Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Victoria & Violet (Royal Maids #1) by Rachel Brimble

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Victoria & Violet by Rachel Brimble. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post by the author explaining her love for the historical romance genre. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Victoria & Violet
Series: Royal Maids #1
Author: Rachel Brimble
Publication Date: October 17th 2022
Print Length: 305 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
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When Violet Parker is told she will be Queen Victoria’s personal housemaid, she cannot believe her good fortune. She finally has the chance to escape her overbearing mother, a servant to the Duchess of Kent. Violet hopes to explore who she is and what the world has to offer without her mother’s schemes overshadowing her every thought and action.

Then she meets James Greene, assistant to the queen’s chief political adviser, Lord Melbourne. From entirely different backgrounds and social class, Violet and James should have neither need nor desire to speak to one another, yet through their service, their paths cross and their lives merge—as do their feelings.

Only Victoria’s court is not always the place for romance, but rather secrets, scandals, and conspiracies…

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EXCERPT:
“She…” Violet hesitated, feeling foolish carrying out the queen’s instructions when James was quite clearly busy and not at all happy. “She suggested we take a picnic.”

“A pic…” His eyes widened before his cheeks mottled. “It’s December!”

“I can pack some hot soup and bread. It will be…fun.”

“Fun? I can’t take myself off for a picnic when there is so much to do. What on earth will the workers think of me?”

His mood made her decidedly uneasy, but she could not defer on the queen’s request. She lifted her chin. “I’m sorry, James, but if the queen commands it, we cannot refuse. Besides, it will be last time you will see me for a while.”

He dropped his hand from his hair, his dark eyes boring into hers. “What are you talking about?”

“I have to go home. My mother claims my father is ill. Not that I believe a word of it, of course. But still, I must go.”

“Your mother is exerting her power again?”

“I have little doubt.”

He exhaled heavily, his gaze softening. “Give me an hour and I will come. Where shall we meet?”

“In the folly.”

“Very well.” His gaze dropped to her lips before he reached around her toward the door and opened it. “You should go.”

He stood so close, Violet could see flecks of blue in his eyes, smell the subtle maleness of him. Her treacherous heart swelled with silly, dangerous love. She forced a smile and ducked under his arm and through the open doorway.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rachel Brimble lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of 29 novels including the Ladies of Carson Street trilogy, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin). Her latest novel, Victoria & Violet is the first book in her new Royal Maids series with the Wild Rose Press and released 17th October 2022.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association as well as the Historical Novel Society and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

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GUEST POST:
What I Love Most About
Historical Romance & Why
by Rachel Brimble

My first novel was published in 2007 and was a contemporary romantic suspense. Since then, I have written numerous contemporary romances, including an eight-book series for Harlequin Superromance set in small UK seaside town (The Templeton Cove Stories). It wasn’t until 2009 that I found the courage to write my first historical romance and I was thrilled when The Arrival of Lily Curtis was published by The Wild Rose Press in 2010.

I’ve always been an absolute history geek since about the age of eleven or twelve and it was my goal to move into historical romance when I actually started writing, but I was too scared to even try for the first two years of my career. It wasn’t that I didn’t think I was capable of telling an historical story, it was the fear that I would get the details wrong, and readers would send me email after email pointing out any inaccuracies.

And then I had a simple realization…
Storytelling – or romance writing, in particular – is all about the characters’ emotions. Readers want to live through and feel every moment of the characters’ joy, sadness, triumphs and failure. That is why romance readers devour this genre and why they become so attached to a particular book, series or author and have a bulging ‘keeper shelf’ bulging with heroes and heroines who affected them in such a way that they became unforgettable. That is what I love about writing historical romance (and contemporary romance to a degree, but historical is my true love)!

There is nothing better for me as a reader, or writer, than being swept away to a different era or period in time and becoming entirely immersed in the setting and societal expectancies of that time. Then, of course, add in a fabulous hero and heroine, a supporting cast of equally strong secondary characters, maybe a child or a dog or two and I am lost in a book until I struggle to come out again and face the real world again.

Historical romance is my passion and I hope that comes across in my novels, especially this latest book because with Victoria & Violet I have realized my long-held ambition of writing a book that includes real people and events. I pray I have managed to re-create Queen Victoria’s court to such a degree that it becomes as memorable for you as it has for me! Happy reading…
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GIVEAWAY:
Rachel Brimble will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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146 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me here today! I look forward to chatting with your visitors :)

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  2. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about your love of history and historical romance and would like to ask which elements of your stories requires the most research on your part?

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    1. Hi Bea! I think I probably spend the most time researching the main characters' occupations if it is something entire new to me. I tend to focus mostly on the societal norms of the time and how people felt about current issues, but it is important that I know about the work they are doing, how the occupation was viewed by society etc.

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    2. Thank you very much for responding to my query, I appreciate your efforts to bring as much authenticity as possible to the little details of your stories, that always makes for a more enjoyable read for me

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  4. Congratulations on your release of Victoria & Violet, Rachel, I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, your book sounds like a great historical romance for my mom and me! Good luck with your book and the tour!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have an amazing day!

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    1. I’m so happy you are tempted for you & your mum! :)

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  5. Happy Wednesday!

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  6. Her mother sounds like a handful and then some!

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    1. She absolutely was! Dreadful woman 😠

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  7. Cover art is excellent. Congrats on your tour.

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    1. Thank you - I am so happy with it :)

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  8. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this.

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  9. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. My biggest advice is a piece given to me several years ago “Give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft” - writing an entire first draft & worrying about polishing it in following drafts quadrupled my enjoyment & output! If you’d like further help, I run a popular First Chapter Critique service - here’s the link: https://rachelbrimble.com/first-chapter-critique-service/

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  10. what is your biggest inspiration?

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    1. I’m not sure if you mean to write or another writer? I’ll answer both - it’s not so much inspiration but compulsion that leads me to write & continue to write. I’d be lost with out it. My biggest writer influences are Philippa Gregory & Julia London 😊

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  11. What inspired you to write Historical romances?

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    1. I’ve always loved reading historical romance so it was only a matter of time. After writing three contemporary novels, I took the leap and loved it! I continued to write contemporary & historical for several years but for the last 7 I have concentrated on historical only 😊

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  12. The book sounds like a wonderful read. The cover is beautiful.

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    1. I really hope you’re tempted! 😊

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  13. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

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    1. I don't, but I know of authors who do! I am quite good at stepping away from the laptop after a couple of hours or so - I walk the dog in the morning and take a late lunch break most days :)

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  14. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  15. Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving?

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  16. I'm actually in the UK so we don't celebrate Thanksgiving - I'd love to know your plans!

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  17. One of my favorite genres!!

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    1. Yay! I hope you are tempted - I loved writing Violet's story!

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  18. do you have a main job or is it writing

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    1. I am lucky enough to write full time which I am thankful for every day :)

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  19. Happy Thursday!

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  20. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. My next book will be book 2 in the Royal Maids series and is set in the court of the Prince & Princess of Wales who later become King Edward VII & Queen Alexandra

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  22. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

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  23. Historical Romance - I love this - take me back in time!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  24. Happy Friday!

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  25. How long did it take you to get your first book published

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    1. I was lucky enough to have my first book published but it took me about a year & several rejections before it was accepted 😊

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  26. Intriguing guest post!! I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about this book and the author!! I have added this book to my Goodreads TBR List and look forward to checking it out!!

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  27. That’s fabulous! Hope you enjoy it 😊😊

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    1. I think Christmas BUT as a Brit my absolute favourite holiday is anywhere hot! 😂

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    1. Of course! But I write through it - I always tell aspiring writers to keep writing your first draft because everything can be polished in later drafts! :)

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  30. Happy Saturday!

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  31. What do you drink while writing?

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  32. What is your favorite part of fall?

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    1. That I can wear boots & scarves again! 😊😊

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  33. do you live in the country or a city

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    1. I’m lucky enough to live 30 mins drive from the glorious city of Bath in one direction & the countryside in the other 😊

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  34. I love this particular time period!

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    1. Fabulous! I hope you’re tempted to read Violet’s story 😊

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  35. Happy Sunday!

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  36. Thanks for sharing the guest post & excerpt!

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    1. You’re more than welcome 😊

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  37. Do you have a pet? Tell me about them.

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  38. Yes! I have a chocolate Labrador called Tyler who is my third child and I love him dearly 😊

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  39. Yes! I have a chocolate Labrador called Tyler who is my third child and I love him dearly 😊

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    1. So many things! TV shows, newspaper articles, conversation, historical events…the list goes on 😊

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  41. sounds like an interesting read, thanks

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  42. Have a decent Monday!

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    1. I’m currently in Morocco on holiday so I have no idea!

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  44. Your book covers are amazing. Well done!!!

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    1. Thank you! I was thrilled when this one dropped into my inbox from my publisher 😊

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  45. What author do you most admire?

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    1. So many! Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, Julia London…

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  46. Do you like the weather today?

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    1. I certainly do…considering I’m currently on holiday in Morocco! 😊😊

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  47. Who inspires you to write your stories?

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    1. Everything & anything - especially newspapers & period dramas 😊

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  48. What did you want to be when you grew up?

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  49. What is your favorite book of all time?

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    1. I’m not sure I have one but Gone With The Wind is the only book I’ve read 3 times!

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  50. What was your favourite subject in school?

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  51. What was your favorite book growing up?

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    1. The secret seven series by Enid blyton

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  52. Did you always want to write stories?

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    1. Since about the age of 8 or 9 - yes!

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  53. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! If you could meet an author as a writer and author yourself around today or perhaps from the past who would it be?

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  54. Have you started another book yet?

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    1. Yes! I’m just finishing the next book in the Royal Maids series 😊

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  55. This looks so good I just bought the paperback on Amazon !

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    1. Yay! I hope you love it 😊😊

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  56. looks like a fun one

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  57. I wish I could write like you do.

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  58. What do you do when you're not writing?

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  59. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  60. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

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  61. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  62. I love the cover and book details

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  63. I admire your ability to write with such personality. I do well with technical writing but don't ask me to add feelings and emotion.

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  64. I enjoy reading Historical Romances. I like the cover.

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  65. I so enjoyed reading the excerpt- well done!

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  66. Do you ever get writer's block?

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  67. Happy Friday!

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