Thursday, 9 February 2017

Secret Valentine Giveaway

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I have a Goodreads Giveaway of A Child Claimed by Gold together with a secret giveaway!



To be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of A Child Claimed by Gold and a Secret Valentine, which is a copy of a romance I have read and enjoyed, click HERE and enter before 15th February 2017.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Inspiration for A Child Claimed by Gold

I like to relax watching television programs I have recorded and in the summer of 2015 one such program was Joanna Lumley's Trans-Siberian Railway Journey. It was while watching her in Russia that the idea for A Child Claimed by Gold began to form.


I was completely captivated by the part of the journey which saw her travelling through Russia. A country I have never been to although I have always had a yearning to see the beautifully-coloured domes of Red Square.

So how did this program spark of ideas for A Child Claimed by Gold? The first part that captivated me was when Joanna met a Russian Oligarch's son and the second was a visit to a ballet school where young dancers from all around the world studied. These two scenes fired up my imagination.

It was Nikolai who arrived in my mind first. Tall, handsome and doing anything to avoid the dark secrets of his family's past from escaping. A past that had haunted him so much, he no longer lived in his childhood home in Russia, but had made a new and very successful life in New York.

Soon after, Emma arrived on the scene, a photographer desperate for a big break in her career and the chance to visit Russia, where her younger sister was studying ballet. The Petrushov family were telling all to World in Photographs and her images in this publication could launch her career.

The remainder of the story came from Nikolai and Emma themselves as they met, resisted the instant attraction and both wrestled with their past. But you'll have to read the book to find out what happened!



I really enjoy travelling around the world from the comfort of my sofa, with my golden retriever curled up next to me and a cup of coffee in hand. At the moment such viewing is taking me to the amazing Yellowstone National Park. I wonder where I will go next and what ideas will be sparked?

Rachael
xx


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

I can't believe it's just days until Christmas.



Since I last posted, I've been busy finishing my latest book and preparing for the festive season....


making Christmas puddings


and a cake



going to quite a few Christmas Fairs


Christmas shopping in London where I met the bears at Harrods


Putting up the Christmas tree and trying to keep Poppy away from it


and seeing my latest book, A Child Claimed by Gold on the shelves in my local store.

Now, I am just about ready for the festive season and would like to wish you all 

A Very Merry Christmas

Rachael
xx




Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Brides for Billionaires

Today is the official release day of my latest book. Married for the Italian's Heir is the second book in the Brides for Billionaires quartet.


After a shocking media expose reveals that the compelling stranger she lost her virginity to is debauched bachelor Dante Mancini, Piper Riley is stunned! Their unexpected but exquisite night has left them inextricably bound.
When Dante learns that Piper is pregnant, the heartless playboy sees the perfect opportunity to restore his business reputation - by making Piper his wife! But Piper won't settle for anything less than happy-ever-after. Dante must overcome his past to prove to Piper - and the world - that this is more than a convenient match.

The first book by Abby Green Married for the Tycoon's Empire was out last month.



Next month the third book, Married for the Sheikh's Duty by Tara Pammi is released.



The series ends with  Married for the Greek's Convenience by Michelle Smart.



And here's my book on the shelves in my local town.



Happy Reading!

Rachael
xx

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Poppy's First Birthday

Hi #writingpuppy fans.  I've had a busy summer, but today it's a special day. It's my first birthday.


I love living here on the farm. There is always lots of exciting things to do, like carry big sticks on my walk.


Going on long walks along country lanes - especially nice on a sunny morning!


There is so much to explore


And I'm pleased to say, the only thing I have puppy trashed is by bed - three of them!


Sadly, I have grown too big for my favourite place under the coffee table.


Anyway, it's time to find a sunny spot and sleep.

Poppy
xx

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Llanstephan Castle

I've often taken the train from my local town, along the Towy estuary and looked at the castle opposite, standing rugged and proud over the ever changing waters. Over time, it's gone from the fortress it was intended to be to ragged ruins which hold the secrets of the past


I've just finished reading Barbara Erskine's Lady of Hay, 30th anniversary edition, a story set partly in rural Wales in 1200's and the images she created of the castles of Wales then, some only just being built, meant I just had to go and explore one. So, I chose Llansteffan Castle and instead of looking and wondering from the train, I took myself, armed with my camera, for a closer look.


I was on the opposite side of the water, looking out from the stones laid many years ago and luckily it was a nice day. The exposed position of the castle wouldn't make for a pleasant visit on a windy and wet day!




I always wonder about the people who made such a place home and try and imagine how it would have once been living within the castle walls.


I'm sure it would have been much better than being on the outside looking up.



Now that I've satisfied my curiosity and seen the castle, it's time to get back to some writing.

Rachael
xx

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Fun and Glamour of London.

I am back home on the farm after a few days away in London. I love being there, but it's even more fun when it's the annual Mills and Boon author's lunch, followed by Mills and Boon's Series Party.

I treated myself to a few days in London - all in the name of research of course! The first morning dawned bright and beautiful so I set off for a walk as the sun was coming up over St James's Park, which was busy with dog walkers and joggers.


I had a look at Buckingham Palace before the crowds arrived. I love being out and about before it gets busy.



After that, I met up with Chantelle Shaw and we stepped back in time to the court of Henry VIII when we visited Hampton Court Palace.


We toured the Tudor kitchens.


Through Anne Boleyn's Gateway

Then into the Great Hall


After that, we got ourselves a bit lost in the famous maze! At least we got back to London and were able to meet up with Kate Walker and Lara Temple for the evening.

On Friday was the main reason for my trip to London, the Mills and Boon author lunch and then the Mills and Boon series party at their offices, near The Shard, with stunning views over London.


Here's a photo of Chantelle and I at the Mills and Boon series party.


As usual, all good things come to an end and by Saturday afternoon, I was back in my overalls and wellies milking the cows!

Rachael
xx