Book Appreciation with Carrie Pack - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 29c

December 15, 2018

Book Appreciation with Carrie Pack

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 29c with Heather Rose Jones

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 Carrie Pack recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

No transcript is available for this episode

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Victoria Recommends 25 Lesbian Fiction Novels For Jae’s Book Bingo

December 14, 2018

Victoria Recommends 25 Lesbian Novels For Jae’s Book Bingo

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Sheena is joined by Victoria today to talk about Victoria’s recommendations for all the categories in Jae’s Book Bingo.

 

Women In Uniform - Dangerous Waters by Radclyffe

Audiobook Available: Yes

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Army National Guard Colonel Sawyer Kincaid has served her time dueling with death in the deserts of Africa. Now that she's home, the only sand she wants to see is on the beach in South Florida. Too bad Tropical Storm Leo, swiftly gaining strength out over the Atlantic, is about to draw her in to another life or death war, this time on home soil. Dr. Dara Sims has too many critical patients in the intensive care units at Miami Memorial to consider evacuation, no matter how determined the battle-hardened colonel is to make her. As far as Dara is concerned, evacuate is just another word for abandon. When a state of emergency becomes a state of siege waged by Leo, all she can do is hope the rising waters relent before she loses everyone, herself included. A First Responders Romance.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2Uyzlfo

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Paranormal – Reverie by Eliza Andrews

Audiobook Available: Yes

Small town love isn't always quaint: A lesbian romance...with some twists.

Lucinda Hamilton settles down in sleepy Reverie, South Carolina, because she's running from the troubles of her past. But when her dangerous ex-husband evades law enforcement, she fears that no amount of running will ever make her safe again.

Two women are determined to keep Lucinda's past at bay - the mysterious young nurse living on the other side of Lucinda's duplex, who won't even tell Lucinda her name, and Ardie Brown, an ex-marine who's recently moved back to Reverie herself. It's hard for Lucinda to trust either one of them; it's even harder to admit to herself that she's falling for both of them.

What will happen when Lucinda's ex-husband finally catches up to her? Will the girl next door or Ardie have the power to stop him?

Or will Lucinda finally have to face her past all by herself?

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2UzDWh0

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Fake Relationship – Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer

Audiobook Available: Yes

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Coming out is easier when you've got someone by your side. At least that's how the hyper-private Quinn Kincaid sees it. When her publicist suggests a good old-fashioned sham of a Hollywood relationship, Quinn reluctantly agrees. And that's how the star of Jordan's Appeal, TV's highest rated legal drama, ends up with a fake girlfriend - the very real, very sexy, and very gay soap star Lacey Matthews.

In Casting Lacey, Elle Spencer gives us a hilarious new take on a classic storyline, complete with nosy mothers, fawning assistants, and two beautiful actresses who might learn about true love. If they don't kill each other first.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2Ux99BK

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Romantic Comedy – Scissor Link by Georgette Kaplan

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: Ylva Publishing

In this kinky romcom, Wendy Cedar is an employee at Savin Aerospace with a massive crush on her boss, recent divorcee, Janet Lace. After Janet accidentally stumbles upon Wendy’s email about a sex dream she’s been having, she decides to see if the reality can live up to the fantasy. But when the relationship starts to be more than a kinky office romance, the two have to decide if they can make it as a couple or if they were better off as boss and employee.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2QGuARQ

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

LGBTQIA – Perfect Rhythm by Jae

Audiobook Available: Yes

Publisher: Ylva Publishing

Pop star Leontyne Blake might sing about love, but she stopped believing in it a long time ago. What women want is her image, not the real her. When her father has a stroke, she flees the spotlight and returns to her tiny Missouri hometown.

In her childhood home, she meets small-town nurse Holly Drummond, who isn't impressed by Leo's fame at all. That isn't the only thing that makes Holly different from other women. She's also asexual. For her, dating is a minefield of expectations that she has decided to avoid.

Can the tentative friendship between a burned-out pop star and a woman not interested in sex develop into something more despite their diverse expectations?

Contains mature themes.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2L7HNh3

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Science Fiction – Compass Rose by Anna Burke

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: Bywater Books

In the year 2513, the only thing higher than the seas is what’s at stake for those who sail them.

Rose was born facing due north, with an inherent perception of cardinal points flowing through her veins. Her uncanny sense of direction earns her a coveted place among the Archipelago Fleet elite, but it also attracts the attention of Admiral Comita, who sends her on a secret mission deep into pirate territory. Accompanied by a ragtag crew of mercenaries and under the command of Miranda, a captain as bloodthirsty as she is alluring, Rose discovers the hard way that even the best sense of direction won’t be enough to keep her alive if she can’t learn to navigate something far more dangerous than the turbulent seas. Aboard the mercenary ship, Man o’ War, Rose learns quickly that trusting the wrong person can get you killed―and Miranda’s crew have no intention of making things easy for her―especially Miranda’s trusted first mate, Orca, who is as stubborn as she is brutal.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2QqIZSP

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Friends to Lovers – None So Blind by L. J. Mass

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: Renaissance Alliance Pub Inc

Torrey Gray hasn't seen the woman she fell in love with for 15 years. Taylor Kent, now a celebrated artist, has spent the years trying to unsuccessfully forget the young woman who walked out of her life. Best friends forever, neither woman ever had the courage to speak of the passion they felt for one another.

Now, an unusual but desperate request will throw the old friends together again. This time, will they be able to voice their unspoken desires, or has time become their enemy?

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2L6oDIw

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Disabled Character – Unconventional Lovers by Annette Mori

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: Affinity Rainbow Publications

Bri and Siera are young women with huge hearts and strong wills; they want nothing more than to find a peaceful and secure space to be, a place that fulfills their needs and gives them the freedom to be themselves. But the world is a harsh place for anyone who is different. 

Bri’s Aunt Olivia is a vet with a thriving practice. She is set in her ways, single and surviving, channeling her emotions into her work and her love of Bri.

Siera has a supportive but silent father, an overpowering helicopter mom, plus her Aunt Deb who adores her.

Despite their individual battles against hurt, prejudice and rejection, can these four women find love against the odds?

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2Pu4OLC

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Sports Romance – Rocks and Stars by Sam Ledel

Audiobook Available: Yes

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

For Kyle Lindsay, life is simple. She comes from the ideal suburban family―two hardworking parents, a geeky younger brother, and a supportive best friend. But everything changes when Kyle starts having those kind of thoughts about her soccer teammate. 

Things don’t get any easier when college starts and she heads off to play for a Division I squad. Figuring out how to pass her classes is one thing. Figuring out herself and the other girls on her team, a whole other ball game. 

Kyle’s struggle to own who she is and what she really wants may end up landing her on the bench and without the woman of her dreams.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2EmP2Bm

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Butch/Femme – Breakthrough by Kris Bryant

Audiobook Available: Yes

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

 

Kennedy Wells is desperate to get back her dream job writing for Mainstream, Waters Publishing's celebrity magazine. She's worked too hard over the years to have it snatched away because of one tiny indiscretion that ended with a giant lawsuit. After five months of writing mind-numbing articles about current events, her boss agrees to let her get back to reporting on the rich-and-famous after one last story.

A born-and-bred city girl, Kennedy is sent to cover fishing in Alaska, which has her feeling just like a fish out of water. When Brynn Coleman, director of Alaska's Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary, comes to her rescue time after time, Kennedy can't help but lower her guard and open herself up to Brynn's standoffish charm. Falling for the sexy ranger is one thing, but is the possibility of love worth giving up a career she's always dreamed of?

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2L9kC5X

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Second Chance Romance – Back to the Start by Monica McCallen

Audiobook Available: No

When Remy’s grandmother dies, it means leaving her life in San Francisco and returning to a town she swore she'd never revisit, forced to confront a world she'd worked hard to put behind her over the last twelve years.

She's not expecting that the first girl to ever steal her heart, the pretty, popular Fallon Lewis is still around, and in a town this small, their paths continue to cross much to Remy’s dismay. It's hard enough seeing her first love, but it's exponentially more difficult when she can barely stand to look at the woman.

Remy's trip back has the possibility to open up doors she believed were shut long ago, but she's never planned on staying, and she definitely never planned on letting Fallon back into her life. 

If she thought being a teenager in a small town was hard, she's about to find out how much harder life is when there's no one but herself to blame for her problems.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2L62SbL

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Erotica – Knotted Legacy by Brenda Murphy

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: NineStar Press

Martha McLeod, Head Mistress of Rowan House, Skye’s most exclusive pleasure house, is heartbroken.

Frustrated and lonely after a bitter split with her lover, she departs Rowan House for Lake Como, Italy to seek solace at the feet of Madam Givernay, keeper of Martha’s deepest secret. Lake Como and Madam’s attention is the perfect balm for Martha’s broken heart, until she meets Mistress Lucia Coruso.

Captivated by Lucia’s regal elegance and cool demeanor, Martha is torn between her desire for Lucia and the fear her secret will be revealed. When an extortionist threatens to destroy Rowan House, Martha and Lucia must join forces to save it.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2L7tp8F

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Free Choice – The Smell of Rain by Cameron MacElvee

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Air Force lieutenant and military interpreter Chrys Safis lost her leg fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria. Once back home in DC, her fiancée leaves, her military career ends, and her faith in humanity evaporates. With prescription drugs and alcohol her only relief from the pain, Chrys is on her way to becoming a statistic. 

That is until the State Department calls and offers her an important assignment―to serve as a diplomatic liaison and interpreter for a Turkish national living in exile. Reyha Arslan, a wise and elegant woman with a tragic past, shows Chrys that there’s still beauty to embrace and reason to hope despite the world’s cruelty. With Reyha’s help, Chrys’s broken spirit starts to heal and she learns that the most significant love is often the shortest lived.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2Lb8wcU

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Doctors and Veterinarians – Love Bites by Lila Bruce

Audiobook Available: No

The last person Ashley Baldwin expected to see when she walked into Ridgeview Animal Clinic was the gorgeous ex-love-of-her-life, Peyton Maxwell. Their break-up in college had been an explosive one, and now, some twelve years later, Ashley was still picking up the pieces of her broken heart. Peyton Maxwell knew better than anyone that life rarely turned out the way you planned. After spending more than a decade away from her hometown, she’d finally decided to move back in order to raise her young daughter closer to family. She was just beginning to settle into her new job when Ashley walked into an exam room at the vet clinic and back into her life. Peyton thought she’d put that part of her life firmly in the past, but one look at her former lover and it all comes rushing back. Ashley has waited a long time for answers, but walks away from their encounter with only questions. Could it really hurt to pursue a friendly, platonic relationship as Peyton suggests? Or will Ashley find herself rekindling a flame that never really died?

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2L6pgSo

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Summer Reads – To Boldly Go by Em Stevens

Audiobook Available: Yes

When life gives you lemons, drink limoncello.  

Taryn's trip of a lifetime is finally happening. She's saved money, researched, planned, and created an itinerary that will allow her to travel Italy...and finally tell her best friend that she's in love with her. But those plans are ruined when she wakes up alone, her crush gone. Her plans did not include being alone and stranded in Milan.  

Now Taryn's dream vacation is a nightmare.  

Enter Holly, a fellow traveler: young, full of life, and comfortable traipsing off the beaten path. Holly feels a connection with Taryn and wants to salvage her trip. After all, they're in freaking Italy! But their radically different travel styles and age differences make for rough terrain.  

Together, they boldly go into unexplored territories of the heart, and may just discover love.  

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2EnR04i

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Age Difference – London, Actually by Clare Lydon

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: Custard Publishing

Rules Are Made To Be Broken…

Two years after her marriage implodes, event-planner Cleo Nightingale is ready to get back in the dating game. However, she has one key rule: no younger women. How hard can it be?

Fresh out of uni, Becca Cramer is single and ready to embrace her new career. She’s not looking for a relationship, but then fate steps in and introduces her to Cleo.

Mix in two weddings & a festival, a jilted brother and a pregnant best friend, and you've got all the ingredients for a hilarious page-turner featuring the unlikely love-match of the year!

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2Uw5a8p

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Enemies to Lovers – Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden

Audiobook Available: Yes

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Gia Malone wants one thing and one thing only: to be the best surfer in the world. Her biggest obstacle is the annoyingly perky Elle Britton. Not only is Elle number one in the rankings, she's also a fan favorite. But there's a lot about Elle that Gia never noticed, like her surprising sense of humor and picture-perfect mouth. 

Elle Britton is tired. After tournaments, fan meetups, and nonstop media requests, all she wants in the world is a little peace and quiet. But with Gia Malone closing in on her ranking, she has to surf her best. When the media picks up the story of their neck-and-neck status, Elle finds herself forced further into the spotlight, this time alongside Gia, the knockout with the killer shred and sexy smile. 

It's not long before there's no denying the chemistry on and off the beach. But only one can win.... 

A Seven Shores romance

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2Ea2dol

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Workplace Romance – Fake It ‘Till You Make It by M. Ullrich

Audiobook Available: Yes

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Can the truth really set you free? Genevieve Applegate is tired of her stagnant life and she's ready to make a change by going after her dream job in New Jersey. The listing seems ideal when Genevieve scans it, but a big surprise comes at her interview: Out Shore Magazine is an LGBT publication. She's willing to work around this detail with an innocent lie, one she'll keep from her longtime boyfriend as well as her new boss, Harper Davies. Out Shore has been Harper's main focus since her heart was broken years ago, but Genevieve may be the one to change that with her fresh perspective and charm. While both women enjoy what they learn about each other, Genevieve is most surprised by what she learns about herself. Pretending to be a lesbian has never felt more honest.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2PwsBuC

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Foodie – Last Call for Love by M. Ullrich

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Lauren Daly is fed up with her dead-end job, frustrating roommates, and unhealthy love life. She escapes to The Dollhouse, New Jersey’s hottest lesbian bar, where disappearing in a crowd of gorgeous women is exactly what she needs at the end of the day. But when the owner, Berit Matthews, approaches her for a casual hookup, Lauren pushes her away, knowing better than to put her heart on the line for a playgirl. 

Berit loves her bar, her life, and the casual connections she has with the women around her. She can’t help her simmering attraction for Lauren, though, and Lauren’s rejection challenges her to prove she's capable of friendship, kindness, and even matchmaking. Berit’s efforts draw them closer than either expected, but when The Dollhouse is threatened, they’re forced to fight for their sanctuary and their newfound love.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2Psfv1q

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Fantasy – Furies Bridge by Brey Willows

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

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.

Can Alec and Selene put aside their differences, or will the evil lurking in the shadows manage to pull them apart?

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2EdjnBp

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Romantic Suspense and Mystery – The Domme Tamer by Kat Evens

Audiobook Available: No

The victims were as different as night and day: an exotic dancer, a beloved teacher, and a promising law student. What was the one thing they had in common? A fetish for breath play...

Homicide Detective Jillian Robichaux is smart and persistent. When a string of brutal murders hits the Big Easy's ultra-secretive BDSM community and threatens to expose high-profile members of its conservative Southern culture, Jillian rolls up her sleeves and gets to work piecing together the victims' last steps. In her search for the truth, she enlists the expertise of FBI agent, AJ Johnson III. But with each clue they uncover, the deeper Jillian is lured into the underground world of sadomasochism--and into the strong arms of the domineering criminal profiler. 

Only one question remains. How far will she go?

In the world's first provocative thriller of its kind, bestselling author Kat Evans takes you on a heart-pounding race to catch a killer.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2Ee9CTJ

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Women of Color – Falling Into Place by Sheryn Munir

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: Ylva Publishing

Romance is not for Tara. Embittered after a college fling, she vows to never fall in love again–especially since she believes there’s no future for same-sex love in her home in urban India. Then, one rain-drenched evening, an insane decision brings the bubbly Sameen into her life and everything changes. Sameen is beautiful, a breath of fresh air…and almost certainly straight. All Tara’s carefully built-up defences start to crumble, one after the other. But is this relationship doomed before it can even start?

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2Emaned

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Holiday Book – Fresh Tracks by Georgia Beers

Audiobook Available: Yes

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Seven women, seven days. A lot can happen. There are three things that Amy Forrester loves most in the world: Jo, her wife of 15 years; spending time with her closest friends; and her cabin in the woods. What better way to spend the week between Christmas and New Year's than having all three!

When she invites her three best friends to join her and Jo in their mountain hideaway, all she expects is good food, fine wine, and lively conversation. Unfortunately for Amy, there are three things that she doesn't count on: her best friend's relationship is falling apart; her two other friends share a secret that causes nothing but conflict and discomfort; and the arrival of Jo's fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants niece Darby, who has a habit of leaving broken hearts in her wake.

Childhood friends, new lovers, and old rivals share beginnings, endings, and the uncommon bonds of friendship in a story filled with romance and possibility.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2rsJpcj

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Celebrity Romance – In Development by Rachel Spangler

Audiobook Available: No

Publisher: Brisk Press

From a young age, Cobie Galloway made a career of playing the girl-next-door on the silver screen. Only, she’s not a teenager anymore. Ready to challenge herself artistically and earn the part she’s always dreamed of, she’s forced to face the realization that in order to win the roles afforded to edgier actresses, she might first have to audition by playing someone edgier in her day-to-day life. 

Pop star Lila Wilder built a multimedia empire by always having her finger on the pulse of what’s hot. However, as she struggles to produce her next smash hit record, she’s finding it hard to keep her name in the public eye, and a string of tumultuous relationships with Hollywood boy-toys no longer captivates anyone’s attention. 

Both women tentatively agree to a headline-grabbing fauxmance, with two simple rules: Always stick to the script, and never forget that on the stage of public perception, nothing is real. Can two women find love in a world of carefully crafted illusions, or will a successful charade mean the potential for something more gets left on the cutting-room floor?

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2EdLa4Q

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

Historical Romance – Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran

Audiobook Available: Yes

Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company

Three women, united by love and kinship, struggle to conform to the social norms of the times in which they live.

In 1931 Katherine Henderson leaves behind her small town in Kansas and the marriage proposal of a local boy to live on her own and work at the Sears & Roebuck glove counter in Chicago. There she meets Annie - a bold, outspoken feminist who challenges Katherine's idea of who she thinks she is and what she thinks she wants in life.

In 1997 Katherine's daughter, Joan, travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to clean out her estranged mother's house. Hidden away in an old suitcase, she finds a wooden box containing trinkets and a packet of sealed letters to a person identified only by a first initial.

Joan reads the unsent letters and discovers a woman completely different from the aloof and unyielding mother of her youth - a woman who had loved deeply and lost that love to circumstances beyond her control. Now she just has to find the strength to use the healing power of empathy and forgiveness to live the life she's always wanted to live.

 

Get It On Amazon https://amzn.to/2Pv7ngC

(link works for US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy)

 

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About Victoria

Victoria is a native Californian. She has two daughters and a kindle full of books. When she isn’t playing Book Bingo, reviewing for TLR or hanging out the TLR Book Club on Facebook then she is helping kids with special needs. 

 

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