The Festival of Romance 2013

The Festival of Romance… *sigh* it has a lovely ring to it doesn’t it?
This is an annual event which takes place in Bedford, this year on 8th to the 10th November and is a celebration of romantic fiction.  I’ll be attending for the first time this year and I’m really looking forward to it
I cannot claim that my writing is particularly romantic – I’m from the school of the ‘Get your coat you’ve pulled’ type of romance. You can trace my unromantic pedigree back to the night I met my husband, when I set about proving how strong I was by giving men firemen’s lifts in a nightclub. And yes, I did pick him up. I seem to remember his plea that if I put him down he would buy me a drink. That did the trick!
But going back to the Festival, the programme is chockablock with opportunities to meet publishers, hear the latest industry news and mingle with other romantic (and not so romantic!) authors such as Talli Roland, Joanne Phillips, Mandy Baggot and lots of others.
The Gala dinner looks amazing and although I can’t attend, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for some wonderful people who have been nominated in this year’s Romance Industry Awards:
Julie Cohen whose creative writing sessions I’ve had the pleasure of attending this year
Sharon Goodwin whose company has organised the Conditional Love book tour
JB Johnston and Kirsty Maclennan who are part of my book tour. I was so delighted that they have welcomed me onto their blogs and agreed to review my book even though I am a debut author.
Carol Wright who although she isn’t officially part of my book tour, has really supported me on Twitter and Facebook and I’m very grateful for her generous input.
Good luck to all of you and I can’t wait to hear the results!

Cathy Bramley
By Cathy Bramley

Cathy is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby farm, The Lemon Tree Cafe and A Vintage Summer. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her family and Pearl, the Cockerpoo. Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, hiding her book under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Now she thinks she may have found her dream job.

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