Please welcome Rachel Brimble to Muse Monday. She has a fun "getting published" story for us.
When Harlequin Superromance accepted my seventh completed novel, “Finding Justice”, it was one of the most fulfilling and happiest days of my life. When my agent told me four months later they wanted to contract a second book, I practically fell over in a dead faint!
The books were linked – set in the fictional town I created and loved. Templeton Cove is a UK seaside town and all the characters in my books so far, are British. When I learned British set stories, with British characters was a Superromance first, I was so damn proud J
So, of course, with books one and two contracted, I began to get excited that I could possibly have a series on my hands. As a huge fan of Nora Roberts’ trilogies and series, Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series and Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor series, it has always been my dream to write a series of linked books where I can not just focus on the protagonists but the cast of support characters too.
Just this past May, I signed for books three, four and five. Templeton Cove is well and truly on the UK map and I really hope the series continues to run for as long as my ideas continue to form. The first in the series, Finding Justice, centers around Cat Forrester and Jay Garrett, childhood friends who are reunited when a mutual friend is murdered and Jay becomes the prime suspect. It turns into a race against time to clear Jay’s name…and fight his and Cat’s simmering attraction.
Book 2, A Man Like Him, centers around Chris Forrester (Cat’s brother) and Angela Taylor, a woman in hiding at the Cove. When a flash flood means Chris and Angela appear on the front page of the national press in an embrace, Angela knows it’s only a matter of time before her violent ex-husband finds her…
I really hope one (or both!) of these stories catches your interest and leads you to follow me as I pen more adventures from beautiful and mysterious Templeton Cove!
Finding Justice blurb & buy links:
Old friends, new secrets
Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat's world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett-a man from her past-is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he's innocent. After all they once shared, how can she say no?
The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can't let her emotions interfere with the case—solving it is top priority. But as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.
A Man Like Him blurb & buy links:
Changing her life...again
After two years in hiding, Angela Taylor knows her independence is worth it. As long as she can escape her past, she has everything under control. Until a flash flood hits the park where she works, and hot Chris Forrester shows up the exact moment she needs a hero.
Chris proves he can save lives-and weaken a girl's knees. But how can she make him understand that she's off-limits, that getting close to her will endanger his life? Her happiness or his safety: it shouldn't even be a choice.
Because when you love someone, you protect them, no matter the cost. At least, that's what Angela keeps telling herself....
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!