Women and Words: Stories are everywhere, and everybody has them

September 10, 2017

Jove has property on “the island,” which amused Andi to no end because that’s a sci fi movie in which “the island” was a euphemism for clone organ harvesting (this is where her brain is, people). And some day, Andi and Jove just may make it to Provincetown for Women’s Week. Also, Andi and Jove want everyone to please be safe in the coming days as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida and other parts of the Southeast.


2 Sept.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter joins us to do a reader’s perspective on finding your own profession in lesfic. In this case, CPAs!

  •  Women and Words link HERE

3 Sept.: Author and actress Lyralen Kaye joined us to talk about her novella (WHICH IS FREE RIGHT NOW) adapted from a screenplay, Priest’s Kid, and also brought in queer experience and writing workshops.

4 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae managed to track down a bit of the story of someone in the family who was a Civil War soldier.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More about Lynette Mae here

6 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite wanted to give us all a heads-up on Women’s Week in Provincetown, which is next month!

7 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle on thoughts after an overheard conversation about history and change.

8 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is still recovering from Dragon Con (please send chocolate), which was held over the Labor Day weekend (U.S.) in Atlanta.

 Also! Awards nomination time! Lambda Literary opened nominations 6 September for books published between 1 Jan.-31 Dec. this year. Go HERE for more info.


The GCLS has also started its nomination process, which is a tiered nomination process. More info HERE.


The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Interview with Genevieve Fortin

September 9, 2017

Episode 14b - Interview with Genevieve Fortin 

A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • How interviewing Franco-American families in New England inspired Water’s Edge 
  • Her love for literature from ca. 1900 and the decadent movement’s exploration of sexuality 
  • Researching the social and economic circumstances of immigrant communities in late 19th century New England 
  • Cluing your historic characters in on their sexual possibilities 
  • Plans for a sequel and to center lesbian characters in the history of Quebec 

Publications mentioned:

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 


You can find Genevieve Fortin here 





If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com 


The Lesbian Review: 10 Best Villains On Screen

September 8, 2017

10 Best Villains On Screen 

by Sheena and Lee Winter 

I get shivers when I think of the ultimate villains. I love an evil woman and find it fascinating to watch her. I especially love it when I can’t personally understand her motivation but she is a well developed character and I like her even though she does hideous things. 

Join author, Lee Winter and I as we explore 10 of our favorite villains of the screen. 


Book Clips: Dark Horse by A.L. Brooks

September 7, 2017

Dark Horse by AL Brooks 


Sometimes, going back is the only way forward. Punished for a crime she did not commit, Sadie is sent away to live with Elsie, her grandmother and rebuild her life estranged from the rest of her family. 

Now, several years later she returns home to visit her terminally ill mother and face up to the past. In the midst of family turmoil Sadie meets Holly and falls in love for the first time. 

Can Sadie overcome the lies of the past to build a brighter future? 


You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 



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


Badass Women Save Themselves: Game of Thrones - Season 7, Episodes 6-7

September 6, 2017

The night is dark and full of terrors. What is dead may never die. But by the old gods and the new, everyone all might die a little waiting for Season 8 of Game of Thrones. In the meantime, we've podcasted the final two episodes of Season 7, musing about the adrift writing, the gender dynamics, and the politics of Westeros. 

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.  

You can find more info here 


Book Clips: Fury’s Choice by Brey Willows

September 5, 2017

Fury’s Choice by Brey Willows 


Fury Tisera Graves needs a break. She wants a normal life, but she can’t see a way out of Afterlife. When the gods begin running marketing campaigns in an effort to woo followers, she steps in to keep them in line, although she really just wants to get away from it all. 

Playgirl philanthropist Kera Espinosa made a nearly fatal mistake, and now she’s trying to make up for it by doing good work around the world. She’s got no time for the gods, who don’t do nearly enough. And she’s still searching for the people who nearly destroyed her. When she finds them, she’s prepared to sacrifice it all to make them pay. 

When it comes time for both women to choose, will they find love or destruction? 


You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 


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


Book Clips: Pieces by G Benson narrated by Ann Etter

September 4, 2017

Pieces by G Benson narrated by Ann Etter 


Orphaned Carmen is sixteen, newly homeless and will do almost anything to survive and keep her and her kid brother safe, together, and out of foster care. Ollie, also sixteen, has a life that’s all about parents, school pressure, friends and dreams of summer. The two fall into each other’s orbit, and one kiss changes everything. Ollie is captivated … but then Carmen vanishes. When they cross paths months later, everything is different. 

A young adult queer romance that looks at what we’re prepared to sacrifice for those we care about. 


You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 


You can contact Ann Etter on Facebook  or email her 


Women and Words: Lesfic-ing, Yarnbombing, and Fangirling

September 3, 2017


Andi loves astronomical phenomenon like eclipses and meteor showers, but she’s not a fan of hurricanes and both she and Jove would like to direct your attention to Yvonne Heidt’s post, below, as well as another link at the end of this overview for information on how to donate to local groups on the ground in Texas that are helping with relief efforts.


26 Aug.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta brought up some books that have a darker edge to them. Add yours in the comments!

  • Women and Words link HERE

27 Aug.: Author Narrelle M. Harris, based in Melbourne, Australia, brought up the social protest practice of “yarnbombing.”

28 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt provides a great list of local charities in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

ALSO – see below for another great list of resources.

29 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Lee Lynch wrote on all the people coming up to the Pacific Northwest to watch the eclipse.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More info about Lee Lynch here

30 Aug.: Author Barbara Winkes continues the series she’s doing with us and today discusses social media and writing.

31 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette reminds folks that she’s outta control at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a veritable cornucopia of over-stimulation for fanfolk. LOL

AND! Jove would like to give everyone a heads up that she and Andi are going to start preparing for Hootenanny 2017. They’ll let you know how to participate in the next week or two, so watch this space!

ALSO: This link has another great list of local organizations to help with relief efforts in Texas. Includes a Spanish language list of resources.


The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: On the Shelf September 2017

September 2, 2017

On the Shelf 

September 2017 

Your monthly update on what the Lesbian Historic Motif Project has been doing. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • Why I’m recording this more than a month before it airs, and how you’re all missing out on hearing about my trip to Europe, which will have just finished then. 
  • A summary of the publications covered in the blog in August 
  • Velasco, Sherry. 2011. Lesbians in Early Modern Spain. Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville. ISBN 978-0-8265-1750-0 (We’ve spent this month going through the chapters on legal records, celebrity gender benders, women’s romantic relationships in convents, homoerotic motifs on stage and in novels, and the visual stereotype of lesbians in early modern Spain) 
  • What’s coming up in the blog: books on Boston Marriage and the queer history of Boston
  • This month’s author guest: Genevieve Fortin 
  • Ask Sappho: “An anonymous poster on the facebook group asks: What are some lesbian novels set during the American Civil War?


More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

You can follow the blog on my website or subscribe to the RSS feed 

Here are the books mentioned in the Ask Sappho segment: 

Through the Hourglass edited by Sacchi Green and Patty G. Henderson on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Firefly by Whitney Hamilton on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Promising Hearts by Radclyffe on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

House of Clouds by K. I. Thompson on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Words Heard in Silence by T. Novan and Taylor Rickard on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

The War Between the Hearts by Nann Dunne on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Miserere by Caren J. Werlinger on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Divided Nation, United Hearts by Yolanda Wallace on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Beguiled by Paisley Smith on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Her Beguiling Bride by Paisley Smith on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

Sabre by Rhavensfyre on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

And this article gives examples of real-life women who fought and spied in the Civil War in male disguise, just like many of the characters in these novels.

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

A transcript of this podcast is available here.


Les Do Books: KG MacGregor’s Recent Lesfic Reads

September 1, 2017

KG MacGregor’s Recent Lesfic Reads 

In this episode, KG MacGregor joins Tara to talk about the lesfic that she’s been reading recently. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about what KG’s been reading in between writing books. 

Learn more about KG MacGregor 

Check out the books discussed here: 

Taken In by Erica Abbott 

CJ St. Clair left Savannah for Colorado years ago and never looked back. But a summons from a most unexpected source compels her to return to Georgia in the midst of a crisis. A murder accusation threatens to tear her family apart―unless CJ can unravel a case the police believe has already been solved. 

Her partner Alex has a struggle of her own, dealing with a tragedy from her past that might derail her career. As they cope with murder both recent and long ago, CJ and Alex discover how much claim the past has on their future. 


Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 



Little Lies by Lila Bruce 

Getting shot was the last thing Lia Broderick expected to happen when she stopped by the bank on her way to work – that and having the gorgeous woman from the coffee shop down the street be the one to rescue her… 

FBI Special Agent Dylan McKenzie is a woman with a mission – locate Steven Horton, the witness who could single-handedly bring down the Giametta Crime Family. With Horton hiding from both the mob and the FBI, Dylan and her team are assigned the task of keeping tabs on Horton’s ex-wife after mounting evidence leads them to believe he will run to her. Keeping Lia Broderick under surveillance should have been just another day on the job for Dylan. But, when Lia becomes the victim in a bank robbery gone terribly wrong, Dylan has no choice but to break cover in order to step in and save her. 

Despite her best efforts to maintain a professional distance from the attractive accountant, Dylan finds herself being reeled deeper and deeper into Lia’s life. As the investigation heats up—both under the covers and out—it becomes clear that Lia is the key to finding the evidence that the mob is willing to kill to get their hands on. When Dylan is betrayed by a rogue agent, she suddenly finds herself on the run with Lia, uncertain who she can trust. And as the mob closes in, Dylan realizes that the greatest risk is the one she’s taking with her heart. 


Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 



Take Only Pictures by Laina Villeneuve 

Kristine Owens is back in the saddle to deal with unfinished business from her last summer guiding horseback tours in California’s High Sierras. A dalliance with an attractive blonde biologist would be a dangerous distraction. She must stay focused on the path that leads to her independence. 

A summer assignment in Mammoth Lakes becomes even more attractive when Gloria Fisher crosses paths with Kristine. Playful wit, tight jeans, cowgirl boots—the sparks are real. But can they burn brighter than her lifelong career goals? 


Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 



More info 

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club.  


You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com