Monday, 15 April 2013

Blog Tour: The Seduction of Emily by Rachel Brimble, Guest Post + Giveaway



The Seduction of Emily
Author: Rachel Brimble


Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble's captivating new novel. . .

Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father's trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily's fortune, and everything she values--except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.

Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother--the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy's bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will's plan changes.

Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible. . .

Excerpt

A movement barely inches to her side caught Emily’s attention. She turned and swallowed the gasp that rose sharply in her throat.

It was the man who winked at her in the auction room.

He strolled toward her, his shining sea-blue eyes locked on hers. Her courage inside the room promptly abandoned her. Emily’s heart turned over. He stood at least half a foot taller than she, his wide shoulders absurdly broad, his confidence disturbing. She bit back a nervous laugh as an entirely inappropriate imagining came unbidden into her mind. Oh, to have him fling her over those shoulders and escape with her into the night!

He flashed her a knowing smile—God spare her, she smiled back.

Never before had a man’s gaze enticed such inexplicable naughtiness in her. Danger screamed its warning. What was she thinking? There was no time for dalliance or distraction. Nicholas’s gruff cough snapped her attention.

The handsome stranger snatched his gaze from hers and touched his finger to the brim of his hat. “Good afternoon, sir.”

Nicholas nodded. “Can I help you?”

“I wanted to offer my congratulations.” The man held out his hand. “A very fine win.”

After a moment’s hesitation, Nicholas took his offered hand. “Thank you. Now, if you’ll excuse—”

“Yes, quite the battle you had in there.” Fine lines crinkled the corners of the stranger’s phenomenal eyes. “Nothing beats a fiery one on one.”

He turned and looked directly at Emily, his raised eyebrow referring the sentiment to her rather than Nicholas. She should have been outrageously affronted, yet a burst of delicious excitement rushed through her veins and warmed her body.


Guest Post- Inspiration – settings/characters/plots…

The single most common questions author get asked by readers and interviewers is where we get our inspiration. This is such a difficult question to answer without leaving the person asking the question no more informed than they were before speaking with you!

Inspiration is everywhere…snippets of conversation, news articles, TV programs and movies, your experiences/others experiences, places, history. I could go on and on :)

Let’s start with one aspect at a time…

Setting

This is where the majority of my stories begin taking shape in my imagination. I love visiting new and old places when looking for that new story idea. I’m lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Wiltshire is rich with history, phenomenal countryside and beautiful villages. On top of that, I am just thirty minutes drive from the famous Georgian City of Bath.

There are so many places to inspire me from the churches and cathedrals, to the tiny hamlets hidden away which are bound to hold secrets. I love wandering around Bath and thinking of the many, many generations of people who have lived in this wonderful city and the struggles they faced and conquered. Look around you and ask yourself, “Who lived here?” “Who fought here?” “Who fell in love here?” “Who lost a love one here?” And then ask yourself, “Why?” “Who?” “How?”

Soon, you’ll have the start of an idea…

Characters

This is a difficult one for me – many writers start their stories with the character, especially in romance. This rarely happens for me. Occasionally, I hear a voice or a line of dialogue and have to find out who said that and why. It usually turns out to be the hero or heroine––although, other times it has been a secondary character shouting to be heard.

I start finding my characters by trawling the Internet for pictures of famous actors or models. Usually one of the faces catches my eye and ‘speaks’ to me. I've found my character. After that, I complete a full character sketch looking for their story. The sketches usually produce the characters’ Goal, Motivation and Conflict. After that, I have to start plotting…

Plot

Once an author has the hero and heroine’s (also villain’s if you have one) GMC, the plotting begins to formulate. I try to make the hero and heroine’s goals conflict to provide solid obstacles for them to overcome during their journey and romance. The most important element of any storytelling, and the thing that must run throughout the book, is the characters’ internal conflict/their biggest fear or point of pain. Once you've established this and know it will be difficult for the characters to get past whatever it is inside them that’s holding them back, you have your plot. Everything revolves around finding a way for these characters to grow and change. That is your plot. Everything else is used to color your story.

What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? I’d love to chat!

About the Author

Rachel lives with her husband and two young 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. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn't writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England…although she hopes a dream visit to Canada might just change her mind!

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Contact Links: Website     Blog     Facebook     Twitter


Rachel will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so make sure to follow the tour to increase your chances of winning! The dates and blogs can be found here.

26 comments:

  1. What an amazing post! I think that the answer inspiration everywhere summed it up for me. I find myself asking authors this all time (: I also liked how the author uses a different approach when writing about the characters! Thank you for sharing this awesome post!!

    Ashley Rogers twnkeez@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Ashley!

      So glad you enjoyed the post - I enjoyed writing it and sharing my tips. Inspiration is just the start, the hard work comes with filling the pages, lol!

      Rachel x

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  2. "inexplicable naughtiness" - LOVE IT!!!

    Such an interesting approach to writing the characters. The first time I have heard of the image being found first.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary!

      I am a very visual writer and use many, many pictures/photos to get the creative juices flowing. I am writing a series of books for Harlequin Superromance set in the fictional seaside town of Templeton Cove. As the town is growing with each book, I now have a map dotted with lots and lots of photos :)

      Rachel x

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  3. Hi Rachel,

    Fascinating post. Like you, my characters 'speak' to me and I also find a lot of inspiration in the countryside and my environment. I do agree though that inspiration is everywhere - and sometimes it pops in the most unexpected of places or situations!

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    1. Hi Hywela!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      The most annoying thing about thosse pesky ideas is when they pop into your head for the next book when you're writing your current one. When that happens to me I want to start writing the new project right away!

      Rachel x

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  4. Wow! I'm so impressed by this guest post! If I wasn't already completely fascinated by the story I would be in love just from this one guest post! I'm jealous of your travels but glad you have such wonderful inspirations for your story!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Hi Andra!

      Thanks so much for your kind comments :)

      Hope you enjoy The Seduction of Emily, be sure to let me know! The sequel is with my editor as we speak...

      Rachel x

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  5. Interesting way to find characters, thank you for sharing.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Ingeborg,

      SO appreciate you following my tour - hope you're enjoying it!

      Rachel x

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  6. The more I read about this book, the more I just know I have to have a copy! On my BTB list as we speak!

    Question to Rachel: Have you ever written a villain and later he/she became the hero/heroine of his/her own book?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. You are too nice! Thanks, Karen - hope you enjoy Emily and Will's journey :)

      Great question...but the answer is no, I haven't. The question in itself is a great idea for a story though. Maybe my next book could feature a 'bad turned good' type of hero? I'm loving that idea!

      Rachel x

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  7. Thanks for the pictures, I can imagine how inspirational for your writing it must be to live in such a beautiful historic area

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi Shannon,

      Great to see you here - you're right. I'm never out of ideas or inspiration. The best thing, is when I have to start a new book and it's the perfect excuse to call my mom and take her somewhere nice for the day...all in the name of research ;)

      Rachel x

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  8. THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK! PLUS I LIKE THE PICTURE OF STONEHENGE. SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Shelley!

      That picture was only taken two weeks ago - can you believe I have lived a forty minute drive from Stonehenge for 12 years and only just went to see it recently? Shame on me!

      Good luck with the contest :)

      Rachel x

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  9. oh wonderful post, I can see how settings can be inspired by beautiful places. It can really set a mood :) I think I shall be reading this soon!

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi again, Lily!

      Glad you enjoyed the post - I've tried to share as much of me and my writing processes as possible during this tour. It's great to know I'm not sending people to sleep, lol!

      Enjoy Emily and Will's journey :)

      Rachel x

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  10. Lovely book cover and interesting premise!

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    1. Hi Angela,

      Thanks for stopping by - I LOVE my cover!

      Rachel x

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  11. Nice inspiration

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi,

      SO nice to see you here again - you have no idea how much I appreciate your support with this tour!

      Rachel x

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  12. Rawr! *Paws excerpt*
    It's cheesy and everyone says it, but inspiration really is everywhere, isn't it? It's crazy. I can come home from grocery shopping at Walmart and have a million ideas rushing through my head.

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Chelsea!

      That's exactly it! Writers think differently and we see things in situations, people, history, that maybe another person wouldn't. It was years before I understood the concept of asking, "What if??" That is the starting point of every story :)

      Thanks for being here!

      Rachel x

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