Lez Geek Out! Dragon Con 2017

September 20, 2017

Lez Geek Out 

Dragon Con 2017 

Andi did Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta and it BLEW HER LITTLE FANGIRL MIND. ALL THE THINGS! ALL THE FANGIRLING! ALL THE COSPLAY! ALL THE PANELS! ALL THE AMAZING! 

Plus, she wanted Lise to talk more about her own cosplaying and armor design. So, YAY! 

For more info on Dragon Con, which is always over Labor Day weekend (early September) in Atlanta: 

Newbie to Dragon Con?  Click here

AND! Lise MacTague’s Etsy site for her cool weapons and armor design! 

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Women And Words: Andi And Jove Chat About Life

September 17, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview 9-15 Sept. 2017 

Hardware stores, helping yourself, and the Hootenanny! 

Andi and Jove both agree that plumbing issues suck, but they’re glad they know how to deal with them (and it is totally legit to raise your kids in local hardware stores). Also, Andi and Jove are pretty sure they just are not cool enough to hang out with Fiona Zedde, but they’re totally glad she blogs at Women and Words. And the two of them are contemplating showing up on Erin Saluta’s doorstep, but right now they’ve started the initial planning stages of HOOTENANNY 2017!!!! 

9 Sept.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta does a reader’s perspective that riffs off Ann Etter’s last week in that Erin lists titles of lesfic books that have her varied careers within. 

Women and Words link HERE 

10 Sept.: Author Heather Blackmore stopped by to slyly tell us about clichés. When they work and when they don’t. Also, her latest novel, It’s Not a Date, is due out March, 2018. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Heather Blackmore’s website 

11 Sept.: Author Lori Lake used an essay by Amy Tan to talk a bit about these crazy times and how important it is to give whenever and wherever you can and for those who write, keep doing so. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Lori Lake’s website 

12 Sept.: Life coach/psychologist Angela Grace provided a reminder about “rational detachment” – to separate yourself from potentially emotional circumstances that may overwhelm. Also, remember to take a break from electronic devices. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Angela Grace’s website 

13 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Jove Belle posted our Hootenanny reminder! That’s our giant-ass WTF were we thinking omg this is cray how many books do they honestly think they can give us giveaway! If you’re an author and want to donate 1-3 books, hit the link and sign up. And tell your friends! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Jove Belle’s website 

14 Sept.: Author Fiona Zedde is in Spain (she’s Women and Words’ jet-setter!) but she also pointed out the privileges an American passport brings and though travel is fun, it can also be complicated, with issues that we might not have thought about otherwise. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Fiona Zedde’s website 

15 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette talked about representation in media of women, mostly, based on the latest Boxed In findings, which indicate that things are still crappy, not only for women, but also LGBTQ people and men of color. Sigh. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Twitter and Tumblr 

The HOOTENANNY’S COMIN’! And Andi’s on the road (again!) doing writer things in New Mexico at the Western Women Writers-NM gathering in Albuquerque. 

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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.

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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.

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Women and Words: Stress dreams, eclipses, and fandom cultures

August 27, 2017

Andi and Jove were not stymied by tech issues this week. Maybe the eclipse got that all straightened out. They are also wondering what exactly a race marshal does at a car race in the UK and have decided they will perpetually fangirl over author Renée Bess.

 

20 Aug.: Author Ashley Quinn stopped by with some publishing tips AND to give away a copy of her latest romance, Summer of Love.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Ashley Quinn’s website

 

21 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll explored some parts of Cheltenham (UK) on another of her side trips and posts great photos.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Stevie Carroll’s LiveJournal

 

23 Aug.: Author Barbara Winkes discussed some of the pros and cons of Kindle Unlimited.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Barbara Winkes’ website

 

24 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess talked about literature and writers of the Harlem Renaissance and The Black Arts Movement, and the post-Stonewall generation.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Renée Bess’ website

 

25 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is headed for Dragon Con in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend. Wish her luck.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Andi Marquette’s website

Andi fangirls on Tumblr and Twitter

 

Andi will also be in Albuquerque 16 September for the Western Women Writers-NM event.

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Lez Gek Out! Wynona Earp

August 23, 2017

 

Wynonna Earp 

Andi and Lise rave like crazy women over the TV show Wynonna Earp, which is the absolute awesome and Andi is pleased that she managed to totally peer pressure Lise to turn her into an Earper. 

 

Synopsis, as quoted from SyFy: 

“Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp's great granddaughter as she battles demons and other creatures. With her unique abilities, and a posse of dysfunctional allies, she's the only thing that can bring the paranormal to justice.’ 

What that synopsis doesn’t tell you is that this show is full of women’s and feminist badassery, a F/F relationship, and explorations of relationships between all the characters, and that’s no doubt due to showrunner/show developer Emily Andras, also of Lost Girl fame. So that should give you an idea that there is awesome throughout this show, and Andi and Lise STRONGLY recommend it. 

Also, Andi is doing Season 2 recaps at her personal blog

 

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Women And Words: Tech Issues, Wonder Twin Powers, And Lesbian Pirates

August 21, 2017

 Tech Issues, Wonder Twin Powers, And Lesbian Pirates 

Overview 12-18 August 2017 

Andi and Jove finally managed to get this podcast recorded after roughly 37 tries over 2 days because WTF, Skype? Also, somebody please find Andi a link to one of those yellow “crime scene do not cross” scarves that Ellen Hart is wearing in the photo Jessie Chandler posted on the 14th

12 Aug.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta does a shout-out to lesfic stories set in Las Vegas. Leave her a comment with your recommendations. ☺ 

Women and Words link HERE 

13 Aug.: Q&A with author Niamh (pronounced “Neve”) Murphy, who has a new book out, Escape to Pirate Island (a lesbian adventure romance!). She also gave a copy away! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Niamh Murphy’s website 

14 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler did a book signing in St. Paul with fellow authors Jean Redmann and Ellen Hart. Photos! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Jessie Chandler’s website 

15 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett on antiheroes and murky villains. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Find out more about Ashley here 

16 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson is working through the aftermath of her father’s death, and here she provides us a window to her process. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Clifford Mae Henderson’s website 

17 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle does a Throwback Thursday with some retro TV superheroes. 

Women and Words link HERE 

R.G. Emanuelle’s website 

18 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette does a Fangirl Friday on the Freeform network’s The Bold Type

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Tumblr 

Andi will also be at the Western Women Writers of New Mexico Sept. 16 in Albuquerque. 

Also, Andi and Jove both raved about R.G. Emanuelle’s food writing. If you sign up for the Dirt Road Books free monthly newsletter, you’ll get one of her free short stories in the September issue. ☺ And you can find R.G.’s novella Add Spice to Taste on Amazon

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Women and Words: Feminist theology, sharks, and (food) porn with Andi and Jove

August 13, 2017

 

Andi and Jove chat about a cool podcast Jove’s been listening to, ponder 1960s descriptions of lesbianism, and try to figure out why some people might cut the ends off their roasts. Andi also tries to convince Jove that Sharknado movies are totally legit.

 

6 Aug.: Author Sarah Ettritch hilariously describes some of the books she found in her collection while cleaning some things out, including books from the 1960s on lesbianism. How things have changed. And maybe not so much.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Sarah Ettritch’s website

 

7 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae discusses the attempt to ban trans troops from the military and provides some historical context for other military bans. Upshot? It’s BS.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Find more info on Lynette Mae HERE

 

8 Aug.: Life coach and Women and Wordster Angela Grace walks us through the process of critical reflection, which is basically assessing why we have some of the beliefs we do and determining which ones still serve us well and which don’t.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Angela Grace’s life coaching website

 

9 Aug.: Author and artist Doreen Perinne talked about picking your battles in these times, and choosing issues that resonate with you so that you can maintain activism.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Find Doreen on Facebook

 

10 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde tells us where we can go for the best fried chicken in her life and talks about her love of food and the role it has played in at least one of her books.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Fiona Zedde’s website

 

11 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirls over the Sharknado movies and the history of creature features.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Andi Marquette’s website

Andi fangirls on Tumblr

 

Events coming up!

 

Andi Marquette will be at the 5thWestern Women Writers of New Mexico gathering in Albuquerque Sept. 16, along with authors Isabella, Robin Perini, and Jennifer Fulton.

 

Speaking of Jennifer Fulton, she will be the keynote speaker at The Left Coast Lesbian Literary Conference (LCLC) Oct. 4-8 in Palm Springs, CA.

 

Jove Belle and Blythe Rippon will be heading to Seattle for the Nov. 3-4 Read With Pride Northwest gathering, held at the Seattle Central Public Library.

 

And YOU, too, can be a guest blogger at Women and Words. Easy-Peasy.

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Lez Geek Out! Queer Rep

August 9, 2017

Queer Rep 

Andi and Lise talk about queer rep in media following the now-infamous incident at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, which occurred over the July 20-23 weekend and involved members of the cast of Supergirl. The upshot was an impromptu song in which a cast member sang an overview of Season 2 that included a belittling of Supercorp, a f/f fanon* ship** between Lena Luthor and Kara Danvers (Supergirl’s “secret” identity—omg glasses are not the best disguise…). That cast member then went on to say that he “debunked Supercorp” and was told by another cast member that what he did was “pretty brave.” 

The fallout was immediate, and LGBTQ fans were hurt and bewildered, so Lise and Andi wanted to address this, which isn’t just what happened with Supergirl. It’s about rep overall, and this is just the latest example. 

And yes, Andi and Lise have some strong feelings about this, so language may be strong as well. 

*fanon: a term used in fanfiction and in fandoms to describe commonly accepted ideas among authors and fans even if the idea is not expressed in the canon work, which is the official storyline from the original work. 

**ship: in fanspeak, a “ship” is a relationship (often romantic) between two characters, whether canon or fanon. “Shipping” is when fans imagine a relationship between characters (say, in TV shows or movies) that may or may not have been intended by writers or creators. 

Some other links about this incident: 

The Mary Sue 

The Refinery 

Pink News 

Affinity Mag 

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Women and Words: Hunting, hoarding, and ten minutes of tits with Andi and Jove

August 6, 2017

Hunting, hoarding, and ten minutes of tits with Andi and Jove

Andi and Jove discuss hunting (because you never know what exactly you’re going to get on this podcast), Yvonne’s potential for hoarding (thank GAWD she’s having a garage sale!) and they even mentioned the Hootenanny because Jove is already gearing up her arts n’ crafts for Christmas (Andi can’t even…)

 

31 July: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt is trying to get ready for a garage sale and it’s…going slowly.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Yvonne Heidt’s website

 

2 August: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite’s latest book (her 17th!!!) has just been released. Sidebar! Still time to get in on the giveaway for a signed copy (ebook if you’re overseas).

 

Women and Words link HERE

Carsen Taite’s website

 

3 August: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle talks about disappearing LGBTQ spaces in the physical world (especially lesbian space) and remembers all the lesbian bars in NYC that no longer exist.

 

Women and Words link HERE

R.G. Emanuelle’s website

 

4 August: Twofer! New booklist is available! Check the static page.

And author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday on the new movie Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Andi Marquette’s website

Andi fangirls on Tumblr

 

And as a PSA, Jove would like to remind everyone to get their mammograms (as applicable) and Andi recommends you pay attention to your body and its parts.

 

And because Andi forgot last time, here’s the link to BE OUR GUEST and guest blog with us, if you’re so inclined.

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Les Do Book: Andi Marquette Talks Fanfic

August 4, 2017

Andi Marquette Talks Fanfic 

In this episode, Andi Marquette joins Tara (in person! In her kitchen!) to talk about how fanfic led to the current state of lesfic.   

They look at: 

  • What is fanfic 
  • What’s the difference between canon fanfic, uber fic 
  • How fanfic has helped the origins of lesbian fiction  
  • Andi’s experience writing fanfic vs writing original stories 
  • What fanfic is often empowering 
  • Find out what happens when an author has been “forged in the fires of fanfic” 

Learn more about Andi Marquette 

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

 

Come and chat to both Andi and Tara in The Lesbian Talk Show Chat group on Facebook 

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Women And Words: Pawn Shops, The Apocalypse and Pranks

July 30, 2017

Women and Words Overview 

23-28 July 2017 

Andi and Jove are fans of pawn shops, but not for reasons you think. Also, they have some good suggestions for things to hoard for the apocalypse: Silver, toilet paper, alcohol, ammo, knives, but probably not the Peter Frampton 8-track Andi once bought at a pawn shop in Gallup, NM so she could prank her archaeology buddies. 

23 July: Author Elizabeth Cox joined us to discuss her novella Tragedy at Bawley Bay, a gothic historical ghost story.  

Women and Words link HERE 

Elizabeth Cox’s website 

24 July: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt stopped by for a quick hello and to provide some links to some of her earlier blogs, including the one in which she discusses being an empath.  

Women and Words link HERE 

Yvonne Heidt’s website 

25 July: Author, Women and Wordster, and lesbian herstorical icon Lee Lynch posted an essay she did in 2008, “You Know You’re Not a Femme”… 

Women and Words link HERE 

Lee Lynch’s website 

26 July: Author Alison Solomon stopped by and opened up about her diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment, which affects her memory and cognitive functions in some ways. She talks about how it has affected what and how she writes. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Alison Solomon’s website 

27 July: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess joined us to delve into why we write and what it can mean in fraught times.  

Women and Words link HERE 

Renée Bess’ website 

28 July: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette talks about the damage dissing a queer fandom can do, as what happened at San Diego Comic-Con with the Supergirl cast.  

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Tumblr 

And Jove and Andi would like to both report that they have their hotel rooms reserved already for ClexaCon, which is in April, 2018 (provided we’re not all running to Jove’s to ride out the beginnings of the apocalypse; don’t worry. Andi and Jove’s wife stockpile toilet paper.) 

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Lez Geek Out! Ms Marvel

July 26, 2017

Ms. Marvel 

Lise and Andi rave about the Marvel comic Ms. Marvel, whose latest incarnation features Pakistani-American Muslim teen Kamala Khan in Jersey City who is a total fangirl of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). Andi loves that Ms. Marvel was a fangirl before she was a superhero. Then one day Kamala wakes up with super powers and she has to learn how to negotiate this new aspect to her life, dealing with the powers and what she feels is her responsibility to help people now that she has them along with her grades, her classes, and her family life. 

It’s basically teenage angst – something all of us can probably relate to – along with the added angst of having super powers and trying to figure out how best to use them when you’re only 16-17 AND attempt to negotiate the landmines that come in any family as you’re figuring out who you are and who you want to be. Two big Ms. Marvel thumbs up on this one, friends.

 

 

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Women And Words: The Funny Wine, Andi The Pirate & Jove Without Clothes

July 23, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview 15-21 July 2017 

Andi and Jove talk about Jove’s wardrobe (or lack thereof) and bottles of wine named “If You See Kay”. Say that fast and you’ll see why they giggled about it…they’re 10, they know. But more importantly, this is badass women wine. Hit the link to see why. Also, Jove is pretty sure Andi’s outlaw job would be as some kind of pirate while she’s now interested in purchasing bordello land. Andi suggested Craigslist. 

15 July: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta posted about the cruise she took on Olivia to Alaska that was put together by Sapphire Books and Curve Mag among others. And she talks a bit about lesfic history and LGBT history and about her place and our places in the world. 

Women and Words link HERE 

16 July: Author Jen Silver stopped by to chat about her latest, Running From Love, and how it incorporates golf. She also gave away two copies. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Info about Jen Silver 

17 July: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll joined us again from across the pond with her photos and discussion of taking a Suffragette tour in Halifax (and we assume that’s the one in West Yorkshire…). 

Women and Words link HERE 

Stevie Carroll’s LiveJournal 

18 July: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett is giving away a copy of The Price of Cash (July 24th) and to do that, you need to leave a comment telling her what kind of outlaw life you’d lead if given the chance. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Info about Ashley Bartlett 

19 July: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson joined us to talk a bit about losing her father very recently and connecting/reconnecting with family. Get the tissues. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Clifford Mae Henderson’s website 

20 July: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle did a retro TV blog on The Golden Girls and Jove and Andi totally love the GGs, so we were into this big-time. 

Women and Words link HERE 

R.G. Emanuelle’s website 

21 July: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday on the movie Baby Driver (2017). 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Tumblr 

Jove then reminded folks about ClexaCon 2018, which is in April in Las Vegas and GCLS has actually started registration for 2018, which is also in Vegas (July). She also mentioned an event coming up this fall in Seattle – the Read with Pride Northwest meetup (formerly Gay Romance Northwest). It’s usually held at the Seattle Public Library and it’s usually free. Jove will probably be there and Andi mentioned that she will be doing the Western Women Writers of New Mexico meetup Sept. 16 in Albuquerque. 

Also, you simply must get tourist pennies smashed and send them to Jove. Not sure what those are? Technically, they’re called “elongated coins” and what it involves is you put a penny into a machine and for 50 cents U.S. the machine flattens the coin and literally stretches it and imprints a tourist scene from the area into that new surface. Jove collects them. So drop her a line if you get one and if you’re willing, send it to her. She LOOOOOOOOVES them. 

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Women And Words: The EPIC 2 Week Roundup with the feral Jove

July 16, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview  1-14 July 2017 

OMG Andi and Jove were outta control at GCLS last week and we just could not get it together to try to do things with y’all. SORRY! But here we are, with a 2-week roundup. Jove has pretty much gone feral (it happens sometimes) and Andi is pretty sure that GCLS wears everybody out, but omg it is way fun.  

1 July: Women and Wordster and reader-in-residence Erin Saluta came by and omg she went on the Olivia cruise to Alaska that Sapphire Books was doing! Here she talks about some lesfic books that deal with that topic. Maybe we can get her to post photos… 

Women and Words link HERE 

2 July: Author Sandy Stier came by and this is super awesome. She and her wife wrote a book together about California’s Prop 8 battle because they were plaintiffs in the case. This is their story, and they are TOTALLY GIVING AWAY A COPY! You still have time. We’ll do the drawing on the 21st. GET IN ON THIS. HERSTORY! 

Women and Words link HERE 

An article about them in People Magazine 

3 July: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae tried to be a little more light-hearted, but because she’s Lynette Mae, there’s always a subtext that you learn from. She and her wife took their niece to NYC and had a great time. This is a short piece about that. 

Women and Words link HERE 

6 July: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle talked about being shy and public speaking and how it can be really, really stressful. 

Women and Words link HERE 

R.G. Emanuelle’s website 

10 July: Author Catherine Friend (Goldie winner this year!) popped by via author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler to talk a bit about her latest book Spark (Bold Strokes Books) and to offer a GIVEAWAY! You have until the 24th to get in on this! Catherine writes historical fiction/adventure. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Catherine Friend’s website 

Jessie Chandler’s website 

11 July: Women and Wordster and life coach/writer’s coach Angela Grace joined us with a frank discussion about how changing your perspective can actually change your brain. Have questions? Feel like you could use a couple of sessions with her? Drop her a line. ☺ 

Women and Words link HERE 

Angela Grace can be found HERE 

12 July: UK-based author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll was able to finally join us after some technical difficulties and she attended an awesome car show. She posted photos. LOVE. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Stevie Carroll’s LiveJournal 

13 July: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde got a wild hair and hopped on down to Cuba. She posted the photos to prove it. ☺ PLUS! She has a new book coming out with Ylva! Superhero book! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Fiona Zedde’s website 

14 July: Author and Women and Wordster (and obsessive fangirl) Andi Marquette blogged about season 2 episode 5 of Wynonna Earp because it is a game-changer in terms of women’s rep. FOR REALS. Also, Andi is doing season 2 recaps of Wynonna Earp episodes at her homesite. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls over on Tumblr 

Andi and Jove then did a rambling round-up of what they did at GCLS

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Lez Geek Out: Wonder Woman

July 12, 2017

Lez Geek Out! 

Show #11: Wonder Woman 

Andi and Lise rave about the movie Wonder Woman because…omg, you have to see it. Both were blown away by the strong women’s rep in all senses of the word, but they would like to have a movie with nothing but the Amazons. We didn’t get enough of them. MOAR Amazons, please. And definitely MOAR Wonder Woman. All of that. Much MOAR. 

Synposis:

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. 

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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. 

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Lez Geek Out! Gail Carringer

June 28, 2017

Lez Geek Out! 

Bestselling steampunk author Gail Carriger 

Episode 10 

Andi had a long chat with steampunk author Gail Carriger, writer of multiple award-winning steampunkish genre fiction that melds not only steampunk, but paranormal, urban fantasy, comedy and dashes of romance. If you’re not familiar with her work, start with Book 1 of her first series (the Parasol Protectorate), titled Soulless. The protagonist is Alexia Tarabotti, a woman of some means in alt-Victorian England who is also a preternatural – she negates supernatural powers because she has no soul. Hence, “Soulless.” She is thus capable of temporarily rendering vampires and werewolves non-supernatural. 

Carriger is also an aficionado of all things steampunkish and, in particular, the Victorian era. 

She is currently writing another series that is a spinoff of the Parasol Protectorate, The Custard Protocol, and she is writing a series of novellas that feature as main characters her LGBTQ characters from the Protectorate/Protocol world. The first, Romancing the Inventor, features lesbian character Madame LeFoux (and you can see an interview about that Andi did at Women and Words). 

 

Find Gail at the following places: 

Website (bibliography here

Pinterest 

Twitter (@gailcarriger) 

Facebook 

AND catch her Retro Rack Fashion Blog 

 

Synopsis of Soulless

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced! Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. 

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? 

 

Get This Book on 

Audible.com | Audible.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

 

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Women And Words: Converting People, Drinking Beer and Visiting Canada

June 25, 2017

Women and Words  

Overview 17-23 June 2017 

Andi and Jove had crazy busy weeks but whatever! And Andi went to Canada and may have converted a straight couple on the plane to lesfic. She would also like to know why it’s hard to find good beer at Pride events. 

17 June: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta joined us to admit that she couldn’t hack it in the Pacific Northwest and is moving to, rumor has it, California. But in honor of the Pacific NW, she listed some books that take place there. 

Women and Words link HERE 

18 June: Author Renate Stendhal talked about her memoir, Kiss Me Again, Paris, which takes place in late 1970s Paris. Stendhal left Germany to live in Paris for two decades. Hint: Go see the photos at the blog. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Renate Stendhal’s website 

20 June: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett joined us with her opinion about Pride events and called it to Andi’s attention that indeed, beer choices are limited. 

Women and Words link HERE  

Find more info about Ashley Bartlett HERE 

21 June: Author and podcaster Lise MacTague joined us to say that “butch” is not a dirty word and to give away a copy of her latest, Five Moons Rising. Check with the site every chance you get because giveaways! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Lise MacTague’s website 

22 June: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess brought us some musings about the current state of things and moments of beauty therein. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Renée Bess’s website 

23 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette does random fandom reminders. Including…CLEXACON 2018 OMG! Also, go see Wonder Woman. OH! And find out all the goodness that GCLS can bring you

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Tumblr 

 

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Women and Words: Andi Had Two Glasses Of Wine Before This Podcast

June 18, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview 13-16 June 2017 

Andi had two glasses of wine before this podcast, so all bets are off. And Jove had Fanta Lime, so, again, all bets are off. And maybe Jove’s wife will convince the powers-that-be that Fanta Lime should be readily available to all. 

13 June: Life coach and Women and Wordster Angela Grace (ask the pros!) was in to post another story from her earlier call to send in stories that are helping you cope in these crazy times. 

Women and Words link HERE 

14 June: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson (formerly Clifford Henderson) re-joined us as a regular contributor to let us know that she’s Clifford Mae now (though Jove and I will always know her as Cliffi) and we are super-stoked! PLUS she’s writing another book! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Clifford Mae Henderson’s website 

15 June: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle cracked us both up with her retro TV blog about actors who are 6 degrees of separation from Truman Capote. 

Women and Words link HERE 

R.G. Emanuelle’s website 

16 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday for Spirits Podcast, which is all about myth, legends, and folklore. 

 

Women and Words link HERE

Andi Marquette’s website

Andi fangirls on Tumblr

 

ALSO! Our reminder blog went out about our updated book lists!

 

And remember, the annual GCLS conference is happening 5-9 July in Chicago. And if you’re interested, the Lambda Awards happened 12 June. This was the 29th annual gala, and you can see the winners’ list here.

 

Other events you might be interested in: the LCLC (Left Coast Lesbian Literary Conference), happening 4-6 October in Palm Springs, California this year. Also, Sapphire Books (which sponsors and puts together the LCLC) is doing an Alaskan cruise the end of June, in partnership with Olivia Cruises and some other folks. More info here. If they do it again, keep it in mind for next year!

 

And Jove’s going to be doing a reading in Salt Lake City! That’s 2 July at the Unitarian  Church. Check the Dirt Road Books website for more details.

 

R.G. Emanuelle will be doing a reading in New York City on 24 June at Bluestockings Bookstore. Check the Dirt Road Books website for more details.

 

Also, Jove and Andi spaced this out, but the Ylva Lesvos Lesfic event was 8-13 June! We’ll post roundup info once we find it. Put that on your calendars as an event to check out in the future if you didn’t make it to this year’s.

 

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