IMG_1976Last month I took a wonderful trip to England and Ireland, and while in England, I got to not only meet my wonderful and beautiful editor, Flo Nicoll, one day, but also have high tea with three lovely authors who call England home, Kate Hardy (65 books with Harlequin!), Annie Claydon (newer kid on the Mills & Boon block with somewhere around 13 books under her belt), and Caroline Anderson (94 books with Mills & Boon). I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures of my two lovely days.tea time



Annie had gone above and beyond the call of long-distance friendship to shepherd me around London on Wednesday and Thursday. She came to my hotel and picked me up on Wednesday, the day I was to visit my publisher, Harlequin Mills & Boon (now owned by Harper-Collins) and to meet my editor for the first time ever. Prior to that my editor and I seemed to be going to opposite RWA National conferences since 2011 and onward. Anyway, Annie picked me up early and we did a leisurely walk through Kensington enjoying the Victorian architecture, and then a tube ride over to the Shard, London Bridge area of town.

I was thrilled to meet Flo and was touched by the overall warm welcome from the Medical Romance team. The new building is gorgeous and very high tech.DSC03147 (2)

Here are my favorite pictures with Flo:

Flo and Lynne




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She took me to a fabulous lunch at a very nice restaurant along the Thames, and since it was such a nice day, we sat outside. After having my fill of salmon and ratatouille, Flo suggested this lovely dessert. How could a lady refuse!


On Thursday, Annie came around and got me bright and early for more pre get-together walking-touring, and we met up with Kate, who’d spent the morning at the museum doing research. The woman is always working!


Annie with Kate on Harley Street. The significance is we were all part of a continuity that took part at Harley Street where the posh and rich go to be treated for whatever ails them.





Then we went to Charring Cross for high tea at the AMBA hotel where Caroline joined us. What a treat!IMG_1972

I felt like I already knew the ladies, and there was never a dull moment or lull for conversation. We spent the afternoon enjoying tea, sandwiches, scones and cakes, talking personal lives and, of course, the business of writing!IMG_1975


This pre-Ireland visit to England will stand out in my memories as one of the best several days of my life.

Until next time, make it a great one!


Out now!





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14 Responses to TEA WITH FRIENDS

  1. robena grant says:

    It sounds like the trip was a huge success and you’ll have warm and and wonderful memories to keep forever. I’m impressed with the welcome you got at headquarters. 😉 But then again, you’ve been no slouch with what, 20 or so books? And those photos of high tea, closing my eyes. Will not look. Will not look.

    • I was floored by the warm greeting. I’m blogging about the whole experience with several pictures next Thursday at Love is the Best Medicine. With the number of authors published with far more books than I at Harlequin, I really didn’t feel deserving.


  2. Sounds (and looks) like a perfect visit!

  3. Oh Lynne, it was such a pleasure to have you here. It felt like a reunion of old friends. (And the cake was great too 🙂 )

    • Cake was definitely great, but your kindness was the icing on that cake!

      I still smile remembering the day, plus how you saved my oyster card and got me home that night. lol

      What would I have done without you?
      thanks again.

  4. I am so envious and so happy for you. What a lovely treat. I haven’t been to London since 1966 when I was a devout Mills and Boon reader. Did Ireland in 2013. Looking forward to your next installment.

    • Hi Susan –
      One of the things I enjoyed most about your time travel romance – Time and Forever, was the visit to London.

      I’ve been to London 3 times now, but feel like a complete novice, though I do pride myself on managing the tube system within the area I was staying. It’s a start, right?

      Keep reading Mills & Boon, it’s not what our mother’s read!!!!


  5. Allison says:

    Thank you for sharing tidbits from your marvelous trip. The entire trip sounds like a dream. I love high tea, I was once lucky enough to do it in London, but now I settle for a couple of times a year going to the Huntington Gardens and having it there rose garden.

    Welcome home!

  6. Cami says:

    Don’t you just love a good tea?? I highly recommend the Savoy next time you’re there. Despite the high price, it’s pretty wonderful! Also the Langham in Pasadena does a really nice tea–I’ve gone there for my birthday a few times.

    Thanks for sharing about your trip!! It makes me want to go back…

    • Hi Cami –
      We actually tried to book for Savoy, but needed to be booked way out in advance, or we’d have to have high tea at 11:00 a.m. or something. LOL. Thanks for giving me a reason to go back to London. Any excuse will do, actually.

      I’ll have to look into the Pasadena recommendation.

      Thanks for reading, Cami!