But this this time it was the fabulous library at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and I wasn't talking (well, I was, but I wasn't Talking) but catching up with my lovely friends at the Romantic Novelists' Association Winter Party.
I was actually having such a good time that I failed to take any photos until Catherine gave her speech (below), so here's one I pinched from the gorgeous Liz Fenwick.
Catherine Jones (aka Kate Lace) gave a rousing speech celebrating the fact that the press (I believe the Guardian was mentioned) have finally realised what the rest of us knew all the time - that romantic fiction is a Good Thing, especially in these days of doom and gloom.
Huzzah! Let's hope sacksful of stories are sold for Christmas - and bagsful of books are borrowed from libraries beforehand.
(Especially mine - Fair Deception - a perfect regency-style present for your nearest and dearest, see the side-bar or the Hale website)