Do you love books? Particularly romance books? Do you love to chat for hours on end about books with like minded people? Do you like to gush over your favourite authors and book boyfriends? Are you longing for a girls weekend away? Have you ever wanted to go on a holiday just to read? Chat casually with authors and readers alike?
If you answered yes to any of the above then you need to come along in June to the third Kell’s Bookmark Clique Readers Retreat. I’ve personally been on all of the retreats held so far and have loved every minute of them.
Through the retreats I’ve found new-to-me authors, some life long reader friends from all around Australia who I chat almost daily with, and have meet some incredible authors who have become dear friends. My TBR has also doubled, possibly even tripled, and the goodies galore I’ve come home with really require me to stop thinking about getting that new bookcase and actually buy the damn thing!
The next retreat is being held from Friday 2nd to Monday 4th June at a beautiful old style pub turned house on a property in the Hunter Valley. This year the theme for the retreat is Suspense with special guest Romantic-Suspense Author TJ Hamilton joining in for the weekend long adventure – and from what I’ve heard she’s got some wicked things planned with Kell! There is a guided ghost tour of Maitland Goal, a blind date book swap, informal group book discussions, a wine tour at the local Mistletoe Winery and so many games to be played and prizes to be won that it really is going to be an amazing weekend.
Each attendee is required to read two books prior to attending (these are usually gifted to the recipients prior to the retreat) so that we can all take part in group book discussion, and there’s activities galore planned. At previous retreats there has been high teas, gigantic interactive book quizzes with every attendee guaranteed to win a prize ranging from books to book couches and candles! Keep in mind the retreat is laid back and if there is no pressure to participate in anything you don’t want too.
The cost for the weekend is $600 and that includes accommodation, all meals (excluding the possibility of one dinner out), a ghost tour of Maitland Goal, and a trip to Mistletoe Wines (a local family owned winery – though any wine purchased at the venue is at your own cost).
So if you are looking for a safe and friendly environment to gush about your love of all things romance and books, then I can’t recommend this retreat more highly. The friendships alone made on these weekend are once in a lifetime. Plus it doesn’t hurt to have people to run to for book recommendations and to gush about your latest book boyfriend as well.
If you are looking for more information, or just want to chat with like minded romance lovers, then join Kell’s Bookmark Clique on facebook (click here )and Kell will be happy to chat with you about the reatreat and books in general. Hope to see you there 🙂