Happy Christmas! And Audiobook News! #newrelease

Happy Christmas Everyone!

It’s Christmas Eve. I have the smell of baking flapjacks making me hungry and flashing Christmas lights brightening the dull English day, along with some festive music playing in the background. I’m taking a quick break from the usual preparations to wish you all a wonderful day tomorrow.

I also have some important news to share – the audiobook for A Christmas Wish is now live! I got the news late last night so this is the first chance I’ve had to share it. I’m really excited to see what people think of my first audio short story collection. A big thank you to my narrator Emily Lynn for turning it around so fast and for doing such a great job.

You can find it on Amazon, Audible and iTunes. Amazon Universal Link

Plus to make the day even better I woke up this morning to a lovely review from The Strawberry Post. Here’s a snippet – ‘I devoured each one and am looking forward to reading them again.  They all make for such wonderful reading at this time of year… eight wonderful heart-warming tales with such perfect endings!’

Follow this link for the full review.

You can also check out a sample here…

Writing these stories and seeing my characters preparing for their own Christmas celebrations has really made me appreciate my own family time at Christmas. I’m really looking forward to this year’s big day and hope you all are too.

Have a wonderful time whatever you are doing and see you next week with my writing and reading round ups of 2022!


Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic fantasy, heart-warming romance and short stories

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Advent Train Stories – A Christmas Wish #flashfiction #Christmasread

Welcome to the Advent Calendar Story Train, where you can read through 24 stories under the theme The Gift. Thank you for reading today’s story. The next one will be available to read on December 18th, titled “A Special Visit“.  The link will be active tomorrow when the post goes live.

If you missed yesterday’s you can go and read it here.

A Christmas Wish

‘Attention everyone.’

Cassie watched as her boss, red-faced and tipsy, pranced across the makeshift karaoke stage at the back of the pub. He tapped the microphone, which crackled and screeched.

‘Sorry.’ He shouted just as someone turned down the Christmas music.

‘Grab your drinks and gather round.’

Cassie took her wine from the bar and stood at the back. Lynn, her best friend, sidled up beside her pulling a face. ‘This’ll be good.’

Cassie hid a snigger as Derek launched into his speech. Polite laughter followed his lame attempts at humour. Not that Derek was a bad boss, he just wasn’t very inventive – same venue, same food, same speech every year.

She hid a yawn behind her hand.

Lynn nudged her. ‘You’re slow tonight.’ By the slur in Lynn’s voice, Cassie knew she’d already consumed enough alcohol for them both.

‘I’m not feeling it.’ She stifled another yawn; she needed the two-week Christmas break. Lie in’s, no commute – bliss.

‘Where’s Cassie?’ Derek’s words filtered into her thoughts.

Lynn waved helpfully. Cassie wanted to melt into the floorboards along with the sticky stains beneath her feet.

‘Cassie’s been working on a special project for me. Thanks to her, tonight is an extra celebration. With this new contract secured, I’m pleased to announce this year’s Christmas bonus is doubled!’

Enthusiastic cheers rang out and glasses were raised in her direction.

‘When I step down next year, I know the company will be in good hands.’

Cassie forced a smile, her cheeks blazing. Ten years she’d coveted that role but now she only had one dream, and it wasn’t being CEO of Derek’s company.

‘The next round’s on me.’ Derek’s words sparked a mad scramble for the bar.

Disco lights flashed and the music throbbed. The smell of party nibbles and spilt beer mingled, and she fought back nausea. ‘I need some air.’

Lynn took her arm and barged through the throng of people to the door. Outside cool, fresh air washed over them.


She nodded.

Her friend sipped her drink, rubbing a bare arm as the winter chill wrapped around them. ‘I’m booking myself a winter sun getaway with that bonus. What about you?’

‘IVF. We’re going to start trying again in the new year.’

‘Oh Cass.’ Lynn squeezed her hand. ‘It’ll happen one day.’

She tried to smile but there was an empty ache inside her only a baby could fix. ‘Two years we’ve tried. It’s like we’re not meant to be parents.’

‘Rubbish, you and Scott will be great parents.’

‘I hope so, otherwise it’ll be me up there making awful speeches every Christmas.’ When did she lose her passion for the job? Around the time her biological clock kicked in she supposed.

Cassie sipped warm wine. Grimacing, she tossed it away.

‘Are you sure you’re okay? You’ve been looking peaky recently.’

‘Just overworked. I can’t wait to spend the day in bed.’

Lynn downed her drink. ‘Best have something to recover from then.’ She cackled, her laugh always turned filthy after a few rums.

‘Actually, I’m heading home.’

‘You can’t leave me. I wanted your help putting the moves on Hot Harry.’

‘You don’t need my help. And I’m tired. I might be coming down with something.’

Lynn squinted at her. ‘Are you sure you’re not pregnant already?’

‘It’s hardly likely. I’ve been working too hard to bother trying.’

‘My sister acted like this when she fell. When was your last period?’

‘I don’t know… a while ago. They’re so irregular I lose track.’

‘Maybe it’s a Christmas wish come true.’

‘Don’t.’ She didn’t want to get her hopes up, but anticipation fizzed in her belly all the same.

Lynn disappeared inside and returned with their coats and handbags. ‘There’s a late-night chemist up the road.’

‘I can’t do it now.’

‘Course you can.’

Ten minutes later Cassie found herself back in the pub, perched over the toilet peeing on a stick.

‘Hurry up, I’m busting,’ Lynn called through the door.

Cassie left the stall, pregnancy test hidden in her bag. Suddenly overwhelmed, she couldn’t bear to find out while surrounded by drunken colleagues. ‘I’m going home.’

‘Wait, I can’t stop mid-flow.’

‘Sorry. Call you tomorrow.’

Cassie snuck out the back of the pub. She squeezed the strap of her handbag as she ran to the tube station, too scared to look at the result. Every negative took her closer to the CEO role and further from her dream of motherhood.

She needed to get home. Scott knew how to make the darkness go away.



Scott looked up from watching TV. ‘That finished early. How was it?’

‘When you’ve been to one piss up…’ She shrugged. ‘Fancy putting the kettle on while I get changed?’


Upstairs she stripped off the party dress that emphasised her flat, empty stomach and tossed it on the bed. Pulling on her favourite flannelette PJ’s, she felt a little better though her hand still shook as she reached for her handbag.

Two cooling cups of tea waited on the coffee table when she eventually returned. Scott lifted the throw, and they snuggled together on the sofa.

She handed him a small parcel.

‘What’s this?’

‘A gift.’

‘It’s a week until Christmas.’


Scott grinned and tore at the Christmas wrapping paper like a little boy. Two plastic sticks fell onto his lap. Turning them over, he stared at two sets of identical blue lines.

‘Does this mean…’

‘We’re pregnant!’

He squeezed her in a hug. ‘My god, how?’

She laughed. ‘You’ve had enough practice to work that out for yourself.’

‘I can’t believe it.’

‘Our wish finally came true.’ The words caught in her throat. This time next year they’d be a family; the promotion would have to wait.

‘This is the best gift I could ever ask for.’ Scott nuzzled her neck. ‘I’ll miss all that practice though.’

Cassie kissed him, all trace of tiredness gone. ‘I’m still up for a little practice if you are.’


Thanks for reading. If you want to check out all the other blogs involved see Ari’s blog post for The Advent Story Train (containing links to all the blog).

If you enjoyed A Christmas Wish, it’s part of my Christmas short story collection which published on 3rd December 2022. Please take a look on Amazon – A Christmas Wish. The collection is only 99p. The audiobook will be out before Christmas too!

Happy Christmas everyone!

Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic fantasy and heart-warming romance

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#Bookreview Jo Thomas Keeping a Christmas Promise #romance #netgalley

Another great festive read from Jo Thomas. First off, I love the cover. It’s joyful, colourful and pretty, perfect for a Christmas story. It is also a very good reflection of the story itself.


Four friends
Twenty-five years ago, Freya and her three best friends created a bucket list. The future seemed bright, full of hope and most importantly guaranteed . . .

One promise
Now they are travelling to Iceland in memory of the friend they’ve lost, determined to fulfil her dream of seeing the Northern Lights at Christmas.

A life-changing adventure
They didn’t count on an avalanche leaving them stranded! Handsome local, Pétur, comes to the rescue, showing them how the community survives the hard winter. With Christmas approaching, Freya and her friends throw themselves into the festivities, decorating and cooking for the villagers using delicious local ingredients.

But will the Northern Lights appear so they can honour their friend’s wish? And can Freya’s own dreams come true, this Christmas? 

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My Review

I really enjoyed this story and escaping into Freya’s world. I liked the premise of keeping a promise to a friend that is no longer with you and fulfilling their dream of seeing the northern lights. However driving out into a building snowstorm? That was never going to be a good idea. Cue Petur, and what a savior he turned out to be!

I loved the friendships and sense of community with this story. I wasn’t let down in the romance department either.

I felt like I went on an adventure with Freya and her friends, though admittedly I hate the cold so you wouldn’t catch me getting up to some the things Freya did! I much preferred snuggling up under the covers and imagining the experiences as I read about them.

I recommend you pick up this book and devour it with a hot chocolate next to an open fire!

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC copy and apologies I’m so late posting this review. I’ve been working on a little of my own Christmas magic in the form of festive short stories.


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Big news! New #shortstory collection A Christmas Wish #preorder

It seems like only yesterday I was celebrating the release of Love, Loss and Life In Between but now I have a new short story collection publishing just in time for Christmas!

I can’t believe I only came up with the idea for this collection on 8th October this year. Somehow in less than 6 weeks I was near enough ready to hit publish. One story is an extended version of Not Just For Christmas from Love, Loss and Life In Between. Thanks to Cat for putting the thought into my head about extending the story.

A Christmas Wish is out now in Paperback and Hardback now, and it is available for pre-order on Kindle. The official release date is 3rd December 2022. See it on Amazon.

Here’s the cover…


A heart-warming collection of feel-good stories showing snippets of family life and friendship during the festive period.

Santa Paws Delivery

Blaze delivers Christmas cheer to a care home.

Christmas Wish – Part One

During the office Christmas party Cassie is forced to re-evaluate her life priorities.

For the Holidays

A stepdaughter’s not just for Christmas.

Chance Encounters

Two brothers must unite to do the right thing when faced with a life-threatening choice.

Christmas Wish – Part Two

As Lynn contemplates another lonely Christmas, can Harry provide a welcome distraction?

The Icing on the Cake

Preparing for a big family Christmas, will the day go as Jess plans?

Not Just For Christmas (extended version)

The Shelton family welcome a new addition to the family, but could it spell disaster for Christmas?

One Good Deed

Struggling with life after University, Sam is stuck in a rut until he meets a homeless man with an unexpected gift.

I’ve included a cheeky little picture of Daisy in the book. She was my inspiration for the first story, Santa Paws, and I’ve dedicated the book to her. She’s such a sweetheart!

If you fancy a little festive reading, please consider picking up a copy of A Christmas Wish.

I’m looking for reviewers, so if you’re interested in an ARC in exchange for an honest review please get in touch.


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Celebrations at the Chateau by Jo Thomas #romance #bookreview #netgalley

This was the another Netgalley ARC, which I was very excited to read as its by one of my favourite romance writers, Jo Thomas.


When their grandfather dies, Fliss and her sisters are astonished to inherit a French chateau! Travelling to Normandy to visit the beautiful if faded house, they excitedly make plans over delicious crepes and local cider in the town nearby.

But they soon discover the chateau needs major work, a huge tax bill is due . . . and there’s a sitting tenant to whom they owe a monthly allowance.

Unable to sell but strapped for cash, Fliss determines to spruce up the elegant old rooms and open a B&B. But, why is Jacques, the local mayor, so hostile? How did Fliss’s grandfather come to own the place anyway? And will Jacques and Fliss be able to put their differences aside to save the chateau?

Inspired by Escape to the Chateau, this cosy and uplifting novel to curl up with, from the author of Escape to the French Farmhouse and Finding Love at the Christmas Market.

My Review

I loved reading this story right from the start. Inheriting an old French Chateau is right up there on my wish list, but seeing as that is not going to happen I had to live the fantasy through Fliss and her sisters.

When the three sisters decide to turn the old, run down Chateau into a B&B before it bankrupts them, it doesn’t go as smoothly as they’d hoped. Much like the path to true love between Fliss and the broody mayor, Jacques. They are perfect for each other but ex’s and a difficult situation in the past threatens their happy ever after.

Fliss is a very capable heroine, but she still occasionally needs rescuing and the handsome farmer / mayor / next door neighbour, Jacques is never far away.

The supporting cast are great; from Fliss’ nephew Jason who comes to help restore the chateau and blossoms in France, to Clementine Jacques step-daughter, to the huge working horse Pegasus whose always sticking his head through the fences and causing havoc, and Cedrick the peacock whose sometimes turns up to delight the guests. I have to mention the sitting tenant too, the chatelaine. She holds the key to the mystery of how Fliss’ grandfather came to own the Chateau in the first place, if only she could overcome the events in the past to confide in Fliss.

At the heart of this novel is mystery, love and family relationships. And of course there’s plenty of Christmas magic and a New Year’s Eve wedding at the Chateau to look forward to. You can’t get much better than that.


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Book Review Christmas Wishes by Sue Moorcroft #romance #tuesdaybookblog

I read this book just after Christmas. I loved the two protagonists, Hannah and Nico, and their story had me glued to the pages. Here’s the blurb from Amazon…


A sparkling Christmas read from the Sunday Times bestseller – perfect to snuggle up with this winter!

Hannah and Nico are meant to be together.

But fate is keeping them apart…

As soon as Hannah bumps into her brother Rob’s best friend Nico in Stockholm, the two rekindle a fast friendship. But Hannah has a boyfriend – and Nico has two children to look after.

When Hannah loses her beloved shop in Stockholm, though, she is forced to move back to the little village of Middledip – only to find Nico has just moved in too. Under the same snowy sky, can the childhood friends make a romance work – or are there too many obstacles standing in their way?

My Brief Review

Oh my goodness, this story blew me away. I loved Nico and his kids and really wanted him to find his happy ever after with Hannah from the moment they were together on the page. Fate keeps getting in the way of these two people who are so clearly made for each other.

The locations were wonderfully described, both in Stockholm and the UK.

It was impossible to put this book down. It had plenty of fun but also heartfelt moments that had me secretly crying into my pillow. One of my favourite reads of 2020.

This is a 5 star read, and one you don’t have to wait to read at Christmas. Pick it up now I say!

Note – after reading this story I see there are other books set in Middledip. It clearly works as a standalone as I didn’t feel I was missing anything. And now I’m excited to read the other books set in Middledip and start a new adventure.


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Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor #bookreview #romance #Christmas #greatreads

During the week before Christmas I wanted to share one of my favourite Christmas reads this year. Christmas at Lilac Cottage has everything; love laughter and tears. Before I give you my review, here’s the blurb…


Snow is falling on White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air . . .

Penny Meadows loves her cosy cottage with its stunning views over the snow-topped town of White Cliff Bay, but not even the roaring log fire can keep her personal life from feeling frozen.

That is until dashing Henry and his daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage for the festive season. And between decking the halls and baking delicious mince pies, Penny realises there is more to Henry than meets the eye.

With sleigh bells ringing and fairy lights twinkling, the ice-sculpting competition and Christmas Eve ball are in full swing. Will Penny be able to melt the ice and allow love into her heart? And will she finally have the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?


My Review


I won a copy of this book in a blog competition (thanks Brizzlelass) and have been saving my review to post near to Christmas. I have to say this is the perfect Christmassy read to get you in the mood for the big day. It has everything you could ask for in a story; troubled romance, interfering family and friends, and emotional back story. There are also plenty of laugh out loud moments that had my husband looking at me strangely! I’m smiling to myself right now as I remember some of these scenes. The ending is heart warming and I shed a few tears in places.


I really liked Penny the main character, and Henry was a proper hero and gentleman. I loved the chemistry between them, though their stubbornness could be annoying at times. One thing I really liked were the characters unusual professions, Penny is an ice-carver and Henry is a carpenter. This added another dimension to the characters and added plenty to the plot.


White Cliff Bay comes off the page and seems so real. It’s the kind of place I’d love to visit. I love the fact that others stories have been set in the same town, so I know I can visit there again.


The writing flows so smoothly, that I found myself sucked straight into the characters lives. I immediately liked everyone in the story and wanted them to have their happy ever after.


I did struggle to get into this book at first, not for the writing which is excellent, but just something about it didn’t ring true. I think it was the fact Daisy didn’t act like a typical 16 year old, she was way too thoughtful and kind! I persevered through this minor annoyance and was soon swept away with the story.


It is hard to pick a rating for this story as by the end it was a 5 star, stay up all night read. But as I did struggle at the beginning, I’m going down the middle and saying it’s a 4.5 star read.

Check it out for yourself on Goodreads, and Amazon UK.