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Just to let you know a couple of radio dates I have coming up:

2 MAY 2019, around 10.15 am, I’ll be on BBC Radio Northampton chatting to Bernie Keith. Why? Because it will be publication day for A Summer to Remember!

It’s always great to see Bernie, his lovely dog Riley and ace producer Sarah. We’ll chat about the book and whatever’s happening in my life and Bernie’s.

24 MAY 2019, at noon, I’ll join Helen Blaby for the ‘In the Chat Room’ feature. It’s always fun! Helen assembles a great panel of two or three guests. We choose our subjects ahead of time and sometimes we even get around to talking about our choices … Last time we seemed to segue from summer holidays to sexual identity – both subjects on which everyone had an opinion.

Here are some of the ways you can listen in: 104.2 FM, 103.6FMDABFreeview channel 734 – RDS = BBC Nhtn https://www.bbc.co.uk/radionorthampton

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Another lovely summer event! @PhillipaAshley @ChristieJBarlow @osborne_bella

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One of the best things about being an author is the opportunity to work with other authors. I’m thrilled to be featured in a Girls’ Night In with Phillipa Ashley, Christie Barlow and Bella Osborne on Thursday 20th June at 18:30. We’ll be at Waterstones, 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Come along if you can! Drinks and nibbles included and the cost of the ticket can be redeemed against the purchase of one of our books on the night.

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Earls Barton Literary Festival

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Just to let you know that I’ll be returning to the Earls Barton Literary Festival on 8 June 2019 between 3pm and 4pm in the stunning Methodist Church. I’ll be in conversation with local lovely Julie Williams, chatting about my writing life and what it means to be with a major publisher.

The Oundle Bookshop is providing a pop-up bookshop for the weekend in the library. Book sales and signings, chats and selfies will all take place there. Like many participants, my fee will be donated to the village library.

It’s a great programme. Further information and tickets here.

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Summer event news

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A Summer to Remember is set in Norfolk so I’m thrilled to be able to announce a Norfolk event with fab Norfolk author Heidi Swain! A Recipe for Summer will be at Jarrold department store, Books, lower ground floor, 1-11 London Street, Norwich NR2 1J on 6 June 2019 6 for 6.30-8.30pm.

We’d love it if you could come along and have a glass of fizz with us and join in the chat. And, of course, we’ll be happy to sign books!

You can learn more and buy tickets here.

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Cover reveal! A Summer to Remember #ASummertoRemember @AvonBooksUK

It’s my absolute pleasure to share with you the beautifully summery cover of my next book –
 A Summer to Remember.
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Isn’t it gorgeous?
A Summer to Remember will be published in paperback, ebook and audio on May 2nd 2019.
And here’s the blurb:
WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages. WHERE_ Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!

A Summer to Remember is available for preorder now!

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The joys of research

What’s not to love about research?

My next book, A Summer to Remember (2 May 2019), is set in north Norfolk. When I decided to make Clancy, the heroine, run away from A Situation in London, where better to run to than a remote village with rubbish mobile and broadband signals?

Writers vary in the way they choose their settings. Some choose real places; others create entire countries or even worlds. I’m comfortable with a technique halfway between these two as I create fictitious towns or villages set in proximity to real places, and my characters move between the two. The real places provide authenticity and the created places give me freedom. I don’t have to worry about whether you can really get from A to B in twenty minutes or whether a business I depict as a grotty pick up joint will be recognised.

I began with iMaps, searching the coast until I found a place where I felt I could realistically bisect the salt marshes and shove a headland in on which to build my village. I asked my street team, Team Sue Moorcroft, for suggested names for the village and took one from Manda Ward: Nelson’s Bar. Then I booked a couple of nights at a lovely pub in a village called Thornham, very close to my Nelson’s Bar spot, and set off on my research trip. Spending time on the coast in gorgeous sunny weather, taking photos and making notes – well, it doesn’t sound like hard work, does it?

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Over the course of several days, I built up a collection of leaflets and maps from Hunstanton Tourist Information, books on local history at the pub where I stayed and, like most writers, I used the Internet to research businesses and study aerial views. It was essential to my plot to know where I could and couldn’t get a mobile signal so I did a lot of sending experimental texts too. North Norfolk has several of its own free newspapers and they were invaluable in getting a feel for the area. I read them in the pub garden with a glass of wine on a sunny evening.

And I spent hours and hours walking in the area. The salt marshes and the beaches, the villages and the resorts. I took hundreds of photos with my digital camera and my phone so, once home, I could check out the undulating stripy cliffs, the beach, the breakwaters … Pretty much anything I could think of was recorded whilst I was on the spot.

I don’t yet have the final cover of A Summer to Remember to share with you but it’s nearly ready! Meantime, if you’d like your appetite whetted, here’s the back-of-book blurb:

COME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!

WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.

WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!

WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.

WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.

PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…

GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!

A Summer to Remember is available to preorder now and will be released in paperback, ebook and audio by Avon Books (HarperCollins) on 2 May 2019.

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Season’s Greetings!

I wish you the best of the season

Love

Warmth

A safe place

Companionship

And I hope that 2018 has been kind to you.

 

Merry Christmas sparkles

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A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft – Full of life, it is a perfect book for Christmas @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK @HarperCollinsUK #NewBook #Review #Readers #Christmas #music #bands #theatre

Just time for one more great review of A Christmas Gift before Christmas, I think. Thanks to Louise of Bookmarks and Stages for this shining-bright five-star review!

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A Christmas Gift
by Sue Moorcroft
Rating: 5 Stars *****


About the Author

Sue Moorcroft A Christmas GiftSue Moorcroft writes award-winning contemporary fiction of life and love. The Little Village Christmas was a Sunday Times Bestseller and The Christmas Promise went to #1 in the Kindle chart. Her latest release, The Christmas Gift has also become The Sunday Times Bestseller this year (2018). She also writes short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing “how to” guides.

An army child, Sue was born in Germany, then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK, and still loves to travel. Her other loves include writing (the best job in the world), reading and hanging out with friends, dancing, yoga, wine and chocolate.

Links to Sue Moorcroft’s website and social media

Website: http://www.suemoorcroft.com 

Blurb

One Christmas can change everything…
Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip…

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How to wrap A Christmas Gift

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A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft

A lovely review from Linda Hill of Linda’s Book Bag. I just wanted to share this one as I try very hard for authenticity in my books and Linda’s comments have painted a big smile on my face.

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I always feel so privileged to be part of Sue Moorcroft’s street team and so it gives me enormous pleasure to be part of the launch celebrations for her latest book, A Christmas Gift, by sharing my review today.

Sue is a regular here on the blog and you can see other Linda’s Book Bag posts with Sue in the following links:

Discussing One Summer in Italy

An interview with Sue Moorcroft

A guest post from Sue on over-sharing and my review of The Christmas Promise

A guest post from Sue on her fantasy holiday companions

My review of Just For The Holidays

A guest post from Sue on loving a village book

My review of The Little Village Christmas

A Christmas Gift was published by Harper Collins imprint Avon on 1st November 2018 and is available for purchase through the links here.

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Georgine loves…

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