Spotlight & Giveaway: Cover Story Rachel Bailey

Posted October 27th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 56 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome USA Today bestselling author Rachel Bailey to HJ! 

Hi Rachel and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your debut release, Cover Story!

CoverStoryTobi Fletcher’s career is going places. Just ask her. Any day now, she’s going to write the story for her Sante Fe newspaper that will Make A Difference. Of course, Pulitzer prizes and the like will soon follow.

Unfortunately, her editor doesn’t have the same vision. His vision has her investigating a series of gnomicides. Yes, gnomicides the wanton murder of garden gnomes.

It’s a nightmare for Tobi. She’s spent her life working towards a career she can be proud of and proving she’s nothing like her mother. She’s intelligent, independent and so uptight she can’t even let go to sneeze properly and, unlike her colleagues, she certainly can’t appreciate the funny side of the situation. She wants to work on the big story a cover-up in a Senator’s office.

Reluctantly, she interviews Simon, the man who reported the ‘incident’ to the newspaper clearly a lunatic his four-year old daughter, and the other residents of the street. Each has their own theory about the murderer, ranging from the slightly possible to the ludicrous and Tobi, unfortunately affected by her pollen allergy and having to repress sneezes regularly, writes the story.

Her editor loves it and demands more; interstate papers pick it up and reader feedback is overwhelming. Apparently, she’s not going anywhere just yet and, dammit, that means facing her pesky attraction to Simon. Along the way, Tobi discovers there are many truths and secrets to be uncovered other people’s as well as her own. The question is, will the truth really set her free?

Single Father Heroes

What is it about rom-coms and single fathers? Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle – just so adorable with his son. Jude Law in The Holiday – the scenes where he’s with his daughters melt my heart.

Maybe it’s the lure of a man who’s both totally committed to his children, and competent enough to raise them on his own (despite the occasional misstep).

Dan In Real Life – Steve Carell: so quietly funny, so quietly sexy. One Fine Day – George Clooney smoldering and nurturing in equal parts. Mrs. Doubtfire – the amazing Robin Williams being totally devoted to those kids.

In books too, I love it when I find a rom-com with a single father, like the gorgeous Phin Tucker from Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome To Temptation, or the tempting Mat Jorik from Susan Elizabeth Philips’s First Lady.

So perhaps it was inevitable that when the hero in Cover Story, Simon Hanson, appeared in my head, he’d be a single father. Simon has been a single father to four-year-old Anna since she was a baby, when her mother died, and doing a pretty good job of it. Here’s a tiny snippet of him with his daughter:

“Daddy!” Anna streaked past me and propelled herself at her father.
Simon’s face lit as if his world had brightened and he bent to scoop her up. He sauntered over, Anna on his hip, and pulled a folded piece of paper from his pocket.

The heroine, Tobi Fletcher, isn’t quite as good with children…

I arrived at number seven to find Dot waiting at the door with a young girl I recognized from the photograph as Anna. Same blond bob ending above her chin. Same huge blue eyes.
“Are you the reporter?” Anna asked, her neck arched back to look up at me.
What was the etiquette at introductions with children? I never knew. In the past I’d tried a nice little pat on the head, and once I even tapped a finger on a child’s cheek in a pretty good imitation of affection. The ratty little kid bit it.
So, looking down at Anna, I used a no bodily contact approach.

I’m always on the lookout for a good rom-com – book or movie – with a single father, so I’d love to know if you have a favorite. Also, if you have thoughts about the appeal of single fathers as romance heroes, I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Meet the Author:

Bailey_RachelRachel Bailey developed a serious book addiction at a young age (via Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck) and has never recovered. Just how she likes it. She went on to gain degrees in psychology and social work but is now living her dream writing romance for a living. Her books have hit the USA Today bestseller list, are published in over twenty-six countries and have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives on a piece of paradise on Australia’s east coast with her hero and their dog pack, and loves to hear from readers. She can be contacted via





56 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Cover Story Rachel Bailey”

    • Rachel Bailey

      Kristy, it’s hard when you have to think of something specific like that, isn’t it? I know I’ve read heaps, but could only come up with a few titles when I was writing this post. I bet next week I’ll remember heaps more. 🙂

  1. Terri Shortell

    I’ve read several books with a single father as the hero. I can’t think of the titles but I know Linda Lael Miller has written a few really great ones. I love the single father stories. I think it gives a different view of the hero. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

    • Rachel Bailey

      ndluebke, I had the same problem when I went to write the post! I knew I’d read heaps, but coming up with their names off the top of my head was a problem. I had to check my bookshelves. 🙂

  2. Micheala Philpitt

    Um hm single fathers are hard to find in fiction. Single mothers, yes, but fathers, eh.
    The only one that comes to mind is Reaper’s Stand by Joanna Wylde. Single father, head of MC club, two daughters and dead wife, but the daughters are adults themselves so. But we do see his fatherly love shine all the time!

    • Rachel Bailey

      Micheala, I’ve heard such great things about Joanna Wylde’s books but haven’t tried one yet. Sounds like Reaper’s Stand would be the perfect place for me to start. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Geraldine Pierson

    I cannot think of any movie. I have read a few books with single parents both father and mother. A father with a son or daughter would be nice story to read. Thank you for your giveaway.

  4. lavendersbluegreen

    Definitely I like a good single dad hero… not sure that I have a fave though… hmmm… there were a couple in the Fool’s Gold series, and in the Virgin River series….

    • Rachel Bailey

      Lavendarsbluegreen, I have the first book in the Virgin River series on my To Be Read pile and have been meaning to get to it for ages. Maybe it’s time to bump it to the top?

    • Rachel Bailey

      Librarian Lavender, I LOVED the movie of About A Boy, and I agree that at its heart, it’s really a single father kinda story. I haven’t read the book, but now you’ve mentioned it, I might have to go and hunt it down!

    • Rachel Bailey

      Lisagk, I hadn’t heard of Yours To Keep, so I just checked it out on Amazon. I’m really loving the Loveswept books so this one looks like another winner. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Vicki Clevinger

    I like single fathers as heroes. Going way back The Courtship of Eddie’s Father is a good movie. A very young Ronnie Howard plays the son.

    • Rachel Bailey

      Vicki, I just looked up The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and it sound like a whole heap of fun! I’m going to see if I can track down a copy to rent. Thanks!

    • Rachel Bailey

      Taswmom, I do too! Actually, I’ve just thought of another gorgeous single father hero: Liam Neeson in Love Actually, where he’s trying so hard to be a good dad after his wife dies. So beautiful!

  6. Jean White

    I do not have a favorite romantic comedy with a single father, there are too many movies I have seen. I do like books where there is a single dad raising a child.

    • Rachel Bailey

      Jean, it gets a bit like that with movies, doesn’t it? Sometimes I can remember a scene so clearly, or something that happens in the movie, but can’t remember what the movie was. It can play on my mind for days!

  7. Mala Garava

    Well, Three men and a baby is a classic and my fav, I also liked Raising Helen with single “mom” role… I agree, the idea can be really interesting.

    • Rachel Bailey

      Mala, Three Men And A Baby was such fun! I haven’t seen it in years so it might be time for a re-watch. You know, I’ve never seen Raising Helen. It’s one of those movies I keep meaning to see but haven’t managed to yet. I might hunt it down this weekend. 🙂

  8. Kate Sparks

    I think the appeal is that most women understand what is entailed in raising a child and men seem to be so out of the loop.

  9. Claire Baxter

    One Fine Day is one of my favourite movies – a rom com with a single father hero AND he’s played by George Clooney. Has everything going for it. 🙂

    • Rachel Bailey

      Claire, yes! Though, some of my favourite rom-coms are *your* books. You know how much I loved Flirting With Danger! Sexy firefighters, emotional love story and comedy all in one book? Yes, please. 🙂

  10. Kathleen O

    I am going way back to the early 70’s and a show called The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.. It was a wonderful show and I also have seen the movie by the same name..

    • Rachel Bailey

      Kathleen, I hadn’t heard of The Courtship of Eddie’s Father until Vicki mentioned it above. I’m in Australia, so it’s possible we didn’t get it here, but now I’ve read a bit about it, I’m going to try to track it down. Especially since two people have mentioned it!

  11. Amy Rickman

    I can’t think of any favorites that have single dads and for the most part I don’t read many books with single dads. Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series has a book about a single dad but I haven’t read that far yet.

  12. Colleen C.

    I know I have enjoyed books with single fathers, but nothing is coming to mind at the moment… One had three little girls and a new puppy… but I can not think of the title and author… sorry.

    • Rachel Bailey

      Colleen, if you think of the title of that book with three little girls and a new puppy, let me know. It sounds adorable! Have you read any Marion Lennox books? She has had a few with single fathers and puppies that have been gorgeous!

  13. veRONIca

    The only film that is coming to mind is Big Daddy, but that is not very romantic so I don’t know if I should recommend it lol

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