I'm truly thrilled to be able to announce that my next two books will be published by Avon UK, a division of HarperCollins. The first, which we're just calling 'Ava' until a suitably Christmassy title has been decided upon, is scheduled for September 2016 publication. It's the story of Ava Blissham, whose couture millinery business, 'Ava Bliss Millinery', isn't going well. Her ex-boyfriend is threatening her with revenge porn, her mum and dad have retired to France so she's feeling a little unloved, it's Christmas ... and Ava doesn't like Christmas. Sam Jermyn has all the trappings of success, but his lovely mum, Wendy, is in the unenviable position of having had surgery and knowing her chemotherapy will begin when the Christmas season is over. Sam's giving Wendy Christmas, never having given anybody Christmas in his life before. He decides that he'll give her something really memorable and luxurious, and decides upon a bespoke hat.
The second book is the one I'm writing and is scheduled for summer 2017. It has the working title 'Just for the Holidays' and it's about Leah Beaumont who has avoided the roles of mother and wife, ending up looking after her sister Michele's husband (in fact, very-recently-ex-husband) and children in France. Ronan Shea is a helicopter pilot nursing his injuries from a forced landing and being bewildered by his 13-year-old goth son, Curtis.
Here's the press release from the Bookseller:
'SUE MOORCROFT SIGNS WITH AVON
Avon has won two new novels from Sue Moorcroft at auction. UK & Commonwealth rights were bought from Juliet Pickering at Blake Friedmann Agency.
Publishing Director Eleanor Dryden says: "I am thrilled to welcome Sue Moorcroft to Avon. She is a wonderfully warm and witty writer with a great track record and masses of fans and she creates very special characters who stay with you. I fell for Ava in the first novel wholeheartedly on my first read. Christmas 2016 can't come round fast enough!"
Sue Moorcroft says: "I'm excited to be joining Avon, with their reputation for successfully publishing fiction to extensive audiences. Eleanor and her team impressed me with their enthusiasm and drive, their ideas and the welcome they offered to me in my new home."
Juliet Pickering says: "Sue's novels, with their smart, funny characters and very fresh, modern dilemmas, are perfectly matched with the energetic, ambitious team at Avon. We're very excited to embark on this new relationship, and see Sue published at the level she thoroughly deserves. Roll on Christmas 2016!"
The first novel will publish for Christmas 2016 with the second novel planned as a summer read in 2017.'
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