News Roundup: Trio of Brand New Authors, New Reviews & BSB’s Rogues’ Gallery

17 Jun

I’ve just tied back my hair (ha!), grabbed a feather duster and given the site a bit of a summer clean out. In a nutshell, this means the New Releases page is bang up to date (with a couple of additions we’d missed added retrospectively), we have three new authors whom I shall tell you all about in a moment, and more information added to the Events page. If it wasn’t so bloody chilly outside I’d treat myself to a Solero…

youcantrunRight, new authors. Henriette Bookgeek has truly earned her spurs the last few weeks and pointed us in the direction of a trio of new Brit authors. Bella Books has signed two of these: Kate Snowdon and Lyn Dowland, but in a somewhat dubious marketing strategy they seem determined not to let anyone know much about them. Neither author has a website and Lyn isn’t even listed on Bella’s site, despite her début book – Distance Learning – being scheduled for a September release. We can tell you that Kate lives up in Scotland and her first novel, You Can’t Run From Love, sneaked out in April, when it was reviewed by Terry Baker:

A nice well written debut book with a sweet and tender romance that simmers throughout the book. The scenic descriptions and wildlife are brilliant too.

As Kate recently followed us on Facebook, I’m hoping to get in touch with her, then we can let you know more about her!

blue hourRounding out our trio is Beatrice Donahue, whose short story The Blue Hour was published in May by Ladylit. Beatrice hails from Southwest England and, according to her Goodreads page, is currently contemplating a sequel to her novelette:

It appears that a sequel (and final) piece is brewing for Eve and Rosina. What will become of them? They’re telling me the rest of their story now, usually at night, and I’m doing my best to write it down.

A Q&A with Beatrice can be found here at the Harper Bliss site, and Terry Baker had this to say about The Blue Hour in her review:

A well written debut novelette. The two characters, Rosina and Eve are likeable, well formed and interact well with each other. From the scenic descriptions, it was easy to visualize myself back in a sleepy little English village in the roaring 1920’s.The story is short, but sweet, hot and very erotic. I’ll be watching out for more from Beatrice Donahue.

If any of the authors are lurking in these parts, give us a shout – we’d love to hear from you. Meanwhile, blurbs for all of their books can be found over on our New Releases page.

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Sticking with reviews for the moment, The Guardian has recently reviewed two of the authors we’ve featured on this site. They had this to say about Diana Souhami‘s biography The Trials of Radclyffe Hall:

Souhami, a witty and astute reader of human nature, never makes her subject a martyr, cataloguing the pets Hall ditched because of defects, the dismal pretexts for infidelity, the admiration for Italian fascism. Not always a wonderful life, then, but a truly remarkable one.

The full text of the review can be found here.

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In the same week, Stella Duffy’s The Purple Shroud (the sequel to Theodora) also got a favourable write-up:

Theodora is, in Duffy’s hands, a richly paradoxical character from whom the light of life shines brightly.

Read the whole review here.

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bsbOver on the BSB UK website, Vic Oldham has been busy collecting photos from the 2013 Nottingham Event, and what a rogues’ gallery it is turning out to be 😉 Hit the link to scroll through the pics, and if you have any that you took yourself I’m sure Vic would be happy to include them on the site.

On a more serious note, Andrea Bramhall posted a blog about breaking down barriers during the weekend, and Amy Dunne shared her thoughts on how LGBTQ books made her realise she wasn’t alone. Like all good stories, both blogs come with a happy ending.

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Speaking of rogues… If you’re feeling daring, hop over to our About page, which has also had a bit of an update in the last week 🙂

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Right, I don’t care if it’s miserable outside, I’m having that Solero!

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