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Sunny Days At The Beach

Blog Post for Ange Barton 2021

Welcome, Morton. Congratulations on the paperback publication of Sunny Days On The Beach. Can you share with us how it feels to hold your very own book and what inspired you to write this particular story?

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Angela. This week I celebrate the publication of the paperback of Sunny Days at the Beach my fourth novel for Choc Lit. The book has been out in ebook and audio since September 2020.

There is nothing so wonderful for a writer than to get a paperback of something they have written. Don’t get me wrong it is wonderful to be published in any medium – getting published at all was a childhood dream – but there is something amazing about holding an actual book in your hands and thinking that you wrote it. It somehow gives a greater sense of satisfaction.

It is with pride, but also a strange feeling that first time you hold a book in your hands and feel the weight of it, stroke it, smell it and maybe even hug it to your chest. Yes, I do all of those.

An important ritual for me is to sign a copy and add it to the others on the shelf at my mother’s house. Unfortunately these days with her memory problems, she finds it difficult to read a novel, but she still tells her visitors that I wrote the books.

Sunny Days at the Beach features my gin distillery owner, Graham. This book was born when I read an article in one of my favourite magazines, Landscape. The article was about a small gin distillery in Surrey. Although I can’t really describe myself as a drinker, I found myself fascinated by the process of producing gin and how the flavours can be subtly changed by adding botanicals. My unsuspecting husband found himself on a birthday trip to Surrey, where he lived for many years, for a trip down memory lane, but also a tour of the Silent Pool gin distillery that was featured in the article I had read. In effect, my research trip was his birthday treat!

I have a long fascination for family history, particularly unknown family history – one of my favourite programmes on television is Long Lost Family. With a particular interest in the possibilities opened up by family history DNA testing, it is inevitable that these themes will find their way into my novels. I’ll say no more, wink, wink … please read Sunny Days at the Beach to find out more ¼

About Morton S. Gray

Morton lives with her husband, two sons and Lily, the tiny white dog, in Worcestershire, U.K. She has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember, penning her first attempt at a novel aged fourteen. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.

Her debut novel The Girl on the Beach was published after she won the Choc Lit Publishing’s Search for a Star competition in 2016. Her other books for Choc Lit are The Truth Lies Buried, Christmas at Borteen Bay, Sunny Days at the Beach, Christmas at the Little Beach Café and Summer at Lucerne Lodge.

Morton previously worked in the electricity industry in committee services, staff development and training. She has a Business Studies degree and is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. She also has diplomas in Tuina acupressure massage and energy field therapy. She enjoys crafts, history and loves tracing family trees. Having a hunger for learning new things is a bonus for the research behind her books.

You can catch up with Morton with the following links:-

Website and blog at

Twitter @MortonSGray

Morton is celebrating the paperback release of her novel Sunny Days at the Beach this week.

Sunny Days at the Beach begins when commitment free singleton and craft shop owner Mandy takes in an abandoned teenager, but then gin distillery owner Graham arrives in Borteen with some unexpected news ¼

The back of the book says:

From party nights at the pub to sunny days at the beach …

Craft shop owner Mandy Vanes has always enjoyed a commitment-free singleton lifestyle — in fact, she’s well-known for her wild ways in her small seaside town on the coast.

But when local teenager, Nick Crossten, turns to her for help, Mandy has the opportunity to prove she can be a responsible adult. Although things get tricky when gin distillery owner Graham Frankley comes to town with some unexpected news.

Could this mean that Mandy the party girl is finally ready to grow up?

Buying links for Sunny Days at the Beach


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