Monthly Archives: June 2016

Books as Comfort Food & Security Blankets

Books have always been my comfort food, my security blankets. When I reach for a well-worn favorite, I don’t have to explain my need. The book is simply there, waiting to wrap its words around me, to weave its pages through my soul. The recent shootings at Pulse in Orlando were (and are)¬†awful *understatement*, but the outpouring of love and support from people around the globe is heartwarming and a sign that all is not hate and darkness.

I have a few lesfic books nestled amongst my pile of comfort reads. The angsty drama is at a minimum because having my emotional guts churned into puree isn’t the kind of story that I want to curl up with alone at night…or during my lunch break at work *no thank you ugly tears*. They share loving affirmations that you can find light even in the dark. If you have any comfort reads featuring queer women, please share them in the comments below! Thank you ūüôā

 

Annie on My Mind covers AE

via AfterEllen.com

 

I’ve read and listened to¬†Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden, narrated by Rebecca Lowman,¬†countless times. Annie Kenyon and Liza Winthrop, two 17 year-olds from¬†different New York City neighborhoods, meet by chance at¬†the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They expand their horizons as they share the city with each other and discover love. Part of the novel’s charm for me lies in the setting and in the time period. Garden (and Lowman, through her narration) characterize all of the joys, uncertainties, and angst teens on the brink of adulthood experience. It was written at a time when young adult novels for lgbt youth were slim pickings. The girls navigate uncharted emotional territory with imagination and heart. Some may find it dated, but I’ll return to it for as long as I need it.

Curious Wine KVF

Every winter I¬†return¬†to¬†the cabin where Diana and Lane first met, in Katherine V. Forrest’s Curious Wine. The women¬†gathered at the cabin seek different things from the¬†excursion.¬†You can read more about this book in-depth¬†via my posting in¬†February. The story radiates warm fuzzies through Forrest’s use of language, setting, and characterizations. Love and possibility pervade this story, even when the going gets rough.

Desert of the Heart book cover

Jane Rule‘s Desert of the Heart (1964) is a more recent addition to my favorites list. I’d watched the 1985 film adaptation (“Desert Hearts“) quite a few times before picking up this slender tale of romance and self-discovery. All I can say is that I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. It contains all of the ingredients that I enjoy in a romance: strong, intelligent women who struggle with themselves and outside odds, but eventually prevail. Mid-century Reno provides a wondrous landscape. Evelyn Hall is an English professor in town to get a divorce. She meets Ann Childs, a cartoonist and change operator at a local casino, while staying at a lodging house. Their burgeoning romance navigates age differences, career paths, and mixed levels of support from family and friends.

 

 

 

 

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The Lesbrary is Looking for More¬†Lesbrarians! ‚ÄĒ The Lesbrary

The Lesbrary is an amazing resource! I started contributing in January and have really enjoyed the additional opportunity to promote all kinds of stories. If you love reading stories featuring queer women, I highly recommend volunteering to write reviews for the Lesbrary.

Do you love reading queer women books? Feel like talking about them at least once a month? Want to be buried in an insurmountable pile of free lesbian ebooks? Join the Lesbrary! Once again, I am looking for more reviewers at the Lesbrary! You just have to commit to one review a month of any […]

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A Touch of Temptation

A Touch of Temptation

Kate Dawson’s life is mapped out from cradle to grave. Her mother strategizes the best possible husband, career, connections, and friends, for her only child. On the morning of her bar exam, the last step before taking on a leadership role in her family’s prestigious law firm, Kate passes out from a sudden illness and lands in the hospital. After several weeks recuperating at home, with evenings spent watching classic movies with her gran (Katherine), the family matriarch, Kate is ready to go crazy from her inability to run a mile without getting winded or stay awake long enough to study for the next bar exam. Despite her love of Cary Grant’s and Katherine Hepburn’s onscreen shenanigans, Kate feels lost without the finely ordered path she has followed up to this point.

Gran¬†pushes Kate out the door,¬†insisting the woman recuperate at her mountain cabin, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It starts out a mixture of the life Kate leaves behind in the city and the solitude of a well-worn refuge. Cue Chris, the woman Kate later (playfully) refers to as the “Lesbian Casanova”. It’s lust at first sight for Chris and confusion for Kate (as she has never felt attraction for a woman before).

Chris Brent is the studly butch-next-door. She oozes a sexy combination of confidence and competence. When she’s not riding her motorcycle with her dad and friends, she is hard at work building up her small landscape architecture business. Weekends often find her mingling with lovely ladies at sex parties thrown by her friend, the sexually vibrant and insightful Georgia, in San Francisco. Chris doesn’t want any of the complications relationships may bring. Still, when she meets Kate (a serial monogamist), it’s becomes harder to insist on no-strings attached sex.

At the heart of the two women’s journey is their struggle with what they thought they wanted versus what they’re starting to realize they actually need. Sexuality plays a substantial role in the story. Kate¬†isn’t the only character who embarks on journey of self-discovery in this arena.

When the outside world seeps into their semi-secluded retreat, Kate and Chris¬†face even more barriers. Nicole, Kate’s best friend from college, plays tag team with Kate’s mother in their attempts to derail the burgeoning romance. Support comes from at least one unexpected corner, which I found pleasantly surprising.

One of my favorite aspects of Julie Blair’s storytelling is her ability to make me feel like I’m there.¬† The family mansion and its palatial grounds and the cozy tucked away amongst the trees, with more trees than neighbors, are distinct. The spheres in which the women live and work are clear, emphasizing the seeming chasm between the two. Even now, a few weeks after reading the final word, I can close my eyes and instantly imagine myself at the cabin, in one of the luxurious gardens, or standing in front of the painted ladies of San Francisco. I also appreciate how the author does not use the characters to insist on one type of relationship as the ideal (i.e. monogamy).¬†¬†

It’s fun and flirty, with a delicious mix of family secrets, double lives, and “world turned upside down” life events. I highly recommend this story for anyone who enjoys a healthy dose of sensuality and erotica with their romance *fans self vigorously*

A Touch of Temptation
Author: Julie Blair
Published by Bold Strokes Books
Publication date: May 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-62639-489-6

Available from Bold Strokes Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.

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June is Audiobook Month!

Julie audiobook collage 2016

 

This month publishers and book supporters shines a spotlight on LGBT+ and on Audiobooks. My ears are tuned into audiobooks five days a week. If I could, I’d have more than one set of ears and oodles of hours in a day so that I could share a broader selection of reviews. As a result, whenever I pick up a book that sounds interesting, I automatically wonder: Is there an audiobook version of this?

Thankfully, you can acquire LGBT+ audiobooks through online sellers such as Audible/Amazon, Scribd, Barnes & Noble, and Audiobooks.com, etc. Depending on your local public library, you can borrow audiobooks through Overdrive, Hoopla, and One Click Digital, as well as on CD. You can also find a selection via your local public library (CD and digital editions). I hope that not only will production increase so that more titles will be available in audio formats, but that they will be more widely available at libraries. 

Feel free to share LGBT+ audiobooks you’ve read and enjoyed, in the comment section below!

You can read more about this month’s celebration of auditory pleasures via the links below. I’ll add to the lists as I find more sources (:

General Postings celebrating Audiobook Month 2016

LGBT+ (Publishers who produce LGBT+ audiobooks)It’s not a complete listing, by any means. If you know of any audiobook production companies that release LGBT+ titles that are missing from this list, let me know in the comment section. Thank you!

¬†Postings about LGBT+ audiobooks (Please let me know in the comments if you’ve read any postings on this topic)

***Did you know Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire S√°enz ?!!! I used Amazon as a link so that you can listen to a sample.***

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darlin’ It’s Betta Down Where It’s Wetta

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Darlin’ It’s Betta Down Where It’s Wetta is a super spicy and salty romp on sea and on land! Once Pearl the mermaid and Chloe the human meet, the sexy good times commence and don’t stop until the final page. It’s an all-around fun new spin on the classic mermaid story. If you bring it along on a hot summer day outing, you may want find an isolated spot to read it ūüôā

You can buy copies of it on Amazon and Rosalarian.com

***Note: This is an adult comic book and is not intended for kids.***

 

 

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