The Write Stuff: Creating Captivating Characters With Heather Rose Jones

September 19, 2017

Heather Rose Jones On Writing Great Characters 

In this episode of The Write Stuff Sheena talks to Heather Rose Jones about her process for creating characters and hwo she nails the octopus to the wall.

Find out: 

  • What questions to ask about your character 
  • The three layers of story 
  • Why writing a character is like getting to know a friend 

 

About Heather Rose Jones 

Heather Rose Jones writes fantasy, historic fantasy, and historical fiction, including the Alpennia series with swordswomen and magic in an alternate Regency setting. She blogs about research into lesbian-like motifs in history and literature at the Lesbian Historic Motif Project which provides inspiration for her fiction. She has a PhD in linguistics, studying metaphor theory and the semantics of Medieval Welsh prepositions, and works as an industrial failure investigator in biotech. 

You can find Heather Rose Jones on 

Amazon 

Her Weekly Podcast 

Her Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

 

 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Book Appreciation with Genevieve Fortin

September 16, 2017

Book Appreciation with Genevieve Fortin 

Episode 14c 

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured authors (or your host) will talk about one or more favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting. 

In this episode Genevieve Fortin recommends her favorite queer historical novel:

Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller. 1969 get it on 

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

For further information on Genevieve Fortin, see her website or the show notes for the previous episode of the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast when she was interviewed.

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

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Interview with Genevieve Fortin

September 9, 2017

Episode 14b - Interview with Genevieve Fortin 

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

In this episode we talk about 

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

Publications mentioned:

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

 

You can find Genevieve Fortin here 

Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

 

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

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The Write Stuff: Kiki Archer On Taking Her Lesbian Fiction Mainstream

July 25, 2017

Kiki Archer On Taking Her Lesbian Fiction Mainstream 

by Sheena and Kiki Archer 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat to author, Kiki Archer about how she has taken her lesbian fiction (Lesfic) into the mainstream charts. 

 

Find out: 

  • How she ended up with a huge straight following 
  • What the reaction has been from straight readers 
  • Where she recommends you advertise 

 

About Kiki Archer 

Kiki Archer's latest novel not only got the lesbian fiction number one spots in the UK, USA and Australia, it also got to number 32 in the UK mainstream contemporary romance chart. 

Archer is also proud of the fact that Jane Green once sent her a public message. Archer says,  “When Too Late... I Love You was sitting side by side to her in the mainstream charts saying: Welcome to the gang.” 

You can find Kiki Archer on 

Twitter

Facebook 

YouTube

Her website

 

Find her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a need for great content for listeners and readers.

The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts.

 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook 

Twitter 

YouTube

The Lesbian Talk Show website 

 

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

July 7, 2017

Les Do Books 

Ann McMan’s Favourite Lesbian Books 

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

Check out the books discussed here: 

Other Women by Lisa Alther Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

 

Slow River by Nicola Griffith Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

 

 

Ash by Malinda Lo Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

 

 

Learn more about Ann McMan

 

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

 

Book Blurbs

Other Women

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

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

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

 

Slow River 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solitaire 

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

Ash 

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

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

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

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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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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: How To Sell Your Books

June 6, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

How To Sell Your Books - Bliss Interview Highlights 

In this episode Sheena takes over from Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) to bring you highlights from her 2016 Interview with Harper Bliss.  

There are a few key points that can help you sell more books. Enjoy.

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

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

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Les Do Books: Kallmaker Talks Gateway Lesfic

June 2, 2017

Les Do Books 

Karin Kallmaker Talks Gateway Lesfic 

In this episode, Karin Kallmaker joins Tara to talk about books that are gateways to authors, eras, or genres. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about why Karin thinks everyone should check out these books. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Stoner Mctavish by Sarah Dreher - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

The Swashbuckler by Lee Lynch - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

On Strike Against God by Joanna Russ - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

The Persistent Desire by Joan Nestle - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Learn more about Karin Kallmaker

 

 

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

 

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Les Do Books: Rachel Spangler Talks Lesbian Fiction

May 5, 2017

Les Do Books 

Rachel Spangler Talks Lesbian Fiction 

In this episode, Tara is joined by author Rachel Spangler. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about what books she loves, including one that’s sold more than a million copies. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

Spring Fire by Vin Packer  - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon. co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Too Close to Touch by Georgia Beers   - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon. co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

Liberators of Willow Run by Marianne K Martin   - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon. co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Learn more about Rachel Spangler 

 

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

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Les Do Books: Melissa Brayden Talks Romance

April 7, 2017

Les Do Books

Melissa Brayden Talks Lesbian Romance 

 

Listen as Tara talks to author Melissa Brayden. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about the first lesfic book Melissa ever read, a historical that isn’t to be missed, a whole series, and her favourite lesfic ever.

 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

Behind the Pine Curtain by Gerri Hill - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

Shaken series by KG MacGregor - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

And Playing the Role of Herself by K.E. Lane - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

Learn more about Melissa Brayden 

 

Website 

Facebook 

Twitter 

See our reviews and top 10 lists featuring Melissa Brayden’s books

 

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

 

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Les Do Books: G Benson Talks Lesfic

February 10, 2017

Les Do Books

G Benson Talks Lesfic

Listen as Tara talks to author G Benson. Authors are readers too, so Tara asks Gabby about the lesfic she’s read and loved! 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

Learn more about G Benson

 

Note: We appologise for the sound quality. It was a long distance, international connection.

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

 

 

 

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Les Do Books: Nell Stark talks Lesfic

January 13, 2017

Les Do Books

Nell Stark talks Lesfic

Listen as Tara talks to author Nell Stark (aka Katie Lynch). Authors are readers too, so Tara asks Nell about the lesfic she’s read and loved, including the first and second she ever read and her favourite! 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest - get it on amazon.com | amazon.co.ukamazon.ca 

 

 

Safe Harbor by Radclyffe - get it on amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.ca 

 

 

When Dreams Tremble by Radclyffe - get it on amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.ca 

 

 

Learn more about Nell Stark

Website

Facebook

Twitter

 

See our reviews and top 10 lists featuring Nell Stark’s books

See our review of Confucius Jane, published as Katie Lynch

 

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

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Les Do Books: Lise MacTague Talks Lesfic

December 16, 2016

Les Do Books

Lise MacTague Talks Lesfic

In this episode, regular reviewer at The Lesbian Review, Tara, talks to author and fellow reviewer Lise MacTague. Authors are readers too, so Tara gets the goods on Lise as a reader! 

Listen to find out how Lise discovered lesfic, who one of her favourite authors is, and what she’s reading right now. 

 

Check out the books Lise discussed here: 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Lise MacTague

 

 

 

 

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

 

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