Holiday Romance 2017 – Audiobook edition

It’s not too difficult for me to tune out holiday music coming at me through the radio and decorations and avoid the aisles filled with Christmas decor before Halloween is even cold in its festive grave. However, once the calendar ticks past Thanksgiving, it’s off to the store to stock up on Darigold eggnog and Harvey’s hot butter rum mix; deck the halls with my tote full of cheer; and renew my resolve that this will be the year I’ll finally get a tree (even though I have no place to put it). 

Since I started digging around for holiday audiobooks, I’ve learned that it’s easier to locate print stories. A couple of the stories below are ones that I found by looking up their print counterparts. I’m currently listening to Miranda MacLeod’s Holme for the Holidays, a romance about an American and a Brit who experience loss (in very different ways) and end up sharing the holidays together on a Yorkshire farm. It’s the right seasonal blend for a holiday romance: humor, missteps, regret, and fresh starts. Stephanie Murphy delivers an enjoyable performance overall. My only quibble is that the English, or, more specifically, Yorkshire accents, seem just a bit off. Her energy and characterization make up for it, though.

 

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AudioFile Magazine’s Best of Fiction 2017

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Every year, AudioFile Magazine reviews countless audiobooks and distills them into a “Best Fiction of 2017” list. Does it seem like a Sisyphean task, especially when every week more books are released? Maybe. Yet, here they are with a “stocking” full of audio treats that you can listen to and share with family, friends, co-workers, the barista at your favorite coffee shop… You can read reviews of this year’s best fiction by clicking on the book titles below. Check out other category lists on the AudioFile eZine!

On Omnivore Bibliosaur I write about queer works, however I also contribute audiobook reviews to AudioFile Magazine. Since June, I have listened to a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for teens and adults. I did not, however, review any of the “Best of Fiction” titles listed below. If you have any favorites that did not make this list, I would love to hear about them in the comment section below! I’m also interested in what you think should appear on a 2017 “best of queer fiction” featuring female protagonists. Happy listening!

 

THE ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry, read by Juanita McMahon
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 ANNE BOLEYN: A KING’S OBSESSION by Alison Weir, read by Rosalyn Landor
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BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman, read by Marin Ireland
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FIVE-CARAT SOUL by James McBride, read by Arthur Morey, Nile Bullock, Prentice Onayemi, Dominic Hoffman
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FOREST DARK by Nicole Krauss, read by Gabra Zackman
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THE GOLDEN HOUSE by Salman Rushdie, read by Vikas Adam
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ISADORA by Amelia Gray, read by Jen Tullock
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LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders, read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a Full Cast
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MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan, read by Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
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THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE by Matthew Quick, read by R.C. Bray
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REFUGE by Dina Nayeri, read by Mozhan Marno, Youssif Kamal
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THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman, read by Marin Ireland
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SING, UNBURIED, SING by Jesmyn Ward, read by Kelvin Harrison Jr., Rutina Wesley, Chris Chalk
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TRAJECTORY by Richard Russo, read by Amanda Carlin, Arthur Morey, Fred Sanders, Mark Bramhall
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WHITE TEARS by Hari Kunzru, read by Lincoln Hoppe, Danny Campbell, Dominic Hoffman
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Holiday Romance 2017

 

Happy holidays everyone! I’m in the midst of creating stocking stuffers full of winter seasonal cheer. Today I’m sharing holiday romances that will keep you warm as we stroll towards the Winter Solstice and indulge in festivities with loved ones, colleagues, and ourselves. Although I’m posting this now, it is by no means finished. I’ll try to add more books (published within the last five years) to future lists as I discover them. Until then, happy listening!

As always, I would love to hear about holiday romances that you’ve enjoyed! Please share them in the comment section below!

 

That Old Emerald Mountain Magic: A Christmas/Holiday (2017) by Cara Malone
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“Carmen hasn’t had snow on Christmas in ten years. Her family has grown accustomed to beaches and extravagant tropical vacations, but she still remembers the snow in Massachusetts when she was a kid. When her dad decides to book a cabin in the idyllic, snow-capped mountains of Colorado for Christmas, the rest of the family is skeptical – why trade palm trees and warm weather for a snowbound ski resort? Carmen’s in the same ‘bah humbug’ mood until she meets the impossibly optimistic, endlessly intriguing Joy and their worlds collide – quite literally – on the slopes. Joy has lived her whole life on Emerald Mountain and watched a lot of people come and go through the resort town. She has learned to expect a certain amount of impermanence here, but Carmen makes her hope for more than just a vacation romance. Can Joy help Carmen and her family rediscover the true spirit of Christmas?”  via Amazon


Eitan’s Chord: A Lesbian Fairy Trio for Chanukah
by Shira Glassman
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“Fairy magic requires fairy intimacy, so when the three Chanukah fairies—cute butch Latke, enthusiastic party girl Dreidl, and their elegant leader Menorah—decide to help an impoverished young couple, a fairy romp is in order! Eitan, a trans man, and his cis wife Abigail work retail and live on love in a studio apartment with broken blinds. If only Abigail’s beaded jewelry would sell online, they’d have a little more cash, but nobody’s biting. While they sleep, the fairies bring the miracle they’re looking for. This story features spicy behavior and is not for children.” via Amazon

 

A Christmas for Carol (2017) by Emily Sharp
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“A modern spin on a beloved Christmas classic. After the passing of her best friend, Jacqueline Marley, Elizabeth Scrooge heads up the powerhouse financial firm of Marley and Scrooge. Bitter and angry, love is the furthest thing from her mind. But then she hires a new employee. Carol Cratchit is looking forward to her new job as the personal secretary to Ms. Scrooge. Despite the simmering sexual tension which heats up between them both, Carol couldn’t ever imagine being with someone so cold and heartless. When Scrooge hires Carol to help her with a personal issue outside of work, Carol reluctantly agrees. But with each meeting, Carol begins to see past the hard exterior and sees something inside of Elizabeth that she has been longing for. For a miracle to happen this Christmas, and give the Happily Ever After both need, Elizabeth and Carol have to look into the past, focus on the present, and find the magic they both need for the future.” via Amazon

 

Winter’s Solace (2017) by Magnolia Robbins
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Katlynn Walker thought she had it all: a dream job in Silicon Valley. A beautiful California beach house. The love of her life. But her world crumbled beneath her feet the moment she found her best friend in bed with her fiancé. Desperate to escape her harsh new realities, Katlynn flees to her Massachusetts hometown of Wellesley, to spend Christmas at her sister’s cottage. Finding a new love was the last thing on her agenda, but when Katlynn reconnects with an old friend, everything she thought she knew about herself and her future is called into question. Iris’ life changed the minute her mother got sick. With her quiet, cozy world in Wellesley suddenly turned upside-down, there’s no room for more complications — especially not the resurgence of a college crush she thought she’d put out of her mind long ago. But when she finds herself spending the holidays next door to her old classmate Katlynn, Iris can’t ignore the chemistry between them. As the two women navigate their separate heartaches, will they crack under the pressures of life around them? Or can their new bond save them both? via Amazon

 

Snow Globe (2013) by Georgia Beers
Brisk Press
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“Mackenzie Campbell has no idea her life is about to fall apart. She’s bright and attractive with a good job, a comfortable home and an impending Christmas wedding she’s been planning for months. So when her girlfriend bails less than two weeks before the nuptials, Kenzie’s picture perfect Christmas world is turned upside down. Determined to hold on to at least some shred of her dignity, Kenzie snags her best friend, Allison, and flees the cold of the Northeast to take the honeymoon anyway. The Rainbow’s Edge is an enormous LGBT resort in Southern Florida, and its atmosphere of sun and fun seems to be just what Kenzie needs to help take her mind off of her lost relationship. But can a few hot dances, a mysterious suitor, and a handful of rum runners help her figure out what it is she really wants?” via georgiabeers.com

 

A Holloway Holiday (2016) by Voss Porter
Dark Hollows Press
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“Under the stress of the holidays, can Cara Spencer and Dre hold it together? Or do they need a little Holloway Holiday magic? At the behest of her brothers, Cara Spencer Holloway picks up the mantle of holiday entertaining, left behind in the wake of her parents’ untimely death, but now she’s beginning to second-guess her every decision. What if she can’t measure up to the memories? What if her brothers don’t think she’s good enough? And why in the world has her partner, Dre Martin, been acting so strangely? Join the Holloway clan as they realize all they truly need is a little holiday magic!” via Amazon

 

Mistletoe Mishap (2017) by Siri Caldwell
Brussels Sprout Press
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“Ready…set…yes! It seems like a simple challenge: who can make the other person take the Lord’s name in vain the loudest and the most often with the least clothes on before Christmas. With only twelve days to prove that all those years together do not mean she’s forgotten how to goad the love of her life into unbuttoning her own blouse, Kendra has no time to waste. If only Viv played fair… Will mental arithmetic, a little too much coffee, and mistletoe threaded through belt loops help two science professors laugh and love their way through the holidays?” via Amazon

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AudioFile Magazine’s Best of Romance 2017

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Every year, AudioFile Magazine reviews countless romance audiobooks and distills them into a “Best of the Year” list. The result rivals any binge-able Netflix queue. 2017 is no different. It offers a selection of stories that transport listeners hearts and minds back in time, through thrilling adventures, contemporary and paranormal worlds, and more. I’m excited to dive into Carolyn Brown’s The Strawberry Hearts Diner and Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge, big city and small town present-day tales set in Texas. You’ll find plenty of warm, sweetness and sexy chills to suit your tastes, too. For your browsing pleasure, I’ve organized the books by sub-genre. Check out other category lists on the AudioFile eZine!

On Omnivore Bibliosaur I write about queer works, however I also contribute audiobook reviews to AudioFile Magazine. Since June, I have listened to a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for teens and adults, such as Cosmos by Carl Sagan and Freak Show by James St. James. I did not, however, review any of the “Best of Romance” titles listed below. If you have any favorites that did not make this list, I would love to hear about them in the comment section below! I’m also interested in what you think should appear on a 2017 “best of queer romance” featuring female protagonists. Happy listening!

 

Historical

 

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DUKE by Kelly Bowen
Read by Ashford McNab
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BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT by Joanna Bourne
Read by Kirsten Potter
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FAIR, BRIGHT, AND TERRIBLE by Elizabeth Kingston
Read by Nicholas Boulton
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Thriller

ENIGMA

ENIGMA by Catherine Coulter
Read by Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
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Military

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OFF BASE by Annabeth Albert
Read by Tyler Stevens
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Spicy

REAL DIRTY by Meghan March
Read by Elena Wolfe, Sebastian York
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CLAIM & PROTECT by Rhenna Morgan
Read by John Lane
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Contemporary

 

 

THE STRAWBERRY HEARTS DINER by Carolyn Brown
Read by Brittany Pressley
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CHASING DOWN A DREAM by Beverly Jenkins
Read by Lynette Freeman
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IF NOT FOR YOU by Debbie Macomber
Read by Khristine Hvam
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JANE OF AUSTIN by Hillary Manton Lodge
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Paranormal

 

WHITE HOT by Ilona Andrews
Read by Renee Raudman
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WICKED ABYSS by Kresley Cole
Read by Robert Petkoff
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THE CHOSEN by J.R. Ward
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The Right Kind of Wrong – audiobook review

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Narrator Paige McKinney infuses BFFs Quinn Burke and Grace Everett’s friends to lovers dilemma with all of the baggage of their twenty years together. Her warm performance reflects the mostly sure and satisfied women’s personalities, a blend of confusion and determination mixed in. When the two women first met, co-working at a grocery store, Grace was more interested in having at least one close friend than in having yet another girlfriend. Life has reached a phase, however, in which Grace is looking to settle down with a woman who meets at least some of her standards, someone in the ballpark of “good enough”. Besides a satisfying job owning and operating a bookstore, great friends, and loving grandparents, she doesn’t want for much. Quinn, for her part, enjoys tending bar, Sunday brunch with her mother and Grace, and, for the time being, avoiding potential heartbreak. The women’s relationship is a slow burn romance that neither wants to acknowledge. After all, doesn’t every pair of bosom buddies complete each other’s sentences? When Quinn’s mother suffers a major heart attack, it acts as the catalyst for resolving bad blood and buried desire.

The cast of family, friends, and lovers, is wonderfully portrayed. Beth, Quinn’s homophobic older sister comes across as extreme and ridiculous in her prejudices through McKinney’s narration. Through raised pitch and clipped haughtiness, McKinney leaves listeners with no doubts as to who Beth thinks has the moral high ground in the family. Meg, the other estranged sister, is voiced in softer tones as her relationship with her younger sisters, Quinn and Callie, evolves. And Callie, the baby of the family, says what she means and means what she says, the lack of hesitation and fierceness of her love reflected in her the narrator’s tone and pacing. Family, whether it is the one that the characters are born into or the ones they make over a lifetime, is everywhere and everything in this story. 

The Right Kind of Wrong is a pleasurably frustrating, comfy, and relatable romantic journey between two longtime friends. It’s a great production, one which I hope you’ll enjoy, too.

The Right Kind of Wrong (2017) by PJ Trebelhorn
Bold Strokes Books
Length: 6 hours, 49 minutes
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Fiction for Foodies

I’m thankful for a million people, places, and things, but when it comes to the holidays food is always my main squeeze. Feel awkward? Family overload? No football game? There’s always a comforting smorgasbord of delicious savory and sweet baked goods waiting on stand-by (I love you olives, rolls, and pumpkin pie!).

What butter….er…better booklist could I share than one in which food plays an integral role in the story? If you have some tasty reading recommendations, please share them in the comment section below 🙂

 

Perfect Pairing

Perfect Pairing (Bywater Books, 2016) by Rachel Spangler
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Big business & food truck dynamo clash over delivery, but find themselves sandwiched together.

 

a little bit of spice starting from scratch

Starting from Scratch (Brisk Press, 2010) by Georgia Beers
An oven full of cookies leads a graphic designer where she least expects.

A Little Bit of Spice (Brisk Press, 2015) by Georgia Beers
Sales manager for a family brewery tries for a supermarket sweep of a regional chain.
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Chef Cute Girl give me some sugar

Chef Cutegirl (2016) by Nicolette Dane
The competition heats up between two reality cooking show contestants in “Chef Cutegirl”

Give Me Some Sugar (2017) by Nicolette Dane
Struggling bakery owner & business consultant try to salvage the crumbs in “Give Me Some Sugar”.
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Confucius Jane (Forge Books, 2016) by Katie Lynch
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Romance blooms over noodles and fortune cookies in New York City’s Chinatown.

 

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The Roundabout (Bella Books, 2016) by Gerri Hill
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Parking spaces and lovelorn denizens of a queer community conspire for some faux-mance between a new business owner and popular restaurateur.

 

all you can eat order up

All You Can Eat (2014) & Order Up (2016) from Ylva Publishing
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Collections of salty, sweet stories for insatiable readers.

 

side order of love

Side Order of Love (Bella Books, 2009) by Tracey Richardson
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Cooking superstar caters a golf tournament. Can love compete with a missed vacation?

 

Half Baked by Edie Bryant

Half Baked (2017) by Edie Bryant
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Could this be an Imagine Me & You situation, but with cake? 

 

chef special

Chef’s Special (Brisk Press, 2016) by Susan X. Meagher
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Can dreams withstand the heat of a professional grade kitchen?

 

Taste

Taste (Bold Strokes Books, 2016) by Kris Bryant
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Can a romance between a culinary instructor and student last longer than forty-five minutes, 375 degrees? Will their shared ingredients bind them or separate as the course cooks?

 

sugar

Sugar (Bella Books, 2004) by Karin Kallmaker
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Will the bake-off pay off, for both heart and wallet?

 

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First Course (2017) by J.A. Armstrong
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Business and pleasure go on a date at this fledgling restaurant.

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I’m with her: Political fiction booklist

Well, folks, it is hard to believe that only a year has passed since election night 2016. It feels like much more time has passed than a mere twelve months. Through all of the events (and tweets) that have transpired, my reading helped sustain my heart and mind. It’s not just the librarian in me saying this, but I’m a firm believer in the power of reading and lifelong learning to make the world a better place. Right now, I want to read about queer women who have joined the political fray in order to effect positive change. I hope that these books give you the shot in the arm that you need to keep on going, too.

 

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True Colors by Yolanda Wallace
Bold Strokes Books, August 2017
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“Taylor Crenshaw is a lifelong Democrat, but her parents are staunch Republicans. To make matters worse, her ultraconservative father has just been elected president. Although she prefers to live her life openly, her father would rather she stay in the closet. When she meets Robby Rawlins, will she choose to give in to her father’s demands or follow her heart?
 
Robby Rawlins works at an antique store by day. She spends her nights anonymously skewering politicians in her blog. President Terry Crenshaw’s anti-gay rhetoric gave Robby plenty to write about during a contentious campaign, but a chance meeting with his daughter leaves her at a loss for words. Getting the scoop has always been Robby’s goal. Now it might come second to getting the girl. Unless she can find a way to do both.” — Bold Strokes Books

 

By Design by [Armstrong, J.A.]

By Design by J.A. Armstrong
By Design series, books 1-9
J.A. Armstrong Books, 2015
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“Building bridges has a very different meaning for Jameson Reid than it does for Candace Fletcher. J.D. Reid spends her days designing some of the most elegant and majestic buildings and homes in North America.  U.S. Senator Candace Fletcher has spent her life working to build bridges between people. J.D. Reid is not who Candace Fletcher was expecting to arrive on her doorstep. Candace will challenge all of Jameson’s preconceptions about the women of Washington D.C. The enigmatic architect will test the resolve of the Junior Senator from New York. Two women will discover that falling in love may be out of their control, but creating a relationship in the world of politics and business is completely BY DESIGN.” — J.A. Armstrong Books

 

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A More Perfect Union by Carsen Taite
Bold Strokes Books, December 2017

“When Major Zoey Granger exposed corruption in the ranks, she became an unwitting media darling and shot to a position reporting to top brass at the Pentagon. Now Zoey finds herself in the unwanted spotlight once again, this time at the heart of a scandal that threatens to devastate the military. Her efforts to contain the fallout are thwarted when the White House assigns a notorious DC fixer to oversee her every move.

Political insider Rook Daniels can fix any problem, no matter how illicit or indictable, but she has two rules: she picks her cases and she’s in charge. When she makes an exception for an old friend at the White House, she gets tangled up with a sexy but stubborn officer who has her own ideas about authority. Rook and Zoey must decide whether a chance at love is worth risking loss of reputation in a town where appearances rule.” — Bold Strokes Books

 

Madam President by Blayne Cooper & T. Novan
Renaissance Alliance Publishing, 2001
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“Devlyn Marlowe, the first woman President of the United States, has just been elected. Breaking with the tradition of hiring a political writer to chronicle her administration, President Marlowe selects one Lauren Strayer, a professional biographer with a reputation for absolute honesty. There’s a slight problem with Devlyn’s plan, though. Lauren wants nothing to do with what she sees as a political hack job. It takes some serious persuading, but the Commander-in-Chief is an eloquent negotiator, and Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the job, provided she truly has editorial freedom. So armed with her computer, her incredibly ugly Pug, and a fair bit of trepidation, Lauren finds herself in residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. There, amidst the harrowing and demanding life of the First Family, Lauren begins to understand and eventually love the complex woman who is both leader of a great nation and loving single parent to three rambunctious children. Funny, realistic, romantic, and endearing, Madam President is rapidly becoming a modern classic.” — Amazon description

First Lady (sequel) by Blayne Cooper & T. Novan
Cavalier Press, 2003
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“In this timeless classic, the sequel to their best seller Madam President, Blayne Cooper and T. Novan continue the chronicle of the lives of Lauren Strayer and Devlyn Marlowe.

Planning a wedding is never easy. However, most brides don’t face the challenges that Lauren Strayer does. Her beloved comes with a ready-made family, something the biographer never imagined for herself. In addition, Lauren’s estranged father thoroughly disapproves of her future mate, who just happens to be the nation’s first female president. Lauren tackles the perils and pleasures of parenting and the tension between her private nature and her new, very public role. At the same time, Dev, a dedicated public servant, struggles to find the balance between managing the nation’s interests, her family, her fears and her stress, while continuing the development of her relationship with Lauren. The result is an action-packed, amusing and tender tale of the sort that fans of Cooper & Novan have come to love and expect.” — Amazon description

 

Wild Things Karin Kallmaker

Wild Things by Karin Kallmaker
Bella Books, 2012 (2nd edition)
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“Scholar and award-winning author Faith Fiztgerald has every reason to be happy: a wealthy, charming man who adores her and a family cheering her marriage prospects. But from the moment she meets Eric’s sister, Sydney Van Allen, she knows her safe, predictable feelings for him are a shadow of what could be. Openly lesbian and running for Senator, Sydney can only succeed if she can live down her wild past. That means no liaisons, especially with the achingly alluring woman on her brother’s arm who looks at her with confusion—and desire.” — via Bella Books 

 

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Awakenings by Jackie Calhoun
Bella Books, 2012
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“Despite early attempts to contact Hayley Baxter, Sarah Sweeney has neither heard from nor seen her since Hayley moved to New York City and a journalism career eleven years ago. Both are incredulous when they literally bump into each other among the tens of thousands of protesters in and around the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Hayley offers to share her hotel room in Madison on weekends. With misgivings, Sarah takes her up on it and quickly realizes her once fierce love for Hayley still simmers under the surface of her anger. When the protests move to the next stage-collecting signatures for recall-the weekends in Madison end. Sarah, a teacher, goes back to real life certain that Hayley will never leave her roommate and job in New York. However, the bad economy causes Hayley’s newspaper to go belly-up and she is forced to return to Wisconsin, to the lake where it all began …” via Bella Books

 

The Candidate (Bella Books, 2008)
The Campaign (Bella Books, 2012)
At Your Service, Madam President (Bella Books, 2016)

Follow Jane Kincaid as she vies for the presidential nomination, works on the election campaign, and her early struggles in the Oval Office.

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Happy Halloween: The Secret of Sleepy Hollow

The Secret of Sleepy Hollow

 

The other week at a local CVS, I noticed racks of Christmas romance paperbacks. I’m not quite ready to turn over all my leaves to winter holiday tales, though. Where oh where can I trick or treat for romances between queer women on All Hallows Eve? When I’m stumped for stories or want recommendations I can count on, I ask the readers at The Lesbian Book Review Book Club, a Facebook group associated with The Lesbian Review review site. I received several great titles for my treat bag, but I knew right away which one I would start with…

The Secret of Sleepy Hollow is a perfect seasonal tale to cozy up with as the days grow shorter, wetter, and colder. You know the feeling that time stops, characters frozen in place until you re-open a book? How easy it feels to to pick up where you left off as though no time has passed at all? This is one of those worlds. Andi Marquette takes the well-known and oft repeated tale of Ichabod Crane and his ill-fate time in Sleepy Hollow, and gives it a modern, lesbian spin. Abby Crane spends Halloween weekend deep in the archives of the local history museum in Sleepy Hollow, investigating her famous ancestor. As she works on her doctoral thesis, she meets Katie, a descendant of Katrina van Tassel, home on holiday from her own studies. Sparks fly immediately as the pair set out to learn what really happened to Ichabod on that fateful night 1799… I had fun reading it, enjoying the chemistry between the two women, the mysterious interplay of waking life and dreams, as well as the search itself 🙂 Maybe someday they’ll make a movie based on this version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow!

The Secret of Sleepy Hollow by Andi Marquette
Book Two in Twice Told Tales – Lesbian Retellings
Ylva Publishing, October 2015

You can purchase a copy through Ylva Publishing, Bella Books, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. Join the conversation on Goodreads, too!

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Magical Herstory Tour: Sappho’s Bar and Grill

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love history, especially women’s history, especially queer women’s history. Author and professor Bonnie J. Morris blends fiction with her vast experience collecting and writing about history. The result is an immersive, unforgettable journey. As LGBT+ History Month draws to a close (and really, it’s all year round because we’re making it everyday), this is the perfect way to celebrate.

On a cold and lonely Valentine’s Day, Women’s History professor Hannah Stern half jests that women’s history will be her date. Sappho’s is like a queer Cheers for women. Whether or not everyone knows your name yet, it’s a bar where all are welcome. Isabel, friend-owner-barkeep extraordinaire, spreads more than just good cheer with her seemingly magical cocktails. Over the course of the year, Hannah connects with famous women on holidays and special events. All it takes it a touch or a taste to trigger an encounter. She discovers far more about the women she esteems in her lectures and course assignments. 

Sappho’s Bar and Grill is a wonderful treat for readers who enjoy delving into the lives of their foremothers and recognizing the heroines among us today. Hannah’s journey through past and present provides vicarious experiences for those of us who would love just one minute with the women who have impacted our lives. 

Sappho’s Bar and Grill by Bonnie J. Morris
Bywater Books, July 2017
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Food for thought:

  1. Who would you visit that isn’t in this book?
  2. What advice would you offer via postcard?
  3. What advice do you wish you had received?
  4. Have you ever been inspired to get a tattoo (like Hannah and her Sappho tattoo)?
  5. Invite three historical women to dinner. Who and why?

 

 

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LGBT+ History Month: Browsing The Ladder

Happy LGBT+ History Month! It’s a great time to be a queer history omnivore, with more and more books, articles, documentaries, and films being produced and made widely available, than in years past. My voracious appetite for queer history has led me down many a rabbit hole. I’ll read a reference or passage about someone or an event and that will lead me to seek out more and more sources. It’s a wonderful, never ending cycle. If you spend any time at all reading about the queer history of the United States, you’ve likely heard about a nonprofit organization called The Daughters of Bilitis. This is just a quick overview of who they were and what they did; hopefully it will pique your curiosity and lead you on an in-depth reading spree (see Further Reading below). 

Founded in 1955 in San Francisco, the Daughters of Bilitis (D.O.B) aimed to provide education for its members, fellow female-identified “variants”/”homophiles” (terms used in lieu of lesbian), and the public. This often happened through public panels, private meetings, social events (picnics, bowling, holiday parties, etc.), and research projects. They also sought to understand laws regulated their personal and public lives and how they might promote positive change in this area. One of the DOB’s primary methods of communicating its purpose and connecting with queer women was through the organizational publication, The Ladder. The magazine ran from 1956 through 1970. Each issue contained informative articles on topics of interest to “variant” women; original fiction and poetry; an events calendar; letters to the editor; book lists; and more.

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The newsletters were promoted in large part by word-of-mouth. Folks passed told their friends about it; and DOB members contacted universities and professional persons (such as lawyers, psychiatrists, authors). In more than one issue, subscribers and potential subscribers were assured, in detail, that their private information would not find its way into the hands of government officials or other entities that might use it for nefarious purposes (or for whatever else, there was no good reason for the subscriber list to be handed over to anyone outside of the newsletter staff). The readership comprised people from all over the country and the world (as evidenced by the letters to the editor) and from cities large and small.

This was my second go round of browsing through back issues of The Ladder. It’s one thing for me to read about it through second, third hand sources, like books, articles, and documentaries. Quite another to read letters to the editor, ads for events, book lists, and short stories. It is not easy to get hold of, so I want to say how much I really appreciate my local public library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department for finding me a copy and a huge thanks for the universities that allowed me to borrow it! 

Further Reading

And of course, what kind of post would this be if I didn’t include a book list (of sorts)? Why, I’d be a real crumb bum 😉

Books

Different Daughters (2007) by Marica M. Gallo, Seal Press

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Comprehensive and compulsively readable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America (1991) by Lillian Faderman, Columbia University Press.

*See pages 148-150, 179, 180, 186, 190-193, 197, 198.

Articles

Bessette, J. (2013). An archive of anecdotes: Raising lesbian consciousness after the Daughters of Bilitis. Rhetoric Society Quarterly43(1), 22-45.

Esterberg, K. G. (1994). From accommodation to liberation: A social movement analysis of lesbians in the homophile movement. Gender & Society8(3), 424-443.

Gorman, P. (1985). The Daughters of Bilitis: a description and analysis of a female homophile social movement organization, 1955-1963 (Doctoral dissertation, The Ohio State University).

Martin, D., & Lyon, P. (2001). Daughters of Bilitis and the Ladder that Teetered. Journal of lesbian studies5(3), 113-118.

Schultz, G. (2001). Daughters of Bilitis: Literary Genealogy and Lesbian Authenticity. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies7(3), 377-389.

 

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