Anna Interviews Shamim Sarif - The Lesbian Review podcast

November 30, 2018

Anna Interviews Shamim Sarif

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Anna is joined by Shamim Sarif today to talk about her movies, the stories behind them and she talks about her family and coming out.

 

The World Unseen by Shamim Sarif

In 1950's South Africa, free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community, and the new apartheid-led government, by running a café with Jacob her “coloured” business partner. When she meets Miriam, a young wife and mother, their 

unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her. When Amina helps Miriam’s sister-in-law to hide from the police, a chain of events is set in motion that changes both women forever. 

The World Unseen transports us to a vibrant, colourful world, a world that divides white from black and women from men, but one that might just allow an unexpected love to survive.

 

Get This Movie On Amazon here -> https://amzn.to/2Dh4ZYw

 

I Can’t Think Straight

Tala, a London-based Palestinian, is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend. Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other, but the attraction is immediate and goes deeper than friendship. But Tala is not ready to accept the implications of the choice her heart has made for her and escapes back to Jordan, while Leyla tries to move on with her new-found life, to the shock of her tradition-loving parents. As Tala's wedding day approaches, simmering tensions come to boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself.

Moving between the vast enclaves of Middle Eastern high society and the stunning backdrop of London's West End, I Can't Think Straight explores the clashes between East and West, love and marriage, conventions and individuality, creating a humorous and tender story of unexpected love and unusual freedoms. 

 

Get This Movie On Amazon here -> https://amzn.to/2OF5sFI

 

Wrote the Book, Made the Movie, Raised the Kids, Now the Blog

Modern women really can have it all – work, family, friends and fans – but having a sense of humour helps! By popular demand, Shamim Sarif’s collected blogs from 2009 are all here, together with full colour photos and captions.

Hilarious and insightful, the blogs follow Shamim’s work as a writer, director, mother and wife – the 21st Century musings of an exhausted Renaissance woman.

 

Get This Book On Amazon here -> https://amzn.to/2OF3d5r

 

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Anna is a sound editor working in LA and a reviewer at The Lesbian Review specialising in sports romance.

 

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Suzie Carr Gets Interviewed - The Lesbian Review podcast

November 14, 2018

Suzie Carr Gets Interviewed

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Sheena is joined by Suzie Carr today to talk about her novel The Curvy Side Of Life, her work in progress and she recommends 3 Lesbian fiction novels.

 

Suzie’s Novels we chatted about:

The Curvy Side of Life by Suzie Carr

Narrator: Stephanie Murphy

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?

 

Get This Book On Amazon here -> https://amzn.to/2K0gx3O

(that link works for Amazon US, UK, Canada and Germany)

 

Maybe Next Time by Karin Kallmaker

Publisher Bella Books

Synopsis

Lambda Literary Award Winner! 

Sabrina Starling doesn't need love. She has fame as a brilliant violinist and unlimited options for female company. Nothing can shake her -- except the memory of her very first love. Knowing that neither the teenaged nor adult Jorie will ever return her feelings, Sabrina has escaped into her music and the arms of other women. 

When injury leaves her temporarily unable to perform, Sabrina finally finds the one woman who could free her forever from the memory of those stolen Hawaiian nights with Jorie. There's one problem. The object of Sabrina's desire, Diana, is deeply in love with Pam, the woman who has shared her life for the past eighteen years.

A family funeral calls Sabrina home to the islands, but she no long believes that the gentle breezes and possible welcome in Jorie's eyes can repair the lives she's shattered, including her own. 

Karin Kallmaker's searing novel of innocent first love and dangerous seduction joins an unparalleled string of critically acclaimed bestsellers that earned her the title of Undisputed Mistress of Lesbian Romance.

 

Get This Book On Amazon here -> https://amzn.to/2DzOFmw

(that link works for Amazon US, UK, Canada and Germany)

 

96 Hours by Georgia Beers

Publisher Bywater Books

Narrator Romy Nordlinger

Synopsis

Erica Ryan is flying home from London after a disastrous business trip. Free spirit Abby Hayes is flying into New York City to visit her mother before jetting off again. Both end up in Gander, Canada, when their flight is diverted because of 9/11. For ninety-six hours they share a rollercoaster of emotions and find themselves drawn to one another. Will their nascent connection survive everyday life when they return home?

Georgia Beers is the author of eight lesbian romances and has won the Lambda Literary Award and the Golden Grown Literacy Award.

 

Get This Book On Amazon here -> https://amzn.to/2T2tqhT

(that link works for Amazon US, UK, Canada and Germany)

 

A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan

Publisher Shaggy Dog Stories

Narrator Christine Williams

Synopsis

Winner of the 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society Award.

Runner Up for the 2015 Rainbow Award.

This sweeping novel follows childhood sweethearts Rona and Shelli as they come of age and face impossible choices. Passion and heartbreak come alive in this lyrical exploration of love, friendship, and family in Israel.

A Small Country about to Vanish is Rona and Shelli's love-hate relationship with an ancient piano, each other and their difficult homeland - a country physically too small and politically too volatile to maintain its own existence.

Wise and compassionate Rona believes in fairness and equality and shows a rare ability to feel empathy for her supposed enemies, while her friends and family want security first. Shelli, an avid reader of Holocaust literature, raises old but relevant questions. Must history repeat itself? How do we know when the political pot of hatred has boiled beneath us, making it necessary to leave our belongings behind and relocate, to save ourselves and our family?

 

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The 5 Best Lesbian Spooky Reads - The Lesbian Review Podcast

October 31, 2018

The 5 Best Spooky Lesbian Books

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Join Tara as she takes over The Lesbian Review Podcast and interviews Sheena who recommends The 5 Best Spooky Lesbian Books (plus two or three more books).

1 Dark Dreamer by Jennifer Fulton 

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

The story is about Rowe Devlin, a best selling horror writer who is suffering from a severe case of writer’s block after two failed novels. Looking for a fresh start and perhaps even some inspiration, she buys an old Victorian house in Maine called Dark Harbor Cottage.

Devlin gets a little more inspiration than she was hoping for when she discovers that her new home is haunted by a rather nasty ghost. To make matters more complicated she discovers that her neighbours are identical twins, Phoebe and Cara Temple. Both deeply alluring, Rowe struggles to decide who she finds more attractive.

Together she and Phoebe try to find out why her house is haunted in an effort to put the ghost to rest.

While this is going on the Temple twins are drawn into an FBI investigation of a possible serial killer. Having to face life-changing choices, the sisters are pulled in different directions with the possibility of losing the only real family that they have left, one another.

 

Check out the review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2Iu5Llm

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

2 Valley Of The Dead by Crystal M Romero

Publisher: Indie

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

Valley Of The Dead by Crystal M Romero is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes scary, sometimes romantic but always utterly charming zombie apocalypse novel. And what makes it even better is that it has a lesbian leading lady.

The novel starts on Gay Pride weekend to the backdrop of much celebration, since the USA was finally celebrating equality. In Silicon Valley Yvonne had just dumped her long time, cheating girlfriend and was feeling free at last. That is, until she gets a frantic phone call from her very gay best friend, Reggie. He and a bunch of drag queens are stuck in his apartment and need rescuing from the zombie apocalypse that has taken hold of the city.

She jumps in her monster of a vehicle, puts on her no nonsense butch approach to the apocalypse and ends up picking up a group of survivors along her route out of town. Eventually the survivors include Reggie and the drag queens, a young couple and two police officers.

One of the officers is Captain Jacqueline Rhodes, a competent, gorgeous woman who leaves Yvonne thinking about more than just survival.

Together, the survivors must overcome a number of challenges, the least of which is getting out of town and find somewhere safe to settle down.

 

Check out the review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2Ot0jVl

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

3 Haunting Love by KA Moll

Publisher: Triplicity Publishing

Available on audiobook: Yes

Narrator: Emily Beresford

Synopsis

Haunting Love by KA Moll is the story of Gabe and Anna. Gabe is struggling to come to terms with her wife’s death a few years prior. One of the reasons that she is struggling is that she can see or at least sense spirits but she cannot sense her wife and she has not been able to process her loss.

Anna is new in town, having recently taken a job working alongside Jaina, her friend from college and the main character in Moll’s novel Soul Mates.

Anna is renting a house from Gabe’s father and is having rather disturbing electrical problems. Gabe comes over to see if she can fix the problem and discovers two things. Firstly, she is very attracted to Anna and secondly, the house is haunted.

Anna and Gabe have a less than pleasant encounter, thanks in part to Anna’s fear of being attracted to a woman. Gabe is a handsome woman that stirs her blood and her fears.

Will Gabe be able to overcome her sorrow enough to start a new relationship with Anna and will Anna be able to work through her fear of being who she is enough to act on her attractions? And then there are the ghosts that need to be dealt with too.

 

Check out the review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2Iu67bT

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

4a Keepers Of The Cave by Gerri Hill

Publisher: Bella Books

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

Keepers Of The Cave by Gerri Hill is simply brilliant. Hill should write more horror.

Hill should write more horror.

How could I not try a book with this description: The senator’s daughter disappears and FBI agents CJ Johnston and Paige Riley are assigned to a backwaters all-girls school in East Texas near where the senator’s daughter was last seen. They figure that the assignment is a dead-end, but strange things keep happening in the area. Something is lurking in Hoganville.

 

Check out the review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2NXOQ0H

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

4b Weeping Walls by Gerri Hill

Publisher: Bella Books

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

Weeping Walls by Gerri Hill is the second book with CJ Johnston and Paige Riley as the main characters.

Keepers of the Cave is the first book, so read that review first if you haven’t already.

While I loved Keepers of the Cave, I think that Hill created and even better second book with Weeping Walls.

The story is about an abandoned house in a small town in Houston. Here they find a dead body that is similar to a cold case from fourteen years earlier. The four FBI agents are sent to investigate.

Check out the review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2NVZqVG

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

5 Paradox Valley by Gerri Hill

Publisher: Bella Books

Available on audiobook: Yes

Narrator: Abby Craden

Synopsis

Was it an earthquake? A meteor? Or something else entirely?

Running from a marriage proposal in Seattle, Dana Ingram returns to her parents' farm in Western Colorado for a two-week vacation in Paradox Valley. Only a couple of days into it, however, a small earthquake leaves them without power. Cars won't start, batteries don't work, and cell phones are useless.

When a Black Hawk helicopter vanishes off of radar, Captain Corey Conaway is sent in to locate it and its crew - all while keeping the disappearance out of the media. When she meets Dana and her cousin, Butch, Corey solicits their help in the search. But as they travel on horseback through the rugged and remote Paradox Valley, what they stumble upon soon has them running for their lives.

Check out our review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2NXGjL1

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

Tara's BONUS Books

6 Castle Wrath by Karin Kallmaker

Publisher: Indie

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

A bubbly ingenue falls heir to a remote, storm-drenched castle in a foreign land. All hers - if she can outlast the dangerous and too delicious competing claimant. Strange happenings, a curious (and disconcertingly attractive) caretaker, plus sensuous nightmares may be far more than California girl Brittany Brannigan can handle. 31,000 words.

Brittany's Scottish adventure has a pinch of horror and more than a dash of romance.

 

Check out our review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2NVAIoG

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

7 The Secret Of Sleepy Hollow by Andi Marquette

Publisher: Ylva Publishing

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

Tabitha “Abby” Crane, a doctoral student working on her thesis, doesn’t allow herself much time outside academia. Fortunately, she’s managed to squeeze in a research trip over Halloween weekend to the historical society of Sleepy Hollow, New York, where she hopes to uncover new research on the notorious town’s most infamous legend—that of the headless horseman. But she has a personal stake in this trip: Abby’s own ancestor, Ichabod Crane, disappeared mysteriously over two hundred years ago, perhaps at the hands of the ghostly horseman.

Abby has no reason to expect anything of Sleepy Hollow beyond immersing herself in archival collections and enjoying its Halloween festivities, but then she crosses paths with Katie, who makes her head spin and her heart pound. When Katie invites her on a nighttime visit to the glen where the horseman allegedly rides, Abby can’t say no, upending her plans for a quiet research retreat. And when Abby and Katie, who has her own ties to the famous story, find what may be the key to the disappearance of Ichabod Crane all those years ago, love, legend, and magic intermingle, making clear that Sleepy Hollow has plans of its own for yet another Crane.

 

Check out our review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2y1mpnH

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

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How Technology Has Changed Lesbian Fiction

September 12, 2018

How Technology Has Changed Lesbian Fiction

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena is joined by Ruth Sternglantz to talk about how technology changed lesbian fiction. Ruth is an editor of LGBT fiction for Bold Strokes Books, academic focused on medieval England, history of drama, lesbian romance and a lawyer focused on IP, torts and queerlaw.

In this episode we talk about:

  1. How the internet has revolutionised lesbian fiction
  2. Communities of interest
  3. How people talk about stories
  4. On demand
  5. The responsibility that comes with being global
  6. Technology changes have also affected plot points
  7. Why being a professional still matters

 

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This podcast is a spinoff of the popular website.

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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 show on the channel – Les Talk About It (on Mondays) where she and her wife break down myths about lesbians and discuss general lesbian things.

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Author And Marketing Guru Anne Hagan Gets Interviewed

August 29, 2018

Author and Marketing Guru Anne Hagan Gets Interviewed

The Lesbian Review Podcast

In this episode Sheena is joined today by author Anne Hagan to talk about newsletter marketing and Anne’s books.

Find out:

  • Why a mailing list is important for all authors
  • Why social media should not replace your mailing list
  • How to offer great value in your emails to readers
  • How often to send a newsletter

 

Relic by Anne Hagan

Book 1 in the Morelville Mysteries

Cases collide for two star-crossed ladies of law enforcement!

Customs Special Agent Dana Rossi was forced to start her life anew after a bad breakup with her former girlfriend and the loss of a job that she loved. These days, she spends life on the road, moving from one case to another until one day when runs run right into the path of Sheriff Mel Crane. The feisty, sexy butch cop is as determined to uncover a counterfeiting ring in her county as Agent Rossi becomes to stop a stalker obsessed with Mel and hot for her company. Dana is under the added pressure of conducting an undercover investigation of her own with a tight deadline: finding and then stopping a ring of smugglers bringing high-end designer knock-offs into the states. 

Could their cases be related? When repeated vicious attacks on Mel and on her home accelerate the danger for her and also their attraction to each other, they become desperate to find the truth and solve the two mysteries. Can they find a way to work together to resolve both cases while coming to terms with their growing feelings for one another? Can Dana move beyond her jilted lover past and find true happiness with a small town Sheriff? 

The debut novel from Anne Hagan, her Mel and Dana characters in Relic are a great addition to the pantheon of lesbian women sleuths like Jane Lawless in the novels of Ellen Hart, the characters of Gerri Hill like Detective Tori Hunter with the hard-boiled edges of the Sara Paretsky private detective, V. I. Warshawski. 

Get this book on Amazon

 

The Passed Prop by Anne Hagan

Book 1 in the Morelville Cozies

Chloe Rossi wants to retire with her husband and move away from suburban sprawl to bucolic Morelville; the only trouble is, Morelville is experiencing its worst crime wave ever and Marco Rossi wants no part of a move there. What to do?

Faye Crane would like nothing more than to have her good friend Chloe move closer to her and to Chloe’s own daughter. She’s got Chloe convinced it’s a smart move but Marco is a tougher nut to crack. A string of brutal, ritualistic style murders around Halloween with no witnesses and little evidence to work with has Fayes’ Sheriff daughter and her entire department stymied. Marco is second guessing even taking his retirement since Sheriff Mel can’t get a handle on the killings and bring peace and wellbeing back to the tiny village.

Someone has to root out a killer. Can Faye and Chloe nose around and figure out what the police can’t to solve the crimes? If they do, will Marco still waver or will he consent to move? 

This is the first book in a new spin-off series from the Morelville Mysteries series by Anne Hagan. The book stands alone but, if you’re interested in getting all of the Crane and Rossi families back story, you should check out the fifth book in the first series, Viva Mama Rossi!

If Faye and Chloe were 35 years younger, they could give Stephanie Plum and Lula, from the Janet Evanovich series that features them, a run for their money. They aren't quite to the Miss Marple stage from the Agatha Christie novels yet but they do have to work crime solving in, in between caring for their demanding spouses - something the spinster Jane Marple never had to worry about - and around the needs of their overactive bladders. Too much coffee during the day is never a good thing during late evening stakeouts. 

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Being An Author, Ally & Founder Of AUSXIP with Mary D Brooks

August 15, 2018

Being An Author, Ally & Starting AUSXIP with Mary D Brooks

The Lesbian Review Podcast

In this episode of The Lesbian Review Podcast Sheena is joined today by Mary D Brooks author, ally and founder of AusXip.

Find out

  • Why Mary D Brooks thinks that fanfic is a great place for writers to start
  • How AUSXIP was born
  • Why the questions of being an ally was never a question

 

We also talk about these books:

 

In The Blood Of The Greeks by Mary D Brooks

Publisher: AUSXIP Publishing

Synopsis

Forbidden love, heart racing suspense, an epic tale set in war-ravaged Greece. 

Two women -- one a German officer's daughter, the other a young Greek woman filled with fury -- race against time to help Jews escape a Greek town during World War II. They are moments from death if their clandestine operation is exposed. 

Eva and Zoe should be enemies but fate brings them together to work as a team to accomplish their life saving mission. They find themselves in an unlikely friendship that transcends the barriers between them and while they work to help Jews escape, their unlikely friendship turns to love. Zoe Lambros' faith in God is shattered after her mother's death at the hands of the German Commander. She determines to defy the enemy in every way she can--including a festering urge to kill the German Commander's daughter, Eva Muller.

Eva Muller has a tortured past, and a secret, if revealed, will lead to certain death at the hands of her father. Despite knowing the risk, Eva is working with the village priest to help the Jews escape. With her activities closely observed, Eva needs help to continue the clandestine operation and Zoe Lambros is the answer despite her antagonism to the fiery Greek.

 

Get it on Amazon

See our review on The Lesbian Review

 

Mary’s recommendations for Lesbian Novels

The Red Files by Lee Winter

Publisher: Ylva Publishing

Synopsis

Ambitious Daily Sentinel journalist Lauren King is chafing on LA’s vapid social circuit, reporting on glamorous A-list parties while sparring with her rival—the formidable, icy Catherine Ayers. Ayers is an ex-Washington political correspondent who suffered a humiliating fall from grace, and her acerbic, vicious tongue keeps everyone at bay. Everyone, that is, except knockabout Iowa girl King, who is undaunted, unimpressed and gives as good as she gets.

One night a curious story unfolds before their eyes: One business launch, 34 prostitutes and a pallet of missing pink champagne. Can the warring pair work together to unravel an incredible story? This is a lesbian fiction with more than a few mysterious twists.

 

Get it on Amazon

Check out our review on The Lesbian Review

 

Madam President by Blayne Cooper and T Novan

Publisher: Regal Crest Enterprises

Synopsis

Devlyn Marlowe, the first woman President of the United States, has just been elected. Breaking with the tradition of hiring a political writer to chronicle her administration, President Marlowe selects one Lauren Strayer, a professional biographer with a reputation for absolute honesty. There's a slight problem with Devlyn's plan, though. Lauren wants nothing to do with what she sees as a political hack job.

It takes some serious persuading, but the Commander-in-chief is an eloquent negotiator, and Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the job, provided she truly has editorial freedom. So, armed with her computer, her incredibly ugly Pug and fair bit of trepidation, Lauren finds herself in residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

There, amidst the harrowing and demanding life of the First Family, Lauren begins to understand and eventually love the complex woman who is both leader of a great nation and loving single parent to three rambunctious children.

This timeless classic from T. Novan and Blayne Cooper is funny, realistic and endearing.

 

Get it on Amazon

 

Icehole by Keira Dellacroix

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10 Best Female Leads In A Horror Movie

August 8, 2018

10 Best Female Leads In A Horror Movie

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Sheena is joined by Michelle Blakey, reviewer at The Lesbian Review today to talk about their choices for the 10 Best Female Leads In A Horror Movie.

 

Sheena’s Choices

Annie from The Gift

Played by Cate Blanchett

Synopsis

In the town of Brixton, Georgia, widow Annie Wilson is the resident fortune-teller. Jessica King, the fiancée of local school teacher, Wayne Collins, disappears.

Annie receives a vision revealing that Jessica has been killed and her corpse thrown into a pond. She informs local sheriff Pearl Johnson of her vision, and despite his skepticism, Johnson searches a pond at the home of Donnie Barksdale, the violent husband of one of Annie's clients, Valerie. Donnie had previously threatened Annie, and her kids, for Annie advising Valerie to leave him. Valerie permits the search while Donnie is absent, but he returns while the search is proceeding. The police find Jessica's corpse in the pond and Donnie is arrested for her murder.

During his trial for Jessica's murder, it is revealed that Jessica and Donnie had an affair. Donnie is convicted and sent to prison. Buddy Cole, an acquaintance of Annie's, harbors a hatred for his father, and tries to explain to Annie why, but Annie is preoccupied and refuses to listen. That evening, Buddy's mother calls Annie to come to their house, as Buddy has snapped and has his father bound to a chair. Buddy sets his father on fire, and it is revealed that Buddy's father sexually abused him as a child. Buddy is eventually taken to a mental hospital.

Later, Annie receives another vision divulging that Donnie is innocent. She asks prosecutor David Duncan to reopen the case. After Duncan declines, Annie counters that if he does not do so she will reveal David and Jessica's sexual activity which she witnessed. Duncan attempts to bribe Annie in exchange for her silence, but Annie refuses, only wanting justice for Barksdale.

 

Get This Movie on Amazon

 

Emily Rose in The Exorcism Of Emily Rose

Played by Jennifer Carpenter

Synopsis

Emily Rose, a 19-year old American teenager, dies of self-inflicted wounds and malnutrition following an attempted exorcism. People say she was possessed by 7 demons. Father Richard Moore, the Catholic diocesan priest who attempted the exorcism is arrested and sent to court. While the archdiocese want Moore to plead guilty to minimize the crime's public attention, Moore instead plans to plead not guilty. Erin Bruner, an ambitious lawyer hoping to use the trial to become a senior partner in her law firm, takes on the case. Moore agrees to let her defend him if he can tell the truth behind Emily's story.

During the trial, Emily's past is told through flashbacks and the evidence provided by witnesses. The trial's prosecutor is Ethan Thomas, a practicing Methodist, with Judge Brewster presiding. The prosecution claims Emily suffered from epilepsy and psychosis to explain her behavior. Emily received a scholarship to study for a bachelor's degree but displayed signs of demonic possession after she began attending classes, experiencing visions and physical contortions. Diagnosed with epilepsy, Emily received anti-seizure medication but the treatment failed to cure her. A friend named Jason took Emily back home to her family, where she continued displaying traits of possession until Moore was summoned to attempt an exorcism.

Bruner begins experiencing supernatural phenomena at home, waking up at 3:00 a.m. to the smell of burning material. Moore warns her she may be a target for the demons, revealing he too has experienced similar phenomena on the night he was preparing the exorcism. With the prosecution building a strong case, Bruner steps up her own by trying to legitimize Emily's possession. She summons anthropologist Sadira Adani to testify about the beliefs about spiritual possession from various cultures, but Thomas dismisses her claims as nonsense. Graham Cartwright, a medical doctor who attended the exorcism, gives Bruner a cassette tape on which the exorcism was recorded.

 

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Joanna Mills in The Return

Played by Sarah Michelle Gellar

Synopsis

Joanna Mills (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a travelling rep for a trucking company, is dedicated to her successful career but something of a loner. Since the age of 11 she has been a troubled person, with episodes of self-mutilation and menacing visions. Normally she avoids returning to her native Texas, but agrees to a trip there to secure an important client. During the trip her visions, which take the form of memories of events not from her life, increase in intensity. She sees a strange face staring back at her in the mirror. Her truck radio plays Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams" no matter what station she selects. She stops at the scene of an accident that, on the following day, seems not to have happened. Joanna cuts herself in a bar restroom and is narrowly rescued by a friend. She visits her father, who observes that from age 11 she was "a different girl". The visions continue, becoming both more specific and more threatening, centering upon a menacing man she does not recognize and a bar she has never seen, but a picture of which is in one of her catalogs.

Drawn by the image to the Texas town where the bar is located, a place she has not been since childhood, Joanna meets a man named Terry Stahl, whose wife, Annie, was stalked, brutally assaulted, and left to die fifteen years before, a crime of which Terry was suspected but not convicted. Joanna continues to have visions of this crime and the events that led up to it, and to discover other links between Annie's life and hers. 

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Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project

Played by Heather Donahue

Synopsis

In October 1994, film students HeatherMike and Josh set out to produce a documentary about the fabled Blair Witch. They travel to Burkittsville, Maryland, and interview residents about the legend. Locals tell them of Rustin Parr, a hermit who lived in the woods and kidnapped and murdered eight children in the 1940s. After spending the night at a motel, the students explore the woods in north Burkittsville to research the legend. Along the way they meet two fishermen, one of whom warns them that the woods are haunted. He also tells them of a young girl named Robin Weaver, who went missing in 1888; when she returned three days later, she talked about "an old woman whose feet never touched the ground." His companion, however, is skeptical of the story. The students hike to Coffin Rock, where five men were found ritualistically murdered in the 19th century, their bodies later disappearing. The group camps for the night.

They move deeper into the woods the next day and locate what appears to be an old cemetery with seven small cairns and set up camp nearby. That night, they hear the sound of twigs snapping from all directions but assume the noises are from animals or locals. The following day, they attempt to hike back to the car but are unable to find it before dark and make camp. They again hear twigs snapping at night but fail to find the source of the noises.

At morning, they find that three cairns have been built around their tent during the night, which unnerves them. As they continue, Heather realizes her map is missing and Mike later reveals he kicked it into a creek the previous day out of frustration, which prompts Heather and Josh to attack him in a rage. They realize they are now lost and decide simply to head south. They eventually reach a section where they discover a multitude of humanoid stick figures suspended from trees. They again hear sounds that night, including those of children laughing, among other strange noises. After an unknown force shakes the tent, they flee in panic and hide in the woods until dawn.

Upon returning to their tent, they find that their possessions have been rifled through, and Josh's equipment is covered with slime. As they continue, they come across a log on a river identical to one they crossed earlier. They realize they have walked in a circle, despite having traveled south all day, and once again make camp. Josh suffers a breakdown while holding the camera, taunting Heather for their circumstances and her constant recording of the events.

Josh has disappeared the next morning and Heather and Mike try in vain to find him before slowly moving on. That night, they hear Josh's agonized screams in the darkness but are unable to locate him. Mike and Heather theorize that Josh's screams are a fabrication by the witch to draw them out of their tent.

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Dr Susan Tyler in Mimic

Played by Mira Sorvino

Synopsis

In Manhattan, cockroaches are spreading the deadly "Strickler's disease" that is claiming hundreds of the city's children. Dr. Peter Mann (Northam), Deputy Director of the CDC, recruits entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler (Sorvino), who uses genetic engineering to create what she calls the Judas breed, a large insect that releases an enzyme which accelerates the roaches' metabolism and causes them to starve to death faster than they can take in nourishment. The disease is successfully eradicated, and Peter and Susan later marry.

Three years later, a church reverend is chased and dragged underground by a strange assailant. The only witness is Chuy, the "special" ward of an immigrant subway shoe shiner named Manny (Giannini). Two kids later sell a "weird bug" from the subway to Susan, which she performs tests on, and realizes is similar to the Judas breed. At first, she believes that this is impossible, since the specimens she released were all-female and designed with a lifespan of only a few months, ensuring that the breed would die off after a single generation. She consults with her mentor, Dr. Gates (Abraham), who autopsies a larger specimen found in the city's sewage treatment plants, and finds that its organs are fully formed, meaning the Judas breed is not only alive, but has developed into a viable species, with a sizable colonyunderneath the city.

Looking for more valuable specimens, the kids go down the tracks where they find a large egg sac and are then killed by the same strange assailant. Chuy also enters the church to find "Mr. Funny Shoes" and is abducted. Peter, his assistant Josh (Brolin) and MTA officer Leonard (Dutton) enter the maintenance tunnels to investigate but Peter and Leonard get separated from Josh, who is then killed trying to find his way back up. Susan encounters what appears to be a shadowy man in a trench coat on a train platform.

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Michelle’s choices

Alice from Resident Evil

Played by Milla Jovovich

Synopsis

The Umbrella Corporation operates a top-secret genetic research facility named The Hive. Located deep beneath Raccoon City, The Hive has been sealed by The Red Queen (the AI that controls the Hive) due to the release of the T-Virus into the facility. The Red Queen kills every living thing in the facility to ensure that the T-Virus doesn't reach the surface, but the T-Virus reanimates them, transforming the humans into ravenous zombies and the animals into highly aggressive mutants. 

Alice (Milla Jovovich) was once a security operative working for the Corporation until her memory was wiped by the Red Queen's nerve gas.

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Ripley from Alien

Played by Sigourney Weaver

Synopsis

The commercial space tug Nostromo is on a return trip to Earth with a seven-member crew in stasis, Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Executive Officer Kane (John Hurt), Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Navigator Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), Science Officer Ash (Ian Holm) and two Engineers, Parker (Yaphet Kotto) and Brett (Harry Dean Stanton). Detecting a transmission from nearby moon LV-426, the ship's computer, Mother, awakens the crew. Company policy requires any potential distress signal be investigated, so they land on the moon, sustaining damage from its atmosphere and rocky landscape.

Parker and Brett repair the ship while Dallas, Kane and Lambert head out to investigate. They discover the signal comes from a derelict alien ship and enter it, losing communication with Ash. Inside, they find the remains of a giant extraterrestrial navigator frozen in its chair.

Ripley deciphers part of the transmission, determining it's a warning. Inside the derelict ship, Kane discovers a chamber containing hundreds of large egg-like objects. When he touches one, it opens and a creature springs out and attaches itself to his head, going through the facemask of his helmet. Dallas and Lambert carry the unconscious Kane back to Nostromo.

As acting senior officer, Ripley refuses to let them aboard, citing quarantine regulations, but Ash ignores her and lets them inside. Ash attempts to remove the creature from Kane's face, discovering its blood is an extremely corrosive acid. It later detaches on its own and is found dead. The ship is partly repaired, and the crew lifts off.

Kane awakens with some memory loss but is otherwise unharmed. During a final crew meal before returning to stasis, he chokes and convulses, then dies as a small alien creature bursts from his chest and escapes into the ship. The crew attempts to locate it with tracking devices and capture or kill it with nets, electric prods and flamethrowers.

Brett follows the crew's cat, Jones, into a huge supply room where the now fully-grown alien attacks and disappears with the body, climbing into the rafters. A

fter heated discussion, the crew decide the creature must be in the air ducts. Dallas enters the ducts, intending to force the alien into an airlock, but it ambushes him. Lambert implores the others to abandon ship and escape in its small shuttle. Now in command, Ripley explains it will not support four people and pursues the plan of flushing out the alien.

 

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Entire cast from The Descent

Played by Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Alex Reid

Synopsis

One year after a tragic accident, six girlfriends meet in a remote part of the Appalachians for their annual caving trip. Deep below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes when a rock falls and blocks their route back to the surface. The group splinters and each push on, praying for another exit.

But there is something else lurking under the earth - a race of monstrous humanoid creatures that are adapted perfectly to life in the dark. As the friends realize they are now prey, they are forced to unleash their most primal instincts in an all-out war against an unspeakable horror - one that attacks without warning, again and again and again.

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Ginger from Ginger Snaps

Played by Katharine Isabelle

Synopsis

Ginger and Brigitte, two sisters trapped in suburbia, are obsessed with mayhem, torture and death... until they get a taste of the real thing.

 

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5 Sil from Species

Played by Natasha Henstridge

Synopsis

During the SETI program, Earth's scientists send out transmissions with information about Earth and its inhabitants, DNA structure, etc., in hopes of finding life beyond Earth. They then receive transmissions from an alien source on how to create endless fuel effortlessly. Therefore, the scientists assume that this is a friendly alien species. From a second alien transmission, the scientists receive information about an alien DNA along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA.

A government team led by Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) goes forward with the genetic experiment attempting to induce a female, under the (later proved to be mistaken) assumption that a female would have "more docile and controllable" traits. One of the hundred experimental ova produces a girl named Sil, who looks like a normal human but develops into a 12-year-old in 3 months.

Sil's violent outbursts during sleep make the scientists consider her a threat. They try to kill her using cyanide gas but she breaks out of her containment cell and escapes. The government assembles a team composed of anthropologist Dr. Stephen Arden (Alfred Molina), molecular biologist Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger), "empath" Dan Smithson (Forest Whitaker) and mercenary Preston "Press" Lennox (Michael Madsen) to track and destroy Sil.

 

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Anna And Kelly Talk GCLS 2018

July 18, 2018

Anna And Kelly Talk GCLS 2018

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In this episode Anna and Kelly Talk give us the scoop on what happened at GCLS 2018. They talk about the highs and lows of the experience.

Both Anna and Kelly are reviewers at The Lesbian Review, Anna is an author in the making and Kelly is a published author. 

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RG Emanuelle Gets Interviewed

July 4, 2018

RG Emanuelle Gets Interviewed 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena is joined by RG Emanuelle today to talk about her writing, food and Dirt Road Books.

Topics Include:

  • RG has released a novel this year called The Potion.
  • What RG is working on at the moment?
  • Dirt Road Books is a cooperative - what does that mean and where does RG fit in? Other than supplying fantastic recipes for the newsletter.
  • RG has qualifications in both english literature and food? How do they pair together?
  • What goes into good food-focused writing?
  • RG shares an old timey food fact about asparagus with us.

 

Books we talk about

The Potion by RG Emanuelle

Publisher: Dirt Road Books

Synopsis

Vera Kennedy, widow of Professor James Kennedy, wants to be a scientist, but in Victorian Boston, that isn’t an option for women. Nevertheless, after assisting her husband in the laboratory with his experiments, she has learned everything she could through his unintended tutelage. After his death, she continues his work until she veers off onto a different path with her own experiments, which threaten to consume her to the exclusion of all else.

Georgette Harris, widow of Professor Roland Harris, has been left destitute in the wake of her husband’s death. He had amassed mountains of debt and left Georgette to pay it, in any way she could, and now she occupies a dilapidated and mostly empty mansion with what little food her remaining housekeeper can scrounge. So when a medicinals company wants to purchase a formula that Roland had proposed to them, Georgette searches for it without success, and then discovers evidence that her husband had worked with James Kennedy. Armed with this information, she seeks the help of Vera in uncovering the missing formula.

But Vera is not one to give up secrets easily, though she is inexplicably drawn to Georgette. Despite her reservations, she considers Georgette’s request, and they soon discover that both their husbands were involved in an experiment layered in deception and danger. Together, they sort through mysterious clues and talk to unscrupulous men in order to discover what that outcome was supposed to be and in the process, they may discover something far stronger between them.

 

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Add Spice To Taste by RG Emanuelle

Synopsis

Giovanna "Jo" Rossini teaches cooking classes at The New York Culinary Institute and though she enjoys it, she's still struggling to make ends meet and figure out how to get her life back on track. Her dream of owning her own café was broken when the business failed, and her heart was shattered with the end of her long-term relationship. 

Then, a Moroccan cooking class reveals a few surprises when Jo finds herself attracted to Julianna, one of her students. Despite her internal attempts to deny it, she soon discovers that the attraction is mutual. Even more surprisingly, she must also fend off the unwanted advances of another student—and deal with her own weaknesses and past mistakes. Can Jo find the courage to allow Julianna past her self-imposed boundaries and allow herself to love again? Or will she choose to keep her heart locked away instead?

This novella contains original recipe and photos of dishes from Jo’s Moroccan cooking class.

 

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Robin Alexander Gets Interviewed

June 27, 2018

Robin Alexander Gets Interviewed

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Today Sheena is joined by author of over two dozen books, Robin Alexander. Sheena interviews Robin about her work and some of her favourite books.

 

Some of the questions include:

  • What is your most popular book?
  • How have people reacted to your audiobooks?
  • What do you love most about writing?
  • What do you hate most about writing?
  • Who are your favourite lesfic authors
  • You write predominantly romantic comedies and then you wrote Devil In Disguise - a tantalising romantic thriller - what make you switch it up?
  • What’s your advice to new authors?

 

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Books we talk about on the show

 

Kellen’s Moment by Robin Alexander

Kellen McLin has been waiting for her moment for a long time. She says when two people who are meant to be together find each other, they know it instantly. Kellen believes her moment girl has finally arrived, but there’s one big problem—she’s a Sealy. The McLins and the Sealys are south Louisiana’s version of the Hatfields and the McCoys. 

Stevie Sealy left Louisiana for college and didn’t return except for holiday visits with her family. After a breakup with her boyfriend, she decides to move back to the town of Sealy temporarily. She never really understood or wanted to be involved in the family feud with the McLins, but she finds herself right in the middle of it when Kellen McLin walks into her life and changes everything. 

In this romantic comedy, Robin Alexander weaves a tale about how fast love can happen and how inconvenient it can be.

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Devil In Disguise by Robin Alexander

After surviving a devastating car crash that took her lover's life, Natalie Simmons is finally ready to start living again. It isn't as easy as she thought it would be when she finds herself on the receiving end of attention from more than one woman. Each woman is distinctly different but Natalie finds herself drawn to both of them. A choice has to be made. Will she choose the right one or the devil in disguise?

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Just Jorie by Robin Alexander

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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Nightshade by Karen Williams

Published by Bella Books

From the author of the magical Love Spell comes a lighthearted story of music, danger and romance! 

When lonely Alex Spherris goes into town she's welcomed for the spinning melodies of her violin. The survivor of an accident that claimed her parents' lives, she's not used to admiration or friendship. The aunt who raised her left her in no doubt of her small value to the world. But on a stormy night like no other she finds herself in the possession of a bell, and try as she might she can't not ring it. 

The mesmerizing tone fills her with awe but the fairy long trapped inside, beautiful, tempting and oh-so angry, fills her with a completely different wonder. Having known only loss, love isn't in her plans. But then neither is helping the sensuous Orielle complete a quest that will gain the fairy her freedom. 

Take an improbable journey from reality into the world of Nightshade... 

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Lovespell by Karen F Williams

Published by Bella Books

When Kate Gallagher meets the alluring Allegra one enchanting Halloween evening, it seems her days of reluctant solitude may be numbered. Well, they might be if she knew who Allegra was. Or where she lived. Or what she did when she wasn't with Kate. Or where she pops in from, so unexpectedly. 

As a veterinarian, Kate knows when you look for answers you ought to find them. But the more questions she asks about Allegra, the more the mystery surrounding her deepens, and the more the woods beyond her home calls to Kate in ways she s never felt before. 

A masterful blend of fantasy and reality, Love Spell is an imaginative, magical story of determined love in a winter landscape.

 

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Whispering Pines by Mavis Applewater

Welcome to Whispering Pines, built in 1907 by sea Captain Horatio Stratton.

On the morning of October 31, 1916, the servants arrived early to discover Captain Stratton alone in the house, sitting calmly in his study and smoking his pipe. His wife and sister were missing and what the maid found in the kitchen sent her screaming from the house.

Almost one hundred years later, paranormal investigator Shawn Williams agrees to spend the night in the mysterious manor. She finds the stories about Whispering Pines almost as intriguing as her companion for the evening.

Faith Charles, former reporter turned professional skeptic, isn't thrilled at the prospect of spending the night in a house where strange things have already begun to happen. Then again, to spend the night with Shawn, Faith might be willing to endure anything.

Shawn and Faith begin the adventure together, possibly finding love along the way. The only thing standing in their way is the mystery of Whispering Pines.

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3 Reviewers 1 Book - Daughter Of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones

June 20, 2018

3 Reviewers 1 Book - Daughter Of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones 

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Sheena is joined by April and Tara today to talk about Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones in this special episode of 3 Reviewers 1 Book.

 

Daughter Of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones

Publisher: 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. 

Heather Rose Jones debuts with a sweeping story rich in intrigue and the clash of loyalties and love.

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Themes discussed

  • Romance
  • Being Owned
  • Money and power
  • Magic and religion

 

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May Dawney Gets Interviewed

June 13, 2018

May Dawney Gets Interviewed

The Lesbian Review Podcast

In this episode Sheena is joined by May Dawney, author and publisher. They talk about May's writing and her newly started publishing company.

Some of the questions covered:

  • You write spec fic/fantasy. How did that start and why?
  • Why did you decide to start a publishing company?
  • What’s the biggest writing mistake you made and what did you learn?
  • What would you do again and recommend that others do too?
  • What should authors do if their book is not selling?

 

Books discussed in this episode:

Survival Instincts by May Dawney

Publisher: Ylva Publishing

Synopsis

Civilization ended long before Lynn Tanner was born. Wild animals roam the streets, but mankind is still the biggest threat to a woman alone in the ruins of a world reclaimed by nature. Lynn survives by sleeping with one eye open at all times and trusting no one but her dog.

When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn does all she can to scheme her way to safety. Her guard, Dani Wilson, won’t be played that easily, however. As their lives become entwined, Lynn finds herself developing feelings for Dani and is forced to find the answer to the question that scares her most: is staying alone really the best way to survive?

Fast-paced and full of adventure, Survival Instincts introduces a post-war dystopian world where the only person you can rely on is yourself…unless you fall in love.

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The Veil Chronicles by May Dawney

Publisher: Eos Publishing

Synopsis

The magical barrier known as the Veil is all that stands between our reality and the Otherworld. Those with the gift of magic can pull energy through it to perform miraculous feats of power. The Inquisitio opposes these mages, who have organized themselves within the Society for Psychical Defense. The world of magic is shaken by the awakening of a wild mage, a woman capable of manipulating the Veil itself. She has the power to either eradicate the Inquisitio or rob the mages of their abilities. Only one side can win and it will be the side that gets to the wild mage first.

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Ania Zaleska lives a perfectly ordinary—albeit floundering—life in Poland's second-biggest city until the day she explodes. She's dug from the rubble of her apartment building by shadow mage Noah Otieno, whose job it becomes to get Ania's wild magic under control.

Noah is affiliated with the Society for Psychical Defense but she has kept herself away from magical politics as much as possible. Now she is in charge of potentially the most powerful magical weapon on either side of the war, she must decide how she can best keep her safe—especially when their magic brings them together in ways only wild magic can.

This book is for anyone who loves:

• Fast-paced Paranormal Romance

• A Unique Magic System

• Magic-Meets-Science Stories

• Action Adventure Stories

• Exciting stories with Strong Female Lead Characters

• Lesbians!

 

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About May Dawney

May Dawney is a long-time writer, short-time publisher of said work. In her spare time, she builds websites for clients and she used to work as a marketing professional. She lives in The Netherlands with her girlfriend and very fluffy cat and has a long history of engaging in very nerdy hobbies like tabletop role playing games, PC gaming, and lots and lots of speculative fiction reading.

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Ann Etter Recommends 5 Lesbian Romances

June 6, 2018

Ann Etter Recommends 5 Lesbian Romances 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

In today’s podcast, narrator Ann Etter Recommends 5 Lesbian Romances that she adored. She also talks to Sheena about why she loves them. 

Books discussed in this episode: 

1 Captain Of Industry by Karin Kallmaker

Publisher Bella Books

Narrator CC Sinclair

Synopsis 

The world is at Jennifer Lamont's feet - right where she wants it. She has made breaking hearts a blood sport, and the cool, calculated use of other people's backs has led to the stardom she has craved from the first time she heard applause. Lust or fear is all she has ever believed she could see in the eyes of others.

Suzanne Mason has built the enviable life she was always told smart geeks could never have. Fortune, fame, and the beautiful girls usually reserved for captains of football teams are all hers. She has everything she ever wanted, except the one woman who is no one's trophy.

Expert combatants in the games of life know there can only be one winner. Regardless of the scorching attraction between them, the game of love is no different, is it?

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2 Passions Bright Fury by Radclyffe

Publisher Bold Strokes Books

Narrator Coleen Marlo

Synopsis

Saxon Sinclair, the broodingly secretive Chief of Trauma at a busy Manhattan hospital is less than pleased to learn that her new resident is going to be the subject of a documentary film. The arrival of Jude Castle, a fiery independent filmmaker, soon sets sparks flying as the two driven women clash both personally and professionally. Both have secrets they have spent a lifetime guarding, and both have chosen careers over love. Forced together on the battleground between life and death, passion strikes without warning, and they find themselves struggling with both desire and destiny.

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3 Edge of Glory by Rachel Spangler

Publisher Bywater Books

Synopsis

As Olympic snowboarder Corey LaCroix and skier Elise Brandies ride the razor's edge between victory and defeat on the slopes, they also face a heat neither of them is prepared for in their safe worlds of snow and ice. The stakes become steeper than any mountain either of them will ever face when legacies and hearts collide at breakneck speed.

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4 Breakthrough by Kris Bryant

Publisher Bold Strokes Books

Synopsis

Kennedy Wells is desperate to get back her dream job writing for Mainstream, Waters Publishing’s celebrity magazine. She’s worked too hard over the years to have it snatched away because of one tiny indiscretion that ended with a giant lawsuit. After five months of writing mind-numbing articles about current events, her boss agrees to let her get back to reporting on the rich and famous after one last story. 

A born and bred city girl, Kennedy is sent to cover fishing in Alaska, which has her feeling just like a fish out of water. When Brynn Coleman, director of Alaska’s Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary, comes to her rescue time after time, Kennedy can’t help but lower her guard and open herself up to Brynn’s standoffish charm. Falling for the sexy ranger is one thing, but is the possibility of love worth giving up a career she’s always dreamed of?

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5 The Set Piece by Catherine Lane

Publisher Ylva Publishing

Synopsis

Smart and athletic, Amy Kimball should have it all, but her life’s in a tailspin. She’s working two menial jobs to make ends meet, barely a paycheck away from financial disaster, and women aren’t exactly lining up at her door.

Enter soccer star Diego Torres, who’s keeping a big secret: he’s gay. His manager fears that if he’s found out, his endorsements and his chance to play for the national team will evaporate into the wind.

Amy jumps at the chance to act as Diego’s fake fiancée, even though it means signing her life away in a non-disclosure agreement. On the surface, the job couldn’t be better: the money’s great; the living accommodations are luxurious, and she gets to watch her favorite soccer team from the players’ box at the stadium.

But she soon realizes that this new life is even harder to navigate than her old one. Diego’s manager is as sleazy as they come, and this easy job soon turns complicated, possibly even dangerous. More important, all the lies Amy is forced to tell are starting to eat away at her soul, especially when she finds herself attracted to Casey Palmer, Diego’s pretty assistant.

Will Amy watch from the sidelines, or will she find the courage to get back into the game?

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About Ann Etter

Ann is a lover of lesfic and a narrator. If you want to contact her you can do so on Facebook or email her

 

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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

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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.

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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

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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? 

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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

 

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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. 

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