Monday, November 27, 2017

If I Want You VBT

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?”

Rachel, thanks so much for stopping by. So, tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! It’s great to be here J I live very close to Bath, England with my husband and our two teenagers as well as my beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler. I write mainstream romance, romantic suspense and historical romance. When I’m not writing, I love to read, knit, watch far too much TV and walk the countryside with Tyler.

How did you get started writing?
I’ve wanted to write since I was eight and nine and wrote short stories from around this age – eventually deciding I wanted to be a journalist. Unfortunately, life took a different turn and I didn’t start writing again until 2001. I had a few short stories published in magazines and online before I embarked on my first novel in 2005. The Wild Rose Press published Searching For Sophie in 2007 and the rest is history!

What was the inspiration for your If I Want You?
The inspiration came from a newspaper article of a missing little girl – thankfully, she was safely reunited with her parents, but the inevitable ‘what if’ musings started in my head and I soon knew the outline of the story I wanted to write.

As a mother of two young girls, this book was incredibly hard to write at times but as I write romantic suspense, the happy ever after was inevitable J

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
I would love to write a crime novel some day, but I’m more than a little intimidated by the advances in forensics and DNA investigation. If, or when, I write this genre, I imagine it will be set in the Victorian era so the forensics aren’t quite as advanced. I also have quite a lot of knowledge of this period having written four novels set in the 1800s.
Watch this space!

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
Horror and paranormal – even paranormal romance. My imagination just doesn’t stretch far enough to even consider writing these genres with the respect and passion all genres deserve.

What are you up to right now? Do you have any releases planned, or are you still writing?
I’m always busy, busy, busy! I am currently polishing a new romantic suspense that I hope will be the start of a series, as well writing a second Edwardian romance (the first is under consideration). As well as that, I’m promoting If I Want You and will soon start promoting A Stranger In The Cove, book 8 in my Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance (all books can be read stand-alone).

Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?

Favorite movie?
Forrest Gump

Book that inspired you to become an author?
Child – Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven series
Adult – Montana Sky by Nora Roberts

You have one superpower. What is it?

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
Margaret Mitchell, Oprah Winfrey & Peter Kay (what a dinner that would be, lol!)

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
Ooh, that’s SO hard! There are aspects of me in every character I create, young, old, male or female. If I had to choose, I’d say Cat Forrester/Garrett who stars in book 1 (Finding Justice) of my Templeton Cove series as well as appearing in several others. She’s caring, feisty when she needs to be and looking for true happiness for herself and others.

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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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  1. Hi! Thanks so much for having me here today - looking forward to chatting with your visitors :D

  2. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Happy Monday! Thanks for sharing the interview :)

  4. I liked the interview. I was also a huge fan of the Secret Seven series when I was young.

  5. This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!