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The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories by Katie Fforde
  

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Six deliciously romantic short stories, only two of which have been published before but in digital form. They are all of a healthy length with a beginning, middle and end, none leave you in the lurch but one, A Dream Christmas, has supernatural undertones which are unexplained and beautifully handled, I loved it. I think Katie’s favourite is Dogs are for Christmas which stars two bouncey, unruly canine creatures bound to capture anyone’s heart. The collection also features a 16-page extract from her new book A Country Escape coming on 22 February 2018 where a disillusioned London girl goes off to run her aunt’s farm specialising in rare cattle, dairy shorthorns. It sounds delightful. As the publishers stress this is indeed a lovely Christmas gift for Katie’s fans or anyone wanting a happy-ever-after feel-good read. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories by Katie Fforde

It's Christmas morning. The tree is decorated, the presents wrapped and the turkey's in the oven. Outside, the first flakes of snow are beginning to fall. And here it is - your Christmas stocking, choc-full of perfectly themed short stories perfect for anyone who loves romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings. Guaranteed to make this your happiest Christmas ever.

INSIDE THIS CHRISTMAS STOCKING, YOU WILL FIND:

A CHRISTMAS IN DISGUISE: Jo steps in to help her best friend cook Christmas dinner. Wearing full chef's whites seems to be the perfect disguise - until she realises she is falling in love with one of the guests.

CANDLELIGHT AT CHRISTMAS: It was meant to be the perfect Christmas - surrounded by friends and family in their beautiful home in the country. But then the lights go out, and Fenella knows she will have to work very hard to keep everyone happy ...

THE CHRISTMAS FAIRY: It's Christmas Eve in Crinan, and a young man is on his own with only his nephew and niece for company. Then Ella arrives. Dressed as a fairy, she is determined to wave her wand and give them all the best Christmas ever.

THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING: Wanda is all set to join her boyfriend and his family in France for Christmas, though truth be told she isn't looking forward to it very much. And then she meets Felix - and her plans for the big day suddenly become a lot more interesting. (A Christmas In Disguise and Candlelight at Christmas have been published previously as Katie Fforde ebook short stories)

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BY THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Includes an exclusive sneak preview of A COUNTRY ESCAPE, coming Feb 2018!

Delve inside this CHRISTMAS STOCKING choc-full of perfectly themed, never-before-published seasonal short stories perfect for anyone who loves romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings. * from the publisher's description * A wonderful and magical Christmas read! Katie Fforde has done it again with six seasonal stories you'll be transformed into a world of romance, humor and happy ever-afters. * Under the Christmas Tree Blog * Gloriously festive... beautiful anthology...Every single one will remind you why this time of year is referred to as the most wonderful of them all. You'll be decking the halls and feeling jolly before you know it. * Heat * perfect for anyone who loves romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings * Chells and Books Blog * An ideal gift for someone to find in their stocking on Christmas morning. * Shaz's Book Blog *


About the Author

Katie Fforde

Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession or background and her research has helped her bring these to life. She’s been a porter in an auction house, tried her hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and she's even been on a Ray Mears survival course. She loves being a writer; to her there isn’t a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. She particularly enjoys writing love stories. She believes falling in love is the best thing in the world, and she wants all her characters to experience it, and her readers to share their stories.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Katie Fforde by Mary Hogarth.

Fellow novelist SOPHIE KING on KATIE FFORDE
I met Katie through the Romantic Novelists Association, whether you're a published novelist or not, you can still join and get some great tips. Katie is as much fun as her heroines who make me feel that nothing is impossible in life even when you're negotiating unexpected corners. One of my all time favourites is Wild Designs.

Author photo © David O’Driscoll

Below is a Q&A with this author

1. Did you always want to become an author?
No, I didn’t know I wanted to be an author until my late twenties. Before that I ran a narrowboat hotel business with my husband and then had babies, but I would have liked to be a counsellor if I wasn’t a writer.
2. Do you miss anything from your life before?
I had a very good life before I became an author, with a lovely husband, children and house. But when I started writing I realised what I had been missing. I think it’s to do with having an overactive imagination and wanting to communicate (which can be a posh word for chat!).
3. What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing is getting to try out lots of jobs I could never have had in real life through my characters. It’s also lovely to hear from people who have enjoyed my books – it can give me the impression that I’m doing something worthwhile, even though what I write is for entertainment.
4. How do you start writing a new novel?
I start with a theme. I have several subjects I long to explore bubbling around at any one time and when one comes to the top I start to think about my characters. Then comes the plot. I don’t usually know at the beginning what the ending will be – I have to wait and find out! Although I know that it will be happy.
5. What are the essentials of creating a good romance?
I think a good hero is absolutely key, and then a heroine who the reader can recognise – not too perfect, but likeable. Plot is very important, so then it’s a case of creating a few really romantic scenes. Not necessarily hearts-and-flowers romantic but unexpected romance in surprising places.
6. Why is research important?
It’s hard enough to write a book as it is, let alone without knowing about your theme – you need to know your stuff. That said, some things can be impossible to research, like the judging at the Chelsea Flower Show, or when the Queen visits! I do quite a lot of research personally. I remember a writer friend saying to me, ‘But you write contemporaries, you don’t need to do research’, but that is very far from the truth. My early books were set around my own life – working in a cafe and being a cleaning lady were things I had actually done. However, eventually I ran out of life experience and had to do research. I love finding out fascinating things about subjects that interest me.
7. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you try and relieve this?
Writers block happens often in a small way. A change of scene helps to relieve it for me. This might involve shopping, a drive in the car (scenery often gets my creative juices going) or just being with friends. Luckily it never lasts for long with me and is often caused by being a bit tired.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd November 2017

Author

Katie Fforde

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Publisher

Century an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Hardback
432 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Books for Christmas
Family Drama
Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
Romantic Fiction
Short Story Collections

Adult & contemporary romance
Short stories

ISBN

9781780896915

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