FLEUR DE LYS PUBLISHING - LITERARY FICTION
SUMMER 2013 NEWS:
A BRAND NEW WEBSITE ON ITS WAY!
The Fleur De Lys site is due for a revamp. Watch out for a shiny new layout very soon once the Fleur De Lys elves have finished their wizardry.
Meanwhile the editing on Drowning continues as does the writing on A Passion for Classic Cars.
Also, Jude has a brand new about.me page here with links to where to buy her published novels.
NEW YEAR 2013 NEWS:
COME DINE WITH ME, A BESTSELLER AND MORE NOVELS
Every time Channel 4 or More 4 broadcast The Come Dine With Me which Jude won, Mother-in-Law, Son-in-Law
shoots straight back up into the Amazon erotica bestseller lists. This means that at all the dinner parties Jude gets invited to, she can now brag about being a best-selling author before farting and falling face-first into the cheesecake.
The title has now been signed up by leading erotica specialists, House Of Erotica and is now listed on Amazon as Cougar Erotica. Ooooh my word. You can buy it in paperback and as an e-book at many leading online retailers. LMGTFY.
Meanwhile, the editing on Drowning, the sequel to My Adventures in Cyberspace, continues. Rome wasn't built in a day and nor were Jude's semi-autobiographical novels. The novel is due for publication in 2014 as is Jude's novel Labrats, about a group of volunteers on a residential medical trial.
House of Erotica have requested a sequel to Mother-in-Law, Son-in-Law, and Jude is 10K into the writing of A Passion of Classic Cars featuring the same main characters from Mother-in-Law, Son-in-Law. But who is shagging whom this time, hmmm? The
AUTUMN 2012 NEWS:
JUDE READS TO MILLIONS OF LISTENERS ON CAPITAL RADIO
When Capital Radio got in touch to ask Jude to perform some of her erotic novel Mother-in-Law, Son-in-Law for their listeners, Jude said YES! You can have a listen to the ensuing hilarity on this excerpt from the fabulous breakfast show hosted by the multi-talented Lisa Snowdon and her cheeky co-presenter Dave Berry here:
MOTHER-IN-LAW, SON-IN-LAW SIGNED UP BY BIG E-PUBLISHER
Above, Fleur De Lys Executive PA Honey Higginbotham on the blower to the big e-pub author liason guy.
That's right, since Mother-in-Law, Son-in-Law became a best-seller on Amazon, recently reaching the dizzy heights of #23 in Kindle Erotica, #34 in Books Erotica and #319 in all of Kindle (not just the naughty books, all the serious literary fiction as well!)
Fleur De Lys have been approached by a major e-pub wanting to sign the book up, so that in future it will be available not only on Amazon but in 200 e-retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Tesco, Waterstones etc, yanno, all the biggies.
Naturally, Honey sweet-talked them into a six-figure advance (or did she? Who knows what that cheeky minx gets up to when she's not down the nail salon or off scuba diving in the Red Sea) and Mother-in-Law, Son-in-Law will be hitting the stores soon with the same cover but big e-biz branding. More soon...
SPRING 2012 NEWS:
MOTHER-IN-LAW SON-IN-LAW'S A BEST-SELLER!
I WON COME DINE WITH ME!
On February 10th 2012 I won the British prime time Channel 4 TV show Come Dine With Me. You can see it until March here on 4OD. If you're viewing outside the UK, you can view the show using Tunnelbear which is free for the first month's use.
Since appearing on Come Dine With Me, Mother-in-Law, Son-in-Law became a best-seller, going into the TOP 100 in both book and Kindle in the Amazon Erotica charts.
That screengrab is obviously before I knew I was now a best-selling author, so you can imagine what I'm like now :)
Now I've had a couple of glasses of champers it's nose to the grindstone again to finish writing Labrats in time for publication later this year...
Article and two filmed interviews about the experience of appearing on Come Dine With Me.
WINTER 2011 NEWS: TITLES NOW ON KINDLE!
Both My Adventures in Cyberspace and Mother-in-Law Son-in-Law are now available to buy on KINDLE at the very reasonable price of 87p (ish, depending upon the exhchange rate) in the UK and 99c in the USA. You can also buy them from Amazon DE Deutschland. See the sidebar on the left for some of Mother-in-Law Son-in-Law's fantastic testimonials and see their Amazon pages for other great reviews.
DROWNING in the edit...
The writing on the provisionally entitled My Adventures in Cyberspace II is now complete. The novel will be called "Drowning" and is currently being edited ready for publication in 2012. You can purchase the intial book in the trilogy My Adventures in Cyberspace on Amazon here.
New novella labrats
I have started writing a new work of fiction, a novella set in Derbyshire, England, entitled labrats, about a group of human guinea pigs cooped up together in a drugs testing institution. Humans are far more frightening than untested drugs...
New JUDE CALVERT-TOULMIN fan page
The fan page for Jude Calvert-Toulmin on Facebook now has over 200 fans. You can join here.
New spoken word night, NORTHERN LIGHTS Sheffield.
My editor and I are now running a monthly spoken word night in Sheffield called Northern Lights, on the second Tuesday of every month. The event is held upstairs at The Rutland Arms pub, Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a spot. Northern Lights is breaking for summer and will be back on Tuesday, September 13th 2011.
MY ADVENTURES IN CYBERSPACE on sale on Amazon
Winter 2008 / Spring 2009 Book Releases
Warning! Some book descriptions contain explicitly sexual language which people of a sensitive nature may find offensive. This is an info site. There are regular articles over at the Blog.
My wife is always off having ‘down time’ with her secret life. My mother-in-law’s got a secret life too.
Kate married far too young. Now husband Alex, once the love her life, bores her to tears. He's so busy gardening and watching repeats of Top Gear on the tele, he would never guess about Kate's secret life with her lover Colin.
But gardening and Top Gear can keep a man happy for only so long. Especially with a Mother-in-Law as voluptuous and gorgeous as Julia, a lonely widow who hasn't had sex for five years.
Buy Mother-in-Law, Son-in-Law here.
MY ADVENTURES IN CYBERSPACE
Chapter 1 - Fuck 'Em
Love is the only path to take, amongst the many confusing and tangled branches of paths which present themselves to us every day of our lives.
But sometimes we choose to go down the wrong path, and sometimes, that’s what makes life all the more entertaining; our failures, our insecurities, listening to the subversive whispers in our ears of Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Imp of the Perverse’.
The bar is crowded, packed with hysterical people frothing at the mouth and baying for my blood.
I cannot see a face, I cannot hear a sound.
For this is cyberspace.
I have arrived, and instinctively I know that whilst following my natural inclination to dole out love, these fuckers are going to get punished. This is the gold rush, they have inadvertently drawn me into the fray, and I’m going to get those gold nuggets and leave them incredulous and furious.
What's It About?
MY ADVENTURES IN CYBERSPACE, by Jude Calvert-Toulmin, is set in Sheffield and on an internet discussion forum, back in the pioneering days of forums at the turn of the millennium.
Inspired by the author's life, it is a humorous, erotic dark tale of an unhappily married mother of three, Dominique DuBois, who falls in love with a man on a forum, without knowing what he looks like, merely by dint of his writing. Think Brief Encounter in cyberspace.
. Also available worldwide on Amazon.
Pop Icons exhibition - Sade prints available to buy online
The photographs of Sade I took back in 1982, before she found international fame and was just one of my mates on the London music scene are now available to purchase online as signed prints from a limited edition of 50 here. Sade's new 2010 album Soldier of Love has quite deservedly topped the US and European charts.
My Sade prints were exhibited at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London last summer as part of Royal Society of British Sculptors member Guy Portelli's Pop Icons exhibition. The exhibition, with my photographs, is now on tour nationally with the possibility of a future global tour.
The exhibition was a huge success, and you can see some shots of the preparation and the private views here.
Interview with Guy on my blog.
Hi, I'm Jude Calvert-Toulmin, director of Fleur De Lys Publishing and author of our debut titles, available on Amazon, Mother-in-Law, Son-in-Law and My Adventures in Cyberspace (the first in a trilogy.)
My Adventures in Cyberspace II, Drowning, is due for publication 2013.
Love the book!
I really enjoyed it and read it cover to cover very quickly. As soon as I started it, I didn't put it down until I'd finished it.
Anything published by the author is almost always awful. Thank God this was the exception!
It is notoriously difficult to write about sex well. I don't think there are any other genres within a genre that get awards for bad writing apart from descriptions of sex in books.
I'm amazed that this is a first effort because it is very confidently written. I particularly liked the fact that Calvert-Toulmin didn't succumb to the temptation of punishing the Kate character for being such a brat; the resolving of her situation was both mature and realistic.
An excellent first novel in a genre that is daunting for a first-time author.
Another thing I absolutely adore is the frontispiece ex libris design - it's great! I wish other books did that.
I'm looking forward to reading My Adventures in Cyberspace now.
From MY ADVENTURES IN CYBERSPACE:
Paul: - 20.18 Thu
In reply to Helsinki Howard:
Has anyone thought that if Dom was to publish this thread or bits of it in a book, she'd be the one that came out looking intelligent and literate? Can anyone else think of a reason she’s bothering to write such detailed posts as opposed to our usual:
> Shut up you're a twat
> No shut up you're a twat
Conspiracy theory? Maybe...
You won't get spammed, just a monthly newsletter with a genuine news section followed by some light entertainment, "A word from the Fleur De Lys PA, Honey Higgingbotham."
As you'll see from her photos, Honey's a hot redhead and every man's dream PA. She likes whipping off her Jimmy Choos and putting her feet on the desk, and she doesn't mince her words.
A couple of people have already asked when Honey will get her own book. We'll see. Chick lit and novels with curly wurly writing on the cover aren't our thing but we'll think about it.