Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Festival of Romance - fun and celebration!

I could have floated back to Scotland on a cloud of bliss after this weekend at The Festival of Romance instead of taking an Easyjet flight. This event, held annually in Bedford England, was three days of excitement and celebration amongst romance authors, readers, and industry professionals.
 

It was fantastic to meet up again with those peeps I already know and to finally meet those I feel I already know so well online but hadn’t yet met face to face. It might appear weird to throw yourself into the arms of people you’ve never met in real life and practically hug the life out of them – yet it felt complete appropriate to do so when these are people I already loved!


I was in contact with lovely JB of Brook Cottage Books before and during my journey to Bedford, as I was flying in from Glasgow to London Luton and she was flying in from Belfast. She sent me a photo so I’d recognise her when we finally met – and this is us just mere seconds after we did!
 
 
Ditto lovely Carol ‘Dizzy C’ (pic below) of Dizzy C's Little Book Blog, the wonderful Kim the Bookworm and fabulous Heidi of ‘Cosmochicklitian’
 

On the Friday night, Linn B Halton, Mandy Baggot and Sheryl Browne and I went to a fabulous Bedford Italian Restaurant for fun, wine and pizza!
 
 
Then at the Saturday night Gala Dinner, just when I thought the festival was only about being amongst fabulous friends, it also became a celebration of our success - when Linn B Halton, Editor in Chief of the emagazine with which I'm an associate editor - was awarded the 2013 Festival of Romance 'Innovation in Romantic Fiction' Industry award for “evolving the loveahappyending.com author/reader initiative into an interactive lifestyle magazine”.
 
 


After receiving her award, Linn said: “Being nominated was a huge honour, but to actually win the award was overwhelming. As organiser of LLm I was thrilled to accept this on behalf of everyone involved. There are thirty-two contributors in total involved with LLm and it is the wide range of articles (including book reviews) that saw our hit counter tip over the 3 million mark a couple of days ago, and we are now at a staggering 3,045,639.”
 

 
Huge congratulations to all the winners of all awards at this year's Festival of Romance and thanks to event organiser Kate Allan for all her hard work - what a fabulous weekend!


Innovation in Romantic Fiction Author winner – Linn B Halton with some of the Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine team
  
 
Left to right: Carol, Heidi, JB, Linn, Mandy, Sheryl, & myself

19 comments:

Kit Domino said...

So upset I couldn't make it:( but totally thrilled Linn won the award with LLM. It sounds as though it was a fabulous weekend. Next year???? Thanks for post, Janice, and lovely photos.
Kit
x

K. Rosenberg said...

It looks like you certainly did have a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing!

Melanie said...

I wish I could have made it as well. Still hoping to plan a trip that will coincide with the FoR.

Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time, and thrilled that the lovehappyending team won the innovation award.

jennyinneverland said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful weekend! Congratulations on the award (again) would love to come next year! xx

Jean Bull said...

Congratulations to you, Linn and all the team. Well done! It sounds as if you had a great time:)

Janice Horton said...

Kit - I was upset you couldn't make it too and hope you are feeling better now. I am holding onto the bear hug I have for you!!! xx

Kenneth, Melanie and Jenny - as contributors to LLm and part of the team - this award is yours too. Next year it would be fantastic if you could be there!

Jean - thank you so much - it was wonderful and I'm still smiling. xx

JB JOHNSTON said...

awww Janice I love that pic of us!! So lovely to finally meet you. Such a beautiful lady! x

Janice Horton said...

Ah lovely JB, I love that photo too and thank you - but I suspect you are much more beautiful than I am - or I too might have been singled out for a frisking and a drug swabbing by the twinkly-eyed security man at the airport! (Sorry, I'm still giggling about that!)

Janice xx

Dizzy C said...

Janice
It was fabulous to finally meet you and spend some time celebrating.

Lovely photos and write up.

carol

Janice Horton said...

Thank you Carol! I was so thrilled to see you and meet you and your lovely family at the hotel, and yes, so fabulous that we could all celebrate together!

Janice xx

Linn B Halton said...

What a weekend and what an award for the team! But best of all was that some of us could get together and you are so right, Janice! We are like family - we spend hours online supporting each other. It was like coming home - although none of us were home! Missing you all - and a little sad to know it will probably be a while until we meet up in person again! Lxxx

wordsfromanneli said...

So good to hear that you ladies had a good time. Would be nice if we could all meet at a "do" like this, but at least the rest of us can share when you post letters and blogs and tell us what we missed. Sounds like it was a fabulous weekend.

Kim The Book Worm said...

Only sorry I had to get back! Next year this Cindarella will go to the ball! So good to see you and lots of other friends and meet so many people that I chat online with. Fabulous day out! Xxx

Sheryl Browne said...

A fabulous event, Janice! Made better by sharing it with fabulous friends. Cheers, m'dear. Here's to the next one! :) xx

Caroline James said...

Thanks for sharing your special weekend Janice - it must have been quite wonderful and the award the icing on the cake. Fab! xx

Rena George said...

This sounds like one special party, Janice. Congratulations to all those worthy award winners, especially you, and the rest of the Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine team. Wow!! Rx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Fabulous, Janice - and congrats to you all! I must try and get there another year.

Patricia said...

It's been so much fun to see all the photos and share in the excitement … even from thousands of miles away. Way to go, team!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

It sounds like a great festival and a fun time celebrating. Congratulations to Linn for winning the innovation award.