Sunday, 19 September 2010

EVENT REPORT: Cathy Cassidy's Cherry Crush Signing

We set off at 9:15am hoping to be at Cathy Cassidy's Bluewater book signing for the 11am start. But a dodgy sat-nav and a 20-mile long traffic jam later and we were too late and had to go to....

Plan B: The Bromley book signing, a few miles up the road from Bluewater.

This was towards the end of the traffic jam over the Dartford Crossing on the way to Bromley.

We found The Glades Shopping Centre which is where the book signing was. We bought our parking ticket but then spent half an hour driving around the car park looking for a space! Eventually we found one. We rushed to Waterstones and joined the queue to see Cathy Cassidy. :)

As you may have read in THIS post, I was sent a manuscript copy of 'Cherry Crush' in July to review so I brought that along to be signed as well as the published edition of 'Cherry Crush', 'Letters to Cathy', 'Daizy Star and the Pink Guitar', and two mini books: 'Love, Peace and Chocolate' and 'Icecream and Dreams' for her to sign.

Finally it was my turn. I had met Cathy once before when 'Angel Cake' was published but I don't know if she remembered me from then (Cambridge, 2009.)

I had a post-it with my name and blog title on it. She looked at it, looked at me and said "Oh, it's YOU!!!" in a really excited voice. She was lovely!

She thanked me for writing such nice reviews of her other books and came round the table to give me a hug. She then asked me if I'd like to stay for the rest of the book signing and help hand out chocolate, newsletters and friendship bracelets (obviously I said yes) :) She gave me a pair of wings and a wand, inspired by the Chocolate Fairies at the end of 'Cherry Crush.' So off I went to keep the fans happy who were in the queue :)

I also met Lisa who is Cathy's publicist. She's the one who sent me the manuscript :) We've emailed each other quite a few times so it was nice to finally meet her :)

Eventually it was time for me to leave, so I went to tell Cathy and she gave me another big hug and thanked me for helping and for travelling such a long way :)

It was really fun, and the freebies were great :) Free chocolate! Free friendship bracelets! Free mini-books! What could be better? A hug from the author of course! That was really nice and it was so cool that she knew who I was :) She spent time on each fan, signing their books and letting them take photos, and also asking them what their favourite book was etc. The queue wasn't too boring though, because everybody there was a fan so we could all chat to each other about the books, and how excited we were :) Lisa was also handing out toffees and sweets which was nice :) I like how Cathy adds a personal touch to her book signings i.e the freebies, and asking certain people to be chocolate fairies :) She didn't ask everyone y'know! Hehe :) It was the best day ever, it was SO fun!

Nothing at all! It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

Basically, it was a really good day and I really enjoyed myself. I think everyone else did too :) I can't wait to see Cathy again one day!


  1. Aw, Amber looks like you had an amazing time at the signing! So jealous you got to meet Cathy, AND got signed books, AND got to be her chocolate fairy! *giggles*

    Also, am loving the Eclipse stuff behind you in the second pic!! :)

  2. Hehe :) There will be different photos on her website, and there's going to be a photo of me and the other chocolate fairies up there too.

    I knew you would, LOL!
    Thanks for commenting Iffath! :) xx

  3. Your so lucky you actually got to meet Cathy! im so jealous lol! i wish everyone who does meet Cathy has a great time!!

  4. I loved reading this! It all sounds fantastic. Congratulations, chocolate fairy! :)

  5. Wow! I saw this link on Cathy's Facebook page and when I read it I became so jealous. You are sooo lucky and the pictures are fab! I love your blog and I'm definitely going to start following it! <3

  6. Amber, it looks like you had the most amazing fun ever!
    Cathy's an amazing writer so you're so lucky to meet her, though bummer about the 20-mile traffic jam!
    AND you got to help out!
    Lucky lucky lucky girl! I still haven't read Cherry Crush, but I really need to go and buy/borrow it. Everyone who's reviewed it, has loved it!

    7 signed books?! Woweeeeeeee!
    Love the wings :D
    Glad you enjoyed yourself, hopefully I'll be able to go next time [and see you there :D] and meet her. I love Cathy, she's amazing!

  7. Glad you had such a good day! I did back in August - her signing always are so fun! I'm sooo jealous you got the manuscript version of CherryCrush and got to read it before anyone else in the country - a cool advantage of having a book blog...
    I'm going to meet her again in October which I'm really looking forward to :D x

  8. Amber - that sounds like an amazing day! That's so cool that she remembered you and asked you to help her out.