A few weeks ago, I was invited to the launch of Laini Taylor's book Daughter of Smoke and Bone at The Whistling Shop in London. Now this place was just like something out of a Charles Dickens book. It was dark and rich with Victorian atmosphere. There were quite a few bloggers there and we were all super excited to meet Laini.
Laini arrived with her husband, who was supporting her by wearing a pink tie to match her gorgeous pink hair. She gave a beautiful speech about the book, before we all stampeded her for signed books!
We were served interesting cocktails and unusual appetisers. Have you ever seen smoking oysters before? Or tasted meringue that made you breath like a dragon? No! Well I now have.
Here is the event in photos!
A rather blurred photo of Eleni, the publicity director from Hodder and Stoughton who feeds our book habit.
Laini arriving with her husband at The Whistling Shop.
Sarah and Liz from My Favourite Books
The barman making the signature cocktail for the event and secretly getting us all drunk!
Sarah from Feeling Fictional
Smoking oysters. I kid you not.
Laini writing faster than the speed of light.
An old fashioned lamp inside the bar, with books on show around it. The books didn't stay there long. You can just make out Casey from Dark Readers behind.
Sammee from I Want To Read That and a rather ghostly looking me!
Me nattering away to Laini. I don't think she understood a word I said, but she smiled politely a lot.
As you can see, we all had a fabulous time at the event. Laini was lovely and dealt with the mad English book bloggers extremely well.