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Christmas at Pennington's by Rachel Brimble - Book Tour + Giveaway


Christmas At Pennington’s


Gripping drama as Pennington's department store prepares for a glittering Christmas in 1911, but a killer stalks the women of Bath.
Christmas sees Pennington's at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights. It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.
For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.
For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington's is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard. But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph's first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.
For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past. But can it ever be laid to rest?

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Author Q&A
1.       What is the first book that made you cry?
It is very rare that a book makes me cry, even though I often feel the events deeply, but the one book that did make me cry was The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. A very harrowing but superbly written book…
2.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
It takes me about six months from initial idea to final draft – I am a huge plotter and write out a chapter plan and synopsis before I begin writing. I then write the first draft from start to finish without looking back – I find my output is much better this way. After all, a filled page can be edited. A blank one, can’t!
3.       How do you select the names of your characters?
Randomly! I have many writer friends who carefully consider their character names, some even make them symbolic. I’m afraid mine are all completely random – I chose a picture from the internet for my hero and heroine and then decide on a name that I think suits them and that’s it J
4.       What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
I think a horse – a childhood friend of mine was lucky enough to have a horse and I spent almost every day of the summer holidays at the stables with her when I was around eleven or twelve. It was one of the best times of my life that I still remember very clearly how the horses made me feel. I learned to ride and jump and had never felt more myself. The sense of peace I felt then has never left me even though I haven’t been on a horse since.
5.       What are your top 5 favorite movies?
Notting Hill
Four Weddings & A Funeral
A Christmas Vacation
Forrest Gump
When A Man Loves A Woman
6. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
“Give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft.” This was the best writing I ever received, and I pass it on to aspiring writers all the time. It is completely freeing and productive to just enjoy the first draft and get your ideas and the characters onto the page. Everything can be fixed after you’ve written The End.
7. What book do you wish you had written?
Gone With The Wind – I adore this book and it’s the only book I’ve read 3 times. I first read it at 15, then 25 and 35. I will be reading it again this year at 45. Each time I read it, I discover more – for me, it’s an epic masterpiece.
8. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :)
I can eat a pack of 5 jam doughnuts, one after the other, without blinking… or guilt!
I haven’t had my hair professionally cut since my wedding day in 1998 – it’s so curly, I can get away with my husband or daughters giving it a quick snip
I was rescued by helicopter (along with my family) from a clubhouse roof during the 2010 French floods
I become a savage animal if I have to go more than three days without writing
I have a bridge phobia
I am happiest in my pyjamas in front of the TV with my knitting
I have to have my plate of food facing the “right way” – I know, don’t ask…
A bubble bath a couple of days a week is essential to my wellbeing
I’m a workaholic
White wine is my biggest weakness


Author Bio –
Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.
In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018, A Rebel At Pennington’s February 2019 and Christmas At Pennington’s September 2019.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website: https://rachelbrimble.com/


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