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For today only, Tea and Crumpet is the free e-book giveaway at JMS books.

Raise your rainbow umbrellas high and celebrate!

Enjoy this enchanting, entertaining and thought-provoking collection, a heartfelt expression of 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.

Contributors include: 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: UK MAT (UK Meet Acquisitions Team).


My story's an historical and features Jonty and Orlando, from my Cambridge Fellows series, having a little falling out.

Excerpt:

Orlando Coppersmith made his way down Kings Parade, stopping to admire his visage in the window of Ryder and Amies. He liked the appearance of his newly grown beard and moustache; it made him look like one of King Arthur’s more desperate knights, something which was out of keeping with his character although pleasing to his ego. He swaggered along to the tea shop where the Master of St Bride’s was waiting for him, hopefully with the hot chocolate and rum babas ready for consumption.

“Coppersmith!” Dr Peters rose and greeted his colleague. “Been getting into arguments again? I could hear the row all the way to the Lodge.”

Orlando rolled his eyes. “I apologise profusely. It was that bl…Dr Stewart again. Parking his bike where no decent man should. They drive you mad.”

“People who park their bikes inconsiderately?”

“No. People who teach English. Dilettantes, the lot of them.”

Peters smiled. “That seems a little harsh. They may spend half a lifetime wondering about one particular word in Hamlet but that’s no reason to tar them all with the same brush.”

“It’s not just that. Take the way they dress. They look like…” Orlando stopped himself from saying “An army of Oscar Wildes coming down through the market”. That would smack of protesting too much. “A load of scarecrows. It shouldn’t be allowed.”

Peters seemed like he was about to say something, then stopped himself, settling for looking out of the window at some young idiot from the college next door haring about on a bike. It was a good two minutes before he broke the silence. “You and Dr Stewart were such good friends.”

Orlando took an even longer while to answer. “We were, as close as two men could be. But that was before…” Before what, exactly? They’d quarrelled—he couldn’t even remember the cause now—and said the most stupid things. He’d packed a bag and left, the words “Good riddance!” sounding in his ears.
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Tea and Crumpet is book of the week at Queer Magazine Online.

And THE Crumpet is back on telly in Law and Order UK. Happy days!
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The acquisition/editing team behind British Flash and Tea & Crumpet are bing interviewed today, over at Reviews by Jessewave. Drop by and comment for the chance of winning a copy.
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Tea & Crumpet is out today in both print and e-book from JMS books

Raise your rainbow umbrellas high and celebrate!

Enjoy this enchanting, entertaining and thought-provoking collection, a heartfelt expression of 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.

Contributors include: 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: UK MAT (UK Meet Acquisitions Team).

My story features Jonty and Orlando, from my Cambridge Fellows series, having a little falling out. And probably making up again.


Excerpt:

Orlando Coppersmith made his way down Kings Parade, stopping to admire his visage in the window of Ryder and Amies. He liked the appearance of his newly grown beard and moustache; it made him look like one of King Arthur’s more desperate knights, something which was out of keeping with his character although pleasing to his ego. He swaggered along to the tea shop where the Master of St Bride’s was waiting for him, hopefully with the hot chocolate and rum babas ready for consumption.

“Coppersmith!” Dr Peters rose and greeted his colleague. “Been getting into arguments again? I could hear the row all the
way to the Lodge.”

Orlando rolled his eyes. “I apologise profusely. It was that bl…Dr Stewart again. Parking his bike where no decent man
should. They drive you mad.”

“People who park their bikes inconsiderately?”

“No. People who teach English. Dilettantes, the lot of them.”

Peters smiled. “That seems a little harsh. They may spend half a lifetime wondering about one particular word in Hamlet
but that’s no reason to tar them all with the same brush.”

“It’s not just that. Take the way they dress. They look like…” Orlando stopped himself from saying “An army of Oscar Wildes coming down through the market”. That would smack of protesting too much. “A load of scarecrows. It
shouldn’t be allowed.”

Peters seemed like he was about to say something, then stopped himself, settling for looking out of the window at some
young idiot from the college next door haring about on a bike. It was a good two minutes before he broke the silence. “You and Dr Stewart were such good friends.”

Orlando took an even longer while to answer. “We were, as close as two men could be. But that was before…” Before what, exactly? They’d quarrelled—he couldn’t even remember the cause now—and said the most stupid things. He’d packed a bag and left, the words “Good riddance!” sounding in his ears.
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British Flash - to be published on 16th June as a free ebook (on
Smashwords)

Contributing authors: Alex Beecroft, Victoria Blisse, Stevie Carroll,
Charlie Cochrane, Sophia Deri-Bowen, Erastes, Lucy Felthouse, Elin
Gregory, Mara Ismine, Sandra Lindsey, Clare London, JL Merrow,
Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jay Rookwood, Caroline Stephens, Stevie
Woods, Lisa Worrall and Serena Yates.

Isn't that a blooming brilliant list of talent for something free and gratis?

Tea & Crumpet - to be published by JMS Books on 3rd July as an ebook.
Print copies should be available in time for the 23rd July.

Contributing authors: Alex Beecroft, Stevie Carroll, Jennie Caldwell,
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.
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We now have confirmed publication dates for both the UK meet related anthologies, along with a list of the confirmed contributors so far (this will be added to, as we approach D-day). A really good blend of oldies and newbies.

British Flash - to be published on 16th June as a free ebook
Contributing authors: Alex Beecroft, Stevie Carroll, Charlie Cochrane,
Erastes, Elin Gregory, Sandra Lindsey, Clare London, JL Merrow,
Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Caroline Stephens, Lisa Worrall and
Serena Yates.

Tea & Crumpet - to be published by JMS Books on 3rd July as an ebook. Print copies should be available in time for the Meet. All profits to future UK meets.
Contributing authors: Alex Beecroft, Stevie Carroll, Jennie Caldwell,
Charlie Cochrane, Elin Gregory, Clare London, Anna Marie May, JL
Merrow, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jay Rookwood, Chris Smith, Lisa
Worrall and Serena Yates.

My story in British Flash is about a veteran's visit to the D-Day beaches. In Tea & Crumpet, you'll be able to read about Jonty and Orlando falling out.

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