Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Welcome Rachael Brimble

Thursday September 22, 2011

Woohoo! Today, I welcome back the fabulous Rachael Brimble. That's her with Jodi Picoult. Cool, huh.

Rachael doesn't know it but we have so much in common--beside being Wild Rose authors. We both live near Bath, except her Bath is richer in history and is across 'the pond.' We both love big dogs. She has a Labrador named Max and I have an Irish Setter named Mac. And we both love taking walks in the country side (while dreaming of our next books) followed by a good glass of wine.

So let's learn more about Rachael and what she's been up to..

Rachael, you recently had a new release. Could you tell us a little about it?

Paying The Piper is my sixth full-length novel. It is different than anything I’ve written before and I absolutely love it. Hope my readers do too! Here’s the blurb:

Nightclub manager Grace Butler is on a mission to buy the pub where her
mother's ashes are scattered but the owner wants to sell to anyone but her. And that owner happens to be her father...who has a secret she will do anything to discover.

Social worker and all around good guy Jimmy Betts needs funds to buy a house for three special kids before their care home closes. Time is running out and he's desperate for cash. He agrees to a one-time 'job' for bad-man Karl Butler. But in a sudden turn of events, Jimmy finds himself employed by Karl's beautiful, funny and incredibly sexy daughter, Grace. Their lives couldn't be more different, yet one thread binds them: they're both trying to escape the bonds of their fathers. Maybe the only way they'll be free is by being together, instead of alone.

Sounds like a great read. You have an amazing backlist. Would you like to tell us a little about it?

Thank you! I enjoy writing across the sub-genres of romance so my backlist is varied. My list of published books so far is:

Searching For Sophie – romantic suspense with The Wild Rose Press
Reluctant Witness – romantic suspense with The Wild Rose Press
The Sharp Points of a Triangle – romantic comedy with Eternal Press
The Arrival of Lily Curtis – Victorian romance with The Wild Rose Press
Transatlantic Loving (Class of ’85 series) – contemporary romance novella with The Wild Rose Press
Getting It Right This Time – contemporary romance with Lyrical Press.

What is the worst advice you’ve heard, to you or an author?

“If you want to write romance start with Mills & Boon (UK arm of Harlequin). They are so easy to write, you could manage at least four a year.” Say no more…Lol..

I've never heard that. Just the opposite matter of fact.

So, what kind of books do you read, before the glass of wine?

I read anything and everything! I usually have three books on the go at any one time. One hardback novel, one paperback novel and a biography. The novels are usually romantic suspense, women’s fiction or crime. Biographies tend to be about past kings and queens – The Tudors and Elizabeth I are my favourite reads.

I read several books at a time too. That's another thing we have in common. Cool.

I'm a goal setter. Are you?

Absolutely! I set daily and yearly goals. The daily goals are set in the morning but are usually made up of 2,000 words and two blogs or interviews. I am lucky enough to be able to write full-time at the moment…until the kids get home!
Yearly goals for this year were – get an agent, Done! Two books published, Done! And two novellas…not done, lol!

That's amazing. Kudos to you.

Tell us, how can readers contact you?

I am always available to chat and love hearing from my readers:

Very good. Now, will you share a excerpt from your new release, 'Paying The Piper'?

Absolutely! Here you go, and I've decided to give away a prize today to one reader who leaves a comment.

A prize?

Yes. An e-copy of Paying The Piper or one of my backlist novels. Winner's choice.

Very cool. Thanks, Rachael! You can post the winner anytime your ready. Now let's read the excerpt. Enjoy, everyone.

Paying The Piper excerpt:

She sat bolt upright. “Where are you going?”

“To the soup kitchen. Four of my kids have been helping out down there today, so if you don’t need me ‘til seven--”

“Can I come?”


“What?” Gerald echoed.

Jimmy stared at her. Was she serious? But knew he wouldn’t refuse her when her eyes were wide with that damn innocent doe-eyed look again and her cheeks flushed pink. He swallowed, clenched his hands into fists inside his pockets.

“You want to come to the soup kitchen?” he asked, hoping against hope he’d gotten the wrong end of the proverbial stick.

She winked, and it had as much the same effect as if she’d wrapped her hand around his penis. “Why not?”

He opened his mouth. Shut it. Opened it, took a breath, but still nothing came out. Her smile widened. “Cat got your tongue, Jimmy Boy?”

Just a few short days ago at her mother’s pub, he’d wanted to ravish her, possess her, let her know what she did to him. And now the same desire coursed through his veins again. She never stopped surprising him and it just added more fuel to the already burning fire.

“And why would you want to do that?” he asked.

“Beats going into the club early,” she said, brushing past him.

She wandered across the room. Her slender body sashaying around the furniture and then her piece de resistance was to snake all five feet nine inches of it across the oblong dining table to grab her bag--the sight of her perfect ass and even better legs sent Jimmy’s senses skyrocketing. His nostrils flared. Grace by name, Grace by nature. She was beautiful, sexy, funny, and he didn’t doubt for one minute she knew exactly what the sight of her did to him.

She turned around and hitched the bag onto her shoulder. “My life is sad. I’ve got nothing else planned for the afternoon. Come on, Jimmy, help me show my father I have a life away from him. Even if it is a complete lie, for now.”

He threw his hands in the air. “Fine.”


  1. Looks like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway!


  2. Great excerpt, Rachael! Sounds like my kind of book. :-) I had to laugh at the "like" you and Autumn share of walking in the countryside, dreaming of your next books. I do that too, except I usually am on the hunt for places or settings where my characters can discover dead bodies. :-) My son and I will sometimes walk together and point these spots out to each other, then wonder what people would think if they could hear us! Congratulations on the new book! Wishing you much success.

  3. Hi Rachel,

    You do have a very varied (g) backlist. I'm always envious of someone who can juggle so many different types of worlds. I have enough trouble just keeping my contemporaries on track!

    Congrats again on the latest release!


  4. Hello ladies! Congrats on another super sounding release, Rachel.

  5. I find myself lost in thought quite often, working out a scene in my book (talking to myself of course). I love the concept of your new book. Congratulations on the release.

  6. Congrats on the new release! Sounds awesome.

  7. Fun interview with you comparing your likes. It's always so cool to meet a sister in spirit. The book excerpt makes the read tempting. Keep writing, Rachel. I look forward to reading your book.

  8. Wow, look at you guys all giving up your time to come and say hello! Really, really appreciate it and your comments. I love writing across the genres although I do tend to commit myself to too much sometimes and get more than a little grumpy with my family. Not fair, not right...but they do tell me about it, believe me, lol!

    I work well under pressure (i hope!) so things usually work out in the end - if any of you lovely ladies do read Piper, I hope you enjoy it. This book is a bit different than what i usually write...

    R x

  9. Congrats on the release. Fun interview. I wish I could do 2000 words every day. It is a goal to reach for.

  10. Sounds like a brilliant story, Rachael. Great premise. I, too, have a tendency to read more than one book at a time. (LOL) Drives my family crazy! I admire (covet) your goals. Mine are much smaller and I still fall short many days. I think the most importing thing, though, is to never give up, even on those days when you can't string two words together to save your life. No one ever said writing was easy, but man is it satisfying when you that book you've been working on for months is finally finished. Good luck on your new release!

  11. Fab excerpt, Rachel! I MUST read this one!

  12. Thanks for stopping by, ladies. It's always fun to have Rachael visit. I'm sure she's tucked into bed now, since she is near Bath, England. I believe she's five hours ahead of me here on the east coast USA. Stop back to check on announcement of who is her lucky winner. Until then comment away. (((HUGS))) AJ

  13. Up and awake now, Autumn, lol! Come on you, guys, time to get up!!! ;)

    Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments - confession time, TOTALLY fell short of the word count yesterday. The one thing I didn't mention is if I have editing to do, the word count very rarely stretches passed a 1,000. We can't do it all, guys!
    Are you choosing a winner, Autumn? Or me?

    R x

  14. Wait! Wait for my comment! I don't have your book yet!

    Hah! Love the location similarities! And how cool is it she has a pic of her and Ms. Picoult? Nice post.

  15. Sorry, Rachael and I had a glinch in our communications. We'll have a winner soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Woohoo. Our winner is Kathy Lane. Congrats, Kathy! Please email Rachael and she'll get the book right to you. I know you'll enjoy!