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Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening
On March 17th I had the pleasure of going to the first Spring Blogger Evening organised by the lovely team of Books and the City. When I got my invite I was over the moon and started planning the trip and counting the days until the date. Finally, the time arrived and I flew to London to enjoy some days at the city and go to the event.
When I arrived at the event, there were some fellow book bloggers I know from twitter waiting and we started chatting. It was so lovely to meet them in person.
Then the wonderful Sarah Jade, from Books and the City, came and welcomed us to the event. While we waited for everyone to arrive we were offered tea and coffee and some chocolates and sweets. And then, it was time to go to the conference room and take our seats. The five authors on the panel were Jane Costello, Iona Grey, Milly Johnson, Andy Jones and Heidi Swain.
Clare Hey, who is the editor of these fantastic authors, introduced them and was in charge of chatting with them and asking questions about their books:
The first one to talk was Jane Costello. She told us all about her new book, The Love Shack, that will be published next month. Then she read an extract that had us all in stitches. It sounds like a fantastic read, and for the first time, Jane wrote some of the chapters from the male character's point of view. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one!
Next, it was Iona Grey's turn. She talked about her debut, Letters to the Lost. I had the pleasure of reading it (I actually finished it on the plane to London) and loved every bit of this beautiful story. It was great to hear her read an extract and talk about the story and the characters. Letters to the Lost is out on April and you cannot miss this want. Truly fantastic.
After Iona, it was Andy Jones' time. Not a tiny bit overwhelmed for being surrounded by so many women, Andy made us all laugh and read an extract of his wonderful novel The Two of Us, which I had also read and loved (You can read my 5* review here). Already out in ebook and out in May in paperback, I highly recommend it!
Heidi Swain was next. Her debut, The Cherry Tree Cafe, will be released as a digital exclusive in July and it sounds just like my cup of tea. After hearing an extract and some bits she told us and learning that the heroine loves crafting (which I do too), I am really looking forward to this one.
And finally, it was Milly Johnson's turn. I love her books, actually, I love all of her. She is so fun and honest, had us all laughing in a minute. Her new novel, Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe, sounds amazing. And it's all about chocolate (or not eating it), with a sexy chocolatier as a possible love interest for the heroine. I cannot wait for this one!
After the reads and q&a it was time to check all the books they had in display. It was like book heaven. I had to control myself and not take all of them because I had to fly back home but I am telling you, it was really impressive. Once I had the books I really wanted, I went to chat with the authors and got my books signed. They were all so lovely. Also I have the honour to say that the first book Iona Grey signed was mine! She even wrote a number one on it! How cool is that?
Also the food was delicious, there were so many good things I couldn't choose. And the cupcakes were to die for. I got the chance to talk some more with my lovely bookish friends and also to meet more book bloggers. The time flew by and it was time to say good-bye. Here are some of the pics I took:
When I got back, I finally had time to check the contents of the beautiful tote bag and I love it all. It certainly was a fantastic night and I feel really glad to have had the opportunity to go and meet so many wonderful bookish people. And got so many fab books, cannot wait to start them all! Thank you Books and the City for organising!