MILLY JOHNSON TOUR
We are absolutely delighted to confirm that Milly Johnson will be doing some fabulous events to celebrate the publication of the paperback edition of her brand new novel – The Queen of Wishful Thinking!
COVER REVEAL – by Emma Capron!!!
I am hugely excited to reveal the fantastic new cover for Heidi Swain’s new novel, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage. Isn’t it a stunner? Ooh, I can already feel those warm summer evenings – I long to escape this miserable, cold drizzle we’ve got going on at the moment. And Heidi’s novels are exactly that, the perfect escape from this chaotic world we now live in.
Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage sees a return to Wynbridge with a whole host of wonderful new characters, led by the lovely Lottie, and some familiar faces for those of us who have had the pleasure of reading Heidi’s other books. It is out on 13th July and I simply cannot wait – go forth and pre-order immediately!
We were SO excited to report that not one, but two of our fabulous authors were shortlisted on the 2017 Romantic Novel of the Year Awards (RoNAs), sponsored by those wonderful folk over at Goldsboro Books.
At a glittering ceremony in the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, London SW1 on 13th March all the category winners, and the overall award – the prestigious Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award – were presented by Prue Leith. It was only last year that our very own Iona Grey won the overall award, with her beautiful novel – Letters to the Lost, and Milly Johnson won the Romantic Comedy Category with Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe – so we were crossing our fingers and toes for another wonderful night!
The awards comprised seven categories – Contemporary Romantic Novel, Epic Romantic Novel, Historical Romantic Novel, Paranormal or Speculative Romantic Novel, Romantic Comedy Novel, the RoNA Rose Award (for shorter and category romance), and Young Adult Romantic Novel – with a range of authors shortlisted for each one.
The Contemporary Romantic Novel category was for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes genres such as chick lit and romantic suspense.
The Epic Romantic Novel category contains serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.
The Historical Romantic Novel category is for novels set in a period before 1960.
The Paranormal or Speculative Romance Novel category was for romantic novels that include elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, whether paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, time slip or worlds that include ghosts, vampires or creatures of legend.
The Romantic Comedy Novel was for consistently humorous or amusing novels and included our very own Penny Parkes.
The RoNA Rose Award recognised the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine.
The Young Adult Romantic Novel featured protagonists who are teenagers or young adults, including our very own Paige Toon.
GIRLS ON TOUR EVENT AT CHISWICK BOOK FESTIVAL
On Saturday evening, 17th September 2016, Santa Montefiore, Penny Parkes, Jane Costello and Juliet Ashton were joined by Isabelle Broom from Heat magazine for a very special Books and the City: Girls on Tour event at Chiswick Book Festival, and a wonderful time was had by all!!
With a glass of fizz to keep us going, our panel covered all manner of cracking questions such as ‘What does it take to be a modern woman?’, ‘Which women inspire you?’, most iconic female literary heroines, best things about being a writer, ’What’s the best thing about being a modern women?’, writing inspirations and even some nuggets of advice for aspiring writers, the event was frank, fun and fabulous!
AFTERNOON TEA AT THE GREAT BARN WITH JANE COSTELLO, PAIGE TOON, JULIET ASHTON AND DANI ATKINS!
Hillingdon Libraries called it their ‘event of the season’ and we couldn’t agree more! On 26th May 2016 we toured four of our authors for a very special #GirlsOnTour Literary Afternoon Tea at the beautiful and historic Great Barn in Ruislip, Middlesex – bestselling authors Jane Costello, Paige Toon, Juliet Ashton and Dani Atkins were our VIP hosts for the afternoon, and joined our guests for a very indulgent tea provided by local bakery Honey Bees Cakes - with extra fizz on the side!
JUST ANOTHER MANIC MONDAY…
Last night, @TeamBATC uber’d it’s way down Whitehall way to take our seats at (lucky?) table number 14 at the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, to attend the star-studded annual #RoNAs (Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards) now sponsored by those fabulous chaps over at Goldsboro Books.
Imagine if you will, a beautiful library, steeped in history and packed to the rafters with 200 odd guests, nominated authors, members of the RNA, publishing bods and agents, sequined up to the eyeballs in their best gowns, with all the glamour and fizzing excitement of the Oscars, but with far less ego and Botox.
After a round of delicious nibbly savoury delights, pink fizz and pink cupcakes (natch), the event kicked off…
Oh my. Let me tell you, I was giddy with anticipation – so god alone knows how all the nominated authors managed to keep a lid on it. I’d be running around screaming with a goat on my head.
In amongst the brilliant compering by Jane Wenham-Jones and guest presenting by the hilarious Fern Britton, the fizz fizzed, the laughter rang out loud and proud, and the warmth radiating from the room could have powered a small village for a week. Let me tell you, the RNA is a very special Association and long may it continue.
Anyho. To cut a long story short, we were triumphant. Not only did Milly and Iona both win their category awards, for Romantic Comedy and Historical respectfully, but Letters to the Lost triumphed to win The Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year. I KNOW! Cue tears, hugging, tweeting a–go–go, proud mother moments for Editor of both novels, Queen of the Red Pen of Doom (and Delight!), Clare Hey and a giddy round of cheers!
Team BATC are incredibly proud and honoured to be the publishers of such a diverse and wonderful group of excellent authors, and whilst it goes without saying we love ALL our authors in equal measure, sometimes hearing a room full of less invested ladies whoop and cheer for our girls really does make the heart sing. It really really does….
Here are a handful of my favourite snaps of the night….
CULTURE BITE EVENT UPDATE
On 30th and 31st October 2015, Clare Hey and I were delighted to bring 3 cracking events to the Hillingdon Library CultureBite Festival.
And then on Saturday evening, we held a fabulous How To Write A Novel And Get It Published event at Uxbridge Library with bestselling authors Rachel Hore and Susan Elliot Wright in conversation with Clare Hey, Fiction Editorial Director here at Books and the City HQ….
Thank you so much to all our authors, the team at Hillingdon Library for looking after us so well, especially Sam, Lara and Jo, and the wonderful audiences at each of the events for coming!
Afternoon Tea at the Grosvenor House Hotel with Milly Johnson
In June 2015 we invited a group of readers, bloggers and fans to celebrate the launch of the fabulous Milly Johnson novel – Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe – at our favourite London hotel, Grosvenor House.
Here are a couple of our favourite snaps from the day.
Thank you to everyone who came, the lovely team at Grosvenor House Hotel who looked after everyone SO well, and Emma who kindly delayed her holiday to attend!
GIRLS ON TOUR WITH JANE COSTELLO, IONA GREY AND ANDY JONES
A fab time was had by all at Waterstones in April 2015, at our first ever Liverpool Girls on Tour event. As ever our brilliant chair, Clare Hey, grilled the authors following a short reading from each of them from their novels – The Love Shack, The Two of Us and Letters to the Lost, with a Q&A session to top it all off. Thank you so much to Waterstones for hosting, and Janes dad for filming this great video!
In October 2014 Grosvenor House Hotel played host to a #Literati event with the one and only Richard Madeley A wonderful time was had by all, including our fabulous compère for the evening, Hannah Beckerman, The Croydon Massive Reading Group, Catriona the Fabulous Book Fiend and Sam Everett from Hillingdon Libraries. Thanks to Lorna, Rosie and the brilliant team at Grosvenor House for looking after us all so well again and be sure to look out for details of more events at our favourite 5* London hotel coming soon…
GLITTERATI EVENT REPORT
In August 2014, we hosted a fabulous Girls on Tour event at our favourite 5* hotel bar – Red Bar – at Grosvenor House Hotel with bestselling authors Ali Harris, Jane Costello and Paige Toon. It was a brilliant night with lots of chat, fizz, cocktails, cupcakes, doughnuts and an awesome goody bag for everyone that attended. We were also lucky enough to have our friends from Benefit Cosmetics on hand to give complimentary ’make-uppers’ to all guests and the wonderful Hannah Beckerman as our compère for the evening! We are hoping to go back to Red Bar for another #Glitterati event in 2016, so will let you know as soon as we can!
GIRLS ON TOUR HITS WATERSTONES BIRMINGHAM
In June 2014 Girls on Tour visited Waterstones in Birmingham for a fabulous evening of book chat, cupcakes and pink fizz with Ali Harris, Milly Johnson and Paige Toon. A wonderful time was had by all, so many thanks to everyone who came, our marvellous authors and the team at Waterstones for looking after us so well. We look forward to announcing the date of the next event soon, so keep an eye out for details!
In June 2014 we hosted a very special Afternoon Tea at BB Bakery in Covent Garden to celebrate the partnership between Melissa Hill’s paperback edition of A Gift To Remember and Bourjois. The cakes were delicious, the pink fizz flowed, we talked about books and make-up all afternoon and our guests left with an exclusive goody bag!