Saturday, March 2, 2013

Interview with Rachel Brimble, author of 'Finding Justice'

Today, I am welcoming Rachel Brimble, author of 'Finding Justice' to the blog.

What was the inspiration behind 'Finding Justice'?

It was the setting more than the story that inspired “Finding Justice” – although I’ve said Templeton Cove is a fictional town, it’s based on a place I used to go on holiday as a child. I went there again a few years ago as an adult and knew I wanted to set a romantic suspense there and the murdered victim would be a friend of the heroine.

I didn’t know at that stage the heroine would be a cop or that she already knew the hero and he was also a close friend of the victim. It became a triangle very quickly once I started plotting 

What kind of research did you have to do for it?

Not much at all – I know the setting well and the rest of the story I drew from my emotional reaction to what was happening. My contemporary stories come very much from my own views and moral stance so I find they tend to write themselves as far as internal conflict is concerned.

It’s the plotting of the suspense that causes me the trouble!

Which character spoke to you the most?

Cat Forrester – the heroine. She was very clear in my head early on. Once I knew she had red hair and was a cop, I knew she was going to be a handful for my hero. I LOVED writing her and as Finding Justice is now the first is what I hope will be an ongoing series, I intend to have Cat keep popping up throughout the following stories. She’s fabulous!

To which character do you best relate?

See above – Cat’s loyalty and need to take care of everyone is very much the type of person I am. I’m not as brave and forthright as her though – thus the reason I’m a writer and not a cop, LOL! But her emotions and moral compass are pretty much mine too.

What other projects do you currently have in the works?

I have a very busy 2013 ahead of me – my schedule is manic due to the backlog of books my wonderful agent contracted during 2012. Here’s my release schedule:

Finding Justice (Harlequin Superromance) – February

The Seduction of Emily (E-Kensington) – April

16 Marsden Place (Omnific Publishing) – June

A Man Like Him (Harlequin Superromance) – August

Do you ever like to read other authors' books within your genre?

All the time! My favourite romantic suspense authors are Nora Roberts, Tess Gerritsen and Tami Hoag. I’m in awe of these three writers. Their characterization and plotting is phenomenal. All three started their careers writing for Harlequin – so maybe there’s hope for me yet!

What are you reading right now?

- Lace by Shirley Conran – classic 1980s bonkbuster
- The Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola – a Victorian novel set in Paris

If you could be a character in any book, whom would you choose?

That is WAY too difficult to answer! I have so many books I love and always want to be the heroine. I read voraciously and really immerse myself in the characters. Fingers crossed, I achieve that for others with my books too 

What are some of your other hobbies?

Reading, knitting and walking are my favorites ways to relax – also love socializing with friends and family over good food and wine. Happiness!

What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?

So much! But the scariest event of my life so far was being rescued by helicopter from a hotel roof during the 2010 French floods.

Anything else you would like to share?

I love hearing from readers and other writers – find me here to join in my with blog chatter and guests:

About the Author
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. She started writing short stories about eight years ago but once her children were at school, she embarked on her first novel. It was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had several books published with small presses as well as securing her first contract with Harlequin Superromance in May 2012.

Represented by US agent Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, 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. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused…

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Finding Justice
by Rachel Brimble
Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin Superromance
Release Date: February 1, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 85,000

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. And as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult situations and language and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Cat didn’t want the gentle caring lover who worried about hurting her, worried about being her first. That was before. She’d been with other men since and today she was a grown woman. Exhaling as his teeth nipped at her neck, she relished the erotic pain mixed with pleasure as it washed over her senses.

“I want to touch you,” she whispered. “All of you.”

Drawing away from him, she inched back until she sat upright against his groin. Feminine power roared through her blood as the delicious feel of his erection through his jeans touched her naked thigh. With her gaze locked on his, Cat slowly unbuttoned her blouse. His eyes widened and his jaw grew tight as she tossed it to the side and reached around to unhitch her bra.

She flung it to the side, her nipples tightening under his gaze. “Your turn.”

He sat up and their faces were barely inches apart. Lust swirled in his as hunger raged and desire burned. He clasped one naked breast in his hand, massaged it possessively, swallowing Cat’s shocked gasp with his mouth. Her arousal sky-rocketed and she fumbled for the hem of his t-shirt before roughly yanking it over his head. Their lips separated for seconds before reclaiming as they fell back onto the bed.

Her breasts and torso nestled against the soft brush of hair running across the middle of his chest and down his flat-board stomach. Her heart swelled and her mind emptied when he moaned her name.

He tilted her to the side so she lay on her back and Cat fell into his gaze, unaware of anything but him. The sexy lift at the corner of his mouth sent her insides into a girlish loop-the-loop as their connection slammed into place and locked. She fought the fear of it, the resistance; they were joined in finding their friend’s killer and they were joined in their anger and passion. They were joined.

However temporary, it didn’t make what was happening less tantric. His fingers smoothed over her thigh and she clamped her teeth together. His progress was tortuously slow, her body trembling with anticipation.

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