The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Reasons To Read UK Lesfic

July 28, 2017

10 Reasons To Read UK Lesfic

UK lesbian fiction (lesfic) is increasingly popular with readers across the globe. In this episode Sheena chats to authors Cari Hunter and Clare Ashton as they tell her why everyone should be reading this sector.

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best Britishisms That Should Make It Into Lesfic

July 14, 2017

10 Best Britishisms That Should Make It Into Lesfic 

by Wendy Hudson and Andrea Bramhall 

Sheena’s podcast is taken over by the charming Wendy and Andrea as they chat about 10 uniquely British things that should make an appearance in lesbian fiction (lesfic). 

Everything from drinks to swearing make it into the podcast and there is even a lump of coal. 

 

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You can catch Andrea online at:

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Les Talk About It: 10 Things You Should NEVER Say To A Lesbian

July 10, 2017

10 Things You Should Never Say To A Lesbian

by Sheena and Tamara

 

It is really frustrating when someone learns that you are gay and they immediately go from being a normal person to asking you things as if you are an exhibition at the zoo. 

So, for all you lesbians out there who don’t want to have to deal with this - we made this podcast so that you can play it for THOSE people. You know the ones, and maybe they will learn a little something. 

  1. If you want to be with a woman that looks like a guy then why not just be with a guy?
  2. You would look so pretty in a dress/with longer hair/with some make up on
  3. If you use a strap on then why not just date a guy?
  4. Are you a virgin?
  5. When did you become gay?
  6. I’m a lesbian too (said a guy)
  7. But you are too pretty to be a lesbian
  8. This is a phase/you will change your mind when you meet the right guy
  9. That’s so gay
  10. You are not like those other gays/you are so normal

Catch Sheena and Tamara every Monday on The Lesbian Talk Show podcast channel or email them on podcast@TheLesbianTalkShow.com 

 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best Girl Next Door Novels with Melissa Brayden

June 30, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

10 Best Girl Next Door Novels 

by Sheena and Melissa Brayden 

Sheena is joined today by Melissa Brayden, contemporary romance author, and they put together an epic list of the 10 Best Girl Next Door Novels 

 

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1 First Position by Melissa Brayden 

This book is a: Thawing The Ice Queen Romance 

What it’s about 

Anastasia is the rising star of the New York City Ballet. She’s sacrificed creature comforts, a social life, as well as her own physical well-being for perfection in dance. Even her reputation as The Ice Queen doesn’t faze her. Though Ana’s at the peak of her career, competition from a new and noteworthy dancer puts all she’s worked for in jeopardy. 

While Natalie has shown herself to be a prodigy when it comes to ballet, she much prefers modern dance and living on her own terms. Life is too short for anything else. However, when the opportunity to dance with the New York City Ballet is thrust upon her, it’s not like she could say no. Dealing with the company’s uptight lead is another story, however. When the two are forced to work side-by-side, sparks begin to fly onstage and off. 

Why it made this list 

It is a charming story of two women who are really different and yet they are drawn to one another with a power that can’t be denied even when tragedy occurs. 

Plus they live literally across the hall from one another. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Check out Tara’s full review here 

 

2 Hidden Truths by Jae 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

This book is a: story about coming to terms with who you are because the girl who moved in next door is irresistible. 

What it’s about 

Hendrika has nothing left after her best friend Johanna dies, she loses her job, and is kicked out of the boarding house she’s been living in. Nothing left, that is, but the ticket from Boston to Oregon that Jo was sent by a man expecting his mail-order bride. With nothing but her meager belongings in a carpet bag and trepidation for taking a dead woman’s place at a stranger’s side, she hops on the train to begin her journey. 

When she arrives at the ranch she discovers that her husband to be has left the ranch for a journey to deliver some horses. But she is welcomed in by the resident ranch owners, the Hamiltons and she meets Amy, their oldest daughter and a force of nature in her own right. Amy is hiding the fact that she is drawn to women in a way that she thinks in unnatural and when Hendrika arrives on the scene she is left reeling.  

The more time these Hendrika and Amy spend together the stronger their attraction becomes. 

Why it made this list 

Hendrika and Amy essentially live next door to each other.  

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Check out Tara’s review here 

 

3 The Roundabout by Gerri Hill 

Published by Bella Books 

This book is a: sweet enemies to lovers romance. 

What it’s about 

Megan Phenix - bar and grill owner in gay-friendly Eureka Springs - is labeled as "playing hard to get" and finds herself the object of much unwanted attention. If only she were seeing someone...maybe the women would leave her in peace. 

Leah Rollins thinks 50 is too young to retire, so instead she opens a store in the touristy shopping district of Eureka Springs, next to the popular Phenix Grill. She soon learns that Megan Phenix is a bit on the grumpy side as they spar over parking spaces and anything else they can find to argue about. When Leah catches the attention of the multitude of single lesbians in town, she searches for a way out. Could the grumpy grill owner next door be the answer to her problems? 

Megan and Leah strike an unlikely alliance and conspire to rid themselves of the unwanted attention by fake dating. Can they pull it off? 

As they pretend to date and convince everyone in town that they really are a couple, the pretense becomes harder to hold on to. But there's just one problem...they don't really like each other. 

Or do they? 

 

Why it made this list 

Megan moves in next door to Leah’s business. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

4 All I Want For Christmas by Clare Lydon  

Published by Custard Books 

This book is an adorable friends to lovers romance.

What it’s about 

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

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

Love Christmas? Love romantic comedies? Then you need to read All I Want For Christmas and prepare to be swept off your festive feet! From the author of international smash-hits London Calling and This London Love, Clare Lydon has crafted another page-turner, bursting with seasonal attitude & wit. 

Why it made this list 

These two are room mates, best friends and it takes a sweet and funny journey for Tori to realize that they can happily be more than just friends. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Check out my full review here  

 

5 Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton 

Published by Breezy Tree Press 

This book is the story of the “ultimate girl next door” - poppy is the sweetheart of the village 

What it’s about 

Two old friends, one hot summer, a whole load of confusion. 

Poppy Jenkins makes everyone smile. She’s the heart of Wells, a beautiful village in mid-Wales, leaving light and laughter in her wake. She has a doting family, an errant dog and a little sister with a nose for mischief. But she’s the only gay in the village and it’s a long time since she kissed a girl: the chance of romance in sleepy Wells is rarer than a barking sheep. 

If she doesn’t think too hard, life is cosy, until a smart sports car barrels into town with the last woman Poppy wants to see behind the wheel. Beautiful Rosalyn Thorn was once Poppy’s high school BFF even though she was trouble. Then one day she abandoned Wells and Poppy without explanation. Now the highflier is back and bound to cause fresh havoc in the village and with Poppy’s heart; folk are not happy. 

Wells needs to wake up to the 21st century and Rosalyn can help, but old prejudices die hard. If they can be friends it could be the chance to make everyone’s happy ever after. Couldn’t it? 

Why I love it 

It is brilliant. 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Check out my full review here

 

Melissa Brayden’s Top picks 

6 Without Warning KG MacGregor 

Published by Bella Books 

What it’s about 

On a day that begins like any other, a violent earthquake strikes Los Angeles, plunging the region into chaos. Two strangers, trapped in a collapsed shopping mall, find each other amid the rubble and join forces to escape. Hampered by injury and darkness, they dig and claw their way through one crumbled store after another, emerging long after most have given up hope for survivors. 

The ordeal leaves both women shaken, but their shared triumph sets them on a life-changing course together, igniting a connection like neither has ever known. 

Anna Kaklis--whose perfectly planned life never included falling in love with another woman--is thrown for a loop, but she doesn't doubt her heart. 

Lily Stewart--abandoned too many times by people she trusted--won't let herself believe that Anna's love will endure.  

Without Warning is the story of their courageous journey through adversity, and their promise of steadfast love.

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

7 All That Matters by Susan X Meagher 

Published by Brisk Press 

What it’s about 

Life is going damned well for Blair Spencer. She’s a very successful real estate agent, happily married to a man who encourages her to live the independent life she loves—and they’re actively working to have a baby. 

The wrench in the works is that Blair favors adoption, while her husband David desperately wants to have a biological child. The fates are against them, and they finally seek the help of a group of reproductive specialists. One of the doctors, a surgeon named Kylie Mackenzie, eventually becomes a good friend to Blair. And she needs all of the friends she can get when things start to go horribly wrong at home. As her marriage teeters on the brink of collapse, she relies more and more on Kylie’s friendship. 

Kylie’s happily gay; Blair’s happily straight. But the way they structure their relationship leads friends and family to privately question whether the pair is setting themselves up for heartache. They eventually come to a crossroads, which could either destroy their friendship or turn it into what each of them has been seeking. The question is whether each woman can change her view of herself and her needs. The answer is all that matters. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Read Our Review Here

 

8 Too Close To Touch by Georgia Beers 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

What it’s about 

Life gets complicated when love turns out to be nothing like you expected - and the woman you want is too close to touch. Gretchen Kaiser is a workaholic corporate honcho with issues – she’s got daddy issues, she’s got female-executive-in-a-man’s-world issues, and she’s got one night stand issues. What she doesn’t have are love issues. She isn’t looking for it, she doesn’t feel she needs it, and she doesn’t expect to find it…certainly not right under her nose. Kylie O’Brien is the kind of girl who believes in true love and is willing to wait until it shows up at her door. Her best friend Mick would sweep her off her feet given the chance, but Mick doesn’t make Kylie feel the way true love should. And now Kylie has to worry about her new boss – Gretchen Kaiser’s icy reserve makes life as her administrative assistant a challenge. It doesn’t matter one damn bit that Gretchen is extremely attractive with a voice as rich and smooth as melted chocolate. It absolutely doesn’t… 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

9 Wasted Heart Lynn Galli 

Published by Penikila Press 

What it’s about

Austy Nunziata has spent two years pining for her married best friend and about the same amount of time berating herself for it. In fact, she’s so adept at trying to stamp out her feelings that she could probably write a How-To guide on the subject. One, move 3,000 miles away from your best friend. Two, get a time-consuming job so you don’t have time to think about your best friend. Three, hang out with new friends who aren’t anywhere as enchanting as your best friend. Four, get involved with a striking woman who is smart, sexy, caring and, most importantly, available, unlike your best friend. Five, hope the new love interest doesn’t find out about your pathetic best friend obsession before you have time to replace it with actual life-altering love. 

Even following her own step-by-step process, Austy may not be able to redirect all of her misguided feelings. Becoming involved with Elise Bridie helps her realize how pointless her pining has been. But when Elise suspects that she harbors feelings for someone else, will their new found love survive the unrequited infatuation of Austy’s fantasies? 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

10 Just Jorie by Robin Alexander 

Published by Intaglio Publications 

What it’s about 

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. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

Check out my full review here 

 

Amy's Bonus Book

Totally Worth it by Maggie Cummings 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

This book is a: girl next door, age gap melting the ice queen 

What it’s about 

Welcome to the world of Bay West Social. 

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

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

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

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

Tara's Bonus Books 

Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

What it’s about 

Just because you’re through with your past, doesn’t mean it’s through with you. 

Margaret Beringer didn’t have an easy adolescence. She hated her name, was less than popular in school, and was always cast aside as a “farm kid.” However, with the arrival of Courtney Carrington, Margaret’s youth sparked into color. Courtney was smart, beautiful, and put together—everything Margaret wasn’t. Who would have imagined that they’d fit together so perfectly? 

But first loves can scar. 

Margaret hasn’t seen Courtney in years and that’s for the best. But when Courtney loses her father and returns to Tanner Peak to take control of the family store, Margaret comes face-to-face with her past and the woman she’s tried desperately to forget. The fact that Courtney has grown up more beautiful than ever certainly doesn’t help matters. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

Always Alex by Robin Alexander 

Published by Intaglio Publications 

What it’s about  

Robin Alexander cooks up another tale using her favorite recipe—love, family, and a healthy dose of humor.  

Dana Castilaw grew up tossing coins in a well, hoping her wishes would come true, but the candy fountain, puppy, and love never seemed to manifest. At eighteen, she left her hometown of Barbier Point, Louisiana, longing to be free of her father’s chokehold on her life and with a heart full of dreams she hoped would come true. Years later, she is forced to return home with at least one granted wish—her daughter, Sydney. 

Alex Soileau stood at Dana’s side for years tossing her coins into the well, making the same wish each time, a secret plea that she refused to reveal even to her best friend. Time and maturity insisted that she give up on her one fervent desire, but her heart never would. 

Reunited as adults, both women realize that maybe there was magic in the well after all. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

Melissa Brayden’s Bonus Books 

 

Safe Harbor by Radclyffe 

Published by Bold Strokes Books  

What it’s about 

A mysterious newcomer, a reclusive doctor, and a troubled gay teenager learn about love, friendship, and trust during one tumultuous summer in Provincetown. Reese Conlon, LtCol USMCR, is the new sheriff who has heads turning amidst speculation as to who will be the first woman to capture her attentions. 

Doctor Victoria King has been betrayed by love once and refuses to risk heartbreak again. Brianna Parker, the teenaged daughter of Reese's chief, fears her father’s wrath when he learns that she loves another girl. As these three women struggle to live and love in freedom, they risk their hearts and souls to give one.  

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

The Devil Inside by Ali Vali 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

This book is a: Second Chance Romance 

What it’s about 

Brains, guts, and ruthless ambition should be enough to come out on top in any fight. Except when the battle is over love, all bets are off. Derby Cain Casey was groomed from birth to take the reins of the Casey family enterprises, which just happens to be one of the major crime organizations in New Orleans. 

Surviving by never turning away from a fight and knowing how to win at all costs, Cain is as careful with her heart as she is with her business - until she meets Emma Verde. The farm girl from Wisconsin puts a hit out on Cain’s heart and leads her down a dangerous road filled with great joy and devastating sorrow. The Devil Inside is the story of unexpected passion, a shattering betrayal, and the challenge of love put to the test. 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

Check out my full review here 

 

 

Too Late…I Love You by Kiki Archer 

Published by K.A. Books 

This book is a: Romance about finding love where you least expect it 

What it’s about 

Too Late…I Love You is the new novel from best-selling, award-winning author Kiki Archer. 

Connie Parker isn’t convinced by this falling in love lark. Falling hurts, you end up with bruises and scars. 

She has the perfect answer: she’ll write about love instead. But what happens when the novel-in-progress describes more about Connie’s own dull existence than she wants to admit? And when will she realise that her hero is beginning to resemble her new best friend Maria – a woman who seems to turn every simple outing with their 3-year-olds into a fun-filled adventure for them all? 

In trying to make sense of the puzzle of her life, Connie learns there is no perfect person. Just that person who'll fit you perfectly. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Check out my full review here 

 

The Long Way Home by Rachel Spangler

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

What it’s about 

They say you can’t go home again, but Raine St. James doesn’t know why anyone would want to.  

Rory St. James was disowned after she came out at seventeen. She rebounded by moving to Chicago, changing her name to Raine and putting down her hometown to audiences around the country. Now, ten years later, too old to be considered a gay youth, broke, evicted, and fresh off a much needed break-up, Raine St. James is forced to accept a job teaching at Bramble University in Darlington, the town she’s been publicly bashing for the last decade. 

Beth Devoroux was born and raised in Darlington. Despite losing her parents at a young age, she is well loved by everyone who knows her. She leads a comfortable life with good job at Bramble University, a long-term but closeted relationship, friends that she can count on, and everything she thinks she wants, so why is she so drawn to a rabble-rouser like Raine St. James? 

Can Raine and Beth face their pasts and come to terms with their differences in order to have any hope for a future together? 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

Check out my our review here

 

Lessons by Kim Pritekel 

Published by P.D. Publishing Inc 

What it’s about 

Chase Marin is an 18 year-old girl filled with more confusion than common sense. A daughter of affluent parents, Chase is expected to go to college at the University of Arizona and prove herself as equally successful as her big sister. How can she do that when she doesn't even know herself? 

Dagny Robertson is everything that the Marin's would want in a daughter - too bad Dagney's own parents don't even know their only child, borne from their intense love, exists. Now, Dagny works on her graduate degree while acting as a TA in Psych 101. Can this older woman, once the worshipped babysitter of a lost eight year-old girl, help Chase find herself? 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

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Badass Women Save Themselves: Top 5 Romantic Lesbian Moments On TV

June 21, 2017

Badass Women Save Themselves 

Top 5 Romantic Lesbian Moments On TV

What makes good romance? Candles and kissing? Witty banter? Standing up for the one you love to someone who disapproves? Do the most romantic moments happen when a relationship is just beginning, or when it's coming to an end? In this episode, we each offer a list of top five romantic scenes on TV, and we discuss the range of television shows available to draw from in order to create such a list. 

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: 3 Must-Read Books About Incidental Lesbians

June 16, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

3 Must-Read Books With Incidental Lesbians 

Today Sheena is joined by Tamara and they talk about three books which they just loved. What’s even better is these books had incidental lesbians in it. 

 

1 Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones 

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.

 

Read Sheena’s Full Review here 

 

Get this book on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

2 Forsaken Trust by Meredith Doench 

Wallace Lake, Ohio, takes care of their own. Unwelcoming of outsiders, the community closes ranks when four women are found murdered along the water’s edge. Agent Luce Hansen of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation must find a way in before another woman loses her life to the ruthless serial killer. 

With the help of her new team—a hot rookie and a smart, beautiful medical examiner—Luce uncovers a ring of devotion surrounding the prime suspect. As Luce works to unearth the dark secrets of this close-knit town, she learns to what extraordinary lengths people will go to protect the ones they love. And when Luce feels forsaken, both professionally and personally, she must regain trust in her most valuable investigative tool: herself. 

 

Read Tamara’s Full Review here 

 

Get this book on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

3 No Good Reason by Cari Hunter 

“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. 

 

Read Sheena’s full review here 

 

Get this book on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best UK Based Lesbian Novels

June 9, 2017

10 Best Lesbian Novels Based In The UK

Welcome to The Lesbian Review Podcast. Today I am joined by avid reader and fan of all things lesfic, Beni Gee - moderator of lesbian audiobook group on facebook, and moderator of the yahoo group the virtual living room  

We are talking UK lesfic and books we really, really loved.

Criteria: Written by UK based author, main character is from the UK.

 

Sheena’s Picks

1 Fingersmith by Sarah Waters 

London in 1862 – Sue Trinder is an orphan who grows up among petty thieves (fingersmiths). 

Maud is born into a wealthy family. She works with her uncle on documenting his collection of books. 

One evening Gentleman enlists Sue’s help and proposes a scam to get hold of Maud’s money. Sue is to play Maud’s maid and help her realise that she is in love her painting teacher, Gentleman. 

Gentleman will then propose to Maude, they will marry and he will be rich. 

But, things are not as they seem. The novel is full of twists and turns that keep you guessing. 

This book crossed into mainstream and managed to keep excellent reviews

Full review here 

 

2 Courting The Countess by Jenny Frame 

The story is about Henrietta “Harry” Knight and Annie Brannigan. Harry loves her job as a professor of Archeology at Cambridge University and when her father dies and she becomes Countess of Axedale she is pulled away from her beloved career to fulfil a promise she made to her grandfather. The promise was that she would restore Axedale Hall to its former state of glory. 

Harry is in need of a housekeeper to help her manage the house while she is overseeing the renovations on the property. Enter Annie, housekeeper extraordinaire  and mother to Riley a sweet, curious, girl who is utterly fascinated by history. 

Harry doesn’t believe in true love. She saw her mother destroyed by her father’s cruelty and feels a deep sense of abandonment because her mother left when she was a little girl. 

Annie wants to find a forever home for her and Riley. She wants a place to call her own so that she doesn’t have to keep dragging her daughter from post to post. 

The question is, will Harry and Annie be able to put their own fears and histories aside to see what is really between them? 

Two reviewer favorite badges - Sheena and Tara and we did it as a book club read

Read full review here 

 

3 Lost In The Starlight by Kiki Archer 

This is the story of two women from very different backgrounds. On the one hand you have singing superstar, Honey Diamond and on the other hand you have the owner of a popular gossip website, Meg. 

Honey is a sweet, naive and over protected superstar. As a result she has lived an idealistic, yet sheltered life and has never really had to ask the tough questions or handle giving difficult answers even though she has been famous for most of her life and is no stranger to the spotlight. 

One day Honey opens a gossip website and sees that there is speculation on whether or not she is a lesbian. She has never had to formally come out because no one has ever actually asked her about her sexuality and she cannot understand why her mother is so against her publicly announcing that she is, in fact, a lesbian. 

Meg is smitten with Honey and feels it deeply that Honey hasn’t come out to the public. She has no idea the stir she causes when she writes a piece for her website about Honey being a lesbian and little does she know this will lead to a life changing event for both women. 

Lost In The Starlight is an absolutely charming, hilarious and gorgeous story or two women from different backgrounds learning that life is a little more complicated than they thought when it comes to love and secrets. 

This book was done as a book club read 

Read the full review here 

 

4 It Had To Be You by Clare Lydon 

Georgia and Milly are in a relationship and Milly wants Georgia to come home with her for Christmas. Georgia worries that their significant age gap will be a problem, she is old enough to be Milly’s mother and she is not convinced that she will have a lot to talk about with Milly’s family. 

Who’s to know that the simple act of meeting the family will turn lives upside down as the past comes to back to haunt them all. 

3 Reviewer favorite badges - Sheena, Tamara and Tara

Read the full review here 

 

5 No Good Reason by Cari Hunter 

This is the first novel in the Dark Peak series. It introduces Sanne Jensen and Meg Fielding. Sanne (a detective) and Meg (a doctor) have been best friends for a long time. Occasionally they are friends with benefits. They are both terrified of ruining their friendship by becoming a couple and so they keep things as they are. 

The story centres around Sanne who goes out running and discovers a woman who is barely alive after a fall off a cliff. Her hands are bound and she is not wearing much clothing. Sanne is part of the team to investigate the kidnapping while Meg tries to keep the woman alive at the hospital. 

When the woman wakes up and begins to speak what she says turns Sanne’s world on its head. Sanne realises that time could be running out for her to catch the kidnapper. 

High quality thriller with an incidental lesbian 

Read the full review here

 

Beni’s Picks

6 That Certain Something by Clare Ashton 

That Certain Something by Clare Ashton is a story about two women who are drawn together for a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime night. 

They then part ways only to discover that they are drawn together again by a strange twist of fate. Only the one woman was hiding something from the other. 

I don’t want to give too much of the story away because it will ruin some of the fun. 

Read the full review here 

 

7 A Walk into Darkness by Jade Winters 

Twenty-five years after a young girl goes missing from her home in South-East England, most have given up hope of ever finding closure. But when a renowned psychic has visions of a murder the police reopen the case, placing the puzzle of the ‘woodlands killer’ in Ashley McCoy’s capable hands. 

Firmly set in the harsh reality of a world where the young and beautiful are not safe from dangerous hands, A Walk Into Darkness navigates the ups and downs of Ashley’s life; desperate to solve the cold case without letting the trials and intrigues of life get in the way. When the delectable Tasha comes onto the scene, both women struggle to find a balance between their responsibilities and the undeniable chemistry behind their growing friendship.  

A story of murder, intrigue and the twisting path of life and love. 

 

8 Nightingale by Andrea Bramhall 

When Charlie Porter meets Hazaar Alim her first year of university, she's instantly smitten. Hazaar has it all: beauty, talent, and brains. What she doesn't realize is that Hazaar's future has already been decided, and Charlie has no place in it. 

Hazaar desperately wants to break with her traditions and stay with Charlie, but when forced to choose, she chooses her family over love. When she realizes the choice she made is the worst one possible, it's too late. 

Years later, while working in Pakistan as a diplomat and negotiator, Charlie receives a phone call from a woman who says her British sister-in-law is to be killed for the family's honor and asks if someone can save her. 

Charlie and Hazaar are on a collision course with destiny. If they make it out alive, can they believe in their love once again? 

 

9 After the Night by Rachel Dax 

After The Night is a sweeping lesbian love story set in a British prison in 1960. When Nurse Leah Webster begins her first job at a prison hospital, little does she know that her world will be turned upside down by falling in love with Chief Officer Jean MacFarlane. But the course of lesbian love does not always run smoothly and together Leah and Jean have to fight homophobia both within and without the prison walls.

 

10 Christmas At Winterbourne by Jen Silver 

The Christmas festivities for the guests booked into Winterbourne House have all the goings-on of a traditional holiday. The only difference is that this guesthouse is run by lesbians, for lesbians. 

When the guests arrive, tensions are already simmering between the house's owner Wilma (Wil) and very pregnant partner, Gabriella. Wil has a lot on her plate...ensuring the smooth running of the events, looking after all the guests, including her in-laws and business partners. What she hasn't planned for is a ghost from Christmas past. 

Wil inherited Winterbourne from her adopted mother, Kim Russell, author of a series of successful lesbian novels. Most of the guests who stay, do so because they are fans of the author. 

One guest, Sally Hunter, is on a mission to write Kim's official biography. She meets with resistance from the people at the house she tries to interview, stirring up memories from those who knew the reclusive writer well. 

For a bit of extra spice to the festivities, add in an unexpected snowstorm, a disappearing guest, and an imminent birth. Join the guests and staff at Winterbourne for a Christmas you'll not soon forget. 

 

Honorable mentions 

Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton 

Poppy Jenkins is beloved by everyone who lives in Wells, a village in Wales. She is the girl next door and friend to all. Despite  being close to her loving family, gorgeous little sister, good friends and sense of community,  she is the only lesbian in town and she is lonely. 

Enter Rosalyn Thorn. 

Roselyn and Poppy were inseparable as youngsters. Roselyn was the town outsider, she spoke her mind and was not a pushover. As a result she was labelled as trouble and the only reason anyone put up with her was because of her connection to Poppy. 

Then they turned 16 and overnight, something happened that caused Roselyn to push Poppy away breaking her heart.  Eventually Roselyn left town and Poppy was left with a big question mark as to why she had lost her best friend. 

15 years later Roselyn walks back into Poppy’s life and turns her calm, quiet world upside down. Hurt feelings erupt and secrets are revealed. But can they ever find friendship again, let alone anything more? 

Three reviewer favorite badges - Tamara, Sheena and Tara 

Read the full review here 

 

Secret Lies by Amy Dunne 

Secret Lies by Amy Dunne is about two teenage girls. The main character is Nicola Jackson who is the outsider at school. She is abused by her stepfather and is desperate to escape from him. She runs away from home and in her haste she bumps into the popular girl from school, Jenny. 

Jenny is fighting her own demons and ends up inviting Nicola to stay the night. The two strike up a friendship that evolves into more. 

The novel is about what happens when families, friends and authorities find out about their budding lesbian relationship. 

See our review here 

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Les Do Books: Kallmaker Talks Gateway Lesfic

June 2, 2017

Les Do Books 

Karin Kallmaker Talks Gateway Lesfic 

In this episode, Karin Kallmaker joins Tara to talk about books that are gateways to authors, eras, or genres. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about why Karin thinks everyone should check out these books. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Stoner Mctavish by Sarah Dreher - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

The Swashbuckler by Lee Lynch - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

On Strike Against God by Joanna Russ - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

The Persistent Desire by Joan Nestle - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Learn more about Karin Kallmaker

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

May 10, 2017

Badass Women Save Themselves

5 Favorite Moments From Game Of Thrones (Season 6) 

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

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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Les Talk About It: 10 Pieces Of Advice

May 8, 2017

Les Talk About It

10 Pieces Of Advice

In this episode of Les Talk About it Sheena is joined by Julie McPherson and they each give some advice to listeners. The advice ranges from practical to logical and sometimes even just simply, don’t be an ass hat.

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Sheena is the founder of The Lesbian Talk Show podcast channel and The Lesbian Review. 

 

Julie is a photographer, avid reader and all round awesome person. You can find her photography here or you can catch her on Facebook

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

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The lesbian 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. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

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.  

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

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. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

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. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

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. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

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. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

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?

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

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. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

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. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

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. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

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? 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

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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.

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

 

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.

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

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. 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

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.

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

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.

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

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.

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

 

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”

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

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. 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

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.

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

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.

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

You can find Wendy Hudson online  

 

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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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