Saturday was Hot Key Books, Templar Publishing & Piccadilly Press‘s Spring Blogger Brunch, although in this case it was more of a lunch because we got pizza. Which based on all the empty boxes and conversations I had was a big hit. (It was very yummy pizza). There were also bowls and plates filled with cakes, biscuits, fruit and chocolate…
Basically any kind of food you could want and plenty of it.
I know food isn’t a reason to go but I wanted to point it out because A- it was so delicious and B- because there was so much thought behind it. Like making sure there were vegetarian and gluten-free options, so thank you.
Also Simon Packham was there to discuss his upcoming release Trust Games (no cover yet) and the inspiration behind it.
Hot Key Books
…presentation was impressive, there are a few exciting thing I can’t talk about but let me drown you in the catalog of amazing books coming out soon.
Firstly two US titles I’ve already heard so much about:
We Were Liars by E. Lockhard (read it on the train home, review coming soon)
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (currently reading)
Both of these are out in May so you won’t have to wait too long. 🙂
Elon Dann was one of the quest authors and told us about Awe of Mercury (due out in July) – I picked up a copy of the first book, Clockwise of Titan on the back of this.
Then of course there were the titles of OMG I have to read these, which incl.
- American Savage by Matt Whyman (loved book 1)
- The Black North by Nigel McDowell
- An English Boy in New York by T.S. Easton
(if you haven’t read Boys Don’t Knit, READ IT)
- Say Her Name by James Dawson (more on that in a bit)
- As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka (this sound so promising)
I was also happy to see that sequels from Laure Eve and Katie Coyle are coming soon.
Actually let me just say I was very happy all round, stupid grinning throughout.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know I’m a bit of James Dawson fan. So – not only did I get a review copy of Say Her Name (which I’ve been excited about since last year and read that night! It’s brilliant btw and yes I ended up trying to cover all the mirrors in my hotel room. Which was hard because there were 3 and they were massive. Who needs that many reflections of themselves?!) but to I got meet him!
This made Saturday pretty epic, I think I even managed coherent sentences (maybe). I think Mr Dawson will have to join my VIP shelf alongside Zoë Marriott, Alexia Casale, Robin McKinley, etc.
Essentially authors/books that will always be wonderful.
…presented last (but not least) and had Sophie Hamilton there to talk about her debut: Stitch Up (some of you might remember me talking about this after the last event). Sophie was lovely, I got to talk to her for a little while afterwards. The only problem was that there weren’t any review copies of Stitch Up *sniff* but I’ve been promised that will be sorted soon. 😉
There is actually a note I made on the handout saying:
Bug Templar by email until you get it.
Another book I was really excited about was Alex Gutteridge’s No Going Back. I adored Last Chance Angel.
After the presentations we all mingled, ate and ogled the pretty books around us. Apart from the goody bag, Hot Key Books, Templar Publishing & Piccadilly Press had also set up a table where we could pick what took our fancy. I was surprisingly good (by my standards) but still went home with a bag*.
I had an amazing time, thank you everyone.