Episode 18c - Book Appreciation with Kathleen Knowles

January 20, 2018

Book Appreciation with Kathleen Knowles

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 18c

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured author talks about her favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting.

In this episode Kathleen recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

  • For further information on Kathleen Knowles see her entry at Bold Strokes Books 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

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Kris Bryant Talks Lesbian Fiction

January 19, 2018

Kris Bryant Talks Lesbian Fiction

Les Do Books

In this episode, lesbian romance author Kris Bryant joins Tara to talk about some of the lesbian fiction books that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books mean a lot to Kris and that she thinks everyone should read.

Check out her recommendations here:

Learn more about Kris Bryant

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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Episode 18b: Interview with Kathleen Knowles

January 13, 2018

Interview with Kathleen Knowles

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 18b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • Kathy’s interest in reading about the LGBT history of San Francisco
  • Her favorite historians, including Lillian Faderman, Martin Duberman
  • What inspired her three connected novels set in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, culminating with the Great Earthquake
  • Historic eras Kathy would like to tackle in future books, including the US Suffragist movement, post-World War II San Francisco, and the Paris salon culture of the 1920s

Kathy’s historic novels:

More info

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

Bold Strokes Books Website:

Amazon Page:

Twitter:

  • @knowleskathy

Facebook

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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Episode 18a - On the Shelf January 2018

January 6, 2018

On the Shelf January 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 18a

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

In this episode we talk about

  • The call for submissions for the new audio short story segment. See here for details.
  • Recent and upcoming publications covered on the blog
  • The Lesbian Premodern
  • Announcing this month’s author guest, Kathleen Knowles
  • Ask Sappho: Nina, from The Lesbian Review facebook group, asks “Can anyone recommend older literature with subtle (or not so subtle) sapphic undertones? I just read Cousin Bette and really enjoyed the little lesbian romance going on between Valerie and Bette. Apparently the Victorian era had lots of these covert lesbian romance narratives, and I need more!”

Books Cited

Literary Studies

Castle, Terry (ed). 2003. The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall.Columbia University Press, New York. ISBN 0-231-12510-0 (Amazon)

Donoghue, Emma. 2010. Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. ISBN 978-0-307-27094-8 (Amazon)

Faderman, Lillian. 1981.  Surpassing the Love of Men. William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York. ISBN 0-688-00396-6 (Amazon)

Faderman, Lillian (ed). 1994. Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian and Bisexual Literature from the 17th Century to the Present. Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-84638-4 (Amazon)

Foster, Jeannette. 1985. Sex Variant Women in Literature. The Naiad Press. ISBN 0-930044-65-7 Third edition of the original 1956 publication. (Amazon)

Decadent Novels

de Balzac, Honoré. 1846. Cousin Bette. (ebook) (audio book)

de Balzac, Honoré. 1833. The Girl with the Golden Eyes. (ebook) (audio book)

Gautier, Théophile. 1835. Mademoiselle de Maupin. (ebook)

LeFanu, Sheridan. 1872. Carmilla. (ebook) (audio book)

Zola, Emile. 1880. Nana. (ebook)

Novels of Romantic Friendship

Converse, Florence. 1897. Diana Victrix. (ebook)

James, Henry. 1886. The Bostonians. (ebook vol 1, vol 2) (audio book) (movie)

Linton, Eliza Lynn. 1880. The Rebel of the Family. (ebook)

Scott, Sarah. 1762. A Description of Millennium Hall. (ebook)

More info

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

You can follow the blog on my website or subscribe to the RSS 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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Georgia Beers Talks Lesbian Fiction

January 5, 2018

Georgia Beers Talks Lesbian Fiction

Les Do Books

In this episode, the amazing, prolific lesbian romance author Georgia Beers joins Tara to talk about a handful of the lesbian fiction books that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Georgia thinks everyone should check out.

Check out her recommendations here:

Learn more about Georgia Beers

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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The Termination by Annette Mori - Book Clips

December 28, 2017

The Termination by Annette Mori - Book Clips 

Synopsis 

Codee is having a bad day and it’s only going to get worse. As she makes her way across the icy parking lot to a meeting, she falls, knocking herself out. Disorientated, she arrives at her meeting to facilitate a termination proceeding for Sawyer, a former employee of the month. 

Sawyer, a compassionate young woman, is resigned to her fate. Her only question is what fate is that? 

The termination Codee is asked to do is so far from the norm, she shakes her head in wonder. Is she hallucinating after her fall? Has she fallen into an Alice type rabbit hole? The only thing she can think to do is to save Sawyer. They escape from the meeting and attempt to find answers to the dilemma, only to find more questions. 

Enjoy this satirical romance, with all of its twists and turns, that just might make you go hmm... 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon

 

 

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What Happened in Lesfic in 2017 and Our Predictions for 2018

December 22, 2017

What Happened in Lesfic in 2017 and Our Predictions for 2018

Les Do Books

In this episode, Tara is joined by Sheena, founder of The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. They talk about the predictions they had for lesbian fiction trends in 2017 and whether they came true, and make predictions about what’s ahead for lesfic in 2018.

You can check out the books mentioned 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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The Chronicles of Arenacea Book One by SM Lee

December 18, 2017

The Chronicles of Arenacea Book One by SM Lee 

Book Clips 

Synopsis 

Zeteria is the first woman to be warrior caste in over 500 years. Her world is harsh and unyielding, filled with fights to the death in an arena for the “glory” of the lord of her house. The noble caste is all powerful, treating women and the other castes as slaves.  

Zee’s life changes when she meets Tessimi, a noble born woman who has become servant caste due to the fact that she’s, as of yet, unmarried. In their world, love between two women is punishable by death. But that won’t stop Zeteria and Tessimi from fighting for a way to be together.  

 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

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Episode 17c: Book Appreciation with T. T. Thomas

December 16, 2017

Book Appreciation with T. T. Thomas

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 17c

 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 T. T. Thomas recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

For further information on T. T. Thomas see https://www.ttthomas.com 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

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Captivated by Annette Mori - Book Clips

December 15, 2017

Captivated by Annette Mori - Book Clips 

Synopsis 

Juliet Lewis has one too many quirks for her own well-being. Snooping was bound to get her in trouble with the locals someday, but when she comes across sexy officer Tanner Sullivan executing the local drug dealer in cold blood, things turn dire for her. Will Tanner turn out to be her jailor or savior when a very nasty character believes Juliet stumbled onto something she should have kept her cute nose out of. 

Sparks fly when the obsessive-compulsive Juliet and the paranoid Tanner cross paths in this quirky romantic thriller with a new twist around every corner. 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon

 

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The Ultimate Betrayal by Annette Mori - Book Clips

December 14, 2017

The Ultimate Betrayal by Annette Mori - Book Clips 

Synopsis 

Lara is a successful, beautiful, charming, financier. She is also a total control freak, so whatever Lara wants, Lara makes sure she gets. Lara has a secret and is playing a dangerous game that might end up costing her everything she values…money and love. 

Rachel is Lara’s fun loving, charming, irresistible wife. Her charisma is equal to her beauty, warmth, and compassion. 

Sophia’s surprise visit to see Lara sets in motion a number of life-changing events for them all. But just who is Sophia? 

Add Joy, Sophia’s opinionated best friend, and you have the recipe for a fast-paced romance complete with satisfying twists and turns. 

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon

 

 

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Episode 17b: Interview with T.T. Thomas

December 9, 2017

Interview with T.T. Thomas

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - episode 17b

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

 In this episode we talk about

  • What T.T. finds so interesting about the decades around 1900
  • Her fascination with the Regency-era figure of Anne Lister, whose diaries discuss her affairs with women in code
  • Using professional journals, dictionaries, and court records for historic research
  • Correspondence as a medium of storytelling
  • How T.T.’s international family history inspired her settings
  • The cross-country romantic odyssey of The Blondness of Honey from San Francisco to Chicago
  • The story-within-a story of Vivien and Rose: when your characters start writing their own gothic romantic adventures
  • Writing less common takes on sexuality
  • Speaking of sex in code and metaphor, both in historic documents and fiction
  • Mistress of Mogador and researching cultures very different from your own

Publications mentioned:

More info

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

Website:

Facebook

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

There is no transcript available for this podcast.

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Roslyn Sinclair Talks Lesbian Fiction and F/F Fanfic

December 8, 2017

Roslyn Sinclair Talks Lesbian Fiction and F/F Fanfic

Les Do Books

In this episode, author Roslyn Sinclair (aka Telanu, author of the greatest fanfic of all time, Truth and Measure) joins Tara to talk about a few lesbian fiction and fanfic that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Roslyn thinks everyone should check out.

Check out the stories discussed here:

Learn more about Roslyn Sinclair

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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The Domme Tamer by Kat Evans

December 4, 2017

The Domme Tamer by Kat Evans 

Book Clips 

Synopsis 

The victims were as different as night and day: an exotic dancer, a beloved teacher, and a promising law student. What was the one thing they had in common? A fetish for breath play. 

 When a string of brutal murders hits the Big Easy’s highly secretive BDSM community, it threatens to expose high-profile members of its conservative Southern culture. With each clue New Orleans Homicide Detective Jillian Robichaux uncovers, the deeper she is lured down a journey of sexual discovery. 

But how far will she go? 

In her new erotic thriller, The Domme Tamer, bestselling author Kat Evans brilliantly uses an all-female cast of main characters to take you on a heart-pounding race to catch a serial killer.   

 

You can find this novel on Amazon

 

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Miles Apart by AL Brooks

December 1, 2017

Miles Apart by AL Brooks  

Book Clips 

Synopsis 

Which mistakes are irredeemable? Would you fight to save a five-year relationship after your lover’s had a drunken one-night stand? Alex is torn by this question. The past twelve months have seen her and her girlfriend Terri slowly drift apart, and the revelation of Terri’s betrayal shows her just how far apart they are. The longer they fight, the less she wants to try. On a business trip to Canada, Alex meets Justine and, over the course of one evening, a connection is formed that shatters everything Alex thought she knew about herself. Returning to London, she’s faced with choices that will irrevocably change her life. A lesbian romance that asks the interesting questions, not the easy ones. 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

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The Organization by Annette Mori and Erin O’Reilly

November 30, 2017

The Organization by Annette Mori and Erin O'Reilly 

Book Clips 

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? 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

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Is All Lesbian Fiction Romance?

November 24, 2017

Is All Lesbian Fiction Romance? 

Les Do Books 

In this episode, Tara is joined by author Lise MacTague to discuss the pervasive perception that all lesbian fiction is romance. They explore the importance of romance to lesbian fiction, why the genre is ready for (and needs!) more, and why romance novels must have a happy ending. 

You can check out the books mentioned 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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Episode 16c: Book Appreciation with Farah Mendlesohn

November 18, 2017

Book Appreciation with Farah Mendlesohn

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16c

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 Farah Mendlesohn recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

For further information on Farah Mendlesohn see https://farahmendlesohn.com 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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Out of This World by Annette Mori - Book Clips

November 16, 2017

Out of This World by Annette Mori - Book Clips 

Synopsis 

With a name like Mabel Butt, being picked on is the norm, so her job at the library was the perfect hideout. Mabel is so far in the closet, that even her best friend and secret crush, Sydney, can’t pull her out. Celeste, a beautiful, exotic stranger comes into the library and changes everything. Mabel is defenseless against her charms. 

To call Celeste a bit eccentric is an understatement, drawing the wrong kind of attention to her and Mabel. Soon it is discovered that someone is trying to track her down, With Sydney’s help, a game of cat and mouse begins to try and keep Celeste safe. 

Sparks fly all around the three women as they join forces in this romantic comedy, which really is out of this world. 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon

 

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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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