L-R Juliet Greenwood Anne Bennett Margaret James Minna Howard June Kearns meeting Trisha Ashley
This week, June Kearns and I travelled to London for Trisha Ashley‘s book launch at Daunt’s, Marylebone High Street.
Our plan was to spend the day window shopping, have lunch and then head for Daunt’s – all part of my birthday celebration. An unexpected guest turned up at Daunt’s and really provided the icing on the (birthday) cake . . . as you will see, if you read on.
I love London and luckily, there is a direct line from Leicester to St Pancras. The whole London vibe really inspires me as a writer. The first time I bought a Diptych candle I was in Notting Hill researching my debut novel, Tall Dark and Kilted. June very kindly bought me a tuberose candle in the Marylebone High Street shop as a birthday present. I will be burning it in my study as I write book #5.
June and I enjoying ourselves!
Marylebone High Street has lots of niche shops and cafes and June and I plan a return visit later this spring with friends. In one of the pubs, I visited the ladies’ loo and the cubicles were decorated with reclining nudes – there was a purple velvet chaise longue to languish on, should the mood take you.
Recline and Sprawl?
We eventually remembered that we weren’t there to enjoy ourselves (hah!), we were there to attend Trisha’s book launch and meet fellow writers and readers. So we got down to it.
Margaret James, Sophie Duffy, Lucy Ayrton, Louise Mangos, Lucy Welch, me, Christopher Holt and Cathie Hartigan
We hoped we might meet a few Romantic Novelists’ Association members at the launch and we weren’t disappointed. I was especially thrilled to ‘bump into’ Kate Hardy and Margaret James. In 2012, Kate dedicated her book : The Ex Who Hired Her to my naughty parrot Jasper, and me (he appears on page 6). And, in 2015, Scotch on the Rocks reached the finals of the EXTER NOVEL PRIZE which Margaret organises along with Cathie Hartigan and Sophie Duffy.
Vivienne Bass and me photographed with Peter Davison
June kearns and Valerie Holmes with Peter
I've been a Doctor Who fan ever since I watched the first episode back in nineteen sixty - something. So, the unexpected appearance of Peter Davison at Trisha's book launch really was the icing on the cake and topped off my Birthday Bash in London. He was charming and agreed to pose with some of his fangirls. Not every day a girl meets a Time Lord, is it?
The Five(ish) Doctors, reboot - video BBC.co.uk
To sum up – it was so good to kick back, chill, and every other adjective I can think of because (drum roll) my new novel has been returned from fabulous proofreader, Julia Gibbs and is now in the capable hands of Sarah Houldcroft being formatted.