Rachel writes erotic romances to two sub-genres: the first she calls "law firm erotic", where her characters are the horny partners and employees of a U.S. law firm, and whose spare-time activities may best be described simply as sex-related. The second sub-genre she calls "village erotic", where the cast are the horny inhabitants of Maybourne, a fictional old market town in the heart of England with a number of olde worlde villages, Tudor buildings, a ruined abbey and other picturesque features in both rural and urban settings.
She has worked in several European countries, first as a secretary and then as an executive assistant, before returning to her roots in Surrey, England, and close to London; for many years she was the director of administration at the London office of a large U.S. law firm before leaving to run her own recruitment company. Now in semi-retirement, she devotes most of her spare time to writing erotic romance novellas, drawing on her life's experiences in a variety of fields. She is married with children and grandchildren.
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The Love Nest
Adults only - readers must be over 18. Kelly and Laurence are lovers. But her sister Melanie insists that she split from him immediately - there's a family secret, and only Melanie seems to know what it is. Something happened in the distant past and its ramifications have surfaced through Kelly's relationship with this gorgeous man. How can this be resolved?
Adults only. When Sophie catches her boss in a compromising situation with a client, events introduce some life-changing and exciting new opportunities. But a co-worker bursts into her home and threatens to destroy all that she is working for; then a strange thug enters her room with his friends, demanding the use of her body for bestial acts. Can she escape these awful situations?
Deception and Denial
Adults only. When Mike and Ruth are empty-nesters, with their sons at college, their life changes. Ruth is keeping a secret from Mike; it could ruin their marriage if he finds out. He has a good job but a string of events at work lead to him keeping a secret from his wife. Ruth knows she has to confess her secret to Mike... but how will he react? And is there any way for Mike to keep his secret?
A Face from the Past
Adults only. When Carolann joins a law firm as a secretary, she discovers there's a guy there who is an old flame. His new girlfriend warns her off trying to rekindle the relationship. Carolann's not interested until she moves to his department... and she changes her mind. Then a young lawyer tries to win her affections; everything unravels and fireworks begin. Someone's going to get hurt....
The Girl in the Glade
Adults only. Andrew has a near-death experience during a car crash which kills his wife. In the aftermath, he becomes involved with a woman whom he meets in an idyllic woodland clearing. Is she his soul-mate? Or is she inherently evil? When he uncovers the truth, it's too late: just when he feels safe, he is propelled into a situation where his life - and all those whom he loves - are in danger.
When One Love Is Not Enough
Kim Beech, a legal secretary, has a chance meeting with her ex-boyfriend and they agree to go out together again. Meanwhile, at work, she meets a handsome American lawyer just in from New York and her loyalty to her boyfriend is tested.
The lawyer wants to share her with her boyfriend; she likes the sexual attention but knows she is deceiving herself and she can only have one man.
No Way Out
Adult readers only.
The sequel to "Snatched".
Julia Bennett finds herself abducted into a nightmare of sexual humiliation in a foreign land far from home. The man who had kidnapped her in "Snatched" has escaped and now seeks revenge, assisted by someone whom she thought she could trust. Naked, locked in a prison cell, where her captors speak a language she can't understand, how can she escape?
Melanie (a legal secretary) is head-hunted by another law firm. She falls in love with a lawyer who is also a talented artist, and she models for his erotic portfolio; when he gets moved to a new post in Germany, she is blackmailed by a lady lawyer who wants to use her for her own sexually perverted ends.
How can Melanie escape from the ghastly treadmill that her nemesis has set up for her?
One Man Too Many
Having left her husband, Mandy finds a new place to live, a great job, and a gorgeous new boyfriend with whom she can have a great relationship.
In her new job, she meets some influential people with adventurous sexual tastes and is tempted to explore these exciting avenues...
Or should she stay with her loving but conventional boyfriend?
She can't have both. She must decide...
Needing Her, Needing Him
Warning: Contains some scenes with explicit sex
This is the second in the series "Lucy & Friends", and is a sequel to "Jack and Me... and His Lodger".
Lucy and Angela are lovers and live together; Lucy is bisexual, but Angela is a full-on lesbian. When Lucy meets Ross, an old boyfriend, she hankers to re-establish her relationship with him. How can her relationship with Angela survive?
Julia Bennett works for a prestigious international law firm in London. On her way to meet her boyfriend after work one evening, something happens which threatens to change her entire life. She faces a nightmare of humiliation, and is subjected to some harsh treatment by a group of sexual deviants.
Her contrite captor falls for her and attempts to make amends for her appalling treatment.
The New Client
Jenny, a secretary at an international law firm in London, is assigned to look after a new special client from New York who quickly becomes attracted to her. The client soon makes it clear that he wants her to do more than type his letters and update his spreadsheets; he has personal, demanding needs that only she can satisfy.
But she has fallen in love with his assistant, a man from her past.
Adults only. This is a prequel to Interview For Love.
Sandra is a horny young woman on a mission. When she starts her new dream job as a secretary at a big city law firm, she falls in love with a good-looking paralegal.
But her boss has designs on her; he wants her all to himself. He starts to flex his power by manipulating her relationship with her boyfriend; their careers could be at risk.
Kate is recovering from a disastrous five-year on-off affair with a nasty guy. Once the relationship is firmly severed, his friend declares his love for her - although she's attracted to the charms of the brother of an old school-friend. But is he all that he seems? And could she really be happy living with him for the next sixty years?
And what about her ex-lover's talented friend?
Diane, an accountant, moves to another branch office to get over a disastrous relationship, and finds herself in the picturesque district of Maybourne, with old-fashioned houses, the ruins of an ancient abbey... and Arthur, who helps her get established and with whom she falls in love.
Her former lover stalks her and forces himself on her. Will Arthur take her back? And what is his dark secret?
A Close Match
Paula is just leaving a bar with her sister one evening, and glances at herself in a dark mirror. But it isn't a mirror, and she's not looking at herself; it's a window, and she's looking at her double. Paula looks again: she's wearing lipstick, but her double has stubble. He's a guy. Are they related in some way?
Jack and Me... and His Lodger
Warning: Contains some scenes with explicit sex.
Sarah is broke, and makes a crazy decision to supplement her income by offering her body to a stranger one evening. She is rescued by a former co-worker, who provides her with a route out of her financial problems - and, at the same time, becomes her lover. But things soon get out of hand....
Interview For Love
Warning: Contains some scenes with explicit sex.
Barbara Edwards goes for an interview for a position at a prestigious law firm, and finds herself face-to-face with her former lover. How can she win him back? Complications arise when her former boss seduces her and gives her the best sex she's had in years. What's a girl to do?
A Stranger in My Bed
Warning: Contains some scenes with explicit sex.
A situation that some women dream about: Alex wakes up in her bed one morning with a stranger... but he isn't a stranger. He's her first love from 30 years ago. How did he get into her bed? And why is he there? Has he come back into her life forever? Can she keep him? (And does she want to?) What's the secret he's keeping from her?
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- Riley's Dream
on March 01, 2011
Of all the free reads available in Smashwords, this is certainly one of the better stories, starting from a less conventional angle but evenly-paced in its development. I'd certainly like to read more from this writer.
- Writing Between the Sexes
on April 13, 2011
I found this book to be one of the most useful of its kind available among the immense number of "How To Write" works produced for aspiring or improving novelists. Extremely entertaining, it told me just about everything I needed to know... and more besides.
I was so impressed with this book that I went on to purchase another of the author's excellent works, "On Writing Romance".
- Gutenberg to Google
on May 18, 2011
I bought this book only today and, once I started reading it, I could not put it down. It carries such a profound message that, in my view, it should be compulsory reading for all aspiring writers. Others already involved in the world of publishing might benefit from it, too, if they have an open mind.
The writer conveys plenty of gloom about the future of literacy - and learning in general - but provides an avenue of hope in the non-fiction world. He seems less worried about the future of fiction, devoting just one chapter to this area which I found comparatively reassuring.
I have absolutely no connection with the author. But, if you are writing a book, or trying to get one published, I urge you to read this. It opened new windows in my mind, and was well worth my time.