I met Rachel Lyndhurst via Twitter. I'm very pleased about this; with my recently adopted policy of (mostly) buying books by people I have spoken to, without this chance meeting I would never have had the pleasure of reading Storm's Heart, Rachel's debut novel, which has recently been published by Embrace Books.
An extract from the book blurb reads: When Greek lawyer Andreas Lazerides and bistro-manager Kizzy Dean clash over the executing of his mother's final wishes, he takes matters into his own hands and Kizzy back with him to Ancient Greece.
Storm's Heart is a fast-paced novel set on the beautiful island of Rhodes, featuring one of the hottest alpha males I've ever had the pleasure of reading. What else do I need to say? Perhaps, if you have small children (like I do) make sure they are otherwise engaged before settling down to read it.
Without further ado I have the great pleasure of welcoming Rachel here for the first interview I have ever hosted on my blog:
Hello Rachel and welcome to my blog.
When we met via Twitter, I instantly knew that you would become a firm favourite of mine. Do you feel that you are playing a role with your online persona?
Would it terrify you to know that I’m just being myself? Well, I almost am. I do take a step back and think about what I’m about to shoot off into cyberspace because, unlike a chat in the playground, what I say will be there forever and Big Brother is watching us more than he ever was. I also try not to rant about things that annoy me like dog mess, politics or religion, although I broke that rule on the issue of footballers spitting recently! And nobody likes a misery, if I’m having a grumpy moment, I stay well away from the Tweet button!
Let’s talk about your blog. I have to admit it is one that I visit regularly as it never fails to bring a smile to my face. What made you decide to create a blog that was such a work of art in its own right?
Ha! Flattery will get you everywhere! I have to be honest and admit that I’d put off starting a blog for years, as I just didn’t think anyone would be interested in reading it! However when I got ‘the email’ from Embrace, I knew the time had come to grit my teeth and get on with it. I started tweeting and Facebooking at the same time.
I’m not a pastels sort of girl, big bold colours, flavours and visuals do it for me – just like Mediterranean and Latino men! The design just ‘happened’ when I started to experiment with Blogger, somehow the background of spilt red wine just seemed right …
As I mentioned above, your debut novel, Storm’s Heart has been published by Embrace Books. How do you feel now you’re a published novelist?
Vindicated. After years of people asking what I ‘do all day’ (ignoring the hours of childcare, housework and domestic admin a stay at home mum has to do!), I can now say hand on heart ‘I am a writer’. And then the next question always follows: ‘Anything published?’ Being able to say, ‘Yes’ is the best feeling ever because, strange as it may seem, not everyone you meet wants you to be successful.
Andreas Lazarides. Hmm! How did you make your hero so sizzling hot?
I let my fantasies run wild! Storm’s Heart is an escapist read, so if you can’t go mad within the pages or a romance novel when can you? I wrote the romantic hero I wanted to read, and made him as irresistible as I dared. The gamble seems to have paid off – it seems a lot of readers think along the same lines!
What’s next then? How will the perfect hero cope with a sleep deprived wife and being surrounded with nappies and pureed vegetables?
Easy. Kizzy will have all her heart desires, including lots more babies. Andreas will be a hands-on, doting father and husband and still, conveniently, a millionaire. I’ll probably be shot for this, but what new mum hasn’t dreamt about having nannies, cooks, cleaners and a spa retreat for when things get too much? Well I do! I’m keeping the fantasy going – life’s tough enough!
There has been significant online discussion about certain explicit scenes in Storm’s Heart. What would you say if someone asked you to sign a copy of your book and dedicate it to their 86 year old Great Aunt Hilda?
I will tell you now that some of the Great Aunt Hildas of the world are getting up to more mischief than you could possibly imagine, so I’d never discount anyone as a reader. However, I have warned everyone I’ve personally signed/sold a copy of Storm’s Heart to that there’s hot adult content. Strangely, this doesn’t seem to have put anyone off yet …
As for your novels, what do you have in the pipeline for us to look forward to?
I’m currently finishing off a new story that involves an Italian CEO with arctic blue eyes and Welsh roots, a feisty female quarry accountant and high emotional stakes in Portofino, Italy. Oh, and an advance warning, there are more scenes of an explicit nature, Great Aunt Hilda. Just saying …
Thanks so much for having me here today, Rebecca, I’ve been looking forward to this for ages!
So there we have it. Isn't she lovely? If you need further convincing, have a look at Rachel's blog for more information about both her and Storm's Heart. I will warn you now, it's not a blog you will be able to visit once and forget about.
If you've read this far you're in for a treat. I am very excited to be able to offer a signed and personally dedicated copy of Storm's Heart to one lucky reader. All you have to do is comment under this blog post to be in with a chance to win it.
I will leave this open until 12 noon (UK time) on Friday 15th April. I will then pick a winner at random and pass their details on to Rachel.
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Click here for my review of Storm's Heart on Goodreads.
Thank you for reading!