It’s been a long time, but I’m finally into the last stages of writing a new romance.
I’ve been back to some favourite childhood haunts for this one, and it’s set during a beautiful Mid-Wales summer. I’ve adored remembering the Welsh hills, paddling in the river Rhiw, exploring Montgomery’s ruined castle and square – all places that have inspired the setting.
I’ve also been chuckling away while drawing on some characterful people from my childhood to populate the novel.
Here’s a taster with chapter one. Poppy Jenkins is out this summer.
I’ve been a fan of Cari Hunter’s writing ever since reading Snowbound. In this excellent thriller-romance debut, her vivid and economic style was already evident – very effective and affecting – as was her ability to bring alive brutal scenes in a way so realistic as to make many other books seem cartoonish. The injuries and scenes of violence are so intimately realised that if you didn’t know she was a paramedic by career you’d have serious misgivings about the author’s mental well-being and pastimes. But with Tumbledown, and even more so with No Good Reason, Cari is now delivering complex plots and sets of characters that go well beyond a simple adventure or thriller romance. Continue reading
I am over the moon because That Certain Something has been short-listed for a Lambda Literary Award!
The awards are among the most prestigious for LGBT literature and That Certain Something is listed in very good company in the Lesbian Romance category. You can find the full listing here.
Winners are announced in June. In the meantime, I’m going to stay a little bit giddy from being shortlisted.
I’ve been wanting to do a reading from The Dildo in the Kitchen Drawer ever since writing it, and the Polari night in Birmingham seemed a great place to take it out for a spin.
It was a great night, packed theatre and lovely audience, and the readings from VG Lee, Kiki Archer, Frances Gapper and Gerry Potter were all top notch. I can’t recommend catching a Polari night enough!
Here’s my reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp79iK02jcI&feature=youtu.be
And an excuse to talk about beautiful women…
The classy and beautiful Cate in That Certain Something is inspired (in part) by Rosamund Pike. Let me know who your favourite elegant and irresistible actress is in a comment at the end of my blog on Women and Words and I’ll add you into the draw.
I was very kindly tagged by V.G. Lee and Sandra Moran for the Writing Process Blog Tour. Authors answer four standard questions about their work in progress and their writing process in general, and then they nominate two more authors to answer the questions the following week.
V.G. Lee has long been one of my favourite authors. Her Diary of A Provincial Lesbian from 2006 was a very refreshing comic and poignant story of an ordinary British someone at a time when there was very little like it (I would still like more). It is a much treasured book. Her last novel, Always You Edina, shows what an accomplished writer she is; it’s a beautifully observed and written novel. Please check out her work and her answers to the blog tour. Sandra Moran is a very interesting author. Her debut, Letters Never Sent, is one of the highest rated lesbian novels on Amazon and won The Rainbow Award for historical fiction. Not one to write to a formula, not even her own, she followed this up with a story of an advertising exec commissioned by God to write and market a supplement for the Bible. Have a look here to see what she’s working on now.
Now, on to the questions.
What am I working on?
When V.G. nominated me I was checking the last version of my romcom, That Certain Something, which was published last Monday. It is still my current love so I will be talking about that.
It’s quite a change from my other novels, Pennance and After Mrs Hamilton, which have been dark, twisting intrigue romances with a few surprises and uncompromising differences. Continue reading
I’m over the moon to announce that my new romantic comedy That Certain Something is now available as an ebook on Amazon (com and co.uk) and Smashwords. It’s a summery novel that has kept me engrossed and entertained this winter. I hope you enjoy it. Here’s the blurb:
Love or money? Follow the head or heart? Pia and Cate seem to be flip sides of a coin. But when they meet, they definitely have that certain something, and these questions aren’t so simple after a night like theirs.
Pia Benitez-Smith has her head in the clouds of ideals and romance. She’s a photojournalist out to prove herself with her compassionate eye and although not exactly accident prone, most days trouble seems to find her. On one such day, she literally falls into the arms of the beautiful Cate. Elegant, intriguing and classy, Cate is Pia’s polar opposite. When the two dispute the importance of love versus money, Cate is adamant that her perfect night will always be an expensive one. Working class Pia can’t resist the challenge and with the assistance of a beguiling summer night in London, she begins to enchant her new friend.
An irresistible couple, a charismatic city, a priceless supporting cast – That Certain Something is a sparkling romcom from Goldie award winner Clare Ashton.