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Publication day interview with author M W Arnold @mick859 @WildRosePress

Hi Mick,

Welcome to my blog. We’ve known each other a long time and it’s my pleasure to welcome you to talk about your writing and your brand new book, A Wing and a Prayer. Congratulations on its publication today!

Hi Sue. Firstly, may I say a big thank you for hosting me on your blog, this is quite an honour and a pleasure.

Tell us a little about your background.

Well, I went straight into the Royal Air Force from school and stayed, quite happily traversing the world, for the next 16 years. I really have to thank the Queen for paying for my excursions, if we ever meet. I had a wonderful time! I then left as I’d been married for the last 5 years and the Lady Wife and I had lived in 4 different married quarters so it was time to settle down. I’m still not certain I’m used to being a civvie yet!

What made you write about the Air Transport Auxiliary rather than the Royal Air Force? You served with the RAF for many years, didn’t you?

It was pure chance. I know you’ve probably heard that from a few authors, that they stumbled into a project – well, I really did. I’d been pretty ill and hadn’t been able to pick up any of my unfinished projects. Then it was suggested that I try something new, something which didn’t bring back bad memories. I happened to be watching a television program about the ATA, ‘Spitfire Women’, and the next thing I know, I’m fishing around on the internet. By the end of the day, I had a rough outline of a story and a number of characters fleshed out. My interest in that time period came in handy and before I knew what was really happening, I was tapping away. 

How did you feel when you were offered a contract by Wild Rose Press? Had you published other books already?

My flabber was well and truly gasted! You could have knocked me down with a feather. I had a romantic drama published back in December 2017 and shortly after, that’s when my ill health kicked in. When the contract offer came through, I suppose that was when I first started to think that, perhaps, just maybe, I am an author.

I know the next book’s already underway. Tell us a little about that. Does it follow on?

Book 2 is finished and now with my editor, actually, and is set about 6 months later, around May 1943. This one is more personal, in that the characters find themselves in more peril than the first. There’s a meeting with a big US movie star where things don’t go as planned and which the mystery – a little more minor than in ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ – is centred around. One of the girls gets married and then has to deal with the broken relationship that’s her little sister. I guess that’s what this one is all about, the various relationships between the girls and their various friends and siblings. We see the best of people in the worst of situations I like to think, here.

Do you have a plan to write more books after that to make a series?

When the contract offer came in, I swiftly got to know my editor and pitched some ideas to her. This one is now officially subtitled, ‘Broken Wings – book 1’, so I guess it looks like it. With book 2 with my editor, I’m about a quarter to a third of the way through the first draft of book 3; and this is the Christmas one! I’m having a lot of fun researching and writing this one, especially in making sure my American character gets the full-on mid-war yuletide. I don’t think she knows what she’s let herself in for!

Thanks for coming over to chat and celebrating your achievement.

Many, thanks again for having me, Sue. I’ve had a wonderful time.

The Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club!

Four ladies of the Air Transport Auxiliary bond over solving the mystery of who was responsible for the death of one’s sister. Battling both internal forces and those of the country’s mutual enemies, the women find that both love and dangers are cousins cut from the same ilk.

This is a sweeping story of love, death and betrayal set against the backdrop of war when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong.

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A Wing and a Prayer – Extract

“Mind the duck!”

Mary’s warning was a smidgeon too late. Betty turned her head toward the shout just when she needed to do the exact opposite and keep her eyes on the path. 

“Aargh!” cried Betty as she was sent sprawling to the ground. 

A loud, angry, “Quack! Quack!” was followed by a flurry of wings and feathers as the slightly stunned duck half flew and half staggered to the sanctuary provided by the river. 

“I did tell her to watch out for the duck,” Mary muttered in her own defense as they rushed to help Betty to her feet. 

Penny and Doris took an arm each as Mary reached to retrieve Betty’s handbag. It had landed precariously close to the edge of the river, and the dastardly duck was snuffling at it before Mary seized it and handed it back to Betty. 

“Mary!” cried Betty. “Grab that envelope!” 

Swiveling, Mary saw a large brown envelope and stooped for it before it could fall into the water. “Got it!” she yelled, waving it in the air. Unfortunately, the envelope being upside down, the contents spilled onto the ground around her, luckily missing going into the river. She bent down to pick them up and was surprised to discover they were all newspaper cuttings.  

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Author Bio 

Mick Arnold is a hopeless romantic who spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the RAF before putting down roots. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels. 

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Publication Day for #SummerOnASunnyIsland @AvonBooksUK @BFLAgency

Here it is at last! Publication day has arrived for Summer on a Sunny Island!

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My thanks, as ever, to the fab team at Avon Books UK and Blake Friedmann Literary, Flim and TV Agency for their fantastic support.

The idea for Summer on a Sunny Island was sparked by a service kids’ reunion in Malta, where I was brought up for several years. My brothers, my sister-in-law and I managed to convert one lunch into a ten-day holiday so I didn’t see why such a reunion shouldn’t for part of a novel too. It’s about Rosa, who’s supporting her celeb-cook mum Dory in Malta and Zach, who’s looking after his Maltese grandmother’s property. They’ve both left tricky situations behind them in England but, of course, those situations don’t just go away.

I really hope that you enjoy the opportunity to travel to Malta by book, even if you can’t travel in real life during the pandemic. Malta’s a glorious, golden nugget in the blue Mediterranean sea and a part of my heart will always be there.

Thanks to every single blogger who’s signed up to read and review the book. Here’s details of the blog tour for you to follow:

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In addition, fab bloggers, including several from Team Sue Moorcroft, are kindly hosting extra posts from me.

Mark West, Strange Tales, 27th April.

Anne Williams, Being Anne, 29th April.

Samantha Smith, Written by S J Smith, 30th April.

Karen Cocking, My Reading Corner, 1st May.

Lucy Catten, Lucy Literati, 2nd May.

Sherry Gloag, Heart of Romance, 3rd May.

If you read Summer on a Sunny Island it would be fantastic if you could pop a review online. Every single one is appreciated.

On the evening of Friday 1st May I’ll be appearing on a screen near you as part of the Avon Book Fest. Bella Osborne, Phillipa Ashley and I will be live at 5.30pm BST and you can send us in your questions using the chat feature. It’s free and you can sign up here.

And no publication day blog post would be complete without buy links – so here they are!

Summer on a Sunny Island on UK Kindle

Summer on a Sunny Island on UK Kobo

Summer on a Sunny Island on UK Apple

Summer on a Sunny Island paperback

Summer on a Sunny Island audio

Summer on a Sunny Island in the US

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Two weeks to publication – and everything looks different

Summer on a Sunny Island will be hitting shelves and devices in two weeks and the promo looks a little different this time. No physical launch party, radio interviews booked by phone and only virtual events. I have to say I’ve had a great time doing these virtual events with Avon Book Fest, MyVLF and Curl Up With Cathy.

I’ve also recorded a piece about Summer on a Sunny Island for Blake Friedmann, the wonderful agency that represents me, to go out to publishers in other countries. That took me nearly all morning, by the time I’d carried my laptop around the house to find the most flattering light, decided what to say, stood some of my books up in the background and applied make-up. The recording took twelve goes and I wish I’d kept the outtakes now! I swore, flapped my hands, pulled faces, groaned and banged my head on the wall.

I’ve also been invited to take part in Facebook Live events for Tamworth Book Club on May 7th at 10.00 am; with Kim Nash on 5th May at 8.00 pm and, hopefully, I’ll be on BBC Radio Northampton on publication day, 30th April about 10.30 am, even if it has to be by telephone rather than whizzing over there to join lovely Bernie Keith in his studio.

People have been so lovely in inviting me to take part in online or radio events! It gives me a glow that so many take #BeKind to heart. Readers have also asked me how they can support me and other authors while we continue to write the books that earn our livings in tricky times and when some people have diminished disposable income. Here are all the ways I can come up with:

If you know you’re going to buy a book, why not preorder it? There’s no added cost to you but it can help with print runs, selling the books into retailers and, very importantly, chart positions. You can preorder Summer on a Sunny Island here:

Summer on a Sunny Island on UK Kindle

Summer on a Sunny Island on Kobo

Summer on a Sunny Island on Apple

Summer on a Sunny Island paperback

Summer on a Sunny Island audio

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Buy new books. There are often a lot of book bargains about, especially ebooks. If you prefer print, some of the supermarkets are doing great work in keeping books on shelves and keeping open. Independent or High Street book shops and online retailers are doing home delivery.

Use a subscription service. Audible or Kindle Unlimited are just two ways to access books for a monthly fee.

Borrow ebooks and audiobooks remotely at your library. Many libraries have relaxed their rules so you can join remotely now. Luckily for authors, ebooks and audiobooks loans have just been included in the Public Lending Right scheme so they’ll earn a few pence for every loan.

Review the books you read … especially if it’s a good review. (My personal rule is that if I don’t enjoy a book I don’t finish it, ergo I don’t review it. But everyone makes her or his own decision.) Authors appreciate every single review. If you want to read books slightly ahead of release you can even join Netgalley and request books in return for a review. You won’t get everything you request but that’s a book bargain if ever I heard of one!

Sign up to free author newsletters. You can click to sign up to my newsletter here. Get news of releases, offers and events or maybe the occasional competition.

Follow authors on their social channels. Share your love with friends/your book club/ your followers. Here are my social media links.

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And follow blog tours! Thanks to all the lovely book bloggers who have joined my blog tour or invited me onto their blogs. As well as the usual reviews, I’ve written special posts for Strange Tales, Lucy Literati, Being Anne, My Reading Corner, Written by S J Smith and the Heart of Romance and will reblog all those posts.

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Why I’m still writing despite Covid-19 #WritingCommunity

IMG_6955I’ve seen quite a few authors talking on social media about whether they should be writing during the current Coronavirus outbreak. Some feel too anxious, because of what’s going on around them; others feel it’s somehow wrong.

Whether I could or should continue writing hadn’t even occurred to me as a choice so these conversations have made me question myself. Am I insensitive? Or do I bury my head in the sand and hope real life will go away?

Maybe one or both, but I don’t think my willingness to plan my summer 2021 novel while I await edits on this year’s winter novel, A Christmas Wish, is due to either of those things.

Writing and reading are my escapes. Owing to external events, I’m actually working harder than usual. My editor and most of her team are working from home to keep producing my books. If I said I couldn’t write I would be letting them down. Missing deadlines would create timetabling issues for us all in the future, as well as endangering a career it has taken decades to build. Writing’s my job. A whole lot of people are working during the Covid-19 crisis. They don’t have other options and I’m not giving myself any either … especially as my editor is an author too and has written 46k in the lockdown alongside her day job. 😊 Some people have been laid off or put on furlough and must think me fortunate to have a job I can continue.

I admit to wondering about how the publishing landscape is changing but I feel that if I write my books then maybe getting them out to readers will fall into place. It would have been much worse if I’d been writing fifty years ago with no ebook or audio to sell, no social media to allow me to talk to the world, no remote ebook or audiobook borrowing from libraries. Also, the paperback supply chain’s still working! Independent booksellers and High Street chains, as well as internet retailers, are selling online for home delivery.

I’m not able to get out to author events but there are virtual substitutes that have the bonus of being free to watch – see my Avon Book Fest event with Fiona Gibson and Lorna Cook HERE or my chat with Cathy Bramley HERE. On Wednesday 15th April at 7pm (London Time) I’ll be on MyVLF with Heidi Swain, Rachel Marks and Hayley Doyle.

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Summer on a Sunny Island is available for preorder and will be published in paperback, ebook and audio on the 30th of April 2020. Whatever promo needs to be done, I’ll do it … because? It’s part of my job!

Preorder Summer on a Sunny Island here:

Summer on a Sunny Island on UK Kindle

Summer on a Sunny Island on Kobo

Summer on a Sunny Island on Apple

Summer on a Sunny Island paperback

Summer on a Sunny Island audio

 

 

 

 

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Download your book bargain now – Let it Snow at 99p

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If you’re looking for an ebook bargain, Let it Snow has been chosen for a special promotion during October to really get your festive season going. I’m thrilled to say Lily, Isaac and Doggo the Dalmatian are getting fantastic reviews and Let it Snow is into the Amazon Kindle UK Top 100 chart already.

Load up your device and prepare to join Lily on her journey (along with Isaac, Doggo and a small singing group) in a journey from frosty Middledip to Snowy Switzerland, a journey that’s both geographically and emotionally massive.

Download your copy here:

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Let it Snow – ebook publication day @AvonBooksUK @BLFAgency

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Let it Snow is available as an ebook from today!

(Paperback and audio will follow on 14th November 2019)

Publication day’s always exciting. It’s the culmination of a lot of work and I love the idea of readers waking up to find one of my books has been delivered to their e-reader. When I sold my first short story to The People’s Friend in 1996 I had no idea such magic would one day become routine.

As the story in Let it Snow ranges from the frosty cottages of Middledip village to the snow-bedecked mountains of Switzerland I’m taking this opportunity to share a few of the pix I took on my fab research trip  to Switzerland with my author friend Rosemary J Kind. (You can find out more about Rosemary and her books here.)

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Let it Snow is about Lily Cortez who comes from a non-conventional family with two mums and a sister Zinnia with whom she has no blood tie. Once she discovers she’s not the product of a one-night stand as she’d always thought but that her mum had an affair with a married man she feels compelled to find her biological family. Her search for her half-brothers takes her not just geographical distances but vast emotional ones too. Lily finds herself working for Isaac O’Brien, who’s what I think of as a reluctant hero. He wants to get out of the hospitality business and the village but finds his exit hampered by Lily, his ex Hayley and Doggo, his crazy Dalmatian. The book was a joy to write and I hope you enjoy it.

A lot of people have been involved in bringing Let it Snow to you. My thanks to the teams at Avon Books UK,  Blake Friedmann Literary, TV & Film Agency cover artist Carrie May and all the wonderful people on Team Sue Moorcroft.

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‘Let it Snow’ – #coverreveal!

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It’s always a huge thrill to show everyone a new cover and this is a particularly beautiful and eye-catching one don’t you think? Even Doggo the dalmatian is featured. He belongs to my hero Isaac but has to be looked after in Switzerland by Lily for a while.

I’m delighted that My Weekly is hosting this cover reveal! To celebrate, they’re giving you a free read of one of my past stories with them.

Click here to read Shane’s Pride.

Here’s a little more about Let it Snow:

Lily Cortez is in Middledip to be near her half-brother. He doesn’t know she exists but Lily, who is part of a non-conventional family and has two mums, has discovered she’s not the product of a one-night stand, as she’d always been told. Her mum Roma had an affair with a married man.

Isaac O’Brien comes to The Three Fishes as relief manager when Tubb from the Pub becomes ill. Isaac gets sucked into Lily’s search for another of her natural relations, a search that takes her from the frosty cottages of Middledip to the snow-decked mountains of Switzerland. But Isaac’s past is about to call him home to England, leaving Lily to get a minibus full of villagers and a dog home on her own.

Looking forward, in November the lovely folk at My Weekly will be making my last year’s serial, A Real Middledip Christmas, available as a free online read. It comes the year before Let it Snow and will show you a couple of old friends from Middledip finding love together. Keep an eye out for that!

I’m thrilled to be able to share with you that Let it Snow is available for preorder now!

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WHY do I keep putting animals in my books?

Copy of UntitledWhy do I have animals in my books? I often ask myself.

I don’t consciously think, ‘I know, I’ll put a cute animal in the book for the animal lovers amongst my readers.’ It’s just that animals are part of many lives and communities, families and friends so they earn their places in my stories now and then … and I like cute ones.

A fictitious animal sometimes seems to take every bit as much effort to look after as would a real one. The creates of my imagination can’t be abandoned while the owner does something elsewhere in the book, not unless I make arrangements for their care.

In A Summer to Remember there’s a big rescue dog called Nelson. (What else could I call a one-eyed dog who lives in a village called Nelson’s Bar?) He’s a happy, friendly dog who greets hero Aaron – and pretty much everyone else – with joy whenever they meet.

Aaron found poor injured Nelson at the side of the road and adopted him. From the way Aaron cares for Nelson and panics when he thinks he’s going to be hurt we understand his capacity to love and be loved. Dogs are good judges of people.

Nelson’s big and playful enough to be described as a cross between a dog and a bear cub. He drinks coffee and stands up on his hind legs to give hugs – though this last attribute isn’t universally appreciated. Imagine if you’re closing in on someone for a first kiss and a whiff of doggy breath accompanies the appearance of a grinning canine face next to yours …? Nelson wants to join in any activity, even if that’s cliff jumping – when disaster is narrowly averted. He brings Aaron and Clancy closer as she offers to walk him though relations between her and Aaron are under strain. Everyone loves Nelson and he loves anyone, even missing Genevieve when she and Aaron split up. (She used to give him a lot of coffee.) He’s really a well brought up dog unless you shout at one of his humans.

If you’d like to meet Nelson and his humans, here are some buy links:

Apple iBook: buy

Amazon UK: buy

Kobo: buy

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A Summer to Remember goes on Summer Loving promo! @AppleBooks

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Really happy to be able to tell you that A Summer to Remember goes on super special promo for Apple Books users today! Get yourself a 99p book bargain.

One fevered kiss. One blazing row. Years of carefully polite emails.”
That’s the history of Clancy and Aaron’s relationship when she returns to the tiny Norfolk village of Nelson’s Bar where the mobile signal is weak but emotions are still running strong from when Clancy’s cousin Alice jilted Aaron’s brother Lee, six years ago.

Ever the pragmatist, she murmured, ‘I think I should sit down.’

And she did. The room rushed past her and the floor flew up to hit her, hard.

It’s a failure to eat that causes Clancy to fall at Aaron’s feet that way. And he’s horrified to see her. What’s she going to do next?

… Why not discover for yourself?

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