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

June 30, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

10 Best Girl Next Door Novels 

by Sheena and Melissa Brayden 

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

 

You can find Melissa Brayden online at

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1 First Position by Melissa Brayden 

This book is a: Thawing The Ice Queen Romance 

What it’s about 

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

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

Why it made this list 

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

Plus they live literally across the hall from one another. 

 

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

 

 

Check out Tara’s full review here 

 

2 Hidden Truths by Jae 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

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

What it’s about 

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

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

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

Why it made this list 

Hendrika and Amy essentially live next door to each other.  

 

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

 

 

Check out Tara’s review here 

 

3 The Roundabout by Gerri Hill 

Published by Bella Books 

This book is a: sweet enemies to lovers romance. 

What it’s about 

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

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

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

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

Or do they? 

 

Why it made this list 

Megan moves in next door to Leah’s business. 

 

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

 

 

4 All I Want For Christmas by Clare Lydon  

Published by Custard Books 

This book is an adorable friends to lovers romance.

What it’s about 

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

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

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

Why it made this list 

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

 

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

 

 

Check out my full review here  

 

5 Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton 

Published by Breezy Tree Press 

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

What it’s about 

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

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

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

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

Why I love it 

It is brilliant. 

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

 

 

Check out my full review here

 

Melissa Brayden’s Top picks 

6 Without Warning KG MacGregor 

Published by Bella Books 

What it’s about 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

7 All That Matters by Susan X Meagher 

Published by Brisk Press 

What it’s about 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Read Our Review Here

 

8 Too Close To Touch by Georgia Beers 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

What it’s about 

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

 

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

 

 

9 Wasted Heart Lynn Galli 

Published by Penikila Press 

What it’s about

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

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

 

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

 

10 Just Jorie by Robin Alexander 

Published by Intaglio Publications 

What it’s about 

Some believe that special someone is out there just waiting to be found. Jorie Andolini is one of those people and has spent a lot of time envisioning that moment. She bumps into a woman at a grocery store, the woman drops a can of peas, Jorie picks it up, their eyes meet, and two souls connect. But it’s actually a wasted trip to New York, a snowstorm, and a canceled flight home that puts her in the path of Lena Vaughn. 

Lena has found fault in every man she’s ever dated. Her dream of finding a husband is dwindling with every year that passes. Despite what her friends say, Lena doesn’t believe she has a fear of commitment, she simply hasn’t found a man she wanted to commit to. It comes as a surprise that in fact it is a woman who stirs those desires. For Lena, it’s not really a matter of sexuality, it’s just Jorie. 

Travel the road to happiness with Jorie and Lena. Two crazy old women, meddling friends, and cattitude are just some sights you’ll see along the way. 

 

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

 

Check out my full review here 

 

Amy's Bonus Book

Totally Worth it by Maggie Cummings 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

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

What it’s about 

Welcome to the world of Bay West Social. 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Tara's Bonus Books 

Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

What it’s about 

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

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

But first loves can scar. 

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

 

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

 

Always Alex by Robin Alexander 

Published by Intaglio Publications 

What it’s about  

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Melissa Brayden’s Bonus Books 

 

Safe Harbor by Radclyffe 

Published by Bold Strokes Books  

What it’s about 

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

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

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

 

 

The Devil Inside by Ali Vali 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

This book is a: Second Chance Romance 

What it’s about 

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

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

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

 

Check out my full review here 

 

 

Too Late…I Love You by Kiki Archer 

Published by K.A. Books 

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

What it’s about 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Check out my full review here 

 

The Long Way Home by Rachel Spangler

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

What it’s about 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Check out my our review here

 

Lessons by Kim Pritekel 

Published by P.D. Publishing Inc 

What it’s about 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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Book Clips: Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague

June 29, 2017

Book Clips 

Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague 

Synopsis 

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. 

 

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! Gail Carringer

June 28, 2017

Lez Geek Out! 

Bestselling steampunk author Gail Carriger 

Episode 10 

Andi had a long chat with steampunk author Gail Carriger, writer of multiple award-winning steampunkish genre fiction that melds not only steampunk, but paranormal, urban fantasy, comedy and dashes of romance. If you’re not familiar with her work, start with Book 1 of her first series (the Parasol Protectorate), titled Soulless. The protagonist is Alexia Tarabotti, a woman of some means in alt-Victorian England who is also a preternatural – she negates supernatural powers because she has no soul. Hence, “Soulless.” She is thus capable of temporarily rendering vampires and werewolves non-supernatural. 

Carriger is also an aficionado of all things steampunkish and, in particular, the Victorian era. 

She is currently writing another series that is a spinoff of the Parasol Protectorate, The Custard Protocol, and she is writing a series of novellas that feature as main characters her LGBTQ characters from the Protectorate/Protocol world. The first, Romancing the Inventor, features lesbian character Madame LeFoux (and you can see an interview about that Andi did at Women and Words). 

 

Find Gail at the following places: 

Website (bibliography here

Pinterest 

Twitter (@gailcarriger) 

Facebook 

AND catch her Retro Rack Fashion Blog 

 

Synopsis of Soulless

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced! Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. 

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? 

 

Get This Book on 

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

 

 

 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: How To Make My NaNoWriMo Novel Work

June 27, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

How To Make My NaNoWriMo Novel Work 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss what the minimum length should be for a lesbian romance novel and how to turn a first draft NaNoWriMo novel into a finsihed product 

 

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. 

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 

 

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Les Talk About It: All Lesbians Love Carabiners?

June 26, 2017

Les Talk About It 

All Lesbians Love Carabiners?

In this episode of Les Talk About it Sheena and Tamara are discussing the theory that all lesbians love carabiners. They also discover an interesting history to this idea. And Sheena does something she never thought she would do...thanks Hitler???

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 our other podcasts. 

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Women And Words: Converting People, Drinking Beer and Visiting Canada

June 25, 2017

Women and Words  

Overview 17-23 June 2017 

Andi and Jove had crazy busy weeks but whatever! And Andi went to Canada and may have converted a straight couple on the plane to lesfic. She would also like to know why it’s hard to find good beer at Pride events. 

17 June: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta joined us to admit that she couldn’t hack it in the Pacific Northwest and is moving to, rumor has it, California. But in honor of the Pacific NW, she listed some books that take place there. 

Women and Words link HERE 

18 June: Author Renate Stendhal talked about her memoir, Kiss Me Again, Paris, which takes place in late 1970s Paris. Stendhal left Germany to live in Paris for two decades. Hint: Go see the photos at the blog. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Renate Stendhal’s website 

20 June: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett joined us with her opinion about Pride events and called it to Andi’s attention that indeed, beer choices are limited. 

Women and Words link HERE  

Find more info about Ashley Bartlett HERE 

21 June: Author and podcaster Lise MacTague joined us to say that “butch” is not a dirty word and to give away a copy of her latest, Five Moons Rising. Check with the site every chance you get because giveaways! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Lise MacTague’s website 

22 June: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess brought us some musings about the current state of things and moments of beauty therein. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Renée Bess’s website 

23 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette does random fandom reminders. Including…CLEXACON 2018 OMG! Also, go see Wonder Woman. OH! And find out all the goodness that GCLS can bring you

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Tumblr 

 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Episode 11 Sappho The Translations

June 24, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast 

Episode 11 - Sappho: The Translations 

In this show we’ll look at the legacy of Sappho from the Middle Ages up through the 19th century: the various images people had of her, how people used her as a symbol, the way those images affected how her poetry was translated into everyday languages, and how poets used her themes and imagery in their own work. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • How much poetry did Sappho write, and how much survives? Why was it lost, and why were the bits we have preserved? 
  • What was the changing image of Sappho from the middle ages through the 19th century? How did people reconcile their admiration for Sappho’s poetry and their disapproval of homosexuality? 
  • Who translated Sappho’s works and how did their opinions of her affect those translations? 

The show will include recitations of the following poems: 

  • Ode to Aphrodite & Fragment #31: Jane McIntosh Snyder from Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho (20th century) 
  • “On a Lady Named Beloved” inspired by fragment #31: Anne de Rohan (1617), translated from the French 
  • Fragment #31: John Hall (1652) 
  • Fragment #31: Joseph Addison (1735) 
  • Ode to Aphrodite & Fragment #31: Abrose Philips (1748) 
  • “Eleanore” inspired by Fragment #31: Lord Tennyson (1832) 
  • Fragment #31 & “Imitation of Sappho” inspired by Fragment #31: Mary Hewitt (1845) 

 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here

The poetic texts are from the following publications:

  • Addison, Joseph. 1735. The Works of Anacreon, Translated into English Verse, with Notes Explanatory and Poetical. To which are added the Odes, Fragments, and Epigrams of Sappho. London. 
  • Castle, Terry (ed). 2003. The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall. Columbia University Press, New York. ISBN 0-231-12510-0 
  • Hall, John. 1652. Sappho’s On the Sublime
  • Snyder, Jane. 1997. Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho. New York: Columbia University Press. 
  • Wharton, Henry Thornton. 1887. Sappho: Memoir, Text, Selected Renderings, and a Literal  Translation. London. 

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

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to me via email 

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Les Do Books: Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan and Salem West (Book Club)

June 23, 2017

Les Do Books

Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan And Salem West (Book Club)

Tara is joined in this episode by author and fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review, Laney Webber. They both fangirl a LOT about Tara’s favourite book ever, Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan and Salem West. Check it out to see why they loved Hoosier Daddy and what follow-up short story they hope the authors will someday write. 

This podcast has spoilers, so be sure to read the book before you check it out.  

 

Buy Hoosier Daddy on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Read Tara’s review at The Lesbian Review 

 

From the back of the book 

Jill Fryman (Friday to her friends) is a Line Supervisor at a truck manufacturing plant in a small southern Indiana town—and life on the assembly line is almost as predictable as her love life. When it comes to matters of the heart, Friday always seems to be making the wrong choices. 

Things go from bad to worse when El, a sultry labor organizer from the UAW, sweeps into town to unionize the plant right after it’s been bought out by a Japanese firm. Sparks fly on and off the line as Jill and El fight their growing attraction for each other against a backdrop of monster trucks, fried catfish dinners, Pork Day USA, and a bar called Hoosier Daddy. 

 

Tara also announces the next book club pick, The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody.

 

Buy The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

More info 

Come talk to Tara 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 

And if you’re loving the podcast on The Lesbian Talk Show, be sure to check out our Facebook group, The Lesbian Talk Show Chat Group.  

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Curves Welcome: The Art Of Saying No

June 22, 2017

Curves Welcome 

The Art of Saying No 

Novelist and Motivational Blogger Suzie Carr shares her thoughts on the art of saying no to trivial requests that take you from your own work, family and health. 

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: Top 5 Romantic Lesbian Moments On TV

June 21, 2017

Badass Women Save Themselves 

Top 5 Romantic Lesbian Moments On TV

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

About Jove And Blythe 

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

 

You can find more info here 

 

Jove Belle’s website 

 

Blythe Rippon’s on Facebook

 

The Badass Women Save Themselves website

 

The Lesbian Talk Show website

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: Should I Write Trump Into My Book?

June 20, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

Should I Write Trump Into My Book? 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) answer the listener question - Should I write Donald Trump into my book? 

Find out: 

  • Their thoughts on incorporating politics into your novels 
  • What could happen 

 

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. 

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 

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Women and Words: Andi Had Two Glasses Of Wine Before This Podcast

June 18, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview 13-16 June 2017 

Andi had two glasses of wine before this podcast, so all bets are off. And Jove had Fanta Lime, so, again, all bets are off. And maybe Jove’s wife will convince the powers-that-be that Fanta Lime should be readily available to all. 

13 June: Life coach and Women and Wordster Angela Grace (ask the pros!) was in to post another story from her earlier call to send in stories that are helping you cope in these crazy times. 

Women and Words link HERE 

14 June: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson (formerly Clifford Henderson) re-joined us as a regular contributor to let us know that she’s Clifford Mae now (though Jove and I will always know her as Cliffi) and we are super-stoked! PLUS she’s writing another book! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Clifford Mae Henderson’s website 

15 June: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle cracked us both up with her retro TV blog about actors who are 6 degrees of separation from Truman Capote. 

Women and Words link HERE 

R.G. Emanuelle’s website 

16 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday for Spirits Podcast, which is all about myth, legends, and folklore. 

 

Women and Words link HERE

Andi Marquette’s website

Andi fangirls on Tumblr

 

ALSO! Our reminder blog went out about our updated book lists!

 

And remember, the annual GCLS conference is happening 5-9 July in Chicago. And if you’re interested, the Lambda Awards happened 12 June. This was the 29th annual gala, and you can see the winners’ list here.

 

Other events you might be interested in: the LCLC (Left Coast Lesbian Literary Conference), happening 4-6 October in Palm Springs, California this year. Also, Sapphire Books (which sponsors and puts together the LCLC) is doing an Alaskan cruise the end of June, in partnership with Olivia Cruises and some other folks. More info here. If they do it again, keep it in mind for next year!

 

And Jove’s going to be doing a reading in Salt Lake City! That’s 2 July at the Unitarian  Church. Check the Dirt Road Books website for more details.

 

R.G. Emanuelle will be doing a reading in New York City on 24 June at Bluestockings Bookstore. Check the Dirt Road Books website for more details.

 

Also, Jove and Andi spaced this out, but the Ylva Lesvos Lesfic event was 8-13 June! We’ll post roundup info once we find it. Put that on your calendars as an event to check out in the future if you didn’t make it to this year’s.

 

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Book Clips: Flight SQA016 by AE Radley Narrated by Ann Etter

June 17, 2017

Book Clips 

Flight SQA016 by AE Radley 

Synopsis

Spurred on by overwhelming and ever-increasing debts, Emily White takes a job working in the first-class cabin on the prestigious commuter route from her home of New York to London with Crown Airlines. A gruelling transatlantic schedule means she is in the air nearly as much as she is on the ground and desperately misses her five-year-old son. 

On board she meets Olivia Lewis, who is a literal high-flying business executive with a weekly commute, a meticulous schedule, and terrible social skills. 

When a personal emergency brings them together, will Emily be able to swallow her pride and accept help from Olivia? And will Olivia be able to prevent herself from saying the wrong thing? 

 

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

You can contact Ann Etter on Facebook 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 3 Must-Read Books About Incidental Lesbians

June 16, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

3 Must-Read Books With Incidental Lesbians 

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

 

1 Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones 

Margerit Sovitre did not expect to inherit Baron Saveze’s fortunes—even less his bodyguard, a ruthlessly efficient swordswoman known only as Barbara. Wealth suddenly makes Margerit a highly eligible heiress and buys her the enmity of the new Baron. He had expected to inherit all, and now eyes her fortune with open envy. 

Barbara proudly served as the old Baron’s duelist but she had expected his death to make her a free woman. Bitterness turns to determination when she finds herself the only force that stands between Margerit and the new Baron’s greed. 

At first Margerit protests the need for Barbara’s services, but soon she cannot imagine sending Barbara away. And Barbara’s duty has become something far more hazardous to her heart than the point of a sword. But greater dangers loom than one man’s hatred—the Prince of Alpennia is ill. Deadly intrigue surrounds the succession and the rituals of divine power known as The Mysteries of the Saints. 

Heather Rose Jones debuts with a sweeping story rich in intrigue and the clash of loyalties and love.

 

Read Sheena’s Full Review here 

 

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

 

2 Forsaken Trust by Meredith Doench 

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

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

 

Read Tamara’s Full Review here 

 

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

 

 

3 No Good Reason by Cari Hunter 

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

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

 

Read Sheena’s full review here 

 

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

 

 

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Book Clips: Fury’s Bridge by Brey Willows

June 15, 2017

Book Clips 

Fury’s Bridge by Brey Willows 

Synopsis 

If you knew the gods worked from a building in Santa Monica, California, would it change you? 

Avenging fury Alectho (Alec) Graves has been tasked with saving the world, when she isn’t out seeking justice for those innocents who suffer at the hands of evil-doers. If she fails in her mission, those she loves will cease to exist.  

Selene Perkton is a philosophy professor in Los Angeles. She lives an ordinary, well scheduled life, and knows her place in it. When Alec appears, the world she thought she knew becomes a very different place. 

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! Guardians Of The Galaxy 2

June 14, 2017

Lez Geek Out!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Episode 9

Andi and Lise teamed up (kind of) and went to see the movie Guardians of the Galaxy 2. “Team up” in this case means they went to see the movie within a couple days of each other. 

In this space opera romp, humor abounds with the Guardians’ team – Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Groot – who manage to anger The Sovereign, a super arrogant race of humanoids that, like Terminators, just don’t quit if they feel they’ve been wronged. In addition, the team unravels the mystery of Quill’s parentage (Andi refers to this as the “ Who’s yer daddy” plotline) and they end up having to save the galaxy (literally) from a power-mad entity. 

All in the span of about two hours of non-stop action, great ol’ skool music (like the first movie), and awesome special effects, though they do have a request: More Gamora and Nebula, pleeeez! 

Andi and Lise also recommend that if you haven’t seen the first (Guardians of the Galaxy), do. Because this one will make much more sense to you and you’ll understand the in-jokes and the backstories. Unless you’re a comics reader and you’re familiar with the series, in which case, have at! 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: Is It Worth Submitting My Story To An Anthology?

June 13, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

Is It Worth Submitting My Story To An Anthology? 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss the pros and cons to anthology submissions. 

Find out: 

  • What Harper feels pissed about 
  • Why she first submitted a story to an anthology 
  • What Harper thought was painful but good 

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.  

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 

 

 

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Les Talk About It: Lesbians Wear Flannel?

June 12, 2017

Les Talk About It 

Lesbians Wear Flannel? 

In this episode of Les Talk About it Sheena and Tamara are discussing the steriotype of lesbians wearing flannel. They ask the question why flannel, why lesbians and is it true? 

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 our other podcasts.

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Women And Words: Killing Zombies With Fireworks

June 11, 2017

Women and Words

Overview 3-9 June, 2017

Andi ponders the efficacy of using fireworks as a weapon on zombies while Jove has the sadz that she can’t readily stream Dark Matter and Wynonna Earp because of cable restrictions. Andi has the sadz with her. Maybe they’ll go to Georgia and see if they can find Fiona Zedde at her fave coffee house. 

3 June: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta joins us with a discussion about labels and sexuality, and how things are changing. And of course, she has several titles for you to check out. 

Women and Words link HERE 

4 June: Author Caren J. Werlinger joined us to talk about writing withdrawal and the latest release in her fantasy Dragon Mage series, The Standing Stones. It’s also her twelfth novel! Go, Caren! And she’s giving copies away! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Caren J. Werlinger’s website 

5 June: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae joined us to talk about race in America and how she realized some truths about herself. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Find more of Lynette Mae’s writings and musings here 

7 June: Editor and author Victoria Villaseñor was gracious enough to do a blog on the spur-of-the-moment request from Andi about the Bold Strokes Book festival 3-4 June in Nottingham, in the wake of two terrible occurrences in the UK. Thank you, Vic. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Find more about Victoria Villaseñor at Global Wordsmiths 

8 June: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde on seizing the day, but living large within it. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Fiona Zedde’s website 

9 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is super-stoked because today is the premiere of Season 3 of Dark Matter and Season 2 of Wynonna Earp on SyFy, and she will be watching raptly. She wrote that all up, and reminded people that Season 5 of Orange Is the New Black drops today on Netflix and Season 5 of Orphan Black starts tomorrow on BBC America. WOO! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Fangirling on Tumblr 

Also, GCLS is fast approaching! That’s the annual lesfic conference here in the states. For more details, check the GCLS website

AND you still have time to get in on the Caren Werlinger ebook giveaway! We’ve extended it until Wednesday! Hit the link, leave a comment, BOOM! DONE! You’re signed up to win! 

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Book Clips: Steel Eyes by Melissa Price

June 10, 2017

Book Clips 

Steel Eyes by Melissa Price 

Synopsis 

Show after show, tour after tour, they scream for Steel Eyes. Yet she could pass any fan on the street and they’d never know it was her.  

What should have been a life of global stardom is shadowed by debts of honor that can’t be set aside. Anonymity is essential to her double life. Sex is easy, love is impossible. The only woman who will ever matter is safer not knowing the truth. 

But someone has penetrated the secret layers of her identity and now they want Steel Eyes dead. If she is to survive an assassin’s plot and claim any kind of future she will have to open the wounds of the past—back when the woman who loved her knew her name. 

Look behind the mask of Steel Eyes in this powerful, high stakes novel by Melissa Price! 

 

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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