#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : Trouble For The Leading Lady – Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble

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Today I’m on the ‘Trouble For The Leading Lady’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

xBBOy7JQRachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).
In 2019 she signed a new three book contract with Aria Fiction for a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel. The first book, A Widow’s Vow was released in September 2020 followed by book 2 Trouble For The Leading Lady in March 2021 – it is expected that the final instalment will be released in the Autumn 2021.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

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Synopsis :

5dZ0HndABath, 1852.
As a girl, Nancy Bloom would go to Bath’s Theatre Royal, sit on the hard wooden benches and stare in awe at the actresses playing men as much as the women dressed in finery. She longed to be a part of it all and when a man promised her parents he could find a role for Nancy in the theatre, they believed him.
His lie and betrayal led to her ruin.
Francis Carlyle is a theatre manager, an ambitious man always looking for the next big thing to take the country by storm. A self-made man, Francis has finally shed the skin of his painful past and is now rich, successful and in need of a new female star. Never in a million years did he think he’d find her standing on a table in one of Bath’s bawdiest pubs.
Nancy vowed never to trust a man again. Francis will do anything to make her his star. As they engage in a battle of wits and wills, can either survive with their hearts intact?
The second in Rachel Brimble’s thrilling new Victorian saga series, Trouble for the Leading Lady will whisk you away to the riotous, thriving underbelly of Victorian Bath.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : A Widow’s Vow – Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble

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Today I’m on the ‘A Widow’s Vow’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

xBBOy7JQRachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Pennington’s department store series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).
Her next project is a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel which she recently signed with Aria Fiction. The series will feature three heroines determined to change their lives and those of other women. The first book. A Widow’s Vow is due for release in September and available for Amazon preorder now.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

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Synopsis :

9a5JJX8gFrom grieving widow…
1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.
To a new life as a madam.
Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she’s determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.
Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path?
A Widow’s Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won’t be able to put it down.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : A Shop Girl at Sea – Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble @aria_fiction

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Today I’m on the ‘A Shop Girl at Sea’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

2Rt-RwewRachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. 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 Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018, A Rebel At Pennington’s February 2019 and Christmas At Pennington’s September 2019.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website.

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Synopsis :

fhk1G5ZQBath, 1912.
Amelia Wakefield loves working at Pennington’s, Bath’s finest department store. An escape from her traumatic past, it saved her life. So when Miss Pennington sets her a task to set sail on the Titanic and study the department stores of New York, she couldn’t be more excited – or determined!
Frustrated with his life at home, Samuel Murphy longs for a few weeks of freedom and adventure. Meeting Amelia on board the Titanic, Samuel can’t help wonder what painful history has made the beauty so reserved. But he already has too many responsibilities for love.
Ruby Taylor has always kept her Pennington co-workers at a distance. Making sure her little brother is safe has always been her priority. But when that means accepting Victoria Lark’s offer of sanctuary, more than one of Ruby’s secrets is under threat of being revealed…
A riveting and uplifting saga, perfect for fans of Elaine Everest and Fiona Ford.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Christmas At Penningtons – Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble @aria_fiction

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Christmas at Penningtons

Today I’m on the ‘Christmas At Penningtons’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

2Rt-RwewRachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. 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 Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018, A Rebel At Pennington’s February 2019 and Christmas At Pennington’s September 2019.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website.

Social Media Links:
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Synopsis :

H0gmyLXQGripping drama as Pennington’s department store prepares for a glittering Christmas in 1911, but a killer stalks the women of Bath.
Christmas sees Pennington’s at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights. It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.
For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.
For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington’s is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard. But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph’s first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.
For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past. But can it ever be laid to rest?

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Of course! I live near the beautiful city of Bath with my husband of twenty-one years, our two daughters and mad chocolate Labrador, Tyler. When I’m not working (which isn’t often!), you will find me reading, knitting or watching far too much TV!
My first novel was published by The Wild Rose Press in 2007 and I have had at least one novel published each year ever since. Before novels, I had a little success with short stories online and in competitions before I took the leap to novels. I have been published by Harlequin, Kensington, The Wild Rose Press and currently write for Aria Fiction.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a teenager I devoured the Sweet Dreams novels and anything by Judy Blume – now, as a grown up, I love Nora Roberts, Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir and Jodi Picoult.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Nora Roberts! She writes such fabulous characterisation and character development – I would love to know if she has a process, or if her skill is instinctual now she has written hundreds of novels. Fingers crossed, she has a secret process that she’d be willing to share with me!

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I would love to sit down for a chat with Elizabeth Pennington from my Pennington’s series – she is the heroine of book 1 (The Mistress of Pennington’s) and the owner of the department store. She came to me so strongly, but I still feel there are layers I am yet to discover about her. So far, she has appeared in all three books (each can be read as a single title), but I know she still has more to tell me. She’s driven, strong and caring – a woman I would love to be friends with!

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Not really – although I do like to get my social media and some promo work done before I dive into the writing. I am lucky enough to write full-time so this is my general daily routine.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ideas are everywhere! However, most of my ideas are inspired by historical places I visit, news stories or TV. I have often love a show but know I would’ve done something differently – when that feeling continues to niggle me, I know there is a book (or three!) that I am meant to write. That certainly happened with the Pennington’s series after watching Mr Selfridge and The Paradise!

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Definitely a plotter! I start each book trawling the internet for pictures of my hero, heroine and villain (if I have one). I then plot out a chapter plan, write a 3-4 page synopsis and then dive straight into the first draft. I write this from beginning to end without looking back. The hard part comes in the following drafts.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
How about I give you the best and worse advice I was ever given that has stayed with me throughout my career?
Best: ‘Give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft.’ This has served me SO well. As soon as I adopted a ‘just write’ attitude with my first draft, my output quadrupled, and I enjoyed the writing so much more. This way of thinking has led to me writing two 90,000 words novels a year.
Worst: ‘I’d give up now, you are not good enough to be a published author.’ This was the feedback I received from a judge of a first chapter contest back in 2005. Anyone who has the desire, the dream, to be a published novelist should NEVER give up. How I’d love to meet that judge today!

What are your future plans as an author?
I have just signed a new three book contract with Aria Fiction for a series set in a Victorian brothel and I can’t wait to get started! However, I still have to finish book 4 of the Pennington’s series which should be coming in Spring 2020.
After that? Who knows, but I can’t wait to see what my imagination has in store for me next!

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Sure! Here is an extract of Cornelia’s and Stephen’s first meeting – Cornelia is already working at Pennington’s and Stephen has just been employed as a security watchman…

Cornelia gasped and drew to an abrupt stop as a man walked backwards into her path, seemingly oblivious to her presence or anyone else’s.
Not wanting the broad and exceptionally tall gentleman to step on her toes, she shot out her hand and pressed it firmly against his back. ‘Excuse me, sir.’ The man turned, and Cornelia smiled. ‘Did you not see me?’
He immediately stepped back. ‘I beg your pardon, Ma’am. I was watching the door and didn’t see you there.’
‘And nor will you see anybody if you continue to walk backwards.’
He dipped his head. ‘Indeed. I apologise.’
‘Apology accepted.’ She ran her gaze over his uniform. ‘Oh, do you work here?’
‘I do.’ The man offered her his hand. ‘Stephen Gower. Nice to meet you.’
Cornelia slid her hand into his and the breadth of his fingers covered hers completely. ‘Cornelia Park… Culford. Miss.’
‘Park-Culford? That’s an unusual—’
‘A slip of the tongue. My surname is Culford.’
His deep, dark brown eyes travelled over her face before he nodded. ‘Culford.’
‘Yes.’ Cornelia looked to the main entrance. ‘I must go. I have an errand in the loading bay.’
‘Very well. It was nice meeting you.’
She stepped forward and then stopped again, her curiosity sparked by the quiet study in his eyes. She turned. ‘You’re new here, are you not?’
‘I am. I started as a security watchman just this morning. I hope you’ll forgive my nearly trampling you. I’m still familiarising myself with the store, its staff and customers, and breaking a lady’s toes is hardly the best way to go about it.’
Cornelia smiled, consoled that she wasn’t the only one overawed by Pennington’s size and reputation. ‘Well, good luck, because I’ve been here a little over two months, and some days I find myself as unfamiliar with the workings of the store as I was on my very first day.’
‘That’s good to know, although as security I need to make sure I get a handle on things quicker than most.’
Cornelia studied him as he surveyed the bustling area around them. His dark hair was almost the same shade of brown as his eyes, his jaw as finely shaped as his mouth.
Once again, he offered her his hand. ‘Well, I should get on. It was nice meeting you.’
She forced herself to hold his gaze. David always hated her conversing with other men and his long-reaching dominance continued to linger no matter how much she might hate it. It was rousing to fight back. ‘You have a natural authority about you, Mr Gower. I don’t doubt you will excel in your role here. Welcome to the Pennington’s team. I wish you every happiness in your work.’
He slowly drew his hand from hers as his gaze darkened with unease.
Cornelia frowned. ‘Did I say something wrong?’
He shook his head. ‘Not at all. Goodbye, Miss Culford.’
She opened her mouth to halt him, but, with four strides of his long legs, Stephen Gower was swallowed up in Pennington’s crowds.
‘Well,’ Cornelia murmured. ‘What a strange man.’
Shaking her head, she walked beneath a Christmas garland of holly, ivy and tiny, sparkling sequins arched over the store’s double doors and tried to embrace a little of the season’s joy, but even with a light snow falling outside, nothing helped.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Rachel Brimble.

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Today I’m on the ‘Staking Cinderella’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote Kate Morgan her book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Alice Loweecey - Kate MorganBaker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Kate Morgan celebrates the day she jumped the wall with as much enthusiasm as her birthday. She grew up watching Hammer horror films and Scooby-Doo mysteries, which explains a whole lot. When she takes a break from inspiring nightmares, she writes ex-nun PI mysteries under her real name, Alice Loweecey. In her spare time she can be found growing vegetables in her garden and water lilies in her koi pond.

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Synopsis :

StakingCinderellaCoverExpected Publication Date: April 18th, 2019
Genre: Horror/Vampire Romance

Gavin’s got a serious problem. A “praise Jee-sus” rich bitch caught him fanging—and banging—his Halloween date. Now she’s playing Holy Vampire Killer, and it’s ticking him off.
Since then, Gavin’s found someone better to occupy his mind and heart. Isolde—in bed, on the couch, in the shower. She has a thing for Disney princesses, but he’s willing to overlook it. Women like her only come around once or twice in five hundred years. He knows.
Then the Jesus-freak kidnaps Isolde to bait a deathtrap for Gavin. Abandoning Isolde is unthinkable, but rescuing her could mean death for both of them.

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A quintessential cowboy parked his truck in the packed community college main lot. The complete Scooby-Doo Gang walked past on his left, the Bob’s Burgers cast on his right.
He knew he should’ve eaten before coming to this Halloween party. Never go grocery shopping hungry. He was old enough to know better.
A sexy nun and a sexier nurse followed the Scooby Gang. So much exposed neck. He closed his eyes and marshaled his forces. Half an hour to accomplish his objective and he could escape home and feed.
Gavin Donne, historian, costume designer and drama instructor, exited and locked his truck. At the gym entrance he took a deep breath of night air and choked on cigarette smoke. “Fancy-boy actor’s lungs can’t take it.” Male laughter. “Don’t be an ass, Cal.” A pudgy girl patted Gavin’s back. “You okay, Mr. Donne?”
Gavin spat into the barberry bushes lining the sidewalk. “Yes, thank you, Stella. I see your brother is still trying to prove his manhood.”

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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 before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

A Rebel - Author pic1 - Aug 2018Rachel 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!

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Synopsis :

A Rebel CoverOne 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?

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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.
Happy Reading!
Rachel x

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