Can’t Keep Up!

So much has been happening in recent weeks, I haven’t been keeping up with blogging (or anything else for that matter!). I’ll have to give you a quick resume:-

– First, I helped organise the RNA’s first readers’ day, the Regency Celebration, and it was a wonderful day.  We had talks by award-winning Regency novelists like Jo Beverley, Nicola Cornick and Julie Cohen, plus the author of the new Georgette Heyer biography, Dr Jennifer Kloester, and in between the serious stuff, there were all kinds of other things going on.  A troop of six Napoleonic era soldiers turned up and escorted us on walks around St James’s.  Jane Walton did costume demonstrations to show everyone what Georgian and Regency people would have worn (and let us try some of the outfits on).  Mr Rogers and his assistant came to lead a lively session of Regency dancing, and there was the Waterloo Tea at the East India Club, as well as card and dice games.  All in all, it seemed everyone enjoyed it, which was great!

– I’ve been on a blog tour in honour of Highland Storms, which is out next week.  I’ve had great fun being the guest of some lovely people and very much enjoyed reading the comments the posts generated.

– Finally, I attended the UK’s first ever romance convention aimed at readers, the Festival of Romance.  This was a mixture of talks and fun, and I had a brilliant time!  I took part in a panel talk on the theme of “Love and War” with some fellow historical romance authors.  Choc Lit sponsored a lady from Choc Chick to come and do a chocolate making demonstration, where she created a special chocolate just for my hero Brice from Highland Storms.  And I was one of the authors a the special “fashion parade” where we had to dress up as our heroines – I was Hannah from The Scarlet Kimono, which was fun.

It’s no wonder I feel ready for a break!  Hope November is a slightly less busy month …

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