I'm very pleased to welcome guest author
to the blog today!
Welcome, Rachel! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use. And, everyone, see down below for a giveaway!
I am British born and bred and live with my husband, two daughters and black Labrador near the famous Georgian city of Bath in the UK. I am lucky enough to be able to write full-time at the moment (around the kids), so I tend to write from 9am to 3pm every day and then pop backwards and forwards to the laptop whenever I can after that!
When I’m not working, I love reading, walking, socializing and drinking chilled white wine! ;)
Awesome! So, tell us a little about your latest release.
My latest release is a contemporary romance set against the backdrop of the UK’s nightclubs and pubs. It is a grittier romance than I have written before but I love it. Hope my readers will too!
It is about Grace, my heroine, who runs a nightclub for her father and what happens once she meets Jimmy, social worker and all-round good guy. The two of them are the most unlikely pair ever but when they’re together…yum!
Yum sounds right! Which character is your favorite and why?
I am 100%, totally in love with Jimmy. He was an absolute joy to write. I could hear his dialogue so clearly in my head that most of the time, I felt like a secretary taking dictation rather than a writer. SO good when that happens. Jimmy will always have a special place in my heart.
Yeah, I love that, too! As the author, what surprised you about this story?
The different reviews to it! I have to be honest with your readers – the reviews have ran from 1 star (eek!!) to five stars (yay!) so I have no idea how each person is going to react to it. Some people have said that it’s not strictly romance but I don’t agree. If you take Grace and Jimmy’s story as a whole, I think it is one of the most romantic stories I have written.
Let me know what you think after you’ve read it…(shameless hint!) ;)
I totally will! And it’s also very brave of you to talk about that, because it’s the fear every writer has! What are you working on right now?
I am just polishing a new contemporary romance that is very humorous and very sexy. It is set again in South West England and about my heroine who is forced to move her sex shop from the High Street to her home address…much to the chagrin of her new sexy neighbor, who happens to be a single dad to four-year-old twins.
Let the fireworks begin! This story had me laughing out loud in places, I hope it does my readers too.
OMG what an awesome premise! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
It was published, yay! My first book was Searching For Sophie, which I contracted with The Wild Rose Press in 2006 and was released in July 2007. I still regularly sell copies today which is fantastic as my writing has changed so much over the years but people still really enjoy this book.
That’s excellent—good for you! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
No, not until now but with my next book which I plan to start in the New Year, I will be incorporating the terrifying experience my family and I endured in 2010 when we were rescued by helicopter from the French Floods.
People assumed I would write about it straight away but it’s taken this long to write about it objectively and skillfully and at the same time using the height of the emotions involved. It goes without saying, this will be romantic suspense ;)
Wow. How interesting. Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
I didn’t realize I had a theme or message that ran through my books until a loyal reader picked it off for me…Trust or regaining trust.
That’s the central theme in my work.
That’s a good one. I deal with that one a lot, too. Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
The Chesapeake Bay Saga by Nora Roberts
LOVED these books and would recommend them to any aspiring romance novelist of how to write a good and realistic romance. My favorite is the first, the romance between Cameron Quinn and Anna Spinelli is beautiful!
It’s on my TBR list! Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk Chocolate
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Bed or kitchen table? Kitchen table
Beach or mountains? Beach
Give or receive? Give
Paying The Piper is available now from Lyrical Press – 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.
GIVEAWAY!Everyone, Rachel is giving away one pdf format ebook from her backlist! Please leave your email address to enter to win. Open to international. Contest through midnight EST 11/22. Good luck!
Thank you for being my guest! Now, everyone leave Rachel some comment love! Thanks for reading,
Laura & Rachel