Author of romantic comedies with big feelings
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Berlin Calling is available for pre-order! My first title as Lilo Moore is a steamy, tongue-in-cheek Eurovision romcom, out 19 January 2023! It will be available only through Kindle and paperback at first, with plans to make the ebook available to other retailers on 20 April 2023.
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Twenty-One Nights in Paris is here! It’s my Aladdin-inspired winter Paris fairytale about an heiress who needs a fake boyfriend and gets more than she bargained for in her ‘diamond in the rough’ Parisian Sacha!
A Match Made in Venice has hit 1,000 ratings on Amazon UK and is still taking readers to Venice in winter, despite the warmer temperatures of summer!
Italy Ever After is out now and has been bestseller in several Amazon categories! It has over 2,500 ratings on Amazon UK! You can grab your copy here.
My debut romance My Christmas Number One has been out two years!
Check out the full catalogue of titles from my publisher Boldwood Books here.
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With one week to go until Berlin Calling is released, I wanted to share a little more about my author journey and the experience of being a creator in the current climate of the publishing industry. These thoughts won’t be particularly organised, but hopefully they’ll give my followers some context and maybe some other writers…
Happy new year to you all! Wishing you a 2023 full of small things and big things that make you think and feel and precious people to share the moments with. I have a long list of things I need to be doing, but I’m going to quickly blog to start the year. I’m feeling…
I am extremely pleased with the proliferation of romcoms arriving on Netflix and I finally feel like I will always find something to watch. I’m so happy to see romantic films being made that I can usually tolerate quite a lot of disappointment in the story before I admit I didn’t enjoy it, much, but…
Irena and Sacha come from two very different worlds…
An heiress to a fortune, Ren’s home-from-home is the Ritz, while the handsome and brooding Sacha has grown up in Paris’s less salubrious suburbs. So when an accident brings them together, romance seems an unlikely outcome.
When Ren’s society engagement reaches a very public end, Irena’s over-protective grandmother wants her home in London. Ren needs an excuse to stay in Paris, and so after some persuasion, Sacha agrees to pose as her new boyfriend. But only for the twenty-one days Ren’s grandmother has allowed her to nurse her broken heart before heading home to face the music.
Over the course of three weeks, Ren realises the world outside her exclusive bubble is more beautiful than she could have imagined. While Sacha reluctantly begins to see the goodness of the woman behind the wealth. When their time is up, will Ren want to return to her gilded cage, and will Sacha be able to let go of the woman he’s been ‘pretending’ to fall in love with…
Who can resist the romance of Venice…
When Norah arrives in Venice for a ten-week internship she is surprised to discover that her guide for her work trips around the lagoon is the undeniably gorgeous and kind Gianluca. She can’t help thinking he might be too good to be true, with his endless fascinating local stories, and his infectious laugh.
Norah is still bitter after an accident left her with a serious injury and also meant the end of her long-term relationship. And besides, she’s serious about her career and that means leaving Venice at the end of the summer.
Gianluca has had a summer fling before that led to heartache for him and he won’t do it again. He enjoys the long hours out on the lagoon with Norah, but after a storm strands them on a picture-perfect island for a night, they agree they should just be good friends for the summer.
But life doesn’t always go to plan, and when it’s time for Norah to go, they have to decide whether what they have between them is really just a friendship, and not something more…
Escape to the breath-taking beauty of Venice – The City of Love.
When pragmatic, sensible and resolutely single Deirdre York (Didi to her friends) is sent to Venice for work she is determined not to be taken in by the romantic clichés. Winter in the floating city may be breathtakingly beautiful, but she’s here with a clear purpose and will not let the magic of Venice distract her.
Piero Zanetti is the epitome of the handsome yet tortured artist. Heart-broken by the end of his love affair with a glamorous opera singer, he has lost his ability to work, and his inspiration has drained away, along with his zest for life.
But Didi needs Piero working – she has been tasked with commissioning him to do a glass centrepiece for a luxury department store Christmas display – some how Didi has to cheer Piero up or at least find him a new muse…
As Didi and Piero slowly become friends, and as Venice starts to melt Didi’s heart and gently nudge Piero out of the blues, something special begins to happen. Can Venice – the City of Love – work a Christmas miracle and help Didi and Piero to find their happiness at last…
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TV journalist Lou feels battered and bruised after her divorce from Phil, the father of her daughter Edie. Her confidence and sense of fun have steadily been drained away, and she isn’t sure who she is any more.
When the opportunity arises to accompany Edie on a music camp in Italy for a month in the summer, Lou jumps at the chance for new adventures, new horizons and new friends. The hazy warmth of the summer sun, shining brightly over the stunning Lake Garda, slowly brings Lou back to life.
Nick Romano, Edie’s music teacher, loves being home in Italy, but coaching his students for their concert in Milan, is bringing back difficult memories. His blossoming friendship with Lou is the perfect distraction, although a summer fling would be easier to conduct without the scrutiny of his mother Greta, not to mention the interference of his extended Italian family.
As the summer passes, full of sunshine and breath-taking scenery, gelato and delicious feasts, Lou and Nick get ever closer. But as the time for farewell creeps up on them, will they be able to say goodbye and leave their memories behind in the Italian sun, or can a summer romance last a lifetime?
Leonie Mack is back with a sizzling, sun-baked love story, perfect for all fans of Mandy Baggot, Jo Thomas and Carole Matthews.
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Cara doesn’t do sexy and she only does ‘Happy Christmas’ under duress. She is, after all, a serious musician, and her stubborn streak is born from her struggle to recover from a serious injury.
Javi lives for escapist fun – in his music, and in his life – especially since he’s always failed at life’s more serious challenges, including marriage and fatherhood.
Javi and Cara are forced to record a Christmas single together, but neither of them have plans to spend any more time with each other than they absolutely have to. With Christmas traditions that couldn’t be more different, and outlooks on life that are worlds apart, the chemistry just shouldn’t work. But the magic of Christmas can bring even opposites together…
From the snowy beauty of London at Christmas, to the candle-lit magic of Javi’s traditional family celebrations, let Leonie Mack whisk you away on a memorable festive adventure. Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Mandy Baggot and Holly Martin.
What readers are saying about My Christmas Number One:
‘Just trust me when I say that My Christmas Number One will be unlike any other Christmas read you have picked up.’
‘I read a lot of romance books and I have to say this book is one of the best in terms of chemistry. Readers – we’re talking red hot!’
‘A hot and sizzling read!’
‘An uplifting, intelligent novel with a lot of substance and of course, plenty of romance’
‘I can’t stop thinking about this book!’
‘A festive, feel-good book with great lightness and vast emotional depth’
‘Beautifully written and with a gorgeously heartwarming Christmas romance this book is a tale of love overcoming adversity and self-doubt.’
‘Beautifully written, this is a great take on the opposites attract theme.’
‘Leonie Mack’s debut is a joy from start to finish and My Christmas Number One is a surefire hit; I can’t wait to read more!’
‘A delight to read with lots of fun, romance and funny bits along the way.’
I’m branching out! My Leonie Mack books will keep coming as long as I can keep convincing my publisher to contract them, but I’ve been experimenting with a few side-projects, too, which I’ll be bringing out myself.
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The song contest is hotting up, on and off the stage!
Rose writes twee pop, smiles a lot, and believes in magic and rainbows. When the cheesy love song she wrote is chosen for the European Song Contest, her luck seems to be turning around – especially when a chance encounter leads to the hottest one-night stand of her life. It’s almost too bad she’ll never see him again.
But then Rose discovers it wasn’t a chance encounter. The hot German DJ with the sexy deep voice is her rival for song contest glory.
Grumpy Emil is incredibly talented and the song he spins with his sister could be a winner, even if he doesn’t appreciate the playful spirit of the contest. As the continent falls in love with Rose and Emil’s competitive banter on social media, they must hide their history from the press or risk losing credibility – and a future songwriting career.
With an anonymous gossip out to ridicule the colourful contestants and a plot to undermine European public broadcasting bubbling under the shiny surface, Rose must be strong in the face of criticism and stand up for everything the contest means to her.
If this Canadian girl can save the contest, maybe she can believe that her feelings for Emil are the real deal.
It’s important to me that my books are a safe space for readers to enjoy a cosy love story and escape real life. All of my books end happily and have positive messages about embracing who you are, but the characters do have their challenges and their traumas (usually in the backstory). I’ve decided to list the topics here that some readers might wish to avoid, or which might trigger unpleasant responses in some readers.
My Christmas Number One
- Clinical anxiety/PTSD
- Loss of family members (in backstory)
- Physical disability (lower leg amputation – coming to terms with this is not part of the story, it’s in the past)
Italy Ever After
- Post-partum depression (in backstory)
- School bullying (in backstory)
A Match Made in Venice
- Problematic relationship with a parent (dealt with very gently)
We’ll Always Have Venice
- Physical disability
- Problematic relationship with a parent (again, not dramatic)
Twenty-One Nights in Paris
- Kidnapping (in backstory) and anxiety/PTSD
- Loss of a parent (in backstory)
- Parent with mental health issues leading to loss of custody (again in backstory)
- Racism from secondary characters (which is challenged and ultimately subverted by the character’s happy ending and willingness to stand up to it)
- Serious illness of family member (backstory)
- Self-harm (backstory)
A Taste of Italian Sunshine
- Loss of own child (in backstory) (big spoiler. Please highlight if you’d like to see this one. It s only in the backstory and doesn’t happen on-page)
- Undiagnosed autism