Archive | October, 2015

News Roundup: Clare Lydon is Feeling Festive, a New Release from Jade Winters, Sarah Waters on the Silver Screen, Jody Klaire Interview, and More!

24 Oct

At last! The Spooky Season is nigh upon us, with pumpkins being readied, the shops full of Haribo, and ridiculously expensive Halloween costumes clogging up the aisles (whatever happened to making your own out of a sheet and some fake blood?!) All of which leads me nicely to our first news piece of the fortnight…

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AllIWantForChristmas-Clare-LydonHandily combining two festive occasions in one book release, is Clare Lydon whose fourth novel, All I Want for Christmas, is set to hit bookshelves (or e-readers) on October 31st, which should give people plenty of time to buy it and get it ready to tuck into Christmas stockings. Eyes right for the seasonal cover. Meanwhile, the book’s blurb goes like this:

This Christmas, Tori Hammond is on a mission to find love. Her ideal present under the tree would be a shiny new girlfriend, so Tori gives herself one month to find that special lady by December 25th. Christmas spells romance and she’s going to grab some.

However, Tori’s dates bring their own complications, and when someone unexpected strolls back into her life, her Christmas girlfriend quest is turned upside down. Will Tori land on her feet and find the woman of her dreams? And if she does, will it be who she expected?

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Jade Winters has sneaked another novel onto Amazon, with the release of Love Interrupted:

Love-Interrupted-High-Resolution.jpgcover-430x688There are two sides of every story. And then there’s the truth.

Divorce is rarely pretty and never fair. When successful divorce solicitors Harper Anderson and Dylan Blue find themselves on opposing sides of a bitter separation, they become uncontrollably consumed by more than just the case…

Dylan is fiercely ambitious, Harper a crusader for justice, so when the adversaries lock horns in professional combat, the tension is overwhelming. Harper hates Dylan’s ruthlessness, Dylan is repulsed by Harper’s ‘bleeding heart liberalism’. As they both battle for their clients’ interests, they find themselves at once repelled and strangely attracted to one another.

It is a case which will divide, infuriate and ultimately unite the two women, who find a deep love and understanding in the ashes of their clients’ broken relationship.

The novel is available to buy on Kindle or you can read it for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited punter.

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justine and janeSomeone we’ve not heard from for a long while is Bold Strokes author, Jane Fletcher, but fans of her Celaeno and Lyremouth Fantasy series will no doubt be pleased to hear that a new book is on the way. Jane recently posted this message on Facebook:

I’m not a compulsive writer. I don’t have the all-consuming urge to write that other authors talk about. Sometimes it just feels like a slog. But the thing that keeps me going is though I don’t necessarily like writing, I adore having written. And to that end, I can announce that I have wrote. I sent off the manuscript for The Shewstone this morning.

We’re not sure yet whether the novel will be related to her previous works, or a standalone – more news as soon as we get it!

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JodyKlaireJody Klaire has made a return to the Liz McMullen Show to chat about her French romcom romp, La Vie En Bleu, her Above and Beyond series, and her passion for music, amongst other stuff. You can watch the interview at this link.

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News about Emma Donoghue‘s next novel has been posted on her website. We have no clue as to its lesbian content (might not have any!) but we thought we’d give you a heads up just in case: You heard it first: my next novel, The Wonder, set in 1850s Ireland, comes out in September 2016. It’s the story of an eleven-year-old girl who seems to live without eating, and the English nurse sent to discover whether she’s a fraud.

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598px-Sarah_WatersI mentioned a Sarah Waters film night in the last but one news, and it’s been listed on the Events page for a while as well. Originally, following the link provided sweet FA in terms of information, but Sarah’s website has now updated with details of what the evening will entail. Apparently the first in a Desert Island Flicks (stop it!) series, Sarah will be showing clips from and discussing films that have “moved, entertained and inspired her.” The event will be held on 7th November at the Cinema Museum, London, and tickets are £8.50. You can find more information here.

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Finally this week, the larger LesFic community received the news that one of its most popular authors, Sandra Moran (Letters Never Sent, Nudge, and All That We Lack) had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Sandra has a hell of a lot of British mates, myself and Tig included, and our thoughts are with her and her family.

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News roundup: Polari Prize winner, some top tens, a bit of blogging and a hint of envy

9 Oct

The leaves are turning and there’s a chill in the air: time for a wistful stroll through the autumn news.

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therentalheartAnd hasn’t the year flown by. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Polari submissions were being sought. But the winner of the Polari First Book Prize was announced this week and it’s Kirsty Logan for her book of short stories The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales. The critically acclaimed collection was shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize and is the winner of the Scott Prize. Of the book, Paul Burston said “The judges were enormously impressed with Logan’s command of language and skillful story telling. She writes from a variety of queer perspectives, showing us a range of outsider’s viewpoints.Diva has more on this year’s prize and the Polari evening is reviewed over at Dolores Delargo Towers.

Kirsty is based in Scotland and she is a literary editor and freelance writer. Her fiction has been published in literary magazines and anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She also had a piece in The Guardian this week listing The best LGBT sex in literature. In the article she confesses: “I wanted this to be a list of literary smut. I wanted to choose the 10 hottest, most realistic, most beautifully written queer sex scenes ever published.” The resulting list is heavy on the literary writers, with the top spot going to Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith.

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too late I love youSpeaking of lists, Kiki Archer‘s Too Late…I Love You makes The Lesbian Review’s 10 Great Books To Try.  Of the book The Lesbian Review says:

This is one of the best books I have read this year. I absolutely loved it. It is well written and will keep you guessing and Archer keeps the story tight.

I would also like to add that the flirting between the women was really lovely and well done. Often writers resort to descriptions of emotions to convey that fluttery feeling of excitement one gets from good chemistry. Archer managed a lot with dialogue alone.

I was hooked from early on right up to the last word.

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Amy-Dunne-author-1-256x300Another British author getting coverage over on The Lesbian Review is Amy Dunne who answered their author profile questions. When asked what readers might find interesting about her, Amy replied “From the ages of 8 – 22 I genuinely thought I was going to become a Catholic nun. I blame Sister Act. Fortunately, I saw the light and accepted I was a lesbian instead.” Now, surely there’s a book in that.

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PayingGuest_D-2-186x300The Paying Guests has hit America and so has Sarah Waters. The Daily Beast has an article on Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance. When asked whether the novel was a crime, love or historical story she replies:

“I think love story at its heart…I was writing part one over and over again, and it wasn’t going right. I was thinking of it as a romance, a very small story. Then I realized that even though in my other novels love and desire are strong elements, I’d never written a love story before, with the two characters tested. That crystallized it for me: The crime would push and test them. This is a love story complicated by crime.”

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untrained eyeJody Klaire has been blogging and talking about her recent writing experiences:

“I learned a lot from La Vie en Bleu and from book one and two of Aeron’s series. I hope that I show that improvement in Untrained Eye. When writing a series, I noticed how easy it would be to settle into a formula. To keep the stories very similar and the characters the same.”

Jody also mentions that she will be on the Liz McMullen Show – for details on how to leave her a question to answer on the show and for the full blog post, scamper over here.

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Finally,  a few things to look forward to. Bold Strokes have signed up Cari Hunter‘s third book in the Dark Peak Series. Book 2 (Cold to the Touch) is out in December and book 3 is pencilled in for January 2017. Not many details yet, but Clare Lydon has a new book out at the end of the October – All I Want for ChristmasJen Silver has two books out next year and is comfortably into the first draft of another (catch up with her news here). And if there’s still not enough lesfic to look forward to, Andrea Bramhall will fill the void – she’s just completed the first draft of Collide-O-Scope, taking a jaw-dropping eight days to complete it. (And if you suspect a smidgen of jealousy there, you’d be right – seriously, eight bloody days?! I spend that long faffing about with character names).

And with that unseemly outburst, I bid you adieu!

Eight days….how the hell…