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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Mistress of Pennington's by Rachel Brimble - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Rachel Brimble and her new book, “The Mistress of Pennington's”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Rachel and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

The Mistress of Pennington's
by Rachel Brimble


GENRE: Saga/Romance



Elizabeth Pennington should be the rightful heir of Bath's premier department store through her enterprising schemes and dogged hard work. Her father, Edward Pennington, believes his daughter lacks the business acumen to run his empire and is resolute a man will succeed him.

Determined to break from her father's iron-clad hold and prove she is worthy of inheriting the store, Elizabeth forms an unlikely alliance with ambitious and charismatic master glove-maker Joseph Carter. United they forge forward to bring Pennington's into a new decade, embracing woman's equality and progression whilst trying not to mix business and pleasure.

Can this dream team thwart Edward Pennington's plans for the store? Or will Edward prove himself an unshakeable force who will ultimately ruin both Elizabeth and Joseph?



He moved to walk away, and she reached for his arm before she could think just how dangerous such contact could be. He halted, and even when he looked at her fingers clutched on his forearm, she did not remove them. It suddenly felt important she touch him; that he understood she had care for what he said or asked her.

Even though the physical contact set her heart racing, she held her grasp. ‘Why do you ask me about your family?’

He closed his eyes and dropped his chin to his chest.

Disquiet whispered through her. What had caused such uncharacteristic hesitation in him?

‘Joseph…’ She slid her hand from his arm, ignoring the pang of loss that the break of contact brought. ‘If there’s something bothering you, please, share it with me.’

He slowly raised his head, his blue eyes full of irritation once more. ‘I will, but not here. Not on the street. I’d prefer to come to your office tomorrow.’

How was she supposed to wait until tomorrow? Her curiosity was rife. It was clear something had changed between them. Something, it seemed, of which she was the cause.

She nodded. ‘I’ll send a message to you first thing in the morning.’

‘Thank you. Until then, I bid you good day.’

He walked away, leaving Elizabeth with questions and words flailing on her tongue. She stared after him, fearful of the pull deep in her chest that Joseph’s concerns had somehow become hers. No good could come of such caring. Her only goal should be proving her worth and capability in Pennington’s and beyond. She could not allow one man, any man, to have such an effect on her.

She inhaled a long breath and walked towards Pennington’s doors.



Evolution of My Writing Habits and How I've Grown into a Better/More Experienced Writer

There is nothing I like more than sharing my writing journey and how it came to be that I’ve had twenty-one novels and two novellas published by various small presses and mainstream publishers.

First of all, it has NOT been easy! In fact, as I’m writing my twenty-fourth book, (books twenty-two and three will be out next year), I’m already wondering how I’ve managed to complete books before. That, unfortunately, never seems to change for me or many, many other writers I’ve spoken to about the writing process.

So, the first rule of thumb, is to be a published novelist you must have a deep-seated desire to put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard) and an unending thirst and love of stories.

I was around 13 or 14 when I discovered the young adult Sweet Dream series and after reading a TON of these books, I knew I wanted to be a romance author. I began to write stories for my own enjoyment, never imagining that one day, I’d be published. Day to day life got in the way and I got a ‘normal job’ working at a bank. It wasn’t until my youngest daughter started school full-time that I had a ‘now or never’ moment and, with my husband’s encouragement, I embarked on my publishing journey.

That was in 2005 and my first novel, ‘Searching For Sophie’ was published by The Wild Rose Press in 2007. I’ve been fortunate enough to have every book I’ve written since accepted and published by various publishers. My favourite series so far (not including Pennington’s, of course!) is my Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance. A mix of mainstream romance and romantic suspense stories, this fictional UK town and its residents have become extremely important to me.

So, what tips can I give you and how did I learn the craft of writing… which I truly believe everyone is capable of learning.

1)     The first thing I did was write… a LOT! It’s no good having a dream if you are not taking steps to its realisation.

2)     Online technical courses – as an aspiring writer it’s important to learn the skills that will see you through your writing journey and beyond. I took course after course covering dialogue, showing versus telling, characterisation, pacing, setting and plotting. Some really good ones can be found at https://www.universalclass.com/i/course/romance-writing-101.htm and  https://www.writingclasses.com/classes/online.

3)     Join a writers’ organisation to learn from other writers, join local chapter get-togethers and make friends for life as well as attending their annual conferences which are invaluable for knowledge, technique and reminding you that you’re not alone on this journey. I am in the UK and a member of the Romantic Novelists Association (https://romanticnovelistsassociation.org/) as well as the US equivalent (https://www.rwa.org/).

4)     Make sure you FINISH the project you’re working on – far too many aspiring writers never finish that short story, novella or novel before giving up and moving onto a new project. Do everything you can to get to THE END – a filled page can be edited, a blank page can’t, and you’ll at least know you’re capable of seeing a story through to the end. You want to be published, right? You want multiple contracts? Once contracted, you’ll have no choice but to hand in a polished, finished piece of work. Ensure the practice NOW!

5)     Finally, this is the piece of advice that changed my output overnight – Give yourself permission to write a crappy draft. Simple! I start every book thinking ‘Okay, let’s get this baby written’. I’m a plotter so have a good idea of where I want the story to go but, more often than not, it will veer off course more than once. That’s okay, because this is the first draft.

When I adopted this mindset and process my output quadrupled overnight – no internal editors, no doubt, just get the words down and then you can polish later.

That’s it! My nuggets of experience and advice on a plate – happy writing!

Rachel x



Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a brand new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s, will release in July 2018.

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. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

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  1. Rachel ~ It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. This is a truly amazing book and Rachel has outdone herself with the research and attention to detail of the story.

  3. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win but also for helping us find some terrific books to read. I have a family who loves reading so this helps me out since they all have various genres.

  4. Congrats on your release Rachel !☘️

  5. I love the cover, thanks for sharing!