The Party’s Over – How did Mariah Do?

Back from London clutching my certificate and cheque as a contender for the 2013 Mariah's MarriageJoan Hessayon award. The overall winner is Liesel Schwartz with her steampunk romance, A Conspiracy of Alchemists.

There are photos here:

I stayed in a small hotel called Searcys. They welcomed me with a tray of coffee and lovely biccies and brought me breakfast in my room. Getting in is like joining an Agatha Christie set as you press the intercom and they send the lift down to street level. Does make you feel very safe once inside and it was only 2 stops on the underground to Park Place where the RNA party was happening.

The party was full of the romance world. Serena Clarke, another JH contender, had flown over from New Zealand. Several of my Scottish writing friends were there to cheer me on and take yet more photos, later, later. There was wine, fizz and canapées.

The romantic novel of the year was also announced and it went to Jenny Colgan who was looking really Glam.

I had allowed myself Friday morning in London and spent it well. You can read about that, if you like, on my Plays’ blog, here:


11 thoughts on “The Party’s Over – How did Mariah Do?

    • Hi Christy, it was quite a do. The hotel was known to my DH who’s stayed there from time to time. It features a roof garden where one could have breakfast, and one interpid lady was out there, but the weather didn’t tempt me. They do all sorts – weddings, conferences, champagne bars. London is a fascinating place. Anne


    • Hi Mary, thanks for dropping by. It was great fun and I enjoyed being around London on my own for the morning. I was mildly tempted not to approve this comment, but must face the music. I don’t know. Anne


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