This blog tour has been long awaited for me because Lynsey is actually a friend of mine. I have pre-ordered a copy of her book and it'll no doubt be as brilliant as the last two. Sure I'm pretty biased but seriously her writing is beautiful. Take a look at some deleted scenes and see for yourself!
The perfect summer romance for a sunny afternoon and a picnic in the park
Emily Reed is having a bad day. Devastated at losing her hard-earned promotion to the ditz who’s sleeping with the boss, her mother drops a devastating bombshell—the dad she’s known and loved for twenty-five years isn’t her biological father.
Now Emily needs answers and a month in Luna Bay should give her the time she needs to find her father, and land the difficult client at the Sunflower Cottage B&B which should put her back in the running for her coveted promotion.
Setting up the Sunflower Cottage breakfast club should be a great way to meet the locals and maybe even find out who her father is! The only problem is that brooding and insanely gorgeous, Noah, is determined to make Emily’s stay perfectly uncomfortable.
Finding out the truth was never going to be simple, but she never thought her heart would get in the way…
Guest Post - The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club Deleted Scenes
Don’t you just love watching the deleted scenes of a movie? I always love seeing really good scenes that unfortunately just didn’t make the final version. So for this post, I’ve decided to include some scenes from The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club that ended up on the cutting room floor!
Emily stumbles upon Tara and Paul’s affair
By the time it came to finishing for the day, I was more than ready to leave the office. Frankie had suggested dinner and drinks at an Italian place we loved in Merchant City and I was in the mood to drown my sorrows with carbs and Chianti.
I grabbed my jacket and bag, ready to take off for the night, when a voice stopped me in my tracks. Syrupy-sweet and high-pitched to the point of nauseating, there was no mistaking who it belonged to. What’s Tara still doing here, I wondered. She’d made a big show that afternoon of inviting everyone to a meal celebrating her promotion, conveniently leaving Frankie and I off the list. I slowed my pace and crouched down behind the partition separating Tara’s desk from the one behind it.
‘I know, cuddle-bunny! Aww you’re amazing too and so clever. It was such a good idea to tell Emily you’d think about who you were giving the promotion to; as if there was actually a choice! You’re still coming to the meal right? OK, see you tonight love-muffin!’
Love-muffin?! My nausea at the sickening nickname quickly turned to anger as I realised just why I hadn’t got the promotion. Tara got up to leave and when the sound of her high heels clicking on the tiled floor disappeared, I sprang up from my hiding place, my jaw almost hitting the floor with shock.
So my biggest rival and my boss were having an affair and I’d been passed over for a big promotion as a result. Well that was just dandy.
Emily almost runs over Noah’s dog
According to its official website, Luna Bay was ‘a pretty seaside village with scenery reminiscent of a fairytale’. They invited you to ‘leave your cares behind at the welcome sign and bask in the coastal idyll, while enjoying all the delights that the village has to offer’.
Or if you’re like me, you can come to buy up a guesthouse for your multinational corporation and almost run over a dog.
I didn’t mean to, obviously. I was driving down the little country road leading to the village, all my worldly possessions crammed into the boot of my Clio when a flash of white darted out from some long grass and into the road. I slammed hard on my brakes, banged my head on the steering wheel and stared wildly around myself to see if I’d actually hit something. My heart pounded furiously against my ribcage and as I imagined some poor little creature lying injured on the road thanks to my careless driving, I wanted to burst into tears. There was no sign of the dog, so maybe it was running around in the opposite field, waiting for its owner and very much alive…
I got out of the car to see if everything was OK and breathed a sigh of relief when there was nothing there. No innocent pooches had been squashed by Cilla the Clio today.
Now I knew I hadn’t unwittingly caused the demise of any of Luna Bay’s dog community, I was ready to get going. The car edged forward again, ready to take me to the hotel I was here to buy, when a huge figure came bolting out of the long grass. For the second time, I slammed on my brakes and went flying forward, hearing a dull thud as whoever it was collided with the bonnet. I flew out of the car to see what was going on.
Are you blind or something?!’
‘Me?! You were the one who came out of nowhere!’
The figure straightened himself up to his full height and I found myself looking at what my granny would call a ‘torn-faced disaster’. There was a sour, surly expression on his face and his thick dark eyebrows were furrowed. He wasn’t happy at all.
‘Do you make a habit of running complete strangers over?’ he asked, casting me a reproachful glare.
‘That depends, do you always leap out in front of cars whenever you feel like it?’
The man folded his arms and stared at me from beneath some very long eyelashes. ‘I do when my dog’s in danger, yeah.’
Oh crap, I thought, and I’ve nearly turned it into roadkill. Nice work Emily.
Emily discovers Jake’s secret
Noah drove us to Leeds city centre and parked the car. Dixie was delighted to get out of the car and was eager to explore her new surroundings.
‘Hey, wait a bloody minute!’ Noah laughed and put her on a shorter lead. ‘You’ll get to have a sniff around in a second!’
‘Where are we going?’ I asked, as we began to walk through the crowded streets.
I peeked up at him as we wound our way through the throng of bodies, so many questions aching to be asked. He was the definition of a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Just when I thought I had him figured out, he changed the rules and I was back to square one.
‘Stop looking at me like that,’ he said with a grin. ‘I’m not telling you until we get there.’
A few more minutes gave me my answer. We stopped outside a large, posh-looking jeweller’s. Noah pointed through the window to where Jake was handing some money over the counter to a pretty blonde sales assistant.
‘Is he buying what I think he’s buying?’ My voice was a whisper, even though I knew Jake wouldn’t be able to hear me.
Noah nodded. ‘Yup, he’s going to ask Lucy to marry him. He’s been planning it for ages.’
Suddenly, I felt very silly indeed. It all made sense now: he’d probably been inventing all those supplier meetings to plan the proposal or to go and pay more money towards the engagement ring.
‘He’s been having the ring designed especially for her, so he’s had to come to Leeds quite a lot. Plus he’s planning some massive extravagant proposal, so there’s been a lot to sort out,’ Noah added, as though reading my thoughts.
‘I think me and Lucy have both had the completely wrong end of the stick. She’ll be thrilled to bits when she finds out!’
Noah’s eyes widened with horror. ‘You can’t tell her! You’ll ruin the surprise and Jake’s been planning this for months.’
‘I wasn’t going to ruin it, don’t worry! I’ll just tell Lucy that he’s definitely not meeting up with Maya’s mum again and that she has nothing to worry about.’
I watched as Jake took a bag from the sales assistant and headed towards the door. He looked shocked to see us, judging by the way all colour drained from his face.
‘W-what are you guys doing here?’
Noah grinned and let out a sigh. ‘Well Miss Marple over here thought you were up to something and decided to try and follow you until her car broke down. She phoned me and I got dragged along for the ride. So did Dixie.’
The corners of my mouth kicked up. Whenever his fluffy white dog was around, he couldn’t help making her a part of the conversation.
‘You haven’t told her what I’m planning, have you?’ Jake had apparently forgotten I was standing right in front of him. ‘Oh you have, haven’t you? Christ man, Lucy’s definitely going to find out now!’
‘Um, I’m standing right here you know! And I’m not going to tell Lucy; I’m going to leave it as a surprise. Let’s see this ring then!’
He got out a small blue velvet box and opened it. Nestled inside was a beautiful white gold engagement ring. A round diamond sat on the tapered band, which had little diamonds studded into it.
I grinned and patted him on the arm. ‘Wow, that’s beautiful. She’s a bloody lucky girl!’
About the Author;
Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)
A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.
When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…