The Best Five Pounds I’ve Ever Spent!

One of the great things about living in Leicester – apart from The Foxes winning the Championship League, and finding The King in the Carpark (Richard III), is being on the main line to London.Adrienne in garden. (landscape)

 Yesterday, fellow New Romantic – Adrienne Vaughan – travelled with me to London for the best event of the summer, so far. For a mere £5 we bought a ticket to Romance in the Court, a fabulous event organised by David Headley’s Goldsboro Books. 

The event was held in historic Cecil Court on a beautiful summer’s evening.

There, amidst a fabulous gathering of romance writers, readers and supporters, I met old friends, made new ones and got down to the all important business of networking. As a writer, I’m never sure if the time I spend away from the WIP is really productive, so it was reassuring to meet new readers who said they knew me from a variety of social media: Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. And, as a result of ‘getting my name out there’, one reader had downloaded all my books. RESULT!

However, before I upload more photos, let me digress and share our bit of good fortune with you. En route to the event, I popped into Aspinalls in St Pancras (as a girl does) to buy the Swarovski ‘bag hook’ I’d been promising myself as a reward for working hard on #4. In a scene reminiscent from Love Actually , the manager  wrapped my present in an four different types of gift wrapping. He also put four boiled sweets in the bag. I know, I know it should have been a cinnamon stick, but I’m not complaining for the best was yet to come!

He asked us what we were doing in London. Quick as a flash we handed him our business cards. Mightily impressed, he asked if we would come down to his store in the autumn to an author event which he would organise: prosecco, nibbles, book signing etc. He also mentioned that he liked to’ take care of his girls’, which made Adrienne think (optimistically) that she would be getting a set of matching Aspinall luggage.  A girl can dream, can’t she? So, before we get ahead of ourselves,here are the rest of the photos. 

And there’s more. Click on each photo to see who’s who !

And, finally, a great photo of David Headley with Carole Matthews (courtesy of Carole and Kev). Many thanks to them for allowing me to use one of Kev’s photos at the top of this blog. 2016-05-27 10.14.36

 As you can see, a fabulous time was had by all. The best five pounds I’ve ever spent. I’m hoping that David will host a similar event next summer . . . no pressure, obvs.


And, just before I sign off, keep your eyes peeled for an exciting announcement coming from New Romantics Press this summer. But, hush, hush, it’s top secret  . . . for now! 

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 May 27, 2016, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Fabulous post, Lizzie! Great to see you too – you tiny person, you (lol) xxx

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  2. Great post and pictures, Lizzie!
    What a fab day out – wish I’d been there with you both!

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  3. Sounds like a truly fabulous day!

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  4. Reblogged this on evelynralph and commented:
    These events could be held for other writers, more often.

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  5. Great post Lizzie. I was sad not to be able to attend but am flying over to London on Monday so couldn’t do both. I do hope they do another Romance in the Court next year.

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    • I hope so too. I think it will prove really popular, and the £5 went towards the cost of a brand new paperback!!


  6. Rosemary Hoggard.

    What a lovely outcome from your day, you must be over the moon. The shopkeeper clearly took a shine to you both. And I can’t wait for the ‘exciting news’!!!


  7. Brill blog about a great evening, thanks for posting and looking forward to the New Romantics Press news in the Summer – the way to go girls!


  8. Francesca Capaldi Burgess

    Lovely blog post and great photos, thanks Lizzie. A very enjoyable event.


  9. Great post and great photos, Lizzie!
    And so many friendly faces. Glad you all had a good time. Now all I want is to attend next year (hopefully). Can’t wait to hear all about the secret project. You rock, New Romantics 4! xx


  10. Looks like a lot of fun. I’ve never heard of this before but you all seemed to have a great time! Looking forward to hearing your announcement. Intriguing…xx


  11. Five star blog Lizzie and what a five star event! Loved every minute of it! Great photos of a really great night … it had a real ‘summer in the city’ feel didn’t it. David Headley is surely one of our greatest supporters and such a lovely man. One for the memory book! X


  12. Love the Aspinall’s story.
    Wish I’d been at the ‘do’ – sounds fab.

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  13. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:

    Read what Adrienne and Lizzie got up to on Thursday in Libdon!


  14. Fantastic. Looks like it was a lot of fun!


  15. Lovely pictures! You were just missing those of us ‘oop t’North’!

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    • They say ‘oop north’ starts at Watford Gap, don’t they. Lol. At least the Conference will be nearer to you this year. 👍🏻


  16. I left a reply, Lizzie, but it doesn’t seem to have been posted. Anyway, it looks like you all had a fab time. Go you!

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    • That’s what I call ‘belt and braces,’ Amanda. I saw a copy of Mr Darcy’s diary in the national National Trust shop in Laycock when we were on holiday two weeks ago.


  17. Oops, just noticed it did post after all. Ah well, three comments are better than none!


  18. Great post, Lizzie – was a fab night – so lucky with the weather! 😉

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