Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Virtual Tour + #Giveaway: If I Want You by Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble @GoddessFish

If I Want You
by Rachel Brimble
GENRE:   Romantic Suspense


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.


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?”


“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.”

Interview with Rachel Brimble

What inspired you to write If I Want You?

I get a lot of my ideas from the news and magazines and when I heard a story about a missing child being found, I got caught up in the emotions of the poor parents and the little girl herself. I knew writing a story about a missing child was a bit of a risk in the romantic suspense genre as it can be upsetting so I had to figure out a way of telling the story begging to be written without putting off potential readers.

I really hope I’ve achieved this because I love this book and hope my readers will too – the horror of the crime is very much balanced by the romance and, of course, the inevitable happy ever after.

Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in series or what you have planned for the future?

At the moment, If I Want You is a stand-alone romantic suspense, but this could easily change if another story strikes me. I like the setting I created so wouldn’t be averse to setting another book in the English town of Barlington J

My next release is the final instalment of my popular Templeton Cove series (Harlequin). A Stranger In The Cove is a mainstream romance and revolves around the town’s matriarch, Marian Cohen. I am super excited for its release as Marian is my most favorite character in a cast that has grown to over thirty-five individual characters. Fingers crossed, I’ve written a satisfying ending to a series that has been an absolute joy to write.

A Stranger In The Cove releases Jan 1st 2018 and is available for pre-order right now – here’s the link: Amazon

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in If I Want You?

Tori Peterson (heroine) is an intelligent, feisty heroine with a past she’d rather forget, but when a little girl is abducted in front of Tori and she’s powerless to save her, Tori’s past comes back to haunt her. A race against time chase begins as Tori and single father, Mark Bolton, join forces to save little Abby Brady and identify her abductor.

Mark wasn’t looking for trouble, or love, when collecting his daughter from school, but he’s immediately struck by Tori and Abby’s plight. All too soon, the intensity of his and Tori’s search leads to sparks flying that these two are completely unable to resist…

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

My absolute favorite author is Nora Roberts for so many reasons – she’s a lovely person in real-life which I discovered when I met her in Ireland a few years ago, she writes fantastic books at a truly unbelievable rate and never fails to deliver what her devoted fans have come to expect.

As I find plotting a challenge with every book, I am in awe of her skills and ability to produce one great romantic suspense after another…usually with a mainstream romance AND a new J D Robb (her pseudonym) release in between.

If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

Definitely the past! I alsowrite historical romance and would love to see the eras I write about in true detail. I have four Victorian novels published with eKensington so I’d travel to the late 1800s first and soak up as much as possible. I love writing about the less moneyed classes of people, so I’d want to see how hard it was and what fortitude the people had to overcome their problems and prosper.

I’d then travel forward to the 1900s and the Edwardian period – I just adore the clothes and changes for women that happened at the time, so I’d talk to as many women as possible. I have just started my second book set at this time and book one is under consideration. Watch this space!

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

I have a fabulous chocolate Labrador called Tyler – I love him to bits and he’s my constant companion as I work. He sits by my feet for hours but the minute I say ‘walk’ he’s up and running around like a maniac. I swear he has a dual personality, lol!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today.

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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Rachel Brimble said...

Thanks for having me here today! Looking forward to chatting with your visitors :D

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Nikolina said...

I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like a great book!

Mary Preston said...

A great interview thank you.