I’ve finally managed to get home from London, sort things out, unpack and do the laundry so that I have a chance to catch up.
|With Kate Hardy aka Scary Kate|
The trip to London was great from start to finish. On the Friday night I had dinner with Chantelle Shaw and Rachael Thomas which was so much fun. It’s always good to catch up with fellow writers and friends and have a chance to have some quality time together to really talk. Of course Rachael was once one of my students on the Fishguard Advanced Romance Writing Course and it had been wonderful to enjoy her success as she had written more successful books and established her position in the Harlequin Presents line-up.
This year, the newest recruit to the Presents line was Amanda Cinelli (winner of the So You Think You Can Write contest last year) whose first book Resisting the Sicilian Playboy is out in October. I sat next to Amanda at the lunch and so was delighted to learn from her that she had a copy (OK 2 copies – the print version and the Kindle one) of my 12 Point Guide To Writing Romance and she told me that it had really helped her with her writing for Harlequin. Which is great because that’s just what I wrote it for! I also had more time to chat with Andie Brock who I met briefly last year but didn’t get much of a chance to talk to her. And of course I had a chance to talk with my editor - and so many others of HMB editorial .
|View from the News Building|
I had a wonderful time at both the AMBA lunch and the Harlequin Author Party afterwards. The new offices in the News Building on London Bridge Street are in a part of London that I don’t know well, so it was fascinating to explore a bit and to marvel at the amazing building that is The Shard there.
The height and expanse of The Shard makes the News Building look rather small in comparison, but by the time we had travelled up 17 floors (thankfully in an express lift!) to reach the special events area, it didn’t actually feel smaller! The view from the windows was
|Another version of that stunning view|
One of the best feelings about being at the author party was the excitement of being able to see a couple of my covers projected on to the large screens in the room. As the covers to Olivero’s Outrageous Proposal and Destined for The Desert King are two of my favourite covers it was great to be able to see them on display like that.
|Cover for Olivero's Outrageous Proposal on display|
At the party I was able to meet up with more friends – some international ones too! Anna Sugden who writes for American Romance and Kandy Shepherd (Cherish) who was over from Australia. And I had a very special hug for lovely Nicole Locke whose newest Historical novel Her Enemy Highlander is out this month. You might remember that Nicole wrote thislovely blog post to mark my 30 years of being a published author. Thanks once again Nicole!
|With Anna Sugden and Kandy Shepherd|
I didn’t take many photographs during the day so I’m grateful to my friends and the official M&B photographer Katie who took pictures so that I can show them here.