My guest today is author Rachel Brimble, who's doing a virtual book tour for If I Want You, a romantic suspense available November 8 from Wild Rose Press. The tour will run November 13 - December 1.
Rachel will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please use the following link to place your comment:
So what's the book about?
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.
It wasn’t the just the smell of fresh air and sandalwood that alerted Tori to the fact Mark had joined them. It was the way his shadow fell over her as though covering her body with his wide, deep and potentially dangerous protectiveness.
She didn’t bother to look at him...even though her Cally was seriously looking. Tori lifted her hand in a half-hearted wave. “Take a seat, superhero.”
“I will.” He sat beside her. “Thank you.”
Every now and then, when she was alone at home, she’d picked up a book. And every now and then, Tori would toss the book across the room whenever she read the words, “the air crackled between them.” Well, whatever instantly plagued the atmosphere between her and Mark as she forced her gaze to his, she was loath to call it crackling. Maybe humming… screaming… burning… but definitely not crackling.
She swallowed. “What are you doing here?”
“Olivia’s staying at a friend’s. I was at a loose end.”
Despite her best efforts to fight her smile, it was ruthless and broke through her barriers like they were made of sugar paper. “Loose end, my ass. You were no doubt pacing around the house and doing everything you could not to get in the car and go get her.”
He smiled and put a glass on the table. “Merlot, right?”
I asked Rachel some questions about this publication:
· Have you ever been in a kidnap (or any other violent crime) situation?
Fortunately, not and thankfully nothing violent has happened to my friends and family. Long may it stay that way. My heart breaks for people who have undergone an ordeal at the hands of another. It must take incredible strength to move past a violent ordeal and they have my every sympathy and admiration.
· Does it need psychological insight to write such novels and how do you go ahead with it?
As I write romantic suspense rather than crime, the psychological insight comes from me focusing on my own emotions as I write imaginary crimes and the victims involved. I also have to try to immerse myself in the mind of the perpetrator/s which can prove very hard to do sometimes. I read A LOT of books and research police and charity websites to gain as much insight as possible with regards to procedure and after-care for the victims of violent crime. I am also lucky enough to have a fabulous police detective contact who answers any questions I might have.
The main focus of romantic suspense is the romance so that is the arc I concentrate on the most while, hopefully, providing a crime element that adds to the reader’s enjoyment of the book.
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!
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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