Women and Words: that episode where Jove and Ashley act like the show is a runaway train

September 16, 2018

Sept 8 - Sept 14, 2018 - Andi is off galevanting once again, leaving Jove to pretend she's in charge. She, of course, invited Ashley Bartlett to play the role of co-conspirator...er...host, and y'all can guess where it went from there. Yep, straight to hell in a hand basket. Or, rather, gaily to hell in a ecologically-friendly hybrid.

Please enjoy with our deepest and sincerest apologies. Andi will be back soon. We hope.


Women and Words: What’s in YOUR bucket (list)?

September 9, 2018

Women and Words Overview 1-7 September, 2018


Jove schooled us on the teachers’ strike happening in her district, which means a house full of kids not sure WTF to do with themselves, but fear not! It’s a teachable moment, and Jove is engaging all the youngs with why collective bargaining is important, and what it all means. Go, Jove! Also, Carsen Taite has audiobooks to give away and Clare Ashton had other forms of books to give away while R.G. is trying to empty her bucket list and do all the things. Like archery. She’s tapping her inner Katniss.


1 Sept.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter took a break from chasing her grandkids around to share some of the books that introduced her to F/F fiction.

  • Women and Words link HERE


2 Sept.: Author Clare Ashton stopped by to chat a bit about her latest book, The Goodmans. And she did a giveaway!


5 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite is looking for some positivity and if you leave a nice story on her blog, you’ll be considered to win one of four audiobooks she’s giving away!


6 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle talked about her bucket lists and some of the things she’s doing to engage.


7 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette has a pet peeve about certain terminology and how it diminishes women.


Also, the Golden Crown Literary Society is currently accepting nominations for awards! Books published between January 1 and August 31, 2018! Check the deadlines page at their website.

AND BE READY! We’re gearing up for our giant-ass holiday book giveaway, The Hootenanny. We’ll be putting the entry forms up soon.


And the Western Women Writers of NM are holding their all-day gathering 15 September in Albuquerque. Karin Kallmaker, Anne Hillerman, Darynda Jones, and Rena Distasio! Find out more.


Also, the Left Coast Literary Lesbian Conference in Palm Springs is slated for 10-14 October and the keynote speaker is Dorothy Allison! Go see.


Stand Still Stay Silent

September 7, 2018

Episode 39: Webcomic Stand Still. Stay Silent 

Andi and Lise are really into the webcomic, Stand Still. Stay Silent, written and drawn by Finnish-Swedish artist Minna Sundberg. Actually, they might be complete and utter fangirls of it and it was Lise, this time, who turned Andi onto this amazing post-apocalyptic story that has elements of Nordic mythology in it. SSSS is so good that it won a Reuben in 2015 for best online comic (the Reubens are given out by the National Cartoonists Society, and it is the highest honor that the society bestows). 

From the website: 

“It's been 90 years after the end of the old world. Most of the surviving population of the Known world live in Iceland, the largest safe area in existence, while the safe settlements in the other Nordic countries; Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, are small and scarce. 

“Countless mysterious and unspoken dangers lurk outside the safe areas, the Silent world, and hunters, mages and cleansers will spend their lives defending the settlements against the terrifying beings. Because of a great fear towards everything in the Silent world no official attempts to explore the ruins of the old have been made, and most of the information about it has turned into ancient lore, known by few. 

“But now, at last, it is time to send out an research crew into the great unknown! A poorly funded and terribly unqualified crew, but a crew nonetheless.” 


The art and story are engaging, the characterization is brilliant, and the artist brings in mythological elements and fuses them incredibly well with the larger story arcs of the post-apocalyptic theme (this apocalypse originating with a disease) and the reclamation of older, pagan traditions that provide a way to cope with and survive in new circumstances. 

Find Stand Still. Stay Silent HERE 

Find the artist, Minna Sundberg, on Twitter HERE (@SSSSComic) and HERE (@hummingfluff) 

Also, in honor of recording this podcast, Andi was drinking Einstök beer, crafted in Iceland, located 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle. In this instance, she was indulging in the Icelandic Wee Heavy. Super delish. 

AND! Find Lez Geek Out! on Twitter HERE! (@LGOPodcast) 


Women and Words: Writing sometimes doesn’t work, but please don’t send hit men after your editor

September 2, 2018

Women and Words Overview 25-31 August 2018

Andi and Jove experience Threefer Madness because KD Williamson blogged three times this week. YAY! Also, why the hell aren’t hearing aids covered by insurance and Andi prefers to think of a writing slump as more of a writing “hiatus,” which doesn’t sound as scary.


25 Aug: Women and Wordster and inveterate reader Erin Saluta brings us a Reader’s Perspective and in keeping with the back to school theme, this one deals with books that have teaching elements.

  • Women and Words link HERE


26 Aug.: Author Jen Silver stopped by with some thoughts on a writing hiatus she’s been on and though she’s not sure why, she’s still been busy and hoping an idea finds her soon. In the meantime, she’s giving away TWO SIGNED COPIES of her latest, Calling Home.


27 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt is doing something different, and taking us down memory lane to the 1970s with a particular movie and how it resonated with her.


28 Aug.: Author, herstory legend, and Women and Wordster Lee Lynch tells us about her new hearing aids, and the ramifications of not having them.

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


29 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson with some thoughts on how “lesbian fiction” might actually serve to marginalize us further.


30 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson in the hot seat again, talking about how what some readers like in their romance books may not be what others like, and that’s just fucking fine.


31 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette would like to know WTAF she just read. And she asks readers, have you recently read something that left you wondering WTF you just read?


31 Aug.: OMG Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson with a threefer this week! Here, she writes about hitting a rut in her fiction writing life.


And Dirt Road Books is getting ready for NaNoWriMo! We’ll be doing another challenge this year, so stay tuned!


Also, we here at Women and Words remember crime fiction-writing colleague Amanda Kyle Williams, author of the best-selling Keye Street series. Amanda died Friday morning, August 31, at the age of 61 after a long battle with endometrial cancer. If you’d like to find out more about her life and work, see this piece in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and this one in ArtsATL.


She will be missed.


Riding Shotgun with DRB: Writing tools

August 28, 2018

This time on Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books, Andi Marquette joins your host, Jove Belle. They talk about some tools that are out there to help writers improve their skills. Also, NaNoWriMo is coming and that's a pretty awesome tool that can take you from idea to novel length manuscript in 30 days. Buckle up and get ready to write!

Find us online!

Do you have questions about writing, editing, or publishing? Email us at admin@dirtroadbooks.com and we’ll do our best to provide an answer.


Women and Words: Haikus are awesome?

August 26, 2018

Women and Words Overview 18-24 August 2018


Haiku (inspired by Ash Bartlett):

Going back to school:

fun, but still kind of scary

for parents like Jove


Andi is getting over a cold, but she persevered! And Jove’s sons are getting ready for school and they’re doing the orientation thing. Back to school time! Also, Jove likes posting lists of possible gifts for book readers/writers. Andi would like a dragon and Jove would like a unicorn, for future reference. Also, Andi and Jove are already planning the Hootenanny and Ash Bartlett has inspired communication via haiku.


18 Aug.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta’s theme for “A Reader’s Perspective” this week is teachers! Post your fave books that address that in the comments!

  • Women and Words link HERE


20 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll joined us to chat about the upcoming UK GLBT Fiction Meet, which happens 8-9 September in Bristol. Discussions about books and writing!


21 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Ash Bartlett would like you to Haiku. Go leave a Haiku on her blog and then go do something productive (try it!).

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More about Ash Bartlett here


22 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Jove Belle would like MOAR GIFTS for readers and writers. So she provides a few ideas for that booklover in your life.


23 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess discusses the life and death of Aretha Franklin and the messages in her music we must continue to share.


24 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is illin’, but she’s managing to read, too, so she fangirls over a few of her current fave authors.


Yes, there’s going to be a Hootenanny this year. Y’all should know about that by now, but for you newbies in the bunch, that’s the giant, massive, crazy holiday book giveaway that takes place 12-23 December. It’s about 20-30 books EACH DAY, friends. We’re getting the author sign-up sheet ready and we’ll let everybody know when we post it.

Also, if you’re going to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, start thinking about that and your process! WOOO!


Thor: Ragnarok

August 24, 2018

Episode 38: Thor: Ragnarok 

Andi and Lise watched (okay, re-watched because they dig this movie) Thor: Ragnarok (2017), part of the Marvel Universe movie, which means it’s a giant bucket of special effects, awesome cinematography, and epic battle scenes. But what this Thor movie brought – and something Andi and Lise totally enjoyed – was a slightly comedic turn amidst the dark subject matter, and we get to see a lighter side of Thor even as he struggles to get back to Asgard before the prophecy of Ragnarök comes to pass in which Asgard is destroyed. 

Particular favorites in this film include Cate Blanchett’s amazing turn as Hela, Goddess of Death (seriously, we could watch Blanchett write a grocery list and be enthralled, but her turn as a villain is awesome!); Tessa Thompson as “Scrapper 142”—a Valkyrie, also from Asgard (more movies with her, please); director Taika Waititi voicing Korg, a being made of rocks who is the world’s nicest slacker revolutionary; and Jeff Goldblum as an earnest and “fun-uncle-ish” despot on Sakaar, a planet made of trash. 

See the trailer 

Cast list 


Women and Words: Zombie apocalypse or Yellowstone Caldera? #chooseyourarmageddon

August 19, 2018

Women and Words Overview 13-17 August 2018

Jove is turning her home into a den of iniquity (poker) and Andi and Jove totally fangirl over Cheyenne Blue (again) and Clifford Mae Henderson (also again) while Andi poses a new zombie apocalypse rating system for wine and food. Speaking of food, R.G. Emanuelle and the crew at DRB have something planned for the holidays. And does R.G. ever stop working? She just released another anthology with her writers’ group.


13 Aug.: Author Cheyenne Blue stopped by to chat about her latest, a tennis romance, Code of Conduct. She did a giveaway, too!


14 Aug.: Women and Wordster and life coach Angela Grace came by to remind us that shit is still real, and get out and vote.

  • Women and Words link HERE


15 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson offered macabre musings on climate change and Armageddon, and encouraged us to live each day to its fullest. Omg, thanks, Cliffi, for that…

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Clifford Mae Henderson’s website


Aug. 16:  Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle and her writers’ group, the Penheads, have just released another anthology of short stories! It’s called Elements: Tales from the Substratum. Check it out!


17 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirled over the Panic! At The Disco “Pray for the Wicked” tour, which she caught in San Jose, CA Aug. 14th with Hayley Kiyoko and A R I Z O N A. And she was reminded of the healing power of music.


AND! The Hot off the Press and Coming Attractions lists are updated!

Women and Words link HERE


Also, DragonCon  (with the MOST AMAZING cosplay) is coming. It’s always Labor Day weekend in Atlanta. It starts Aug. 30th and goes through Sept. 3. It’s AMAZING.


And Western Women Writers of New Mexico is slated for September 15 in Albuquerque. This year features Karin Kallmaker, Anne Hillerman, Darynda Jones, and Rena Distasio.


ALSO! Are you getting ready for NaNoWriMo? That’s National Novel Writing Month, and it takes place every November. Dirt Road Books may be doing a thing. Stay tuned!


Women and Words: MOAR women pilots, please!

August 12, 2018

Women and Words Overview 4 -10 August, 2018

Andi is on the road yet again, but would like to report that one of her flights had a really hot crew AND a woman pilot (which just makes things even hotter). Both Jove and Andi got weepy over Lynette Mae’s blog regarding her campaign and then they  talked about writing process (WHAT?) which ended up going into a long discussion about taking care of your mental health and depression among creatives. Also, Fiona Zedde is in Paris. AGAIN.

4 Aug.:  Women and Wordster Ann Etter was out doing cool things like sea kayaking with her family (go see the photos!), but she did have a few books to recommend.

  • Women and Words link HERE


5 Aug.: Author Rebecca Langham stopped by to chat up her latest releases, the sci fi book Beneath the Surface (as Rebecca Langham) and the Australian-set romance, Riding the Track (as Kara Ripley).

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Rebecca Langham’s website


6 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae gave us an update on her campaigning as a political candidate in Pennsylvania, especially with regard to anti-trans pushback in a local school.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • If you’d like to find out more about her campaign, here’s her website


7 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury asks how, given all we know about the cray in the current administration, people can still support it (and basically, nobody can figure it out…)

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Penny Mickelbury’s website


8 Aug.: Writer and Women and Wordster Val Agab is trying to figure out how to get that writing in, because it’s not writer’s block if you’re really busy. RIGHT? RIGHT????


9 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde is in Paris, doing some writerly things but also wandering (go check out the photos!).


10 Aug.: Author Alison Solomon stopped by to let people know about Readout 2019, in Gulfport Florida. It happens in February, and it’s LGBTQ books. If you’re an author and you’d like to do a reading, check the blog for deets.


And if you have any info about upcoming events or submissions, drop us a line at the Contact page!



August 10, 2018

Episode 37: Nanette

Andi and Lise had their minds completely blown by “Nanette,” the comedy show/performance piece by Tasmanian comedienne Hannah Gadsby, currently available on Netflix. In this brilliant and searing examination of comedy and who it serves, “Art, [Gadsby] makes clear—from painting to comedy—does not liberate everyone equally. It can replicate the same privileges and exclusions as the culture in which it was made,” Moira Donegan says in her piece on “Nanette” in the New Yorker. 

“Nanette” is a blistering tour de force in which Gadsby lays part of her soul bare and then leaves the audience to grapple with its role in perpetuating the marginalization of those it demands entertain us. 

And in the wake of the 2016 election and the #MeToo movement, Gadsby’s indictment of homophobia and misogyny and her dissection of comedy has become a phenomenon and a statement. “I really was writing as though I was throwing a grenade,” Gadsby told Rolling Stone, “and I fully expected for the show to seal me off in the margins. I am so shocked and overwhelmingly stunned. It’s become bigger than me. And I’m happy for that.” 

Both Andi and Lise are of the opinion that this is the first major piece of art—a blistering fusion of comedy and storytelling—to emerge since the 2016 elections and will probably come to define this era in ways we don’t yet even know. 

Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette” on Netflix (US; check your local Netflix site if you’re not in the US). 

Gadsby’s just released memoir, Ten Steps to Nanette is available at various booksellers. Check your faves. 

Rolling Stone interview with Gadsby 

Moira Donegan at the New Yorker on “Nanette” 

The WIRED crew on “Nanette” 

Sophie Gilbert at The Atlantic on “Nanette” as a radical, transformative work of comedy 


The word “luscious” makes everything sexy

August 5, 2018

Women and Words Overview 28 July-3 Aug. 2018


Andi’s back from gallivanting (for now) and she and Jove would like to remind you to please slow down in school zones. Also, KD Williamson is still a badass.And congrats to CarsenTaite for her 20th book. Also, Andi and Jove offer their assistance with swearage (R.G. Emanuelle can help with doing that in Italian and maybe Chinese).


28 July: Women and WordsterErin Saluta had some suggestions for some smokin’ books—as in books that feature women firefighters.

  • Women and Words link HERE


29 July: Author Vanda gave us a tour through Greenwich Village and talked about her Juliana series, which deals with the Village from about 1945-1955.


30 July: Author and Women and WordsterKD Williamson offered some stories from her clients in her day job and pointed out that even in the worst circumstances, people find delight in small moments.


31 July: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson in a twofer talked a bit about being black in America.


1 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster CarsenTaite just released her 20th novel! Congrats, Carsen! It’s Love’s Verdict.


2 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle with some food for thought regarding toxicity.


3 Aug.: Author and Women and WordsterAndi Marquettefangirled over Pacific Rim: Uprising because giant robots fighting giant monsters. What is not to love?


Women and Words: Jove’s adventures in website design and that time Andi’s boob set off the TSA screen machine

July 29, 2018

Women and Words Overview 22-27 July 2018

Andi is still on the road, so she sounds weird. But then again, she IS weird, so there’s that. Also, steampunkis a thing and both Jove and Andi love Cliffi Henderson’s road trippin’ and have decided that TSA agents just might sometimes be on the same page as they themselves are (thanks, Renée Bess!) and then shit gets serious as they discuss Beth Burnett’s blog and domestic violence.


22 July: Author Nita Round joined us to talk about her new release, the steampunk novel Raven, Fire & Ice.


25 July: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson has wrapped up her massive road trip, gives us some stories, and especially addresses women on the road.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Clifford Mae Henderson’s website


26 July: Author and Women and WordsterRenée Bess provided her thoughts on this year’s GCLS conference (July 4-8 in Las Vegas, NV). Also, congrats, Renée, on your Goldie win for anthology!


27 July: Author Beth Burnett talks about her latest novel, Coming Around Again, and one of the themes it addresses is domestic violence between same-sex couples. Beth is also giving away THREE ebook copies of this book. You have until Wednesday 1 August to enter.


Jove gave people a heads-up on the Willamette Writers Conference, scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Portland, Oregon.  Writers, writing, the industry, connection with fellow writers and all-around awesome.


Andi then gave people a heads-up on the upcoming Western Women Writers of New Mexico gathering, slated for September 15 in Albuquerque. It’s one day, 9-5, of audience discussions with a panel of writers who address a variety of writing topics. This year, Karin Kallmaker, Anne Hillerman, Darynda Jones, and Rena Distasio are ready to go! I’ve been on the hot seat at this event and it is a LOT of fun.


Dread Nation

July 27, 2018

Episode 36: Dread Nation 

Andi and Lise RAVE about the book Dread Nation by author Justina Ireland, which is billed as YA but really, EVERYBODY should read it. It’s an amazingly evocative tale of American race relations set against the backdrop of the Civil War but with a twist—zombies. Or, in the parlance of the times, “shamblers.” 

From the book description: 

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations. 

The book deals with race, racial hierarchies as defined by skin color, and how a zombie apocalypse didn’t re-align race relations, but rather simply grafted them onto a new backdrop. The protagonist (Jane) is amazing and the story is well-crafted and you’re swept up in it immediately. READ THIS BOOK. 

Justina Ireland’s website 

Dread Nation is published by Balzar + Bray (imprint of HarperCollins) 

Here’s the Amazon link 


Women and Words: Some day, Jove may get her unicorn cookies from R.G. Emanuelle

July 22, 2018

Women and Words Overview 14-20 July 2018


Andi is on the road and really tired but that’s okay because Jove discusses curb furniture and how one may or may not acquire it and whether curb furniture can be part of a secret Santa plot for people who sit on stoops. Also, you get the scoop on Jove’s tech meltdown (literally), and Andi would like there to be more lesbianing of pizza—thanks, Ashley Bartlett!


14 July: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta is having reader’s block, you guys! She hasn’t really been in the mood to read! So please offer suggestions.

  • Women and Words link HERE


16 July: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll joined us to talk about her excursions to Sheffield. So cool.


17 July:  Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett talks about a great pizza experience at GCLS. The lesbianing of pizza, y’all!

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More info about Ashley here


19 July: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle just stopped by for a quick HI!

  •  Women and Words link HERE
  • R.G. Emanuelle’swebsite


20 July: Author Scot McPhie joined us to chat about his latest book, Female Planet. He’s also doing a giveaway!


Also, Jove’s nephew is participating in a golf event for Special Olympics this weekend (Sunday the 22nd!) Wish him luck!


That time Andi had to do a reading after Dorothy Allison…

July 15, 2018

That time Andi had to do a reading after Dorothy Allison…

Women and Words Overview 7-13 July 2018

OH, NOEZ, you guys! Jove’s computer up n’ quit this digital coil, leaving Andi to fly solo this week. But it’s okay, because she had a couple of beers and waxed downright poetic (fine—that’s the beer talking) about Twitter threads, defining yourself, Fiona Zedde’s Madrid adventures, and questions that come up from fanfic readers. In the meantime, Jove’s getting things up and running and she’ll be back. Never fear!

7 July: Women and Wordster Ann Etter and her book buddy Anne Pace co-blogged about a few books that have stuck with them. Add yours to the comments!

Women and Words link HERE


8 July: Author Ona Marae stopped by to talk about her debut novel, Gum for Gracie, about survival and the fantasies we hold.

Women and Words link HERE

Find Ona Marae on Facebook


9 July: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler did a roundup of the GCLS conference in Las Vegas and posted some great photos.

Women and Words link HERE

Jessie Chandler’s website


10 July: Women and Wordster and life coach Angela Grace wants to know who and what takes your breath away – something spectacular, like a particular musician or book. Post in the comments!

Women and Words link HERE


11 July: Women and Wordster and writer Val Agab works to define herself and asks what does “queer” mean.

Women and Words link HERE

Find Val on Tumblr


12 July: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde is gallivanting yet again! This time, she does Pride in Madrid, Spain.

Women and Words link HERE

Fiona Zedde’s website


13 July: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette posted about more things she’s learned through writing fanfic, and also provided an excerpt from her latest Clexa AU.

Women and Words link HERE

Find Andi at her website, on Twitter, and Tumblr


And if you have an event or a call for submissions you’d like us to chat about on Women and Words, drop us a line! Want to guest blog? Drop us a line!


Also, check out the award-winners at GCLS this year. Dirt Road Books is super stoked that Gill McKnight is one of them.


Interview with Amanda McLoughlin of the Join the Party podcast

July 13, 2018

Interview with Amanda McLoughlin of the Join the Party podcast

Lez Geek Out: Episode 35

Andi and Lise totally fangirled over Amanda McLoughlin, but they still did manage to chat with her about one of her cool-ass projects, “Join the Party,” a collaborative storytelling and roleplaying podcast in which four friends create a story together, chapter by chapter. Everyone from seasoned players to total beginners can enjoy this Dungeons & Dragons gameplay, with adventure, intrigue, drama, magic, and the chance to follow diverse characters. 

According to the Bello (podcasting) Collective, Join the Party has “gargoyles, robots, queerness, political intrigue, and a whole lot of sound design.” JTP also has introductory episodes to teach new listeners how to play D&D, and they also have interviews with innovators who are pushing the game forward. 

Amanda McLoughlin is a producer, founder of the production collective Multitude, a business builder, and old-school internet creator from New York who some of you may know as one of the co-hosts of the fabulous mythology, folklore and legends podcast, “Spirits.” 

Hit the link to visit the awesome: 

Join the Party 

Other D&D podcasts you might dig: 

The Adventure Zone 

Venture Maidens 

Dames & Dragons  


Women and Words: Why isn’t paleo-vet a thing?

July 8, 2018

Women and Words Overview 30 June-6 July 2018

Jove tells her Jove/Tara origin story while Andi’s convinced her body is not a temple, but rather a clean, organized garage. Also, congrats to Carsen Taite on her 20th novel and thanks to KD Williamson for the term “thin adjacent.”


30 June: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson stopped by to discuss body types in lesfic. Trust us on this. You’ll dig it.


3 July: Author and Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury would like us to call what’s going on in this country what it is: hatred.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Penny Mickelbury’s website


4 July: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite is celebrating the release of her TWENTIETH NOVEL, Love’s Verdict. She’s also giving away TWO ebook copies and ONE signed paperback. Go leave a comment to get in on it!


5 July: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle notes that this year’s Independence Day in the U.S. was not necessarily a celebration given the current state of affairs.


6 July: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirled over the latest Jurassic World movie because DINOSAURS. HELLO.


Also, shout-out to everybody in Vegas right now attending the GCLS conference, and good luck to all the finalists the evening of the 7th who are up for awards!


Women and Words: Practice radical kindness, eat tacos, and remember to dance

July 1, 2018

Women and Words Overview 23-29 June 2018 

Andi and Jove totally empathize with people who end up with bad haircuts and Andi totally approves of KD Williamson’s beer choices, and she and Jove agree that getting old is not for the faint of heart. And in the midst of crap, try to be kind and reach out.


23 June: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson joined us with her inaugural blog as a regular! Here she talks about fanfic and beer.


24 June: Author Emily L. Byrne stopped by to talk about her latest book, Medusa’s Touch, and how it finally came to be published.


25 June: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt notes that time is different in her world...but she has finished with edits for her latest, Paradigm!


26 June: Author, Women and Wordster, and herstory legend Lee Lynch notes that summer is here, but for those among us who are aging, there are whole other things to deal with.

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


27 June: Author and Women and Wordster Jove Belle is now addicted to podcasting and provided some links to what’s going on in that regard.


28 June: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess reminds us that American history is full of Americans doing terrible things to each other and to non-Americans. Hopefully, enough of us have learned not to.


29 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette tries to find the light in the dark.


And the GCLS conference is next week, 4-8 July, in Las Vegas! Safe travels if you’re going!


Ocean’s 8

June 29, 2018

Episode 34: Ocean's 8

This week Lise and Andi lose their collective minds over the movie Ocean’s 8 because: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rhianna, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Anne Hathaway. Also, they both LUUUUV a good heist, and Ocean’s 8 delivers AND passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors. 

The writing is tight  (SO important in a heist plot!), the woman power is stellar, the humor is spot-on, and holy crap  the chemistry between the cast and especially Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett…Andi is shipping them hard. Ocean’s 8 is part of the Ocean’s franchise, and Bullock’s character is Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean. 

Plot summary: 

“Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting -- that's how long Debbie Ocean [Bullock] has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it's going to take -- a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller [Blanchett]. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita [Kaling], street con Constance [Awkwafina], suburban mom Tammy [Paulson], hacker Nine Ball [Rihanna], and fashion designer Rose [Bonham Carter]. Their target -- a necklace that's worth more than $150 million.” 

Ocean’s 8 website 


Women and Words: In certain circumstances, #TeamHeist is legit, and the Internet is still the best and worst thing ever

June 24, 2018

Women and Words Overview 16-22 June 2018


Andi laments the loss of 9000 barrels of whiskey (bourbon) in Kentucky (she could totally hoard that for the apocalypse), Jove has discovered Spanish telenovela lesbians, and they both decide that “A Splendid Day Out” should expand past its steampunk roots and become something we all do at least once a month. They also accidentally talked about writing again (wtf).


16 June: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta riffs on some of her recent fave books. Go leave her a comment with yours.

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17 June: Author Alison R. Solomon stopped by to chat about her latest book, Timing is Everything and she’s giving a copy away! Stop by to find out how.


18 June: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll went to a cool-ass steampunk event in Morecambe, UK (A Splendid Day Out) and posted photos and descriptions.


19 June: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett regales us with her recent foray with her wife to a mall.

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  • Find out more about Ashley here


20 June: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson joined us from her epic road trip with a tale from October, 1989 that involves a terrible earthquake and a bakery. That story is a basis for her latest, Perfect Little Worlds.

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  • Clifford Mae Henderson’s website
  • Check out Cliffi’s travel blog HERE


21 June: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle on how writing and publishing is giving her life.


22 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette lists 10 things that are helping her recharge in this hellscape of a world.

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ALSO! The Hot off the Press and Coming Attractions lists June-July are up!


And don’t forget, GCLS is in Vegas 4-8 July! AND author and fangirl KD Williamson is joining the Women and Words fray as a blogger. Her first post went up 23 June.