Oh my goodness! What a day! Launching THE WINTER GARDEN yesterday was the most fun I've had without leaving the house in a very long time! It surpassed all expectations and my online tally hit 17 hours straight. I'm certain that's never happened before so thank you all so, so much for joining in the fun and keeping me on my toes!
The day started with the early arrival of this beautiful bouquet of autumnal blooms from the fabulous Book and The City team. Aren't they stunning? One of my favourite things in the world is fresh flowers so these really kicked off the celebrations in style!
The Heidi Swain Facebook Book Club party then launched at 9am. Organised by super #swainette Sue Baker and tirelessly supported by wonderful co-creator Fiona Jenkins, the fun carried on all day and long into the evening and the interaction was amazing. I've never had an online party before so this was a total treat. The post attracted dozens of comments and photos and it felt like I was sharing Christmas day with everyone! Thank you all so much.
Next up was the start of THE WINTER GARDEN Blog Tour. Stacy got things started with a wonderful review and an extract to whet everyone's appetite for a festive trip to Nightingale Square. Thank you Stacy!
And then last, but by no means least, it was time for the Instagram Live Chat with gorgeous Oriana. We planned to talk and answer everyone's questions for 45 mins but we ended up staying online for an hour and a half! We were having such fun we didn't even realise we were going to get cut off. We started part deux and were delighted when everyone joined the party again.
We've already decided that we're going to have another chat in December because there were so many unanswered questions and we really want to share them all. I'll let you know the date and place as soon as it's decided.
This fabulous screenshot sums up the event! I hope you wonderful #swainettes had as much fin as we did!
The day ended on a real high just after midnight. I logged on to Amazon to find 44 fabulous reviews already posted and a wonderful bestseller flag sitting pretty next to the e-book. I couldn't possibly have asked for more.
So, there you have it! One phenomenal publication celebration.
Just before you go, I want to say a massive thank you to Sue and Oriana who organised the fun and also to everyone who took part. Huge thanks too to everyone has already purchased a copy of the book, in whatever format, and to you fabulous folk who have reviewed it.
THE WINTER GARDEN publication day has been a 2020 highlight and I will treasure the memory of it forever.