K Aten Talks About the Lesbian Speculative Fiction She Loves

May 25, 2018

K Aten Talks About the Lesbian Speculative Fiction She Loves

Les Do Books

In this episode of Les Do Books, author and reviewer at The Lesbian Review, K Aten, joins Tara to talk about the lesbian speculative fiction that she loves, the mainstream sci fi and fantasy books that influenced her, and more. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books K loves and that she thinks everyone should read.

Check out the lesfic stories she discussed here:

  • The Growing by Susanne M. Beck & Okasha Skat'si
  • Protector Of The Realm: Supreme Constellations 1 by Gun Brooke
  • Broken Wings by L-J Baker
  • Without a Front: The Producer’s Challenge by Fletcher DeLancey
  • Reintegration by Eden S. French

Learn more about K Aten

More info

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Lise MacTague Gets Interviewed

May 23, 2018

Lise MacTague Gets Interviewed

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Lise MacTague gets interviewed in this episode of The Lesbian Review Podcast. She talks about her writing and recommends three lesbian fiction novels that she loves.

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3 Books That Lise Recommends

Reintegration by Eden S French

Publisher Queer Pack

Synopsis

Streetwise cyborg Lexi Vale brokers deals for gang lords in the anarchic city of Foundation. Her mind-reading implant gives her a crucial edge—but it also makes her brain a hot commodity. 

When she’s targeted by an augmented hunter, Lexi joins a group of rebels: a murderous vigilante, a daredevil smuggler, a drug-addled surgeon, and a revolutionary whose shared past with Lexi endangers them all. 

A queer, dystopian sci-fi about piecing together purpose from the fragments of love and loss, even while the world itself is tearing apart. 

 

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The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Publisher Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator Patricia Rodriguez

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2016.

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2016.

Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut!

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. 

But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life onboard is chaotic but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants. 

Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years...if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. But Rosemary isn't the only person onboard with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed. 

 

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The Princess Deception by Nell Stark

Publisher Bold Strokes Books

Narrator Nicola Victoria Vincent 

Synopsis 

When Sebastian, the Crown Prince of Belgium, overdoses on heroin shortly before he is set to launch Belgium's campaign to host the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, his family manages to hush up the scandal. While the royals are debating how to proceed, Sebastian's twin sister Viola decides to impersonate him to keep Belgium's bid hopes alive.  

Missy Duke is a freelance reporter covering Belgium's World Cup bid. A former women's soccer player whose career was sidelined by injury, she is now trying to break into the male-dominated sportscasting world. While in Belgium, she meets the imposter Sebastian and soon realizes that he is actually Viola. Sensing a big story in the making, Duke feigns ignorance and plays along with the charade.  

Real sparks develop between the two women, but will the double deception doom this fairy-tale romance? 

A Princess Affair romance

 

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Lise Talks About Her Writing

We chat about Demon In The Machine by Lise MacTague

Synopsis

At the height of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, steam power and magic join forces to create wonders the world has never seen. But those wonders have a dark side―one that will soon force a reckoning few could have anticipated. 

Half-demon Briar is content with her structured life as an archivist, a far cry from the chaos of her background and upbringing. Briar’s simple and predictable existence is rocked when she discovers something sinister powers one of the grand, new inventions of her era. 

Isabella Castel, the only daughter of Viscount Sherard, is far from the brainless socialite she pretends to be. Isabella is everything Briar is not: passionate, creative and impulsive, but with secrets to rival even Briar’s own. Two more unlikely partners should not exist, yet if the women cannot find a way to work together, they will lose far more than their reputations. 

Can a half-demon and a debutante work past their secrets before all hell breaks loose?

 

And I ask Lise these questions

  • Your next book is about to be published and I am dying to know more. So tell us about it.
  • Your character work is always really good. The main characters are unique and real people. How much do you plan your characters before you start writing?
  • What is your biggest wish as an author?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you have ever had?
  • What has been your biggest obstacle with writing?
  • Who has inspired you the most and why?
  • Tell us about an unexpected friendship/relationship that affected your work

You can find Lise MacTague Online at

Her website

Twitter

Facebook

All the reviews of her books on The Lesbian Review

Her Podcast (Lez Geek Out! where she and Andi Marquette geek out together)

 

About The Lesbian Review

The Lesbian Review is a popular website that features book and movie reviews. We only review things we enjoy so you can be guaranteed to find a great read or watch.

This podcast is a spinoff of the popular website.

About Sheena

The Lesbian Review Podcast is hosted by the founder of both The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show podcast channel.

Sheena Online

You can contact Sheena via email

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come join The Lesbian Review Book Club

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Episode 22c - Book Appreciation with Jeannelle M. Ferreira

May 19, 2018

Book Appreciation with Jeannelle M. Ferreira

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 22c

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 Jeannelle M. Ferreira recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

For further information on Jeannelle M. Ferreira see https://jeannellewrites.wordpress.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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Exclusive: Clare Ashton Talks After Mrs Hamilton, Breasts & Writing

May 16, 2018

Exclusive: Clare Ashton Talks After Mrs Hamilton, Breasts & Writing

This is a mini podcast originally created for Patrons. Sheena talks to Clare Ashton about her breast obsession, what Ashton is writing now, what her beta readers say about her latest book and where she gets her inspiration from. 

You can become a patron here

Patrons get exlcusive podcasts just like this as a thank you for helping the channel grow.

 

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Episode 22b: Interview with Jeannelle M. Ferreira

May 12, 2018

Interview with Jeannelle M. Ferreira

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 22b 

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

In this episode we talk about

  • The attractions of the Regency romance
  • Jeannelle’s earlier works, especially a novel set in the Vilna ghetto during WWII
  • Jewish influences in her writing
  • Jeannelle’s background as a student of history
  • Sexuality and PTSD in the Regency era
  • The National Trust’s website on queer history in the UK
  • Finding queer-coded characters in childhood favorite books
  • Researching war in Waterloo diaries of British soldiers
  • The path through British historical YA fiction that leads to a study of imperial and colonial history
  • Horses and swords--it always comes back to horses and swords
  • Future projects: more about Nora and Harriet, gender-bending Kit Marlowe, World War I flying aces, and lesbian pirates

Publications mentioned:

More info

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

Website:

Twitter:

  • @JeannelleWrites

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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The Player and the Girl Next Door in F/F Romance with Lise MacTague

May 11, 2018

The Player and the Girl Next Door in F/F Romance with Lise MacTague

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Tara is joined by author Lise MacTague to talk about the common tropes of the player and the girl next door. They dive into who these character types are, how they differ in lesfic from how they’re presented in m/f romance, and share examples from some of their favourite f/f romances.

You can check out the books mentioned here:

The players

The girls next door

More info

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3 Reviewers 1 Book - Charming The Vicar by Jenny Frame

May 9, 2018

3 Reviewers 1 Book - Charming The Vicar by Jenny Frame 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena is joined by April and Tara today to talk about Charming The Vicar by Jenny Frame. They look at pros, cons and discuss the audiobook. 

They also discuss

  • Religion
  • Butch rep
  • Strapons
  • April’s big book of sex

 

Charming The Vicar by Jenny Frame 

Publisher Bold Strokes Books 

Narrator Nicola Victoria Vincent 

Synopsis 

Finnian Kane, famous master of illusion, mentalist, and renowned atheist, has a crisis of faith after her sister's death. She rents a cottage in the village of Axedale in Kent, desperately trying to find a safe haven from the intrusive media to grieve and work out how to move on. 

The Reverend Bridget Claremont makes it her mission to help the enigmatic Finnian find her faith in life again. Bridge has long yearned for a life partner, and her best friend's wedding has intensified that desire. But when you're a lesbian vicar in a small English village, it's not easy to find your perfect match. 

Their chemistry is clear from the start, despite their different beliefs and Bridge insisting Finn isn't her type. But will the mentalist find the magic that can charm the vicar? 

Get this audiobook on Amazon

 

Other Books We Mentioned

At Her feet by Rebecca Weatherspoon

Shadow Haven AJ Schippers

The Secret Pond by Gerri Hill

Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton

The Night Off by Meghan O’Brien

French Kissing Season 1 by Harper Bliss

 

Patrons

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About The Lesbian Review 

The Lesbian Review is a popular website that features book and movie reviews. We only review things we enjoy so you can be guaranteed to find a great read or watch. 

This podcast is a spinoff of the website. 

About Sheena 

The Lesbian Review Podcast is hosted by the founder of both The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show podcast channel. 

Sheena Online 

You can contact Sheena via email 

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Episode 22a - On the Shelf May 2018

May 5, 2018

On the Shelf May 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 22a

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

In this episode we talk about

  • Recent and upcoming publications covered on the blog

    • Crawford, Julie. 2009. “Women’s Secretaries” in Queer Renaissance Historiography, Vin Nardizzi, Stephen Guy-Bray & Will Stockton, eds. Ashgate, Burlington VT. ISBN 978-0-7546-7608-9
    • Drouin, Jennifer. 2009. “Diana’s Band: Safe Spaces, Publics, and Early Modern Lesbianism” in Queer Renaissance Historiography, Vin Nardizzi, Stephen Guy-Bray & Will Stockton, eds. Ashgate, Burlington VT. ISBN 978-0-7546-7608-9
    • Putter, Ad. “Transvestite Knights in Medieval Life and History” in Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome & Bonnie Wheeler (eds). 1997. Becoming Male in the Middle Ages. Garland, New York.
    • Rowson, Everett K. 2003. “Gender Irregularity as Entertainment: Institutionalized Transvestism at the Caliphal Court in Medieval Baghdad” in Farmer, Sharon & Carol Braun Pasternack (eds). Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis. ISBN 0-8166-3893-4
    • Wiethaus, Ulrike. “In Serch of Medieval Women’s Friendships: Hildegard of Bingen’s Letters to her Female Contemporaries” in Wiethaus, Ulrike (ed). 1993. Maps of Flesh and Light: The Religious Experience of Medieval Women Mystics. Syracuse University Press, Syracuse.
    • Kruk, Remke. 1998. “The Bold and the Beautiful: Women and ‘fitna’ in the Sirat Dhat al-Himma: The Story of Nura” in Women in the Medieval Islamic World: Power, Patronage, and Piety, ed. Gavin R. G. Hambly. New York: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 0-312-21057-4
    • Bennett, Judith and Shannon McSheffrey. 2014. “Early, Exotic and Alien: Women Dressed as Men in Late Medieval London” in History Workshop Journal. 77 (1): 1-25.
  • Announcing this month’s author guest, Jeannelle M. Ferreira
  • Forthcoming Books
  • Ask Sappho: Why isn’t there an Ask Sappho question this month?

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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The Curvy Side Of Life by Suzie Carr

May 3, 2018

The Curvy Side Of Life by Suzie Carr 

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 The Curvy Side Of Life by Suzie Carr.

Synopsis 

With her divorce finally behind her, Faith Miller is ready to move forward. And then, life tosses her a few unavoidable curveballs. Before long, she finds herself traveling down to her sister’s house on the coast of Rhode Island with her seven-year old daughter. What she hoped might be a reflective time for her turns into a whirlwind adventure, thanks to her sister's live in in-laws and the gorgeous pet and house-sitting neighbor, Candace. Candace is sexy and fun, and pulls on Faith's heart. Faith, trying to stay focused and get her life back on track, attempts to ignore her growing feelings for Candace to no avail. What starts out as a casual and steamy interlude evolves into something more serious. Will Faith decide her heart is better closed off from potential heartbreak or will she open it back up again to see what this new love has to offer?

 

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Rae D Magdon Gets Interviewed

May 2, 2018

Rae D Magdon Gets Interviewed 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena interviews Rae D Magdon about her work as an author and asks her recommend 3 books that she loves. 

Sheena asks Rae:

• what motivates you

• what demotivates you

• how often do you write and for how long

• how many books are you writing every year

• what is the most important lesson/tip that you can share with other authors

• where can listeners find you online

 

Lucky Seven by Rae D Magdon 

Synopsis 

Elena Nevares is on the run. She’s a jacker, someone who connects to virtual reality with their brain, and everyone else on her crew was murdered during a mission gone wrong. 

Sasha Young is planning a rescue. She’s a handler, a team leader whose crew has been scattered by an evil corporation: Axys Generations. 

Together, they must find the rest of Sasha’s crew: Cherry, the engineer and explosives expert; Rami, the master of disguise; Doc, the wunderkind Medical Officer; and Rock, the mechanically modified muscle. But Axys Generations has bigger plans than taking down Sasha’s crew. 

Elena, Sasha, and the rest of the Lucky 7 must go on their most dangerous mission yet—not for credits or tech, but to save the world. 

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


Rae D Magdon’s 3 Lesbian Novel Recommendations 

Two Moons Stories by Krystal A Smith 

Publisher BFL Press

Synopsis 

A splendid debut collection of speculative fiction that traverses the connections between earth and the heavens, the living and the spectral, human and animal.  

In Cosmic, a former drug addict has a chance to redeem herself and restore honor to her family's name. In, Harvest, a woman tasked with providing for her community ponders her inability to bear live children. In the title story,Two Moons, a young woman falls in love with the moon, and is astonished by the moon's response. In What the Heart Wants, a rejected lover discovers that her physical and emotional desires are incongruent with the organ pumping blood through her veins.  

Sensitive, ethereal, humorous, and at times, heart-breaking, Smith's collection of speculative fiction signals the arrival of a writer who understands that Black girls are indeed magic. 

Get This Book On Amazon (link works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Possessing Morgan by Erica Lawson 

Publisher Affinity Ebook Press NZ 

Synopsis 

New York City, in the height of summer. Crime seems to have taken a holiday, and Detective Morgan O'Callaghan is bored, bored, bored. Paperwork is mating and multiplying on her desk, and even a jaywalker is starting to look good. Anything to get her out from behind her desk! 

Enter Andrea Worthington, Charleston socialite and all-around rich girl, right down to the wealthy fiancé. She's also the new Assistant District Attorney assigned to Morgan's precinct. Their first meeting is like two freight trains crashing head on. Then a high profile, career make-or-break murder case throws them together again. The investigation has barely begun when Andrea becomes the target of a nearly fatal hit-and-run. 

But was it really aimed at her? Can she and Morgan find the common ground they need to solve the case and stop the attacks, or are the gaps just too wide to bridge? 

Get This Book On Amazon (link works for US, UK and CA)

 

Veritas MJ Duncan 

Synopsis 

Working as a chef aboard a private yacht might not seem like a vacation for most people, but to Lauren Murphy, a highly-regarded sous chef at a top New York restaurant, the opportunity to spend seventeen days in the Virgin Islands, sailing from one tropical location to the next, while having complete freedom to create her own menus is a dream come true. 

Enter Grey Wells, the owner and captain of the Veritas, and the most complicated person Lauren has ever met. Cold and distant one minute and then cautiously friendly the next, Lauren is compelled to get to know her better. What happens when she does, however, is enough to change both of their lives forever.  

Get This Book On Amazon (link works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Second Chances by MJ Duncan 

Synopsis 

Charlie Bennett is a rising star in the world of sports journalism, but her personal life is a mess. Still hung up on her college sweetheart, a one-night-stand gone wrong convinces her that she needs to make a change. An offer for a one-year guest lecturer position from a small private university provides her the opportunity she needs to escape, and she jumps at it. 

All Charlie expected to find when she left Manhattan for rural New Hampshire was a little peace. Instead, she finds Mackayla Thomas. 

Eight years have passed since Charlie foolishly walked away from Mackayla, and Mackayla is determined to never let anyone hurt her that way again. For Charlie, their serendipitous meeting is a sign that happily ever after might finally be within her reach. First, however, she needs to find a way to convince Mackayla to let the past go, and to give her a second chance. 

Get This Book On Amazon (link works for US, UK and CA) 

 

About Rae D Magdon 

She is a writer of queer and lesbian fiction. She believes everyone deserves to see themselves fall in love and become a hero: especially lesbians, bisexual women, trans women, and women of color. She has published over eleven novels through Desert Palm Press, spanning a wide variety of genres.

She is the recipient of a 2016 Rainbow Award (Fantasy/Sci-Fi) and a twice-nominated GCLA finalist (Fantasy/Sci-Fi). In addition to her novels and short stories, she writes a sapphic supernatural mystery podcast: Room 13. When she isn't working on original projects, she spends her time writing fanfiction. 

Rae D Magdon online 

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This podcast is a spinoff of the popular website. 

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Unconventional Lovers by Annette Mori

April 30, 2018

Unconventional Lovers by Annette Mori

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 Unconventional Lovers by Annette Mori.

Synopsis 

Bri and Siera are young women with huge hearts and strong wills; they want nothing more than to find a peaceful and secure space to be, a place that fulfills their needs and gives them the freedom to be themselves. But the world is a harsh place for anyone who is different. 

Bri’s Aunt Olivia is a vet with a thriving practice. She is set in her ways, single and surviving, channeling her emotions into her work and her love of Bri. 

Siera has a supportive but silent father, an overpowering helicopter mom, plus her Aunt Deb who adores her. 

Despite their individual battles against hurt, prejudice, and rejection, can these four women find love against the odds? 

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8 Fake Relationship F/F Romances

April 27, 2018

8 Fake Relationship F/F Romances

Les Do Books

In this episode, Tara is joined by Sheena, founder of The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. They talk about their favourite fake relationship books.

You can check out the books mentioned here:

 

More info

If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please consider contributing to the Patreon for The Lesbian Talk Show channel.

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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TB Markinson Gets Interviewed

April 25, 2018

TB Markinson Gets Interviewed 

 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

 

In this episode Sheena chats to TB Markinson, author and founder of I Heart Lesfic. 

 

Featured novel: The Chosen One by TB Markinson 

Girls are a risk college freshman Ainsley Carmichael can’t take. Her powerful political family sees her as the Chosen One who will someday be president. Upholding a carefully crafted veneer is second nature until the first day of class when Maya’s mysterious gray eyes hold her in thrall. 

Ainsley may be out publicly regarding her sexual orientation, but she lives under the shadow of the Carmichael’s ancient but shrewd matriarch in this contemporary lesbian romance. It soon becomes clear Maya is hiding something when she cuts their first kiss short by pointing out they come from different worlds. 

The privileged world of the Carmichael clan stands in stark contrast to Maya’s limited means. Ainsley’s quirky and carefree cousin helps her investigate, only to discover details of Maya’s past are sketchy at best as the suspense builds in this work of LGBT fiction. 

Will Ainsley’s love for the enigmatic girl enable her to break her Carmichael shackles?  

Get this book on Amazon (UK, US or CA) 

 

TB answers these questions about her writing 

You write in first person. Do you find this puts people off or draws them into the character's head? 

What is your best selling book? 

Your books range in theme and genre quite substantially, how does your reader base react to this? 

Your covers are amazing. Do you find that people react to them? Who designs them? Do you think good covers are important for sales? 

Some of your novels are quite mainstream - have you been able to cross over? 

 

TB answers these questions about I Heart Lesfic 

This is a very unique initiative to promote lesfic. Tell me how it came to be and for those who don't know about it, tell me what it is. 

What has the reaction to it been from authors, influencers in the sector and readers? 

Do you find it helps to sell your own books? 

What are the number now, for your site visits, newsletter subscribers etc and what is the growth rate looking like? 

 

TB Markinson Online

Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

Amazon page 

I Heart Lesfic Website 

 

Patrons

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About The Lesbian Review

The Lesbian Review is a popular website that features book and movie reviews. We only review things we enjoy so you can be guaranteed to find a great read or watch. 

This podcast is a spinoff of the popular website. 

 

About Sheena 

The Lesbian Review Podcast is hosted by the founder of both The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show podcast channel. 

If you enjoyed this show you may also love her other shows on the channel. 

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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

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

Twitter:

  • @hawkwing_lb

Many of Liz’s reviews can be found at the following sites:

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.

If you enjoy this podcast and others at The Lesbian Talk Show, please consider supporting the show through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheLesbianTalkShow

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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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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

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How Lesbian Fiction Changed Lynn Ames’s Life

April 13, 2018

How Lesbian Fiction Changed Lynn Ames's Life

Les Do Books

In this episode of Les Do Books, Tara talks to Lynn Ames, prolific author of lesbian romance and romantic suspense. Lynn shares how she first discovered lesbian fiction, what it meant to her, and how it influenced her as a writer.

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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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