Diva Magazine Interview and Literary Festival

Diva Magazine is running a new literary festival this year and I’m thrilled to be appearing on two panels. It should be the biggest lesfic event in the UK since the days of YLAF with Val McDermid, VG Lee and Kiki Archer all headlining and authors from Bold Strokes, Ylva plus indies taking part. It takes place in Birmingham, weekend of November 3/4/5. More details here.

In the run up to the event, Diva Magazine also interviewed me about Poppy Jenkins, my writing and my thoughts on the festival (it’s bloody exciting!). You can read the interview here.

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A Reading from Poppy Jenkins

Many thanks to The Lesbian Talk Show for hosting my reading from Poppy Jenkins. I introduce the book and read several short extracts.

There are lots of great book clips available from other authors here too. Hope you enjoy it.

Here’s the link.

Poppy Jenkins wins Rainbow Award!

rainbowawardwinnerI’m chuffed to bits that Poppy Jenkins has won a Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Contemporary & Erotic Romance.

It was also placed second in the overall Best Lesbian Book award which was won by Ann McMann’s Backcast.

Judges commented:

“[Clare Ashton] evokes a magical small town and country setting and brings it to life. Rarely does a romance provide the reader with a more vivid sense of place. The plot provides a great combination of whimsy, intensity, heat, with a dash of serious. While not technically a “second chance romance,” Poppy Jenkins has the essence of one by giving us a story of close childhood friends, torn apart and then reunited as adults. It’s a lovely book.”

10-best-books-of-2016Poppy Jenkins has also being popping up on some great lists recently. It appears on both The Lesbian Review’s Must Read list and their Best Books of 2016.  And for more romance recommendations from 2016 have a peek at Les Reveur’s 12 Days of Lesfic which Poppy appears on too.

Reviews for Poppy Jenkins

Poppy Jenkins 05_9Poppy’s been out a couple of months now and has received some lovely reviews. A bucolic Mid-Wales has worked it’s magic as has the charming leading heroine.

As well an uplifting summer read, I wrote the book to celebrate the very best of Mid-Wales as well as how far gay rights have come while acknowledging that coming out is never easy and the experience varies enormously from person to person. And even in the most idyllic of places bigotry of all kinds still lingers.

As well as proving an enjoyable read it’s thrilling to see some of themes woven into the story finding appreciative readers.

Here’s a selection of reviews:

Curve Magazine

Poppy Jenkins is a joy to read and is not to be missed. You’ll smile, laugh, and occasionally clutch your chest in heartbreak, and the end of it you’ll be satisfied. Clare Ashton is a masterful author and Poppy Jenkins is her best book yet.” Continue reading

Poppy Jenkins is out now!

Poppy Jenkins 05_9I am thrilled to bits that my new romance, Poppy Jenkins, is finally out!

I’m very fond of this one. It’s set in beautiful Mid-Wales, where I grew up, during the kind of long hot summer you remember from a kid. The settings and characters are inspired by the people and places I adored from ruined castles and gorgeous countryside to formidable Welsh matriarchs.

The blurb’s below and here are the links to Kindle versions on Amazon UK and US (paperback to follow) and the Smashwords link for other formats:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Poppy-Jenkins-Clare-Ashton-ebook/dp/B01HC65VIK

US – https://www.amazon.com/Poppy-Jenkins-Clare-Ashton-ebook/dp/B01HC65VIK

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/644580

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Poppy Jenkins – chapter one of a forthcoming romance

DSC_3634It’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.
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That Certain Something short-listed for a Lammy

LammySealI 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.