UK BSB Bash Schedule

Full schedule for this weekend’s online event! Includes handy timezone comparison so you know whether or not you’ll be watching in your PJs. You can register for all the sessions by heading to this link. Hope to chat to some of you in a few days 🙂

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BSB UK Bash Schedule and Panel Registration

The schedule for the BSB UK online event (6th-7th June) has just been posted which means that people can register for whichever panels they fancy viewing over the weekend.

The event will be held via Zoom and you need to have registered for the individual panels in order to receive an invite to watch them. You can see the entire schedule and register here 🙂

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UK BSB Bash Blog-Hop

With the UK BSB online book bash just a couple of weeks away (June 6-7th!), attending authors will be blogging on the theme of Change right up until the event. My blog was posted here on the UK BSB site yesterday – it’s a little look at what happens when you start cheating on one story with another…

You can also head here to check out the list of authors signed up for the event. The schedule has been finalised and you should be able to register for each panel soon.

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BSB UK Annual Book Fest

Thanks to the current worldwide lurgy, the annual UK BSB Bash in Nottingham has sadly (but very sensibly) been cancelled so no one can sneeze on anyone.

HOWEVER, plans are afoot for an online Zoom-style event to take place over that very same weekend (June 6th-7th). More details to follow but if you want to see me standing on one leg whilst dressed in my PJs and swearing a blue streak because our craptastic internet has dropped out again, then mark that date in your calendar.

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Author Stands on Own Cover…

We were out walking on Stanage Edge yesterday and I knew the cover shot from No Good Reason had been taken somewhere along this route. My missus has a far better eye for this kind of thing and made me stand on a pillar I was absolutely certain WAS NOT THE ONE. Very happy to admit that I was wrong…

Also happy to say that there were no unconscious kidnap vics at any point on the way along, and that there were quite a few climbers dangling precariously from the rocks.


Poor San, clambering down those! I did a bit of scrambling myself and am now missing some skin from both knees. In her honour (or much to her disgust!) we had a bag of Scampi Fries on the way home 🙂

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Good Book News…

This week has been a very happy one for me, with Breathe being one of Autostraddle’s Best Queer Books of 2019, and Alias scooping not only Best Thriller/Mystery at this year’s Rainbow Awards, but best Lesbian Book as well.

Sometimes, I get so knackered, I need a good kick up the arse to keep writing. This was three good kicks in one 🙂

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Breathe Audio Winners

Congrats to: Julee Sims, Tori Davidson, Nicole Lorimer, Trish Riches, Laura Uttley, Sue Coupland, Robyn Redding, and Betty Harmon who’ve snagged themselves codes for Breathe on audio. Check your messages or emails for the codes, grab your wellies, a Twix, and a nice brew, and enjoy 🙂
Cheers also to everyone who entered the giveaway and chatted Brit-speak. Always a pleasure.

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Breathe Audio Book Giveaway

It’s finally stopped raining here! So, to celebrate (before it snows tomorrow – no really, I only wish I was kidding) I have a handful of free codes for the audio version of Breathe to give away. Just tell me your favourite Northern English slang word in the comments or head over to my main Facebook page and do likewise, and I’ll stick you in the hat. Closing date …um …Sunday? Let’s say Sunday at midday my time. Good luck!
PS – yes, you can swear 😉

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Breathe Now Available on Audio

For those of you who love to read with their ears, Breathe is now available on audio  Yes, you too can make yourself as happy as this cat by listening along to Jem and Rosie’s water-logged, Manchester-based shenanigans. Nicola Victoria Vincent is doing the narration so, obviously, it’s fabulous – Jem is cute as a button, Rosie did funny things to my knees, and they’re all kinds of lovely together. Enjoy!

Handy Links:

Audible US 

Audible UK

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It’s a Perfect Day to Bake Biscuits…

It’s pouring down and miserable here which means it’s a perfect day for baking something calorific. After reading Breathe, a few people have asked what the hell an Aztec biscuit is having failed to find them via google. According to my mum, they’re a recipe she copied years ago from a daytime TV show and our family have been baking and scoffing them ever since. They are not things of beauty but oh my, they are delicious.

Aztec Biscuits

Beat 2 oz sugar with 6 oz butter until fluffy. Melt 4 oz milk chocolate and 3 oz dark in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water, and add to the sugar and butter. Stir in 6 oz plain flour and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder. Add 3 oz lightly crushed (not obliterated!) cornflakes. Put blobs onto a greased tray and bake at 180c (356f) for ten minutes or so.

Et voila. Jem’s favourite biccies 

As you can see, Aldi’s finest is absolutely bob on for these, but the chocolate, oh it has to be Cadbury’s if you can find it!

Don’t be scrapping over licking the bowl, now.

Absolutely not things of beauty but delicious and perfect with a brew.


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