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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”

I am not a city person

20160427_062356I am so not a city person. Sure, I’ve spent a lot of my life in cities–work has a way of doing that to you–but equally, I’ve lived in small towns, medium towns, and spent a lot of time on the road travelling. But where I’m happiest, in a zen-at-one with-the-world, embracing-the-landscape sort of way, is where things are hot and dry and there’s not many people. The space. The dryness. The sweep of stars at night. Being able to see to the horizon and then some.

Many people seem to get that from the sea. But unless you’re on the ocean in a small boat, coastal areas around the world tend to be some of the most populated. And it is my nightmare to be stuck on a small boat with a bunch of people and nowhere to escape. I’m not that good a swimmer.

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Order Up

AllYouCanEat-197x300Back, what seems like a long, long time ago, but was probably only last year, I had a story in a fabulous anthology about food and romance and sometimes about sex.  Andi Marquette and R.G.Emanuelle co-edited All You Can Eat: a buffet of lesbian erotica and romance.  Here’s the stupendous cover, if you need a reminder.  What was so great about the antho (well, one of the things) was the originality of the stories and the meshing of the food and romance themes.  Also, each story ended with a recipe, and some of them were stupendous.  I still regularly cook one of those recipes most times I go camping, because it’s so easy and delicious and simple to cook on a rusty two-burner camp stove.  It’s Jae’s  Zucchini Alla Panna, if you want to know, and I hope I spelled that right, as I make it so often I don’t need to look up the recipe any more. Continue reading “Order Up”

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