You know how life can be a bit of a challenge at times and we all need a bit of a feel-good factor? Well, when lovely Helena Fairfax got in touch about a brand new collection of stories from nine author friends, Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings, I just had to add to the pressure of today’s publication and ask each of the authors involved to come on the blog and tell me a bit more by asking them ‘What would you most like to find in Miss Moonshine’s shop?’
I’ll hand over to Helena and the others to tell you more once I’ve given you the important book information! Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings is released today and is available for purchase here.
Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings
Sometimes what you need is right there waiting for you…
Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium has stood in the pretty Yorkshire town of Haven Bridge for as long as anyone can remember. With her ever-changing stock, Miss Moonshine has a rare gift for providing exactly what her customers need: a fire opal necklace that provides a glimpse of a different life; a novel whose phantom doodler casts a spell over the reader; a music box whose song links love affairs across the generations. One thing is for certain: after visiting Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, life is never the same again…
Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this collection of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This intriguing mix of historical and contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the happy-ever-after.
Helena Fairfax Introduces
Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings
Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings is a collection of feel-good stories put together by a group of us Yorkshire and Lancashire authors. We’re all members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and we began meeting regularly for lunch in Hebden Bridge a few years ago. We’ve since become great friends, and putting together this collection of stories has been great fun from start to finish. Because we meet on the border between our two counties, we call ourselves ‘Authors on the Edge’ 🙂
The central character in our collection, the wonderful Miss Moonshine, appears in each one of our stories. Miss Moonshine owns an ‘Emporium’ – really just a shop with a jumble of bric-a-brac. But Miss Moonshine and her shop seem to exert a magical quality over whoever enters. As we write in our blurb: ‘With her ever-changing stock, Miss Moonshine has a rare gift for providing exactly what her customers need…One thing is for certain, after visiting Miss Moonshine’s shop, life is never the same again.’
Life is certainly never the same again for any of our heroines!
When I started putting this post together for Linda, she suggested we all of us answer the same question: ‘What would you most like to find in Miss Moonshine’s shop?’ When I put the question to the other eight authors, they thought it was a brilliant idea!
(I’m relieved to hear that Helena!)
Here is what we Authors on the Edge would each love to find in Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium:
Melinda Hammond: I write a great deal about Regency society and I would love to find a ticket for the legendary Almacks, which was the venue for a regular exclusive society ball. I’ve seen a ticket in a museum in LA, of all places, but they are very rare. They were highly prized amongst the young ladies of the Regency, who went there to find themselves a husband. However, the patronesses were incredibly strict (today we might say snobbish) and not everyone was allowed access. Even the Duke of Wellington was turned away once, for not wearing the correct evening dress!
Mary Jayne Baker: What I’d love most to find would be a beautiful vintage fountain pen that would help me write the perfect book…
Marie Laval: I’d like to find one of those paperweights with a tiny landscape, a park and a manor house. At night, I would imagine that I can see some light in the windows of the manor house… And perhaps escape to a dream world in there!
Angela Wren: I’d like Miss Moonshine to stock a silver bracelet, exactly like the one my parents bought me for my 18th birthday. Very sadly I lost it some years later and despite every effort to trace it again, I was unsuccessful. And no matter where I am I always look in jeweller’s shops in the hope of finding an exact copy of it – but alas that has proved to be fruitless as well.
Sophie Claire: What I’d wish to find would be a box of inspiration to fuel a lifetime of story-writing. If anyone could conjure up something as magical and exciting as that, Miss Moonshine could!
Kate Field: I’d like to find a jar that I could fill with all my worries and doubts. As there’s a touch of magic about Miss Moonshine, it would be a special jar so that once a worry was in there it could never trouble me again!
Helen Pollard: I would love it if Miss Moonshine sold me some kind of talisman that she sensed was meant just for me; something to soothe my spirit!
Jacqui Cooper: I love stationery and I have special notebooks I use to jot down all the ideas I have for stories. I’d love to find a beautiful notebook in Miss Moonshine’s shop – one that, when I opened it, had just a phrase or a random thought on every page for story inspiration.
And as for me, Helena Fairfax, what would I most like to find? Jacqui Cooper has a story in our collection that I loved. It’s about a necklace that transports the heroine to another life whenever she wears it. My daughter lives in New Zealand. I would love to find a necklace that would transport me there whenever I put it on. That would be wonderful!
(These are wonderful responses Helena. Thanks so much to you all for taking past and a VERY happy publication day for Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings.)
Thank you so much for having us, Linda, and for the fun question!
We’d love to put the same question to you and your readers. What would you most like to find in Miss Moonshine’s Emporium? We’d love to hear from you!
Oh – there’s a challenge. Do respond in the comments! I think I’d quite like to find way to get good night’s, dream filled, sleep as I seem to have forgotten how to do that.
As well as having met some of these lovely authors in real life, some have featured on Linda’s Book Bag before so here are some links:
My review of Felicity at the Cross Hotel by Helena Fairfax