Friday, 6 October 2017

Guest Post by Rachel Dove - Blog Tour

When I first started reading romance books, I fell in love. People with real flaws, hopes and dreams meet each other, and you hold your breath. Is this it? Is this the one? You can imagine pupils dilating, lips and throats going dry, fingertips tingling. I have always been a sucker for a romance, and the first ever book that really stuck in my mind was a red Mills & Boon book I borrowed from my mother. It had a lead character called Jesse in it, and a kick ass heroine and I loved it.

Years later, whilst raising my kids and teaching, writing when I could, I saw a writing competition in Prima magazine for the next Mills & Boon writer. I entered that very week, and didn't expect to hear anything. I have entered competitions for years, and never really got anywhere. I saw it as good practice, though. When I heard that I was in the top ten, I still didn't expect to win.

Now, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street was been out over a year, and The Flower Shop on Foxley Street came out in July. It's been a whirlwind of a journey, and I am still learning so much.
The best part is, now I craft the romance I love to read, for the best people in the world. Having my name alongside the Mills & Boon, and HQ Digital logo, is a dream come true. I see the romance in everything, and I can't wait to have a whole back catalogue of stories to share with people. I will keep writing books as long as people still want to read them.

With The Flower Shop on Foxley Street, I showed a bit of the darker side of romance, the heartbreak, and I really hope to show more of this in the future. Pushing the boundaries of relationships, what makes people tick. I love to people watch, and bring characters to life on the page. I plan to challenge myself with each book, and hopefully make the reader fall just a little bit in love.

The Flower Shop on Foxley St.
 by Rachel Dove

Series: Westfield series – Can be read as a standalone.
Genre: romantic fiction
Release Date: 26th July 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital/Harper Collins

A new love could be about to bloom for Lily in this bright, warm women’s fiction title that fans of Holly Hepburn and Cathy Bramley will love.

Lily Rose Baxter loves her little flower shop on Foxley Street and the freedom and independence from her family that it represents.

Lily can't help but feel that something is missing from her life…, but when mysterious stranger Will Singer comes into her shop looking for the perfect bouquet of roses, all that could be about to change.


Will Singer looked every inch the thirty-two-year-old man he was. The bathroom mirror rarely did anyone any favours, but this particular winter morning it appeared to be magically channelling the mirror from Snow White in terms of stark clarity and downright truth. Who’s the hottest man of them all? Certainly not you, dude.

He had badly needed a shave. People were starting to comment on it, but the clean-shaven Will was not a great improvement. At least his dark stubble had detracted from the huge Kardashian-sized luggage wedged under his eyes. Without his hairy mask, Will felt naked, unable to hide.

Even worse was the fact that the lack of hair on his face left people free to roam over his other features, in particular the mop of hair sprouting from his head. He looked like Lionel Messi mixed with Mufasa the lion. It did well for them, but Will wasn’t sure it was such a great style for him. Any longer and he would have to buy an Alice band like Beckham. Start sporting a man bun. He was pretty sure the villagers had never seen a man bun. It might scare them enough to dust off the pitchforks and torches. He had a sudden vision of his uncle Archie dressed like Braveheart, rallying the twin set and mohair-clad villagers into action from atop a horse. ‘People of Westfield, we shall not lie down and die. The man bun must be destroyed!’

He chuckled to himself at his own humour. He would have to tell Lily that joke later.


I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses.

In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback, and the follow up novel in the series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.


1st Prize : Signed paperback copy of The Flower Shop on Foxley St. (open internationally)

2nd Prize:  A Signed paperback copy of The Chic Boutique on Baker St. (open internationally)

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