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Today I’m on the ‘A Rebel At Pennington’s’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote these books I have a guest post written by its author, Rachel Brimble, but b
About the Author :
Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.
In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. 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.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
One woman’s journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.
1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington’s Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women’s progression and will do anything to help secure the vote.
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.
When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life’s challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed.
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists’ determination to secure the vote.
Will Esther’s rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?
Guest Post :
Who Inspired My Love of Books
If I were to look back over the years and credit which people and authors inspired my love of books, this could become a very long blog post. I’ll do my best to pinpoint just a few…
Earliest – My mum
My mum has always been a voracious reader and then there’s my father, who I can’t remember opening a book his entire life! However, it was my mother’s reading habits that created an environment where my brother and I were surrounded by books and became life-long lovers of the written word. In all our forty-seven and forty-four years, there has only been rare moments when we haven’t been reading.
As a young girl – Enid Blyton
I first discovered the Secret Seven series around the age of eight or nine and absolutely devoured them. I then went on to read most of the Famous Five series, but it was the Secret Seven who really captured my imagination. I still have the entire set in the loft and even though my daughters never developed my love of reading (why??!!!), I hope to pass these books onto my grandchildren.
As a teenager – The Sweet Dream series
Only a child of the 70s/early 80s will remember these books! They were short novels of romantic fiction or, should I say, angst, heartbreak, school hunk versus quiet, studious girl and a whole lot of teenage stuff in between. I adored these books and read them one after the other. These stories are probably the earliest inspiration behind my love of romantic fiction.
As a young woman – Nora Roberts
I must have been around twenty-three or four when I first discovered Nora Roberts/JD Robb – my husband and I were at the Hay Literary Festival. While walking around all the amazing bookshops in Hay, I walked into one shop that had upper and lower floors. I wanted to buy two ‘new to me’ authors. On the lower floor, I selected Sea Swept by Nora Roberts (contemporary romance) and, on the upper floor, I selected Holiday In Death by JD Robb (futuristic romance).
I didn’t realise Nora Roberts and JD Robb were the same author until I arrived home – I think someone up there might have had a hand in pushing me in the direction of the author who would become my author idol.
As a ‘mature’ woman – Phillipa Gregory & Jodi Picoult
I discovered Phillipa Gregory and Jodi Picoult in my early to mid-thirties and have bought and read everything they’ve published since. These are two authors I always ensure I have one of their books on my shelf to read at any one time. I literally eke them out as someone might a favourite bar of chocolate. They are my indulgence. One I know will capture me and keep me reading from beginning to end…
Books are everywhere and cover every genre, interest and love. I find it extremely hard to accept when people tell me they ‘don’t read books’. Why?? There is something for everyone between the pages of a book. Whether fiction or non-fiction, my love of books is special and always will be.
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