STARLA KAYE welcomes Rachel Leigh, a writer from the UK

Today I’m pleased to welcome Rachel Leigh, a writer from the UK, to my guest author blog. She is a romance writer with the Wild Rose Press.

 

How do you respond to someone who says, “You write WHAT?”

I love it when people react like that! I find it so funny to see the initial reaction and then the immediate onslaught of questions. Writers fascinate people but when you say the word ‘erotic’ the whole place explodes! 😉

 

How long have you been writing? What is your main writing genre?

I have been writing for a number of years now but only switched to erotic romance about two years ago. Erotic romance is my main writing genre. I absolutely love the freedom it gives me to explore characters’ sexuality and the effect sex has on them emotionally and spiritually. I think erotic romance allows the writer and reader to delve deeper into character than mainstream romance does.

 

What is your favorite part about building a story world?

I enjoy creating characters the most but as far as their world goes, I love that I can pick them up and plunk them in any country, city or town in the world without having to have gone there myself. I usually set my stories in real life places so I can keep it in my mind but then fictionalize them however I see fit. The setting is built around the characters so they often dictate what is in their world.

 

Describe your working environment.

I tend to write at the kitchen table with my dog at my feet, more often than not barking and growling in his sleep. My kitchen window looks out onto a busy main road so I often people watch or stare into space looking for inspiration.

 

How do you get beyond writer’s block?

Write through it – it’s the only way. I just keep going even if I know what I am writing is rubbish. I can always edit or delete it later. There will always be something there worth keeping and then I can expand and deepen to make it a great scene in the second draft.

 

What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict?

It’s usually a plot idea for me – I will see something on TV or something will be said in conversation that sparks an idea and I go from there. I write a general outline and then character sheets which always brings up even more plot ideas, twists and turns.

 

How do you deal with rejection?

As I have been writing for quite awhile now I have grown a very thick skin and tend not to get upset over rejections anymore. If an editor doesn’t like my story, I resubmit somewhere else. This business is subjective and in no way personal. If you love your story, an editor out there will too – you just have to find them!

 

How do you promote your books and yourself as an author?

By doing lots of appearances like this – I love interviewing and blogging, sometime too much and my writing time suffers. It’s a juggling act but I think it’s important authors interact with readers or why should they buy their books? If you can’t find the time to speak to readers and another author can, it makes complete sense whose books they will choose to buy.

 

Now let’s talk some specifics about your latest book, Coming Back

Title: Coming Back

Genre: Erotic Romance

Length: 54 pages

Link:  The Wild Rose Press

Release Date: August 19th

 

Did you have a favorite character in this book?

Definitely Kelly, the heroine – she runs a bar and you would think to do that kind of job she is one tough cookie and she is, on the outside. Inside she is really sweet and vulnerable, genuinely caring of her family, friends and especially the hero.

 

Did you have a favorite scene?

The first love scene is probably my favorite because of the emotions behind it. I loved writing this scene as I was totally in Kelly’s heart and knew what it meant to her allowing Sean (the hero) back into her life so completely. Makes me well up just thinking about it, lol!

 

Will there be any sequels to this book?

Hmm… never say never. It’s not something I’ve thought about but now you’ve brought it into my mind, there are several possibilities where I could go with this book. I would certainly like to catch up with these characters again further down the line…

 

BLURB

Kelly Hampton loved once…and lost. After two years of looking for Sean MacKenzie in other men–and failing miserably–she takes a vow of celibacy. No sex until she finds love. Then Sean strolls back into her bar, reigniting old flames. No one has come close to understanding or satisfying her like he did. Her body burns for the passion they once shared, but her heart still remembers the pain.

Sean escaped Jessop Hill and his father’s fists in the middle of the night without a word–even to his love, Kelly–to protect his battered mother, but he never forgot the explosively erotic relationship he left behind. Now his father is dead and Sean is back for the only woman he’s ever wanted. Their reunion is full of fire – but can sexual attraction and noble intentions overcome years of heartache or will Kelly walk away to protect her heart this time.

 

EXCERPT

The stranger…all the massive height and width of him kept walking ever closer without as much as a blip to his stride. Kelly stared and when his gaze met hers, recognition hit her between the eyes like a demolition ball. Her breath caught and her heart picked up speed. No. No, it couldn’t be. Swallowing hard, she lifted her chin and crossed her arms to hide the shaking in her hands. He looked away from her, casually taking in his surroundings as he continued to approach the bar. No, she was wrong, it couldn’t be him.

This was a potentially dangerous situation. She was alone, and the guy was built like a Trojan warrior. Instinctively, she inched her hand below the bar and curled her fingers around one of the three aluminum baseball bats dotted beneath it at four feet spaces. Any funny stuff and this arrogant son of bitch wouldn’t know what hit him.

He reached the bar, shook the rain from his dark blonde hair, spattering the polished wood of the bar and looked straight into Kelly’s eyes.

It was him. Her heart turned over. “Sean?” she croaked.

His smile was slow, sexy and completely irresistible – and Kelly promptly trembled with the effort it took not to leap over the bar and slam his face between her breasts.

 

AUTHOR CONTACT INFO

Author Website:  Rachel Leigh

Facebook:Rachel Leigh

Twitter: Rachel Writer

 

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

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