Free event #AvonBookFest 3 April 5.30-6.30 pm BST @LornaCookAuthor @FionaGibson @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK

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Friday 3rd April 2020, 5.30-6.30 p.m. BST you can join me, along with Fiona Gibson and Lorna Cook for a virtual author event as part of the Avon Book Fest. Click the link to register for this free event then join us as we chat about books and writing. You’ll be able to ask your own questions and we’ll answer as many as we can. Come along!
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I’ll let you know about my other virtual events as soon as dates and times become available.

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A dream comes true for Sue @RNATweets @BFLAgency @AvonBooksUK @GoldsboroBooks #RNA60

The Romantic Novelists’ Association (@RNATweets) is sixty years old this year. You can read a little of its history here. I’ve been a member for twenty of those years, initially as a member of the New Writers’ Scheme and then graduating to full. During those years I’ve given talks and workshops at various of their meetings and conferences, been minutes secretary, vice-chair and editor of its two anthologies, Loves Me, Loves Me Not and Truly, Madly, Deeply. The Association has been instrumental in my connecting to publishers and agents, making a huge number of friends and developing a can-do attitude.

I’ve attended the annual Romantic Novel Awards just about every year and coveted winning one of those crystal stars so much! Dream a Little Dream and Just for the Holidays were shortlisted and I went along to the awards revelling in being amongst the chosen few. I didn’t think I’d win and I was proved right.

This year, A Summer to Remember reached the shortlist and I plunged into the fun of shortlistee photographs and the champagne reception with utter enjoyment. I’d got into a dress that I hadn’t been able to wriggle into for a while, my shoes were reasonably comfortable and settled in to chat with the other shortlisted authors.

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Shortlistees for the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award 2020. L-R Bella Osborne, Jeevani Chakira, Jules Wake, Sophie Kinsella, Victoria Walters and Carole Matthews. Imogen Clark somehow missed the photos.

Eventually, the reception expanded to encompass the rest of the guests, including my husband, who had waited out the photoshoot in the bar. It was time to claim our name badges, check our table numbers and find our seats at the circular tables dressed with snowy cloths. My agent Juliet Pickering from Blake Friedmann Literary, Film and TV Agency and editor Phoebe Morgan from Avon Books UK joined us, along with authors Dorothy Koomson, Lorna Cook, Jenni Keer and Bella Osborne.

8BC49185-5222-4AB2-B63D-5B18DF5AD1FDThe first excitement on the table was when Lorna Cook won the Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award for The Forgotten Village. As this book had also lifted the Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Award, Lorna’s obviously written something special! The awards were presented by performer and broadcaster Jenny Eclair and compered by the ever-lovely Jane Wenham-Jones.

I’d backed Jules Wake to win my category, which was seventh in the running order, because Notting Hill in the Snow is such a charming book, but had also suspected it would go to one of the top-selling authors on the list, Carole Matthews or Sophie Kinsella. When Jenny Eclair announced that I had won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award 2020 my jaw must have almost hit the table!

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Jenny Eclair presents the award

I remember very little about the next few minutes apart from chanting ‘Don’t fall up the stairs’ to myself as I made my way through the tables, doing the bump with Jenny Eclair as ‘social distance’ was being (somewhat) observed in view of Coronavirus concerns and grabbing my crystal star with both hands. I know I attempted a speech and choked up and I’m glad I retained enough presence of mind to thank the RNA, my fab agent and wonderful Team Avon and also Goldsboro Books for sponsoring the award.

RNA_Awards_2020_Ceremony_139I made my way back to my table with lots of lovely people shouting congratulations but I was too much in a daze to respond much. Sorry if I just gazed through you. Winning ‘a RoNA’ was such a dream come true for me that I was somewhere between Cloud Nine and Over the Moon. I have seen other winners act with dignity or with cool professionalism. I was just an over-excited mess!

At the end of the other awards, which I was too dazed to really concentrate on – even the wonderful speech given by Milly Johnson who received an outstanding achievement award – I was ushered off for more photographs with all the other winning authors.

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Me, Anstey Harris, Lorna Cook, Samantha Tonge, Milly Johnson, Jenni Fletcher, Natasha Lester, Ruth Hogal, Mary Jayne Baker and Tania Crosse.

Thank you not just to my agent, publishers, the RNA and the sponsors but to the volunteers who run the RNA and make it what it is, including working hard to give awards to authors like me at a glitzy event I’ll remember forever.

RNA_Awards_2020_Sue_Moorcroft_contemporaryThank you to the readers who read A Summer to Remember and loved it enough to put it at the top of the scoresheets.

Thanks to everyone who wrote the hundreds of congratulations I received on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, email, text and WhatsApp. This post is partly the speech I wish I’d had the presence of mind to make at the time.

But being an over-excited mess is what happens when you have a dream … and eventually, it comes true.

Romantic Novel Awards 2020 in The Bookseller

Milly Johnson’s excellent speech in The Bookseller

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‘A Summer to Remember’ shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year award

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Thrilled to be able to announce that A Summer to Remember has been shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year award in the Contemporary category. As you can see from the Romantic Novelists’ Association‘s graphic above, it’s a mega-strong list so I feel absolutely privileged to be on it.

The RNA’s full announcement containing all the shortlists in the various categories can be found here. You’ll see there are some awesome authors listed – and, I’m pleased to say, some of my particular friends – and I congratulate them all.

The winners will be announced on the evening of the 2nd of March 2020 at the Leonardo Royal London City Hotel with Jenny Eclair presenting the awards. It’s the third time a book of mine has been nominated (Dream a Little Dream and Just for the Holidays came before) so I know to expect a lovely, glitzy experience, a reward for the work put in throughout the year. There can be only one winner in each category but to be shortlisted feels like a prize itself!

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Announcing a new role and library link #LoveLibrariesWeek #RomanceReadingMonth #RNA60

From today I’ll be a patron of Desborough Library and Community Hub. When better to announce this than the first day of #LoveLibrariesWeek and #RomanceReadingMonth, both part of the celebrations for the sixtieth anniversary year of the Romantic Novelists’ Association?

DLCH will invite me to their events. I’ll share news of their events and they’ll share news of mine.  I’ve indicated my willingness to talk to a reading group and any schools to which they have links.
Desborough is a small town in Northamptonshire a few miles from where I live. Like many others, its library has been taken over by the community and staffed by volunteers to avoid closure.
While I’m horrified that there’s insufficient public funds available to keep such vital community services as libraries open, I respect and acknowledge the stalwarts who are giving their time so generously and I feel the urge to do my bit.
Here’s a mission statement from Desborough Library and Community Hub:
1. To promote for the benefit of the residents of Desborough and surrounding area and communities the provision of a public library which otherwise would have diminished.
2. To provide the community with a hub providing an array of events and groups which might otherwise not be accessible in the immediate vicinity.
3. To provide a place for people from babies to retirees to meet up and participate in activities or even just a cup of tea and a chat.
And one of the first events put on by DLCH is an evening with myself and Louise Jensen from which we’re donating our appearance fees to DLCH fundraising efforts.
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Do go along to this or any library event. We’ve lost many of our libraries and come dangerously close to losing others.

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Event news! Desborough Library 13 February

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I’m pleased to be able to support the beleaguered libraries of Northamptonshire. Desborough Library, like others in the county, is now being run by volunteers in order to avoid closure.

When approached by volunteer Lisa Hardy, who’s also a book blogger at Bookalicious Travel Addict, I was happy to agree to appear at a library event with the fab author of psychological thrillers, Louise Jensen. Louise and I first met at a local author event when she’d just got her first publishing contract and I’d just signed with Avon, HarperCollins. Each of us was speculating about what the future might hold. We could hardly imagine that a year later we’d spend the Christmas period swapping the #1 and #2 positions in the Amazon Kindle UK charts, Louise with The Sister and me with The Christmas Promise! I’m sure if I wrote this situation into a novel my editor would think it too contrived and unlikely.

If you’d like to come along to meet Louise and I, as well as supporting Desborough Library and Community Hub, on 13th February 2019, the details are on the poster. Tickets are available from the library. You can reserve them by email on Dhubcontact@gmail.com or just drop in at:

Desborough Library
High Street
Desborough
NN14 2QS

Come along! We’d love to see you.

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Woman & Home chooses ‘A Summer to Remember’ AND ‘Let it Snow’!

I’m feeling VERY loved up by the fab team at Woman & Home!

They chose A Summer to Remember in their Best Books to Read this Year edit. Read the full list here.

AND they chose Let it Snow for their Top Books to Snuggle Up with this Winter! Read the full list here.

Huge thanks to all at Woman & Home for pinning a very happy smile to my face. I’m thrilled.

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In the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph on publication day #LetItSnow

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How lovely to be featured in my local paper. This is the screenshot of the print version but there’s a longer interview online on the ET’s website if you’d like to read it.

Quite a long time ago I used to work an evening shift for a digital prepress company situated in the Evening Telegraph’s then premises. Walking through the building in those days I would not have guessed that I’d ever make a news item. 🙂

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Paperback publication day for ‘Let it Snow’ @AvonBooksUK @BFLAgency

 

Today sees paperback and audiobook release for

Let it Snow!

I’m excited that it will be on book shop and supermarket shelves today, especially after the ebook has done so well, bobbing about in the top 100 for most of the past few weeks, rising as high as #26. Thanks to all the readers who have bought it.

Last night we had a launch event at Rothwell Library where I sold out of all the prepublication stock I had. The audience was fantastic and my friend Mark West a great organiser and interviewer. Thanks also to the Friends of Rothwell Library for putting on the event. Rothwell is a community library now and volunteers are keeping libraries going.

I hope that readers enjoy Lily’s journey, both emotional and physical, from the frosty cottages of Middledip to the snowy mountains of Switzerland. It begins with a determination to find her half-brothers and ends with a lot of hard choices.

Let is Snow is available in paperback, audio and ebook now!

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Let It Snow by @SueMoorcroft #review and #extract @avonbooksUK

Thanks to Joanne of Portobello Book Blog for helping me celebrate paperback publication day of Let It Snow with this inventive review and an extract from the book.

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Recipe for a perfect Christmas read (also known as my review!)

Take one familiar and well loved village (Middledip)

Add a cosy village pub (The Three Fishes)

Ensure that your heroine (Lily) is down to earth, likeable but not without some pretty big secrets

Pre-heat the boss (That’ll be Isaac!)

Dollop in a lovable Dalmatian called Doggo

Add a generous helping of romance

Whisk in some simmering attraction

Stir in some difficult family situations

Carefully blend through some serious issues

Throw in a trip to Switzerland

Coat the mountains with a generous dusting of snow

Sprinkle in some Swiss chalets and twinkling fairy lights

Combine with Christmas markets and delicious sounding food and drink

Add a little Christmas adventure

Mix in more than a hint of spice

Blend together carefully

Don’t forget to sing a few Christmas carols and songs as you wait for the mix to mature

Best enjoyed…

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Christmas Extravaganza at Waterstones Milton Keynes. @WaterstonesMK @JulesWake @SueMoorcroft

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Very happy to be alongside Jules Wake helping Waterstones in Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes celebrate the switching on of the Christmas lights in MK at their Christmas Shopping Extravaganza Weekend! Come along, have a chat, grab a mince pie and start your Christmas shopping!

 

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