Set your calendar for TOMORROW – Speak Its Name by Kathleen Jowitt


I am excited to announce that I am going to be spending tomorrow reading Kathleen Jowitt‘s debut novel, Speak Its Name.  I love Kathleen’s writing and am excited that this book is seeing the light of day at last.

A new year at the University of Stancester, and Lydia Hawkins is trying to balance the demands of her studies with her responsibilities as an officer for the Christian Fellowship. Her mission: to make sure all the Christians in her hall stay on the straight and narrow, and to convert the remaining residents if possible. To pass her second year. And to ensure a certain secret stays very secret indeed.

When she encounters the eccentric, ecumenical student household at 27 Alma Road, Lydia is forced to expand her assumptions about who’s a Christian to include radical Quaker activist Becky, bells-and-smells bus-spotter Peter, and out (bisexual) and proud (Methodist) Colette. As the year unfolds, Lydia discovers that there are more ways to be Christian – and more ways to be herself – than she had ever imagined.

Then a disgruntled member of the Catholic Society starts asking whether the Christian Fellowship is really as Christian as it claims to be, and Lydia finds herself at the centre of a row that will reach far beyond the campus. Speak Its Name explores what happens when faith, love and politics mix and explode.

Read an extract here

To be honest I would probably have jumped on this book even if I didn’t know the author, because BOOKS WITH BISEXUALS IN YES PLEASE and also I had my share of bewilderment at student Christian organisations when I was at university and trying to find God, mostly, I admit, because of a Christian boy I fancied.  (I was a late developer.  Also, to be totally fair, I think they were just as befuddled by me.  There was one moment when a friend of a friend said ‘Well, if you don’t believe in God, who do you think made you?’ and I blurted out ‘Are you asking me to explain how babies are made?’)

Speak Its Name will be available in paperback through Lulu and via Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other good online bookstores, and in ebook formats through Lulu, on the iBookstore, and on Kindle and Kobo.

This is not a sponsored post.  No one sponsors this blog.  Though the cats keep attempting to bribe me with rubber bands and bits of balled-up parcel tape in the hope that I will stop typing and feed them Dreamies instead.





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Minor changes to Heavy Ice in .mobi



I’ve uploaded a new version of Heavy Ice to the Kindle Store to fix some spelling errors and a couple of instances of a character’s name being wrong. Changes to the .epub version to follow shortly.

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Quote from today’s wordcount

“The Duke continued to stare at me as if the Diana of Ephesus had just stepped out of a mummy-case and bared her breasts at him.”

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Spoilers for Heavy Ice below, in case you haven’t read it:
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Snippets from projects on the go at present:


Warning! F-bomb and other possibly NSFW text under the cut.
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This Be The ‘Verse

Image of an exoplanet seen from its moon: Wikimedia Commons

Image of an exoplanet seen from its moon: Wikimedia Commons

One of the things I really should have done when I started all this is come up with a name for the future universe that Requite exists in, which also contains the FSSI and KinSpace and the Bind and other remnants of the Solannan Imperity and pre-Solannan colonisation. I can’t keep saying ‘A Requite Novel’ when I know that future books are going to mostly be set off Requite, if they visit it at all. (Yes, there will be a ‘rescue Idrian and Bel-Imperia and Zax I suppose’ novel, it’s in the planning process)

‘Requitiverse’ is what I call it in my head but I can’t see it on a book cover. I considered ‘Sapient Universe’ because of all the A-saps and O-saps and so on about the place, but it sounds as if I’m saying the actual universe is sapient, which is something that both I and the inhabitants of the books are agnostic on.

‘Solannaverse’ is probably the best of a bad bunch, but I have to admit that I’m kind of partial to Grueniverse

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Well, I just paid to keep this blog ad-free for another year…

… so I suppose I’d better write something.

Various projects are on the boil, long and short. None of them look likely to turn into a finished project any time soon, but things are moving along. I’ve started a Pinterest board of inspiration and random stuff to do with the Requite books.

Also, annual reminder that the Requite books are eligible for Yuletide (Primer on how to do Yuletide by the wonderful BlueInkedPalm here.) I don’t read other peoples’ stuff written in my worlds because I don’t want to get other people’s head-canon mixed up in my own, but I’m happy for it to be written.

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