The lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Lesfic Women Who Will Kick Your Ass

April 28, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast

10 Lesfic Women Who Will Kick Your Ass

 

 

In this episode Sheena is Joined by Brooklyn, fellow reviewer and all round awesome person, and we are talking about 10 lesbian fiction women who will kick your ass. 

We love reading action, adventures and other books with awesome heroines who can get some serious stuff done. So we decided to go through some of our favorite kick ass characters. 

 

Sheena’s List 

1 Ruby from The Only Way by Jamie Sullivan 

The Only Way is set is a bleak, poverty stricken world. 

The city holds the wealth and opulence of those with too much money and no caring for anyone else. Next to it is the alley, a sector much poorer than the city but a veritable palace in comparison to the Gutter where the poorest residents live. 

Each section is blocked off from the others with security guards, fences and gates that need passes.

Our main character, Heart, lives in the Gutter. To make ends meet her father is a fighter. Fighters earn more than many of the residents who pick up bits of metal and thrown away appliances that have landed in the trash heap.

Fighting is dangerous, though and when her father doesn’t come home from a fight she had to figure out how to keep her family alive. Her mother was injured in a work accident and is not healthy enough to find work, even if there were jobs available, and the oldest of the three younger siblings is only twelve years in age. 

She looks for work, but knows that she will only find work on her back. In a desperate bid to feed her family she cuts her hair, pretends to be a boy and enters the world of no-holds-barred fighting. 

Initially she is dismissed by Arena owners until one man decides to give her a chance and takes her on to train her. It is at his Arena, in the Alley, where she meets his daughter, Ruby. 

Ruby trains Hart to fight and they develop a strong friendship. As they grow closer, Hart finds it increasingly difficult to keep up the appearance of being a boy. 

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2 Jack from Depths Of Blue by Lise MacTague 

Torrin is a smuggler who is always looking for the next big score. When she hears about a civil war, on a relatively isolated planet, she can’t help but see the money she can make. 

Jak is one of the best snipers in the male-only-army, Hiding the fact that she is a woman is not always easy but it is necessary. Little does she know that her mission to kill and off-world smugger will lead to big decisions and an unexpected attraction. 

This is the life-and-death adventure of two women who not only fight their way through enemy territory, battle fatigue and the local wildlife but then have to escape from the not so friendly allies as well.  

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3 Jude from Lucifer Rising by Sharon Bowers 

This is the story of fallen DEA angel, Jude Lucien and the Miami Herald reporter determined to unearth Jude’s secrets. When an apparently happenstance meeting introduces Jude to reporter Liz Gardener. The dark DEA ex-agent is both intrigued and aroused by the young woman. 

A sniper shot intended for Jude strikes Liz and the two women are thrown together in a race to discover who is intent on killing Jude. As their lives become more and more intertwined, Jude finds herself unexpectedly falling for the reporter and Liz discovers that the agent-turned-drug-dealer is both more and less than she seems. 

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4 Olivia from Tricky Wisdom/Tricky Chances by Camryn Eyde 

Darcy Wright is deep in her closet and has been in love with her best friend, Taylor, since junior high. 

At the beginning of the book she leaves the small town that she comes from in order to study medicine at Harvard. She moved into an off campus apartment with Olivia another medical student. 

Olivia is neurotic, brusque and an all round ice queen.  But she is also brilliant and beautiful and ends up changing Darcy’s world when she agrees to pretend to be Darcy’s girlfriend in a scheme to help Darcy win Taylor’s affection. 

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5 Kade from Prayer Of The Handmaiden by Merry Shannon 

Erinda and Kadrian (Kade) are the main characters of this novel. Kade is appointed as a spiritual warrior by the Goddess Ithyris. Everyone is mystified, including Kadrian herself since she isn’t particularly outspoken or warrior-like. 

Through the book the backstory evolves and we discover that Erinda and Kade were childhood sweethearts, but the priestesses cannot be romantically involved and Kade had to leave Erinda when she joined the service of the Goddess seven years before. 

But Erinda is never quite able to get over losing Kade and in a desperate attempt to forget her childhood sweetheart she flees her job at the palace to join the army that is headed for war with the Barbarians who have crossed into the Gossesses lands. Little does Erinda know, the goddess Ithyris has sent Kade to fight in the same battle. 

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Brooklyn’s List

6 Afra from Sword Of The Gladiatrix by Faith L Justice 

Two women. Two swords. One victor. 

An action-packed tale that exposes the brutal underside of Imperial Rome, "Sword of the Gladiatrix" brings to life unforgettable characters and exotic settings. From the far edges of the Empire, two women come to battle on the hot sands of the arena in Nero's Rome: Afra, scout and beast master to the Queen of Kush; and Cinnia, warrior-bard and companion to Queen Boudica of the British Iceni. Enslaved, forced to fight for their lives and the Romans' pleasure; they seek to replace lost friendship, love, and family in each other's arms. But the Roman arena offers only two futures: the Gate of Life for the victors or the Gate of Death for the losers. 

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7 Tallon from Sword Of The Guardian by Merry Shannon 

A shocking assassination creates an unconventional bond between a princess and her guardian in a kingdom filled with political intrigue, danger and unexpected romance. Princess Shasta Soltranis enjoys a pampered life of court dances, elaborate finery, and the occasional secret fencing match with her twin brother, Daric.  

But in the midst of a birthday celebration, her world shatters when a mysterious assassin takes her brother's life. Shasta, the only remaining heir to the throne, narrowly escapes the assassin's blade thanks to the intervention of a traveling acrobat named Talon. 

With the threat of another attempt on Shasta's life imminent, her father declares that the young hero will be come the Princess's bodyguard. But what Shasta doesn't know is that her new guardian has a very well-kept secret: he is actually a she. Talon and Shasta soon grow closer than anyone, especially her father, could have predicted. Will the truth of her guardian's secret change their relationship forever?

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8 Casey and Pax from Rabbits Of The Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence 

Rabbits of the Apocalypse is set in a not-too-distant future plagued with drought, human trafficking, rabid religious groups, and people who completely lack a sense of humor.  What with all the hunger, chaos, sunstroke, landmines, and radiation it's hard to get by, and harder still to get laid.  

In the remote desert town of Lafontaine, Casey Prentice has been trying to survive the endtimes by keeping her head down and refusing to give a damn about anyone except her younger sister Emily and wingman Malice Hiroyama. But that ceases to be an option when a powerful and mysterious entity known as the Anastasian League descends on the town. 

Casey offers shelter to genius Pax, who is trying to escape the League. In doing so, she invites a whole new kind of danger into her life on top of a budding romance. The town of Lafontaine has a secret . . . and if the League discovers it, then the apocalypse will be the least of Casey’s worries. 

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9 Sangfroyd from The Tea Machine by Gill McKnight 

The story of a love that never dies…except it does, over and over again. 

London 1862, and Millicent Aberly, spinster by choice, has found her future love—in the future! She meddled with her brother’s time machine and has been catapulted into an alternative world where the Roman Empire has neither declined nor fell. In fact, it has gone on to annex most of the known universe. 

Millicent is rescued from Rome’s greatest enemy, the giant space squid, by Sangfroid, a tough and wily centurion who, unfortunately, dies while protecting her. Wracked by guilt and a peculiar fascination for the woman soldier, Millicent is determined to return in time and save Sangfroid from her fatal heroics. Instead, she finds her sexy centurion in her own timeline. And Sangfroid is not alone; several stowaways have come along with her. 

Soon Millicent’s mews house is overrun with Roman space warriors and giant squid. 

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10 Requiem from Requiem For Immortals by Lee Winter 

Professional cellist Natalya Tsvetnenko moves seamlessly among the elite where she fills the souls of symphony patrons with beauty even as she takes the lives of the corrupt of Australia’s ruthless underworld. The cold, exacting assassin is hired to kill a woman who seems so innocent that Natalya can’t understand why anyone would want her dead. As she gets to know her target, she can’t work out why she even cares. 

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Bonus: Seven from Sharpshooter by Leslie Murray 

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? 

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Badass Women Save Themselves: 5 Favorite Moments From Game Of Thrones (Season 6)

April 26, 2017

Badass Women Save Themselves

5 Favorite Moments From Game Of Thones (Season 6) 

In this episode authors Jove Belle and Blythe Rippon chat about the much debated and controversial show Game OF Thones.  

I know, I know--we've already had an episode on Game of Thrones. But for a television show this rich, there's so much more to say! And, Season 6 of Game of Thrones might just be Blythe's favorite season of television ever. Long awaited reunions, revenge on a massive scale, diplomacy, and some adorable flirting--this season packs it in, offering an emotional viewing experience that spans from desperation to satisfaction.

 

About Jove And Blythe 

Both are published authors and all round badass women in their own right.  Jove is also on the Women And Words podcast where she and Andi do a roundup of the week’s happenings on their website. 

 

You can find more info here 

 

Jove Belle’s website 

 

Blythe Rippon’s on Facebook

 

The Badass Women Save Themselves website

 

The Lesbian Talk Show website

 

 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best Heroines

April 14, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

10 Best Heroines 

In this episode Sheena brings Lee Winter onto the podcast and they chat about thier Top 10 Heroines. This is a must-listen for anyone who loves a strong female character.

 

Sheena’s List

 

1 Jessica Jones

 

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2 Alice from Resident Evil Movies

 

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3 Helena from Orphan Black 

 

 

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4 Mulan from the Disney film with the same name

 

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5 Maxine from Wentworth

 

 

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Lee Winter’s List

 

6 Xena from Xena The Warrior Princess

 

 

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7 Buffy from Buffy The Vampire Slayer

 

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8 Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

 

 

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9 Sarah Connor from The Terminator

 

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10 HD Wells from Warehouse 13

 

 

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Badass Women Save Themselves: Top 5 Lesbian Couples On TV

April 12, 2017

Badass Women Save Themselves 

Top 5 Lesbian Couples On TV

 

In this episode authors Jove Belle and Blythe Rippon each give thier top 5 lesbian couples on TV culminating in a brilliant list of must-watch lesbians on TV.

 

About Jove And Blythe

Both are published authors and all round badass women in their own right.  Jove is also on the Women And Words podcast where she and Andi do a roundup of the week’s happenings on their website. 

 

You can find more info here

Jove Belle’s website 

 

Blythe Rippon’s on Facebook

 

The Badass Women Save Themselves website

 

The Lesbian Talk Show website

 

 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best Outdoor Novels

March 17, 2017

10 Best Outdoor Books

by Sheena and Wendy Hudson

Wendy Hudson, author of Four Steps, joins me in this episode as we discuss lesbian novels set outdoors.

 

Sheena's List

1 No Good Reason by Cari Hunter

Published by Bold Strokes Books

What it’s about

“I can’t do this. I can’t do any of this without her. ”Detective Sanne Jensen (not blonde, not tall, definitely not Scandinavian) and Dr. Meg Fielding (scruffy, scatterbrained, prone to swearing at patients) are lifelong best friends, sharing the same deprived background and occasionally the same bed.When a violent kidnapping stuns the Peak District village of Rowlee, both women become involved in the case. 

As Sanne and her colleagues in East Derbyshire Special Ops search for the culprit, and Meg fights to keep his victim alive, a shocking discovery turns the investigation on its head. With the clock ticking, Sanne and Meg find themselves pushed closer by a crime that threatens to tear everything apart.

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2 Paradox Valley by Gerri Hill

Published by Bella Books

What it’s about

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.

 

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3 Night Vision by Karin Kallmaker 

Published by Bella Books

What it’s about

Julia Madison is having nightmares. Every night. All night. Painful and perplexing, the nightmares of a woman in captivity calling for help escalate until she is having them during the day, wide awake. Doctors prescribe pills. Therapists theorize about past lives and post-traumatic stress. Fortune tellers predict she will meet a tall, mysterious stranger. Julia would prefer to blame her ex, her job, even the Santa Ana winds. 

In spite of her long history as a loner, she turns to a support group for women with sleep disorders. To her amazement she learns that the other lesbians in the group—and only the lesbians—are having similar nightmares. No longer believing these vivid night visions are in their heads, the women join forces to find the source of their disturbance. 

Since Julia knows that her dreams focus on the woman she's named Sirena, finding Sirena is her number one priority. Convincing the other lesbians to help her comb the Mojave Desert is only the beginning of the adventure. 

Karin Kallmaker's story pits the power of sisterhood—and love—against the savagery of fear and hate. 

 

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4  A Time Before Now by Missouri Vaun

Published by Bold Strokes Books

What it’s about

More than fifty years have passed since “peak oil” has left the Earth without access to modern technology while great Cloud Cities for the rich float above the oceans. 

On the ground below, Vivian Yates leaves Oklahoma on an epic 700-mile journey east to her ancestral home. Early on, she encounters Elizabeth, who preys on Vivian’s inexperience and naivety, luring her into a brief affair that ends in disaster. Betrayed and withdrawn, Vivian sets out again on her eastward trek. Along the way, she meets the beautiful, lighthearted Ida. Together they face obstacles both natural and manmade. Ida brings Vivian, wounded in both body and spirit, back to life. Destiny has thrown them into each other’s arms where they find not only love, but hope, trust, and forever.

 

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5 Innocent Hearts by Radclyffe

Published by Bold Strokes Books

What it’s about

In 1860's Montana Territory, Kate Beecher, a young woman from Boston, faces the hardships and hard choices of life on the frontier. Just eighteen and quietly struggling against the social constraints of the era, Kate meets a woman who fires first her imagination, and then her dreams. Jessie Forbes, a fiercely independent rancher, finds in Kate the passion she never knew she had been missing. This is the story of their struggle to love in a land, and time, as cruel as it was beautiful.

 

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Wendy’s List

 

1 Out On The Sound by R.E. Bradshaw

Published by R.E Bradshaw Books

What it’s about

Second edition of R. E. Bradshaw's first novel, Out on the Sound. Decky and Charlie begin their adventures together in this story of new love. Two-thirty somethings find each other through fate, and fight to hang on as their romance takes them on a roller coaster of emotions. Mostly filled with hilarious interactions with friends and family, it is through a tragic event that Decky and Charlie find out just how far they would go for each other. 

Set on the North Carolina coast, the beautiful scenery serves as a background to Decky and Charlie's adventures during the first four whirlwind weeks of their relationship.

 

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2 Rock And A Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall 

Published by Ylva Publishing

What it’s about

“Set in patagonia, this is the perfect lesbian adventure novel”

 

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Not released yet

 

 

3 The Dead by Ingrid Black 

What it’s about

WINNER OF THE SHAMUS AWARD FOR BEST FIRST PI NOVEL

“I defy anyone to guess the identity of the killer or to put this book down."

Five years ago, the serial killer known as the Night Hunter vanished without trace after murdering five women. Now another killer claiming to be the notorious Ed Fagan is back prowling the streets of Dublin in search of new victims - but Saxon, former FBI agent turned true crime author, knows that it can’t really be him. Joining forces with Detective Superintendent Grace Fitzgerald of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, Saxon soon finds herself in danger as the body count starts to rise and old secrets come to light. The Dead won the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel and was long listed for the Sunday Independent/Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year award. 

 

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4 The January Flower by Orla Broderick

Published by Council House Publishing

What it’s about

This novel will touch your heart. It will transport you to the Scottish islands. You will smell, hear and touch love and nature. It may change your life for ever.

When single mother Mary finds herself isolated from friends and family she seduces a strange man to find affection. He moves her to a caravan on a beach on his mother's farm. She explores meditation, spirituality and sexuality with the help of his mother. She falls in love with his sister. She is on a quest to realise truth - and save herself and her small daughter.

This book will leave you breathless and begging for more.

 

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5 Out On The Panhandle by R.E. Bradshaw

Published by R.E. Bradshaw Books

What it’s about

Take a thirty-nine-year-old woman, born and raised on the beach, and plop her down on the Panhandle of Oklahoma in the midst of her lover’s huge family reunion. Add in a cow chip throwing contest, a horse round up, Native American legends, a crazed fundamentalist sister-in-law, a family secret, an unforgettable romance, and Decky Bradshaw is in for a wild ride. The sequel to Out on the Sound, this novel continues the tales of Decky and Charlie. From Lambda Literary Award Finalist author, R. E. Bradshaw, Out on the Panhandle will elicit tears one moment and side-splitting laughter the next, on the way to discovering that true love never ends.

 

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Curves Welcome: 5 Quick Ways To Perk Your Mood

March 16, 2017

Curves Welcome 

5 Quick Ways to Perk Your Mood 

Novelist and Motivational Blogger Suzie Carr opens up and shares a vulnerable side in this podcast about lifting your mood. 

Join Suzie as she discusses these 5 tips to boosting a mood:

  • Breathing exercises to reduce stress
  • Treating Yourself 
  • Turning to mother nature for reprieve
  • Giving yourself a pep talk
  • An exercise in gratitude

 

A Note to Listeners: 

Is there a topic you’d like to hear me cover? Please email me at suzie@curveswelcome.com to let me know. I have a special treat for you if you do. Please mention Podcast Idea in your subject line. 

 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best Thawing The Ice Queen Novels

March 3, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast

10 Best Thawing The Ice Queen Novels

In this podcast Sheena once again has Tara on as a guest and this time they are talking about the 10 Best Thawing The Ice Queen Novels. 

Note: Sheena categorizes it as Thawing The Ice Queen/Taming The Beast because sometimes characters are cold and sometimes characters are just wild but either way when you add just the right woman to the mix they become much more lovable. Because really, all you need is love. 

Sheena’s Picks

 

 

Tricky Wisdom by Camryn Eyde

 

 

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Ambereye by Gill McKnight 

 

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Requiem For Immortals by Lee Winter 

 

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The Song In My Heart by Tracey Richardson

 

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Courting The Countess by Jenny Frame

 

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Tara’s Picks

 

First Position by Melissa Brayden

 

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The Red Files by Lee Winter 

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Behind The Green Curtain by Riley LaShea

 

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Blurred Lines by KD Williamson

 

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Close to Home by Rachel Spangler

 

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If you enjoyed this podcast then be sure to check out The Lesbian Review website where you can find even more reviews from Sheena and Tara as well as a large selection of Top 10 lists

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Badass Women Save Themselves: Top 5 Fanfic Ships

March 1, 2017

Badass Women Save Themselves 

Top 5 Fanfic Ships 

Let's talk about ships. No, not the kind with sails and pirates (although, really, we don't spend enough time talking about that). The lesbian, fan-fic kind! In this episode, we discussion our top five non-canon lesbian ships. Some are so obvious they might as well be canon. Some we made up because it would have made the story more feminist. Most involve painfully beautiful women who stare at each other's lips a little too much. All are a blast to discuss! 

 

About Jove And Blythe 

Both are published authors and all round badass women in their own right.  Jove is also on the Women And Words podcast where she and Andi do a roundup of the week’s happenings on their website. 

 

You can find more info here 

 

Jove Belle’s website 

 

Blythe Rippon’s on Facebook

 

The Badass Women Save Themselves website

 

The Lesbian Talk Show website

 

 

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