Novel number nine, Saving Mr Scrooge, is published today, and I’m quite relieved about it! It seems to have taken forever to get this book ready, but then, I did dream up the title nearly two years ago, and so I seem to have been living with my own dear Mr Scrooge for a long time.
The title is usually the last thing to occur to me, but with my Moorland Heroes series, the titles came first. Saving Mr Scrooge was the first one to pop into my head. I’d been on the point of falling asleep when it arrived, and it made me sit up in bed, suddenly wide awake. My own Eureka moment!
I wasn’t entirely sure what the story was about, but I knew there was a Scrooge-like character involved, and the woman who would save him would be called Marley, in honour of Jacob Marley. But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that there was more to this story than a simple retelling of A Christmas Carol. No ghosts, for a start. At least, not in the traditional sense. And there would be a twist in the tale, too – and I don’t mean Oliver. 🙂
So now my second Moorland Heroes story is out there, following on from Resisting Mr Rochester. I have a third story in the series planned, and I’m looking forward to writing that one, but I won’t reveal its title just yet! In the meantime, I really hope you all enjoy Saving Mr Scrooge. Here’s the blurb:
It’s the time of peace on earth and goodwill to all men, but at Carroll’s Confectionary, the meaning of Christmas seems to have been forgotten. New boss, Kit Carroll, is hardly winning friends with his high-handed attitude, his foolhardy approach to production, and his tight-fisted treatment of the factory’s employees.
Marley Jacobs, his self-styled PA, is determined to make him see the error of his ways, and return the festive spirit to Carroll’s Confectionary.
Unfortunately, the little matter of their previous relationship, along with Kit’s callous treatment of her when they were teenage sweethearts, keeps getting in the way of her good intentions.
With encouragement from co-worker Don, romantic sister Olivia, and — astonishingly — the usually sceptical Great Uncle Charles, Marley decides to save this modern-day Mr Scrooge from himself, despite having no well-meaning ghosts to help her.
But revisiting the past doesn’t just stir things up for Kit. As Marley struggles to deal with bittersweet memories, present-day events take a surprising turn. Can the future be changed, after all?
And is it only Kit who needs saving?
Saving Mr Scrooge is available to buy here.