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Free event #AvonBookFest 3 April 5.30-6.30 pm BST @LornaCookAuthor @FionaGibson @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK

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Friday 3rd April 2020, 5.30-6.30 p.m. BST you can join me, along with Fiona Gibson and Lorna Cook for a virtual author event as part of the Avon Book Fest. Click the link to register for this free event then join us as we chat about books and writing. You’ll be able to ask your own questions and we’ll answer as many as we can. Come along!
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I’ll let you know about my other virtual events as soon as dates and times become available.

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A dream comes true for Sue @RNATweets @BFLAgency @AvonBooksUK @GoldsboroBooks #RNA60

The Romantic Novelists’ Association (@RNATweets) is sixty years old this year. You can read a little of its history here. I’ve been a member for twenty of those years, initially as a member of the New Writers’ Scheme and then graduating to full. During those years I’ve given talks and workshops at various of their meetings and conferences, been minutes secretary, vice-chair and editor of its two anthologies, Loves Me, Loves Me Not and Truly, Madly, Deeply. The Association has been instrumental in my connecting to publishers and agents, making a huge number of friends and developing a can-do attitude.

I’ve attended the annual Romantic Novel Awards just about every year and coveted winning one of those crystal stars so much! Dream a Little Dream and Just for the Holidays were shortlisted and I went along to the awards revelling in being amongst the chosen few. I didn’t think I’d win and I was proved right.

This year, A Summer to Remember reached the shortlist and I plunged into the fun of shortlistee photographs and the champagne reception with utter enjoyment. I’d got into a dress that I hadn’t been able to wriggle into for a while, my shoes were reasonably comfortable and settled in to chat with the other shortlisted authors.

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Shortlistees for the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award 2020. L-R Bella Osborne, Jeevani Chakira, Jules Wake, Sophie Kinsella, Victoria Walters and Carole Matthews. Imogen Clark somehow missed the photos.

Eventually, the reception expanded to encompass the rest of the guests, including my husband, who had waited out the photoshoot in the bar. It was time to claim our name badges, check our table numbers and find our seats at the circular tables dressed with snowy cloths. My agent Juliet Pickering from Blake Friedmann Literary, Film and TV Agency and editor Phoebe Morgan from Avon Books UK joined us, along with authors Dorothy Koomson, Lorna Cook, Jenni Keer and Bella Osborne.

8BC49185-5222-4AB2-B63D-5B18DF5AD1FDThe first excitement on the table was when Lorna Cook won the Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award for The Forgotten Village. As this book had also lifted the Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Award, Lorna’s obviously written something special! The awards were presented by performer and broadcaster Jenny Eclair and compered by the ever-lovely Jane Wenham-Jones.

I’d backed Jules Wake to win my category, which was seventh in the running order, because Notting Hill in the Snow is such a charming book, but had also suspected it would go to one of the top-selling authors on the list, Carole Matthews or Sophie Kinsella. When Jenny Eclair announced that I had won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award 2020 my jaw must have almost hit the table!

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Jenny Eclair presents the award

I remember very little about the next few minutes apart from chanting ‘Don’t fall up the stairs’ to myself as I made my way through the tables, doing the bump with Jenny Eclair as ‘social distance’ was being (somewhat) observed in view of Coronavirus concerns and grabbing my crystal star with both hands. I know I attempted a speech and choked up and I’m glad I retained enough presence of mind to thank the RNA, my fab agent and wonderful Team Avon and also Goldsboro Books for sponsoring the award.

RNA_Awards_2020_Ceremony_139I made my way back to my table with lots of lovely people shouting congratulations but I was too much in a daze to respond much. Sorry if I just gazed through you. Winning ‘a RoNA’ was such a dream come true for me that I was somewhere between Cloud Nine and Over the Moon. I have seen other winners act with dignity or with cool professionalism. I was just an over-excited mess!

At the end of the other awards, which I was too dazed to really concentrate on – even the wonderful speech given by Milly Johnson who received an outstanding achievement award – I was ushered off for more photographs with all the other winning authors.

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Me, Anstey Harris, Lorna Cook, Samantha Tonge, Milly Johnson, Jenni Fletcher, Natasha Lester, Ruth Hogal, Mary Jayne Baker and Tania Crosse.

Thank you not just to my agent, publishers, the RNA and the sponsors but to the volunteers who run the RNA and make it what it is, including working hard to give awards to authors like me at a glitzy event I’ll remember forever.

RNA_Awards_2020_Sue_Moorcroft_contemporaryThank you to the readers who read A Summer to Remember and loved it enough to put it at the top of the scoresheets.

Thanks to everyone who wrote the hundreds of congratulations I received on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, email, text and WhatsApp. This post is partly the speech I wish I’d had the presence of mind to make at the time.

But being an over-excited mess is what happens when you have a dream … and eventually, it comes true.

Romantic Novel Awards 2020 in The Bookseller

Milly Johnson’s excellent speech in The Bookseller

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‘A Summer to Remember’ shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year award

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Thrilled to be able to announce that A Summer to Remember has been shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year award in the Contemporary category. As you can see from the Romantic Novelists’ Association‘s graphic above, it’s a mega-strong list so I feel absolutely privileged to be on it.

The RNA’s full announcement containing all the shortlists in the various categories can be found here. You’ll see there are some awesome authors listed – and, I’m pleased to say, some of my particular friends – and I congratulate them all.

The winners will be announced on the evening of the 2nd of March 2020 at the Leonardo Royal London City Hotel with Jenny Eclair presenting the awards. It’s the third time a book of mine has been nominated (Dream a Little Dream and Just for the Holidays came before) so I know to expect a lovely, glitzy experience, a reward for the work put in throughout the year. There can be only one winner in each category but to be shortlisted feels like a prize itself!

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Announcing a new role and library link #LoveLibrariesWeek #RomanceReadingMonth #RNA60

From today I’ll be a patron of Desborough Library and Community Hub. When better to announce this than the first day of #LoveLibrariesWeek and #RomanceReadingMonth, both part of the celebrations for the sixtieth anniversary year of the Romantic Novelists’ Association?

DLCH will invite me to their events. I’ll share news of their events and they’ll share news of mine.  I’ve indicated my willingness to talk to a reading group and any schools to which they have links.
Desborough is a small town in Northamptonshire a few miles from where I live. Like many others, its library has been taken over by the community and staffed by volunteers to avoid closure.
While I’m horrified that there’s insufficient public funds available to keep such vital community services as libraries open, I respect and acknowledge the stalwarts who are giving their time so generously and I feel the urge to do my bit.
Here’s a mission statement from Desborough Library and Community Hub:
1. To promote for the benefit of the residents of Desborough and surrounding area and communities the provision of a public library which otherwise would have diminished.
2. To provide the community with a hub providing an array of events and groups which might otherwise not be accessible in the immediate vicinity.
3. To provide a place for people from babies to retirees to meet up and participate in activities or even just a cup of tea and a chat.
And one of the first events put on by DLCH is an evening with myself and Louise Jensen from which we’re donating our appearance fees to DLCH fundraising efforts.
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Do go along to this or any library event. We’ve lost many of our libraries and come dangerously close to losing others.

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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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In the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph on publication day #LetItSnow

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How lovely to be featured in my local paper. This is the screenshot of the print version but there’s a longer interview online on the ET’s website if you’d like to read it.

Quite a long time ago I used to work an evening shift for a digital prepress company situated in the Evening Telegraph’s then premises. Walking through the building in those days I would not have guessed that I’d ever make a news item. 🙂

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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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