Before I started blogging almost 4 years ago it was very rare that I actually got to meet authors in person as not many authors I read have visited bookshops in my area for book signings, in fact the only authors I'd previously met were Terry Waite and Jodi Picoult when they came to book events in a local bookshop that has since closed.
But over the last couple of years I have been extremely fortunate to have been invited to quite a few events, although most of them are in London, which although I'm on a main commuter route is not easy to get to on a work day as normally have to try and get a couple of hours off work. Also as any of my friends will tell you my sense of direction is DREADFUL but in the last year I have now visited many different locations across London and with my underground route planner and Google Maps I've only gotten lost a couple of times!
But a few weeks ago I received an invite to an event that I knew I definitely wanted to go to and as luck would have it, it was obviously meant to be for me to attend as it was being held on my day off and there was a special offer on train tickets. So yesterday afternoon saw me heading off to the big smoke again to the offices of Orion Publishing for an event to meet bestselling Irish author Cathy Kelly whose books I've been reading since her debut back in the 1990's (which ages us both!).
The evening began with a chance for us all to mingle and enjoy a drink and some nibbles and then the formal part of the evening began with another Orion author Fanny Blake chatting to Cathy about her latest book Between Sisters which is published today followed by a Q&A session with us all.
After that it was another chance for an informal chat with Cathy and of course to get Cathy, and Fanny, to sign our books that we received in our goody bag (photo below). As I had already been lucky enough to have been sent both a proof and finished copy of Between Sisters, I decided to get Cathy to sign the extra copy to give away on the blog.
Meet the women of Delaney Square . . .
Cassie has spent her married life doing everything right - making sure her children have the perfect life, being a devoted wife and a dutiful daughter-in-law. Although it's left her so exhausted that 'wine o'clock' comes a little earlier each afternoon . . .
Her sister Coco runs a vintage dress shop and has shied away from commitment over the years. Coco believes men complicate things, and she's got enough to contend with. Until a face from her past returns.
Watching over them is grandmother Pearl, tucked away in her little house in Delaney Square. But something is keeping her awake at night. Was she right to do what she did all those years ago?
And then there's Elsa, the polished face of daytime TV, who's battled demons of her own in the past and come out on top. Now Elsa faces one final fight - but it will require more bravery than anything which has come before.
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