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Blog Tour: Summer At The French Cafe

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Book: Summer at the French Café

Author: Sue Moorcroft

Genre: Romance

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 12th May, 2022Many thanks to the publisher for approving me to review Summer at the French Café! 

Many thanks to the publisher and Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to participate in the blog tour for Summer at the French CafĂ©!Â đŸ’«

Sparkling sun, strolls in the gorgeous French countryside, that first sip of cool, crisp wine – Summer is Kat’s favourite season. And this year should be no exception


As soon as Kat Jenson set foot in the idyllic French village of Kirchhoffen, she knew she’d found her home. Now she has a dreamy boyfriend, a delightful dog and the perfect job managing a bustling book cafĂ© in the vibrant Parc Lemmel.

But when she learns her boyfriend isn’t all he seems, it’s the start of a difficult summer


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HOLT Medallion – finalist

I recently received a lovely email from the Virginia Romance Writers to say that Under the Italian Sun has been selected as a finalist in the Holt Medallion Contest!

The list of all finalists can be found here, and my category is Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.

The HOLT Medallion Award was named for Virginia Romance Writers’ first president, Cynthia Holt, and is also the acronym for Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent. It has been awarded annually since 1995.

A panel of romance readers select the winning books in the twelve categories. They look for a good read, a book they’d buy and an author they’d follow. The aim is to reflect the actual marketplace. I’m delighted to have my book shortlisted on this criteria!

The winning authors are awarded a pewter medallion featuring a Dogwood blossom, the Virginia state flower, in a laurel wreath on the pages of an open book, a heart, and a scroll with the inscription “HOLT.”

HOLT Medallion Winners and Award of Merit Finalists will be announced on June 4 2022, so cross your fingers for me!

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Summer at the French CafĂ© by Sue Moorcroft | #bookreview | @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK @rararesources

A fab review from Joanne at Portobello Book Blog.

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I’m a big fan of Sue Moorcroft’s lovely writing and I’m a bit of a Francophile so I was really excited to see that her latest book is set in France, albeit a bit of France I’m not too familiar with. Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part in the book tour and for providing an e-copy for review.Summer at the French CafĂ© is published by Avon books and available now.

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Sparkling sun, strolls in the gorgeous French countryside, that first sip of cool, crisp wine – Summer is Kat’s favourite season. And this yearshouldbe no exception


As soon asKat Jensonset foot in the idyllic French village of Kirchhoffen, she knew she’d found her home. Now she has a dreamy boyfriend, a delightful dog and the perfect job managing a bustling book cafĂ© in the vibrant


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Publication day! #SummerAtTheFrenchCafĂ© @AvonBooksUK @BlakeFriedmann

Hooray! Publication day for Summer at the French Café is finally here!

Paperback, ebook and audiobook are all out in the UK, with ebook and audio in the US. This link will take you to your favourite online retailer.

One of my favourite parts of writing Summer at the French CafĂ© is that I ‘borrowed’ my local park and transplanted it to Alsace, France. Wicksteed Park has everything from rollercoasters and boating lakes to wild walks and places to picnic, so all I had to do was add an arcade of shops. That’s where you’ll find the book cafĂ© where Kat is holding the fort while her employers deal with illness. Solly, Kat’s half-brother, is working at the park for the summer, having lost his job as a newly qualified teacher over a drunken escapade. He’s sharing staff accommodation with the mysterious Noah, who’s come to the park to… oops! Nearly told you too much, then!

Kat’s boyfriend turns out to be not what he’d seemed and the book cafĂ© comes under cyber attack, but she’s still loving living in the glorious French countryside and working at friendly, sunny Parc Lemmel. She could have done without her stepmother showing up, though. She’s a real cloud in Kat’s summer.

Summer at the French Café is out at last!

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Writing Romantic Fiction at Swanwick, Writers’ Summer School @swanwickwriters

This August, I’ll be enjoying a week at Swanwick, Writers’ Summer School – and leading the Writing Romantic Fiction course.

I love Swanwick. There’s always a wealth of courses and sessions and a host of writers to chat to over meals or in the bar. I use it as a writing retreat but love the evening speakers and winding down at the end of the day with a mindfulness session. You can find out more here, and take a look at this year’s programme here.

I should have been delivering the Writing Romantic Fiction course last year, but Covid got me, so I was delighted to be invited this year instead.

Here’s the course blurb:

Swanwick, Writers’ Summer School website

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Summer at the French CafĂ© – cover reveal! #SummerAtTheFrenchCafĂ© @AvonBooksUK @BlakeFriedmann

It’s cover reveal day!

And isn’t this gorgeously summery?

I love this rendition of Kat walking Angelique around Parc Lemmel, the wonderful place where she works, with everything from a book café to lakes, wild walks to manicured gardens, amusements and rides. I quite expect Noah to leave his station at the kayak slipway and stroll over to greet them.

Here’s the official blurb:

Sparkling sun, strolls in the gorgeous French countryside, that first sip of cool, crisp wine – Summer is Kat’s favourite season. And this year should be no exception


As soon as Kat Jenson set foot in the idyllic French village of Kirchhoffen, she knew she’d found her home. Now she has a dreamy boyfriend, a delightful dog and the perfect job managing a bustling book cafĂ© in the vibrant Parc Lemmel.

But when she learns her boyfriend isn’t all he seems, it’s the start of a difficult summer for Kat. Vindictive troublemakers, work woes and family heartache follow, and the clear blue sky that was her life suddenly seems full of clouds.

Then she gets to know the mysterious Noah, and her sun begins to shine brighter than ever. But Noah has problems of his own – ones that could scupper their new-found happiness. Together, can they overcome their many obstacles, and find love again?

The perfect summer read for fans of Trisha AshleySarah Morgan and Carole Matthews.

‘An absolutely gorgeous French escape full of sunshine – I loved it!’ Rachael Lucas

‘Charming, uplifting and utterly delightful – I was totally swept up in this gorgeous book!’ Holly Martin

Preorder Summer at the French Café here now.

Summer at the French Café will be released in paperback, ebook and audio on 12th May 2022 in the UK and US. I hope you read and enjoy it.

Preorder Summer at the French Café here now.

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#EventNews – 15th February, online course with Authors on Tour

Are you interested in writing romantic fiction? I’m leading an online workshop for Authors on Tour on February 15th.

Click here for more details and booking

Here’s the blurb:

WRITING ROMANTIC FICTION. A ninety-minute workshop for Authors on Tour, presented by best-selling romantic fiction author Sue Moorcroft.

With Valentine’s month upon us, it is a great time to get started writing that romantic short story, novella or novel that you have long yearned to write.

In this value-packed mini-workshop, Sue Moorcroft will share with you her knowledge and insight into how to write compelling romantic fiction.

Sue will also provide an opportunity to ask questions.

You should leave this workshop with a blend of personal inspiration and motivation as well as some very practical strategies to help you write your romantic short story, book or novella.

Click here for more details and booking

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#EventNews – March 18th 2022, Kettering

This is such a beautifully explanatory poster that I hardly need add more! Just that you’ll be very welcome and I’m looking forward to it. Do come.

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January #bookbargains – last few days

There have been so many special offers on my books this month that I thought it might be useful to round them up here.

FIVE of my UK books are just 99p each right now!   

First up is Let it Snow, where an adventure takes the villagers from the cosy cottages of Middledip to the snowy mountains of Switzerland. 

Download Let it Snow for 99p here

Under the Mistletoe is still on the shelves at the supermarkets and in the ebook bargain basement, too.

Download Under the Mistletoe for 99p here

The Christmas Promise sees hat-maker Ava make a promise that becomes hard to keep. You can discover if she manages it… This book is also currently free with a UK Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Download The Christmas Promise for 99p here

If you’re a fan of earlier Middledip books, All That Mullarkey might be for you.

Download All That Mullarkey for 99p here

Is This Love? is also early in the Middledip timeline. The tagline for this book was about Tamara and the different kinds of love she had for different people – but I always thought it was about how long I could keep readers guessing about Jed. Is he a good guy or a baddie?

Download Is This Love? for 99p here

Moving on to Canada, A Christmas Gift is just CAN$1.99 as an ebook.

Download A Christmas Gift for CAN$1.99 here

Lastly, Home for the Holidays is in a deal in the US, a story of how Alexia copes when she spearheads a community project and scammers run away with all the money. (This book was The Little Village Christmas in the UK.)

Download Home for the Holidays for 99c here

I hope you find something here to enjoy. Happy reading!

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Event news: ‘Ladies of Letters’, Rothwell Library, Northamptonshire, 16 Feb 2022

I’m looking forward to this in-person event at Rothwell Library in Northamptonshire with fellow authors Jane Isaac and N V Peacock. The evening will be hosted by Mark West, author of thrillers and chillers. I love events that include refreshments because there are ALWAYS chocolate biscuits. Somehow, I’ve persuaded myself that whatever I eat at an event doesn’t contain calories.

As you see from this lovely poster, you can email or call in to purchase tickets. I know they’re selling well, so don’t miss out.

The authors will be happy to chat, answer questions, sell and sign their books, etc. Come along! We’d love to see you.

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