10 Brilliant Slow Burn Romances - The Lesbian Review Podcast

October 6, 2017

10 Brilliant Slow Burn Romances 

Jae has stopped by to help Sheena put together a list of 10 brilliant slow burn romances. You know those books where characters don’t instantly get together? Instead it takes the whole book for them to overcome the obstacles and finally become a couple. We love them and so will you. 

Sheena’s List 

Backwards To Oregon by Jae 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

“Luke” Hamilton has always been sure that she’d never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man. 

After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life. 

But now they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with two thousand miles ahead of them.  

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Above Temptation by Karin Kallmaker 

Published by Bella Books 

For Kip Barrett, a secret commission from her boss's boss's boss, CEO Tamara Sterling, shows that the respect she's earned for her integrity and intelligence as a fraud investigator is justified. All she has to do is what she's done successfully before: Follow the cyber-trail, find the high-tech thief, and document it so that justice prevails.  

This time, however, the embezzler is one of their own. Sterling Fraud Investigations has an unblemished reputation for ethical conduct and security. Kip must find out who and how, as soon as possible, and no one but Tamara can know what she's doing.  

As Kip gets closer to discovering the embezzler, her clandestine meetings with Tamara grow more frequent. It doesn't help that her admiration for Sterling's work is compounded by an undeniable physical chemistry. But SFI has an iron-clad no fraternization rule, and Sterling investigators never break the rules. She needs to wrap up her findings before anyone--including her emerging prime suspect Tamara Sterling--realizes Kip is not above temptation. 

Follow the passion--and the money--from Seattle to Nassau in the latest page-turning story from Lambda Literary award-winning author Karin Kallmaker. Fans of this novel won't want to miss the follow-up short story in Frosting on the Cake 2: Second Helpings!

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA)

 

Crossing The Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

Cody Walsh leaves Arkansas for California. Lured by stories of opportunity, even for women, Cody disguises herself as a man and prepares for the arduous journey west. 

Lillie Ellis leaves New York to accept a post as a schoolteacher on the frontier near a small homestead she just inherited from her uncle. Lillie’s ultimate desire is to become a painter, and she hopes the Kansas frontier will offer her the freedom to follow that dream. In the nineteenth century, a young woman has few options in the East that don’t revolve around marriage and motherhood. Lillie is interested in neither.  

Cody rescues Lillie after a chance encounter in Independence, Missouri. Their destinies and desires become entwined as they face the perils of the untamed West. Despite their differences, they discover that love’s uncharted frontier is not for the weak in spirit or the faint of heart. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Pelican’s Landing by Gerri Hill 

Published by Bella Books 

The high-powered high life loses all its allure in the face of family tragedy. A return to the Gulf Coast life and a chance to reconnect and reclaim what really matters leads to unexpected passion and a final chance at true love in this tumultuous summer romance from best-selling author Gerri Hill! 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Starting From Scratch by Georgia Beers 

Published by Bella Books 

What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn? What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love? What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted? 

Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers brings to you her long-awaited seventh novel, Starting from Scratch, a story where learning, laughing, loving, and baked goods are just a few of life's basic ingredients. Starting from Scratch...where life is what you make it. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

 

Jae’s List 

And Playing The Role Of Herself by KE Lane 

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises 

Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role among the star-studded, veteran cast of 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama shot on location in glitzy LA. Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful, the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to super-stardom. When the two meet on the set of 9th Precinct, Caid is instantly infatuated but settles for friendship, positive that Robyn is both unavailable and uninterested. Soon Caid sees that all is not as it appears, but can she take a chance and risk her heart when the outcome is so uncertain? 

The leading ladies and the supporting cast of this debut novel by newcomer K.E Lane will charm you, entertain you, and leave you with a smile on your face, eager for Ms. Lane's next offering. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

 

Glass Houses by Ciaran Llachlan Leavitt 

Published by Renaissance Alliance Publishing 

Two actresses fight the system and each other when the director of their career making film dies in the middle of production. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

 

Coming Home by Lois Cloarec Hart 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

A triangle with a twist, Coming Home is the story of three good people caught up in an impossible situation. 

Rob, a charismatic ex-fighter pilot severely disabled with MS, has been steadfastly cared for by his wife, Jan, for many years. Quite by accident one day, Terry, a young writer/postal carrier, enters their lives and turns it upside down. 

Injecting joy and turbulence into their quiet existence, Terry draws Rob and Jan into her lively circle of family and friends until the growing attachment between the two women begins to strain the bonds of love and loyalty, to Rob and each other. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA)

 

 

Jericho by Ann McMan 

Published by Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company 

Librarian Syd Murphy flees the carnage of a failed marriage by accepting an eighteen-month position in Jericho–a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Her plans to hide out and heal her wounds fall by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals. She becomes fast friends with Maddie Stevenson, the enigmatic physician who has returned to the backcountry community to take over her late father’s medical practice. Together they learn that life and love can have as many twists and turns as a country road. 

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

 

Without Warning by KG McGregor 

Published by Bella Books 

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 (Works for US, UK and CA)

 

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Book Clips: Warming Trend by Karin Kallmaker

October 5, 2017

Warming Trend by Karin Kallmaker 

Synopsis 

Anidyr Bycall is frozen in her past, regretting words never spoken to the woman she loves and the one impulsive act that cost her all her dreams. Running from the courts of public and academic opinion in Fairbanks, she has landed in Key West. The nights are hot but she is colder than the glaciers she once explored. 

Tending bar by night, she spends her days immersed in the research of her only remaining passion in life: the ice fields of Alaska. But trends may be improving when news from home hints that those she harmed may have moved on, and she can at least recover the papers and books she left behind. The respect and affection she once saw in Eve Cambra‘s eyes is gone beyond recall. 

When a few innocent questions raise Ani’s doubts about what really happened three years ago, she realizes she may have a chance to clear her name and reclaim her career. But there’s no data to prove that Eve has thawed and that the fire they once shared can be rekindled. 

Golden Crown and Lambda Literary award-winning author Karin Kallmaker brings her readers a romantic story of the icy north where passion may melt even a frozen heart.

 

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

 

Find Karin Kallmaker here:

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Book Clips: Love Forever, Live Forever by Annette Mori

October 2, 2017

Love Forever, Live Forever by Annette Mori 

Synopsis 

No one forgets their first love. For Nicky, that’s Sara, who abruptly disappears one day, leaving only a cryptic letter. That day scarred her soul. When the pain starts to diminish, Nicky begins to get her life back on track until it is derailed once again by an unimaginable twist. 

Changed forever, Nicky becomes a careless, womanizing nomad known as the Little Wild One, until she meets Annie. Thirteen years later, Nicky’s finally settled and happy. Fate intervenes and puts her directly back into the path of her first love, Sara, and the corresponding events send her into a tailspin. Now she must decide—who will be the person she ends up living with and loving forever? 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon (link works for US, UK and Canada)

 

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Lesbian Historic Motif Project: The Highwaywoman Special

September 30, 2017

The Highwaywoman Special, including 5 Highwaywoman Romances 

This is my first “fifth week special” episode, when I have to come up with something outside my 4-topic rotation. Today we have a multi-media look at female highwaymen in history, song, and story, including five lesbian highwaywoman romances. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • The historic era of the highwaymen 
  • Ballads featuring female highwaymen (you get to hear me sing!) 
  • Women in history who went “on the pad” as they say, or who were rumored to have done so 
  • The most popular formula for lesbian highwaywoman novels  
  • Five lesbian highwaywoman romances, plus one bonus highway robbery incident  

The various persons and works discussed or presented in this podcast (in order of appearance) are as follows. Some historic references may apply to more than one person.  

 

More info 

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

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

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

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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Les Do Books: Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Recommended Lesfic

September 29, 2017

Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Recommended Lesfic Reads 

In this episode, Rebekah Weatherspoon joins Tara to talk about lesfic that she recommends, as well as a few books from her to-be-read pile. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Rebekah loves and is looking forward to checking out. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

Learn more about Rebekah Weatherspoon 

 

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: The Long Past & Other Stories by Ginn Hale

September 25, 2017

The Long Past & Other Stories by Ginn Hale 

Synopsis 

1858 –Warring mages open up a vast inland sea that splits the United States in two. With the floodwaters come creatures from a long distant past. What seems like the End Times forges a new era of heroes and heroines who challenge tradition, law, and even death as they transform the old west into a new world. 

In the heart of dinosaur country a laconic trapper and a veteran mage risk treason to undertake a secret mission. 

A brilliant magician and her beautiful assistant light up stages with the latest automaton, but the secrets both of them are hiding test their trust in each other and pit them against one of the most powerful men in the world. 

At the wild edge of the Inland Sea, amidst crocodiles and triceratops, an impoverished young man and a Pinkerton Detective must join forces to outmaneuver a corrupt judge and his gunmen. 

This is a reading from the short story - The Hollow History of Professor Perfectus featured in The Long Past & Other Stories 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

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Book Clips: Threads Of The Heart by Jeannie Levig

September 22, 2017

Threads Of The Heart by Jeannie Levig 

Synopsis 

No one travels this life alone. 

Maggie Rae-McInnis is happy in her twelve-year relationship with Addison and renting out the rooms in their large home in the Hollywood Hills. Her one nagging fear is that her partner is not as happy as she is—and she is right. Addison is a hot mess. Though she loves Maggie, she feels something is missing. When she meets Victoria Fontaine, a confident, sexy, and manipulative younger woman, she is swept into something new, exciting, and a little dangerous. 

Tess Rossini and Dusty Gardner, the couple’s closest friends and long-term tenants, face their own fears as they navigate the uncharted waters of love, and Eve Jacobs, newest arrival, finds herself on a path of self-discovery.  

The love and friendship these women share make up the threads that weave together to form the unbreakable bonds that last a lifetime. 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

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Book Clips: Girl Called London by Clare Lydon

September 21, 2017

A Girl Called London by Clare Lydon  

Synopsis 

When life knocks you down, can love pick you up? 

Tanya Grant is a high-flyer who’s ready for a fresh start. That is, until her gran dies, leaving behind her dog, Delilah, and a hot mess of family pain. 

Enter Sophie London, dog walker and girl about town. She’s on a romance sabbatical after getting burnt, and nothing changes when she meets Tanya. 

However, when their paths keep crossing, the pair are thrown together on a roadtrip to Tanya’s home town. What happens next changes both their lives forever. 

If you love romance with humour and heart — along with a cast of pooches — you’ll love the latest London Romance from the best-selling author of London Calling and This London Love. 

Join Tanya & Sophie on their journey of a lifetime as they discover whether love really can lift them up where they belong! 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon 

 

 

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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 

 

 

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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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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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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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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 

 

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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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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

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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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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Women and Words: Stress dreams, eclipses, and fandom cultures

August 27, 2017

Andi and Jove were not stymied by tech issues this week. Maybe the eclipse got that all straightened out. They are also wondering what exactly a race marshal does at a car race in the UK and have decided they will perpetually fangirl over author Renée Bess.

 

20 Aug.: Author Ashley Quinn stopped by with some publishing tips AND to give away a copy of her latest romance, Summer of Love.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Ashley Quinn’s website

 

21 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll explored some parts of Cheltenham (UK) on another of her side trips and posts great photos.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Stevie Carroll’s LiveJournal

 

23 Aug.: Author Barbara Winkes discussed some of the pros and cons of Kindle Unlimited.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Barbara Winkes’ website

 

24 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess talked about literature and writers of the Harlem Renaissance and The Black Arts Movement, and the post-Stonewall generation.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Renée Bess’ website

 

25 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is headed for Dragon Con in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend. Wish her luck.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Andi Marquette’s website

Andi fangirls on Tumblr and Twitter

 

Andi will also be in Albuquerque 16 September for the Western Women Writers-NM event.

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best Speculative Fiction Novels

August 25, 2017

10 Best Speculative Fiction Novels

by Sheena and Nita Round 

Nita is joining Sheena in this episode of The Lesbian Review Podcast to chat about the 10 Best Spec Fic. 

Sheena’s List 

1 Knights Sacrifice by Nita Round 

Urban Fantasy 

For most people, running a funeral home is a dull and conservative line of work, but when Catherine Samuels inherits the family business she discovers that it is anything but straightforward. For a start, the dead do not always stay dead, they sit up, and they bite. In this strange world, Catherine needs help, and that comes in the form of Cassandra (Cassie) Evans, a heavily armed problem solver, knowledgeable in all things arcane and undead. 

Cassie, however, hates her posting to Catherine Samuels. Her charge knows nothing of family, her heritage, nor her duty as the sole remaining caretaker of The Gate, a sentient construct that guards the way to hell and stops the inhabitants of Hell finding their way to the land of the living. Anyone who does not understand the importance of this duty is a liability. Catherine is a liability. Except that Cassie finds an unsettling attraction developing between them that she neither expects nor wants. Duty first, there is no room for emotional entanglements, and certainly not with a woman who rejects all that Cassie thinks is important. 

When Catherine finds herself on the brink of losing everything, Cassie, her family, and even life itself, then she must awaken. She must become The Samuel, The Gate Keeper and guard the way between the living and the dead. To make it safe she must travel to hell, with the warrior that she has chosen, and there, if they survive, she must heal the problems of the Gate before all hell breaks loose. 

 

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2 Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague 

Supernatural 

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

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

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

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

 

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3 Dark Dreamer by Jennifer Fulton 

Horror 

Best selling horror author Rowe Devlin has had two flops in a row and keeps falling in love with straight women. Seeking inspiration and a fresh start, she abandons life in Manhattan for an old Victorian house in Maine. But Dark Harbor Cottage is a far cry from the tranquil writing environment she envisioned. 

For a start, the place is haunted, and the ghost is none too friendly. To make life even more difficult, her neighbors are a huge distraction. 

The Temple twins, Phoebe and Cara, are identical and profoundly alluring, and Rowe is soon under their spell, unable to decide which of the two she is more in love with. 

Just when it seems things can't get any worse, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery more bizarre and frightening than anything she's ever written. Intrigue, passion and suspense combine in this taut paranormal thriller/romance, the first in Jennifer Fulton's new Heartstoppers series. 

 

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4 The Time Before Now by Missouri Vaun 

Science Fiction 

More than fifty years have passed since “peak oil” has left the Earth without access to modern technology while great Cloud Cities for the rich float above the oceans. 

On the ground below, Vivian Yates leaves Oklahoma on an epic 700-mile journey east to her ancestral home. Early on, she encounters Elizabeth, who preys on Vivian’s inexperience and naivety, luring her into a brief affair that ends in disaster. 

Betrayed and withdrawn, Vivian sets out again on her eastward trek. Along the way, she meets the beautiful, lighthearted Ida. Together they face obstacles both natural and manmade. Ida brings Vivian, wounded in both body and spirit, back to life. Destiny has thrown them into each other’s arms where they find not only love, but hope, trust, and forever. 

 

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5 Christabel by Karin Kallmaker 

Across Time 

Deeper than the city streets, the subways, even the dry riverbeds that no longer flow, are the roots of a tree that remembers love and tragedy... 

Financier Dina Rowland's assignment is to make fashion designer Leo Goranson a lot of money. But the more she knows of him, the more repugnant his personal life is to her. Not the least inconsequential is his unbreakable hold on his greatest asset: supermodel Christabel. One touch and the power--and responsibility--of Dina's long-hidden heritage threatens to crumble the careful plans she has made for her life. 

Christa knows there is no escaping her tormentor, but she has a plan to deny him what he ultimately wants from her. The past can't be changed. Having long accepted her fate she is unprepared for the wild feelings that Dina's eyes arouse in her. There is passion, certainly, but also the rarest feeling of all to her: hope. 

 

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Nita’s List 

 

6 Partners by Melissa Good 

Science Fiction 

After a massive volcanic eruption puts earth into nuclear winter, the planet is cloaked in clouds and no sun penetrates. Seas cover most of the land areas except high elevations which exist as islands where the remaining humans have learned to make do with much less. People survive on what they can take from the sea and with foodstuffs supplemented from an orbiting set of space stations. 

Jess Drake is an agent for Interforce, a small and exclusive special forces organization that still possesses access to technology. Her job is to protect and serve the citizens of the American continent who are in conflict with those left on the European continent. 

The struggle for resources is brutal, and when a rogue agent nearly destroys everything, Interforce decides to trust no one. They send Jess a biologically-created agent who has been artificially devised and given knowledge using specialized brain programming techniques. 

Instead of the mindless automaton one might expect, Biological Alternative NM-Dev-1 proves to be human and attractive. 

Against all odds, Jess and the new agent are swept into a relationship neither expected. Can they survive in these strange circumstances? And will they even be able to stay alive in this bleak new world? 

 

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7 Iron And Velvet by Alexis Hall 

Paranormal 

First rule in this line of business: don’t sleep with the client. 

My name’s Kate Kane, and when an eight-hundred-year-old vampire prince came to me with a case, I should have told her no. But I’ve always been a sucker for a femme fatale. 

It always goes the same way. You move too fast, you get in too deep, and before you know it, someone winds up dead. Last time it was my partner. This time it could be me. Yesterday a werewolf was murdered outside the Velvet, the night-time playground of one of the most powerful vampires in England. Now half the monsters in London are at each other’s throats, and the other half are trying to get in my pants. The Witch Queen will protect her own, the wolves are out for vengeance, and the vampires are out for, y’know, blood. 

I’ve got a killer on the loose, a war on the horizon, and a scotch on the rocks. It’s going to be an interesting day. 

 

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8 Dragonoak: The Complete History of Kastelir by Sam Farren

Epic Fantasy 

After being exiled to the farmland around her village, Rowan Northwood takes the only chance at freedom she might ever get: she runs away with a passing Knight and doesn't look back. The woman cares nothing for Rowan's company, yet she’s the first person who isn’t repulsed by the powers that burn within her. 

Rowan soon learns that the scope of their journey is more than a desperate grasp at adventure. She breaks away from the weighty judgement of her village and has no choice but to abandon her Kingdom altogether. Sir Ightham's past takes them to Kastelir, a young country draped in the shadow of its long-dead Queen: a woman who was all tusks and claws and great, spiralling horns. 

Hiding her necromancy is no longer Rowan's greatest challenge, and what hounds them across Kingdoms and through mountains is already fifteen-hundred years in the making. 

 

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9 Burning Suns: Conflagration by Lisa Wylie

Science Fiction 

- - Conflict is coming - - 

Jennifer Bronwen, deep-space freighter skipper, sometime smuggler, and occasional blaster-for-hire is flat broke and in desperate need of a job. With her bills mounting and her ship one unlucky micrometeorite collision away from the scrapheap, when she’s offered a lucrative contract for a risky heist, well, it’s an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up.  

Keera Naraymis, a secret agent on deep-cover assignment in alien space, has just one more job to finish before her mission is complete. Getting it right means making the galaxy a safer place, and taking a trip to the Terran homeworld should be simple enough. But in the espionage game, your enemies are never quite who they appear. 

When their lives collide with catastrophic consequences, Jen and Keera form an unlikely alliance to find out why anyone would want to kill either one of them. What they discover runs far deeper than they could ever have anticipated, and throws them into a race against time to stop a conspiracy that threatens to unravel a thousand years of peace in the galaxy of the Burning Suns. 

 

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10 O Captain, My Captain Katherine V Forrest 

Erotic Science Fiction 

"O Captain, My Captain" is an intelligent, enthralling, and sensuous science fiction vampire story. 

Harper is on a galactic salvage mission into a dangerous asteroid zone with Captain Drake. 

Alone with the captain for days, Harper falls into her thrall and, eventually, into her bed. But Drake has secrets she protects at all costs . . . 

 

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About Nita Round

Nita is a UK based author. You can find her on: 

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