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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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).
David Headley chatting to us