Saturday saw me in sunny Scotland (and yes, it really was sunny for once, and quite hot!) for the Happily Never After event. I’m not quite sure if it was a book signing, a book launch, or a little of both, but it really doesn’t matter what I call it since it was a thoroughly enjoyable event.
The venue, the Buccleuch Arms in Moffat, was friendly, welcoming, and by chance just the right size for the number of people who turned up. This included many of the authors involved with the anthology, including LP Mennock, May Rinaldi, Christine Huntley, Les Morris, Mike Craven, John S Langley, Gillean Arjat, Angela King, Jackie Baldwin and myself, plus guests, hangers-on and other interested parties, and crime author Michael J Malone who popped in and took lots of photographs.
Most of the authors read from their work – either an excerpt from their story in the anthology, or from one of their other books or stories. In my own case it was a short extract from ‘Raise the Blade’, my psychological noir novella which is due out in less than two weeks now. Brian, his cigarette lighter and his invisible dog seemed to go down well with the audience.
Less invisible was Bea (Bee?) – a genuine Hearing Dogs charity dog, who was there with her owner Chas, who gave a moving and insightful talk into the benefits of Hearing Dogs generally and the impact Bea had made on his life. Bea herself enjoyed proceedings from her vantage point flat out on the floor, and stole all of our hearts in the process!
If you’d like to buy the book (all profit goes to Hearing Dogs) then pop over to Amazon now. It’s available as either Kindle or paperback, with over twenty great stories from 18 different authors – great value for the money.