Lesfic Bard Awards Update

One of the great things about working with K’Anne and Shadoe Publishing, is you get a chance to see a number of great events, review wonderful books by really talented authors and chat to K’Anne herself about her writings and what she does to help authors get their work out there to readers.

Earlier this year, I blogged about one of these ideas that she was working and following one of our online chats, I thought I would write an update about her Lesfic Bard Awards, which are rapidly gaining momentum as a competition for authors to showcase their works,

award submissionThe first thing I wanted to share with you is that the nomination categories have been announced !!!  Check out the poster to see this years categories.   Any grab your fancy ? (That’s not as rude as it sounds, I promise !!)

As well as the traditional categories, there are some really interesting genres here that you wouldn’t normally see represented.  Anthology for example, as well as BDSM (get your kink on) Poetry and Studies.  This diverse range of categories is another strength of the awards, you just don’t get this range of genres in other schemes that I’ve seen.  It really gives every author a chance to showcase their talents !

 

The next piece of news that I wanted to share with you is that sponsors are starting to come on board.  So far, sponsors have offered financial support for the awards as well as publicity for winners and I thought I would take the opportunity on behalf of lesficbardawards,com to say a huge thankyou to the following organisations !!

  • Lezbelib – are offering winners the chance to publish an article on their site, shared throughout their social networks.  PLUS an advertising banner promoting their latest book !!!
  • Canadian Lesfic – for sharing the Lesficbardawards love !!!
  • After Ellen – for sharing the judging love and helping us get the call out for judges !!
  • Curve Magazine – for helping publicise the award and calling for author submissions !!

Its shaping up to be a great award, you really want to be part of this !!

 

 

 

K’Anne Meinel events list 2018

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I LOVE being part of Shadoe publishing !!!! Not only is a fun place to work, but also being able to support and promote my friend K’Anne’s books, authors and events is a real privilege for me.  I get to read and review wonderful stories Ones that make you laugh, cry and even on one occasion, think “What the Frick ?!?!!”

One of our most popular ideas is where K’Anne hosts an event personally to give you the opportunity to meet and interact with Authors, not only at their book launches, but also, you know, just for fun !!!  This year, she’s got a lot of things planned already and as always, she’s eager to share them with you, so why not check out her list of upcoming events below, choose your favourite and join in !!!!

Pic 1Gill McKnight – Book Release Party !!

13 January at 11:00–13:00 CST

Come in and join the fun at Gills book release party !! Its always great fun to host Gill at these events and we’re sure this one is going to be no exception ! We would feature a tease from the upcoming book, but to be honest, we’re just going to say “It’s from Gill McKnight” and leave it at that…………………..!!!!

Dirt Road booksDirt Road Books – on the writers block

14 January at 11:0013:00 CST

The “on the writers block events are always popular at Shadoe publishing.  Not only is a great way to learn more about an author, but when it features a publishing house like this one, you can learn about with a wide range of authors and genres.  Something to tempt you for the weekend maybe ?

Annette Annette Mori – on the writers block

20 January at 11:0013:00 CST

Annette’s been on the writers block before, so many times before, we’ve lost count !!! But it’s always lovely to welcome her back and share a little about what makes her such a firm fan favourite.  Come and join in and share in the “world of Mori”  you won’t be disappointed !!!

Michelle Hagans Teaches a Class……Teachers pet

21 January at 11:0013:00 CST

I’m genuinely not too sure what to expect from this event, but the title of it sounds great fun !!! Hopefully Michelle will be teaching us about her new book – who knows ?  I may even buy an apple !!!!

ReverieReverie Book Release Party !!!

27 January at 11:0013:00 CST

The second of our  book release parties in January see’s the launch of “Reverie” Intrigued ? We know we are – There’s going to be book readings, author

questions and who knows ?  Maybe the odd surprise or too……  Join in or miss out !!!

Julie

Julie Forester – Book Release Party !!

10 February at 11:0013:00 CST
February gets off to a flying start with the launch of Julie Foresters’ debut novel !!!  There’s something special about your first one isn’t there ? And we’re desperate to share Julie’s with you !! Come along and get in at the ground level of what’s sure to be the start of a great career !!
Armstrong

17 February – 18 February

Two authors, Two days, twice the insight, book sharing and fun.  It doesn’t get any better than that does it ? Nope, it really doesn’t !!!  I can’t wait to see you there !!!  You are coming aren’t you ?  I’ve made myself all pretty !!!

Barbara Winkes on the writers blockWinkes

21 April – 22 April

Join us in April for a weekend with the lovely Barbara.  not only does she have the most suggestive surname you’re going to come across, but, she can totally rock the look too !!! We literally can’t wait to see what she has in store for us, why not make a date in your diary and join in ?  Who knows, you may even learn how to “Wink” like Barbara !!!

 

That’s the first six of 2018 to get you started – check back soon for more details and more events – and remember to follow us on Facebook at Shadoe Publishing , follow our web-page or join in with one of my favourite authors, K’anne Meinel !!!

 

 

Review of Lawyered by K’Anne Meinel

Lawyered

Nia Toyomoto has worked hard all her life to prove she was the best; high school, college, and most recently career, becoming a partner at the tender age of thirty.  But when you realise you don’t have someone to share it all with and that you’re looking for that special woman……..

Rating 4 out of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me by one of my friends from the excellent “My Lesbian book club” on Facebook and having previously enjoyed “love of my LIFE”, I eagerly downloaded the book to my kindle and set aside a weekend to catch up with this latest addition to her works.

The first thing that strikes you about the book is the cover.  Although some may find it provocative, I like it when the cover of a book hints of the forthcoming story.  The intimacy of touch and the trace of a gasp on the well dressed woman’s face while the other woman whispers in her ear summarise the book perfectly……….

The book quite neatly divides into three distinct parts.  In the first, we learn about Nia’s life and world.  It’s easy to get absorbed in the detail and care that K’Anne has paid to Nia’s character, which passes  easily for the reader and keeps your interest peaked for what is to follow.  There are nice touches here, particularly around the concessions that Nia makes in order to pursue her career, the need for a mentor, the importance of networking etc.  Mirroring real life, we explore and learn how Nia reacts and adapts by these situations, in particular, how she maintains her privacy around her personal life.  All of which give the reader an appreciation of what Nia’s life is like, setting the scene for what follows.

The second part is all about Nia’s exploration of herself, her sexuality (and the Big ‘O’) and ultimately the emotions, care and simple act of being that comes from a relationship with the one we love.  Here, the story is more romance focussed and there’s less business, which some people reading this genre of book will appreciate more.  As with the first part, Nia’s experiences mirror real life, with each relationship adding another facet to her understanding of what she is looking for from “the one”.  There are also a number of interesting plot lines at work here with explosions, consequences of past relationships as well as development of the Colleen character for what is to the ending.

For me, the final part was about living your life with your perfect partner no matter what life throws at you as well as enriching your life with more than just the material things.  Here the book explores personal and professional integrity and how these are tested in two specific scenarios.  As we might expect from Nia after learning about her in part one and then understanding her in part two, she stands tall in the face of the various challenges she faces.  I won’t spoil the ending for you, but it’s about the “changing of the old guard” and looking forward to a positive future.

Before I finished, I wanted to end by saying a couple of things about the editing and the spelling which a number of people have drawn attention to in other book reviews.  Sure, there are a couple of typos and the books editing and vanacular might not suit everyone, but for me personally, it didn’t stop me enjoying it and, please, don’t let it stop you.