As I’m getting ready to leave for the UK (okay, packing, then another day of work and then a long day driving with a ferry in between) I want to dedicate a post to the anthology some of us put together for the UK Author Meet this year. As for every year, to help fund the festivities of the UK Author Meet, quite a few of us donated a story and the UK Meet Acquisition Team (Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Clare London, JL Merrow and Josephine Myles) edited the whole thing for us and made it see the light of day (with help from JMS Books).
This is the blurb:
We Brits love our sauce, whether it’s what we lash on our food, read on our seaside postcards, or write in our stories. Come and enjoy a buffet of tasty LGBTQ treats!
From marriages to reunions, via practical jokes and football matches, to weresloths and possibly the oddest Tarts and Vicars party in the world, join us as we celebrate the UK Meet in the best way we know: telling the story.
As a follow-up to the critically acclaimed British Flash and Tea and Crumpet anthologies, our talented writers bring you sixteen stories about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and genderqueer characters enjoying what Britain and mainland Europe have to offer, with their wonderfully diverse range of cultures and landscapes and some incredibly colourful and quirky people.
Contributors include: Tam Ames, Becky Black, Anne Brooke, Charlie Cochrane, Rebecca Cohen, Lillian Francis, Elin Gregory, Clare London, Sandra Lindsey, JL Merrow, Emily Moreton, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jordan Castillo Price, Elyan Smith and Robbie Whyte.
My contribution is a bit of leap for me as it is a Female to Male trans* story.
This is my blurb:
Sam fell in love with a man, although she’d always known something was off. Not off with her love for Sean, but off with who she was, or more precisely, what she was. Sean took her as she came, though: pixie haircut, delicate features, no breasts to speak of, and perpetually wearing jeans and a T-shirt and sturdy shoes. Still, when she admitted to Sean that she felt more like a man than a woman, he was shocked and they entered a no-man’s land trying to find their way as a couple again. Sam always felt the road from “she” to “he” was harder on Sean than on anyone else, because it would also change how Sean saw himself, and Sean hadn’t had a lifetime to get used to the idea.
Will Sean’s love be strong enough to love his husband as much as he loved his wife?
Let me quote some of the excellent reviews we’ve received for this:
From Jenre – Well Read
Often when I read anthologies there’s always one or two stories which miss the mark for me. However, with this one each story was very well written and worth reading. I also find that anthologies can be a bit samey but, again, that wasn’t the case with this book as the stories are diverse and unique.
4.5 pants off from DarienMoya at Pants Off Reviews
The Lashings of Sauce anthology is a must read with a story for just about anyone. You want some sweet/sexy, some angst, a tearjerker, or something to put a big ole smile on your face? Well this book has it all. I love it because it offers up everything that falls under the rainbow. It’s great to see a positive representation of all sexuality, a positive look at gender, and most of all the importance of love.
And just because they loved my story so much, they get another quote:
I just really want to express my love for one story in particular, and that is My Husband by Zahra Owens. This story moved me beyond words and left me in tears. All I kept thinking was “I want a love like this. I wish everyone loved like this”. It’s a beautiful Trans* story with such a beautiful message.
4.5 stars from Jessiewave
In the way of anthologies, the stories vary, but here they vary within a small, high range. Not all of the authors are UK based, but all are skilled storytellers, and all have offered something not easily found elsewhere. If I haven’t mentioned a story, it’s for room and not for enjoyment, because this collection was a pleasure from start to finish
5 stars from Lisa at The Novel Approach
I read this book, expecting with each story that I couldn’t possibly love the next as much as the previous. This is one time I can say I’m so glad I was wrong.
So now you want to buy it, right? Go over to JMS books and get your hands on a copy!