As one of themes of 'Lottie's Luck' is her dog walking business (hence the foot attire which features on the cover), I was highly amused to arrive for the evening to see wellie wearers!
Of course the evening had to begin with the teens playing with the dog in the garden.
Instead, here I am proudly showing off my book with friends (our husbands were too busy gossiping)
A well deserved glass of wine.
Hubbie and friend
God-daughter engrossed in the new book.
First book she's read in years and she took it off to bed with her!
Me with my boy and my new 'Lottie's Luck' balloon.
The decor was pink and white with bunting, pom-poms and
We had thai green curry and this was the remains of the offending
chili which rendered me speechless for ten minutes.
Delicious Eton Mess
(but I opted for the chocolate tart and some very stinky cheese)
Looking very smug!
We had party poppers and champagne blowers.
I always seem to end up decorated with the poppers innards!
It was great to have the teens there - they did disappear to do their own thing but not before we had a game of 'Would I Lie To You?' What a great bunch of liars we are - we all fell for my friend's story about how she was poked in the face with a Mars bar which appeared from a hedge she was passing! But rather worryingly, we had hoped that my God daughter's story was a lie but it turned out that it wasn't. She said she was about five and walking along the road holding Daddy's hand but suddenly she found she was holding an old lady's hand and not Daddy's! 'Daddy' got in a bit of trouble from 'Mummy' for that one last night!
Another 'lie' from my son had us chuckling. He said he was about seven and in a playground at the park when a swan chased him out, pecking at his bum. Now, I am infamously known as the most paranoid mother ever to walk this earth so one question from my friend's husband, 'Where was Mummy when this happened?' revealed the lie. Son answered, 'She was at the coffee shop.' ''Nope!' Friend's husband answered. 'Not Amanda! Would never have happened!'
When I revealed that I had once had a wee in one of the guests' gardens when he was out, they all said I was lying. It was, in fact ... the truth! Bear with and I'll tell you why before you judge me. Said friend lives in a huge house in the middle of the country and we were on our way to his son's wedding reception which involved passing the house. We'd been stuck in traffic for ages and I was desperate - no pubs, no secluded bushes anywhere. Now I know this friend often leaves his front door unlocked so we pulled into his driveway in hope. Locked! I was near to tears now, so I sneaked to the side of the house and weed in his bushes, accompanied by his very confused cat. The friend said he will never look at the yellow patch of grass in the same way again.
So, 'Lottie's Luck' was launched in style with good friends, fine wine, yummy food and bucket loads of laughter. I can't wait til December for the next one.
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