The Flower Shop on Foxley Street by Rachel Dove Blog Tour – Excerpt & Review

A lovely review!

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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…

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Author interview no.188 with writer and illustrator Vonnie Crist

Very interesting interview

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Welcome to the one hundred and eighty-eighth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, autobiographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with YA / Adult fantasy author / illustrator, poet, and nonfiction writer Vonnie Winslow Crist. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. I can talk for England and today I’ve met my match so I hope you’re sitting comfortably. 🙂

Morgen: Hello, Vonnie. Please tell us something about yourself and how you came to be a writer.

Vonnie: I’m a daughter, sister, wife, mom, granny, and reasonably good friend. I was born in the Year of the Dragon, and have loved fantastical creatures since I first began to read books. Or perhaps before then, since I remember seeing sprites and gnomes when I was very little. I told stories filled with…

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The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone (Cathy Glass)

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Today I am pleased to share my review of Lisa Stone’s fiction debut.


A gripping new thriller debut that asks the question, how deep in our hearts does evil lie?

When critically ill Jacob Wilson is given a life-saving heart transplant, his parents are relieved that their loving son has been saved.

However, before long, his family are forced to accept that something has changed in Jacob. Their once loving son is slowly being replaced by a violent man whose mood swings leave them terrified – but is it their fault?

Jacob’s girlfriend, Rosie, is convinced the man she loves is suffering from stress. But when his moods turn on her, she begins to doubt herself – and she can only hide the bruises for so long.

When a terrible crime is committed, Jacob’s family are forced to confront their darkest fears. Has the boy they raised become a monster? Or is someone else to blame?


I love Cathy Glass’s previous books about the foster children she interacts with, and I was very intrigued when I found out she had a fiction debut out. I requested it from NetGalley, and I did enjoy it.
Shane is a piece of canine faeces on the boot of the world, and I hated him straight off the bat. His poor suffering partner Rosie needs to get away.
Jacob, the rector’s son, needs a heart transplant and has a loving family, wonderful partner and a live waiting to be lived.

I won’t spoil the plot but I will say that this book deals with the topic of cellular memory. I loved the premise, and the book started off brilliantly. I love this idea, and it appealed to the horror/sci-fi loving side of me. Cathy understands human relationships and the ugly side of people very well, and this shone through in her work.
Now, what let down the book was the inaccurate drug scenes. I feel more research was needed on this to make it more realistic. Also, Rosie’s information wasn’t accurate, it wasn’t clear what she knew about Shane’s whereabouts and what she didn’t. Otherwise, if you suspend belief and ignore the niggles, this is a good debut.
My copy is from NetGalley and Avon books and all opinions are my own.

4 stars from me out of 5

The Darkness Within is out now in paperback and ebook from all good online retailers

Blog Tour: The Secrets You Keep by Kate White

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Today I am honoured to be able to share an extract of this exciting book – I can’t wait to review it!

Welcome Kate!

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Book Blurb: You’ve lost your memory. A woman has been murdered. Your husband is keeping secrets. How do you know who to trust?

Months after a being involved in a terrible car crash, Bryn Harper is physically healed but her emotional scars remain raw. She has no memory of the accident and is plagued with bad dreams.

When Bryn and her husband, Guy, host a dinner party Bryn swears money has been stolen while Guy seems unfazed. Bryn confronts the caterer that night and is horrified to discover the woman’s brutally slain body the next day.

As the case is investigated, Bryn is dragged into a fresh nightmare and learns that Guy is keeping things from her. Another murder occurs and Bryn realises the danger is getting ever closer to home. How well does Bryn really know the man she loves?

For fans of psychological suspense and compulsive mysteries, don’t miss this tense and page-turning novel. Before I Go to Sleep meets The Husband’s Secret.

Read an extract here….

I check email, diverting most of them to my assistant in New York to contend with, though I send off quick replies myself to friends inquiring how I’m doing, and one in response to my brother, Will, in his third year of working for a bank in Jakarta, promising more later. There are several requests for interviews and podcasts, which I politely decline, and two from my speaker’s bureau about well-paying gigs. These get nixed as well. Speaking to groups about the subjects of my books has always been a thrill for me, but I can’t fathom pulling that off right now.

My gaze falls to the icon for the proposal folder on my computer desktop. Maybe I should make another go at it before I fix dinner. But the mere thought makes my stomach tense. My phone rings, sparing me. It’s Casey, my agent, returning a call I made to her earlier.

‘How’s it going up there?’ she asks. ‘Have you seen what’s-his-name race yet? Seabiscuit?’

I laugh at her little joke. ‘Seabiscuit died in the nineteen forties. But they’ve got a big statue of him on the main street in town and I’ve petted it a couple of times.’

‘It sounds like you’re getting out and about.’

‘Yup, starting to.’ After working on three books together, I consider Casey a friend as well as a colleague. At forty-two, she’s only three years older than me and she’s always got my back, but I’ve been cautious about divulging too much to her about my situation. I’ve confessed that I’m in a bit of a slump. What I’ve never uttered to her is the phrase Dr. G used: acute stress reaction. Or maybe worse for Casey to hear: hopeless writer’s block.

‘Well, I bet a summer away will be great for you. The publisher asked for a meeting to discuss the paperback launch, but I told them they’ll have to do everything by phone for a while. You’re not planning to be back in the city, are you?’

‘No, not until September… By the way, do you know if they finally hired a replacement for Paul yet?’

There’s a beat before she answers.

‘Uh, I heard they promoted the guy who’s been filling in,’ she says.

‘Oh, good to know. He seems strong… Here’s the reason I called actually. I’ve been thinking of contacting Paul’s widow, Stephanie, and just wanted a second opinion on the idea. I’ve always felt so bad that I wasn’t able to attend the funeral.’

Maybe because of the dreams, Stephanie—who I’ve never met—has been on my mind even more these days. I keep thinking that a conversation could be beneficial for both of us, possibly help me from feeling so stuck.

‘You mean write her a letter? I thought you did that three months ago, after the accident.’

‘Yes, but I was thinking of having a talk with her.’

There is total silence on the other end. I glance at the screen to make sure the call hasn’t failed.

‘I don’t know,’ Casey says at last. ‘I heard she’s still reeling. Maybe now’s not the right time.’

‘Okay.’ Her answer actually surprises me, but I trust Casey’s instincts.

‘Before I let you go,’ she says, ‘do you mind if I nudge a little?’

Oh God, I should have realized this would happen if I answered her call.


‘They’re getting restless about the proposal. I’ve put them off a few times, and they’ve been understanding so far, but you’re under contract for another book and their patience is going to start to wear thin. You’ve made them a ton of money and they’re hungry for even more.’

‘Casey, there’s no way I can turn in a proposal any time soon. I… I haven’t even really started.’

‘Do you have an idea at least? A working title?’

‘How’s “Self-Help Author Fails to Help Self Write?”’

‘You really don’t have anything?’

She’s surely wondering why the woman who wrote the bestseller about choices can’t make a decision herself.

‘I have a germ, maybe.’

‘Okay, that’s really all you need to bide your time with. I know you like your proposals to be fairly fleshed out, but they’d be more than happy with five pages. It would reassure them. And it might even help kick things in gear for you.’

‘Um, that seems doable.’ In truth the idea makes my heart start to race so fast I can hear the blood pumping in my ears. ‘Can you give me two weeks?’

‘Sounds like a plan.’

After we’ve said our good-byes, I rest my head on the desk, one cheek against the cool surface. How will I ever summon the energy for five pages? I don’t even know if I can stand the idea I’ve drummed up.

About​ ​the​ ​Author

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Kate​ ​White​ ​is​ ​the​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Times​ ​bestselling​ ​author​ ​of​ ​twelve​ ​works​ ​of​ ​fiction:​ ​seven​ ​Bailey Weggins​ ​mysteries​ ​and​ ​five​ ​stand-alone​ ​psychological​ ​thrillers,​ ​including​ ​most​ ​recently,​ ​The Secrets​ ​You​ ​Keep.​ ​For​ ​fourteen​ ​years​ ​she​ ​was​ ​the​ ​editor-in-chief​ ​of​ ​Cosmopolitan magazine,​ ​and​ ​though​ ​she​ ​loved​ ​the​ ​job​ ​(and​ ​the​ ​Cosmo​ ​beauty​ ​closet!),​ ​she​ ​decided​ ​to leave​ ​in​ ​late​ ​2013​ ​to​ ​concentrate​ ​on​ ​being​ ​a​ ​full-time​ ​author​ ​and​ ​speaker.

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Blog Tour: You Are Loved by Jo Platt

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Sometimes, life needs a rewrite… Author Grace Waterhouse has hit rock bottom. Her ex-husband has just had a baby with his new partner and her latest novel is… well, the less said the better. Desperate for distraction, Grace impulsively takes on a friend’s cleaning job, parachuting herself into a new social circle including an eccentric OAP, a heartbroken twenty-something and one James Brooke, an enigmatic lawyer with an unblinking stare. Add to this mix an anxious literary agent, a hairdresser who doesn’t mince words and a newly repentant ex-husband, and Grace’s career break proves to be more breathless than breather. They say that all you need is love – but what if that’s the one thing you haven’t got? The heart-warming, funny and unputdownable new novel from bestseller Jo Platt is perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Anna Bell and Joanna Bolouri.

About the Author Jo Platt was born in Liverpool in 1968 and, via the extremely winding route of rural Wiltshire, London, Seattle and St Albans, she is now happily settled in Bristol with her husband and two daughters. She studied English at King’s College London before going on to work in the City for ten years. In 2000 she escaped into motherhood and part-time employment, first as an assistant teacher in a Seattle pre-school and then was a Bristol-based secretary to her husband.

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As soon as I heard about this book, I was honoured to be on the Canelo tour. I really fancied reading this story, especially with it being about a female writer. I wasn’t disappointed either. I love books with numerous characters who are so much more than one dimensional, and these are plentiful here. I don’t like spoilers in reviews, but get ready to hate the ex! I wanted to scream at Grace – ‘Tell him to bugger off! He’s a love rat!” Life isn’t like that though, and their relationship was very interesting to follow through the book. He left quite a ripple affect in her life. Ultimately, this story was about Grace getting her mojo back, finding out what she wanted from life, and moving on. I haven’t read Jo’s books before, but she comes highly recommended from me. Excellent characters from all works of life are not easy to create, but this book is full of life.

5 stars from me!

Out now for only £1.99!

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Blog Tour: I Know Where She Is by S. B Caves

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Don’t miss this heart-stopping debut: an explosive, gripping thriller for fans of Karin Slaughter, Linwood Barclay and Karen Dionne

On the tenth anniversary of her child’s disappearance, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words:

When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke. But the stranger knows things that only her daughter could know. It soon becomes clear that Francine will have to go to dark places in order to learn the truth about the kidnapping.

She will discover that danger comes from unexpected places. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.
But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

About the Author: SB Caves is a screenwriter born and raised in North London and now working on a second novel, a thriller set in the UK.


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‘Caves leaves me in no doubt that she is an author to be watched. Her writing is dynamic. Her characters are flawed, unpredictable and all too human; her descriptions of the settings so realistic’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘I Know Where She Is was a rip-roaring success from cover to cover’ Blogger

‘For the first time in a while I read a book that I didn’t want to put down’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘I will definitely will be reading more books from S.B Caves’ Blogger

‘A compulsive read that has wonderful plot twists that leaves you breathless’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘A mother is tested to her limits and her reactions are mind blowing’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘I decided to start this last night and finally finished at 3am! I could not put it down’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘​This novel starts with a bang and doesn’t let up from there’  Goodreads Reviewer

‘One of the best books of it’s genre that I have read’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘Definitely one to read if you like thrillers!’ Netgalley Reviewer



I am really pleased to be part of the blog tour for this book, as part of the Canelo tour. Firstly, I do love the unreliable narrator type of thriller books, which I assumed this was, but it is so much more. I did gender stereotype the author too, as I assumed that the writer was in fact a woman. The reason why I thought this was because of the main character, Francine. The best part of this book is her transformation. At the beginning of the book she is just how you imagine a mother with a missing child to be: broken, abusive and abusing, isolated, alone. By the end of the book she is so much more, and I assumed the writer was a woman because of the way he portrayed just what a mother will go through, inflict and endure to get her child back. This book is dark, and delicious . I loved it – 5 stars from me.  It’s only 99p right now, so I would grab it while you can, and delve in.

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Introducing Rachel Dove and Fifty Shades Darker

Introducing Rachel Dove and Fifty Shades Darker

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I am an author and book, TV, and film geek living in Yorkshire. When I am not hanging out with my family, I am writing romantic fiction, reading books or watching my latest boxset obsession. Passionate about special needs provision; I am an adult education teacher and currently studying for my MA in Creative Writing. My special Mastermind subject would be Grey’s Anatomy and I love to test the question: which is better, the film or the book? I am currently writing my fifth book and I have secret plans to one day get Gerard Butler to star as one of my characters.

I love films and drama series, I always have and I get to the cinema whenever I can. I love to study people, plots and the way people interact in each other’s lives. I am a sucker for a good romance, a comedy, and I think the…

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