After the excellent Tinder Press first birthday party on Tuesday it was time for another bookish event the following evening, with the launch party for Lucy Dillon's A Hundred Pieces of Me. I really enjoyed this inspiring novel (find my full review here) and was very excited at the opportunity to be meeting the author herself.
I met up with Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea before heading to the launch's location; the iconic Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street. This was such a fitting venue for a book event, the beautiful Edwardian building was stocked full of classical and modern literary works and I already promised myself I'd be going back to buy ALL the books (and one of their tote bags, because they're brilliant).
We were greeted by the lovely Vero from Hodder & Stoughton and wine (every good bookish event should involve alcohol in some form) before mingling with some of the other guests. We soon realised that a lot of people there were authors whose books I really enjoy reading! We first chatted to Rebecca Chance (who writes sexy and super addictive bonkbusters which I absolutely adore) before being introduced to people from the Hodder team.
Author Rebecca Chance, myself, Vicky and author Kate Harrison
It was particularly awesome to get a chance to chat to Alix from Wishlist (the fantastic Hodder women's fiction newsletter which I always spam on Facebook and Twitter...) and to be able to put a face to the person I'd been chatting with on social media (spoiler alert: she looks nothing like the Twitter avatar ;)).
Cute notebooks with the book's cover were laying around the event area ♥
After a lovely speech from Lucy (where she got a bit emotional as she was thanking friends and family for support during the writing of her novel) we took the plunge and asked if she would sign our books - which she happily did. We also spoke to her for a bit about the book's story, main character Gina and the open ending (which I apparently completely misinterpreted, oops).
We had a wonderful evening (even though, with so many amazing writers present, I did feel slightly like we were crashing an author party) - many thanks to the Hodder team for letting me attend!