Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Bailey


Hooray for Heroines!

I’ve been thinking about women. It was the 99th International Women’s Day last week (March 8th) which started my contemplation and it’s been on my mind ever since.

I think women are great. I’m proud to be one. And one of the things that hooks me when I open a romance is the heroine. Sure, we all want to read about a great hero, but if we can’t relate to the heroine, if she’s weak or TSTL then we won’t go on her journey with her.lizzie396_396x222

One of my favourite heroines is Elizabeth Bennet – she’s smart and won’t lower her standards just to get married, even though society is pressuring her to become someone’s wife. She’s also witty and she loves her sisters. Who wouldn’t want to be her friend? When I reread a favourite heroine’s book, it’s almost like revisiting an old friend.

There are heaps of fabulous real life heroines too – they’re all around us.

I admire women who are passionate about life.
I admire women who make changes happen.
I admire women who are raising the next generation.
I admire women who stand to be counted.
I admire women who are happy with themselves.

Who are the heroines you’ve stood up and applauded, either fictional or in real life?


on the 4th day of Christmas…

…I’ve found *four* new Harlequin authors to look out for next year!

I love finding a new author – oh, the delight in knowing I can add someone new to my list of favourites! I love finding someone who already has a backlist because I can go out and buy the whole lot. And I also love coming in early on someone’s career and following them with each book.georgiebook2

So in the Christmas spirit of sharing, and because it’s the 4th day today, I’ve found four new authors whose books will hit the shelves in the next twelve months or so.

Tracie Sommers will have her debut Spice Briefs novella, Tonight, My Love, out in May. Set in Whitechaple, London, it’s a sexy Victorian threesome story with a paranormal twist. Now *that* will be interesting.

New Medical Romance author Sharon Archer, has her first book, Single Father: Wife and Mother Wanted, hitting the shelves in the UK in July. It follows Matt Gardener, whose comfortable life is turned upside down when veterinarian Caitlin Butler-Brown comes to the Grampians looking for her estranged family. I’ve read this one and I have to tell you, it’s delicious.

Our own Sandra Hyatt’s first Desire, Having the Billionaire’s Baby, will be out in the US in July, and it looks to be a fabulous read! It stars two fiercely independent people who find they’re going to be sharing a lot more than the single night of passion that drew them togeorgiebook1gether. Oh, I *love* those stories.

Then Nikki Logan, the newest Harlequin Romance author, will have her first book out in January 2010. Her story is about a tree-hugging landscape designer whose bright career looks shaky when she comes between her long-lost first love and his goal, revenge against his father. I’m really looking forward to it!

So I anticipate 2009 being a year of great reading. Happy sigh.

Tell me who your greatest new-find author was in 2008 – someone who was either new or new-to-you. I have a gorgeous bookmark to give to one commenter to use when they’re reading all their new favourites!


Robyn Grady introduces Rachel Bailey!

There have been several talented Australian and New Zealand authors bought for the fabulous Desire line over the last couple of years. I’m delighted, and excited to introduce here our very latest Downunder Desirabelle, Rachel Bailey!

Rachel, can you tell us a little about your journey toward publication? How long were you writing? Had you always aimed at Desire?

Hi, Robbie and everyone! Thanks for the invitation. I’m absolutely thrilled to be here! To answer your question, I’m not a lifelong writer – I read stories about authors who’ve been writing since they were children, and I feel as though I’ve missed all the fun! I started only a few years ago and couldn’t decide between my love for romantic comedy or category romance. After much to-ing and fro-ing, I decided to focus on category romance, specifically Desire, and then everything seemed to click into place. I’m so excited to join such a great line and some of my favourite authors!

We’d love to hear about your first book. When is it due out?

My first book follows Lily and Damon’s story – ex lovers coming to terms with a pregnancy, a scheming uncle, a big old mansion, and some conditions on a will that will turn their lives upside down. It was heaps of fun to write!

Ooh, sounds like my kind of story J

I’m not sure what the title will be – I called it His Convenient Marriage of Revenge, but I’m not sure if the editors will change that. It’s due out in September next year, which seems so far away, but people keep assuring me that the time will fly by.

Rachel, what do you like most about the Desire line?

The intensity. There’s nothing wishy-washy about these books, they drag you in and hold you until the very last page. And the heroes have that same gorgeous intensity. What more could I want in a story? J

I’m with you there! Who are some of your favourite heroes from TV and movies?

I have heaps of favourites! Colin Firth as Darcy, of course. But most of the other Jane Austen heroes as well, like Johnny Lee Miller as Edmund in the movie of Mansfield Park.

And I love Richard Armitage as Mr Thornton in North and South. Oh, and Spike in Buffy. I was never an Angel girl, it was always Spike for me. I could probably go on about this all day!

Sounds like a fantastic idea for a Desirabelle blog! A serious question now…are you a dog or cat person?

LOL. Both, but mainly a dog person. I have four at the moment, and have had up to six in my pack. I can’t imagine my life without a dog in it.

What’s your favourite colour, favourite food, favourite thing to do?



Read a great book.

Picture me lying on a purple satin bedcover, reading one of my favourite authors, eating Lindt chocolate  (happy sigh).

Rachel, what are you working on now?

A story involving chocolate. Perhaps I should try to involve the colour purple and have the heroine reading a great book while being fanned by Richard Armitage…

Sounds heavenly! The perfect Rachel Bailey fantasy. If you could be anyone, who would that be?

Me, but with some upgrades. J

Rachel, congratulations again on your sale to Desire! You’ll be here this week to tell us more?

You bet!


Now, my latest Desire Baby Bequest is out in NA this month and in Australia and New Zealand in December. I’d love to give a couple of copies away. Please tell us about your ultimate fantasy and I’ll give a copy of Baby Bequest to Rachel’s two top picks!!

Can I mention that a certain Spartan warrior would feature in my fave fantasy? Anyone like to guess?

Visit Robyn’s website to read excerpts and news on her upcoming releases.