Betsy Wickwire proves seaworthy.

Lisa Doucet, Suzy Crocker MacLean, TitanicThanks to Woozles and everyone else who helped launch Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret in style.

I was thrilled with the turn-out. As well as my buddies from the bridge club, book club (s), neighbourhood and Writers Fed, I was graced with the presence of friends from childhood (Heather Booth and Leslie MacLean), my  university roomie (Nancy Price), some of my favourite teachers (Nancy Bowe, Diane Peach and Ruth Ann Luke) and of course a number of award-winning authors.

We raised a glass of very cheap wine to Don Aker (The Fifth Rule) and Jill MacLean (Home Truths) who had both just been nominated for OLA awards. Lisa Harrington (Rattled) was there with her beautiful daughter Lexi – and an announcement that she has a contract for her next YA novel. Stephens Gerard Malone (Big Town) was just getting his sea legs after his own successful launch. And Jessica Scott Kerrin (The Martin Bridge Series) even managed to bring her husband along. (That’s dedication.)

I’m very grateful – and flattered – to have had such a lovely crowd.