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Lizzie Lamb Money

Money can be an issue when one retires but I had a great return for money spent last week. Read on and discover what I mean . . .

One of the great things about living in Leicester – apart from The Foxes winning the Championship League, and finding The King in the Carpark (Richard III), is being on the main line to London. Using my Senior Rail Card I purchased a return ticket to St Pancras International for £23.00.

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Adrienne Vaughan

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I travelled there with fellow New Romantic Adrienne Vaughan. For an extra £5 we bought a ticket to Romance in the Court, a fabulous event organised by David Headley and Goldsboro Books.

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Waiting to go into Goldsboro Books

There, in historic Cecil Court on a beautiful summer’s evening, amidst a fabulous gathering of romance writers, readers and supporters, I met old friends, made new ones and got down to the all-important business of networking. As an indie writer, I’m never sure if time spent away from the Work In Progress is really productive, so it was reassuring to meet readers who said they knew me from social media sites: Three .

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Three of my books

And, as a result of ‘finding’ me, one reader had downloaded all my books and is waiting with bated breath for the next one. However, before I tell you more about the evening, let me share the bit of good fortune which came our way.

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My treat from Aspinal

En route to the event, we popped into Aspinal’s in St Pancras (as a girl does) to buy the Swarovski ‘bag hook’ I’d promised myself as a reward for working hard on novel #4. In a scene reminiscent of Love Actually , the manager wrapped my present in an four different types of gift wrapping. He also put four boiled sweets in the bag.

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Delighted with my purchase!

I know, I know; it should have been a cinnamon stick, but I’m not complaining for the best was yet to come!

Rowan Atkinson (Rufus) -Gift Wrapping- (Love Actually)

He then asked us what we were doing in London. Quick as a flash we handed him our business cards. Mightily impressed, he asked if we would come down to his store in the autumn to present an author event which he would organise: prosecco, nibbles, book signing etc. Would we? What do you think? He mentioned that he liked to’ take care of his girls’, which made Adrienne think (optimistically) that she might be getting a set of matching Aspinal luggage. I’ll settle for some of their gorgeous stationery, should it be offered - thank you very much.

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Super photo of some fab ladies enjoying a very successful evening!

As you can see, it was a fabulous evening . . . You might well be thinking: what did Lizzie get in exchange for that five pound note? Well, as much pink fizz as a girl could drink and five pounds off any book in the shop signed by an author in attendance. The best five pounds I’ve ever spent (well, £28, if you’re being picky).

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David Headley chatting to us

I’m hoping that David Headley will host a similar event next summer . . .And, watch this space for a follow up, to see if the Aspinalls manager keeps his promise and Adrienne and I have a London book signing.

Meet The Author...
Lizzie Lamb
Who Am I?

After teaching my 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, I decided it was time to leave the chalk face and pursue my first love: writing. In 2006 I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, honed my craft and wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted, quickly followed a year later by Boot Camp Bride. I love the quick fire interchanges between the hero and heroine in the old black and white Hollywood movies, and I hope this love of dialogue comes across in my writing. Although much of my time is taken up publicising Tall, Dark and Kilted and Boot Camp Bride, I have almost finished my third novel which I hope to publish Spring 2015. Title under wraps ATM – but I will hint that it has a Scottish theme. Plans for a fourth and fifth novel are in the pipeline.

I have also co-founded an indie publishing group: New Romantics Press with a group of writers. In November 2014 we held an Author Event at Waterstones High Street, Kensington, the icing on the cake as far as I am concerned - and a fitting way to celebrate our achievements so far. I am beginning to build up a reputation as a speaker on the subject of self-publishing and this is a strength I would like to develop further. So you see, those teaching skills have not gone to waste.

Books

Boot Camp Bride

Tall, Dark and Kilted: A contemporary romance set in the highlands of Scotland

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