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North America here I come! #News

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Super-thrilled and privileged to announce that The Christmas Promise will soon be published in paperback in Canada and the US, scheduled for release 29 October 2019.

Preorder in Canada here

Preorder for the US edition will soon appear here

I love the cover – it’s so pretty and eye-catching! If you’re a reader in North America, keep a lookout for it. And if you can send me a #shelfie, that’s even better. I’d love to see that. Thank you in advance if you can help me out.

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On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.

Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.

So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn’t know it yet…

Readers LOVE The Christmas Promise – and soon you will too!

“Simply gorgeous Christmas story with a difference” Reader review

“Superb novel!” Reader review

“Perfect pre-Christmas read. I promise.” Reader review

“When a book keeps you reading until five o’clock in the morning, it’s a sure sign of a fantastic read!” Reader review

“Original, poignant, relevant and romantic.” Reader review

“A wonderful cosy Christmas read.” Reader review

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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!

Preorder on Amazon

Prorder on Apple books

Preorder on Kobo

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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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Publication Day! #ASummertoRemember @AvonBooksUK

 

Publication Day is here!

 

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Today, A Summer to Remember hits shelves and devices everywhere in paperback, ebook and audio.

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!

To celebrate, I’ll be on BBC Radio Northampton this morning on the Bernie Keith Show around 10.15 a.m. You can listen on 104.2 FM, 103.6FMDABFreeview channel 734 – RDS = or on the BBC Radio Northampton website.

Even better, the blog tour begins today too!

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My thanks to every lovely book blogger who has agreed to take part. I can’t wait to read your reviews.

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Women in Business Conference #SSconf19 #sociallyshared

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Although I’ve spoken at conferences before this is the first time I’ve been invited to do so as a businesswoman – though being an author means I am one. I’m a one-person organisation with accounts and paperwork to complete, social media campaigns to run, forward planning to do and relationships to nurture. Although I’ll sometimes joke that I make stuff up for a living, there’s more to being an author than that.

My talk at the Women in Business ConferenceTwenty Years to become an Overnight Success, will cover:

My long road to bestsellerdom, including some of the wrong turns along the way

Where I am now

My working practices.

How I work with Avon Books UK (HarperCollins) and Blake Friedmann Literary Agency to create the best books I can and sell them around the world.

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An author panel will follow comprising:

Sue Moorcroft – Contemporary women’s fiction

Shelley Wilson – Multi-genre fiction and personal development non-fiction

Lyn Bromley – Business and management non-fiction

Elizabeth Beetham – Health and wellbeing non-fiction and poetry 

We’ll be interviewed by BBC Journalist, TV and Radio Presenter Joanna Tidman. A book stand will be available for delegates to visit and purchase copies of books written by the panel and other local authors.

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You can access further information about the Women in Business Conference and book here. It looks like a wonderful day! I hope to see you there.

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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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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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