A Romantic High Tea in Brisbane: wrap-up
On a hot and steamy Saturday afternoon on 19 November 2016, a group of dedicated fans and guests joined romance authors, Tina Clark, Anna Campbell and Kylie Scott, at a High Tea hosted by Heather Kopp on behalf of the Australian Romance Readers Association.
Held in Room With Roses on the gallery level of the historic Brisbane Arcade, we all sat down to towers of delectable treats, lots of coffee and tea and even the odd glass of champagne found the way to the tables. Scones with jam and cream, mini quiches, sandwiches and sweet tarts gave us all a sugar-fuelled high to enjoy the afternoon.
Kylie Scott, NYT bestselling author of the Flesh, Stage Dive (Lick, Play, Lead and Deep) and Dive Bar Series, had a table full of eager fans. After years of being a member of ARRA and attending many different author oriented events around Australia, it was an honour to finally meet Kylie, talk about her books and plans for 2017. Twist, her second Dive Bar book, will be out in April 2017.
Anna Campbell surprised her guests with a stack of books, a lovely gift for some summer holiday reading. Published in 2007, Anna Campbell is an award winning, bestselling author of regency romance novels. Such titles include Claiming the Courtesan, Midnight’s Wild Passion and A Scoundrel by Moonlight.
I was delighted to join Tina M Clark. Her first novel, My Brother-But-One, was a riveting tale set against the beautiful backdrop of game reserves in Africa. Tina’s stories take you on an amazing emotional rollercoaster journey that will stay with you forever. I mean it … I’m still getting over her first book! If you love suspense with romantic elements, add Tina to your reading list.
It was great to find out about her new writing projects, her passion for Africa and I am certainly looking forward to her next saga—but OMG it’s 150 000 words! Can’t wait! We all received a goody bag full of South African treats and a signed copy of Shooting Butterflies, her second novel. Her latest novel Tears of a Cheetah is out now.
It was a fantastic afternoon, meeting old acquaintances, catching up and making new friends. The intimate gathering over High Tea was a great opportunity to get to know the authors, find out about their inspiration and what we can look forward to in the future. For me, as long as their new books include romance and a happy ever after … I’ll be a fan forever!
Thanks to ARRA for organising this High Tea event. I look forward to many more.
[This article originally appeared in the December 2016 ARRA member newsletter.]