Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: High Wordcount And Productivity Tips For Writers

February 28, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs

High Wordcount and Productivity For Authors

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss what Harper Bliss is doing now to improve her productivity and keep a high wordcount even with writing only 2 hours a day

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

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

 

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.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

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Les Talk About It: You Are Too Pretty To Be A Lesbian????

February 27, 2017

Les Talk About It 

You Are Too Pretty To Be A Lesbian???

In this episode of Les Talk About it Sheena and Tamara are discussing the misconception that pretty women cannot be lesbian. 

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 are 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 other lesbian podcasts.

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Women And Words: Weekly Roundup 18-24 Feb & The Medieval Pass

February 26, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview, 18-24 Feb. 2017 

Andi and Jove attempt to figure out what exactly a “Medieval Pass” is before they wax serious with regard to Ashley Bartlett’s blog and then Renée Bess’ blog. They’re glad that Women and Words is the kind of space contributors feel comfortable expressing thoughts on the topics both Ashley and Renée addressed this week. And then they got crazy again and rave about the movie Mad Max: Fury Road because nothing says date night like post-apocalyptic car chases across a vast wasteland. Especially with Charlize Theron driving. CHARLIZE THERON, people. She can drive us anywhere she wants! 

 

18 Feb.:  A call for submissions posted, from Sapphire Books. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

 

20 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Caroll joined us for another cool history jaunt in the UK. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Stevie Carroll’s LiveJournal 

 

21 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett wrote on the violence that LGBTQ people face on a day-to-day basis and will we speak out? 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Ashley Bartlett info 

 

23 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess wrote a moving piece on dealing (trying to deal) with her mother’s recent death, and how she’s trying to navigate the changed circumstances in her own life. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Renée Bess’ website 

 

24 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette does a fangirl Friday on the movie Fury Road

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Find Andi fangirling on Tumblr, too 

 

Jove brought up the LGBT+ readers’ n’ writers’ event held in Seattle every fall. It used to be Gay Romance Northwest Meetup and it has changed its name to Read with Pride Northwest. We’ll have more info as it becomes available. Also, ClexaCon is NEXT FREAKING WEEKEND and Andi is so excited she can BARELY STAND IT. 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Episode 7 - Aphra Behn

February 25, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project 

Episode 7 - Aphra Behn 

This episode is about the 17th century novelist, playwright, and spy Aphra Behn. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • Behn’s careers in espionage and literature 
  • Her bisexuality and some of the complexities of how desire between women was portrayed in the 17th century 
  • Poem: VERSES design'd by Mrs. A. Behn, to be sent to a fair Lady, that desir'd she would absent  her∣self, to cure her Love. Left unfinish'd 
  • Poem: The Dream 
  • Poem: To the Fair Clarinda Who made love to me, Imagin'd more than woman 
  • Dedicatory text to Hortense Mancini, Duchesse Mazarine 

 

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at this website

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project here

There is an extensive and detailed biography of Aphra Behn that I haven’t yet included in the LHMP: Todd, Janet.  1996.  Secret Life of Aphra Behn.  Rutgers Univ Press, New Brunswick.  ISBN  0-8135-2455-5

If you’d like to read some historical fiction that includes an entirely imagined meeting between Aphra and Hortense Mancini, you can find it here

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to Heather Rose Jones via Email

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Les Do Books: Wild by Meghan O’Brien (Book Club)

February 24, 2017

Les Do Books

Wild by Meghan O'Brien

Tara talks excitedly with Lise MacTague, author and fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review, about the book club pick of the month, Wild by Meghan O’Brien. Listen to find out what it’s about, what they loved about it, and what character they hope gets her own book in the future. 

This podcast is seriously full of spoilers, so make sure you read Wild before listening. 

 

From the back of the book: 

The only thing that frightens shapeshifter Selene Rhodes more than the full moon is the idea of falling in love.

Selene Rhodes has lived her whole life with a terrible secret: not only can she take the form of any animal at will, but once a month the full moon transforms her into a fierce wolf-creature without a human conscience. Managing her condition means living by a strict routine, and more importantly, abstaining from intimate relationships with human beings. Selene is convinced that love and friendship can only bring her pain.

Forensic pathologist Eve Thomas is well-acquainted with the pain of romantic love. Swearing off relationships after having her heart broken by a cheating ex, Eve throws herself into her work: catching murderers. When Selene comes to her aid after an attack by a masked man in Golden Gate Park, Eve is shocked by how powerfully she is drawn to her mysterious savior.

Shaken by her own feelings for Eve, Selene is even more terrified to realize she isn’t even close to being the scariest monster stalking San Francisco. There is someone out in the city who is killing for pleasure, and his next target is the one woman he thinks might be able to stop him: Eve.

 

Tara also announces the next book club pick, Blurred Lines by KD Williamson.

 

 

More info 

Come talk to Tara, Lise and the rest of The Lesbian Review crew 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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Book Clips: Ruthless by Venus Reising

February 23, 2017

Book Clips 

Ruthless by Venus Reising 

After a sting operation goes horribly wrong, police officer Jackeline Raelston (Jacks) swears off the force and turns to private investigating. 

Riddled with guilt over the death of her partner, Jacks is determined to keep her heart and herself safe from danger. But that’s before she’s hired to find missing Southampton heiress, Cassandra “Cassie” Wainwright.  

The search for Cassandra pulls Jacks into a world of intrigue and espionage where things aren’t necessarily as they seem—including the sexy and flirtatious heiress. The more time the two women spend together, the more Jacks becomes entangled both personally and professionally. 

But which is more at stake? Jacks’s heart or her life? And is she willing to gamble on both…

 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca

 

 

Visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com/Reading for more information on sending us your reading for Book Clips

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Lez Geek Out! DEBS

February 22, 2017

Lez Geek Out!

DEBS

 

Andi Marquette and Lise MacTague both decided to inaugurate the first episode of this podcast with the movie D.E.B.S. because AWESOME. And it happens to be a fave of both of them, so they each watched it for probably the 30th time and fangirled over it. 

D.E.B.S. (2004) is a campy, fun, spoofy romp in which 4 young women (Max, Amy, Dominque, and Janet) are recruited into spy school via a college entrance exam. Things get crazy when archvillain Lucy Diamond is discovered to be back in town, and she’s got a meeting with a Russian assassin. What could she be up to? The D.E.B.S. are on the case, but one of them didn’t count on developing an attraction for Lucy… 

Also, this podcast has spoilers of the movie. 

Watch the trailer HERE.

Synopsis

Sultry crime boss Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster, The Fast and the Furious) is back in the states and the D.E.B.S.- an elite team of paramilitary college co-ed superspies- are hot on her trail. But when their top agent, gorgeous Amy Bradshaw (Sara Foster, The Big Bounce), mysteriously disappears after coming face to face with the attractive young villainess, the D.E.B.S. begin a full-scale search for Lucy's secret lair, never suspecting that Amy may not want to be rescued after all, in this smart and sexy spy spoof about love at first gun sight.

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

It’s also available on DVD. You can also find it on DVD via Netflix and purchase to stream on Amazon Prime.

You can get hold of Lise or Andi by emailing them on Podcast@TheLesbianTalkShow.com 

 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: How To Improve Your Writing

February 21, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs

Improve Your Writing

 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss some tips to improve your writing.

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

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 

 

Steven King on Writing - get it on amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.ca

 

James Scott Bell - get it on amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.ca

 

 

Sandra Gerth Show Don’t Tell - get it on amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.ca

 

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

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Les Talk About It: Lesbians Try To Convert Heterosexual Women???

February 20, 2017

Les Talk About It 

Lesbians Want To Convert All Heterosexual Women 

In this episode of Les Talk About it Sheena and Tamara are discussing the misconception that Lesbians Want To Convert All Heterosexual Women. 

Find out: 

  • How best to convert a hetro woman 
  • Why this misconception exists 

 

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 are 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 other lesbian podcasts.

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Women And Words: It’s Totally Neato Bandito

February 19, 2017

Women And Words 

Overview 12 - 17 Feb 2017 

Jove and Andi chatted about Jove’s reading in Portland at Literary Lesbian Love and then checked out Lise MacTague’s Etsy site, where she sells cool guns she makes that would be perfect for cosplaying. Andi is currently fascinated with steampunk wardrobes…also, Jove’s summer road trip this year will include a lot of Minnesota, so if you’re there, send her tips on things to see and do. 

 

12 Feb.: Author Lise MacTague did a Q&A with us regarding her work, writing process, and latest projects. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Lise MacTague’s website 

Lise MacTague’s etsy site, The Weapons Workbench 

 

13 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler posted about the event she and several other authors (including Lori Lake, Jove Belle, and Jeanine Hoffman) did in Portland, Literary Lesbian Love. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Jessie Chandler’s website 

 

14 Feb.: Lifecoach, psychologist, and Women and Wordster Angela Grace has some tips for coping with the fuckery that abounds in this country as a result of the elections. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

 

16 Feb.:  Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle notes the seemingly endless trends in social media and asks what works for people in that regard. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

R.G. Emanuelle’s website 

 

17 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette posted an audiobook giveaway for bestselling steampunk author Gail Carriger. The giveaway ends Tuesday, so you have time! 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi’s fangirling at Tumblr 

 

Also! The reminder posted that the lists for hot of the press and coming attractions (Feb. and Mar.) are available

 

Plus! ClexaCon launches in two weeks! March 3-5 in Las Vegas! 

 

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Book Clips: Frankie And Petra by EA Kafkalas Narrated by Katelyn Pekrul

February 18, 2017

Book Clips 

Frankie and Petra by EA Kafkalas Narrated by Katelyn Pekrul 

Synopsis 

Is chemistry enough? 

Homicide detective Petra Theopholis is good at her job. She closes cases, but her world is turned upside down one morning when she meets a young grad student.  

Painter Frankie Martineli has lost everyone she’s ever loved in this world, so she wants nothing to do with someone that puts their life on the line every day.  

After a one night stand they go their separate ways. When a case draws them together, they find that their passions can’t be contained. But when fate throws them both into the face of danger, will their love survive? 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 

 

Visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com/Reading for more information on sending us your reading for Book Clips

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best Romantic Lesbian Movies

February 17, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast

10 Best Romantic Lesbian Movies

Sheena is joined by Andi Marquette and togehter they put together and epic, romantic and epically romantic list of must-watch lesbian movies.

 

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Curves Welcome: 5 Practical Skills You Should Learn

February 16, 2017

Curves Welcome

5 Practical Skills You Should Learn

Novelist and Motivational Blogger Suzie Carr talks about 5 practical skills everyone should learn. These skills are super easy to master. 

 

Join Suzie as she discusses information on how to:

  • Winterize outside water spigots
  • Change a flat tire
  • Remember a person’s name
  • How to say sorry
  • Show gratitude with this easy idea

 

Links: 

Change a flat tire 

 

Winterize a water spigot and another links to learn how to winterize a water spigot

 

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’ve got a special treat for you if you do. Please mention Podcast Idea in your subject line. 

 

More info

  • Join Suzie’s Facebook group Feed Your Joy 
  • Visit Curves Welcome to receive 2 free stories by submitting name and email 
  • Email Suzie questions and comments
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Badass Women Save Themselves: Top 5 TV Villains

February 15, 2017

Badass Women Save Themselves

Top 5 TV Villains

This episode Jove Belle and Blythe Rippon each give their 5 top villians on Televison .

 

You can find the Badass Women Save Themselves website here

 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: Why We No Longer Use Scrivener To Compile Our eBooks

February 14, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs

Why We No Longer Use Scrivner To Compile Our eBooks

 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss why they use Scrivener and when they don't use it. They discuss a glitch in the program and what they use to compile thier ebooks now.

Find out:

  • What Scrivener features are the most useful for authors
  • Why they no longer use Scrivener to compile their ebooks
  • What they use to compile their novels now
  • What is a small drawback of Scrivener for editing

 

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Les Talk About It: All Lesbians Are Vegetarians?

February 13, 2017

Les Talk About It 

All Lesbians Are Vegetarians? 

There is a common perception that all lesbians are vegetarians. In this episode Tamara and Sheena discuss why this is such a common perception and whether or not it’s true. 

Sheena also talks about her own experience of being a vegetarian for eight years. 

Check out the podcast we did on All Lesbians Loving Oral Sex

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 are 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 other lesbian podcasts.

 

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Women And Words: Astronomical Events And Collecting People

February 12, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview 5-10 February 2017 

Andi and Jove ponder astronomical events (moons, eclipses, and comets, y’all!) then fangirl over practically everybody on the blog because that’s how they roll. Also, they wonder how Fiona Zedde manages to collect all these people in the photos she posts (is there a sign-up sheet? Because they’re in). 

5 Feb.: Author and this year’s special speaker at GCLS Penny Mickelbury joined us and chatted a bit about her latest projects, and reminds us to go forward, each in our own best way. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Penny Mickelbury’s website 

 

6 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae on digging deep and not backing down. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Find some Lynette Mae here 

 

7 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster D Jordan Redhawk on her plans for 2017 and some of the other things she’s got on her plate and on her mind. Plus, a reminder to help each other. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

D Jordan Redhawk’s website 

 

8 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Jove Belle with a reminder that she’s doing a reading and author stuff at an event in Portland on the 11th, the Literary Lesbian Love event, a “somewhat romantic book fair.” 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Jove Belle’s website 

 

9 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde posted from South Africa, as she is off on another of her walkabouts. Thanks, Fiona! 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Fiona Zedde’s website 

 

10 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday on the movie Haywire, starring Gina Carano, a mixed martial arts ass-kicker. 

 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

And find Andi fangirling on Tumblr 

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Book Clips: All I Want Forever by Clare Lydon

February 11, 2017

Book Clips 

All I Want Forever by Clare Lydon 

 

Synopsis 

Everyone says they’re meant to be - but is that enough? 

 

Tori & Holly are engaged, but living 5,000 miles apart: Tori in San Francisco, Holly in London. When Holly flies out to San Francisco for a visit, the pair are forced to examine their relationship and ask themselves: is being together forever what they both really want? 

If you’re a fan of contemporary romance with humour and heart, it’s time to jump on board the Tori & Holly train as they work out their fate with no shortage of twists and turns. Is their destiny written in the stars?

 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 

 

 

Visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com/Reading for more information on sending us your reading for Book Clips

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Les Do Books: G Benson Talks Lesfic

February 10, 2017

Les Do Books

G Benson Talks Lesfic

Listen as Tara talks to author G Benson. Authors are readers too, so Tara asks Gabby about the lesfic she’s read and loved! 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

Learn more about G Benson

 

Note: We appologise for the sound quality. It was a long distance, international connection.

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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Book Clips: Four Steps by Wendy Hudson

February 9, 2017

Book Clips 

Four Steps by Wendy Hudson 

 

Synopsis

Alex Ryan lives a simple life. She has her farm in the Scottish countryside, and the self-imposed seclusion suits her until a crime that has haunted her for years tears through the calm and shatters the fragile peace she’d finally managed to find. 

Lori Hunter’s greatest love is the mountains. They’re her escape from the constant hustle and bustle of everyday life. Growing up was neither traditional nor easy for Lori, but now she’s beginning to realise she’s settled for both. A dead-end relationship and little to look forward to. Her solution when the suffocation sets in? Run for the hills. 

A chance encounter in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands leads Alex and Lori into a whirlwind of heartache and a fight for survival as they build a formidable bond that will be tested to its ultimate limits. 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 

Visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com/Reading for more information on sending us your reading for Book Clips

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