Author Interview- Rachael Thomas

Squeee! I’m so excited to be hosting author Rachael Thomas on my blog. Rachael writes M&B Presents,  my favourite line and it’s awesome to have her here to find out morRachael Thomase about her and her writing.

Q: Are you a morning lark or a night owl?

A: Definitely a lark. I like to start the day by writing and trying to achieve my word count. That way, whatever else the day throws at me, I’ve done my writing. Of course it doesn’t always work that way!

Q: Your handbag: organized or disorganized?

A: Organized. I like handbags with internal pockets or sections as I like to know everything is in its place. There’s nothing worse than rummaging around in your back in the pouring rain looking for car keys or trying to find a ringing mobile phone.

Q: What do you like to snack on when you’re writing – crisps, popcorn, biscuits, jellybeans? Or maybe you like healthy snacks – fruit, yogurt, nuts, raisins?

A: On the whole, I’m a healthy snacker. I’m partial to dates and cashew nuts and usually have both with a cup of coffee mid-morning. That said, I do enjoy a bar of chocolate!

Q: Describe your favorite heroine? (This doesn’t have to be one of yours.)

A: My favorite modern day heroine is Bridget Jones. She’s so relatable and I love the films and can’t wait for the next installment in her life.

My favorite classic heroine is Elizabeth Bennet and not just because she gets the delectable Mr Darcy.

Q: When did you start writing and why?

A: When I was about nine years old, a teacher read out a short story I’d written as a
n example of how it should be done. That was the moment when I found something I was good at and set my sights on being a writer when I grew up.

Q: How did you come to write  your genre of choice?

A: I’d dabbled with writing historical romance about twenty years ago, but then life took over and writing was put aside. About ten years ago, I came back to it and we were lucky to have Liz Fielding as a guest at my local writing group and it was then I decided that Mills and Boon was where my heart lay. So as an avid reader I embarked on the mission to become a published author of Mills and Boon.

Q: Are you a planner or a pantser, or maybe a little of both?

A: A little of both. I have certain points in the story where I know certain events which need to take place and then I write my way towards it and see what happens along the way.

Q: When crafting the story do you go from beginning to end, or do you jump around writing the scenes that are pushing themselves forward in your brain?

A: I usually work from the beginning to the end, although if scenes pop up in my mind, demanding immediate attention, I will make notes on them.

Q: Which holiday celebrations do you like to incorporate into your stories and why?

A: I recently incorporated New Year’s Eve into a book – New Year at the Boss’s Bidding. I had so much fun writing it and amazingly as I wrote snowy scenes it was actually snowing outside my window.Route de campagne en hiver derrire une ferme

 

 

 

 

 

Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?

A: I am working on an exciting trilogy with two other authors which is great fun. So look out for Antonio and Sadie’s story next summer!

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.

A: My next book out in September 2016 is To Blackmail a Di Sione and is book three in The Billionaire’s Legacy, an eight part miniseries. Each book can be read alone or as part of the series.

Rachael’s bio: I’ve always loved reading romance and am thrilled to now be a Presents author. I live and work on a farm in Wales, a far cry from the glamour of a Presents story, but that makes slipping into my characters’ world all the more appealing. When I’m not writing or working on the farm I enjoy photography and visiting historic castles and grand houses.

To connect with Rachael:

Rachael’s website

Rachael’s facebook page

Twitter: @rachaeldthomas

Next release – To Blackmail a Di Sione

 

BLURB:

“When you’ve finished making offers for the bracelet, I have a proposition for you.” 

Billionaire Liev Dragunov has spent a lifetime plotting revenge against those responsible for his family’s ruin. Finally he has the way: Bianca Di Sione.To Blackmail a Di Sione

She’s denied their obvious attraction and coolly rebuffs every request to work for him—until he finds her weakness: a diamond bracelet she desperately needs!

Bianca must become his fake fiancée if she wants her trinket! But the taste of revenge isn’t as sweet as desire, and Liev discovers that she is innocent in more ways than one…

Book 3 of The Billionaire’s Legacy

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Thanks for being on my blog, Rachael. I’m really looking forward to reading To Blackmail A Di Sione

Rachael: Thanks for having me here today!

My top ten favourite romance authors

My top ten favourite romance authors

Even though the days are getting longer and the snowdrops are out, winter keeps reminding us that she’s still here and she hasn’t finished having her say yet. I haven’t posted through January- work has been taking up a lot of time, true, and I’ve been struggling with some personal problems that the universe decided to chuck at me, however the truth is that I haven’t posted mainly because I’ve been reading.morso stove

Yes, I’ve succumbed to the log fire and good book syndrome and I have to admit that I’m totally unapologetic. So to make up for it in this post I’m going to post a list of my favourite romance writers. I started looking through my keeper shelf and my last year of Amazon purchases to be sure that I don’t forget anyone and the names just kept coming. What started out as a top ten quickly became a top twenty and may have gone even further if I hadn’t given myself a stern talking to.

Before I go any further I do want to issue a disclaimer. First of all this list is of my favourite romance authors at the moment, and it is always subject to change, of course. I’ve linked to each author so that you can find any you are interested in. I do hope that you get some new reading out of this post.

Top ten that I’m guaranteed to buy as soon as they have a new book out.

  • Joanna Bourne: Historical author. I love her writing, her plots, her characters and her subtlety. http://www.joannabourne.com/
  • Michelle Reid: Mills and Boon author. I never get tired of these. Deeply emotional stories that often make me cry. Her stories are often second chance stories. http://www.michellereid.com/books.html
  • Cherise Sinclair: Only for those with a strong stomach these are very edgy, explicit, erotic stories that venture into the world of BDSM in a major way. Lots of naughty stuff happening but they contain good stories as well. http://cherisesinclair.com/
  • Joanna Wylde: Has written in a variety of different sub genres but for me it’s the Reaper’s motorcycle books she writes that have me hooked. They are gritty, violent, edgy and dark but they work for me. Don’t buy if you are squeamish. https://www.facebook.com/joannawyldebooks
  • Julie Anne Long: An historical author who she writes with a sense of humour. Her dialogues are very clever and witty and they make me smile. Her plots are cool and her characters ace. http://www.julieannelong.com/
  • Nalini Singh: I love all her books but she’s on this list particularly for her Archangels series. Paranormal at a time when it’s lost a bit of its edge she gave it a second wind and hooked me with the terribleness of the angels and the world she’s created. http://www.nalinisingh.com/
  • Lyndsay Buroker: Lyndsay writes in a variety of different subgenres including fantasy/ steam punk and I find all of them fascinating. She creates amazing worlds. http://www.lindsayburoker.com/
  • Jo Goodman: Historical author who also writes western/ cowboy romances. Deeply emotional her characters do tend to face serious issues but unlike other authors they retain a simplicity and never become whiney. http://www.jogoodman.com/
  • Loretta Chase: Write historical with excellent dialogue, witty and emotional and just a bit out of the ordinary. http://www.lorettachase.com/
  • Patricia Briggs: Paranormal books and fantasy. I like her characters and the detail and interaction. Her heroines are strong and capable but without being militant. She is a great creator of worlds. http://www.patriciabriggs.com/

These are authors whose work I’m permanently watching for. Each time one of their books is published I want to ration it but instead I gulp it down.

I wish I could write with their emotional depth, sophistication, and polish. They give incredible pleasure to the reader in me and inspire the writer in me.

Do you have a favourite who you think should feature in a list? Leave a link in the comments and I’ll check them out.