Can we just stop being so unkind and hateful to one another. Not everyone is you, not everyone thinks the things you do, not everyone wants to live the same life you do!
Some people are Bi, get over it. Some people are Trans, get over it. Some people want to live in all kinds of different relationships, get over it. Gold Star Lesbians are not top of the pile! We fought for equality, not another round of arguments over which of us is more a lesbian than the other. Get over it!
It isn’t for any of us to dictate how others live their lives. Being a lesbian doesn’t mean you can call men rapists! That’s just sick. There are people out there who truly understand the impact of that statement and you throwing it around as an insult at anyone that doesn’t agree with you is just disgusting.
The LGBTQ+ community has enough shit to deal with, without our own throwing the muck! Get over yourselves!
We live in a world where we can be kind or we can be cruel. I know which kind of person I am and who it is that I want to hang out with… its not you!!! Its never you!
I almost forgot in all the excitement of hitting number one and then the success of the S.C.L.H.O at the weekend.
Last year, I entered my book, The Promise, into the G.C.L.S goldie awards because Annette Mori read it and told me I had to…Now, I am not usually one for these kinds of things but… The Promise is a book that I hold dear. I wrote it for my parents, both of whom are no longer with me and our family. Its not about them, Ali and Susan’s story is very different, but it was written for them… my little nod to their love story and how my Dad’s death from Cancer impacted my mother’s life.
So, I have no idea how these things work and I thought that the shortlisted finalists had already been announced, I checked the website weeks ago and didn’t find my name so, I sighed audibly and made another cup of coffee and brushed it all off with an ‘Oh well never mind’… Imagine then my surprise when I am awoken at 3.30 am by my phone beeping. Bleary-eyed i reach out for the phone and flick the screen on, blinded momentarily by the bright light. I see an email, sleepily I open it, read through it quickly and think… Oops someone sent it to the wrong person.
And I promptly went back to sleep.
In the morning, I woke with that funny feeling like you’ve dreamt something so real, you have to check it out. I picked up my phone and sure enough, the email was real and it said Congratulations!!
My little heart started beating more rapidly and I quickly found the website and there it was… Lesbian Romance (Short Novel) The Promise by Claire Highton-Stevenson.
So, I’ve no idea if it will win. Its up against some wonderful writers and books, but I’m going to really hope for this one. If I never win another award in my lifetime, but this, I will be happy.
Many thanks to all of you who have dared to read it. I know its emotive, it makes you cry and then smile. It will always be my favourite book.
What happens when you bring 13 authors from around the UK (And Germany)…Two audio book narrators…a gaggle of helpers and a whole throng of readers together?
The South Coast Lesfic Hang-Out happens… that’s what!
L-R Back Row: Emma Wallis, Wendy Hudson, A. E. Radley, Claire Highton-Stevenson, Lise Gold, Kiki Archer and Emma Nichols.
L-R Front Row: Kit Mallory, A. L. Brooks, Emma Sterner-Radley, Arizona Tape, Jenn Matthews and Kit Eyre. Not too shabby huh? Lambda, Bard and Goldie winners, and 3 of this years finalists, best sellers and all around fabulous human beings… and it cost readers nothing to attend!
We wanted to put on a simple, accessible, affordable and fun event. Somewhere readers could come along and interact with us, ask their questions, get photos and signed books, and still have money for the bus home later!
To be fair though, I was a little panicked as 9:30 came around and half the tables remained empty… but my mind was soon at ease as the really lovely and super glamorous, Kiki Archer, strolled in following a long drive down that very morning from the Midlands. A. L. brooks flew in from Frankfurt, Wendy Hudson braved the train down from Scotland.
It wasn’t long before every table was set up and with tea cups in hand we met our first visitors. Special mention must go to Miira, who flew in from Finland just to see us!
We had a loosely structured reading list that quite frankly everyone forgot about, but almost every 30 minutes the electrifying buzz of chatter and laughter would fall to a hush as someone braved it and got up on stage to read. We even had an informative chat about Audiobooks from Narrator Ana Clement and Facebook’s audio page owner, Beni Pardy.
And as the day drew to a close and the laughter and chatter died off, I can honestly say that I was sad that it was all over. Because, as with Ellcon last year, I felt a real lift of support and love from these amazing women that I share this stage with. These women are full of love, support and encouragement, and I cannot wait to work with them all again, soon!
If you’re a reader and you’d like more information on how to take part next year, then email me at email@example.com and ask for your email to be added to the mailing list.
If you’re an author and would like to be kept up to date with information on taking part next year, then please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I publish a book, it genuinely is with the expectation that nobody will read it. I mean, its ridiculous, but that’s where my head is at by the time I finally hit the button that sends it out into the world! So, you can imagine how confidence building it is to find my book sitting at number one in the Lesbian Romance and Lesbian Fiction Charts!
I’ve had a number one before, with the Doll Maker, in the smaller category of Lesbian mystery, but the biggie for me as a romance writer has always been the Romance and Fiction Charts. So, chuffed to say the least!
Many thanks to all of you who have bought it, downloaded it or read on KU. Whether you liked it, hated it or where indifferent, I still appreciate that you picked up my book and gave it a go!
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Brooke Chambers is forced to leave the Army and the job
that she loves. Moving back into civilian life, she never imagined it would
mean looking after her teenage sister and searching for a new career.
But, with the sudden loss of their dad, Brooke finds
herself stepping up, and in the process, looking for a new job; any job.
Getting the chance to let off some steam, she heads to Art,
a lesbian bar, and meets Catherine. It’s lust at first sight as both women feel
that instant connection, despite the obvious age gap.
With Brooke’s new job being the same place where Catherine
works, she assumes it was meant to be. Catherine, however, has other ideas and
puts a halt to any prospective love affair, much to Brooke’s confusion and
When she tells Brooke to forget it, she didn’t quite mean
it so literally and wishes she hadn’t said it, but Brooke is injured on the job
and loses her memory…and forgets Catherine….
Brooke Chambers is forced to leave the Army and the job that she loves. Moving back into civilian life, she never imagined it would mean looking after her teenage sister and searching for a new career. But, with the sudden loss of their dad, Brooke finds herself stepping up, and in the process, looking for a new job; any job. Getting the chance to let off some steam, she heads to Art, a lesbian bar, and meets Catherine. It’s lust at first sight as both women feel that instant connection, despite the obvious age gap. With Brooke’s new job being the same place where Catherine works, she assumes it was meant to be. Catherine, however, has other ideas and puts a halt to any prospective love affair, much to Brooke’s confusion and heartbreak. When she tells Brooke to forget it, she didn’t quite mean it so literally and wishes she hadn’t said it, but Brooke is injured on the job and loses her memory…and forgets Catherine….
I was embroiled in a Twitter debate last night. A young man whose bio clearly states that he is a comedian and, in his own words, is soooo effing funny. He posted what I assumed was meant as a joke. Now, I didn’t find it funny, and I like an offensive joke, I am not easily outraged, but this ‘joke’ just wasn’t funny. Comedy like that requires intelligence as well as a quick wit and the knowledge of when to say it and when to shut the fuck up!
So, I point this out to him, I ask is this meant to be funny? Cos ya know…well no, I actually have no idea what else it could be about. And his initial response is to accuse me of being outraged…like this was his intention from the start. I don’t know about you but that isn’t comedy to me, that’s just plain mean. Maybe I’d just misread the ‘joke’, maybe there was a typo and that he wasn’t really trying to be funny about raping a severely handicapped woman…
You can read my replies Here… he has deleted all of his, I think my last replies will explain why!
He then goes on to actually explain the joke… and it’s still not funny. There is no clever twist that you have that Oh moment. Now, he is getting annoyed and still, nobody is laughing.
But the worst part, when you look on his original post and view the replies.
An author, a female author, follows it up with another rape joke and I am wondering what the hell is wrong with these people.
See, I am not outraged in the sense that they want me to be. I am not a twitter warrior that pokes about looking for anything to be upset about, but I am saddened that anyone would stoop so low. Is this what society has become, a desperate clawing at celebrity by any means in order to go viral. Fame at any cost?
I want to shout out Happy International Women’s day like everyone else, but to be honest.. I’m not happy about it!
I think about that a lot, that we still need a ‘day’ for so many issues that really, by now, shouldn’t require any special announcement of existence. It’s 2019 and still women are having to prove something. Gay women, Black women, Trans women!
In my everyday life, I don’t have to prove anything. Not to my friends, colleagues or anyone that I interact with daily. I am happy and respected. But I appreciate that around the world, and even here where I live, that other women are struggling. So, I’m not happy about that!
Women around the world are subjected to sexual assault, rape and intimidation and I cannot be happy about it! Seriously, what is it going to take to get through to people that we deserve better?!!
For every one of my male friends and family who post wonderful pictures of the women in their life, along with beautiful stories about how inspirational they are, there are more men out there who are persecuting, tormenting and hurting us!
Men in power! Men you have the voice and the opportunity to change those laws and ignore those religious bindings, but they choose not to. They want the handmaids tale. And I am not happy about it!
So, to my fellow women. Those born rich or poor, black or white, gay, straight and all that’s in-between. Those born in the right body or the wrong body and trying desperately to fix it. To all those women out there who live in fear, who fight daily just to get a fair crack of the whip! To women exploited and beaten. Those who are successful and strive for the top, breaking those molds and cracking those ceilings!
To all of you, I salute you! But I’m still not bloody happy about it!
You may have wondered where I have been all this time… My apologies for not being more up to date with my blogging but…This is what I have been doing. (Oh and finishing off my next novel, Forget It)
Calling all UK/EU Lesfic readers… this is the event you have been waiting for!
We have some of the UK’s biggest and brightest Lesfic talents all under one roof. The opportunity to come along and meet the likes of Kiki Archer, A. E. Radley, Wendy Hudson and MANY more… is now real!!
Just turn up on the day, bring your books to be signed, buy new books, grab a selfie and a chat with your favourites. Find new authors to try and meet like-minded people.
There will be refreshments and a huge raffle with all profits going to AllSorts. Everything is within walking distance of the Hall. So, what’s stopping you? Unlike other events, nothing will stop this one from taking place!