News Roundup: Clare Ashton nominated for a Goldie Award, New Author Sky Croft, Brit Authors talk Tea, and Manda Scott Touring in Shropshire

12 Apr

GCLS-2x2Blackweb---2As the temperatures rise ever so slightly, the LesFic awards season seems to have kicked up a gear. This week has seen the nominations for the Goldie Awards announced, and we are thrilled here at UK LesFic because our very own Clare Ashton is nominated in the Romantic Suspense/Intrigue category for After Mrs Hamilton.

The Goldie award ceremony is the highlight of the annual Golden Crown Literary Society conference, which alights on a different US city each year. This year’s conference will be held 26-30th June in Dallas, Texas with a wealth of LesFic authors in attendance. There aren’t any UK names on the schedule, but maybe we can set that right for the next conference in Portland, Oregon.

Many congratulations to Clare, and commiserations to those who didn’t make it onto the short list. The awards will be held on the 29th June and – as with the Lambdas – we’ll be keeping a keen eye on the results.

A warm welcome to a new author on our listing. Sky Croft, an author with Regal Crest, has two novels in the pipeline for this year, with her first, Mountain Rescue: The Ascent, currently slated for a May release. Sky has her own blog, where you can find out more about all three of her novels.

cupoftea2Playing along at 1 Question, 10 Answers over on the Women & Words blog this month were the aforementioned Ms Croft, BSB author Ke Payne, and me. The question this time around was “What is your favourite beverage” and unsurprisingly two out of the three Brits chose tea. You can read the full piece at the above link, including a selection of recipes from other authors that were slightly more exotic than tea bag, boiling hot water and milk.

manda-scottAnybody who lives in or around Shropshire and fancies meeting Manda (MC) Scott this month is most definitely in luck. Her book tour to promote Rome: The Art Of War is focused on that area, with an upcoming signing in Waterstones, Shrewsbury on Saturday April 20th (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.) and a talk at Ludlow Library on April 25th. Full details of both those appearances can be found by following the links.

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