Archive | June, 2014

Anna M. reviews All In by Nell Stark

19 Jun


The Lesbrary


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

News! 😉

UK Lesbian Fiction

A quick gambol through the news…


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.


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
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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


Bold Strokes Books, UK


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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4 Jun

A fabulous blog by Crin Claxton.
With only a few days left, now is the time to make last minute arrangements to come and join us this weekend in Nottingham for Bold Strokes Books 2014 UK Book Festival.
See you there! 🙂

Bold Strokes Books, UK


With the long and languid days of Summer stretching gloriously ahead, many a Gay in the village will be looking for something fabulous to excite and delight their senses. After all, Summer in a Gay’s calendar is busy, busy, busy. People to do, places to see and things to visit. Only the very best, hand-picked, personally recommended LGBTQ events will do. Discerning disciples of Dorothy really should consider heading for the midlands mecca of Nottingham, on June 7-8th.  If the lace-making city was good enough for an old sheriff it’s good enough for the likes of us, and the likes of us have established a rather wonderful gay literary festival, in conjunction with Waterstones, called Bold Strokes Book Festival, UK.

The pen is mightier than the sword, and mightier even than the bow and arrow of Robin’s men in green tights. Gay writers can reach the only gay in the…

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Rebecca S. Buck: On Queer Ground

3 Jun

An excellent thought provoking and personal blog by Rebecca S. Buck. 🙂

Bold Strokes Books, UK


I love the Bold Strokes Books festival. It’s fun, it’s about books, it’s about friends. It’s also, for me, one of those punctuation marks in life where you pause and evaluate where you are, who you are and where you think you’ll be this time next year. I don’t know why the festival has become one of these moments for me. Perhaps because the first one came at a turning point in my life so each one is an anniversary of that moment. But, whatever the reasons, it’s become inevitable. The festival brings with it a lot of self-reflection. I’m in a very different place now to where I was, professionally and personally, when we celebrated the first Bold Strokes Books Nottingham festival in 2010. Back then, my first novel ‘Truths’ had just been published, I felt utterly out of my depth as a writer at a book festival, and…

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Michelle Grub: It’s not how, it’s how many…

2 Jun

A blog from BSB author Michelle Grub. 🙂

Bold Strokes Books, UK


I’m learning golf (yes, I’m mad), and every time I hit a rubbish shot that has miraculously found the green after skidding along the fairway, over bunkers and through trees, my partner reminds me that golf is about how many shots you take to sink the ball, not how.

I wonder could the same be said for writing? We all know famous authors rarely miss an opportunity to release a novel ‘just in time for Christmas’, but what about those authors who consistently produce a plethora of novels in relatively short periods of time? Are they merely excellent at typing or do they possess some superhuman ability most of us can only dream about?

I’ve never read a Nora Robert’s novel, but she’s famous in my mind for being the romance author who can produce five novels a year. I think that’s an outstanding achievement and I can only…

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