I had a little jaunt away from the keyboard on Monday when an invitation to dinner for ‘London Area Authors’ dropped into my inbox from Crissy Brashear, the President of Samhain Publishing.
Well, I live 130 miles from London but thanks to the West Coast Train Line, I can be there in 90 mins – and I don’t get out much and I couldn’t possibly resist the chance to finally meet Crissy and Samhain Publisher, Lyndsey Faber, so off I went.
We were scheduled to meet on the steps of Earl’s Court, venue of the LBF, at 6.30 but I’d arranged to meet my agent for drinks first. What an education it was, watching all those bright young things and bookworld fashionistas exiting the fair. I bumped into the ed of my mainsteam books for a quick chat while I waited which was a bonus, before heading to the nearest pub with my agent and it seemed, half the book fair.
Then it was into an Italian restaurant. Four other Samhain authors were there, three of whom I met for the first time – and three of whom write M/M erotic romance. So hi to Barbara Elsburg and KJ Charles and to Imogen Howson, samhain ed and YA author . It was a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening evening and I left with new friends. The jaw dropping cover of Dark Blue was also shown around and greatly admired.
Thanks to Crissy and Lynsey for a lovely evening and their generosity.
I’ve also managed to keep my bum in seat long enough to get half way through the draft of French Blue and now I’m taking a short break to mull it all over.