Sunday, 16 February 2020

Welcoming Ella Allbright to the blog


Today I am absolutely delighted to welcome Nikki Moore to the blog to tell us all about her new author name, her change of writing direction and her beautiful new book, The Charm Bracelet.


A Change of Direction


Firstly, thanks so much Heidi for featuring me on your blog today, the authorly support is truly appreciated J

Today is very special for me because it marks the cover reveal for my new book The Charm Bracelet, my first commercial women’s fiction novel. I’ve been happily writing romance as Nikki Moore for over five years now, most notably the popular #LoveLondon series. However, when my lovely editor Charlotte Ledger invited me to London in February 2017 and pitched a concept for an emotional and epic love story, we both knew it would be a different kind of book in a new genre, featuring deeper issues and in a slightly different voice. Eventually – after much deliberation – and long after the first draft was delivered in Autumn 2019, the new pen name of Ella Allbright was agreed on. (Thank you again to my good friend Juliette for lending me her daughter’s first name!)

All in all, it took me almost three years to deliver The Charm Bracelet. It wasn’t easy to write, and I experienced several bereavements during the first year of writing, which had a huge impact on my ability to be creative. Thankfully, the magic came back and I threw myself into telling Leila and Jake’s story, which is set in stunning Dorset and follows them over an almost twenty year period through dual viewpoints, centred around Leila’s very special charm bracelet. I’ve noticed increasingly over the last few years how many people now wear charm bracelets, and catch myself taking sneaky peeks at what the charms are and dreaming up what they might represent. I do think that writers are naturally curious people - that’s my excuse anyway!

I hope that readers enjoy my new voice and are as excited about Leila and Jake’s story as I am. I’ve written it from my heart and hope that readers take something special away from it.






The Charm Bracelet by Ella Allbright


A moving and heartwarming love story perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day in December

Leila’s charm bracelet tells a story of love, a story of loss, a story of hope.

This is the story of her … and the story of Jake.

When Leila Jones loses her precious charm bracelet and a stranger finds it, she has to tell the story of how she got the charms to prove she’s the owner. Each and every one is a precious memory of her life with Jake.

So Leila starts at the beginning, recounting the charms and experiences that have led her to the present. A present she never could have expected when she met Jake nearly twenty years ago…


Published by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins UK

Ebook: 21 August 2020



Paperback: 12 November 2020





A self-confessed reading addict, Ella Allbright writes commercial women’s fiction set in her beautiful home county of Dorset. Her first novel in this genre, The Charm Bracelet will be published in August 2020 by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins, and she’s currently hard at work on her next book. Ella is represented by agent Hattie Grünewald at The Blair Partnership, who represent J.K. Rowling. 

Ella also writes as Nikki Moore, the author of the popular #LoveLondon romance series. A number of the novellas featured in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart, and in 2018 the collection was released in Italy. Her first published work was the short story A Night to Remember in the best selling Mills & Boon / RNA anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut romance Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015.

When not writing or reading, she can be found working in her HR day job, walking the family’s cute beagle puppy or watching a Netflix series!


You can connect with Ella/Nikki on:


Twitter -  @NikkiMoore_Auth





She also vlogs about how to get published as ‘Author By The Sea’ on her YouTube channel at
         

Marian Keyes! The actual Marian Keyes!

What can I tell you ? Yesterday was an absolute highlight! The year has been littered with them already, and it's only February, but none the more for that, yesterday was extraordinary and I really don't think any of what I have planned for the next ten months is going to match it, let alone better it!

When I first read that the inimitable MARIAN KEYES was coming to Bury St Edmunds - which is a mere hop, skip and a short train journey from me - I thought I'd misread the missive, but no, she was definitely coming and tickets were available. And not just any old tickets, but FRONT ROW tickets. Needless to say, I snapped one up and added an Extra Special Event countdown on my phone, an honour usually only reserved for Christmas.

As the day drew nearer, there was of course the inevitable weather spanner thrown in the works, as there ALWAYS is with any event I'm hosting, attending or taking part in (folk who know me are well aware that this is no exaggeration and have even refused to attend functions with me for fear of being struck down during a freak storm that my presence will conjure out of nowhere), but I thought 'feck it,' as Marian herself would say and set off, ignoring the battle cries of Storm Dennis and made my blustery way to Bury.

It wasn't just Marian's unique sense of style that I wanted to admire from my front row seat, but I wanted to hear all about how she tackles the writing process, why she writes what she does, how she does it, which bits she loves, loathes and everything in between, because for me there is nothing more interesting than discovering how other authors do the job of writing the words.

I know that we all have very different styles, methods and ideas. There's absolutely no one size fits all when it comes to writing a 400 page book - or in the case of Marian's latest, Grown Ups, a 600+ page book, and having the opportunity to hear first hand how other authors, especially 33 million worldwide selling authors, go about it, is fascinating.


And did Marian live up to expectations? Of course, she bloody did! Warm, wise, engaging and unflinchingly honest about far more than her writing, she has us all in the palm of her hand. I learned loads, and I know I wasn't the only one, and not only about her passion for cosmetics and Strictly. I was even brave enough to put up my hand and ask her a question - another 'feck it' moment and one I was extremely proud of.

It was an absolutely stand out afternoon for me and one that I'll be thinking about for a very long time, so thank you Marian for travelling to my little corner of the world and lighting up a very stormy Saturday with your charm, kindness and much welcomed words of wisdom.

H x

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

A very exciting feature

Today I am absolutely delighted to be highlighted on the Romantic Novelists Association 60th Birthday Special Feature as part of the February #RomanceReadingMonth!


I'm not going to give anything away here, but if you would like to know what I had to say about the RNA, my publishing journey, characters, inspiration, favourite reads and special mentions and current projects, then click the link.


I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed taking part!

H x

Friday, 7 February 2020

More exciting event news!

Just when I thought the week couldn't get any better, I've had another fabulous event confirmed, this time with my hugely talented pal, Jenni Keer. Yes, Jenni of knitted Poldark fame!

When?

Tuesday, March 10th at 11am

Where?

Eye Library
Suffolk 


Why?

To talk about our publication paths, our passion for books and our love of libraries!

The event is FREE to attend.

We hope to see you there!

H x

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

The Secret Seaside Escape on Netgalley!

Lots of you have been asking if The Secret Seaside Escape is going to be available on Netgalley and I've had confirmation this morning that it is! In fact, if you have an account, you can request it by clicking the link below right now!



There are always mixed emotions when a book baby is released - especially when it incorporates a brand new setting - so I'm looking  forward to those early reviews coming in and hopefully helping me sleep at night!

Happy reading my loves.

H x

Monday, 3 February 2020

More exciting news!

Exciting announcements are coming thick and fast this year, and I'm kicking February off with a corker folks!


I'm absolutely thrilled, delighted and really, really excited to be able to share the news that Poppy's Recipe for Life has been shortlisted for The Sapere Books Fiction Award at the prestigious Romantic Novelists Association 2020 Romantic Novel Awards. The ceremony takes place next month in London and I can't wait.

My fabulous publisher, Simon and Schuster, has a plethora of authors shortlisted and I have a feeling our table is going to be Very Noisy Indeed!


Huge congratulations to everyone who has made the shortlist. I'm very much looking forward to celebrating with you all!

Read all about it...


H x

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Exciting event news!

As if January hasn't been exciting enough, I now have exciting event news to share with you!

When?

May 21st at 2pm 

Where?

Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library 
Norwich

Who?


Cressida McLaughlin and little old me!

Why?

To talk about our publication paths, our passion for books and our fabulous new releases, 
The Secret Seaside Escape and The Cornish Cream Tea Summer! There will also be plenty of time for you to ask us questions, buy some books, get them signed and have a chat!

Event booking will be opening soon so I'll keep you posted and share links here, so keep checking back.

We hope to see you there!

H x