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16/09/2014: Festival of Romantic Fiction 2014

Last Saturday I spent a lovely day in Leighton Buzzard, which is where the Festival of Romantic Fiction was held this year. I had never been a 'market trader' before, but the authors taking part were allocated a proper market stall in the High Street and we set out our wares. All the books on the stalls were a lovely sight (although being a book worm, I may be slightly biased).

Members of the public passing by were interested and supportive, asking if we'll come again next year. It was huge fun chatting to everyone - and selling some books of course - and I could happily have stayed there all day.

In the afternoon we had to go on to the local tea room, however, for a traditional afternoon tea and readings from our books. The Green House in the Market Square put on a fabulous spread which included my favourite type of scones - those without raisins or currants. No dinner was needed after that!

Which was just as well, because we then continued on to the Festival Awards presentation at the Leighton Buzzard theatre, where we were treated to some dance displays by a local theatre school - the children taking part were very talented indeed!

Although Monsoon Mists was shortlisted in the historical category - which was lovely - it didn't win, but as it lost out to the wonderful The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans, I didn't really mind. Other winners included Fiona Harper, Rowan Coleman, Alice Peterson, Jo Thomas and Nicola May. And our lovely RNA President Katie Fforde was inducted into the Festival Hall of Fame - very well deserved!

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