Archive | May, 2016

News roundup: new authors, BSB blog tour, new books and romance in Wales

21 May

So it’s getting closer to summer, which means it’s raining outside. But never fear, here’s the UKLesFic news and some reading to curl up with inside.  

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First up, some new authors for you:

A.L. Brooks lives in London and works 9-5 in corporate financial systems. Out of hours she balances the desire for firm abs against the call of red wine and chocolate while writing, cooking, travelling or reading lesfic.

She’s already appeared in Ladylit’s Summer Love anthology last year and her steamy debut novel The Club will be published in July by Ylva (blurb below). You can catch A.L. this summer at Ylva’s Lesvos Lesfic Convention.

The-Club-by-A.L.-BrooksWelcome to The Club—leave your inhibitions and your everyday cares at the door and indulge yourself in an evening of anonymous, no-strings, woman-on-woman action.

For many of the women who visit The Club this is exactly what they are looking for and what they get. For others the emotions run high, and one night of sex can change their lives in ways they couldn’t have imagined. For Lou, her weekly visits to The Club enable her to set aside her shyness and loneliness and feel intimacy, however briefly. For Kath, caring for her mother at home, The Club is a welcome relief from her everyday toil; while Max needs distraction from her troubled relationship, even as she tries to tell herself she isn’t really cheating. Tania and Jacky find an outlet for a tricky block in their sex life. Cassie and Nina, bar staff at The Club, find themselves staying on after hours. And finally, Stephanie, struggling with her sexuality, finds her life changing in so many ways once she plucks up courage to enter.

The lives of these women intersect in ways they don’t realize, and watching over them all is Mandy— the owner, whose own ghosts play a pivotal role in the existence of The Club.

You can find out more on the Ylva website.

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thelastbeginningLauren James has been in contact to give us the heads-up for her YA LGBT novel due out in October. The Last Beginning is a sequel to her mainstream YA romance The Next Together. You can find out more about Lauren on her website and she also runs an LGBT YA review blog on Tumbler.  Here’s the blurb for The Last Beginning:

Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives…

But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.

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Alex Spear is another new author. She was born in London but the lucky thing now lives by the sea and she enjoys juggling several pieces of work at once.  You can find out more about her from her blog, and her novel People Person is out now on Amazon:

Louisa Cannes is trying to juggle her human resources career with looking after her family and keeping her girlfriend interested. Her ethics are repeatedly tested at the difficult job she depends on to pay for her nephew’s life-saving treatment. Cripplingly long hours, an incompetent, lazy line manager and a couple of vindictive rivals don’t exactly help, and she is in danger of burning out. But why does the evil boss, Penelope, seem determined to destroy Louisa one minute then groom her for promotion the next? Can Louisa avoid competing with her best friend, can she still call herself a people person, and who can she really trust in the race to the top?

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royal rebelOn to other news and Jenny Frame has revealed the cover for Royal Rebel due out 2017. Royal Rebel is the second book in the Royal Romance series. Also, a reminder that Jenny’s Heart of the Pack is now available on Amazon.

heart of the packHeart of the Pack has also been reviewed of Alexa Black’s blog:

I seem to keep reading about lesbian werewolves. This is a good thing… [In this novel I] liked the way the werewolves were depicted as good, kind creatures with stable and loving families. I tend to like my monster stories a bit more dark than Heart of the Pack, and I sometimes found the whole thing a little too sweet, but I also really like seeing a softer side to “monsters.” Especially if it still fits with their nature. The Wolfgangs really did feel like a dog pack in many ways, loving, devoted, and tight-knit, and I found that refreshing.

You can read the full review here.

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coffeemornA bit of blogging now and Jen Silver has been writing about writing. She offers you a glimpse of writer’s typical day – i.e. finding every excuse for procrastination in lieu of that blank page:

“Take coffee and breakfast bowl into the living room, sit in chair, glasses on, open iPad. Quick scan of emails and Facebook. Open up newspaper app. Read a few articles that interest me and then look at the weather…endlessly fascinating for anyone living in the British Isles. As we live in the middle of the country, it’s often wrong.”

You can read more here.

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Cold to the TouchBold Strokes have kicked off their annual blog tour which runs up to the weekend of the Nottingham Book Festival. And the first blog comes from Cari Hunter who explains why she loves the Nottingham shindig.

“My online friends are scattered around the world, and I know that I’ll probably never meet most of them in person, which is why it’s always lovely to see readers supporting the UK Bold Strokes event. For that one weekend a year, we actually do get to meet a part of the LesFic community. It’s the perfect opportunity to put faces to names and to say “hello” rather than hit “Like” or comment on a status update. There’s also the off-chance of autographing a book or two, which always makes me feel like a proper author and secretly tickles me pink.”

Catch up with the rest here.

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bestbookCongratulations to Kiki Archer. She recently won the Best LGBTQ Fiction category at the NIE Awards. The National Indie Excellence Awards have been going for 10 years and you can find the full list of this year’s winners here.

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There was a bit of update from Jody Klaire this week on her blog. She’s been quiet of late, but has also been busy writing.

Jody talks about Hindsight (Book 4 of the Above and Beyond Series) and also about the forthcoming Best Maid Plans, the follow up to romcom La Vie en Bleu due out October. Here’s the blurb:

BestMaidPlans_lgLove in France is wonderful. Pippa Saunders has her true love Berne Chamonix nearby and spring is in the air. Nevermind that she and Rebecca don’t have jobs or money, still haven’t finished the house, and Rebecca is pining because Babs keeps disappearing on business trips.

Rebecca is determined to prove she is a worthy match for Babs by impressing her family. To win them around, Pippa announces that they often renovate for one of the most successful businesses in Europe . . . only that business belongs to her ex-fiancé, Doug Fletcher. Oops. As a favor for his glowing reference, Doug wants Pippa to be his best maid at his wedding and renovate his future house. With Rebecca’s happiness in her hands, Pippa agrees, and summer in France becomes summer in a sleepy Welsh village. But as everyone knows, the best made plans with Pippa and friends never quite go as expected.

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DSC_3634Finally, a sneak peek at Clare Ashton‘s new book out this summer. Poppy Jenkins is a romance set in a Mid-Wales summer in countryside as lush as the heroine. Expect humour, angst and a side-order of Bara Brith. You can find chapter 1 here.

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That’s all folks!

News roundup: New Releases from Angela Peach, Jody Klaire, Andrea Bramhall, and Jenny Frame. Blogs, Events, and Giveaway Winners!

7 May

As befits a week when it’s more tempting to sit out in the garden than it is to sit in front of a computer, this news is crammed with brand new book releases. So, grab a copy of whatever tickles your fancy and head into the sunshine!

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a darker kind of loveLet’s start with A Darker Kind of Love, the new novel from Angela Peach that’s so hot off the Amazon presses it almost missed being included in this news post. It’s Angie’s first novel in two and a half years, an absence that Angie explains in the book’s acknowledgements: Turns out I’m much better at producing a novel when my heart has been broken! Although this does not bode well for a happy love life/successful writing career combo, I know where to tap into for inspiration… 

The blurb for A Darker Kind of Love reads like this:

Stronger than desire, deeper than attraction. Relationships can be tricky, especially when your ex is still hanging around. For Hanna, meeting Sophie marks the start of something new…but first she has to convince her ex girlfriend, Mel, to let her go. But Mel doesn’t want to let go. Ever.

Angie has also been confirmed as a guest on the Indie panel at this year’s LFest. The annual lesbian festival will be held July 15th-18th at Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffordshire. If you’re interested in going, click the link for the festival’s main website.

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hindsightJody Klaire, meanwhile, has two new books in the offing: Hindsight (the fourth in the Above & Beyond series) and Best Maid Plans, the follow-up to La Vie En Bleu, which is tentatively set for release in October. I’ll let Jody tell you a bit more about Hindsight

Hindsight is in the workshop ready for August… ish and takes us further into the series plot while, I hope, giving you more of the characters and what makes them who they are. It was fun to use a whole other technique, writing wise, to bring the story to life. I’m not sure if you feel the same but Frei is a character I really love and, once again, you get to know her. Hindsight sees you meet Bess… who I really hope you’ll love as much as me; you revisit Oppidum to catch up with just what the new mayor has been up to… and Mrs. Squirrel; all on the adventure that sees Aeron and Renee push themselves and each other to help their dear friend.

The rest of that blog post can be read right here.

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October will also see the publication of Just My Luck, 2016’s second release from Andrea Bramhall:

Just-My-Luck-by-Andrea-BramhallGenna Collins works a dead end job, loves her family, her girlfriend, and her friends. When she wins the biggest Euromillions jackpot on record everything changes…and not always for the best.

When Abi Kitson fell in love she always knew it would go unrequited. The woman of her dreams was so close yet seemingly untouchable for so many reasons.  Reasons like – they are best friends, or the big age gap, or the ‘other’ woman, nevermind Abi’s own baggage.   And even when those reasons crumble it seems luck just isn’t on her side.

It’s a learning curve for both of them. But what if money really can’t buy you everything you want? What if the answers aren’t hidden in a big, fat bank balance? What if happiness is right in front of them? They just have to reach out…

Andrea was recently interviewed by Jules Bremner on Radio Pride Live. Hit the link to hear her chatting about her murder/mystery Collide-O-Scope.

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dapperAnd last but by no means the least of the new releases is Dapper by Jenny Frame, who had this to say on Facebook:

Good news! I have a new short story coming out in September. It’s called Dapper and you can check out the cover below. It will be given away for free, as part of a promotion for the month of September on the Bold Strokes Books site. 

As soon as that promotion rolls around, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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FourStepsA heads up now for anyone who lives near Glasgow, as Wendy Hudson is holding a launch party for her début novel, Four Steps, on 26th August at 7 p.m. The event will take place at Katie’s Bar and will feature a book chat and signing, followed by a DJ. According to the Facebook event page, it’s an open and free event so “invite your friends and family.”

Can’t say fairer than that!

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Sneaking in under the deadline is a special offer on Guilty Hearts by Jade Winters. The e-book is available on Amazon at the reduced price of 99p for a “limited time”. Which basically translates as: Get your skates on.

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We’ll sign off this fortnight with the winners from Jen Silver‘s giveaway of The Circle Dance. Congratulations to Karen Hughes and Melissa Whisenant. Look out for an email from Jen in the not too distant future!

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And that’s yer lot. Enjoy the weekend and make the most of the sunshine while it’s with us!