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Author Interview with Rachel Brimble featuring If I Want You w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @RachelBrimble #giveaway #romanticsuspense

 

Harlie here:  I’m so embarrassed.  My English Rose is one of my all-time favorite authors and people and I had to PM her to get her to send me the book for review AGAIN!  Yes, she sent it last month and I swear I saved it somewhere on my computer so that I could download it later to read.  Much to my embarrassment, I have no clue what I did with it and she graciously re-sent it to me.  Needless to say that even though the review isn’t part of my participation in the tour, I did promise to read it and post my review on the tour.  Unfortunately, I haven’t finished it.  This has never happened before and it will never happen again.  I will be updating my post with the review within a day or two.  You can always find my reviews on Goodreads under the name Harlie Williams or Amazon (Brian’s Mom).  I know that I go on and on about Ms. Brimble’s work but if you have never read her books, you really need to.  From Romantic Suspense, Victorian Historical and of course, her Templeton Cove series, there is something for everyone.

 

If I Want You

by Rachel Brimble

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

When local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.

While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.

Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.

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Excerpt Three:

Sensing her discomfort, he stopped and leaned against the bureau. God, did he frighten her? Surely not, or she wouldn’t be here. Or did she sense his attraction toward her and would do all she could to deflect it? He didn’t doubt for one minute his eyes gave away his appreciation whenever he looked at her.

He lifted the can to his lips. “So, what have you been thinking about?”

She tapped a peach-painted nail on the bureau. “This.”

“The bureau?”

“Principal White’s bureau.”

He frowned. “How did you know it was hers?”

“She mentioned you were working on a bureau for her when I was in the school office. I assumed this is it.”

“It is.”

“Good, because that makes it all the easier for me to give you your first assignment.”

“You want me to talk to her.”

She smiled, took a few tentative steps closer to him. “Got it in one, Watson.”

He smiled, pleased to see genuine mischief shining in her eyes. “I’m Watson?”

“Yep.”

“So that makes you Holmes. Not sure I like being anyone’s sidekick.”

Another couple of steps closer until no more than a couple of feet separated them. She met his eyes and his heart kicked. Her V-neck shirt was just the right side of professional. Yet, the way it revealed her collarbones and hugged her full breasts made him want to reach out and pull her into his arms, kiss her, taste her…

“You’re staring, Watson.”

He blinked and snapped his gaze from her breasts, rare heat hitting his face. “Sorry. You look nice.”

“Thanks.” She raised her eyebrows and nodded toward his chest. “So do you.”

He smiled. “Why don’t we go inside? It’s way too hot out here.”

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Welcome Rachel Brimble Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

Hi, I live near the famous Georgian city of Bath with my husband of 19 years, our two teenage daughters and fabulous chocolate Labrador, Tyler. I write mainstream romance, romantic suspense and historical romance and have written twenty-two novels and two novellas. Apart from the two currently under publisher consideration, all my books have been published and available for download.

When I’m not writing, I love to read, knit and watch far too much TV – I also love to walk for miles with my dog, friends and family as well as enjoying far too many pub lunches and chilled white wine!

Is If I Want You a single title, or part of a series?

Right now, it is a single title, but never say never! I LOVE writing series and if the right story comes along I’d happily revisit Barlington, the small English town where If I Want You is set.

What were your inspirations for the story?
A lot of my story ideas come from the news and/or magazines and this story started to form in my mind after I watched a news piece where a missing child was reunited with her parents. I tried to imagine how her poor parents and the little girl felt when they were separated, what they were thinking, wanting to do. Before I knew it, I’d put myself in the position of the parents, the child and her abductor and the words and situation started to flow.

I was a little worried about writing a child abduction into a romantic suspense for fear it might put potential readers off, but I’ve handled it as sensitively as possible and the romance helps to soften the crime element.

Please share your setting for If I Want You. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?
The town’s name of Barlington is completely fictional, but in my mind it is based on a small town near where I grew up in Bristol. There is one particular scene when the hero and heroine revisit a wooded area where she played as a child – the wood and the street around it is an actual place where I played and longed to live, but the area was so much more affluent than my parents could’ve afforded at the time.


When did the writing bug first bite?


A very long time ago when I was eight or nine! Life happened and I took a VERY long break until my youngest daughter started school full-time and I had a ‘now or never’ moment. I started to write my first novel which the Wild Rose Press published in 2007 (Searching For Sophie). Since then I have had at least one book published every year.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?


Favorite authors are Nora Roberts (and her writing as JD Robb), Jill Shalvis and Philippa Gregory – I am in love with so many of Nora’s series there are too many to list, I love Jill’s Lucky Harbor series and Philippa Gregory’s Tudor series.


If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

See above as well as crime novelists Alex Grecian and Tess Gerritsen to spice things up a little!

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
My absolute favorite thing second to writing is knitting! I’m addicted! Since I started about ten years ago, I now find it impossible to watch TV and not knit so I combine two of my favorite things and relax every evening

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?


The eeriest thing I’ve ever had happened, which was also a blessing, is when I had my eldest daughter she would have times of crying and no matter what I did, I couldn’t stop her. Whenever I was pushed to the end of my patience and the tears started to well in my eyes, she would suddenly stop and watch an invisible something as it moved about the room. Her tears quickly became laughter.

I really believe she was seeing my husband’s grandfather who has often been ‘felt’ by other members of the family. He was a massive part of the family and a huge character who would cheer everyone up when they were sad.

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

Write! Far too many aspiring writers dream about writing but don’t actually do it – another thing is not finishing a piece of work. Get it done and send it out to agents and publishers, it’s the only way it’s going to happen.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage 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. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.

 

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!

 

Links:

Website

Blog

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Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Brimble/e/B007829ZRM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490948101&sr=8-1

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806411.Rachel_Brimble

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#Review of Protecting Her Secret Son by Regan Black w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ReganBlack @reganbauthor

Protecting Her Secret Son

by Regan Black

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GENRE:  Contemporary  Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Shannon Nolan thought she’d escaped a nightmare world of ruthless crime – until her son is kidnapped! With nowhere else to run and no one else to trust, she puts her life in the hands of her boss, firefighter Daniel Jennings.

 

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Excerpt Two:

In her back pocket, her cell phone buzzed, belting out the old-school ringtone she used for unknown calls and text messages. She set aside the paint cup and pulled out her phone, swiping the screen to view the text.

No words, only a picture of her son. He was strapped into a car seat, his shirt rumpled, his pale blond hair windblown, and his cheeks and eyes were red. His lashes were spiked with tears and his lower lip thrust forward in a pout.

What had happened? Then she realized what she was looking at and her heart thudded in her chest. Staggered, terrified by her worst fears, she dropped the phone as she doubled over, clutching her stomach as if she’d taken a punch.

Daniel caught the phone and steadied her with a hand at her elbow. “Shannon? What’s wrong?”

“I—I’m not sure.”

The ringtone sounded as another text came in and she grabbed the phone from Daniel.

If you want to see your son again, tell his father to cooperate.

Her stomach clenched and she clapped a hand over her mouth. Whoever was behind this had chosen the wrong leverage. She’d never had any influence over Aiden’s father. Naturally, the sender’s number was blocked, but she hit the icon to call back anyway. It rang and rang, and no one answered.

“I have to go,” she said.

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What can I say about Regan Black and this series?  I love it for one.  Second, her characters come to life and third, Ms. Black knows how to write action/suspense scenes like no other.  True.  When the bullets start flying, you feel like you are there.  My heart pounds, my pulse quickens and then I’m left breathless in the end.

The Escape Club is back in action again.  I love Grant.  And that he plays the drums.  Plus, I just love how Grant just knows what to do.  Plus, he respects the people that he is trying to help.  He doesn’t dumb it down for them.  Shannon goes through a lot in the book and Grant is always patient and kind.  But I digress.  Daniel is right beside her, too.  He was also patient and kind, too.  In fact, what really sold me on the romance side of the book was that they already a relationship as work colleagues.  Shannon is no TSTL woman but trust me when I say, she has gone through a lot just to get to the point in her life before Aiden is kidnapped.

Daniel, I felt like was just kinda floating through life until Aiden is kidnapped.  He’s a great guy, fireman, and contractor but was kinda directionless in a sense.  Shannon gives him purpose but also just confirms what he really wants out of life and with whom.  *swoon*  I loved that he had some family issues, too.  It made him human and also brought to the for front about his working with dad and in some degree, Shannon in the end.  Plus, I just loved his mother, Tess.  And yes, his dad could be a toot but in the end, he just wanted his son to be happy.

The suspense in this book is top notch.  Bullets flying, kidnapping, fires, and killings.  Oh yes, there is a killing and I kinda lost it for a moment.  It was sad but also sweet at the same time.  I felt bad for Shannon losing the only person that really tried to be good for her at the end of marriage…I won’t say anymore because I would definitely spoil it for you.  I figured out fairly early the “who” but the journey to the end of the book is breathtaking.  You just don’t know what is going to happen until it does.  That’s awesome romantic suspense.  Ms. Black always puts me through the wringer but the end is of so satisfying.

I can not enough about Ms. Black and this series.  Great writing, characters that relatable and situations not too “out there” and romance that rings true.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Regan Black, a USA Today bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels featuring daring heroines and sexy heroes. Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her family, along with their adopted greyhound and two arrogant cats, reside in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.

 

Website: http://www.ReganBlack.com

 

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Protecting Her Secret Son on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XVZ2T8Z

 

Protecting Her Secret Son on BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/protecting-her-secret-son-regan-black/1126050440

 

Protecting Her Secret Son on iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/protecting-her-secret-son/id1219924648

 

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#Review of A Love Restrained by Becky Flade w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @beckyflade @Becky-Flade #romantic suspense

A Love Restrained

by Becky Flade

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GENRE:   Romantic suspense

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BLURB:

Old secrets, new threats…What are they willing to sacrifice?
Philadelphia police officer Kylee Parker is dedicated to protecting and serving. She sees the work in absolutes: right and wrong, black and white, good guys and bad guys. That is, until she chases a drug dealer into a dead-end alley and finds the bad boy she had a painful crush on throughout her teen years has turned into a more dangerous and more attractive man.


Jayson Donovan knows he doesn’t deserve someone as good as Kylee Parker. As the right hand man to a local drug-pushing mobster, he’s solidly on the wrong side of Kylee’s moral compass. But he can’t help reaching for her time and again when he knows he shouldn’t.
Even when his secrets threaten them both.

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Excerpt One:

Spring in the city brought people out of winter hibernation like a siren song but as the temperature rose, so in turn, did the crime rate. Cops had to be sharp as they walked the streets of Philadelphia. In her ten years on the force, on these streets, she’d seen a lot of crazy and often stupid criminals do a lot of crazy and often stupid things. But to be so brazen, or so plain dumb, as to do a hand-to-hand drug buy right in front of two uniformed officers rode high on her list of top ten. “Tell me you saw that?”

“Saw what?” Hunks of half chewed soft pretzel fell from Sherman’s mouth.

Pete Sherman’s not a bad cop, just not an observant one whose paunch portrayed his love of all things fried and his reupholstered recliner. He hadn’t seen a thing in the last six months. But he took direction well, despite the fact he had seniority.

“There, across the street.” She pointed. “The junkie walking east just scored off the guy in the leather bomber heading west. I swear the dealer looked right at us before the exchange. Call it in, Pete, and grab the junkie. I’m going after the dealer.”

Sherman didn’t argue. She took off into a quick lope, kept her footsteps light so as to not alert the man she pursued. The spring day had drawn people out and the complaints of the pedestrians she weaved through grew loud. The guy glanced over his shoulder, and the edge of his mouth tipped into a grin before he sprinted around the corner.

“Cocky jerk.” She turned the corner, and shouted, “Stop! Police.”

She ran clean and fast, closing the distance between them with little effort. The dealer ducked into an alley she knew to be a dead end. She slowed and put one hand on the butt of her service pistol as she approached. He had his back to her, his hands on his hips as he stared at the brick wall in front of him.

“Philly PD, you’re under arrest. Slowly put your hands above your head and against the wall to your left.” She closed the few feet between them, using her free hand to release the handcuffs from her belt, the other remaining on her weapon. She cuffed him, with practiced efficiency, and then read him his rights before leading him out of the alley, preferring to do the pat down with her partner present.

“Kylee Parker, I’ll admit I daydreamed a time or two about you cuffing me, but it was never in this context.”

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You know when you start reading a book with an opening like that, you keep thinking that the book would be snarky?  This book is NOT snarky.  It’s an emotional rollercoaster about a second chance at love between two people that on paper shouldn’t be together but the heart knows what the heart wants.  This book got me from the beginning.  I loved everything about it.  And I mean EVERYTHING!  If I had to say, it’s probably my top pick of the year.

Here’s why:

Kylee Parker – my kind of heroine.  Strong, smart and a cop.  She has some baggage associated with being a cop but she is good at her job.  I liked that about her.  She has issues and that doesn’t include the issues surrounding Jayson.  Her confusion over her feelings about Jayson is relatable but not predictable.  Sure, she hates him, then loves him but doesn’t fall into bed with him at every turn.  As childhood friends, they’ve both grown and that’s where the confusion starts.

Jayson Donovan – just delicious.  But I digress.  Hearing his backstory and his family issues, your heart will break but he does try to rise above it.  The one thing that keeps him sane is Kylee.  I won’t go into all of Jayson because he holds many secrets that spill out in the course of the book that are just jaw-dropping.  Yes, jaw-dropping.

The plot – The blurb is totally misleading.  But I completely understand why Ms. Flade wrote it that way.  Any more and she would have spoiled the book.  You will get to know all about Jayson and Kylee when they were growing up and how they ended up as adults.  Ms. Flade does an excellent job of more jaw-dropping moments in the book and you think, will she stop?  Nope.  Not until the very end.  Yes, the very end.  Hang on for a wild ride in the third part of the book.

Writing style – Its written more in 1st person (Kylee) but you also get Jayson’s thoughts and feelings, too.  She does a great job of never dumbing down the characters in the book and fleshes them out.  The secondary characters are just perfection.  Everyone has a part to play in the book.  Ms. Flade writes beautifully and her characters come to life.  The book is written in three acts.  I’ve never read a book like that and I really liked it.

Emotional – the book will have you on a rollercoaster.  Literally.  Between the budding relationship between Jayson and Kylee, you have both of them with their separate families and then when the families are together.  Both sets of families have secrets that they have kept from Kylee and Jayson and when things are starting to be revealed, your mind will be blown.  Also, don’t expect a lot of smexy times.  They are there but honestly, I don’t think they were needed.  Of course, they ARE needed but Ms. Flade makes us care about her characters without all the unnecessary stuff.

Suspense – Oh my word.  This book never stops after the first act.  The second and third acts are riveting and will leave you second guessing.  Especially the third act.  That act literally had me on the edge of the couch.  I held my breath for most of it and threaten my son if he tried to talk to me.  Ms. Flade does suspense like no one else.  And yes, I read a lot of suspense books so I can spot formulaic suspense anywhere.  Not here.  She keeps you on your toes with all the twists in this book.  *sigh*

I connected with the characters from the beginning.  Both of them are flawed, have baggage but love each other so much that they are willing and do sacrifice their own happiness for the other.  *sigh*  What Jayson did at the end of the first act?  *swoon-worthy* but I had tears.

I can’t impress you to read this book.  I’m so sorry that it ended.  I miss the chaos, the love but most importantly, Jayson and Kylee.  I could read more about this couple for years to come.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A city girl, born and bred, I tend to place my stories in and around southeast Pennsylvania, or at least have a character or two from the area. Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor, three beautiful daughters, my son-in-law and two grandsons. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

I’d love to have you visit with me at any of my virtual homes or write to me directly at beckyfladeauthor@gmail.com

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The book will be on sale for $0.99.

 

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