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Friday, February 8, 2013

#Author Rachel Leigh, Sexy Settings and #Romance #Giveaway!

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I'm honored to have fellow Wild Rose Press author Rachel Leigh with me today! Rachel has written several erotic romances for the Scarlet Rose line and has hosted me on her blog a few times. I'm so happy she agreed to be with me here today and let me ask her five nosy questions. What's more, she's offering one of her books to a random commenter, so PLEASE be sure to leave a comment that includes your email address. Let's get started! 

        1.    Hi Rachel! Thanks so much for being here with us today. What made you decide to write contemporary erotic romance as opposed to paranormal, historical or sweet romance?

It was more a case of the heroine in my first novella, “Explicitly English” deciding for me! I started writing what I thought was a mainstream contemporary romance but whilst writing the “train scene” things heated up out of my control. I soon realized that this was not AT ALL suitable for mainstream… after that I was addicted J

2.   Some writers write for years and suffer many rejections before being published while others hit the jackpot on the first try. What was your road to publication like?

I’m from the UK and started out with the aim of getting published in British women’s magazines. After many rejections and feeling very low, an online friend suggested I try The Wild Rose Press. The first story I sent them was accepted––I was ecstatic! Since then, I have enjoyed working with my editor so much, I haven’t yet submitted to another publisher.

3.  In your book Explicitly English your heroine Laura leaves the city to try a new start in the countryside. Are you a city girl or a country girl at heart?

Definitely a country girl! I live in a small English town, which is perfectly located, and in easy access to a busy city in one direction and acres of countryside in the other. It’s my dream to one day own a huge farm with horses and lot of dogs running around as I write all day long. Ahhh…

4.  That sounds like an awesome dream, and I hope it comes true for you.Your book Hot Summer Sands is a sexy romance that's set in Greece. Where's the sexiest place you've ever been?

The sexiest place I’ve been is actually Zante where the book is set. It’s a beautiful place, where lots of rich people moor their yachts and spend time sitting at tables outside glamorous restaurants. The sea is crystal clear and the heat is always a huge aphrodisiac to me. Lord only knows why I live in England, lol! :D

5.    Sounds like a wonderful place to visit and it really must have provided a lot of inspiration! Your upcoming romance Teach Me to Ride takes place in the world of show jumping. Sounds like a fascinating setting for a story. Do you have any personal experience with with horses and show jumping? Please tell us more about this story!

I have hardly any experience with horses! I used to ride my friend’s horse as a child and loved it. I won a couple of gymkhana rosettes and learned the basics of riding and jumping before I was thirteen years old. After that, we lost contact and I haven’t rode since L. I would love to own a horse one day as I feel a special connection with them, but as far as the world of show jumping goes, everything in “Teach Me to Ride” is from my imagination. Oh, and a huge chunk of inspiration from one of my favorite writers, Jilly Cooper.
If you love horses, I highly recommended you read her Rutshire Chronicles, starting with book one, “Riders”. Fabulous ‘80s bonkbusters with lots of scandal, sex and intrigue…

Wow, thanks for the recommendation, Rachel. I've loved horse stories since I read Black Beauty as a girl, and I'm always looking for new books and authors to read. And thanks so much for stopping by today! It's been great!

Rachel’s latest release is Hot Summer Sands and available now from The Wild Rose Press. Here’s the blurb & buy links:

Chef Michelle Hutton flees her controlling mother in the UK for the sun and freedom of Greece, longing for a new beginning and maybe just a bit of Zante’s local heat. Sexy, pro-bono lawyer Sam Clarke might just be the one to teach her to let go. He's sexy, capable, and totally in control. And too damn hard to resist.

Sam Clarke and his best friend had once been the baddest boys to hit the local party scene— sex, booze, and more sex—until his friend is killed. Sam turned his back on the blatant sexuality of the island years ago, but can’t resist Michelle’s desire to bask in the sun and explore the need that grows between them.

Rachel’s Links:


Rachel is giving away a free download of any of her three novellas (reader’s choice), to one lucky commenter! You can tell us about your favorite vacation spot, whether you love horses, if you're a city or a country mouse, or a book you've recently enjoyed. Or just say hi!  Don't be shy--please leave a comment!

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

Nona Raines
Hot Contemporary Romance
Edgy ~ Emotional ~ Erotic


  1. Wow! They all sound so good, I don't know where to start!

    1. Forgot my email address: sandy4lee@yahoo.com

    2. Hi Sandra!
      Thanks for stopping by - with me being in the UK and the subsequent time difference, my appearances and being able to chat with you guys in the States often misses so I am so sorry I didn't respond yesterday :(

      Glad you like the sound of my stories - good luck in the draw!

      Rachel x

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by, Sandy! I'm really looking forward to Rachel's upcoming book.

  3. I added them all to my wishlist :-) Thank you for the chance to enter!
    wendynjason04 at gmail dot com

    1. Wow, thanks, Wendy! Lovely to 'meet' you :)

      I am working on the edits for novella number 4 as we speak so hopefully this book will have a summer release date. I'll keep you guys posted!

      Rachel x

  4. Hello from cold and frosty Scotland! the idea of somewhere so...hot...is very appealing right now. Best wishes with all your writing!

  5. Forgot that we've not connected before (I'm on the TWRP Champagne line) nan_jar@btinternet.com :-)

  6. Hi, i know i'm late in commenting. But i just wanted to say that my fiance has been asking what i want for Valentines day and i think i have finally figured out what i want, your books. I just HAVE to read this train scene you mentioned in your interview. :) Monica Garry (monicagarry81@yahoo.com)

  7. Loved your interview, and esp. loved your cover on the beach. I write for the WRP Champagne line. Your book sounds great!


  8. Thanks for stopping by, Nancy, Monica and Tiffany! Nancy, it's pretty cold and snowy here in upstate NY, too. We got hit by winter storm Nemo, tho not as bad as the folks east of us. Thanks for commenting and good luck all with the giveaway!

  9. Glad to hear you're not completely buried in snow, Nona! Rachel, this sounds like a fun read - exotic locations and hotness of all kinds! Thanks.

  10. Thanks so much, everyone who commented! The winner of Rachel's book is Nancy Jardine! Nancy, Rachel will be contacting you shortly. It's been great fun, everyone, and please stop back this Friday as I'll have another author from The Wild Rose Press stopping by.

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