Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Letter .....

Our lifes are defined by where we live, whom we love and how society view our love. We may not chose the basic circumstances of our lives but we do have a choice in how we react to those  circumstances be they good or bad. Maybe the freedom to choose our reaction is the road to live a happy life - no matter the circumstances ?

A Letter to .... London ... reality or a dream ? 

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Old news! Love wins ....

If lesfic hadn't taught us this by now the German Bundestag did the other day when the vote on marriage eqality / Ehe für alle came through with a positive result. 

It would be fun to celebrate with er few German lesfics but even if one of my all time favourite fics is set in the German town of Leipzig - look up Campus - and probably penned by a Germen it's not like I have a long or even short list of German fanfiction or lesfic writers to pick from ... ! 

Two all time favourites:
German pens:
Stories set in Germany:
... do chip in if you have a story or pen to add !

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ehe oder eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft

Marriage or registered partnership! We've had this conversation before, but probably not in German ! Lucky for you I'm not going to subject you to a feeble attempt at a blogpost in German. I'm sure that those of you who are German speaking would have a laugh or just ditch this blog altogether.  

Anyway nothing new under the sun. Marriage and registered partnership whereever we find it and compare we end up with a list long or short on the differences in legal status. So I guess it's so much easier to just stand up and say WE WANT MARRAIGE EQUALITY and perhaps Angela Merkel just happened to open the door to a vote in the Bundestag on Ehe für alle.  

Maybe if we all chip in with a cheer for same sex marriages the German Bundestag will actually set the record straight and implement marriage equality for all!

If you still have doubts about marriage equality or just want a boost for your romantic bone then look no further

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The End or a new beginning ?

Sometimes The End is really not "The End" but rather a new beginning. It's all a matter of your view on life. Does life have just one Beginning and one End ? Is life to be lived as a liniar event framed by time or is life an infinit number of cicular events that brings us up, down, around, forward, back, right and left. Keeping us in an ever evolving motion towards  ... The End or ... ? There is no answer but a choice, a choice of how to live our life and perhaps thats what matters more than any events big or small, happy or sad, chosen or forced upon us ?

Memories of the Heart by Ali Vali

A Poem: "I Vow to Thee..."

"Just" a beginning ... but then again nothing happens without just that ... a beginning !

Saturday, April 29, 2017

"Between the Lines" by KD Williamson

Do You know the feeling ? Something is a bit or perhaps a lot "off" but You can't quit put a finger on "it" or perhaps you see clearly what's "wrong", but you wonder if it's really the cause or just the effect you see.

The women with "white coats, warm hands and wondrous hearts" in our lesfic medical romance are usually quite good at sorting through cause and effect. I guess that's what made them doctors after all? But no matter how good you are at sorting out other people's troubles, it's usually so much harder to see your own life clearly. What stands out, when you focus on the problems of a patient or friend, become blurry when you look at yourself.

When life gets blurry adjust your focus, sort through cause and effect or perhaps just "read" between the lines!

I know it's not so easy to get started on this reading "between lines" thing when we try to adjust the focus on our own lives, so why not tag along as Tonya - our psychiatrist par excellence - by chance starts to look closer at her own life ?

If you venture out with KD Williamson and look up Tonya, you'll probably agree with me that it's not a spur-of-the-moment thing that made Tonya a psychiatrist. Her life story seems to have left her with a good start on this career in life as she has spent a good part of her childhood caring for her mentally ill mother and a like part of her adult life keeping her aging, bigot father and unfocused sister in the good life at least financially. Caring for others is very much the focus of Tonya's life, so much so that it has left her with little wish to pursue her own happiness.

You might ask how, what or perhaps rather whom makes the kind of difference that changes Tonya's focus in life? The answer could be Haley, a youngish rookie police officer with a habit of wearing fun T-shirts, playing video games and eating cereal..... yeah yeah I know I left out her womanising, no-realtionship kind of attitude and I guess that kind of explains why meeting Haley is not enough to change Tonya's focus.

So what did. Well, it could be her psychotherapy sessions with Dr. Finn, her good friend Stephanie pushing for an openness in their relationship or perhaps her sister finally owns up and help change the family dynamics. Somehow all of the above probably does chip in but I'll let you know that there is also a little drama involved and a hole lot of telephone calls and .... well, what ever constitutes the building of a romantic relationship, it is after all lesfic!

I think I'll leave you to explore the story of Tonya and Haley and the way they meet and come to change the focus of each others lives on your own, it is after all KD Williamson's story to tell. You might ask if it's a romantic one ? I'll say all the bits and pieces are there and a lot of readers seem to find the story satisfying their romantic bone, but it didn't quite touch mine.

You should know that I was treated to a free copy of "Between the Lines" by Ylva publishing.

If you are so inclined you could look up the women with "white coats, warm hands and wondrous hearts" in our lesfic medical romances from the world of fanfiction - look up Listmania

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Strawberry Summer" by Melissa Brayden

Strawberries are the ultimate summer treat or simply a way of life? If you live in Tanner Peak in small town California, strawberries are all around, as in ALL around - strawberry farms, fields and farmers and The Peaks Berries festival with strawberry cake, salat, salsa, milk, ice cream, doughnuts, soup, marmalade, fried ....   STOP we are going to need someone like ... a strawberry mentor to get around this much strawberry.  

Don't worry Melissa Brayden has one picked out for us, Margaret Beringer or rather just Maggie the daughter of the largest producer of strawberries in the county, she'll do just fine in easing us into the strawberry way of small town life. So let's get on with it, the everyday life of Maggie and her family and friends or perhaps we should stick to learning the trade of strawberry picking? Whatever you chose to do, you'll probably get to meet Courtney Carrinton the daughter of the owner of Tanner Peaks new and first department store, who takes a shine to our strawberry mentor Maggie, and that's really what all this strawberry is about, the ups and downs of first love and what follows as life happens to Maggie and Courtney. 

So this i YA as in high school friends, first love, making out and coming out to family and friends, it's  an adult romance as in the ups and downs of relationships and making up your mind about your life values, how, where and with whom you want to live your life and ultimately if you are going to fight for what you want the most. 

The strawberries are a nice and sweet touch to the storyline, but strawberries are easy to spoile and I'm not convinced that they survive the lengthy flashback way of storytelling in "Strawberry summer" or even if the rich taste of the ripe strawberry match the depth or rather lack of such in the romance. On the other hand, you could read this just for the strawberries, they are magnificent!

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Golden rule of office pranks or "You're Fired" by Shaya Crabtree

Do You like to play a prank on your co-workers? And did you ever have one backfire as in someone getting seriously pissed or perhaps paying you back in equal terms? 

Most people are good humoured and like a laugh even at their own expense, but beware of the "golden rule" of life and office pranks "do to others as you would have them do to you" otherwise you might find yourself in a spot of trouble ...

Now let's visit with a troublemaker, her name is Rose, but she is nothing like her name. Discontent with the job that will pay her college tuition and blissfully unaware of the golden rule, she makes a rather unwise choice of gift for the secret Santa gift exchange at the office. You might ask if it's really that important, what gift you chose for a coworker at an uninspiring and short term workplace but hey ! Think again ! Your coworkers are people too - even if you think that they are boring and need a laugh ... perhaps not at their own expense?

I guess you might want to know what Rose chose for her secret Santa gift? I'll give you a few pointers. It's an 8 inches long, hyper-realistic and RED ..... toy, that you will most likely NOT find useful in the kitchen, but really what do I know .... it might come in handy with the right kind of woman?

Now imagine the scene. Christmas party at the office, secret Santa gift exchange unfoldes and Rose realizes that "Vivian" who receives her "gift" is not just som bussy buddy co-worker but the good looking woman who is ........ surprise .... the CEO!

I know bosses need to have some sense of humor and not take everything at face value, especially at a Christmas party when people usually let their hair down a little, but even if Vivian is good natured she has reason to do ... well something? What you or Rose for that matter might not expect is that this "something" is less like handling Rose her "pink slip" and more like enlisting her help in sorting out some company business.

I think I'll leave You the reader to chose if you want to unfold the rest of the storyline by picking up "You're Fired", but I'll let you know that it's a lesfic romance as usual with just the basic ingredients of love found when you least expect it.

You should know that I was treated to a free copy by courtsey of Ylva Publishing.

.... I don't tell lies!

I know it's a little late for April's Fools Day so I won't be telling any lies and I promis NO pranks! 

But you know not everyone adhere to that rule, some actually do "Tell Me Lies" this time in SX Meaghers pen - so maybe you'll be curious enough to take a peek? 

Anyway this is just one of a number of short fic's posted at "The Academy of Bards as an April's Fool or whatever special" go look around and let me know if you have a favourite.

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.