It’s Not Too Early For a Christmas SuperRomance from Rachel Brimble!

From our discussions in the past, I know that many of us in the Lair LOVE holiday stories! So today, I have a real treat for you as I welcome back my lovely friend, fellow Brit and SuperRomance sister, Rachael Brimble, to tell us about her latest release – Christmas at the Cove.

Me  Mr B - xmas 2012Thanks, Anna. It’s great to be back here!

I am so excited that my Christmas Superromance has been released to the big, wide world! Christmas At The Cove is the fourth book in my series set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove. When I suggested a Christmas book to my editor, it was mainly for the reason that I wanted to know if I could write one. This was my very first attempt…EVER! The other books in the series are set in the summer––how could they not be when I have a beach, fairground, oceanside restaurants and boardwalk at such tempting access? So a Christmas romance was a new challenge for me in more ways than one.

The first challenge, how could I make the most of my setting and have the story take place in December? Well, I decided to give the town an ice-rink, lots of decorated boutique shops and a big old fir tree in the reception of Templeton’s fanciest hotel. As for the story, that came to me pretty quickly too. I wanted a reunion story…and I also wanted to try a new trope for me, The Secret Baby.

In the two weeks since its release, Christmas At The Cove has received lots of lovely reviews, including over eight 5 star reviews. I am one happy lady! I enjoyed writing this mainstream romance (minus my usual suspense) so much and plan to write another if my editor gives me the go ahead in the coming weeks.I hope you enjoy this latest story too!

We in the Lair have our fingers crossed that your editor signs you up for many more stories! In the meantime, would you share your blurb for Christmas at the Cove with us?

I’d love to!

Rachel christmas coverMore family for Christmas?

Scott Walker doesn’t have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news.

Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he’s not one to shirk responsibility. Scott’s issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.

And here’s a sneak peek, just for the Lair:

She squeezed her eyes shut. “I’ll stay for another couple of days, but then I have to go home. I can’t stay here for Christmas.”

The soft whisper of his exhalation drifted over her folded hands on the table. “That’s great. It’s more than great. Thank you.”

She swallowed, wanting the words she needed to say out of her body as soon as possible. “You have your life, and I have mine.” She opened her eyes. “Neither of us has to change our plans because I’ve told you about Belle. You can still do what you want to do.”

His eyes ever so slightly darkened. “If I’m a father, it changes everything.”

Be strong, Carrie. Lay down the ground rules. “I disagree.” She straightened her spine. “I get it, Scott. Truly. I understand you think knowing about Belle means you have to change your entire life, but that’s not true.”

“That’s not what I’m––”

“Let me just say this, please.”

He closed his eyes and she took that as permission to continue. She inhaled a deep breath. “I like, and appreciate, you thinking what you should to do and how to do it, but I’m not asking you to change your plans overnight. This is going to take time. I want it to take time. Belle doesn’t need to know about you yet. You can go on with your life and when the time’s right, I’ll tell her about you.”


Carrie swallowed against the dryness in her throat. When she’d been standing outside the holiday park, the decision to see her mission through to the end burning like a flame inside her, she’d thought her words would be strong and clear, delivered with a reverence he couldn’t argue with. Yet now, her stomach trembled with nerves and her hands longed to take his.

Why did he make her feel so torn and her reasoning unfair? Belle was hers. He had no obligation to her unless he wanted one. “I’m not saying that to be cruel, you know.” She sighed. “I’ve looked after her the last year without a partner beside me. She’ll be okay…whatever you decide.”

His continuing silence raised the hairs at the back of her neck, made her fear she drove a bigger wedge between them, but she wouldn’t falter. She had come to Templeton and achieved what she came to do––the gates were open and Scott could step through them whenever he was ready. As long as he realized the hinges wouldn’t creak back and forth on a whim.

Oooh – can’t wait to find out how Scott and Carrie work their way through this story! Don’t forget, everyone, that you can click on the cover of Rachel’s book to go straight to Amazon.

Rachel bookmarkRachel is offering a prize to one lucky commenter – a signed copy of her third Templeton Cove book ‘What Belongs To Her’, to get you in the mood for Christmas at the Cove! All you have to do is tell Rachel about your favorite gift as an adult and a child?? [Rachel: I’m looking for gift inspiration… *joke*]

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. You can reach her via her website and blog, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter. Rachel would love to hear from you!



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  • Jane says:

    Hello Anna and Rachel,
    One of my favorite gifts as a kid was the Pound Puppy plush toy I found under the tree one year. My favorite gift as as adult is still the Kate Spade purse I received a few years ago.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I don’t think the pesky bird is much of a gift, Jane! LOL. Let’s hope we get the gift of some great hockey!

      Aww the Plush Pound puppy sounds adorable. I’ve been seeing some fabulous Kate Spade handbags on Pinterest – I may have to put in a request with Santa!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yay! Jane caught the Chook again! I tell you, he’s more well behaved for you than most anyone else. Grins.

      Jane, got myself a Kate Spade this fall. Loooove it!!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Rachel and Anna

    I do love Christmas stories especially ones set where it is cold seeing as how I live in Australia and our Christmas is always hot 🙂

    One of the bestt Christmas presents that I ever got was when I was a little girl and I got this fluffy little puppy who I call Sooty 🙂 he was my best friend and as an adult hubby got me a beautiful frame with pictures of my Mum and me just after I lost her 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Helen – not long now until you head off on your cruise! Have a fab time!

      Aww another puppy! Was he called Sooty after the TV show? I used to love Sooty and Sweep!

      How sweet of your hubby to get you that framed pic of your mum.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Awww, what a great name for a pup! I had a friend who’s dad named thier black dog Ink. Then when they got a second black dog, he named it Coal. Grins. Sooty would have been more fun. Ha!

      Excited for you about your cruise! Woot! Reading time!!

  • Welcome, Rachel. I honestly can’t remember a best toy from when I was a kid. But one of the best gifts ever was when my husband and I were in our 20s. I’d never been to Disney World, and we went one December a week or two before Christmas. I absolutely loved it and still love going back whenever I can.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I must admit, I struggle to remember too, Trish! It was so long ago LOL! But I’m a lot older than you. 😉

      How nice to have such a great gift. I can imagine that Disney before Christmas must be truly magical.

      • Rachel Brimble says:

        Hi Trish,

        The closest I’ve got to Disneyland in EuroDisney in Paris – my husband and I took our two young daughters there in January and it snowed! They were in awe of everything which was wonderful.

        Rachel x

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      That’s so cool, Trish! How lovely and fun. And Disney is such a blast, isn’t it?

  • Penney wilfort says:

    Hi Rachel when I was a kid my favorite gifts were Barbies! I loved them. Now I love books or gift cards so I can buy books. I’m happy with that. I can’t wait to read your Christmas book! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Hi Penney!

      I leaned more toward Sindy, remember her? Ha ha! Used to have the house, car, everything. Completely forgotten about that!

      Yep, with you with the books and gift cards – bliss 🙂

      Rachel x

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Oh I used to love Barbies too, Penney! I had a house and camper van and all sorts for them. Didn’t like Ken, so had an action man instead!

  • Shannon says:

    I got great gifts as a kid. Not sure if I have a favorite: the autoharp, the music box with the ballerina that twirled, or the bride doll.

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Hi Shannon,

      I got asked this gift question in an interview recently and loved it – it’s amazing to think back and remembered all the stuff we were given as kids and what we can still see clearly!

      Rachel x

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Wow – they all sound like fab gifts, Shannon. My mind is a blank right now, but I’m sure tomorrow, I’ll remember loads of things I got!

  • Rachel, welcome back and congrats on your new release! It sounds great.

    Favorite gift is a toughie. The dh gave me a locket I really love. My parents gave me a film camera, an SLR with a 35-70mm zoom lens, when I was in my 20s. I took that camera everywhere until the digital age and the need to upload forced me to buy a new one, a little point and shoot with some zoom capabilities. I haven’t seen a digital that would give me the same versatility in a single lens that I had in that film camera, and I miss it. Not having film to deal with helps in the security lines, sure, but it’s a definite tradeoff.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I think the digital SLR’s are fabulous cameras, but they aren’t nearly as portable or flexible as the smaller cameras. The fact that you can get pretty decent pics on a phone these days is amazing!

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Yes, a camera! I think I was 12 when I was given my first and drove everyone mad on Xmas day snapping them whenever I could…i suppose it’s the same with everyone having a phone these days. Need to watch what we’re doing ALL the time, ha ha!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Rachel! Welcome to the Lair!! And congrats on the Christmas in the Cove. Sounds like a great read. Loved the excerpt!!

    I’m loving hearing about all these gifts. Too fun. Its bringing up some memories, that’s for sure. I think the best gift as a child was a stable full of toy horses. They were big and fuzzy and flocked with long manes and tails. They had harness bits that you could take off and put on, and blankets. For me, they were way cooler than my sister’s Barbies! Hahah!

    As an adult, the best gift was a gorgeous pair of earrings my hubby gave me one year. LOVE those things and wear them all the time. They’re pearls with diamonds around them.

    Happy holidays with your family and your Lab!!

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Hi, Jeanne & thank you for your kind words about CATC!

      Your favourites sound fantastic – I would’ve like the horses then…and I’d like the earring nows, haha!

      Rachel x

    • Anna Sugden says:

      That sounds just like what my younger sister would say, Jeanne – she’d have loved the horses too!

      As for the bling – go your hubby! 🙂

  • Deb says:

    Congrats, Rachel, on the new release!
    My favorite present as a child….it was a little battery operated puppy that had controls on its bone. It walked, wagged its tail, yipped, and sat. NOTHING like today’s technology.

    My husband always buys me perfume every Christmas. He takes his time and really does smell each scent before choosing the one he likes. He chooses well, and I look forward to a different scent each year. Last year, though, he bought me footie pajamas, LOL! They are waaaay too big, but are soft and warm.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Aww another puppy toy, Deb! I clearly missed out on those!

      How nice of your hubby to be so thoughtful – though bless him on getting the sizing wrong for your PJs!

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Hi Deb, thanks for the congrats!

      Perfume and cozy pyjamas are GOOD presents 😀

      Rachel x

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Hi Rachel! I love Christmas stories. love Supers and trust Anna’s recommendations so I will most definitely be downloading Christmas at the Cove. 🙂

    One of my best Christmas presents was the year (1991) a huge box from “Santa Claws” (a/k/a my hubby) showed up under our tree about two weeks before Christmas. Friends and family spent most of December trying to guess what was inside. It was a 6 ft. tall plush, squishy Polar Bear that I named Big Bear. I adored him! Two years ago, when I downsized from a house to a condo, Big Bear went to live with a then three-year-old friend. She re-named him “Big Foot Bear” and he now resides in a cozy corner of her bedroom where she loves to sit in his “lap” and read books. Best. Present. Ever.

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Aww, the bear sounds amazing! My dad surprised me with a huge teddy bear when I was about 7 and I adore it. It’s in the attic ready for the first grandchild whenever he or she comes 😀

      Hope you enjoy Christmas At The Cove!

      Rachel x

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi PJ! Aww that sounds like a wonderful present and even better that he’s warming the heart of a little friend!

  • Hi Rachel! Hi Anna! Rachel, congratulations on the release of your first Christmas romance. I love reading them, I love writing them. There’s something about this time of year that’s just right for a heart-warming love story. Loved the excerpt!

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Hi Anna!

      I adored writing this story – I hope I get the opportunity to write another one for Christmas 2016…I think I’ve missed the boat for next year, haha!

      Rachel x

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Anna! I love holiday stories too. Hopefully one day, I’ll get a chance to write a full-length one for my Ice Cats!

  • catslady says:

    I’m a day behind lol. When 11 I got my first cat. It was a wild barn cat but he started me on my way as a catslady!! Best as an adult was a new wedding ring after I lost my stone in my original ring after 25 yrs. of marriage. He had one special made for me.

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Snap!! My favorite adult present also revolved about my engagement ring – my husband surprised me with a diamond solitaire in Xmas 2010 after I lost my original ring in the French floods in June of the same year.

      I cried so much!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Aww a cat is a lovely present – for both you and the cat (and all the cats to follow!)

      How sweet too to get a new wedding ring. It’s too awful when you lose something so precious. I was gutted when my wedding set of necklace and earrings was stone – not once, but twice!

  • Mozette says:

    OOhhh… Christmas is certainly on its way…

    I’ve got almost all my gifts bought and finished (I’m a crafter, so I hand-make a lot of my gifts).

    But seeing you asked about my favourite gift from when I was a child and an adult… I can easily answer:

    As a child, my favourite gift was a pacer. This was a designer pencil… it was red and was made by PaperMate. I loved it and used it all the time; right up until the snot a school pinched it out of my desk for his ‘collection’ (which he also stole off other classmates). Mine was brand new, one of the newer colours and he wanted it… 🙁 I got it back because I spotted his using it and I was the only kid in my class to have it just after Christmas… the teacher ordered him to give it back (seeing I had reported it stolen and he suddenly seemed to have acquired it on the same day).

    As an adult the best gift I received was my life. I had a melanoma on the back of my left thigh and in 1996, I had it moved by a plastic surgeon. I’m 41 now and I’m still in the clear for cancer… Dr Lanigan saved my life because he told me that had I left it until Christmas, my family wouldn’t be celebrating it, they’d be burying me. So, my life was the best gift of all from the best plastic surgeon we’ve been associated with ever.

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Oh, Mozette, what a wonderfully, inspiring story! So happy you have been given the all clear – I suspect you thoroughly enjoy every Christmas!

      Rachel x

    • Anna Sugden says:

      How nice that you make a lot of your gifts, Mozette. I do more of that these days too.

      Life and a coloured pencil seem to me to be the perfect best presents!

  • Cassondra says:

    Hi Rachel and hello Anna!

    Rachel this story sounds lovely. I love series like this one, but I’ve never read a small-town series set in the UK. I’m going to have to get these for certain!

    I don’t have children, so the whole secret baby thing leaves me with my jaw kind of slack, wondering how the poor girl managed it usually, but I find that I do love the stories anyway. I’m always rooting for the couple to get it together of course. It’s just the “baby” moments that I squint at and think, “Gosh, I wouldn’t know what to do with that.”

    Anna, what a lovely blog–thank you for bringing Rachel and her wonderful series to the lair!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey Cassondra! It’s always a pleasure to have Rachel with us *g*. Plus you know how keen I am to swing the balance to England from Scotland and Ireland when it comes to reading LOL!

      I often wonder about the secret baby thing, but I have a story idea that I would love to write which includes a secret baby with a twist (the story, not the baby!)

  • Cassondra says:

    OH the question…

    My favorite gift as a child was my guitar…I got it when I was 11. I had been trying to play my brothers’ and sister’s guitars since I was about six, and they were WAY too big for my tiny self. Daddy bought me a guitar the Christmas after I turned 11, and I taught myself to play on that.

    Favorite as an adult…hmmm… wasn’t for Christmas, so I guess this is cheating…but my favorite gift was…a guitar. (are you sensing a pattern here?) I dropped my guitar and broke the neck, and my husband, Steve, bought me the guitar I’d been fondling in the music store. IT was a fantastic present!

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Hi Cassandra!

      Hope you enjoy my Templeton Cove series 😀

      I’m in awe of anyone who can play a musical instrument – I can’t at all, despite trying various instruments as a child. My husband loves his piano which has center stage in our living room!

      Rachel x

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Aww a present that replaces a favourite present that was damaged works – especially since it was a guitar and I know how much you love your music!

  • Sandy Porter says:

    My favorite Christmas gift was a kitten. He was kind of lost when he first got here as I did have another cat that was very accepting of him at first. But that is how he got the name Buddy. He was my Buddy from day one. He followed me everywhere & lived up to his name by becoming my best Buddy.Plus he was a present from my daughter!! Thanks for the giveaway as I really enjoy the Christmas Season!!

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Hi Sandy,

      Animals have to make the best Xmas presents! I dreamed that my parents would buy me a dog for Xmas for years but he or she never materliazed. I bought myself a black Lab puppy 10 years ago and Max is definitely my best buddy too!

      Rachel x

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Aww I love stories like that, Sandy. A kitten gets a new forever home and a human gets a lovely buddy!

  • Amy Conley says:

    This book sounds so good!

    Favorite gift as a child was a jewelry box which looked like piano.

    As an adult it has to be my family ring. See, I have to be different. I didn’t want just a Mother’s Ring, I wanted my family. So hubby and my sometimes boss at the jewelry store designed a beautiful Family Ring for me.

    • Amy Conley says:

      Ok, have to change this a bit. In less than a week I got the worst and the best present. My favorite Auntie passed away this past Thurs. She was really special to me for lots of reasons. And today her brother, one of my uncles, sent me a picture of me with my mom AND dax. It is the only picture I’ve ever seen with the three of us. Seen lots of pictures where a person has been torn out of the picture though.

      • Rachel Brimble says:

        Hi Amy!

        Hope you give Christmas At The Cove a read – it’s fourth in my ongoing series and I love it!

        Aww, the ring sounds amazing and nothing is better than a photograph. Memories are our most precious possessions.

        Rachel x

      • Anna Sugden says:

        They both sound like wonderful presents, Amy. Especially when you’ve had such a tough time lately!

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