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.

  • Women and Words link HERE


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.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • 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.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • 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.

  • Women and Words link HERE


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.


Women and Words: Fudge Doodles. Also, writing can be kind of hard

June 17, 2018

Women and Words Overview 9-15 June 2018


Oh, my God, you guys, Andi and Jove ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT WRITING this week. WTF they don’t even know what happened there. They also ramble on about Pride, Fiona Zedde’s travels and Val Agab’s awesome gaming suggestions. Andi is kind of fascinated with the gaming world but Jove points out it can get expensive. Dang it.


9 June: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta talks about audio books and books in first-person POV and why she likes them.

  • Women and Words link HERE


10 June: And speaking of audio books, author Genta Sebastian is pleased to announce that her award-winning YA book Riding the Rainbow is now available as an audio book. And she’s doing a giveaway…

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Genta Sebastian’s website


11 June: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler is on the Pride circuit this month doing her T-shirt-selling thang (and other awesome sundries like hoodies).

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Jessie Chandler’s website


13 June: Women and Wordster and writer/fangirl/gamer Val Agab stopped by with some trailers of some really cool-ass games that are launching.


14 June: Author, Women and Wordster, and all-around gallivanter-in-chief Fiona Zedde is in Romania, and posted some great photos. And yes, she visited Dracula’s castle…


15 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is on a tear about the midseason finale of season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead.


AND! Reminder, y’all, that GCLS (the Golden Crown Literary Society) is having its annual lesfic convention in Las Vegas 4-8 June. Also, if you’d like info about the Portland (OR) women writers group that Jove is part of, drop us a line at Women and Words and she’ll hook you up with the info. ALSO! Dirt Road Books wants YOU to write a book for the #mybook project. Go to THIS PAGE, pick a cover, and write us a book. Best book wins a contract. WOO!


Raven the Pirate Princess

June 15, 2018

Episode 33: Raven the Pirate Princess

This week, Andi and Lise rave about the comic Raven the Pirate Princess, a spinoff of the Princeless series, both written by Jeremy Whitley and, in the case of Raven, arted up by Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt. 

This is Volume 1, a compilation of initial issues (chapters) 1-4, in which Raven Tsingtao, the daughter of a pirate king, is double-crossed by her brothers. Her father’s legacy was supposed to be handed down to her, but her brothers poisoned him against her and now she’s looking for a pirate crew to reclaim her legacy and get revenge on her brothers. Follow Raven as she auditions potential crewmates, meets other strong badass women, and prepares to find her brothers. 

Andi and Lise rate Raven the Pirate Princess, as A—Awesome! Not only in characterization and storyline and art, but in diversity (many different body types, backgrounds, ethnicities, and races) and Awesome in potential queer rep. Raven is most likely a lesbian, and there are a few other characters who probably identify that way, too. 

Find it at Action Lab Comics and Amazon. 


Want more info? Check Keri Crist-Wagner’s piece at BookRiot and Mey Rude’s observations at Autostraddle. 


Women and Words: Gallivanting is hard and if you write steampunk, there will probably be corsets

June 10, 2018

Women and Words Overview 2-8 June 2018

ERMAHGERD Andi’s back after gallivanting around for a while, and demonstrates her continued inability to keep things on track. She also wonders how the hell Fiona Zedde manages to just pick up and gallivant all around the world at a moment’s notice when she herself can barely get it together on the day-by-day. Also, sex, underwear, and corsets. Because why not?


2 June: Women and Wordster Ann Etter joined us with a few books she goes back to again and again because she lurvs them. Tell her in the comments what those books might be for you!

  • Women and Words link HERE


4 June: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae joined us to discuss a local issue that has attracted anti-trans sentiment, and that demonstrates how cruel people can be.

  • Women and Words link HERE


6 June: Author and Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury celebrated a birthday last week, and gives us a few words about how happy she was about it, and about the beauty life can offer.

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


Also 6 June: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite found a couple of vlog interviews she did with author Dena Blake and Lisa Moreau. Go check ’em out!


7 June: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle muses about sex on TV, in lesfic, and also tips us to the fact that she’s got a short story coming out in Best Lesbian Erotica, vol. 3. (ed. by Sacchi Green)


8 June: Author Lise MacTague stopped by to dish on her fear of women’s underwear and corsets and how she overcame the latter to write a paranormal steampunk novel, Demon in the Machine (out 14 June!).


Also! The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is holding its conference 4-8 July in Las Vegas. Find more info HERE.


And congrats to all the Lambda winners! Find the full list of the 30th annual Lambda Literary Awards HERE.


Women and Words: Andi is still missing and she might have taken all the words with her

June 3, 2018

Women and Words May 26 - June 1,2018

Andi is off vacationing and living life. Jove is here, hanging with fellow author and blogger Ashley Bartlett. Sadly, the whole blog seems to be on vacation with Andi, but that doesn't stop Jove and Ashley from talking about all the important things. 


Women and Words: Wherein Jove tries to be Andi and Ashley Bartlett tries to be engaging and smart

May 27, 2018

Women and Words Overview 19 - 25 May 2018


This week in the world of Women and Words, Andi Marquette is off traveling the world, so Jove Belle has been left to self-regulate. Not to worry, though, Ashley Bartlett stepped in to co-host the fun.


May 19: Erin Saluta shares a few of her favorite books that feature strong sensory writing, two focusing on taste and one on sight. 



May 20: Dianna Hunter stopped by to tell us about her memoir, Wild Horse: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life.


May 21: Stevie Carroll tells us all about the Royal Carriages at the National Railway Museum in York.


May 22: Lee Lynch takes us down The Amazon Trail. Her article this month is all about community and unexpected connections.


May 23: Hold on to your hats, folks. Jove Belle actually blogged! She brings three gift ideas for the reader in your life.


May 24: Renee Bess continues the conversation about how well placed details about setting can trasport a reader.


May 25: Andi Marquette is on vacation!


LA Web Series

May 18, 2018

Episode 31

This week, Andi interviewed two of the creative forces behind L.A. Web Series, a currently 2-season web series available on YouTube that follows a chance meeting between two women one evening in L.A. and what kind of connection they forge in the night they spend wandering around the city before Landon has to fly back to the UK in the morning.

Emma Maddock plays Landon in the series. She is an actress originally from Manchester, England, who was also a producer on the series.

Alexandra Swarens plays Avery. She is a writer and actress originally from Sacramento, California who wrote the series and also directed it.

Here they dish on their backgrounds and on filming the series, and provide some advice on creating content. They also spill a bit about new projects they’re working on.

You can find both seasons of L.A. Web Series on YouTube.

Find Emma Maddock on Twitter (@Emmaddock) and Instagram (@maddock94) and the L.A. Web Series on Twitter (@LAWebSeries).

Alexandra’s Twitter account is at @ASwarens.


Women and Words: It might be useful for people to be assigned a therapist at birth…

May 13, 2018

Women and Words Overview 5-11 May 2018


Andi got Jove to talk a bit about Vancouver, WA for a Twitter friend who is thinking about moving there (because that is how we roll at Women and Words people! LUV!). They are also both extremely excited about LM’s run for office and appreciative of Diane Marina’s blog about audio books. Also, they kinda hate Fiona Zedde for her awesome travel life, but they do it with lots of luv.


5 May: Women and Wordster Ann Etter did a Reader’s Perspective on books that deal with the senses. Like taste and smell.

  • Women and Words link HERE


6 May: Author Diane Marina did a blog on some tips for creating an audio book.


7 May: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae is running for office!


8 May: Life coach Angela Grace reminds us of the importance of persistence.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Angela here


9 May: Writer and Women and Wordster Val Agab has tons to do with the end of the semester fasts approaching, but here she gives us a great reading list to help procrastinate.


10 May: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde is on the road again and she’ll be in Madrid (yes, THAT Madrid) until August.


11 May: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette revealed 4 shows she’s currently watching (or just watched) on the teevee and wanted to know what YOU’re watching so she can fangirl even more.