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Friday, 27 November 2015

VBT & #GIVEAWAY - Christmas At The Cove by Rachel Brimble

GENRE:

Contemporary Romance                                            

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BLURB:

More family for Christmas? 

Scott Walker doesn't have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news. 

Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he's not one to shirk responsibility. Scott's issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.

Excerpt:

She squeezed her eyes shut. “I’ll stay for another couple of days, but then I have to go home. I can’t stay here for Christmas.”

The soft whisper of his exhalation drifted over her folded hands on the table. “That’s great. It’s more than great. Thank you.”

She swallowed, wanting the words she needed to say out of her body as soon as possible. “You have your life, and I have mine.” She opened her eyes. “Neither of us has to change our plans because I’ve told you about Belle. You can still do what you want to do.”

His eyes ever so slightly darkened. “If I’m a father, it changes everything.”

Be strong, Carrie. Lay down the ground rules. “I disagree.” She straightened her spine. “I get it, Scott. Truly. I understand you think knowing about Belle means you have to change your entire life, but that’s not true.”

“That’s not what I’m––”

“Let me just say this, please.”

He closed his eyes and she took that as permission to continue. She inhaled a deep breath. “I like, and appreciate, you thinking what you should to do and how to do it, but I’m not asking you to change your plans overnight. This is going to take time. I want it to take time. Belle doesn’t need to know about you yet. You can go on with your life and when the time’s right, I’ll tell her about you.”

Silence.

Carrie swallowed against the dryness in her throat. When she’d been standing outside the holiday park, the decision to see her mission through to the end burning like a flame inside her, she’d thought her words would be strong and clear, delivered with a reverence he couldn’t argue with. Yet now, her stomach trembled with nerves and her hands longed to take his.

Why did he make her feel so torn and her reasoning unfair? Belle was hers. He had no obligation to her unless he wanted one. “I’m not saying that to be cruel, you know.” She sighed. “I’ve looked after her the last year without a partner beside me. She’ll be okay…whatever you decide.”

His continuing silence raised the hairs at the back of her neck, made her fear she drove a bigger wedge between them, but she wouldn’t falter. She had come to Templeton and achieved what she came to do––the gates were open and Scott could step through them whenever he was ready. As long as he realized the hinges wouldn’t creak back and forth on a whim.

My Five Favorite Things about Templeton Cove


Templeton Cove is the fictional UK seaside town I created for my series with Harlequin Superromance – of course, when I started writing book one I didn’t dream that Harlequin would end up contracting eight books in total…so far!

The first two books (Finding Justice and A Man Like Him) are romantic suspense, the next two books (What Belongs To Her, Christmas At The Cove & Her Hometown Redemption) are more mainstream romance but do have a little menace in them…I find it very hard to resist a villain ;)

This town has become a very real and tangible place to me – it’s somewhere I would love to live and my reader feedback has been fabulous. Everyone loves Templeton and its residents – especially the matriarch, Marian Cohen.

So, my five favorite things about this wonderful town on the south west coast of England are:

1)     The beach – Cowden Beach is where a lot of the action takes place in Finding Justice but also features in a few of the other books too. I created the beach with mounds of rocks at one end and a posh restaurant on stilts, The Oceanside, on its sands. Each of these things has served a good purpose! The beach is very much inspired by a beach in Egypt where I holidayed with my family in 2012.
2)     The fairground – Funland is really the entire backdrop for What Belongs To Her and was inspired by the fairground that used to come to my hometown every year while I was growing up. I ADORE a fairground with the noise, smells and excitement. I am thrilled that readers are writing me saying how real it felt to them as they read the book. There is no bigger compliment!
3)     The bakery – Marian’s Bonniest Bakery features in all the books and is a central meeting point and place the residents come to relax and/or get advice from their beloved matriarch, Marian. I say “and/or” because you cannot relax when you’re talking to Marian!
4)     The residents – I love each and every one of the characters I have created so far, both protagonists and secondary. They all mean the world to me and are incredibly real in my mind. I will be planning book seven very soon and want to write a story for a couple of the secondary characters who are waiting to be heard. It’s so great to have a job where I get to go back and read my own books to decide who will star in the next installment!
5)     Finally, the best thing about Templeton Cove – its potential. Right now, I feel as though I could continue to write about Templeton forever. I have so many more story ideas floating around in my imagination that I am yet to explore. I want to add a nightclub and an amusement arcade…I want to set something at the train station and revisit the caravan park that featured in A Man Like Him.

I hope you’ll try one (if not all!) of my Templeton Cove books and fall in love with the setting, people and what they get up to as much as me :)


Rachel Brimble will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here



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 five books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and three Victorian romances by eKensington/Lyrical.

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:


Facebook Street Team - Rachel's Readers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RachelsReaders/?fref=ts

Tour Organised By: 

Goddess Fish Promotions


14 comments:

  1. Good morning! It's great to be here - looking forward to chatting with your visitors :D

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  2. Love it! Thanks for sharing with us Rachel. Your descriptions of Templeton have me ready to dive in to read about this town :-)
    - April

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy I have tempted you - there are 5 books so far in the series but all can be read stand-alone so feel free to dive in :)

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  3. I want to vidit Templeton. I love the photo.

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    1. I ADORE Templeton - it really is a real place to me now! The photo of me and Mr B was taken when we were on holiday in Verona earlier this year. SO want to go back :)

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  4. I am so glad that I follow this blog, the Archaeolibrarian. Otherwise, I may have never got introduced to Rachel and her work. Good job, both of you.

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    1. I'm glad too, Misty! Nice to 'meet' you :)

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  5. I have enjoyed the tour and learning about your book. It sounds like a great read.

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    1. Hope you give Christmas At The Cove a try, Rita! Thanks for following :)

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  6. Great post, sounds like a wonderful holiday read, thanks for sharing and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about Christmas at the Cove.

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  7. This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty.

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  8. Really great post, I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Thanks for joining me, ladies - good luck with the contest & I hope you enjoy the book :)

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