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News roundup: latest releases from Cari Hunter, Kiki Archer and Manda Scott, Clare Lydon getting around a bit, Ke Payne’s next romance and more!

20 Jun

Hell of a week for Cari Hunter to bugger off on holiday. But luckily the launch of her latest book seems to have taken on a life of its own, and I see No Good Reason not to start with her news. Badum tsh. OK, it’s been done before….quietly gets on with the news….

no good reasonSo, the first book in Cari Hunter‘s Dark Peak crime series is now available absolutely everywhere including Amazon UK in downloadable ones and zeroes and black marks on a page.

If you’re quick, you’re in with a chance of nabbing a free copy. Pop over to the Bold Strokes Facebook page before Sunday and share the cover and you’ll be entered into the draw.

The Velvet Lounger has already devoured the book and had this to say in a glowing review in Curve Magazine:

The plot keeps us on the edge of our metaphorical seat, turning the pages long into the night. The setting of the English Peaks District adds ambiance and a drama of its own without excluding anybody. And through it all a glimmer of humour and a large dose of humanity keep us engaged and enthralled.

Meanwhile, Kiki Archer‘s new novel has been quick out of the gates and even though it’s only been out a little over a week it’s rapidly claiming the top spots in the lesfic charts and heading up the mainstream charts too. Let’s hope mainstream buyers like Kiki’s lady-loving twist. Here’s the cover and blurb which missed last fortnight’s news by a whisker.

too late I love youConnie Parker isn’t convinced by this falling in love lark. Falling hurts, you end up with bruises and scars.

She has the perfect answer: she’ll write about love instead. But what happens when the novel-in-progress describes more about Connie’s own dull existence than she wants to admit? And when will she realise that her hero is beginning to resemble her new best friend Maria – a woman who seems to turn every simple outing with their 3-year-olds into a fun-filled adventure for them all?

In trying to make sense of the puzzle of her life, Connie learns there is no perfect person. Just that person who’ll fit you perfectly.

Too Late… I Love You is available on Amazon.

INTO-THE-FIRE-largeManda Scott‘s Into the Fire has hit the Amazon shelves and there’s also a chance to win a paperback on Goodreads. Eighteen copies are being given away and you have up until the 24th to enter (UK entries only). You can join the giveaway here.

Manda’s tale of Joan of Arc intertwined with a present-day police investigation has already been reviewed on For Winter Nights:

Into the Fire is without doubt the finest novel I have read so far this year. The writing is astonishing – beautiful and poetic. Its characters are complex and true, its heroism and evil are breathtaking. Every page of this magnificent book is a pleasure. I’ve sung Manda Scott’s praises for a fair few years – her Rome series is outstanding and I adore it – but with Into the Fire Manda has outdone herself. It is glorious!

You can read the full review here.

There’s also a piece about Manda over on Dead Good Books which asked Manda’s editor to describe why her writing was so special:

whatever she’s writing, Manda’s books have the kind of depth that drag you in and make you live, eat and dream the characters, and the kind of writing that leaves you breathless, but it’s the scope of the ideas that never ceases to amaze.

You can read the full piece here.

wheniknewyouKe Payne has just revealed the cover and blurb for her next romance. When I Knew You is out in Spring 2016 and very enticing it sounds too:

When Ash Wells and Nat Braithwaite are thrown together after seventeen years apart, old resentments and passions are rekindled. The days of their heady teenage relationship are long gone – or are they? As they put aside their differences to honour the memory of a friend, Ash and Nat learn that sometimes, to build a future, you have to be willing to let go of the past.

Clare-Lydon-LV-cropClare Lydon is gearing up for the publication of her third novel, This London Love, and has been talking to Diva about that and her lesbian fiction podcast.

She says of the show, which has included guests HP Munro, Amy Dunne, Karen Campbell and Angela Peach:

I’m shaping the show as it goes, but it’s very informal and chatty – much like a usual radio show. I do a run-down of what’s hot in the Amazon lesbian charts in the UK and US, and I update on what I’ve been doing bookwise and share any lesfic news. Then I’ll interview an author about their books, their writing process and their take on lesfic. The show lasts around 45 minutes, so it’s a good bite-sized chunk of goodness.

Here’s the full interview and past episodes of the lesbian radio podcast.

And, if you haven’t read Clare’s London Calling yet, perhaps the After Ellen site can persuade you:

Well, it’s official: I am moving to London. According to Clare Lydon’s debut novel, London Calling, the city is a hotbed (quite literally) of lesbian activity, where the drinks are constantly flowing, everyone’s fashion sense is impeccable, and the only real problem is a surfeit of women flinging their bras at you.

BSB-AndreaBramhallLgAndrea Bramhall is on the move. The Lambda Award winning author joins the pack at Ylva with her next book and is also their new UK Events Manager. In their announcment, Ylva says “[Andrea] will be taking charge of all future Ylva special events in the UK, including author appearances and our famous travelling pitch sessions, where new authors can meet with Ylva staff and propose a book idea in person.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for those new events!

The Green Carnation Prize organisers have announced the judges for the 2015 LGBT award and they include Jack Monroe and Sophie Ward. Submissions are now open and books published between 1st of October 2014 and 30th of September 2015 are eligible for this year’s prize, although self-published works are not. For more information click here.

Finally, a big thanks to Jen Silver. Her post on UKLesFic last week was so popular that she’s been super lovely and upped the number of giveaway books to three! Congratulations to Lin Shepherd, Barbara G and Ann. Happy reading all!

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And for this week, that’s all folks. If we missed something, let us know. We’re always on the lookout for news items and new places to look. Have a spiffing weekend!

News roundup: free stuff, new books, calls for submissions, interviews and a bit more

27 Jun

UKLesFic is heading off on holiday for a couple of weeks – some to the hills, others just to catch up on sleep – so here’s a quickie before we go:

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First, free stuff.

fakingitJade Winters is doing an excellent giveaway for her book Faking It, due out on the 29th. To celebrate she’s doing a special ‘Danni giveaway’ which is a bundle of things her character likes in the book: chocolate chip muffin with a Latte via Costa coffee voucher, a Girl On Girl T shirt and of course a paperback copy of Faking it. To enter see Jade’s Facebook page. Be quick. You need to enter by midnight Saturday 28th.

cover3Comic short story The Dildo in the Kitchen Drawer by Clare Ashton is free all weekend. Grab a Kindle copy from Amazon. Last time this story was mentioned, with an aside in the news about the Great British Bakeoff, UK LesFic had hits from people searching for information on “flour dildos”, which sadly the blog was unable to provide. We’ll see what happens this time.

And a reminder for the Karen Campbell giveaway of The Knowing here on UK LesFic. Sign up for a copy by 3rd July.

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The Green Carnation Prize organisers have announced the judges for 2014 and the award is now open for submissions. Previous winners for this UK LGBT literature prize include Catherine Hall and Patrick Gale. For information on entering see the submissions criteria. Unfortunately self-published works are still ineligible.

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radio-picOn to interviews, and Clare Lydon has been having a chat on the radio about her novel London Calling, writing and the process of self-publishing . Here is her TOTP-style mic picture – apparently the urge to sing was almost overwhelming. Click here for the interview (around the 37:40 mark).

KiKI_standingMeanwhile Kiki Archer was interviewed on AJ Adaire’s blog. Kiki talks about her background, writing process, reviews and reasons behind the success of her novels:

I think I proudly categorize my novels as chick-lit. I don’t pretend I’ve written the next War and Peace. I write easy-read ‘fun’ books. People know what they’re getting when they pick up a Kiki Archer. They’re getting giggles, fun, and frolics. Doesn’t everyone need that every once in a while?”

You can read the full interview here.

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stilllifeLT Smith fans will be very pleased to hear that she has a new novel out in September. Here’s the cover and blurb for Still Life.

After breaking off her relationship with a female lothario, Jess Taylor decides she doesn’t want to expose herself to another cheating partner. Staying at home, alone, suits her just fine. Her idea of a good night is an early one—preferably with a good book. Well, until her best friend, Sophie Harrison, decides it’s time Jess rejoined the human race.
Trying to pull Jess from her self-imposed prison, Sophie signs them both up for a Still Life art class at the local college. Sophie knows the beautiful art teacher, Diana Sullivan, could be the woman her best friend needs to move on with her life.

But, in reality, could art bring these two women together? Could it be strong enough to make a masterpiece in just twelve sessions? And, more importantly, can Jess overcome her fear of being used once again?
Only time will tell.

owleyesNew author Georgie Watts has her debut available as a paperback on Amazon. The Kindle version should also be available soon. Here’s the blurb:

Twenty year old Sarah is struggling to cope with a stressful job, demanding parents and an eating disorder, when she is drawn into the dark world of Graffiti and Street Art. Set in the nineties in an unremarkable mid-British town, ‘Owl Eyes’ is a gritty yet funny coming of age story of loss, love, friendships and acceptance. If you like the nineties, gritty yet witty content as well as strong female characters, then you might like this book.
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There are two new calls for submissions for short stories from UK authors.

Kiki Archer and Angela Peach are organising a charity lesbian chicklit anthology with proceeds going to www.rucomingout.com. They are looking for fun and light pieces between 2000 and 5000 words from new and established authors. Please contact Kiki or Angela for more information.

Arachne Press are hosting a one day festival on Short Story day – 21st December. Stories on the theme of time to be read at the festival will be chosen by competition. Please register your interest here – Arachne are seeking funding at the moment and will contact authors.

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Finally, tickets for Polari at the Manchester Literary Festival are now on sale for the 15th October. The event is part of a forthcoming Polari tour and you’ll be able to see the fabulous VG Lee on this Manchester leg. More details here.

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That’s it!

“We’re all going on a summer holiday…”. Cue hits from people searching for Cliff Richard shaped dildos….

News roundup: Kiki Archer, The Green Carnation Prize and Devon Marshall

5 Mar

BindingDevotionReplacementjpgIn its opening weekend, Kiki Archer‘s Binding Devotion shot to number 1 in the Amazon UK lesbian charts and took the lesbian Smashwords number 1 spot too. An early review from Terry Baker says this:

“Kiki Archer has surpassed herself. Her writing here is honed to perfection. She has joined the ranks of a small group of excellent writers here in the UK and I’m pleased to notice that her books are also being well read in the USA too.

If you want an enjoyable read that you won’t be able to put down, look no further. I’m envious of all who haven’t read this yet. You’ve got a plethora of delights ahead of you. The only drawback now is……..How long do I have to wait for the next Kiki Archer book?”

Read more of Terry’s review on When Sally Met Sally.

2013greencarnation-04The Green Carnation prize is back for its fourth year and open for submissions. The prize is a literary prize for UK LGBT published works and was established in July 2010 by author Paul Magrs because of the lack prizes for gay men in the UK. The prize has been since extended to all LGBT writers – a welcome development given that lack of lesbian prizes also – but unfortunately this has not been extended to self-published/indie writers.

Finally, spare a thought for Devon Marshall whose computer gobbled up her manuscript. Readers waiting for The Vampires of Hollywood Book 2 might need to wait a bit longer…. Read more here.