The evening was based around women and all things romance. Alongside launching the Book Festival Total-E-Bound Publishing also raised over £1,200for Lincoln Women’s Aid.
We prepared for the event for nearly two months as well as preparing and attending The Romantic Times Readers Convention in America, so it’s been a very busy time - but well worth it.
The evening started quite early at 6.30pm with cocktail drinks in the bar.
We invited our UK authors along to the evening to help promote themselves and Total-E-Bound Publishing.
Ansley Vaughan, Serena Yates, Shermaine Williams, Lavinia Lewis and Lily Harlem all provided some wonderful author readings from their books, and all received praise and interest from the guests on the evening.
A huge thank you to all of our attending authors for coming along to join the fun.
After a few of the readings we had a delicious three course meal with wine. The tables looked beautiful with eyecatching centre flower arrangements and handmade chocolates, with some fabulous little heart shaped ‘bling’ USB’s for the guests.
Throughout the meal everyone enjoyed dances from The Dance Box Dancers and The Lincoln Tango Group. We watched the passionate argentine tango as well the famous All That Jazz from ‘Chicago’ and a very sexy burlesque number to end the evening’s entertainment.
As well as showcasing what Total-E-Bound Publishing has to offer and launching the Lincoln Book Festival we also held a silent auction with the proceeds going to the local women’s refuge. Julie Rimington from the charity gave a heart-wrenching speech about the abuse that many women and children live with whilst in a domestic abuse situation, and I think it encouraged the purses to open and coins to be offered for a great cause. Julie was nearly speechless at the amount we raised and was extremely grateful.
We had a fabulous range of prizes and amongst them were a romantic weekend at Branston Hall, a drive in a Lotus, Argentine Tango dance lessons, a Kindle E-Reader, a romantic photo shoot, a mineral makeover, a wellbeing package, a bouquet, a travel voucher and beauty therapy sessions. The auction was well received and we were astounded at the amount of money we raised for charity.
The evening on Tuesday was fantastic and everyone seemed to have a really great time.
We will also be running a ‘mum’s corner’ chill out area at the Lincoln Drill Hall on Saturday 14th May, as part of the Lincoln Book Festival, so if you’re likely to be in the area do come along and join us for some tea, cake, and readings from more of our authors.