Monday, May 23, 2016

Welcome Back Harlequin Presents Author, Rachael Thomas!

Happy Monday!  Today I'm catching up with fellow Harlequin author and former So You Think You Can Write finalist, Rachael Thomas!  We had the pleasure of meeting for the first time last summer at the RWA Convention in New York City. Enjoy the interview and make sure you enter the contest at the bottom of the page!!


Destiny Richards knows she is playing with fire when she accepts charismatic Sheikh Zafir Al Asmari’s job offer, but it seems like a fair price to pay to start her life over again. Until the temperature reached the boiling point and Destiny finds herself spending one out-of-this-world night with the sheikh!

When powerful Zafir seduces English rose Destiny, he never anticipates she’ll hold the title of his Last Mistress. But their scorching affair has shocking repercussions. Now before their nine months are up, Zafir must convince Destiny to make their arrangement more permanent!


This was a man fate had sent her way. A man so wild and exotic he could have been conjured up by her imagination. She had never hungered after passion and certainly not with a man such as Zafir but now that she had met him she knew it would only ever be him she’d want.

‘I want you, Zafir.’ She could scarcely believe she’d said the words. Her heart was pounding so fast in her chest, but she’d had to say it, had to tell him. Here, away from the palace, he seemed different, more relaxed, more like the man she’d thought had been about to kiss her that very first night. She too felt different out here, as if she’d uncovered a hidden part of her as they’d galloped across the sands, then discarded her usual caution, losing it to the warm winds, making her a different woman.
Zafir’s horse whipped round, pawing the sand, eager to be off, but he soothed the agitation with words she didn’t understand, words that sounded like poetry to her.

‘I can’t offer you what you’re looking for, Destiny,’ he said, his voice almost harsh as he struggled with the prancing stallion.

Destiny’s mare instantly picked up the excited vibes from the stallion and turned, leaving her facing Zafir, able to look into the dark swirling depths of his eyes.

‘What am I looking for, Zafir?’ she asked as the mare spun round again. Destiny held the reins firm, her body moving with each excited step the mare took and waited for his answer.

‘I can’t give you forever. I can’t even promise you happiness, but I can promise you a night like no other.’

Deep down she’d known that all along, known that he was so far removed from her world that they would never have any kind of future together. But that hadn’t stopped her wanting him from that very first moment she’d seen him at her stables—even if she hadn’t recognised it then.

Happy ever after would be nice. A dream come true. But dreams didn’t come true—her mother was testament to that—and before her now was a man offering her a taste of such a dream. A taste she intended to sample to the full. She wanted to know what passion and desire felt like before she returned to a fresh start in England.

‘I hope you keep your promises, Your Highness,’ she teased, feeling a recklessness she’d never known around a man before, and launched the mare into a gallop. Behind her she heard Zafir’s mount as it whinnied with excitement, then the thundering of its hooves as the distance closed between them.

She laughed out loud, the wind snatching the sound away. She was totally free. The glint of passion she’d glimpsed in Zafir’s eyes before she’d raced off hummed inside her as excitement and anticipation grew. She would be brave and sample the dream of happiness and forever, even if it was only for one night. BUY THE BOOK

About the author:

Rachael Thomas always loved reading romance and she's thrilled to now be a Presents author. She lives and works on a farm in Wales, a far cry from the glamour of a Presents story, but that makes slipping into her characters’ world all the more appealing. When she's not writing or working on the farm, she enjoys photography and visiting historic castles and grand houses.

Jan Schliesman: How often do you Get Lost In A Story?
Rachael Thomas: I love to Get Lost In A Story – the more often the better!

Jan: How much research do you do?
Rachael: I love to research the settings for my stories and if I can go there personally all the better. If not, the internet is a wonderful research tool.

Jan: What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Rachael: The answer just has to be the week I spent in New York last summer. I went for the RWA conference, but enjoyed the perfect combination of seeing some sights, catching up with friends and the conference itself. Here’s a photo of me in Times Square.

Jan: What do you love most about your latest release?
Rachael: My latest release was initially written before I became published and last year I just had to rewrite Zafir and Destiny’s story as I had totally fallen in love with the characters.

Jan: Any writing rituals you follow? Celebrate a certain way when it’s completed?
Rachael: My writing ritual is to start early in the morning and get as much done as possible before the day gets under way. Not always an easy task living on a dairy farm! As for celebrating, I always give myself a bit of ‘me time’ after sending my manuscript to my editor. It could be a day out or just time to curl up and indulge in a movie.

Jan: What one book from your childhood is your favorite?
Rachael: Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. I was given it as a birthday present and read it so many times it is falling apart, but I just can’t part with it.

Jan: It was love at first sight when I met my hubby. How about you?
Rachael: It sure was! We’ve been married for twenty two years now.

Jan: What are you currently reading?
Rachael: Early One Morning by Virginia Baily. It was the final part of the blurb which made me buy the book – And in that moment, two lives changed forever.

Jan’s GOTTA ASK: What’s your unhealthiest habit?
Rachael’s GOTTA ANSWER: Definitely coffee and chocolate!


My next release To Blackmail a Di Sione will be available in September 2016!

THANKS SO MUCH RACHAEL, for sharing your writing world with us! As a bonus, Rachael is offering a copy of her latest release, The Sheikh's Last Mistress, to an INTERNATIONAL reader!  Answer the following question in the comments section below: What makes you buy a book? The author, the cover, the blurb or something else?

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  1. WOM would have to be my main reason for buying a book. If possible I like to read the first page. Then it's the genre, blurb & cover.

  2. Great answer Mary. You can't get better than a recommendation for buying anything. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Great having you back on the blog, Rachael! I like to read the partial scene inside the front cover. Then I'll jump to the blurb on the back:)

    1. It's great to be back Jan. I love back cover blurbs.

  4. I am very author driven and I love Rachel's books

    1. Thanks Tammy. That's so lovely to hear!

  5. I will buy a book by an author I have read and enjoyed previously... if it is a new name to me, it usually is if I am drawn to it by the cover and the blurb has caught my interest.

  6. little of all of the above

  7. A little bit of everything. I do pay attention to covers and I also like to read the blurbs.

  8. I think the author is one of the things i look at then the cover if i haven;t read the author and the genre is one i like to read then i read the back then if i like i buy! Thanks for stopping by with Angi !

    1. Thanks for commenting and it's great to be here!

  9. The cover and the blurb
    If the cover doesn't catch my eyes and the blurb does I buy it

    1. I like that you give the book a second chance even if the cover doesn't catch your eyes. Thanks Natasha!