The Seduction of Emily
by 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. . .
His caught breath released in a low whistle. Attraction twitched his groin. “My God, tell me you’re not his.”
His gaze languidly travelled from the tip of the feather in the woman’s hat, to the glossy black hair curled and twisted beneath it. Her eyes were big and dark, her skin as smooth as glass over sweet apple cheeks. The vivid royal blue dress she wore was pulled in at a waist small enough to fit in his splayed hands, her stature poised and proud. She was exquisite.
Will smiled. Although her ample bosom was decently covered, the soft white netting revealed the faintest hue of her flesh. What he wouldn’t give . . . He forced his gaze upward and stiffened. She stared straight at him—and her mouth twitched with amusement. He pulled back his shoulders and flashed her a smile.
She didn’t lower her eyes as he expected.
Intrigued, he tipped her a wink.
A moment passed before she surprised him again. She did not turn away in disgust or demand Milne punch him to the ground; instead the minx winked straight back. Desire hit Will hard in the gut as a bubble of laughter tickled the back of his throat.
Who was she? He revelled in the tinge of pink staining her cheeks and suspected inside, she laughed right along with him.
Their secretly shared moment came to an abrupt end when her companion took her hand and placed it possessively in the crook of his arm. He led her in Will’s direction and Will bowed as they passed.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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!
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
Tough question! Several jump to mind, but if I had to choose it would be the scene where Emily and Will arrive at a farmhouse and make the mutual decision to spend the night there. A secondary character, the woman who lives there, adds some great touches of humor to a very tense preamble to the ‘will they, won’t they’ scenario between the hero and heroine. How Will romances Emily came from nowhere and the words just flowed. This was the scene where I truly fell head over in heels with him…
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
They definitely develop as I write but I do complete a character sketches for my hero, heroine and villain, if I have one. This gives me an outline to start from but it always take a while for them to show what and me who they are, as well as their likes and dislikes. I love watching them evolve and reveal what pushes those all-important buttons!
Do you have a specific writing style?
It’s hard to define your style – the same as it is to find your ‘voice’ when publishers and editors recommend it. I can honestly say I have no idea what my voice is, but know I’ve found it because I’m beginning to have readers say they recognize my word immediately, just from reading a paragraph or two – which is SO satisfying! I would say my style is sexy and humorous…with a hefty dose of suspense.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
I am a Twitter addict so for daily doses of my life, that’s the best place to follow me – I also have a website, a blog with regular guest romance authors and a Facebook page. Here’s the links:
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Help, definitely! I am a deadline freak, lol! I love working to deadlines because they don’t allow the awful writer trap of procrastination. If you know something has to be delivered by a certain time, you have to write and produce what is required. End of. I work best under pressure especially because I work around my children so I have to get on with it, no matter how small my snippets of time.
If I don’t have my agent or editor waiting for something at any point (which is rare!), I instill self-inflicted deadlines such as a minimum word count for that day or week. It certainly keeps the words flowing!
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