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Monday, July 21, 2014

Rachel Brimble's Writing Journey

A great Muse Monday with my guest Rachel Brimble. She's giving away a book! Your choice! Just leave a comment and she'll draw a name for a pdf copy. How cool is that!
My writing journey started back in 2000 when I made my first attempts at short story writing. It took a year of rejections before I managed to get acceptance in women’s magazines and online. I then had my second daughter in 2001 and most of us will know how a newborn can take over your life and everything else goes on the back burner.
Once I started to feel capable of writing again…and the baby started napping for a couple of hours a day, I went back to my short story writing. Further success made me want to reach for my goal of becoming a published novelist. After taking a long…long time to complete my first novel, Searching For Sophie was accepted by The Wild Rose Press in 2006.
Since then, my career has gone from strength to strength and as I am lucky enough to be a stay-at-home forever, I am able to pretty much treat my writing as a full-time job.
After several novel and novella releases with small presses, I secured a US agent in 2011. I am happy to say I now write contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for eKensington. The latest Superromance is What Belongs To Her and is the third book in an ongoing series, even though each book can be read as a stand-alone. My latest with eKensington is The Temptation of Laura and can also be read as a stand-alone.
If people ever ask me what was most helpful in extending career, I would have to say the wonderful online courses on plotting, POV, characterization and pacing available, as well as entering the wonderful contests ran by the Romance Writers of America chapters. I can’t recommend entering them enough!

She's ready to take back what's hers -
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family's fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it's time to act, and backing down from the man's estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past. 
Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha's best defense. But there's more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.
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He turned and his dark blue eyes, aflame with anger, pinned Sasha to the spot. She forced herself to stand still as his gaze languidly glided over her face, lingering for a moment at her lips. No smile lifted the corners of his mouth. No softness seeped into his hardened study.
She smiled even as her stomach knotted. “Hi.”
He continued to stare.
Okay, so he’s got that sexy, broody thing going on, but since when does a guy––any guy––leave me speechless? Say something…
“Well, you’re all sorts of angry, aren’t you?” Great, Sasha. Just poetic.

Bio: 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!


  1. Great advice about the courses, Rachel. They've certainly paid off for you. Keep up the great work. You know I'm always a fan.

  2. Hi Brenda and Sandra! So great to be here and Sandra, thank u for making my day. Glad you're still enjoying my books :) Harlequin have just approved book 5, yay!