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Dana Piccoli Talks Lesfic

Dana Piccoli Talks Lesfic

April 12, 2019

Dana Piccoli Talks Lesfic

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Dana Piccoli

Author, pop culture critic, and Managing Editor of the Bella Books blog, Dana Piccoli, joins Tara to talk about all things lesbian fiction. She shares how she discovered it, what it meant to her, what it means to be writing lesfic now, and what has her excited about where the genre is headed.  

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Annette Mori’s Lesbian Fiction Journey

Annette Mori’s Lesbian Fiction Journey

March 29, 2019

Annette Mori's Lesbian Fiction Journey

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Annette Mori

Lesfic author Annette Mori joins Tara to talk about how she discovered lesbian fiction, what it meant to her, the kinds of books she reaches for, her thoughts on where the genre is going, and more.  

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Blast From the Past: Melissa Brayden Talks Lesbian Romance

Blast From the Past: Melissa Brayden Talks Lesbian Romance

March 15, 2019

Blast From the Past: Melissa Brayden Talks Lesbian Romance

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Melissa Brayden

In this episode from the archives, Tara talks to author Melissa Brayden. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about the first lesfic book Melissa ever read, a historical that isn’t to be missed, a whole series, and her favourite lesfic ever.  

Check out Melissa Brayden's recommendations:

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Catherine Maiorisi’s Lesbian Fiction Journey

Catherine Maiorisi’s Lesbian Fiction Journey

March 1, 2019

Catherine Maiorisi's Lesbian Fiction Journey

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Catherine Maiorisi

In this episode, Tara’s joined by lesfic romance and mystery author Catherine Maiorisi. She shares how she discovered lesbian fiction, how she rediscovered it more recently, how she became an author, and what she loves to read these days.

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3 F/F Tennis Romances with Anna & Tara

3 F/F Tennis Romances with Anna & Tara

February 15, 2019

3 F/F Tennis Romances with Anna & Tara

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Anna

In this episode, Tara’s joined by Anna, super sports fan and fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review, to talk about three lesbian tennis romances that they think everyone should check out.  

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Rebecca Langham Recommends 5 F/F Speculative Fiction Books

Rebecca Langham Recommends 5 F/F Speculative Fiction Books

February 1, 2019

Rebecca Langham Recommends 5 F/F Speculative Fiction Books

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Rebecca Langham

In this episode, Tara’s joined by author Rebecca Langham (aka Kara Ripley), who shares five speculative fiction books that she loves, all of which feature queer women! Have a listen to see which books she recommends, why she loves them, and some of the other things she appreciates about reading lesfic.  

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10 Reasons Romance Rocks - The Lesbian Review

10 Reasons Romance Rocks - The Lesbian Review

January 25, 2019

10 Reasons Romance Rocks

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Sheena is joined by Tara today to talk about the many reasons that Romance is an important genre and should be appreciated not laughed at or made fun of.

The 10 Reasons are:

  1. Smart women write them and smart women read them.
  2. Romance novels are difficult to write and super competitive.
  3. Readers need to believe in love and forever.
  4. Romance novels can take you out of the world.
  5. They show positive examples of women going after their own pleasure.
  6. Romance authors do their research, so we can learn a lot.
  7. Romances spread across all genres making them available to any book lover.
  8. It gives you a two sides perspective on romance rather than the one sided view we have on life.
  9. Just like pop music is the biggest selling music, so romance is the biggest selling genre and there is no reason to listen to people who are naysayers.
  10. Romances support the book industry.

 

If this podcast got you in the mood for a good romance then check out our Top 10 Lesbian Romances here: https://www.thelesbianreview.com/top-10-lesbian-romances/

 

 

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Fiona Riley’s Lesbian Fiction Journey

Fiona Riley’s Lesbian Fiction Journey

January 18, 2019

Fiona Riley's Lesbian Fiction Journey

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Fiona Riley

Fiona Riley joins Tara to share the story of how she discovered lesfic, how she went on to find fanfic, what she thinks about the current state of lesbian fiction, and the types of books she likes to read now.

Check out the books Fiona mentions here:

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Katherine V. Forrest Shares Her Lesbian Fiction Journey

Katherine V. Forrest Shares Her Lesbian Fiction Journey

January 4, 2019

Katherine V. Forrest Shares Her Lesbian Fiction Journey

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Katherine V. Forrest

In this episode, Tara is joined by Katherine V. Forrest, author of the iconic Curious Wine, Kate Delafield mystery series and Coral Dawn sci fi series. She shares the first lesbian fiction books she found, what what excites her about the current state of the genre, and her hopes for the future.

Check out the books Katherine V. Forrest discusses:

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Sheena and Tara’s 7 Must-Reads for 2018 - The Lesbian Review Podcast

Sheena and Tara’s 7 Must-Reads for 2018 - The Lesbian Review Podcast

December 28, 2018

Sheena and Tara’s 7 Must-Reads for 2018

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Tara and Sheena’s 5 Must-Reads for 2018 it a mix of genres, authors and kinds of leading ladies. But these are 7 books that we highly recommend.

1 The Goodmans by Clare Ashton

Available in audio no

Synopsis

The lovely doctor Abby Hart lives in her dream cottage in the quintessential English border town of Ludbury, home to the Goodmans.

Maggie Goodman, all fire and passion, is like another mother to her, amiable Richard a rock and 60s-child Celia is the grandmother she never had. 

But Abby has a secret. Best friend Jude Goodman is the love of her life, and very, very straight. Even if Jude had ever given a woman a second glance, there’d also be the small problem of Maggie – she would definitely not approve. 

But secrets have a habit of sneaking out, and Abby’s not the only one with something to hide. Life is just about to get very interesting for the Goodmans.

Things are not what they used to be, but could they be even better?

 

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2 My Lady Lipstick by Karin Kallmaker

Publisher Bella Books

Available in audio no

Synopsis

Anita Topaz, Queen of the Bodice Rippers, is deliberately a woman of mystery. But pressure is mounting for Anita to reveal herself to her clamoring public. It’s scrutiny that writer Paris Ellison can’t allow, especially since the glamorous “Anita” is a work of pure fiction.

Lady Diana Beckinsale excels at disappearing into a good role. Especially if that role gets her close to certain objects she desires. When Diana proposes the perfect solution to Paris’s predicament, Paris is less than enthusiastic. She can’t let someone as unsettling and observant as Diana get too close.

But Diana is persistent. After all, if she and the handsome, secretive Paris both get what they want out of an unorthodox arrangement, then it’s a win-win for them both.

My Lady Lipstick is high stakes on a merry-go-round of lies—it’s all fun and games until somebody loses her heart.

 

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3 The Music And The Mirror by Lola Keeley

Publisher Ylva Publishing

Available in audio No

Synopsis

Anna is the newest member of an elite ballet company. Her first class with her mysterious idol, Victoria, almost ruins her career before it starts. When she shows she might be a potential star, Victoria chooses Anna to launch a new season around.

Now Anna must face down jealousy, sabotage and injury, not to mention navigate the circus of friends and lovers within the company. The pressure builds as she knows she must pour everything she has into opening night and prove to her rivals and herself that Victoria’s faith in her is not misplaced. In the process, Anna discovers that she and the daring, beautiful Victoria have a lot more than a talent for ballet in common, and that not every thrilling dance can be found on stage.

 

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4 Daughter Of The Sun by Effie Calvin

Publisher NineStar Press

Available in audio no

Synopsis

Orsina of Melidrie is a paladin of the Order of the Sun, sworn to drive out corruption and chaos wherever she finds it. She has been ordered to leave her home and travel around Vesolda in search of a great evil she is supposedly destined to destroy. But after two years of fighting monsters and demons and evil gods, she does not seem to be any closer to her goal—or ever returning home.

Aelia is the Goddess of Caprice, the personification of poor decision-making. The Order of the Sun has classified her as a chaos goddess, meaning that her worship has been outlawed. During a run-in with Orsina, she is trapped in a mortal body, rendering her unable to leave Inthya.

Aelia is found by Orsina again, but this time Orsina does not recognize her in her new body. So Aelia pretends to be a mortal woman who is fleeing an abusive family. Aelia plans to use Orsina as protection as she hunts down the magical relic that will free her from her mortal body.

As Aelia and Orsina grow closer to one another, Aelia wrestles with her own desire to tell Orsina the truth about who she is, and her fear that Orsina will turn on her if she does. But the decision might not be hers after all, because their actions have not gone unnoticed by Aelia’s siblings.

 

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5 Marriage Of Unconvenience by Chelsea M Cameron

Audiobook available Yes

Narrator Eliza Cooper

Synopsis

Lauren "Lo" Bowman is in a bit of a pickle. She needs money, like ASAP. She lost her job, the rent is due, and her car needs repairs. Problem is, the inheritance left to her by her old-fashioned Granny has one stipulation before she can collect: She has to be married. Let's just say suitors (of any gender) are not knocking down her door. 

And then Cara Simms, her best friend from childhood that she's recently reconnected with, pours her heart out and confesses that she needs money to pay for grad school. Lo has a completely brilliant idea: They should get hitched. Not married married. Like, fake married. All they have to do is play the part for the lawyers, get the money, and then get the marriage annulled. Easy as hell. Well, it starts out that way, but being fake married feels a lot like being real married, and Lo is flipping out. She cannot be falling for her best friend. Can she?

 

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6 The Way You Smile by Kiki Archer

Audiobook No

Synopsis

Real life doesn’t play out like a movie. Electric connections mostly mean you’ve got static in your jumper. Camila Moore knows that; she’s not daft. She has two teenage boys and bills to pay, plus the only man she’s ever been with has traded her in for a gym bunny.

Returning to work’s the answer, but when she finds herself in the wrong room, wrong place at the wrong time, the last thing she expects is to be promoted out of obscurity into the arms of Harriet Imogen Pearson, media darling, hotshot entrepreneur and notorious lesbian playgirl.

Camila can’t believe it; she’s an ordinary woman, nothing special – in her view – so what’s Harriet’s motivation? What’s her end game?

Are Camila’s feelings just infatuation or is it real life love?

Kiki Archer is the mistress of chick-lit romance for women of all ages and inclinations.

 

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7 The Sex Therapist Next Door by Meghan O’Brien

Publisher Bold Strokes Books

Available In Audio Yes

Narrator Brittni Powers

Synopsis

Diana Kelley is a couple's sex therapist with a problem: It's her job to convince her clients of the importance of sexual and emotional intimacy, but after surviving a toxic relationship with an abusive ex, she's sworn off love and can't fathom ever making herself vulnerable again. When her best friend, Ava, is injured the night she is scheduled to assist with a hands-on sexual education workshop, Diana is forced to find a short-term replacement. The last thing she wants is a new lover, even a paid one.   

After a year of living in the apartment next door, all Jude Monaco knows about her neighbor Diana is that she's a gorgeous older woman and the inspiration for more dirty fantasies than she cares to admit. So when Diana knocks on her door with a shockingly delicious favor to ask, Jude seizes the opportunity to learn more.  

Their professional relationship is supposed to be a clinical erotic arrangement between a sex therapist and her assistant, but at the intersection of sex and intimacy, anything is possible. Even love.

 

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7 Holiday F/F Reads

7 Holiday F/F Reads

December 21, 2018

7 Holiday F/F Reads

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Sheena

It’s Christmas next week! So what better time to kick back and relax with one (or seven!) beautiful f/f holiday romances? Listen as Tara and Sheena, founder of The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show, share their favourites, which are sure leave you feeling festive.  

Check out their recommendations:

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Mallory Lass’s Holiday F/F Fanfic Reading List

Mallory Lass’s Holiday F/F Fanfic Reading List

December 7, 2018

Mallory Lass's Holiday F/F Fanfic Reading List

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Mallory Lass

Mallory Lass is back! This time she joins Tara to share her holiday f/f fanfic reading list, with both holiday-themed stories and stories for people who want to avoid the season.

More from Mallory:

 

Holiday Theme

These are full of common themes and plot devices. Christmas fics tend to be short and sweet, and a lot are written for some version of a holiday fic exchange or prompt fest. Most of them are Gen/Teen. Mistletoe features prominently.

 

  1. “Blue Christmas” Ch 1-9, Ch 10-13, Ch 14-17  by raginhoops. 23K words, rated Teen.
    Fandom: Law and Order: SUV; Ship: Olivia Benson/Alexandra Cabot
    Backstory: Olivia Benson, sexy butch detective in the special victims unit. Alexandra Cabot, blond bombshell assistant district attorney.

Rec: Tables are turned when Olivia is the one pursued.

Major Tropes: Workplace Romance, Rich Girl/Poor Girl

Content warnings: N/A

 

  1. Holiday Wish” by miss_morland. <1K, rated Gen
    Fandom: Harry Potter; Ship: Minerva McGonagall/Poppy Pomfrey

Backstory: Mrs. McGonagall is one of the most respected teachers in all of Hogwarts. Mrs. Pomfrey is a fantastic healer. Both are women of a certain age playing important, but minor roles in a massively popular series with a huge cast of characters.

Rec: A 5 things fic that regresses in time and reminded me of Sarah Waters’ Night Watch. It’s really, really sweet. Full of love, and a surprise ending. Short, but packs a punch.

Content warnings: N/A

Bonus: Podfic! Recorded by thriceandonce

 

  1. Wrapped in Red” by cassiopeiasara. 1.5K words, rated Teen+

Fandom: Ghostbusters (2016); Ship: Jillian Holtzmann/Patty Tolan
Backstory: Ghostbusters all female female reboot was released to a lot of outside noise and negativity. In my opinion set the table for other all female reboot movies, like Ocean’s 8, to succeed. Also helped elevate Kate McKinnon’s reputation as a comedy genius in film.

Rec: This is positively smooshy! There is mistletoe and courting, and getting of the girl. The characterization is great.

Content warnings: N/A

Bonus: search the hashtag “#all I want for Christmas is this ficathon” on tumblr to find fics submitted for ratherembarassing’s 2016 challenge, some Supergirl ones are on ao3 as well.

 

  1. She Sees You When You’re Sleeping; She Knows When You’re Awake” by T_Ninja. 2.3K words, rated Gen

Fandom: Person of Interest (TV); Ship: Root/Sameen Shaw
Backstory: This show follows a mix of hackers, cops, and former military as they take orders from an AI, the Machine, that was created to know when murders were premeditated and alert this group to stop them. Root/Shaw aka Shoot, we’re a pair full of slow burn subtext, which the show ultimately made canon in later seasons.

Rec: This cute Christmas story features The Machine playing matchmaker, mistletoe and Santa.

Content warnings: Full of canon typical wry humor, casual mentions of murder plots and guns.

 

  1. Singles' Night at the ER” by Keziah. 3.8K words, rated Teen+

Fandom: The 100 (TV Show); Ship: Abby Griffin/Raven Reyes | Doctor Mechanic

Backstory: A lot of the Doctor Mechanic subtext in this show occurred in the first and second seasons. It’s a tiny ship in a behemoth fandom with another main f/f ship.

Major Tropes: Age-gap, Modern AU

Rec: Perfect for fans of fluffy, fade to black, this is a cute modern AU fic set in the ER on Christmas Eve. Plus they go to a diner!

Content warnings: N/A

 

  1. Marmite & Mistletoe” by ArcadiaArden. 155K words, rated Mature

Fandom: Rizzli & Isles; Ship: F/F
Backstory: Set in Season 5

Rec: A friend says it’s her favorite Christmas fic and I am looking forward to reading over the holidays myself.

Content warnings: Not fluffy, read the author notes

 

Holiday Avoidance

A lot of people don’t have the luxury of enjoying the holidays. There is a lot of stress and pressure for everything to be perfect, people are money strapped, people have anniversaries of loved ones deaths, queer people particularly tend to have rocky relationships with their families for a whole host of reasons. If you just need to escape into something, this list is for you!

 

  1. The Greatest” fanvid by Bironic

Fandom & Characters: multifandom video featuring characters of color in over 75 canons - see tags.

Backstory: This video was commissioned for a charity auction, notes from the creator: "Don't give up." A celebration of some badass characters of color in recent science fiction, fantasy and horror TV and movies. Made for resolute as part of the Fandom Trumps Hate 2017-2018 charity auction.

Rec: I have watched this fanvid so many times, and every time it puts a massive smile on my face. I only know half of the original shows/movies, if that, but it’s fun picking out my faves. There is a f/f kiss from Timeless toward the end, see if you I can spot it.

Content Warnings: zombie beheading at 0:25, PG 13 to R rated movie typical violence

 

  1. Gone to the Dogs” by avesnongrata and Woodface. 173K words, rated Mature.

Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe; Ship: Maria Hill/Natasha Romanov
Backstory: This is an amazing and fairly small ship in a massive multiship fandom. Their portmanteau is BlackHill, which is pretty rad. A lot of the BlackHill writers read the Black Widow comics, so there is extra texture which makes for high-quality writing. Lots of hurt/comfort with this ship.

Rec: This is both a Black Widow origin story and a Maria Hill/Natasha Romanov spy girlfriends story. Each author wrote from one of the characters’ perspective and I think that is, in part, what makes it a really strong story. It will suck you in and you won’t be able to stop reading so make sure you have a good chunk of time.

Content warnings: PTSD, past abuse/abandonment, violence

Bonus Rec for Poly Positive Readers:Women’s Weapons” by ThingsWithWings, 4.5K words, rated Explicit

Ship: Maria Hill/Pepper Potts/Natasha Romanov

More: 2 podfics linked inside the fic.

 

  1. some kind of madness (has started to evolve)” by thecrackshiplollipop. 8.5K words, rated Explicit

Fandom: The 100 (TV); Ship: Abby Griffin/Raven Reyes
Backstory: Abby is a doctor in the show and in this AU also a yoga instructor. Raven is a engineer/mechanic extraordinaire who gets disabled in the show and in this AU she is a student, mechanic, and dealing with her disability.

Rec: One of those I didn’t know I needed till I read it stories. Sometimes you just need well written smut with a good plot. Really good treatment of Raven’s disability. Really good angst over the age gap which isn’t usually my cuppa. It’s just good dang it.

Major Tropes: Modern AU; Age Gap

Content warnings: N/A

Note: If Clarke/Lexa is more your thing check out their other work she has quite a few Clexa stories.

 

  1. Chaos Theory” Series by andthatisterrible. 430K words, rated Teen -> Explicit (can avoid that part of series)

Fandom: Person of Interest (TV); Ship: Root/Sameen Shaw

Backstory: This show follows a mix of hackers, cops, and former military as they take orders from an AI, the Machine, that was created to know when murders were premeditated and alert this group to stop them. Root/Shaw aka Shoot, we’re a pair full of slow burn subtext, which the show ultimately made canon in later seasons.

Rec: The main story Sliding Towards Chaos, is rated Teen and then the author’s companion story Feedback Loops contains the Explicit interludes. They are all connected on ao3 (pay attention to the notes) and it’s a really interesting way to write to both audiences. It was also a Rec I received during my line standing time at ClexaCon.

Content warnings: Canon typical violence, rough sex in the explicit story typical of their early show interactions: pain play, light bdsm, destruction of clothes.

 

  1. and when we're there we'll belong” series by andibeth82. 540K words, rated Mature

Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe | The Acengers; Ship: Clint Barton/Laura Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov, Laura Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton/Laura Barton
Backstory: This is an absolute behemoth of a story, which the author has been pouring love into since 2015. It’s essentially a Clint and Natasha backstory, that meets up and connects to the Avengers movie timelines.

Rec: This is a Poly story! If you don’t like reading F/M or you don’t like Poly relationships, this is not the story for you. If you would like to see examples of how to build a Poly family, what and how to tell kids, etc. this story is for you. If you love found family, this story is for you. My only minor complaint is there isn’t enough Laura/Nat, it def skewed Clint/Nat, Clint/Laura because of the constraints of the MCU, but the writing is engaging. There is also a lot of domestic fluff, and dealing with the Barton Kids.

Content warnings: Canon typical violence and injuries, difficulties conceiving in first part, miscarriage (IIRC it is in part 3)

 

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KD Williamson Shares Her Lesfic Reading Journey

KD Williamson Shares Her Lesfic Reading Journey

November 23, 2018

KD Williamson Shares Her Lesfic Reading Journey

Les Do Books with Tara and guest KD Williamson

In this episode, Tara is joined by the super fabulous KD Williamson, author of the Cops and Docs romance series. She talks about how she discovered f/f fiction through fanfic, as well as some of her current favourite authors  

Check out the books and stories they discuss here:

Find KD Williamson online

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M. Ullrich Recommends 9 Lesfic Books

M. Ullrich Recommends 9 Lesfic Books

November 9, 2018

M. Ullrich Recommends 9 Lesfic Books

Les Do Books with Tara and guest M. Ullrich

In this episode, M. Ullrich joins Tara to talk about the f/f fiction she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara couldn’t wait to hear Megan’s recommendations.  

Check out of M. Ullrich’s recommendations:

Find M. Ullrich online

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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.

 

Lullabye (Sting) by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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The 5 Best Lesbian Spooky Reads - The Lesbian Review Podcast

The 5 Best Lesbian Spooky Reads - The Lesbian Review Podcast

October 31, 2018

The 5 Best Spooky Lesbian Books

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Join Tara as she takes over The Lesbian Review Podcast and interviews Sheena who recommends The 5 Best Spooky Lesbian Books (plus two or three more books).

1 Dark Dreamer by Jennifer Fulton 

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

The story is about Rowe Devlin, a best selling horror writer who is suffering from a severe case of writer’s block after two failed novels. Looking for a fresh start and perhaps even some inspiration, she buys an old Victorian house in Maine called Dark Harbor Cottage.

Devlin gets a little more inspiration than she was hoping for when she discovers that her new home is haunted by a rather nasty ghost. To make matters more complicated she discovers that her neighbours are identical twins, Phoebe and Cara Temple. Both deeply alluring, Rowe struggles to decide who she finds more attractive.

Together she and Phoebe try to find out why her house is haunted in an effort to put the ghost to rest.

While this is going on the Temple twins are drawn into an FBI investigation of a possible serial killer. Having to face life-changing choices, the sisters are pulled in different directions with the possibility of losing the only real family that they have left, one another.

 

Check out the review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2Iu5Llm

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

2 Valley Of The Dead by Crystal M Romero

Publisher: Indie

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

Valley Of The Dead by Crystal M Romero is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes scary, sometimes romantic but always utterly charming zombie apocalypse novel. And what makes it even better is that it has a lesbian leading lady.

The novel starts on Gay Pride weekend to the backdrop of much celebration, since the USA was finally celebrating equality. In Silicon Valley Yvonne had just dumped her long time, cheating girlfriend and was feeling free at last. That is, until she gets a frantic phone call from her very gay best friend, Reggie. He and a bunch of drag queens are stuck in his apartment and need rescuing from the zombie apocalypse that has taken hold of the city.

She jumps in her monster of a vehicle, puts on her no nonsense butch approach to the apocalypse and ends up picking up a group of survivors along her route out of town. Eventually the survivors include Reggie and the drag queens, a young couple and two police officers.

One of the officers is Captain Jacqueline Rhodes, a competent, gorgeous woman who leaves Yvonne thinking about more than just survival.

Together, the survivors must overcome a number of challenges, the least of which is getting out of town and find somewhere safe to settle down.

 

Check out the review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2Ot0jVl

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

3 Haunting Love by KA Moll

Publisher: Triplicity Publishing

Available on audiobook: Yes

Narrator: Emily Beresford

Synopsis

Haunting Love by KA Moll is the story of Gabe and Anna. Gabe is struggling to come to terms with her wife’s death a few years prior. One of the reasons that she is struggling is that she can see or at least sense spirits but she cannot sense her wife and she has not been able to process her loss.

Anna is new in town, having recently taken a job working alongside Jaina, her friend from college and the main character in Moll’s novel Soul Mates.

Anna is renting a house from Gabe’s father and is having rather disturbing electrical problems. Gabe comes over to see if she can fix the problem and discovers two things. Firstly, she is very attracted to Anna and secondly, the house is haunted.

Anna and Gabe have a less than pleasant encounter, thanks in part to Anna’s fear of being attracted to a woman. Gabe is a handsome woman that stirs her blood and her fears.

Will Gabe be able to overcome her sorrow enough to start a new relationship with Anna and will Anna be able to work through her fear of being who she is enough to act on her attractions? And then there are the ghosts that need to be dealt with too.

 

Check out the review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2Iu67bT

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

4a Keepers Of The Cave by Gerri Hill

Publisher: Bella Books

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

Keepers Of The Cave by Gerri Hill is simply brilliant. Hill should write more horror.

Hill should write more horror.

How could I not try a book with this description: The senator’s daughter disappears and FBI agents CJ Johnston and Paige Riley are assigned to a backwaters all-girls school in East Texas near where the senator’s daughter was last seen. They figure that the assignment is a dead-end, but strange things keep happening in the area. Something is lurking in Hoganville.

 

Check out the review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2NXOQ0H

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

4b Weeping Walls by Gerri Hill

Publisher: Bella Books

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

Weeping Walls by Gerri Hill is the second book with CJ Johnston and Paige Riley as the main characters.

Keepers of the Cave is the first book, so read that review first if you haven’t already.

While I loved Keepers of the Cave, I think that Hill created and even better second book with Weeping Walls.

The story is about an abandoned house in a small town in Houston. Here they find a dead body that is similar to a cold case from fourteen years earlier. The four FBI agents are sent to investigate.

Check out the review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2NVZqVG

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

5 Paradox Valley by Gerri Hill

Publisher: Bella Books

Available on audiobook: Yes

Narrator: Abby Craden

Synopsis

Was it an earthquake? A meteor? Or something else entirely?

Running from a marriage proposal in Seattle, Dana Ingram returns to her parents' farm in Western Colorado for a two-week vacation in Paradox Valley. Only a couple of days into it, however, a small earthquake leaves them without power. Cars won't start, batteries don't work, and cell phones are useless.

When a Black Hawk helicopter vanishes off of radar, Captain Corey Conaway is sent in to locate it and its crew - all while keeping the disappearance out of the media. When she meets Dana and her cousin, Butch, Corey solicits their help in the search. But as they travel on horseback through the rugged and remote Paradox Valley, what they stumble upon soon has them running for their lives.

Check out our review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2NXGjL1

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

Tara's BONUS Books

6 Castle Wrath by Karin Kallmaker

Publisher: Indie

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

A bubbly ingenue falls heir to a remote, storm-drenched castle in a foreign land. All hers - if she can outlast the dangerous and too delicious competing claimant. Strange happenings, a curious (and disconcertingly attractive) caretaker, plus sensuous nightmares may be far more than California girl Brittany Brannigan can handle. 31,000 words.

Brittany's Scottish adventure has a pinch of horror and more than a dash of romance.

 

Check out our review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2NVAIoG

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

7 The Secret Of Sleepy Hollow by Andi Marquette

Publisher: Ylva Publishing

Available on audiobook: No

Synopsis

Tabitha “Abby” Crane, a doctoral student working on her thesis, doesn’t allow herself much time outside academia. Fortunately, she’s managed to squeeze in a research trip over Halloween weekend to the historical society of Sleepy Hollow, New York, where she hopes to uncover new research on the notorious town’s most infamous legend—that of the headless horseman. But she has a personal stake in this trip: Abby’s own ancestor, Ichabod Crane, disappeared mysteriously over two hundred years ago, perhaps at the hands of the ghostly horseman.

Abby has no reason to expect anything of Sleepy Hollow beyond immersing herself in archival collections and enjoying its Halloween festivities, but then she crosses paths with Katie, who makes her head spin and her heart pound. When Katie invites her on a nighttime visit to the glen where the horseman allegedly rides, Abby can’t say no, upending her plans for a quiet research retreat. And when Abby and Katie, who has her own ties to the famous story, find what may be the key to the disappearance of Ichabod Crane all those years ago, love, legend, and magic intermingle, making clear that Sleepy Hollow has plans of its own for yet another Crane.

 

Check out our review on The Lesbian Review

 

Get it on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2y1mpnH

(this link works of Amazon US, UK and Canada)

 

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Sheryn Munir Shares Her Lesfic Journey

Sheryn Munir Shares Her Lesfic Journey

October 26, 2018

Sheryn Munir Shares Her Lesfic Journey

Les Do Books

In this episode, Tara is joined by new lesfic author Sheryn Munir who shares her journey of discovering lesbian fiction as a person in India. Listen to find out the first lesbian books she read, the importance of fanfic in her reading journey, and which lesfic author is one of her current favourites.  

Find Sheryn Munir online

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If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please consider contributing to the Patreon for The Lesbian Talk Show channel.

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.

 

Lullabye (Sting) by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Fanfic 101 with Mallory Lass

Fanfic 101 with Mallory Lass

October 12, 2018

Fanfic 101 with Mallory Lass

Les Do Books

Have you been interested in checking out fanfic but have no idea what people are talking about when they say “OTP” or “fandom”? In this episode of Les Do Books, Mallory Lass, reviewer at The Lesbrary, joins Tara to give a primer on fanfic lexicon, shares her arguments for why lesfic readers will love fanfic, and gives examples of five rich fandoms.

Check out Mallory’s fanfic recommendations

Please take note of the tags, ratings, and warnings. Most fics on ao3 are rated, and even a lot of the older fandom specific archives have ratings.

 

ER (TV)

Kim Legaspi/Kerry Weaver

Fan Videos:

Part 1 (meet cute) | Part 2 (in the closet)

 

Fan Fiction:

Kaleidoscope (13 part series, to easily navigate change the number in the url from 1 to 2, and 2 to 3 and so on through 13 OR click return to ER Fiction at the end and find author Chris. Ratings for each chapter are listed here but it’s primarily PG-PG 13)

 

Sandy Lopez/Kerry Weaver

Show Clip:

Kerry asks Sandy out

 

Fan Videos:

It’s Alright

 

Fan Fiction:

Moments of a Life Just Ordinary (domestic fluff)

 

Law and Order: SVU (TV)

Olivia Benson/Alexandra Cabot

Fan Videos:

Angst

Fan Fiction:

Woodstock’s series (multiple med length fics)

Emma Cabot Series (Long fic 283K)

 

Carol (Book/Movie)

Carol Aird/Therese Belivet

Fan Videos:

Smoldering Attraction | Angst | Full Circle

Fan Fiction:

Built for Two (coda/post canon)

*Note: some good Agent Carter/Captain America Crossovers e.g. Playdates

 

Wonder Woman (Comic/Movie)

Peggy Carter/Diana

Fan Videos:

Yearning

Fan Fiction:

A Crazy, Classic Life (5x fic)

Beyond Belief

 

Diana/Lois Lane

Fan Fiction:

Come and talk to me (shut me up) (5x fic

 

Antiope/Menalippe (bonus age-gap ship)

Fan Fiction:

Eusebia series (Part 1 leads right into the movie)

Sway (pure fluff)

 

Sarah Waters (Book/TV Mini Series)

Fingersmith

Fan Fiction:

Words (linked podfic)

 

The Night Watch

Fan Fiction:

Ghosts from the Past (missing scene)

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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.

 

Lullabye (Sting) by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Tara Scott’s Coming Out Story

Tara Scott’s Coming Out Story

October 10, 2018

Tara Scott’s Coming Out Story

Coming Out Stories

Join us on this short run podcast series dedicated to helping others realise that coming out isn’t the beginning or end of the journey. And no matter how difficult it seems to come out, you are not alone.

Tara is a reviewer at The Lesbian Review and podcaster at The Lesbian Talk Show. She lives in the Canada and grew up in a conservative home. Coming out as bisexual was a long journey for her.

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The Interviewer Gets Interviewed - Brooklyn Returns to Les Do Books!

The Interviewer Gets Interviewed - Brooklyn Returns to Les Do Books!

September 28, 2018

The Interviewer Gets Interviewed - Brooklyn Returns to Les Do Books!

Les Do Books

In this episode of Les Do Books, Brooklyn Goodrich, reviewer at The Lesbian Review, interviews the interviewer, and asks Tara all about herself! Listen to find out the first lesbian book Tara ever read, how she came to join The Lesbian Review and what that meant to her, plus other important facts like her astrological sign and whether she’s on team tea or coffee!

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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.

 

Lullabye (Sting) by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/