Episode 21c - Book Appreciation with Liz Bourke

April 21, 2018

Book Appreciation with Liz Bourke

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 21c

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

In this episode reviewer Liz Bourke recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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Liz has a collection of some of her past SFF reviews which, since the time we recorded the interview, has been announced as a finalist for the Hugo Award in the Best Related Work category.

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

No transcript is available for this episode.

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8 Awesome Books With Bisexual Leading Ladies

April 18, 2018

8 Awesome Books With Bisexual Leading Ladies 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Tara joins Sheena in this episode to talk about 8 Awesome Books With Bisexual Leading Ladies.

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Here are Tara’s choices for excellent books with bi rep:

 

All That Matters Susan X Meagher

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Brisk Press

Synopsis

Life is going damned well for Blair Spencer. She’s a very successful real estate agent, happily married to a man who encourages her to live the independent life she loves—and they’re actively working to have a baby.

The wrench in the works is that Blair favors adoption, while her husband David desperately wants to have a biological child. The fates are against them, and they finally seek the help of a group of reproductive specialists. One of the doctors, a surgeon named Kylie Mackenzie, eventually becomes a good friend to Blair. And she needs all of the friends she can get when things start to go horribly wrong at home. As her marriage teeters on the brink of collapse, she relies more and more on Kylie’s friendship.

Kylie’s happily gay; Blair’s happily straight. But the way they structure their relationship leads friends and family to privately question whether the pair is setting themselves up for heartache. They eventually come to a crossroads, which could either destroy their friendship or turn it into what each of them has been seeking. The question is whether each woman can change her view of herself and her needs. The answer is all that matters.

 

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Just Jorie by Robin Alexander

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Intaglio Publications

Audiobook Publisher Dog Ear Audio

Synopsis

Some believe that special someone is out there just waiting to be found. Jorie Andolini is one of those people and has spent a lot of time envisioning that moment. She bumps into a woman at a grocery store, the woman drops a can of peas, Jorie picks it up, their eyes meet, and two souls connect. But it’s actually a wasted trip to New York, a snowstorm, and a canceled flight home that puts her in the path of Lena Vaughn.

Lena has found fault in every man she’s ever dated. Her dream of finding a husband is dwindling with every year that passes. Despite what her friends say, Lena doesn’t believe she has a fear of commitment, she simply hasn’t found a man she wanted to commit to. It comes as a surprise that in fact it is a woman who stirs those desires. For Lena, it’s not really a matter of sexuality, it’s just Jorie.

Travel the road to happiness with Jorie and Lena. Two crazy old women, meddling friends, and cattitude are just some sights you’ll see along the way.

 

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Blurred Lines by KD Williamson

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Ylva Publishing

Synopsis

Kelli MacCabe is a no-nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend. Committed to her family, her friends, and her job, Kelli puts her needs behind everyone else's.

As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life and leaves room for little else. Respected by her colleagues, but misunderstood by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone at arm's length. In the process, she creates unexpected enemies.

Tragedy brings them together. As chaos grows around them, the lines between them begin to blur.

Despite being from different worlds, friendship grows between them, turning quickly to attraction. Will these two strong, independent women find a way to deal with their individual baggage? Or will they be overcome by it?

 

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Tricky Wisdom by Camryn Eyde

Our Review on TLR

Synopsis

Darcy Wright is a closeted lesbian who has been infatuated with her best friend, Taylor, since junior high. Leaving her small northeast Minnesota town for Harvard in a quest to become a doctor, she moves in with med-student Olivia Boyd, a neurotic, anal, gigantic pain in the backside. The first year of juggling medical school is gruelling, but it’s nothing compared to living with Olivia.

Coming out to her friends and family with an anti-climactic flop, Darcy uses her newly publicised sexuality to try and win Taylor’s affections through an ill-hatched scheme that crosses uncomfortable lines. The result is as unexpected to Darcy as Darcy’s affinity for medicine is to Olivia.

The first year of medical school is a nerve-wracking encounter in medicine, learning lessons the hard way, and finding what her heart desires.

 

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Camp Rewind by Meghan O’Brien

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Bold Strokes Books

Synopsis

Alice Wu is at Camp Rewind only because her therapist thinks it'll help her overcome the social anxiety she's battled since childhood. She's not sure she believes that theory, but will try anything to make a real friend. A casual fling would also be nice, but she's not holding her breath.

Rosa Salazar hopes camp will be an escape from a life permanently altered. Eviscerated online for her feminist critique of a popular video game, Rosa has endured months of anonymous threats over social media, doxxing, and, worst of all, the posting of graphic, sexually explicit material stolen from her cloud storage - including a dirty video she made for an ex. Using a fake name, she enrolls in camp craving a return to a simpler time, before the shame.

Alice and Rosa soon discover that at Camp Rewind, anything is possible. Even an unlikely friendship that swiftly becomes something more.

 

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Fire On The Ice by Tamsen Parker

Our Review on TLR

Synopsis

Welcome to the Snow and Ice Games where competition is not the only thing that is heating up! The fourth book in bestselling Tamsen Parker's romance series continues with two female skaters from opposite sides of the rink.

Blaze Bellamy is the bad girl of the short track speed skating world. Looking like a roller derby bruiser when she’s not in her Team USA uniform, she’s an unlikely American heroine. She’s got a punk attitude to match her provocative dress and her dyed hair, and she’s determined to get onto the front pages of the papers regardless of how she has to do it.

Maisy Harper is the workhorse of the Canadian women’s figure skating team. Serious, modest, and above all, polite, Maisy would prefer to win her victory on the ice rather than in the press, and is exasperated by Blaze’s antics. When she’s not lusting after her anyway. After they both failed to make the medal podium at the last Snow and Ice Games, they drowned themselves in gin—and each other.

Despite their hookup being drunken, they both harbor fond memories of their night together and are keen for a repeat. But they’ve got different ways of going about getting what they want, and Blaze’s willingness to go to any lengths for the spotlight could ruin any chance she has with Maisy.

 

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Far From Home by Lorelei Brown

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Riptide Publishing 

Synopsis

My name is Rachel. I’m straight . . . I think. I also have a mountain of student loans and a smart mouth. I wasn’t serious when I told Pari Sadashiv I’d marry her. It was only party banter! Except Pari needs a green card, and she’s willing to give me a breather from drowning in debt.

My off-the-cuff idea might not be so terrible. We get along as friends. She’s really romantically cautious, which I find heartbreaking. She deserves someone to laugh with. She’s kind. And calm. And gorgeous. A couple of years with her actually sounds pretty good. If some of Pari’s kindness and calm rubs off on me, that’d be a bonus, because I’m a mess—anorexia is not a pretty word—and my little ways of keeping control of myself, of the world, aren’t working anymore.

And if I slip up, Pari will see my cracks. Then I’ll crack. Which means I gotta get out, quick, before I fall in love with my wife.

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Flinging It by G Benson

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Ylva Publishing

Synopsis

Frazer, head midwife at a hospital in Perth, Australia, is trying to make her corner of the world a little better by starting up a programme for at-risk parents. Not everyone is excited about her ideas. Surrounded by red tape, she finally has to team up with Cora, a social worker who is married to Frazer’s boss.

Cora is starting to think her marriage is beyond saving, even if she wants to. Feeling smothered by a domineering spouse, she grabs hold of the programme and the distraction Frazer offers with both hands. Soon the two women get a little too close and find themselves in a situation they never dreamed themselves capable of: an affair.

As the two fall deeper, both are torn between their taboo romance and their morals. But walking away from each other may not be as simple as they thought.

 

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We Also Mentioned

The Three by Meghan O’Brien

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Bold Strokes Books

Synopsis

A daring, provocative exploration of love and sexuality…

 

Two lovers, Elin and Kael, struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where disease, lawless marauders, and fanatics threaten their existence. When the two befriend Anna, another survivor, the fabric of their lives and the family they have made shifts in ways that challenge each woman to redefine the boundaries of love and friendship. For in order to prevail, the two must become...The Three, and ultimately Anna and Kael must find a way to save the woman they both love.

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Episode 21b: Interview with Alyssa Cole

April 14, 2018

Interview with Alyssa Cole

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 21b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • Alyssa’s novella “That Could Be Enough” in Hamilton’s Battalion
  • How Alyssa, Courtney Milan, and Rose Lerner brainstormed up the anthology
  • How the musical Hamilton inspired the collection
  • Writing marginalized identities in historical romance
  • Researching historic New York City
  • The surprising acceptance of some same-sex couples in 18th century America
  • The distinction between “historical accuracy” and “historical average” in developing characters
  • Alyssa’s favorite historical writers and how Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog sent her inspiration in different directions

Publications mentioned:

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Erin’s 5 Favourite Women Who Kill

April 11, 2018

Erin’s 5 Favourite Women Who Kill 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena is joined by Erin, fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review. Erin loves the complexity of women killers and in today’s episode to shares five of her favourite reads with us.

 

1 Alex and Cassidy Series by Nancy Ann Healy

Synopsis

From Book 1: FBI agent Alexis Toles is dispatched to New Rochelle, New York, to investigate threatening letters sent to Congressman Christopher O’Brien, and to protect his ex-wife Cassidy and six-year-old son, Dylan. But when she gets to New Rochelle, Alex discovers that there is more to the situation than simple stalking or political agendas; she finds that she has growing romantic feelings for Cassidy—and that the feelings are mutual. 

As Alex and Cassidy explore their budding romance, they must surmount many obstacles in explaining their relationship to those around them, including Dylan. All the while, the investigation continues, and the disturbing, convoluted, and complicated web surrounding the threats begins to unravel, placing the characters’ lives in grave danger. 

Intersection is a taut political thriller that combines the action and suspense found in hit television shows like 24. Kirkus Reviews says, “The complex depictions of both Toles’ and Cassidy’s sexualities and personalities are refreshing.” 

This second edition of Intersection includes bonus material from the second novel in the Alex and Cassidy Series, Betrayal. 

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2 The Organisation by Annette Mori and Erin O’Reilly 

Synopsis 

The feisty, fiery women from Asset Management are back for another heart-stopping adventure! This time, their sights are set on a new mob boss Leonid Petrov who is more cunning and ten times more ruthless than the slave trader they took on in Asset Management. 

No one is more surprised than Val when she is tagged as the go-to member of the team. Her task…infiltrate Leonid’s inner circle and work with another agent already on the inside. Val’s impenetrable exterior is starting to crumble, but Maggie, the head of The Organization doesn’t have a better option. Tasked with keeping Leonid’s impossible new wife, Gina, safe, Val encounters more problems than solutions. 

Will wild card Gina provide Val the inspiration to take on her violent husband, or will that inspiration lead to Val’s downfall? Find out in this intriguing, fast-paced, romantic adventure just what love can do. Will it be Val’s Achilles heel and lead to her demise, or will it fill her with a strength she didn’t know she had? 

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3 From A Distance by CL Heart 

Synopsis 

Who do you trust when you have no one left but yourself? Kenzie is a military trained assassin, hunting her target in Mexico. Cori is a student at the University of Guadalajara. One fateful afternoon their lives will come together under a flurry of gun fire.

Questioning the lies around them, they will soon learn that they can not live without each other. On the run from an unknown enemy, they must learn to trust each other, and to believe they'll make it out alive.

Winner of the 2011 GCLS Literary Award Mystery/Thriller

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4 Close Enough To Touch by Cade Brogan 

Publisher Triplicity Publishing 

Narrator Emily Beresford 

Synopsis 

Joanna Grey injects the deadly poison into the chamber of the syringe - time after time. She's murdered before and she'll do it again. She's intelligent, educated, and beautiful. 

At 35, Rylee Hayes is a respected homicide detective. Her best friends are her grandparents, her coonhound, and her partner - in that order. She's about ready to give up on the idea of a relationship. She hasn't seen the love of her life, Kenzie Bigham, since college. 

At 34, Kenzie Bigham is the single mom of a 13 year old, a church secretary, and a woman who's struggled much of her adult life with her own sexuality. 

Their paths will cross when Rylee's new investigation involves members of Kenzie's congregation. They'll discover that the passage of time may have offered them a second chance at love - just as Joanna sights her next target. Will Rylee have what it takes to meet the challenge of a serial killer who's proven herself to be a more than worthy opponent? 

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5 21 Weeks by RA LaShea 

Synopsis 

Beck Nash arrives in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide division with a shaky reputation and a lot to prove. Her first moments a disaster, she gets the chance to redeem herself with her first murder investigation and a sympathetic new partner. 

Trying to adjust to the mold, and no idea how she’s going to adapt her questionable investigative techniques to her new position, Beck's only goal is to make it to week’s end. But as shocking as the first day of her first week in Homicide turns out, it will be nothing compared to her last. 

21 Weeks is a fast-paced police procedural thriller series that ramps up in intensity with each victim that falls until its explosive final week. 

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Pink by KD Williamson (reading2)

April 10, 2018

Pink by KD Williamson 

Book Clips 

Welcome to Book Clips, the mini podcast where authors and narrators give you a taste of a book with a short snippet.  

In this episode we hear a reading from Pink by KD Williamson 

Synopsis 

Fresh out of a relationship, Shawnna Green is heartbroken, lost, and almost penniless. She decides to start over in New Orleans to find a new sense of self, despite her ex hampering her progress. With the help of her best friend, Veda, she finds employment at Stumpy’s Sex Emporium where she deals with customers that range from the strange to the hilarious. 

At the same time, Shawnna discovers that women, sex, and dating, are not what they used to be, but neither is she. In finding herself, she uncovers a part she didn’t know existed, and that’s not always a good thing. 

Can Shawnna pick herself up, reach out, and connect with the people around her?

A smoldering look at the things we hide from ourselves. 

 

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Episode 21a - On the Shelf April 2018

April 7, 2018

On the Shelf April 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 21a

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

In this episode we talk about

More info

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You can follow the blog on my website (http://alpennia.com/blog) or subscribe to the RSS feed (http://alpennia.com/blog/feed/)

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

A transcript of this episode can be found here.

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3 Must-Read Books About Women In The Military

April 4, 2018

3 Must-Read Books About Women In The Military 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena is joined by Valden today to talk about 3 Must-Read Books About Women In The Military. Who doesn't love a woman in uniform? 

Books discussed: 

The Witch Of Stalingrad by Justine Saracen 

Synopsis 

As the German Blitzkrieg brings the Soviet Union to its knees in 1942, a regiment of women aviators flies out at night in flimsy aircraft without parachutes or radios to harass the Wehrmacht troops. The Germans call them “Night Witches” and the best of them is Lilya Drachenko. From the other end of the world, photojournalist Alex Preston arrives to “get the story” for the American press and witnesses sacrifice, hardship, and desperate courage among the Soviet women that is foreign to her. So also are their politics. While the conservative journalist and the communist Lilya clash politically, Stalingrad, the most savage battle of the 20th century, brings them together, until enemy capture and the lethal Russian winter tears them apart again. 

Get This Book On Amazon 

 

Show Of Force by AJ Quinn 

Publisher Bold Strokes Books 

Synopsis 

It should have been simple, but life has a way of getting complicated. 

When correspondent Tate McKenna broke her own rules and took navy pilot Lieutenant Commander Evan Kane home from an embassy dinner in Bahrain, she knew all the reasons why it wouldn’t work. Long, unpredictable work hours. Extended absences. The dangers inherent in their jobs. Yet after being with Evan once, it was inconceivable she wouldn’t be with her again. 

When they finally have a chance to get things right, danger follows them home from Afghanistan. Now, Tate and Evan must stand together in a show of force or risk losing everything—including their lives. 

 

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Whatever Gods May Be by Sophia Call Hagin 

Publisher Bold Strokes Books 

Synopsis 

Jamie Gwynmorgan doesn’t believe in prayer. She doesn’t believe in anything much. Except that people can’t be trusted—certainly not anyone she’s ever met. 

But Jamie knows some things. From experience. She knows if she died, nobody would give a damn. Nobody would even notice. She knows the better she can fight, the safer she’ll be. That’s why she can’t resist the sleek, dark lethality of the weapon—and the recruiter’s promise that yes, if she’s strong enough, good enough, she’ll get to fire that weapon in combat. She doesn’t care about the uniform. And screw the pretend-camaraderie. Only Safe matters—and if she can do combat, then maybe she can fight her way to Safe. 

Jamie expects a grueling fight that she might lose. What she never expects is to win love. 

 

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Other books mentioned

Battle Scars by Meghan O’Brien

Depths Of Blue by Lise MacTague

Sword Of The Guardian by Merry Shannon

The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancy

 

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Twice In A Lifetime by Clare Lydon

April 3, 2018

Twice In A Lifetime by Clare Lydon 

Book Clips 

Welcome to Book Clips, the mini podcast where authors and narrators give you a taste of a book with a short snippet. 

In this episode we hear a reading from Twice In A Lifetime by Clare Lydon

Synopsis 

Once bitten, twice shy? 

When her first love walks back into her life, Harriet Locke is thrown - because Sally McCall still looks as gorgeous as ever. The trouble is, Sally doesn’t trust Harriet, and with good reason: she hasn’t forgotten the past. 

Sally loved her once, but 17 years later, is that still the case? And if it is, there’s just the small matter of living in different states, as well as convincing Sally she’s worth taking a chance on again. 

Will Harriet and Sally be lucky enough to find love twice in a lifetime? 

From the best-selling author of London Calling and Nothing To Lose comes a witty & wondrous story of second-chance romance!

 

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Episode 20e: One Night in Saint-Martin by Catherine Lundoff

March 31, 2018

One Night in Saint-Martin by Catherine Lundoff

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20e

Every month when there is a fifth show, we’ll be presenting new original lesbian historical fiction. 

In this episode we present “One Night in Saint Martin” by Catherine Lundoff

  • Catherine was featured in the very first Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast author interview, in August 2017 and I’m delighted to be able to offer you this tale of spies and pirates in the mid-17th century Carribbean.
  • Catherine lives in Minneapolis with her wife and two cats. She is an award-winning writer and editor whose stories and articles have appeared, or are forthcoming, in venues such as Respectable Horror, My Wandering Uterus, Tales of the Unanticipated, The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty, Renewal, Callisto, The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade V20 Anthology and Nightmare Magazine: Queers Destroy Horror. Her recent books include Silver Moon and Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories. Catherine is also the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a new genre fiction publisher of tales from out of this world. When not writing or working on Queen of Swords, Catherine is a professional computer geek and former archeologist who enjoys science fiction and fantasy, good books and local theater.
  • Our narrator for this episode is Tiana Hanson. Tiana was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and came to the Bay Are to chase her lifelong dream of being a professional actress. She has narrated fifteen audiobooks (available on Audible), mostly lesbian romances, and is delighted to find a new creative outlet that allows her queer light to shine.
  • This recording is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License. You may share it in the full original form but you may not sell it, you may not transcribe it, and you may not adapt it.

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April Shares Why She Loves Lesbian Romance

March 30, 2018

April Shares Why She Loves Lesbian Romance

Les Do Books

In this episode, Tara is joined by April, fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review. They talk about why April loves reading lesbian romance and three of her very favourites.

You can check out the books discussed here:

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3 Thrillers To Thrill You

March 28, 2018

3 Thrillers To Thrill You 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena is joined by Erin who talks about some of her favourite thrillers. Erin has come up with three books that she is sure will delight any thriller lovers. 

Erin’s Recommendations: 

Four Point by Max Ellendale 

Thirty-two bodies, twenty years, and a cold case that lives inside her alone. Detective Sali James teeters on the edge of sanity as she's forced to unearth her darkest days in order to stop Washington's most elusive serial killer. "Isn't watching beautiful?" 

Get this book on Amazon (link for for US, UK and Canada) 

Read Erin's review on TheLesbianReview.com 

 

The Last First Time by Andrea Bramhall

When Gina Temple decides to go Christmas shopping for her girlfriend, Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon, in the Norfolk town of King’s Lynn, it seems like an easy enough task. 

If only life were that simple. 

A split-second event, months in the planning, tips their safe world upside-down. 

In this twisting lesbian thriller, Kate’s subsequent investigation leads her down the rabbit hole, where innocent people are targets, and has repercussions that will reverberate for a long, long time. 

Meanwhile, as the two women grow closer, things get even more complicated. Life seems determined to throw obstacles in their path. 

Will things ever feel normal again? 

Get this book on Amazon (link for for US, UK and Canada) 

Read Erin's review on TheLesbianReview.com 

Indiscretions by Barbara Winkes 

A detective and a rookie officer hunt a serial killer with "morals"... 

After surviving an attack by a stranger, Officer Ellie Harding decides to put herself first and make bold moves in both her career and her private life, refusing to let the traumatic incident get her off track. 

Detective Jordan Carpenter faces the decision whether to remain in a disastrous, but long-term relationship or give in to the attraction she feels for her younger colleague. Her partner Bethany isn’t willing to let go, of Jordan or the case, a sadistic killer who murders women for behavior he considers immoral. 

Can they find him before he strikes again? 

Get this book on Amazon (link for for US, UK and Canada) 

Read Erin's review on TheLesbianReview.com 

 

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Rock And A Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall

March 27, 2018

Rock And A Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall  

Book Clips  

Welcome to Book Clips, the mini podcast where authors and narrators give you a taste of a book with a short snippet.  

In this episode we hear a reading from Rock And A Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall 

Synopsis 

Expert mountain climber Jayden Harris has the world at feet until an avalanche at Everest base camp sweeps it all out from under her. She wants nothing more to do with the mountains, and turns her back on it all. 

Rhian Phillips is a successful London marketing executive who has the chance of a lifetime fall in her lap. She’s sent to produce a reality TV series on competitive climbers, while showcasing the stunning beauty of a Patagonian glacier and the Cerro Fitz Roy range. 

An accident brings Jayden and Rhian together, and outside pressures keep them at each other’s sides. When you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place eventually something has to give. The one thing they never counted on was them both wanting to stay together. 

A lesbian romance about pushing onwards and defying expectations. 

 

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Clare Ashton Talks About After Mrs Hamilton

March 21, 2018

Clare Ashton Talks About After Mrs Hamilton

The Lesbian Review Podcast

In this episode Clare Ashton talks about After Mrs Hamilton. Sheena chose this book as the March book club read for The Lesbian Review Book Club and wanted to get more insight by talking to the author directly.

 

Some Of Sheena’s Questions:

What is the general reaction to the book?

How has it sold in comparison to others?

They also go into detail on Clo’s storyline and Laura’s storyline.

They talk about the three major twists.

 

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Pink by KD Williamson (reading1)

March 20, 2018

Pink by KD Williamson 

Book Clips 

Welcome to Book Clips, the mini podcast where authors and narrators give you a taste of a book with a short snippet. 

In this episode we hear a reading from Pink by KD Williamson 

Synopsis 

Fresh out of a relationship, Shawnna Green is heartbroken, lost, and almost penniless. She decides to start over in New Orleans to find a new sense of self, despite her ex hampering her progress. With the help of her best friend, Veda, she finds employment at Stumpy’s Sex Emporium where she deals with customers that range from the strange to the hilarious. 

At the same time, Shawnna discovers that women, sex, and dating, are not what they used to be, but neither is she. In finding herself, she uncovers a part she didn’t know existed, and that’s not always a good thing. 

Can Shawnna pick herself up, reach out, and connect with the people around her? 

A smoldering look at the things we hide from ourselves. 

 

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Episode 20c - Book Appreciation with Elizabeth Bear

March 17, 2018

Book Appreciation with Elizabeth Bear

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20c

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 Elizabeth Bear recommends a favorite queer historical novels:

  • Everfair by Nisi Shawl
  • Everfair is a alternate steampunk history of colonial Congo, with a lovely wealth of queer characters rooted in the historic understandings of sexuality of the times.

More info

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Tracey Richardson on Choosing a Setting as an Author who isn’t American

March 16, 2018

Tracey Richardson on Choosing a Setting as an Author who isn’t American

Les Do Books

In this episode of Les Do Books, Tara talks to Canadian lesfic author Tracey Richardson about how she chooses settings for her novels.

Check out the stories they discussed here:

Learn more about Tracey Richardson

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Come To Me by Chris Paynter

March 13, 2018

Come To Me by Chris Paynter narrated by Ann Etter 

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Welcome to Book Clips, the mini podcast where authors and narrators give you a taste of a book with a short snippet. 

In this episode we hear a reading from Come To Me by Chris Paynter 

 

Synopsis 

Author Angie Cantinnini's agent convinces her she must use a pseudonym if she hopes to land a contract with a mainstream publishing company-especially since the protagonist of Angie's novels is a hard-boiled male detective. 

Neither Angie nor her agent anticipates the raging success of the series of books or the mountain of wealth that accompanies each new release. As a best-selling author, Angie should be delighted with her Bohemian life in Key West, but happiness is elusive because it's her alter-ego, Zach England, who's receiving the accolades, while Angie is relegated to anonymity. 

Meryl McClain, the recently hired book review editor at the prestigious New York Banner, wants to make a strong first impression with her readers, so she picks Zach England's latest novel for her debut review. She offers a scathing critique, unaware the real author behind the pseudonym is her long lost true love, Angie. Heartrending choices separated the lovers eleven years earlier. 

Seeing Meryl's review overwhelms Angie with feelings she thought she'd laid to rest years ago. This stroke of Fate beckons them to reunite, but Angie's secret identity and Meryl's struggle with a childhood trauma conspire to keep them apart. 

Torn from a shared moment in their past, the words Come Back to Me have haunted the two women for more than a decade. Is it too late for Angie and Meryl to choose love again? 

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Episode 20b: Interview with Elizabeth Bear

March 10, 2018

Interview with Elizabeth Bear

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • Elizabeth’s upcoming steampunk novel Stone Mad, an independent sequel to Karen Memory. Set in an alternate late 19th century Pacific Northwest, Karen navigates her way past murderers, corrupt politicians, and arcane conspiracies the help of a steam-powered armored sewing machine, the other denizens of the disreputable Hôtel Mon Cherie, and her girlfriend Priya.
  • How Karen Memory started out as a YA novel and what happened next
  • The importance of voice in how the stories developed
  • The roots of the world in Verne, Wells, and actual history
  • Future stories involving Karen Memory
  • The difference between writing grim versus hopeful worlds, even when bad things happen to your characters
  • The social, historical, and political context of thePacific Northwest that made it a perfect story setting
  • Basing stories on cultural patterns as opposed to events, and why Elizabeth doesn’t write actual historical fiction
  • Elizabeth’s early experiences discovering SFF with queer characters and the importance of representation in fiction

Publications mentioned:

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Summer Fling by Jean Copeland

March 6, 2018

Summer Fling by Jean Copeland 

Book Clips 

Welcome to Book Clips, the mini podcast where authors and narrators give you a taste of a book with a short snippet. 

In this episode we hear a reading from Summer Fling by Jean Copeland 

Synopsis 

Kate Randall is a successful, sophisticated attorney terminally jaded since the demise of her long-term relationship. Now with best friends Didi and Des by her side, she’s savoring single life and the sweet taste of hard-won independence. As her friends navigate the poignant and amusing pitfalls of finding lasting love in their forties, she’s quite content to watch from behind a cosmo. 

But when the girls drag Kate to a Pride event, sexy young singer Jordan Squire rocks the stable foundation Kate had struggled for years to build. Despite Kate’s protests, Jordan’s charms prove too powerful to resist, and they fall into a passionate summer love affair. But even if Kate can conquer her fear of repeating the past, can their relationship withstand the pressures of a significant age difference and the demands of Jordan’s burgeoning music career? 

 

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Episode 20a - On the Shelf March 2018

March 3, 2018

On the Shelf March 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20a

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

In this episode we talk about

  • The stories chosen for the new audio fiction episodes

    • "Peaceweaver" by Jennifer Nestojko
    • "At the Mouth" by Gurmika Mann
    • "Inscribed" by V.M. Agab
    • "One Night in Saint Martin" by Catherine Lundoff
  • Recent and upcoming publications covered on the blog
    • Conner, Randy P. 1997. “Les Molles et les chausses: Mapping the Isle of Hermaphrodites in Premodern France” in Queerly Phrased: Language Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Anna Livia & Kira Hall. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510471-4
    • Bonnet, Marie-Jo. 1997. “Sappho, or the Importance of Culture in the Language of Love” in Queerly Phrased: Language Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Anna Livia & Kira Hall. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510471-4
    • Watt, Diane. 1997. “Read My Lips: Clipping and Kyssyng in the Early Sixteenth Century” in Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Anna Livia and Kira Hall. New York, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510471-4
    • Merrill, Lisa. 2000. When Romeo was a Woman: Charlotte Cushman and her Circle of Female Spectators. The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. ISBN 978-0-472-08749-5
    • Leach, Joseph. 1970. Bright Particular Star: The Life and Times of Charlotte Cushman. Yale University Press, New Haven.
    • Summerscale, Kate. 1997. The Queen of Whale Cay. Viking, New York. ISBN 0-670-88018-3
    • Gonda, Caroline. 2006. “Lesbian Narrative in the Travels and Adventures of Mademoiselle de Richelieu” in British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 29, no. 2: 191-200.
    • Straub, Kristina. 1991. “The Guilty Pleasures of Female Theatrical Cross-Dressing and the Autobiography of Charlotte Charke.” in Body Guards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity, ed. Julia Epstein and Kristina Straub. New York: Routledge. pp. 142-66
    • Putter, Ad. 1997. “Transvestite Knights in Medieval Life and History” in Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome & Bonnie Wheeler (eds), Becoming Male in the Middle Ages. Garland, New York. pp. 279-302
  • Announcing this month’s author guest, Elizabeth Bear
  • New and forthcoming lesbian historical fiction titles
  • Ask Sappho: A special interview with composer and artist Phoebe Legere about her new one-woman musical about lesbian celebrity and speedboat racer Marion “Joe” Carstairs

 More info

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