I had such a good time last night at my very first book launch and reading. Thank you so much to all my family and friends who came along to support me, and a special thanks to my daughter and her friends who helped to set out the nibbles and clear it all away! My dear, long-suffering husband deserves extra special thanks for everything he did to make it such an enjoyable evening. And I even sold many books (you can tell I'm not a busines woman). Dear Lorna brought me the gorgeous flowers in the photo. Thanks too, to all my lovely blogging and Facebook friends who wished me well.
As a bit of fun, and hopefully some interest, I tried to dress in a vague semblance of Regency style. I just adapted a dress I had at home by sewing a ribbon under the bust, and I wore medium long white gloves, and even sewed some pearls on a cream ribbon to tie in my hair. Unfortunately, the hair wasn't long enough to pull neatly into a topknot, but my heroine, Lydia, usually had rather untidy hair.
I also brought along a parasol, a fan, a reticule and a shawl to illustrate the kind of items a Regency lady wouldn't be without. And I even showed a mask which my daughter bought me last Christmas - it might feature in the next book, if I ever get it finished! I've posted some photos of what a real Regency lady might look like on my romancing history blog.
So, all in all, I had a lovely evening and the venue was perfect. And the icing on the cake was the fact the local Art Club has an exhibition on in the elegant hall at the moment, so the walls were beautifully adorned with lovely paintings. Roll on the next launch!