News Roundup: New Books from Jenny Frame, Jade Winters and I. Beacham, L.T. Smith Q&A, Reviews, Top 10 Lists, & More!

13 Feb

It might be chilly outside, but things seem to be warming up on the UK LesFic front, with loads of news to get through. So let’s get cracking…

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courting the countessEveryone loves new books, and this week we have three to tell you about, the first being Jenny Frame‘s Courting the Countess, which continues along a similar aristocratic line as her début, A Royal Romance. The book will be Jenny’s second of 2016 (her first – Heart of the Pack – is due out in May) and is set for publication in September. Its blurb reads like this:

Professor of archaeology Henrietta “Harry” Knight becomes Countess of Axedale upon her father’s death and takes a sabbatical from Cambridge University to begin refurbishing the long-neglected and run down Axedale Hall. The child of a loveless marriage, witness to her father’s infidelities and her mother’s pain, Harry has no intention of ever falling in love.
Annie Brannigan is a survivor, remaining positive through hardships. As an agency housekeeper, she moves from post to post with her daughter Riley, taking care of people who have everything she will never have. Annie’s greatest wish is to find her happy ever after.
Can love restore the countess’s heart and the crumbling Axedale Hall, or will the first foundations of love turn to dust?

As if that wasn’t enough, there was more great news for Jenny this week when A Royal Romance was awarded an Alice B. Lavender certificate for Outstanding Début. Congrats!

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salvationApril, 2016 will see the release of SalvationI. Beacham‘s third lesbian romance:

When you fall in love, if it’s real, it’s forever. But what happens if the woman who gave your life meaning now hates you, for all the wrong reasons? Do you walk away? Claire chooses to stay, knowing her partner will never love her again. Her happiness has been stolen, and her future seems unclear. That is until Regan arrives.

Regan is an angry woman running from problems. Faced with challenges, she moves to Devon to sort out her dead brother’s estate. From the moment she meets Claire, they seem destined to clash. As they do, secrets begin to unravel that test them both but which offer the chance for love.

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the song the heartAnd if you want something to get stuck into right now, Jade Winters has just published The Song, The Heart:

Twenty-four year old Skye Anderson has always wanted to quit her boring job as a waitress to pursue her dreams of becoming a singer. But two things stand in her way . . . her irrational fear of failure and her father’s downward spiral of self-destruction. Everything changes when she goes on a trip to London, gains the courage to sing at a karaoke bar, and meets a charismatic woman who makes her heart skip a beat.

Morgan Harrington is a successful night club owner with no time for romance. Yet after hearing Skye sing one night, she feels an instant connection to the secretive yet beautiful woman. But before Morgan can even think about a relationship, she must overcome her own inner-demons and make an important decision that might taint her life forever.

As these two women grow closer, their dark pasts and Skye’s even darker secret only complicate matters. If they ever hope to build a life together, they’ll have to find the strength to face the heartache, betrayal, and loss in their increasingly complex lives . . .

Is their relationship destined to end on a sour note? Or will Skye and Morgan have a chance at living their own love song?

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Driving Me MadL.T. Smith has been chatting to Women & Words, with a new Q&A and giveaway currently being hosted on the blog. The interview is full of fun tidbits…

It seems as if everything I love to do is classed as a guilty pleasure these days, especially since the advent of ‘Dry January’. I rarely drink alcohol – I can get a hangover whilst nursing a glass of wine. But it isn’t just the booze that people are expected to feel guilty about consuming post-Christmas. It’s everything and anything that is sweet, fattening, moreish … I’ve never caught myself drooling out the words “Oh my. More tofu please. I. Just. Can’t. Get. Enough.”  Or humming happily whilst piling up the salad. Not happening in my kitchen.

So. Guilty pleasure. Chocolate, a comfy place to sprawl, loads of time, and a bloody good book. Not necessarily in that order, but definitely together. Perfect.

…And three e-book copies of L.T.’s new lesbian thriller, Driving Me Mad, are up for grabs. Closing date for entries is Sunday 14th February, so get your skates on.

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starstruckSkating along to reviews now, with Lesley Davis‘s current romance/thriller Starstruck receiving a glowing report from The Lesbian Review blog:

Aiden and Cassidy’s relationship is a delight to follow and they are super hot together. Having the main conflict come from outside of the relationship works well…Starstruck is a fun, sweet read and I’m looking forward to whatever Lesley Davis comes up with next. Yes, I’m a fangirl, and I’m not afraid to admit it.

You can find the full text here.

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JodyKlaireMeanwhile, the Lesbian Reading Room has been enjoying the third instalment in Jody Klaire‘s Above and Beyond series, Untrained Eye:

These are amazing characters and unusual plots. Jody Klaire manages to mix up a thriller crime drama with a psychic whodunnit and an ever so slowly burning romance. It’s a wonderful action adventure story for girls. Add in humour, great dialogue, brilliant writing and these books are just a joy.

Head here for the full review.

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Jen Silver’s author profile is now alive and kicking on The Lesbian Review, and a recent themed romance feature on the blog saw Clare Lydon‘s All I Want for Christmas highlighted in the Christmas Romance category and Kiki Archer‘s Too Late…I Love You occupying the Toaster Oven (apparently the prize given when a lesbian “converts” a heterosexual woman) Romance slot.

For all eleven of the books featured in the top ten (ahem) follow this link.

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220px-The_Little_Stranger_Sarah_WatersFinally this fortnight, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters has been named as one of the 100 greatest British novels as part of a new poll conducted for the BBC. The list was compiled by polling 82 book critics and literary scholars from outside the UK to choose the greatest British novels as seen by the rest of the world. The Little Stranger is ranked at number 45.

The diverse list ranges from classic to contemporary literature, and is also notable for the high number of female writers featured, making up 40 per cent of the top 100.

The full list of novels can be viewed here.

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And that’ll probably do us for this update. Whatever you’re up to this weekend – be it smooching with your sweetie, or just eating sweeties – have a good one.

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