Tag Archives: Freya Publications

News roundup – free book, new anthology, Cherry Potts and the Bold Strokes blog tour

5 Jun

We’re in the final run-up to the UK Bold Strokes Festival in Nottingham which takes place this weekend, and the attending authors have been doing a blog tour this week. Amy Dunne talked about the power of books and their vital company for someone coming out. Rebecca Buck described the excitement of the festival and its origins. I. Beacham explains why she wrote her latest book The Rarest Rose. And Andrea Bramhall talks about word power. Catch up with all the blogs on the Bold Stokes Festival site.


Counting_Down_The_Seconds_-_lesbian_fiction_storiesEarlier this year, UK online magazine When Sally Met Sally and publisher Freya Publications held a short-story competition for female writers of LGBT fiction. The winning entries have now been posted and the best entries have been published in a new anthology called Counting Down the Seconds.  It features writers from all over the world and stories from science fiction to period drama, darker tales of lost love, from literary fiction to chick lit.


518YExipElL._SX385_The audio version of Emma Donoghue’s Astray by Hachette Audio has just won the award for Best Short Story Collection at the Audies. The Audie Awards are a US competition only for audio books. Narrators include Khristine Hvam, James Langton, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren and Dion Graham and the edition has already won an Earphone award.


Cherry Potts, author of fantasy, science fiction and fairy tales, has several readings lined up starting this weekend. She’ll be reading in Lewisham, Brixton and central London. For more details check here.


Finally, OutLateWithFriendsgrab a free copy of Suzanne Egerton’s new book Out Late with Friends and Regrets. It’s free to download on Amazon today and tomorrow. This is Suzanne’s debut novel and you can read more about the background on the novel’s publication and the story in this guest blog on UKLesFic.

News Roundup: Festival of Words, Rachel Dax, LGBT History Month and Nicola Griffith on her Next Big Thing…

22 Feb

bramhallLadyfish author Andrea Bramhall has updated her website with a piece about last weekend’s Nottingham Festival of Words: “I had a really great time chatting to people about books and LGBTQ matters, and attended a very interesting debate about LGBTQ writing and its place in publishing.” Read more on her blog.

Rachel Dax has been blogging about her series The Legend of Pope Joan. She describes what kind of reception Part 1 has had and what it’s like to top the pope charts on Amazon!

AfterTheNightThis weekend Rachel Dax and Clare Ashton are taking part in the Lesfic Indie Author weekend on the Yahoo discussion group the Virtual Living Room. Join up to ask them questions here. To coincide with the indie weekend Rachel Dax has made her first novel, After the Night,  free for this weekend.

Lambda Literary site has an article on LGBT History Month in the UK and how sexuality is portrayed in young adult literature.

Meanwhile, Nicola Griffith has been answering questions on her forthcoming novel, Hild, for The Next Nicola_05-08-30_003rBig Thing blog hop. For those who might have missed the NBT run-around, it asked authors to answer a series of ten questions, focussing on upcoming works that readers may not yet have heard about. Read Nicola’s entry here.

And a reminder: entries for the When Sally Met Sally / Freya Publications short story competition close on 28th February, so get your story submitted now! The judges are looking for 2000-5000 word stories on the theme of love, to be published in an anthology later this year.

Call for Submissions: Short Story Competition

27 Jan

wsmsWhen Sally Met Sally and Freya Publications are running a short story competition and publishing winning entries in an anthology. The theme is love and the closing date is 28th February 2013, so get writing! More details here.