Some of the Most Difficult Bits to Write!

So, you’ve got your book accepted by a publisher, you’ve been through the edits and maybe thinking the hard work is over! Then your publisher asks for a dedication, acknowledgements and a thank you to readers.

I often think that these three things are almost as difficult as writing the novel, especially if like me you worry that you might forget someone. And then you wonder if anyone reads them – I definitely take the time to do so in other people’s books, because I know how difficult they can be to write.

For my latest novel Summer at Lucerne Lodge, which was published by Choc Lit last week my dedication was as follows:-


To Margaret Reuss-Newland

who began this writing journey with me

and continues to be a great support and valued friend.

And my acknowledgements say:-


Summer at Lucerne Lodge has been a long time in the making. Rosie and Tanner were in fact some of the first characters I wrote about when I made the decision to write romantic fiction. I have to thank Sue Johnson, the tutor on my first ever writing course, for encouraging me to continue writing, and here I am writing the acknowledgements and thanks for book six!

This book is dedicated to Margaret Reuss-Newland. We’ve only met in person once as she lives in Scotland and I live in Worcestershire, but we have held a firm friendship and companionship for many years now. We have read and critiqued each other’s writing and helped each other along the way. At the moment, Maggie is concentrating on things other than writing, such as her wonderful patchwork, quilting and photography, but I hold a fond hope that one day her writing will be published too.

Karen Lord, friend and crystal therapist, was kind enough to check over the crystal therapy scenes and mentions of crystals in the book.

Michael Bryant’s dog, Trixie, was given her name by Jodie Robbins-McGregor after winning a competition on the Apricot Plots writers’ group on Facebook.

My support systems are invaluable in keeping me going: my mom, my sister, my husband, sons and almost daughter-in-law, together with my rich contingent of friends both physical and online. During this extraordinary time of the coronavirus pandemic, my Apricot Plots and Coffee Group Writers have kept me sane, along with Victoria Cornwall, Karen Lord and Sue Wood – thank you all. Sue, you might also recognise some memories from those blissful holidays at your caravan in Llandanawg.

Last and definitely not least, thanks to my editor for helping to improve this book, the Choc Lit team and the members of their Tasting Panel without whom this book would not have been published: Carol Orpwood, Lucie Wheatcroft, Gillian Cox, Honor Gilbert, Sally Pardey and Gillian Hill. 

and finally my thank you …

Thank You

Dear Reader,

Thank you for reading the sixth book I have written for Choc Lit, set in my fictional seaside town of Borteen on the East Coast of England.

Writing is a continuous journey, an apprenticeship even, and the characters of Rosie and Tanner have come along on that trip with me almost from the first day. I’m so pleased that their story is finally published.

If you did enjoy their story, please let me know by posting a review on the retail site where you purchased this book. Just a few words in a review can make a real difference to the profile and sales of a book.

Details of my other Borteen books, all stand-alone stories, are given in the next few pages. If you would like to keep in touch with me, my social media links are listed at the end of my author profile.

Thank you for reading my words.

Morton xx

And in case you are wondering, yes I did forget someone in my acknowledgements and only remembered when this had been finalised. Author Mandy James kindly read a very early version of this novel many years ago, so I’m thanking her here.

About the Book

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 …

I’m so grateful that Summer at Lucerne Lodge is already attracting some lovely reviews – I think this is one of my favourites:

You can buy the book on  Amazon  or check on my Choc Lit author page for other options here 

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 was 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.

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