Spark by Catherine Friend

November 17, 2017

Spark by Catherine Friend  

Book Clips 

This reading is narrated by Ann Etter 

You can contact Ann Etter on Facebook  or email her   

 

Synopsis 

Jamie Maddox is worried about her grip on reality. Has her consciousness really been transported back to 1560, landing in the body of Blanche Nottingham? Not good, since Blanche, a lady-in-waiting for Queen Elizabeth I, is plotting a murder. The other possibility that Jamie faces? She’s had a psychotic break that has trapped her in an Elizabethan fantasy while another personality—let’s call her Blanche—has taken control of Jamie’s life and is jeopardizing everything. 

Jamie is repeatedly zapped back and forth between the present and 1560 (or in and out of that twisted fantasy). Betrayal, murder, thunderstorms, and two doctors complicate everything as Jamie and Blanche battle to control Jamie’s body. Just as Jamie is running out of both hope and time, help—and love—come from a most unexpected place 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

 

 

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Stranger Things Season 1

November 15, 2017

Stranger Things Season 1 

Lez Geek Out! 20 

Andi and Lise totally geek out over the Netflix original series Stranger Things. The acting, the pacing, the tension, the writing – it’s all brilliant. It’s a hybrid horror/thriller/sci fi set in the early 1980s in the American Midwest. 

Synopsis: 

A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.Rotten Tomatoes 

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Episode 16b: Interview with Farah Mendlesohn

November 11, 2017

Interview with Farah Mendlesohn

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • I chat with Farah Mendlesohn about her brand new lesbian Regency romance Spring Flowering.
  • How did a literary theorist specializing in fantasy and science fiction come to write historic romance?
  • Why was the 17th century a great time to set fiction about women loving women?
  • How does historical fiction writer Geoffrey Trease come into things?
  • How Spring Flowering came out of a challenge and a NaNoWriMo project.

Publications mentioned:

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

Website:

Twitter:

  • @effjayem

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

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Lesbian Fiction Without A Happy Ending

November 10, 2017

Lesbian Fiction Without a Happy Ending 

Les Do Books 

Tara’s sidekick and fellow reviewer, Brooklyn Goodrich, is back! In this episode, Brooklyn joins Tara to share a selection of excellent lesbian fiction books that don’t have a happy ending. Listen to find out why Brooklyn thinks a happy ending is the last thing she needs from an excellent story. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

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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10 Lesbian Books We Want As Movies

November 3, 2017

10 Lesbian Books We Want As Movies

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Welcome to The Lesbian Review Podcast, a podcast spin-off of the popular review website TheLesbianReview.com 

I am Sheena and I have been joined today by Anna a fellow reviewer at TLR. Today we are talking about Books That We Want As Movies.

Sheena's List

1 Lethal Affairs by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexia (Elite Operatives book 1) 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

Elite operative Domino is no stranger to peril and impossible situations. Trained all her life to be just as comfortable fighting terrorists as mixing with the gala crowd, she is proficient at playing any role necessary to accomplish her objective and believes the cause sanctifies the means.  

But her latest assignment to investigate journalist Hayley Ward will test more than her skills, ingenuity, and courage, because this time she faces the ultimate dilemma: a choice between loyalty and love. 

 

Get it on Amazon 

 

2 Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague 

Published by Bella Books 

Unknown to regular citizens, nightmarish creatures lurk in the dark underbelly of human civilization. The presence of these supranormals (“supras”)—werewolves, vampires, demons—is a closely guarded government secret, as is the existence of a cadre of specially engineered Hunters charged with exterminating them. 

Code-named Malice, Hunter Mary Alice Nolan was genetically modified and rigorously trained to use her great strength, heightened senses, and killer instincts to track and eliminate supras who prey on the innocent. A loner by choice, her only real link to the human world is her close connection to her mother and sister—until the unthinkable happens… 

Ruri Samson has been a werewolf for more than a century and is comfortably situated as the Beta of her peaceful pack. Until she is betrayed by the woman she loves and an evil outsider massacres her Alpha and his most loyal followers. Barely escaping with her life, Ruri is forced to tread the perilous path of a lone wolf while vowing vengeance against the usurper and his minions. 

Although these two powerful women should rightfully despise each other, fate will soon compel them to join forces on a dangerous quest to avenge their loved ones—and will ignite a forbidden passion that neither of them ever imagined. 

 

Get it on Amazon 

 

3 The Sublime And Spirited Voyages Of Original Sin by Colette Moody 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

The Gulf of Mexico, 1702: When pirates of the square-rigger Original Sin steal ashore to abduct a doctor to tend to their wounded, they end up settling for the doctor’s attractive fiancée—Celia Pierce, the town seamstress. 

Together with Gayle Malvern, daughter of wounded pirate captain “Madman” Malvern, Celia becomes a reluctant participant in an unexpectedly thrilling journey through the Caribbean. For Gayle, Celia’s presence is at first a welcome and shapely distraction, but as her attraction to the seamstress deepens, she realizes that Celia comes to mean more to her than is almost certainly prudent. As Celia and Gayle navigate the perilous territories of gypsies, prostitutes, mercenaries, and slave-traders, they forge a partnership born of necessity that Gayle soon hopes will veer away from insurmountable danger—and instead detour directly to her bed. 

 

Get it on Amazon  

 

4 Devil’s Rock by Gerri Hill 

Published by Bella Books

Two women vow to bring a killer to justice. Deputy Andrea Sullivan had hoped to leave the horrors of Los Angeles behind her, but the serial murders of college students in peaceful, picturesque Sedona are her nightmare case to solve. The complexities stretch local resources to the limit, and the FBI joins the case with Agent Cameron Ross in the lead. 

The crime scenes are covered with the trademark signs of the fiendish Patrick Doe, whose handiwork has been investigated by Dallas detective Tori Hunter and others. But where Hunter failed Cameron intends to win. She will break the case, find justice and go home. No distractions. Unfortunately, Deputy Sullivan is very distracting. And Patrick Doe has other plans. 

 

Get it on Amazon

 

5 All I Want For Christmas by Clare Lydon 

Published by Custard Books 

This Christmas, Tori Hammond is on a mission to find love. 

Her ideal present under the tree would be a shiny new girlfriend, so Tori gives herself one month to find that special lady by December 25th. Christmas spells romance and she’s going to grab some. 

Love Christmas? Love romantic comedies? Then you need to read All I Want For Christmas and prepare to be swept off your festive feet! 

 

Get it on Amazon 

 

Anna’s Picks 

6 Kicker's Journey by Lois Cloarec Hart 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

In 1899 two women from very different backgrounds are about to embark on a journey together - one that will take them from the Old World to the New, from the 19th century into the 20th, and from the comfort and familiarity of England to the rigours of Western Canada, where challenges await at every turn. 

The journey begins simply for Kicker Stuart when she leaves her home village to take employment as hostler and farrier at Grindleshire Academy for Young Ladies. But when Kicker falls in love with a teacher, Madelyn Bristow, it radically alters the course of her tranquil life. 

Together, the lovers flee the brutality of Madelyn's father and the prejudices of upper-crust England in search of freedom to live, and love, as they choose. A journey as much of the heart and soul as of the body, it will find the lovers struggling against the expectations of gender, the oppression of class, and even, at times, each other. 

What they find at the end of their journey is not a new Eden, but a land of hope and opportunity that offers them the chance to live out their most cherished dream - a life together. 

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

7 The Killing Ground by Syd Parker 

Published by Syd Parker Books 

A serial killer is working his way through Chicago. His victims have nothing in common except being pregnant. Detective Rebecca Foxx of the Chicago Detective Division has her hands full trying to catch the murderer before he kills again. She has enough pressure without the overbearing FBI butting in.  

FBI Special Agent Jordan Gray isn’t sure what she is in for when a midnight call brings her to her boss’s office. She asks her to take an assignment off the records. Investigate the attack of her partner, but don’t let anyone outside her office know. 

It soon becomes obvious that Rebecca resents the FBI’s intrusion and it seems Jordan’s personal attention. With no breaks in the case, she is forced to accept the FBI’s help, but she’ll be damned if she is taking anything else from Jordan. 

What follows is a series of missteps and twists and turns that leaves both women wondering if they will ever catch the killer and trying to figure out how to keep their feelings for each other from becoming a distraction.

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

8 True Nature by Jae 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

When wolf-shifter Kelsey Yates discovers that fourteen-year-old shape-shifter Danny Harding is living with a human adoptive mother, she is sent on a secret mission to protect the pup and get him away from the human. 

Successful CEO Rue Harding has no idea that the private teacher she hires for her deaf son isn’t really there to teach him history and algebra—or that Danny and Kelsey are not what they seem to be. 

But when Danny runs away from home and gets lost in New York City, Kelsey and Rue have to work together to find him before his first transformation sets in and reveals the shape-shifter’s secret existence to the world. 

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

9 Don't Call Me Hero by Eliza Lentzski 

It’s been over a year since Cassidy Miller retired from the United States Marine Corps, but try telling that to her nightmares. She knew that coming back after eight years in a war zone wouldn’t be easy, but she’d underestimated the real difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life. War is hell, but the aftermath is endless. Looking for a fresh start, she’s left her friends and career in Minneapolis to be a police officer in northern Minnesota. It’s in the tiny town of Embarrass where she learns more about Julia Desjardin. The city prosecutor is cool, professional, and untouchable. But she and Cassidy have history, and Cassidy isn’t going to let her easily forget that. For all their surface differences, Cassidy and Julia have more in common than they first realized—both are reluctant to hand over their pasts to be judged and studied. But it might take someone just as damaged as the other to help each cope with the skeletons in their respective closets. 

 

Get It On Amazon

 

10 Bridesmaid of Honor by Graysen Morgen 

Published by Triplicity Publishing 

Britton Prescott's best friend is getting married and she's the maid of honor. What her best friend failed to mention, was the fact that her cousin Daphne was going to be a bridesmaid. The same cousin that has been Britton's nemesis since they were in high school. 

As if that isn't enough to deal with, Britton's sister announces she's getting married in the same month and her maid of honor is none other than her best friend Daphne, the same woman that has tormented her sister for years. Britton has to suck it up and play nice, instead of scratching her eyes out, because she and Daphne are in both weddings. 

Everyone is counting on Britton and Daphne to behave like adults and put the past behind them. No one expects to find them wrapped in each other's arms at the most inopportune time.

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

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Off Pitch by Brianna Kienitz

November 2, 2017

Off Pitch by Brianna Kienitz 

Book Clips 

Synopsis 

Soccer star Adeline Fahey has never taken an interest in the world outside of the pitch. The daughter of wealthy Irish immigrants, and a straight-A student, she sees nothing but the goal—finish her last two years of school and join a professional soccer team—no ifs, ands, or buts. 

Then Gabriella Soto, a cello prodigy in her own right and the teaching assistant in Adeline’s dreaded Beginning Spanish class, walks onto her playing field. 

After a drunken night in a T-rex costume boots their hearts onto a collision course, Adeline and Gabriella must tackle a field of school scandal, homophobic parents, and their own passionate career goals to have a shot at something more. In the face of so many obstacles, Adeline and Gabriella fear that their love may not be strong enough to score them the championship relationship they never knew they wanted. 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon

 

Find Brianna Kienitz on Twitter and Facebook 

 

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The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley - Lez Geek Out!

November 1, 2017

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley - Lez Geek Out 19 

Andi and Lise totally lose their minds over Hurley’s latest, The Stars are Legion, in which warring worlds are populated only by women in decaying organic world-ships all known as The Legion. The main character, Zan, wakes up to find most of her memories gone, but soon finds out that she is being perpetually sent out to board another world-ship and each time, she comes closer. 

Andi and Lise were blown away by Hurley’s world-building – organic world-ships literally birthed by the women who inhabit them, and each with different levels/ecosystems all interrelated (omg the metaphors here!). The story is thus about Zan, who knows that she needs to board this other ship to save Jayd. Jayd, for her part, has her own agenda in bringing change into this warring, authoritarian context. The question is, can they do it and what precisely does “change” mean? 

Synopsis 

Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion. 

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation - the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan's new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world. 

Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion's destruction - and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it? 

In the tradition of The Fall of Hyperion and Dune, The Stars Are Legion is an epic and thrilling tale about tragic love, revenge, and war as imagined by one of the genre's most celebrated new writers. 

 

Get it on Amazon 

 

Links 

Kameron Hurley’s website 

The Stars are Legion info and buy links 

Annalee Newitz thoughts on TSAL at Ars Technia 

Andrew Liptak thoughts on TSAL at Verge 

 

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And Playing The Role Of Herself (Book Club) - Les Do Books

October 27, 2017

And Playing the Role of Herself by KE Lane 

Tara is joined in this episode Erin Hodgson, fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review, to talk about And Playing the Role of Herself by KE Lane. Listen to find out who their favourite characters are, why Erin hopes someone will write fanfic about it, and more. 

This podcast has spoilers, so be sure to read the book before you check it out.  

 

From the back of the book: 

Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role among the star-studded, veteran cast of 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama shot on location in glitzy LA.

Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful, the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to super-stardom.

When the two meet on the set of 9th Precinct, Caid is instantly infatuated but settles for friendship, positive that Robyn is both unavailable and uninterested. Soon Caid sees that all is not as it appears, but can she take a chance and risk her heart when the outcome is so uncertain? 

 

More info 

Come talk to Tara and the rest of The Lesbian Review crew 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 

 

And if you’re loving the podcast on The Lesbian Talk Show, be sure to check out our Facebook group, The Lesbian Talk Show Chat Group.  

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15c - Book Appreciation with Caren Werlinger

October 21, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15c - Book Appreciation with Caren Werlinger 

In the Book Appreciation segments, Caren J Werlinger will talk about one or more favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting.  

In this episode Caren recommends some favorite queer historical novels: 

 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

For further information on Caren Werlinger 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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10 Best Debut Novels - The Lesbian Review Podcast

October 20, 2017

10 Best Debut Novels - The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Clare Lydon joins Sheena as they talk about their favorite debut novels. 

Sheena’s Picks

1 London Calling by Clare Lydon 

Published by Custard Publishing 

Synopsis 

A break-up. A mix-up. Will there be a make-up? 

Jess Sharp’s life hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. She’s 32, unemployed, and single after a devastating breakup. She’s also left Australia for London to live in her parents’ spare room. Her chaotic life seems to be spiraling until she meets someone who could be a game-changer. 

She’s optimistic after a wildly successful first date, but far too much tequila and the ghosts of girlfriends past may drag her far below her lowest point. Can she win the race for romance without tripping? 

London Calling is the first book in a series of lesbian romance novels. If you like punchy drama, wicked humor, and charming British characters, then you’ll love Clare Lydon’s hilarious debut novel. 

 

Read Our Review 

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

2 Depths Of Blue by Lise MacTague 

Published by Bella Books 

Synopsis 

For Torrin Ivanov, life is a bargaining table. Every planet is a new business opportunity. Legality is optional and supplying one side in a local civil war always adds up to profit. 

Jak Stowell is at war within a war. A woman hidden in the heart of a male-only army, her brother’s murder has left her desperate for vengeance. Her skill as a sniper gives her both the disguise she needs and paves the way ever closer to her real goal. She kills efficiently, without remorse. Putting down an off-world smuggler will be no different. 

A moment’s hesitation. A flicker of doubt. Two women on a collision course set off a chain reaction of intergalactic intrigue—and awaken a dangerous passion that could cost them their lives.

 

Read Our Review 

Get It On Amazon 

 

3 Safe Harbor by Radclyffe 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

Synopsis 

A mysterious newcomer, a reclusive doctor, and a troubled gay teenager learn about love, friendship, and trust during one tumultuous summer in Provincetown. 

Reese is the new sheriff who has heads turning amidst speculation as to who will be the first woman to capture her attention. 

Doctor Victoria King has been betrayed by love once and refuses to risk heartbreak again. 

Brianna Parker, the teenaged daughter of Reese's chief, fears her father’s wrath when he learns that she loves another girl. 

As these three women struggle to live and love in freedom, they risk their hearts and souls to give one another a safe harbor. 

 

Get It On Amazon

 

 

4 Daughter Of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones 

Published by Bella Books 

Synopsis 

Margerit Sovitre did not expect to inherit Baron Saveze’s fortunes—even less his bodyguard, a ruthlessly efficient swordswoman known only as Barbara. Wealth suddenly makes Margerit a highly eligible heiress and buys her the enmity of the new Baron. He had expected to inherit all, and now eyes her fortune with open envy. 

Barbara proudly served as the old Baron’s duelist but she had expected his death to make her a free woman. Bitterness turns to determination when she finds herself the only force that stands between Margerit and the new Baron’s greed. 

At first Margerit protests the need for Barbara’s services, but soon she cannot imagine sending Barbara away. And Barbara’s duty has become something far more hazardous to her heart than the point of a sword. 

But greater dangers loom than one man’s hatred—the Prince of Alpennia is ill. Deadly intrigue surrounds the succession and the rituals of divine power known as The Mysteries of the Saints. 

 

Read Our Review 

Get It On Amazon 

 

5 Sharpshooter by Leslie Murray 

Published by Sapphire Books Publishing 

Synopsis 

A mission gone horribly wrong. 

A vicious killer who will stop at nothing. 

Two women on the run for their very lives. 

After 9/11, an experimental branch of the U.S. government has been tasked with the mission of proactively putting a stop to terrorism. They have sent a team to eliminate a financier responsible for funding the worst of these organizations. Everything is going according to plan. 

Until it’s not. 

The team is ambushed, and when the mission is looking its darkest, it goes from bad to worse. 

Former Marine scout sniper Seven Michelis is a black ops sharpshooter now injured and on the run for her life. 

Peace Corps volunteer Dr. Jenny MacKenzie defies good sense and sets out to help a stranger in need. What she finds is something else entirely. 

From the rugged foothills of the Andes through the dense forests of the Amazon river basin, Seven and Jenny fight to survive the perils of being hunted through Bolivia by a killer hell-bent on homicide. Who can they trust, and what fresh hell awaits them if and when they make it home? Will they survive long enough to explore their growing attraction?

 

Read Our Review 

Get It On Amazon 

 

Clare’s List 

6 And Playing The Role Of Herself by KE Lane 

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises 

Synopsis 

Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role among the star-studded, veteran cast of 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama shot on location in glitzy LA. Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful, the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to super-stardom. When the two meet on the set of 9th Precinct, Caid is instantly infatuated but settles for friendship, positive that Robyn is both unavailable and uninterested. Soon Caid sees that all is not as it appears, but can she take a chance and risk her heart when the outcome is so uncertain? 

The leading ladies and the supporting cast of this debut novel by newcomer K.E Lane will charm you, entertain you, and leave you with a smile on your face, eager for Ms. Lane's next offering. 

 

Read Our Review 

Get It On Amazon 

 

7 All The Little Moments by G Benson 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

Synopsis 

A successful anaesthetist, Anna is focused on herself, her career, and her girlfriend. Everything changes abruptly when her brother’s and sister-in-law’s deaths devastate her and her family. Left responsible for her young niece and nephew, Anna finds herself dumped and alone in Melbourne, a city she doesn’t even like. She tries to navigate the shock of looking after two children battling with their grief while managing her own. 

Filled with self-doubt, Anna feels as if she’s making a mess of the entire thing, especially when she collides with a long-legged stranger. Anna barely has time to brush her teeth in the morning, let alone to date a woman—least of all one who has no idea about the two kids under her care. 

Just when Anna finally starts to feel as if she’s getting some control of the situation, the biggest fight begins and Anna really has to step up once and for all. 

 

Read Our Review 

Get It On Amazon 

 

8 Exception To The Rule by Cindy Rizzo 

Synopsis 

What will keep you safe—and sane—when you find yourself in a new and unfamiliar place convinced you'll never find anyone like you? 

For Robin and Tracy, it's the rules they set for themselves as they begin their first semester at Adams University near Boston. 

Robin is determined to hide in her room writing until she can get back to her homeless gay friends in New York City, whose easy exchange of sex and friendship inspires her creativity. She's sworn off perfect princesses like Tracy Patterson, no matter how attractive she finds the mysterious Southerner on her hall with the long blonde hair and tight jeans. 

And Tracy has no interest in cynical, smart-mouthed Northerners like Robin. She has her own set of rules—fine-tuned back home in North Carolina where she had a fake boyfriend and an uncomplicated string of older female lovers, including her mother's best friend. Here at college, she already has her first conquest planned, and it's certainly not Robin Greene. 

This is a love story about two young women who can only find their true selves by finding one another. But are Robin and Tracy willing to give up all they think they know in order to find happiness? 

Sometimes in life, the person who will matter most is the one who's an exception to the rule.

 

Read Our Review 

Get It On Amazon 

 

9 Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan 

Synopsis 

The coming out story that will completely change the way you look at love. 

Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it? 

Lena Newman is 17, her best friend's a cheerleader, her boyfriend's a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that's before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian. 

Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested. 

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

10 Curious Wine by Katherine V Forrest 

Published by Bella Books 

Synopsis 

The intimacy of a cabin at Lake Tahoe provides the combustible setting that brings Diana Holland and Lane Christianson together in this passionate novel of first discovery. Candid in its eroticism, intensely romantic, and remarkably beautiful, Curious Wine is a love story that will remain in your memory.

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

Find Clare Lydon Online

Website

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15b - Interview with Caren Werlinge

October 14, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15b - Interview with Caren Werlinger 

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

In this episode we talk about 

  • The approach of framing a historic story within a modern character’s interaction with that story. The uses of parallel lives to create reader connection. 
  • How Caren used dreams and book inscriptions as a way of connecting the present with the past. How present lives can heal past wounds. 
  • Historic fiction as a way of bringing the past to life and giving women the adventures and stories they’re denied in history books. 
  • The challenge of researching the small details. 
  • Using 8th century Ireland as a setting for fantasy adventure. What makes a specific historic context an inviting place for fantastic stories? The “what if” factor. How does history constrain the invention? 
  • Favourite research sources for early Ireland:
  • Irish folklore and myth
  • Internet searches for the flora and fauna of 8th century Ireland

Publications mentioned:

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

Find Author CJ Werlinger here:

Website 

Email 

Facebook 

 

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

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Carsen Taite Talks Lesbian Fiction

October 13, 2017

Les Do Books: Carsen Taite Talks Lesbian Fiction 

In this episode, prolific author Carsen Taite joins Tara to talk about a few lesbian fiction books that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Carsen thinks everyone should check out. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

Totally Worth It by Maggie Cummings  

Welcome to the world of Bay West Social. Twenty-something Meg McTiernan is all about her career when her house hunt unexpectedly lands her at Bay West - a lesbian mecca tucked away in the suburbs of NYC - and her social life is given a turbo boost. There's a pool, a softball league, even a nightclub practically in her backyard. In this loaded environment, finding the right girl just got a lot more interesting. 

Case in point: law student Lexi Russo grew up at Bay West and is about to start an internship at the law firm of another local, self-assured, sexy Jesse Ducane. Lexi's had a crush on Jesse forever, but Jesse's the one Bay West woman she can't possibly have. And not just because she's her boss. 

Together, new friends Meg and Lexi navigate romances, fun flirtations, juicy gossip, tons of drama, and maybe just the right amount of true love. 

Spark by Catherine Friend 

Jamie Maddox is worried about her grip on reality. Has her consciousness really been transported back to 1560, landing in the body of Blanche Nottingham? Not good, since Blanche, a lady-in-waiting for Queen Elizabeth I, is plotting a murder. The other possibility that Jamie faces? She’s had a psychotic break that has trapped her in an Elizabethan fantasy while another personality—let’s call her Blanche—has taken control of Jamie’s life and is jeopardizing everything. 

Jamie is repeatedly zapped back and forth between the present and 1560 (or in and out of that twisted fantasy). Betrayal, murder, thunderstorms, and two doctors complicate everything as Jamie and Blanche battle to control Jamie’s body. Just as Jamie is running out of both hope and time, help—and love—come from a most unexpected place. 

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran  

Three women, united by love and kinship, struggle to conform to the social norms of the times in which they live. 

In 1931 Katherine Henderson leaves behind her small town in Kansas and the marriage proposal of a local boy to live on her own and work at the Sears & Roebuck glove counter in Chicago. There she meets Annie - a bold, outspoken feminist who challenges Katherine's idea of who she thinks she is and what she thinks she wants in life. 

In 1997 Katherine's daughter, Joan, travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to clean out her estranged mother's house. Hidden away in an old suitcase, she finds a wooden box containing trinkets and a packet of sealed letters to a person identified only by a first initial. 

Joan reads the unsent letters and discovers a woman completely different from the aloof and unyielding mother of her youth - a woman who had loved deeply and lost that love to circumstances beyond her control. Now she just has to find the strength to use the healing power of empathy and forgiveness to live the life she's always wanted to live. 

Eyes Like Those by Melissa Brayden  

When it comes to love, no one is in charge. 

Isabel Chase is reeling. She’s just been offered her dream job as a staff writer on one of the hottest shows on television and quickly trades in the comfort of New England for sun, sand, and everything Hollywood. While stoked for what could be her big break, the show’s stunning executive producer has her head spinning and her feelings swirling.  

Taylor Andrews is at the top of her career. Everything she touches turns to gold and the studios know it. Just when she’s on track for total television domination, Isabel Chase arrives in her office and slowly turns her world upside down. Isabel is intelligent, sarcastic, and dammit, downright beautiful. Unfortunately, she’s the one person that can take away all Taylor has worked for.  

Will Isabel’s success lead to Taylor’s downfall? Or perhaps Isabel is all she needs… 

Learn more about Carsen Taite

 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: On The Shelf October 2017

October 7, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15a - On the Shelf 

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

In this episode we talk about 

  • A summary of the publications covered in the blog in August 

    • Books on the queer history of Boston and on the concept of the Boston Marriage in modern psychology 
    • Medieval penitential manuals that address same-sex relations 
    • Works on sexuality and same-sex relations in medieval Europe 
  • What’s coming up in the blog 
    • More sources on medieval and pre-modern Europe 
  • This month’s author guest: Caren Werlinger 
  • Ask Sappho 
    • Where did I get the music that introduces and closes the podcast? 
    • What did people think about queens who had same-sex relations? Did it affect what the common people and the people of the court thought of them? 

 

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This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project including the following: 

 

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A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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10 Brilliant Slow Burn Romances - The Lesbian Review Podcast

October 6, 2017

10 Brilliant Slow Burn Romances 

Jae has stopped by to help Sheena put together a list of 10 brilliant slow burn romances. You know those books where characters don’t instantly get together? Instead it takes the whole book for them to overcome the obstacles and finally become a couple. We love them and so will you. 

Sheena’s List 

Backwards To Oregon by Jae 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

“Luke” Hamilton has always been sure that she’d never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man. 

After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life. 

But now they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with two thousand miles ahead of them.  

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Above Temptation by Karin Kallmaker 

Published by Bella Books 

For Kip Barrett, a secret commission from her boss's boss's boss, CEO Tamara Sterling, shows that the respect she's earned for her integrity and intelligence as a fraud investigator is justified. All she has to do is what she's done successfully before: Follow the cyber-trail, find the high-tech thief, and document it so that justice prevails.  

This time, however, the embezzler is one of their own. Sterling Fraud Investigations has an unblemished reputation for ethical conduct and security. Kip must find out who and how, as soon as possible, and no one but Tamara can know what she's doing.  

As Kip gets closer to discovering the embezzler, her clandestine meetings with Tamara grow more frequent. It doesn't help that her admiration for Sterling's work is compounded by an undeniable physical chemistry. But SFI has an iron-clad no fraternization rule, and Sterling investigators never break the rules. She needs to wrap up her findings before anyone--including her emerging prime suspect Tamara Sterling--realizes Kip is not above temptation. 

Follow the passion--and the money--from Seattle to Nassau in the latest page-turning story from Lambda Literary award-winning author Karin Kallmaker. Fans of this novel won't want to miss the follow-up short story in Frosting on the Cake 2: Second Helpings!

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA)

 

Crossing The Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

Cody Walsh leaves Arkansas for California. Lured by stories of opportunity, even for women, Cody disguises herself as a man and prepares for the arduous journey west. 

Lillie Ellis leaves New York to accept a post as a schoolteacher on the frontier near a small homestead she just inherited from her uncle. Lillie’s ultimate desire is to become a painter, and she hopes the Kansas frontier will offer her the freedom to follow that dream. In the nineteenth century, a young woman has few options in the East that don’t revolve around marriage and motherhood. Lillie is interested in neither.  

Cody rescues Lillie after a chance encounter in Independence, Missouri. Their destinies and desires become entwined as they face the perils of the untamed West. Despite their differences, they discover that love’s uncharted frontier is not for the weak in spirit or the faint of heart. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Pelican’s Landing by Gerri Hill 

Published by Bella Books 

The high-powered high life loses all its allure in the face of family tragedy. A return to the Gulf Coast life and a chance to reconnect and reclaim what really matters leads to unexpected passion and a final chance at true love in this tumultuous summer romance from best-selling author Gerri Hill! 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Starting From Scratch by Georgia Beers 

Published by Bella Books 

What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn? What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love? What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted? 

Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers brings to you her long-awaited seventh novel, Starting from Scratch, a story where learning, laughing, loving, and baked goods are just a few of life's basic ingredients. Starting from Scratch...where life is what you make it. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

 

Jae’s List 

And Playing The Role Of Herself by KE Lane 

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises 

Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role among the star-studded, veteran cast of 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama shot on location in glitzy LA. Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful, the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to super-stardom. When the two meet on the set of 9th Precinct, Caid is instantly infatuated but settles for friendship, positive that Robyn is both unavailable and uninterested. Soon Caid sees that all is not as it appears, but can she take a chance and risk her heart when the outcome is so uncertain? 

The leading ladies and the supporting cast of this debut novel by newcomer K.E Lane will charm you, entertain you, and leave you with a smile on your face, eager for Ms. Lane's next offering. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

 

Glass Houses by Ciaran Llachlan Leavitt 

Published by Renaissance Alliance Publishing 

Two actresses fight the system and each other when the director of their career making film dies in the middle of production. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

 

Coming Home by Lois Cloarec Hart 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

A triangle with a twist, Coming Home is the story of three good people caught up in an impossible situation. 

Rob, a charismatic ex-fighter pilot severely disabled with MS, has been steadfastly cared for by his wife, Jan, for many years. Quite by accident one day, Terry, a young writer/postal carrier, enters their lives and turns it upside down. 

Injecting joy and turbulence into their quiet existence, Terry draws Rob and Jan into her lively circle of family and friends until the growing attachment between the two women begins to strain the bonds of love and loyalty, to Rob and each other. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA)

 

 

Jericho by Ann McMan 

Published by Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company 

Librarian Syd Murphy flees the carnage of a failed marriage by accepting an eighteen-month position in Jericho–a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Her plans to hide out and heal her wounds fall by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals. She becomes fast friends with Maddie Stevenson, the enigmatic physician who has returned to the backcountry community to take over her late father’s medical practice. Together they learn that life and love can have as many twists and turns as a country road. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

 

Without Warning by KG McGregor 

Published by Bella Books 

On a day that begins like any other, a violent earthquake strikes Los Angeles, plunging the region into chaos. Two strangers, trapped in a collapsed shopping mall, find each other amid the rubble and join forces to escape. Hampered by injury and darkness, they dig and claw their way through one crumbled store after another, emerging long after most have given up hope for survivors.  

The ordeal leaves both women shaken, but their shared triumph sets them on a life-changing course together, igniting a connection like neither has ever known. 

Anna Kaklis--whose perfectly planned life never included falling in love with another woman--is thrown for a loop, but she doesn't doubt her heart. 

Lily Stewart--abandoned too many times by people she trusted--won't let herself believe that Anna's love will endure. 

Without Warning is the story of their courageous journey through adversity, and their promise of steadfast love.

 

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Book Clips: Warming Trend by Karin Kallmaker

October 5, 2017

Warming Trend by Karin Kallmaker 

Synopsis 

Anidyr Bycall is frozen in her past, regretting words never spoken to the woman she loves and the one impulsive act that cost her all her dreams. Running from the courts of public and academic opinion in Fairbanks, she has landed in Key West. The nights are hot but she is colder than the glaciers she once explored. 

Tending bar by night, she spends her days immersed in the research of her only remaining passion in life: the ice fields of Alaska. But trends may be improving when news from home hints that those she harmed may have moved on, and she can at least recover the papers and books she left behind. The respect and affection she once saw in Eve Cambra‘s eyes is gone beyond recall. 

When a few innocent questions raise Ani’s doubts about what really happened three years ago, she realizes she may have a chance to clear her name and reclaim her career. But there’s no data to prove that Eve has thawed and that the fire they once shared can be rekindled. 

Golden Crown and Lambda Literary award-winning author Karin Kallmaker brings her readers a romantic story of the icy north where passion may melt even a frozen heart.

 

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

 

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Book Clips: Love Forever, Live Forever by Annette Mori

October 2, 2017

Love Forever, Live Forever by Annette Mori 

Synopsis 

No one forgets their first love. For Nicky, that’s Sara, who abruptly disappears one day, leaving only a cryptic letter. That day scarred her soul. When the pain starts to diminish, Nicky begins to get her life back on track until it is derailed once again by an unimaginable twist. 

Changed forever, Nicky becomes a careless, womanizing nomad known as the Little Wild One, until she meets Annie. Thirteen years later, Nicky’s finally settled and happy. Fate intervenes and puts her directly back into the path of her first love, Sara, and the corresponding events send her into a tailspin. Now she must decide—who will be the person she ends up living with and loving forever? 

 

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Lesbian Historic Motif Project: The Highwaywoman Special

September 30, 2017

The Highwaywoman Special, including 5 Highwaywoman Romances 

This is my first “fifth week special” episode, when I have to come up with something outside my 4-topic rotation. Today we have a multi-media look at female highwaymen in history, song, and story, including five lesbian highwaywoman romances. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • The historic era of the highwaymen 
  • Ballads featuring female highwaymen (you get to hear me sing!) 
  • Women in history who went “on the pad” as they say, or who were rumored to have done so 
  • The most popular formula for lesbian highwaywoman novels  
  • Five lesbian highwaywoman romances, plus one bonus highway robbery incident  

The various persons and works discussed or presented in this podcast (in order of appearance) are as follows. Some historic references may apply to more than one person.  

 

More info 

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

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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Les Do Books: Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Recommended Lesfic

September 29, 2017

Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Recommended Lesfic Reads 

In this episode, Rebekah Weatherspoon joins Tara to talk about lesfic that she recommends, as well as a few books from her to-be-read pile. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Rebekah loves and is looking forward to checking out. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

Learn more about Rebekah Weatherspoon 

 

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Book Clips: The Long Past & Other Stories by Ginn Hale

September 25, 2017

The Long Past & Other Stories by Ginn Hale 

Synopsis 

1858 –Warring mages open up a vast inland sea that splits the United States in two. With the floodwaters come creatures from a long distant past. What seems like the End Times forges a new era of heroes and heroines who challenge tradition, law, and even death as they transform the old west into a new world. 

In the heart of dinosaur country a laconic trapper and a veteran mage risk treason to undertake a secret mission. 

A brilliant magician and her beautiful assistant light up stages with the latest automaton, but the secrets both of them are hiding test their trust in each other and pit them against one of the most powerful men in the world. 

At the wild edge of the Inland Sea, amidst crocodiles and triceratops, an impoverished young man and a Pinkerton Detective must join forces to outmaneuver a corrupt judge and his gunmen. 

This is a reading from the short story - The Hollow History of Professor Perfectus featured in The Long Past & Other Stories 

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Book Clips: Threads Of The Heart by Jeannie Levig

September 22, 2017

Threads Of The Heart by Jeannie Levig 

Synopsis 

No one travels this life alone. 

Maggie Rae-McInnis is happy in her twelve-year relationship with Addison and renting out the rooms in their large home in the Hollywood Hills. Her one nagging fear is that her partner is not as happy as she is—and she is right. Addison is a hot mess. Though she loves Maggie, she feels something is missing. When she meets Victoria Fontaine, a confident, sexy, and manipulative younger woman, she is swept into something new, exciting, and a little dangerous. 

Tess Rossini and Dusty Gardner, the couple’s closest friends and long-term tenants, face their own fears as they navigate the uncharted waters of love, and Eve Jacobs, newest arrival, finds herself on a path of self-discovery.  

The love and friendship these women share make up the threads that weave together to form the unbreakable bonds that last a lifetime. 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

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