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#UnderTheMistletoe #Lakeland voucher competition @AvonBooks

Letting you know about this fab competition run by Avon Books UK in the run up to publication of Under the Mistletoe.

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And be in with a chance of winning a £100 Lakeland voucher! To enter, all you have to do is answer one simple question by Wednesday 27th October at 23:59pm. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck!

Under the Mistletoe will be published on on October 28th 2021. Don’t miss out! Preorder it here:

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Christmas. A time for family, friends – and rekindling old flames…. 

When Laurel returns to the village of Middledip, she’s looking for a quiet life. Adjusting to her recent divorce, she’s ready to spend some time getting back on her feet amidst the glorious snow-dusted countryside.

Yet, life in Middledip is far from straightforward. Coming to the aid of her sister, Rea, as she navigates her own troubles, Laurel barely has a moment to think about where her own life is going.

However, time stands still when she sees her old flame, Grady Cassidy – and it’s soon as if they’ve never been apart. But through her happiness, Laurel remembers why she left the village all those years ago, as she recalls a dark night and Grady’s once-wayward brother, Mac….

Can Laurel learn to forgive and forget? Or will her chances of Christmas under the mistletoe with Grady remain a dream?

An enchanting, festive story, perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan and Carole Matthews. 

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#WritingTip: should I write a prologue?

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I’m always surprised when someone tells me editors, agents and readers don’t like prologues. Many of my books have a prologue. No editor has asked me to remove one and I’ve even been specifically asked to include one. As a reader, I love them. I find them intriguing.

What do I think a prologue is? Typically, three to five pages of introductory material. Its importance often doesn’t become clear until it shows itself as a catalyst or significant background to the main story. It’s often characterised by being distanced from the opening of Chapter One in time or location so wouldn’t flow easily into Chapter One.

Are prologues necessary? I think the easiest litmus test is to take out the prologue and see if a book still makes sense. If it does then I guess it was written to “set the mood”. But if it later proves crucial to the backstory and/or will impact the main plot, it’s earning its place. In The Little Village Christmas the prologue is made up of a conversation between Ben and his mother. It’s about what he’s just lived through and why he’s in such a rocky emotional state. There were reasons for me deciding to write the scene as the prologue rather than include the information elsewhere in the book:

  • I wanted the reader to know this about Ben but I didn’t want the heroine, Alexia, to. Her not knowing creates conflict between them that lasts for most of the first part of the book.
  • Knowing his backstory would allow the reader to forgive his inconsistent behaviour towards Alexia in the first couple of chapters.
  • I didn’t want to tell the reader everything about Ben’s past. I wanted them to know there was still lots to uncover.
  • I write from at least two points of view and I like the first and last chapters to be through the eyes of the heroine, not the hero. Giving Ben the Prologue was like an aside.

I like my prologues to be:

  • short, so readers aren’t wrong-footed when Chapter One begins
  • self-contained, to some degree so they’re not dissatisfied by the transition to Chapter One
  • comprehensible but intriguing.

The reader knows full well while reading a prologue that the real story is waiting and some people think it makes the readers start the book twice. Is this a bad thing? In The Little Village Christmas it meant readers had to first immerse themselves in Ben’s past, his old world in his old house near Swindon and then immerse themselves in Alexia’s present world in Middledip, but this could just as easily have happened in Chapters One and Two. I tried to make sure it was worth the readers’ mental energy by treating both the prologue and Chapter One like the opening of a novel in terms of energy and impact. Each were emotional and gave the readers plenty to think about.

Having a prologue gives me the chance to hook the readers in twice in other words.

My favourite prologue was in Starting Over. It was only one page and took the form of an email from Tess’s fiancé, telling her their relationship was over. A lot of readers said, ‘I just had to read on to find out what happened next!’ I counted that a success.

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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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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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Publication day in Canada and the US

 

Today sees The Christmas Promise published in Canada and the US. This is a huge thrill for me, especially to see The Christmas Promise with its gorgeous new cover for a new market. I hope that North America likes this story of Ava trying to keep a very special promise to Sam and Wendy. The Christmas Promise was my breakthrough book in the UK, flying up to the #1 spot in the Amazon Kindle UK chart and sticking there for five days.

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What else can I tell you about this book? Oh, yes: handmade hats and revenge porn. For how I combined these elements just read the book. Enjoy!

Buy link: The Christmas Promise in Canada 

Buy link: The Christmas Promise in the US

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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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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Tring Book Festival @tringbookfest – event news

 

The events are coming thick and fast at the moment. I’m really looking forward to this event in Tring not just because they’re putting on an AWESOME festival but because I’ll be sharing the slot with my author buddy Jules Wake. I love her books! She also writes as Julie Caplin too so she keeps me in plenty of reading fodder.

If you’d like to come along to the event, here are the details:

SUE MOORCROFT AND JULES WAKE – IN CONVERSATION

Date Saturday 16th November 2019
Time 5:30 PM
Doors Open 4:45 PM
Venue The David Evans Court Theatre
Having written over thirty contemporary romances between them, Sue and Jules are passionate about love stories. This hugely popular genre developed from works that included those of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and the Brontë’s. Appealing to both men and women, young and old, the latest, edgier love stories are a commercial success and give voice to new kinds of stories. They’ll be discussing why we love this genre and what we find so appealing about it!
Length – 60 mins
Tickets – £12

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We’d love to see you.

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An Evening with Sue Moorcroft – event

Rothwell 13 Nov

 

Join the Friends of Rothwell Library where I’ll be in conversation with fellow author Mark West on the eve of the paperback and audio publication of Let it Snow. Happy to chat, sign books or join you in a photo.

And grab yourself a signed early copy of Let it Snow or one of my other books.

Tickets £5
Phone 01536 711880 or call in at Rothwell Library, Northamptonshire to book.

Organiser: Friends of Rothwell Library
Contact: 01536 711880

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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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Publication day in Germany

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Today Wunderkerzenzauber is published in Germany by Fischer Verlag.

It’s such a gorgeous cover I had to share it with you. (Wunderkerzenzauber was A Christmas Gift in the UK.)

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The paperback is beautiful and when I received it I also found in the parcel these pocket-sized versions of Winterzauberküsse (in the UK The Christmas Promise). Aren’t they cute?

For German readers, I’m very happy to say that a summer book will be coming your way in 2020 from HarperCollins Germany:

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Sommernachts Glück is A Summer to Remember in the UK.

I was born in Germany, though I lived there only six weeks, so I feel a special link with my German editions.

 

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