Why did we celebrate Christmas … in May?

Gits bagsYesterday, I had the absolute pleasure and privilege of meeting up with several members of Team Sue Moorcroft for the first celebration of The Christmas Promise. Obviously, as it was Christmas (in May), gifts were called for! So I stowed them carefully (ie squashed them in a bag) and set off by train for Leicester.IMG_0240

I’d had surgery on my shoulder eleven days earlier so I travelled in my shoulder brace, in a pre-booked seat and wearing an alarmed expression. A guy opposite asked what I’d done and as I’m tired of the boringly real explanation of bone spurs cutting into a tendon, I told him I’d done it cage fighting. He assumed an alarmed expression, too.

It’s a constant source of wonder and pride that I have readers who like my work so much that they want to be in my street team, that anyone (Louise Styles! It was you!) ever suggested I should have one, and that the members happily spread the word about my books whenever they can. (If you’d like to know more about the street team and how to get involved you can read this page on my website.)

IMG_0242We met at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester for a lovely lunch (the kind that lasts all afternoon). It’s been pointed out to me that maybe we ought to have talked a leetle bit more about The Christmas Promise (which is available for preorder already). What we did talk about was books in general, mine in particular, writing, the mating habits of dogs, whether cats would rule the world if they had opposable thumbs, Team Sue Moorcroft, how far each person had travelled, whether Kay would catch her bus home (JUST, thanks to Louise who drove her to the bus station), gout, alcohol (hardly any of us were drinking owing to various issues – in my case painkillers), children, events on the literary calendar, the Beautiful South and the lyrics of their songs, the amazingness of food (particularly chocolate fondant), angels, religion, the pre-publication launch of The Christmas Promise at Waterstones Nottingham (20th October, hopefully), blogging, books as gifts and probably a lot I don’t now remember.

I would like to thank Manda, Ann, Louise P, Kay, Judy and Anne for their company and their support, for making me laugh and their input on future events. Sorry to other members of the team who wanted to come but couldn’t make the date because of birthdays, anniversaries, illness or interviews, and I hope you can come to the next one.Dual

Anne has written a super post about the lunch and Team Sue Moorcroft on her fab book blog, Being Anne.

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12 responses to “Why did we celebrate Christmas … in May?

  1. I wish I could have been there! *sigh*.

    Next year, hopefully.

    John xx

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful afternoon, Sue with wonderful company!

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  3. It was indeed a wonderful day – and,on the train back to London, I was entertained by 2 ladies from Leeds who were well into their G & T’s!!

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  4. We did indeed have an eclectic range of subjects to discuss, I’d forgotten how many! Thoroughly enjoyed the day (even though my arthritic knees really hurt after running for the bus) I’ll have to get the train next time, especially if it’s going to be London , as that’s my usual mode of transport xx

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    • Ouch, sorry re your knees! I’m sorry I didn’t even think where the coach station might be in Leicester when I picked the hotel. It’s such a great place and close to the railway station that I automatically went for it. πŸ™‚ x

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  5. markewest

    Glad you had fun, looking forward to the next one (which, hopefully, I’ll be able to attend!) πŸ™‚

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