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#AHomeInTheSun – out one week from today! 19th August 2021

So here’s something new – my first ever relaunch.

A Home in the Sun was my first published book, back in 2005. Then, it was called Uphill All the Way and went out with an independent publisher called Transita, the fiction arm of How-to Books. It was incredibly exciting. It was launched at the London Book Fair and I have a copy signed by everyone on the stand that day. It went into large print and audio and launched my career as a novelist.

Uphill All the Way had a lifetime of four years with that publisher before going out of print. As readers still asked after it, I put it out as a self-published ebook for several years thereafter, under a new cover that a friend’s daughter kindly designed for me.

Time went by. I published other books with other publishers and, one day, I was talking about backlist titles with my lovely agent, Juliet. She said, ‘I wonder whether Avon might be interested in relaunching Uphill?’ They were! In fact, they leapt at the chance. We’d published eight or nine books together by then and they’ve made me a Sunday Times bestseller and taken me to #1 on UK Kindle and top 100 in the US. They were happy to give readers another chance to follow Judith’s journey from Malta to Northamptonshire and back again.

Preparation was an experience. People have often asked me how I feel I’ve developed as a writer over the years and my stock reply has been, ‘I’d like to think I’ve developed and improved but it’s hard to judge your own work.’ Well … I was wrong. Faced with rereading something I wrote fifteen-or-so years earlier, I could suddenly see that there was quite a lot of work to be done.

The story is just the same. Judith’s living a happy life in Malta with her younger lover when he has an accident that changes everything. She returns to the UK and tries to find her feet in her old life, realising how much her mum’s missed her and what a scrape her sister’s got into. She finds that her beloved stepson Kieran is facing heartbreak and her ex-husband Tom has not improved while she’s been living in the sun. She also has to evict the tenant in her house, Adam, who she crushed on at school, and she somehow ends up working for him instead.

So what have I changed? I’ve made a flashback into a prologue and I have added a lot more emotional detail and generally aligned the book with my current writing capabilities. That’s it, really. I always liked the story. I still like it. According to NetGalley readers, a lot of other people like it, too. And I hope you do!

To make sure you get your copy, you can preorder it on ebook in the UK and US here, paperback here and also, of course, in audio.

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Cover reveal! #UnderTheMistletoe #ChristmasInJuly @AvonBooksUK @BlakeFriedmann

Today is cover reveal day for Under the Mistletoe. Aren’t these colours glorious?

In the story, there’s a community art project, and the image on the cover is part of what they paint – two people twirling on the ice and gazing at one another.

Under the Mistletoe is available for preorder now and will be released on October 28th 2021 in paperback, ebook and audio.

Here’s the blurb:

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?

I really enjoyed spending Christmas in Middledip again and hope that you will, too.

Don’t forget to preorder your copy!

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#UnderTheItalianSun is 99p in the Kindle Monthly Deal! @AvonBooksUK @BlakeFriedmann

Just to let you know that Under the Italian Sun is a Kindle book bargain, this month, and can be downloaded for 99p.

It’s already been to #28 in the paperback Official Top Fifty in the UK, which made me very happy. HUGE thanks to everybody who bought it and therefore put it there.

If you’d prefer to read Under the Italian Sun on your Kindle and grab a summery ‘escape through the pages’ to a sunny plateau above an Italian vineyard, then now’s the time to buy.

Download Under the Italian Sun for 99p here

Enjoy your journey to a place full of secrets and passions – happy reading!

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Sue Moorcroft in conversation with Desborough Library and Community Hub @DHub2019

I’m a patron of Desborough Library and Community Hub and so it was a great pleasure when two of the Trustees, Shelagh and Lesley, invited me to join them for a virtual event to help launch Under the Italian Sun. I hope that you enjoy it, too.

Under the Italian Sun is available in ebookaudio and paperback.
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Video review #UnderTheItalianSun @tripfiction

Many thanks to Tina at Trip Fiction for this fab presentation and review!

Under the Italian Sun is available in ebookaudio and paperback.
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Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft

Fabulous review from Linda’s Book Bag!

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Although I’m eschewing as many blog tours as I can at the moment in an attempt to read books languishing on my TBR, I simply had to be part of this one for Sue Moorcroft’s latest book, Under the Italian Sun. My grateful thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources at for inviting me to participate. I’m delighted to share my review today as I love Sue’s women’s fiction.

Indeed, Sue has featured many times here on Linda’s Book Bag and you’ll find the following posts:

My review of Summer on a Sunny Island

My review of Let It Snow

Discussing One Summer in Italy

An interview with Sue Moorcroft

A guest post from Sue on over-sharing and my review of The Christmas Promise

A guest post from Sue on her fantasy holiday companions

My review of Just For The Holidays

A guest post from Sue on loving a village…

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Sue Moorcroft in conversation with Alex Brown 14th May 12.30 UK

I’m in conversation today with Alex Brown. It’s 12.30 pm UK and free to all. If you like to make contact with authors then come along if you can! We’d love to see you. We both have new books out and will be chatting about them, about writing and books. I’ve read Alex’s new book and it’s gorgeous!

Here’s the link:
https://www.facebook.com/HarperCollinsPublishersUK

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Blog Tour – Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft

Fab review from the Book Escapes Blog! Thank you, Babs.

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The #1 bestseller is back with an uplifting, escapist read that will brighten the gloomiest day!

A warm, sun-baked terrace.

The rustle of verdant green vines.

The sun slowly dipping behind the Umbrian mountains.

And the chink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped…

Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.

When Zia discovers that her mother wasn’t who she thought she was, she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known.

However, as she delves into the secrets of her past, she doesn’t bargain on having to think about her future too. But with local vineyard owner, Piero, living next door, Zia knows she has a serious distraction who may prove difficult to ignore…

This summer, join…

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Publication day for #UnderTheItalianSun @AvonBooksUK @BFLAgency

It’s publication day!

Under the Italian Sun hits shelves and devices today and I hope readers enjoy the escape to a sunny plateau high above a vineyard in Italy.

It was an absolute pleasure to write this book. Everyone else had to stay close to home but every day I could leave … at least in my imagination. Bodily I might have been in my study in England but in my head I was with Zia as she drove to Italy to search out Lucia Costa, the woman who she thought was partly responsible for Zia’s mouthful of a name – Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers.

Lucia’s also the woman Zia thinks holds the key to who Zia’s till-then-unknown father is and even which Victoria Chalmers is actually Zia’s mother. Lucia loved Zia as a baby … but how will they get on now Zia’s a woman? Lucia, like her neighbour Piero, is fighting to keep her home, a fight Zia sometimes helps and occasionally unwittingly hinders. And Piero’s fighting so hard he almost lets Zia slip through his fingers.

I thoroughly enjoyed weaving the mystery of Zia’s past and whether she can find a family and a future in Italy. I hope it carries you away, as it did me.

Under the Italian Sun is available in ebook, audio and paperback.
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Listening Party! Catch the first 30 minutes of #UnderTheItalianSun

The fab team at Avon Books UK had produced this taster for Under the Italian Sun, which comes out tomorrow. Have a free listen!


Under the Italian Sun
 is available in ebookaudio and paperback.
Get it at bookshops, supermarkets and online retailers or using the links below:

Buy Under the Italian Sun in the UK in paperback

Download Under the Italian Sun in the UK as an ebook

Buy Under the Italian Sun in the UK as an audiobook

Buy Under the Italian Sun in the US in paperback

Download Under the Italian Sun in the US as an ebook

Buy Under the Italian Sun in the US as an audiobook

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