If you had been passing the light and airy atrium of the Mayfair Hotel in London's Green Park on Thursday evening you would have found a small group of booksellers, librarians, journalists and publishers sipping champagne, eating smoked salmon canapes and enjoying an evening of glitz and glamour to celebrate the launch of Cathy Hopkins Million Dollar Mates.
Think Pink! was the instruction on the invitation and there was certainly a pink presence in the room, for Million Dollar Mates is all about glitz, glamour, paparazzi and girls! It takes the reluctant Jess Hall, her brother and cat away from the comfort of their grandmother's care and into the managers suite at Porchester Place where her dad is the new general manager.
Porchester Place is not just any normal apartment building, this is strictly for the A-List and living in this gilded cage at first seems to Jess incredibly exciting and exotic. She soon learns that whilst the high life is not all it is cracked up to be, her down to earth attitude reaps its own rewards!
Cathy's launch party included a number of friends who explained to me that she has been writing for as long as they can remember! Cathy confirmed that it has certainly been a long time, at least 20 years now and says that she really couldn't imagine doing anything else. She is in person as glamorous and yet down to earth as some of her characters and she loves nothing more than discovering her books are hitting th emark with their intended audience. This launch party was celebrating the release of the book and also allowing us a sneak preview of the potential cover for book 2 - due in January 2011. Cathy is very excited by the next title and explained she was looking forward to working with her Simon & Schuster publishers as well as the charming Christopher Little, her agent, on this new series.
Ending the evening with a special good bag complete with mini love hearts, chocolates and a bubble bath for relaxing whilst reading this fantastic story, Simon & Schuster as well as Cathy must be thanked for a truly glamorous occasion and wished every success for their continued success as partners.