AUSSIE MONTH with Rachel Bailey
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I’ve been writing for Harlequin Desire since I sold my first book to them in 2008, and in 2014 I also spread my wings into new adult romance and romantic comedy.
Tell us about The Summer of Jake:
It’s a quirky contemporary romance about an aspiring fashion designer and a former pro surfer, set around Bondi Beach in Sydney.
What inspired this novel?
I grew up swimming and playing on Australian beaches so it was natural that I’d set a story on one. Plus, I have a soft spot for surfers (and their biceps).
What are you reading right now?
Snowbound Surprise for the Billionaire by Michelle Douglas, and I’m loving it so far!
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Travel overseas more.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
The country itself – the beaches, the bush and everything in between.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
It’s a genre that’s full of depth and variety! A subgenre for everyone.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
Scheduled so far are a new adult coming out with Entangled, tentatively titled The Finn Factor, and a Desire in September called Bidding on Her Boss (a sequel to The Nanny Proposition).
What were your big achievements of 2014?
Being published in new genres, including Cover Story – a rom-com with Momentum Publishing.
The Summer of Jake
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan…
Life is just dandy for aspiring fashion designer Annalise Farley. She has a great job (or she will once her designs are discovered), parents who only slightly disapprove, a cat that thinks she’s a dog, and a best friend…even if she hasn’t seen her in a while.
But then Jake Maxwell saunters back into her life. Jake, the love god. Jake, her best friend’s older brother. Jake, who broke her heart at sixteen without realizing it, then left to become a pro surfer. Now he’s back, having taken the surfing and business worlds by storm, and he’s ready for a new challenge—catching the eye of another girl. And he wants Annalise’s help.
Helping Jake land his next girlfriend is too fraught with emotional danger for her liking, but then Jake offers to put her designs in his shops. Is that the sound of her life cracking at the seams? It’s hard to tell with Jake smiling at her like she’s the only thing that makes him happy…