Archive | June, 2014

Anna M. reviews All In by Nell Stark

19 Jun

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The Lesbrary

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Nell Stark’s All In, published this month by Bold Strokes Books, is a sweet romance that involves high-stakes poker and Las Vegas. Annie Novarro, the self-styled “Nova” of online poker-playing, has a dilemma. When she loses almost all of her substantial winnings due to a federal crackdown on online gambling, she must either face facts and give up her career, or learn to hack it with live poker players. Unfortunately, playing poker with opponents who are in the same room requires a poker face, something that math whiz Nova hasn’t had to worry about in the past.

When Nova travels to Vegas to prep for and play in the World Series of Poker, she ends up staying at the Valhalla resort. Valhalla is also the workplace of Vesper Blake, a casino host who doesn’t plan to let her attraction to a laid-back poker player get in the way of…

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Pride Blog for 2014

16 Jun

My Pride Week Blog for the Liz McMullen Show has been posted.

Is Pride still relevant in 2014?

Is it easier for LGBTQ youth to come out nowadays?

Have we lost the true meaning behind Pride?

I’ve shared my thoughts and would love to hear yours.

 

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News roundup: L Fest videos, an awful lot of blogging and an event or two

13 Jun

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UK Lesbian Fiction

A quick gambol through the news…

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KikiAndBoobsAnd this just in…oh God, I knew it was coming. The L Fest artist of the week videos have kicked off with the indie author panel who may not appear as you expect… Have a look at this short fun video. Kiki Archer‘s done a typically fab job of making it a lot of fun with an effortlessly cool appearance from Jade Winters.

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DSC_4067 - CopyAuthors have been busy blogging again. Andrea Bramhall caught the writing process blog hop. She talks about her work in progress The Chameleon – “the story of Amhale Zuma and Imogen Frost; they are multiracial childhood friends in a South Africa driven by fear and separated by hate when children are colour blind and the eyes of the world were watching as Apartheid began to crumble.

It’s nice to see Andrea’s a big planner…

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BSB Author Interview with Nora Olsen

6 Jun

Bold Strokes Books Authors' Blog

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Did you like English when you were in high school?

No, actually I always hated English class. I like reading and writing books more than I like doing literary criticism. I did go to college, and I actually picked the school largely based on the fact that I would not have to take any English classes. Go Brown University!

What made you decide to become a writer?

I always liked writing ever since I was a little kid. I was a late bloomer in terms of learning to read and write, so before I could write myself I would dictate stories to any grown-up who was willing. Then as an adult I just couldn’t seem to stop myself from becoming a writer.

Why do you write YA books?

Maybe it’s because I am mentally fourteen! I love to read YA. And I love the idea…

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News Roundup: Lambda Win for Andrea Bramhall, Free Stuff from Clare Ashton & Amy Dunne, L-Fest & BSB Fest, Blog Hops, Reviews, and Lots More!

5 Jun

UK Lesbian Fiction

Okay, there’s no polite way of putting this: some of you UK authors need to go on an early summer holiday or something, and stop doing so much bloody stuff. Please? I hear the Balearics are lovely this time of year…

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cleanslateWithout further ado, let’s kick off another mammoth week of news by saying a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Andrea Bramhall, whose second novel Clean Slate was awarded best Lesbian Romance at the 26th annual Lambda Literary Awards on Monday evening. The Lammies are one of the most keenly sought after awards in the field of GLBTQ writing, so it’s lovely to see one heading over this side of the pond.

Andrea has just blogged her reaction to the news in a post entitled: Keep Calm and Wait for the Recount:

I’m trying to play it…

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Pitch It To Me

5 Jun

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Bold Strokes Books, UK

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When you work in publishing, you throw terms around like confetti, just expecting folks to know what they mean. POV, ms, fancy-tagger, white space, conflation. You kind of just figure a writer will know what you’re talking about.

But that’s not always true. How can you possibly know what I mean when I tell you your white space balance is off, if no one has ever mentioned that before?

I’ve come to realize that’s the case with the term “pitch”. When I tell you to come “pitch your novel to Bold Strokes”, I’m thinking you have an inkling of what I mean. You should come tell me about your book, right? Sure. But how do you actually go about doing that?

At the Bold Strokes Nottingham event, and at the L-Fest event in Uttoxeter in July, I’ll be hearing pitches for Bold Strokes. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet…

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