Top Tips: Lesbian Romance Key Scenes

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”

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Jae’s Sapphic Reading Challenge: Start Here!

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…

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The Lesbian Book Club with Harper Bliss

Welcome to episode 42 of the Lesbian Book Club where I welcome back my friend and fellow author Harper Bliss and we have a right old chinwag about our recent collaboration in writing Once Upon A Princess, a lesbian royal romance. This was the first time either of us had co-written a book and we talk about the ups and downs and if we’d do it again.

I also do a run-down of the Amazon Lesbian Fiction charts in the US & UK. Plus, I talk about what I’ve been up to, including releasing Once Upon A Princess, as well as readying The London Of Us for launch on June 27th – book four in my London Romance series. The episode also treats you to an excerpt from my audiobook of Twice In A Lifetime.

Finally, don’t forget if you’re in Europe and free in August, come along to the brand-new European Lesfic Literary Conference – head to: http://ellconmeet.org/

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The Lesbian Book Club with Jenny Frame

Welcome to episode 40 of the Lesbian Book Club as I interview fellow UK author Jenny Frame, whose recent books have included Charming The Vicar and Unexpected. Jenny talks about her passion for writing butch/femme romances, having lead protagonists who are polar opposites, and also her busy year ahead with three more books in the works! Plus, she’s got a lovely lilting Scottish accent, so it’s a win-win.

On top of that, I also do a run-down of the Amazon Lesbian Fiction charts in the US & UK, and fill you in on what I’ve been up to, including releasing my latest audiobook, Twice In A Lifetime, as well as wrapping up The London Of Us, book four in the London Romance series, due out in June. I also shine the spotlight on the start of awards and conference season, including nominations for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards, the Diva Awards and EllCon, the brand-new European Lesfic Literary Conference on the block coming in August. For more on that, head to: http://ellconmeet.org/

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Twice In A Lifetime Audiobook Out Now!

Dead chuffed to let you know that my best-seller Twice In A Lifetime is now out in audio! Hooray! Whether you’ve read the book or not, you’re in for a treat as TJ Richards has done a stellar job of narrating the tale of Harriet and Sally, bringing a delicious extra dimension to their story of second-chance romance. An American narrating one of my stories? It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven ;0)

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The Lesbian Book Club with EJ Noyes

Welcome to episode 39 of the Lesbian Book Club as I interview Aussie author EJ Noyes. EJ’s debut novel Ask, Tell was one of the most talked about in lesbian fiction last year, and she’s recently followed it up with her second book, the deliciously sexy lesbian romance Turbulence. EJ tells me about juggling multiple plots in her head, the surprise of her first novel flying off the shelves and how she’s a plane nerd at heart.

As usual, I follow that up with a run-down of the Amazon Lesbian Fiction charts in the US & UK, and fill you in on what I’ve been up to, including releasing three audiobooks: London Calling, This London Love and A Girl Called London are out now, and Twice In A Lifetime is coming next month. I’d love to hear who you’d like on the podcast – so email me and let me know:mail@clarelydon.co.uk

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Twice In A Lifetime On Sale Everywhere!

My most recent lesbian romance, Twice In A Lifetime, is now available across all digital stores after a spell being exclusive to Amazon Kindle. So if you’re a reader on Kobo, iTunes, Barnes & Noble or Google Play, you can now find the book on all those outlets – as well as still being on Kindle. Hooray!

Twice In A Lifetime has been a runaway hit, a second-chance romance set in Chicago and New York. When Harriet and Sally meet again after nearly 20 years apart, will they rekindle their teenage love and hurdle all the obstacles that stand in their way?

Find out now on a variety of digital platforms – yippee! The book should also be available very soon at Bella Books.

To buy Twice In A Lifetime on any of the digital stores, click here.

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The Lesbian Book Club: 2018 Goals

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:mail@clarelydon.co.uk

Thanks to The Lesbian Lounge for hosting and producing this podcast, it’s much appreciated!

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My Goals For 2018

It’s 2018! Holy moly, how did that happen? But happen it has, and having been away for the past month, I’m raring to tackle the year and try to stay sane during the process. Will I succeed? Only time will tell. Here’s my goals for the coming 12 months in lesbian fiction…

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