My brand-new sapphic romance, It Started With A Kiss, is out in June. This new one is set in a UK countryside vineyard, so expect wine and sunshine alongside sizzling attraction. If you can’t wait until June and fancy reading the first chapter before then, you’ll find it below. I hope you enjoy the sneak-peek!
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Thrilled to reveal the cover for my upcoming lesbian romance, It Started With A Kiss. This one is based in a UK vineyard and it’s got sass, style and swagger. If you love Hollywood first kisses and sizzling chemistry mixed with wine and sunshine, have I got the book for you! You can read the full blurb here, and the first chapter here. In the meantime, I hope you’re excited for the story of Skye and Gemma!
Exciting news – You’re My Kind has been translated into German and is out now, entitled Weil Es Immer Noch Liebe Ist! This is my fourth German translation done in conjunction with Ylva Publishing, and I’m as excited about this as I was about the first! If you loved Justine and Maddie in English, why not give them a whirl in German? Lesbian romance with lashings of cake and all the feels right here!
You can expect two more German translations in the next 12 months: Change Of Heart and Twice In A Lifetime. Whoop!
I’m really chuffed to let you know that my first ever historical romance, Big London Dreams, has topped the IHL reader vote for Best Historical Fiction of 2021! Thanks so much if you voted, it really does mean the world.
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Don’t want summer to end? Me neither. It’s not so simple to jump on a plane and chase the sun this year, but why not chase it in a book? I’ve got the perfect one. One Golden Summer is a lesbian romance set in the UK and features sun, sea, sand and sultry encounters under hot skies. Plus, for the next week, it’s on sale for just £2.99/$2.99! If you haven’t read this collaboration between myself and TB Markinson, pick it up for a steal today! I guarantee it will make your life sunnier.
Pick up One Golden Summer today!
It’s true what they say, people really do judge a book by its cover. You’ve done the hard work writing it in the first place, so don’t stop there. Go the extra mile and get a professional cover. The good news? Professional covers don’t have to cost the earth. Read on for more… Continue reading » “Top Tips: Get A Professional Cover”
Welcome to episode 70 of the Lesbian Book Club, where I interview UK author Rosie Wilby. Rosie is an award-winning comedian, author and podcaster whose first book was entitled Is Monogamy Dead? She just released her second book, The Break-Up Monologues, asking what we can learn from heartache and how it can teach us so much about ourselves and relationships. It’s a funny and honest delve into the human psyche and what it takes to stay in a relationship for all the right reasons.
I also do a run-down of the Amazon Lesbian Fiction charts in the US & UK, as well as updating you on the latest news of lesbian fiction conferences & awards season. I hope you enjoy!
Welcome to episode 69 of the Lesbian Book Club, where I interview UK author Kate Davies. Kate is a novelist, screenwriter and author of children’s books. Her debut novel In At The Deep End won the 2020 Polari Prize and was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction. The Guardian described it as ‘without doubt, the afterparty book for anyone looking to continue their Fleabag fun’. Kate talks about writing from a place of truth, celebrating queer London, living her best life in a Scottish castle, and writing stuff that shocks you. “There’s stuff in the book I’d be embarrassed to read out loud!”
As usual, I do a run-down of the Amazon Lesbian Fiction charts in the US & UK, as well as updating you on the latest news of lesbian fiction conferences & awards season. I hope you enjoy – Kate was a fabulous guest!
You’ve written a book. Congratulations! You’ve done an amazing thing. Pop some fizz, soak up the applause, and then turn your attention to the next conundrum. How do you launch it? Getting attention on the various bookseller platforms isn’t easy, but here are some things you can do… Continue reading » “Top Tips: How To Launch A Book”
“Write what you know.” It’s the first advice given to new writers, but it’s invariably bad advice if you take it literally. Write what you know doesn’t mean your story has to be a carbon copy of your life. Nobody wants to read that, trust me.
On the contrary, ‘write what you know’ means you have to examine what you know, and also what you can research or learn. Because once you research or learn something, then you know it. Write what you know means you can literally write about anything, so long as you prepare.
Write what you know it also about experience and emotion. So yes, write about your dad’s red Ford Cortina estate with the traffic-light air freshener. Write about the fear of walking into your first gay bar. Write about the gut-wrenching pain you felt when that first woman broke your heart. But also, write about women from 1958, as I am in my upcoming lesbian romance, Big London Dreams. I wasn’t alive then, but I know how it feels to kiss a woman for the first time. To dance with a woman. I can put a magnifying glass on those emotions to hold the reader in the story, then shade in the period details once I’ve researched them.
Don’t be scared to write eras you haven’t lived, jobs you’ve never done, a gender you’ve never lived. Do the research, put yourself in the character’s shoes and truly feel their life. Then you can write what you know, because you know.