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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Spring Blogger Evening 2018

On Thursday 22nd March I was invited by the lovely Sara-Jade Virtue to attend one of the highlights of my year, it was of course The Simon & Schuster, Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening.

Three years ago I was invited to my first ever one of these events and I didn't know a soul but I bravely went along and had an amazing time and met some wonderful people who are now great friends, especially Vicki Bowles, Mary Lewis and Heidi Swain who was a debut author at the time.

The 2018 event was like no other as we had ten, yes ten amazing authors who were there to share their wonderful creations with us, this time I didn't have to go alone as I met up with Vicki and other lovely bloggers Sharon Wilden and Super blogger RNA Media Star of the year Linda Hill. After we'd had a catch up and some cake we made our way along Greys Inn road which didn't seem as long with such great company and as we were a little early we popped into the pub for a cheeky little drink beforehand.

On entering Simon and Schuster's head office we were welcomed warmly by Team BATC members who were very proud to show off their lovely new offices. We had some time to mingle and catch up with fellow bloggers and other friends from the world of publishing such as the hugely talented Izzie Broom and enjoy the delicious buffet and amazing cupcakes which were decorated in keeping with the wonderful books that we would be hearing about.
Authors listed from right to left below with links to buy/pre-order books
The author table was very long and Jo Dickinson from S&S introduced the authors and asked each one questions relevant to their books and then they read a sample for one minute.  A couple of the books I'd already read and they were amazing, these included Our House by Louise Candlish which is a total shocker and You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac which is an emotional weepy with an uplifting feel to it and The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton which is a lovely story of the highs and lows of family life and love, told around the dinner table every Sunday.

One of my favourite things about being a book blogger is the privilege of reading these books ages before they come out, it's a huge thrill to be involved at such an early stage and to be trusted with these precious books that these authors have poured their hearts into, and the cherry on top of the icing on the cake is when you are quoted in one of the books by your favourite authors which I am very proud to have been on these books.

After listening to the authors reading from their books I can tell you that this coming year is going to be amazing as each of these books is released, they are all so different and wonderfully fresh, there really is something for everybody. I love creatives, they are amazing.

Huge thanks once again to the A.M.A.Z.I.N.G Sara-Jade Virtue and the whole of the Books and the City team for another fabulous night and a goody bag to die for.

Here are the links to the books for 2018/19 in order of their release.

Random Acts of Kindness - Part 3 - Crossroads by Victoria Walters

Our House by Louise Candlish

The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton

You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac

Starry Skies at Castle Court by Holly Hepburn

Five Years from Now by Paige Toon

Sunshine and Sweetpeas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain

Best Practice by Penny Parkes

The Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris

Book Angel x

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