• LGBT+ YA

    Crush made a list!

    I won’t lie. It’s awesome seeing my books out in the wild and I love nothing more than getting tagged in pics of readers reading my books, or blogs that feature them. That’s why it was so cool to see that Crush made a list of YA FF/ romance books to read for people who love the movie Love, Simon. I wasn’t tagged in this one, but I followed a link on a twitter post by Malinda Lo and was pleasantly surprised to see Crush featured. I may have sighed and swooned just a little that readers are still loving Tess and Maddie three years after the book was published. You…

  • LGBT+ YA,  Writing

    Crush paperback unboxing and pre-order

    When I was just starting out on my self-publishing and writing journey, I discovered an author who has become one of my all time favourites. When I was feeling down about my writing, watching his first unboxing video used to give me a great pick-me-up. I still watch every now and then to remind me how exciting this big adventure can be, and how far I have yet to go. (You can see Hugh Howey’s unboxing of Molly Fyde on youtube here.) Since Crush is my very first novel, I wanted to share the excitement of opening the box and seeing it in print for the first time. You can see…

  • LGBT+ YA,  News

    Release Day is here!

    It’s release day for Crush, and I thought I’d share some cool facts about the story to celebrate. These are a little spoilerish, but they’re mostly about settings, so no real plot spoilers. If you don’t like spoilers full stop, then stop reading this post now and go read the book. You can get it here. I’ll wait. Still here? Fantastic! Here, then, are five cool facts about Crush: 1. Chesterfield is based on the small town I was born in. (Bonus points if you don’t know me personally and can work out where that is – there are clues in the book!) 2. Piggies was a real cafe in that small…

  • Gay Stuff,  LGBT+ YA,  News,  Self-Publishing,  Writing

    Introducing The Girls of Summer series

    So, remember those sweet romances we read as teenagers in the 1980s an 1990s? The ones with lesbian main characters who fell for other girls and had fun adventures and happily-ever-after endings? No? Me neither. I do, however, remember those sweet teen romances from Silhouette First Love, Dolly Fiction, Sweet Valley High… The list goes on. I remember hiding in the stacks in the library at high school reading those books, never checking them out lest they appear on my borrowing record. Though I loved sci-fi and fantasy (Day of the Triffids and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are still two of my all-time favourite books), when I hit…