Guest Author & Giveaway: Rachel Brimble featuring The Seduction of Emily

Wednesday, April 17

I have a soft spot for just about any romance with the word Seduction in it.  Is it any wonder why, LOL.  Add in the fact that it is a historical romance and I'm all in!

Author Rachel Brimble is my guest today to share with us one of the hardest scenes she had to write for The Seduction of Emily, as well as a special excerpt from that scene in the book.  Enjoy!


One of the hardest scenes to write in The Seduction of Emily was due to the mechanics of the scene rather than the emotion. As every writer and reader knows, writing is a craft. Something that can be learned. My job, as a writer, is to provide my readers with scenes they can “see”. If I’m doing my job well, it will be like a movie playing out in front of their eyes as they read the words I’ve written, and the ‘pictures’ I’ve created.

I remember writing this particular scene countless times to get it right––and I still worry whether or not I achieved it. It drove me insane! The difficulty came from having four characters onstage and interacting. This was a new challenge and one I hadn’t faced before––or wanted to happen again since.

In order to ground the reader in the scene, it was important they didn’t forget who was in the shop or their pivotal role in that moment. In order to achieve that I had to ‘see’ each of them ALL the time in my mind and ensure the reader did too.

The scene is intense––and very revealing of each characters’ motivation and backstory. Also, a huge moment in the heroine’s life, bringing forth a situation that she has to very carefully weigh what action she takes thereafter.

Fingers crossed, readers like the end result as much me! Here’s an exclusive excerpt for that particular scene – enjoy!
      Emily turned. Katherine re-entered the room before Nicholas could respond. Her friend’s cheeks flamed like two red tomatoes and silver streaks marked her cheeks showing she’d cried.

      Striding forward, Emily took Katherine’s hand. “I’m sorry if Nicholas has been brusque with you. You are my friend and I expect you to be treated as such.”

     Katherine cast a quick glance toward Nicholas, then Will and finally back to Emily. “Everything is fine, honestly. Mr. Milne always shows me the greatest courtesy.”

       Will sniffed. “I’m sure he does.”

      The tone of his voice grated on Emily’s nerves. She was not prepared to stand there while he did nothing but throw out thinly veiled accusations. She turned. “If you have something you want to say, Will, then please just say it.”

      Please, Lord. Don’t let him say it. I want to speak to Katherine alone. Not here. Not like this.

      He opened his mouth to speak, but Nicholas released her and strode forward, making Emily stumble backwards. He stopped toe-to-toe, eye-to-eye with Will.

      Emily looked from one to the other.

      Fury burned in their eyes.

      “Gentlemen, please. There is no need--”

      Nicholas jabbed his hand into the air, cutting her off. “First, I am not happy my fiancée sees fit to call a man she has barely known more than two weeks by his Christian name. Second, I can’t help thinking you suspect me of some kind of wrongdoing with regard to Miss Carter.”

      Will smiled. “If you were really here buying Miss Darson a gift, I’d have no problem with you at all. If she were mine, I’d buy her gifts every day.”

      Emily’s gasp merged with Katherine’s.

      Nicholas trembled. “I should thrash you.” He spat the words through clenched teeth.

      Will’s smile dissolved. “You won’t. It’s not in your nature to strike men, is it?”

     “What the hell is that supposed to mean? You do not know me or anyone else in this town, Samson. You are a nobody. A nobody who is supposed to be looking for his nephew. Yet you seem to spend most of your time alone with my fiancée.”

      Will tilted his head toward Emily. “Look at her, Milne. Does she appear distraught her father has demanded it so?”

      Heat burned Emily’s cheeks. “Stop this. Both of you.”

     Will met her eyes and the anger burning in their royal blue depths made her shiver. He had absolutely no intention of stopping. Or maybe he didn’t know how. The fury came from him in waves, ricocheting from the walls around them. His gaze shot back to Nicholas. “Why don’t we all show a little integrity here?”

     Emily froze. What was he doing? He knew what it would do to her reputation, let alone Nicholas’ unpredictable temper, if he suspected anything between them. If Nicholas learned of their kiss, she and Will would never share another. Despite her insistence there would be no repeat of it, that was suddenly Emily’s biggest fear.

    She took a step forward. “For goodness sake, what on earth do you think you are achieving by behaving this way?”

     “It’s time for some honesty. Time you told your fiancé how you really feel.”

     Anger, disappointment and hurt burned inside her. An ache at the center of her chest was testament to just how little she knew this man she’d come to like too much, too soon. She blinked at the tears that pricked her eyes. “How I feel is I want you to keep you nose out of my relationship with Nicholas. It is none of your concern. This is my life, is it not? You have yours and you will soon leave Bath…God willing, with your nephew. You will no longer know me or anything about me, so you will stop this right now.”

     Trembling, Emily’s heart hammered painfully in her chest and her throat hurt from the threat of tears. Nicholas stood ramrod straight, his face scarlet with anger and his lips white. His hands were fisted at his sides.

     Emily looked to Katherine. “I am sorry to have ruined your morning, Katherine. We shall leave you in peace. I have nothing else I can say, except sorry.”

     Her friend stood pale and immobile, her gaze trained on Nicholas.

     Bitter anger roared in Emily’s breast. Anger toward Will, her father, her mother for dying so young, but most of all for her impossible situation. All the frustration, hurt and desire to have more to live for whirled inside her on a gathering storm. She would not surrender to the scene Will demanded. It would do no good for anyone.

Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble's captivating new novel. . .

Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father's trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily's fortune, and everything she values--except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.

Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother--the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy's bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will's plan changes.

Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible. . .

Enjoy this extra excerpt:

His caught breath released in a low whistle. Attraction twitched his groin. “My God, tell me you’re not his.”

His gaze languidly travelled from the tip of the feather in the woman’s hat, to the glossy black hair curled and twisted beneath it. Her eyes were big and dark, her skin as smooth as glass over sweet apple cheeks. The vivid royal blue dress she wore was pulled in at a waist small enough to fit in his splayed hands, her stature poised and proud. She was exquisite.

Will smiled. Although her ample bosom was decently covered, the soft white netting revealed the faintest hue of her flesh. What he wouldn’t give . . . He forced his gaze upward and stiffened. She stared straight at him—and her mouth twitched with amusement. He pulled back his shoulders and flashed her a smile.

She didn’t lower her eyes as he expected.

Intrigued, he tipped her a wink.

A moment passed before she surprised him again. She did not turn away in disgust or demand Milne punch him to the ground; instead the minx winked straight back. Desire hit Will hard in the gut as a bubble of laughter tickled the back of his throat.

Who was she? He revelled in the tinge of pink staining her cheeks and suspected inside, she laughed right along with him.

Their secretly shared moment came to an abrupt end when her companion took her hand and placed it possessively in the crook of his arm. He led her in Will’s direction and Will bowed as they passed.

Thanks Rachel for being our guest today at Seductive Musings!  If you'd like to learn more about Rachel Brimble and the books she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, on Facebook and at Twitter.

To celebrate the release of The Seduction of Emily, Rachel is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter from the book tour.  To enter to win leave a meaningful comment or question in the comments below.  Please visit Goddess Fish Promotions for the other tour stops for additional chances to win as well as specific rules, deadlines, or restrictions pertaining to the giveaway associated with the book tour.

Good Luck!!

*Seductive Musings is an Amazon affiliate and receives a very small referral fee for purchases made via the links on the blog and through the Seductive Musings Amazon Store. Read the full disclosure here.


Mary Preston April 17, 2013 at 6:30 AM  

As to the scene Rachel - you nailed it. So much emotion!!


Goddess Fish Promotions April 17, 2013 at 6:58 AM  

Thank you for hosting

Andra Lyn April 17, 2013 at 7:41 AM  

I agree with Mary up there! Rachel, it's really a great scene! If the whole book is like that, there's no doubt that this will be going on my keeper shelf!!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

kathy p April 17, 2013 at 8:31 AM  

thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great read!!

erin April 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM  

Congrats to Rachel on the new release! Thanks for sharing :)


Ingeborg April 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM  

Very entertaining excerpts, I enjoyed them.


Joanne April 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM  

Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it to see more of Will, Emily, and Nicholas. Thanks for the great excerpts.


Michelle V April 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM  

I haven't read any of Rachel's books before. I loved the excerpt and I've added it to my wish list!

Michelle V
michellevasquez2001 at yahoo dot com

Rachel Brimble April 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM  

Wow! A girl disappears for a day and comes back to all these great comments :)

Hope you don't mind me writing a blanket response as I have to rush off to my youngest dance performance in...15 mins and I'm not at all ready, lol!

I really hope you all enjoy the book - I loved writing it and the linked sequel even more so. it is sitting on my editor's desk as we speak and I'm praying he gives it the nod!

You guys are amazing - huge good luck with the contest!!

Rachel x

Mimi Smith April 17, 2013 at 2:08 PM  

I've never really thought about which scenes are the most difficult for an author to write. But, I suppose I always thought the most emotional ones was always my idea. that, the beginning and the ending. in general, do you find that to be true?

Karen H in NC April 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM  

Your raised some interesting points about what an author goes through trying to get a scene on paper and get it right. Question: Do you ever talk aloud the dialog of each character to hear how it sounds as it's going on the page? If so, do you pace around your office while talking?...with the door closed, of course!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Cheryl S. April 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM  

Great excerpt! I MUST read this book ;) Thank you for this amazing giveaway.

Arely ZPerez April 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM  

Nice post ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

bn100,  April 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM  

Nice excerpt

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Catherine Lee April 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM  

It does sound like an impossible situation...but I love the second scene. Will-the-Rogue comes out and she gives it right back to him.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Chelsea B.,  April 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM  

This novel sounds so swoon-worthy!


Meghan April 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM  

I have a question for Emily. Why did you pick that time period to write about? Is there something particular that attracted you?

Thanks for the giveaway!

mestith at gmail dot com

Rachel Brimble April 19, 2013 at 4:22 AM  

Hello ladies!

I am overwhelmed with the response and questions during this tour - you guys are awesome! Okay, let's tackle your questions...

Hi Mimi,

I find the emotional scenes actually the easiest to write because I am right there in the character's heart and feeling it too. Whether that be love, fear, sadness, anger...I am usually so wrapped up in what's happening and how they're feelings the words flow. For me, it's remembering the surroundings, the actions and the other characters looking on.

Hi Karen,

I don't speak the dialogue aloud but it is always very loud in my head, lol! During the highly charged scenes, I often feel like a secretary taking dictation!

Hi Meghan,

Victoriana is a passion of mine and I read LOTS of books set in this period as well as movies and TV series. I just love the changes for women that took place during the later Victorian era. It was a liberating time in many ways but obviously they had a lot of resistance from the male population and the generation before them. There are many, many issues to explore from a female POV.
I would also like to try writing a book set in the Georgian and Edwardian eras!

Thanks so much for visiting, everyone - good luck in the contest!!

Rachel x

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Post Archives


1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars Andrea Angels Anthology Aphrodisia Author's Angels Avon Awards Ballantine BDSM Berkley Billionaire Blaze Blog Hop Blue Book Trailers Booklover BookTrib Brava Candlelight Promotions Carina Character Interview Charity Chick Lit Christmas Cleis Press Conference Contemporary Contests Coupons Cover Reveal Cowboy DD Delacorte Demons Disappointments Disclosures DNF Domestic Violence Dorchester Dreamspinner Press ElaineReads ELF Ellora's Cave Entangled Publishing Erotic Romance Erotica Event Everything Else F/F Romance Fantasy Romance Favorites of 2009 Favorites of 2010 Favorites of 2011 Favorites of 2012 Favorites of 2014 Feature Feel the Heat Firemen Flipbook Forced Seduction Forever Romance Freebies Fun Friday Futuristic Gallery Ghosts Giveaway Goddess Fish Grand Central Guest Harlequin Hidden Gems Highland Romance Historical Fiction Historical Romance Holiday Theme HQN Humor Infidelity Intermix Interracial Romance Interview Irish Romance Julia Just Jinny Kensington Lendle Giveaway Librarian Links LitConnect Loose Id Loveswept M/M Romance Medieval Romance Melissa Meme Menage Menagerie Michele Military Romance MIRA Mira. Month in Review Movie Star Movies Muse Pictures Music Musician Mystery NAL New Adult Newsworthy Noble Romance Non-Fiction Novella Paranormal Romance Pierced Pirates Pocket Books Poem Poll Quickie Giveaway Quiz Random House Reading Challenges Reading Lists Recipes Reviews Riptide Publishing Rock Star Romance Hint Fiction Romantic Suspence Royal Romances Samhain Sci-Fi Scorpio M Seductive Museums Seductive Saturday Self Published Serial Novel Shapeshifters Share the Love Siren Small Town Sneak Peek Sourcebooks Spice Sports St. Martin's Steampunk Romance Summer Reads Sunday Brunch Surveys Susannah Tattoo TBR Thursday's Thoughts Time Travel Romance Tuesday Teasers Urban Fantasy Vampires Victorian Videos Vikings Virgin Western Winners

My FREE Kindle Quest

I've wanted a Kindle for what seems like forever, but haven't been able to afford it (and that's saying something since I can justify the cost of just about ANYTHING that I really want). I've tried winning one in one of the many giveaways that have taken place over the couple of years, but with no luck :( So I've decided to take matters in hand so to speak :) I've now decided that I am going to accumulate enough Swagbucks from my Swabucks searches to buy in essence my new Kindle will be FREE...funded entirely by my internet searches done on Swagbucks. I'll keep you informed of the Great Kindle Quest below (in case you're interested....if not feel free to just skip over this part, but really who wouldn't be interested in a FREE Kindle?)
Goal: $119
Current Swagbucks Amazon Gift Card balance: $90.00
If you'd like to learn how you can earn Swagbucks and earn your own Amazon Gift Cards to buy books, a Kindle or other merchandise sold at Amazon contact me and I would be more than happy to tell you how I plan to go about it. (just so you know you can earn both and gift cards on this rewards site)
Invesp landing page optimization

Book Blogs

  © Blogger template Foam by 2009

Back to TOP