Curves Welcome: Stop Forcing and Start Winning

November 23, 2017

Curves Welcome – Stop Forcing and Start Winning

Novelist and motivational blogger Suzie Carr explores failure and the disappointment that results from it. She discusses how one of her biggest failures humbled her and shaped her future.

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.

More info

 

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Badass Women Save Themselves: Moana is the kickassiest of the princesses and here’s why

November 22, 2017
In this episode of Badass Women Save Themselves, Blythe and Jove discuss the awesomeness of Disney's Moana.
 
We both appreciate full-length animated features, but for us, Moana is far and away the best. From the music, to the way Moana is drawn, to the journey she undertakes (which entirely lacks a romantic component), this film hits it out of the park. Not only does Moana save herself, she saves her entire island. We dig it. 
 

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 

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Diva Literary Festival

November 21, 2017

The Diva Literary Festival

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

In this episode, Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss the diva literary festival.

Email questions to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

Sign Up for the My LesFic newsletter and get weekly bargains on lesbian novels. This is a fantastic service brought to you by The Bliss Duo 

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Books On Writing That Harper Bliss Recommends  

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport  

Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction.  

Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve. Most of us, after all, are excruciatingly familiar with shallow work instead - distractedly skimming the surface of our workload and never getting to the important part. Newport began exploring the methods and mind-set that foster a practice of distraction-free productivity at work, and now, in Deep Work, he shows how anyone can achieve this elusive state. 

Through revealing portraits of both historical and modern-day thinkers, academics and leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture, and their deep work habits, Newport shares an inspiring collection of tools to wring every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity. He explains why mastering this shift in work practices is crucial for anyone who intends to stay ahead in a complex information economy and how to systematically train the mind to focus. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions we can make in an increasingly distracted world. 

 

Get It On Amazon

 

 

Steven King on Writing 

There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as 'the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down

Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. 

King's advice is grounded in the vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 - and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. 

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

How To Make A Living As A Writer by James Scott Bell 

It's the best time on Earth to be a writer 

More writers are making money today than at any other time in history. For centuries few have been able to support themselves from the quill or the keyboard alone.  

Not anymore. With the rise of ebooks and indie publishing there are now more opportunities than ever for writers to generate substantial income from their work. And there is still a traditional publishing industry that needs new talent to keep growing.  

In How to Make a Living as a Writer, you'll learn the secrets of writing for profit and increasing your chances of making a living wage from your work. Here are some of the subjects covered: 

- The 7 Secrets of Writing Success 
- The 8 Essentials of Your Writing Business 
- How to Reach Your Goals 
- Keys to a Winning System 
- How to Stay Relentless 
- Unlocking Your Creativity 
- How to Write More, Faster 
- Comparing Traditional and Self-Publishing  
- How to Go Traditional 
- How to Go Indie 
- How to Form Multiple Streams of Writing Income 
- How to Write a Novel in a Month 
- How to Choose Non-Fiction Subjects 
- How to Keep a Positive Mental Attitude 
- Resources for Further Study 

And much more, all to help you write what you love and earn what you’re worth.  

James Scott Bell has made a living as a writer for nearly two decades, and shares with you everything he knows about the best practices for turning your writing dream into a reality. 

Get It On Amazon 

 

Show Don’t Tell by Sandra Gerth  

Show, don’t tell is probably the single most important piece of advice given to writers. But many writers struggle to understand this powerful principle or have difficulty applying it to their own work. Even experienced authors sometimes don’t grasp the finer nuances of showing and telling. 

In this book, Sandra Gerth draws on her experience as an editor and a best-selling author to show you how to show and tell you when to tell. 

Each chapter includes concrete examples and exercises that will hone your writing skills. 

Whether you’re a novice writer working on your first story or an established author who has already learned the basics of showing and telling, this book will help you to: 
- Grasp the difference between showing and telling. 
- Understand why showing is such a powerful tool. 
- Spot telling in your own manuscript. 
- Fix bland passages and turn them into compelling scenes. 
- Keep from telling what you have already shown. 
- Avoid the three danger areas of telling. 
- Describe your characters and your setting in interesting ways. 
- Put powerful emotions into your writing. 
- Incorporate backstory into your novel without resorting to telling. 
- Recognize telling in dialogue. 
- Avoid overshowing and swamping your readers with too many details. 
- Learn when telling is actually a good thing. 
- Immerse your readers into your story and keep them captivated from beginning to end. 

Get It On Amazon 

You can find more on Harper Bliss And Her Mrs on TheLesbianTalkShow.com 

 
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Warning! We Are Talking About Trigger Warnings!

November 20, 2017

Warning! We Are Talking About Trigger Warnings!

Les Talk About It

In this episode of Les Talk About it Sheena and Tamara are discussing the trigger warnings in lesbian literature and when it is needed.

MORE INFO

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

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

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Women and Words: Books, Bouchercon, and Boobs

November 19, 2017

Women and Words Overview - 11-17 Nov. 2017

 

Jove would like Andi to stop writing fanfic for a minute and write something for her to publish. Spoiler: Andi is! Also, WTF with those weird jobs you’ve had, Clifford Mae Henderson? And Erin’s blog this week hit Andi right in the feels. It’s an important topic, friends.

 

11 Nov.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta did a reader’s perspective on books that deal with Alzheimer’s disease, something that affects a lot of people, including someone near and dear to her.

  •  Women and Words link HERE

ALSO Call for Submissions repeat! Best Lesbian Erotica Vol. 3, ed. by Sacchi Green.

13 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler was on an LGBTQ+ panel at Bouchercon and it went very well. YAY! (Bouchercon is a huge mystery author/fan convention).

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Jessie Chandler’s website

14 Nov.: Women and Wordster and life coach Angela Grace has some great tips for navigating certain convos during the holidays.

  • Women and Words link HERE

15 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson on the weird and wild gigs she’s had over the years to make ends meet.

16 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle talks about Imposter Syndrome – feeling like a fraud when you’re trying to accomplish something.

17 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday on a few of the Clexa fanfics she’s recently read that she dug. If you have fanfic from other fandoms (or Clexa) you’ve been digging on, let us know in the comments. Share the luv!

ALSO! The Hootenanny submission form is NOW CLOSED. Please keep us in mind for next year! The merry elves requested a definitive cut-off this year to help keep our heads from exploding. At least this early. J

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Episode 16c: Book Appreciation with Farah Mendlesohn

November 18, 2017

Book Appreciation with Farah Mendlesohn

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16c

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured authors (or your host) will talk about one or more favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting.

In this episode Farah Mendlesohn recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

For further information on Farah Mendlesohn see https://farahmendlesohn.com or the show notes for the previous episode of the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast when she was interviewed.

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

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Spark by Catherine Friend

November 17, 2017

Spark by Catherine Friend  

Book Clips 

This reading is narrated by Ann Etter 

You can contact Ann Etter on Facebook  or email her   

 

Synopsis 

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

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

 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

 

 

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Out of This World by Annette Mori - Book Clips

November 16, 2017

Out of This World by Annette Mori - Book Clips 

Synopsis 

With a name like Mabel Butt, being picked on is the norm, so her job at the library was the perfect hideout. Mabel is so far in the closet, that even her best friend and secret crush, Sydney, can’t pull her out. Celeste, a beautiful, exotic stranger comes into the library and changes everything. Mabel is defenseless against her charms. 

To call Celeste a bit eccentric is an understatement, drawing the wrong kind of attention to her and Mabel. Soon it is discovered that someone is trying to track her down, With Sydney’s help, a game of cat and mouse begins to try and keep Celeste safe. 

Sparks fly all around the three women as they join forces in this romantic comedy, which really is out of this world. 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon

 

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Stranger Things Season 1

November 15, 2017

Stranger Things Season 1 

Lez Geek Out! 20 

Andi and Lise totally geek out over the Netflix original series Stranger Things. The acting, the pacing, the tension, the writing – it’s all brilliant. It’s a hybrid horror/thriller/sci fi set in the early 1980s in the American Midwest. 

Synopsis: 

A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.Rotten Tomatoes 

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New Style For The Podcast

November 14, 2017

New Style For The Podcast  

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

In this episode, Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss the new podcast style they will be doing going forward. They also talk about the very lesbian life they lead - including adopting a cat. 

 

Email questions to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

Sign Up for the My LesFic newsletter and get weekly bargains on lesbian novels. This is a fantastic service brought to you by The Bliss Duo 

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Books On Writing That Harper Bliss Recommends  

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport  

Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction.  

Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve. Most of us, after all, are excruciatingly familiar with shallow work instead - distractedly skimming the surface of our workload and never getting to the important part. Newport began exploring the methods and mind-set that foster a practice of distraction-free productivity at work, and now, in Deep Work, he shows how anyone can achieve this elusive state. 

Through revealing portraits of both historical and modern-day thinkers, academics and leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture, and their deep work habits, Newport shares an inspiring collection of tools to wring every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity. He explains why mastering this shift in work practices is crucial for anyone who intends to stay ahead in a complex information economy and how to systematically train the mind to focus. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions we can make in an increasingly distracted world. 

 

Get It On Amazon

 

 

Steven King on Writing 

There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as 'the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down

Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. 

King's advice is grounded in the vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 - and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. 

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

How To Make A Living As A Writer by James Scott Bell 

It's the best time on Earth to be a writer 

More writers are making money today than at any other time in history. For centuries few have been able to support themselves from the quill or the keyboard alone.  

Not anymore. With the rise of ebooks and indie publishing there are now more opportunities than ever for writers to generate substantial income from their work. And there is still a traditional publishing industry that needs new talent to keep growing.  

In How to Make a Living as a Writer, you'll learn the secrets of writing for profit and increasing your chances of making a living wage from your work. Here are some of the subjects covered: 

- The 7 Secrets of Writing Success 
- The 8 Essentials of Your Writing Business 
- How to Reach Your Goals 
- Keys to a Winning System 
- How to Stay Relentless 
- Unlocking Your Creativity 
- How to Write More, Faster 
- Comparing Traditional and Self-Publishing  
- How to Go Traditional 
- How to Go Indie 
- How to Form Multiple Streams of Writing Income 
- How to Write a Novel in a Month 
- How to Choose Non-Fiction Subjects 
- How to Keep a Positive Mental Attitude 
- Resources for Further Study 

And much more, all to help you write what you love and earn what you’re worth.  

James Scott Bell has made a living as a writer for nearly two decades, and shares with you everything he knows about the best practices for turning your writing dream into a reality. 

Get It On Amazon 

 

Show Don’t Tell by Sandra Gerth  

Show, don’t tell is probably the single most important piece of advice given to writers. But many writers struggle to understand this powerful principle or have difficulty applying it to their own work. Even experienced authors sometimes don’t grasp the finer nuances of showing and telling. 

In this book, Sandra Gerth draws on her experience as an editor and a best-selling author to show you how to show and tell you when to tell. 

Each chapter includes concrete examples and exercises that will hone your writing skills. 

Whether you’re a novice writer working on your first story or an established author who has already learned the basics of showing and telling, this book will help you to: 
- Grasp the difference between showing and telling. 
- Understand why showing is such a powerful tool. 
- Spot telling in your own manuscript. 
- Fix bland passages and turn them into compelling scenes. 
- Keep from telling what you have already shown. 
- Avoid the three danger areas of telling. 
- Describe your characters and your setting in interesting ways. 
- Put powerful emotions into your writing. 
- Incorporate backstory into your novel without resorting to telling. 
- Recognize telling in dialogue. 
- Avoid overshowing and swamping your readers with too many details. 
- Learn when telling is actually a good thing. 
- Immerse your readers into your story and keep them captivated from beginning to end. 

Get It On Amazon 

You can find more on Harper Bliss And Her Mrs on TheLesbianTalkShow.com 

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How Do Butch Women Like To Be Asked Out?

November 13, 2017

How Do Butch Women Like To Be Asked Out?

Ask A Butch 

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

About Amy Herman-Pall 

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

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

 

You can find her on 

Facebook, through The Lesbian Review Book Club 

Twitter 

 

About Lise MacTague 

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

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

 

You can find her on

Her Website 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Etsy 

 

About Sheena 

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

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

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

 

Find Sheena on

Website 

Facebook 

Twitter 

 

More Info 

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

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Women and Words: Tech issues, Tremontaine, and Tai Chi

November 12, 2017

Women and Words Overview

4-10 Nov. 2017

 

Jove had a NaNoWriNoMo day because of tech issues; Andi would like someone in Australia to invite her for Christmas so she can experience it in shorts but agrees with Jove that an epic road trip across Australia would be cool, too. Also, serial fiction is seriously awesome.

 

4 Nov.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter did a reader’s perspective on books with family themes.

  • Women and Words link HERE

5 Nov.: Author/playwright/webmaster/designer Mary D. Brooks stopped by to tell us about her work and latest serial play, “An Egyptian Treasure,” which is set in 1948. Mary also runs the Xena site AUSXIP.com.

6 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae is on the NaNoWriMo journey this year, and hopefully it’ll kick her writing slump right where it counts. Go, LM!

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More info about Lynette Mae HERE

7 Nov.: Author and brand new Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury kicks off her tenure with us with a blog about the war on women.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Penny Mickelbury’s website

8 Nov.: Author Tessa Gratton stopped by to talk about serialized fiction, and her work with Tremontaine, the serialized fiction that is a prequel to Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint. Tremontaine is available through Serial Box.

9 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde is on the road again, this time to Madrid, Spain.

10 Nov.: Author and humorist Fay Jacobs on Tai Chi, chai tea, and how nice it is not to wear an ill-fitting tu-tu.

 

NaNoWriMo continues, friends! Dirt Road Books has its second write-in on Nov. 11th on Facebook. Stop by the DRB FB page for details. And the deadline for the Lambda Literary Awards is Dec. 1. ALSO! Authors, if you’d like to participate in the Women and Words Hootenanny, SIGN UP NOW.

 

And here in the U.S., Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Thank you, veterans, for your service.

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Episode 16b: Interview with Farah Mendlesohn

November 11, 2017

Interview with Farah Mendlesohn

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16b

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

In this episode we talk about

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

Publications mentioned:

More info

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

Website:

Twitter:

  • @effjayem

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

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Lesbian Fiction Without A Happy Ending

November 10, 2017

Lesbian Fiction Without a Happy Ending 

Les Do Books 

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

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

More info 

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

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

 

 

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Curves Welcome: How to Tap into Courage

November 9, 2017

Curves Welcome – How to Tap into Courage

Novelist and Motivational Blogger Suzie Carr asks the following in this episode: When was the last time you did something you were afraid of? Stood up to it and said no more. Decided you were no longer willing to sacrifice your joy and your experience in this great opportunity of life just to have a backseat in the comfort zone?

  

A Note to Listeners:

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

 

More info

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Badass Women Save Themselves: Atomic Blonde

November 8, 2017

In this episode of Badass Women Save Themselves, Blythe and Jove discuss Atomic Blonde, specifically the things that surprised them, the things that they liked, and the things the could have done without.

Charlize Theron is a badass. She saves herself and a lot of other people. And she does it all to awesome 80s music. We have lots of opinions on Atomic Blonde, and not all of them are good, but we definitely come down on the side that it's worth watching.

 

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 

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How To Propose To A Woman

November 6, 2017

How To Propose To A Woman

Les Talk About It

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

MORE INFO

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

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

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Herstory, character crushes, and post-apocalyptic weaponry

November 5, 2017

Women and Words Overview

28 Oct.-3 Nov. 2017

 

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

 

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

  • Women and Words link HERE

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

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

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

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

  • Women and Words link HERE

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

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

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

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

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Episode 16a: On the Shelf November 2017

November 4, 2017

On the Shelf for November 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16a

Your monthly update on what the Lesbian Historic Motif Project has been doing.

 In this episode we talk about

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

 More info

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

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

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

A transcript of this episode can be found here.

 

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10 Lesbian Books We Want As Movies

November 3, 2017

10 Lesbian Books We Want As Movies

The Lesbian Review Podcast

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

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

Sheena's List

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

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

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

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

 

Get it on Amazon 

 

2 Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague 

Published by Bella Books 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

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

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

 

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4 Devil’s Rock by Gerri Hill 

Published by Bella Books

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

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

 

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5 All I Want For Christmas by Clare Lydon 

Published by Custard Books 

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

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

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

 

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6 Kicker's Journey by Lois Cloarec Hart 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

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

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

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

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

 

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7 The Killing Ground by Syd Parker 

Published by Syd Parker Books 

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

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

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

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

 

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8 True Nature by Jae 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

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

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

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

 

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9 Don't Call Me Hero by Eliza Lentzski 

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

 

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10 Bridesmaid of Honor by Graysen Morgen 

Published by Triplicity Publishing 

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

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

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

 

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