Today (Sat 24th Jan) was one of those great rare days when i get invited to a publisher event (along with many other far more talented people) … The subject of the event? The launch of the upcoming Fire Sermon due out on the 26th Feb 2015.
So up nice and early and on the train to London, leaving behind the wife and my little Diva
Powering through the usual East coast mainline farce (they had reserved the same seat for 3 people…inc me) on a packed train, picturing a 90 min stand to lLondoni sighed down to the last carriage, and struck lucky with a reserved seat who hadn’t turned up…and what would any self respecting blogger do next… Out with the book ( Long Sword by Christian Cameron… review to come soon)
Due at 11.30am , in my usual fashion i arrived very early…
(Anyone recognise the location?)
on a lovely sunny day you see the great buildings and sights in a different way…. none so much as coming out of the London Bridge Tube station…
This is what you see just rising up in front of you, the stop must have been deliberately positioned to give this awe inspiring view as you rise up the escalator.
This is only the start of the amazing view that is the new Harper offices
and the view from inside…one so fabulous that you wonder if anyone will get any work done
this is only a small part of the stunning panoramic view from this wonderful new office building.
All this and i had not even got to the main event….meeting Francesca Haig and her wonderful new book.
Greeted by Francesca… “Parmenionbooks, are you the one who has been tweeting me?”….. erm….. quickly tries to remember how cheeky i had been “Yes…erm thats me”…. yup i stunned her with my witty repartee!
I need not have worried, she was a truly lovely person to meet, (as was her husband and little one). We were treated to tea and coffee and then a reading or two from the pending excellence that is Fire Sermon
(please note in the background the splendid book wall… close up below)
also add in the some quite excellent typewriter table lamps (want one)
The author reading soon turned into the blogger Q&A…. just for a few seconds there was that stunned silence of …”agghhh i don’t want to be first”.. i didn’t really help here.
But soon those other talented bloggers soon had Francesca pouring out little facts. When you read the book, pay attention to place names, there are some nods to dystopian authors of the past. We learned the origin of character names, where she wrote the book, how she wrote the book, the inspiration for the book and more. It all made for a fascinating morning…. and honestly everyone was listening, not thinking about cake…
nope…no thinking about cake at all…from anyone….
(i snagged one of these for the Diva)…..
and some lunch for me….(lovely sandwiches Harper Voyager thank you)
Then a surprise book signing and a copy of the book for each blogger and and goody bag of other books (yey… also containing a very interesting flyer for An Ember in the Ashes – 4 Jun 2015 by
So for a blogger it was a wonderful day out, meeting some wonderful people…. some of the best being the lovely ladies of Harper Voyager themselves, a group who look after us all year long as readers, and went above and beyond today. THANK YOU.
and Thank you to Francesca Haig (and her family)
and those who enjoy this blog, or just seethe with jealousy…please read the book…(Review ) its compelling reading. For me…. its a heck of a long wait for book 2.