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 


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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 


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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 


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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 


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 | |



Stoner Mctavish by Sarah Dreher - Get it on | | 


The Swashbuckler by Lee Lynch - Get it on | | 


On Strike Against God by Joanna Russ - Get it on | | 


The Persistent Desire by Joan Nestle - Get it on | |



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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




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.


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 or visit for more info about this and our other podcasts.


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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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




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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3 The Dead by Ingrid Black 

What it’s about


“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 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


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