces Templeton Cove

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! 
I will soon be sending in the first three chapters and synopsis of my final contracted book of the series – I would love to write more so watch this space and pray my editor thinks the same!
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!





Champagne and Cotton Candy -- a new elegant party combination. They say it's all the rage...somewhere...


Rachel Brimble said...

Hi V!

Glad for you to host this fabulous party for me...I'm sure the guests will arrive soon! ;)

Rachel xx

Margo Hoornstra said...

Beautiful blog post, ladies. Fantastic little town you've created, Rachel. I would so like to live there too. Best of luck as your career speeds on and on.

Nancy Jardine said...

Congratulations, Rachel! You've been so busy lately I lost count somewhere along late 2013 re what's been published now. Well done and may the ideas keep flowing. :-)

Jannine Gallant said...

Small town romances are my favorites! I am sooo not a city girl, and your small town sounds wonderful. Best of luck with this one!

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Margo! Hi Nancy!

So lovely to see you ladies here - it's been too long since we last spoke :(

Where does the time go? I find I am so busy working, running after two teenagers, a husband and dog that my bed is my most welcome destination these days, lol!

So glad you want to live in Templeton as much as I do, Margo - the place is incredibly real to me! This is my twelfth book, Nancy. I can hardly believe it myself ;)

Rachel x

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Jannine,

I am loving seeing all my Wild Rose Press ladies here! That's why I created a small town - I am not a city girl either. Does anyone watch Cedar Cove? Templeton is not dissimilar to that. I swear I created it before I saw the show though, lol!

Rachel x

Marion Crook said...

Congratulations, Rachel. The champagne was wonderful. Good luck.

Rachel Brimble said...

Thanks, Marion! Great to see you here...shall we have another glass or two?? It's 7pm here in the UK, after all ;)

Rachel x

Angela Adams said...

Vonnie knows how to throw a party! Rachel, congratulations on the new release!

Rachel Brimble said...

Thanks, Angela and thanks for stopping by - if there's one thing I know about Vonnie, is the woman is up for a smile and laughter. "Party" is her middle name, lol!

Rachel x

JoAnn Ainsworth said...

Congratulations, Rachel. Sending good thoughts the publisher wants more.

Calisa Rhose said...

These sound like a wonderful set, Rachel! I love the sound of your little town on the beach. Congrats and fingers crossed the last book will sell too!
Cheers and a toast to your success!

Rachel Brimble said...

Thanks for stopping by, JoAnn and Calisa and for your good thoughts! Book 5 is under contract so we'll wait to see what happens after that. Fingers crossed!

Rachel x