Sara-Jade Virtue of Simon and Schuster and of course their fabulous Books and the City offspring, hands down organises the best events and I could not wait for this years Spring Blogger evening. Not only is it a chance to meet with the brilliant publishing people and some of their amazing fiction authors, it's a chance to catch up with other bloggers. (I apologies in advance for my not so great photos!)
I was very excited for the events authors that would be making a appearance, they were Alice Peterson, A Song For Tomorrow, Dani Atkins, This Love, Milly Johnson, The Queen of Wishful Thinking and Kate Furnivall, The Betrayal. We were also treated to two other authors, last-minute guest appearances from Sarah Vaughan, Anatomy of a Scandal and Juliet Ashton, The Woman at Number 24. It was such a privilege to get to listen to each of these four ladies talk about their upcoming novels and also treat us to a a little reading of each of their stories. I was fascinated by the all and now want to disappear down a reading hole so that I can read them all. There was a really fun Q&A where each of the authors had to tell us three things, two of which were true and one was a lit and we had to guess which one. I thought this was a brilliant way to get to know the author's more and now know that Alice Peterson had a crush on Tim Henman! We also got to know more about their writing journey and their relationships with their publishers. There were never a dull moment that was for sure!
Out of all the authors though, I was most excited to meet Dani Atkins, as I am a HUGE fan of her debut Fractured and is one my favourite books of all time. It was such a pleasure to get to meet her.
Afterwards it was time for some bubbly (we had heard the corks popping whilst listening to the lovely authors) and most excitingly of all, cake! I had seen these wonderful cupcakes on the Books and the City Twitter feed and I could not wait to try them. They tasted as good as they looked. This was also the chance to collect our wonderful goody bags and get all the wonderful books signed.
Huge thanks to SJV and the Books and the City team for a spectacular evening!