Category Archives: GLBTQ UK

A-Z Challenge.

20130405-232543.jpg is for Friends. And I’ve ‘met’ many in the last two years since I started writing seriously again.

Most of them are writers, many of them published and well established, and some have only just had their first books published. And some, like myself are very new to the game. But here’s the thing; I have never known a friendlier, more helpful, encouraging and inspiring bunch than those writers I have ‘met’ on line and later in person. All so willing and eager to pass on their wealth of knowledge and experiences in the world of writing.

I have frequently had, as most writers do, moments of crippling self-doubt as to my ability as a writer. But it only takes one positive comment from a writerly friend to lift my spirits and spur me on and all is well with my world again. And even friendly and well meant criticism is welcomed because without it, I and other fledgling authors would never be the writers we aspire to be and never move onward and upward. We need constructive criticism to become better writers and fine hone our skills.

This is a short post today because other aspects of my life need my attention right now. But I cannot finish this without a mention of those friends. So…..a big thank you to….

Elin Gregory

Charlie Cochrane


Ciaran Dwynvil


Alex Beecroft

Thanks Guys.

UK MEET 2013

20130104-143503.jpg The UK meet 2013 site is up and running and it’s certainly looking good.

The meet this year is in Manchester and will take place on the 12th to the 14th of July and judging by what I have read on the site-it’s going to be even bigger than last year.

This year, I plan to stay for the whole week-end and really mingle with all the lovely people I met last year in fabulous Brighton. I did feel that last year I didn’t have the time to completely settle down and really get to know people except to merely nod and smile at them (And gaze at in awe) before it was time to say ta ta till next year.

So this year I am Hell bent on squeezing every ounce of enjoyment I can from the experience. And this time, I’m going to take notes as well. Although I’m a hopeless note taker as my old note books from uni’ will bear witness. 😳

Anyway, should you want to have a look at the site and perhaps even book a place-go to this site and have a look. As I said, it sounds as though it’ll be a fabulous experience whether you’re a writer/author, reader or just a fan of the genre. Do go have a look. You’ll be glad you did.


For today only, ‘Tea & Crumpet’ from JMS Books is being given away absolutely FREE.

Available now in paperback and ebook from JMS Books and from many other ebook retailers.

Discover an enchanting, entertaining and thought-provoking window into what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people.

This anthology is a souvenir of the 2011 UK Meet where GLBTQ supporters get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love. Funds from the sale of this anthology will go towards future UK Meets, to which all are welcome. Please visit the website for details.

Including a wide range of style and themes, this is a perfect way to sample different authors and to find both existing and new favourites. Follow the British way of life from historic villages to modern cities, from the countryside to the sea, through history and with a fantasy twist, in gardens, churches, campus and the familiar, much-loved local pub.

The stories cover universal themes of romance, desire, remembrance and reconciliation. The authors range from multi-published to up-and-coming, and they all share a passion for their characters, whether through great drama, erotic excitement, humour, or a combination of all three!

Contributing authors: Alex Beecroft, Jennie Caldwell, Stevie Carroll, Charlie Cochrane, Lucy Felthouse, Elin Gregory, Mara Ismine, Clare London, Anna Marie May, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jay Rookwood, Chris Smith, Stevie Woods, Lisa Worrall and Serena Yates.

Edited by: Josephine Myles, Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Clare London and JL Merrow.


UK Meet

20120921-121957.jpg Not the best photo in the world-but you can just see the sea above the cars. This was outside the Mecure Hotel.

Last weekend saw the third annual meeting of the GLBTQ writers/readers/publishers UK meet in Brighton. It was my first experience of being amongst a large group of people who wrote GLBTQ fiction and who were as passionate as me about the genre. And it was liberating to be in the company of people who understood why we write what we do; and why we are so passionate about the genre. And make no mistake, it isa passion-and one shared by everyone who was at the meet.

It was a fabulous day albeit a little nerve-wracking at first because I was about to meet other authors who I’d only corresponded with on Live Journal or WordPress or by email. What does one say to people who had had books published and had been writing for years? Bloody good books as well; books which, in my opinion deserve their place on the shelves of Waterstones or W.H Smiths et al along with mainstream books.

But, to get back to Brighton. I needn’t have worried about meeting the others. Everyone was so jolly, welcoming and friendly and there was a great sense of camaraderie throughout.

20120922-205456.jpg I arrived at the hotel quite early on Saturday morning after a fairly decent journey from Ipswich via one car,three trains, one bus and a tube train. There, I was greeted by my mate, author Elin Gregory and Jordan Castillo Price-another well established author who also made the keynote speech of the meet; and very interesting it was as well.

We were all soon into the swing of things and the programme opened with a talk on ‘Opening Paragraphs’ and how it can either draw your reader in-or send him off to sleep. Believe me, I really wanted more from these openings especially Alex Beecroft’s opening from ‘Under the Hill-Bombers Moon. That is on my ‘To Read’ list.

All the talks were interesting but being a tad overwhelmed I didn’t take any notes (note to self-take notes next year) 😏 I especially enjoyed the Buffet of Banter where each table was given a subject to talk about. We (our table) were given ‘Who’s Leg is it Anyway’ (I think that was the title.) but obviously we didn’t stay on topic for long. But it was good to hear others thoughts and opinions on the perils of penning erotic scenes. They’re certainly not easy to write in my opinion; and as it turned out- I wasn’t the only one to think so.

My day ended with a lovely evening stroll along the sea front with Elin Gregory. It was such a beautiful evening that I could have walked for miles. But….after two thumping big glasses of a rather nice white wine in Olè Olè , the Tapas restaurant up the road, I was reeling and I think, slurring a bit. So we went back to the hotel for a much needed coffee and a writerly chat. Lovely end to the day.

It was a really good day all told, and a wonderful experience for an amateur writer like myself. I enjoyed every minute of it; and being in the company of so many like- minded folk was a joy which I am looking forward to repeating next year in Manchester. Roll on I say. 😃

My thanks to everyone who made it all possible. You’re all brilliant!

Ooh, before I sign off, I must mention- there was a raffle; the proceeds from which will be donated to The Albert Kennedy Trust. A wonderful organisation which helps GLBTQ teens and young people who may find themselves on the streets and homeless because their families disapprove of their sexual orientation.

And the sun sets on a perfect day in Brighton

Thank you. See you all in Manchester.



Hold these dates!

September 14th – 16th 2012

will see the third annual UK Meet for readers/writers/reviewers/fans of GLBTQ fiction.

There will be a full day of programmed events on Saturday 15th, plus social events on Friday evening and Sunday morning.

Full press release, with details of where, what and how to book, goes live Friday 24th Feb.

Call for submissions for linked anthology “Lashings of Sauce” goes live Friday 2nd March.

UK Meet team (Jo, Jamie, Clare, Alex and Charlie)