Today I have the great pleasure of welcoming Contemporary and Historical Romance author; Rachel Brimble to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals to chat with me today.
Rachel Brimble is the author of the popular Harlequin Templeton Cove series which consists of eight books that are a combination of either mainstream romance or romantic suspense stories. With a cast of over 30 characters, The Templeton Cove Stories is a romantic, sexy and compelling series that has her readers constantly coming back for more.
Her four historical novels are published by eKensington and set in Bath, England.
Her upcoming projects include a new Edwardian series and a contemporary trilogy. Watch this space!
When Rachel isn’t working she likes to read, knit, watch TV and walk the English countryside with her family and beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler.
Frankie Hi Rachel, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Firstly, Can you tell us a little about latest release? This can be your most recent or up-and coming release?
Rachel My latest release is out July 1st and it’s the first book in a brand-new Edwardian series. The Mistress of Pennington’s is set in Bath’s finest department store and kicks off an ongoing saga involving the many characters’ working and personal lives. Each book will focus on a central romance between two characters but there will be lots of sub-plot threads involving other characters, too.
I am excited for readers to immerse themselves in the world of Pennington’s Department Store!
Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be?
Rachel I would love to embark on a world tour as the wealthy did during the Edwardian period – they often travelled to Egypt, Italy and France. The clothes were glamorous, the sights fantastical and the food and wine exquisite. Sounds like my kind of holiday!
Frankie If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
Rachel I would like to see my latest romantic suspense, IF I WANT YOU, made into a film – I think it’s has the blend of romance and thriller-like suspense that would work on screen. I am a very visual writer and start each book trawling the internet for my hero and heroine so it’s easy for me to tell you who I chose for the parts of Tori Peterson and Mark Bolton! Tori would be played by Lauren Brant and Harry Tressler would play Mark J.
When local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.
While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.
Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.
Frankie Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?
Rachel Oh, my, that is a TOUGH question! I have just finished my 23rd novel so it’s virtually impossible for me to choose one favourite character. I love them all! My favourite character/s are usually the ones I am working on at the time. Sooo, I will have to say Elizabeth Pennington and Joseph Carter from THE MISTRESS OF PENNINGTON’S.
I absolutely adore these strong, resilient and forward-thinking characters – they want to make a change to the world before they meet but, when they join forces…. boom! It’s explosive and I hope readers believe anything is possible with these characters leading from the front.
Frankie If you ever decided to write a different genre of book, which would it be?
Rachel I have written contemporary romance, romantic suspense, Victorian romance and now Edwardian romance/sagas and I love writing them all. However, if I was to choose another genre, it would definitely be crime. Either historical crime set in the Victorian era or a meaty thriller similar to those by Tess Gerritsen and Lisa Gardner.
Frankie What are you reading at the minute? Or your last book you read?
Rachel I am currently reading Peril At End House by Agatha Christie and The Husband Hunters by Anne De Courcy. Both are for pleasure but also for a story idea I have simmering away…
Frankie When writing do you plan the full book ahead, or do you just go with the flow?
Rachel I am most definitely a planner, but not so rigid I’m not willing to go off my original course if the characters dictate it. A writer HAS to trust their characters! I usually start each book working out the lead characters’ goals, motivations and conflicts. I then do a chapter plan with a couple of sentences of what will happen in each chapter which, more often than not, leads to fairly easy writing of a synopsis.
With that done, I dive into the first draft and write from beginning to end without looking back. The hard parts comes in the following drafts…
Frankie How do you like to relax once you’ve finished writing?
Rachel Nothing is more relaxing to me after a day’s work than sitting in front of the TV catching up on my favourite shows, knitting on my lap and a glass of chilled white wine to hand. Bliss!
Frankie Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today, Rachel. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun….
If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere over night, no civilisation around, with nothing but your backpack what four other things would you have with you?
Rachel Phone, kindle, sunglasses and make up bag…nothing of use but the phone, lol!
Frankie Thank you Rachel.
About The Book
Rachel’s latest release, The Mistress of Pennington’s, is out 1st July.
1910 – A compelling tale of female empowerment in Bath’s leading department store. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.
Elizabeth Pennington should be the rightful heir of Bath’s premier department store through her enterprising schemes and dogged hard work. Her father, Edward Pennington, believes his daughter lacks the business acumen to run his empire and is resolute a man will succeed him.
Determined to break from her father’s iron-clad hold and prove she is worthy of inheriting the store, Elizabeth forms an unlikely alliance with ambitious and charismatic master glove-maker Joseph Carter. United they forge forward to bring Pennington’s into a new decade, embracing woman’s equality and progression whilst trying not to mix business and pleasure.
Can this dream team thwart Edward Pennington’s plans for the store? Or will Edward prove himself an unshakeable force who will ultimately ruin both Elizabeth and Joseph?