Last night was the annual Orion author party. What a fantastic evening! I met up with fellow Orion authors - Lesley Lokko, Veronica Henry, Kate Harrison, Ilana Fox, Meg Sanders, Katie Agnew, Ruth Saberton and Jean Fullerton - at Tuttens in Covent Garden beforehand for a catch up and pre-party drinks and then we all headed over to the Royal Opera House at 6.30pm for two hours of champagne, canopes and networking. (It's a hard life!)
As per the last two Orion parties I totally chickened out of speaking to/having my photo taken with Michael Palin and the Hairy Bikers (though Ruth and Illana didn't!) but I had a fabulous time chatting to fellow authors, Orion staff, agents and scouts. I bumped into my agent - Maddie - too (I had no idea she was going) and we had a really good catch up. I told her all about Project B and my idea for my third chicklit book and she was really encouraging. Hooray!
Normally at the end of an Orion party you get a lovely goody bag full of books and audio CDs but by 9.30pm last night they'd all disappeared. I spotted a couple of books lying around and, with a little bit of blagging, managed to grab one for myself and one to giveaway to you, dear blog readers!
This is the book:
Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna - a fabulous book that has been selected to be part of the TV Book Club 2011.
Here's the blurb:
"When a flock of herons wheeled overhead at the moment of Devi's birth, it seemed that her life would be touched by fate... As a child, Devi befriends a young boy whose mother has died in tragic circumstances. Over the years, Devi and Devanna become inseparable as they go to school together and learn more about the extended family that surrounds them.
However things change when Devi meets Muthi, a young man who has killed a tiger and is feted as a hero. Although she is still a child and Muthi is a man, Devi vows that one day she will marry him. It is this love that will gradually drive a wedge between her and her friend Devanna, who has been taken under the wing of a local missionary. For Devi is blind to the fact that Devanna himself has fallen for her. Devanna leaves the village to study medicine, in the hope that when he returns Devi will see his worth and return his love, but then a tragedy changes the fate of all three, with far-reaching consequences for the generations to come. "
For your chance to win it (UK entrants only sorry, it's pretty heavy to post) just leave a comment letting me know who you'd most like to have your photo taken with! (alive or dead)
Closing date for entries is midnight Sunday 20th. I'll put all your names in a cup and draw one out at random.