Archive | February, 2014

News Roundup: New UK Author Clare Lydon, Hild Named as Nebula Finalist, Cover Sneak Peeks, Reviews, and More!

27 Feb

The daffs and crocuses are out, the sun is shining (at the time of writing this anyway, I can’t guarantee what it’ll be doing at the time of posting!) and spring seems to be in everyone’s step. So hang up your winter coat, grab a nice brew, and settle down with the news for a few minutes. You’ve earned a break, y’know…

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london callingFirst up, a big, sunny welcome to new London-based author Clare Lydon, whose début novel London Calling is out on 28th February. You can read more about Clare over on our Authors page, and the synopsis for London Calling goes like this:

“When the plane took off, I wondered what Karen was doing, if she was happy, knew I was leaving or wanted me back. Whatever, it was too late now. I was gone…”

Jess Sharp is at a crossroads – back in London, living in her parents’ spare room, jobless and single. Not quite the irresistible package she was aiming for at age 32. One night, things take an upward turn when she meets someone who could be a game-changer. However, everything in her riotously chaotic life seems to get in the way, including her best friend’s wedding, far too much tequila and the ghosts of girlfriends past. The course of true love has never been so injury-prone. Will Jess eventually overcome her romantic ineptitude and find her happy ever after? Or will she continue to trip over her own feet in the race for romance?

We’ll be hosting a Q&A with Clare in the next couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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Another author with new work pending is Rebecca Buck, whose short story collection A Queer Sort of Justice: Prison Tales Through Time will be released by Bold Strokes Books on September 1st 2014.

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a place somewhereNever one to rest on her laurels, RJ Samuel has been busy tweaking the cover of her fourth novel, A Place Somewhere,  which is due out in March. Until we get a concrete release date, here’s the blurb to whet your appetite. Good to see you got rid of the croc on the cover, RJ!

How far would you go? Would you lie to protect the innocent? ALEX HART risks everything to be with her online girlfriend of two years and moves from Ireland to America. But the unthinkable happens and she is emotionally and financially ruined. Devastated, she turns her anger and betrayal into a mission to root out those who deceive the innocent online. When a mother pleads for Alex to protect her daughter from an online predator in Ireland, Alex must become what she hates. How far will Alex go before losing herself in her own web of deception?

For our readers on the other side of the pond, RJ seems to have conquered her fear of flying and will be winging her way over to Portland for the Golden Crown Literary Society Conference in July. More on that closer to the time, no doubt.

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nicola griffithA rousing round of applause now for Nicola Griffith‘s Hild, which has been nominated for the prestigious Nebula Awards in the category of Best Novel. The Nebula Awards ® are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Safe to say, if your name’s on the list of finalists, you’re in very good company. The 49th Annual Nebula Awards weekend will be held May 15-18th, so that’s plenty of time for Nicola to pick out something posh to wear…Good luck!

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FrogMusicWhile we’re on the subject of lists, Cosmopolitan magazine has just listed Emma Donoghue‘s Frog Music as one of 10 Books By Women You Have To Read This Spring:

With Frog Music, a literary crime novel fixated on human darkness, Donoghue proves herself endlessly inventive. It’s based on the true story of Jenny Bonnet, a frog-catcher who was murdered in San Francisco in the mid-1870s. Donoghue nails both the period details and the atmosphere — think sweltering heat waves, dumping grounds for unwanted babies, and smallpox epidemics. This is the kind of book that will keep you up at night and make you smarter. 

Frog Music is published in the UK on 27th March.

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Cherry PottsA couple of dates for the diary now, with an evening of Feminist Fables & Folk Tales taking place on Wednesday 12th March at the Ivy House, Nunhead, 7.45 p.m. The event, to tie in with International Women’s Day, will feature Catherine Blackfeather on Sleeping Beauty, Cherry PottsThe Bone Box, Emily Cleaver‘s The Frog,  and Jelena Ćurčić with a couple of Serbian folk tales. There will also be a Flash from the Floor, which is your opportunity to tell a feminist folk tale in 100 words or less… For more information, see the Facebook link above.

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For those folk who live some way above the Watford Gap, Chinley Book Group presents A Life of Crime, an Evening with Val McDermid on Wednesday 30 April 2014, 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (includes cheese and wine!). For more details, including contact information for purchasing tickets, see our Events page.

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guiltyheartkindlecover-186x300Planet of the Books has been casting their beady eye over Jade Winters‘ latest release Guilty Hearts. Their reviewer gave it top marks and had this to say about the book:

The emotions of the two women are very well written, as I was reading this book I actually felt like I was there, living right beside them. I laughed when they laughed, cried when they cried & wanted them both to hurry up & realise they wanted to be together…

This is a fantastic story, it is very well written with great character portrayal & sub-plots. I had never read any of Jade Winters’ work before but after reading this I will definitely be added more of her books to my reading list.

You can read the full review here.

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lesfic downunderA few weeks ago, we mentioned setting a trend in regional specific LesFic blogs. Since then, the Canadian LesFic site The Moose Hall has launched itself onto t’Internet, as has LesFic Down Under, which is “your hang-out for Lesbian Fiction in the Southern Hemisphere. On our bookshelves you’ll find links to Australian, New Zealand, South African, Southern Pacific, and Tasmanian (oops, sorry, they’re part of Australia, aren’t they), authors and their books.” 

You can say “g’day” to both new endeavours by hitting the links.

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Cari HFinally this week, it’d be a bit stupid of me to chat about everyone else’s news and not mention that Ylva Publishing are hosting a Spotlight Interview with me over on their blog. I had a great time answering a bunch of fun, varied questions, with superpowers, blubbing along to Tumbledown, my slight overbite, and why I write, all getting a look in:

I’ve always written for my own entertainment, and being published hasn’t changed that. Writing a long story is like having my favourite novel play out in my head for a year or so, except that I get to create everything in it, put words into my characters’ mouths, and decide how things turn out. I love the challenge and the freedom of that. 

You can read the full interview at the above link.

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That’s yer lot for this week, I hope the sun is still shining!

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Guest Blog: Pauline George on her Début Novel ‘Jess’

24 Feb

Today’s guest blog is from brand new author Pauline George, whose début novel Jess has just been published by Regal Crest.  You can read the blurb for the novel over on our New & Upcoming page, but in the meantime allow Pauline to tell you how the story came about…

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JessJess is my first. Well, my first novel at least. I started writing Jess about ten years ago, although I actually finished it in less than a year. Most of the years since writing Jess, she sat in my laptop, gathering binary dust, waiting for me to have the courage to send her out into the big wide world.

When I did submit Jess to a publishing company a few years ago, I received a rejection e-mail. I was brave enough to ask why and was told that my lead character, Jess, was ‘snarky and shallow’. When I read this in the e-mail, I was aghast, because that is exactly what Jess is. It’s the story of a part of her life where she has the chance to change.

Because of this rejection I put Jess away and didn’t touch her for a few years. I know it was just one rejection, and many authors have had a lot of them. I know I should have ignored it. But Jess is my first, and for me writing is a very personal thing, as it probably is for all writers. I guess I couldn’t take the criticism at that time and maybe it made me feel vulnerable. Whatever it was, I saved Jess and left her in her folder on my laptop.

Sometime later, I don’t know why, I thought about Jess and how I shouldn’t let that one publisher put me off. So I blew the binary dust off Jess and got to work. I went over her with a fine tooth comb, rewriting and getting her ready for the big day. I decided I would again send Jess out into the big wide world, and this time I would persevere and take my chances.  I resolved to rise above the rejections and keep sending Jess out, until someone liked her. The next publisher I sent Jess to did like her and offered me a contract. I am grateful that Cathy and the team at Regal Crest saw the potential and gave Jess a chance. I suppose in a way I should also be grateful to that first rejection, as it led to me making Jess better. I didn’t change her character in any way, but maybe I made it more obvious how shallow she was in the beginning.

It’s been such a long time from first writing Jess, that now, on being asked what my inspiration was, I have to say I’m not sure. A little bit of history about me: when I first discovered my sexuality 20 years ago at the ripe old age of 42, I wanted to read books with female protagonists and women who loved women. I went to my local library to see if I could find lesbian novels to read, but twenty years ago there was a dearth of them, at least in my local library. Over the next few years I read as many as I could find in the library and then I discovered London’s Charing Cross Road – do you remember Silver Moon Bookshop? I realised I wanted to be one of those authors, I wanted to write a lesbian novel. I thought I could write one as good as those I was reading, at least I hoped I could, and so I started Jess.

pauline georgeThey say ‘write about what you know’, and I took that as far as I could without being biographical. Although Jess isn’t based on anyone I know, there is a bit of me in her. Not so much in the character herself but within the story. I hope my friends will be flattered and not offended that I’ve used their names in Jess. It is only their names though, the rest is fiction as they say. I was totally enamoured by Niagara when I went to stay there for a few days. It was so amazing and I thought it would be good to incorporate that trip into Jess. It was my first holiday to that part of the world but it wasn’t my last. I’ve now been to America for a few years and absolutely love it. Maybe there will be reference to these trips in subsequent books, especially the time spent in Vegas. I also went on a murder weekend founded by Joy Swift MBE, which was great fun. I used the plot, with Joy’s permission, in Jess, as I thought it would be fun to take the characters away for the weekend. So you can see there are a few of my experiences in Jess.

I found it quite easy to write Jess. The characters led me along and told me their story. I know that probably sounds a bit daft, and I don’t know how it works for other authors, but this is how it works for me. Most of the work I did on Jess was on my hour and a half long journey to work as a signaller on the Tube. I would think about what I’d already written and see where it would go next. Whatever I came up with and whatever the characters were telling me, I would keep running it all around in my head until I could put it down on paper. I write almost everything by hand with a fountain pen in A5 notebooks, and then transfer it to my laptop. Sometimes, if I was having a good inspirational day, I would write so much that it would take quite a while to type it up. But it’s the way I work, I get an idea and have to get it down there and then. I don’t always have my laptop handy, especially if I’m at work. On a break I would take myself into our little kitchen and sit at the table busily writing away. My colleagues got used to seeing me and hearing me wittering on about my book. I do like the process of handwriting, it makes me slow down and get my thoughts into a coherent pattern. Mind you, I sometimes get writer’s cramp and have to stop for a few minutes. I have been very lucky, in that I’ve not had too much of a problem with writer’s block. A lot of the time I seem to have writer’s diarrhoea, if there is such a thing!

My second offering is a novella and has been accepted by Regal Crest for publication in January 2015. Although at the time of writing this blog I’m adding meat to the bones and it could grow up into a full novel.

I hope you enjoy reading Jess as much as I enjoyed writing about a small part of her life.

News roundup: Cari Hunter’s Bad Medicine, Blogs & Giveaways from Amy Dunne & Kiki Archer, Nicola Griffith’s Tiptree Honour and More!

20 Feb

Fancy a quickie? You’re in luck. Here’s this week’s short and sweet UK LesFic news.

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tumbledownforblogCari Hunter‘s been posting over on the Bold Strokes blog on being an irritating spouse and pedant. It’s a short and typically funny piece where she talks about writing medical scenes and getting the balance “right and not sounding like a pompous arse”:

“There are quite a few perils involved in my day job as a paramedic: driving fast on blue lights, drunkards with lively fists, an abundance of spilled bodily fluids, and patients who decide—for whatever reason—to answer the door naked. If I’m honest, I can cope with pretty much all of the above, but one side effect of the job is more disconcerting: my wife will no longer watch medical dramas on the telly with me.”

Get yourself over here to read the rest of the blog.

Cari’s latest novel, Tumbledown, is also now out on Kindle.

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onefootMeanwhile, Kiki Archer‘s characters from One Foot Onto the Ice have been taking a peek at her other novels. The blog is a nice fictional piece to give you a taster of Kiki’s characters (and there’s a giveaway too):

Susan laughed. “The lady in my book’s about to sing during an interview.”
“What’s the book?”
“Binding Devotion by Kiki Archer. Pippa, one of the main characters, is on an interview for a job working as PA to the other main character, Andi, who happens to be a wonderfully charismatic lesbian advocate for LGBT rights.”
Jenna rolled her eyes. “And this Pippa’s a lesbian too?”
“Yes.”
“So, let me guess. They get it on?…”

Kiki’s doing a giveaway of a signed paperback version of One Foot Onto the Ice, so make sure you leave a comment before Tuesday to be in with a chance.

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BSB_Secret_LiesAmy Dunne‘s also been blogging over at Women and Words and is doing a giveaway (deadline Friday!). She talks about her well-respected début novel, Secret Lies,  a story of first love, traumatic lives and the taboo subject of self-harm, an area she discussed leaving out with her editor:

“So, why did I want to keep it in the book? To raise awareness. I want people to understand that it’s a deeply complex issue and that more research has to be conducted. It’s not going to go away and ignoring it is dangerous.

If even one young person, a parent, family member, or teacher enjoys reading Secret Lies and takes something positive away too, then I’ve succeeded in doing what I set out to do.

Above anything else, it’s a coming-of-age romance story. First love (is something many of us can relate to and) is full of a whole host of wonderful feelings and experiences.”

The full piece is here.

You can also find the latest review for Secret Lies on Frances and Lynne’s blog

“Two main realizations struck me as I turned the last page. The first was just how realistic the main characters, and in fact all the characters, were. They were flawed, but there were still many good qualities to them… A very realistic book for middle/older teens that I wish I had been around when I was a teenager.”

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330x235valmcdermidWe were contacted a little while ago by a reader pining for news of LesFic events north of the border in Scotland. While we’ve not managed to find something that’s entirely lesbian fiction-orientated, Val McDermid will be appearing at Aye Write! (Glasgow’s book festival) on Saturday 12th April. More details are to be announced, but the festival has a website here with some early programme information. We’ll also keep an eye on the site and see what else we can dig up a bit closer to the time.

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hild coverA big congratulations this week to Nicola Griffith whose epic novel Hild has been included on the Tiptree Award Honor List. The Tiptree Award is  an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender, and the judges had this to say about Hild:

This stunningly beautiful historical novel describes what life might have been like for a woman whose mother has arranged for her to be “the light of the world”: the real-life St. Hilda of Whitby. In a rollicking good read, the reader is drawn into action and adventure as Hild becomes a king’s seer, a warrior, and a vessel through which the dynamics of power and gender in war-ravaged 7th-century Britain can be explored.

For more about the award, the winner, and the honour list, hop over to this website.

Nicola was actually chatting about writing Science Fiction when she heard the good news. Her blog piece, largely focusing on Ammonite and Slow River is over here.

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Kerry-Hudson-008Finally, for any writers there’s a workshop on March 23rd with Paul Burston and Kerry Hudson (Tony Hogan bought me an Ice Cream Float before he Stole My Ma) on overcoming writer’s block. Topics include:

  • Storyboarding – overcoming the ‘fear of the blank screen’
  • What writing groups can do for you, and how to find the right one
  • Deadlines, feedback and brainstorming
  • How to read like a writer (and how it can help you)
  • Tips for building confidence

For more information on this workshop with these two experienced and respected writers follow this link.

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That’s all folks!

News Roundup: Sarah Waters Cover Unveiled, Interviews with KE Payne & Andrea Bramhall, New Novels, Lesbians at Lewisham, and More!

14 Feb

2014 cadbury heart shaped chocolates designs and collectionsWell, it’s February 14th and love is definitely in the air here at UK LesFic as we put on romantic music, eat heart-shaped chocolates, buy ridiculously over-priced flowers, and get all smoochy with our nearest and dearest. But before all that, let’s have some news, shall we?

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PayingGuest_D-2-186x300There seems to be a wealth of information about forthcoming novels this week, with several sneaky peeks at new covers and synopses. A couple of days ago, Sarah Waters unveiled her striking cover for The Paying Guests over on her website, along with an explanation of the thought processes that went into the design:

Publisher Lennie Goodings said: ‘Our Creative Director Duncan Spilling has given Sarah Waters’ covers a distinctive look, inspired by the typography of the eras in which she sets her books. With The Paying Guests taking place in the 1920s, we wanted a cover which reflects the film posters and iconography of the period, and which hints at the tension and surprises contained within the novel. We love it, and we’re sure her many fans will too.’

The Paying Guests will be published on September 4th.

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Publisher Regal Crest has shared the synopsis for Mountain Rescue: On the Edge by Sky Croft:

Dr. Sydney Greenwood and expert climber Kelly Saber are back in this sequel to Mountain Rescue: The Ascent.

Having settled into their relationship, life is sweet for the devoted couple, and a brief trip away allows Saber to meet Sydney’s family. Upon their return, rock slides, torrential rain, and surging rivers cause no end of problems for the Mountain Rescue team, while on the home front, Sydney needs her partner’s support more than ever when faced with a family tragedy. Together, the two women have to navigate between personal trials, and the trials of the mountain. This is…On The Edge.

The novel is tentatively scheduled to be released in the Yellow Rose imprint in December 2014. More news on this one as we get it.

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swordfishAndrea Bramhall has a new interview up at the Ylva website, in which she chats about superpowers, lottery dreams, oh, and that business of writing stuff. She also reveals that she has just signed a contract with Bold Strokes Books for her fifth novel, tentatively titled The Curse of the Chameleon and pencilled in for a release late in 2015:

Childhood friends, Imogen and Amahle, couldn’t come from more different backgrounds. One is privileged and the other is little more than a slave, but they thought nothing could tear their unusual friendship apart. But a changing political landscape and an uncertain future cast Imogen into a lonely world away from everything and everyone she knows, and by the time she returns to Africa everything has changed. Expecting to run the family vineyard after her father’s death, Imogen is ill prepared for the Africa she finds. Betrayal, deceit, and anger are the currency of the day and it is far from the life Imogen wants to lead.

When Amahle’s family is caught up in the middle of a bitter legal battle, she fights for what she believes is right, despite her own lingering feelings toward her childhood friend and a growing attraction she finds harder and harder to fight. But what happens when those you believed in let you down? What happens when friend becomes foe and your world turns upside down? What can be built from the ashes of betrayal? Is love enough?  

You can read the full Ylva interview here.

In the meantime, Andrea will be busy getting novels number three and four – Nightingale (May, 2014) and Swordfish (January 2015, check out the swanky cover!) – ready to rock and roll. Never one for a quiet life, she has also been reading from Captured on Canvas, a short story featuring characters from Clean Slate, for Liz McMullen’s Valentine Special. Apparently the excerpt would make her granny blush, so it’s sure to be a good listen.

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BSB_Because_of_HerSticking with Bold Strokes authors for a moment, as KE Payne has been chatting to fellow YA author Juliann Rich about her new novel Because of Her. The interview hosted on Juliann’s blog sees KE discussing her inspirations, her typical day, and writing for a young adult audience:

I write mainly YA, so I want my message to be loud and clear: it’s okay to be gay. So many teens struggle with their sexuality, but if they can just read one book that lets them know they’re not alone, then that makes me happy. I receive so many emails from readers telling me how much my books have helped them with their own struggles; that’s immensely gratifying and definitely encourages me to keep writing more.

Read more over here.

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Shocking news now, as a sleepy library in Lewisham was recently overrun by LESBIANS! Cherry Potts, VG Lee, VA Fearon, and Kate Foley were all involved in this nefarious coup, and photographs of the suspects can be found here. Apparently, all four women are armed (well, they all have arms at any rate) and reasonably dangerous. Approach with caution and biscuits. Video of the event – presumably so they can send a copy to Crime Watch – is pending.

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vgleeNot satisfied with causing ructions in Lewisham, VG Lee has been blogging over at Gay Star News. How a Married Woman Found Happiness By Coming Out as a Lesbian is a revealing and heartfelt piece that is well worth a few minutes of your time: 

The problems will always remain in the small and personal. Private prejudices within family, friends and work situations. I am now braver, more confident and often very happy to feel myself to be part of LGBTI. Having said that, there are still moments when I am with straight friends, that I feel my life and sexuality are being completely ignored or ludicrous assumptions made. I hear my voice becoming querulous and defensive as I strive to put over how it is to be a lesbian. 

You can read the full feature at the link above.

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Stella Duffy, writer, actorFans of Stella Duffy who have been waiting for news following a recent blog about her breast cancer (“So. I have breast cancer again. This is rubbish, depressing, worrying and also kind of amazing – 14 years since the last one! My body (and the medics) did good”) should head here for a typically enlightening, uplifting, and humorous update:

My job now is to eat spinach until I have the haemoglobin count of Popeye himself. Your iron-rich recipes (that don’t taste too rich and don’t involve liver) very welcome.

And also, yay NHS. Obviously.

I will heartily second that “yay” 🙂

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hild coverA couple of weeks ago, Nicola Griffith lamented a dearth of photos of pets reading Hild. I am pleased to announce that her latest Hild Roundup has rectified this dreadful situation, and also added new reviews and interviews. I harbour a sneaking suspicion that “Bliss” may be attempting to lull those poor fish into a false sense of security…

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Finally, a call to reader Trish Whelan to get in touch with UK LesFic (uklesfic @ gmail.com). Trish, you won a copy of Puppy Love, but you don’t seem to be getting our e-mails. I’d hate for a copy to go to waste, so we’re looking to redraw the prize in a week if we’ve not heard from you.

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I’ll leave you all in peace now, and wish everyone a lovely Valentine’s Day. On a closing note, if you’ve been gaying it up whilst watching the Winter Olympics (and, frankly with all that spandex flying around, who hasn’t?) these two adverts are essential viewing:

Channel Four’s amazing Gay Mountain bear-fest, and this particularly fine example of luge from the Canadian Institute of Inclusion and Diversity. 

PS – sorry for the ear worm.

News Roundup: VG Lee interview, reviews and events

7 Feb

I did start this news post yesterday by saying it was a quiet week, but with a late flurry of activity its turned out to be just as busy as usual. Here is the news:

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VGLeeThere’s a particularly nice and chatty interview with VG Lee over at Introspections of a Displaced Boulevardier. Wayne Herbert and Val have a natter about how she started writing at a relatively late age, her books and some advice for new writers:

As a new writer you should focus your energies on your work until it is absolutely finished and polished. You should not think of an agent. You should not think of a bestseller. And just get on and do what you are supposed to be doing which is writing. People often ask after six months, sorry this is a bit of a rant as I do get cross, how they should get an agent or ‘how do I get published’ and haven’t even started writing a bloody book. So write, write and write.

The interview is full of VG Lee’s lovely humour and you can read the rest of “Another Mini Battenberg” over here.

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On to reviews:

tony hoganKerry Hudson‘s Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma was reviewed over on the Boston Globe. The glowing review describes the book as:

Wickedly, brilliantly, inescapably funny in spite of its often-horrific scenarios, Hudson’s debut is, by equal turns, startling, devastating, and exhilarating.

See Right Through Me- Draft2Prolific reviewer Terry Baker has also been reviewing UK novels this week. First up is her review of LT Smith‘s See Right Through Me. She had this to say of the tale of loveable accident-prone Gemma and her steady doctor Maria:

I’ve read a few books by L.T Smith and loved each one of them. This one is no exception. This book is well written and hilarious in parts…Gemma and Maria have a wonderful chemistry between them which really comes through in the story.”

You can read the rest of the review here.

guiltyheartkindlecover-186x300Next is Guilty Hearts by Jade Winters. Terry had this to say about the tale of a honey trap with a twist:

“From the outset I felt an affinity with all the characters and their lives. Although Kathryn is closeted, married and successful, she’s also a novice where love is concerned. Rachel is a bit of a player, but is also a novice at love. When these two women meet and begin to get to know one another, I felt their yearning and vulnerability shine through the pages.”

Read the rest of the review here.

BSB_Secret_LiesAmy Dunne‘s debut continues to garner praise. The Velvet Lounger reviewed Amy’s gritty YA novel Secrets and Lies and had this to say.

“This is an excellent and enthralling first novel.  Amy Dunne has caught the mood of 17 year-old emotions and experience brilliantly. On the one hand it is a tale of young adults emerging and exploring, with all the angst and melodrama that entails. On the other it is a serious exploration of both abuse and self harm and the impact they have on these girls internal and public lives…I for one am delighted to see a new British talent emerge. Looking forward to watching Ms Dunne develop this gift.”

The full review can be found here.

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A couple of events for your diaries:

RJ Samuel reading on FridayIrish writer RJ Samuel will be performing at A Place to Be in Galway. She’ll be reading excerpts from Falling Colours, Casting Shadows and some very short stories. You can catch her on Sunday 16th February, 5.30pm – 7.00pm at “dela” Restaurant, Dominick Street, Galway.

Cherry PottsCherry Potts is very busy through LGBT History Month. On Friday 21st February she’ll be at Crofton Park Library. She’ll be reading from her own short story collection. With 16 stories to choose from, she promises no repeats of tales shared in her other South London LGBT month gigs. You’ll hear about grief, old age, spiders and song, all from a lesbian perspective. They’ll be opportunities to chat, ask questions and buy books. More details here.

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tumbledownforblogCari Hunter had a tremendous response to her book giveaway for Tumbledown. To win this excellent sequel to Desolation Point she invited readers to leave a sweary comment and people were only too happy to hurl abuse at her. She announced the winners here together with a consolation prize for the losers of two scenes cut from Desolation Point.

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Finally, if you fancy chatting to a couple of the UK authors, the book group lesficREADER on Facebook is hosting a chat with Amy Dunne and Andrea Bramhall. They’ll be discussing their books (Secrets and Lies and Clean Slate, respectively) over the weekend. Join the group here if you want to eavesdrop or join in.

Giveaway Winners: Puppy Love and The January Flower!

3 Feb

There’s little we like more on UK LesFic than giving away free stuff (hmmm, with the exception of cake and chocolate!) and we’ve had two authors  – Orla Broderick and LT Smith – running giveaways through the site for the past couple of weeks.

We’ve had a lovely, chatty response for both competitions, and we’ve just had the pleasure of drawing the winners via a handy random number generator.

the january flowerThe winners of Orla Broderick‘s début novel The January Flower are:

Widdershins and julietwilson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

puppyloveThe winners of LT Smith‘s Puppy Love are:

solargrrl, Amanda C, and Trish Whelan.

Congratulations to all five of you – look out for an e-mail from uklesfic later today.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the draw, and to both authors for their generosity 🙂