Harper Bliss and Her Mrs: Making Money With A Series

May 31, 2016

Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss writing a series of novels. They answer the questions how do you keep it interesting and how do you make money from it?

Their advice is absolutely brilliant as they share their secrets to success and what they will be doing going forward.


You can send your emails to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com or visit her website on HarperBliss.com 


Caroline also answers a load of other questions on her blog that can be found on the Ladylit website 



Therapy Cafe: Blue Sky and The Naughty Corner

May 30, 2016

This week Zane and Thalia chat about how a UK resident can make her American girlfriend's birthday special. She also asks how she can get out of The Lesbian Review's naughty corner. (Sheena's comment - no idea why you would want to get out of the naughty corner, it's fun there.)

Please note: Authors KA Moll and Darla Baker play characters in their novels, Zane Winslow and Thalia Chase respectively. This is done for entertainment purposes only.
You can check out their website Therapy.cafe

Women And Words: School Teachers, Mentors and Muses

May 29, 2016

And Marquette and Jove Belle from the Women and Words blog do a round up of what's going on in their world


22 May: Author Barbara Ann Wright blogged about her latest release, the sci fi novel Paladins of the Storm Lord, in the blog titled “My Superpower.” (Please make sure you visit Barbara’s website and check out her awesome Barbie videos.) 

Women and Words link to Barbara’s blog HERE


Barbara Ann Wright’s website is HERE

23 May: Author Yvonne Heidt lamented the whereabouts of her muse, Macy, in “Thumbtacks on a Rampage” and asked for tips as to how to lure her back (Yvonne really wants to start her next project!). 

Women and Words link to Yvonne’s blog HERE


Yvonne Heidt’s website HERE

24 May: Girls with Guns Giveaway! Author Carsen Taite is holding a giveaway for the collection of novellas, Girls with Guns, featuring authors Michelle Grubb, Ali Vali, and Carsen. To enter, answer the following question: Which author—Michelle, Ali, or Carsen—is LEAST likely to be found shooting guns alongside her protagonist? 


Women and Words link to Carsen’s blog HERE

25 May: Author Renee Bess debuts as a regular Women and Words contributor with her stories of her recent trip to France. Renee is a seasoned traveler, but France holds a special place in her heart. Read “Le Retour” to find out more and acquaint yourself with Renee. 

Women and Words link to Renee’s blog HERE


Renee’s website HERE.  


26 May: Author Beth Burnett, who is also the director of membership for the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS focuses on lesfic), blogged about the GCLS Writing Academy, a 10-month program (with a focus on lesfic) for brand new writers or writers who would like structure and writing craft work under their belts. The program is $995 U.S., but there is a scholarship available, in honor of the late and deeply missed author Sandra Moran. Though the scholarship application deadline for this year has passed, there’s still time to apply to the academy. 



Women and Words link to Beth’s blog about the Writing Academy HERE



Link to GCLS Writing Academy info HERE (also included at WaW link). 


Link to info about the Sandra Moran scholarship HERE (also included at WaW link). 

27 May: Erin Saluta, reader extraordinaire, blogged about cars in her weekly Reader’s Perspective blog. This week’s “Vroom!” takes a lot of us back to remembering our first cars. 

Women and Words link to Erin’s blog HERE.

Also, the Lambda Literary Society Awards gala is Monday, June 6th in New York City. Here’s the list of finalists.

And, if you’d like to advertise on the Women and Words site, CLICK HERE. $5/month. The Women and Words crew use the money to fund giveaways, especially the massive, crazy, end-of-the-year giveaway we do called The Hootenanny in which we give away books and whatever else for TWELVE DAYS.

Here’s a sample from last year of the crazy fun we get up to. Twelve days of that, people. Imagine, if you can. 



Book Clips: Depths Of Blue by Lise MacTague

May 27, 2016

Today's episode of Book Clips is Depths Of Blue by Lise MacTague 

Synopsis: On Deception's Edge, Book One 

For Torrin Ivanov, life is a bargaining table. Every planet is a new business opportunity. Legality is optional and supplying one side in a local civil war always adds up to profit. 

Jak Stowell is at war within a war. A woman hidden in the heart of a male-only army, her brother's murder has left her desperate for vengeance. Her skill as a sniper has gives her both the disguise she needs and paves the way ever closer to her real goal. She kills efficiently, without remorse. Putting down an off-world smuggler will be no different. 

A moment's hesitation. A flicker of doubt. Two women on a collision course set off a chain reaction of intergalactic intrigue-and awaken a dangerous passion that could cost them their lives.


Write Stuff: 10 Marketing Tips for Authors with Jove Belle

May 26, 2016

This week The Write Stuff is jam-packed with great marketing tips for authors. Jove Belle put together a comprehensive list of things every author must know and discusses it with us. | You can find Jove Belle on her website www.JoveBelle.com or visit Ylva Publishing on their website www.ylva-publishing.com 


Les Talk About It: Religion & Pancakes

May 25, 2016

Les Talk About It

Religion And Pancakes


In this episode of Les Talk About It we discuss people who use Christianity as weapon against LGBT people and why it hurts gay people but Christians as well. We also play another round of Lesbian 30 Seconds and discover what a Pancake is.


Harper Bliss and Her Mrs: Research, Pen Names and Map Reading Skills

May 24, 2016

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) answer a number of listener questions. They answer - Is Harper Bliss your real name? Have you been to all the locations you write about or is it just great research? Where are you currently based?

You will also hear why map reading skills are crucial to writing and why Caroline calls Harper a heretic. 


Send your questions to harperbliss@thelesbiantalkshow.com and visit HarperBliss.com or Ladylit.com

Therapy Cafe: What’s My Role?

May 23, 2016

Zane Winslow and Thalia Chase answer the question - Taking charge in bed as a lesbian. Is is true that Butch in the streets, Femme in the sheets a real stereotype? What happens if you don't like the take-charge role in bed?

Thalia and Zane are fictional characters played by the authors who write them Darla Baker and KA Moll respectively.

Women And Words: Book Giveaways Abound

May 21, 2016

This week on Women and Words, Jove Belle and Andi Marquette are giving away a book

9 May: Regular Women and Words contributor, author Jessie Chandler, interviewed author Jeanine Hoffman on her work and a few other things going on in her life. Jeanine has two novels coming out from her publisher, Regal Crest. Jeanine is giving away an ebook.

Direct link to the interview at Women and Words is HERE.


Find Jeanine Hoffman at her website.

10 May: Life coach and psychologist Angela Grace joined WaW for its monthly series, “Ask the Pro.” Here, Angela talks about the importance of exercise not only for the physical body, but the writer’s brain. 

Direct link to Angela’s blog at Women and Words is HERE. 

11 May: Regular Women and Words contributor, author Carsen Taite, was joined by fellow authors Michelle Grubb and Ali Vali. All three wrote novellas that appear in a new anthology published by Bold Strokes Books, Girls With Guns. 

Read the blog at Women and Words HERE.


Find Girls With Guns at Bold Strokes Books. 

12 May: Women and Words is super-excited to introduce you to author Fiona Zedde, who is now a regular contributor. Fiona’s introductory blog will give you a taste of how awesome that is. 

Read the blog at Women and Words HERE.


Find Fiona at her website, too.

13 May: Women and Words regular contributors, authors Andi Marquette and R.G. Emanuelle, are giving away 5 ebook copies of their latest co-edited anthology, Order Up: A Buffet of Lesbian Romance and Erotica. This is a read before you can buy situation, since the book is not available for sale until next week.

Go to the blog at Women and Words HERE. 

14 May: Women and Words regular contributor Erin Saluta poses a question about what “home” might mean, and how it expresses in some of the lesfic titles she’s read.


Read it at Women and Words HERE.

15 May: Women and Words is giving away a copy of Jewelle Gomez’s 25th Anniversary Edition of her amazing The Gilda Stories.


Get signed up to win a copy at Women and Words HERE.



Les Do Books: The Sci-Fi That Made Brooklyn Fall In Love

May 20, 2016

Les Do Books

The Sci-Fi That Made Brooklyn Fall In Love


Brooklyn and Tara, Reviewers at The Lesbian Review have started their very own podcast where they discuss books.

This week Tara reveals Brooklyn's secret crush on a character, they talk about some sci-fi and an Agatha Christie style novel that Tara really loved.


Brooklyn also chats about a book she could not stop thinking about when she had finished it.


You can contact them on podcast@thelesbiantalkshow.com 

Write Stuff: Suzie Carr on Social Media Marketing

May 19, 2016

In this episode of The Write Stuff Suzie Carr chats to us about how she does social media marketing. She gives us 7 fantastic marketing tips and breaks down what SEO is and how authors can use it.


Harper Bliss and Her Mrs: Producing Audio Books

May 17, 2016

This week Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) chat about their first audio book. How it was made and what was stopping them from making them before. 

You can get Seasons Of Love on audible | You can find Harper Bliss at her website www.HarperBliss.com or you can find their publishing company at www.Ladylit.com You can also find all our reviews for Harper Bliss on www.TheLesbianReview.com 


Therapy Cafe: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

May 16, 2016

Meet Zane and Thalia. They meet weekly at a cafe where they discuss problems that people send in. 

In this episode they have question about infidelity and whether or not she should tell her soon to be wife of her indiscretion. 

Contact them on www.therapy.cafe and send them your questions to be included in the show.
Note: This is a fictional podcast. Thalia Chase and Zane Winslow are fictional characters created by Darla Baker and KA Moll respectively. The authors play the parts of their characters when answering these questions and the advice is not a replacement for real therapy. This is purely for entertainment.

Women And Words: Love Your Antagonist

May 14, 2016

D. Jordan Redhawk blogged at Women and Words on Monday 2 May about writing good villains/antagonists, called “Love Your Antagonist.”

Women and Words direct link here


D. Jordan Redhawk’s website

Jove Belle did another installment of her marketing series at Women and Words on 4 May about Amazon Author Central.

Women and Words direct link

Jove Belle’s website 

R.G. Emanuelle blogged about “The Importance of Self Love” at Women and Words on 5 May, about why it’s important to take care of yourself in this crazy writing world when everybody is vying for attention.

Women and Words direct link

R.G. Emanuelle’s website

Discussed R.G.’s latest release, a novella titled “Have a Bite,” book 1 in the Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles, starring a vampire chef. It’s available at Amazon in paperback here

And it’s available as an ebook at Ylva Publishing

Women and Words posted its Hot off the Press and Coming Attractions book lists on Friday, 6 May. That means lesfic and feminist fic as well as LGBT nonfic books we think might be of interest to readers are posted. Hot off the Press is the current month (May) and coming attractions is the next month (June). WaW posts these lists once a month, usually the 2nd or 3rd Friday. WaW also maintains a static page that we update regularly.

Women and Words direct link, Hot off the Press 

Women and Words direct link, Coming Attractions


Women and Words link to static page of new and forthcoming releases


Reader Erin Saluta, who is a regular WaW contributor, posted on 7 May about what she loves when she binge-reads lesfic in “I Just Can’t Get Enough!”

Women and Words direct link


Jove and Andi discussed a bit about fanfic. There are a lot of sites with fanfic; here are two we’ve been reading: 

Archive of Our own 


Others: Athenaeum (Xena)

Royal Academy of Bards


Andi Marquette and R.G. Emanuelle will be giving away copies of their latest anthology, Order Up: A Menu of Lesbian Romance and Erotica, on Friday, 13 May at Women and Words (no direct link yet). The way giveaways at WaW work is this: We post a blog for a giveaway, and to get into the drawing, people leave comments on that blog post. We generally run giveaways for 2-3 days, so there’s time for people around the world to sign up. Order Up is the second food and romance/erotica-themed anthology Andi and R.G. have edited together. The first, All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Romance and Erotica, was a Lambda finalist.

Link to Ylva Publishing Order Up

Link to Ylva Publishing All You Can Eat

Jove and Andi chatted about a panel they’re on at the upcoming July GCLS conference, discussing women of color in lesbian literature. Jove and Andi both fan-girled over fellow panelists Renée Bess, Dillon Watson, Nell Stark and OMG Jewelle Gomez, who is a longtime lesbian feminist writer and activist.

Women and Words will be giving away a copy of Jewelle Gomez’s 25th anniversary edition of The Gilda Stories, which is a lesbian feminist interpretation of vampire mythology in which the narrative follows a 200-year journey of an escaped slave. 

Link on Amazon

Jewelle Gomez website

Brief synopsis of The Gilda Stories from Amazon:

This remarkable novel begins in 1850s Louisiana, where Gilda escapes slavery and learns about freedom while working in a brothel. After being initiated into eternal life as one who "shares the blood" by two women there, Gilda spends the next two hundred years searching for a place to call home. An instant lesbian classic when it was first published in 1991, The Gilda Stories has endured as an auspiciously prescient book in its explorations of blackness, radical ecology, re-definitions of family, and yes, the erotic potential of the vampire story.




We’ll be posting the link to this podcast at Women and Words and when we do that, we will also give away a copy of Gomez’s book. To enter the drawing, post a comment on the Women and Words blog post that features THIS podcast. The one where we discuss Gomez.

Link to GCLS 

Link to panel schedule





Book Clips: Daughter Of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones

May 13, 2016

In this episode of Book Clips Heather Rose Jones reads from her novel Daughter Of Mystery.

The Blurb: 

Margerit Sovitre did not expect to inherit Baron Saveze’s fortunes—even less his bodyguard, a ruthlessly efficient swordswoman known only as Barbara. Wealth suddenly makes Margerit a highly eligible heiress and buys her the enmity of the new Baron. He had expected to inherit all, and now eyes her fortune with open envy. 

Barbara proudly served as the old Baron’s duelist but she had expected his death to make her a free woman. Bitterness turns to determination when she finds herself the only force that stands between Margerit and the new Baron’s greed. 

At first Margerit protests the need for Barbara’s services, but soon she cannot imagine sending Barbara away. And Barbara’s duty has become something far more hazardous to her heart than the point of a sword. But greater dangers loom than one man’s hatred—the Prince of Alpennia is ill. Deadly intrigue surrounds the succession and the rituals of divine power known as The Mysteries of the Saints. 

Heather Rose Jones debuts with a sweeping story rich in intrigue and the clash of loyalties and love.


Les Talk About It: Being Girly & We Play Lesbian 30 Seconds

May 11, 2016

Les Talk About It

Lesbians Are Not Girly

Les Talk About It is a lesbian talk show this week we answer listener mail and tell you why it's okay to be girl (or not) and we play a game of lesbian themed 30 Seconds.

Note for those who are of drinking age

Also for those who have listened to the show, Amarula Cream Liqueur is available in the USA, UK and Australia, we checked. Go get yourself a bottle and enjoy on the rocks, in a creme brûlée or a grownup milkshake (YUM!).
Please remember to subscribe, rate & review on iTunes, Stitcher or Podbean. 

Thank you!

Harper Bliss and Her Mrs: Overcoming Writers Block

May 10, 2016

In this episode Harper Bliss And Her Mrs (Caroline) chat about overcoming writers block.

Earlier this year Bliss embarked on what she calls 'a crazy scheme' to write a book a month and for the first time in her life is experiencing writers block. She candidly talks about this and Caroline talks about how frustrated Bliss feels by this. 


Can they work it out? Find out more on this episode.  


You can find Harper Bliss at her website www.HarperBliss.com or on their publishing website www.LadyLit.com

Women And Words: Books Books and More Books

May 7, 2016

Women And Words

24 April 2016


Yvonne Heidt joined us on Monday, April 25th to talk about making the finalists’ list of the Golden Crown Literary Society awards for the third book in her Sisters of Spirit trilogy, The Deadening.

LINK to the blog at Women and Words 


Yvonne’s website



Carsen Taite joined us on Wednesday the 27th to let us know about her latest, which is just about ready for publication. It’s called “Without Justice” and it’s a standalone romance/intrigue.

LINK to the blog at Women and Words: https://womenwords.org/2016/04/27/the-great-in-between/

 Carsen’s website: http://carsentaite.com/



Jove announced on Thursday the 28th that we have 2 new bloggers joining us for regular spots. They are authors Fiona Zedde and Renée Bess.

LINK to the blog at Women and Words 


Fiona’s website


Renée’s website



Andi did one of her weekend fun stuff roundups on Friday the 29th in which she tips readers to cool/fun/silly stuff they might like. This week, she brought up three comics she’s been reading, talked a bit about Wynonna Earp, a show on SyFy she’s been watching, and also provided a 5-song playlist off Spotify of songs she’s been obsessing with this week. 

LINK to the blog at Women and Words 


And on Saturday, Erin Saluta did a blog about breakups in lesbian fiction. Erin is our resident non-writer, but she’s an avid reader of lesfic, and always comes up with great things to discuss.

LINK to the blog at Women and Words: https://womenwords.org/2016/04/30/that-would-do-it/


Andi then discussed the forthcoming anthology she co-edited with R.G. Emanuelle, “Order Up: A Menu of Lesbian Romance and Erotica.” They’ll be doing a giveaway at Women and Words on 6 May.


LINK to the book info at Ylva Publishing 



Jove then talked about the forthcoming anthology she co-edited with author Jae, called “Finding Ms. Write,” a collection of stories about finding book/writing-themed love.

LINK to some book info at Ylva Publishing 


Andi and Jove then talked about a call for submissions at Bold Strokes Books for an anthology called “Girls Next Door: Lesbian Romance.” The deadline is 30 June, so there’s still time. Info at Women and Words here 


Or at Lambda Literary 



Andi and Jove chatted about the upcoming Lesvos Lesfic conference and brought up author Gill McKnight, who did a brief chat about it for Ylva Pack Talk.


Link to the YouTube vid of Gill’s Pack Talk 


Link to Lesvos Lesfic conference info



Andi and Jove mentioned the upcoming Golden Crown Literary Society conference.


Info about it here 



Andi and Jove chatted about Jove’s podcast that she does with author Blythe Rippon, called Badass Women Save Themselves, which deals with representations of women in pop culture. This week, they chatted about Devil Wore Prada fanfic, specifically, the piece “Truth and Measure” by Telanu.  

LINK to the fanfic piece


Link to Blythe Rippon’s website




Book Clips: The Circle Dance by Jen Silver

May 6, 2016

Book Clips

The Circle Dance by Jen Silver

Jamie Steele has moved to another town trying to forget the heartbreak of losing her lover. She now has a low paying job as an IT technician, lives in a rented room, and is mostly failing at the forgetting part. 

Ivana Spencer is introduced to Jamie over dinner at her friends’ house. She can see herself falling for Jamie, but Jamie hasn’t got over her ex, Sasha, and perhaps never will. 

Sasha Fairfield, finds her thoughts taken up with her ex-lover of six years and thinks she wants Jamie back. But given the acrimonious nature of their breakup will Jamie want to even talk to her? After all, Jamie lost her home, her job, her car…and most importantly, the cat…all at the same time. 

Follow this captivating romance as love dances through the lives of these women to its surprising conclusion. 


See our review on www.TheLesbianReview.com 

Find this book on Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk

Visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com/Reading for more information on sending us your reading for Book Clips





Write Stuff: Ann Aptaker writing Mystery Crime Novels in Lesbian Fiction

May 5, 2016

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat to Ann Aptaker, author of the Cantor Gold mystery series. She talks about writing a non romance in the lesbian fiction arena. She gives a great tip on how she did research that made her novel feel like it was authentically taking place in the 1950s and she chats about her career as an art curator. 

You can find Ann on her website www.AnnAptaker.com  or catch her novels on Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk