Publication Month Twins

Carol Thomas and I both write for Choc Lit Publishing and/or their imprint Ruby Publishing. My latest novel Summer at Lucerne Lodge will be published on 20 April 2021 and Carol’s A Summer of Second Chances is out on 27 April 2021 just a week later. We both have lovely shiny new covers with large houses on them too, so I decided that we are publishing month twins!

I first met Carol at a Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference held in Leeds in July 2018 and we became firm friends. Here is a picture from that conference of the two of us and fellow Apricot Plots’ member, Angela Barton.

A year later, Carol and I took advantage of the fact that my husband had a flat in Dublin when he was working there for a while. Hubby flew home to look after my dog and son and we flew to Dublin for a writing weekend.

I thought I’d tell you about our new books, so here goes:

Could a beautiful old house and a handsome stranger hold the key to a life-changing secret?

Rosie Phillips could be forgiven for not being immediately won over by Tanner Bryant. After all, their first meeting involves him knocking a tray of prawn cocktail over her very expensive dress at a charity event in the grounds of Lucerne Lodge. 

But little does Rosie know how pivotal that awkward first meeting will be, or how the Lodge will become the unexpected backdrop for a summer spent finding out who she really is, and who she could be …

Summer at Lucerne Lodge can be pre-ordered here.


Does first love deserve a second chance?

Ava Flynn sometimes feels like the clothes donated to her charity shop have seen more life than her, but ‘maximum dedication for a minimal wage’ is what it takes to keep her mother’s beloved wildlife charity, All Critters Great and Small, running – especially in the village of Dapplebury, where business is certainly not booming. 

But when Ava’s first love, Henry Bramlington, returns to the village, suddenly life becomes a little too eventful. Henry escaped Dapplebury many years before, but now he has the power to make or break the village he left behind – All Critters Great and Small included. Can Ava trust the boy who ran away to give both her and her charity a second chance? 

A Summer of Second Chances can be pre-ordered here.

Carol Thomas will feature on my blog on 5 May 2021.

Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Summer at Lucerne Lodge available for preorder now and published as an eBook on 20 April 2021 – Amazon Check on my Choc Lit author page for other options here 

International Bestseller Christmas at the Little Beach Cafe published as an eBook, audio and paperback – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKoboNook BooksGoogle Play and Choc Lit for other options.

Bestseller Sunny Days at the Beach is now available as an eBook, audio and paperback – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKoboNook BooksGoogle Play and at Choc Lit for other options.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon KindleAudioApple iBooksKobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKoboApple iBooks and also as a paperback and audiobook.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms –Amazon KindleApple iBooksKobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels.


  1. Great to have good writing buddies.
    That writing weekend looked fun and productive.
    Can’t wait to another real-life reunion and good luck for your books. May they flyyyyyyyyy

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  2. Thank you so much for the lovely post, our covers look lovely together, and I love the happy memories of our writing retreat in Dublin where you also kindly showed me the sites. Let’s hope it is not too long before we can head off somewhere again. xx

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