There is nothing like a book launch to provide new reading matter, bring inspiration, and get those creative juices flowing again, and what could be better for a Choc Lit author than to attend a book launch held at the Chocolate Museum?
On Friday the 4th of April 2014 fellow Choc Lit authors Janet Gover and Beverley Eikli – both Australian – treated us to a glass of wine and some chocolate sampling (I sampled a lot!) at the Chocolate Museum in London’s Brixton area.
“Flight to Coorah Creek” is Janet’s first novel with Choc Lit and her fourth in total (she was previously published by Little Black Dress). Set in the Australian outback, it features a female pilot (just love that!), a handsome flying doctor, and a single mother on the run.
Beverley’s second novel with Choc Lit, “Maid of Milan”, is a Regency tale of redemption, forgiveness, and a woman’s dark past catching up with her. I look forward to reading both titles.
The venue being a museum, I did of course have a little nosey-around and fell in love with this gorgeous 18th Century cocoa cup. Note the two handles – it would have enabled even a young child to drink from it without spilling. And what do you think of this wonderful mural depicting cocoa beans?
There were also many different kinds of chocolate on sale – so many it was almost impossible to choose! – but I settled for a pack of Melange Chocolate, this one 71% cocoa and flavoured with raspberry and rosemary. Not much left of it now as you can see…
All in all, it was a great evening, and it was particularly lovely to meet some of the many book bloggers who so generously give up their spare time to blog about new titles. You can find them here:
Shaz’s Book Blog
Fabulous Book Fiend
I plan to visit the Chocolate Museum again very soon.
An interesting slant on the fabulous evening, Henri. I didn’t get further than looking at the books and the chocolate, I’m afraid! The cocoa cup looks lovely.
Liz – The cup particularly appealed to me because it’s from around the time when my latest novel, The Highwayman’s Daughter, is set. The image of one of my characters sipping cocoa from just such a cup was really vivid!
Will have to try to visit there one day – the combination of chocolate and books is too perfect! Lovely photos.
Angela – We missed you there, but there’s always another time when you’re in the UK.
It looks wonderful. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it. xx
Hopefully you can make it to the next one, Berni.
What a cute chocolate drinking cup, Henri. And a great post to bring it all back again!
Yes, if it hadn’t been behind glass, you never know what might have happened to it 😉 Think I’ll see if I can get a similar cup at an antique or something.
Btw, it was lovely to meet you for the first time, Beverley. I thought the evening went really well.