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Cover Reveal: Party Wall

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.

Writing Milestones

I know I’m busy, when one of the major milestones in a writer’s life passes by without a paean of joy, or a foot-stomping happy dance around the house. Well, I might just have indulged in the second 😉 but I didn’t get around to mentioning it anywhere.
 
Over a week ago now, I finished the first draft of my WIP (the tennis story for those keeping track). Very fitting, that I wrote The End–or as I do for reasons that I have long forgotten, I wrote (((FIN)))–at the start of Wimbledon fortnight.
 
82,000 words, give or take a few. Of course, the hard part now begins: editing that rough first draft. Ssssh…. but I prefer this to actually writing the first draft. The bones are there; they just need paring and refining and smoothing.
 
The first draft the tennis story will now sit for a bit, as I’ve set it aside to go through the copy edits on my previous novel which have just been returned to me. This previous novel will be part of Ylva Publishing’s Window Shopping series,  which features different authors all starting with the same opening paragraph: two women gazing in the window of a sex shop. More about this one another time.
Going through edits is another pleasurable part of the writing process–seeing what a keen-eyed copy editor can do to an already fairly polished story. Before the story gets to the copy editor, it’s already been past the content editor (twice), and been revised by me in between. Now I get to consider the subtleties of repeated words, misplaced commas, and comments along the lines of “You say that ‘cow’ is an unusual yoga pose–we do that every week in the class I attend”.

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Hello, 2017

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Farewell, 2016. Seldom has a year been so up and down. Let’s start with the ups, because I’m a glass-three-quarters full kind of person. And I’m a writer, so this post is mainly about writing.

2016 was the second year I focused on writing longer fiction. Novels. It still feels like a big scary jump for this little black duck who spent the first fifteen years of her writing career writing short stories.

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Free book! One day only!

Never-Tied NoraIf you’re not hootenannied out from the love and free books over at Women and Words over the last twelve days, there’s one more free lesfic romance on offer at Ylva Publishing.

Today only, 24 December, you can download a free copy of the first book in my Girl Meets Girl series. Never-Tied Nora. This is the last book in Ylva’s Advent giveaway.

So if there’s still room on your ebook reader, and you fancy some happy romantic reading, check out Never-Tied Nora. 

“Never- tied -Nora left me feeling elated and joyful in a way no book has done for a long time. ” Goodreads Reviewer Continue reading “Free book! One day only!”

OMG, so many free books for the holidays!

I haven’t done much reading this month. December is a hugely busy time in the day job (sigh), and I’ve also got a deadline to turn my latest manuscript into my publisher, Ylva, by the end of the year. I’m editing away and will make this deadline (I will squeak in with minutes to spare, but I’ll make it), but that means reading time is down to a few minutes before I fall asleep. Which is Queensland is about 9pm. Hey, I get up at 4am!

I’m not very far in to Slow River by Nicola Griffith, which I’m really enjoying, although finding I have to concentrate. If I drift off, the book’s changed to a different part of the protagonist’s life and then I’m all WTF?!

I’m nearly at the end of Jen Silver’s Christmas At Winterbourne which I love, although I can’t read that when I’m tired either as there are many characters to keep track of. Love the setting of the lesbian retreat in a mansion in the snowy countryside, which sounds quite delightful right now, as it’s a humid 33 degrees here and I’m sitting as close to the fan as I can get.

If you read Lesfic, December is a very good time to get your paws on some excellent free reading.

The ever-awesome Ylva Publishing (and I don’t say that just because they publish my stuff) is giving away a FREE book each Sunday in December, plus one on Christmas eve, which is a Saturday this year, if like me you never know what day it is. Today (quick! quick! get over there) is Fletcher Delaney’s  novel Without a Front: The Producer’s Challenge, which is book 2 in her “Chronicles of Alsea” series.  You can get that over at Ylva.

Then on Christmas Eve, you’ll be able to download my novella Never-Tied Nora, which is book 1 in my “Girl Meets Girl” series.  Keep an eye on the Ylva site on 24 December for that one.

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Felix comes galloping in

fenced-in-felix-medium-coverFelix comes galloping in today, on general release just in time for the hot Australian summer. After all, when it’s stinking hot outside,  what’s better than reading about the dust and burning sun and wide, red landscapes of the interior of Australia. Or if you’ve just had first snowfall, or you’re sitting and looking at the rain sheeting down, a little bit of sunshine could be just the thing, like a cold beer on a shady veranda.

There’s cold beer and verandas in Felix. There’s also campfires, wild gallops along dry creek beds, a glorious chestnut mare, old friends revisited, and two main characters who are very different personalities but share a love of horses and the outback life.

 

Fenced-In Felix is available now from Ylva Publishing and from other retailers including:

Amazon.com:

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com.au

Amazon.ca

Smashwords

I hope you’ll check her out.

Fenced-In Felix

fenced-in-felix-medium-coverHappy 16 November, folks.  The date doesn’t mean anything to you? Well, maybe it’s your birthday (happy birthday), or anniversary, or the day you managed to eat oysters without closing your eyes and not thinking about them sliding their way down  your gullet all alive alive oh.

To me, 16 November means that the third book in my “Girl Meets Girl” series, Fenced-In Felix is here and available.  That’s Felix above, on the left side of the cover, with her salt-and-pepper plait and serious face. And that’s her love-interest, Josie, on the right side with her wild hair and string of beads and big happy smile. And below is Josie’s horse, Flame, in an outback landscape. But is she Josie’s horse?

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Not-So-Straight Sue

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I seem to have been sitting on this book forever, but it’s finally here. Not-So-Straight Sue is now available directly from Ylva Publishing. It’s a story about coming out, friendship, lawyers, doctors, the Australian outback, dogs, family, small towns, ex-girlfriends, finding your place in life, horses, rural life, wine-drinking, stripteases, campervans, star gazing, horse riding, Waltzing Matilda, and of course love and sex. Lots of love and sex. Continue reading “Not-So-Straight Sue”

Order Up Blog Tour

Order Up Cover 394 x 600Welcome to my stop on the Order Up blog tour.  I’ve taken the baton from the amazing Jove  Belle, and I’ll leave it here on the kitchen counter while I write my post.

The first thing  to say about Order Up before I dive into my post, is that you can’t have too many anthologies combining food and lesbian romance and sex. The other one that comes to mind right now, is the first anthology edited by the winning team of R.G. Emanuelle and Andi Marquette and that’s All You Can Eat. Which was a Lammy finalist. Deservedly so.

I had a story in All You Can Eat, and so I’m doubly delighted to be here again in Order Up.

My story is about bunya bunya nuts. Continue reading “Order Up Blog Tour”

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