Are you doing Jae’s Sapphic Reading Challenge 2021? If not, maybe you should consider it! There are prizes on offer, as well as the chance to read more widely and be introduced to a ton of new books and authors. Plus, if you join her Facebook group, you could even chat about the books you’ve read with other like-minded readers, too. It’s a triple win!
How does it work? In Jae’s own words: “The goal is to read sapphic books that fit as many of the 50 categories listed as possible. You can read ebooks, paperbacks, or audiobooks; and they can be new-to-you books or re-reads. I’ll post book recommendations for a new category once a week. Of course, you could also just read whatever books you want and then, afterwards, see what categories they fit into. Depending on how many sapphic books you manage to read in 2021, you can earn different badges and book prizes.”
Basically, read books that fit certain tropes, and there are prizes to be had! Plus, you get to call yourself a Book Penguin, a Book Dragon or even a Book Unicorn.
Jae has 50 categories to tick off in her challenge, so I thought I’d list my books and what category they fit in. I’ve got 18 novels, and there are 50 categories. I might miss some matches, but I’m going to do the absolute best I can, and hopefully it might help you to fill your challenge card and puff your reading muscles. Ready? Here goes…
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Sort of. I mean, 2020 is testing us all. But there is still mulled wine, chocolates and twinkly lights. So let’s run with it. I adore the run-up to Christmas: late November and all of December are my absolute faves, and the thing I love most are Christmas movies. Unexpected snow storm? Tick. Stuck in a picturesque cabin with an impossibly good-looking stranger? Tick. Been summoned home to deal with a family crisis, and whaddayaknow, you bump into your first love? Tick, tickety, tick!
But much as I love Christmas movies, what I wouldn’t give for a few more with two women in the starring romantic roles – and that’s where queer Christmas books come in! Festive stories abound this time of year, so if you want your fix of yuletide love with some women at the helm, step this way. Here are my picks for a lesbian Christmas tale, best served with mulled wine and a Lindt Santa…
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It’s the first day of June, nearly halfway through the year, so it seems apt that I’ve finally done something I’ve been planning for the past 18 months – I’ve rebranded my All I Want series! I’m thrilled with the new look, and I hope you love it, too. Inside, the books are smart, young, funny & sexy, and I wanted a look that reflected that. I think my cover designer has done a fabulous job with this one… Continue reading » “All I Want Series Rebranded!”
Series are hot. Everyone wants to write one. Series get readers invested in your writing. They also provide an obvious book path for readers to follow. So should you write one? Here are 12 things to consider… Continue reading » “Writing Books In A Series: 12 Things To Consider”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Just ask Santa. Whatever that means to you – Christmas/Hanukkah/Las Posadas/winter solstice/Diwali/sitting on your couch with a tub of Quality Street – it counts!
The one unalterable fact this holiday season is that you need gifts to lavish on your loved ones, and fast. But fear not! If you’re scratching your head wondering what to buy, I’ve done some leg work and found you ten gift ideas for the book lover in your life. I know. Thank me later. Ready? Take my hand and let’s go shopping… Continue reading » “Best Lesbian Christmas Gifts”
Stuck for a present for that special someone? Keep shopping for others and coming back with armfuls for yourself? It’s normal. We’re not easy to buy for, which is why I’ve selected some items that might make your Christmas shopping swish along that little bit faster. Whatever you end up with, I hope there’s something here to tickle your fancy!
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All I Want For Christmas is the first lesbian romance where I truly embraced farce. It’s a romantic comedy at heart – my favourite genre – but it’s also where I stepped up the cringe-worthy farce factor, putting Tori Hammond through the wringer on her way to finding love. I defy you read the book and not laugh out loud, but also cringe out loud!
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Welcome to episode 47 of the Lesbian Book Club where I interview UK-based author Lise Gold whose book Fireflies has been bothering the top of the charts this autumn. Lise has been writing for a couple of years, and her other books include French Summer and The Cruise. She chats about her passion for travel, why she loves to write true love stories and how her previous job as a designer has helped her creative writing process.
Then I do a run-down of the Amazon Lesbian Fiction charts in the US & UK. I also chat about what I’ve been up to, including launching my latest book, London, Actually (book five in the London Romance series), and putting my All I Want series into Kindle Unlimited. If you want a rom-com for the festive season, pick up All I Want For Christmas now!
In case you weren’t aware, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love everything about Christmas: the tinsel, the lights, the music, the movies, the food – and especially the drinks. Mulled wine and a river of chocolate – what’s not to love?! But weirdly, much as I love Christmas, I didn’t get into Christmas books until around three years ago when I read my first Christmas romance and I was hooked. And let me tell you – Christmas books aren’t just for the season – I love to read them all year round. So this year, I thought I’d refresh my favourite Christmas lesfic offerings. So here, for your delight, are my top five festive picks! Continue reading » “Lesbian Fiction: My Top Festive Picks!”
I began writing the story of Tori and Holly in July 2015. While everyone else was slapping on the factor 15 and jetting off to hotter climes, I was embarking on a Christmas book. However, writing a Christmas story in summer posed no difficulty at all, because like my main character Tori, I love Christmas – so bringing it forward a few months was a plus. When I used to work in an office, I’d always get told off for playing Christmas music way too early. Now, I have a job where playing Christmas tunes in July is perfectly acceptable. Win!
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