News Roundup: Summer reads, Autumn Reads, 2014 Reads, and Battles!

28 Aug

With summer drawing to a close (not today, mind, I’m sitting here in my shorts!) and longer nights just around the corner, it seems timely that this news post is crammed with recommendations of current releases, and information about upcoming releases that might just be enough to see you through a chilly winter. So, without further ado, we’ll start off by sticking with summer…

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emma-donoghue-illo_2373764bFor those of you who might still have a sunny holiday pending, Emma Donoghue recently offered up her five favourite beach reads on the Chatelaine blog site. Personally I’m more of a Karin Slaughter girl, but it’s always interesting to know what folks are packing on their Kindles these days.

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Meanwhile, over at girl-on-girl blog autostraddle they’ve signalled the end of summer by publishing their Autumn 2013 Queer Books Preview (okay, so they called it “Fall”, but that’s just splitting hairs). Included on the list is Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate – which has actually been available over here for months – and Nicola Griffith’s Hild:

Hild is not just one of the best historical novels I have ever read — I think it’s one of the best novels, period,” says Dorothy Allison, author of Two or Three Things I Know for Sure. Hild is set in seventh-century Britain and focuses on the girl who would become St. Hilda of Whitby, who establishes herself as the seer to a ruthless king who finds her indispensable — until he doesn’t.

As I was tooting over at the site, I also came across a video discussion of Sarah WatersTipping The Velvet at the Vaginal Fantasy book club. The club picks a new book to chat about each month and records a discussion hang-out that can be viewed online. Just scroll down to the second item on the linked page to view the chat which is hosted by actress Felicia Day.

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one foot onto the iceUpcoming releases now, and Kiki Archer has been teasing readers with a glimpse of the cover for her new novel, One Foot Onto The Ice. Kiki is keeping any other details firmly under her hat but we can tell you that the book has an October 2013 release date.

Speaking of Ms Archer, you can also find a review of Binding Devotion over here at She Magazine.

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Bold Strokes Books have been busy finalising their spring schedule, with a bit of a surprise for me and release dates for Ke Payne and Andrea Bramhall’s new novels.

Ke’s fifth novel, Because of Her, will be published in March, 2014. She doesn’t yet have a cover to show off but the blurb reads like this:

For seventeen year old Tabitha “Tabby” Morton, life sucks. Big time. Forced to move to London, thanks to her father’s new job, she has to leave her friends, school and, most importantly, her girlfriend Amy, far behind. To make matters worse, Tabby’s parents enrol her in the exclusive Queen Victoria Independent School for Girls, hoping that it will finally make a lady of her. But Tabby has other ideas. Loathing her new school, Tabby fights against everything and everyone, causing relations with her parents to hit rock bottom. But when the mysterious and beautiful Eden Palmer walks into her classroom one day and catches her eye, Tabby begins to wonder if life there might not be so bad after all. After Amy drops a bombshell about their relationship after a disastrous visit, Tabby starts to see the need for new direction in her life. Fighting her own personal battles, Eden brings the possibility of change for them both. Gradually Tabby starts to turn her life around, and it’s all because of her.

We shared the blurb for Andrea Bramhall’s third novel Nightingale back in June, and she recently announced that the book has been given a May 2014 release date.

tumbledownforblogI had been hoping that Tumbledown, my follow-up to Desolation Point, would also find its way onto the spring schedule but was very pleasantly surprised to be told that the book had instead sneaked into the February 2014 releases. Sheri, the BSB cover artist, has designed a beautiful, enigmatic cover for it, and here we go with the synopsis:

How far would you go to protect the one you love?

Two years after surviving their ordeal at the hands of white supremacists, Alex Pascal and Sarah Kent have new identities, new careers, and a new home together. The FBI warned them to keep their heads down, and a small town in Maine seems like the perfect place to do this, until a chance occurrence sets in motion a chain of events that no one could have predicted. With enemies closing in and friends turning their backs, Alex and Sarah find themselves fighting not only for their freedom, but for their lives.

If you hear any squeaks of stress coming from the Manchester direction in the next couple of months, that would be me trying to work crazy shifts, keep this site updated, and hit a fast-approaching editing deadline.

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One of our favourite (and busiest!) authors VG Lee will be a guest of the riart Grrrls as part of their female author series, down in St Leonards on Sea (east Sussex) on Thursday 5th September at 7.30 pm. Entrance is £3, all are welcome and you can find details of the event over here on a special Facebook page.

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manda-scottLastly in this round up, Manda Scott has been talking about Writing Battles over at The History Girls blog, where she has some sage advice for those of us who are fond of beating up our lead characters:

Be aware that we are indoctrinated by television and the movies and real life isn’t like that: not only do most people not decapitate their opponents in a single move, they often don’t slice off limbs, bite off fingers, or kill a hundred people without receiving any wounds (Terminator, anyone?). They also – and this is more important – can’t fight for long if they’re leaking blood from a dozen major incisions and have at least two structural skeletal fractures.

I did see a woman once stand at the roadside for over thirty minutes without realising she’d fractured her pelvis in a road traffic collision, but that’s another story for another day…

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Anyone currently counting down the hours till the kids go back to school – hang in there, not long now. For those with holiday ongoing or still pending – enjoy!

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