The Tell Tale wins a Goldie Award

I was extremely pleased that The Tell Tale won a Golden Crown Literary Society award in the Mystery/Crime/Thriller category.

The GCLS conference and award ceremony took place earlier this month in the USA. One day, I hope to make it to a conference, but couldn’t this year. The award has now arrived through the post and it’s a beaut!

You can find the full list of award winners here. Congratulations to all the winners, including Cari Hunter, also in the Mystery/Crime/Thriller category, with her fabulous book Unbreakable.

Goldie award and The Tell Tale paperback

Interviews, news and shortlisted for awards

I had the best chat with Ali from the podcast What Would Sappho Say. We talked about sapphic and queer fiction, small towns, mystery, romance, The Tell Tale and Poppy Jenkins. You can listen to the conversation in Spotify or Apple podcasts. Hope you enjoy our chat.

The Sapphic Review also does a series of entertaining short interviews with authors of lesfic / sapphFic. It was my turn last week and you can catch up with this series here.

Recently also, The Tell Tale was shortlisted for multiple awards at the Golden Crown Literary Society. It’s a finalist in the Mystery, Ann Bannon popular choice and cover categories. There are some brilliant books shortlisted and I’m very proud to see The Tell Tale among them.

That’s all for now, except to say I’m working on a romance that I hope to see published in autumn!

Audiobook for The Tell Tale out now!

The Tell Tale audiobook cover

The audiobook of my twisty, atmospheric, sapphic mystery, The Tell Tale, is now available on Audible and Amazon!

I love what narrator, Lucy Rayner, has done with the book. I think the posh English narration works a treat for this historical whodunnit and she brings out the Welsh characters and snippets of language brilliantly too.

Here are the links to Amazon:

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UK –

Interview on the All Stars Book Club

Many thanks to Zara at the All Stars Book Club for inviting me on to chat about writing, queer representation and The Tell Tale!

The interview is available as a podcast and video. This page lists links to choose which.

Check out their past interviews too with fabulous authors like Haley Cass, Jae and Cari Hunter.

We talk a great deal about The Tell Tale. Let me know what you think!

Reviews for The Tell Tale

The Tell Tale has been out a few weeks and I’m really thrilled with the reception it’s had. It’s a complex tale of love and secrets in a mid-winter, 70s, Wales, and that some readers have enjoyed it so much means the world! Thanks to everyone who’s left a review.

Here are few quotes:

“‘The Tell Tale’ by Clare Ashton is outstanding. My book of the year by a long way.” – Kitty Kat’s Book Review

Will grab you by the throat, put a lump there, and make you hold your breath until the very end” – Lez Review Books

If you like twists and turns, wrongs righted, and heartbreaking redemption and love, you will simply adore this novel.” – The Lesbian Review

The Tell Tale is an absolutely riveting read” – Sapphic Book Review

Historical fiction with many awesome queer reps, and it is the quality mystery we need” – Hsinju’s Lit Log

This isn’t a romance, yet there is a love story just as captivating as the rest of the book” – Jude in the Stars

an intricate mystery and intrigue filled with more twists and turns than a knotted ball of yarn” – Rainbow Reflections

The Tell Tale is out now!

Tell Tale 03The Tell Tale is now out in paperback and on Kindle (including KU)!

I’m very excited for people to read it. After writing several more traditional romances, I was in the mood to write more of a mystery, although a love always lies beneath my books.

I also missed being able to go back to Wales last winter, so I had to set it there so I could at least spend time in the hills in my imagination.

It’s a tale of small-town secrets, beautiful and brutal souls, loves lost and loves found, and full of intrigue.

I hope readers will enjoy the atmospheric winter setting, pulling back the curtain on the lives of the characters and follow the twists and turns until the last page.

Let me know what you think!

It’s available on all Amazon sites now.  


The Tell Tale – coming soon….

My new book, a mystery this time, is out this October!

Here’s the blurb for The Tell Tale:

A small town, enduring love, a web of secrets.

The Tell Tale has been watching and waiting, because there’s something queer about the village of Foel.

Beth Griffiths has returned home to raise her daughter in the Welsh hills. They arrive to the open arms of the community, but not all is what it seems and Beth isn’t home for the reason she pretends either. 

Vicious notes start appearing that reveal harsh truths about the village inhabitants, stirring up ancient past and old loves. Not even local dignitary, the elegant and aloof Lady Melling, is safe from the accusations. 

But when Beth receives her notes, they aren’t what she expected. Is she being toyed with like the other villagers, or is she being guided to a long-sought truth?


It’s been a while since I’ve posted here so here’s a few pieces of news.

First, the audio version of Finding Jessica Lambert has just been released! It’s produced by Tantor an is available on Audible. I can’t wait to listen and see what Gabrielle has done with it and I’ve heard great reactions from listeners already.

The book also recently won a Golden Crown Literary Society award for contemporary romance!

A new book is coming soon. A mystery this time, which I hope to have out at the beginning of autumn. It’s set in a wintery Wales and I’ve been wrapped up in these characters for months and can’t wait for people to read it!

Cover and blurb coming soon….

Finding Jessica Lambert shortlisted for awards

I was incredibly pleased to hear earlier this month that Finding Jessica Lambert has been shortlisted for two awards!

It’s listed alongside some fabulous books in the romance category of the Lambda Literary awards – full list of finalists here.

The book has also been shortlisted for the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Ann Bannon Award – full list of finalists here.