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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Rachel Brimble & Giveaway

About Rachel Brimble

I live with my fantastic husband, our two young daughters in a small market town near the famous Georgian City of Bath. Having always ‘played’ with writing, I didn’t seriously sit down and write toward publication until I became pregnant with my second daughter – then I told myself to get my butt in the chair and get on with it before she grows up and I’m forced to get a real job!

Lots of short stories followed as did lots of rejections! I took a few distance learning courses, joined some online writers groups and basically, learned my craft. Finally deciding short stories weren’t working for me (they are an art form in themselves!), in 2006 I decided to embark on my first novel and voila Searching For Sophie was born! Since then, my other books have followed each year.

And when I’m not writing? You’ll find me with my head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with my family. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused.

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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I live with my husband of 18 years, two teenage daughter and mad chocolate Labrador near the famous Georgian city of Bath in England. I write mainstream romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for eKensington/Lyrical Press. 

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

Holiday is my luxury reading time! As we tend to book a two-week holiday, I usually take 7 or 8 books with me…not kindle. I love my kindle but I have SO many paperbacks on my shelves, this is the time I try to get through a few of them. I usually mix it up with some crime, some romance, some women’s fiction and some historical. I read everything!

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

I love the Welsh mountains so I’d love to spend a sunny day with the sun reflecting off the hills, a good book and a glass of wine. Bliss! My children, husband and dog around me all enjoying themselves.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

When I’m not working, I love to knit and watch far too much TV…preferably with a glass of chilled white wine to hand! For outdoors, I love to go on really long walks through the beautiful English countryside with my family and dog.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

Anywhere and everywhere! TV shows and the news are great sources of inspiration as well as historical biographies and events. I have used my personal experience in a few of my books. The most significant being A Man Like Him, my second Harlequin Superromance. The first three chapters of that book are pretty much exactly what happened to me and my family when we were caught up in the 2010 French floods.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

Ooh, great question! My all time favorite heroine is Scarlet O’Hara – I love her epic journey, both externally and internally. There are many obstacles thrown in her path and she eventually overcomes them…even if she doesn’t get the happy ending she thought she deserved. I love her tenacity and heart.

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

I have so many! I love to read in the bath and in bed, in the garden on a sunny day and while walking the dog. Seriously! I am quite known around my local area as ‘the woman who reads while walking her dog’, LOL!

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I have been to many beautiful places but my favorites so far as Rhodes for overseas and North Wales for UK. Both relaxing and scenic, but very different. I’m going to Portugal this year so maybe that will become my new favorite. Can’t wait!

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Sunny for me isn’t all about the setting – if an author wants to write a sunny story, they should concentrate on bringing forward as many positive emotions, events and characters as they can. Throw them together with a few obstacles and then add a happy ending and, for me, you have a sunny story.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I have just sent revisions back to my UK agent for the first part in what I hope will be an Edwardian saga and I am currently writing book 7 in my Templeton Cove series for Harlequin Superromance so, fingers crossed, those two books will be out in 2017.

For this year, my next release is SAVED BY THE FIREFIGHTER, book six for Harlequin (out Nov) – don’t worry, all the books can be read stand-alone so readers can jump in wherever they fancy!


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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will win a signed copy of Her Hometown Redemption & Tote bag by Rachel Brimble.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Thanks for hosting me today! Happy to answer any visitors' questions - I love to chat :)

  2. Love Rachel's books, thanks for hosting!

    1. That is so lovely of you! Thank you :) good luck with the contest x

  3. I love English countrysid :)
    Thank you for the great post and giveaway!

  4. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  5. your interview was great, thanks for the chance to win
    thanks Carole Eaves

  6. Lovely giveaway - would love to win x

  7. Lovely giveaway you have Madam! JOINED! Hope it's International Giveaway!

  8. Thanks for the chance to win. I love the countryside. I am from Bath, Somerset but currently living in Kidderminster.

  9. Hi everyone! Sorry for being missing in action, it's been a crazy day :( thank you so much for all your comments - yes, the contest is open internationally! Good luck to all xx

  10. Love the look of the book, and a lovely interview xx

  11. This book looks like an awesome read! Have a Great weekend :)
    Danielle A.

  12. Really enjoyed your interview

  13. I've always wanted to visit Bath! I love watching Persuasion for just that reason. Looking forward to the book!

  14. You are all so lovely! Thank you for making me so welcome. Good luck with the contest! :)

  15. 'Her Hometown Redemption' sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

  16. I really enjoyed your interview! Thank you for the giveaway!

  17. Thanks for a lovely giveaway, I'd love to read it.

  18. I love Edwardian sagas, hope you get to do one :) Thank you for the great giveaway!

  19. So thrilled to 'meet' you all - first day of kids back to school today! I'll be on a writing mission :)

  20. This book sounds like a good read on a sunny day at the park or beach :) I like that your books can be read as stand alones :)

  21. She's back to right her wrongs - love this! Sounds awesome.

  22. I'm always impressed when people can actually read while walking. I'm too much of a klutz and would only bump into things, hahaha!

  23. Oh this book sounds so good! Rachel is a new author for me! I love that she reads while walking the dog...I thought I was the only one who did that! LOL

  24. I'm overwhelmed with all your responses - wishing everyone good luck!

  25. It would be terrific to win
    a signed copy of
    Her Hometown Redemption by Rachel Brimble and a Tote bag.
    I liked reading your interview and this sounds like an interesting book.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  26. Sounds a really interesting read, one to take with me on holiday. And lovely to hear you're from my old neck of the woods having lived in both Devon and Somerset for many years. It's the fresh air that does it!

  27. Thanks for this giveaway, I'd love to read the book!

  28. Who doesn't love a summer time romance book? Thanks for the interview, and the giveaway. :)

  29. Who doesn't love a summer time romance book? Thanks for the interview, and the giveaway. :)

  30. Love a story that can take you away from a dreary day, so this would be great for the winter months - thanks for the chance, & loved hearing more about you Rachel!

  31. Sounds like you have a lovely life Rachel, I'm glad you made the leap! :)