Lesbian Romance Novel “London Calling” by Clare Lydon + Q&A!


This hot on the press, debut lesbian romance novel has already hit #1 on the UK Amazon Charts after only being released for one day! It’s my job to get the latest and greatest out to you :) So here is a bit about the book including a lovely Q&A with Clare Lydon!

When the plane took off, I wondered what Karen was doing, if she was happy, knew I was leaving or wanted me back. Whatever, it was too late now. I was gone…”

Jess Sharp is at a crossroads – back in London, living in her parents’ spare room,  jobless and single. Not quite the irresistible package she was aiming for at age 32. One night, things take an upward turn when she meets someone who could be a game-changer. However, everything in her riotously chaotic life seems to get in the way, including her best friend’s wedding, far too much tequila and the ghosts of girlfriends past. The course of true love has never been so injury-prone. Will Jess eventually overcome her romantic ineptitude and find her happy ever after? Or will she continue to trip over her own feet in the race for romance?

A cracking debut novel from a new UK talent that zips along with sparkling dialogue and believable, yet original characters.

About The Author

Clare Lydon is a London-based author who penned her first novel at primary school and it scored 9.5/10. She’s still not sure what she was docked half a point for. A lack of lesbians perhaps? 

London Calling certainly addresses that issue, featuring a cast of London ladygays & their mates who Clare hopes are reflective of life in modern-day London. She’s already working on her second book which should be out later this year.


So you live in London?

I do – I love cities and New York is my second favourite. I moved to London in 1998 and have lived all around the place but mainly in Stoke Newington (lesbian central) and now in glorious Greenwich, just a stone’s throw from the Thames.

What inspired you to put your fingers on a keyboard?

I wrote my first novel in primary school – the words, images and cover, plus I even put a bar code on the back. Great attention to detail for a ten year old. I’ve been writing ever since through my work – I’m a journalist & editor – but never took the time to focus on my fiction writing. I’ve had this novel half-written for around four years so I thought it was about time to show it some love.

Any hiccups along the way?

Not really, just that I realised if you put your mind to something you can achieve it. I sound like a self-help manual don’t I? But once I was in the writing groove, I started the next one too and it just flowed out.

Ooo, a next one – so when can we expect that?

This year definitely, hopefully within six months. It’s a completely new and totally different book to London Calling. It’s set in Devon for a start!

Do you have a favorite genre of music to write to?

I tend to write in silence mostly and chatter out loud to myself constantly. But sometimes I’ll select a playlist from Napster and have it playing in the background. I can’t have anything I know the words to though as it distracts me and I sing along. My head is full of song lyrics…

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m just about to start Kiki Archer’s One Foot Onto The Ice which I’ve heard good things about. I’m also really excited to read Nick Alexander’s new one, Other Halves.

Who’s your favorite author?

Alison Bechdel, hands down. I’ve followed her Dykes To Watch Out For series since its inception and her wit, artistry and political astuteness shine through every page. Her subsequent graphic novels have been a treat too.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Come Dine With Me – my brother lives in Canada and was on the Canadian version which was hysterical. He came second so not too shabby! I also cannot be in the same room as Liquorice Allsorts without eating the lot. It’s impossible.

If you could be stuck in an elevator with any three celebrities, who would you choose?

Kate Winslet, Ellen DeGeneres and Katy Perry. We’d laugh, we’d sing, we’d fight over who gets to play Leonardo di Caprio in the Titanic scene…

Clare Lydon’s debut novel London Calling is out on Kindle now, with other digital versions following soon. The paperback version will be out at the end of April.


Find out more at http://www.clarelydon.co.uk

To buy: 

US Link: http://www.amazon.com/London-Calling-Clare-Lydon-ebook/dp/B00IN36K6E/ref=zg_bs_275856_67

UK Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/London-Calling-Clare-Lydon-ebook/dp/B00IN36K6E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393519505&sr=8-1&keywords=clare+lydon

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Book Review & Interview: “Guilty Hearts” by Jade Winters


Please read the little summary above ^

Before getting to know the English language (as in UK English), I never knew what a “honey trap” meant or was. Maybe that’s just me and my lack of expanded vocabulary? Anywho, this book sent me through a mix of emotions.

First we meet Rachel. Oh is she a looker! She is one of those girls everyone thinks is straight but is wearing her rainbow cape everywhere she goes. My first impression of her was confident, carefree, and looking for no-strings-attached fun with the ladies. Then we meet the successful interior designer, (also very attractive), Kathryn, who lacks that excitement she so desperately wants in her personal life. Oh that Kathryn, unbeknown to her, when she first meets Rachel she is clueless to the set-up (as she should be). Cue honey trap. Yes, I used it – Kathryn’s husband sets her up! *gasp* Poor Gareth (Kathryn’s hubby) – thinking it would be as innocent as slight flirting. What he ends up initiating is more than any of us expected. The connection is instant and undeniable between the two beauties.

As for my review, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an easy read and a love story that’ll leave you with a smile on your face. I felt for these characters (we meet and love many) and join them on their journeys to finding themselves and the meaning of love and committment. I did find myself wanting more detail in particular scenes. I’m a person who likes to envision every moment taking place – not saying I couldn’t – just wanted a bit more.

I won’t give it away, but in the story Kathryn does something for Rachel that I actually “awed”  out loud to. :) I love moments like those! I look forward to reading more of Jade Winter’s novels!

I also had the wonderful opportunity to ask Jade a few questions:

When did you decide, ‘hey I like this writing thing, I’m going to do it full-time’? Or maybe it went a bit differently, but when and what was it for you that made you want to do this as a career?

I’ve always enjoyed writing from when I was a kid. Back then I dreamt of writing scripts and having them made into films (sigh). Never in a million years did I think I’d be writing novels, as I saw authors as very serious people of which I’m most definitely not. I ended up writing my first book by accident. I had an idea for an article about the gay by nature versus nurture debate and I thought –  what if a gay woman had amnesia and couldn’t remember she was gay – would she instinctively know?  I knew it would be a great story, so I thought hey why don’t you write it. So I did. I found I liked putting stories down on paper and so decided what better way to live than to do something you love every single day. Voila here I am. :-)

Everyone has their inspirations. What drives/inspires your writing?

Necessity! I have little films going on in my head which keep repeating themselves until I get them out of system. So for me, It’s either write or go insane.

Not sure how you authors do it, especially with some of the topics/stories I’ve come across, but how much research do you put into your books? How much went into Guilty Hearts?

Normally, the research I cover will mainly have to do with the characters jobs. For Guilty Hearts I got totally distracted and spent more time than I should have looking at all the amazing cat den’s people have created for their pets. Most of my stories tend to deal with emotions, so I draw from my own experiences or nag friends and family for theirs.

What was the hardest and easiest thing about writing Guilty Hearts?

I wouldn’t say there were any hard parts to it as Guilty hearts is quite a straight forward love story. The easiest part was building the growing attraction between the main characters, because I really liked the idea of them as a couple :-) So it was interesting to watch how they progressed.

What environment do you find yourself writing in the most? Do you have any pre-writing habits/rituals?

I have to write in a stress-free environment which means no distractions from the TV, phone etc.

Before I start writing I get into the habit of exercising every day with a half hour run along the beach. Also, out goes the tea, in comes lemon and ginger. Sugar and carbohydrates also go out the window as without them I think clearer. Obviously once the book is finished I revert back to old habits :-)

Give us 5 completely random facts about you (not author/writing related)

I always pick snails up in the rain and put them in a safe place so no one stands on them.

I drink celery juice every morning despite it being the one thing I detest most in the world.

I spend way too much time on YouTube watching cat videos.

I love watching old black and white films especially ones starring Bette Davis or Joan Crawford

I read my first lesfic book in 1988


Official site: http://www.jade-winters.com

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jade-Winters/e/B0064K0RGC/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Book Review: “Playing My Love” by Angela Peach

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After I finished this novel I thought to myself, “how on earth am I going to review it and not give anything away?”

Book blurb from Amazon:

I’d never believed in love at first sight. I mean, it had never happened to me, so I guess I just didn’t think about it. But then… 
Darcy. Beautiful, kind, intelligent Darcy, who showed me a whole new meaning to the word love, and how to live when I thought there was nothing to live for. 
While teaching me how to play the guitar a deep friendship developed between us, but it only made me want what I couldn’t have…or could I? Faced with difficult times and hard choices, Darcy becomes a crucial element in my life. 
I’m hiding something from her though. Something big that could destroy all the trust we’ve built. 
Was it love at first sight? No. 
It was so much more.”

Lesbian fiction author, Angela Peach, has done it again! ‘Playing My Love’ captivated me and I honestly felt for these characters from page one. I felt their happiness, their sorrow, their uplifting spirits, their love, as well as their journeys. This book is categorized as a romantic comedy, but I think it was much more. Deeper really.

“How did she do that? I stared at her in amazement. Without even talking to me, she’d completely altered my mood from depressed and suicidal to hopeful and uplifted.”

It’s true in other reviews stating that this book plays your heartstrings. As a hopeless romantic myself and one who loves stories where love is challenged, fought for, and hoping to be won in the end – this is definitely a book that hooked me. Now, with saying that and not giving it all away, Angela has given 2 alternate endings – one of which you may choose for yourself. To be honest though, I felt it was a bit confusing to have to read one ending and then fall into another. But hey, way to switch it up! My favorite was #2 – you’ll just have to find out exactly what that is when you read it ;)

“No matter where I was, if I wasn’t with Alison, I would always be thinking about her. My feelings for her weren’t ever going to go away.”

Have you ever been in love but couldn’t act upon it? Everyone has their reasons why and Angela really takes you through their individual journeys. I definitely recommend this book. It’s a great easy read that has light-hearted moments, comedic banter, and deeper meanings.


Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Playing-My-Love-Angela-Peach-ebook/dp/B00GW5RES8

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