Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ What a Woman Desires by Rachel Brimble

Please welcome Rachel Brimble author of What a Woman Desires.

Rachel Brimble will be awarding a signed paperback copy of What A Woman Desires & tote bag – open internationally.



by Rachel Brimble



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always wanted to write and used to make up stories as young as seven or eight. While at school, I decided I wanted to be a journalist, but circumstances at home meant I left school and started work at sixteen. I worked in a bank for ten years before I left to have my children. When my youngest daughter started school, I had a ‘now or never’ moment and haven’t looked back since J

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I have just handed in the last of my Victorian books I have plan to write (for now!) – this is Jane’s story, who is Monica’s sister In What A Woman Desires. I have a new Harlequin Superromance, Her Hometown Redemption, coming in September. After that? I plan to start plotting a new Georgian trilogy shortly…and, fingers crossed, my Kensington editor will like it enough to offer me a contract!

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

Ah, this is an easy one because I always trawl the internet looking for ‘images’ of my hero and heroine before I start writing – For What A Woman Desires, Monica Danes would be played by Emily Blunt and Thomas Ashby would be played by Tom Hardy.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I don’t belong to a group but I do have three critique partners – we exchange one chapter at a time, usually during our first drafts so that we have lots of advice and help before we dive in for the rewrites. I have worked with these wonderful ladies for years now and long may it continue! I’d be lost without them J

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I had written and had several short stories published before I had the courage to embark on a novel. This was seen by several published authors before I felt the time was right to submit – after several agent and publisher rejections here in the UK, writer friends encouraged me to try US publisher, The Wild Rose Press – they accepted Searching For Sophie within three weeks. I was thrilled…and cried…a lot!

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Best – “Give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft.” Julie Cohen

Worst – “Give up writing you will never be published.” Contest judge – 2006

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

My story ideas are usually inspired by a place or premise – then I have to find my characters. Never easy for me. Once I have a rough idea of who they are, I complete character sketches for the hero and heroine (and villain if I have one) and then write a 3-4 page synopsis. Then I dive into the first draft – this, I usually write from beginning to end and then the hard work starts with the next draft.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I am about a third way through the first draft of my next romantic suspense – this is grittier and longer than anything I’ve written before so I am taking a bit of risk, but I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. This book will eventually be shopped out by my agent as a single title. Exciting!

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

Ooh, I have so many! If I was forced to choose – Actor – John Simm & Actress – Judi Dench

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

It was always a dream of mine to write a series and now I have two J Each of my books can be read stand-alone and I love that readers can pick up the books and dive in without having to know everything that has gone on before.

What A Woman Desires is the third book in my Victorian series (The Seduction of Emily & The Temptation of Laura were the previous books) and they are all loosely connected through the characters.

My Harlequin Templeton Cove series (Finding Justice/A Man Like Him/What Belongs To Her & Christmas At The Cove) are all connected by my fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove.



From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart…?

Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.

Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up…



Monica stared at the man’s partially revealed profile, obscured by the shadow of his hat. Familiarity she couldn’t place swept over her. He was tall, almost a foot taller than her, his shoulders broad and his biceps thick. Her gaze drifted along the sinewy forearms revealed by his rolled shirtsleeves. A laborer. She lifted her gaze to his face as he glared at their attackers. His jaw was chiseled despite the stubble that grazed it. She swallowed as shameful intimidation and attraction rolled through her. She imagined his eyes were the deepest blue. . . .

“Get up.”

The sound of his deep, rough voice a second time sliced through her appraisal and Monica stiffened.

“Get up now,” he growled.

Her breath knotted in the center of her chest. “Thomas?”

He turned and their gazes locked for the briefest moment before he looked to the men once more. It was barely a second, maybe two, that he’d looked at her, but the intensity of his gaze lingered on Monica’s skin, burning white-hot heat through her clothes to sear deep into her flesh just the way it had years before. Her heart picked up speed and her body warmed with a desire she hadn’t known in so very long. To trust a man implicitly, to know he cared for her and those closest to her was a rarity she’d taken for granted throughout the years she’d lived in Biddestone.

Her time away had taught her more than Thomas would ever understand. Shame pinched hot at her cheeks. No matter her previous connection with him, the men she’d met since had made her doubt her instincts and not dare to trust again. Yet, the life lessons she’d endured would do nothing to soothe the undoubted scar she’d left on Thomas’s sense of loyalty by leaving Marksville and not once looking back.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington–her debut was released in April 2013, followed by a second in January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015.

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 and beloved black Lab, Max. 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!





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Rachel Brimble will be awarding a signed paperback copy of What A Woman Desires & tote bag – open internationally.

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3 comments on “Christine Presents ~ What a Woman Desires by Rachel Brimble

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Rachel Brimble
    May 6, 2015

    Thanks for having me here today, Christine! Looking forward to chatting with your visitors 😀

  3. achristay
    May 6, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

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