Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Happy Release Day to me!! Happy Release Day to me!!


Well, it's finally here!! I am SO, SO happy that I can now officially call myself a Harlequin author. There was a time when I believed that writing for this wonderful publisher was like trying to find the code to a super-secret, highly confidential, 007 type box. What did Harlequin want? What was I doing wrong? Why can't one of the new authors they take on each year be me? Can I even write?

On and on these negative questions gathered momentum...

Coming to the acceptance that I might not belong with Harlequin, I had the idea for a new romantic suspense novel. This would be the first one I had written in almost four years. I wrote feverishly and love the characters, the plot, but most of all, I loved the idea of a series set in my fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove.

I sent the book off to my newly acquired agent - she loved it too! Yay! Celebration time!

My agent and I discussed back and forth the publishers we would query - I asked her to try Harlequin Superromance. Even though I thought I'd accepted the fact my work wasn't right for them, something still niggled at me that they were the publisher I was meant to be working with. My agent duly submitted the proposal. Within a few weeks, I received an email asking for revisions - I did what I thought was best for the story, taking into account the detailed suggestions from the Superromance Senior Editor, Wanda Ottewell.

My agent sent back the revisions...

Within two weeks, I was dancing around my patio :) The wonderful, gorgeous email came through one sunny day in May last year. WE WOULD LIKE TO CONTRACT 'FINDING JUSTICE'.

The rest you know - I am still buzzing, still happy and now have another book contracted with Superromance. 'A Man Like Him' will be available in August 2013.

Dreams do happen - I really hope you enjoy my debut novel with Harlequin. Let's PARTY!!!

Finding Justice - Book One in the Templeton Cove series


Old friends, new secrets 

Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat's world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett-a man from her past-is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he's innocent. After all they once shared, how can she say no? 

The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can't let her emotions interfere with the case—solving it is top priority. But as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.

Buy:

http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Justice-Harlequin-Superromance-Brimble/dp/0373718357/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1360056027&sr=8-2&keywords=finding+justice

To celebrate my grand opening (I'll also be over at http://www.superauthors.com/ & http://vintagevonnie.blogspot.co.uk/ today), I love to GIVEAWAY a signed paperback copy to one lucky commenter. CAN'T WAIT TO CHAT!!


17 comments:

  1. Contratulations, Rachel. It's so great to see dreams come true.

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    1. Hi Brenda!

      Thanks for stopping by - and thank you for your good wishes. I have been through every emotion known to man throughout 2012 but lord, it was worth it!

      Wishing you all the best with your writing too :)

      Rachel x

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  2. Huge congrats, Rachel. I'm so happy for you!

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    1. Thank you, lovely lady! Your ongoing support throughout my journey has been nothing short of amazing.

      So happy to be able to share today with you :)

      Rachel x

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  3. Congratulations on both contracts, Rachel. Your new books sounds wonderful. Have a fab party. now... where is that champers?

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    1. LOL!! Passing you a glass right now! :D

      Thanks for your kind wishes, Sherry - the reality of a breakthrough after all this time hasn't really sank in. I'm not sure it will for a LONG time!

      Rachel x

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  4. Hurrah! Much brilliance!!! Here's another bottle of bubbly in case you run out!! xxxx

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    1. I'm having a very unromance writer kind of celebration! Mr B out so I'm drinking lemonade, knitting + watching telly, LOL!!

      I'll take that champers though, lovely...tomorrow's another day after all! ;)

      Xx

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  5. Happy happy release day, lovely! How very exciting for you. Raising a glass to your success! xxx

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    1. SO good to hear from you, missy! Where have you been hiding yourself?? We'll have to catch up via email soon - I miss our chats!

      Couldn't have done this without you! :)

      Xx

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  6. Woohoo!! It's here!! I'm so excited for you, Rachel and know this is just the beginning. I've so enjoyed watching your career take off. You are an inspiration, lady! :) xx

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  7. Aww, LaVerne, you are such a sweetheart - all these comments mean so much to me :)

    It's been a long journey but I've learned so much, met so many amazing friends like you both here and across the pond, it's been worth every second.

    Your turn next! :)

    Xx

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    1. Happy days indeed, Liz! One of the best parts has been talking to everyone who helped me along the way. I'm only just starting my tour so I cannot wait to re-connect with other writer friends and readers!!

      Rachel x

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  9. Rachel, sorry I missed this yesterday. (Long day with granddaughter.) Mega congratulations on the release and good luck with it!

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    1. Hi Nancy!!

      No problem at all - those babies take priority of everything! :)

      I had a great day and have loads of stops for the next two weeks so i'm sure we'll catch up along the way. Thanks for popping in!

      Rachel x

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  10. Congrats, Rachel! I put the print version in my Amazon cart!

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