As you regular readers know, it has always been a dream of mine to visit Scotland. Being so close in London, I just had to at least take a day trip there. My train left at midnight, but I had a sleeper car and slept nearly the full 7 1/2 hours it took to get there, so I was all refreshed for my next adventure.
Author Marguerite Kaye took a ferry over to Edinburgh to meet me and show me around. We took a double-decker bus and yes, it was raining, but I barely noticed. I was finally in Scotland.
Edinburgh was hillier than I expected. Seeing Edinburgh Castle was reason enough to make the day trip. It’s huge and I felt like I was in a fairy tale. I tried to imagine it being attacked but it was so formidable. Then I imagined peaceful times when the villagers looked to the castle for safety. When we got to the side that was an unclimbable cliff, I was awe struck. Way to keep intruders out.
I did get to see a kilt wearing bagpipe player on the street. He was young and adorable.
We went to an amazing restaurant for lunch and I tried pigeon, venison and crab in scallops. Marguerite told me the chef was Irish and putting his own spin on Scottish food. Delish!
I also helped Marguerite with marketing herself. There is always an opportunity for authors to meet readers. We were having coffee and a young lady sat near us. We talked about her 2 toned hair (brown on top, red on the bottom) and of course, I had to ask what she read. Since she answered, “Romance,” I announced that I was with an award winning author and luckily Marguerite had a book with her that she signed to Marian. Marian was so excited that she told us she worked at an upscale shoe store and if we stopped by, she’d give us a discount. She went away very excited to get started reading the book.
We shopped in an adorable hand made jewelry shop. The owner is also a romance fan and after talking to her a while we had a small crowd around us, all romance lovers. Marguerite passed out her bookmarks, I passed out my cards and the readers were thrilled with meeting a real live author.
Bottom Line: A terrific day in Edinburgh and I got to connect with an author and readers. Yes, a very good day indeed.
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