My review of 2016 – January – June

January kicked off with a BANG. New Romantics Press put on their best bibs and tuckers and headed to Lunnon Tah-an for Jill Mansell’s Book launch. There we bumped into many fellow RNA members who’d wandered over from another book launch to join us. A great time was had by all and we went away inspired to finish our WIP in 2016.

Read on to see if we achieved our goal . . .

In February, our baby boy Jasper was 20 and he received lots of cards. One from a Facebook friend and reader Lotte Sutton in Australia, which was such a kind thought.  I just hope he appreciated it. He’s 21 on February 2nd 2017 – I predict that there might be a little celebration on that day involving the Bridget Jones DVD, cocktails, canapes, cake and coffee. All the things he likes (cough, cough).

Adrienne and I have both had parents who’ve died from cancer, so we decided to raise some money for HOPE AGAINST CANCER, in their memories. In February we organised a literary lunch at swish Kilworth House Hotel, gave a hilarious (if I say so myself) talk about writing romance – and raised over £500 for the charity.

I also gave a talk on self-publishing to the Birmingham Chapter of the RNA, and to students at De Montfort University during February. March was a busy month, too. Apart from it being my birthday, I made the final of the Exeter Novel Prize with Scotch on the Rocks so we took the caravan down to Exeter and fitted in a spring-break holiday after the ceremony. I took good care of my precious trophy, but a certain person thought the award belonged to him!

April was rather more family orientated as it was my father-in-law Geoffrey’s 90th birthday which we celebrated in style. A moment to cherish. A friend of long-standing, Maggie, who regularly buys several paperback copies of my novels and POSTS them to Australia (at great expense) joined us for the celebrations.  img_17582

I got stuck in with the WIP and vowed to finish it before Christmas.

May was a busy month with the fabulous Romance in the Court which Adrienne and I attended. Passing through St Pancras I bought something in Aspinall’s and, after talking to the manager, we were invited back to hold an author event there in November.More of which in part #2. I’m looking forward to attending the same event in May of 2017, thanks to Goldsboro Books and David Hedley.

Next, I gave a talk in Chippenham, to aspiring authors to prove to them that self publishing was within their grasp and took along novels which New Romantics Press have published to make my point. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.photofunia-1484222424

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What we didn’t plan on last year, was trading in our caravan for a slightly bigger one with a FIXED BED. But that’s what we did, two days before we set off on our month’s stay in Bonnie Scotland . . . No more setting up/dismantling the bed every morning so we can have breakfast. I’ve also gained more writing space, so #winwin. Just writing about it makes me long to go on the road again. 2016-06-26 12.47.27

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the first half of 2106.

Do join me for #2 when I’ll mention:

  • a character from Scotch on the Rocks who came to stay
  • the historical novel society conference in Oxford
  • NRP book launch and another author presentation
  • our gig at Aspinall and meeting Tom Parker-Bowles
  • the RNA winter party
  • Chatsworth all decked out for Christmas
  • the last chapter meeting of the season and some surprise guests
  • a cover reveal for #4

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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 all our books are published.

Posted on January 14, 2017, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Wow! What a (half year) that was Lizzie …great to have been part of, parts of it! I know writing is hard work, but being a writer is loads of fun, isn’t it? X

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  2. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:

    Happy New Year. Do take the time to read what I’ve been up to in 2016- it was an action packed year. Here’s the first installment.

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  3. Such variety. Great times, great success.

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  4. Gosh, what roller-coaster year. Didn’t you pack a lot in!!
    Now with Book 4 well on its way, 2017 is revving up, nicely too. Go Lizzie!

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  5. Thanks June. Looking forward to two new books from you and Adrienne, too. Don;t see any grass growing under our feet – LOL.

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  6. Oh I wonder who that character is? *cough cough* 😉
    Such great memories, Lizzie! Looking forward to reading part 2 xx

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  7. Lively blog, Liz. Looking forward to the second part

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  8. You’re an inspiration, Lizzie. 🙂 We’ve just invested in a caravan too. If I need any tips I know who to ask. Good luck with all your endeavours. xx

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    • We love our caravan and are thinking of upgrading to one with an island bed. But that would mean changing our campervan too. Caravanning is great and it means you can write wherever you go. Have fun !

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  9. You’re an inspiration, Lizzie, thanks for sharing and every good wish for even more success with your writing. xx

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