Garden Party Gorgeousness!

February 04, 2017

Garden Party Gorgeousness!

What a brilliant series of events we had! I hope that everyone who came along to the garden parties to celebrate the launch of Alice-Miranda Holds the Key enjoyed them as much as I did. It was an absolute treat to visit Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra. The sometimes unpredictable Australian summer weather was very kind to us and all the fabulous fans (and their parents and grandparents AND pets) who came along, made the events so special. Even a very nasty bout of food poisoning the night before our Melbourne Garden Party couldn’t keep me away! Thank goodness for publicists armed with Lucozade and electrolytes :).

There was loads of Alice-Miranda inspired craft (the flower crowns were adorable!), book signings, hilarious readers’ theatre with ‘woofs’, ‘baas’, ‘hee-haws’ and some seriously impressive Caprice ‘foot stomping’ and Myrtle Parker snootiness. I loved seeing the gorgeous garden party outfits (and hats!). Not to mention the most amazing Alice-Miranda cakes in every location! They were all different and delicious.

 

I was especially delighted that we were able to raise almost $2,000 for the Dymocks Children’s Charities. I’m very proud to be an author ambassador for the DCC and applaud the work they do getting books into the hands of kids who need them most. Access to books is vital if we want children to become readers – and it’s a really important indicator of success at school too. I think the gift of stories is so special – all children deserve to have windows to other worlds and opportunities to fire their imaginations.

I also want to make a special mention of the team at Penguin Random House who put the events together and the good people at Child Magazine for their support too. Don’t forget you still have until the 28th February to get your entry into the fabulous writing competition to win your way into the next Alice-Miranda book! Check out all the details on the blog. There’s one person in particular who did so much work – my publicist, Zoe, who I know many of you got to meet. She truly is a star and I want to say a special thank you to her for everything!

 

 

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Comments

Halle

 

Dear Jacqueline,
Well done wish I could have gone but I live in Albury!!!

I was wondering if you were going to Brisbane next week or anything in Sydney in April because I’ll be there?

Are you coming back to Albury soon?

Halle

February 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Anshika Yadav

 

Hi Jaqueline
I did visit the Garden Parties and they were amazing. You did seem very exhausted at them. I was o excited to get my book signed off from you.

February 6, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Anshika,

    Oh, I had a fabulous time, but there was a lot of travelling to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra- and I must admit that the weather at the moment is a bit too hot for my liking!

    Best wishes,

    Jacqueline

    February 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Kayla

 

Hi Jacqueline,

I love your books so much and have read every one of them. They are so exciting and makes me want to never put the books down. I wanted to say thank you making them and keep making them because they are brilliant.
Your events are amazing and I love coming to them. Keep doing what you love and never give up until your done.

Thanks so much,
Kayla

February 11, 2017 at 8:42 am

Yasmin

 

I wonder what the next book of the Alice-Miranda series going to be..?

February 19, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    It’s going to be called Alice-Miranda in Hollywood – after Alice-Miranda Holds the Key.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    February 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Hattie

 

Hello Jacqueline Harvey
Will alice miranda holds the key be a book that will be coming out soon…?
By the way when will the next clementine rose book come out.

February 22, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    AM Holds the Key is out now and the next Clementine Rose book will be out on the 1st April. It’s called Clementine Rose and the Wedding Wobbles.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    February 24, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Hattie

 

Hi Yasmin
I was wondering when the next alice miranda book will be out too.

February 22, 2017 at 8:17 pm

Brydy

 

Hello,
When will the book be out in Sydney and Campbelltown Area
And how many books do you think there will in the future???

Love Brydy
P.S I really love your books!!!

February 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Brydy,

    Alice-Miranda Holds the Key is out everywhere now. I am contracted to write up to number 18 but I hope to get to 20 or more 🙂

    Thanks for writing and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the stories.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    February 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm

Hattie

 

Hi Yasmin
Do you like to read the Clementine Rose books too?

From Hattie

March 8, 2017 at 7:57 am

Jemima

 

Hi Mrs Harvey,
I’m Jemima and I absolutely LOVE your books. I started reading them in year 5 back when I thought reading was boring but now I love reading. I’m so excited to get my hands on Alice-Miranda holds the key and am also looking forward to Clemintine Rose and the wedding wobbles as you mentioned before. Anyway, thankyou for helping me discover my love for reading and can’t wait for the next Alice-Miranda too!!!

March 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Jemima,

    Your message has put a huge smile on my face. To know that something I’ve created has helped you fall in love with reading is the best thing ever! Thank you for sharing that with me. I hope that you keep loving the stories and reading.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    March 13, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Jemima

 

Hi Mrs Harvey,
Glad to hear that my story brought a smile to your face. Alice-Miranda books make me feel like I’m Alice-Miranda going on a journey or discovering a mystery. I love them and hope you continue to write many more of the series!
Jemima

March 13, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Thanks Jemima,

    It means so much that readers are so engaged in the stories. Just one reason why I love “living the dream”, as a full time writer!

    Best wishes,

    Jacqueline

    March 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Nancy

 

Hi Jacqueline,
I love the fact that you are so devoted to your books and your readers that you host parties to celebrate your books and invite readers there. You are a very good host, and I was wondering how you do it. Could you please write some fun hacks for hosting a fantastic party or event like Cecelia from Alice-Miranda. I would also be interested to know if you think it’s easier doing things in a group [double the brain power] or by yourself [more head-space for thinking].

Thank you and please continue to write these wonderful books.
From Nancy aged eight.

August 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Nancy,

    Thank you for kind words- to be honest, I sometimes pinch myself that the fans are so interested and devoted to the stories. It is a pleasure to get out and about and to meet the amazing children who inspire me to write.

    Perhaps others can think of some fun hacks for hosting parties!

    What a coincidence- did you know that I was involved in the Dymocks Great Debate in April this year. The topic was ‘It’s better to go it alone’– I was on the negative team – meaning that I argued that it was better to work as part of a team. It was such a fun experience- particularly as my team mates and I were on the winning side! It helped that we were on the right side of the debate because, I truly believe that it is far better to be part of a team than going it alone!

    Best wishes,

    Jacqueline

    August 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

Eve

 

Hi Jacqueline,
Is it possible you could host a party in Hobart. I would LOVE to meet you and your party look AWESOME.

P.S- What is your favourite party food, mine is cupcakes and fruit skewers.
Thank you and PLEASE reply.

August 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Eve,

    I am pretty sure I will be coming to Hobart again next year as part of the launch series for Kensy and Max – so make sure that you check on the events pages on my website or be signed up to the newsletter so you can see when I’ll next be down again.

    My favourite party food is Devil’s Food Cake (which is a delicious chocolate cake my mum makes for all the family birthdays!).

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    August 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm

hrithika

 

dear jacqueline,
hi im hrithika (and i just wanna say im a HUGE fan of yours😊)i read your latest book ‘alice miranda and the christmas mystery and it was great! i cant wait for the next book!
love
hm
ps:please reply if you can

January 27, 2024 at 3:34 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Thank you! I’m so glad that you enjoyed Alice-Miranda and the Christmas Mystery :). I’m busy doing lots of writing at the moment including some new middle grade mysteries I hope you’ll enjoy.

    January 31, 2024 at 8:22 am

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