Every writer wants to be different and rip up the rulebook. But if you write in genre fiction, the rules are there for a reason: because readers expect them and want them. If you fail to follow them, readers will shrug and say things like “it was a great story, but something wasn’t quite right”, and they won’t come back. The solution? Follow the rules, but put your own twist on them. Build obstacles/characters/side plots around them. You can still be special, but in a good way. If you’re writing lesbian romance, here are the top six scenes to put on the page… Continue reading » “Top Tips: Lesbian Romance Key Scenes”
Are you doing Jae’s Sapphic Reading Challenge 2021? If not, maybe you should consider it! There are prizes on offer, as well as the chance to read more widely and be introduced to a ton of new books and authors. Plus, if you join her Facebook group, you could even chat about the books you’ve read with other like-minded readers, too. It’s a triple win!
How does it work? In Jae’s own words: “The goal is to read sapphic books that fit as many of the 50 categories listed as possible. You can read ebooks, paperbacks, or audiobooks; and they can be new-to-you books or re-reads. I’ll post book recommendations for a new category once a week. Of course, you could also just read whatever books you want and then, afterwards, see what categories they fit into. Depending on how many sapphic books you manage to read in 2021, you can earn different badges and book prizes.”
Basically, read books that fit certain tropes, and there are prizes to be had! Plus, you get to call yourself a Book Penguin, a Book Dragon or even a Book Unicorn.
Jae has 50 categories to tick off in her challenge, so I thought I’d list my books and what category they fit in. I’ve got 18 novels, and there are 50 categories. I might miss some matches, but I’m going to do the absolute best I can, and hopefully it might help you to fill your challenge card and puff your reading muscles. Ready? Here goes…
Continue reading » “Jae’s Sapphic Reading Challenge: Start Here!”
Thrilled to let you know that I’ve finally digitally boxed up my London Romance series, so you can now buy Books 1-3, Books 4-6 and Books 1-6. Whoop! Deep discounts available, and Boxset 1-6 has nearly half a million words in it. Some of them even make sense in a row 😉
Continue reading » “London Romance Boxsets Now Available!”
Series are hot. Everyone wants to write one. Series get readers invested in your writing. They also provide an obvious book path for readers to follow. So should you write one? Here are 12 things to consider… Continue reading » “Writing Books In A Series: 12 Things To Consider”
Of all the things readers ask when they write to me, one of the most common questions is: “I’m coming to London on holiday, what should I see?”
This, as you might imagine, is a big question. London is a huge city with loads on offer. If you like museums, this list might not be for you. But if you like walking, water, music, food, drink and exploring London’s hidden gems, then there might be something here that tickles your fancy.
If I was a tourist in London, here are the top ten things I’d recommend…
Continue reading » “My London Tourist Guide”
Thrilled to let you know that the boxset of the first three London Romance books – London Calling, This London Love & A Girl Called London – is out now! I’ve been wanting to package up the stories of London’s lesbians for a while now, and I’ve finally managed it. Hurrah! So if you haven’t delved in yet, or would just like them all in one place, why not head on over to my new direct shop and grab yourself a copy?
Continue reading » “London Romance Series Boxset, Books 1-3, Out Now!”
Thrilled to announce the first three books of my London Romance series are out in audio! The narrators have done a fab job bringing these lesbian romances to life, and I hope you give them a go because I love audiobooks! So if you want to find out how Jess gets on in London Calling, how Kate & Meg meet in This London Love or how Tanya wins Sophie over in A Girl Called London, give these a whirl now!
If you’ve been paying attention, you might have noticed that my London Romance series has a brand-new set of covers – I hope you love them! I decided to give the series a cohesive look so they’re easily identifiable as being linked (despite being standalone books), and I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out.
The stories inside haven’t changed, with each book focusing on a different couple in this London group of friends. But I thought it was time they got a facelift, and you can expect two more books in this lesbian romance series this year, both with linked covers. So if you haven’t read London Calling, This London Love or A Girl Called London yet, now’s the time to do so before the next books in the series hit the shelves!
Book four, The London Of Us will be out this summer.
Welcome to episode 38 of the Lesbian Book Club as I welcome in 2018! For this episode, I do a run-down of the Amazon Lesbian Fiction charts in the US & UK, as well as revealing my goals for 2018, including producing five new books and five new audiobooks. No pressure!
Plus, I feature the first chapter of my audiobook Nothing To Lose, read by the fabulous Gabrielle Baker. We’ll be back to normal with an interview with Aussie author EJ Noyes next month, and I’d love to hear who you’d like on the podcast – so email me at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to The Lesbian Lounge for hosting and producing this podcast, it’s much appreciated!