Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Liza Interviews Rachel Brimble-The Seduction of Emily


Bienvenue mon peeps! That's welcome in the language of seduction. Seems appropriate since we are interviewing Rachel Brimble about her book Seduction of  Emily.

Peep Rep: Oui! Oui! Tres approprie.

Liza: I think you're missing some raindrops over the e's. 

Peep Rep: I've no clue how to make those.

Liza: Me either. No more slaughtering the French language, okay?

Peep Rep: Okay. Does Rachel have a Tour prize?

Liza: Yes she does. One lucky commenter who leaves an email address will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Peep Rep: That's a great gift. Will you give us links to her other stops so we can increase our chances of winning.

Liza: Nope.

Peep Rep: No? Why not? We want to visit all her sites!

Liza: Just kidding. Of course I will. But first, let's meet Rachel. Rachel, roll your chair in!

Rachel: Hello. Thanks for having me.

Liza: I'm thrilled to have you. I've just one rule: Don't talk to Peep Rep.

Rachel: All right.

Liza: So let's begin the interview. Is there anything you don’t like about being a writer?

Rachel: The self-doubt! It never goes away and it’s something every writer needs to embrace rather than resist. As writers, we’re doing something different, something out of the ordinary than the usual nine to five and it causes as much fascination as it does disdain. What most people don’t realize is for the most part, we are our biggest critics and the reviews, whether good or bad, just add to that sense of insecurity.

The worse part is that if I wanted to stop writing tomorrow, I couldn’t – I love what I do, I need to do it otherwise I turn into savage. I’m serious…ask my children and husband!

Peep Rep:  Oh No! Rachel you shouldn't  have said that!


Breaking Foxlike News--No Time To Fact Check
When the power shuts down Rachel's computer, she turns into a were-wolf and eats her children.

Rachel: That's not what I said.

Liza: Ignore those, they never get their facts right. Now, what part of your book took you most out of your comfort zone?

Rachel: Im out of my comfort zone with every historical I write! In some ways, I wish I could resist writing them but with the city of Bath right on my doorstep I find ideas come to me every time I go there shopping or visiting.


Breaking Foxlike News -- No Time to Fact check

Rachel has her bathtub right outside her door. Neighbors are highly entertained.

Rachel: I said the CITY of Bath was right on my doorstep. Bath is a beautiful city, steeped in history from the Roman times right through every era. 

Liza: Scolding the News Breaks is a waste of time. Just focus on the interview.  No one pays attention to the New Breaks. 

Peep Rep: Yes, we do. They're funny.

Liza: Hush Peep Rep. Let Rachel continue with her answer. 

Rachel:  When I was writing The Seduction of Emily, I went through blood, sweat and tears and swore it would be my last Victorian novelthen my agent sold it as part of a two book deal to eKensington. 

Liza: How dare she!

Rachel: I was far from upset, lol!

Liza: You are clearly more forgiving than me. Now, back to your writing. Has a secondary character ever threatened to take over your book? 

Rachel: Yes, in The Seduction of Emily, Will (the hero) comes across a prostitute called Laura who Id originally planned to appear in a single scene, I think she ends up in three. Once Id finished the book, Laura was still in my head and shed give me odd bits of dialogue and internal thoughts. Eventually, I couldnt ignore her anymore. I finished her story a few weeks ago and its now contracted with eKensington.


Breaking Foxlike News-- No Time to Check Facts.
Rachel Brimble sells prostitute when she talked too much.

Rachel: Liza!

Liza: Let's talk about your book for a bit. Maybe Foxlike News will get bored and go away. Not that your book is boring, but I don't actually think the reporters at Foxlike News can read.




The Seduction of Emily
by Rachel Brimble

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BLURB:

Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble's captivating new novel. . .

Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father's trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily's fortune, and everything she values--except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.

Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother--the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy's bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will's plan changes.

Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible. . .


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Peep Rep: This sounds great. Do you have an excerpt?

Rachel: I brought two for you to choose from.

Liza: Rachel, you had one rule. No talking to Peep Rep!

Rachel: Sorry, the trauma of those News Breaks made me forget. 

Peep Rep: Both were great, but I want this one:




EXCERPT
A movement barely inches to her side caught Emily’s attention. She turned and swallowed the gasp that rose sharply in her throat.

It was the man who winked at her in the auction room.

He strolled toward her, his shining sea-blue eyes locked on hers. Her courage inside the room promptly abandoned her. Emily’s heart turned over. He stood at least half a foot taller than she, his wide shoulders absurdly broad, his confidence disturbing. She bit back a nervous laugh as an entirely inappropriate imagining came unbidden into her mind. Oh, to have him fling her over those shoulders and escape with her into the night!

He flashed her a knowing smile—God spare her, she smiled back.

Never before had a man’s gaze enticed such inexplicable naughtiness in her. Danger screamed its warning. What was she thinking? There was no time for dalliance or distraction. Nicholas’s gruff cough snapped her attention.

The handsome stranger snatched his gaze from hers and touched his finger to the brim of his hat. “Good afternoon, sir.”

Nicholas nodded. “Can I help you?”

“I wanted to offer my congratulations.” The man held out his hand. “A very fine win.”

After a moment’s hesitation, Nicholas took his offered hand. “Thank you. Now, if you’ll excuse—”

“Yes, quite the battle you had in there.” Fine lines crinkled the corners of the stranger’s phenomenal eyes. “Nothing beats a fiery one on one.”

He turned and looked directly at Emily, his raised eyebrow referring the sentiment to her rather than Nicholas. She should have been outrageously affronted, yet a burst of delicious excitement rushed through her veins and warmed her body.


Peep Rep: I want to buy this!

Liza :Don't blame you. Rachel, writing is definitely your calling. What's your next book release?

Rachel: It's something completely different! It is my first romantic comedy since 2010. 16 Marsden Place is coming June 4th from Omnific Publishing – I loved writing this book! 

Here’s the blurb:
There isn't a situation that can't be fixed by a coat of chocolate body paint or a liberal smear of Champagne Lick, right? Wrong!
Ever since her father was murdered by a gang of youths, Sienna Lloyd has named herself Potterford’s protector—her sexy lingerie shop is a place where the town’s women can visit and feel safe. But when that shop is in danger of closing, Sienna needs a solution that will keep her in Potterford, where she can always look out for her mother, friends, and clients.
The answer? Move the shop to her home at 16 Marsden Place. The problem? Her new neighbor, the delicious but seriously uptight Jack Beaton. Oh, and his four-year-old twin girls.
Jack has just moved to the tiny town of Potterford in a bid to start over. To build a new life that keeps his children safe from their violent and sex-crazed mother. So when he discovers his neighbor intends to open a sex shop right next door, Jack will do anything to ensure it doesn’t happen…including fighting every ounce of his attraction to the shop’s owner and his innate need to trust again.


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AUTHOR 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. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013.

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…although she hopes a dream visit to Canada might just change her mind!

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Links:






Liza: All right peeps. You know what to do.

Peep Rep: Leave a meaningful comment and our email address. 

Liza: That's right. And here's the link to Rachel's other stops:
When you arrive at Goddess Fish site, page down about 3 times and you'll see the list of stops.

Now go forth and comment!
Buy The Seduction of Emily
Follow my blog
Then take a nap

43 comments:

  1. Thank you for such a fun post. The breaking news items especially. Best we let Rachel write I think.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi again, Mary! You are so brilliant to be following my tour - SO appreciate your support :)

      This was such a great interview...as naughty as it was ;)

      Rachel x

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    2. Thanks Mary. Rachel was a great sport wasn't she? And her book does sound fabulous.

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  2. Crazy fun interview. I LOVED the excerpt and blurb for THE SEDUCTION OF EMILY. It definitely sounds like a winner!
    maeclair (at) maeclair (dot) com

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    1. You are so sweet, Maeclair - glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I loved writing this story and totally fell in love with Will :)

      Thanks for being here!

      Rachel x

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    2. Glad you had fun, Mae Clair. I loved the excerpt too.

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  3. Loved the interview. Do you ever do major rewrites to your books before turning them into your publisher? A while back, another author told me they completely re-wrote the same story twice until they were satisfied and turned it in. Didn’t say if there were requests for edits or not….but it made me wonder…is that a case of over-thinking something to the point of outsmarting yourself? Is it best to try to get the product perfect or wait for it to come back bleeding with edits?

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    1. Big OOPS on my part....forgot to leave my email address.

      kareninnc @ gmail . com

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    2. Great catch Karen. You definitely want to leave your address. Glad you enjoyed the interview.

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    3. Hi Karen - great question!

      I try to get each book the best it can possibly be before I turn it in to my agent and before I was represented, a publisher. It's important that an editor sees just how hard you've worked to get your story right and polished before submitting. If you send in something you are not one hundred percent happy with, that will come through in the writing. Worse, if an editor suspects you are waiting for them to tell you what to do to 'fix' it, that will likely result in a rejection. Editors want a professional relationship with their writers rather than hold their hands. Sometimes we need hand-holding but that comes from our loved ones!

      Does that answer your question? The worse thing about writing is letting your story go - you will always be your worst critic but the only way to learn, get better and grow that thick skin is by submitting...

      Rachel x

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  4. Liza, what a fun interview!!! Rachel, I feel you pain with the self-doubt, I don't know many that wouldn't, LOL. Big congrats on the release!!

    Tammy

    tammylee622 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Thanks Tammy, glad you enjoyed the interview. Rachel was most obliging and sharing, wasn't she? I wonder if she'll be my friend, or if all those breaking news killed any chance of that...

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    2. Hi Tammy!

      Thanks for the support - this never gets any easier no matter how many books I have accepted. I've spoken to some REALLY successful authors over the years and they say the same thing and I want to scream NO!!! This self-doubt can't go on forever. Unfortunately, i think its the same for any artist, whether writer, singer, actor, dancer or musician. Onward and upwards!!

      Rachel x

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  5. Liza, this is one of your better interviews. Rachel, it's alwasy nice to meet another Kensington author. Congratulations on your release!!! Your book sounds like a wonderful read! Tweeted.

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    1. Thank you Ella. I've determined my best interviews come from people who don't know me and have no clue what I'm going to do with their answers.

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    2. Hi Ella!

      Great to meet you recently on FB and Twitter! I love this interview with Liza and so glad you enjoyed it.

      I am loving working with Kensington, my editor is fantastic :)

      Rachel x

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  6. I enjoyed the interview, thank you. Love the excerpt.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi again, Ingeborg! I am so happy you are following the tour - REALLY hope you love Will and Emily as much as me :)

      Rachel x

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  7. oh that was so amusing hehe had me giggle. Loved the news headlines :) The Seduction of Emily sounds like a wonderful hard crafted book and I cannot wait to read it!

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, Lily, that has made my day! When someone says something sounds hard crafted it makes a writer feel SOOO happy :)

      Be sure to let me know what you think of "Emily" - the sequel should be coming early next year. So excited!

      Rachel x

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  8. Great interview, so much fun and a great way to learn more about the author, even if it was a little silly

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. Of course it was silly. I'm only serious once a month.

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    2. LOL!! Thanks for stopping by Shannon :)

      Silly is sometimes fab, don't you think?? So much fun!

      Rachel x

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  9. Thanks so much for the fun interview! I definitely loled ahah

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Hi Andra!

      Glad Liza made you laugh...she did me too :)

      Nice to meet you!

      Rachel x

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  10. Fun interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. I can't speak for Rachel, but I had fun doing it.

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    2. You can certainly speak for me, Liza! I had a blast - hope I can come back again??

      Hi bn100,

      Thanks for stopping by - good luck in the contest :)

      Rachelx

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  11. I love the news breaks. SO entertaining!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Which is why I keep doing them.

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    2. Hi Catherine,

      Glad you enjoyed the interview - such a great and novel way to get us authors looking good...i mean, bad!!

      Rachel x

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  12. *Dies laughing* Loved this so much!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Sorry, didn't mean to kill you with my humor...my bad

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    2. Hi Chelsea,

      Are you okay now? Hope so! ;)

      Thanks for being here!

      Rachel x

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  13. Love the breaking news! Complete truth, of course, because it's on the news. ;)
    sarashafer at rocketmail dot com

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    1. Ah...so glad you stopped by. I have a bride to sell you....

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    2. Of course it's all true...I mean, false!

      Thanks for your support through my ordeal ;)

      Rachel x

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    3. Opps. for the record I wished to sell you a bridge, not a bride. That's just creepy!

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  14. OMG Historical Romance??Liza you finally have one of my peeps! Rachel-What a gorgeous cover and the book sounds fantastic. I will definitely be buying this one!!

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    1. I love hysterical novels. I'm an equal opp blog.

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  15. Sounds like my kind of book. Thanks so much!!
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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