Book Clips: The Ghost Of Emily Tapper by Nita Round

July 11, 2017

The Ghost Of Emily Tapper by Nita Round 


Two families, inexorably linked through time and misfortune, come together to face an uncertain, and possibly fatal, future. 

Maggie Durrant is heir to a rambling estate in the middle of nowhere. Along with the ramshackle, gothic style castle, she is plagued with a curse that will end her days sooner, rather than later. Providing her brother doesn't get to her first. 

In the city, a world away from the estates of Magwood Hall and the Durrants, Emma Blewitt discovers a heritage that she did not know she had. Orphaned at a young age, she finds herself the beneficiary of a house, money, and the legacy of an aunt who leaves her everything and tells her nothing. 

Through ghosts and spectres, murder and mayhem, even the curse of the ghost of Emily Tapper cannot diminish the attraction between Emma and Maggie. Their bond has the strength of ages behind them, but Emma must discover her own legacy before she and Maggie can seek a solution to The Ghost of Emily Tapper. 


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Les Talk About It: 10 Things You Should NEVER Say To A Lesbian

July 10, 2017

10 Things You Should Never Say To A Lesbian

by Sheena and Tamara


It is really frustrating when someone learns that you are gay and they immediately go from being a normal person to asking you things as if you are an exhibition at the zoo. 

So, for all you lesbians out there who don’t want to have to deal with this - we made this podcast so that you can play it for THOSE people. You know the ones, and maybe they will learn a little something. 

  1. If you want to be with a woman that looks like a guy then why not just be with a guy?
  2. You would look so pretty in a dress/with longer hair/with some make up on
  3. If you use a strap on then why not just date a guy?
  4. Are you a virgin?
  5. When did you become gay?
  6. I’m a lesbian too (said a guy)
  7. But you are too pretty to be a lesbian
  8. This is a phase/you will change your mind when you meet the right guy
  9. That’s so gay
  10. You are not like those other gays/you are so normal

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Book Clips: Maladaptation by Adan Ramie

July 9, 2017

Maladaptation by Adan Ramie  


A drug deal gone wrong. The murder of an old friend. A stolen ride turned kidnapping. Three women follow the same path on a map plotted by murder. Who will survive? 

Lee Barsten is a burnout on the run from a vicious drug dealer who will stop at nothing to make sure she pays for a debt he wants to collect in blood. Ruby Isles is a victim of spousal abuse trying desperately to get out and make a new life for herself. And Harry Thresher is a detective who doesn't play by the rules, but gets the job done - at a high price that is steadily catching up to her. Their lives collide as drugs, murder, and lust drive them to unexpected extremes. 


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Book Clips: Escape In Time by Robyn Nyx

July 8, 2017

Escape In Time by Robyn Nyx


An extractor is elite in every way, and Landry Donovan is no exception. Pulsus, an organization working to build a better future by saving people from the past, sends Landry’s team back to Nazi Germany to save a Jewish doctor working on a cure for cancer. For the first time on a mission, she’s distracted by thoughts of a woman—the enticing basketball player, Jade Carter. 

Jacqulyn Delaney, a Pulsus Operative, waits in a concentration camp for Landry’s arrival. Her job is slowly messing with her mind, as is her desire to be more to Landry than just a friend with benefits. When an unexpected relationship blooms in Germany, it puts a new perspective on the future. 

Can they save the doctor? Or will their personal demons leave them stuck in the past? 


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Les Do Books: Ann McMan Talks 3 Must-Read Books

July 7, 2017

Les Do Books 

Ann McMan’s Favourite Lesbian Books 

In this episode, Ann McMan tells Tara all about her three favourite lesbian books. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about these books and why Ann loves them. And if you can believe it, Tara even managed not to fangirl too much. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

Other Women by Lisa Alther Get It On | |  


Slow River by Nicola Griffith Get It On | |



Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge Get It On | |  



Ash by Malinda Lo Get It On | |  



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Book Blurbs

Other Women

Caroline is a giver—as an ER nurse, as devoted lover to her partner, Diane, as a divorced mother of two boys, and as the daughter of world-class do-gooders—but can she accept help from others and still be herself? 

When trauma cases in the ER leave Caroline emotionally paralyzed and her relationship with her partner, Diane, breaks down, she knows its time to take a look at her life and do something she’d never imagined: go to therapy. Her therapist, Hannah, knows a thing or two about sacrifice and pain. A former war bride, Hannah may live a seemingly cozy domestic life with her beloved husband and two grown children, but she can’t forget her own harrowing past. As she and Caroline work together, each comes to understand and admire the resilient woman sitting before her. 

A poignant look at the human need for acceptance, Other Women is a thoughtful novel about how a life examined is worth living. 


Slow River 

Nicola Griffith, winner of the Tiptree Award and the Lambda Award for her widely acclaimed first novel Ammonite, now turns her attention closer to the present in Slow River, the dark and intensely involving story of a young woman's struggle for survival and independence on the gritty underside of a near-future Europe. 

She wakes in an alley to the splash of rain. She is naked, a foot-long gash in her back was still bleeding, and her identity implant is gone. Lore Van de Oest was the daughter of one of the world's most powerful families...and now she is nobody. 

Then out of the rain walks Spanner, an expert data pirate who takes her in, cares for her wounds, and gives her the freedom to reinvent herself again and again. No one can find Lore if she doesn't want to be found: not the police, not her family, and not the kidnappers who left her in that alley to die. She has escaped...but she pays for her newfound freedom. 

Lore has a choice: She can stay in the shadows, stay with Spanner...and risk losing herself forever. Or she can leave Spanner and find herself again by becoming someone else: stealing the identity implant of a dead woman, taking over her life, and inventing her future. 

But to start again, Lore requires Spanner's talents--Spanner, who needs her and hates her, and who always has a price. And even as Lore agrees to play Spanner's games one final time, she finds that there is still the price of being a Van de Oest to be paid. Only by confronting her past, her family, and her own demons can Lore meld together who she once was, who she had become, and the person she wants to be... 

In Slow River, Nicola Griffith skillfully takes us deep into the mind and heart of her complex protagonist, where the past must be reconciled with the present if the future is ever to offer solid ground. Slow River poses a question we all hope never to need to answer: Who are you when you have nothing left?  


Jackal Segura is a Hope: born to responsibility and privilege as a symbol of a fledgling world government. Soon she'll become part of the global administration, sponsored by the huge corporation that houses, feeds, employs, and protects her and everyone she loves. Then, just as she discovers that everything she knows is a lie, she becomes a pariah, a murderer: a person with no community and no future. Grief-stricken and alone, she is put into an experimental program designed to inflict the experience of years of solitary confinement in a few short months: virtual confinement in a sealed cell within her own mind. Afterward, branded and despised, she returns to a world she no longer knows. Struggling to make her way, she has a chance to rediscover her life, her love, and her soul—in a strange place of shattered hopes and new beginnings called Solitaire. 


In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted. 

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love. 

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief. 


Curves Welcome: Happiness Zappers To Avoid

July 6, 2017

Curves Welcome 

Happiness Zappers to Avoid 

Novelist and Motivational Blogger Suzie Carr shares her thoughts on things that zap happiness and how to avoid them. 

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Badass Women Save Themselves: The Shannara Chronicles

July 5, 2017

Badass Women Save Themselves 

The Shannara Chronicles 

In 2016, MTV launched its YA response to HBO's Game of Thrones, a fantasy series based on novels by Terry Brooks. The story follows three unlikely heroes as they try to save the Four Lands, challenging gender stereotypes as they go. The storytelling isn't as intricate and the acting isn't nearly as good as Game of Thrones, but Shannara has much to recommend it, including some yummy eye candy.  

About Jove And Blythe 

Both are published authors and all round badass women in their own right.  Jove is also on the Women And Words podcast where she and Andi do a roundup of the week’s happenings on their website. 


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The Badass Women Save Themselves website


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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: All About Audiobooks

July 4, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

All About Audiobooks 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss audiobooks. 

Find out:

  • How to make your own audiobook 
  • What is ACX 
  • Split royalties vs paying the narrator outright 
  • Who Harper uses for her audiobooks 
  • The pros of using an audiobook publisher 

If you have questions please feel free to email them to and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog. 


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Book Clips: Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton

July 3, 2017

Book Clips 

Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton 


Two old friends, one hot summer, a whole load of confusion. 

Poppy Jenkins makes everyone smile. She’s the heart of Wells, a beautiful village in mid-Wales, leaving light and laughter in her wake. She has a doting family, an errant dog and a little sister with a nose for mischief. But she’s the only gay in the village and it’s a long time since she kissed a girl: the chance of romance in sleepy Wells is rarer than a barking sheep. 

If she doesn’t think too hard, life is cosy, until a smart sports car barrels into town with the last woman Poppy wants to see behind the wheel. Beautiful Rosalyn Thorn was once Poppy’s high school BFF even though she was trouble. Then one day she abandoned Wells and Poppy without explanation. Now the highflier is back and bound to cause fresh havoc in the village and with Poppy’s heart; folk are not happy. 

Wells needs to wake up to the 21st century and Rosalyn can help, but old prejudices die hard. If they can be friends it could be the chance to make everyone’s happy ever after. Couldn’t it? 


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Women And Words: Car Rides In The 70’s And Jove’s Mic Drop Mom

July 2, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview 25-30 June 2017 

Andi and Jove are getting ready to hit the road for GCLS! Jove literally is doing another one of her epic road trips, though this one is only 2 weeks as opposed to 6. Also, Andi and Jove wax nostalgic over car rides in the 1970s and Jove’s mom was a living, breathing mic drop. 

25 June: Author Barbara Winkes joined us to talk about certain storylines that seem to get a bad rap as “overdone.” Also, she did a giveaway! (see why it’s cool to check the website?) 

Women and Words link HERE 

Barbara Winkes’ website 

26 June: Author and women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt had a little problem with some bees attempting to colonize her dining room wall. Seriously. Check it out. She’s got photos and a link to video. Plus, some fun puns. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Yvonne Heidt’s website 

27 June: Author, Women and Wordster and lesbian herstorical icon Lee Lynch Amazon Trail’ed with us about the cruise she took to Alaska. Sapphire Publishing arranged a cruise called “Literary Adventures at Sea.” And it coincided with Lee’s tenth anniversary with her wife. #allthefeelz 

Women and Words link HERE 

Lee Lynch’s website 

28 June: Author Jody Klaire stopped by to share a little bit about her life, including pain management, and to do a book giveaway. YAY! GIVEAWAYS! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Jody Klaire’s website 

29 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette posted a reminder about GCLS – a reboot of a post from last year that explains why should consider going to this conference and becoming a member of GCLS. She updated the links to this year’s info… 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Jove has a reading at the Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City Sunday July 2. ROAD TRIP! Also, we forgot to mention this today, but R.G. Emanuelle did a reading Saturday the 24th at Bluestocking Books in Manhattan. Fellow authors Sacchi Green, D.L. King, Dena Hankins, and Sarah Fonseca also read. 

And Women and Words may not have a weekly update next week, as we’re on-site at GCLS in Chicago. However, we’ll try. But don’t hold your breath. 


Book Clips: Dragon Horse War by D Jackson Leigh Narrated by Ann Etter

July 1, 2017

Book Clips 

Dragon Horse War by D Jackson Leigh 


When is war justified to preserve peace? 

Society has evolved into one collective belief that celebrates diversity. Luxury credits are earned and spent only after the world population is fed and educated. But when catastrophic weather kills thousands and destroys crops, people begin to look for answers among ancient legends of guilt, retribution, and a vengeful deity. 

Jael, seasoned commander of a latent cell of dragon horse warriors, understands what Alyssa, an alluring young priestess, doesn’t—words won’t be enough to quell the violent sect preying on the population’s fear and hunger. As their conflicting ideologies threaten to jeopardize their mission, Alyssa and Jael realize their growing attraction and entwined destiny might be more formidable than the enemy they have been called upon to defeat. 

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