Monday, February 11, 2013

CBLS Promotions: "Finding Justice" by Rachel Brimble Author Interview/Giveaway (Ends 2/25) WW

Finding Justice
by Rachel Brimble
Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin Superromance
Release Date: February 1, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 85,000

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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. And as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult situations and language and may be considered offensive to some readers.

“I need your help, Cat. I’m in trouble. Big trouble.”

The timbre of despair in his voice alerted her to grief. Loss. She heard it loud and clear. It didn’t matter whether the speaker was male or female, young or old. When you lost someone before you should, it always sounded the same. She was trained to recognize it--personally and professionally. To listen and help. To alleviate others’ pain and hide her own. She stopped pacing and tightened her grip on the receiver.

“What’s wrong?”

“It’s Sarah.”

Her mind whirled back seven years ago to the last time she and her family took their annual holiday to Templeton Cove. A picturesque town situated amongst the spectacular “English Riviera” region of South West England. The place Jay and his family had lived for generations.

“Sarah? Is she okay?” Cold dread seeped into Cat’s blood, making goose bumps erupt on her arms. “Jay?”

“She’s dead, Cat. Murdered.”

She sucked in a breath as a lump of stone dropped into her abdomen. “What?”

“You need to come to the Cove. Investigate her death. The police here aren’t getting anywhere.” His shaky breath rasped down the line. “I’m a suspect, Cat. You have to help me. You have to help me show them--”

“Wait. You’re a suspect?” How could good, kind-hearted Jay Garrett be a suspect in a murder investigation? The Jay she remembered always smiled, laughed and kissed with lips that could lead a girl into all sorts of trouble…

“Please tell me you’re the detective you always swore you would be. You have to help me. I need you.”

He needs me. After all this time. “Jay, listen to me. If you’re a suspect, what happened? Cops do not go around accusing people--”

“The cops are walking around like their bloody heads are cut off.  Sarah’s parents are waiting for them to release her body while the police point the finger at me rather than the real killer. I feel trapped, Cat. You’ve got to come to the Cove.”

About the Author
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. She started writing short stories about eight years ago but once her children were at school, she embarked on her first novel. It was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had several books published with small presses as well as securing her first contract with Harlequin Superromance in May 2012.

Represented by US agent Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, 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.  Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused…

Connect with Rachel Brimble


1.  What was your inspiration to become an author?

Enid Blyton – I was SO young when I decide I wanted to write. I remember spending hours writing stories and then punching holes in the papers and binding with ribbon. I’d then illustrate the front page and ‘sell’ them to my soft toys, LOL!!

Once my first inspiration came from Ms Blyton, it continued through other authors and still does. The likes of Nora Roberts and Jodi Picoult still make me want to write better and better books.

2.  What do you find is the easiest and hardest parts of writing a book?

Easiest – Dialogue. I love dialogue and find it very easy to dictate onto the page what the characters want to say. More often than not, their voices came through so clearly, I can pick up dialect and their mannerisms too.

Hardest – Plotting. I suffer with the dreaded ‘sagging middle’ syndrome. My books come in at around 85-90,000 words and every time I hit the 35-40,000 mark, BAM! I grind to a horrible halt. The answer? I write through it until the words flow again – that’s what second and third drafts are for!

3.  If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you pick and why?

Margaret Mitchell – what was she thinking ending Gone With The Wind they way she did?! Still ADORE the book though J

Oprah Winfrey – amazing woman who continues to inspire me in ambition and spirit

Peter Kay – UK comedian. Just because I can’t even look at him and not laugh – love the man!

4.  What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom as well as a writer so during school time, I write 8.30-3.30 every day except weekends. Then it’s running around the house and ferrying the kids where they need to be. I grab what time I can at the laptop in between until 7pm, then switch off and watch TV or relax with a book J

5.  What is your best advice for aspiring writers?

Keep going! So many writers give up after x number of rejections. No writer made it who quit! Listen to any words of wisdom, brush yourself off and try again. Also, allow yourself to write your first draft without looking back – words can be edited, people!

6.  What authors have most influenced you?

Nora Roberts & Robyn Carr – adore their characters and their relationships, admire their hometown settings. They seem to write effortlessly and only a writer would know that is something to be admired.

7.  What do you like to do in your spare time?

Read, knit, socialize with family and friends, and take as many long walks as possible in the country with my black Lab. Nothing relaxes me and takes me away from work more than walking J


And now for the giveaway.  Prize is 5 signed paperback copies of "Finding Justice" (1 each to 5 winners). Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Feb 25. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
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