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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How Do Butch Women Like To Be Asked Out?

November 13, 2017

How Do Butch Women Like To Be Asked Out?

Ask A Butch 

Today Sheena is joined by Amy and Lise to chat about how butch women like to be asked out. 

About Amy Herman-Pall 

Amy’s been out for over 25 years, but it took her some time to accept and identify with the label ‘butch.’ She’s worked in several different traditionally male jobs, from carpentry and woodworking, to truck driving, and in each she’s simply proven that a woman can do as well as a man. 

As far as other butch stereotypes go, there are some she fits and some she never will. But she’s found her match in the femme that claimed her. 

 

You can find her on 

Facebook, through The Lesbian Review Book Club 

Twitter 

 

About Lise MacTague 

Lise MacTague is a spec fit author. She has been known to play ice hockey and build awesome cosplay guns that she sells on her etsy account. 

She co-hosts the podcast Let Geek Out! and she does occasional reviews for The Lesbian Review. 

 

You can find her on

Her Website 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Etsy 

 

About Sheena 

Sheena struggled for most of her youth with coming out. It was only at 22 when she met her wife that she could no longer deny her attraction to women. A large part of why she struggled had to do with the misconceptions and stereotypes of being a lesbian. 

So she and her wife started to the show Les Talk About It where these myths and stereotypes are discussed. 

Ask A Butch is a spin-off show. Sheena soon realized that it was not possible to answer questions all types of lesbians and so she wanted to address hatred towards butch women, specifically. 

 

Find Sheena on

Website 

Facebook 

Twitter 

 

More Info 

If you have a question or want to share a thought then come and chat to us on The Lesbian Talk Show Chat Group or email Sheena on podcast@TheLesbianTalkShow.com

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Episode 16b: Interview with Farah Mendlesohn

November 11, 2017

Interview with Farah Mendlesohn

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16b

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

In this episode we talk about

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

Publications mentioned:

More info

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

Website:

Twitter:

  • @effjayem

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

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Lesbian Fiction Without A Happy Ending

November 10, 2017

Lesbian Fiction Without a Happy Ending 

Les Do Books 

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

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

More info 

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club.

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com

 

 

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How To Propose To A Woman

November 6, 2017

How To Propose To A Woman

Les Talk About It

In this episode of Les Talk About it Sheena and Tamara are discussing the right way to propose to a woman.

MORE INFO

Sheena is the founder of The Lesbian Talk Show podcast channel and The Lesbian Review. Tamara is super smart and loves researching and together this married couple is known to get slightly off topic and laugh a lot.

Send your questions and comments to Podcast@TheLesbianTalkShow.com or visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com for more info about this and our other podcasts.

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Herstory, character crushes, and post-apocalyptic weaponry

November 5, 2017

Women and Words Overview

28 Oct.-3 Nov. 2017

 

Andi and Jove talk about queer history because Andi is all about bridging queer generational divides. And how about NaNoWriMo and the Dirt Road Books challenge (THANK YOU AUTHOR CATHERINE LANE FOR THE AWESOME VIDEO YOU MADE FOR US FOR THAT) because it’s fun and a great bonding experience AND Dirt Road Books will review your manuscript (remember, NaNoWriMo needs 50K words). Also, Jove has a lot of fictional characters she’s crushed out on over the years…

 

28 Oct.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta talked about “books that require a conscientious effort to pick up because I know there is going to be a plot twist in it that I absolutely hate.” Go see!

  • Women and Words link HERE

29 Oct. Call for Submissions! Short stories for the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast! Check it out!

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Lesbian Historic Motif Project Podcast HERE

30 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt with some musings on Halloween Eve and also forgetfulness. Heh.

31 Oct.: Join Dirt Road Books for the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge! Buddy up with us and if you finish NNWM, DRB will professionally review your manuscript! (Happy Halloween!)

  • Women and Words link HERE

2 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle wants to know what fictional characters you crush out on. Or that stay with you.

3 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirls over the post-apocalyptic comic book series The Courier.

Jove and author Blythe Rippon will be at the Read With Pride Northwest event Nov. 4th in Seattle! Also, you guys, if you’re an author and/or you know authors who want to give books away this December, get some exposure, and engage in the nutty Women and Words party known as THE HOOTENANNY, NOVEMBER 15 is the last day to get your titles in. Sign up HERE.

And if you’re interested, Andi did a podcast on her lived queer history with the LezBeHonest podcast HERE.

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Episode 16a: On the Shelf November 2017

November 4, 2017

On the Shelf for November 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16a

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
  • Premodern Sexualities - a collection of papers on the history of sexuality
  • Knighton’s Chronicle - a primary text mentioned in the “female knights” essay
  • An article on a medieval English joint memorial brass
  • Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns - a theory-heavy book on the process of doing the history of sexuality
  • The Lesbian Premodern - another collection focusing on theory and historiography but specifically looking at lesbian premodern history as a field of study
  • Announcing this month’s author guest, Farah Mendlesohn, and her debut novel Spring Flowering
  • Ask Sappho: Rose Herman-Pall asks “How did women in history signal to each other that they were Sapphically inclined, especially if they were in marriages to men?”
  • Call for submissions for the new LHMP audio short story segment. See here for details.

 More info

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

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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10 Lesbian Books We Want As Movies

November 3, 2017

10 Lesbian Books We Want As Movies

The Lesbian Review Podcast

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

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

Sheena's List

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

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

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

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

 

Get it on Amazon 

 

2 Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague 

Published by Bella Books 

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

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

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

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

 

Get it on Amazon 

 

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

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

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

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

 

Get it on Amazon  

 

4 Devil’s Rock by Gerri Hill 

Published by Bella Books

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

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

 

Get it on Amazon

 

5 All I Want For Christmas by Clare Lydon 

Published by Custard Books 

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

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

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

 

Get it on Amazon 

 

Anna’s Picks 

6 Kicker's Journey by Lois Cloarec Hart 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

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

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

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

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

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

7 The Killing Ground by Syd Parker 

Published by Syd Parker Books 

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

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

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

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

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

8 True Nature by Jae 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

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

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

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

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

9 Don't Call Me Hero by Eliza Lentzski 

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

 

Get It On Amazon

 

10 Bridesmaid of Honor by Graysen Morgen 

Published by Triplicity Publishing 

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

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

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

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

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Off Pitch by Brianna Kienitz

November 2, 2017

Off Pitch by Brianna Kienitz 

Book Clips 

Synopsis 

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

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

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

 

You can find this novel on Amazon

 

Find Brianna Kienitz on Twitter and Facebook 

 

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Do Butch Women All Pack A Strapon

October 30, 2017

Do Butch Women All Pack A Strapon? 

Ask A Butch 

Today Sheena is joined by Amy and Lise to chat about the theory that all butch women pack a strapon. 

 

 

About Amy Herman-Pall 

Amy’s been out for over 25 years, but it took her some time to accept and identify with the label ‘butch.’ She’s worked in several different traditionally male jobs, from carpentry and woodworking, to truck driving, and in each she’s simply proven that a woman can do as well as a man. 

As far as other butch stereotypes go, there are some she fits and some she never will. But she’s found her match in the femme that claimed her. 

 

You can find her on 

Facebook, through The Lesbian Review Book Club 

Twitter 

 

About Lise MacTague 

Lise MacTague is a spec fit author. She has been known to play ice hockey and build awesome cosplay guns that she sells on her etsy account. 

She co-hosts the podcast Let Geek Out! and she does occasional reviews for The Lesbian Review. 

 

You can find her on

Her Website 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Etsy 

 

About Sheena 

Sheena struggled for most of her youth with coming out. It was only at 22 when she met her wife that she could no longer deny her attraction to women. A large part of why she struggled had to do with the misconceptions and stereotypes of being a lesbian. 

So she and her wife started to the show Les Talk About It where these myths and stereotypes are discussed. 

Ask A Butch is a spin-off show. Sheena soon realized that it was not possible to answer questions all types of lesbians and so she wanted to address hatred towards butch women, specifically. 

 

Find Sheena on

Website 

Facebook 

Twitter 

 

More Info 

If you have a question or want to share a thought then come and chat to us on The Lesbian Talk Show Chat Group or email Sheena on podcast@TheLesbianTalkShow.com

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Female Knights in Shining Armor

October 28, 2017

Female Knights in Shining Armor 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15d 

Does your heart thrill to the clash of swords, the gleam of sunlight on a polished helm, and the snap of silken banners in the breeze at a tournament field? And then the helmet is removed by the victorious knight to reveal a fair face and a tumble of flowing locks and the crowd gasps to know a woman is champion? Well this podcast is for you.

In this episode we talk about

  • Joan of Arc and what wearing armor meant symbolically for her
  • The 12th century Spanish “Order of the Hatchet”, an order of woman knights
  • The gang of ladies who showed up at a 14th century tournament in England in men’s clothing
  • A 13th century German tale of women holding a tournament when their men were off at war
  • The French romance of Yde and Olive and how a woman knight won the hand of a king’s daughter in marriage
  • The Romance of Silence, which includes an exceedingly modern-sounding debate between personifications of Nature and Nurture for they loyalty of a girl raised as a boy
  • Amazon knights in Renaissance epic poems such as Orlando Furioso and The Faerie Queene, who attracted the love of fair ladies

More info

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

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

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project. Some useful links include:

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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

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

October 27, 2017

And Playing the Role of Herself by KE Lane 

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

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

 

From the back of the book: 

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

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

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

 

More info 

Come talk to Tara and the rest of The Lesbian Review crew about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club. 

 

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com 

 

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

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The Problem With Lesbian Porn - Les Talk About It

October 23, 2017

The Problem With Lesbian Porn 

Les Talk About It 

In this episode of Les Talk About it Sheena and Tamara are discussing The Problem With Lesbian Porn. Why it's bad for lesbians, and what we should be insisting on instead.

MORE INFO 

Sheena is the founder of The Lesbian Talk Show podcast channel and The Lesbian Review. Tamara is super smart and loves researching and together this married couple is known to get slightly off topic and laugh a lot.

Send your questions and comments to Podcast@TheLesbianTalkShow.com or visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com for more info about this and our other podcasts.

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

October 21, 2017

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

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

In this episode Caren recommends some favorite queer historical novels: 

 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

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

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

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10 Best Debut Novels - The Lesbian Review Podcast

October 20, 2017

10 Best Debut Novels - The Lesbian Review Podcast 

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

Sheena’s Picks

1 London Calling by Clare Lydon 

Published by Custard Publishing 

Synopsis 

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

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

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

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

 

Read Our Review 

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

2 Depths Of Blue by Lise MacTague 

Published by Bella Books 

Synopsis 

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

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

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

 

Read Our Review 

Get It On Amazon 

 

3 Safe Harbor by Radclyffe 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

Synopsis 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Get It On Amazon

 

 

4 Daughter Of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones 

Published by Bella Books 

Synopsis 

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

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

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

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

 

Read Our Review 

Get It On Amazon 

 

5 Sharpshooter by Leslie Murray 

Published by Sapphire Books Publishing 

Synopsis 

A mission gone horribly wrong. 

A vicious killer who will stop at nothing. 

Two women on the run for their very lives. 

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

Until it’s not. 

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

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

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

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

 

Read Our Review 

Get It On Amazon 

 

Clare’s List 

6 And Playing The Role Of Herself by KE Lane 

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises 

Synopsis 

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

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

 

Read Our Review 

Get It On Amazon 

 

7 All The Little Moments by G Benson 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

Synopsis 

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

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

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

 

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8 Exception To The Rule by Cindy Rizzo 

Synopsis 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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9 Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan 

Synopsis 

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

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

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

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

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

10 Curious Wine by Katherine V Forrest 

Published by Bella Books 

Synopsis 

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

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

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Asset Management by Annette Mori - Book Clips

October 19, 2017

Asset Management by Annette Mori - Book Clips 

Synopsis 

Toni, Sophie, and Kim, are the modern-day version of Robin Hood blended with the Three Musketeers. For the past eighteen months, they have been moving the assets of the rapacious bank executives to the more deserving coffers—at least in their minds—of the poor and middle class. 

When a mysterious woman keeps crossing paths with Toni, sparks fly. Is it a coincidence or all part of some greater master plan? Is she friend or foe? 

Add the Russian mob, the FBI, and an all-female covert organization and you have the perfect recipe for danger, intrigue, and even love. 

Does the trio join forces with the organization? 

Follow the twists and turns to the explosive conclusion. Not everything is black and white. There are many shades of gray and sometimes it’s difficult to decipher who is good and who is evil. No one is all virtue or all malevolence, but sometimes love helps us rise above. 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

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Do Butch Women Want To Be Men? - Ask A Butch

October 16, 2017

Do Butch Women Want To Be Men? Ask A Butch 

Today Sheena is joined by Amy and Lise to answer the question - Do Butch Women Want To Be Men or are they transgender? 

 

About Amy Herman-Pall 

Amy’s been out for over 25 years, but it took her some time to accept and identify with the label ‘butch.’ She’s worked in several different traditionally male jobs, from carpentry and woodworking, to truck driving, and in each she’s simply proven that a woman can do as well as a man. 

As far as other butch stereotypes go, there are some she fits and some she never will. But she’s found her match in the femme that claimed her.  

You can find her on 

Facebook, through The Lesbian Review Book Club 

Twitter 

 

About Lise MacTague 

Lise MacTague is a spec-fic author. She has been known to play ice hockey and build awesome cosplay guns that she sells on her Etsy account. 

She co-hosts the podcast Let Geek Out! and she does occasional reviews for The Lesbian Review.  

You can find her on

Her Website 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Etsy 

 

About Sheena 

Sheen struggled for most of her youth with coming out. It was only at 22 when she met her wife that she could no longer deny her attraction to women. A large part of why she struggled had to do with the misconceptions and stereotypes of being a lesbian. 

So she and her wife started to the show Les Talk About It where these myths and stereotypes are discussed. 

Ask A Butch is a spin-off show. Sheena soon realized that it was not possible to answer questions all types of lesbians and so she wanted to address hatred towards butch women, specifically. 

Find Sheena on 

Her Website 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Email her

 

More Info 

If you have a question or want to share a thought then come and chat to us on The Lesbian Talk Show Chat Group

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

October 14, 2017

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

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

In this episode we talk about 

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

Publications mentioned:

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

Find Author CJ Werlinger here:

Website 

Email 

Facebook 

 

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

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Carsen Taite Talks Lesbian Fiction

October 13, 2017

Les Do Books: Carsen Taite Talks Lesbian Fiction 

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

Check out the books discussed here: 

Totally Worth It by Maggie Cummings  

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

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

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

Spark by Catherine Friend 

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

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

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran  

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

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

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

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

Eyes Like Those by Melissa Brayden  

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Carsen Taite

 

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 Pros And Cons Of Coming Out - Les Talk About It

October 9, 2017

The Pros And Cons Of Coming Out - Les Talk About It 

In this episode of Les Talk About It, Sheena and Tamara chat about the pros and cons of coming out. 

 

The process of coming out

  • Coming out to yourself 
  • Coming out to your loved ones 
  • Coming out to people at work 
  • Coming out to the world at large 

 

Pros To Coming Out  

  • It is less stressful 
  • It is easier to date 
  • It allows you to be okay with yourself 
  • It helps helps you feel less different 
  • It helps you see all your allies 
  • You can become an ally to someone else 
  • Allows you to connect with other lesbians 
  • Dispel myths about lesbians 
  • Makes you feel like part of a community. 

 

Cons To Coming Out 

  • It can be dangerous 
  • You can lose your job 
  • You can find out that people who you thought were friends are actually bigots 

 

What No One Tells You About Coming Out 

Coming out is not a once off thing. You will forever be coming out. 

 

Links 

 

Our coming out story 

 

Author Clare Lydon comes out 

 

Author Kiki Archer comes out

 

Help for LGBT people  

 

The Lesbian Talk Show Facebook Group 

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