Sunday, February 26, 2017

"Wishing on a Dream" by Julie Cannon

You might be a fool to dream of wealth or to be forever Young, but you are quite right in hoping for love, happiness or perhaps just a hug from a loved one on a rainy day. The difference between a hope and dream is that your hope is a desire for something attainable, something that you might believe you can get even if it's difficult or take time. A dream on the other hand might just be a dream, one to harbour in your heart knowing, that it will in all likelihood never come true.

If you ask me, you might be better off saying goodbye to a far-fetched dream that will never come true, but to give up hope that's what's going to knock you off your feet. If you ask where I'm going with this then sit back and let me introduce you to Kiersten and Tobin who might be the women to prove my rambling wrong. Kiersten is a successful business woman, who has made her energy drink ICE a multimillion dollar success, while Tobin is a top of the charts singer touring the US with her band followed by the hot gazes of women looking to be her partner of choice even if just for a short tryst. Those two has made every dream come true - have they not? Wealth and success on any scale !

So I was wrong, was I not? Any dream can come true ! Go go go make that dream of yours come true! Well, perhaps you should take a closer look. Did all this success really make for a couple of happy women? You might have guessed by now that to both Kiersten and Tobin success does not spell H A P P I N E S S. Something is missing and while it's easy to see that they both lack love and companionship in their lives, it's perhaps not quite as clear to the eye, that they have both given up hope of finding just that. That's really what this story is about finding the courage to hope for more and believing that YOU are worthy of love! If you give up hope how will you ever trust yourself enough to reach out an ask for what you want?

If you want the plot you can read it here, but basically it goes like this - top of the charts singer Tobin wants Kierstens company as her sponsor and takes up in hot pursuit of Kiersten to get what she wants..... which might be just a bit more intimate than a sponsorship.

"Wishing on a Dream" has an uneven story line graced with a good and witty dialog in the first parts of the book, and this is by far the best feature of this story. I found the character of Kiersten likable and with some depth, even if you might stop and wonder if it's likely that you will find a long time out lesbian woman of 36 who has done little more than kiss a date goodnight at her front door? But hey each to their own, even if it's the "love them and leave them" type of short sexual encounters Tobin prefer. On the other hand I have a slight problem with all the success cramped into the life of a 25 year old woman like Tobin, but who know's how the music industry works? Enough said - it's lesfic, no drama, no real angst and a little light on the romance. All in all a standard read.

I'll leave it up to you to decide if "Wishing on a dream" is where you'll spend your reading time and money. You should know that I was treated to a free copy of the book by Bold Strokes Books.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

One day someone ... or "Secret Hearts" by Radclyffe

Our lives are full of defining moments. Some clear to see and some only recognizable with hindsight. Some are of our own making defined by our choices, and some are just the unstoppable maelstrom of events that sizes us up and lead us along. The beauty of it all is that, however our lives turn out, and whomever we become, nothing is ever final. Every part of life and who we are can change. Maybe the moment that defined an upcoming change has already taken place without our knowledge?  

Enough said Radclyffe is here to let us meet up with a pair of women with defining moments buried in their past, and perhaps she'll let us in on a time in their lives when change is a possibility? Ok, I know you want facts so let's get on with it. I'll give you the basics. First meet Kid as she takes charge yet again for her brother Randy's ill advised choices in life and land herself a night in a cell and 400 hours of community service. If you want to know how that choice affects her life, then follow her as she meets Jordan, who is about to trash her with a hoe for breaking into the small parcel of land in New York that Jordan has turned into a community garden. 

Now, don't worry Kid is no criminal and Jordan is really not one to charge around and beat up anyone, least of all a good looking woman, so there is ample chance that Kid and Jordan will make more of the meeting not least of all because Kid's about to spend her community service doing chores in Jordan's garden project. This might sound as a dire punishment to those of you not interested in gardening, but in Radclyffe ample hands it turns out that the chance bureaucratic decision to have Kid volunteer at Jordan's garden project is really a defining moment in both woman' lives at least if they choose to take the opportunities that arise to make friends and perhaps .... more?

Well, this is where I'll leave you to decide if you want to spend your reading time and money discovering the secrets defining Kid and Jordan's choices in life and love. If you chose to do so, you'll be treated to a short romantic tale of loss and love, focused on our protagonist of choice and with only a few roughly sketched supporting characters. 

The garden project and the entrepreneurship needed to get it up and running as a more permanent feature of the comunity is a nice backdrop to the romance, but the character of Kid do seem a bit constructed and not quit Radclyffe like. 

Kid is somewhat young with her 25 years and her professional skills and recognition, but if you leave aside the age issue the romance is believable enough to entertain. On the other hand, I never thought that I would ask for a bit more of the Radclyffelike stereotypes of a butch woman with a soft heart so amply available in her other novels, but this time I do, and I'm going to ask all of the Radclyffe fan's out there "Am I the only one thinking that "Secret Hearts" and "Color of Love" reads different than earlier Radclyffe novels - it's almost a different pen, but still a nice one ?"

You should know that I was treated to a free copy of "Secreat Hearts" by Bold Strokes Books.

And for those of you looking for a free read maybe K.C. MacGregors "Community Service" might be a nice way to spend a little reading time. This story was writen for The Academy of Bards 2007 Valentines Day Specials. Sadly I haven' found one of those this year!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

This and that...

Grab a cup of coffee, put up your feet and relax while I ramble a bit about this and that.
  • Ylva Publishing has announced a "Romance Month" due to the upcoming Valentines Day. If you are inclined to pay for your Lesfic romance addiction you get a discount on your romance purchases in February.
  • Lee Winters (Lesfic writer) has ventured out with a guest blog at Ylva's and taken a guess as to how we want our Lesfic romance. Do take a look - perhaps you'll find time to put up a comment ?
  •  And while we are on the topic of making someone happy. You could look into how to score with your favourite Lesfic writers. Fletcher DeLancey otherwise know as The Oregon Expat (an American living in Portugal) will give you a hint. Fletcher is a writer of Lesfic Scifi but I've found a few of her contemporary romantic stories quite nice. Look up "The Essay"and "Mach vs. PC"
  • If you want to sample Jae's writing before you decide to put money on the table and purchase one of her books at Ylva's romance sale, you could try out the free short story "The Midnight Couch". It's a well written short romance on how to move on your secret infatuation with a co worker. If you want to know how Jae handles the "heavy breathing" parts of her romantic Lesfic writing the try out the equally free "Dress-tease" a short add-on to her Hollywood series romance "Damage Control".
  • Should you be wondering if all our usual hunting grounds of free quality online lesfic has dried out the answer is yes - almost. I came across yet another fic by Kelly Aten on Acadamy of Bards recently "Rules of the Road". It's well written, with a couple of soft butch protagonists and a slow moving romance - so cheer up! 
  • If you want to rest up with a lesbian themed movie you could look up the list provided by Bitch Media in the "One-Sentence Review". If you have access to Netflix US you might still find some of the titles available to stream. You'll find a more extensive blog on Lesbian interest movies, web-series, short films etc. here

Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Dark Horse" by A.L. Brooks

You can live in darkness content to just be or You can reach out, take a chance and change the course of your life. What you reach for, which chances you take and how you life change, that's a matter of .... chance? Well, perhaps not purely but to the extent that You can't plan the outcome and get exactly what you want. Perhaps that's what makes life interesting? or just daunting?

Sadie didn't plan to be shipped off to live with her grandmother at age seventeen, cut off from family and friends, but she did take the chance to make the most of these new circumstances in life. 

Some might just let bygones be bygones and forget about unhappy times, but sometimes the question WHY needs an answer, and when it comes to family you can't leave the question hanging forever. Which is why we find Sadie taking a chance on getting an answer to the defining question of her life by returning home to visit with her mother. 

Sometimes one thing leads to another and that is also true for Sadie. Spending time alone might be nice if you have a lot to ponder, but if those thoughts are dark and worrisome, it's nice to see a  friendly face and have your mind taken somewhere else. Holly is just the woman to do that - friendly, good looking and conveniently close by as she man the reception at Sadie's hotel during daytime. Which leaves her free for a run, a meal or a beer at night! Ups, probably forgot to say that Sadie's hotel is well not HER hotel - guess you knew that - but rather Holly's parents hotel and Sadies temporary home, while back in her home town, and yes that do leave Sadie and Holly open to a bit of family intervention into a butting relationship!

That's all I'm going to say about Holly and Sadie. This is after all a romantic lesfic so I guess that you know what happens next ... a bit of getting to know each other, a bit of "she loves me ,she loves me not" and some mind blowing ... well you know what. I get the impression that A.L.Brooks might have tried her hand at erotica ? As we do get to share a fair bit of bedroom action.

The romance is fast moving and perhaps a little too fast for my taste. I'm not the "instant attraction" kind of romance reader, but each to her own, so if this is your thing, you might want to look up "Dark Horse" and see if Holly will change the course of her life to give love a chance.

You should know that I was treated to a free copy of "Dark Horse" courtesy of Ylva Publishing and A.L.Brooks.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Missing link or perhaps a "Scissor Link" by Georgette Kaplan

Links are everywhere, some obivous and clear-cut, others less apparent and perhaps not even recognizable, because we don't know what to look for. A Scissor Link might just be that essential part of a helicopter that keeps it in the air, as the heart is what's keeping us alive. If the Scissor Link snaps the chopper goes down, and if our hearts stop pumping our lives come to an abrupt halt. That's the easy parts of engineering and life, but what about the links we don't see quite so clearly or value quite as much?

To Wendy it's important to earn her place in the world and to be recognized for her achievements. So I guess it's not really surprising that we find her interning in Savin Arospace's Safety and Risk Managment deparment in-stead of just lazing about doing .... well, whatever 26 year old engineering graduates do with their free time - build model planes? Well, I know that the lack of surprise on my part might very well be based on the fact, that I know that Wendy has earned a degree in structural dynamic engineering and really do find risk managment and choppers interesting!

If you ask if that is all there is to be said about Wendy, I'm inclined to say..... NO, at least after Wendy sets her eyes on the 40'ish Janet Lace, vice president of Savin Arospace's production division, and goes all in on her risk assessment of Savin's latest chopper, the stress test of its scissor link and catching Janets eye.

The scissor link that keeps Janet's life spinning out of control or the missing link that will allow Janet to find love and happiness, well that might just be our Wendy, but realizing that something is missing in your life is not the same as realizing what's missing or deciding that you'll go all in, and take a chance on love .... at least not for Janet with her bagage of .... well "this and that".

You'll have to stop by "Scissor Link" by Georgette Kaplan to learn more about Wendy and the kinks she plays on to make an impact on Janet's frame of mind and perhaps her life. Let it be said that Wendy has more than sex on her mind, but "boy" do we have to go through a lot of kinky forplay to get from office affair to romantic love, so if this is how you like your romance, then do go and spend time with Wendy and Janet, "Scissor Link" is a light, funny and entertaining read, but I have to say that I take my romantic lesfic reading with a little more emphasise on the romance.

You should know that I was treated to a free copy of "Scissor Link" courtesy of Ylva Publishing and Georgette Kaplan.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

In the dark all cats are grey or "Night Voice" by CF Frizzell

"In the dark all cats are grey" they say, but are you sure that you can't tell one from the other? The anonymity of the night or the web might hide our identity and physical appearance, but the distinct tone of voice on a blog or the slight timbre of a voice on the radio can be perceived as an individual quality that distinguish one person from another, and Sables voice might just be the one you could tell apart from any other voice. Well, I guess that requires you to be one of the numerous Provincetown women who tune into "Nightlight" and listen to the radio talk show, but most of all to Sable the elusive and anonymous confidante of women in the night. 

The anonymity of the night is a safe place as long as you don't take your relationships into the real world. One might ask why that is. Why does the anonymity equals a safe haven, a place to refurbish with a new personality or perhaps just emphasize different parts of your character. To Sable the answer is straight forward, she likes to mingle with women on the air because it's safe, no strings attached, least of all the stings that require you to look into your heart and find room for a new love where an old love lingers.

This is where I have to introduce Riley the softest of soft butch women in Provincetown, and for those of you who have an affinity for "woman with a tool belt" let it be known that Riley is a "Jack of all traits" able to save a damsel in a snowbank of distress at 4 o'clock in the morning with a smile and run a successful business doing odd repairs at all times of the day or night, and that's how they meet, Sable and Riley, in the anonymity of the winter night and on air.

I'll leave it to CF Frizzell to get the two women and their multitude of persona's to actually meet up and put in some quality time getting to know each other in broad daylight. It's sufficient to say that they take their time building the intimacy that are the foundation of the first kiss and those to come.

I say that venturing out into the night with Sable and Riley is an enjoyable ride not least of all because Fizzell has the pen that can create the intimacy needed to make a romance ring true. This is not something that every published lesfic romance writer masters, which I for one find quite odd!

I'll leave it up to you to decide if "Night Voice" is where you'll spend your reading time and money. You should know that I was treated to a free copy of curtsy of Bold Strokes Books.

Monday, January 02, 2017

"Alice and Jean" by Lily Hammond

We are defined by our gender not just in a physical sense, but by the expectations with which we are met coming into this world and by the language used to describe us. This can be a burden, a challenge or just a starting point from where you make your choices in life. 

A mailman, a paperboy or a milkman once a line of traits defined by gender, but today perhaps just a figure of speech? Some might challenge the gender bias of language, but mailwoman, papergirl or milkwoman does it ring true? Well way back when as in 1940'ish New Zealand Jean was not only a woman, she was also the one to deliver Alice her milk every morning and with a smile that is and not just for Tilly, Alice's daughter, but perhaps even with a special one for Alice. 

While Jean's trait might not be frowned upon in 1946, the rumour of her romantic interest in women was not well looked upon in polite company, and if you take into consideration that Alice is a good looking war widow and the single mother of two fatherless children, you might have guessed that pressure will come to bear on Alice to do right by her children and that is definitely not to get intimately involved with the milkman or rather .....Jean.

It's safe to say that while the romantic interest that Alice harbour for our milkman of choice is well received by the woman doing the milk delivery and that a first kiss is not long in the waiting, Alice and Jean has quite a road to travel if they want to spend life doing more than smiling at each other over a pint of milk. The nice part of the journey is the fact that while "Women loving Women" is generally frowned upon, a number of good people will stand up for Alice and Jean when they really need it the most. 

"Alice and Jean" is a well penned historical lesfic with a slight romantic twist and a nice gallery of supporting characters to throw their voices into creating a coherent story line. With "Alice and Jean" we are saved the usual angst of "She Loves me, She Loves me not" and allowed to focus on the road from the "first kiss" to "living happily ever after", which you might find refreshing for a change, but then again angst might just be a defining point of your lesfic interest? I'll leave it up to you to decide if you want to spend your reading time and money with "Alice and Jean", but you could take time out to look up the publisher "Sapphica Books" you might enjoy their pic's.

You should know that I was treated to a free copy courtesy of Sapphica Books.

Friday, December 30, 2016

"Courageous Love" by KC Richardson

Love is a feeling, an emotion or perhaps just an awareness you carry within. Love is not a choice or a decision you make. Love cannot be forced or turned away. Love is just there. Love does not need to be recognized or acted upon and love don't take courage as long as you keep the love your feel to yourself.

Courage on the other hand is a quality of mind, a spirit that you act upon and most likely you won't even recognize yourself as courageous, you just do what you have to do. You might "do" it for Love or whatever feeling is your driving force, but you probably won't be "doing" just on account of being courageous.

Well, this might just be my rambling thoughts on love and courage, but you could also contribute it to Frank the woman in the police cruiser who works to make the streets safe even if it's sometimes just a matter of passing of a ticket for a minor traffic offence to someone like Alex the ER nurse who just happens to speed by.

I say it takes courage to work the streets of any city alone, even if you are a member of the police force, but to Frank policing is not a matter of courage it just a way of life. A life that might just pick up a bit if it included someone besides her dog Bella and her friends on the force, and I guess this is why we have lesfic romance, it's there to give a girl someone to hold at night and perhaps with time that someone might turn out to be the love of your life.

So let's assume that Frank gets the chance to date our ER nurse Alex, even if a speeding ticket is not the best way to get a girl's attention, and let's assume that she works her way into her bed and that a steady relationship build on love seems to be in the making, then you tell me what happens when a lump in Alex's breast put the possible promise of forever in a new and much shorter time frame? Does this turn of events raise a question for Frank as to where she wants the relationship to go? Does love leave her with a choice to make ? And what about Alex does she have the courage to trust in love and rely on Frank for support? 

I agree that life gives us choices to make, even if we can't choose to love or not. The choice we have in the face of love is about how or if we act upon those feelings, but putting our trust in love and taking the happy hours as well as the nightmarish ones that's not courageous if you ask me that's.... LOVE.

"Courageous Love" might be promoted as a romantic lesfic but that's assuming that you find the setting of the romance, romantic, and I'm afraid that there is just so much romance to go around if you spend your time focused on surviving. 

Given the theme of the storyline I'm reluctant to recommend it as a romantic read. If you chose to spend your time and your money on "Courageous Love" then do it for the lessons it teaches about the good and the bad choices we make in times of trouble, and rest assured that Frank will come true even if Alex do deal her a bad hand. It is after all lesfic romance.

You should know that I was treated to a free copy courtesy of Bold Strokes Books.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wish upon a Butterfly or "Butterfly Wisperer" by Lisa Moreau

You can sum up the complexity of life in the theory of chaos, or you can put it more poetically as in the saying to "Wish upon a Butterfly" or as science likes to put it, "The Butterfly Effect", but really what it all amounts to is the paradox of stability and change. Everything changes and at the same time everything stays the same or almost the same with just that little flapping of the wings of a butterfly to make a difference and maybe that's what makes a wish come true?

But don't take my word for it ! Look up Sophie and see if her whispered wish upon a butterfly amounts to more than just a pair of flapping wings of her favourite monarch. Not that the monarchs are not amazing enough on their own, all 7.000 of them in the butterfly sanctuary of which Sophie is the keeper, but even a wildlife enthusiast like Sophie wants more in life than watching the caterpillars turn to butterflies, she wants to find her soul mate.

Now soul mates are something quite different from butterflies that withers and turn to dust at the end of a season. Soul mates last a lifetime if I'm not mistaken, and Sophie found her soul mate at an early age, only to lose track of her in the maelstrom of life. So I say those butterflies better go look for Jordan, the girl who ran off with Sophie's heart, if they want to prove their ability to make wishes come true.

Will they succeed ...the butterflies? Do you really need to ask, it is after all romantic lesfic, but don't worry Jordan is no pushover, she carries her own baggage of family life gone wrong, that will make her hold back on love, even if it's really hers for the asking.

If you ask the writer Lisa Moreau, this is really Jordan's story to tell, so if you want to meet Sophie and her butterflies you've got to tag along as Jordan leaves her fashionable life among the jet set of Beverly Hills behind and reacquaint herself with small town Monarch and Sophie. If you chose to go down this road do it for the butterflies they are awesome and keeping them safe seems to be a meaningful way of spending your life .... who knows what powers they possess!

I'll leave it up to you to decide whether "Butterfly Whisperer" is where you'll spend your money. You should know that I was treated to a free copy courtesy of Bold Strokes Books.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Love is in the air or "Something in the Wine" by Jae

Love is in the air or maybe it's just "Something in the Wine" whatever it is it's definitely classic lesfic romance as in straight girl realizing that she might not be so straight at all.... when our out lesbian make an entrance on the scene.

This is not a novel concept, but it might just be a winning one if you put it to work with a pair of likeable characters, throw in a bit of angst and hold off on all the usual drama.

Let’s see if it works with Drew as the winemaker extraordinaire with her smooth Cabernet, rich Merlot and friendly smile. Well her wine is well liked, but her bed is empty even if the offer of company is never far off with her friend Lynn looking to get the two of them back to relationship level.

Don't worry Drew's not looking to rekindle an old flame, you might say she is not really looking at all, and I know, that you know, that the "not looking" time is the time when you leave yourself the most open to meeting someone new. Watch out! Annie's swinging by with a tray of glasses, if you're not careful you'll end up with a glass of red all over your nice blouse .... Oh, she got you good there Drew ... even if it's almost fitting that you get to "wear" the wine! Oh, sorry I wanted to introduce you to Annie not get you all "red", but ... it's too late she has already left the party!

I guess this is where I tell you about Annie, she is Jakes sister! Well, she is actually so much more than that, but being Jakes sister is how she gets herself tangled up in a date with Drew, and that's just the beginning of the rather long but enjoyable road towards a new beginning for Annie and .... well Drew.  

I might say that "love is in the air with every sight and every sound", but with Jae there is no rush. Annie gets ample time to acquaint herself with the notion that she might be feeling a bit more than friendship for Drew, and I for one find that quit catching. So if romantic lesfic sans drama is your thing, then you might want to spend a few hours with "Something in the Wine". I for one had a really good time.

I'll leave it up to you to decide whether "Something in the Wine" is where you'll spend your money. You should know that I was treated to a free copy courtesy of Ylva Publishing and Jae.  

You should know that this title has been published a few years back and that this is a 2. revised edition.