Lez Geek Out! Dragon Con 2017

September 20, 2017

Lez Geek Out 

Dragon Con 2017 

Andi did Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta and it BLEW HER LITTLE FANGIRL MIND. ALL THE THINGS! ALL THE FANGIRLING! ALL THE COSPLAY! ALL THE PANELS! ALL THE AMAZING! 

Plus, she wanted Lise to talk more about her own cosplaying and armor design. So, YAY! 

For more info on Dragon Con, which is always over Labor Day weekend (early September) in Atlanta: 

Newbie to Dragon Con?  Click here

AND! Lise MacTague’s Etsy site for her cool weapons and armor design! 

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The Write Stuff: Creating Captivating Characters With Heather Rose Jones

September 19, 2017

Heather Rose Jones On Writing Great Characters 

In this episode of The Write Stuff Sheena talks to Heather Rose Jones about her process for creating characters and hwo she nails the octopus to the wall.

Find out: 

  • What questions to ask about your character 
  • The three layers of story 
  • Why writing a character is like getting to know a friend 

 

About Heather Rose Jones 

Heather Rose Jones writes fantasy, historic fantasy, and historical fiction, including the Alpennia series with swordswomen and magic in an alternate Regency setting. She blogs about research into lesbian-like motifs in history and literature at the Lesbian Historic Motif Project which provides inspiration for her fiction. She has a PhD in linguistics, studying metaphor theory and the semantics of Medieval Welsh prepositions, and works as an industrial failure investigator in biotech. 

You can find Heather Rose Jones on 

Amazon 

Her Weekly Podcast 

Her Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

 

 

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Book Clip: Unexpected by Jenny Frame

September 18, 2017

Unexpected by Jenny Frame  

Synopsis 

Self-made business owner Dale McGuire has always enjoyed two things in life: women and fast cars. Now in her mid-30s, she's restless and can't work out why. Then one day a 10-year-old boy turns up, claiming to be her son, and her simple ordered world turns upside down. 

Rebecca Harper bears the emotional scars of her father's crimes, and now she has two rules: never let anyone get too close and never admit weakness. Thanks to an anonymous egg donor, infertility didn't stop her from having her son Jake. Now pregnant for a second time, she's horrified when Jake brings home the woman he believes is his other mother. 

When distrust turns to understanding and passion, can Dale and Rebecca, two women bound by fate, make a family neither expected? 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

 

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

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Women And Words: Andi And Jove Chat About Life

September 17, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview 9-15 Sept. 2017 

Hardware stores, helping yourself, and the Hootenanny! 

Andi and Jove both agree that plumbing issues suck, but they’re glad they know how to deal with them (and it is totally legit to raise your kids in local hardware stores). Also, Andi and Jove are pretty sure they just are not cool enough to hang out with Fiona Zedde, but they’re totally glad she blogs at Women and Words. And the two of them are contemplating showing up on Erin Saluta’s doorstep, but right now they’ve started the initial planning stages of HOOTENANNY 2017!!!! 

9 Sept.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta does a reader’s perspective that riffs off Ann Etter’s last week in that Erin lists titles of lesfic books that have her varied careers within. 

Women and Words link HERE 

10 Sept.: Author Heather Blackmore stopped by to slyly tell us about clichés. When they work and when they don’t. Also, her latest novel, It’s Not a Date, is due out March, 2018. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Heather Blackmore’s website 

11 Sept.: Author Lori Lake used an essay by Amy Tan to talk a bit about these crazy times and how important it is to give whenever and wherever you can and for those who write, keep doing so. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Lori Lake’s website 

12 Sept.: Life coach/psychologist Angela Grace provided a reminder about “rational detachment” – to separate yourself from potentially emotional circumstances that may overwhelm. Also, remember to take a break from electronic devices. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Angela Grace’s website 

13 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Jove Belle posted our Hootenanny reminder! That’s our giant-ass WTF were we thinking omg this is cray how many books do they honestly think they can give us giveaway! If you’re an author and want to donate 1-3 books, hit the link and sign up. And tell your friends! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Jove Belle’s website 

14 Sept.: Author Fiona Zedde is in Spain (she’s Women and Words’ jet-setter!) but she also pointed out the privileges an American passport brings and though travel is fun, it can also be complicated, with issues that we might not have thought about otherwise. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Fiona Zedde’s website 

15 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette talked about representation in media of women, mostly, based on the latest Boxed In findings, which indicate that things are still crappy, not only for women, but also LGBTQ people and men of color. Sigh. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Twitter and Tumblr 

The HOOTENANNY’S COMIN’! And Andi’s on the road (again!) doing writer things in New Mexico at the Western Women Writers-NM gathering in Albuquerque. 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Book Appreciation with Genevieve Fortin

September 16, 2017

Book Appreciation with Genevieve Fortin 

Episode 14c 

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 Genevieve Fortin recommends her favorite queer historical novel:

Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller. 1969 get it on 

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

For further information on Genevieve Fortin, see her website 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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Les Do Books: Poppy Jenkins (Book Club)

September 15, 2017

Les Do Books 

Poppy Jenkins 

Tara is joined in this episode by her Sheena, founder and Queen of All Things at The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show channel, to talk about Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton. Listen to find out why they adore it, which character makes Tara’s blood boil, and so much more. 

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

 

From the back of the book: 

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? 

 

Tara also announces the next book club pick: 

And Playing the Role of Herself by KE Lane 

 

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 Pursuit Of Greatness

September 14, 2017

The Pursuit of Greatness

Novelist and Motivational Blogger Suzie Carr confesses an embarrassing mistake and how she grew from it in this episode of Curves Welcome.

 

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: The Sound of Music

September 13, 2017

In this episode of Badass Women Save Themselves, authors Blythe Rippon and Jove Belle discuss their love of The Sound of Music.

Do you have confidence in confidence alone? Are raindrops on roses some of your favorite things? Do you know how to yodel? Jove does! It turns out that The Sound of Music is her absolute favorite film. We talk about the movie's best songs, our favorite characters, what we love about it, and what we don't. 

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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Book Clips: Shattered by Lee Winter narrated by Ann Etter

September 12, 2017

Shattered by Lee Winter narrated by Ann Etter 

Synopsis 

Shattergirl, Earth’s first lesbian guardian—a brilliant but aloof alien superheroine who can hurl and destroy large objects—is refusing to save people and has gone off the grid. Lena Martin, the street-smart tracker with a silver tongue and a disdain for the rogue guardians she chases, has only days to bring her home. As the pair clash heatedly, masks begin to crack and brutal secrets are exposed that could shatter them both. 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

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

You can contact Ann Etter on Facebook or email her 

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Book Clips: The Price Of Payback by SW Andersen

September 11, 2017

The Price Of Payback by SW Andersen 

Synopsis 

One year has passed since Sarah Sawyer avenged the death of her parents in a quest that nearly cost her life. Now the gunslinger is living a life she never imagined. No longer roaming the trails alone, she and Jo Porter, the woman she loves, live in relative peace, working a thriving farm of their own. 

But payback comes with a price. The lingering fear of unsettled debts haunts them both, threatening their newfound peace. When ghosts from the past come to collect, Sarah risks losing herself to the darkness she'd fought so hard to escape. 

Can she pull herself back from the depths or will the harsh world of the old west finally break her? 

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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Women and Words: Stories are everywhere, and everybody has them

September 10, 2017

Jove has property on “the island,” which amused Andi to no end because that’s a sci fi movie in which “the island” was a euphemism for clone organ harvesting (this is where her brain is, people). And some day, Andi and Jove just may make it to Provincetown for Women’s Week. Also, Andi and Jove want everyone to please be safe in the coming days as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida and other parts of the Southeast.

 

2 Sept.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter joins us to do a reader’s perspective on finding your own profession in lesfic. In this case, CPAs!

  •  Women and Words link HERE

3 Sept.: Author and actress Lyralen Kaye joined us to talk about her novella (WHICH IS FREE RIGHT NOW) adapted from a screenplay, Priest’s Kid, and also brought in queer experience and writing workshops.

4 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae managed to track down a bit of the story of someone in the family who was a Civil War soldier.

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

6 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite wanted to give us all a heads-up on Women’s Week in Provincetown, which is next month!

7 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle on thoughts after an overheard conversation about history and change.

8 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is still recovering from Dragon Con (please send chocolate), which was held over the Labor Day weekend (U.S.) in Atlanta.

 Also! Awards nomination time! Lambda Literary opened nominations 6 September for books published between 1 Jan.-31 Dec. this year. Go HERE for more info.

 

The GCLS has also started its nomination process, which is a tiered nomination process. More info HERE.

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Interview with Genevieve Fortin

September 9, 2017

Episode 14b - Interview with Genevieve Fortin 

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

In this episode we talk about 

  • How interviewing Franco-American families in New England inspired Water’s Edge 
  • Her love for literature from ca. 1900 and the decadent movement’s exploration of sexuality 
  • Researching the social and economic circumstances of immigrant communities in late 19th century New England 
  • Cluing your historic characters in on their sexual possibilities 
  • Plans for a sequel and to center lesbian characters in the history of Quebec 

Publications mentioned:

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

 

You can find Genevieve Fortin here 

Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

 

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

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The Lesbian Review: 10 Best Villains On Screen

September 8, 2017

10 Best Villains On Screen 

by Sheena and Lee Winter 

I get shivers when I think of the ultimate villains. I love an evil woman and find it fascinating to watch her. I especially love it when I can’t personally understand her motivation but she is a well developed character and I like her even though she does hideous things. 

Join author, Lee Winter and I as we explore 10 of our favorite villains of the screen. 

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Book Clips: Dark Horse by A.L. Brooks

September 7, 2017

Dark Horse by AL Brooks 

Synopsis 

Sometimes, going back is the only way forward. Punished for a crime she did not commit, Sadie is sent away to live with Elsie, her grandmother and rebuild her life estranged from the rest of her family. 

Now, several years later she returns home to visit her terminally ill mother and face up to the past. In the midst of family turmoil Sadie meets Holly and falls in love for the first time. 

Can Sadie overcome the lies of the past to build a brighter future? 

 

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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Badass Women Save Themselves: Game of Thrones - Season 7, Episodes 6-7

September 6, 2017

The night is dark and full of terrors. What is dead may never die. But by the old gods and the new, everyone all might die a little waiting for Season 8 of Game of Thrones. In the meantime, we've podcasted the final two episodes of Season 7, musing about the adrift writing, the gender dynamics, and the politics of Westeros. 

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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Book Clips: Fury’s Choice by Brey Willows

September 5, 2017

Fury’s Choice by Brey Willows 

Synopsis 

Fury Tisera Graves needs a break. She wants a normal life, but she can’t see a way out of Afterlife. When the gods begin running marketing campaigns in an effort to woo followers, she steps in to keep them in line, although she really just wants to get away from it all. 

Playgirl philanthropist Kera Espinosa made a nearly fatal mistake, and now she’s trying to make up for it by doing good work around the world. She’s got no time for the gods, who don’t do nearly enough. And she’s still searching for the people who nearly destroyed her. When she finds them, she’s prepared to sacrifice it all to make them pay. 

When it comes time for both women to choose, will they find love or destruction? 

 

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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Book Clips: Pieces by G Benson narrated by Ann Etter

September 4, 2017

Pieces by G Benson narrated by Ann Etter 

Synopsis 

Orphaned Carmen is sixteen, newly homeless and will do almost anything to survive and keep her and her kid brother safe, together, and out of foster care. Ollie, also sixteen, has a life that’s all about parents, school pressure, friends and dreams of summer. The two fall into each other’s orbit, and one kiss changes everything. Ollie is captivated … but then Carmen vanishes. When they cross paths months later, everything is different. 

A young adult queer romance that looks at what we’re prepared to sacrifice for those we care about. 

 

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

 

You can contact Ann Etter on Facebook  or email her 

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Women and Words: Lesfic-ing, Yarnbombing, and Fangirling

September 3, 2017

 

Andi loves astronomical phenomenon like eclipses and meteor showers, but she’s not a fan of hurricanes and both she and Jove would like to direct your attention to Yvonne Heidt’s post, below, as well as another link at the end of this overview for information on how to donate to local groups on the ground in Texas that are helping with relief efforts.

 

26 Aug.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta brought up some books that have a darker edge to them. Add yours in the comments!

  • Women and Words link HERE

27 Aug.: Author Narrelle M. Harris, based in Melbourne, Australia, brought up the social protest practice of “yarnbombing.”

28 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt provides a great list of local charities in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

ALSO – see below for another great list of resources.

29 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Lee Lynch wrote on all the people coming up to the Pacific Northwest to watch the eclipse.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More info about Lee Lynch here

30 Aug.: Author Barbara Winkes continues the series she’s doing with us and today discusses social media and writing.

31 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette reminds folks that she’s outta control at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a veritable cornucopia of over-stimulation for fanfolk. LOL

AND! Jove would like to give everyone a heads up that she and Andi are going to start preparing for Hootenanny 2017. They’ll let you know how to participate in the next week or two, so watch this space!

ALSO: This link has another great list of local organizations to help with relief efforts in Texas. Includes a Spanish language list of resources.

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: On the Shelf September 2017

September 2, 2017

On the Shelf 

September 2017 

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

In this episode we talk about 

  • Why I’m recording this more than a month before it airs, and how you’re all missing out on hearing about my trip to Europe, which will have just finished then. 
  • A summary of the publications covered in the blog in August 
  • Velasco, Sherry. 2011. Lesbians in Early Modern Spain. Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville. ISBN 978-0-8265-1750-0 (We’ve spent this month going through the chapters on legal records, celebrity gender benders, women’s romantic relationships in convents, homoerotic motifs on stage and in novels, and the visual stereotype of lesbians in early modern Spain) 
  • What’s coming up in the blog: books on Boston Marriage and the queer history of Boston
  • This month’s author guest: Genevieve Fortin 
  • Ask Sappho: “An anonymous poster on the facebook group asks: What are some lesbian novels set during the American Civil War?

 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

You can follow the blog on my website or subscribe to the RSS feed 

Here are the books mentioned in the Ask Sappho segment: 

Through the Hourglass edited by Sacchi Green and Patty G. Henderson on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Firefly by Whitney Hamilton on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Promising Hearts by Radclyffe on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

House of Clouds by K. I. Thompson on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Words Heard in Silence by T. Novan and Taylor Rickard on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

The War Between the Hearts by Nann Dunne on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Miserere by Caren J. Werlinger on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Divided Nation, United Hearts by Yolanda Wallace on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Beguiled by Paisley Smith on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Her Beguiling Bride by Paisley Smith on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

Sabre by Rhavensfyre on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

And this article gives examples of real-life women who fought and spied in the Civil War in male disguise, just like many of the characters in these novels.

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

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Les Do Books: KG MacGregor’s Recent Lesfic Reads

September 1, 2017

KG MacGregor’s Recent Lesfic Reads 

In this episode, KG MacGregor joins Tara to talk about the lesfic that she’s been reading recently. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about what KG’s been reading in between writing books. 

Learn more about KG MacGregor 

Check out the books discussed here: 

Taken In by Erica Abbott 

CJ St. Clair left Savannah for Colorado years ago and never looked back. But a summons from a most unexpected source compels her to return to Georgia in the midst of a crisis. A murder accusation threatens to tear her family apart―unless CJ can unravel a case the police believe has already been solved. 

Her partner Alex has a struggle of her own, dealing with a tragedy from her past that might derail her career. As they cope with murder both recent and long ago, CJ and Alex discover how much claim the past has on their future. 

 

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

 

 

Little Lies by Lila Bruce 

Getting shot was the last thing Lia Broderick expected to happen when she stopped by the bank on her way to work – that and having the gorgeous woman from the coffee shop down the street be the one to rescue her… 

FBI Special Agent Dylan McKenzie is a woman with a mission – locate Steven Horton, the witness who could single-handedly bring down the Giametta Crime Family. With Horton hiding from both the mob and the FBI, Dylan and her team are assigned the task of keeping tabs on Horton’s ex-wife after mounting evidence leads them to believe he will run to her. Keeping Lia Broderick under surveillance should have been just another day on the job for Dylan. But, when Lia becomes the victim in a bank robbery gone terribly wrong, Dylan has no choice but to break cover in order to step in and save her. 

Despite her best efforts to maintain a professional distance from the attractive accountant, Dylan finds herself being reeled deeper and deeper into Lia’s life. As the investigation heats up—both under the covers and out—it becomes clear that Lia is the key to finding the evidence that the mob is willing to kill to get their hands on. When Dylan is betrayed by a rogue agent, she suddenly finds herself on the run with Lia, uncertain who she can trust. And as the mob closes in, Dylan realizes that the greatest risk is the one she’s taking with her heart. 

 

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

 

 

Take Only Pictures by Laina Villeneuve 

Kristine Owens is back in the saddle to deal with unfinished business from her last summer guiding horseback tours in California’s High Sierras. A dalliance with an attractive blonde biologist would be a dangerous distraction. She must stay focused on the path that leads to her independence. 

A summer assignment in Mammoth Lakes becomes even more attractive when Gloria Fisher crosses paths with Kristine. Playful wit, tight jeans, cowgirl boots—the sparks are real. But can they burn brighter than her lifelong career goals? 

 

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

 

 

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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