Thursday 4 September 2014

Glitterati plus Giveaway! An evening with Ali Harris, Jane Costello,Paige Toon and Hanna Beckerman

On Thursday 28th August I got tickets for a fabulous authors event at the Grosovner House a Hotel. My mum and I had the pleasure of listening to Simon and Schuster Authors Ali Harris,
Paige Toon and Jane Costello. The discussion was being chaired by another lovely author-Hannah Becekrman. The whole vent was held in the Red Bar of the hotel, a gorgeous venue and so we were greeted with an offer of Prosecco or Qcumber water and handed cupcakes as we sat down. There were nibbles on each table and the most amazing mini lemon curd filled doughnuts glistened tantalisingly in martini glasses! 

There were also fab cocktails named after each of the authors books for us to try...

The authors were asked questions by the fabulous Hannah Beckerman. She asked them questions such as which of their characters they would want to be trapped on a desert island with, how they get their inspiration for their wild and wonderful locations and how they got into writing! It was wonderful hearing their answering and really inspirational. 

Ali read from her novel Written in the Stars. I recently received this book-it must have been so difficult to write. She also talked about her new novel which is going to be set on Broadway in present day and the 1950s. It sounds awesome! 

Jane read a very funny extract from The Time of Our Lives which had us all chuckling. She talked about the fact that she has to sit down and write from beginning to end, turning off her inner editor before going onto multiple drafts to get her novels to be the fabulously funny read that we know and love! 

Paige read from Thirteen Weddings. I reviewed this back in July, it was such a fun book and had the usual escapism that we can expect from a Paige Toon novel. Her new novel is set in Australia and she recently revelled the title on twitter. She said that she would like to be trapped on a desert island with the lovely Leo from The Longest Holiday (an excellent choice!)

We got a wonderful goody bag at the end of the event containing a Jackie Collins cookbook, some Pop Chips and Qcumber water, a Bookish and Proud notebook, a Books and The City Tote, a little book of lovely quotes and an amazing Benefit mascara. 

I'm being kind and lovely to you all today and giving you the chance to win some of this fab bookish swag. I've got 2 copies of the cookbook, tote bag and mascara to giveaway, here's what you can win...

Just leave me a comment below telling me your favourite Books and The a City author (if you can decide) and I'll pick 2 lucky winners in exactly a weeks time, make sure you keep an eye on the blog and twitter for the announcement! 

Thanks again to The Grosovner and Simon and Schuster/Books and the city for organising the event and to the amazing authors for being so thoroughly entertaining! 


  1. I love Paige Toon! Everyone of her books is special and gives me escapism. My favourite book of hers is Lucy in the Sky. Absolutely love it! Your so lucky you managed to go and look like you had a really great time. Unfortunately I was unable to make it so would love to win these goodies!!! X

  2. oh my...that's pretty hard to say. But if I had to choose I'd say Ali Harris. 'First last Kiss' is one of my all time faves & I cried buckets while reading it! Such an emosh read!!! Thanks so much for the fab giveaway love, stunning pictures too. I have to say I'm a bit jealous:) xx


  3. Lovely photos! I'm sure the event was great! My fave author is Paige Toon because I love all her novels and they always have something that make them stand out from the rest. However, I loved the two books of Ali Harris I have read, she create such amazing stories! Thanks for the fab giveaway! xx

    Alba @LostIn_Chicklit

  4. Oh that's a mean questions missy. Lol I love Paige Toon, but Ali Harris and the first last kiss..... Need I say more! Ali Harris x