The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Introducing Return Of The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan...

          Hi Susan! So great to welcome you back to my blog to celebrate the release of your latest novel, RETURN OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT! Wishing you lots of success and sales - let's kick off with my questions...

1.    What do you wish men understood about women?

 Crikey, how long have you got? If I had to choose just one thing, I would say, sometimes we just want to talk to them, tell them things. We don’t want them to offer a solution. We don’t need them necessarily to fix things, just listen!

2.    Do you only work on one book at a time?
Generally, yes, but I did stop writing What If in 2013 to write The Christmas Spirit and I’ve now written Return of the Christmas Spirit, and only now will I return to What If.

3.    Who is your favorite fictional couple?
There are probably others which aren’t springing to mind right now, but I can’t see past Mark Darcy and Bridget Jones. Colin Firth has a lot to answer for! 

4.    Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
 When one door closes, another one opens.

5.    Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?

 I do, generally, but now with two children, aged 9 months and two and a half, I have to be more realistic. I used to try to write 1000 words a day, but when I was writing Return of the Christmas Spirit I had to escape to cafés and hotels quite a bit to write, so I geared my goals more towards, ‘I must reach chapter X by the end of the day’. No, I don’t write every day. In addition to tending to the needs of my two cherubs, I have a proofreading, editing and translation company and that takes up a lot of my time. I’m still trying to find the right work/life balance. Aren’t we all?!

6.    What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
 Twitter. I am rubbish at Facebook! I have traditionally spent a lot more time on Twitter, and most of my book sales initially came via Twitter readers, so I think I quite rightly have more affinity with it.

7.    What are you working on now?
 Well, right now the launch of Return of the Christmas Spirit, but come the New Year, I will get back to writing What If and find a tiny pocket of time per day (New Year’s resolution!) to write, with the hope of releasing it late 2016/early 2017.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: 29th Nov 2015

Christmas is just around the corner when Star begins working at Butterburn library, but not everyone is embracing the spirit of the season.
Sixteen-year-old Arianna’s mock exams are looming and she’s feeling under pressure. With her father living abroad and her mother working three jobs, she doesn’t have much support at home.
The bank is threatening to repossess Evan’s house, and he has no idea how he’s going to get through Christmas with two children who are used to getting everything they want.
Patricia’s cliché of a husband, after 23 years of marriage, has announced he’s moving out of the family home, and moving in with his secretary.
Daniel is doing the work of three people in his sales job, as well as looking after his kids and his wife. Pulled in too many different directions, he’s feeling stressed out.
Can Star, the library’s Good Samaritan, help set them on the path to happiness this Christmas?



Susan Buchanan lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their two children. She is the author of three other novels: The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. Return of the Christmas Spirit is her fourth book. She is currently working on her fifth book, What If.

Susan is also a proofreader, editor, and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows, and eating out - not necessarily in that order!

Twitter: susan_buchanan

There are 2 giveaways associated with this tour
Visit Susan’s blog at, where there will be a Rafflecopter giveaway for a £10/$15 Amazon voucher for the duration of the tour and the launch day itself.
Enter the tour giveaway to win an ecopy (x2) of Susan’s book THE DATING GAME

Comments?? Questions?? 


  1. Thanks for hosting me here, Rachel - much appreciated! Sooz x

  2. Absolutely agree with your 'just listen' comments! I know guys are trying to help when they leap up to fix whatever-it-is for us, but sometimes that just isn't the point!

    Stephanie Jane