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Today I’m welcoming author Morton S Gray with five of her most memorable songs…


Writing this post was fun, but it was surprisingly difficult to choose which tracks to include.
Daydream Believer – The Monkees

Davy Jones from the Monkees was my first ever heartthrob. I had a picture of him on my wall as a teenager, also the album Headquarters by the Monkees was the first ever album I bought for myself. Daydream Believer and its message to cheer up has been a lasting favourite ever since. I think I have believed my daydreams – I’ve changed career three times, I dreamed about being a publisher writer and I am.

Waiting For The Sun to Break – James Bay

Just to show I can like more modern stuff! I listened to this a lot when I was writing my third book for Choc Lit, Christmas at Borteen Bay. This is my hero Ethan talking …

Spirit – Chris de Burgh

I’ve put this one in the middle, because although I love it, but it always makes me feel a bit sad too. This is the song I have declared I’d like played at my funeral.

Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield (link is for Sarah Connor version I like)

This one always makes me smile as my husband’s father was a Church of England minister. I believe that my husband and I were truly meant to be together, as I fell in love with his photograph when having a look at an online dating website for a laugh. At the time we lived two hundred miles apart, so I imagined any relationship to be a non-starter – we’ve been married sixteen years!

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

I’ve recently had a prolonged period of illness and it wasn’t until I started to get better that I realised I hadn’t been able to stand listening to music when I was ill. Added to that, I realised that for all of my life I have had song lyrics playing in my head and usually coming out of my mouth in the shower! I felt a ray of hope for the future one morning when I woke with the lyrics of this song playing in my head and scared my son to death by asking Alexa to play it full blast in the kitchen at 6am! The fact that the lyrics were in my head again was a positive sign and the words seemed to be screaming at me that I will get better.


The Truth Lies Buried

now available as an ebook, paperback and audiobook

Two children in a police waiting room, two distressed mothers, a memory only half remembered …
When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again.
A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside …
As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore – and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.
Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?

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About Morton S. Gray

Version 2Morton 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 Choc Lit Publishing Search for a Star competition. The story follows a woman with a troubled past as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her son’s headteacher, Harry Dixon. This book is available as a paperback and e-book.
Morton’s second book for Choc Lit The Truth Lies Buried is another romantic suspense novel, the book tells the story of Jenny Simpson and Carver Rodgers as they uncover secrets from their past. This book is available as an e-book, paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019.
Christmas at Borteen Bay was published in November 2018 and is Morton’s first Christmas novella. It is set in her fictional seaside town of Borteen and follows the story of Pippa Freeman who runs the Rose Court Guesthouse with her mother and local policeman Ethan Gibson as they unravel a family secret as Christmas approaches.
Morton previously worked in the electricity industry in committee services, staff development and training. She has a Business Studies degree and is a fully 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 on her website, on
Twitter – @MortonSGray, her Facebook page – Morton S. Gray Author – and Instagram –

Purchasing links for The Girl on the Beach at
Purchasing links for The Truth Lies Buried at
Purchasing links for Christmas in Borteen Bay at

Proudly writing for Choc Lit-8


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It’s publication day for It’s my Birthday by Hannah Pearl…


Oh boy, another birthday …

Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back. Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter, things start looking up.

As Karen gets to know Elliot she experiences feelings she thought she’d never have again. But is it enough? Or will the thing that destroyed Karen’s previous relationship also ruin things with Elliot?



Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

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