Shira Glassman Talks Lesbian Fiction

February 16, 2018

Shira Glassman Talks Lesbian Fiction

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In this episode, the fabulous author Shira Glassman joins Tara to talk about some of the lesbian books that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Shira loves and that she thinks everyone should read.

Check out her recommendations here:

Learn more about Shira Glassman

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Top 10 Audiobooks Of 2017

February 9, 2018

Top 10 Audiobooks Of 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Sheena is joined today to talk about TLR's best audiobooks of 2017. This top 10 list is made up of only the best of the best audiobooks that were released in 2017.

You can find the full list here 

 

Listen to Clare Ashton do a reading from Poppy Jenkins here

 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast is hosted by the founder of both The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show podcast channel.

If you enjoyed this show you may also love her other show on the channel - Les Talk About It (on Mondays) where she and her wife break down myths about lesbians and discuss general lesbian things. 

 

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Anna Shares 2 Olympic Lesbian Romances

February 2, 2018

Anna Shares 2 Olympic Lesbian Romances

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In this episode, Tara is joined by Anna, the sports romance reviewer at The Lesbian Review. They talk about two Olympic lesbian romances just in time for the 2018 Olympics!.

You can check out the books discussed here:

More info

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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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Kris Bryant Talks Lesbian Fiction

January 19, 2018

Kris Bryant Talks Lesbian Fiction

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In this episode, lesbian romance author Kris Bryant joins Tara to talk about some of the lesbian fiction books that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books mean a lot to Kris and that she thinks everyone should read.

Check out her recommendations here:

Learn more about Kris Bryant

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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Georgia Beers Talks Lesbian Fiction

January 5, 2018

Georgia Beers Talks Lesbian Fiction

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In this episode, the amazing, prolific lesbian romance author Georgia Beers joins Tara to talk about a handful of the lesbian fiction books that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Georgia thinks everyone should check out.

Check out her recommendations here:

Learn more about Georgia Beers

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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What Happened in Lesfic in 2017 and Our Predictions for 2018

December 22, 2017

What Happened in Lesfic in 2017 and Our Predictions for 2018

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In this episode, Tara is joined by Sheena, founder of The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. They talk about the predictions they had for lesbian fiction trends in 2017 and whether they came true, and make predictions about what’s ahead for lesfic in 2018.

You can check out the books mentioned here:

More info

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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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Roslyn Sinclair Talks Lesbian Fiction and F/F Fanfic

December 8, 2017

Roslyn Sinclair Talks Lesbian Fiction and F/F Fanfic

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In this episode, author Roslyn Sinclair (aka Telanu, author of the greatest fanfic of all time, Truth and Measure) joins Tara to talk about a few lesbian fiction and fanfic that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Roslyn thinks everyone should check out.

Check out the stories discussed here:

Learn more about Roslyn Sinclair

More info

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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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Is All Lesbian Fiction Romance?

November 24, 2017

Is All Lesbian Fiction Romance? 

Les Do Books 

In this episode, Tara is joined by author Lise MacTague to discuss the pervasive perception that all lesbian fiction is romance. They explore the importance of romance to lesbian fiction, why the genre is ready for (and needs!) more, and why romance novels must have a happy ending. 

You can check out the books mentioned here: 

 

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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Lesbian Fiction Without A Happy Ending

November 10, 2017

Lesbian Fiction Without a Happy Ending 

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Tara’s sidekick and fellow reviewer, Brooklyn Goodrich, is back! In this episode, Brooklyn joins Tara to share a selection of excellent lesbian fiction books that don’t have a happy ending. Listen to find out why Brooklyn thinks a happy ending is the last thing she needs from an excellent story. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

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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And Playing The Role Of Herself (Book Club) - Les Do Books

October 27, 2017

And Playing the Role of Herself by KE Lane 

Tara is joined in this episode Erin Hodgson, fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review, to talk about And Playing the Role of Herself by KE Lane. Listen to find out who their favourite characters are, why Erin hopes someone will write fanfic about it, and more. 

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

 

From the back of the book: 

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? 

 

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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Carsen Taite Talks Lesbian Fiction

October 13, 2017

Les Do Books: Carsen Taite Talks Lesbian Fiction 

In this episode, prolific author Carsen Taite joins Tara to talk about a few lesbian fiction books that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Carsen thinks everyone should check out. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

Totally Worth It by Maggie Cummings  

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

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

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

Spark by Catherine Friend 

Jamie Maddox is worried about her grip on reality. Has her consciousness really been transported back to 1560, landing in the body of Blanche Nottingham? Not good, since Blanche, a lady-in-waiting for Queen Elizabeth I, is plotting a murder. The other possibility that Jamie faces? She’s had a psychotic break that has trapped her in an Elizabethan fantasy while another personality—let’s call her Blanche—has taken control of Jamie’s life and is jeopardizing everything. 

Jamie is repeatedly zapped back and forth between the present and 1560 (or in and out of that twisted fantasy). Betrayal, murder, thunderstorms, and two doctors complicate everything as Jamie and Blanche battle to control Jamie’s body. Just as Jamie is running out of both hope and time, help—and love—come from a most unexpected place. 

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran  

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. 

Eyes Like Those by Melissa Brayden  

When it comes to love, no one is in charge. 

Isabel Chase is reeling. She’s just been offered her dream job as a staff writer on one of the hottest shows on television and quickly trades in the comfort of New England for sun, sand, and everything Hollywood. While stoked for what could be her big break, the show’s stunning executive producer has her head spinning and her feelings swirling.  

Taylor Andrews is at the top of her career. Everything she touches turns to gold and the studios know it. Just when she’s on track for total television domination, Isabel Chase arrives in her office and slowly turns her world upside down. Isabel is intelligent, sarcastic, and dammit, downright beautiful. Unfortunately, she’s the one person that can take away all Taylor has worked for.  

Will Isabel’s success lead to Taylor’s downfall? Or perhaps Isabel is all she needs… 

Learn more about Carsen Taite

 

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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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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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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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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Les Do Books: Embracing The Dawn by Jeannie Levig (Book Club)

August 18, 2017

Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig 

Tara is joined in this episode by her fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review, Amy Herman-Pall, to talk about Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig. Listen to find out who their favourite character is, why it has one of the best opening scenes going, and what book they hope Jeannie Levig will write some day. 

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

 

From the back of the book: 

Does love have a chance when no one knows she wants it? 

Jinx Tanner is an ex-con trying to piece together a life on the outside and heal her relationship with her half-sister who hasn’t spoken to her in over twenty-five years. Romantic love is nowhere on her radar. E. J. Bastien is a business executive with her life and heart under control. She has a successful career, a woman in her bed whenever she wants one, and a healthy relationship with her grown children—as long as they don’t find out she’s gay. She has no desire for romantic entanglements. 

When these two women awaken after a one-night stand to find their lives inextricably entwined, love has its work cut out for it. 

 

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

 

Read Amy’s review here 

 

Tara also announces the next book club pick: 

Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton 

Synopsis 

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? 

 

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

 

Read Sheena’s review here 

 

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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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 3 Lee Winter Books

August 11, 2017

3 Lee Winter Books 

by Sheena and Tara Scott 

In this episode of The Lesbian Review Podcast we look at Lee Winter's three published novels and two short stories that acompany two of her novels. 

 

Find all of our reviews for Lee Winter novels here 

 

Lee Winter’s books and her upcoming short story, in order of publication: 

  1. The Red Files 
  2. Requiem For Immortals 
  3. Flash Bang (short) 
  4. Shattered 
  5. Love Is Not Nothing (short) 

 

In this podcast we explore: 

  • What made Requiem For Immortals different from her other works 
  • What common themes Lee Winter uses in her books 
  • What she does extraordinarily well 

And we include quotes from the books and examples. 

Note: This podcast does have some spoilers so please read the books before listening. 

 

You can find the podcasts we spoke about here: 

 

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Les Do Books: The Sublime And Spirited Voyage Of Original Sin (Book Club)

July 21, 2017

The Sublime And Spirited Voyage Of Original Sin 

Book Club 

Tara is joined in this episode by her sidekick and fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review, Brooklyn Goodrich. They talk pretty excitedly about The Sublime And Spirited Voyage Of Original Sin By Colette Moody. Check it out to see why they loved it and what hobby Brooklyn picked up as a result of reading it. 

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

 

 

From the back of the book: 

The Gulf of Mexico, 1702: When pirates of the square-rigger Original Sin steal ashore to abduct a doctor to tend to their wounded, they end up settling for the doctor’s attractive fiancée—Celia Pierce, the town seamstress. 

Together with Gayle Malvern, daughter of wounded pirate captain “Madman” Malvern, Celia becomes a reluctant participant in an unexpectedly thrilling journey through the Caribbean. For Gayle, Celia’s presence is at first a welcome and shapely distraction, but as her attraction to the seamstress deepens, she realizes that Celia comes to mean more to her than is almost cerntainly prudent. As Celia and Gayle navigate the perilous territories of gypsies, prostitutes, mercenaries, and slave-traders, they forge a partnership born of necessity that Gayle soon hopes will veer away from insurmountable danger—and instead detour directly to her bed. 

 

Tara also announces the next book club pick, Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig. 

 

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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Les Do Books: Ann McMan Talks 3 Must-Read Books

July 7, 2017

Les Do Books 

Ann McMan’s Favourite Lesbian Books 

In this episode, Ann McMan tells Tara all about her three favourite lesbian books. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about these books and why Ann loves them. And if you can believe it, Tara even managed not to fangirl too much. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

Other Women by Lisa Alther Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

 

Slow River by Nicola Griffith Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

 

 

Ash by Malinda Lo Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

 

 

Learn more about Ann McMan

 

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

 

Book Blurbs

Other Women

Caroline is a giver—as an ER nurse, as devoted lover to her partner, Diane, as a divorced mother of two boys, and as the daughter of world-class do-gooders—but can she accept help from others and still be herself? 

When trauma cases in the ER leave Caroline emotionally paralyzed and her relationship with her partner, Diane, breaks down, she knows its time to take a look at her life and do something she’d never imagined: go to therapy. Her therapist, Hannah, knows a thing or two about sacrifice and pain. A former war bride, Hannah may live a seemingly cozy domestic life with her beloved husband and two grown children, but she can’t forget her own harrowing past. As she and Caroline work together, each comes to understand and admire the resilient woman sitting before her. 

A poignant look at the human need for acceptance, Other Women is a thoughtful novel about how a life examined is worth living. 

 

Slow River 

Nicola Griffith, winner of the Tiptree Award and the Lambda Award for her widely acclaimed first novel Ammonite, now turns her attention closer to the present in Slow River, the dark and intensely involving story of a young woman's struggle for survival and independence on the gritty underside of a near-future Europe. 

She wakes in an alley to the splash of rain. She is naked, a foot-long gash in her back was still bleeding, and her identity implant is gone. Lore Van de Oest was the daughter of one of the world's most powerful families...and now she is nobody. 

Then out of the rain walks Spanner, an expert data pirate who takes her in, cares for her wounds, and gives her the freedom to reinvent herself again and again. No one can find Lore if she doesn't want to be found: not the police, not her family, and not the kidnappers who left her in that alley to die. She has escaped...but she pays for her newfound freedom. 

Lore has a choice: She can stay in the shadows, stay with Spanner...and risk losing herself forever. Or she can leave Spanner and find herself again by becoming someone else: stealing the identity implant of a dead woman, taking over her life, and inventing her future. 

But to start again, Lore requires Spanner's talents--Spanner, who needs her and hates her, and who always has a price. And even as Lore agrees to play Spanner's games one final time, she finds that there is still the price of being a Van de Oest to be paid. Only by confronting her past, her family, and her own demons can Lore meld together who she once was, who she had become, and the person she wants to be... 

In Slow River, Nicola Griffith skillfully takes us deep into the mind and heart of her complex protagonist, where the past must be reconciled with the present if the future is ever to offer solid ground. Slow River poses a question we all hope never to need to answer: Who are you when you have nothing left?  

Solitaire 

Jackal Segura is a Hope: born to responsibility and privilege as a symbol of a fledgling world government. Soon she'll become part of the global administration, sponsored by the huge corporation that houses, feeds, employs, and protects her and everyone she loves. Then, just as she discovers that everything she knows is a lie, she becomes a pariah, a murderer: a person with no community and no future. Grief-stricken and alone, she is put into an experimental program designed to inflict the experience of years of solitary confinement in a few short months: virtual confinement in a sealed cell within her own mind. Afterward, branded and despised, she returns to a world she no longer knows. Struggling to make her way, she has a chance to rediscover her life, her love, and her soul—in a strange place of shattered hopes and new beginnings called Solitaire. 

Ash 

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted. 

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love. 

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief. 

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

June 23, 2017

Les Do Books

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Read Tara’s review at The Lesbian Review 

 

From the back of the book 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

More info 

Come talk to Tara and the rest of The Lesbian Review crew about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com 

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

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Les Do Books: Kallmaker Talks Gateway Lesfic

June 2, 2017

Les Do Books 

Karin Kallmaker Talks Gateway Lesfic 

In this episode, Karin Kallmaker joins Tara to talk about books that are gateways to authors, eras, or genres. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about why Karin thinks everyone should check out these books. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Stoner Mctavish by Sarah Dreher - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

The Swashbuckler by Lee Lynch - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

On Strike Against God by Joanna Russ - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

The Persistent Desire by Joan Nestle - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Learn more about Karin Kallmaker

 

 

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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