I was so lucky to have so many of my friends show up. I had a posse of six :) Which is fab considering there were 5 of us reading and the space was limited. It was so cool to look up and find a familiar face in every corner of the audience!
The environment at Sh! in Hoxton is comfortable but 'saucy'. We were all plied with lots of bubbly as well as cakes, and there was plenty of time to browse the goods both upstairs and down, where the reading took place. I was the last reader, after KD Grace, Kay Jaybee, Elizabeth Coldwell, and Jacqueline Applebee. About halfway through the first set of readers, a rather 'energetic' group of customers came in upstairs. Sounded like a hen party! Going last, especially after the stories and excerpts these four great ladies read, can be daunting. But I felt confident with my story--I just needed to keep up the pacing in a story with war/battle metaphors and lots of action! I think I accomplished that, based on the reaction from one of the Sh! girls as she came to the 'stage' to thank us all for coming ;)
At the end, we had some time to visit, and I signed books. MY FIRST SIGNING! It was for two of my friends, plus the other authors and a copy that we all signed to be given away by the shop. But still! I autographed books! ha!
And then some of us went out for curry and ate and drank and talked. The End :)