Taking time out to enjoy yourself is essential and it’s something I look forward to. I spend part of my day working on the farm and part of it writing, but I enjoy nothing better than to do something completely different.
I have always had an interest in history and love visiting castles or grand old houses. I usually take my camera with me as it gives me a chance to indulge in that little passion too. Whilst the splendour of large stately homes is fun to see, it’s the castles I like best. Usually they are ruins, but I love to use my imagination and build up a picture of what life must have been like all those hundreds of years ago.
Of course it doesn’t have to be time away or a day out. Just an hour or so to myself to relax and do something I want to do, which for me would be losing myself in a good book. Again, it’s history which draws me and this or romance is my chosen genre.
At this time of the year, as summer is arriving and the days are becoming warmer and longer, I enjoy spending time in the garden. Whether I am a successful gardener is another matter, but I usually manage to produce a decent crop of tomatoes and strawberries – although not very many strawberries make it to the table!
One of the best things I do each day to give myself just a little bit of time out is walking the dog. Poppy is a Golden Retriever and at six months old is full of energy and mischief, but seeing her explore the world always brings a smile to my face, even on the dreariest of mornings.
What is it you like to do relax?
Promoted to Princess!
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 reaches 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!
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About Rachael Thomas
Rachael Thomas grew up in the Midlands in England, but when she moved to Wales, over twenty years ago, she found a place to finally put down roots. She married into a farming family and embarked on a massive learning curve which also saw her learning Welsh when her two children were small.
Writing is something she has always wanted to do and she can still remember the thrill of one of her short stories being held up as an example to the class when she was about nine. It wasn’t until her own children were in school that she seriously started to pursue her dream. She joined a local writing group which met every Monday afternoon and being with like-minded people was the boost she needed.
Reading romance had always been her first love, and just about every short story she wrote was romance, so she decided to write her first book. During that process she also attended her first weekend writing course with Kate Walker and joined the RNA’s fabulous New Writers’ Scheme. A short time later she joined Romance Writers of Australia and learnt a lot from entering their competitions. She sought out courses and you can imagine her joy when she discovered Sharon Kendrick’s course in beautiful Tuscany.
Behind the Scandalous Façade, her SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE entry, is her thirteenth book and although only eight have those magic words ‘the end’ written on them, the others are definitely part of the learning process she has enjoyed over the last six years.
She loves to escape to distant shores with her characters, entering their glamorous world and feeling all the emotions they experience as they discover their love for one another. A love so strong it will overcome all obstacles eventually, leading to that promised happy ever after.