What happened to me this Christmas

Christmas is supposed to be a time of magic and, this year, for me, it was.

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A friend messaged to ask if I’d seen my Amazon ranking. I had, and I’d been at #2, so I chatted on that basis.  Then I saw my new ranking and a Tweet from my lovely editor, Helen, and the storm of joy broke all over my social media accounts. Eventually, I went back to my friend and said ‘And now it’s at #1!!!’ and she said ‘That’s what I was trying to tell you!’
It was a euphoric experience, which, if you were around on social media that morning, you may have noticed! Joy, shock and disbelief turned me into a jelly. I was in the lovely situation of having exceeded even my most optimistic expectations and floating somewhere above Cloud Nine. There were actual tears of joy, I promise you. And, later, champagne!
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I’d also like to share with you my gift from my brother, presented on behalf of our mum, who died in March. He had an ‘Oscar’ made. Inscribed on the plinth is:
Best selling No. 1 author
Sue Moorcroft
oscar-2We all got choked up so I couldn’t make an ‘Oscar-winner’s speech’ but we hugged very hard.
I’m not choked up now so here goes:
Thank you to everyone who bought The Christmas Promise, either for yourself or to give as a gift. Thank you for every one of the many wonderful reviews, whether online or in print, review site or national media. Thank you to everyone who supported the promo campaign, including the wonderful members of Team Sue Moorcroft. Thank you to all the retailers who supported the paperback with wonderful chart and shelf positions. Thank you to my agent, Juliet Pickering, for knowing Avon HarperCollins would be a good publisher for me and thank you to Helen, and everybody at Avon, who worked so hard and successfully to make the book a success.
Thank you, family, for sharing my joy.
And now I’d better get on with the copy edits of the next book, Just for the Holidays. May’s not that far away.

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The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft @SueMoorcroft #FridayReads #ContemporaryFiction

Let’s round off 2016 with this lovely positive review for The Christmas Promise from Cathy Ryan on Between the Lines! I’ve been thrilled by the reaction to The Christmas Promise – a Kindle #1 for goodness sake! Talk about wildest dreams! – and thank you, Cathy, for understanding so well what I wanted to achieve with Ava and Sam.

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  • 32227415Author: Sue Moorcroft
  • Published: December 2016 by Avon
  • Category: Contemporary, Romance
  • four-half-stars

For Ava Bliss, it’s going to be a Christmas to remember …

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

Ava Bliss is struggling to scrape a living from her bespoke hat making business and, although she shares a house with her best friend Izzy, finding the rent is becoming a real worry. Her dreams of running a successful high-end millinery business are fading fast and to top it all it’s Christmas, Ava’s least favourite time of the year. Money troubles are not the only problems for Ava. Her ex boyfriend is harassing her and threatening to make public some photos Ava deeply regrets agreeing to.

There’s one upside though – Sam Jermyn commissions her to make a hat for his mother, Wendy…

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Wishing you the best Christmas you can have

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Whatever you do over the next few days I hope that it makes you happy and that it involves loved ones (and maybe lovely food and drink).

If your circumstances are such that this Christmas is not such a happy one for you, my thoughts are with you. Big hugs.

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have ended 2016 on a huge high when The Christmas Promise spent around three weeks in the Kindle top ten, five days of which were at number one! It was a dream come true for me and I want to thank every person who bought my book to put it in that amazing position. THANK YOU!

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Catching up with Sue Moorcroft!

I was asked by lovely Valerie Holmes to update an interview I did on her blog in 2014. Here’s the result. I’m genuinely amazed at how much has changed in two years!

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15044728_1345143528830561_1521520340_oIt has been exciting to catch up with Sue Moorcroft to see all that has happened in her career since I interviewed her back in September 2014.

Hi Sue and welcome back! I know that 2016 has proved to be an exciting year for you, so tell us how much has changed.

This is an interesting idea – to be asked to update an old interview! I’m genuinely surprised by how much has happened in a little over two years and really thrilled that so much of what I was just beginning to work towards in 2014 has come to pass.

I had to look at my life and make some decisions. I wasn’t getting where I wanted to be writing-wise and I felt under tremendous time-pressures. I examined everything I did under three headings:
– What makes me happy/unhappy
– What’s good for me/bad for me
– What…

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The Christmas Promise – Sue Moorcroft

Thanks to Sophie Newton for this wonderful review of The Christmas Promise!

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9780008175528.jpeg.pngDon’t let the title pull the mistletoe over your eyes with this one – this novel will have you gripped from start to finish and you’ll be laughing until you’re crying – literally.  The author makes you feel as if you know the main characters of Sam and Ava and of their warmth, love and passion for one another.

The Christmas Promise is also a novel with deep, relatable meaning of how Ava, a milliner, manages to deal with abusive bullying from her ex-boyfriend with the tedious financial issues of day to day life.  You cannot help but feel for Ava, she is so well described in every aspect of the novel, drawing you in to her; you want to be both her friend and her mother, to console her when things go wrong, and to cover your eyes when things go right! Sam has a kind hearted…

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Why Write a Christmas Book? Author Sue Moorcroft Explains

Reblogged from the lovely Poetic Parfait blog – why I wrote a Christmas book. (As it’s been in the UK Kindle top ten for a couple of weeks I’m very pleased I did! 🙂 )

My thanks to Christy of Poetic Parfait for hosting me.

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Please join me in welcoming author Sue Moorcroft to the blog! She offers insights into writing a Christmas book and the origins of her latest novel The Christmas Promise in this holiday guest post. Take it away, Sue!

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Writing a Christmas book was a new experience for me. I’d written quite a few short stories for magazines set at or around Christmas but never anything longer. I’m not the world’s biggest Christmas fan.

I suppose there are three reasons I wrote The Christmas Promise. Here’s the chronology:

Waterstones had given me an opportunity to sign books in my local store. While I was handing out my bookmarks and chatting to prospective readers I was able to observe the table at the front of the store piled high with novels featuring Christmas. Those novels were just walking out of the store. A couple of people even came…

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Three ways to #win a copy of The Christmas Promise – countdown to paperback release!

14650182_10154069974562843_4596464296072225474_nAs it’s less than a week to the paperback release of The Christmas Promise I thought I’d start early celebrations by bringing you three different ways to win an early copy.

Just click any (or all) of the links below. There’s nothing much more onerous needed than to click or comment for any of these fab opportunities!

Take a Break magazine

Avon Books UK Facebook page

Laura’s Little Book Blog

I’ll be chatting about the book on the Bernie Keith Show on BBC Radio Northampton on the 30th November and here are the details:

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The paperback cover is so beautiful and bling that I can’t wait to see it on the shelves. (I can love the cover without boasting because that gorgeous jacket is all down to Avon Books UK, not to me.)

German TCP coverI’m absolutely thrilled to say that the German edition, WinterZauberKüsse (Magical Winter Kisses) is currently number 33 in the mass market paperback chart and it has gone into a second print run to keep up with demand.

I love this cover, too! Fischer, the German publisher, has done me proud.

I’ve even learned recently that a new technique was developed especially for the white sparkly snow on the paperback. How cool is that? (Sorry about the snow/cool pun.)

the-christmas-promiseThe ebook of The Christmas Promise has been in the top ten Kindle chart for the majority of the last ten days and so I’d like to thank everybody who has bought it, reviewed it, shared my posts or just talked about it. You totally rock.

Thank

you!

And don’t forget to enter the competitions.

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Carole Blake

This week publishing has lost a bright light and an incredible woman. Carole Blake eased my way into becoming a client of the fantastic Blake Friedmann agency by introducing me to my agent, Juliet Pickering, which led to my contracts with Avon HarperCollins, Fischer, Bazar and with another possibility waiting in the wings. The loss is personal to me but so much more so to her family, colleagues at the agency, and her clients. My friend Liz Fenwick speaks movingly of Carol on the Vulpes Libres blog:

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Yesterday, the publishing world was stunned by the news of the sudden death of Carole Blake, co-founder of the Literary Agency Blake Friedmann and author of the perennial best seller, ‘From Pitch to Publication’.

We asked one of the many writers she represented – Liz Fenwick – for her memories of one of the publishing industry’s titans:

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Carole and LizAs I write this I’m struggling to believe that a woman of such vitality as Carole isn’t here any more. The world is a lesser place for her loss. She is also someone who is hard to write about without using superlatives – and I can hear her voice in my head, editing me.

But I have to say that she was so vibrant, so loving, so fierce and so passionate, I can’t believe all that energy is gone – and gone far too soon. She had only just celebrated her seventieth…

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Champagne? Or black gunge on the washing machine?

sues-invite-3-bannerSomebody once told me that being an author meant drinking champagne with your publishers one day and cleaning black gunge out of your washing machine next.

I had my own taste of that this week with my launch party on Thursday and housework today!

Let’s focus on the fun stuff. Thursday’s launch party for The Christmas Promise was amazing. I’m going to use this post mainly to share photos with you.

I was amazed and thrilled how many people turned up to support me, buying ALL the books in stock and leaving orders with the store for more. Members of Team Sue Moorcroft,  bloggers, readers, family, and friends from as far back as my primary school. Authors, mainly from the RNA, came out in force.

Ava from The Christmas Promise is a milliner and Abigail Crampton, who had made the millinery research very easy for me, made my beautiful cocktail hat especially for the evening. Here we go with the pics!

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book-launch-the-christmas-promise-11And for those who are interested in how I cleaned the black gunge from the washing machine, I chose a steam cleaner and and an old toothbrush.

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How I trended on Twitter with #TheChristmasPromise

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The 6th of October saw the ebook release of The Christmas Promise and #MyPromise is that the morning passed  in a blur of social media activity. Although I’m a touch typist and once worked as a copy taker on a sports paper (i.e. I type quickly) I could hardly keep up with Twitter.

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The blog tour had begun, the first reviews were in ‘wildest dreams’ territory and it seemed that everyone I know Tweeted to wish me well. And the result was:

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#TheChristmasPromise trended on Twitter for over two hours. The Digital Media Manager Tweeted this:

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My editor emailed me, my agent Tweeted me, I kept checking Twitter’s sidebar and it kept being up there. Talk about exciting!

And now you might want me to tell you how it was achieved. The problem is, I’m not sure. There must be so many factors influencing it, not least of which is what else was…

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