Debut Author Rachel Goldsworthy

Corsairs Cove Chocolate Shop, book 2

Her life was semisweet—he added the honey and spice.

Food chemist Livy Tarbert can taste how delicious it’ll be to return to Corsair’s Cove and develop fabulous new treats for the family chocolate shop. But when her recipes call for nuts, she’s thinking almonds, not Bonney the parrot channeling Great-Aunt Ruby from the Other Side. Livy operates solo—whether she’s jogging or working in the kitchen—and she certainly hadn’t planned on family interference ... or tavern owner Mack Johanssen. Yet there he is, always trying to add a little honey to her life.

Mack’s a total team player. It’s why he loves running the Zephyr’s Rest tavern and the Chamber of Commerce and the Corsair’s Cove baseball team. So he’s more than happy to help out newcomer Livy. But Livy’s got her own plans. How’s a guy to get to first base with a woman who doesn’t even see him standing in front of her with his heart in his hands?

Unless he believes Ruby’s old ghost stories and accepts a little help from Livy’s ancestor, the Wolf of the West...

RACHEL GOLDSWORTHY grew up on the West Coast, sitting quietly in the kitchen of one aunt or another and nibbling homemade Nanaimo bars while the relations told tales. Some were factual, and some were true. When the time came to earn a living, Rachel took those listening (and eating) skills, and wrote for magazines and newspapers stories of the people and places of the coast. Now she’s writing the adventures of people she’s crazy about in Corsair’s Cove where love and family, like the tide, might ebb and flow, but chocolate is eternal. Every word is true.

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ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
RACHEL: Oh, I get lost in a story every day! I always read in the evening, always fiction, and it’s my greatest pleasure. And every weekend morning I get lost in a story when I write!

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s hero?
RACHEL: Mack is kind. Also funny. And self-sufficient except when it comes to Livy. Is that too many things? I don’t need a hero to be perfect, but I’ve got no use for a selfish guy, so I love that Mack is such a team player who cares about his family and his community so much.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
RACHEL: The Family Stone is a great story told by a wonderful cast. It’s got all the laughter, tears, drama, and romance I could wish for…and as a bonus, it all takes place during the holidays in a postcard-pretty small town. What could be more delightful?

ANGI: Salad or soup?
RACHEL: I’m definitely a soup person. It can be borscht or pea soup or dal, as long as it has flavours that blend together, as all the best soups (and stories) do. Also, it has to be hot because I like warm things. Red wine is warm. Chocolate is definitely warm.

ANGI: Would you put yourself in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
RACHEL: I’d love to be an action-adventure person! I really admire people who get out there and do things – climb a mountain, disarm a bomb, save a dog…. So in my fantasy, that’s what I’d be doing. In reality, I’ll settle into my armchair with either a fairy tale or an action adventure – either Anne of Green Gables or Lord of the Rings is fine with me!

ANGI: Favorite date night…fancy or at home? 
RACHEL: My sweetie and I laugh about being such cocooners, but we are perfectly happy having dinner at home and watching a movie together. Even if we go out for a meal, we don’t stay out late and we tend to curl up in front of the fireplace afterward.

ANGI: Geek or Jock?
RACHEL: My husband is an avid skier, which I think is cool even though I can’t stay upright on those slippery things. However, one of the things we often do together is watch movies, and he’s really good at deconstructing them. He knows story structure and he can see a metaphor from a mile away – I’ve learned a lot from watching all kinds of films with him (romantic comedies and heists are our favourites), and he enjoys it when I describe my stories in terms of character arcs and turning points…. I guess my answer is that I love a thinking man J

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
RACHEL: Hm. Flying to Europe with a backpack and no clue? Cycling solo through British Columbia? Tree planting in the Rocky Mountains? On reflection, I think getting married and writing stories have been the biggest adventures of all!

ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  What’s your favorite pair of shoes & why?
RACHEL’S GOTTA ANSWER:  I’m so glad you asked this, because I’ve never thought about it before. I have several friends who are what I consider “shoe people” but I’ve never included myself in that category. For me, shoes are purely functional and they’d better be comfortable!

These ones are definitely comfy and I think they’re also pretty stylish (yeah, okay, I know they’re grey. But still…). Also, they go with almost everything I wear for my office day job, so that’s a bonus!



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Who’s your favourite: A heroine who’s very relate-able (a real person much like you or your best friend) or a heroine who is more aspirational – the kind of person you’d like to be (whether that’s the woman who always has the perfect witty comeback, or a career as a rocket scientist, or never feels insecure…)?


  1. i like the herione that is aspirational Thank you for answering the blog questions and the book in the series sounds so good .

    1. I love an aspirational heroine too! I find them inspirational.
      I hope you have as much fun reading the book as I did writing it :)

  2. Relatable. I enjoy it when I want the heroine as my best friend. I like quirky heroines with flaws as well as strengths. And I like character arcs, where the heroine digs deep to find the courage to confront a challenge, especially an emotional challenge. So, while I admire many amazing women who inspire me, when it comes to romance and women's fiction heroines - as well as my personal friends - I want someone who's a bit more "normal: - i.e., relatable - because when a woman like that has the guts to face the tough stuff, then it makes me believe that I can too. (And so, of course, that's the kind of heroine I write!)

    1. I love quirky! Also flaws - when a character (or person) can work with or overcome a flaw to reach a goal, it gives me hope that I can do the same :)

  3. I agree with Susan, I like a relatable heroine, one I can connect with on an emotional level. That said, I like my heroes to be strong, smart, and successful doesn't hurt either, lol

    1. I like strong, smart heroes and heroines too. And if they're funny, I'll fall in love right now :)

  4. I like relatable too, but I want the heroine to be my "best" self, the one who takes chances and has the right comeback at the right time, not two days later.:-)

    1. I hear you about having the right comeback at the right time! That's one of my own aspirational goals :)

  5. A great interview Rachel! And yes getting married is the biggest adventure of them all. I like a heroine who demonstrates compassion. All individuals have flaws. I can cope with that - because that is real life. But if they are mean, I can’t stand it. All the best with your writing!

    1. Thank you, Jodie! I completely agree with you on mean-ness - flawed is fine, it's human, but mean-ness is unnecessary.