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Winter 2016 Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and my apologies but I’ve hardly had time to pause for breath recently.

tgwl-new-pbIt’s been an amazing few months as THE GIRL WHO LIED hit the #1 spot on Amazon UK Kindle, got to #5 in the American Kindle charts and became a USA Today best seller.

Thursday 17th November sees the release of the paperback, which I’m delighted is going to be available through not only all the usual on-line platforms but also at W H Smith and Asda! I can’t believe after all the years of dreaming about my book being on the shelf of a bookshop, it’s actually going to happen. Needless to say, I shall be stalking said shops to do some serious book spotting.

I spent the summer writing my new novel which is due out in January. Since submitting it in September, I’ve been dealing with feedback and edits.

The visual for the January release has undergone a transformation, not only has the cover been changed but the title too. In publishing speak, it’s now more commercial. For me, I did like my previous cover and title but this cover, I feel, reflects the story more both in terms of the image and title. Here it is …

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The blurb hasn’t been finalised but this will give you a good idea of the set-up.

Sister, Sister

Clare : Intelligent and loyal or paranoid and jealous?
Alice : Loving and kind or manipulative and devious?

Reunited after many years following the breakdown of the family unit, Clare and Alice reacquaint themselves in adulthood, but as events take a sinister turn and nothing is at it seems, everyone must decide who to believe.

Two sisters. One truth.

It’s available for pre-order through Amazon via this link http://amzn.to/2eU3y2b

I’ve embarked on NaNoWriMo this year but have been juggling it with edits so I’m not sure I will hit the 50k word target by the end of the month, but it has certainly kick-started my next WIP.

And finally, Wednesday 15th November is the RNA‘s Winter Party & Industry Awards. Myself and fellow Romaniacs were delighted to win the Media Star Award last year and are looking forward to presenting this year’s winner with their award.

Sue

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RNA Conference : A quick round up plus photos

As always, the annual Romantic Novelists’ Association conference is always a blast. This year was no exception. Held at the Harper Adams University in Telford, the talks were great, very inspiring and the company fantastic.

For me, it started the Thursday night after an epic drive to meet my Romaniac girls at Debbie Fuller-White’s house which is approximately 40 minutes from the campus.  I eventually arrived at Debbie’s around 11.30pm and the girls, who had held off eating until I got there, had quelled their hunger pains with wine – say no more!

Dinner at Dbes

 

Debs' garden

The following morning, we started the day with a lovely walk near to where Debbie lives. I was instantly taken with the beautiful scenery and have made a note to come back with my walking boots to explore this part of the country more.

Friday morning walk in the Church Stretton area

Conference started on Friday afternoon and continued through the weekend. The talks I attended were very interesting. I would like to have gone to many more but, sadly, with 3 or 4 going on at the same time, you have to pick and choose. The talk given by Waterstones and WH Smith Travel was very insightful. It was interesting to hear about their approaches, vision and restrictions. Talli Roland and Nick Spalding gave another great talk on being both a traditionally signed author and a self-published one. While Phillipa Ashley and Nell Dixon gave some excellent advice on writing series novels.

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Talks from WH Smith Travel, Waterstones, Phillipa Ashley & Nell Dixon, Talli Roland and Nick Spalding

The gala dinner was fabulous. Catering for 250 RNA members, is not easy task, but they managed it with ease. The food, all sourced locally, was delicious.

 

I am reliably informed there were 235 women attending and 5 men.

I have to mention that Romaniac and friend, Vanessa Savage, came second in the Elizabeth Goudge opening chapter competition with her modern take on a fairy story – Vanessa used Sleeping Beauty as her inspiration for a YA version entitled ‘Hush’. I have actually read it and, although I am biased, it is a great opening chapter; dark and intriguing.

Vanessa with her goody bag for 2nd place in the opening chapter competition

A big thank you to the RNA and everyone involved in making it such a success.

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Sue Moorcroft, Katie Fforde, Christina Courtenay, Jan Jones – wonderful RNA ladies

I’ve shared some photos here and put more on my Facebook page.

various photos

 

So now back to finishing the first draft of my current WIP.

Sue

I get to be Cinderella after all

As a member of the Romanitic Novelists’ Association, there are several events throughout the year that I like to attend and the annual conference is definitely the highlight.  I was very disappointed not to be going this year but, at the very last minute, it seems my Fiary Godmother has been fixing things for me. I was delighted when I was able to work things so I could attend for one of the days and now, to top that, I can also attend the gala dinner and stay overnight at my lovely Romaniac friend’s house, Debbie Fuller-White, who lives close to the Telford site.

I’m very much looking forward to meeting up with lots of writer friends, especially the lovely Romaniacs – this year seven of us are going to be there – Yay!

So all that’s left for me now is to find something to wear.  Easier said than done, but I’m sure I’ll manage it.

 

The Romaniacs at RNA Conference 2013 – The Usual Suspects

Sheffield Romaniacs

 

Yay! Happy Dance Day!

Happy Dance Day means Happy Publication Day!

Delighted, excited and proud to be able to say that The Romaniacs have today published their ebook anthology.

Romaniac Shorts

‘Fashionably Brief’

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It’s only £1 and all proceeds are to be split between

the RNA and Dyslexia Action

Written with passion, emotion, humour and warmth, The Romaniacs present a fashionably brief selection of twenty-two short stories and flash fiction. A story to suit every mood, from the lightness of first love to the sometimes dark realities of life, it’s touching, eclectic, and definitely Romanical.

Thank you everyone for your support – it’s very much appreciated.

Sue 

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