I'm not sure where the time has gone again.
Well, no - I do know where a lot of it went.
I was travelling, and meeting up with family and friends. With fellow authors. With editors.
I was in the beautiful city of Cambridge where I had a lovely family get together and a picnic in the sunshine (when we had sunshine, unlike today) on Jesus Green after a visit to the outdoor swimming pool. I met two of my sisters, one of my brothers in law, my nephew, and I met my great niece for the first time. A memorable afternoon.
In Cambridge I also went to the book launch of a dear friend who was celebrating the publication of her very first book. You met Anna Sugden when she came to this blog to join in the 40 for 40 celebrations and I was so happy to be able to join her at her launch party on the same day as the family picnic - great organising that put both events on the same day.
Home from Cambridge, I just had time to turn round, unpack, do some laundry, pack again - and head for London.
London was where the annual Association of Mills & Boon Authors lunch was held in the Reading and Writing Room (appropriately enough) of One Whitehall Place - Part of the Royal Horseguards Hotel. The guest list there read like a who's who of romance writing. Liz Fielding, Sarah Morgan, Sharon Kendrick, Fiona Harper, Heidi Rice, Kate Hardy, Kate Hewitt, . . . If I went on, I'd fill the whole blog with names. There were also the new writers, Michelle Smart, Anna Sugden, Rachel Brimble, Victoria Pembroke, Christy McKellen and brand-new, only just signed Jessica Gilmore. I also met up with new friend CC Coburn for the first time, face to face. Again, you met her here on this blog last month.
We were given wonderful 'Books are My Bag' goodie bags (thanks to Kate Hardy for letting me borrow the photo - my gift of chocolate didn't survive the Babe Magnet on the journey home!) Kate also has some great photos of the venue etc on her blog. I didn't take my camera, so I'm relying on her.
She also has pics of the Meridien Hotel where the authors' cocktail party was held by Harlequin Mills & Boon. Another fabulous venue with Rossinis (strawberries and champagne) and other delights. So many new editors to meet and only I just had time to chat with my own lovely editor before the evening ended. You can read about this event from an editor's point of view over on I Heart Presents.
I want to thank Fiona Harper, Heidi Rice and Sharon Kendrick for organising such a fantastic AMBA lunch. And of course I also need to thank Harlequin Mills and Boon for the fabulous cocktail party afterwards.
But there were two other treats in London - as part of the 40th celebrations - I've forgotten how many of the '40 Special Things' we have crossed off on our list so far but these two were really special. Well, they were for a theatre fan like me. The Wednesday evening was spent at the National Theatre watching Othello starring Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear. And Thursday evening was at the Gielgud Theatre to see Noel Coward's Private Lives starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor.
Both were totally fabulous - very different, but wonderful in their own ways. Fabulous.
So now it's back down to earth and to work for a while. There are other events coming up but for now I need to concentrate on writing.
Which reminds me - if you are interested in writing and thinking about writing a romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon, don't forget that the annual writing contest - So You Think You Can Write - has started again for this year. You can read all the details on the SYTYCW home page and here, again on I Heart Presents.
And if you are interested in writing romance and have ever thought about coming on one of my courses then I have some news for you coming up.
Watch this space.
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