Saturday, 19 May 2012

Having fun!

I'm just back from London and lying on top of my bed in a state of all-out recovery.

Thurday was a 5 am start to Glasgow airport, followed by the Stansted Express into London, a quick ride on a tube train to drop off my case at the gorgeous Charing Cross Hotel, then another ride on the tube to Richmond to reach..........
Mills and Boon Headquarters
I was a bit nervous at Mills and Boon headquarters.  I had arranged with my editor to film an interview to help publicise the Medical Fast Track coming up in June.  I also filmed some Love Bites segments that will be released in September when A Bond Between Strangers comes out, then again in November when Her Christmas Eve Diamond is released.
I was obviously in mid flow here!
I'm a bit worried people won't understand my strong Scottish accent but I'll just need to wait and see!

Next it was off to a lovely restaurant with my editor called Rock and Rose.  Very opulent!
There might have been cocktails......and wine......and lovely food......and then coffee and dessert.  But my lips are sealed!
Then it was a mad dash back to my hotel, then onto Waterstones in Piccadily for 5 o'clock as that's where the RNA members were meeting.
Talli Roland, Denyse King, me and Nina Harrington, who isn't paying attention!
Myself and Fiona Harper
It was then a quick (but not in my shoes!) walk along to the Royal Overseas League where the RNA Summer Party was being held.

Nina Harrington and Fiona Harper outside the Overseas League
The contenders for the Joan Hessayon award
The party was great fun with Evonne Wareham winning the Joan Hessayon award for her novel Never Coming Home.

Myself and my lovely editor Carly Byrne.

And after the party myself and my shoes disappeared for drinks with some fellow authors.

And whilst the shoes were beautiful, by this point my feet had died.  The lovely Anna Louise Lucia volunteered her silver sandals - well, actually I borrowed them as we walked back to the hotel.

Brigid Coady and Abby Green.

Abby and Heidi Rice.

At this point I had to don my shoes again and walk back to Charing Cross with Fiona, except we took the scenic route.  I could show you a photo of my feet but it isn't pretty!

And so I finished my visit to London the following morning by visiting my new nephew Oliver, who was born over a month ago and this was my first chance to see him.  Needless to say, he is gorgeous!


  1. Oh it looks so much fun and I can't wait to see your videos :)

  2. Hi Susan!
    Thank you for sharing your pictures! Looks like you had a fabulous time. (Love the shoes!) Please make sure to post when your Love Bites come out. Very exciting. Flo has a thick accent and I'm able to understand most of what she says so I'm guessing I'll understand you, too!!! It will be fun to hear your accent since, so far, all our communications have been over the Internet and when I read your e-mails/tweets/posts you sound just like me!!!!!

  3. Thanks rach, my interview should be up n the next few weeks to publicise the medical fast-track for harlequin. Just hoping it doesn't require subtitles!

  4. Hi Wendy, here's hoping you understand what I'm saying. Had great fun but am absolutely knackered!

  5. Fab post! I love all the pics, and get you with your boozy lunches with your editor!
    Everyone looked ace, and your shoes... omg. Fabulous.
    It must have been very exciting to go to M&B HQ, looking forward to seeing the video's when they are released.
    Happy days!


  6. My goodness, no wonder you're exhausted! It was lovely to see you and YOUR SHOES! I am still drooling.

  7. Hi Joanne, thanks very much, just hoping the videos don't need subtitles!!!!
    Heard things are going well for you too, loved your authonomy chapter xx

  8. Hi Talli,
    my feet were killing me! I actually "borrowed" Anna Louise Lucia's silver shoes to walk back in.
    You don't want to know how many plasters I am currently sporting. Loved your orange shoes!

  9. Looks like you had a fab time. :0) And the wee one's just gorgeous.

    Looking forward to the video.

  10. It looks like it was a lot of fun! I love your outfits, but I have a soft spot for your shoes. i would have been staring at your feet all night lol.

    Oliver is such a cutie, and I can't wait to see his aunt's video!

  11. Hi Suzanne!

    Kind of terrified about the video. Expecting to see it rear its head sometime in the next week to publicise the medical fast track.

  12. Lacey,
    the shoes are gorgeous, just not designed for walking in. the lovely glitter on them is really coarse and the edge of the rainbow starburst coincided with the edge of my foot. OUCH!