Tonight I am happy to welcome to Friday Night Drinks on the blog, author and fellow RNA member… Rachel Brimble.
Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening, Rachel. First things first, what are you drinking?
A lovely chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc – I adore white wine (probably too much!) and Sauvignon is my favourite.
If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
Whenever people come to visit me, I love taking them to Lacock – it’s a small village where parts of the Harry Potter films, Pride & Prejudice and Poldark were filmed. It wouldn’t be a rock and roll kind of night, but you’d be fed good, old-fashioned pub food, plenty of wine and some lovely sightseeing walks.
Looks gorgeous! It sounds like my perfect kind of evening, I am not very rock and roll these days. If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Oprah Winfrey and Cillian Murphy – Oprah so I could gather some wisdom, Cillian so I could just stare at him…
Good choices! Roll on, Peaky Blinders Series 6. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
I am currently working on revisions for my next book – Christmas At Pennington’s will be released in the Autumn and I can’t wait! And once those are done, I’ll start on the first draft of Pennington’s Book 4, which I intend part of the story to take place on the Titanic – I am so excited as I’ve wanted to write a Titanic book for YEARS!!
That sounds really exciting, what a fascinating time you will have doing the research. What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
My proudest moment was probably when I signed my first book deal with Harlequin – I had been told they were an almost impossible publisher to break into, but I managed it and went on to write a further seven books for them (The Templeton Cove Stories).
My biggest challenge has always been (and still is!) stretching an initial idea to 90,000 + words!
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
I’d love to have a bestseller and earn enough money that my husband, who has supported me for years, to be able to give up his day job and spend all day with his music. Oh, and I think we should be able to spend our time cruising around the world while I write – bliss!
Good ambitions to have, you need to talk to Jean Fullerton about achieving the last part! What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
See question 4!
I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
The best place I have been to so far is probably Maderia, which was beautiful and Verona which I absolutely loved. I love to travel, too and there are so many places I’d love to visit – I suppose my top two destinations are Nora Roberts’ hotel in Maryland and the Maldives.
That’s fascinating, I never knew that Nora Roberts owned a hotel. One for the bucket list. Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
I was rescued by helicopter from a hotel roof during the 2010 French floods – my family and I were stranded during a flash flood while on holiday. It was the most terrifying 18 hours of my life. Twenty-five people from our resort died that day…
How terrifying, glad you made it out safely. Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
For contemporary, anything by Nora Roberts. For historical, anything by Philippa Gregory.
So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
Food! I am terrible for enjoying my wine more than my food but if I eat as well as drink, I usually avoid the dreaded hangover. If that fails, a bacon sandwich and plenty of orange juice in the morning!
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Sitting in my sunny back garden with either a book or my knitting – I LOVE knitting and find it’s the best route to my relaxation.
Rachel, it has been really lovely chatting to you this evening, thank you for taking the time to join me and I wish you great success with the next books in the Pennington’s series.
The first two books in the Pennington’s series by Rachel Brimble, The Mistress of Pennington’s and A Rebel at Pennington’s are out now and can be purchased by following the preceding links. Book 3, Christmas at Pennington’s, will be out this autumn.
One woman’s journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.
1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington’s Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women’s progression and will do anything to help secure the vote.
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.
When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life’s challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed.
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists’ determination to secure the vote.
Will Esther’s rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?
Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.
In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018 with book two coming February 2019.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers from all over the world.
Next week I will be having Friday Night Drinks with author, Rosemary Smith, so please do join us.