UK Meet Introduces – LM Somerton

Introducing our next spotlight author, LM Somerton.

Hi, I’m LM (Lu) Somerton. I live in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep.

I started writing to fill time between jobs but have been firmly and unashamedly addicted for the seven years I’ve been published. I love the English weather, especially the rain, and adore thunderstorm and rainbows. I love good food, warm company and a crackling fire. I’m fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and my stories often contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

I’ve been with Pride Publishing since the start, have over 30 books out in the world and love attending events both in the UK and abroad. I love meeting readers and fellow authors who then become friends, despite being an introvert.

I’m an avid reader as well as an author and still get tongue-tied around my favourites when I get to meet them. I’m looking forward to seeing friends old and new at the 2020 Meet!

Check out all my info here.

UK Meet Introduces – Jess Faraday

Introducing our next spotlight author, Jess Faraday, and her upcoming book, Shadow of Justice.
Constable Simon Pearce doesn’t believe in love. It’s a dangerous proposition for many people in 19th century London, but for an ambitious copper climbing Scotland Yard’s greasy career ladder, it’s out of the question.
He doesn’t believe in monsters, either, though there seem to be a lot of them about. Whether it’s a ghost haunting a London churchyard where men seek men’s companionship, a phantom hound in Edinburgh that’s hell-bent on revenge, or a murdered businessman on a cross-country train who just won’t stay dead ― the mysterious has a way of finding Pearce, whether he wants it to or not.
Shadow of Justice is a collection of eight short mysteries, coming in March 2020 from award-winning author Jess Faraday.
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UK Meet Introduces – Ally Lester

Please allow us to introduce the next author in our UK Meet Introduces series …

Ally Lester

Ally Lester is mostly writing in the Lost in Time universe at the moment. Queer paranormal murder-mystery-suspense historical romance with a bit of time-travel in there for kicks.

Lost in Time and Shadows on the Border have gay MCs and are set in 1920s London. The Flowers of Time will be released in March and features a lady botanist and a non-binary explorer traveling through the Himalayas in the 1780s.

You can read excerpts of all published books here. If you sign up to the newsletter you get access to a free serial, Inheritance of Shadows, set in rural England in 1919.

Ally lives in Somerset with Mr AL, their kids and Morris the underwear-eating dachshund. She’s middle-aged, non-binary and has too many animals. Pronouns she/they.


Read it, write it, love it…tweet it

What’s so special about 2020 for those of us who love books? It’s the 10th anniversary of the first UK Meet for one thing. My goodness, how we’ve grown and developed from a dozen authors in a room in Ely having a chinwag, to the weekend event we’ll be having in September of this year.

For another thing, it’s the 60th anniversary of the Romantic Novelists Association. A number of UKMeeters are, or have been, RNA members. I bet that when the organisation was first formed in 1960, the membership wouldn’t have expected that romance stories that didn’t feature a man and a woman would one day be welcomed into the fold. Hell, 1960 was the year Penguin was up in court over Lady Chatterley’s Lover – with the famous trial quote, “Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?”

How we’ve moved on. Nowadays the RNA has a newly-founded Rainbow Chapter with the tagline “Love stories are for everyone,” which is open to all with an interest in LGBTQIA+ romantic fiction.

On the 9th February during Romance Reading month the RNA would like to provide an opportunity for readers to share their favourite LGBQTIA+ novels to @RNAtweets using the following hashtags. #DiamondRainbowReads  #RNA60 

The UK Meet team would like to encourage everyone to take part and to spread the word.  Feel free to add #ukmeet to make sure we don’t miss your tweet!

Let’s show how many people read (and write, and love) our genre.


UK Meet Introduces – David C Dawson

It’s finally 2020, which means the UK Meet is less than nine months away. Can you believe it?

In honour of this magnificent and momentous news, we decided to feature our spotlight delegates each month on our blog, leading up to the big day. We asked, and you answered!

Please allow us to introduce…

David C Dawson

David C Dawson writes contemporary thrillers featuring gay men in love. He’s an award winning author, journalist and documentary maker.

His latest novel, Heroes in Love, is published in January 2020. It’s a story of forbidden love, seen from the viewpoint of today. Can the strength of two elderly lovers inspire a young, gay couple of today?

David’s debut novel The Necessary Deaths won Bronze for Best Mystery & Suspense in the FAPA awards. The second in the series is The Deadly Lies. His third book For the Love of Luke came out in October 2018.

David lives in London, with his boyfriend and two cats. In his spare time, he tours Europe and sings with the London Gay Men’s Chorus.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

It’s that time of year again, and with only twenty sleeps left, we here on the UK Meet team want to get in a little early to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.

To those who don’t celebrate Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful winter and a truly happy holiday season!

We’d also like to give a big shout out to Alex Jane and her Rainbow Advent Calendar. Alex works tirelessly on this each year to celebrate GLBT+ writing in its festive forms, including tales from our very own team members!

If you’re following the releases, let us know what you think in the comment section below, or if you’re new to the Rainbow Advent Calendar, click here to catch up and treat yourself to some fab, free fiction.

‘Tis the season of giving, after all.

Choosing Sponsors

With less than a year to go before we all arrive en fabulous masse in Southampton, we thought you might appreciate some insight into how we pick our sponsors.

The most important thing about the relationship between UK Meet and its sponsors is that it should be beneficial to both parties, as well as to our delegates as a whole.

Our sponsors tend to be from the LGBTQ book world, simply because it’s easiest to see how publishers, bloggers, cover artists etc. in our corner of the fiction market can benefit from the publicity UK Meet sponsorship brings them. Increasingly, we’re counting individual authors among our generous sponsors too.

We have several tiers of sponsorship on offer, and the top two – Gold and Platinum – bring with them the opportunity to have a book/display table throughout the Meet, rather than just during the Book Fair. This increases visibility and allows more time for interacting with interested delegates.

The benefits of sponsorship to UK Meet are obvious: sponsorship money allows us to provide entertainment and other benefits to our delegates that wouldn’t be covered by the ticket price alone.

Do we ever decline sponsorship? Yes. We want the Meet to be a safe space for all our delegates, which means not accepting sponsorship from individuals or organisations whose position in our genre is currently controversial.

In the past we’ve made the decision to politely return money where we felt public association with the sponsor would not be in UK Meet’s best interests at that time.

If you’re interested in sponsoring UK Meet 2020, please get in touch with Jamie Merrow on And thank you for supporting our Meet!