This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
The event? Chrissie Manby's book launch for A Proper Family Adventure. The date? Why, a sunny day in August, of course! The location? The most luxurious cruise ship.
On a rather blustery day we were swept aboard the Royal Princess – the most jaw-dropping ship you will ever see. The marble-lined atrium, the gold staircase, the turquoise-blue water features were just the beginning. We were led through the art gallery, the sumptuous cocktail bars and dining rooms, past the grand piano, the on-site theatre, the outdoor pool complete with cinema screen, the spa rooms, the glamorous casino – all with our eyes out on stalks.We then heard from Chrissie and listened to the inspiration she gained from such a gorgeous ship – the setting for her latest novel, which blew away any of her previous misgivings about cruise ships. This was a "six-star hotel on the sea" and we could well believe it. Any doubts would have been obliterated moments later by the fantastic three-course meal we were served.
The novel, A Proper Family Adventure, sounds like an amusing, heartfelt family-filled book with a cracking location. I can't wait to dive in. Thank you to Chris Manby and the very kind folks at Hodder Books for allowing me to set sail!
A Proper Family Adventure by Chrissie Manby is out now.