Monday, March 21, 2011

Writer with Sizzle Interview: Rachel Leigh

Please welcome romance author Rachel Leigh! Rachel would like to give away a PDF copy of her sizzling story Explicitly English, so be sure to leave your email address in the comments section so she can reach you.

About Rachel:

Rachel Leigh lives in the UK and is married to her own sexy hero. Even though this is Rachel’s first erotic romance novella, she enjoyed writing it so much, she has two more lined up and almost ready to go off to The Wild Rose Press. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, running around after her two daughters….or playing with her husband.

Lia: Great to have you here, Rachel! Tell us about your latest release.

Rachel: Explicitly English is my first erotic romance novella and published by The Wild Rose Press. I LOVED writing this story! Erotic romance has to be the ultimate escapism…

Here's the blurb:

Laura Markham needs to forget - just for awhile. Be someone else for change - live as her parents will never have the chance to. And for Laura, that means leaving the City for the English countryside and doing just what the hell she feels like…wherever she feels like doing it…

British stockbroker, Stephen Cambridge knows by going home to his country retreat two days early, he's likely to surprise his contracted interior designer. And when he finds out she's the woman who performed the solo masturbation show for him on the inward bound journey, Stephen will do anything to further convince her to miss the outward bound train and stay with him forever…

Lia: Fantastic debut and what a gorgeous cover! What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?

Rachel: The writing! When I was younger I wanted to be a writer but didn't really write in earnest until six or seven years ago. Since then I have had success both in mainstream and erotic romance and now do not see myself doing anything else in the future.

As far as the writing process goes - my favourite part is the second draft. I love having the words on the paper and then taking the time to play and polish and make the story the best it can be.

Lia: That’s my favorite part too—taking the time to make the story rich. What physical aspect does your heroine love most about your hero? Details, please!

Rachel: His eyes and his shoulders, definitely! His eyes are seduction personified…deep dark brown, almost black and when he looks at her, his gaze is filled with unashamed desire and lust. She tingles just thinking about it. And his shoulders? Wide, muscular and strong - nothing turns Laura on more than digging her nails deeper into them when they make love standing up, with his rock-hard penis thrusting… you get the picture!

Lia: Yep, and what a lovely vivid picture it is. ;-) Do you have a common theme in the books you write?

Rachel: Trust seems to be my favoured issue - I love watching a hurt heroine or hero regain that trust in human nature and love. I don't think there is anything more romantic as watching someone who has known heartbreak open themselves fully to another person, willing to risk further hurt because the prize seems so worthy.

Lia: Do you have any advice for the budding romance writer?

Rachel: Really believe in what you are writing. Put yourself in the heroine's mind when you're in her point of view and vice versa for the hero. Feel what they're feeling both emotionally and sexually. Be there with them, smell and see, touch and taste what they are.

'Show' the reader what they are feeling, don't 'tell' them!

Lia: Excellent advice! Where can readers find your books?

Rachel: Explicitly English Buy Link:

Lia: Thanks for being a Writer with Sizzle, Rachel! Readers, remember to leave your email address if you’d like a chance to win Explicitly English.


Pommawolf said...

Love the interview and the book sound yummy.

I also love the cover.
I enjoy learning about writers I haven't rad before.
I too also like to read about heroines or heroes that have been hurt befoe who take another chance to be vulnerable.

Thank you.


pommawolf @ hotmail dot com

Emma Lai said...

Great interview, ladies! Congrats on the erotic debut, Rachel. It sounds sizzlin'!

Jennifer Jakes said...

Wow! Sounds hot;) I love the Black & White cover too. Nice.
Congrats on taking that erotic step. Sounds like you found your calling!
Great interview, ladies:)

authorjenniferjakes at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hello Rachel!
I like that trust is a theme that runs throughout your books. Taking a chance with another person is never easy. I like to see the journey a couple takes to be able to fall for each other. Love the blurb & cover too!

user1123 AT comcast DOT net

Rachel Leigh - Erotic Romance said...

Great being here today, ladies and thanks for stopping by! I love the freedom that erotic romance gives to both writers and readers, don't you? Go and have fun, enjoy sex and love each other, perfect romance to me! ; )

R x

Ann Yost said...

I love the interview -- I like the second draft best, too - and couldn't agree more than erotic writing/reading is the ultimate escapism! Good luck with the book!

Lia Slater said...

Sorry I'm late to the party! Rachel, I forgot to mention how much I love the title too. :-) Everything about the story is so appealing. Thanks for being here!

Hi Darcy, Emma, Jennifer, Stacie, and Ann!

Sarah Grimm said...

Great interview!

Explicitly English is on my TBR list!

Rachel Leigh - Erotic Romance said...

Really enjoyed being here today and yesterday - I have just signed my second erotic romance novella with The Wild Rose Press so please 'like' my FB page and visit my website for more details...

Ok, now off to pick a winner for a free copy of Explicitly English...

R x

Lia Slater said...

Congrats to Stacie! Rachel has randomly chosen you as the winner of Explicitly English and will be in touch with you shortly.

Thanks to Rachel for being a wonderful guest and thanks to all who've stopped by! Until next time...

Stacie said...

Thank you so much!