Best Book Launch Party – EVER!

On a cold and miserable February morning, June Kearns, Mags Cullingford and I set out to catch the 11.32 from Leicester to St Pancras. We had our friend Maisie with us and were looking forward to meeting our bestie, Jan Brigden later that day. Why were we there? Why, only to attend the BEST BOOK LAUNCH PARTY – EVER for Adrienne Vaughan’s latest novel, That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel.

‘Seahorse’ is Adrienne’s fourth full length novel but she has also written a book of poems and short stories, and produced two collaborative works. You can find out more about Adrienne, here.

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After lunch at the fabulous Betjeman Arms we sallied forth for some retail therapy, homing in on the new MAC shop where I bought some makeup brushes and WHISTLES where Mags bought a fabulous tunic . An Author has to look glamorous, right? And the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s  annual awards (aka the RoNAS) are just around the corner. Anyhoo, I digress . . . At 4.30pm we rocked up the a private room in the Betjeman Arms where Adrienne was waiting to greet her guests.

As friends, family, and fellow writers gathered, the excellent and attentive staff made sure that no one’s prosecco glass went unfilled. Adrienne, her agent and publisher Lisa Eveleigh and Natalie Keene, Associate Director at AVA PR,  had ensured that the room looked fabulous and books were available to purchase. Many of us had already downloaded Summer at the Seahorse Hotel but were keen to obtain a signed copy for our bookshelves.

Upon arrival, each guest was asked to choose a tarot card from a set proffered by Adrienne. I drew The Emperor and then settled down as Adrienne read extracts from ‘Seahorse’. Click  here  to read the first few chapters of That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel. You will also be able to download a copy here, too. Seahorse Cover Thumbnail

Earlier, Christina Courtenay had drawn THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS from Adrienne’s pack and that was declared as the winning tarot. Her prize was a copy of ‘Seahorse’ and a some chocolate to take home. Readings over, books purchased, we all queued up to congratulate Adrienne, and then had a great time catching up with friends. RNA members in attendance were: June Kearns, Mags Cullingford, Lizzie Lamb, Sue Moorcroft, Jean Fullerton, Cathy Bramley, Pia Fenton and Julie Vince.

All that remained was to gather New Romantics Press together for one last photo before catching the train back to Leicester.


Fabulous blogger Anne Williams who’d written a review of ‘Seahorse’ earlier that week was also in attendance. You can read Anne’s review here. Two other bloggers/book reviewers have also reviewed Adrienne’s novel, Many thanks to Rosie Amber and Jessie Cahalin for their support.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, I’ll be spending mine within the pages of ‘Seahorse’, I can smell the briny and hear the waves crashing on the shore from here.


About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which our books are published. I have published six books since 2012, the latest being Harper's Highland Fling. I am currently working on #7 which I hope to publish in 2022. In the meantime, do check out my Amazon page: and click 'FOLLOW' to keep up to date with me and my news.

Posted on February 9, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Thank you,Lizzie for telling us all about the party! And such great photos, too!

  2. Archie, Fenella and Trixie would approve of the glamorous celebration. Lizzie, you have a great weekend to ahead of you – enjoy! Don’t forget to crack open a bottle of champagne.

  3. Glad you all had such a great day out. You deserve it after so much hard work. Good luck to Adrienne’s latest. It is exciting seeing you all doing so well.

  4. Mags Cullingford

    Fabulous party launching Adrienne’s fabulous novel brimful with real and believable characters, and romance, mystery, intrigue. What better way to wash away the Winter Blues on an ebbing tide.

  5. Briliant post & pics, Lizzie. It really was a fabulous launch party. I’ve started reading ‘Seahorse’ and I’m well and truly hooked! Thank you for a lovely evening, Adrienne, and best of luck with the novel Xx

  6. Sarah Houldcroft

    Looks like it was a brilliant event, I only wish I could have been there

  7. Joan Davies-Bushby

    So sorry to have missed Adrienne’s book launch. I’m sure that Seahorse will be a great success and I’m looking forward to reading it out here in Hong Kong.

  8. Fabulous post, Lizzie.
    What a swell party that was!! Adrienne really knows how to make it swing!
    Great launch for a magical book.

  9. If exhaustion is anything to go by, it must have been a great book launch. LOL. Hoping that Adrienne has lots of sales and gains new readers into the bargain.

    • Thanks a million Lizzie, fabulous blog, it was all so special and you and my other Leicester chums are just fantastic. I’m very lucky and love you all! (Blows kisses, bows, exits stage left). X

  10. Thank you for sharingg

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