News roundup – free book, new anthology, Cherry Potts and the Bold Strokes blog tour

5 Jun

We’re in the final run-up to the UK Bold Strokes Festival in Nottingham which takes place this weekend, and the attending authors have been doing a blog tour this week. Amy Dunne talked about the power of books and their vital company for someone coming out. Rebecca Buck described the excitement of the festival and its origins. I. Beacham explains why she wrote her latest book The Rarest Rose. And Andrea Bramhall talks about word power. Catch up with all the blogs on the Bold Stokes Festival site.

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Counting_Down_The_Seconds_-_lesbian_fiction_storiesEarlier this year, UK online magazine When Sally Met Sally and publisher Freya Publications held a short-story competition for female writers of LGBT fiction. The winning entries have now been posted and the best entries have been published in a new anthology called Counting Down the Seconds.  It features writers from all over the world and stories from science fiction to period drama, darker tales of lost love, from literary fiction to chick lit.

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518YExipElL._SX385_The audio version of Emma Donoghue’s Astray by Hachette Audio has just won the award for Best Short Story Collection at the Audies. The Audie Awards are a US competition only for audio books. Narrators include Khristine Hvam, James Langton, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren and Dion Graham and the edition has already won an Earphone award.

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Cherry Potts, author of fantasy, science fiction and fairy tales, has several readings lined up starting this weekend. She’ll be reading in Lewisham, Brixton and central London. For more details check here.

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Finally, OutLateWithFriendsgrab a free copy of Suzanne Egerton’s new book Out Late with Friends and Regrets. It’s free to download on Amazon today and tomorrow. This is Suzanne’s debut novel and you can read more about the background on the novel’s publication and the story in this guest blog on UKLesFic.

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