Women And Words: Love Your Antagonist

May 14, 2016

D. Jordan Redhawk blogged at Women and Words on Monday 2 May about writing good villains/antagonists, called “Love Your Antagonist.”

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D. Jordan Redhawk’s website

Jove Belle did another installment of her marketing series at Women and Words on 4 May about Amazon Author Central.

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Jove Belle’s website 

R.G. Emanuelle blogged about “The Importance of Self Love” at Women and Words on 5 May, about why it’s important to take care of yourself in this crazy writing world when everybody is vying for attention.

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R.G. Emanuelle’s website

Discussed R.G.’s latest release, a novella titled “Have a Bite,” book 1 in the Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles, starring a vampire chef. It’s available at Amazon in paperback here

And it’s available as an ebook at Ylva Publishing

Women and Words posted its Hot off the Press and Coming Attractions book lists on Friday, 6 May. That means lesfic and feminist fic as well as LGBT nonfic books we think might be of interest to readers are posted. Hot off the Press is the current month (May) and coming attractions is the next month (June). WaW posts these lists once a month, usually the 2nd or 3rd Friday. WaW also maintains a static page that we update regularly.

Women and Words direct link, Hot off the Press 

Women and Words direct link, Coming Attractions


Women and Words link to static page of new and forthcoming releases


Reader Erin Saluta, who is a regular WaW contributor, posted on 7 May about what she loves when she binge-reads lesfic in “I Just Can’t Get Enough!”

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Jove and Andi discussed a bit about fanfic. There are a lot of sites with fanfic; here are two we’ve been reading: 

Archive of Our own 


Others: Athenaeum (Xena)

Royal Academy of Bards


Andi Marquette and R.G. Emanuelle will be giving away copies of their latest anthology, Order Up: A Menu of Lesbian Romance and Erotica, on Friday, 13 May at Women and Words (no direct link yet). The way giveaways at WaW work is this: We post a blog for a giveaway, and to get into the drawing, people leave comments on that blog post. We generally run giveaways for 2-3 days, so there’s time for people around the world to sign up. Order Up is the second food and romance/erotica-themed anthology Andi and R.G. have edited together. The first, All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Romance and Erotica, was a Lambda finalist.

Link to Ylva Publishing Order Up

Link to Ylva Publishing All You Can Eat

Jove and Andi chatted about a panel they’re on at the upcoming July GCLS conference, discussing women of color in lesbian literature. Jove and Andi both fan-girled over fellow panelists Renée Bess, Dillon Watson, Nell Stark and OMG Jewelle Gomez, who is a longtime lesbian feminist writer and activist.

Women and Words will be giving away a copy of Jewelle Gomez’s 25th anniversary edition of The Gilda Stories, which is a lesbian feminist interpretation of vampire mythology in which the narrative follows a 200-year journey of an escaped slave. 

Link on Amazon

Jewelle Gomez website

Brief synopsis of The Gilda Stories from Amazon:

This remarkable novel begins in 1850s Louisiana, where Gilda escapes slavery and learns about freedom while working in a brothel. After being initiated into eternal life as one who "shares the blood" by two women there, Gilda spends the next two hundred years searching for a place to call home. An instant lesbian classic when it was first published in 1991, The Gilda Stories has endured as an auspiciously prescient book in its explorations of blackness, radical ecology, re-definitions of family, and yes, the erotic potential of the vampire story.




We’ll be posting the link to this podcast at Women and Words and when we do that, we will also give away a copy of Gomez’s book. To enter the drawing, post a comment on the Women and Words blog post that features THIS podcast. The one where we discuss Gomez.

Link to GCLS 

Link to panel schedule