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My new novel Party Wall is already available from Ylva Publishing, and in only a few days it will go wild, wide and free everywhere else. Party Wall is my take on Ylva’s “Window Shopping” series. A bunch of authors were given the same opening paragraph. Where we took it was entirely up to us. It took me to the small Australian town of Grasstree Flat where two outwardly different women, Freya and Lily, run two very different shops side by side, separated only by the thin party wall. While Lily welcomes Freya’s new-age store next to her own sex shop, Freya has other ideas. Here’s an excerpt from chapter 1 as a little tease. Continue reading “A sneak peak around the party wall”
I’m very happy to announce that my new lesbian romance Party Wall is released today from Ylva Publishing. Today, Lily and Freya, their friends Carly and Remy and Dorcas the cat are out in the world. In this opposites attract romance, Freya and Lily own two very different shops on either side of the party wall. Freya is convinced that Lily’s sex shop A Woman’s Pleasure will clash with her new-age shop A Woman’s Spirit. What could be more different?
I learnt a lot writing Party Wall. I learnt a lot about yoga, including that I absolutely cannot balance in tree position for more than ten seconds. And it’s possible to bake a cake with no eggs, milk or flour. It’s even delicious. Most of all though, I got to know my characters and for a few months lived with them as I told their story.
I hope you enjoy Party Wall. Right now, it’s available direct from Ylva. On 4 October, it will be available from the Amazons, Smashwords and other places where good books are sold.
From the moment Freya looks in the window of the brash, new sex shop in Grasstree Flat she knows it will be nothing but trouble. For a start, it will clash with her own New Age store right next door. And she’s right. Outgoing newcomer, Lily, begins to intrude on Freya’s well-ordered life. Freya’s friends, lifestyle, and even her cat are all affected by Lily’s magic touch. Even Freya’s yoga classes rub shoulders with Lily’s sexual-expression workshops. Lily stands for everything Freya has lost in life: playfulness, spontaneity, and delight in the physical. And sex. But does Lily have more in common with Freya than the wall that divides them?
A lesbian romance about crossing the lines that hold us back.
Party Wall releases in less than a week. Next Wednesday for most of the world, Thursday if you’re in Australia or New Zealand. In the meantime, you can enter to win one of three signed paperback copies over at Goodreads by entering the Giveaway. I’m selling my soul to Australia Post and so there’s lots of countries on the list.
This week’s My LesFic deal includes my anthology, Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire. There’s some amazing writers and stories in this: names you’ll know such as Emily L Byrne, Harper Bliss, Sacchi Green, Jean Roberta, Lisabet Sarai, and Erzabet Bishop, plus some supremely talented newcomers. Check out Rebecca Lynne Fullan’s surreal story “Our Woman” or Ava-Ann Holland’s super hot tale of a chance encounter in Rome to see what I mean.
For this week only, you can purchase this anthology for only $0.99 via My Lesfic.
Also in this week’s My Lesfic deals is a fantastic story by T. B. Markinson. The Chosen One is a real page-turner. I’m also looking forward to reading a new-to-me author from the third book on offer this week. But By Degrees by Kit Eyre looks intriguing and I intend checking that out.
I’m delighted to announce that my fourth novel, Party Wall, will be published by Ylva Publishing in October 2017. What a pretty cover! This is part of Ylva’s Window Shopping series–standalone novels with a common theme.
Here's the blurb: From the moment Freya looks in the window of the brash, new sex shop in Grasstree Flat she knows it will be nothing but trouble. For a start, it will clash with her own New Age store right next door. And she’s right. Outgoing newcomer, Lily, begins to intrude on Freya’s well-ordered life. Freya’s friends, lifestyle, and even her cat are all affected by Lily’s magic touch. Even Freya’s yoga classes rub shoulders with Lily’s sexual-expression workshops. Lily stands for everything Freya has lost in life: playfulness, spontaneity, and delight in the physical. And sex. But does Lily have more in common with Freya than the wall that divides them?
A lesbian romance about crossing the lines that hold us back.
I love, love, love roadtrips. I love the road unfurling beneath the tyres, and looking around the towns and villages I pass through. I particularly love those long stretches of landscape that you can get on Australian roadtrips with few signs of civilization.
Most of our roadtrips are done in a very basic way: a four wheel drive with a platform bed in the back, a fridge, a camp stove, and a couple of chairs and a table. The small and unobtrusive nature of the four wheel drive allows us to take very small tracks, and camp in very out of the way places, just pulling over quietly beside a track. In thirty years of doing this, we’ve only been moved on a couple of times, but our footprint is small: no tents, no paraphernalia strewn over a wide area and no campfire. I don’t think it would work to travel that way if we weren’t unobtrusive.
The other sort of roadtrip I love are campervan ones. We don’t own a campervan, but we often do campervan relocations. The companies that hire these mobile homes often need them moved from city to city. In Oz, typically at this time of year, they need them moved south as people want to drive north for the winter. For as little as $1 a day, we rent a van and have a few days to drive it to where it needs to be. We drove from Brisbane to Adelaide (about 2,200 kilometres) in a week, passing through the outback communities and the mining town of Broken Hill (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert anyone?). We’ve gone from Airlie Beach to Brisbane, and several times we’ve done the Brisbane to Sydney run.
I can usually write on the road too. With one of those laptables, and a small laptop, I can usually average a thousand words on a stretch of smooth highway. It’s not as easy as at home–there’s always bumps and resultant typos, drama when something gets accidentally highlighted and deleted, and of course the distractions out of the window. I averaged 1,500 words a day on the most recent trip.
The main character in my novel Not-So-Straight Sue buys a campervan and takes a winding trip around the Queensland outback before reaching the small town that will be her new home. Certainly, my campervan trips were the basis for writing Sue’s experiences on the road. Sue’s trip, though, is part of her story of coming to terms with her identity and accepting herself. Each kilometre of dusty road settles the landscape deeper into her psyche, each long night of solitude and stars reaffirms her decision to return to Australia.
You can read about Sue’s campervan trips in Not-So-Straight Sue which is available from Ylva Publishing and the usual suspects. You can also hear me read an excerpt from the book on Bookchats, part of The Lesbian Talkshow podcast.
My own campervan stories pop up from time to time. I’m only back home for two days, but I’m already planning the next one.
“Not-So-Straight Sue” is available from Ylva Publishing and from: